Hidden Faces: The Masked Edition, Part 2

(Submitted by the Smuttiest Smutmaster in the known universe, Mr. Smutmaster Eric…Thanks so much, Kinky Ho-mie! 🙂 xoxo)

Featuring: Michelle Pfeiffer, Sunny Lane, Aurora Snow, Phoenix Marie & Rosario Dawson

Batman Returns (1992)

Batman: The Animated Series, S2/Ep7 (1994)

Batgirl XXX: An Extreme Comixxx Parody (2012)

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Bonus #1:

Rosario in great leaked selfies!

Bonus #2:

Kinky Klown from Outer Space

(Ha! I know that Klown!! 😉 xoxo -DP)

News Bleed: The “Tales of Blackenstein” Edition

First, the bummer news…

J. Geils has passed away. 🙁 USA Today

Netflix haunts with The Haunting of Hill House! 🙂 Deadline

I hope they serve whiskey in Hell… Hellboy gets his own brand of whiskey! Whiskey Critic

IT’S ALIVE!!!! Severin brings Blackenstein to Blu-ray! 🙂 Dread Central

John Carpenter will chill us with Tales of Science Fiction!

These new Hellraiser: Judgment images will tear your soul apart! Bloody Disgusting

The new Boomerang streaming service launches and will make every morning a Saturday morning. 🙂 Variety

P.S. House of 1000 Corpses came out 14 years ago today, so John Squires of Bloody Disgusting just dug up these spooky-cool DVD menus! Happy Birthday, Captain Spaulding! 🙂

News Bleed: The “Rampagin’ Negan” Edition

New Alien: Covenant trailer teases the fate of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus. 🙁 MovieWeb

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) goes to bat for the Rampage adaptation! 🙂 IGN

J.D. Dillard wants to bring some heart to The Fly remake.  /FILM

Billie “Chanel #3” Lourd screams into American Horror Story. 🙂 Deadline

Stephen and Owen King’s upcoming Sleeping Beauties is already becoming a series. Hail to the King(s)! A.V. Club

And now for thebummer stuff… 🙁

Underdog and Trix Rabbit Creator Joe Harris has passed away. 🙁 New York Times

And legendary insult comic Don Rickles has also passed away. 🙁 CNN

 

#TBT: The “Invader Zim Rises Again” Edition

Ho-wdy, fellow Earth Ho-mies! Cult favorite Invader Zim is coming back in a big, bad way!

No, it’s totally true! Invader Zim will invade again in a new 90-minute TV movie from creator Jhonen Vazquez!

From the Press Release from Nickelodeon:

“Invader Zim” Returns to Nickelodeon in All-New Original TV Movie Based On Fan-Favorite Animated Series

Creator Jhonen Vasquez Serves as Executive Producer, Original Voice Cast to Reprise Their Roles

Burbank, Calif.-April 4, 2017-Nickelodeon officially announced today the greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vasquez, marking the network’s third animated property from its rich library of content to be reimagined for today’s audience. The 2D-animated TV movie, produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will show the latest and greatest ridiculous attempt at world domination by the universe’s worst alien invader ever. The movie will also feature original voices from the fan-favorite television series.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development and Production, Animation, Nickelodeon. “What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”

The Invader Zim TV movie follows the perpetually desperate and delusional Zim as he creates a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan to finally get the attention he deserves from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.

Original voice cast members reprising their roles include: Richard Horvitz as Invader Zim; Rosearik Rikki Simons as GIR, Zim’s insane robot sidekick; Andy Berman as Dib Membrane, junior paranormal investigator and Zim’s alien-obsessed human nemesis; and Melissa Fahn as Gaz Membrane, Dib’s younger, video game obsessed sister. Additional casting will be announced in the coming months.

Invader Zim debuted on Nickelodeon in 2001 and chronicled the efforts of an extraterrestrial named Zim on a mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race.”

I’M SO EXXXCITED!!! 🙂

To Ho-nor the return of this eXXXtraterrestrial black comedy, I’d like to take a look at a clas-sick episode of the series: Dark Harvest.

Dark Harvest is certainly dark. To make himself appear more human, Zim attempts to win the hearts and minds of the people… along with their kidneys, spleens, pancreata, and other precious organs! Yes. this an episode of a Nickelodeon show about harvesting the organs of children! I’m sure parents just loooovvvvvved this one! 😉

Clocking in at about 12 minutes, Dark Harvest is as gloriously twisted as any full-length “adult” horror film. Having gathered organs from nearly everyone in his “Skool,” Zim becomes so grotesquely bloated with the body parts that he can hardly contain himself… literally! The whole thing plays out like an animated nightmare concocted by David Cronenberg. If organ-snatching wasn’t horrible enough, there are creatures and organs floating in formaldehyde, a child’s skeleton, Running Man-like exploding collars, a spooky boiler room Freddy would adore, and a climax that recalls Alien. This demented bit o’ animation is the most depraved thing ever aimed at children… and I love it for that! 🙂

If you have the stomach for it, check out the biological insanity below:

Welcome back, Invader Zim! I’m gonna sing the Doom Song to celebrate! 🙂 xoxo

The (Nearly) Complete Guide to the Batman Rogues in The Lego Batman Movie

(You asked for it, and you got it, fiends!! Kinky Kudos to Mr. Anton Phibes for putting together this complete -save for one dude we couldn’t figure out- list of all the random rogues in Lego Batman…You’ve done the Lord’s work here kind evil villainous sir. xoxoxo)

Greetings, fair citizens.  The Lego Batman Movie recently came out and was a Bat-Smash Hit. One of the absolute joys of the film was its clear love for all things Batman. The Dark Knight Detective has been around for over 75 years, constantly changing to thrill new audiences and reflect the current cultural climate. This also applies to his villains. From the very beginning, Batman’s rogues tended to be a reflection of the character. Like like the Caped Crusader himself, they’ve ranged from menacing to goofy, sometimes doing both at once. If you are a fan of any iteration of The Bat, The Lego Batman Movie has at least one villain cameo to put a smile on your face, without the use of Joker Venom. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of nearly every Batman rogue to appear in the film for your convenience  and pleasure.

We wish to express our gratitude to the friends of Batman and his fabulous rogues. To them, and to lovers of adventure, lovers of pure escapism, lovers of unadulterated entertainment, lovers of the ridiculous and the bizarre— To funlovers everywhere— This post is respectfully dedicated. If we have overlooked any sizable groups of lovers, we apologize.

The Joker
First Appearance: Batman #1

The Clown Prince of Crime headlines this Carnival of Crime.  Thankfully, he had that ‘Damaged” tattoo removed before shooting.

The Riddler
First Appearance: Detective Comics #140

Riddle me this: what do this Lego-ized puzzle plunderer and The Dark Knight Returns’ David Endocrine have in common? They were both voiced by Conan O’Brien!

Harley Quinn
First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series: Joker’s Favor

We have nothing but Mad love for psychotic psychiatrist here at Kinky Horror!

Catwoman
First Appearance: Batman #1

“Life’s a brick… now so am I”

The Scarecrow
First Appearance: World’s Finest Comics #3

Gotham’s Master of Terror! Dr. Johnathan Crane uses his “fear toxin” to force victims to face their worst fears. Oh, Scarecrow… I think I’ll fear you most of all!

Two-Face and Captain Boomerang
Two-Face’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #66
Captain Boomerang’s First Appearance: The Flash #117

We finally got to face Two-Face… portrayed by Billy Dee Williams, Tim Burton’s Harvey Dent. As for Captain Boomerang, he just came back around after Suicide Squad.

The Penguin
First Appearance: Detective Comics #58

This crafty criminal has always played fowl.

Killer Croc
First Appearance: Detective Comics #523

Born with a Crocodilian appearance, this criminal has teeth.

Clayface and Bane
Clayface’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #40
Bane’s First Appearance: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1

Bane is the man who broke the Bat’s back and would be great in an El Santo biopic.

Much like a diabolical Gumby, Clayface possesses a clay-like body and shape-shifting abilities

Poison Ivy
First Appearance: Batman #181

This florid fiend is one with nature. Her kisses are killer.

Mr. Freeze
First Appearance: Batman #121

A cold-hearted villain known to give his enemies the cold shoulder.

March Harriet
First Appearance: Detective Comics #841

Curiouser and curiouser.. this Wonderlandian crook made an appearance… but the Mad Hatter is missing… Guess he was late for tea.

Gentleman Ghost
First Appearance: Flash Comics #88

A notorious highwayman and robber, the ghastly motivations of Gentleman Ghost are transparent.

Clock King
First Appearance: World’s Finest #11

Time is on his side. Yes, it is.

Calendar Man
First Appearance: Detective Comics #259

This guy is up to date when it comes to dates. A more sinister Calender Man played a role in the classic storyline, The Long Halloween.

Zodiac Master
First Appearance: Detective Comics #323

I wonder what his sign is?

Condiment King
First Appearance: Batman: The Animated Series: Make ’em Laugh

This criminal will surely relish your defeat.

Orca
First Appearance: Batman #579

After suffering a spinal cord injury, Grace Balin had it partially repaired with a Killer Whale’s spinal cord, transforming her into a whale monster. I hate it when that happens!

Cat-Man
First Appearance: Detective Comics #311

This villain has a clear case of Cat Scratch Fever.

King Tut
First Appearance: Batman ’66: The Curse of Tut

From the Adam West series comes this Phreaky Pharaoh.

Eraser
First Appearance: Batman #188

His inability to do well in school led to a life of eraser-based evil.

Zebra-Man
First Appearance: Detective Comics #275

Despite the name, his stripped appearance was the result of magnetic powers. Frankly, I was hoping it had to do with a radioactive zebra.

Kite Man
First Appearance: Batman #133

This gentleman is exactly what he sounds like. Go fly a kite!

Crazy Quilt
First Appearance: Boy Commandos #15

This colorful crook canonly see in blinding, disorienting colors. His whole life is a Dario Argento film!

Mutant Leader
First Appearance: The Dark Knight Returns

From the Frank Miller’s gritty classic, this dude knows how to slice and dice.

Tarantula
First Appearance: Nightwing #71

You wouldn’t want to get tangled up in this master assassin’s web.

Mime
First Appearance: Batman #412

The daughter of a fireworks salesman, her father’s noisy profession and the fireworks-based death of her parents led her to become a crime mine. If I had a nickel…

Polka Dot Man
First Appearance: Detective Comics #300

Looking rather like a sentient game of Twister, this felon has the ability to pull weapons from out of the polka dots on his costume.

Killer Moth
First Appearance: Batman #63

Known as the “Batman of Crime,” this crook is enemy to justice and clothing alike.

Doctor Phosphorus
First Appearance: Detective Comics #469

This skull-faced goon is radioactive! He has a bright career in crime ahead of him.

The Red Hood
First Appearance: Detective Comics #168

An alias used by many, the first Red Hood was actually the Joker! Talk about seeing red…

Calculator
First Appearance: Detective Comics #463

A calculating crook like no other! Does he know how to write 80085?

Man-Bat
First Appearance: Detective Comics #400

Part Man! Part Bat! All Terror!

Hugo Strange, Magpie, Kabuki Twins, and Egghead
Hugo Strange’s First Appearance: Detective Comics #36
Magpie’s First Appearance: The Man of Steel #1
Kabuki Twins’ First Appearance: The Batman: Call of the Cobblepot
Egghead’s First Appearance: Batman ’66: An Egg Grows in Gotham

Hugo Strange is one of the earliest Bat-enemies and the first to deduce Batman’s identity. The doctor is in… SANE!

Magpie is villain obsessed with shiny things… She and This Guy would certainly get along

The Kabuki Twins are martial arts experts who only appered in The Batman. I’m seeing double!

A villain originated by Vincent Price! How egg-cellent is that?!


Unfortunately, this post is only nearly complete because of the winged gentleman on the right. If anyone has any ideas, we’re all ears! 🙂

That’s it for now! Keep checking in… Same Kinky time, same Kinky website!

 

Cereal Killers: The “Breakfast at Wednesday’s” Edition

(Figured you could use a palate cleanser after that last most…Enjoy the Addams Awesomeness, Kinky Ho-mies!! 🙂 xoxo)

Ho-wdy, you all-together ooky Ho-mies! We took a trip to the graveyard and dug up something eXXXtraordinarily creepy for you fright fiends: The Addams Family cereal!

Released by Ralston in 1991 to promote the first theatrical Addams Family creature feature,  The Addams Family cereal itself was molded into the shapes of headless dolls, skulls, and Thing… Just a few of my favorite “Things.” (#ha! ;)) The box described the cereal as “a mysterious flavor that you’re going to love,” which I’ve taken to mean “pure sugary greatness!”  To add to the Addams awesomeness, the cereal also came with Addams flashlights, because who doesn’t find Fester electrifying? 😉

Here is the official description on the side of the box:

Welcome to a delightfully demented breakfast with THE ADDAMS FAMILY.

Getting too old for the same loops and letters in your cereal. Then you’re ready for a new taste adventure with THE ADDAMS FAMILY brand sweetened cereal. Deliciously demented, this new cereal has a mysterious flavor you’re going to love. And the skulls, headless dolls and Thing cereal pieces are as bizarre as THE ADDAMS FAMILY themselves.

Speaking of bizarre, let us introduce you to America’s creepiest, kookiest family:

GOMEZ ADDAMS: The manic father of the clan. He loves playing golf in the family cemetery, crashing his toy trains and romancing his bewitching wife, Morticia.

MORTICIA ADDAMS: The real backbone of the family, Morticia is a raven haired, haunting beauty who cares for her family, her home and her dead plants.

FESTER ADDAMS: Uncle Fester, lost in the Bermuda triangle years ago, is Gomez’s demented older brother. He is also so charged with energy he can light a bulb in his mouth.

PUGSLEY ADDAMS: An energetic monster of a boy. He breeds pet sharks and creates dreadful concoctions with his chemistry set.

WEDNESDAY ADDAMS: The somber and poetic daughter who knows the family’s hiding places and secrets. She enjoys beheading dolls with her toy guillotine.

LURCH: Addam’s gigantic mute Butler who protects the children from healthy influences everywhere.

THING: The disembodied pet hand who’s full of personality. Thing is always willing to serve as a tee for Gomez’s golf ball and to warn the family of impending danger.

These are just a few of the lovable, quirky characters you’ll meet in the new THE ADDAMS FAMILY movie. And now, you can have breakfast with them every morning with the new THE ADDAMS FAMILY Cereal

Here’s the creepy commercial for your viewing pleasure. (Alas, it doesn’t feature Addams Groove by MC Hammer…So I took the liberty of adding it for ya. ;))

As kreepy, kooky bonus, Honey Nut Cheerios did their own Addams Family promotion after the second feature. The box featured an eye-popping magic eye puzzle. Better yet, the commercial featured a ghoulish-looking Wednesday racing Buzz the Bee for some Cheerios. (I guess she’s not a huge fan of her own cereal… ;))

Check out the boXXXes and commercial below:

So much Addams Awesome…Let us do the Dance of Joy Despair in their ho-nor!! 😉 xoxo

Scary Shorties: Hell’s Bells (1929)

We’ve got a real hot one from Ub Iwerks, kids!

1929’s Hell’s Bells is undeniable proof that the Disney company wanted to inflict  irreparable psychological damage on your child. Directed by the brilliantly psychotic Ub Iwerks (Walt Disney’s first business partner and the man who animated the first Mickey Mouse shorts), this short is a typical Silly Symphonies affair with one considerable difference: it takes place in bloody Hell! What’s even more astounding about this is that this is actually a damn disturbing depiction of Hell! Iwerks’ Hell is essentially what happens when you allow Hieronymus Bosch to design family entertainment. Clocking in at just under six minutes, Mr. Iwerks treats us to images of The Devil feeding lesser demons to Cerberus, demons eating other demons to gain their attributes, and monsters dragged against their will by fiery hands. Fantastic!

Ub Iwerks was certainly a man after our black, rotten hearts. In this very same year, Mr. Iwerks unleashed The Skeleton Dance and The Haunted House, suggesting that the gentleman had a love for the odd and spooky. Though this short never got a follow-up, Iwerks’  grinning demons cavorted in The Goddess of Spring from 1934,  a short that lead to future development of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

If you want black sensations up and down your spine, check out the video below:

#TBT: The “The Tell-Toon Heart” Edition

(Submitted by our Poe-tic Pal, Mr. Dr. Anton Phibes. Thanks, Mac(abre) Daddy!! 😉 xoxox)

A darkly happy birthday to that American Master of the Macabre, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe!

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Students of the macabre are very much familiar with the work and influence of Mr. Poe. In fact, there are very few practitioners of the scary story that don’t owe something to the exquisite horrors spawned from his wonderfully twisted imagination. Even as a child, Poe’s stories captivated me with their melodramatic fancy and lugubrious mood, and I know for a fact that Mr. Poe’s tales have had the same effect on all the other Pugsleys and Wednesdays out there. To honor this High Priest of Gothic Fiction, I’d like to take a moment to discuss 1953’s The Tell-Tale Heart, one of the most extraordinary adaptations of the Master’s work to ever grace the screen.

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Narrated by the legendary James Mason, UPA’s animated retelling of The Tell-Tale Heart is a masterfully animated dive into the depths of pure insanity. The surrealist imagery, incredible colors, and limited animation perfectly illustrate the escalating madness of the nameless narrator, creating an unnerving atmosphere that is, in a word, scary. The British Board of Film Censors thought so too, making it the first animated feature to be given an “X” rating. Despite this controversy,  it was rightfully nominated for an Oscar in the “Best Animated Short Film” category. Capturing the gloomy spirit of Mr. Poe, it is as perfect an adaptation as one could hope for.

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In all its eerie glory, here is UPA’s The Tell-Tale Heart!

As a bonus cartoon, here is an episode of Cartoon Network’s Time Squad in which Poe gets his groove back! It’s decidedly lighter short than UPA’s short, but it’s still a delightful tribute to our dear Mr. Poe. 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Poe. Your influence and work will live on for evermore.

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Comic Book Review: The Flintstones Vol 1

(Happy New Comic Book Day, Kinky Ho-mies! I’m fiXXXin’ to post back to back comic reviews from Mr. Prince Adam to get you all nice and inspired-like. First up, this freaky-ass looking Flintstones abomination I didn’t even know eXXXisted until now. Thanks, Adam, for the severe post-childho-od trauma this cover art has inspired within me. 😉 After reading your review, I feel obligated to give it a chance -eventually, maybe-, but right now I can’t shake that image of Fred. and his unsettlingly Thor-ian bicep…#SOWRONG!!! 😉 xoxo)

Fred and Barney reunite for Mark Russell’s modern take on Hanna-Barbera’s most famous stone-age family!. This new series starring the first family of Bedrock (and civilization, really) tells the story of who we are and why we do what we do as if it all began with Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty, and the rest of the citizens of Bedrock. Shining a light on humanity’s ancient customs and institutions in a funny origin story of human civilization, Mark Russell (PREZ) blends modern interpretations with Hanna-Barbera’s classic character’s, bringing a breath of fresh stone-age air. (DC Entertainment)

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DC’s continued reinvention and revitalization of the Hannah-Barbara characters continues with The Flintstones. The Flintstones was one of my favorite animated series of all time, so I was excited and cautious about reading this book. It was very true to the show, in that it followed the day to day lives of Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty, as well as their kids Pebbles and Bam-Bam.  We get classic moments of Fred and Barney doing something impulsive, then getting flack because of it. We get classic moments with Fred and Barney at the lodge and the obligatory bowling matches and we see the jackass of a boss that is Mr. Slate. In that sense, the nostalgia and familiarity was definitely present and accounted for here. Yet, writer Mark Russell doesn’t rely on either to tell a great story. Two reasons that I believe make this story great, is one, because it sets Bedrock and it’s characters as part of our world’s pre-historic past.  The opening prologue set in a modern day museum, describing Bedrock as the oldest “human” civilization ever recorded, was a great hook to get into the story. As a result of this minor touch, as soon as the story transitions into Bedrock, my mind is convinced I’m reading about actual historic people and events. The second way in which this story perpetuates that idea is by having the characters go through themes and situations that the readers in present day are experiencing. The first issue this book tackles is workplace inequality. In Bedrock, it was equal pay and workplace safety for Neanderthals when compared to homosapiens. The Neanderthals were put in unsafe conditions and weren’t paid. Fred was bribed with an upper management if he convinced the Neanderthals the position was ideal.   In modern times it’s equality of pay, position, and equality for  women in the workforce.  In addition to dealing with topical and important issues, Mark Russell also imbues classic elements of the show with deeper meaning.  This is true of the lodge that Fred and Barney frequent. It is a rec center for Veteran’s of the Paleolithic Wars, which they both fought in.. The Buffalo hat they wore in the cartoon serves as part of the armed forces uniform.  The war itself was against the tree people. There was a lot of comparisons to the war in Iraq, and the battle against Isis. Like in those real situations, the Tree People were many, unknown and hidden, and the threat was that they could strike at any moment. However, much like the war in Iraq and with Isis, there was a lot of lies and misinformation told to Fred, Barney, and the rest, to convince them to enlist in the war. Things get even darker and more serious, as we see one of the lodge members suffering from PTSD as a result of trying to adjust to normalcy in a post war world. The book also comments on the hot button issue of marriage equality. Gay marriage for some unbeknownst reason to me, continues to be an issue for some people. In this book, marriage and monogamy are brought under fire. A lot of the hate signage that we see used against gay marriage is repurposed here against monogamy and marriage. Yet, we do see a gay couple at the retreat, cleverly named Adam and Steve. While they are chastised by the couples retreat group, Fred and Wilma support them and convince the group and the marriage councillor that supporting Adam and Steve is the only way that the relatively new idea of marriage will have any weight.  He’s basically saying Love is Love. While Fred is fictional, there is something powerful about basically cave men accepting gay marriage, while some of us, a supposed advanced and more evolved version of humanity can’t accept and hurl hate at same sex marriage. It highlights how ridiculous that is.

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The book isn’t all seriousness. It takes time to have a few laughs with and at modern society.  One of my favorite issues was the dawn of the Bedrock shopping Mall. Everyone rushes out to buy all the shiny new products. And even when they buy appliances and stuff that doesn’t work, they are content to return it and by more things. I love that both the media and the citizens, lovingly refer to consumerism and the stuff they buy as “crap.” It made me laugh every single time I read the word in context. The writer gives us a backstory of how The Flintstones came in possession of their lovable dinosaur dog Dino. They bought him at a pawn shop, after his previous owner sold him.  The fact that Dino as a living, breathing animal,  and was bought second hand, but provided most fulfillment for the family, is a real slap in the face of consumerism.  It’s also a good reminder to adopt a pet if you have the means and want a pet.  Concepts of the universe and the Earth’s place in it are sprinkled  throughout the story.  Astronomer Carl Sagan is given a nod to in the form of Professor Sargon. In the midst of Bedrock citizens trying to decide on a religion to adopt, Prof. Sargon is trying to teach them about the Cosmos.  For those wondering, the prevailing theory is that the Earth sits on the back of a giant turtle, and the turtle rotates in space, while orbiting the sun. I really appreciated that the writer had this theory walk the line with reality, but absolutely be 100% believable in the worldview and mythology of The Flintstones.  There’s even an alien invasion happening in this story another nod to Carl Sagan’s work in the research of extraterrestrial life. The aliens land in Bedrock on an exploratory mission, but deduce that humanity is laughable and primitive and leave. However, teenaged aliens of this race return during their spring break equivalent, causing havoc and attempting to subjugate Bedrock. The Veterans of the Paleolithic War responds but before an all out war could break out the adult aliens intervene and wrangle in their children. To prevent an incident like this from happening again, the aliens install the Great Gazoo as an emissary or warden between Earth and the aliens.  I was thrilled that the book finally gave me an explanation for the Great Gazoo, It bugged me that the cartoon had no explanation for his appearance in the show. It never made sense to me before,

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Steve Pugh’s art is great.  It’s a beautiful blend of honoring the animation from the cartoon, and embracing updated modern comic book art styles.  The thing that I noticed specifically is the detail in the facial features of the human characters,  The detail in the features denotes the more serious tone of the story, whereas the rounder, gentler and simplistic drawings of the cartoon reflected a more kid friendly tale.  The first image of Bedrock in the modern day museum was a highlight. I loved how compact and close together the building structures in Bedrock are, it highlights the close nit community that is the town of Bedrock. It’s no coincidence that the lives of nearly every Bedrock citizen shown in this book intersects with one another. To be honest, I was a total sucker for all the nostalgic moments that I remember of the show. The  scenes of Fred working at Slate, or Dino playfully knocking him over when he enters the house, brought a child like smile to my face.  I loved the black and white photo of the parade following the Paleolithic War. It gave that war some real weight and importance.  When the flashbacks transition to color, I think the scenes lose some of their luster. Similarly, I loved the chaos and frenzy of the pages when the aliens attacked Bedrock. However the Great Gazoo looked awkward to me. That’s not because I loved the cartoon design, as I thought that looked ridiculous too! All the covers to the first 6 issues were good, but the first one featuring The Flintstone’s family front and center is simply a beautiful piece of art that deserves extra recognition.

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To think I was hesitant to read these DC revamps of these classic cartoons. Scooby Doo started off strong, with The Flintstones rolling in like a bowling ball knocking down all the pins. What impressed me the most, was the way in which the creative team of this book, allowed The Flintstones to mature and grow up, as their audience has.  This book is the perfect example of how to proceed with a venerated brand name; honor the past and forge a new future. So travel; back to the future with The Flintstones.

#FBF: Christmas Cartoon Cavalcade!

(Submitted by Mr. Dr. Anton Phibes, well before Christmas came ’round. I know it makes no sense to post it now, but it’s too cute to go unshared. Ergo, let’s call it a #FBF post and enjoy one last day of Ho-liday cheer, shall we, fiends? Happy Still Kinda Christmastime, Ho-rrorday Ho-mies!! 😉 xoxo)

Greetings and salutations to the young and young-at-heart! Creepmas is undead and well here at Kinky Horror and we’d like to give the gift of cartoons!! Yessiree, Bob! Cartoons are (almost) as important as horror in our book, so we’d like to stuff your stocking with these cheerfully Christmas-y Cartoon Classics! So, without any further ado…

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Santa’s Workshop (1932)

Let’s start this cartoon party off strong with a Disney classic from 1932! Santa’s never looked jollier than he does here and the grumpy elves are fantastic! This a cute little short with a lot of Christmas Spirit behind it! Be aware that this a short made in the ’30s and it features a not-so-PC gag centered around a black baby doll. Oh, ’30s…

Seasin’s Greetinks! (1933)

Ohhhhhhhhhh Popeye! This one’s a prime example of what made Popeye classic, complete with all bell and whistles that entails! Even in this time of Peace on Earth and good will towards men, Popeye and Bluto still take the time to beat the ever-loving crap out of each other and that’s a gift to us all! It’s strong to the finish!

Santa’s Surprise (1947)

While the stereotypes on display may make your hair curl, this is a really sweet little short about kids around the world wanting to repay Santa for his centuries of generosity. The animation is richly designed, with very meticulous and beautifully drawn backgrounds. While not particularly funny, this is very entertaining short for Christmas! It’s worth noting that this short features the first appearance of Little Audrey, because I know so many of you are huge Little Audrey fans! 😉

Jack Frost (1934)

This one’s for all you fright fiends out there! Directed by the legendary Ub Iwerks, this one concerns a young bear who runs away from home and runs afoul of Old Man Winter himself! Of all the shorts here, this is probably the strangest! With fiendish Jack-O-Lanterns, a scary scarecrow, and a Krampus-like Old Man Winter, this is one that brings the Halloween out of Christmas! The weather outside is truly frightful!

True Boo (1952)

While we prefer our ghosts fearsome, we do have a soft spot in our black hearts for Casper the Friendly Ghost! The delightful little spectre spreads Christmas cheer to a young boy and his mother and spirits are bright. While essientially a reworking of the Fleischer short Christmas Comes But Once A Year, this is a perfectly charming Casper outing and a good way to bring in the “Boo” Year.

Keep Creepmas undead, Fiends!