Black Stars Above #1 from Vault Comics is set to be released this November, but we have a first look for our readers in today's Highlights. Also: a clip and release details for Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire, a star-studded To Your Last Death teaser trailer (and FrightFest world premiere info), and details on The Mask streaming on HBO NOW in honor of its recent 25th anniversary.
Black Stars Above #1: "Vault is thrilled to announce BLACK STARS ABOVE, a terrifying new comic book series that is part of Vault's annual autumnal horror imprint, NIGHTFALL.
A horror story that's part The Revenant and part At the Mountains of Madness, BLACK STARS ABOVE is a chilling historical cosmic horror tale of survival from the deranged minds of writer Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs, Marvelous X-Men) and debut artist Jenna Cha, with colorist Brad Simpson (Coffin Bound, Fair Lady), and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Test, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt).
The year is 1887 and a storm brews. A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat. The fur trade is dead and the nation is changing. Yet, Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she has.
"While the horror in this story is deeply personal in its exploration of family, BLACK STARS ABOVE, as the title implies, is above all else, a cosmic horror story," says writer Lonnie Nadler. "I’ve always found this subgenre appealing because it deals with sublime threats that are by definition undefinable. These stories are terrifying because in exploring that which we cannot know, we come to learn more about ourselves and our place in the cosmos."
"How can we continue to survive in the face of the unknown?" Nadler continues. "This project is very much an attempt to tell a story that fits in line with Lovecraft and his contemporaries, while also coming to terms with the author’s unfortunate xenophobia and hopefully telling a story that addresses those issues by seeing these 'horrors' through the lens of a character who cannot help but be impacted by them."
"As an artist, Black Stars Above has been a gift," says Jenna Cha. "It’s a story catered to exploring the craft of visual storytelling founded on a marriage of beauty in nature and horror of the unknown. For a story that allows an artist to reap from such a landscape, I’ve found that the world rather prefers to illustrate itself. The pitch for Black Stars Above intrigued me for how the face of its world immediately unraveled in my head, which was indicative of the care and research invested in the storytelling. It was pretty clear after first talking to Lonnie Nadler that we share the same visual creative bank and we share the same amount of love for visual storytelling in both comics and film. BLACK STARS ABOVE, for how artistically challenging it can be as my first publication, is a dream project."
BLACK STARS ABOVE #1 will receive a Vault Vintage B Cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller's iconic cover to Whiteout, by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber (Oni Press, 1999). The Vault Vintage cover line celebrates the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary comics artists.
BLACK STARS ABOVE #1 hits store shelves on November 6th, 2019."
Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire Clip and Release Details: "SHUDDER and TERROR FILMS presents the first sneak peek clip from the third installment of the popular Hell House LLC franchise from director Stephen Cognetti and producer Joe Bandelli.
In the clip, “Touch the Clown,” Jane (Bridgid Abrams) is dared by some of her fellow “Insomnia” castmates to record herself walking into the basement alone and touching one of the original Hell House LLC clowns on the nose.
Guests both past and present will be forced to battle for their souls in Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire, as all is revealed about the infamous Abaddon Hotel and the evil that dwells there. Set one year after the events of Hell House LLC II, the hotel is on the verge of being torn down, when it is purchased by billionaire Russell Wynn (Gabriel T. Chytry) as the new home for his popular interactive show “Insomnia.” He invites journalist Venessa Sheppard (Elizabeth Vermilyea) and her crew to record everything happening inside the hotel, leading up to the performance. But, they soon encounter a more nefarious plot, one that threatens to unleash a veritable hell-on-earth.
Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire will premiere exclusively on Shudder later this year. Hell House LLC and Hell House LLC II: The Abaddon Hotel is streaming now on Shudder.
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To Your Last Death Teaser Trailer and FrightFest World Premiere Details: "TO YOUR LAST DEATH - a groundbreaking 2-D animated horror feature film narrated by STAR TREK icon WILLIAM SHATNER and starring a robust cast of genre luminaries MORENA BACCARAT (Deadpool, Firefly, Gotham), RAY WISE (Twin Peaks, Robocop) and BILL MOSELEY (3 from Hell, House of a 1000 Corpses, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II) will world premiere at FRIGHTFEST UK on FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd at 3:50PM.
It’s the animated horror epic of the year, and we want to make sure the film is on your screening radar for coverage.
Boasting a unique combination of modern hand-drawn comic book art and digital 2D animation techniques to create a distinctive animation style familiar to fans of Archer and Metalocalypse, the film is produced by COVERAGE INK FILMS and directed by JASON AXINN. CARL FRANK (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering) created the key art and character designs in a style meant to invoke a graphic novel."
The Mask Streaming on HBO NOW: "First premiering on July 28th, 1994, Jim Carrey’s iconic performance put his comedic genius on the map, while introducing the world to the “S-s-s-s-s-s-mokin” leading lady, Cameron Diaz.
When an everyday bank clerk known as Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) discovers an unusual mask, it forever changes his life by transforming him into a cartoon-like ladies’ man who winds up falling in love with the desirable Tina (Cameron Diaz)."
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