Guess what! In celebration of (next week’s) 25th comic, By Crom is getting printed up into a sweet zine! I’m having a ton of fun putting it together, along with some extra bonus content, and I can’t wait to be able to share it with you!
After Canzine I’ll put it up to sell online, so watch for that in the last week of October.
Thanks to everyone who’s been encouraging and supportive along the way, this is my first comic zine and I am so grateful that people are so excited about it! See you with another comic next Tuesday, and with a whole WHACK of comics at Canzine!
I have a soft spot for adult Britney because she so clearly does not want to be doing what she’s doing and she has pathos in her eyes always and her human bonsai tree narrative is really tragic in a way that Marilyn Monroe’s never could be because she’s gonna live.
If there is one thing that the horror genre has taught is, it’s that kids are super creepy. The Omen, The Exorcist, The Shining, The Grudge… yeah, creepy kids abound. And if one kid is creepy, then surely more would be… creepier. How about an entire island of them?
That is the premise behind Come Out And Play, a Midnight Madness film in which a vacationing couple travel to an idyllic, but seemingly deserted island village. Deserted, that is, except for the children.
And so begins this exceptionally well shot film. This is atmospheric horror at its finest, with the tension in the air always palpable, despite long stretches of time without anything actually happening. The acting is above average for the genre, and the climax extremely satisfying.
Come Out And Play is directed by Makinov, a Russian filmmaker whose real name and face are both unknown, wearing a mask at all times. Obviously as such he could not travel to the film festival. Before the screening we were presented with an equally creepy and unsettling video clip from the director himself, masked of course, explaining his motivation towards making the film. He believes that cinema should be about expressing the pain in the world, and not about checking photos on Facebook. If that’s not the perfect introduction to a Midnight Madness film, I don’t know what is.
My favourite horror flick in a while. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Screens again September 14th at 3:15pm and September 15th at 6:45pm.