Alternate Takes 01.05.13: Top 10 Vampires in Entertainment
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Now, Morbius has never been a true bad guy in the truest sense of the word. He is a part-vampire, and has an unquenchable thirst for blood, so that is not good. But he has never set out to be a criminal, crook or evil genius. In some interesting trivia, Morbius was the first Marvel vampire to come after the Comics Code Authority lifted its ban on vampires in 1971. He also gained his vampire powers by scientific means, and not by the traditional sense, morphing into the creature while trying to develop a cure for his rare blood disease.
This made him a sympathetic villain and soon moved on into a more anti-hero role and starred in his own comic “The Living Vampire” in the ’70s as well.
This new reboot of Morbius does a decent job of explaining his powers (hypnosis, super strength, healing powers) and weaknesses (he can die, he has problems with bright lights) and differences in the genre (he can’t change into anything like a bat or mist, he likes garlic, especially in a nice pesto sauce).
It also explains how he became a vampire for new readers and sets him up in his new town of Brownsville. This new home is described as somewhere the heroes never come, and as a result is extremely dangerous. We meet his first nemesis, a street thug named Noah St. Germain and then Morbius dies. Yeah, you read that right. The comic starts in present day and then flashes back to how Morbius ended up there. However, in the present day Noah blasts Morbius in the gut with a shotgun, and Morbius said he became a “dead vampire.”
I liked the introduction to Morbius in the comic. I knew about him from when I read comics as a kid, but I honestly lost touch with the character for a lot of years. I never really read his later adventures and know him best from his early days in Spider-Man comics. The one big problem with this comic is that nothing really happens. We get the introduction, and we see that – in the present day – he is gunned down, but it seems that the first issue was not really worth the money for much in the way of story.
However, it has me hooked on where the story might lead. Plus, I loved the art work by Richard Elson. It reminded me a bit of the look of Morpheus in the Sandman series, and that is a good thing. I will definitely check out issue #2, but they need to get to the point pretty quick or they might lose their general audience. I’d like to see this last, so it’s time to move the story.
This week starts the new Knockout, and this one actually is about who you think can win a fight. This is great news for those people who voted on the strongest heroes in the Knockout that was supposed to be about picking your favorite characters. Your votes actually make sense this time!
Just to start things out easy, we are going with four people who rank at the top of my pre-fight rankings. Here are the first four match-ups.
Welcome to the 3rd week of D-Rock’s Corner! I am John “D-Rock” Dotson, and this week we will be discussing the new EVIL DEAD remake. If you haven’t already done so, please check out the gruesome new Red Band trailer below for the film. Forewarning, it’s incredibly violent and I would also probably tag it as NSFW.
Now, I’ve been hearing a ton of mixed reactions from fans about the existence of this remake. I completely understand the devotion people have towards the original, because it is such a classic. However, I would like to layout some reasons why we should all calm ourselves and give this remake a chance.
1. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on board as Producers.
With the two biggest Icons of the original having a creative say on what is being accomplished in the remake, it’s hard for me as a fan to completely dismiss the project. In fact, when I first heard that they would be stepping up as producers, I was quite relieved, because who better to let this happen than these guys? At least it’s not some other Hollywood dirtbag trying to make a quick buck. Hearing Bruce Campbell talk about the project gets me excited alone, but don’t let me convince you, listen to Bruce himself.
2. Extreme gore please?
As you can see from the trailer, there is probably very little concern about this turning into a PG-13 kiddy scare fest. The gruesome slicing tongue clip, followed with the bloody chick makeout is enough for me to say… Holy shit. So far it appears that all the creators involved have not been holding back on the blood spew department, and I for one salute them.
3. A chance to see a much darker take on the original.
The original had a very humorous campy style in the horror execution, but there was a lot of in between tension that had a lot of potential for a very serious take. Why not give the property another chance to really scare the shit out of people? Besides, how many truly horrifying movies have there been lately? You can always wait for another Michael Bay produced horror reimagining. Friday the 13th – Part 2 in 3D anyone?
4. Sam Raimi’s vision
As we all know, the original classic was shot using a shoe-string budget, which makes film-makers have to sacrifice creative ideas in order to meet expenses. Sam Raimi himself has been speaking to press about how he always thought the original could be much scarier if he had better production quality. If we did not get the chance to experience the full terror that was The Evil Dead back in the 80’s, why pass up the chance to see Raimi’s full vision today? At least Raimi is not pulling a “George Lucas” here and making digital changes to the original.
I am pretty damn excited for this remake and I think the fans should be as well. I think in general when a classic is about to get remade, we all have a right to be pissed in some way. This time however, I think this a remake that is specifically being made to honor the The Evil Dead generation.
As always, let me know your opinions in the comments! Are you excited for the Evil Dead remake? And what do you think of the bloody Red-Band trailer?
January 4: Texas Chainsaw 3D
January 25: Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
January 29 – The Dark Knight Returns Part 2
February 1 – Bullet to the Head
March 1 – Jack the Giant Slayer
March 8 – Oz: The Great and Powerful
March 29 – G.I. Joe: Retaliation
April 12 – The Evil Dead
May 3 – Iron Man 3
May 17 – Star Trek: Into Darkness
June 14 – The Man of Steel
June 21 – World War Z
June 28 – Kick-Ass 2
June 12 – Pacific Rim
July 3 – The Lone Ranger
July 19 – R.I.P.D.
July 26 – The Wolverine
August 2 – Red 2
August 2 – 300: Rise of an Empire
August 6 – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
September 6 – Riddick
September 13 – I, Frankenstein
October 4 – Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
October 25 – The World’s End
November 1 – Ender’s Game
November 8 – Thor 2: The Dark World
November 22 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
December 13 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
April 4 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
May 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2
July 18 – X-Men: Days of Future Past
August 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy
March 6 – Fantastic Four
May 1 – The Avengers 2
November 6 – Ant-Man