An accident forces Jughead to resort to witchcraftery, which leads to another bad course of action with dire consequences, which leads to an even worse outcome shaping up to make Riverdale High's Halloween dance really scary with hot-blooded, dead-cold, action the teenagers didn't plan on. This is a more mature Archie's Weird Mysteries for zombie fans. Finally, the undying feud between Betty and Veronica over Archiekins' affection has been given a new direction: concern over who will stay alive with Archie as he takes charge of their safety.
Franceso Francavilla captures the simple, energetic humor of the before Afterlife with Archie comics, sedates it with dark scenes and mature renderings of the gang, and let's the Autumn colors palette do its work across the panels. The intense colors saturate scenes with dramatic flair, fortifying the less detailed features of Francavilla's pencils. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa provides enough setup and chomping in Book One: Escape from Riverdale to make it a good sell for reading the upcoming Book Two.
One bite leads to another, in de rigueur zombie apocalypse fashion, and not even Pop Tate's Diner is safe from the growing horde of deadbeats looking for more than a burger and a malt shake. Situating Riverdale back in its original locale of Massachusetts, a good-intentioned spell goes awry, sparking the supernaturally-charged undead. Is it any surprise, then, that come this October, even Sabrina will be returning to the Archie Comics fold with her own series. One, I'm sure, will be as dark and brooding and dire.
Retreating to the safety of Veronica's stately mansion, her dad takes charge. Zombie fans know what happens when people take charge in zombie movies; a change of plans is soon needed and Archie rises to the occasion. Aguirre-Sacasa adds flashbacks at important moments of conflict: Archie seeing his dog Vegas for the first time contrasted against the last time he sees Vegas; Smithers the butler blended into the background all his life contrasted against Smithers taking the foreground. Each flashback instills maturity and emotion into characters we never expected to see these qualities in. Then, of course, the contagion continues spreading, people get eaten (although the artwork isn't as gory as that sounds), plans are made and hastily remade, and even Reggie Mantle becomes more than Archie's rival for Veronica's affections. Other bumpy relationships do their best to continue through the mayhem, and that's one constant in every zombie scenario: while death clings close at every turn, teens will still be teens and argue or take a refreshing dip in the pool while the hungry undead gather all around.
It's a tough job to take the Archie Andrews universe to a more horrific place given how light-hearted the original series is, but I'm sensing an iZombie vibe here that works well for us even if it may be hell on Archie and his pals.
Saw this 1931 Dracula French pressbook on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $8500.00. Here's what the seller, addsense, wrote about it:
"You place your bids on a very rare French ressbook(?!)/original material advertising for the distribution of Universal's first Dracula movie in France - movie premiered in France in January 1932, so this material must have been printed in 1931/1932. The advertising material addresses French cinema owners. It lists Universal's agencies in France responsible for the distribution of copies, and gives a short abstract of plot and cast. It folds out to a beautiful full-size poster with a modernist portrait of the prince of darkness in the back being surrounded by stills taken from the actual movie - outstanding compared to the other known movie poster designs in circulation elsewhere."
This short-lived television series on ABC, channel 7, showed a lot of promise. Here's my review of the first episode I wrote in 2010. Unfortunately, Happy Town lasted for only eight episodes. Six of them aired on televsion and the last two were shown on the Internet. Rummaging through my archives I found these promotional materials for the show. There are also a coffee mug, water glode, and t-shirt that were sent along with them. If I keep rummaging I'll probably find those, too.
As you can see, promotional materials were neatly tailored to reviewers. They even spelled my name right. Sweet.
An interesting Mexican lobby card collage layout you often see with superhero subject matter. Comic book illustrations--the usual movie scene is replaced by a hastily cut out comic book panel--and jungle illustrations are colorful but irrelevant to what's being shown in the theater. In this case it's probably a showing of television episodes of George Reeves' Adventures of Superman.
Great pressbook, especially page 8: The Mask Brings Screen Horror Up to Date. "The movie going public, perennially receptive to cinematic love and laughter, is equally fascinated by horror. So much so, in fact, that new processes [aka gimmicks] are developed to give screen horror more impact."