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Halloween ComicFest at Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet WILL be participating in this year’s Halloween ComicFest!  On Saturday October 26th starting at 9am we will be giving away FREE comics to boys and girls (and “whatevers…” no need to worry, Gonzo) of ALL AGES on a first come, first served basis.

My Little Pony Halloween ComicFestBe sure to make it early on Saturday.  We WILL run out quickly and will NOT have any left for Sunday.  However, if you can’t make it tomorrow you have another shot at some free comics on Thursday the 31st as we give away comics instead of candy to numerous Trick-or-Treaters throughout the day.

Here’s a link to the books that will be available.

Happy early Halloween!

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Last Week’s Comics Have Arrived

The shipment we would have put out for sale on October 31st, were we able to open, has finally arrived and is being processed as I type this on Monday morning at 11:30am.  Good news as many of you who stopped by over the weekend were looking for last weeks new comics.  We thank you for it and wish we could have come through for you.

To show our appreciation for your patronage, FP customers, and for sticking by us as your source for new comics, we will be selling ALL new single issue comics from 10/31/12 at a whopping 40% OFF cover price now through December 1st and while supplies last.  In-store only.

Happy 32 Grant Morrison Robertson Image Comics

Click here for a list of books on sale.  Highlights include the Action Comics and Swamp Thing annuals, Happy #2, A Plus X #1, and Angel and Faith #15, Fatale #9.

Thank you again for choosing Forbidden Planet.  We really appreciate it.

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Forbidden Planet NYC is Open Today

Electricity and running water have kicked in again for much of lower Manhattan and we are open for the first time since last Sunday.

Items of note:

  • We will be closing at 10pm every day until Wednesday the 7th.  In fact, today, in the interest of safety for all involved, we may close slightly earlier.  9ish, depending on a few factors.  Be sure to call in advance, please.
  • We do not have new comics and toys from this past week as UPS was not delivering to our area.  We hope to receive the shipment from October 31st this coming Monday, but that is not guaranteed.  Keep an eye out on this site, our Facebook page, and/or our Twitter feed for updates.  We’re aware some of our competitors have gotten their shipments but we are deeply appreciative of our customers and will definitely make it worth your while to pick up your comics from us.
  • Everything in the shop is ON SALE!!! 15% Off everything for everyone through Tuesday the 6th.  Well, not exactly everything.  T-shirt deals and other discounts do not apply, but that’s not too shabby.  Right?

CHARITY DRIVE: Obviously, the impact of Hurricane Sandy has left many in our area devastated.  This has been a local tragedy of unprecedented proportions and we are fully aware life is not so great for a lotta people right now.  That being said Forbidden Planet is holding a charity drive for victims of the Hurricane in Staten Island, The Rockaways, City Island, New Jersey et al.  If you have canned foods, bottled water, fresh batteries, flashlights you can bring by the shop as a donation we will give you a bag of the free comics we prepared to give away on Halloween.  You can see the list of freebies here.

On a personal level, many of my friends and family have it way worse than I do, but FP is my slight solace and I hope it will be for those who come by this weekend.

All my hopes and wishes go out to you and your families.

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Living Dead Dolls: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

"Will I be spared the wrath of God?" "NEIGH!"

Just in time for Halloween (and with the predicted Mayan end-times less than two months away: hurrah!), FPNYC is carrying Living Dead Dolls Presents: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Based on symbolic figures of doom and destruction from the first four of the biblical Seven Seals, these guys are basically My Little Revelations, each sporting a curled right fist to grip an apocalyptic hobbyhorse. Clearly, eschatons of fun for the whole family (or, at least, adult collectors with a taste for creepy things). I’ve bought all four, which are currently perched on my bookshelves to glare at any guests who might visit my apartment.

My Little Apocalypse: Friendship is Tragic
BRING OUT YOUR DEAD!

The first of the four, biblically speaking, is Pestilence on a white horse (pictured at left with Grace of the Grave and Revenant). At first glance, judging by the tricorne hat and beaked white mask, I thought he appeared to be a Venetian carnival character, but he’s actually an adorable li’l plague doctor! During the era of bubonic plague, “doctors” with often-limited medical knowledge wore these foreboding costumes—consisting of broad-brimmed hats, long reinforced overcoats, and birdlike masks—while on duty among plague victims, both to guard themselves against disease and warn healthy folk that death was near. The mask’s eyes were inset with glass, its beak stuffed with aromatic herbs to blot out the stench of decay: this one, though, is hollow and made of plastic. Lift it up and you’ll notice Pestilence is missing an eye under his mask amid several festering plague sores. Aww, how cute.

No cooties here.

War, on a pissed-off-looking red horse, combines elements of military garb from various eras: the chainmail uniform of a Crusader with the camo pants and combat boots of a contemporary US soldier plus a WWI-style gas mask, which he’ll presumably need after the world has been overrun with all that plague. The gas mask’s design has been borrowed from that of Toxic Molly from series 9 (see photo: on right), though with slightly different fabric. Underneath it, he’s got a fierce little face streaked with war paint. Though I wish Mezco had kept the helmet shown in the prototype version, War is probably my favorite of this set.

Fashion victims.

Next up is Famine on a black horse (pictured with Envy from series 6). Famine is depicted here as a screaming green-skinned girl wearing cowboy boots and slanted bangs, with a skeletal-print dress and painted-on sunken cheekbones to demonstrate how emaciated she is from Armageddon-level hunger. I wasn’t that big on this doll—at least compared to the others, alongside whom she looks anachronistically modern (even Williamsburg-worthy, if she had a slightly different color scheme)—though the detailed skeleton print of her costume was a nice touch.

Death loves you THIIIS much.

Last is Death on a “pale” horse (which features the same skeletal design as Famine’s black horse, something I found a bit lazy). Fourth Horseman Death appears more ragged and medieval than the velvet-robed scythe-wielding Grim Reaper-style Death from series 15 (pictured at right). This little guy takes the form of a dingy skull cloaked in threadbare rags: clearly he’s already been getting down to business (that is, the business of slaughtering a massive amount of the earth’s inhabitants). Definitely a solid item for weirdos like me who love anything memento mori-related.

Each of the LDD Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is currently available at FPNYC, both in-store and online. You can also pick up the bloody-mouthed Christmas-themed Living Dead Doll toy soldier!

"Hey, buddy! Wanna play chess?"

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Spectacle Shriek Show!!

Can your heart stand 12 solid hours of total terror? Can you bear witness to horrors you’ll never forget?

Join Spectacle Theater for the 1st annual Spectacle Shriek Show

October 29th, Noon – Midnight!

8 features! Treats, scares, and surprises!

Trailer compilations provided by MATT D. of Forbidden Planet and Horrorboobs!!

Only 25, handmade tickets available!

Only 5 tickets left!!!

$25/each! Bring blankets, pillows, coffee mugs, and heart medicine as you settle in for the most frightening marathon in the city!

SPECTOBER culminates in a crescendo of unrelenting nightmares!

Tickets available at the theater during regular hours beginning Saturday, October 15th! (Schedule of films announced on the 28th.)

555 // Wally Koz // 1988 // courtesy of Massacre Video

A hippie killer with a sex-fueled, murderous bloodlust is on a rampage and he’s brutally murdering innocent young couples! A nationwide trend of killings with the same m.o. happens to catch the eyes of Detective Haller and Sergeant Connor. Every …five years, within five days of each other, the killer strikes! Now it’s up to Haller and Connor to find out who is behind these grisly murders. Who is this crazed, blood thirsty hippie? And more importantly, what is the significance of the third ‘five’?

Written by Roy Koz and directed by Wally Koz, this rare SOV splatter-classic has recently been given the royal treatment by Massacre Video with a DVD, special edition DVD, and an already eBay fodder clamshell.

http://massacrevideo.com/

I BURY THE LIVING // Albert Band // 1958

A new caretaker at the Immortal Hill Cemetery begins to believe he holds the power of life and death in his hands. Is it merely coincidence or are sinister forces at work?

A tense and atmospheric descent into madness starring Richard Boone (the voice of Smaug in the Rankin & Bass version of The Hobbit from 1977) and directed by Albert Band (Ghoulies II).

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCbWma91RKg

KILLING SPREE// Tim Ritter // 1987 // courtesy of Camp Motion Pictures/Alternative Cinema

Tom Russo (Asbestos Felt) has begun to suspect his wife of cheating. So he takes to the streets to get revenge in a myriad of horrible ways. No one is safe!

Tim Ritter is infamous for his outrageous, low-budget horror films including Creep, Wicked Games and Truth or Dare. His 1987 feature Killing Spree (1987) wallows in extreme violence, insanity and gore-soaked depravity. Part Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and part Pieces, it’s a no-holds-barred glimpse into the mind of a paranoid schizophrenic and bloodthirsty psychopath – presented uncut and uncensored.

http://www.alternativecinema.com/

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3c1RNzs5RU

THE TAINT // Drew Bolduc & Dan Nelson // 2010 // courtesy of the filmmakers.

The water is tainted. THE TAINT poisons the minds of men. It turns them into raging misogynists: monsters who want nothing more than to KILL WOMEN. When society is transformed into a land of sadistic violence and horrible brutality, it is up to Phil OʼGinny and his female friend, Misandra, to combat the horrible evil that is “THE TAINT”.

The low-budget independent film was made in Richmond, VA with the help of many incredibly talented local artists and Virginia Commonwealth University students. It is a testament to guerilla style filmmaking and a great example of what can be accomplished outside of the studio system with very little money.

http://www.taintmovie.com/

Trailer (NSFW): http://vimeo.com/14400021

DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW // Frank De Felitta // 1981 // courtesy of VCI Entertainment

When young Marylee Williams (Tonya Crowe) is found viciously mauled, all hell breaks loose in her small rural town. Officious postmaster Otis P. Hazelrigg (Charles Durning) leads a gang of bigots in pursuit of the suspect: her mentally challenged friend Bubba Ritter (Larry Drake). Finding him hiding inside a scarecrow, they exact brutal mob “justice”…only to discover a tragic mistake! Now a strange apparition stalks the land seeking each of them out, as the legend of the Scarecrow begins.

This once lost, made-for-tv creepfest has been newly restored and is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from VCI Entertainment.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzJNgerwCdo

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS: THE GODFATHER OF GORE // Frank Henenlotter // 2010 // courtesy of Something Weird Video

Take an outrageous ride through this wild world of exploitation films with this thoroughly entertaining documentary, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS – THE GODFATHER OF GORE! Featuring cult director John Waters, Drive-In Movie Critic Joe Bob Briggs, Herschell Gordon lewis himself and a “cast of thousands,” you’ll witness the innocent bare-naked era of Nudie-Cuties before Lewis schocked the world with “Blood Feast,” the first ever gore film! But that’s not all – Lewis conrinued to assault audiences with such retro campy classics as “She-Devils on Wheels,” “Blast-Off Girls,” “Just for the hell of It, “Two Thousand Maniacs!” and the incredible “Wizard of Gore!” Experience a decade of motion madness – with tons of clips, rare outtakes testimony from the people who were there, and a rabid sense of humor – as HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS – THE GODFATHER OF GORE leaves you laughing and screaming at the most amazing motion pictures to ever play American Movie theaters!

Available on DVD/Blu-Ray from the fine folks at Something Weird!

http://www.somethingweird.com/

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPRq77KmcUM

TALES FROM THE QUADEAD ZONE // Chester Novell Turner // 1987

Following “Black Devil Doll from Hell” Chester Novell Turner made one more foray into the exciting world of SOV horror. Tales from the Quadead Zone is that film. Shirley L. Jones returns to star in this three story anthology. As she reads each tale of terror from the tome to her ghostly son Bobby, the events unfold before her each more baffling than the last. Join us for an experience you won’t soon forget. Far and away one of the rarest tapes around, Spectacle is proud to have this as part of our first Shriek Show.

DEEP RED // Dario Argento // 1975

A music teacher witnesses the grisly death of a psychic and becomes obsessed with trying to find the killer.

The 5th film written and directed by Dario Argento is filled with untrustworthy characters, red herrings, stylized violence, and a fantastic Goblin score. At times, cited as the best giallo ever made, Deep Red is as beautiful as it is ghastly.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62YqwaSMN4E

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REMINDER Heavy Metal Horror @ Nitehawk Cinema Oct 21st & 22nd

THIS HALLOWEEN, WILD EYE INVITES YOU TO BANG YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE MOVIE SCREEN – WITH A RARE 35mm SCREENING OF 1986′s HEAVY METAL CLASSIC TRICK OR TREAT! PLUS A SLASH N’ GRIND TRAILER SHOW!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents The Heavy Metal Horror Show! Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only, Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic Trick or Treat directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of Rock N’ Roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price).  Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the 60′s and 70′s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons and Dragons game and raise your devil-horned hands in the air as we bring Heavy Metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

So, avoid price gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at NitehawkCinema.com. For more information, visit wildeyereleasing on facebook, wildeyereleasing.com or nitehawkcinema.com.

Don’t be a poser, and come crank it with Wild Eye this Halloween on October 21st and 22nd.

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Heavy Metal Horror @ Nitehawk Cinema Oct 21st & 22nd

THIS HALLOWEEN, WILD EYE INVITES YOU TO BANG YOUR HEAD AGAINST THE MOVIE SCREEN – WITH A RARE 35mm SCREENING OF 1986′s HEAVY METAL CLASSIC TRICK OR TREAT! PLUS A SLASH N’ GRIND TRAILER SHOW!

Prepare to get caught in a 35mm mosh pit as Wild Eye Releasing presents The Heavy Metal Horror Show! Appearing at Brooklyn’s own Nitehawk Cinema for two nights only, Friday, October 21st & Saturday, October 22nd, starting at Midnight.

Headlining the bill is the 1986 head banging horror classic Trick or Treat directed by Charles Martin Smith. Experience the mysterious death and backwards record-induced return of Rock N’ Roll superstar Sammi Curr (Tony Fields) as he haunts his biggest fan Skippy, er, we mean Eddie (Mark Price).  Watch as Curr shreds till everyone on screen is literally dead, with special guest appearances by Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.

And if that isn’t enough to satiate your sick minds, make sure to show up early to catch opening act The Ghost Of The New York Grindhouse Trailer Show performing a full hour of spine tingling horror and exploitation trailers from the 60′s and 70′s that will raise your hair, but without that can of Aquanet.

So cancel your Dungeons and Dragons game and raise your devil-horned hands in the air as we bring Heavy Metal to the silver screen in its purest form, with the entire evening’s events being screened from original 35mm prints and the volume turned up to 11.

So, avoid price gouging scalpers and get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available at the Nitehawk Cinema box office and at NitehawkCinema.com. For more information, visit wildeyereleasing on facebook, wildeyereleasing.com or nitehawkcinema.com.

Don’t be a poser, and come crank it with Wild Eye this Halloween on October 21st and 22nd.

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Go to DMC!!!

Viz Media’s Detroit Metal City is like nothing you’ve seen before.  I remember when the first volume came out.  I knew nothing of the book, but as a Heavy Metal fan myself, I was instantly attracted to it. Now Volume 8 is hitting the shelves this Tuesday, and I’m salivating for it because I’ve become a totally obsessed follower of the cult of Krauser!  I’ve throughly enjoyed every single volume, the cartoon series, and the live action DMC movie adaptation of this… manga.  There, I said it. I like manga, but you won’t see me cosplaying anytime soon. Hmmm… although a Krauser halloween costume could be pretty cool.

By all appearances, Soichi Negishi is a sweet, well-mannered boy who loves Swedish pop music, trendy boutiques, and all things fashionable. But at the same time he’s also Krauser II, front man for Detroit Metal City, an indie death metal band whose popularity increases by the day. Once the DMC makeup goes on and Soichi takes the stage, his natural talent as a death metal god can’t help but flourish. Is this the band he’s truly destined to be in?

How did this happen? When and where did I go wrong? This is not the kind of band I wanted to be in!

It’s like Metalocalypse meets Mrs. Doubtfire on acid.

The live action movie stars Kenichi Matsuyama, a pretty high-profile star in the manga adaptation genre, having starred in the Death Note series as L, and in the Nana movie.  It also features a guest appearance by one of my favorite people in the world… None other than the Devil Bat himself, Gene Simmons! You might know him from such films as Never Too Young To Die, Trick Or Treat, and a band you might of heard of called KISS! Unfortunately, the music in the live-action film does not evoke the true evil spirit of the manga, going for a nu-metal sound, unlike the anime, which used more traditional death-metal music.  I still wholeheartedly recommend the film, for the characters are spot-on and hilarious.

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Now can someone please tell me where I can find a DMC shirt?

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