Adaptations have seen a rebirth in comics. Series like “Hellraiser,” “The Crow,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Ash and the Army of Darkness” show that certain famous stories are far from over. Adaptation is a delicate art. Capturing the spirit of the original piece can be tricky and sometimes nigh impossible.
Given the right creative team any book is possible. So with that in mind, here are some of the best stories that could benefit from adaptation. Be it through a continuation of the original story, or a complete overhaul of the original material these are adaptations that could breathe new life into older properties.
Halloween has arrived. Celebrate with me by sharing which of your favorite films you’d love to see adapted into comics. This is my list, and while some are films that are perfect in their own right, others are vastly in need of some help. These are all stories that can benefit from new energy while bringing new types of stories to the shelves. READ MORE
Even before Sam Raimi and company fully defined the character in Evil Dead II, Ash was always a strange hero. For much of the more seriously minded The Evil Dead, we see Ash cowering in the background while the more manly Scotty takes care of business. It’s only when Scotty finds defeat (and rape?) at the hands of some Evil Dead trees that Ash finally steps up to the plate.
That’s pretty much how he’s been ever since. We know Ash as a mouthy idiot who can dish out violence but is just as likely to talk tough and run away from it (when he’s not getting knocked around and abused like a rag doll, that is). We love Ash, but he’s not the only character of this type. There are many other Ash-a-Likes out there, some knowing ripoffs, others mere coincidences.
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Pegged as “The Waking Dead” meets Tremors, with tentacles, Jon Wright directs the Irish horror comedy Grabbers that stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to “a sleepy Irish fishing village that’s forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature.” The trailer has now hit and this thing looks like quite a bit of fun. I really enjoyed the clip that came out around Sundance and now I’m officially stoked to check out this movie.
Ryan Daley said this about the Sundance Film Festival selection: “I liked the hell out Grabbers, but if it had revealed its monster just a little less often, and been just a little more menacing in its approach, it could have transcended mere likeability on the way to horror greatness.” Read his entire review here. IFC Films will be releasing the monster comedy in theaters and VOD later this year (it’s dated for August 10th in the UK – still looking into the US release).
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Pegged as Waking Dead meets Tremors, with tentacles, Jon Wright directs the Irish horror comedy Grabbers that stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to “a sleepy Irish fishing village forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature.”
Earlier this month we landed an exclusive first look at the film and now Twitchfilm has landed a clip from the movie.
I think the clip shows a nice strength of economy in terms of both setting up the characters and the tone of the piece. It’s nice to see indie filmmakers embracing the jaunty spirit that studios used to allow in their horror comedies more often in the 1980′s. Nothing wrong with a horror film being fun.
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Get ready for Tremors meets H.P. Lovecraft meets Gremlins!
Bloody Disgusting scored a first look at a trio of hi-res images from the Irish comedy horror Grabbers, two of which “tease” the creatures — personally, I’d rather be surprised than have them send us a bunch of photos ruining the look of the monster. You?
Helmed by Jon Wright and penned by Kevin Lehane, the creature feature stars Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Ruth Bradley (Flyboys) and Russell Tovey (The History Boys). It sees a sleepy Irish fishing village forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature with alcohol.
Get ready for Tremors meets H.P. Lovecraft meets Gremlins! Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has nabbed U.K. rights to Irish comedy horror Grabbers. Helmed by Jon Wright and penned by Kevin Lehane, the creature feature stars Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Ruth Bradley (Flyboys) and Russell Tovey (The History Boys). It sees a sleepy Irish fishing village forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature with alcohol. The Salt Company is handling international sales for the pic, which has begun lensing in Belfast and Donegal.
Now in production from Salt is a new Irish/UK horror comedy from director Jon Wright. In the vein of Gremlins and Tremors comes Grabbers, which follows an odd-couple of policeman on Erin island suddenly find themselves dealing with dead whales, decapitated fishermen and tentacle sea creatures called “Grabbers.” As it turns out, the monsters consider alchoholic blood toxic, so the officers must get the entire town drunk off their asses in order to fend off the attack. Check out the art and a long synopsis inside.
A small town gradually becomes aware of a strange creature which picks off people one by one. But what is this creature, and where is it? At the same time, a seismologist is working in the area, she detects _tremors_. The creature lives underground, and can ‘pop up’ without warning. Trapped in their town, the town-folk have no escape.