Posts tagged: horror
At The Gutter: Comics Editor Carol pits Princess Bubblegum vs. Victor Frankenstein in a Mad Science Throwdown!
Prepare yourselves once more to venture a little further into Adventure Time‘s Candy Kingdom and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. If Lemongrab is Frankenstein the creature, how does Princess Bubblegum compare to Frankenstein the creator. Well, beyond the question, “Who would win in a fight, Victor Frankenstein or Bonibel Bubblegum?” We all know that Princess Bubblegum would win.
SF/F Editor Keith Allison explores Jewish folklore and horror cinema.
To enumerate the number of horror films that draw from Christian folklore and mysticism would result in a list long enough to qualify as a tome. To do similarly with Buddhist and Taoist folklore would result in much the same, only with a lot more Lam Ching-ying doing backflips. But if you turn the horrific cinema lens on the rich ocean of Jewish folklore, you come up with almost nothing. Oh sure, every now and then a rabbi totters on-screen to help out a priest with some esoteric passage in the Old Testament, but that is Judaism in the service of Christianity, rather than Judaism on its own tackling its own assortment of ghosts and monsters and legends.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Manuscripts
The Shelley-Godwin Archive has posted all available manuscripts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Ope…
Comics Editor Carol dares face the terror that is Adventure Time's Earl of Lemongrab:
Made from lemons—or possibly lemon candy—the Earl of Lemongrab is one of Princess Bubblegum’s creations in the animated television series, Adventure Time. (I’ve also written about Adventure Time, here). As Princess Bubblegum tells Finn (hero of Adventure Time), “He was the first one of my experiments gone wrong” (“Too Young”) and Lemongrab has gone very wrong since he was brought to life late one night. He is one of the most disturbing Frankensteins* I’ve ever seen. In fact, Lemongrab is the first creature who has instilled in me the sense of utter wrongness that characters in Frankenstein feel upon encountering Victor Frankenstein’s stitched-together son. I so often identify with the monster, that it is fascinating to sympathize with those he freaks the hell out.
SF/F Editor Keith writes about Planet of Vampires and Mario Bava’s mix of horror and science fiction:
Although Planet of the Vampires is as much horror as it is science fiction (just as Haunted World was equal parts mythology and horror), he weaves the two genres together seamlessly to create a film that contains the wonder of science fiction with the creeping paranoia of horror.
Comics Editor Carol writes about a Sea Mutant torn between a taste for teens and a love of Shakespeare:
As Romance Editor Chris Szego has often noted here at The Gutter, the theme of modern romance is that the hero can change. But what about sea mutants—can they change? In Jonathan Cases’s Dear Creature (Tor, 2011) a sea mutant falls in love with a human woman. It’s a beautifully-drawn and beautifully-written Shakespearean comedy with a monster or a Sixties monster beach movie in iambic pentameter with a sea mutant named Grue, a woman named Giulietta and a chorus of crabs urging Grue to consume people.
(Jonathan Case also provided the art for The Green River Killer and is currently drawing, Batman ‘66).