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31 Days of Horror 2014 – L’Inferno (1911)

LInferno 1911Think of the high pitched screech of metal across metal, the low guttural growl of a wild animal or the rapid plucking of violin strings again and again to illicit a sense of tension. Undoubtedly, one of the most important elements of any horror film is sound: both in music score and in effects.

Still, visceral imagery and the underlying text that a film is based upon can have an enormous affect on the mindset of a viewer.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, at the origin of the art form we call film, the black and white L’Inferno, released in 1911, silent and arresting, tested the relevance of this treatise. The result was an overwhelmingly popular and horrifying experience for all of those that viewed the film then, as well as those that view it today.

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The Answer Is Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year-Dark City On The Wednesday Run

Have you been watching Gotham, the new fall television show that centers around the death of an important, rich couple, the start of one good man’s policing career, and the origins of a despicable, crime-ridden city that will eventually require another man to dress as a bat, meting out vigilante justice to help keep order amidst sheer chaos?

It’s a smash hit – a program I make sure to set my schedule around every Monday night.

A riddle, then, in honour of that new television show: Where can you go in order to fully understand all that you already know?

It’s a simple riddle, really. Follow me after the jump and I’ll point you to the right answer!

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Toil And Trouble And Wytches #1 On The Wednesday Run

WYTCHES 1 CoverWe’re well into one of Biff Bam Pop’s favourite months of the year, the one where the leaves start to change to orange and then blood red in colour, where the air starts to get a little more chill, and where the nights start to get a little longer and a little blacker.

Of course, lucky us, that obviously means the release of television shows and movies the fit within the suspense and horror genres.

Comic books are no different. And this week sees the release of one of the most highly anticipated new series of the year – let alone a horror title – in Wytches.

Follow me after the jump where we’ll take a look and see what’s cooking inside the couldren!

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31 Days Of Horror 2014 – Murder By Decree (1979)

murder_by_decreeThe world over, and in even in the realm of pop culture, is there a more horrifying thought in public consciousness than the famously unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper?

Of course, innumerable amounts of people have written about their fascination with England’s most notoriously unknown murderer. We here at Biff Bam Pop! have done our part, too. Whether it’s a physical walk, book, poem, or a drawing, film has always had a fascination for the villain.

Although not a horror movie, Murder By Decree announces its intent through its opening scene: a rolling panorama of 1888 London during an October sunset, a fog rising, and the night’s first policeman whistles as Big Ben chimes in the distance.

Suspense and dread. That’s what the film offers. Oh! And a solving of the crime by fiction’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes!

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Get Back To Class With Gotham Academy #1 On The Wednesday Run

The fall means back to school, doesn’t it?

Regardless of your age, the change in weather and the change in the colour of leaves (well, depending upon where you live) is synonymous with buying pens, pencil cases and duotangs. Students still use those things right? Everything hasn’t gone iPad, has it?

In any case, DC Comics is getting into the back-to-school game this fall, publishing a new, monthly series aimed at a younger audience (YES! Comics for teens!) but enjoyable to comic readers of all ages.

Boys and girls, please take your seats. Gotham Academy is now in session!

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The 80’s & Denzel Look To Equalize The Box Office-Biff Bam Pop’s Box Office Predictions

Hollywood’s mining television again with a big new release this weekend.

the equalizer posterRemember the mid-to-late eighties show, The Equalizer, starring Edward Woodward? If you do, you’re definitely of a certain age. I used to watch it on and off, back in the day. It had a great premise: a retired intelligence officer placing ads in the local newspaper, offering his services to fix problems. If you had your head underwater, if you were being threatened, if you require justice o, “if you have nowhere else to turn”, you’d call The Equalizer.

Loved that catch line then and now!

The question this weekend is: will theatre audiences make that call again? Will they go see the big screen version of The Equalizer?

Follow me after the jump for our predictions!

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Sci-Fi Goes To The Roche Limit #1 On The Wednesday Run

Science fiction and comic books.

It’s like the raison d’etre of the pop culture medium these days, and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. To varying degrees, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, the two big industry publishers, have had their fair share of sci-fi and fantasy titles of late, but it’s Image Comics that have reinvigorated and firmly cemented the genre in the imaginations of readers, new and old.

That trend continues today with the publication of the fascinating Roche Limit #1. Follow me after the jump for more on the new monthly series!

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A Rock ‘N’ Roll Crucible: U2–Songs Of Innocence (2014) Reviewed

U2 Songs of Innocence album coverNot counting last year’s “Ordinary Love” from the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom film and this year’s “Invisible” for Product Red, it’s been five years since we last heard from U2.

No Line On the Horizon, the band’s twelfth studio album, released in early 2009, was a relative failure in terms of sales, even if the resulting world tour was the highest grossing concert tour in history. It was evident: people still wanted to hear and see U2. For that reason and that reason alone, the aged Irish rockers can still be deemed as being relevant musically, politically, and culturally. With the surprise album release of Songs of Innocence last week, five long years since their last proper album, U2, the long-lasting survivors of rock and roll, test the theory of relevancy once more.

And they come through that crucible in one of the most unexpected ways imaginable: if not through the music itself, then through the musical process.

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