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Friday, February 15, 2008

John Landis Enters the Crypt

There I was, feeling a little bummed out that Diary of the Dead is thus far getting only a limited release of 42 theaters nationwide--with the closest one to me being 35 miles away--when, lo and behold, this life-affirming news comes over the wire.
Variety reported last night that John Landis, best known to horror aficionados as the director of An American Werewolf in London, will be stepping in to helm the biopic "Ghoulishly Yours, William M. Gaines," based on the life of the famous EC Comics and Mad Magazine publisher.
As you probably have guessed, I am a big fan of EC Comics (that's my favorite Tales from the Crypt cover, by the way.) It all began back in the 1950s when my dad first discovered them as a kid. Fast-forward 30 years later, and he passed along the love for those gore-soaked pages to me, his only begotten son.
The picture is expected to focus on the rise of EC Comics in the '50s, and in particular the First Amendment battle that ensued when his horror comics were targeted by the U.S. Senate for their "harmful influence" on kids like my dad. As another life-long fan of EC and classic horror in general, I'm hoping for Landis to knock this one out of the park.
Now all I need is for Diary of the Dead to go wide next weekend...

5 comments:

Karswell said...

Looks like we have dueling posts again! ha

Ryne said...

I loved Tales from the Crypt on TV, and I used to have this toy robot thing that would read Tales of the Crypt comics out loud from a tape.

B-Sol said...

Steve- I just knew you'd be jumping all over this one!

ryne- that sounds like just about the coolest toy in history.

cinderelly said...

i used to read those comics (not in the 50's!) and when the fist movie came out i was so excited to see it! cool!

CG said...

Best news in a loooooooong time. This needs to be filmed, packaged, and dropped on my door step no later than right the fu*k now!!

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