Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Step into My Parlour

One more tale from the November 1953 issue of Weird Terror #8 for today, this one from Al Tewks… and then tomorrow we begin another full issue presentation to finish out the month. But today also starts another theme, although I’m not going to reveal what it is until tomorrow.








TOMORROW: Gee, your hair smells terrific…

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Kwaidan

Ever wonder what a pre-code comic book would be like from Japan, but on film? Tonight TCM presents Kwaidan (’64), a truly awesome, gorgeously surreal TOHO terror classic containing four very dark and shivery Lafcadio Hearn tales of the supernatural: The Black Hair, The Woman in the Snow, Hoichi the Earless, and In a Cup of Tea. **Karswell’s Highest Recommendation!** ---don’t miss it!

Check TCM for more info and show times in your area.

11 comments:

blackwalnut2001 said...

Holy CRIPES. Dang fine yarn, I'd say.

Well, aside from the jaw-dropper of our protagonists "fooling" the coppers on page 1 by turning into an alley with the cop car on their BUMPER...

You're introducing a new THEME, eh? And you're not telling us what it is, eh? Let's see...

Rats...? Raw beef...? Stinky alleyways...? Bloated women...? Tentacled fanged cyclopean aliens... posing as bloated women... posing as BLIND bloated women...?

I know! SPIDERS!

No?

Hell. I give up.

Lily Strange said...

Criminals--its what's for dinner!

Mr. Cavin said...

"We only came here to shoot you and then rob the place. What the hell you caging us up for? What are you, nuts?" I thought the artist had entirely forgotten, in the heat of the moment, that these boys were packing irons until Joey shot the lock off. Why didn't Joey just shoot the raw meat woman? The holes in that cage were big enough.

Anyway, my favorite panel is at the beginning of page three. Apparently, these prostitutes think so little of the local intellect that they stand and preen on a pedestal labeled "trash" just so nobody gets the wrong idea. You wouldn't want to be too ambiguous if you were a prostitute.

Anonymous said...

Another WTF classic. Tewks is hardly a Lou Fine, but there's something charming about his naive style.

Like Mr. Cavin, I loved that panel on Page Three, and for the same reason, but the fifth panel -- or is it the sixth? gotta love those old caption panels they did back then -- on the same page is my favorite of the entire story. A surprisingly understated little bit storytelling in a flurry of yappity yappity yapping.

AndyDecker said...

Hilarious tale. From the "we have to mingle with the neighbours for exactley two weeks" to the bone-collectress - who also cheats with the meats she is buying - this was fun. But the best part was the "moral". "Don´t step in the parlours of little fat ladies". Lol. Yep, choose the tall, slim ones. They are much more fun and not so clingy :-)

Karswell said...

Haha, I think Lily got inspired by Black Walnut's mention of "raw beef." It totally IS what's for dinner! Also comes served hot on a trash can.

So does anyone know anything about Al Tewks? His art is a bit flawed but at the same time there's so many great moments here, particularly the noirish splash and set-up, and his creature design which is really strange and eerie. And tentacally...

Anonymous said...

I LOVE TENTACLED CREATURES!! REALLY GOOD LOVECRAFTIAN STORY, I LIKE THE ART TOO AND NEVER HEARD OF TEWKS BUT WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE.

EXCITED ABOUT KAWAIDEN, I SAW IT A LONG TIME AGO AND THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT......... I'M SURE I'LL ENJOY EVEN MORE NOW WATCHING IT IN PRE-CODE MIND FRAME. THANKS!!!

Horror pariah said...

Kwaidan is one of my favorites. I just never express my love for it much because i thought it had a bad reputation among horror fans after seeing multiple negative reviews. The scene where(spoiler)the ghost takes Hoichi's ears because they weren't painted always makes me flinch for some reason, and it's rare a film does that to me.

8thRay said...

Er, I dislike eating T-bone steaks. Quick, somebody banish me to the T-bone steak world, I'll make sure to save the bones.

Tim Beard said...

Thanks for the heads up on Kwaidan. I watched it a few years ago and thought it was great. Can't wait to see it again.

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