God Hates Astronauts #1 Review

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I have to say I went in a little blind when I picked up this issue of God Hates Astronauts in as much as I didn’t realise how much a world creator Ryan Browne had already made. Visiting his website only goes to show how much I have already missed. However dear reader, do not be afraid, because with this latest issue from Image you are at the perfect jumping in point and can pick up the story straight away.

For those that are fans of slightly surreal and off kilter comics, then this is one certainly for you. The plot follows space farmers, interspecies love (who dares keep a man and his chicken away from each other in the name of true love?!), a cheeeseburger eating tiger king and many other weird and wonderful characters.

The comic itself it set out in a rather tongue in cheek manner, with fake reviews on the back, all of which seem to be telling people not to bother with the comic and to buy Snopple. The age rating at the back is referred to as “mature readers only?”, and it is little touches like this that show the huge amount of detail and control that goes into every issue of a comic.

I cannot recommend this comic highly enough as it is a so funny and I am extremely excited to see how the story unfolds over the coming months!

First Image and More Details From The Human Centipede Part 3

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Here is the first official image from The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)  to give it its full name. Whilst some people never wanted a first film, let alone a second, director Tom Six is finally nearing the end of his cinematic vision with the final installment to his Human Centipede franchise.

I was a huge fan of the first film, however the second didn’t really sit right with me. I understand that he was trying to be self referential and show how the first film had such a huge impact on society; it never really lived up to first one. That is just my opinion and I know some thought that the first film was horrific and was used as a rite of passage with some teenagers to see if they would actually watch it.

In a recent interview with Entertainment WeeklyTom Six, had this to say about the film:

“THC Part 3 will be totally different from Parts 1 and 2 and certainly not as gross,” NOT AS GROSS, I don’t think fans of the first two films will be happy about this!

“But it will be the most controversial one politically-wise. It will have a lot of self-mockery and will be the most darkly comical of the three. Parts 1 and 2 have a very European feel. Part 3 is very American with the highest budget, a big movie score, widescreen, and an XXL human centipede. It’s set in an American maximum security prison in the middle of the desert. Plot-wise I won’t share details yet but if you let your imagination run wild you might get ideas.” It seems like Mr Six will be taking some ideas he used in second film, by referring back to the first, to the limit in this one, by even joking about his own films. I am quite interested to see how this turns out.

He commented on having Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts in the film:

“Eric plays an a–hole governor, he is a great, underrated actor with a delicious, worn, malicious face. He was perfect for the part and a real gentleman. I love working with American actors and can’t wait to work with more famous American actors — if they have the b—s to work with me because some are scared to work with a sick European ‘horror’ film maker. I make ‘horrific’ movies, that’s true — but I don’t consider them as standard horror films. I think the genre with mostly masked killers or creepy ghosts on a killing spree is pretty boring and stupid.”

He also has actors from the first two films returning for this offering:

“Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey play very different characters that will put Dr. Heiter and Martin in the shade. They are both brilliant actors with their own style. Laurence played a mute in Part 2; now he is a smart guy with a whole lot of dialog. Dieter played a cold, restrained doctor in Part 1; now he is a loud, racist, sadistic a–hole. Robert Lasardo plays a very cool, daring part, and I gave ex-porn star Bree Olson her first break as a serious actress, and she does one hell of a job. I play ‘Tom Six’ in the movie, which is an Oscar nomination performance.”

Six has always rumoured that the last film will feature a ridiculously large human centipede of about 500 people and he has finally come to confirm that this is true and how he got it made:

“By having a lot of brave American extras and doing it the megalomanic way like they did in Spartacus,” Six says. “F— CGI-created things.”

I for one am very excited to see how this trilogy ends, and hopefully it will be easier to see this time around without a lot of censors trying to get the film banned or edited too much! No word yet on any distribution, but all being well the film will be released later on this year.