Posts Tagged ‘Demons’

When I Grow Up I Wanna Have Scoobies

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Every time a new supernatural/comedy/drama (and any combination thereof) show appears on TV my heart sinks. Not because I don’t want to watch that kind of thing, but it is yet another nail in the coffin of my dreams of bringing Hope For The Future to TV.

Since I started this comic there have been several TV shows and movies that have come along and done what I was trying to do but better. And then there’s stuff like Demons.

It’s an unimaginative title from the get go. They should have gone with We’re Going For Some Of That Sweet Doctor Who Money or We Hope No One Remembers Buffy. Lip service references to Bram Stoker aside, the true progenitor of this show is of course Joss Whedon’s best known work. “Chosen One”, mysterious mentor, mystical underworld, teen angst all checked off, but with all the humour and personality drained out of it. There’s also a rather weird ethnic cleansing subtext too – the grizzled demon hunter played by Gene Hunt refuses to acknowledge these fantasical entities by their names and just calls them things like “a type 12” – another great way to avoid any possible sense of wonder or mystery.

Truthfully, I never bothered watching past the first episode (in which the main villain was a demon, sorry, Type 12 played by Mackenzie Crook, seemingly channelled several of Paul Whitehouse’s characters from The Fast Show), so I apologise if it suddenly got brilliant in subsequent installments. For a series that considers a character called Luke being told to “use the force” to be witty dialogue, I kind of doubt it.



Friday, February 26th, 2010

I just finished playing through Brütal Legend, an absurdly badassed videogame, in which “Eddie Riggs” (the world’s greatest roadie, voiced by Jack Black) is transported into a Sword & Sorcery Fantasyland, seemingly based on every Heavy Metal album cover ever. Here he finds he can make people’s heads explode by playing guitar, and sets off to unite the rock loving population against some S&M demons (lead by Tim Curry).

Although it inexplicably turns into a Real Time Strategy game, not a genre I have ever excelled at, it has enough action/adventure/exploration stuff to keep me happy. Unsurprisingly, given that the project was masterminded by Tim Schafer of Monkey Island and Day of The Tentacle fame, it has a terrific storyline and cast of characters. It’s these, as well as its loving tribute to the absurdity and awesomeness of the world of metal, that are its strongest elements.

In fact, the characters and design of the game are so strong that it seems to me Brütal Legend would totally work as a movie. Some time ago I bemoaned the fact that with all the “epic fantasies” being adapted by Hollywood, in the wake of the Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter movies, none of them has had the balls to have a full on metal soundtrack. Bombastic fantasy imagery fits perfectly with bombastic music (see also Flash Gordon). When Eddie first comes face to face with demonic scumbag monks, Black Sabbath’s Children of the Grave comes creeping out of the mist. Escaping a glam metal “Pleasure Palace” in a souped up hot rod is soundtracked by Dragonforce’s furiously hyperactive Through The Fire and Flames, and battles with the goth faction Drowning Doom are fought to the symphonic black metal sounds of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Apostasy. Elsewhere, bonafide classics such as Diamond Head’s Am I Evil, Budgie’s Breadfan and Motörhead’s We Are The Road Crew can be heard. As a game it’s a wonderful romp, but as a cinematic experience, it would be a riot.


It’s not there anymore, don’t look for it

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Back in “the day”, in times of yore there was a site called It was home to Flying Monkey (of course) and Hope For The Future, so we decided to make a trailer for it, with the help of our musical director and honorary Flying Monketeer, Oliver. The URL is long gone, but there’s enough HFTF stuff in it (as well as Chimpanzee Democracy, details over at the more parochial sounding to show it here. Ah memories…


Gone Gone O Week Of Man

Friday, September 14th, 2012

It’s the weekend, so here’s the Demon, Etrigan