Review: Haunted Horror #5

Review of: Haunted Horror #5
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Haunted Horror #5

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On June 4, 2013
Last modified:June 4, 2013


A collection of awesomely retro tales of horror that hearken back to classic horror films. A precursor to the iconic “Tales from the Crypt”

For those that know me or follow my random ramblings on Comic Book Therapy, you might know that I’m a sucker for horror films and anything that comes with it. If you want to get my attention, wave a collector’s edition of Universal’s classic Dracula in front of me. There’s just something about the classic simplicity they offer up that just sendsa zing up my heart strings. IDW’s latest edition of Haunted Horror is right up my alley, bringing to light the classic tales from the 1950’s that housewives and the US Government thought would ruin the minds of children.

In this fifth issue, we see anything from a young baseball star who lets his quest for being the best get in the way of his natural ability, to a bowler who takes things a little to far when his wife slacks off in her wifely duties, to the classic stand-by of a prehistoric creature being let lose on the modern world. By today’s standards, these stories may seem a bit silly and lacking in originality, but take yourself back about 60 years and it’ a whole new ballgame. The stories are short and sweet but tremendously entertaining, and fans of classic horror tales will eat this up.

Top artists from the golden age of comics provide a fitting and well-appointed backdrop for these stories, and you can’t help but smile as you read through the pages, which go buy much faster than you want them to.  As I read this series, I couldn’t help but picture the iconic and witty Crypt Keeper from the now iconic Tale from the Crypt. The tales featured would be a perfect fit to that series and I can picture the low-budget short films being ripped from these pages. That’s how fun and entertaining it is.

If you’re a fan of the horror genre, regardless of the era, this is a series that I’d recommend picking up. Anyone else may look at them and not respect them for what they are: a great collection of comics that combines the golden age of story telling and the classic homage to the horror films that are so important to the genre. You can pick this  little gem up starting June 5th!

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