Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight Volume 1 - Double Feature Paperback – July 29, 2014
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- Item Weight : 10.7 ounces
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616553774
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616553777
- Product Dimensions : 6.67 x 0.28 x 10.18 inches
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (July 29, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,955,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What did and did not work with these stories?
Bee Vixens from Mars
Obviously designed as sex-violence introduction for the double feature to get everyone excited. Thus, the story was pretty shallow. Practically no efforts were made to develop the characters or progress the story. However, this is how it should be done. You don’t want to bog down the anxious viewers with heavy plot details and denouements, etc. Leave that for the follow-up.
The artistry style is reminiscent of Betty and Veronica comic strips with its bright and vibrant color schemes mixed with your classic graphic novel detail. Considering that the story is rather short in both length and depth, this style of drawing pairs well. At times it was difficult to see or read what was going on, but for the most part it was a successful use. Despite this story being a sex-ploitation type story, it didn’t have much nudity or sexual references. Yes, all of the women were barely clothed, they were all very attractive, and there was a reference to some lesbian sex but considering, it was fairly mild.
Prison Ship Antares
Much more involved than Bee Vixens from Mars, the reader actually gets a legitimate story to follow. While it isn’t anything over the top in terms of character development, the reader is able to establish personalities and backgrounds with a few of the inmates, which made it more enjoyable for me. I love grindhouse movies but the simple plots don’t always translate well into books, hence why I preferred this story. I have an issue with how this portion of the volume was set-up, but I will review that below. A quick note- small portions of this story randomly change languages with no seeming transition or translation. I found this discerning since it took almost four pages at one point.
Almost a direct compare and contrast to the above, Prison Ship Antares was drawn a little more crudely with more neutral colors. This worked well with the prison setting as the stereotype of inmates is that they are rough characters and they usually fit a type of demographic, or you imagine them all wearing specific types of clothing, or you believe that all female inmates become lesbians… those types of ideas fit into why the graphic style works. It is interesting to note that this story actually had more nudity and sexual references than Bee Vixens from Mars. It’s addition had more of a comic effect than an erotic one.
The graphic novel made great use of the grindhouse, double feature theme. Before and after each “show” are up-and-coming features that tie into the themes of the stories, such as “Zombie Rapture” and “Black Russian”. I enjoyed the break between the stories and taking the opportunity to enjoy the artistry. I had a particularly hard time physically reading this volume. As an ebook, it had a few challenges:
1) It moves very slowly on the ereader and actually force closed many times.
2) The double features are on opposite orientations. Obviously this could be an issue if you read ebooks on your laptop. I read on a tablet so it wasn’t a huge issue.
a) I also did not realize that you had to flip to the end of the novel to start the second story until I had finished it. I had assumed that it would be formatted to accommodate for electronic reading, but it is setup exactly as the print version.
Overall, it was an enjoyable read. Within the context of what this volume is truly about, it excels. This is not a graphic novel for someone looking for a series continuation, story complexity, or even excessive gore/nudity. It simply takes you to that B-rated horror that is laughably shocking.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
Top reviews from other countries
Kurz und knackig erzählt BEE WIXENS FROM MARS die Story einer Invasion außerirdischer Horrorinsekten, die ausgerechnet in den Südstaaten die künftige Weltherrschaft antreten wollen.
Die zweite Story heißt PRISONSHIP ANTARES. Wer fliegt als Freiwilliger zu fernen Planeten, um dort eine Kolonie zu gründen, wenn es keinen Weg zurück gibt? Eine SF-Variation von "Frauenknast" inklusive sadistischer Wärterin.
Beide Stories zeichnen sich durch die explizite Darstellung von Sex & Gewalt aus, was den Verkauf anheizt. Aber die Lektüre hat mich nicht zufrieden gestellt. Allzu schnell sind die zwei Stories durchgelesen und zuende, bevor sie richtig begonnen haben. Sex und Gewalt also, dazu fließt das Blut in Strömen und es gibt keine Verschnaufpausen, bis alles durchgestanden ist.
Allzu empfindlich und korrekt sollte man nicht sein, wenn man das Grindhouse Double Feature in die Hand nimmt, es ist kein Comic für Kinder und jugendliche Leser. Wer Spaß am klischeehaften Genre hat, wird hier leidlich unterhalten.