With Batman, Spidey and Iron Man hogging the comics-to-film spotlight, IGN Movies decided to turn its attention to a few comics just outside the mainstream -- movies that still deserve the big screen treatment: Comics with a horror theme to them. We know, we know... that genre isn't exactly the easiest or most successful to be adapted. We've seen some success with The Crow (which is getting a reboot), 30 Days of Night (which is getting a direct-to-DVD sequel) and Blade, but nothing on par with Shellhead or The Dark Knight's success.
We looked through our bookshelf and came up with a list of five titles that could deliver both narratively and visually what modern audiences like and need. With Jonah Hex on the way and Halloween even closer, we present five comic series that deserve your box office admission.
Looking at this fall's slate of vampire-themed movies, it's easy to assume the last thing Hollywood needs is another batch of bloodsuckers. We like to think that vampire movies just need to work a little harder to stand out these days. They need an interesting pitch, and Impaler certainly has that.
Impaler is a series following the exploits of Vlad Dracula, the historical inspiration for the legendary vampire. However, this isn't a period piece, and this isn't the Dracula you're familiar with. This version of the character isn't a vampire at all. In fact, he's a holy crusader who sought out supernatural powers in order to combat the growing vampire onslaught in 15th Century Wallachia.
The bulk of the series actually takes place in modern New York City. A freak snowstorm has completely overrun Manhattan, and a new horde of vampires have chosen the city as their hunting grounds. Unfortunately for them, Dracula is still around and still eager to draw vampiric blood.
Films like Bram Stoker's Dracula have attempted to cast the iconic figure in a more sympathetic light, but how often have we seen Dracula serve as the hero? Impaler offers a fresh look at a familiar character. Moreover, both the premise of the series and its moody art style are reminiscent of 30 Days of Night, which itself was a pretty entertaining comic book-turned-horror movie. Under the right hands, Impaler stands a good chance of surpassing 30 Days in chills and thrills.