Grimm Tales of Terror vol.3 #5
Zenescope Entertainment 2017
Written by Dan Wickline
Illustrated by Massimiliano Veltri
Coloured by Fran Gamboa & J.C. Ruiz
Lettered by Fabio Amelia
Are snuff films real or the stuff of urban legend? When a group of filmmakers attempt to take movie-making to the next level, bad things happen. Haunted by a vengeful presence, the filmmakers attempt to bury their magnum opus with disastrous results! Is it really a revenge seeking ghost, or will their guilty consciences be their undoing?
Well this was a little disappointing. Not because the story isn’t great, it happens to be amazing, but I don’t see it as story about a Snuff Film. Sure it’s got revenge, death and a movie being shot but it feels more like a ghost story than anything else. The restless spirit trying to right a wrong, the wrong being her accidental death that the boys have found a way to profit from. I was expecting to see a story where some sick twisted individual made homemade snuff movies with unsuspecting women. So imagine my disappointment when there wasn’t even any sex involved in this at all!
The opening was extremely well done and honestly it had me kind of hooked. I thought that this was going to go the way I had imagined thanks to Massimiliano’s work. But alas it didn’t quite get to that level. Quick question where in New York does the opening take place because that line about her driving up to New York in the morning left me confused. It’s little things that we notice that make differences folks and an editor worth their salt should notice this too.
As far as I can tell this is my introduction to Massimiliano’s work. I like his eye for storytelling and his sharp and the way he uses page layouts through angles, perspective and some backgrounds, i wish we’d have seen more but that’s just me, help tell the story here beautifully. He’s got a nice unique almost scratchy kind of style to his work that I find genuinely appealing. The way he can showcase emotion and expressions, feelings and all that we need to get into their characterisation further is impressive.
While this may not have lived up to my expectations about Snuff Films it’s a darn good ghost story. It also shows off how much this series has become one of the things that is done with the kind of intelligence in their storytelling that makes us want to come back time and again. Dan’s ability to pace the story is fantastic and that he can put all this in a one and done and effectively show some terror, justice and make you want to see more without missing any details is more than impressive.
The subject matter is great for a campfire tale and the pitfalls of trying to skirt doing the right thing. It’s fun, entertaining and has that perfect twist ending that you never saw coming. My kind of storytelling right here!