Detroit Heart of Darkness
Angel Heart based on the book Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg. If you haven’t seen it don’t spoil it by reading the synopsis. It’s a detective story starring Mickey Rourke set in 1950’s New York City and New Orleans. Not really modern but one of my favorites and fits the tone nicely.
The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker and the film adaption Hellraiser – A hedonist seeking to push the boundaries solves the Lament Configuration and meets the Cenobites, angels of pain. But that’s just the beginning.
Penny Dreadful Series – while several of the characters are far more high-profile and supernatural than we see for this chronicle, there is so much about this series that makes it a worthwhile watch. The depiction of evil and monsters is fresh yet familiar. The hunters aren’t super-heroes, and often have deep regrets or flaws. The overall aesthetic walks a graceful line between traditional (some say overdone) gothic narrative and a contemporary vision for gothic horror.
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Classic little story about a couple of boys and a freakish traveling carnival that comes to town.
Supernatural – TV show follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel across America in a black 1967 Chevy Impala investigating and combating paranormal events and other unexplained occurrences, many of them based on American urban legends and folklore as well as classic supernatural creatures such as vampires, werewolves, and ghosts.
Terminator – Everyones seen it. If you look past the SciFi element this is a terrific example of a couple of humans struggling against an impossible killing machine and finally destroying it. Great example of the tone we are trying to set.
Witchhunter Robin – while the hunter organization is more organized than our vision, the cell itself is young, fallible, and underpowered. The are people with all-too-human characters and histories, and they hunt witches than demonstrate a variety of monstrous characteristics. A well done anime that doesn’t lose itself in inscrutability or excessive whimsy.
John Dies at the End – Two slackers get sucked into fighting off an extradimensional invasion. Despite it’s at times silly dark humor the story does an excellent job introducing clever creatures, characters and plot twists. If you watch the first few minutes of the movie, which you can stream on Netflix you’ll know if you will like it or hate it. What struck me most about the book was it read pretty much exactly like a couple of PCs running through a modern horror RPG. For example the bible pages glued to a nail embedded baseball bat pictured to the right.
Hellblazer comic. Follow the trials, tricks and triumphs of the sometime sorcerer, full time conman John Constantine. Great melding of the occult into a gritty, believable real world London. Stories about the dark horrors, both human and supernatural that hunt in the shadows. I dropped the comic last year after DC did a reboot and brought Constantine back into the DC superhero world. The movie version isn’t bad but looses some of the flavor by Americanizing Constantine.
AC/DC “Back in Black” – classic and true ‘rock’. Music that any hunter worth his or her salt has to at least appreciate.
Concrete Blonde “The Vampire Song” – to be listened to when you encounter that special devil having himself a drink, or for the entrance of that remarkably pale & dark haired woman in the dress.
Suicide Commando “Dead March” – lest you get complacent in your old age, and don’t experience what the kiddies are listening to in order to get in touch with their ‘dark passenger’
Johnette Napolitano “Amazing” – how we might feel to those dark creatures amongst us – vampires…or celebrities
Type O’Negative “Can’t Lose You” – really, just about anything by Type O’ Negative is worth a listen, even if you can’t stand gothy deep voices, guitar, and morbid musicians. Doesn’t get much better for a hunter game!
Jay Gordon “Slept So Long” – captures the rage and the angst of the hunter perfectly. This one is here to take back the night, unless of course the hunter falls prey to the enemy’s seduction. Simply perfect.