Realm Of The Damned (Animated Motion Comic)
Monday, October 24th, 2016 By The Metal Messiah
Reviewed by The Metal Messiah
Band(s): Realm Of The Damned (Animated Motion Comic)
Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, London
" "There’s no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark...Our world now belongs to them" "
The “Realm Of The Damned” features Alberic Van Helsing (David Vincent) who is trying to survive and find his place in this new world where the hunter has become the hunted and where the supernatural forces of darkness that once hid in the shadows of our nightmares now rule over humanity like all-powerful deities.
Throughout his journey of self-discovery and redemption, Van Helsing must content with Vampire queens, man-made monsters, Shape shifters and mummified rulers all while trying to fight and defeat an ancient evil with the power and blood lust to destroy everything…. monsters and humanity alike!
Featuring the vocal talents of David Vincent (ex-Morbid Angel), Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth, Devilment) and Jill Janus (Huntress) bringing the horror to life from the pages of the graphic novel to the big screen and a soundtrack of intense, ferocious Black Metal from The Sons Of Balaur this will be at least something you will never forget.
From the beginning “Realm Of The Damned” keeps the audience immersed with its drama and levels of blood and gore without losing any of the actual story telling. The artwork itself has a greyish tone to it with colour being saved for more theatrical elements such as blood. This itself gives the “Realm Of The Damned” a gritty, almost film noir like atmosphere.
The music that accompanies “Realm Of The Damned” only adds to its overall vibe that the creators are trying to convey. Featuring the Black Metal band “Sons of Balaur” from the graphic novel, the music is hard-hitting and aggressive which reinforces the type of new world that the characters find themselves in. I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the “Sons of Balaur” album Tenebris Deos.
The main antagonist Balaur (voiced by Dani Filth) brings chills to your soul and the raw aggression of the character can be felt from Dani Filth’s superb delivery of the dialogue. Chris Casket’s portrayal of the character of Tomas as an un-waving and devoted follower only adds to the overall weight of Balaur’s presence.
Alberic Van Helsing (the main protagonist) comes a crossed as a man conflicted by his own desires and his sense of duty towards God and the memory of what mankind used to be. David Vincent is perfect for the role of Van Helsing, his deep-toned voice resonates the emotion and anguish that pulls at the main character though much of “Realm Of The Damned” which connects the audience with the plight of the character.
Finishing on not so much of a cliff hanger but a “Oh shit, what the fuck is going to happen next” feeling, “Realm Of The Damned” leaves you emotionally involved enough with the fate of the characters that you will want to see what happens.
Even if you are not a fan of graphic novels I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this as the story is awesome and the music really kicks ass!