Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1

Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1

Writer: Alex De Campi Artist: Chris Peterson Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 1
7.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Literature: overrated. Morality: expendable. Tonight is right for some over-the-top sex and violence! Bringing the flavor of midnight exploitation flicks to comics, Grindhouse delivers four two-issue gore operas, starting with “Bee Vixens from Mars,” pitting a one-eyed southern Latina deputy against lusty alien chicks bent on laying eggs in the entire male population!

  • 10
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Oct 2, 2013

    Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight: Bee Vixens from Mars is a solid start to what could be a fun new anthology series. Alex de Campi, Chris Peterson, and Nolan Woodward do a great job of capturing the feel of the great old Grindhouse movies and never apologizes for the sex and gore. It embraces the core concepts of the genre and never falls into the trap of trying to be clever or ironic. It's lowbrow storytelling at its finest and I hope that this is the start of a long run. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Sep 23, 2013

    A must read for fans of 1970s grindhouse, Tarantino films, and well written and drawn comic books for mature readers, Grindhouse Doors Open at Midnight is not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Oct 2, 2013

    When it comes to a comic like Bee Vixens From Mars you are either going to love it or hate it. If you're not predisposed for this kind of grindhouse entertainment, then nothing here is going to convince you. It's an ode to the form. But if you like grindhouse, and you are in the mood for sexy, funny, and oddly violence, well ". Here you go! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Oz Nov 12, 2013

    I highly recommend this comic for fans of horror and exploitation films. Go into this expecting more of the same, and know that I enjoyed this issue and will be reviewing the second issue this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Oct 2, 2013

    A perfect kickoff to your October reads, Grindhouse shows great promise with its opening and even more potential in the variety of scandalous entertainment waiting to be explored in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Oct 2, 2013

    There is a certain magic to Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight that you cant find anywhere else. Its important to support a book like this, because nothing quite like it exists, and as it goes on, itll allow a wide range of stories to be told that are nothing but fun. Check out Bee Vixens From Mars you wont be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 4, 2013

    Nobody is holding out on “Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight”, for better or for worse. While the over-the-top traits of the story and mature depictions themselves are the extent of depth, there has to be a tacit understanding of that going in. I can't imagine that this didn't turn out exactly as de Campi envisioned, thanks to her willingness to go at the exploitation with gusto and bringing an artistic partner in Chris Peterson who was fully willing to go there with her. If this sort of cheesecake, gross-out sci-fi horror thing is your bag, baby, then you'll want to get in line for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 7, 2013

    While I wonder how this series will do down the line, de Campi and company are off to a great start, and I'm looking forward to the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Nov 6, 2013

    The coming attractions (next-issue box, in comic book parlance) promises more theatrical fun in the coming months. I sincerely hope that the creators behind this series (it's not clear to me if it's going to be the same creators every month, or a rotating cast with each story arc) can manage to keep things lively and not let the concept get stale. Certainly, even the most entertaining camp can easily turn predictable and boring if not handled correctly. I, for one, will definitely be tuning in to each issue to see if these gents are up to the challenge. If you like this kind of thing, I'm hard pressed to think of an example that beats this, but that might be this title's biggest hurdle"finding an audience. I'm not convinced that there are enough fans of this kind of thing to support a monthly title. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Oct 3, 2013

    Crazy bloody madness, and lots of bees.The attention to detail on the bossoms.Just a minor impression. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Max Delgado Oct 1, 2013

    Chris Peterson's art is pretty fucking awesome, however. It fits the Grindhouse style perfectly, offering everything in extra-large " from the buxom women to the gnarly car crashes. He has a simple and clear style, but gets into the messy details of blood gore quite nicely. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Sebastian Mejia Oct 2, 2013

    While Grindhouse #1: Bee Vixens From Mars isn't perfect, it still manages to be a solid tribute to the films that inspired it, and fans of B-movie horror should definitely check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody "The Thorverine" Ferrell Oct 2, 2013

    If you're a fan of grindhouse cinema, Quentin Tarantino, and everything else you can lump into that group this one is for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Oct 3, 2013

    A fun read for fans of horror and cheesecake alike. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Graig Kent Oct 4, 2013

    A grindhouse film plays out its story in earnest. Oh, it knows it's trash, and generally revels in it, but it does so with honest enthusiasm for doing so. Tarantino has made a career out of turning grindhouse into art house and then into the award winning mainstream, but De Campi and Peterson scale it back to its trashy, low-fi roots and they definitely are reveling in it. Still borrowing inspiration from Tarantino/Rodriguez's 2008 effort, G:DOAM features posters for currently non-existent grindhouse stories from other artists, like Tim Seely's "Jackie Lantern: Demon Whore of Halloween". Much like the cinematic Grindhouse's fake trailers for Hobo With A Shotgun or Machete, these fake ads may actually come to reality should this series fare well. It's a fun proposition at least. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Oct 4, 2013

    For the most part, though, it's a fun read, and it's certainly enjoyable to see something a little different. In an era when creator-owned comics often aiming to be as literary, dense and plot-driven possible, de Campi and her collaborators have gone in the opposite direction, reminding us that there's room in the industry for all forms of story, even the ones that start with a title and work backwards. It could backfire -- there's definitely a sense that it's preaching to fans of the genre, rather than finding a new audience for it -- but broadly speaking the nostalgia is the driving force, rather than the point, and in the end it's hard not to get caught up in the enthusiasm. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Florida Geek Scene - Mark Viola Oct 2, 2013

    If not, then you probably wont enjoy it. Parents, the informed choice is up to you if you want to be responsible and keep it out of the hands of the under 16 crowd, or if you want to be cool. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Oct 2, 2013

    Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight #1 offers nothing new, insults your intelligence and if you plan of shelling out your cash for this, please grab something else instead. Read Full Review

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