High profile criminals frequently spend their ill-gotten gains on fast cars, loose women and living the high life, but if this is any indication then the criminal underword is way geekier then we once thought. According to the Denver Post , authorities seized “about 100 boxes of first-edition comic books sealed in plastic wrappers” after the drug bust of a local Colorado meth king.
Back in August of 2009, Aaron Castro of Commerce City, Colo., was arrested for his role as one of the leaders of a 41-person meth ring. He spent the money earned from his crimes amassing a collection of nearly 19,000 comics. The estimated value of this nerd Scarfaces collection is around $500,000, with one comic alone being noted to be valued at $3,500. His plan? To set up his own “high-end” comic book business to launder the drug money.
Castro, who also owned a Mercedes, a Lexus and an Audi, was sentenced to 45 years in prison back in November after finally getting caught for his crimes. According to a civil forfeiture complaint related to the comics, an accomplice told police that “Aaron began to struggle with money because he would spend his drug money on comic books. (The underling) would meet Aaron at comic book stores to give him the drug money and had seen Aaron buy a box of comic books.”
U.S. Marshals Service have now taken to the internet to auction the collection off. Valued at half a million dollars and after a grand total 108 bids, the entire collection sold for a measly $125,050.
It’s a shame really they sold his whole collection off, 45 years behind bars seems like a good time to read 19,000 or so comic books.
We’ve heard that the Evil Dead remake is actually a thing, and that Fede Alvarez is directing and Diablo Cody is revising the screenplay. We’ve also heard from Bruce Campbell that this remake is much more sophisticated than the original and it’s not like they’re “farting out a sequel”.
We now have a brief synopsis of the upcoming remake and this is what’ll be paraded around at the American Film Market.
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Sounds pretty close to the original, huh? What we don’t have, which would be important in determining the direction this film will take, is any information on casting decisions and what characters will be included in the remake. Though I suppose that if you really, really stretched the meaning, you could argue that “remake” means “the exact same thing”.
This is all stuff we know for sure. But, of course, rumors are afloat and people are speculating about possible ways in which the remake will diverge from the path of the original film.
From Bloody Disgusting:
The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.
The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).
I guess they’re trying to give things a more contemporary spin, ’cause who the fuck doesn’t have drug problems these days?
… Oh, riiiiiight. Well, then, who the fuck can’t read ancient texts these days, huh?