Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned was the first of two anime horror films based on Marvel Comics characters. Adapted from Tomb of Dracula, this film tells the story of the time Dracula kidnapped Satan's bride and evaded a bunch of vampire hunters. Also, he eats a hamburger, which is an undeniably funny image.
The long-running Italian horror comic Dylan Dog finally got the live-action treatment in Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends of Tomorrow) as the title character, a paranormal detective solving a monster-related mystery. The movie was too cheap to be taken seriously as a feature film, but if it was the pilot episode of a SyFy Original series, it would probably have worked. The characters are fun and the ideas are intriguing.
The manga Bio Booster Armor Guyver was more of a sci-fi series than a horror series, but the American adaptation was c0-directed by horror makeup effects luminary Screaming Mad George, so The Guyver plays like a superhero monster flick. A guy stumbles across an organic super-suit and fights over grotesque monstrosities, and in one scene, Mark Hamill turns into a giant cockroach. It's a bizarre sci-fi/horror mashup, but a watchable one.
Richard Stanley's stylish cyberpunk horror thriller Hardware stars Dylan McDermott as a guy who gets his girlfriend an interesting robotic antique as a gift, unaware that it's programmed to repair itself and kill any living thing it finds. Hardware was inspired by the short story SHOK! from the comic 2000 A.D., but they they failed to acknowledge that in the original release. The credits were eventually updated after a lawsuit.
Lady Death: The Movie brought Brian Pulido's cult creation to life as an animated feature, one that trimmed the rough edges off of a character who, in the comics, wanted to kill every living person on Earth. In the movie she's leading a revolution against the devil, making her seem more heroic.
The second anime adaptation of a Marvel Comics horror character, Monster of Frankenstein, is a more straightforward retelling of its classic horror story. (At least, compared to Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned.) Doctor Frankenstein creates a monster and tries to destroy his work, the monster escapes and accidentally kills people, and their paths converge at the end with tragic consequences. The movie was also released in America under the title Frankenstein Legend of Terror.
A woman with dissociative identity disorder uses one of her personalities to solve a series of murders in The Scribbler, written and based on a graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer. The cool cast includes Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse) and adult superstar Sasha Grey.
Junji Ito's manga series, about a town with a mysterious curse that has something to do with ubiquitous spirals, became a live-action film with incredibly striking imagery. Uzumaki didn't quite capture the American imagination the way some of its J-Horror contemporaries did, but it's a respected cult classic amongst many horror fans.
Forrest J. Ackerman's and Trina Robbins' cult comic book character finally got her own movie starring Taliso Soto from Mortal Kombat, and everyone seems eager to forget it ever existed. Even director Jim Wynorski - whose credits include The Witches of Breastwick, Busty Cops Go Hawaiian and Para-Knockers Activity - said it's the one film he wishes he'd never made. Yikes.