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Adapt This: “Killer Of Demons” by Christopher Yost and Scott Wegener

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a cool comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators and other industry experts about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.

This Week’s Book: Killer of Demons by Christopher Yost & Scott Wegener

The Premise: Dave Sloan is a junior account executive for an advertising firm that specializes in promoting products like cigarettes, junk food, and other products of questionable value to humanity. After he’s visited by an angel no one else can see, he learns that he’s been tasked with cleansing the world of demons — many of which happen to be masquerading as his least-favorite people. Uncertain if he’s actually on a god-given mission or simply going insane, Dave must decide whether to embrace his demon-killing destiny or submit himself for psychiatric evaluation. (You can probably guess which option he chooses.)

The Pitch: The story of a guy who sees secret monsters everywhere he looks has been done a number of times before (including a memorable X-Files” episode and the under-rated 2001 film “Frailty”), but Yost manages to make the concept feel fresh and original in Killer of Demons by adding a healthy dose of comedy and some great supporting characters. From the bawdy angel Uriel who serves as Dave’s sidekick, guide, and possible sign of his mental collapse, to the long list of demons that had, until recently, been his coworkers, the world Yost and Wegener have created around their main character is filled with colorful elements with lots of on-screen potential.

Think “Office Space” crossed with “The Evil Dead” and you’re on the right track with Yost’s blend of gory horror, over-the-top action, and raunchy humor that mines both supernatural lore and the less-distinct hell that comes with being a cog in the corporate machine.

While the book could certainly exist as a mature-audience television series — think of it like a bloodier, raunchier version of “Reaper” or possibly something akin to “Chuck” with a heavy dose of sex, violence, and monsters — a “Killer of Demons” feature film feels like the way to go, with an initial film that follows the first story arc of the series and the potential for sequels as Dave’s demon-slaying quest continues.

In order to get the most out of a “Killer of Demons” movie, the project needs a filmmaker who can find the right mix of humor and horror to keep the whole thing shy of becoming an outright comedy or moody, psychological scare-fest. Sam Raimi is an obvious choice, but directors like Eli Craig of “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” or Joe Cornish from “Attack the Block” feel like logical choices, too. And with Yost’s work in the television realm, it’s worth it to give him a crack at the screenplay.

The Closing Argument: There’s a lot to like about the worlds Killer of Demons seems to have its feet in, and the aforementioned mash-up of “Office Space” and “The Evil Dead” still feels like the best comparison to make for a project like this. There’s something terrifying and funny about the corporate experience, and Killer of Demons makes a great argument that the same can be said of hunting monsters, too. Much like “Evil Dead” hero Ashley J. Williams, Dave Sloan is an everyman character that audiences can relate to, who becomes almost superhuman when he sets his mind to vanquishing the creatures tormenting him.

Given the right director and cast, it’s easy to envision Killer of Demons as source material for the next fan-favorite, big-screen adventure that keeps audiences alternating between laughs and screams, and makes a hero out of an unassuming desk jockey.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.