Ever since John Carpenter unleashed Michael Myers onto the world with 1978's Halloween, viewers and residents of Haddonfield, Illinois alike have lived in fear of October 31st. Wearing the iconic white mask and blue coveralls, Myers set out to kill all of his existing relatives, starting with Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode before moving on to her daughter Jamie (Danielle Harris) and then Jamie's son and a few other extended family members.
It's amazing the things you learn when you're married.
As a single guy, I would never have set food inside Michael's, the arts/crafts/home decor mega-store chain that always looked like a way to fleece domestic spouses out of disposable decorations. And then I discovered Spooky Town, and became just as willingly fleeced. Spooky Town is a Halloween/horror-themed collection of figurines and accessories that can work with either model train sets, or as miniature villages like the Christmas ones your mom might collect. What's most impressive, though, is that for items exclusively sold at such a family friendly store, they are in many cases about as appropriate for young 'uns as old-school McFarlane Toys. In other words...NOT.
Let's take a look at some of the weirdest ones available...More >>
Call me crazy, but I'm one of those geeks who loves to play games related to approaching holidays. I've been known to break out a copy of 1776 or Tarleton's Quarter around Independence Day. I've even written a couple of Christmas themed Savage Worlds adventures for my home game, but no holiday is more suited to gaming with friends than Halloween. The Halloween season is the perfect time to get together with friends for an evening filled with horror themed gaming.
When it comes to horror-themed tabletop gaming, Call of Cthulhu is the king of the mountain. It is the oldest and most well known horror-themed role-playing game, and it's one of the best role-playing games ever designed. That doesn't, however, mean it is the only horror game worth playing, or that it is the best game to use as a way to recruit new players into hobby gaming. I looked around my sizable game collection to see if I could scare up some frightening alternatives and came up with a list 15 that I offer for your Halloween gaming pleasure. Some are silly and some are grim, but not a single one is entitled Call of Cthulhu.More >>
When Archie Comics announced their plans for a Riverdale TV series that writer/Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa describes as "Archie meets Twin Peaks" last week, it was the latest intriguing move from a company that has been working overtime to reinvent themselves of late. The past couple of years have seen such headline-grabbing moves as the Afterlife with Archie horror comic, this past summer's recent "Death of Archie" storyline (which saw an adult Archie take a bullet intended for his gay Senator pal, Kevin Keller), and a collaboration with Dark Horse Comics on a, prepare yourselves, Archie Meets Predator miniseries next year. All of these projects attracted the attention of longtime fans and novices alike, illustrating how Archie is determined to prove that they are on the cutting edge of the industry, and that no idea, no matter how silly it may seem on its surface, is beyond consideration.
There are plenty of writers who will tell you that the only thing that separates the bad, the good, and the great are the amount of hours put in by the writer. Given his ratio of scripts written to scripts considered truly great, Max Landis is undoubtedly one of these writers. Say what you will about his persona or product, but Landis has an incredible tenacity; clocking in at nearly a hundred completed scripts is a surefire path to mastering the craft. And so arguably the most intriguing words in his recently revealed Mario manifesto are the first four pages, in which adult Max Landis reflects on teenage Max Landis's writing.
The Creative Assembly
My name is Daniel, and I suffer from a mental disorder. Specifically, I have severe anxiety, which often manifests and renders me useless in social situations and leaves me afraid of everything up to and including my shadow. It's more than a little ironic, then, that I love horror in all of its mediums: film, literature, comics, take your pick. While I might avoid anything remotely tense in everyday life, I enjoy the primal thrill of being scared by a movie or book. Consider it a form of exposure therapy.
With Alien being my all-time favourite film, I was extremely pumped for Creative Assembly's video game sequel, Alien: Isolation. Though overly long and - I should impress this - ridiculously stressful, Isolation is by far one of the best games I've ever played. Not simply for its mechanics or extreme faithfulness to the source material, but for how it allowed me to better understand the disorder that has plagued me for most of my adult life.
If you'll bear with me, consider...
Word dropped recently that Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, will direct the next Ghostbusters movie. He's gone on record stating that he doesn't intend to do a sequel or anything at all connected to the previous films. In addition to going with a straight up reboot, Feig's also expressed a desire to have the movie fronted by an all-female cast. Like a hornets nest kicked by a girl playing with fire while showing off her winged reptile body art, a huge chunk of the Internet is all astir about how awful this is. Like so many things, that chunk of the Internet is wrong about this topic.
I've gone on record here at TR before about this matter (item 8 on the linked list), and I'm doing so again. Simply put, another sequel in the Ghostbusters franchise would be doomed to suck. Feig's idea represents the best damn shot we'll ever have at a good or great movie carrying the Ghostbusters name.More >>
It's a new week, and what better way to start than with fatal gangbangs, high-art action figures, fan edits and evil clowns? Compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.
Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, somcisnout, Gallen_Dugall, DrAbraxas, Anyone00, troi, skrag2112, BrandoLarsMore >>
Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.
In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!More >>
I am often accused of being a Luddite. This is because I think I am. I have always been - even as a child - largely suspicious of new technologies, especially those that come trumpeted as the "next great thing." If everyone is using it, my prejudiced and backward-thinking mind immediately dismisses it. This is probably why I don't own a smart phone. It's also why I still own numerous VHS tapes and have two working VCRs in my home.