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 >>
I guess. I mean, first it has to get picked up.
But seriously - what the heck are they smoking over at Archie Comics? They finally get a TV pitch, and they say it's gonna be like David Lynch and have zombie Halloween episodes? That's like pitching a Batman series without Batm...what? Right.
Here's what Chief Creative Officer and writer of the pilot Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said to Comic Book Resources:
"Riverdale" is "Archie Meets 'Twin Peaks.'" You know how we're doing "Archie Meets Predator"? This is "Archie Meets David Lynch."Of all the properties to get grim and gritty reboots, I must say this wasn't one that ever occurred to me.
...if, god willing, this works out the way we all want it to work out, every Halloween we'll be doing an "Afterlife" episode of "Riverdale."
...the Chia Zombie.
Officially the first thing I've seen advertised on TV at 3 a.m. that I'd actually consider owning (seriously, the hand is legitimately cool, probably by accident). I particularly like that they're being advertised as "Gift for the zombie in your life." Seems like from what we know of zombies, they wouldn't be that interested in vegetation.More >>
Maybe I've just been missing the point all these years, but I kinda thought one of the key elements of Night of the Living Dead - so key that The Walking Dead has it too - is that it doesn't matter WHY it's happening. By the time you get to the explanation of a Venus probe, it's like getting to the Xenu story in Scientology - in a vacuum it sounds stupid, but by that point you're invested enough that it's irrelevant.
And yet Cameron Romero, who implicitly slams The Walking Dead in his pitch ("Full of eventful 'cliffhangers' to sell TV commercials and DVD box sets"), wants to make an entire movie about that space probe. And based on the video below, it looks like he's going to make explicit the Vietnam War subtext that was or wasn't in the original film, depending on what day George Romero was asked about it. $150,000 is being sought, with the rest to be provided by backers who will presumably be sufficiently impressed by the Indiegogo campaign.
It'll probably be fine. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a prequel to a 50-something year-old movie that's in the public domain?More >>
If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.
Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.
The brain of the Son of God would probably be a pretty valuable morsel for zombie magi and shepherds consuming their own flocks...but fortunately, Joseph's packing a mean katana, and the virgin Mary's aim with a crossbow is as flawless as her immaculately conceived soul.
So if you like zombies, need an excuse to display them during the holiday season, but want to do so without actually defaming the baby Jesus, who looks here as he normally does in such displays, this might be the Kickstarter for you. If anybody's still offended, you can always paint a beard on Mary and say the baby's Brian of Nazareth instead.More >>
Eraserhead (Criterion Collection) - There is a wealth of great stuff available on Blu today; so much so that it was a real challenge to pick a headliner. In the end, I went with the one I figured probably the least of you have seen who need to.
David Lynch's first film is still in many ways his best. It's weird but not indecipherable - even a viewer determined to avoid subtext will know it's about a lonely guy with a vertical hairdo who's forced to care for a mutant worm-baby that may or may not be his, while a woman with bee-stung cheeks sings songs inside the radiator, and a man inside a planet pulls levers that make it rain fetuses. It seems to be a dark fable about the fear of fatherhood, but I'd hesitate to say for a fact what it is, lest I ruin your personal interpretation - suffice it to say it's dark, funny, disturbing and compelling, and this Blu-ray has a whole lot more extras than the DVD Lynch initially made available only online. They're all sorted by year, so you have to click on the timeline to reveal what kind of archival footage you may be getting, from early trailers to interviews (none of which will explain the plot to you; Lynch has also famously never told how the baby was made). There's even a featurette where the director walks you through perfectly calibrating your TV for his film, though you may want to remember your default settings first.More >>
Says so in the product description: "This figure boasts multiple points of articulation." "Multiple" only has to mean more than one, of course. Aside from the elbows, I don't see where this figure can move. But his right arm does pop off, replaceable with an alternate depending on which weapon you want to have him holding.
It's a better forced-pose than the Daryl Dixon 10-incher that has him pointing the bow downward, anyway. But if McFarlane Toys is going back to less articulation and more detail, I wanna see more old-school dioramas of these guys killing walkers...or people.
It's Hangover time again! Start your week right with some of the best reader-submitted stories from the weekend, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair. We'll start with the official medical marijuana tie-in to Kevin Smith's newest movie Tusk, pictured above.
This week's tipsters include: franciebrady27, Anyone00, Gallen_Dugall, Edwin Santos, SlyDante777, troi, andre_morelo, FakeAssName, skrag2112More >>