It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.More >>
The idea has been tried before, but Jin Kai Soo's concept for a Plants vs. Zombies set is by far the best execution of it yet. Even if Lego doesn't ultimately approve the playset, I for one could go for a series of those zombies as blind-bagged minifigs.
Some might say it's dead on arrival, but I think there's growth potential, y'know?
Playmobil has done many different themes from multiple historical periods and modern scenarios, but I think it's safe to say they'll never do zombies. Fortunately for those of you who like taking toys aimed at educational child's play and perverting them into sick, horrible jokes for adults to amuse ourselves with, that's where Zombiemonkie comes in.
The fast food worker above is one of the tamer ones - there's another, based on a popular urban legend, that I can't even bear to actually show here. It involves a baby, and...well, let's just say it might make Todd McFarlane go, "Huh. That's kind of in bad taste for a toy even when aimed at adults, don't you think?" The guy pictured, though, appears to be doing a funny take on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom's dessert offerings, and as a fan of that much-maligned installment, I can't not appreciate the effort. And he's yours for $50.
True genre fans know how to dig. True genre fans saw Let the Right One In upon its initial theatrical run, and didn't seek it out on home video, or learn of its existence when America remade it. True genre fans gathered in groups to see cheesy Nazi-sploitation movies like Dead Snow and Iron Sky, caring more for content than for quality. True genre fans can identify the characteristics of a certain nations' horror movies without even having to hear its native language spoken aloud; Italy is the easiest to spot. Australia too. True genre fans are savvy people.
This is an article for true genre fans.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 >>
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.