Friday, June 12, 2015

Our Eulogy for Silent Hills

Remember that Childish Gambino video Sweatpants where he was wandering through the same restaurant over and over but it kept getting more surreal?  Well Konami released that in video game form, only instead of dope lyrics from La Biblioteca it was filled with demon fetuses and effective zombie-lady jump scares.  It was called PT and we wrote about it here (with just as many annoying hipstery music references).

That Playable Teaser ended with a trailer for a new Silent Hill game; the sort of cocktail of internet culture that could only have been dreamed up in some magical subReddit.  Hideo Kojima (of Metal Gear Solid fame) would make the game with Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labrynth), and it would star Norman Reedus (Walking Dead).

Unfortunately our revelry was cut short and the actors, spirits, melted into air.  Kojima gave Konami the middle finger (as far as I can tell reading through the corporate doublespeak) starting a domino effect rendering Silent Hills a no more, and Konami, the once great console video game company something that now will focus solely on mobile games.

Nobody knows if Silent Hills would have been incredible, but in the nature of all cancelled projects that look excellent on paper, it was clearly going to be the best, most amazing game that ever existed or ever would.  For fans of a little PS1 game about a dad looking for his daughter that made them jump in the middle of night, what is lost is a chance that a once great series could return to the top.

But maybe this is better.  Maybe in a world where we are getting another Jurassic Park and Star Wars, where Evil Dead, Poltergeist, and Halloween need to be remade, it's better that Silent Hills can live on in our memories as this great perfect thing that almost was, rather than see the light of day as a mediocre cash grab.

That's either "too-cool-for-school" snobbery, or I've moved from denial and anger onto bargaining.

PT is no longer downloadable.  As this was probably the best horror video game experience in the past handful of years, it's the most tangible tragedy out of this entire mess.  There's an online petition to get it back, to rekindle the Silent Hills game, and to solve the Israel/Palestine conflict. For now those of us who experienced PT will have to wither, making sure we don't delete it and simply cling to memories of being terrified.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Vacation 2015

It's that time of year again.

Jeff and I will be taking our (now) annual summer break to enjoy sun, fun, and all the non-horror summer popcorn blockbusters that none of you really care about. Speaking of, HOLY CRAP is Mad Max:Fury Road incredible. Go see it!

We'll probably cheat this year and post a bit here and there, but you can expect us to really ramp back up come September when the leaves start to turn, and we head into October. I'd like to think that if this blog was a corporate boardroom, someone would forecast that "the 2nd quarter has our best conversion rate."

In the meantime, why don't you follow us on Twitter or just... wait here for a little while... see what happens?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nekrogoblikon - 'Heavy Meta' (Music Review)

The Beatles. Michael Jackson. Nekrogoblikon. Icons of popular music. It is with great pleasure that I've been granted the opportunity to review the already award winning new release, Heavy Meta, by the Los Angeles based, supernatural music consortium.

You've no doubt already been swept up in the hysteria of goblin metal that was unleashed back in 2006. Classic records like Goblin Island and Stench, along with the Power EP captured the hearts and minds and guts of the public. To be a fan of Nekrogoblikon is to acknowledge your love of quality art. To question Nekrogoblikon's musical prowess is to be labelled a fool, and ostracized by peers, family, and random strangers at the grocery store.

Heavy Meta represents the apex of goblin metal. It displays the band at a new peak. Unleashing the most face melting riffs, skull crushing drums, and throat shredding vocals in recent recorded history. Also, there are goblins.

Throughout the entire album, the group simultaneously blasts through each track with their trademark sound of shredding guitars, keyboards, and goblins. However, this isn't just metal for the sake of metal. Each song represents an opportunity for the listener to learn something about the world, and maybe even a little bit about themselves. "Atlantis" explains the true origin and history behind the fabled sunken city, finally putting to rest the need for all those faux documentaries on the Discovery Channel. "Full Body Xplosion" is a musical lesson in the physics of bodies fully exploding. There is even a duet with noted self-help guru and keyboard enthusiast Andrew WK.

Perhaps the most important track on the album is the self-titled "Nekrogoblikon" that serves as a sort of mission statement. It's the band telling you "Hey, we're here, we play it loud, and we've inadvertently stumbled upon ancient evil creatures that will eventually destroy the human race."

A new standard in the genre of heavy music on all fronts, Heavy Meta is an album you and your family can enjoy time and time again. Buy it. In fact, buy several copies and hand them out at your next dinner party or other formal social gathering. John Goblikon will thank you.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Brutal DOOM v20 - Now with Extra Brutal

Have you ever thought "Man, I'd like to go replay a classic game, only jazzed up with an obscene amount of brutal violence?"

Brutal DOOM has you covered.

While not exactly new (it's been in development since 2010) this new v20 coming out June 5th, 2015 looks absolutely delightful with a bunch of new features including the ability to kick severed limbs and 30 additional maps!

You'll want to scrounge up a copy of one of the original DOOM titles to play it (I humbly suggest DOOM 3: BFG Edition to just get all the games for cheap) and then you can install this insane mod and "prepare to RIP AND TEAR GUTS" as creator SgtMarkIV inspires you to do.

While you wait, enjoy this trailer that will wet your whistle with gore that would make Game of Thrones a little uncomfortable.

Phantasm Soundtrack on Vinyl is Hipster Horror Heaven

This made my hour/day/week/month/year/millennium.

Look at that cover art! ORANGE!

Phantom City Creative is re-pressing the original motion picture soundtrack to Phantasm, one of my favorite movies of all time.

I will own this. Unfortunately, I won't be in Texas when it's actually released, so I'll need to figure out a way to get it from the internet somehow. Hopefully at retail price...

Here's the (not Lydia) deets.

The PHANTASM soundtrack returns to vinyl after a long 35-year absence with stunning new art by Phantom City Creative.

Commenting on the enduring appeal of PHANTASM’s iconic score, director Don Coscarelli said, “What amazes me is that the score has continued to gain traction as the decades have passed. I have met literally thousands of fans who continue to praise Fred Myron and Malcolm Seagrave’s work to this day. I want to thank the terrific crew at Mondo for dreaming up the idea of re-releasing this score in warm analog vinyl despite us all now living in a cold digital world.”

The vinyl and screenprint (artwork by Mike Saputo) will be available on Thursday, April 30, at Alamo Drafthouse Richardson’s screening of PHANTASM. Cast members Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, and Kat Lester and filmmaker Don Coscarelli will be in attendance. The vinyl and poster will also be available at the Texas Frightmare Weekend and online at a future date.
Texas Frightmare Weekend runs May 1-3 at the DFW Hyatt Regency.

Phantasm screen print
Artwork by Mike Saputo
Size: 24″x36″

Phantasm vinyl
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP
Music by Fred Myron & Malcolm Seagrave
First pressing on vinyl in over 35 years!
Featuring new liner notes by Don Coscarelli
Pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl
Artwork by Phantom City Creative

01. Main Title (3:55)
02. Welcome to Morningside / Hand in Box (2:41)
03. Mineshaft Chase (2:53)
04. Phantasmagoria / Silver Sphere Disco (3:16)
05. Hearse Inferno
06. Cemetery Spectres (0:56)
07. Spacegate to Infinity (1:08)
08. Jody at Morningside / Just a Dream? (3:03)
09. Phantasm Atmosphere (1:11)
10. The Tall Man on Main Street (1:35)
11. Funeral Organ / Dwarf in Hearse (1:45)
12. Under the Car (2:21)
13. Mike on the Road (1:02)
14. Hearse Chase (1:11)
15. Overturned Ice Cream Truck (2:18)
16. End of the Game (1:13)
17. Or is it? (Outtakes) (3:28)

[Originally posted on DreadCentral]