Monday, August 3, 2015
I'll be honest. I don't "get" Five Nights at Freddy's.
Maybe I'm just old.
I really enjoy horror games, so I've made attempts at watching it on Youtube via Let's Play videos, but the combination of nauseatingly rapid camera changes and insufferable narration from whoever happens to be playing leaves me unable watch for more than around 45 seconds. I know doors open and close, and that's about it.
Somebody must like it though, because the game has five sequels and raked in a ton of money and is now going to be run through the Hollywood meat grinder.
It's being helmed by the guy who directed that really unpopular Poltergeist remake.
Do you dig Five Nights At Freddy's? Explain to me what I'm missing.
Originally posted at Dread Central
Filed under "Why can't we have this too?"
I still remember the first time I watched Riki Oh: The Story of Ricky on a worn out old rental VHS from a sleazy local comic book shop. "Life changing" doesn't begin to describe it.
My friends and I needed to know what movie contained the exploding head clip from the "5 Questions" segment on The Daily Show. This was pre-Jon Stewart (Craig Kilborn used to have that job) and pre-modern Internet search engine, so some sleuthing was required. When we finally tracked a copy down, the initial viewing was pure teenage ecstasy.
Riki Oh tells the story of Ricky, who is imprisoned in a futuristic privatized penitentiary run by the ruthless "Gang of Four". I don't want to spoil too much of the plot, suffice to say it has it ALL. Martial arts, cheesy dialogue, gallons of blood and guts. Now those of you in the UK are lucky enough to get a special edition Blu-Ray combo pack release, while the rest of us have to suffer a regular Blu-Ray release sans combo packing. C'mon internet, get petitioning!
This is one of those movies along with Dead Alive that if someone tells me they've never seen it, I'll do a comical spit-take of whatever I happen to be drinking, and then launch into a long diatribe about why they need to go watch it immediately and be a better person for it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Every once in a while a horror movie comes along that receives high accolades from both fans and critics alike. It Follows is one such film, garnering the “must see” tag and building up a lot of steam from the internet hype train. After finally getting a chance to watch it, I’d say some of that praise is well deserved. Click the jump to see why.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
All Good Things is the third and final installment in author Stevie Kopas Breadwinner trilogy of zombie horror novels and it sends the series out on a high note, if those can exist in a brutal undead apocalypse.
Picking up immediately where the prior book Haven left off, All Good Things wastes no time in throwing the reader right back into the action. After a few short chapters of exposition and developing some key plot points that flesh out the motivations of central characters (I’m being intentionally vague to avoid spoilers) the group determines their days in the Tower are numbered and it’s inevitable they’ll need to seek supplies or possibly uproot and move on.
From that point it’s more of what we’ve come to expect from the Breadwinner trilogy, and that’s not a bad thing. Plenty of gory action, unexpected plot twists, and characters who you shouldn’t grow attached to. Similar in tone to The Walking Dead, no one is safe, and Kopas is willing to sacrifice any of the players to the uncaring universe she has designed.
Far more action-oriented than previous installments, All Good Things is a fast read thanks to the non-stop battles raging through the Florida streets. As the group moves towards what should be their final destination, the atmosphere is downright oppressive and it never lets up.
Both the quality of writing and editing is top notch. Kopas has a talent for evocative and visual descriptions, creating unsettling scenes of visceral horror without dragging on in too much detail. Character development is as concise as it needs to be for this genre; you care what happens to these people without knowing their life story. Besides, you don’t want to get too attached to this doomed group of folks anyway!
All Good Things is an intense and satisfying ending to a well-written horror trilogy. It finishes up the story without any egregious loose ends, and doesn’t rely on worn out tropes or ham-fisted coincidences (“there happens to be a helicopter on the roof!”) to put a bloody bow on the final package.
If you’re a zombie horror fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the entire trilogy. They’re all fast-paced books, and having completed All Good Things I can say the entire series is strong throughout.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
I've got a new gig over on GeeklyInc as part of their "Horror Team" (trademark pending) and we put up this lovely personal list of our top choices essential to the genre. If you're looking for a way to get started in horror films, or just want to see the ones we feel are great, check it out!