Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Final Post / Goodbye

Hi Everyone,

You may have noticed a distinct lack of posts here on Terrorphoria over the past few months (almost year), and I wanted to write a short post explaining why.

Over the past 8 months, Jeff and I have been tapped to work on other projects, and have made the move into authoring works of creative fiction, ie: BOOKS!

Unfortunately, this takes up a huge chunk of our time and some things have slipped, including regular updates to this blog. I'm not a fan of leaving things to languish, so I'm writing this as the final post on Terrorphoria.

We had a great run for the better part of two years and had many great conversations with folks in the horror community. I am still amazed at how many other passionate horror fans read and reached out to us, which I never expected when I started this blog.

So, where do we go from here?

Well, first and foremost, you can still keep up with Jeff and I at our respective personal blogs (although they're not updated as frequently)

Ben's blog is here and Jeff's blog is here

You can also follow us on Twitter @aggrokragg and @jconolly

Finally, if you're interested in checking out our debut grindhouse action novel Detroit 2020 you can purchase it here on Amazon.

I'd like to give a huge thanks to all the readers, bloggers, and anyone who submitted their original work for us to review.

Stay classy and keep supporting the horror genre!

Monday, March 14, 2016

'The Waning' (Book Review)

The Waning isn't what I initially expected. After reading Ms. Bergling's first novel "Savages" this was a big departure. The scope of the story is far more intimate and deals with marketing executive Beatrix, and the ordeal she faces at the hands of an unknown captor.

I'll try to stay as spoiler-free as possible, but if you don't want to know anything up front just know this is a tense psychological horror story that deals with subjects such as power dynamics and Stockholm Syndrome.

Beatrix is obsessed with making to the top at her marketing firm, and on the day she lands the big account, she is taken captive by an unknown assailant on the way to her car. She is thrust into a cage where she is deprived of her senses, and begins a new life as a captive to this anonymous man. With little hope of escape, she begins to empathize with her captor.

The story was tense, with very detailed language throughout that give the reader a strong amount of insight into what Beatrix is going through while being utterly isolated and deprived of most of her senses. The first scene where the captor arrives in the room was tense, and I wasn't exactly sure where the author would take it. A few subsequent chapters were slightly repetitive, but I think it was due to the nature of the story and it's incredibly tight scope. It kept me guessing about who the captor might be, and wondering what would happen to Beatrix every time he entered the room where he kept her. The writing gives a strong sense of space as Beatrix is confined into her tiny cage. 

Not normally the sub-genre of horror that I read, but it is a well written story that you can finish in an afternoon. It is definitely not in the realm of Saw or any torture style horror, even though initial impressions (and the cover artwork) might lead you to believe that. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys psychological horror, and maybe even a little bit of erotica peppered in for good measure. Bergling's writing is of high quality as it was in Savages and the book was edited and presented well. 

I look forward to reading more of Bergling's work in the future.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Big News: Part 1

For any non-Clutch fans out there, the title of this post is a direct reference to a Clutch song.

We're back! SORT OF!

Jeff and I are still here, but we're in the process of working on something exciting. It's the type of exciting thing that pulls our attention away from other exciting activities like regularly updating the blog.

So bear with us, because things may get a little bit spotty over the next couple months, but we're going to try our best to update everyone with fun content through October and beyond.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Five Nights at Freddy's Will Be a Movie

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

Riki Oh: Story of Ricky UK Collector's Blu-Ray

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.