Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Friday the 13th game news 05/31/17

So to sum it up....SINGLE PLAYER CAMPAIGN is coming!

New "retro" slashers

Here are some new "retro" slasher movies I'd like to check out.  Looks like these folks are keeping low budget indie horror alive and I applaud them for it.  Expect reviews on these short features in the near future.

Frightmare and Cropsy Maniac - slasher metal

Metal compliments slasher movies beautifully.  If you disagree...LEAVE!  Here are some of the bands and albums I highly recommend if you are looking for slasher based metal/gore grind/thrash.

All gold.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Roy Mask - Friday the 13th part 5 NECA

Over the weekend I picked up the infamous Roy doppelganger hockey mask with the blue stripes from NECA and played the new Friday the 13th game with it on.  As funny as this might seem this is the only "Jason" mask I own and I couldn't be happier.  I have avoided the cheap Friday the 13th masks in the past, honestly what's the point?  But this new mask from NECA is very screen accurate, and THICK.  I have no doubt this will stop a hockey puck flying at my face or a machete chop.  Highly recommended for the Friday the 13th collector.  I know what I am going to be this Halloween.  I think with a little work to replicate the Jason neck and mongoloid dome areas (like how Roy had in the movie) this will be good to go.

Friday the 13th THE GAME

This Memorial Day weekend there was a massacre, although you won’t read about it from any major news outlet.  Multiple bodies lay strewn across the digital frontier, many victims were horrifically claimed as Friday the 13th the video game was finally unleashed on consoles everywhere.  The bytes will drip with blood!   It brings back memories of playing Splatterhouse in the Hills department store lobby, drop kicking the guts out of demon monsters as an over powered Uber Jason man-beast with machete in hand.  I can still smell the stale 400 year old popcorn they were peddling there.  

Slashers for the most part have had an anemic presence in video games, largely as support characters in survival horror games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill.  There was a purely slasher focused game called Camp Fire in gestation a few years back, but the publisher got cold feet and over time it seemed like the concepts driving that game was turned into Dead by Daylight.  

According to my brother Dead by Daylight is actually a pretty fun game (it definitely looks it), it has already had a long run on PC and is coming for consoles next month (June 20th) so you know if anything is will be polished.  You can play Michael Myers in that game which immediately sold me on it, but let’s talk about the new Friday the 13th video game experience  for a moment.

To be honest I kind of forgot the game was coming out.  I never trust video game release dates, and this was from a kick starter campaign, so I didn’t get the pain and frustration people were going through waiting for the game to come out.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the download code for the game come by email this past weekend, I had ordered a physical copy of the game and that’s all I was expecting.  It took a long time to get into my first game, about a 20 minute wait, and then it was apparent that some aspects of the game needed some polish when I finally was able to get into a game lobby.  I saw players float in space, blink in and out of frame, and other glitches that would have probably embarrassed coders from a major studio.  However the sheer amount of adrenaline pumping FUN to be had in this game far out-shadows any flaws on release, issues that I am sure will get patched as the game goes on. 

The game perfectly encapsulates the feel of being in a Friday the 13th movie, and kind of reminded me of the old NES version of Friday the 13th.  There is definitely an emphasis on exploring as many cabins as possible to locate items to defend yourself against Jason and possibly escape the terror of the night, kind of like the old game where you spent all your time wandering the camp looking for items and protecting children before Jason callously massacres everyone.  The new game starts with a cut scene of Jason attacking campers, and then it spawns the camp counselors randomly on any one of three maps directly from Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th part 2, or Friday the 13th part 3.  It filled my heart with joy to see Higgins Haven in there as well as the main cabin from part 2.  As the round progresses counselors can call the police, Tommy Jarvis, or just wait out the clock in order to escape Jason.  Whoever is lucky enough to play Jason gets more abilities and senses as the round progresses, Jason can transport around the map instantly, his senses are greatly amplified and hone in on sound and the counselors fear factor.  If a counselor is terrified the easier it is for Jason to locate him or her. 
The simple game mechanics are great and lead to some amazing moments in game for me.  One play through I was able to get in a car with someone.  As we drove around the map Jason actively chased us, until someone else tried to get in the car with us.  Unfortunately for him, it was a two-seater, so Jason stopped to kill that guy and we took off laughing into the night.  Another play through I was the “final girl”, last surviving counselor, and I made it into Jason’s shack.  I put on his mother’s sweater and when Jason came in I attacked and stunned him with a machete.  I ran outside the shack and he chased me for a while, eventually catching up to my girl to choke her to death, but what a great final girl moment.  There was one game where Jason was right on my heels when I ran to the police, when I survived I was greeted by a cacophony of greetings and sighs of relief from other players saying they were watching me game and “praying for me” to escape.  It really does get you tied up in trying to escape and helping other players (or screwing them when Jason shows up).  I’ve developed a strategy where I stick close to another player, and then when Jason chases us I throw him or her to the wolves, hitting them or slowing them down so I can make it away.  I’ve seen other players do this too haha! 

I believe over the weekend I’ve played about 20 games and have been Jason for 3 of them.  My first two outings as Jason were complete successes.  I manage to kill all the counselors but that pesky Tommy Jarvis made it through.  I think my favorite Jason kill so far was where he took his victim (in this case the yuppie kid) and bent his arms back behind a tree until they snapped off.  I much prefer to play Jason but playing as the counselor is fun as hell too.  I’ve learned quickly to barricade every door and check every cabin I am in for everything.  Communication is key, I was able to escape via car twice just by talking it through with other players, then when I drove the car someone else gave me directions off the map.  Team work really does help in this game, but beware the jabber jaws….Jason can hear you when he is close.

The soundtrack for the game was ripped straight from the movie; the musical cues are spot on.  You will actually feel your blood pressure rise when you hear the famous “ki ki ki….ma ma ma” signaling Jason is close by.  Listening to other players freak out as Jason stalks them is fun as well; even spectating the game after death is fun and worthwhile.  You never know what great off the cuff moment is going to happen; it’s like watching the movies.  And there is plenty of bonus content and Easter Eggs to sniff through for long time fans of the series.  You can play as pretty much any Jason from the movies, they even have facial models for the entries where you don’t see Jason’s face.  Tom Savini designed a unique demon Jason for the game although I have not seen it yet.  It really is a must have for any fan of the franchise.

I really hope they add some new moves for Jason to do, like the ability to place bodies after killing them would add a whole new awesome factor to the gameplay, or if he could throw bodies through windows (like he does in the movies) to raise the counselor fear level.  As it is I am happy with the product and looking forward to future patching and DLC.  My name is CPLCHUD on PS4 if anyone wants to add me.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Early Halloween 2018 promo art

From Bloody-Disgusting...

Let the hype begin!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mutant AKA Forbidden World


An unrepentant and  shameless Alien rip-off; raw, ugly, sleazy, cheap, all these words have been used to describe Forbidden World, AKA MUTANT to the VHS faithful.  To the gorehound elite this movie is a creature feature staple; a smothering landslide of cheese and gore and strange electronica.  Every cinema sicko worth his or her weight in slime has waded through the cesspool of Forbidden World and comes out the other end loving every dirty minute of it.

The premise is simple, Mike Cody, intergalactic troubleshooter, is hired to destroy “Subject 20” a mutated beast originally conceived to battle the galactic food crisis, now it turns people into food.  Oh the irony.  The scientist who created it wants it subdued and not terminated, but his position loses ground when he leaves the strange beast in the care of poor Jimmy, who does what anyone would do when asked to keep watch over a strange and potentially dangerous experimental mutant; he sticks his face right next to it.  Subject 20 attacks Jimmy’s dumb head, blood flies everywhere covering security cameras and painting the ceiling red as Jimmy hysterically spazzes out, smashing through beakers and lab equipment with reckless abandon.  It doesn’t make any sense but it’s fun to watch.  Soon the hunt for the mutant is on.

It’s discovered that the mutant “meta-morph” doesn’t actually kill its victims outright, but slowly dissolves their DNA into a primitive protein paste for consumption, lending some groovy flesh cocoon practical FX to the proceeding.  What Mutant lacks in plot and logic it more than makes up in boobs and gore FX.  Mike Cody takes a break from chasing the creature to bone a scientist in a rather gratuitous soft core sex scene scored by what sounds like a space flute; later the two female scientists decide to have a half-naked shower together to discuss trying to communicate with the monster.  I always come up with my best plans while washing a women’s hair in the shower, helps me think, especially if I can see their boobs.  Spoiler; their attempt to woo to the creature does not end well for them.

In the gory goo slathered pinnacle of the movie Cody defeats the mutant by ripping a cancerous liver out of one of the scientists and force feeding it to the monster.  The impromptu surgery is performed with a box cutter and without anesthesia; ouch.  The camera work is a little dicey during the final battle with the mutant, seems like Cody is just bumping into the giant rubber monster with his bare chest; a true man fights strange alien creatures from space without his shirt on.  Out of all of the shameless Alien rip offs I’ve napped though this one takes the top of the heap for me.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Leslie Vernon comic coming 2017

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Halloween 2018 news

Per Bloody-Disgusting:

Halloween news 2018 BD

It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out,” McBride explained. “I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.
McBride added, “We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.”
Sounds good to me...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Creature (1985)

Creature –

“I see you like guns…what else do you like?”

I found Creature in a bin full of VHS movies at the local flea market.  I paid 5 dollars for front row tickets to a Klaus Kinski freak out fest in space. I regret nothing.    

Creature is a shameless rip off of Alien, but that doesn’t hamper Klaus Kinski’s crazy fervor on screen, which was the best thing about this movie, other than the space zombies, exploding heads, and a brief boob shot.  In the near future all  galactic resources are fought over by two major companies, one from the east, one from the west; carrying  cold war rivalry  from Earth into space beyond.  Never mind this nonsense; none of it makes a difference when a group of German researchers discover an ancient alien menagerie on Titan and one of the  creatures wakes up and begins implanting people with mind controlling parasites, creating space zombies to do its bidding.  A rescue team is sent when they receive a distress signal from the Titan outpost, discovering the only survivor of the attack is crazy Klaus Kinski who rambles on about the creature’s “collective conscious”.   The rescue team tangos with the grisly undead zombies being spawned by the creature, and when all seems lost a well-placed drop kick saves the day.  Decent blood and practical zombie gore effects, torn throats, gore; worth spending a lazy Sunday afternoon with if you’re into shameless Alien rip-offs from the 80’s.  I am.   


Monday, May 15, 2017

Star Crystal - 1986

Star Crystal –

When I was a kid I rented this movie based on the box art alone and watched it in the dusky morning hours before school started; when the rest of the family laid asleep I subjected my fragile young mind to horrors from beyond, unimaginable snot covered nightmare beings that sucked the blood right out of you with thorny tentacles dripping with slime leaving you a spongy, mummified, ooze covered corpse.  Star Crystal terrified my school boy psyche with images of a glowing snot monster squeezing limbs with tentacles until they burst with blood.   A scavenger mission to Mars yields a strange discovery, a large 300,000 year old crystal formation that behaves more like a computer than a rock.  Shortly after recovering the object the scavenger crew’s shuttle suffers an oxygen malfunction and all aboard are killed through asphyxiation, leaving only frozen corpses drifting through space.  2 months later the rudderless shuttle craft is intercepted by a floating space station but soon after docking with it, the station suffers a critical “blackout 7” malfunction, and explodes killing thousands.  Only a handful of technicians survive by escaping on the same craft that holds the mysterious Star Crystal.  Within the first ten minutes of the movie the body count already racks up considerably, then the creature gore begins.  The crew discovers there is another life form on board, one that corners its victims smothering them with horn covered tentacles, sucking their life juices from them until they prune up into a desiccated corpse.  The creature kills several members of the crew in short order, prompting some pretty funny freak out moments from the survivors “Damn it, DAMN IT!”  They also realize the creature is intelligent as it uses its crystal to hack into the computers systems.  In a goofy unforeseeable twist they learn that the creature’s viscous attacks were all part of some sort of misunderstanding, stupid humans.  What follows is an 80’s montage of the snot creature (which calls himself Gar) working with the surviving 2 crew members on the ship, playing games, goofing around, calling people jerks.  Gar the snot creature from space that feasts on human blood ends up being a real sweetie and the movie ends with hugs and high fives.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Halloween posters

Check out these sweet new Halloween posters done by the original artist of the Nightmare on Elm Street movie poster.

The Terror Within/Dead Space double header

Deep space; the promise of endless exploration and discovery, and unimaginable horror; these movies were meant to push the boundaries of imagination and fear, they often push the boundaries of good taste and patience instead, but the faithful shall be rewarded.  True believers in the cult of the VHS and champions of sci-fi trash will find these movies delightfully obtuse B-rated bundles of joy dripping with slime and gore; staples in the gorehound elite’s diet.  Fans of face ripping, throat slashing, acid spewing, gut tearing, monster melting, head stomping, bone crunching alien horror should look no further than these forgotten sci-fi gems of yesteryear.

The Terror Within –

“You’re an ugly son of a bitch!”

George Mother Fucking Kennedy leads a group of survivors in a search for a cure to a plague that has ravaged the planet, leaving legions of flesh hungry mutant gargoyles in its wake.   The movie begins promising enough, two men wander the desert, one man with a beautiful mullet, great plumage, and already I like the on screen mullet to man ratio.  The group is low on supplies, they eat rattlesnake (tastes just like chicken) and drink moon shine but soon the party is crashed by horny gargoyles on a mission to rape.  The mutants surround the Mojave Desert underground lab complex George and crew are holed up in; let the rape party begin.  Soon one of the female survivors is pregnant with mutant spawn; George attempts a C-section surgery to study the freak but the little fucker tears out of her chest instead, blood and visceral splatter everywhere, the operating theater is soaked in gore, and the hunt for the creature begins.  Pretty much the pinnacle of this trash fest, because the rest of the movie is spent awkwardly bumping around air vents in the dark.  There’s a dog named Butch, and Butch was the only survivor I cared about making it out alive.  It’s discovered that the creatures have super sensitive hearing, which is kind of a surprise because they don’t look like they even have ears, but whatever, they must not like metal, fuck them.  In the end duct tape saves the day.  Duct tape.

Dead Space –

Technically a remake of Mutant, just you know without any of the over the top cheese and sleaze that makes Mutant so damn endearing.   Maybe they should have called it Dead Air instead.  The most interesting part of this movie is that it stars Bryan Cranston in a role that heavily foreshadows his later work on Breaking Bad; he plays a scientist searching for a cure to a lethal disease that plagues him.  

Knowing his time is short he takes radical risks and disregards all safety protocols to create his cure for the deadly Delta V disease, and to the surprise of absolutely no one something goes horribly wrong.  The lab calls upon Captain Kregger Intergalactic Troubleshooter for help (the dude that plays Beastmaster), who seems to spend a lot of time chilling in his space sauna.  However when Kregger reaches planet side Cranson doesn’t want him to kill the mutant because “it’s not a monster” or something, but ultimately loses the argument when it starts impregnating people with giant slugs that crawl in through the nose and burst out from the chest.  It can also kill with a scratch infecting victims with “every disease known to man”.  So it spreads herpes?  Gross.  In the end it mutates in a cross between a dragon and a xenomorph, Kregger kills it, and then happily returns to his steam bath in space to relax.   

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New Mondo Posters

Check out these new Mondo Slasher posters displayed at the Frightmare Fest in Texas.