Thursday, 6 August 2015

If You Like Punks and Lizards Boy Do I Have a Treat For You

Every once in a while someone shares something awesome with you online. Well when I saw the pitch trailer for something that combines two of my favourite things in my childhood, Punks vs. Lizards, it was one of those videos and all I can say is I want more. When (not if) this gets made into a feature I will be one of the first people in line to see it.

Based on the webcomic of the same name by Noah Van Sciver it stars Tristan Risk and Sophie Mcmullin of American Mary as well as comic book artist Justice Stefaniuk. On the crew side it features Benjamin Calaf (from Company of Heroes 2) in the directors chair with Luchagore Production's Luke Bramley and Jordan Williams behind the camera and Leo award winning make-up artist Caitlin Groves creating the lizard queen.

Here is the trailer and I highly suggest you check out:

Monday, 27 July 2015

Adventures in Horror Gaming: Penumbra Overture

Before I get to my review of Penumbra: Overture I just wanted to let you guys know some good news, I now have an agent! Now that that's out of the way on to the review.

Penumbra: Overture is the previous foray into horror by the team behind Amnesia. It takes place in an arctic mining facility that has been around for decades, but has fallen into disrepair, presumably due to some supernatural presence. From this game you can tell right off the bat that Frictional Games really know what makes for great horrifying atmosphere. It's similar to Amnesia in that the best strategy to survive is avoiding the enemies, some of which are capable of breaking down doors. You can fight back in this one however, just not very effectively due to how hard it is to control any of the weapons you find. We kept talking about how we wished we had a gun.

I've never been so afraid of a dog before.

Now unfortunately this game had a lot of things going against it. Firstly it was just too long and unless you had a walkthrough to read at the same time some of the puzzles made no sense or were just silly. For instance at one point you had to get past an electric fence, you would think there would be a way to turn it off or something, but nope you literally just had to stack boxes and jump over it (my idea, which my guy thought was going to kill us, especially since a tiny bit of steam can kill you in this game). There were also some parts of the game that took way too many tries to get through and I swear we died at least 10 times trying to get past some spiders.

Apparently spider eggs have built in motion sensors that tell them when to hatch.
The real nail in the coffin for this game though was when we were trying to figure out how to solve one of the puzzles, tried a bunch of stuff, relented and used the walk through then when we did what we were supposed to have done it still wouldn't let us advance because of what we had tried to do to solve it. The weird physics of this game meant that we were stuck in this room with no way to get out without turning off the game and hoping it hadn't saved. At that point we gave up, while the story had been fairly interesting it just wasn't worth the frustration we were having. Overall I wouldn't recommend this game because of how frustrating it was. That being said I am curious as to what SOMA will be like once Frictional releases it in a few months.

Were they mining spice all this time?

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Adventures in Horror Gaming: Amnesia the Dark Descent

My second foray into horror gaming has been in the world of Amnesia the Dark Descent. Now this time I managed to play a lot more of the game due to it's lack of combat, but whenever I thought one of those monsters was going to show up I promptly jumped away from the keyboard and let my guy take over. I even managed to figure out solutions to a few of the puzzles in this game.
Most castles have rooms full of corpses right? RIGHT!?!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Adventures in Horror Gaming: Silent Hill 2

Recently I started playing horror games so I thought it would be a good idea to talk about my experiences playing them. Of course I haven't been playing them alone, I tried that once and I lasted maybe 40 minutes before I turned the thing off and just said NOPE. It was on the urging of my boyfriend that the first game we played was Silent Hill 2. I really wanted to put the action on beginner, since my gaming skills end at random button mashing in Super Smash Bros., but we ended up settling on playing it on easy mode.

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Creepshow... Show

Earlier this month an opportunity to see a band I've recently started listening to cropped up, so I decided to seize it. It's all thanks to my buddy Topher that I got into psychobilly music and right now The Creepshow is one of my two favourite bands in the genre (the other being Kitty in a Casket). As a part of their 10 year anniversary tour the group came to Funky Winkerbeans here in Vancouver. They brought with them four opening acts the first of which (Lust Luck) amazed the audience not only by climbing all over their stand up bass as it was played, but also setting it on fire! Nothing makes for a better show than a little fire that's for sure.

Now when The Creepshow finally took the stage with current lead singer Kenda nothing could contain my excitement. At the show I got to hear not only some of my favourite tunes like The Devil's Son and Demon Lover (which I ended up wholeheartedly singing along to), but also some songs I was unfamiliar with and plan on investigating further. The band was full of energy pumping up the audience and putting on an excellent show. The next day my neck was very sore as a result of my head banging ways and even the people I dragged along who'd never heard the band before had an awesome time.

If this band from Ontario ever comes to your town I highly recommend checking them out. As someone who doesn't go to live music very often seeing them urges me want to make a habit of going to shows more often. If you want to check out some of their music you can click here.

I leave you with the music video for The Devil's Son

Friday, 8 May 2015

Where Have I Been These Past Few Months

For those who read my blog on a regular basis you may have been wondering that. Well I'm here to answer that (and trying to write posts more frequently).

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Netflix Recommendations: January 2015

Alrighty, was your New Year's Resolution to watch more horror movies? Well if it was then I'm here to help with my recommendations for Canadian Netflix this month. As per usual new additions to this list are bolded and I only speak of films I've already seen.

Two friends plan the trip of a lifetime in this found footage film, documenting the journey for a website they've created, but after a chance sexual encounter one of the two friends starts to undergo some unexpected and violent changes.

-The Den
One woman's research project exploring the world of random online video chatting turns dark when she witnesses what she believes to be a murder on the titular chat program

-The Sacrament
Based on the Jonestown massacre this film is a modern smaller scale retelling of what dreadful things occurred brought to us by Ti West.