Thursday, 31 December 2015

The Best of 2015

As a horror fan 2015 has been a great year with so many cool (mostly independent) new films coming out. Allow me to share with you my top 8 films for 2015 and why I loved them in no particular order.

The boys are ready for a night on the town.

What We Do in the Shadows

I figured I should start off this list with what is probably the best horror comedy of the year. This movie was hilarious. It knew the vampire genre like the back of it's hand and was able to use that knowledge to create many jokes. All the characters are well crafted and the film is insanely quotable. There's even some decent blood effects in it if you desperately need gore.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

The Creepy Christmas of 2015

Well Christmas this year has been great for those of us who like our holidays a little more horrific. This year saw the release of Michael Dougherty's follow up to Trick'r Treat titled Krampus.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Halloween 2015 Part 2: The Spookening

Well the Halloween season has now ended and I'm the worst blogger ever, but boy was it a busy day. First things first, as you already saw, I was watching movies like a maniac in the morning to make it up to my 500th film. I was also able to share the edited results of a photoshoot I had done back in 2014 for the Halloween season. Photos are by Bren Macdonald and make up by Erin Geer.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Halloween 2015 - Part 1

Well it's that time of year again. I've now been blogging for four years. As I type I'm currently watching my 500th horror film. The film of choice wound up being Suburban Gothic, which so far has been pretty funny, as well as featuring a star studded cast including Vancouver darlings the Twisted Twins.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Vancouver Haunted Trolley Tour

They say third time's a charm and that rang true for me trying to go on the Vancouver Trolley Company's Haunted Trolley Tour. After trying and failing to call in time to book a spot on one of their ghostly tours two times in a row this year I was finally successful.

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?