From the Vaults – The Crow

Looking back, it was a pleasure to write this one. This is in part because I genuinely love this movie, as well as the original graphic novel. I might revisit it some day.

THE CROW

“Believe in Angels”

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From the Vaults: BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea p. 1

I haven’t been posting too much of my Tumblr archive lately and that’s my own fault. Here’s a look back at the first part of the Burial at Sea DLC for BioShock Infinite. I still look back at both of these with mixed emotions. It’s nostalgic, but ultimately kind of hollow.

BaS p1

Today, we return to Rapture with the first half of the BioShock Infinite DLC, “Burial at Sea” The story revolves around Booker and Elizabeth mysteriously in an alternate Rapture prior to its collapse on New Years 1959. So, is this return to Wonderful, Wonderful utopia a worthy trip or should it remain in the briny depths below?

(CAUTION: SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD.)
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From the Vaults: We Love The Krampus

This was a blast to write!  The Krampus is awesome and deserves much more attention here in the States!  Anyway, here’s my look back at The Krampus from last Christmas.

Here in the United States, the celebration of Christmas is a joyous time of spending time with family, giving gifts to one another, and gross over commercialism.  When it comes to Christmas, we use the icon of Santa Claus as the master of ceremonies (and sometimes that other dude too, depending on your religious beliefs.)  However, in eastern European folklore, Father Christmas was accompanied by more friends than just plucky elves and flying reindeer.  On the contrary, he recruited the efforts of a demonic bodyguard to punish all the naughty children.  Look at this way, our yuletide saint can dedicate more time to blessing all the good children of the world!  However, Ol’ Saint Nick ain’t the focus today, for his cohort Krampus deserves much attention!
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From the Vaults: Call of Cthulhu

I’ll admit, I’m not a patient film goer. Most of the time, I struggle to finish silent movies. But, something about this one is different!

Greetings, faithful followers! This time it’s a return to dark cosmic mythos with the HPLHS film project, “The Call of Cthulhu.” This film is an intentional homage to both the original story and the silent cinema of the era. So, how good does this film do at adapting one of H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous tales? Let’s find out!
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From the Vaults: Cast a Deadlly Spell


“Magic. Gives me the shakes what you can buy in this town.”

Cast A Deadly Spell is a somewhat tongue-in-cheek urban fantasy with a late 1940s Film Noir backdrop.  This alternate history of LA features a city gone mad after magic becomes just as common practice as sports night at the pub.  Occultists and mobsters seek far and wide for diabolic tomes and eldritch artifacts.  Even our main character shares his office with a witch.  So, welcome to Las Angeles; where you won’t just need a gun, but a book of spells too!

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From the Vaults: Legion of Shadows by Nox Arcana

I’ve been a huge fan of Nox Arcana for ages!  In a sense, I’m a part of their Legion of Shadows!  But, this album has tons of appeal beyond the fandom itself.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out!

Nox Arcana
Your favorite mad doctor returns to cover one of his favorite bands of the “Dark Ambient” genre, Nox Arcana.

The terror continues this Halloween with Nox Arcana’s latest release, “Legion of Shadows.” This album commemorates 10 years of fantastic frightening music from the band. It has been dedicated to Nox Arcana’s fanbase, who are known by the same title as the record.

What makes this album special is that many of its concepts take inspiration from fan submissions and creations from all around the world. Legion of Shadows is indeed an eponymous gift to the fans, but does it offer enough for the rest of us creepy creatures to enjoy?
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From the Vaults: Monsters of Legend by Midnight Syndicate

I won’t deny that I’m biased when it comes to my love of dark ambient music. And by all means, Midnight Syndicate embodies a lot of what I love from it. It’s not just sinister electronic music, but a soundscape atmosphere that fills an entire room with dark atmosphere. And for the past 2 albums, MS has been doing a great job at it! This album’s certainly a step up! Enjoy!

Midnight Syndicate - Monsters of Legend

Good Evening, Boos and Ghouls!

For the season of Halloween, I thought it’d only be appropriate to tackle the latest album by Dark Ambient group Midnight Syndicate. Their latest release, “Monsters of Legends” is a nostalgic look at the classic monsters featured in horror cinema favorites, filled with terrifying music akin to classic films and an equally chilling soundscape.
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From the Vaults: Pox Americana

As I finish writing the review for a new book, here’s a look back at an awesome album from independent artist, “Jim Strange”. His blend of post-punk, americana, and heavy music is one hell of a ride! Here’s Jime Strange with The Proud and the Damned, with their latest album “Pox Americana”.
Jim Strange
“A nihilist descendant of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave. Portland, OR resident Jim Strange is not afraid to write about the darker side of life. After years of playing in metal bands that went nowhere, in 2008 Jim decided to take the bull by the horns and start his own project. His new band The Proud and the Damned would be based around American Roots music but with the bombast of heavy metal and echoing atmosphere and chilling vocals of gothic rock. Guitarist Kyle Faircloth joined soon after and brought a flashy lead guitar element to the sound.”

– From the band’s Bio.

Howdy, tumblrland! Doc. Necrotic, here; returning to my endless search for music, both known and not so known. This time, I venture into the work of “Jim Strange” and his band “The Proud and the Damned.” His latest album, “Pox America” is a hard and heavy ride through roadside America; and we took a wrong turn straight on leading into the pits of Hell themselves. And ya know what? The result is… groovy.
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From the Vaults: Tucker and Dale Vs Evil

I enjoyed writing this review just as much as I enjoyed this movie! I’ve always had a soft spot for horror-comedy of almost any kind though. But, this one does things a bit differently.
Tucker and Dale
Two country brothers face an evil greater than anything they could imagine… COLLEGE STUDENTS!
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From the Vaults: Neurospasta

It’s no lie, I love almost anything cyberpunk! For some reason, the genre always clicked with me. And when it comes to tabletop games, all the better! I’m no doubt a DEM fanboy of sorts, but their stuff is just that awesome. Without further ado, my take on their RPG, Neurospasta.

Neurospasta
Loved Cyberpunk 2020, perhaps even D20 Cyberscape? Always wanted to run Shadowrun with the D&D rule set? If you said yes to any of these, DEM promises quite the game! Let’s see how good this program really is. Megacorporation hacking tips and review after the jump!

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