My Top 13 Favorite Scary Moments in Video Games

So Much Nope.

Sadly, this one didn’t make the cut

While last week involved rambling off about weird and eerie things in real life, I think I’ll make a return to the realms of pop culture.  In this case, I’m talking about video games!  Or rather, I should say moments in games that genuinely creeped me right out!  Now, there are plenty of moments that truly disturbed or scared me a bit, but only a couple moments felt truly memorable.  Let’s start with some runner ups, shall we?

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Film/Mini-Series Review: Over the Garden Wall

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Since this past year, I’ve been slacking off on watching various shows/movies.  Sounds kinda funny considering I’m all about reviewing movies and shows too, right?  Needless to say, I’ve been catching up on tons of content I’ve missed for a while; whether that be through video release or the divine gift to the masses that some people refer to as “Netflix”.  Among those things was a charming animated dark faerie tale called “Over the Garden Wall.”  This mini-series/movie (either works, depending on who you ask) involves two boys lost in a strange otherworld full of anachronistic people, horrible creatures, and some really catchy music numbers.

It’s not exactly easy to nail down what Over the Garden Wall is.  Is it comical or dramatic?  Is it merely an homage to the works of yesteryear or the expectation of tomorrow?  Is it a tongue-in-cheek folktale or something right out of The Twilight Zone?  And this doesn’t even cover a lot of the mini-series’ countless mysteries that countless fans are still trying to figure out.  That combined with the questions above, people are still coming back for more.  From a small cult hit to a recognized Emmy winning masterpiece, it’s likely one that will endure for a while yet.  But this begs the question, why?  Well, I’ll certainly do my best to try to figure it out!

NOTE:  This review contains heavy spoilers.  While this mini-series has been out for almost a year and was recently released on DVD, you have been warned.

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R.I.P. Wes Craven

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Wes Craven was more than just a filmmaker to me.  He was a huge inspiration!  Not only did he create some of the most iconic faces in horror, but he made icons that transcend time itself!  2 – 3 decades later, we still all know and love (and fear) the likes of Ghostface and Freddy Krueger.  Along with Giger, he convinced me that my nightmares weren’t just images of a frustrated mind, but a gateway into a morbid imagination.  His work helped to get me interested in horror, as well as want to make something horrific of my own.  From the moment I saw the first Nightmare as a young child, I was hooked on his stuff!  And since then, I’ve been greatly inspired by his eerie works.  While he may be gone, I’ll always be grateful for the awesome contributions he’s made not just to the genre of horror, but its awesome fandom as well.  Thanks for the dark dreams, Wes.  I wouldn’t be nearly the same without you or your creepy creations.

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The Doc Speaks: My Top 10 Favorite Sci-Fi/Horror series intros

Admittedly, this came up after watching a recent editorial done by Nostalgia Critic on what he thought were the 11 best television intro sequences.  To some extent, I was in agreement with quite a few of them, since you’d think opinions are likely to overlap or connect in one way or another.  Back on topic, that list embodied what he felt best prepared the audience for the show ahead or helped to establish the general mood.  Or at the very least, got them excited for the rest of the 22/46 or so minute time slot.  Genre fiction works in particular inject that sense of ambiance and expectation within the intro, so that way viewers can get immersed into the world as soon as the show truly begins.  So with that, here are 10 of my personal favorite openings to sci-fi and horror themed TV shows!

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Guest Review: The Mirror by bound-incubus

Hey, everyone!  Lots of bedlum happening in my own chaotic sector of the multiverse here.  No matter, one of my friends (who I’m addressing by their tumblr name) was eager to submit a review involving the rather new-ish horror film from Britain called, “The Mirror”.  While my opinions differ on this film, my guest is the one doing the review and not me.  Rather than blabbing away on an intro segment like I always do, I figure I’ll let him jump right into it.

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TV Review – American Horror Story: Freakshow

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Author’s Note: After a turbulent week, it’s good to be back! Despite all the chaos that’s been happening, expect everything to be back on track.

Every season, the FX anthology series, “American Horror Story” delivers fresh takes on various tropes within horror mythology. Most of these are conveyed as deconstructions or sometimes even playing cliches and conventions straight, sometimes to fantastic effect!  In previous seasons, we explored haunted houses, corrupt asylums, and a survivalist witch’s coven.  This previous season took a look at that the classic notion of the freak show, with a wide assortment of classic carnival motifs thrown in for good measure too. Throughout the season, we followed the swan song of Elsa Mars’ Cabinet of Curiosities; a dying freak show that’s among one of the last of its kind. The public has pretty much moved on from that sort of act (as a line the finale helps to reinforce) as attention is brought to the freaks through all sorts of diabolic mayhem and murder! In some senses of the term, diabolic is oddly appropriate! Given AHS’ reputation with previous seasons, how much better did Freakshow fare? First, it’s time to raise the curtains and start the show!
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Cult Film Review: Puppet Master

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As far as cult films go, this was one of my favorites. In honor of the Halloween season, I’m coming back to give it another look! It’s a haunted house story with creepy puppets and a team of weird psychics, what’s not to love? But the real question is if this Full Moon Direct early project still as good as I remember. Let’s dive deep into my collection of b-movies on VHS and watch Puppet Master once more.
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Album Review: Spine Chillers by Sam Haynes

The horror-driven rave of independent electronic artist, Sam Haynes, returns from the grave once more! And what better time than the Halloween season? Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s always Halloween in Necrotic’s wonderful and weird world. Just because October has come and gone doesn’t mean I’m not up for anything horror related! And that’s where this album comes in. As you remember, I was quite the fan of the previous album called, “Ghost Stories.” But this begs the question, does Spine Chillers live up to it or maybe even surpass it? Don’t touch that dial now, we’re just getting started!
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The Doc Speaks: Found Footage, bane of the horror fandom!

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There’s one somewhat controversial topic among fans of science fiction and horror cinema and that’s the “Found Footage” genre. If there’s one way to make hardcore horror fans foaming at the mouth, it’s bringing up that film style. Being a spin-off of the Exploitation Film, it’s expected to be hailed as schlock film making. Now, that’s not to say the entire genre is awful, because that’s just not true. While I’m a stubborn arse and abhor the genre through and through, I recognize that there are indeed some good films. Take Chronicle! It was a coming of age superhero film from a different perspective. And ya know what? I’m not sure if the film would have had the same impact if it was done as a traditional style movie. Granted, this isn’t a horror picture. And controversial opinion time, for being a wretched film that spawned a worse trend, I find Cannibal Holocaust to be a fascinating film. In the end, the film makers were the real horrors, not the tribe they were trying to exploit (despite some actions we wouldn’t find acceptable under any means.) Again, it’s not a good movie (and probably illegal), but it’s still an interesting one. And take The Blair Witch Project. I’m not a fan, but I can admit that parts of it were pretty suspenseful and well crafted. It was basically a documentary with weird stuff thrown in, as the actors didn’t know what to expect either. Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the few bits I can admire. I’m here to talk about a relentless fad that makes horror fans shriek in disgust. So, since the fun part of this ends, let’s have at it… after a bit of whiskey!
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