Spooky Trailers: Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 5/10

Enough with the serious business scary movies! Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight is a hell of a good time. As you would expect from the Tales from the Crypt brand, Demon Knight is crappy in an endearing winking way, and the surprisingly talented cast is clearly having a lot of fun (particularly Billy Zane as the lead bad guy). This movie has a great heavy metal soundtrack, tons of ridiculous gore, and is just overall a bloody good time. It’s not fancy, it’s not even particularly scary, but it’s perfect for Friday night with friends and a few beers.

As a warning, if you enjoy this don’t bother with Tales from the Crypt: Bordello of Blood because that one is actually bad and not just campy.

Spooky Trailers: Perfect Blue (1997)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Okay, we’re a third of the way through the month and through my list, so let’s have a quick recap:

Tremors – funny!
Noroi: the Curse – creepy found footage!
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre – old school gore!
Kill List – one of my absolute faves!
Lake Mungo – eerie ghosts!
Black Christmas – Canadian proto-slasher!
White: Melody of the Curse – good popcorn flick!
Absentia – classy indie!
Pulse – high tech killer!
and number 10…

Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 4/10

I am kind of a snob about animated stuff, anime and Western work alike, but Perfect Blue is great. The movie is more in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock or The Black Swan than gory horror, and tells the story of a young lady as she tries to move out of being a pop idol and into the more “mature” world of acting. And yes, I even like the art. (Satoshi Kon, RIP.)

Spooky Trailers: Absentia (2011) and Pulse (2006)

Another double-header!

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add a “scary rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 6/10

American indie horror has seen a revival over the last 5 or so years, and while I’m pleased about that I’m also frequently disappointed by the new trope of “creepy but doesn’t explain anything and ends randomly”. Absentia stands out as one of the jewels that avoids that formula. It makes great use of its limited special effects budget, has very thoughtful acting, and the ending is mysterious without being infuriatingly obtuse. I was surprised that this is rated R — I think of it as being much more psychological than gross.

Rating: PG-13
How Intense Is It?: 7/10

Pulse is the American remake of South Korean hit Kairo and while the latter is the much better movie by almost any standard, I saw Pulse first so it holds a special place in my heart. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you enjoy the “the killer is inside the internet!” genre of scary movies you should totally check this one out.

Cat Context 61: Blizzcon Musings, The Future of eSports
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Cat Context 61: Blizzcon Musings, The Future of eSports

cat context vertical Cat Context 61: Blizzcon Musings, The Future of eSports

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This week Liore, Ellyndrial, and Arolaide get together with guildie and popular Twitch streamer Kinch!

Blizzcon 2014 is just around the corner, and the four of us talk about the cancelled Titan, what announcements Blizzard may have up their sleeve, and whether Blizzcon itself is actally that fun or if it’s really just a great excuse to party with your guildies.

Somehow this lead to the topic of eSports and streaming. Even though most of us feel like eSports is a strange and foreign land, we talk abot how it could be made more approachable by gamers who aren’t already into the scene, what the future could hold for the genre in particlar, and why some games are fun to watch while others are not.

Also Elly talks about the changes in D&D 5e (yes, tabletop)! Aro literally cannot stop playing Dragon Coins even if she wanted to! Kinch is cavalier about death in Don’t Starve!

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Spooky Trailers: White: The Melody of the Curse (2011)

It’s October, the spookiest month! I love horror movies, so for October I’m going to be highlighting some of my older or lesser known favorites thanks to YouTube’s huge backlog of trailers. I also add an “intensity rating” for folks who like a little fright but not a full on horror fest.

Official Rating: not rated but I’ll say PG-13
How Intense Is It?: 7/10

Not every movie has to be a monument to art — sometimes you just want a capable popcorn flick, and White delivers solidly on that front. White is about an aspiring K-Pop group who gets mixed up with a haunted song, with predictably disastrous results. The movie doesn’t break any new ground, but has a genuinely satisfying ending, unique deaths (yes this is an issue with horror movies), catchy music, and gives a little glimpse “behind the scenes” of the Korean pop idol industry.

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