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
Oct08

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.

Spooky Trailers: Kill List (2011), Lake Mungo (2008), Black Christmas (1974)

I wanted to post about 31 different scary movies in October, which means this is a catch-up post from the weekend.

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.

Official Rating: not rated but I’ll say R
How Intense Is It?: 10/10

Kill List Kill List Kill List. Go in as unspoiled as possible — the trailer is fine though — and watch my favorite horror movie of the last decade. It’s creepy, it’s meaningful, it’s bizarre, it’s sad. The directorial style reminds me of Kubrick’s The Shining. I super mega love this movie. (Please note that there is a scene of gruesome violence, but it’s essential to the story.)


Official Rating: R (for sex rather than gore/violence)
How Intense Is It?: 6/10

An Australian mockumentary, Lake Mungo is another slow boiler that aims to give you the creeps rather than engage in jump scares. That being said, this is one of the few movies (and one of the very few ghost stories) that has kept me up at night after watching it, perhaps entirely because of the gentle plot path leading up to the climax.


Official Rating: R
How Intense Is It?: 8/10

Black Christmas is a Canadian indie movie that’s considered to be one of the first slasher flicks ever. And boy, is there slashing! There are also creepy phone calls, sorority girls, and as implied by the title a not very jolly Santa. The movie is also very 70s and pretty charming for that alone.

Introducing The Game and Entertainment Network
Oct06

Introducing The Game and Entertainment Network

Do you like… podcasts? Do you like… MMO blogs? Then boy, do I have news for you.

I’m super pleased to introduce the new podcast network, The Game and Entertainment Network. You might recognize a few familiar faces on the roster:

We’ve all come together under the banners of honesty, creativity, diversity, collaboration, consistency, and fun to deliver fine indie podcast entertainment. Being part of a network means we can cross-promote, hold network round tables, and just generally work together to make awesome shows.

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Head to tgenetwork.net to subscribe to a single iTunes/Stitcher/RSS feed with all of our shows, check out the calendar of releases, and see info on the other great podcasts.

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