ZIGGURAT

Ziggurat (2014)

When confronted with a game like Ziggurat, there’s always the same few questions that go through your mind. “What does this wand do?” “Where am I?” and, my personal favourite, “Is that a fucking carrot with a face?” It is. It’s that kind of Ziggurat. Armed with just a wand and whatever magic paraphernalia you can find, Ziggurat functions in a way that’s surprisingly similar to Battlemage, while managing through clever design and fast paced combat to be much more fun. At its heart it’s a shooter, much like Battlemage…

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Skálmöld – Með Vættum

Ah, yes. Skálmöld’s “Með Vættum”. It’s pretty self-explanatory, to the point where I hardly feel a full review is necessary. Still, just in case you don’t make it a point to be aware of the happenings of small Icelandic folk metal bands (though why that might be boggles my beard), these guys are one you should certainly pay attention to.

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HORROR OF DRACULA (1958)

Horror of Dracula 1958

Many things I mentioned in a previous review of The Curse of Frankenstein can be applied the (Horror of) Dracula. Both films were early installments in the Hammer era of horror films, directed by Terrence Fisher, starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, and were vehicles which unearthed classic monsters in new vivid color. Additionally the Hammer film’s gothic style, modest budget, and limited set locations has lead to a distinguishable feel to these films. (Horror Of) Dracula was the second film to reanimate characters that had laid long buried. Though…

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LORDS OF THE FALLEN

Lords of the Fallen (2014)

While Lords of the Fallen might look on the surface to be the most generically titled new IP to come out this year, but if you look a little deeper, you’ll find there’s actually a few questions to be answered. Who are the lords? Why are they falling? Can the answer be anything other than demons? Have we honestly got no other fantasy bad guys other than orks or demons? Can a title so unimaginative have one solitary new idea? Despite the risk of sounding like a buzzfeed wankfest, the…

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THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957)

The Curse of Frankenstein

When originally taking on the classic horror project, I thought I was going to review all classic horror in the months of September and October as a way to celebrate the Halloween season. It is now the beginning of November and I am not even half way through. Traveling from Dracula (1931) to House of Dracula (1948) saw a wonderful story of legendary creatures and villains who spiraled out of control into near self parody. The end of the 40’s ended with rally films mashing up popular characters into skeletal…

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LORDI – Scare Force One

Lordi’s victory over the usually toothless (and oddly Irish dominated) Eurovision song contest was unmistakeably a game changer for the band, if not metal itself. Before their surprising (though absolutely deserved) victory, the common image of a metaler was some dude in a battle jacket throwing the horns or, depending on the decade, Gene Simmons. I wasn’t too fond of the song (and still aren’t). It stuffers from the infamous lack of teeth than all Eurovision stuff tends to) but perhaps that’s what they needed to do to win. It…

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HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945)

House of Dracula

When traveling through classic horror, it is entertaining to categorize the movies by theme and decade. This helps in processing any trends and eras which might assist in framing multiple films. If the 1920’s for classic horror was the primordial inception and the 1930’s was the genesis of all of the soon to be renowned characters, then the 1940’s was the era of sequels, crossovers, and continuations of the characters into the ground. It is also enlightening to take into account what else was happening in the world at the…

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RYSE – SON OF ROME

First released on the xBone (a few months ago) as an system seller that didn’t sell, Ryse: Son of Rome was developed with the apparent motive to show off just how many sweaty pores and weird, almost-human faces the xBone could render. Bloody loads, it turns out. And now it’s PC’s turn to watch some of the slow-motion arm-severing action. Not much else though, I’m afraid.

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