Monday, October 21, 2013

Knee Deep in the Halloween

October is the time when everyone has demonstrations, video clips, and pictures of all kinds of great Autumn crafts and Halloween hoopla. The list can get quite lengthy from things like "How to turn your toilet into a crap-o-lantern" to "Stylish boots to wear on a night out...to the demolition derby." Heck, the Today Show usually focuses hours 3-15 on topics like these. Sometimes they take a break in the action to breathe and calm down from all the excitement. Otherwise, it's just a nonstop fun-o-rama of vomit!

So, obviously, screw that. I'm here to talk about more interesting things that have nothing to do with clothing, crafts, or a Kardashian.

Let's start with horror movies. October is the perfect month to pull out all the stops. Now, there is usually a wide variety of horror movies on TV and these are great to catch when you can. I would, however, recommend staying away from Syfy. If they're not playing "Giant Big Gooby Monster vs. Giant Banana Slug" (their idea of a "horror" movie), they're showing "Let's wander around a house in the dark, trying to find our asses with both hands while pretending we see dead people!". These shows include, but are not limited to, "Ghost Hunters", "Ghost Mine", "Paranormal Witness", "Ghost Career", "Vampires on Parade", "I Thought I Saw Something: The Musical", "Mysteries of Bellybutton Lint", "Ghost Cheese", "Ghost Pepper", "Bob Barker's Toilet", and, finally "Where is Eddie Muenster Now?"

Oh, and "Face Off" which, admittedly, is pretty awesome.

TLC features some of the most truly horrifying shows ever. "The Man with the 32-pound scrotum", "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", and...ummm...well, that's about it, I think.

AMC, however, never lets me down. They show "The Walking Dead" (or so I've been told by their five million advertisements). They also show nonstop horror movies for 15 days or so, leading up to Halloween. Kudos, AMC.

So I've always thought "Halloween" and "Halloween 2" (yes, the originals) were possibly two of the best horror movies out there. Top of the heap on a mountain of hockey masks, hatchets, and midget vampires. Both movies were shot on low budgets, imported leaves, bad acting, and no real special effects. But the music, lighting, and camera angles, actually go a long way toward making both of these films superior to most others. Also, the creepiest character in the movies is Loomis.

My pick this year for the Creepy October Game (COG) is "Dead Space". I played through it and have moved onto "Dead Space 2". Yes, I know it's an old game but it was el cheapo on el Steamo--well worth the $5 I paid for it during the Steam Summer Sale!

It is suitably creepy in two ways: Both in the things that jump out of nowhere and charge you like Joey Chestnut charging a helpless bucket of hot dogs, and also in the things you don't see, but hear and just sort of feel. About halfway through, I got desensitized to the "boogety!" creatures, but still got uber-paranoid just hearing the sounds or catching a glimpse of something moving off to the side. "Dead Space" definitely does it right. The Doom remake did it wrong--everything just teleported behind you and yelled "Boogety! I'm a skull tacked onto some weird-looking body!" That was my COG a couple of years ago. I ended up quitting and uninstalling it. Every once in a while, I look at its entry in my Steam library and send a scornful look at it.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Time for some October Random

It is indeed October. That means...well, a whole lot of stuff--cool stuff, even. Actually, it's all cool stuff.

Fall weather, pumpkin-flavored everything, football, the end of baseball and, of course, Halloween!! This comes as no surprise to those who know me. This year, I put up all of the indoor decorations before October even started...because I was allowed to. :)

Related link...in case you wish to know if it is Halloween yet:

http://isithalloween.com

But enough of that. I could go on and on about how wonderful Fall is, and how wonderful Halloween is. I mean, it's all so fantastic...see what I mean?

I have chosen, for my creepy game of October, to play Dead Space. I have heard many mixed things about it--that the controls were a bit wonky, that it has potential but inevitably lacks something...but none of things shall stop me. After all, I got it for dirt cheap on Steam. This process has never come around and bitten me in the ass before...ever...let's just forget about Resident Evil 5...and Doom 3...and Amnesia...DAMMIT!!! Okay, so my track record hasn't been so awesome. But, like a river...every once in a great while my luck will change its course! Hopefully it won't require a massive earthquake to do so.

I started it last night and, so far, it seems pretty fun. I'm not sure how creepy or scary it will end up being, but it can't be any worse than Doom 3. Seriously. Continually beating my head against a fire hydrant while a dog is peeing on it isn't worse than Doom 3. Or so I've heard...

Also, if anyone is interested, I am once again participating in Extra Life this year. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a 25-hour gaming marathon. Usually it's 24 hours but it falls on Daylight Saving this year. So I will be playing 25 hours of videogames while trying to raise money for charity--all proceeds go to Children's Hospital. My link is below, and I suck at fundraising so...donate out of pity??

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=48343

(digital sad puppy dog eyes)