Playing Around – The Pleasure of Purgatory

Who doesn’t love a good scare? (Ok, so there are some people who can be complete wusses about that kind of thing, but bare with me.) And we all know some of the best scares are ones we have an active role in creating. So what better way to get the most fun out of a scare than playing a spooky RPG? You can do that very soon with Purgatory House: A Casual Horror Role-Playing Game, now on kickstarterContinue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Real Demon Hunters are Named Ashley – My Groovy Weekend Binge of Evil Dead Movies

A cabin in the woods, demonic possessions, the Book of the Dead. Many movies and TV shows have had all three of these tropes since the 1970s, but none have been as well-known as Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. In 1981, Ash (Ashley) (Bruce Campbell), his sister, and college friends take a weekend trip to a small cabin in the woods of Tennessee. The vacation turns rotten immediately when they hear noises from the cellar where they find a tape recorder, firearms, and a strange book covered in human skin. Of course, they’re smart and do not read the book. The cabin’s former resident does it for them on the tape as it recites the text.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – Roll a D6 for the Next Scene: Review of Beyond the Gates

When The Ring was first released in theaters, the concept was unique and actually threatening. A VHS tape with a trapped spirit. VHS tapes were regularly rented and borrowed from friends, and the more they were played, the worse the tracking got, causing lines on the screen. As the movies continued, most importantly with the recent sequel Rings, the concept was all but lost on most audiences, given that the original premise surrounded an out-of-date and forgotten media.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – A Christmas Horror Story

Since Love Actually hit the movie screens, only to be showing repeatedly on cable television every holiday season for no perceptible reason, the concept of interconnected stories that have little to do with each other has been related to Christmas. Even television shows like Glee have explained away the concept as a “Love Actually episode.” So when you have a movie called A Christmas Horror Story, it’s not surprising that the movie is set up with unrelated interconnected stories.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – It’s the Season of the Witch: Review of Horror Hotel

Blog-BGFIt’s time for that ultra-special graduate school paper on the topic of your own choosing. What will the topic be? The history of Lancashire? The works of Edgar Allan Poe? What about witchcraft? Despite having no reason to choose the topic other than having a slight interest in witchcraft (the history of witch craft, despite never saying likewise), Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) embarks on a trip to research her topic. On the recommendation of her professor, Alan Driscoll (Christopher Lee), Nan breaks plans with her brother to travel to Whitewood, Massachusetts.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – A Mummy and a Monkey You’ll Just Keep Watching

Blog-BGFThere is a long tradition of late night horror movie hosts in Cleveland – Ghoulardi, the Ghoul, Big Chuck & Lil John. Of course, the concept of horror movie hosts who interlude and interrupt bad movies is not strictly a Cleveland tradition. Other greats include Elvira, Vampira, and even Mystery Science Theater 3000. Last weekend, at Ghoulardifest in Parma, I met a couple of new horror hosts who are keeping the tradition alive.  Continue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Creepy Tech

Blog-MDMAs it’s the beginning of Hallowe’en month, it seems appropriate to talk a bit about the horror genre. I’m not into the hack and slash variety (they bore me with bad storytelling and repetitive, unrealistic effects) and anything overtly fake is just tedious to sit through. I prefer the more real world paranormal movies and shows, the creepy things that make your skin crawl. And I find one of the most overlooked (but, thankfully, increasingly popular) branches of the genre is tech horror.  Continue reading

Best Geeky Finds – A Brain-numbing Zombie Treat

Blog-BGFIt’s October 1, which means it is now considered “normal” to watch horror movies all month long. I love the classics, digging into the original Night of the Living Dead and Last Man on Earth, but sometimes you just need to shut off your brain and watch something stupid that has no redeeming value. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015, R) is just that. Think Superbad meets Fear the Walking DeadContinue reading

Miss Dawn’s Musings – Getting Some Strange

Blog-MDM Over the weekend I finally had a chance to watch Stranger Things, the latest Netflix show (of course I binged it!). Set in the 80s, it’s a scifi/horror that actually feels like it was produced in the 80s. From the pop songs and instrumentals of the soundtrack, to the way it was shot and how the story unfolds… it’s all just very 80s. But that’s a fantastic thing! Continue reading