Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sleepy Hollow is the first of many...

First things first, we are still here and we are not going anywhere, we might have been silent for a while but that is about to change, drastically.

And now to more important things, September and October to me always felt like Christmas, it's the time when most things start and unfortunately, sometimes, others end. So let the games begin and for the kickoff I have something surprising.

I hadn't planned on starting this season with a TV series but what are you gonna do?

Sleepy Hollow is a name that we have all heard and naturally associated with the beautifully dark talent of Tim Burton, but one of this seasons premieres takes us to a modern version of the myth.

An English civil war double agent recruited by the forces of good sworn to battle evil in all its shapes and forms, is awakened after two hundred years to finish what he started. Being killed after successfully, or so he thought, stopping one of evil's outbreaks, Incabod Crane wakes up in 2013 Sleepy Hollow only to find out that nothing was or is as it seems.

A new take on an story told many a time with clear influences, artistically speaking, from Pan's Labyrinth and a cast well chosen, up for the task. As the plot thickens we are made aware of secret societies of past and present as well as the importance of the main characters in battling evil in the name of the human race.

Quite captivating in the first few episodes, all that remains to be seen is whether or not it will continue to unravel in a way worthy of our anticipation.

I truly hope so...

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hemlock Grove

Let me start by saying, I love Netflix! Not having to wait 3 to 6 months to watch an entire season; seriously, what could be better than that? I would also like to welcome it to the horror family.

Hemlock Grove is a brand new and horror adjacent. I say adjacent because it's not going to give you any scares, but vampires, werewolves and strange creatures are definitely on the menu.

The ingredients are, as always, a quite small little town, a high school, someone rich, someone poor, and the girl.

I haven't read the book it was based on so I cannot really say how good an adaptation it was, but what I can say is it was not half bad. The relationship between a werewolf, new in town, and an upir (code for vampire) becomes complex right when a series of bizarre killings starts. All eyes fall on the newcomer gypsy since he already admitted to being a werewolf to one of his schoolmates.

Who is killing?

Will the upir realise what it is?

Who is the mysterious mother?

What exactly is Shelley?

Who will get the girl?

What is uroboros anyway?

...and other questions will be answered, or not, in 13 nicely filmed episodes.

Let me just warn all of you it becomes a little tiresome before it reaches it's peak and I wasn't exactly a fan of the finale.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Eclectic Delights of Interactive Horror

Horror in computer and video games, the titular interactive horror, is unsurprisingly something that can be incredibly effective. Probably has something to do with the medium's ability to suck you in and fully immerse you in its digital worlds I suppose, but you could actually discover this for yourselves wise readers.

Me and Kyttaro Games, you see, have put together an indie gaming bundle that lets you name your price and grab 11 great indie games. That is, 11 games you get to own for ever without the inconveniences of pesky DRM and can grab for as low a price as $0.99. Said bundle, the Eclectic Delights bundle, also happens to offer three of the best and most interesting horror games by independent developers. Here they are in all their video glory:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Park Avenue Hell

In the shadows even the most innocent things can reveal their evil side.

One of the things that caught my eye was the transformation of a simple number, a symbol of good fortune actually in some eastern countries, into the very essence of evil in western ones.

New series quite promising so far playing around with the eon old idea of hell's master on earth. Some have everything, some want everything and are willing to do anything for it and others are delusional enough to think that they can make it preserving their ideals and themselves intact.

A building and its occupants on an address quite familiar to most is the main focus on this new horror series. High, middle, low class people live, breath, orchestrate and fear within its walls, walls echoing all the malice of the previous tenants. Trapped souls will find release for their murderous instincts, sadistic killers will manifest to seal the fates of those who could not see past their longing for success.

The road to hell is paved with nothing but good intentions..

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


It's back!

Autumn has come and with it every little pleasure and torture that we've missed; even a couple of new ones!

I know we have been silent for very long, but all that is about to change.

I can't speak for Gnome, but my reason for keeping quiet for so long was because I was impatiently waiting for it to begin. It didn't feel right writing about anything else.

It's here and as far as I can see it's come back with a vengeance. Only the first episode has been aired so far but it has already sunk its claws into my conscience. I have religiously been following every little teaser of this season, scattered information here and there about the plot, the actors, the production, and every time I thought I had an idea of what to expect something else was announced, something different appeared in the teasers - drove me mad.

Love the new setting, and the whole 60's air to it. Also loving the fact that it's much more aggressive as far as social issues are concerned. No taboos, no holding back; it creeps you out in whole new way since we still don't know exactly what to expect. Only the surface has been scratched so far and it's already bloody.

Maybe I'm expecting too much I don't know, what I do know is that it's given me incentive to start dealing with all the others, yes even the torturous ones.

So let the games begin!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Shadow Out Of Time Movie

The Shadow Out Of Time by H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most interesting of Loveraft's short stories and one of his incredibly rare works that express political ideas. What's more, it has also been adapted to glorious movie form and you can enjoy the 15 brilliant minutes of the thing above. It's definitely worth your time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Top 5 Best Horror Series

This season has come to an end and with it all my hopes of entertainment for the hateful summer to come (as far as TV is concerned of course). So finding myself in dire need of a distraction and in an attempt to prove to our readers that we shall never silence, I venture two sets of top fives with the best and, my personal favorite, the worst horror related TV series of the year!

So I hereby give to you my best...

 Number 5

In lack of a fifth series actually worth giving it the time of day or, in this case, night I can only give you, since I am bound by the number, one that was merely watchable. I know that I haven't even mentioned it all this time, a fact which by itself speaks volumes, but it being so indifferent actually got it a spot in the blog!

The tale of yet another tortured dark soul straggling with the beast within along with a werewolf and a ghost setting up house pretending to be human. I must say I am more partial to the original British version since the cast in the American one fades in comparison.

Number 4

Not a great start but good enough to catch my eye, and a much more interesting ending to land it in number four. Wolves, trolls, ogres, witches with a german twist and a secret society or Wesen elite if you like, pulling the strings and threatening war on humans. Did you really think that Grimms were the brothers who wrote all those fairy tales you grew up listening to?

Number 3

Call me sentimental but there is something about those Winchester boys that no matter how lame the script is it always saves the day! I pretty much avoided talking about this season in the hopes of a comeback by the end of it. False hopes as it turned out, but, still, those boys have a great sense of humor...

Number 2

If you told me a few months ago, right about when it aired, that it would be one of my favorites I would have laughed in your face. As it seems I should not form opinions based on only one or two episodes - even though I still believe those first ones do set the mood for what is to follow - but I should really start giving second or even third chances. It started pretty weak but by the last few episodes I found myself hooked and wanting for more.

Number 1

I am at a loss for words. I can't find anything else to say than you must watch!!
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