Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi (2013)

Synopsis: Jewel thieves flee into the Basque forests and are captured by a coven of cannibalistic witches.

The Good: This movie has wonderful energy and a sick sense of humor. It also has a nice subversive streak to it. Sure you could look at the misogynistic things said and write the movie off. However, the film makers portray the men of the film as just as responsible for their predicaments. 

The Bad: There's almost no character development in this film. Other than Eva (played by the gorgeous Carolina Bang), the characters are essentially static. Now because of their ordeals, the characters are different during the "insert later time" scene, but we don't see the growth.

Final Thoughts: This was released in the states as Witching and Bitching. I like the original title better.

In Your Game:  If you like witches in your game, check this one out. While I've not finished it yet, I'm combining elements of this with elements of the witches from Hansel and Gretel, Witch Hunters to create a witch quality for cinematic unisystem that's more in line with vampires, werewolves, and demons. I may call it hag. It's in preliminary stages, but expect to see it sometime in the future.
New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 28

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - American Mary (2012)

Synopsis: The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

The Good: Katherine Isabelle. She's hot. She can act. She looks great covered in blood. I've had a thing for her since Ginger Snaps. Before you start judging, I'm actually a couple of years younger than she is.

The Bad: I don't know. This movie just didn't do it for me. It has many things I like, namely Katherine Isabelle and body modification, but in the end this just felt like an aimless rape/revenge flick.

Final Thoughts: I didn't like it, but if the plot sounds interesting to you, give it a shot. One of these days I'll give it another go.

In Your Game: A character like Mary would make a great npc in a dark modern game. 

New To Me Movies Watched: 17
Total Movies Watched: 27

October Horror Movie Challenge - Dread (2009)

Synopsis: Three college students set out to document what other people dread the most. One of the trio decides to take the study to the next level.

The Good: I really enjoyed this movie. The plot is interesting and just the right ammount of fucked up for my tastes. Also, I know his big movies were the Twilight franchise but I like Jackson Rathbone. He's a pretty good actor and really handsome.

The Bad:  This movie is really twisted and topics such as rape and cannibalism come up.

Final Thoughts: I've not read the original Barker story, so I can't tell you how faithful of an adaptation this is.

In Your Game: Fear is a great tool to use in games. Try to find out what the characters in your game fear. Even better, try using what your players fear (though don't do this to the point they get turned off from the game). For example, several of my friends are frightened of spiders so I like to include them in adventures.

New To Me Movies Watched: 16
Total Movies Watched: 26

Monday, October 20, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Leprechaun Origins (2014)

Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Soon the find out the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon the friends will find that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality.

The Good: Not much, this movie is one of a dime a dozen slasher/monster flicks. The sets do look nice. The movie does start with a few deaths and it doesn't take long for the leprechaun to start coming after the main cast.

The Bad:  The movie is just flat. It's not awful, just very meh. The cast isn't all that likable, the leprechaun is boring looking and bestial. Also, considering Hornswaggle (the WWE wrestler playing the leprechaun is a sports entertaining, I figured there would be more physicality to the character).

Final Thoughts: Confession, I've never seen the original. I've seen a few clips. I appreciate that this movie is trying to make it more of horror film than a horror comedy, but I think the movie could have used a few quips. Also, the story behind the leprechauns and village could have been fleshed out better.

In Your Game: These leprechauns(spoiler there are more than one) would be a good addition to any cinematic unisystem game. The redcap stats from Ghosts of Albion would work just fine.

New To Me Movies Watched: 16
Total Movies Watched: 25

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Succubus Sunday - Graz'zt

He's not a succubus, but he surrounds himself with them. Today's Succubus Sunday is a spotlight on everyone's favorite demonic sex lord, Graz'zt.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - REC 3: Genesis (2012)

Two of my dear friends are getting married today. That's why I saved this review for this particular day. Jared and Chelsea, you two are amazing and I'm sure you're going to have a long and happy marriage. The little one will have Uncle Pun and Grayson watching out for him or her.

Also, all of these posts have had some spoilers. This one has a pretty big one about the ending. You've been warned.
Synopsis: A couple's wedding day turns horrific as some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness.

The Good: The movie is self-referential to the series, but in a good way. It starts out with the classic shaky cam style of the first two REC films. It even has a camera man discuss this style of film and more traditional styles. When all Hell breaks loose he has the exact same lines as Angela from the first movie, claiming that he's filming because "People need to know what happened." His camera is then destroyed by the protagonist Koldo and the film turns into a typical third person view flick. Unlike the previous films, this movie, while firmly horror, is also humorous. It's more Evil Dead 2 than Shaun of the Dead though.

The Bad: While this film takes place at the same time as the original (Uncle is bitten by Max, the dog mentioned in the first movie and you can see a news report about the quarantined apartment in the background), these zombies feel very different than the previous film's. The possessed in the first REC were fast. While the initial possessed in REC 3 are fast (and can apparently leap), they quickly turn into classic shamblers. While it didn't stop me from enjoying the movie, this did bug me.

Final Thoughts: I think I liked this one better than the original.  The main story wasn't shaky cam and I appreciated the humor. Also, the movie is very romantic, in a totally fucked up way. That's my favorite kind of romance.

In Your Game: Though it takes place at the same time as the first movie, the possessed zombies in REC 3, were very different.

The Possessed (Shambler)
Str: 2 Dex: 2 Con: 2 Int: 1 Per: Will: 2
DPs: 26 EPs: n/a Spd: 4 Essence: 6
Skills: Brawling 2
Attacks: Bite damage d4 x 2 (4) slashing
Weak Spots: All, Blessed Objects (see below) 
Getting Around: Life-Like
Strength: Dead Joe Average
Sense: Like the Living
Sustenence: Who Needs Food?
Intelligence: Animal Cunning
Spreading the Love: One Bite and You're Hooked (see below)
Power: 13

The Possessed (Fast)
Str: 2 Dex: 2 Con: 2 Int: 1 Per: Will: 2
DPs: 26 EPs: n/a Spd: 4 Essence: 6
Skills: Brawling 2
Attacks: Bite damage d4 x 2 (4) slashing
Weak Spots: All, Blessed Objects (see below)
Getting Around: Life-Like, Leaping
Strength: Dead Joe Average
Sense: Like the Living
Sustenence: Who Needs Food?
Intelligence: Animal Cunning
Spreading the Love: One Bite and You're Hooked (see below)
Power: 16

Possessed cannot enter holy ground. Holy water damages them as acid. Blessed objects do double damage. In addition characters with Inspiration can paralyze the possessed by reciting appropriate scripture. The possessed must be able to hear the verses for this to work (for example, deaf possessed are unaffected).

Victims bitten by these zombies must make a Difficult Constitution Test every hour thereafter. Every time the Test is failed, the victim loses d6 x 2 (6) Life Points. Upon reaching -10 Life Points, the character becomes a Possessed, rising in d4  minutes. Any Cast Member who is killed outright by a possessed attack rises again in d6 minutes.

New To Me Movies Watched: 15
Total Movies Watched: 24

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Re-Animator (1985)

Synopsis: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

The Good: Jeffrey Combs' Herbert West is just the perfect character. His delivery is always right on and his lines delivered with a wonderful dry wit. The humor, gore, and sexuality is just a wonderful chaotic mix.

The Bad: The franchise has some weird sexual stuff that makes me uncomfortable at times.

Final Thoughts: This is my favorite horror flick and franchise. I've even dressed as Herbert West for Halloween several years ago.

In Your Game: Dr. West was one of the first npc's I tried to stat up for cinematic unisystem and one of my earliest posts. You can see the original here.

New To Me Movies Watched: 14
Total Movies Watched: 23