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

Friday in Freeport - Guns!

One reason I've shyed away from doing Freeport in 5E so far is that there weren't any official gun rules. Well according to yesterdays preview of the DMG firearms, explosives, and alien tech are getting some treatment soon.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Black Sheep (2006)

Synopsis: An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into blood-thirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

The Good: It's a zombie movie, but with sheep. It's also a werewolf movie, but with sheep. It's a horror comedy full of gore, but with sheep. It's like a classic Peter Jackson movie, but with sheep.

Yeah it's a one note joke, but goddamn it works. Seriously though, this is a fun movie. The acting is good. The gore effects are wonderfully gruesome. Oh yeah and there's sheep fucking references.

The Bad:  It's a zombie movie with sheep.

Final Thoughts: If you want something different or are a fan of early Peter Jackson stuff (particularly Brain Dead), check this one out. I don't think you'll be disappointed You can normally snag a copy on Amazon for 10 bucks or less (worth it).

In Your Game: These things are just begging to be added to an Army of Darkness game that makes a stopover in New Zealand. Give them a supernatural origin and they'd make an interesting addition to a Ghosts of Albion game that makes a stop in Scotland.

Name: Killer Sheep
Motivation: Kill
Critter Type:  Mutant Animal
Attributes: Str 3, Dex 3, Con 2, Int 1 (animal), Per 2, Will 1
Ability Scores: Muscle 12 , Combat  10, Brains 7

Life Points: 34  Drama Points: 1
Special Abilities:  Infection (sheep bitten become killer sheep, humans bitten become weresheep)
Name                    Score     Damage               Notes
Bite                         10           6                Slash/Stab
Dodge                     10            -                Defense action 

Name: Weresheep
Motivation: Kill
Critter Type:  Ferel
Attributes: Str 6, Dex 5, Con 6, Int 1, Per 3, Will 1
Ability Scores: Muscle 18 , Combat  16, Brains 9

Life Points: 54  Drama Points: 5
Special Abilities:  Infection (sheep bitten become killer sheep, humans bitten become weresheep)
Name                    Score     Damage            Notes
Bite                         16           12              Slash/Stab
Dodge                     16            -                Defense action 
Punch                      16           12              Bash 

New To Me Movies Watched: 14
Total Movies Watched: 22

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October Horror Movie Challenge - Lair of the White Worm (1988)

Synopsis: A Scottish archaeology student discovers a large reptile skull in the remains of a Roman abbey. He then learns the legend of the D'Ampton Worm and meets a local lord, a decedent of the worm's killer. The two soon discover that the worm is real and it's priestess is an immortal vampire-like creature. The pair team up to defeat it and save their respective love interests.

The Good: Young Peter Capaldi! The Pogues! This movie has a lot going for it for those reasons alone. That being said it's an overall fun horror flick. Lair of the White Worm doesn't take itself too seriously and it works because of that. There are all sorts of off jokes and comments made. One of my favorites is one the antagonist throws her copy of Snakes and Ladders into the fire and whispers "Rosebud." 

The Bad: The vision scenes may be a bit too trippy/psychedelic for some. One of the visions also features nuns getting raped by centurions. Also, some of the phallic references are a bit strange.

Final Thoughts: This movie was a lot of fun! It's strange and trippy, but a solid B horror movie. It's also the first time I've liked Hugh Grant in a role.

In Your Game: Here's a new cinematic unisystem quality for Dionin Vampires.

Dionin Vampire (15 Point Quality)

Like traditional vampires (as represented in Buffy and Angel), Dionin vampires gain +3 to Strength, +2 to Dexterity, +2 to Constitution, and two levels of Hard to Kill (they can take as many as 10 levels in total; +2 bonus to smell/taste-based Perception rolls, recover from inuries at the rate of one Life Point per Constitution level every hour (fire damage regenerates at the rate of one Life Point per Constitution level per day; and are immortal.

Unlike traditional vampires, Dionin suffer no penalty for being in sunlight, holy symbols, or stakes through the heart (well no more than anyone else).  They are however vulnerable to music. While they can hear music a Dionin vampire must make a Willpower check to take any action other than dancing.

They gain a bite attack that deals Strength X 2 damage. Their bite also causes paralysis. Victims must roll their Strength (doubled) and gain three Success Levels. If they fail, their dexterity is reduced by four. If the Dexterity reaches zero, the subject is completely paralyzed.  This affect lasts for an hour (though an expenditure of one drama point allows the victim to recover).They may also spit venom a short range (no more than ten feet). The attack does 10 damage.

Dionin vampires may take the Hypnosis quality (as described in Angel).

New To Me Movies Watched: 14
Total Movies Watched: 21