Monday, October 11, 2021

Music Monday - Funeral Derangements

 Sometimes dead is better...

If you couldn't guess from that line, the newest Ice Nine Kills video is inspired by Pet Semetary. The video also continues the metaplot surrounding The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood. You can catch up by checking out these links:



October Horror Movie Challenge - Malignant (2021)

 

Plot
Madison is a woman with a troubled past and an abusive husband. After a violent encounter, he is killed and Madison starts seeing visions of strangers being killed. Soon she learns that she has a connection to this unknown killer.

Review
I really like James Wan, but I don't know what the Hell I watched. I've read that this is tribute to giallo flicks, but other than some of the cinematography and use of music, I don't see that. I wasn't bored and there are certainly some striking visuals, but the movie just doesn't make much sense. I'm not going to totally right it off though. I think this is one that folks should definitely watch and form their own opinions. 

In Your Game

Gabriel would make a great assassin/murdered for a Vigilante City game. His movement and combat style make him hard to hit. It reminds me of Voldo from Soul Calibur. 

Gabriel
Armor Class: 15
Hit Dice/Points: 6
Move: 12 
Actions: 2
Attack: By Weapon
Bonuses: +3 to hit, +4 to stealth, +4 to damage
Special: Toughness 2, attacks made against Gabriel are made with disadvantage, telepathy, electronics control (can communicate via electronics and cause them to explode)
Morale: 10
Terror: 13
HDE: 7

Movie Count
New To Me: 8
Total Movies: 13

Sunday, October 10, 2021

October Horror Movie Challenge - The Manson Brothers Midnight Zombie Massacre (2021)


Plot
Stone and Skull Manson are two former wrestling stars working the indie circuit after being forced out of the pros. They are booked for a big cage match on Halloween night when the storm of the century traps them, other wrestlers, and fans in the event location. Unfortunately for all involved some of the talent have been transformed into zombies by some sort of Chinese steroids. 

Review
This flick was a hell of a lot of fun! The Manson Brothers are a blast. Stone is the wise older brother and Skull is the simple and naïve. The pair make convincing lifers. The supporting cast is a lot of fun too. The only "big name" would be MMA star and actor, Randy Couture. This movie has a lot of heart and dumb humor, as well as some good gore. The story is framed as a comic book tale and at the end their is another comic story mentioned The Manson Brothers Satanic-Vampire Death Match (which is reportedly in the works). While I think you can enjoy this one if you aren't a wrestling fan, you'll appreciate it a lot more and understand more of the references if you are. My only real complaint about the movie is I think it would have been great to see some former stars of the squared circle in the cast. Still it's a fun flick and I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.

In Your Game

Lucky Lucha Masks
Gifted to Skull by a shop keeper, these mask imbue their wearer with tremendous luck. Wearers gain advantage on all rolls and experience the best outcome in most situations (such as being attacked last or always getting 21 in Black Jack).

Movie Count
New To Me: 7
Total Movies: 12

October Horror Movie Challenge - Last Girl Standing (2015)

 


Plot
Camryn is the sole survivor of a slasher's massacre. Five years later she is living a paranoid isolated life working at a cleaners. When she finally begins to socialize and step outside of her comfort zone she begins to suspect the killer may not actually be dead.

Review
I decided to check this one out because I love the premise. What does happen to a final girl after she makes it out? The most recent Halloween reboot/sequel showed one possibility with its depiction of Laurie. This gives us a different take. Camryn is wracked with survivors guilt and ptsd. She lives a life of constant fear. She can never let go of what happened and it's affected how she interacts with others. I really didn't know what to expect with this one and without giving spoilers I will say the ending got me. 

I like the cast of this low budget film and everyone does their part. I think it does drag on at times, and that's a shame. Ultimately I enjoyed it, though it is definitely a movie you just watch once.
In Your Game

Killer
Armor Class: 12
Hit Dice/Points: 2
Move: 12 
Actions: 1
Attack: By Weapon
Bonuses: +2 to hit, +2 to stealth
Special: Immune to fear, Second Wind (when reduced to 0 or fewer HP will appear to fall dead, but will actually be at 5 HP, the ability only works once per combat)
Morale: 10
Terror: 10
HDE: 2

Movie Count
New To Me: 6
Total Movies: 11

October Horror Movie Challenge - Porno (2019)

Plot
Set in a small uber conservative town in the 90's, five teens that work at a movie theater discover a mysterious film and unwittingly summon a succubus. 

Review
I enjoyed this one. Having been the religious type in my youth, parts of this felt very familiar. I feel like I knew these teens. Also, while I know some great Christian folk, I'm also quite familiar with the hypocrisy presented in this one. I liked the cast. They have their own flaws, but you root for them to pull through this one. There are some fun and gross gags in this one. The injuries look particularly gnarly. Some great work is done on the prosthetics. I'm a fan of cursed media movies. The one in this movie is interesting. The porno is shown and it's very trippy. This one is currently on Shudder and worth a view if you want a sex-related horror comedy.

In Your Game

Lilith
Armor Class: 14
Hit Dice/Points: 6
Move: 12 
Actions: 2
Attack: Claws 1d4
Bonuses: +2 to hit
Special: See Below
Morale: 10
Terror: 12
HDE: 6

Lilith can beguile creatures by appearing as what they desire most. She can only target one person at a time. This character must make a mental or magic saving throw or be seduced, desiring only to have sex with Lilith. Asexual characters can make this saving throw with advantage. Lilith is immune to non magical damage while outside of her natural form. There is a mystical bell that will cause her to return to this form. While in this form if she is killed with the ritual dagger that was used to summon her, she will once again become trapped in the film, otherwise she will reform in 24 hours.

Movie Count
New To Me: 4
Total Movies: 10

Succubus Sunday