Stranger Things, season 4 trailer

I’ve never been one for the Stranger Things craze, but this season looks alright from the trailer. A group of kids and a haunted house- what’s more American horror than that? The atmosphere looks nice and I know a lot of people that have been waiting for this, so I hope its worth the wait. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Doom Patrol season 3 final trailer

I’m seriously excited for Doom Patrol’s return. I admire this show for being unapologetically weird and thankfully the trend seems to be continuing. After finishing with Titans ( reviews coming soon) I can’t wait to jump in. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer 2

I loved Pokémon as a kid but I’ve fallen out touch of them; I love how the old formula has involved. I love the idea of a huge open world game on the same scope as Breath of the Wild and Elder Scrolls…for the first time in a really long time I actually have real interest in the series and I hope for the best. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

When they Cry

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Keniichi is a pretty normal teen who moves to the quiet village of Hinamizawa, becoming friends with a small group of bubbly girls Rena, Rika, Mion and Satoko. They forge a fast, close friendship in the quiet town, but every town has secrets and legends- Hinamizawa is no exception. Keniichi attends a local festival paying respecting an ancient god, a god of obedience and blood. Its not long after that the curse of the town kicks off and bodies start mounting and every question Keniichi asks is met with malevolent glares and his friends start acting strange. Secrets can destroy you, Keniichi will soon discover.

I seriously ate this damn show up; not since Another and Corpse Party: Tortured Souls had I been so wound up in a anime. The characters have some pretty messed up backstories that caught me off guard and the overall story has plenty of twists of turns I really wasn’t expecting. The story deals with a series of scenarios gone horribly wrong and how the friends you hold dearest, you don’t know at all. I’m going to say, if bodily torture and child death get under your skin, this anime isn’t for you. This anime would easily be in my top three, but this series has a glaring flaw I both love and hate about it- this series is NOT linear and it’s really confusing if you aren’t open minded and willing to see it through to the end and pay close attention, and even then you might have to watch it a second or third time before it makes perfect sense. In the end, I loved this series, flaw in all, and I highly recommend it for multiple viewings. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

IT (the novel)

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Are you ready to float with me on one of those strange kind of reviews where I go off the beaten path a bit? Yep, IT, the King classic about seven childhood friends haunted by a interdimensional spider clown who vow to meet when the creature would inevitably would return in their hometown of Derry, Maine. So between Savior and I we covered It (1990) , It (2017) , and IT Chapter Two (Review) but neither of us covered the book until now. All seriousness, IT is a 1,163 page novel so it takes a bit of time to get through and you shouldn’t read this unless you are really in it for the long haul.

My biggest question going in was which iteration was the closest: the quirky melodrama of the 90’s, the super dark fright fest of 2017, or the WTF extravaganza of Chapter Two? Well, honestly all 3 but mostly the 90’s and Chapter Two are the closest in tone. I imagined Pennywise being way more Tim Curry than Bill Skarsgard; your personal fear of clowns weighs heavy on how much this book will freak you out. There’s a lot of different shapes Pennywise takes in the book than the movies but for the most part, they are B movie monsters ( he basically becomes mini Rhodan at one point as well as a mummy, werewolf, and a fucking dog at one point). Honestly, if I had to sum the book up, it’s a B movie epic combined with a drama.

For positives, the book is well written and you really do care about the characters. The first chunk of this book, about 300 pages, is actually pretty strong and Georgie’s Death is a well done intro. The book is strongest as a coming of age story and when it’s dealing with the trauma the adults must face going forward. As a horror story, this book is pretty damn subjective, even more so than most as I said before. Either you’ll shit your pants from fear or piss your pants laughing.

For the negatives, there’s 3 that royally kill the book. First, as I’m sure you’d surmise by the page count, this book is padded to hell. Easily there’s 300 pages that can be chopped out and not really make any difference.. Secondly, the last act, flipping constantly back and forth is jarring as hell; quite a few times I lost track of what was past and present. The last is the actual finale which just feels both anticlimactic but also insanely over the top at the same time. With this, I’m kinda obligated to mention the infamous Chud ritual towards the end of the kid half; it is pretty WTF, its as bad as you’ve heard, and I feel like King was on some pretty deep drugs during the Chud/ turtle moments- you’ve been warned.

So, I’m going to say IT isn’t a terrible book but holy shit its overrated much like The Shining . I’m disappointed but I can’t say its far from the worst books I’ve read. I can’t recommend reading it unless you are a very dedicated reader, super fan of the movies, or like myself, a writer studying the craft; for most of us, stick to the movies. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Doom Patrol season 3 trailer

I’ve caught a few episodes of Doom Patrol but honestly, this show is amazing. With season 3 coming out, I want to catch up and season 3 looks great so far. I can’t wait to see what’s next for The Chief, Robot Man, Elastic Woman, Crazy Jane, Cyborg and Negative Man. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Chapelwaite series trailer

I was confused at first when I heard of this show, seeing it was based on a Stephen King story; I wasn’t familiar until I saw it was based on the short story Jerusalem’s Lot. Yes Salem’s Lot is the same place but much different time period and there is no vampires as much as I remember. The show looks interesting enough at least. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Junji Ito Collection (anime)

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So as much of a nerd I am and how much I love anime, I don’t read manga. I have heard of the tales of horror legend Junji Ito so just by the cover of the anime, I was pretty excited to see what I was in store for. I wasn’t disappointed. This is an analogy series based off of a variety of stories; each episode containing two stories. A horrific model, a deadly fortune teller, a family obsessed with puppetry, and a wannabe menace trying to cause mayhem are just some of the stories. I have to give major credit to the quality of story telling in such short of a time span. The imagery is pretty damn effective and honestly some of it I found pretty creative and disturbing. The animation is top notch and I enjoyed the performances and music. In the end, if you like horror but need a quick fix, the Junji Ito collection is a anime I really recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Titans season 3 trailer

Despite how bad this show has been advertised in the past and all the negative reviews, there does seem to be some potential here. First, I’m glad Nightwing and Starfire look great and the general story this time around seems fine but…Red Hood looks cheap. Like I’ve honestly seen cosplayers that looked more accurate and honestly what gets me is Red Hood’s mask isn’t even that hard of a design which baffles me why it looks fake as hell for a big budget show…may the gaming gods finally bring this show some kind of glory I suppose.