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Video Game Review Rewind: Half-Life 2: Episode Two

30 July 2015 6:06 PM, PDT

If there’s one thing that the developer commentary on the Half-life games has taught me, almost every design is meticulously crafted and planned at Valve Corporation. Half-life 2: Episode Two is no exception. It is a complimentary follow up to Half-life 2: Episode One, bringing back the familiar mechanics, gameplay, and atmosphere you’d expect from the Half-life 2 universe. And yet, it is the yang to Episode One‘s yin. Whereas the first episode was a throw back to the first game’s emphasis on smart puzzles, Episode Two leans heavier towards the Fps aspects of the series.

Still being part of the Half-life 2 universe, Episode Two retains the same mechanics and engine of the previous two entries, even if they are a few new enemies and items added into the mix.

Not that this is a bad thing. While any further sequels using the same exact gameplay would be beating a dead horse, »


- Andrew Hudson

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Cooties is a Killer Good Time

30 July 2015 4:32 PM, PDT

“Circle, circle. Dot, dot. Now you have a cootie shot!” This make-believe vaccination is common practice on playgrounds across the nation to guard youngsters from the imaginary pathogen, but what happens when a strain of real-life cooties turns the innocent students of Ft. Chicken Elementary into flesh-craving, rage zombies? Enter Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan’s hilarious horror comedy about a group of misfit teachers that must team up to survive the worst case of food poisoning their school has ever seen.

Elijah Wood (Lord Of The Rings, Maniac) plays Clint, a writer/teacher who has returned home to Ft. Chicken to complete his novel and work as a summer substitute at the local elementary school. After introductions with Vice Principal Simms (Ian Brennan), Clint meets the rest of his co-workers in a series of awkward encounters confined within the Teacher’s Lounge. There’s Rebekkah (Nasim Pedrad), who immediately »


- Caroline Stephenson

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Revoltin’ Reviews: The Post-Apocalyptic Films of Enzo G. Castellari

30 July 2015 12:13 PM, PDT

I’m so thankful for Mad Max: Fury Road—not because it’s a great film or brought back a beloved character from my misspent youth or any other such bullsh*ttery. I’m thankful because it made those sexy bastards o’er at Blue Underground realize that us fiendish fans of ol’ Max would be chompin’ at the bit for more post-apocalyptic monkey-nannigans, and man have they delivered with a 3-course pasta dinner of cinematic gold: Maestro Enzo G. Castellari’s The New Barbarians, 1990: The Bronx Warriors, and Escape From The Bronx—all on Blu-ray/DVD combo packs!

Now before we get into lookin’ at each one of these babies, I’m just going to say in advance that you need each and e’ery one of these flicks in your collection immediately if you are as big a fan of outrageous, over-the-top, flat-out fun-as-hell drive-in flicks as yours cruelly is. »


- DanielXIII

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Frightful Five: 5 Questions With The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon!

27 July 2015 6:13 PM, PDT

Hey Creeps! Did you fiendish ghouls check out the 2014 reboot of proto-slasher classic  The Town That Dreaded Sundown? Let me tell ya, that fright flick was the gruesome goods!   And ‘cuz I dug the flick so damn much, I was pleased as poison punch to have the opportunity to put the screws to the film’s die-rector, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon!

Famous Monsters. With all of the reboot/remake/sequel action goin’ on in the horror biz, were you nervous to do a new take on  such a cult classic flick?

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. It wasn’t a remake, so I wasn’t scared. It was an original film that paid homage to Charles E. Pierce’s classic. I wasn’t trying to remake it, it was a character as important a character as anyone else in the story. It was a movie about a town defined by a movie. It wasn’t »


- DanielXIII

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