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Mine eyes have seen the glory

Posted: February 13, 2012 in News


Oh my god, I am beside myself.  If this movie isn’t as epic and glorious as it looks I will actually cry right there in the theater so help me.


So by now everyone’s seen the Dead Island trailer that hit the internet like a barrage of zombie-carrying SCUD missiles yesterday.  But what’s the word on the gameplay?

The trailer had me dying to play it, and just about everything else I’ve heard only made that craving worse.  You can play it solo, so it doesn’t require you to deal with gore-crazed fourteen-year-old boys as the price of gameplay.  You can also play with up to four PCs, which – coincidence! – is exactly the number of people in my family who will be willing – nay, champing at the bit – to suit up and spend quality bonding time bashing the brains out of zombies.  According to this article at, it will feature honest to Jesus skill trees and a leveling system so you can level up your zombie-slaying abilities and gain new skills as you go along.  And your weapons are basically whatever you can pick up and swing at a zombie, and they break eventually.  I was foreseeing a lot of “Shit, I loved that axe!” going on in my future.

Until Bomb #2 dropped on me, and not in the good way this time: it’s a first-person shooter.  I fucking hate first-person shooters.  They look ridiculous and I can’t play them for five minutes without teetering on the edge of both migraine and projectile vomiting.  They’re worse than rendered-on-the-fly backgrounds.  (Don’t even get me started on Soul Reaver II.  I was honest to god sick for days.)

Still, I may give it a try if the initial buzz on the game is any match for the trailer.  We’ll have to see.  It’s been in development at Techland for a disturbingly long time; there’s an article at that talks about Dead Island‘s E3 debut back in 2006.

In the meantime, I’ll just watch the trailer a lot.  And wait for the official site to come back up.


Social Media FTW?

Posted: February 13, 2011 in News

American Gothica is now on Twitter at @americangothica.  And also here, I mean, but there I can retweet funny things other people say.

Posted: July 13, 2010 in News

If I do not see Alien Vs. Ninja, I will probably actually die.

Carry on.

FearNet has seen WonderCon and returned with news, including an article about Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s upcoming genre turn in the new Hammer film The Resident.  Hammer’s resurrection would be reason enough to rejoice in and of itself; the fact that the film stars Morgan (who appeared on my radar in the role of John Winchester on TV’s Supernatural, back before the show started pogo-sticking with crack-addict determination over every shark in sight) is just icing on the cake.

Morgan plays the the landlord in Hilary Swank’s new apartment building.  Apparently he develops some kind of creepy obsession with her.  Hilary Swank, in what I’m pretty sure will be one of the film’s more improbable turns, does not get down on her knees and thank God for delivering Jeffrey Dean Morgan to her bedside in the middle of the night.  From the FearNet interview:

“The Resident with Hilary Swank,” [Morgan] said, “It’s Hammer Films’ comeback. I don’t know if you know Hammer Films, but they did all the Dracula‘s, the Christopher Lee movies back in the [day]. So in thirty years this will be the first movie back, and I play a really creepy dude in that movie. It’s beyond creepy. I saw a rough cut of it a couple of months ago, and it’s super creepy. Even for me to watch it, I was like, “Who is that guy, man? I do not want to hang out with that dude!”

The Resident has a 2010 release date, but IMDB doesn’t seem to know what it is.  At any rate, one to look forward to.

Corey Haim, 1971-2010

Posted: March 10, 2010 in News

I think I’m the only person in the world who was shocked by Corey Haim’s death, but I completely lost track of him after the ’80s and didn’t know about the problems he’d been having with prescription drugs.  It’s a damn shame things turned out the way they did for him.

The Lost Boys was such an iconic movie.  Maybe it’s because I was a teenager in the ’80s, but it never seems dated in that bad ’80s way to me, even though it’s so unambiguously placed in that decade – it’s a period piece in the non-pejorative way.  An awful lot of the movie was squarely on Corey Haim’s shoulders and he did a great job of carrying it.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter. What exactly happened between the Demeter loading up those strange boxes in Bulgaria and the ship running aground at Whitby with all souls missing except the Captain lashed to the helm with his throat torn out?  Well, we may find out.  Early buzz is already comparing the script to Alien.  At sea and in period garb!  If Timothy Hutton signs on to be the captain I will never ask for anything else from a movie.   He could bring that brooding, bitter Nathan Ford thing to the role and wander through the fog in a cravat glaring at people with his hair all messy.

I really hope this happens and doesn’t break my heart like Come Like Shadows, the Macbeth movie with Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton that vanished into the tarn of development limbo and doesn’t look likely to ever come out.

Now all he needs is a clown car full of atheists.

(No, I have not read this yet.  But I’m dying to.)

When I was a child, Dark Shadows was on in syndication at the crack of dawn. Not only did I get up to watch it, but I refused to leave for school until it was over. Given my deep-seated loathing of getting out of bed in the morning, this was a pretty big deal. Not only that, one of my favorite books was The Curse of Collinwood, a novelization that involved ZOMBIES.  Oh, how I loved that book, from the old-paper smell to empty-eyed zombies snapping the spines of hapless pro wrestlers for, well, no apparent reason at all other than that zombies do that sort of thing.  (I recently replaced it.  The replacement book smells exactly the same as the one I had as a child.  We will not discuss how stupidly happy it made me to sit there huffing a zombie-related soap opera novel.)

I also loved the Burton-Depp collaboration on Sleepy Hollow in all its dreamlike, slightly ridiculous, over-the-top gothness.  So you can imagine my joy on finding out that their next collaboration will be on a Dark Shadows movie, with an anticipated 2011 release date.  It’s probably too much to hope for that part of the set might fall on someone if a door is slammed too hard, a thing that was not unheard-of on the original show, but I don’t even care.  It’s going to be that cool.

If I were the Bride of Barnabas, I would consider it my sworn duty to introduce him to the wonders of modern shampoo.  And break him of the bear-grease habit.  That shit has to be expensive nowadays.