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Heffalumps give me the Woozles

Our discussion about "Something Wicked This Way Comes" this weekend really got me thinking about some of the strong, subtly disturbing images that I've retained from my childhood.

Pumpkin Beer Bash Vol 1

Tis the season for pumpkin beers! If you've been in a grocery/liquor/beer store in the past few weeks you've noticed it's that time of year where breweries all across the country are putting their seasonal pumpkin beers up for sale. I've had numerous friends ask me about pumpkin beers lately, so I decided that in honor of the season (and Eric's upcoming Pumpkinhead article in HorrorHound), I would review 13 pumpkin beers between now and Halloween. First, the scale, in pumpkinheads (obviously).

Tony Todd to star in "24" Prequel

When musing about the potential blockbuster on-screen showdowns after Freddy Vs Jason was released, I can't honestly say that 'Jack Bauer Vs Candyman' was high on my list, but now that I've heard the news, I'm not all that disappointed.

Twisted Metal - The Lost Endings

As Eric can attest, the "Twisted Metal" series is on the very top of my nostalgia list, as I wasted countless evenings blowing up pixely buildings, unlocking secrets and viewing Metal's trademark ridiculous endings. The oft-ridiculous, morbidly moralistic endings always manged to be satisfying in the way few modern games can match.

¡Viva La Podcast! Giant Bombcast

My love for our horrorcast bretheren (NOTLP, Drunken Zombie, etc.) is well documented, but as with most of my 'cast consumption isn't limited to just one genre. Enter ¡Viva La Podcast!, my introduction of some of my other favorites, second to ours of course!

"House of the Dead" is back!

Before you go running of the nearest bridge, I'm talking about the GAME "House of the Dead" and not the film. Turns out the ball is now rolling on "Wii Violence" movement, which you know, is ok by me. Despite my giggles over this trailer, I don't think it's the best marketing strategy to make your in-game footage look as shitty as possible. Either way, I'm sure I'll have a Wii by then so I'll have to give "House of the Dead: Overkill" the old sporting go-around.

Note: NSFW if you work at a church. There are scantily clad ladies swinging around poles!

"Super Amigos" are Real Life Heroes

It was almost 3 years ago that I decided to plunk down $20 on a copy of Loudres Grobet's Lucha Libre: The Masked Stars of Mexican Wrestling on Amazon to continue exploring my love of Lucha culture.

MadWorld on Wii waxes Philosophic

I've posted comments about the upcoming Wii splatterfest "Madworld" a few weeks ago, but that doesn't mean I'm not waiting for it with baited breath every waking hour until the ever-elusive Q1 2009. Yesterday, The Escapist pointed out that some are worried that "Madworld" will tarnish Wii's family friendly image.

I have a new blog!

Just as a mini-note, I put up a temporary blog on Tumblr to give me a place to post about my professional/cultural musings that don't fit so well here (as if that ever stopped me) until I can really light a fire under my ass to finish my work with Wordpress. If you're the sort of person that wants to get to know me via links and snippits, swing on by Not A Fuggin Web Guru @ marknewell.tumblr.com. Thanks!

The Valley Gets Uncanny-er

For those of you not all that familiar with the concept of the Uncanny Valley, it basically states that the more human-like that a non-human thing (usually an animation or a robot) appears, the more it freaks us out, until it becomes so realistic that we can virtually not tell the difference between the two. On one hand, you have something like the Real Doll (look it up, pervert) that from a distance can be mistaken for a human, save for the occasional hentai-esque humanoid.

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