Category Archives: HorrorAthon 3: The Reckoning

TV Review: Hellevator (Game Show, 2015) HorrorAthon 3

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Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

This will be a quick one, but I finally watched the first couple episodes of Game Show Network’s newest horror game show, and thought I’d let you know if it was worth watching or not.

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Film Review: Cooties (2014) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Jonathan Miliot

Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Leigh Whannell

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Remember in elementary school when everyone was worried about catching cooties from the opposite sex? That was a simpler time. Now we have to worry about catching cooties and eating flesh.

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Video Game Review: Until Dawn (2015, PS4 exclusive) HORRORATHON 3


I love when people ask me about Until Dawn, a game I spent the majority of the year hyped about. They ask me “What’s it about? Can you describe it?” And I respond: “It’s HORROR MOVIE:THE GAME.” They retort: “Like which?” I say “Yes.”

Simply put, UNTIL DAWN is a variation on the point ‘n click/QTE cinematic experience style games popularized by Quantic Dream, especially HEAVY RAIN. You play as an assorted cast of characters, stuck in a remote cabin in wintry Canada, who must work together if they want to survive… UNTIL DAWN.

One of the game’s strongest aspects is its superb mocap work. In particular, Hayden Panettiere’s Sam, Rami Malek’s Josh, and Peter Stormare’s enigmatic Doctor Hill.

When you stop playing, you get a good look at the expression of your player character. Here, Sam's a little bit freaked.
When you stop playing without pausing, you get a good look at the expression of your player character. Here, Sam’s a little bit freaked.

The game also has some great looking environments and references to many iconic works of horror. Evil Dead is an obvious one, cabin in the woods and all. To assist a player in having the most tense experience possible, there are several Silent Hill: Shattered Memories-esque psychoanalysis segments that probe you to figure out which characters you would be most vulnerable to seeing bad things happen to, as well as inserting some jump scares and such that will leave you unnerved. I’m looking at you, random spider on the security camera!

Mike explores a desolate sub-basement.
Mike explores a desolate sub-basement.

As much as I want to gush about this game, it does have some flaws. Some characters seem intentionally under-written so as to make it so you are less eager to ensure they make it to the end. Others are plot-proof until the very final level, where it all comes down to how steady your hands are at holding the controller absolutely still while it vibrates. Mine, for the record, are not.  I still have not gotten the perfect ending trophy because of that fact.

That being said, this game has plenty of replayability. It’s fairly short, having my first playthrough last about 10 hours-ish. I highly recommend just going into it and having fun the first time you go through, no guides or walkthroughs, especially if you love the horror genre. I consider myself a bit of an afficianado, and I still lost a few of my favorite characters by the end.

Since it’s been about a month or so since release, price has dropped, and honestly, I’d say if you can get it for 45 dollars or so, you’re getting your money’s worth.

8 out of 10 unfound corpses.

Film Review: Hostel (2005) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Eli Roth

Starring: Jay Hernandez and Derek Richardson

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

Torture Porn. You’ve heard the term before. The media had a field day with films like Saw, The Devil’s Rejects and yes, Hostel was also one of the founders of Torture Porn. It also had the reputation for making people pass out in screenings. Is it worth watching?

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Film Review: Paranormal Activity (2007) HorrorAthon 3

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Directed by: Oren Peli

Starring: Katie Featherstone and Micah Sloat

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

The Blair Witch Project paved the way for found footage horror back in 1999, with it’s slick ad campaign and it’s unseen level of tension brought on by unknown actors. Fast forward to 2007, Oren Peli creates his own terrifying vision. Two years later, Paramount Pictures sees the potential and starts a campaign to get people interested. It worked, and what followed became one of the most successful horror franchises of all time. With the release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension today (Which isn’t playing in my town, so I can’t review it), I thought we’d look back and see what made this first film so special.

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Film Review: La Casa Muda (2010) HorrorAthon 3

La-casa-muda_posterDirected by: Gustavo Hernandez

Starring: Florencia Colucci

Reviewed by: Brendan Graham

Don’t you love movies that make you grip the edge of your seat? Leave you breathless sometimes? You do? Okay, one more question. Don’t you hate it when a movie falls apart at the end? Me too.

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Game Review: Ju-ON The Grudge (Wii, 2009) HorrorAthon 3

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Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

A Haunted House Simulator? While your friend is playing, you can press a button and scare them? Sign me up for that! Oh…it’s not as cool as it sounds.

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