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Film Review: Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984) HORRORATHON 3

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Film: Children of the Corn (1984)
Reviewed by: Freekz80

Children. Sharp objects. Corn fields. Combine those three with a hatred for adults and you’ve got Children of the Corn!  Directed by Fritz Kiersch, this great 80s horror flick combines a strange and unconventional premise with the good ol’ creepiness of children.

Burt (Peter Horton) and girlfriend Vicky (Linda Hamilton) are travelling across the country to Seattle, Washington, for Burt’s new job. On the way, they accidentally hit a boy on the highway in Nebraska, who happens to be from the nearby town of Gatlin. They end up travelling through Gatlin, which turns out to be mysteriously devoid of adults. There, they encounter the local population of children, who don’t seem very welcoming. Burt and Vicky soon learn that the children worship a deity called “He Who Walks Behind The Rows”, a demonic deity inhabiting the corn fields surrounding Gatlin. But unfortunately for Burt and Vicky, He Who Walks Behind The Rows requires that the children of Gatlin sacrifice all adults passing through…

Pros:

Personally, I felt that most of the child actors were surprisingly decent. Though, its hard to believe that giving children the opportunity to run around brandishing sharp weapons wouldn’t make them pretty enthusiastic. In addition, the overall atmosphere of the film is pretty alien and captivating. A town completely devoid of adults? Interesting. What motivates so many children to kill innocent people? It definitely provided that creepy cult feeling, even if it was a little cheesy.

Isaac, the painfully obnoxious (if I hate him so much, he must be a good actor!) leader of the cult.
Isaac, the painfully obnoxious (if I hate him so much, he must be a good actor!) leader of the cult.

Cons: 

I didn’t feel like there was a particular moment in the movie that made me say “Wow!”. While I remained interested, I was expecting the climax to deliver a far more interesting motive for the children’s blood lust. Also, in general I felt there were decent performances across the board, but some of the choreography in the fight scenes looked a bit awkward and hard to follow. However, if one can accept the film’s cheesier scenes, this shouldn’t drain much from the film’s entertainment value.

I suppose worshiping corn is somewhat acceptable.
I suppose worshiping corn is somewhat acceptable.

Final Score: 7/10

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While straining a bit on the believability level, Children of the Corn remains one of the more disturbing films from the 80s. Cultist Children? Evisceration? Human Sacrifice? This controversial and creepy horror flick should definitely be watched at least once.

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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: Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 (2015, PC) HorrorAthon

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Reviewed by: Brendan Graham (Phantomhour)

If by now, you haven’t heard of Five Nights at Freddy’s, you’ve been living under a rock. It hit YouTube by storm, and the fandom took off running with wild theories about Freddy and his friends. In this 4th (and “Final”) game, the tables are turned, and you are no longer at Fazbear’s pizza…you’re a kid at home, and Fred bear and friends are the monsters you hear breathing outside your door.

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Game Review: Mario Party 10 (2015, Wii U)

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Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

It’s no secret that Mario Party is one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises. The mini games are addicting, and the board game aspect was brutal among friends, and took ruthless strategy. So naturally, after I bought my Wii U, I was counting down the days until Mario Party 10 arrived. I wanted to spend a bit of time with it before I wrote up a review for it, but since most of the internet has already wrote theirs, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

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Horrorathon Game Review: Slender: The Arrival (2013)

slender-the-arrival-walkthroughReview by: Freekz80 (Blake Mickatavage)

He’s a paranormal entity that’s been running laps around the internet for ages now. Some might say he’s become so popular, that he’s even become meme-like. Never the less, the tireless, faceless hunter returns in Slender: The Arrival.

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What a lovely residence, right? Well, it’s vacant!

Made popular by chilling stories on the SomethingAwful forums, Slender Man first made his debut in the gaming world through “Slender: The Eight Pages“. The indie horror title was free and simple yet quite frightening, and enjoyed huge success. This success resulted in the development of a more complex and intriguing game that offers just as much in the scare department while also providing a somewhat immersing story experience. Enter “Slender: The Arrival“.

The game begins with the player (Lauren) making their way through a brightly lit forest, headed toward her friend Kate’s home. Why? Kate has gone missing and nobody is quite sure what happened to her. As the player approaches the home, the seemingly warm and embracing woods steadily become dark and menacing, and you instinctively take refuge in the home. After arming yourself with a flashlight, you begin to play detective and search for clues as to what happened to Kate. Unfortunately (but expected, of course) you are forced to leave the home and enter the darkness that awaits, and thus begin your encounters with the Slender Man and his proxies.

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Slender Man isn’t the only one looking for a piece of you.

If there is one thing Slender: The Arrival does well (and many of you may expect this due to experiences with The Eight Pages) it’s jump scares. Other than a completely optional encounter in the woods, no scares are scripted and this definitely keeps the player on their toes at all times. In addition to this, atmosphere and immersion are really well done in this game. When playing in the darkness with a headset (preferably surround sound), you really feel as if you are a part of the game and the sense of hopelessness is profound. You will pay attention to every breath and every step Lauren takes, and any small noise outside of that will cause a spike in your heart rate. This, combined with the dreadful knowledge that you are always being pursued yet have no idea where your pursuer lies, makes the inevitable jump scares that much stronger. As I mentioned earlier, The Arrival also gives much more story and background than The Eight Pages does, enough to keep the player relatively interested in the progression of events.

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Of course, as with most games there are negatives. Besides a plot that actually exists, a lot of the good things about this game were also good things about The Eight Pages. While a refreshing take on the original game, it is not a new or innovative experience. Many of the primary objectives are simply The Eight Pages rehashed; Find x pages, turn on x generators, all while being pursued. Not that this wasn’t expected with a sequel, but this was also a flaw of the original game; it gets repetitive quickly. Similar to Phantomhour’s opinion of Five Nights at Freddy’s, fear can soon grow into frustration. Despite new, visually appealing environments and a mildly interesting story, I did eventually lose interest in the game, and couldn’t bring myself to complete it. That being said, even if you’ve bested The Eight Pages, I can assure you that The Arrival will give you a frightening experience for a while. Personally, I feel that picking this game up for $4.99 during a Steam sale was absolutely worth it, and I would say that the current price of $9.99 is reasonable for this horror game. Any more is a bit of a stretch.

All things considered, Slender: The Arrival gets an overall respectable 7/10 and is definitely worth adding to the horror game enthusiast’s collection.

Fear: 9/10. Immersion, pursuit, and jump scares. All very well done. Near perfect, but I knocked off a point because the scares do eventually get repetitive and frustrating.

Beware: Creepy, disfigured children, dark forests, abandoned homes, flashlights, and of course, Slender Man.

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Game Review: The Sims 4 (2014)

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Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

It’s hard to believe that The Sims, and their many many expansion packs, have been around for years now. While many fans lost interest over time, there are the loyal group who wait for every new release, looking for every new feature and are just as excited for the newer version as they were for every release before it. I’m a huge sims fan, so naturally I had a hard time waiting for The Sims 4, and now that it’s hear, this sim fan will let you know if it’s worth the purchase price.

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Film Review: Banshee Chapter (2013)

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Starring: Katia Winter and Ted Levine. Directed by: Blair Erickson

Reviewed by: Phantomhour (Brendan Graham)

In the 1960’s and 70’s, The United States Government experimented with controlled injections of a substance called MK Ultra  in order to tap into a portion of the brain they thought they could control. In Banshee Chapter, what they didn’t realize was that it created a window for the user to see through, into another dimension, but the problem was, that whatever was on the other-side could see them back.

When the world thought this substance went dormant, a few chemists were keeping it alive, distributing it to folks who were curious enough to take it, and all of them would disappear. So when Anne Roland (Played by Katia Winter) starts looking for her friend who vanished under the influence of this substance, she couldn’t begin to image the horrors that would ensue from one vial of this killer blue concoction, and a mysterious radio broadcast, coming from deep within the desert.

k6phe17uf094It’s an investigative horror piece, that does a great job keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. I was intrigued from frame one, and the acting was pretty spot on for the duration of this piece. As the story unfolds, it provides an uneasiness of what is going to happen to our leading lady, and what else is on these old video tapes of the experiments themselves from some base out in the middle of no where. You can probably guess, nothing good comes out of this meddling she’s doing for research and to discover what happened to her friend.

BC07The shooting style is intriguing as well, it’s not quite found footage, but it’s not quite a traditional use of cinematography. We’re sort of the observer on this journey, as the camera feels handheld, but we’re the white elephant in the room, no one acknowledges us being there. It’s a very bizarre sensation that adds to the uneasiness as we venture further into madness. Madness indeed, as the story takes on a Lovecraftian toll, even referenced in the film, which we all know I love Lovecraft, so they scored extra points there. The creature designs are well thought out and displayed appropriately as to startle you at their sudden appearance.

BC10Perhaps the biggest issue I had with the film, is that it had so many ideas of where it wanted to go, that it drags the film behind, and the pace becomes uneven. Research, Investigation, RUN RUN RUN, awkward conversations, more research, it becomes formulaic, until the end when it pulls back the reigns. During the earlier portions of the film, the cinematography style doesn’t work, especially in all the office scenes, feels lazy at times.

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It’s not very often I find a horror film that gives me the heebie jeebies, and Banshee Report definitely pulls out the right moves to make you feel a bit uneasy, especially when the lights go out after you watch it.

7 vials of blue stuff out of 10.