The final episode of this podcast series celebrates Halloween with a lengthy discussion about the history of the horror genre. We also take a few minutes and discuss Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and the newly announced Star Wars: Episode 7.
We kick off our month of terror with a look at a pre-theatrical release of a film titled V/H/S, the newest addition to the found footage genre (I.E. Paranormal Activity, The Blair Witch Project). This film features five miniature films directed by five separate production teams bookended by a sixth piece that attempts to weave all five short films together. Most of the films are at least moderately successful in their contributions to the genre, though none of them achieve that particular level of perfection we’ve come to expect. Check out this podcast and if you like what you hear, we encourage you to check out the movie!
The Secret World is an Massively Multiplayer Online game from Funcom and Electronic Arts that attempts to take everything you know about MMO games and toss it out the window. Gone are the elves, orcs, goblins and what-have-yous. “The Secret World” puts you in the shoes of an average person living in the modern world with a massive dose of the paranormal, weird, and straight-up creepy. Also gone is the requirement that players increase in level by gaining experience. In fact, there are no levels in this stage. The experience you gain from playing the game goes directly into granting you new abilities to ward off evil. Continue reading
In Episode 10 of the Completely Overrated Podcast series we spend a great deal of time discussing Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus,’ the mis-marketed science fiction epic set approximately one hundred years before the film ‘Alien.’ Matt and Jason team up against Jameson to explain why their lofty expectations (partially influenced by the misleading trailers) turned Prometheus from a great film into an average film, while Jameson defends the artistic integrity of movie. Continue reading
FROM OREN PELI, CREATOR OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
These five words instantly had me interested in Chernobyl Diaries. A film with an interesting premise, a beautifully drab color palette, and a screenplay written by Oren Peli, the mind behind the Paranormal Activity? It had to be a surefire slam dunk, right? Think again.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day Chernobyl Diaries is a film that falls well short of capitalizing upon its substantial promise. Where did it all go wrong?
For the last couple of years, I have dedicated the majority of my reading time to that wonderful “master of horror,” Stephen King. Lately, I have felt the need to branch out from Stephen King, but still stay firmly within the horror genre (I love being scared). A couple of years ago a friend of mine recommended I read a Dean Koontz novel titled Intensity. It sat on my shelf collecting dust until just recently. I have never read anything by Koontz as far as I can remember, but his name frequently comes up when discussing horror fiction. After reading Intensity, I understand why.