As I watched advertisements for Lollipop
Chainsaw and, eventually, as I reviewed the game, I couldn't help but imagine a
few improvements. The game's juxtaposition of classic tropes of femininity
(sparkles and flouncy ruffled skirts) with hardcore horror (zombies and
chainsaw-induced blood spatter) caught my attention, but the game fell short in
a few areas.
DeConte's workspace is littered with body parts. A self-taught
practitioner of his grisly art, DeConte had long been fascinated with
grafting together disembodied limbs and torsos, but now it's a full-time
occupation for him. He blames it on the Pit Witch from Army of Darkness, he states in this interview in From Dusk 'Til Con
R.L. Stine: "I started off killing teenagers"
If you were a child in the 90s, it's a pretty safe bet you
were reading R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series and, later, Fear Street. I
personally consumed those paperbacks like they were crack cocaine, toting a
teetering pile of ‘em home with me from school on the days the Scholastic book
order (oh man, remember those?) was delivered.
You know, James Gunn, for a man who writes for the horror genre, you sure don't seem to know much about your target demographic. Did you know that more women buy tickets to horror movies than men? So, when you say, "who doesn't want to have a beautiful, young, 18-year-old cheerleader with lots of up-skirt shots in the middle of zombie carnage?", I feel compelled to answer you.
So you're looking for scary a movie to watch on Halloween. Maybe you're
not a huge horror buff, so you Google "Scary Halloween Movies," and you get a
thousand lists of the best horror movies ever. They're all the same:
The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, Psycho, Halloween, Silence of the Lambs,
and so on.
Photo by Joshua Hoffine
HorrorHound Weekend -- recently held in Indianapolis -- is like summer camp for horror nerds:
thousands of terror aficionados congregate to meet creepy celebrities like Joe
Bob Briggs or Ted White (who played Jason in Friday
the 13th Part 4), buy a shitload of hard-to-find movie memoribilia, and
discus obscure rubber monster movies with people dressed like Freddy Krueger
and giant robots until 4:30 in the morning.
Dust off that VCR grandma gave you in '82 and get ready for the VHS revival! Despite the 3D-IMAX-bells-and-whistles craze happening at your local 65 theatre movie-plex, hardcore videotape collectors are patrolling the web for hundred dollar copies of grindhouse flicks you've never even heard of. Why would these Luddites spend hard-earned recession-era dollars on obsolescence you may ask?
Santa 8000 is the star of an animated web series, in which he must kill
hordes of mutants in order to survive a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
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