Happy Death Day

Kulturecast ‐ October 19, 2017
Happy Death Day

Chris and Eric are stuck in a time loop as they try to determine who is killing them as they talk about Happy Death Day. The film stars Jessica Rothe as Tree, a sorority girl stuck in a time loop as she attempts to determine who her killer is. It’s a small budget horror movie from Blumhouse and let’s be honest, can they do any wrong?

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw on Twitter at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us to use …

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On Games Journalism and Skill

Kulturecade ‐ October 19, 2017

While I was perusing my Twitter feed not too long ago, I happened upon a fascinating video. In said video, a games journalist was attempting to beat an early level in a game, and frankly, they were not doing very well. I’m choosing to omit the specifics of the video because they are largely irrelevant; this article is not intended to disparage anyone based on their skill level with gaming, and I believe that gaming as a hobby, as well as professions related to it, should remain open and welcoming to all willing participants. I came away from the video …

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Extremely Good Value: Yakuza Kiwami Review

Kulturecade ‐ October 18, 2017
Extremely Good Value: Yakuza Kiwami Review

Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the original Yakuza game that came out on PS2. The remake adds the switching styles mechanic from Yakuza 0, the Majima Everywhere system and new cutscenes to help character development. The game was $30 new when I bought it, and it took me about 36 hours to get 63% completion. So the length of the game definitely warrants the price, especially when some $60 games are netting less than 30 hours playtime. However, how does the rest of the game fair? Let’s get into it

The game suffers from the same thing Yakuza 0 suffered …

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Troll 2

Kulturecast ‐ October 17, 2017
Troll 2

Chris and Eric are joined by Phil Mackie as they journey to Nilbog to talk what may be the worst film ever made Troll 2. The film stars Michael Stephenson and George Hardy and is directed by Claudio Fragrasso under the pseudonym Drake Floyd. It’s a terrible film that nobody should watch, seriously, ever.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw on Twitter at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament,” and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us to use their tracks. Also, make sure to check out Rainbow Comics, Cards, and Collectibles for …

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Roman Reigns Presents: WWE Full Roster Notes and Impressions

Kulturecade ‐ October 17, 2017

A welcoming, soothing chill begins to fill the air with scents of caramel apples, and roast turkey fills the air. Pumpkins appear on more stoops than not, and the trees start their preparation for a long winter’s slumber. Autumn is here, the single beacon of light left in this nightmare of a year that has been 2017. Although we can soon bury our bodies in blankets and fill our souls with soup and pie, 2017 has one final trick up its sleeve.

WWE 2K18 releases today.

2K18 sports a nauseatingly bloated roster of 203 wrestlers, if one includes all variants of …

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That Sequel Came From The Moon: Destiny 2 Review

Kulturecade ‐ October 17, 2017

Destiny 2 has released under the pressure of much hype. It’s probably easy to say that this game is one of if not the most hyped game of the year and many people were more pleased with the outcome of the second game’s launch than the first. How does it hold up though? Does it fix all of the problems of the first game’s launch or does it follow the same path of running out of things to do after the story is beat?

I have been waiting to write this review simply upon the fact that you cannot just write …

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“I don’t kill people anymore”: ‘Psycho II’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ October 16, 2017
“I don’t kill people anymore”: ‘Psycho II’ Review

It’s hard to follow up a great classic, but it’s even harder to follow up one of the most acclaimed and groundbreaking horror films of all time. Even if it doesn’t have the precision or elegance that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho has, Psycho II is a competent slasher film that revisits the Norman Bates character in a great manner.

Set two decades after the events of the original film, Psycho II is a story about adjusting to the modern world and trying to purge your sins for good. Norman Bates (the always great Anthony Perkins) has just been released from a mental …

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You Got Rabbids in My Mario!: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Review

Kulturecade ‐ October 16, 2017
You Got Rabbids in My Mario!: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Review

Between the timespan of its announcement and to this very point, my excitement levels for Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle have gone up and down so many times that if you plotted it out on a graph, it would resemble the audio waveform of that classic (and always hilarious) Rabbid “Blarrrgh”.

I mean, let’s look at the broad dot points of this game, roughly in the same order that I learned them: It’s a new Mario game for the Switch (Yay) featuring Rabbids (Booo) made by Ubisoft (uh, okay) with great visuals (Yay) and plays like a simplified X-Com (Boo-urns?). This …

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Kulturecast ‐ October 12, 2017
Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Chris and Eric enter the realm of Pinhead and the Cenobites to kick off Horrortober with a look at Hellbound: Hellraiser II. The film stars Doug Bradley as Pinhead and Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton as she must navigate the underworld to save herself and her sanity. It’s a worthy sequel to the original horror classic and a standout for fans of practical effects.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw on Twitter at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked at @KultureShocked. The music is Wovoka’s “Lament”, and Da DeCypher’s “Two Step featuring Ben-Jamin”; big thanks to both for allowing us to use their tracks. …

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“You mean the Jason of Camp Blood?”: ‘Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives’ Review

The Screening Room ‐ October 11, 2017
“You mean the Jason of Camp Blood?”: ‘Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives’ Review

As the final chapter of the Tommy Jarvis trilogy and a kind of quasi-reboot to the franchise, Jason Lives doesn’t just bring a quirky sense of humor to the franchise but it features some of the series’ best moments.

Written and Directed by Tom McLoughlin, Jason Lives is relatively simple in its premise: Tommy Jarvis, who stopped Jason when he was just a child, continues to have nightmares and visions of him so in order to stop his curse once and for all he decides to destroy the body of Jason. This quickly ends in disaster when lightning (yes, really) revives …

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