“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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Blade Runner 2049

Kulturecast ‐ October 11, 2017
Blade Runner 2049

Chris and Eric are joined by Rainbow Comics’ assistant manager Dana Christensen and staff writer Ash Suri to talk about one of the most anticipated films of the year Blade Runner 2049.  The film stars Ryan Gosling as a blade runner who is tasked with covering up a secret that could fundamentally shake the foundations of their society all of which leads back to Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). The film is a modern sci-fi masterpiece that features stunning visuals, an emphatic score, and masterful direction from Denis Villeneuve.

As always, you can follow Chris Stachiw on Twitter at @KultureStach, Eric Kniss at @tychomagnetics and Kulture Shocked …

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The Drama Business

The Screening Room ‐ October 09, 2017

Last season was a pretty mixed bag for Supergirl. While there were some great moments throughout the year, there were plenty more problems that held the show back from the level of quality it had achieved in its first year. But in particular there was one head-scratching moment from the season premiere, and the ramifications of it were felt down to the finale. Season one set us up with a familiar romantic arc; Supergirl loves Jimmy Olsen, Jimmy Olsen has feelings for Supergirl but also someone else, nobody wants to properly express themselves until the worst possible time, etc., etc. …

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“Goofy Pants Encouraged, But Not Required” Golf Story Review

Kulturecade ‐ October 08, 2017
“Goofy Pants Encouraged, But Not Required” Golf Story Review

My biggest complaint about Golf Story is that it forces me to find a new way to describe classic sports games like the Game Boy Mario Golf and Mario Tennis titles. Thanks to Golf Story, a new 16-bit adventure from SideBar Games, traditional sports games with a heavy focus on player stats, attributes, and progression are no longer the best description of the genre of a “sports RPG.” Golf Story, on the other hand, is a game that is based mostly around the idea of playing golf, both in terms of narrative and actual gameplay, but doesn’t actually rack up …

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A New Combatant Enters the Arena” Fortnite: Battle Royale Review

Kulturecade ‐ October 04, 2017
A New Combatant Enters the Arena” Fortnite: Battle Royale Review

Fortnite: Battle Royale is the newest contender in the ever-expanding “battle royale” survival game genre. Released amidst a storm of controversy, including the possibility of legal action from Bluehole, the studio responsible for the genre behemoth PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, many wondered if this game would be anything other than a shameless rip-off. After spending some time with Fortnite: Battle Royale, however, I’m happy to report that there’s enough different here to make the game truly distinct.

For the uninitiated, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free to play expansion for Fortnite, a game that will be free in 2018 but for now, requires …

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Celebrity Voice Acting Performances in Games You Don’t Remember

Kulturecade ‐ October 02, 2017

Voice acting in games is a topic that I’ve recently started thinking a lot about, both referring to the people like Nolan North, David Hayter, and Jennifer Hale who work pretty much exclusively in voiceover work, as well as the more recent trend of more mainstream actors and actresses getting paid the big bucks to provide their voice (and usually their likeness) to star in and help sell a game. Although the idea of mainstream talent being involved in a game is as old as the CD-ROM and compression technology that would allow it, it’s only in the past few …

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Horrortober IV: Dream Warriors

The Screening Room ‐ October 01, 2017

It’s Halloween here at Kulture Shocked which means only one thing: horror movies! This Halloween we are taking a look at the much-maligned horror sequels, a truly terrifying prospect in and of itself. From The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Psycho the biggest horror films all have sequels with varying quality ranging from equal to or better than the original to downright dreadful. This month is for you horror sequels so give us your best, and worst.

We’ll also be checking out some of the month’s biggest releases including Blade Runner 2049 and The Snowman.

Week 1
Monday Kulturecast: Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
Friday Review: Friday the 13th: Jason …

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