Tuesday, October 28, 2008

So Much To Do That My Head Is Spinning

It's entertainment overload for me right now. This is the time of year that I go insane because I have a million things I want to do, but not enough time to do everything I want to do. I'm a gamer, so I want to play all of the awesome games that are being released. I'm a big Dallas Stars fan, so I watch every Stars game. Yes, all 82 games plus the playoffs. There are movies I want to be watching. There are new cds I want to be listening to. There are also a select few tv shows that I have to watch as well. The things that are getting in my way are work and sleep. I obviously need to do both though I really wish I didn't have to.

My wallet took another hit today because I picked up Little Big Planet. My intent was to also grab Fallout 3 for the Xbox 360, but the only copies I could find were the limited edition packages that come in a lunchbox. I'm not shelling out 80 bucks for some extra garbage that I couldn't care less about. It's pretty obvious that most people felt the same way because there were a bunch of them at three stores that I went to today. Oh, there were also copies of Fallout 3 for the PS3 at every store I visited today. I own a PS3, but there is no way in hell I'm playing it on the PS3 vs the 360. I need my Achievement Points. Trophies be damned! Not to mention who even knows if there are trophies for Fallout 3. I decided I really don't need to buy Fallout 3 just yet anyway. I still have to finish Fable 2.

I did spend a small amount of time with Little Big Planet. The art style is awesome. The gameplay was fun. I have a feeling I'll be spending quite a bit of time with it. It will probably end up being one of those games I go to when I have an extra 20 or 30 minutes to play a game that isn't super involved like an rpg or a shooter is.

Fable 2 is a great game. I'm having a ton of fun with it. I still have a long way to go even though I've played it for several hours. I've been doing tons of side quests before I get to the main quests. I'm also grinding away killing bandits and beetles, so my dude can be a major stud. As soon as I finish Fable 2 I'll have more to say about it. I don't want to review it untill I've finished it.

IGN's Little Big Planet Review

Thursday, October 23, 2008

No Time For Blog Entries Must Play New Games

My mind just isn't on things that go bump in the night. My mind is new games. I picked up Fable 2 on Tuesday, so I've been preoccupied with that. So far I'm really enjoying it. It's not perfect, but it's a damn good game. It's one of the better action rpg's that I've played in a while. Fallout 3 comes out next week. That's a definite buy, and I'll probably stop playing Fable 2 and start playing Fallout 3. This is the time of year when gamers are in heaven, but also broke from buying games.
My wallet is already sad.

IGN Fable 2 Review

Monday, October 20, 2008

Psycho Ward...More Like Romper Room

I don't have much to judge the Psycho Ward Haunted House on because I don't go to these things. It was beyond weak. It was a lot of walking around in the dark woods through designated paths while guys and girls jumped out and screamed at you dressed up in lame costumes. It was so bad that I didn't even get startled. Not even once did I jump or get remotely scared. My daughter and her four friends screamed quite a bit just so they could have a little fun. Me and my nephew made smart assed comments all the way through to the "actors" who didn't seem half as amused as we were. There were four different "actors" who had real chain saws blazing. My nephew told a couple of them out loud that that was a waste of gas. Again they weren't amused. At a few different points you couldn't see where the hell you were going, so my nephew had his cell phone out for light. A woman who was one of the "ghouls" told him "Come on, put the cell phone away". My wife then gave her a smart ass comment that I don't exactly remember. Anyway, this was a waste of our time and money. After we were done a couple of guys asked us how it was and I told them exactly how bad it sucked. They got back in their truck and left. At least I saved them some cash.

One Of The Best Movie Scenes Ever

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Psycho Ward Haunted House

Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday. One of the many things that will be going on tomorrow is a trip to the Psycho Ward Haunted House. As much as I like horror and gore and scary crap these types of attractions just don't float my boat. I've never bothered going to one because I just figure it will be lame and I'll just laugh at the cheeziness of the whole spectacle. My wife and daughter go to these haunted houses every year. I generally stay home and watch the Stars play hockey. I'm really not expecting much from this trip except to laugh at a bunch of retards trying their best to scare me. I have nerves of steel, so I doubt if I'll even flinch. Not like I'm trying to sound like a badass because remember I'm a straight up Nancy boy when I see a praying mantis. I do hope hope I at least jump a few times, but I doubt it. If they had a room full of praying mantis' I'd run out of the place at full speed.

Psycho Ward

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Couple Of Things That Creeped Me Out When I was Really Young

I skipped a day of blogging due to a Stars game that I stayed up to watch. Funny yet not so funny story tonight...I record all of the Stars games and watch them when I get home from work. I make my dinner and sit down to watch the Stars game. I grab my remote and try to change the channel. My game was over, but still recording a black out screen. Retarded I know. Anyway my screen freezes up, and then I finally get the channel to change. I then go to my list to find my recorded game. It was nowhere to be seen. I was sooooooooooo pissed off. Obviously something went screwy when the screen froze thus deleting my game. Right away I say fuck it and check out the NHL Network for the scores. Dallas lost tonight 6-1 to the Blues. That deletion saved me 2 1/2 hours of not having to watch my team get their asses kicked. Now on to things that creeped me out when I was really young.

When I was about 5 years old I was staying over at my Grandma and Grandpa's house. My Aunt decided to take me on a walk down the street. A few houses down the road sat this really old man in a chair on the side of the road. This guy for some reason was just really creepy. He stared at us the whole time we were walking towards him. He had this kinda mean expression on his face and his eyes looked like they were void of any type of feeling. I can remember nervously saying hi to the old guy, but he never said a word back to me. It was almost like the guy was a ghost. I'm not saying he was, but there was just something really scary about this guy. Put it this way that happened some 31 years ago, and I still haven't forgotten it. He actually reminds me of that old guy in Poltergeist 2. I'm not even kidding.

Now a couple of really stupid things that scared me when I was right around 4 or 5 years old. Anyone remember the song "Fire" from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown? Well, I remember hearing that song and seeing him perform it on some television show and it scared the crap out of me. I'll post the video at the end of this blog of that performance.

Last, but not least the most retarded thing that creeped me out was the wicked witch from the Wizard Of Oz. She was probably the first real monster type thing I had ever seen. It was a total mind fuck to see her when I was just 4 years old. Over the years when The Wizard Of Oz would play on television my mom would always tease me about it. HaHa That's just one of the many reasons why my mom scarred me for life.

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown "Fire" He wore corpse paint before all of those cool black metal cats.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Top 5 Stephen King Books

Let me start off by saying that I really don't read many books. I have read many Stephen King books though. The first Stephen King book I ever read was Misery. That was back in early 1991. I borrowed it from my then and still significant other. I had already seen the movie which I thought was really good. The book was even better. From that point on I vowed not to watch a King movie based on one of his books untill I read the book first. I think the one thing that I love about King's book is his attention to detail. His character developement is top notch, and keeps me interested all the way through his tales of terror.

Here is my top 5 Stephen King books in no particular order.

1) Gerald's Game
2) Misery
3) Needful Things
4) Dreamcatcher
5) The Green Mile

After agonizing over this top 5 I realize that I should have made it a top 10. Oh well....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Top 5 Worst Horror Movie Sequels

There have been some really bad ones. Here are the ones that to me are the worst.

1) Exorcist 2: The Heretic (To this day I still haven't made it through the entire movie.)

2) Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Yeah, I know that there were some bad sequels before this one, but this one stooped to new lows. It was more of a comedy than a horror flick.)

3) Halloween III - Season of the Witch (I can still remember people freaking out about this having nothing at all to do with Michael Myers. A mask company that makes masks that will kill children? Seriously?)

4) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (THis was so bad I should be ashamed to say I watched it.)

5) Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (A lame attempt at cashing in on the success of the original movie. I seem to remember a couple of nice boobie shots in this movie. When that's all I can remember you know it was bad.)

Jason Takes Manhattan Movie Trailer

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dead Space

This survival horror game has been on my radar for a while now. Part of me says buy it. Part of me says wait to buy it. This is the time of year where tons of great triple A games are being released. At 60 bucks a pop gamers wallets are going to take a hit. With Fable 2 coming out next week and Fallout 3 coming out the week after that it's not only about money, but time as well.

After seeing the video review for Dead Space over at IGN.com I'm really wanting to play this. The gore factor looks outrageous. The aliens look incredibly awesome. Combine that with a story that's supposed to be really good and it looks like we've got ourselves a game. It's been a while since I've played a really good survival horror game. The last two I've played were Condemned and Condemned 2. Condemned 2 really just didn't do it for me due to lousy controls. I guess the only downside to this game is that there isn't any co-op or multiplayer modes. This may end up being one of those games where I just wait for it to hit the $40.00 price range in the used section of my local GameStop. At this point I'm undecided, but I'll definitely pick this up at some point. Right now this game is at a disadvantage because of other titles that I want more being released very soon.

Watch The IGN Dead Space Review

Friday, October 10, 2008

Top 5 Worst Things To Find In Your Trick Or Treat Bag

Most people handing out candy on Halloween got it right, but there were also those numbskulls who got it so so wrong!

1) Raisins (Raisins? Seriously? I think it was mostly old people who handed out those small boxes of raisins. I know old people are out of touch, but damn.)

2) Apples (First of all kids don't want an apple when they go out on Halloween. Second of all it's so easy to stick needles in these things.)

3) Loose Change (Kids don't want nickels and pennies in their bags. Dollar bills would be ok though.)

4) Tooth Brushes (Is this just a slap in the face or what?)

5) Mary Jane Candy (These things are just horrible. I think I only ever ate one of these and that was when I was really young and didn't know any better. This might be the worst candy ever created.)

On a totally unrelated note check out Geekologie. I just happened to find it while surfing the net. There are some really cool things on this blog that you may enjoy.

Bert & Ernie like you've never seen them before !!!NSFW!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Best Survival Horror Game Ever

I've played just about every Resident Evil game there is. Some are clearly better than others. Part of the scare factor in the earlier RE games was the not so great combat. It was just a pain in the ass to kill the monsters in those earlier games. Factor in something jumping through a window while you're character is walking down a dark hall with creepy music playing and then trying to kill that creature with not so responsive controls. It's a scary ordeal. Later on in the series they finally got it right with Resident Evil 4. I've played a shit ton of games over the years, and this one is still one of my favorite games of all time. I'd say it's easily in my top 5. Hell, it's probably in my top 3. It's that damn good. The contols are spot on, and it's still a creepy game. They did a great job with "zombies" that are trying to kill you as well. One monster in particular always gave me fits. That monster being the bastard with a potato sack over it's head wielding a chainsaw. I can't tell you how many times those bastards lopped off my head. RE4 is just one of those games that I had to keep playing and finish. If you are at all into shooters or horror or both you owe it to yourself to play RE4.

One of my favorite Halloween songs.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pumpkin Art

I know a certain individual who would get all excited if he saw this blog entry. HaHa!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Top 5 Candy Bars

I rarely eat candy bars anymore. They are just plain bad for you. They are full of sugar and saturated fats. Some even contain trans fat which I try to stay away from. These days when I grab a candy bar at the store it's a Payday. They taste great, and probably contain the least amount of fat. Man, do I sound like health nerd or what? The following are candy bars I'd like to find in my trick or treat bag.

1) Chocolate Payday (They're back! They made these in the 80's, and then they disappeared for years. These are heavenly!)

2) Caramello (Cadbury knows how to make some awesome chocolate candy! Can you say Creme Eggs?)

3) Heath Bar (I love Heath Bars, but I wish they were bigger.)

4) Zero (Zero bars are so unique. An old friend of mine loves these things. I like em too mostly because they are so different from all of the other candy bars out there.)

5) 100 Grand (I haven't had one of these in a long time, but I remember eating tons of them when I was a kid.)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Top 5 Movies That Actually Scared Me

Most of the movies that scared me were older movies from the 70's and 80's. That makes sense because when I started watching horror movies I was just a kid. I doubt if those movies would scare me as an adult if I had just now watched them. I'm always looking for that movie that will creep me out as an adult, and I've really only seen a couple. Obviously newer horror films don't scare me now, but I have had a couple send chills down my spine.

1)The Exorcist (I have a feeling that this film would make a lot of top five lists. When this was first show on tv it was like 1980 or 81. My mother wouldn't let me watch it. I was only like 8 years old. I remember going to school and hearing kids talk about just how damn scary it was. From that point on I knew it was a movie that I had to see. It wasn't untill four years later that I got to watch it. Holy shit, did it scare the living shit out of me. If my mom had let me watch that when I was 8 I have a feeling I would have been scared for life. This is one film that I would never watch alone in my dark basement even at the age of 36. This is definitely the scariest movie I've ever seen.)

2) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ( I actually watched this a while after seeing The Exorcist. I was at my cousin's house when I saw it. We were both scared shitless. Never before had I seen such craziness. The things going on in this movie are just so bizarre and terrifying. The thought of people like this existing in some out of the way place is just scary as hell to me.)

3) Amityville Horror (Back in the day people talked about how this house was actually haunted. From everything I've read it was pretty much proven to be bullshit. I still wouldn't stay in that house even on a dare. The look of that house just creeps me out. This is yet another movie that scraed the shit out of me.)

4) Jaws (It's not exactly your typical horror movie, but damn is it scary as hell. To imagine a shark that big that is constantly on the prowl eating people who swim in the Pacific Ocean is just creepy. After seeing Jaws I didn't even want to go in the lake or a pool when I was a kid.)

5) When A Stranger Calls ( The opening scene of this movie is just insanely creepy. Having the killer right inside the house calling you on the phone is just pure horror genius. Have you checked the kids?)

"THE" scene from 'When A Stranger Calls'.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


If you're not into metal you probably have no idea who King Diamond is. Most 'metalheads' first heard King Diamond when he was the frontman for the band Mercyful Fate. I gotta be honest and say that I didn't find out about King untill somewhere around 1987. For me it started with the album 'Abigail'. I must admit that when my friend first played this album it kinda creeped me out. He had a room in the basement. He put this album on, and turned out the lights right before I was about to crash on the couch. Starting with the creepy intro and right untill the very end I was just slightly creeped out by everything I had heard. I had never heard a voice like this in my life. I knew I wanted to hear more though. It wasn't untill a year later when King's album 'THEM' was released that I would become a fan of his music. It wasn't just the music that I was into, but I had a fascination of the man himself. Just who is this man who wears makeup, worships the devil, and calls himself King Diamond? That's what I wanted to know. I can still remember seeing King host Headbangers Ball. HaHa after seeing that all I could think was what a total goofball this guy is. King Diamond continues to release albums. Most of what he has created really hasn't done all that much for. Pretty much everything after 'THEM' is hit or miss in my opinion, but I'll always have a place in my heart for 'Abigail', and especially 'THEM'.


Friday, October 3, 2008

Best Halloween Candy Ever!

I love Mellowcreme Pumpkins. They are kinda like candy corn, but taste so much better. Last year I bought a 2 lb bucket of these suckers and ate all of them. I was just at Wal-Mart today and saw this same bucket and passed them up. My willpower was strong today. It probably won't be as strong the next time I see them though. I'm wishing I had some right about now.

Watch this classic "Screamer" kid freak out. Comedy gold!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ghost Hunters

I watch a handful of shows on television, and Ghost Hunters happens to be one of them. Ever since I was in elementary school I have been fascinated with ghosts and spirits. I can remember checking out books on Ghosts as early as the 4th grade. I still have supposed pictures of ghosts from those books etched in my mind. I realize that we should be more afraid of the living than the dead, but just seeing images or video of ghosts just creeps me out to no end. There were a few episodes of Ghost Hunters that just made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Two of those creepy episodes both took place in lighthouses. When shit like chairs move on their own in thses episodes it freaks me the hell out. In one lighthouse episode nothing had been happening all night. I believe it was Grant who got up out of a chair in a dark room to leave. He then closed the door. Just a few seconds later the camera caught the chair he was sitting in move a couple feet really fast. Shit like that sends chills up my spine. Another great episode was when T.A.P.S. stayed at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado. They caught some really awesome stuff in that episode like a closet door that opened by itself as well as a glass breaking and a table moving. Oh, and don't even get me started on some of the EVP's that they catch on their digital recorders.

These days as an adult I rarely ever get scared by anything I see on television or movies, but Ghost Hunters really creeps me out from time to time.

Video Of The Moving Chair In The Lighthouse.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Trick Or Treat, The Movie, The Soundtrack

It's that time of year again when the leaves fall from the trees, the hot summer sun retreats, and the ghouls come out to wreak havoc. Ok, the ghouls may not be coming out to wreak havoc, but the rest is true. October is finally here! This is definitely my favorite time of the year. Every blog entry for October will have something to do with this time of the season.

I figure a good place to start is with the 80's horror cheezefest that is 'Trick Or Treat'. Sure it's cheezy as hell, but back in 1986 I thought it was one of the coolest horror flicks I had ever seen. What's not to love about it? It has heavy metal music, a metal vocalist coming back from the dead thanks to an evil album, Skippy from 'Family Ties', Gene Simmons as a radio D.J., and Ozzy playing the part of a preacher! This all seemed really awesome back in the day when I was 14 years old. I do own a copy of the movie on DVD now, but I must confess that I've only watched it once since I bought it. Now it fits into the category of being so bad that it's good. I happy to say that my 13 year old daughter really digs this movie...well she did when she was 12 anyway.

You know what's even better than the movie? The soundtrack is better. Fastway did a great job with the music for the soundtrack. It's probably their best musical output. Back in the 80's I'm pretty sure that every friend I had who was into metal owned this on vinyl or cassette. These days I have a cd-r copy of it that I generally play at least once a year. If you've never heard the soundtrack you should really check it out. I'd definitely rather listen to the soundtrack than watch the movie, but Trick Or Treat the movie is worth seeing just for nostalgia's sake.

Watch The Trailer.
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I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!

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