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The Binding: Shade Of The Shattered Heart
The Binding: Shade Of The Shattered Heart
by Rob DiLauro
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.98
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and page turning, July 6, 2014
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This first installment in relative newcomer Rob DiLauro's "The Binding" series is an intriguing and page turning introduction to a promising new horror series. Mainly revolving around the present day suffering of a washed up author named Jason whom is seeking to do anything to reclaim his ex-wife, "Shade of the Shattered Heart" spins a web over several decades as we follow a tormented woman named Susan in the 1980s as well, and how the cruelty she suffers shapes the things to come, and is even used as a passageway to inflict the murderous rage of a long dead soul. Witchcraft-led horror fiction usually comes off as being all too similar, but thankfully with "The Binding", DiLauro offers a fresh and inventive take on the subject that leads to a gut punch finale that will have you salivating for the next installment. That aside, this isn't without its flaws. There are the occasional clichés in terms of dialogue and characterizations, but for the most part it leaves the reader feeling satisfied. It's rare in terms of horror fiction feeling fresh at all, but this first installment in "The Binding" series manages to do it. Not to mention the fact that it will also make you never ever want to get on the bad side of any member of the female persuasion ever again.


Magus - Playstation 3
Magus - Playstation 3
Price: $13.74
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's bad...yet good., May 9, 2014
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This review is from: Magus - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Magus is a game that is hard to describe. Have you ever played a really bad game, yet somehow gotten a tiny smidgen of enjoyment out of it? It's rare that such a thing occurs with video games, but somehow, Magus manages to do just that. It's a light RPG/action/hack and slasher in which you play the title character, who is assisted by some chick named Kirra, in a mission of revenge for...something. The story of Magus is hard to swallow, only because there is some painfully bad voice acting and dialogue peppered throughout the game that you can't help but skip through. The core gameplay of Magus is run from room to room, area to area, taking down waves of enemies. In between all that, you acquire various items and gems that make you stronger and level you up, along with some fairly nifty magic abilities as well. The gameplay itself is kind of boring, yet somehow addictive. The graphics are super dated, and the game itself is really glitchy, including your partner appearing and disappearing at random, and enemy AI that is just atrocious. Yet still, somehow even with all that going against it, Magus is still somewhat enjoyable to play, even if it's only to marvel at its badness. Thankfully the game is quite short. If it were any longer, it would probably be safe to say that Magus wouldn't be worth checking out in the least and a chore to get through. All that being said, if you want to play something that you don't have to devote a lot of time to and get some laughs out of at the same time, give this a glance.


Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender Omnibus
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender Omnibus
by Rick Remender
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $78.48
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah baby, this is great stuff, May 9, 2014
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I had never heard of, let alone read, anything by Rick Remender before I discovered Uncanny X-Force pretty late during his run. After initially checking it out and then going backwards to the beginning of the series, I have to admit that I was missing out on a truly special X-book. Over the past few years, I was pretty turned off on X-Men comics. I was there for the legendary runs of Grant Morrison and Joss Whedon, but after all that, there really wasn't much that excited me anymore about Marvel's merry mutants. Uncanny X-Force changed all that, and gave me that giddy feeling I would get as a kid anytime I cracked open an X-Men comic. Story-wise, there isn't much that I feel I should give away for fear of ruining the many surprising twists that pop up in the issues collected in this gorgeous Omnibus, other than the fact that Remender has crafted some memorable characterizations of well-worn characters like Wolverine, Psylocke, Deadpool, Fantomex, and Archangel. It often reads like an "X-Men unplugged" as you will, as we see our heroes do some unscrupulous things in an effort to make things right. Not to mention that when later revisiting the classic Age of Apocalypse universe while not coming off as a re-hash is truly remarkable. The artwork here by a variety of artists, including Esad Ribic, Jerome Opena, Billy Tan, and Mark Brooks among others, is wonderful. Do yourself a favor, check out Uncanny X-Force, it's the best X-book to come along in a while, and believe me when I say that the Dark Angel saga is worth the price of admission alone.


Evil Dead (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
Evil Dead (Blu-ray + UltraViolet Digital Copy)
DVD ~ Jane Levy
Offered by American_Standard
Price: $10.66
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible, nothing special either, August 10, 2013
Hearing about "Evil Dead" getting a remake over the past few years has caused quite a few groans in the horror community, but upon its unveiling it turned out not to be as needless of a remake (or reboot, or re-imagining, or whatever the hip "re" term is these days) as we all thought it would be. This new take on "Evil Dead" has the gut-churning gore and relentless sense of dread that made Sam Raimi's original classic so good in the first place, which in itself is no small task. That being said, where this new "Evil Dead" fails is its lack of black humor. Even though the original "Evil Dead" was straight up horror in comparison to its lesser-serious sequels, it still had a bit of self-referential gallows humor, and here it's sadly lacking. The cast is game enough, but the film's would be simple-story (five friends in a cabin, ridiculously horrible things happen thanks to the Book of the Dead) becomes just another horrible event due to stupid people doing stupid things. Still, you'll never be bored with this new "Evil Dead", and it's practical effects work is brilliant and nasty to behold. Make sure you watch until after the credits to see a familiar face, which in itself offers some hope for the future.


The Manson Family (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
The Manson Family (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Marcelo Games
Price: $23.72
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and uncompromising, July 11, 2013
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Jim Van Bebber crafted an unheralded classic with "Deadbeat at Dawn" back in the 80s, and here with "The Manson Family", he's nearly done it again. Beginning production towards the end of the 80s and shot sporadically throughout the years until 2003, "The Manson Family" is an uncompromising, graphic, and unforgettable take on the notorious Charles Manson and his group of followers. Shot in a pseudo-documentary style and reminiscent of a news program expose', and featuring a cast of mostly amateur actors (who are all close to perfect in their roles), "The Manson Family" is strangely magnetic nonetheless, and despite its otherwise off-putting content, you can't help but keep watching. I'm glad that Severin Films released this handsome Blu-ray set of the film, featuring a horde of special features including an insightful commentary from Van Bebber and an interview with Pantera and DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo (who helped provide music and is fittingly the voice of Satan in the film). "The Manson Family" definitely isn't for everyone, but if any of the above sounds like it's up your alley, check it out. You won't regret it.


The Authority Vol. 1
The Authority Vol. 1
by Warren Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of "widescreen comics", June 20, 2013
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This review is from: The Authority Vol. 1 (Hardcover)
Warren Ellis is a talented fellow, this is known. Before he did The Authority, he was already making a name for himself with his work, including his run on Stormwatch in which not only did he re-shape the team and the book itself, but he was re-shaping the way modern superhero stories could be told. Out of the ashes of Stormwatch comes The Authority, in which surviving members of Stormwatch unite to form a new superhero group that takes the grittiness Ellis introduced in the previous title and accelerates it to new and exciting levels. This collection is made all the better by the stellar artwork of a pre-Ultimates Bryan Hitch, whose lush illustrations and set-pieces helped coin the term "widescreen comics". If you squint well enough at the panels, you may actually convince yourself that they're moving; the artwork is just that good. While this first collected volume of The Authority is wonderful enough, it's Mark Millar's run (which will be released in the future) where things go from amazing to mind-blowing. Do yourself a favor: if you missed out on The Authority in its hey-dey, pick this up. You won't regret it.


Father's Day 4 Disc Limited Edition Numbered Blu-ray/ 2x DVD/CD
Father's Day 4 Disc Limited Edition Numbered Blu-ray/ 2x DVD/CD
DVD ~ Adam Brooks
Offered by Great-Buys!
Price: $49.99
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awesome, I can't find any other word to describe it better, November 24, 2012
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From the team of Astron 6, Father's Day is about as wrong a film as you will ever see in your whole life. If you think you've seen over-the-top surreal displays of just plain wrong before in other Troma classics like Tromeo & Juliet, Terror Firmer, or Poultrygeist; Father's Day takes it all to a whole new level of disgusting hilarity. What happens when a serial killer/rapist that targets father's begins racking up the body count after a lengthy absence? Oh boy, I really wish I could spill more here, but I can't; there's just certain things about Father's Day that you have to see to believe, if you can stomach it that is. Everything about this movie, from the over-the-top grindhouse/exploitation nature/tributes to the brilliant soundtrack to the gut-wrenching gore will make you stand up and applaud. It's sick, vile, twisted, and immensely enjoyable. Don't believe any negative hype about this film that you may have heard, check it out. You'll be glad that you did.


Get the Gringo [Blu-ray]
Get the Gringo [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Gibson
Price: $8.64
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly great, November 5, 2012
This review is from: Get the Gringo [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
In a shocking turn of events, Mel Gibson's Get the Gringo is a surprisingly great blast. Gibson plays the unnamed "gringo" that the title implies: a con-man that pulls off a million dollar heist and makes a run for the border, only to get stopped by dirty Mexican cops and thrown in a prison where anything goes. In the process, he ends up befriending a chain-smoking 10 year old boy (and his mother) while running afoul of nearly everyone else in the process; all of which culminates in a blood-soaked showdown. While Get the Gringo doesn't do anything we haven't seen before enough times already, it is massively entertaining for what it is, and demonstrates that no matter his personal demons and current status as a disgraced Hollywood icon, Mel Gibson still has the acting chops to convey being a likeable scumbag hero. Check it out.


Exit Humanity (Bloody Disgusting Selects)
Exit Humanity (Bloody Disgusting Selects)
DVD ~ Stephen Mchattie
Price: $4.32
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but way too drawn out, November 4, 2012
Exit Humanity offers a somewhat different take on the zombie genre, as it takes place a few years after the Civil War. The story follows a veteran (Mark Gibson) who begins searching for his son after coming home to find his wife as being one of the undead, and eventually leads into something much, much worse. Narrated by Brian Cox and also featuring genre stalwarts Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, and Stephen McHattie, Exit Humanity is a low-budget affair that isn't short on ingenuity, as it features great performances and some surprisingly stunning animated segments as well. Though it has all these good qualities, Exit Humanity is as slow as molasses. While I appreciate someone trying to do something new and fresh with the genre, the film is so drawn out that you will lose interest very, very quickly. That, and a number of the characters you won't really care for, which doesn't help matters either. If you have the patience, give Exit Humanity a look, but don't expect a whole lot out of it.


The Walking Dead Book 8 HC
The Walking Dead Book 8 HC
by Robert Kirkman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.06
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The epic story of survival horror continues, November 4, 2012
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The eighth hardcover collection of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead focuses on the fallout of Rick's decision making the last time around, and as things usually go in the world of The Walking Dead, bad things are about to get very, very worse. Add to that the changes in some relationships between some long-standing and beloved characters, and Kirkman proves that he can continue to keep the proceedings and cast of characters interesting and fresh. That, and as usual, the ending of this collection promises that there are some very bad happenings about to...well, happen. If for some reason you haven't checked out The Walking Dead, there really isn't any excuse or reason why you don't start right now. It's one of the best series to ever come out of Image Comics ever, and undoubtedly the best horror comic to ever see the light of day for nearly a decade running.


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