‘The Callisto Protocol’ Review – ‘Dead Space’ Throwback Could’ve Used More Time in Development

I liked The Callisto Protocol a little more on my second time through it. My first run was frustrating, with a lot of sudden violence and cheap deaths. Even on its medium setting, Callisto is unforgiving, and one missed dodge or block at the wrong time can get you decapitated, or dismembered, or impaled, or […]

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‘Troll’ Review – Netflix Kaiju Movie Is Slight on Story But Has a Monster-Sized Heart

Netflix’s Norwegian Kaiju feature, Troll, might draw easy comparisons to 2010’s Trollhunter for its Scandinavian roots and mythology, but it opts to adhere closer to Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse in plotting. While light on narrative, it’s when Cold Prey director Roar Uthaug embraces its monster that Troll reveals its magic. A prologue sees a father tell his young daughter, Nora, of legendary trolls turned […]

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‘Violent Night’ Review – Bloody Holiday Action Movie Earns a Spot on the Nice List

Bloody Disgusting’s Violent Night review is spoiler-free. This holiday season brings a new answer to the tired debate over Die Hard: the ultra-violent yet sugar plum sweet Violent Night. Director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) infuses his gore-soaked sense of humor into an amalgamation of familiar holiday fare, ushering a new crowd-pleasing Christmas-set actioner eager to splatter the snow red. […]

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‘Evil West’ Review – Kickass Horror Action Game Brings Vampires into the Wild West

You know what rules? Vampires. You know what else rules? Westerns. Both of them are surprisingly under-utilized in games. Sure you have stuff like Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines or Red Dead Redemption but you never see Vampires or Cowboys pop up in games too often. Let alone together. Until now. Enter Evil West, the […]

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“Chucky” Season 2 Finale Review – “Chucky Actually” Decks the Halls with Blood and Holiday Cheer

Season Two of Don Mancini’s “Chucky” kicked off on Halloween and fittingly takes a bow over Christmas. The holiday-themed finale jumps ahead, picking up some time after the last episode’s wild events to bring season’s beatings and wrap up loose ends. “Chucky Actually” may not get quite as explosive as the penultimate episode, but it does pack in […]

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‘Dying Light 2: Bloody Ties’ Review – An Underwhelming Start to the Game’s DLC Offerings

I have a massive love/hate relationship with the Dying Light franchise. I’m intrigued by the concept of a safe-day, dangerous-night zombie game where the focus is to survive using what you find and how you traverse the world. I also respect the amount of support the games receive (the first Dying Light received support all […]

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“The Walking Dead” Series Finale Review – A Surprisingly Sentimental and Rewarding Resolution

It’s over. Over a decade after its initial premiere in October 2010, AMCs “The Walking Dead” has reached its ultimate conclusion. “Rest In Peace” marked not only the last episode of the mega-sized 11th season, but the final episode of the entire flagship series. While there are a plethora of spin-offs featuring fan-favorite characters on […]

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“Wednesday” Review – Tim Burton’s Netflix Series Is Not Quite Mysterious or Spooky Enough

Netflix’s “Wednesday” singles out the most morose member of the altogether ooky Addams Family to give its eponymous character a coming-of-age story centered around a murder mystery. Despite a compelling portrayal of the macabre teen by Jenna Ortega, a whodunnit with sharp teeth, and executive producer Tim Burton helming half of the episodes, “Wednesday” never gets mysterious or […]

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‘Fright Night: Origins’ Review – Tom Holland Revisits and Expands Upon a Horror Classic in New Book

In late September, Encyclopocalypse unleashed Fright Night: Origins, a book touted as the definitive literary adaptation of Tom Holland’s 1985 comedy creature feature. Springing straight from the inkwell of Holland himself with some help from novelist A. Jack Ulrich, Origins is a (mostly) unabridged account of the events you remember from the original movie. It […]

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‘Cy_Borg’ Review – A Fast, Flashy and Vicious Cyberpunk RPG

Cyberpunk fiction tends to focus too much on flashy tech and not enough on the dystopia, but Cy_Borg, a new tabletop RPG by Christian Sahlen, has absolutely no problem dragging your shiny character straight through the mud. The game welcomes you to a world that’s been ground down by capitalism-driven ecological disasters, mysterious infections rumored […]

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“AHS: NYC” Review – Final Episodes End a Powerful Season With Melancholy and Class

AHS: NYC trades its standard sarcasm and screams for an insightful and artistic reminder that real life is full of its own horrors and tragedies. “You are way too young to be thinking about how to die. Don’t forget how to live.” You wanted death? You wanted horror? Well, how about slowly passing away from […]

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“1899” Review – Netflix Series Offers Mystery Aboard a Ghost Ship

Hailing from Dark creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, 1899 is a suitably creepy and mysterious period thriller about a missing (possibly haunted) ship. The eight-episode Netflix series is a combination of the first season of The Terror and Ghost Ship with a splash of Downton Abbey. The series opens with a nightmare as Maura Franklin (Emily […]

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‘Presence’ Review – Psychological Horror Movie Gets Lost at Sea

Directed by Christian Schultz from a screenplay co-written with Peter Ambrosio, Presence relocates the haunted house setting to a luxury yacht. The extreme isolation of being at sea provides fertile ground to explore what makes a haunting; is it a product of a fractured mind or something supernatural? Presence attempts to straddle the line between psychological and supernatural, but its vague approach […]

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“Chucky” Season 2 Review – The Penultimate Episode Throws a Raging Exorcism Party

This is it. The major death that ended last week’s episode of Don Mancini’s “Chucky” opened the floodgates, setting the stage for an epic conclusion to season two. All bets are off in the season’s penultimate episode, “Goin’ to the Chapel.” Reunions, revelations, and shocking deaths ensue when converging paths lead to an explosive final confrontation. There’s a sense […]

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‘R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned’ Review – New Prequel Is a Failed Resurrection

When asked about R.I.P.D., Jeff Bridges said he was “a little underwhelmed” after finally watching the 2013 movie. “The studio made some, uh, choices that I wouldn’t have made,” he added. Bridges’ colorful performance was praised, but that was as much positivity critics could muster about this misfire of a comic-book adaptation. Adding insult to […]

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