Saturday, October 21, 2017

October Horror Movie Challenge - Stake Land 2: The Stakelander (2016)


Synopsis: Set years after the original, Martin finds his life in New Eden torn apart by the Brotherhood. He heads back to the Stakelands to find the one person that can help him get revenge, Mister.

The Good: Even though it came out six years later, Damici and Paolo still have a great dynamic. This movie is interesting because the roles have reversed. Martin is a much darker character and Mister is older and tired. I loved Doc and Bat and they were the cutest. I'd love to see a spin-off with them. 

The Bad: I hate seeing the happy ending of the first film ruined, but that being said I really like this movie.

Final Thoughts: Damici wants to make a Stake Land trilogy and I hope he gets the opportunity to do so. 

In Your Game: Here's a new power used by villains (and potentially pc's) in the Stakelands.

Feral Control: The vampire has a connection to feral vamps and can direct a pack of them for a scene. 

New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 32


October Horror Movie Challenge - Stake Land (2010)


Synopsis: America doesn't exist any more. The vamps came and wiped out civilization as we know it. To make matters worse, religious zealots kill all who won't convert. There are those that fight back though, like the fabled hunter, Mister, and his protege, Martin.

The Good: Nick Damici (Mister) and Conner Paolo (Martin) are the perfect duo in this flick. They just have a great dynamic. That bloodsuckers look scary and definitely don't sparkle and aren't gothic vamps. This movie is the perfect zombie apocalypse movie (even though its a vampire plague and not a zombie one).

The Bad: This movie gets really depressing. Like any good zombie movie, it shows us that "man is the true monster."

Final Thoughts: Yes I watched this one last year, but it is one of my favourite movies.  

In Your Game: Stake Land could make an interesting "what if" setting for Blood Dark Thirst. What happens if the savage vampires were a plague engineered by the demons that originally taught European mystics to create vampires? Would the remaining intelligent vamps revel in the carnage, or try to save the remnants of humanity? Here's your basic Stake Lands vampire for V6.

Ferals

Intelligent vampires refer to the new breed of vampires as ferals. As far as humanity is concerned, a vamp is a vamp.

Health: 30 Attack Dice Pool: 2

Special: Like typical vampires, ferals are weak against sunlight (taking 1d6 points of damage per round). They can be killed by decapitation and fire. Also, while a wooden stake through the heart only paralyzes a normal vampire, it kills a feral. Anyone bitten, but not killed by a feral will turn into a feral in 1d6 minutes.

Berserkers
Berserkers are stronger vampires that have mutated since turning. They have reinforced rib cages and can't be staked through the heart. They must be lit on fire or decapitated.

Health: 40 Attack Dice Pool: 3

Special: As a feral, though staking them through the heart is nearly impossible.

Scamp

This child vampires are more curious than others and won't immediately attack.

Health: 20 Attack Dice Pool: 1

Special: As a feral.

New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 31

Friday, October 20, 2017

October Horror Movie Challenge - 2001 Maniacs (2005)


Synopsis: In this remake of Two Thousand Maniacs! a group of Yankees find themselves stuck in a small southern town named Pleasant Valley during the town's annual BBQ. Soon they find out that they are on the menu.

The Good: Lin Shaye and Robert Englund are great as the elders of the town. This movie also has some really hot ladies and gents and some interesting kills. 

The Bad: A few actors aside, the acting in this one is really bad. It shouldn't be surprising by the cover, but the humor is super low brow. 

Final Thoughts: I know the blacksmith in this movie, He's a hardcore wrestler that is my uncle's friend. Eli Roth has a cameo in this movie as his Cabin Fever character, Justin. 

In Your Game: This would be a great setting for a Slasher & Victim Light scenario. 

New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 30


Thursday, October 19, 2017

October Horror Movie Challenge - The Babysitter (2017)


Synopsis: Nerdy Cole soon discovers that his hot, but nerdy babysitter, Bee is involved in a satanic cult and must fend for his life.

The Good:  This movie has a beautiful and funny cast. I literally laughed out loud way more then I expected too. Cole and Bee's relationship feels right and sweet. Cole is a great protagonist and it's cool to see mature (due to the crazy circumstances he's put in). Robbie Ammel's Max was my favourite character. He was just hot and insane. He had the best lines. Also, it was great to see Ken Marino as a non-douche bag character.

The Bad: There was some definite juvenile humor, but as I've said several times, I don't look to horror movies for high brow humor. Bee's friends were kind of annoying, but that's not a deal breaker (and was intentional).

Final Thoughts: This is a fun horror comedy. It just debuted last Friday on Netflix.

In Your Game: 

In Slashers & Victims Light, I'd say that Max would be equivalent of a Slasher In Training. The other cult members might be Horror Movie Fanatics or tbh, even bystanders.

New To Me Movies Watched: 18
Total Movies Watched: 29

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

October Horror Movie Challenge - Cold Prey (2006)


Synopsis: Five 20 somethings decide to take a snowboarding trip. One of them gets hurt and they're forced to take shelter in an abandoned hotel. The hotel has a dark history, one they will soon confront.

The Good: This movie has the classic slasher movie characters, but they're all really likable and you really want them to make it (even though they obviously all don't). The setting is gorgeous and formidable.  

The Bad: The movie has a slow start, but I expect that from slasher flicks. Also, if you don't like subtitles, avoid this one.

Final Thoughts: I think this is one of the best slasher flicks of the past 20 years or so.

In Your Game: 

The Mountain Man

AC 7 [12]   HD: 5    Attacks: Weapon (1d6+2 Move: 12 Special: Immune to cold damage. Ignores they first point of damage dealt by every attack.

Weakness: His affinity for the cold has made the Mountain Man more susceptible to heat and fire attacks. He takes and extra 1d3 points of damage from attacks involving heat and flames.

New To Me Movies Watched: 17
Total Movies Watched: 28


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

October Horror Movie Challenge - Dawn of the Dead (2004)


Synopsis: When a zombie outbreak happens, survivors decide to hole up in a local mall.

The Good: For a zombie flick, I think the acting in this one is quite solid. I actually either legitimately cared about cast members or just really wanted to see them dead. I think that's needed for a good horror flick. Another good thing about this movie is that it's bloody and dark, but has some great moments of levity. It also has one of the greatest covers of all time. Listen to it here

The Bad: I don't like fast zombies. It's a personal preference, but they're just not my thing.

Final Thoughts: This one is weird for me. Zack Snyder directed it and I don't typically like his stuff. I normally don't dig remakes. Also, I don't like fast zombies. All that being said, this is one of my favourite zombie flicks. It's not my number one favourite, but is in the top 10. 

In Your Game: 

Fast Zombies

AC 7 [12]   HD: 2    Attacks: bite (1d6) Special: Immune to sleep, charm, infection Move: 12

Anyone bitten by a fast zombie will become one upon death, unless their brain is destroyed. Every day a character is infected they must making a saving throw at the start of the day. If they fail, their maximum hit points is permanently lowered by 1d3 hit points.

New To Me Movies Watched: 17
Total Movies Watched: 27


Night of the Slashers

I'm not the only one with slashers on the mind recently. +Rafael Chandler has a new slasher novel, Mask Beneath Her Face. You can pick up the ebook here and print copies will be available soon. Personally, I'm waiting on a print copy.

As a tie-in, he's released a new OSR mini-sourcebook called, Night of the Slashers. This is a neat little product. It has four new classes (Athlete, Loner, Prep, and Rebel), rules for setting traps, a really cool drop table for random encounters, and a slasher creation table.  The pdf ends with a sample of Mask Beneath Her Face. Oh did I mention all of this is free?

I've talked about my love for Rafael's work before. I can't wait to read the novel and Night of the Slashers is really interesting too. He's a cool gent and if your a gorehound too, you need to check this out.

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Also don't forget my free slasher game, Slashers & Victims Light, is also available if you wish to play out events like Mask Beneath Her Face and the Night of the Slashers.