Sad news today as we here at Shigeru’s List can confirm that actor Danny Wells passed away this week at the age of 72. Perhaps best known as “Not Captain Lou Albano, that other guy,” Wells made up the green half of the Super Mario Bros. during their short lived Super Show. A series that ran from September 4 to December 1, 1989 and is fondly remembered amongst man-children for showing Zelda cartoons instead of Mario ones each Friday. It is unknown at this time whether Wells was able to 100% Super Mario 3D World before his passing, or if the attempt is indeed what killed him.
Watch your back, Leguizamo.
Now before all three of you get too excited, listen: No, I have absolutely no intention of writing up Holiday Horror flicks all throughout this month the way I do each October. At least I don’t think that’s gonna happen. But who knows? Until we find out, consider this write-up a one-off because to be totally honest, scary Christmas movies are a subgenre I’m really not all that familiar with and haven’t been compelled by in the past. Not to sound like a prude, but the idea of introducing slashers or monsters into the season has always felt a bit tacky to me. I guess I like my Christmas time like I like my women: Cheerful, generous and three weeks out of the month. But screw it. I’m giving this mixture a shot tonight with Christmas Evil. A movie that I’ve never seen before but have heard plenty of positive things about.
Let’s get those fingers crossed!
Of course you are! So please, hop on over to Nintendorks where you can read my full review of Nintendo’s biggest holiday release for the Wii U. Spoilers: I liked it quite a bit!
And I plan on celebrating this glorious milestone by…
By continuing to use it as a Netflix player while I wait for Super Mario 3D World.
When the original Jett Rocket appeared as a Wii Ware download back in 2010, I had lots of nice things to say about it. It was a simple, old fashioned run ‘n jump game with a solid feel and absolutely gorgeous texture work. I really dug it. Despite being a little on the short side and kind of bland, there was something about that generic quality which really seemed to work in its favor. Jett Rocket displayed charming modesty in spades but really, it was just nice to have a new installment in the 3D platforming genre which the great Super Mario 64 kicked off (and has sadly since been all but abandoned from the modern gaming scene). So when I found out that a sequel was in the works and this time for the 3DS, I knew I’d be drunkenly typing in my credit card number on or around its day of release. And wouldn’t you know it? That’s exactly what happened. Now after having made my way through the game, how is it? Is Jett Rocket II a worthy successor to something that was pretty good?
Let’s see what I have to say.
Well hellooo people! As you may have noticed, I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit this month and that’s mostly due to the 9 days of vacation time I spent wearing pajamas and watching Gremlins 2 on repeat. But with Christmas now rearing its jolly noggin’ and some major games from Nintendo lining up to hit store shelves in the coming weeks, there’s too much happening to ignore! Too much! Starting today with this new commercial for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS. A sequel to the classic SNES installment A Link to the Past, here’s a title nobody realized they’d been waiting all their lives for. Taking on a retro art style, Link’s new overhead adventure introduces a pretty neat little gameplay mechanic that allows him to-ah hell, just watch it will ya!
At the asking price of 500 coins a pop, five different flavors of XL charging docks hit Club Nintendo yesterday and within only a few hours, the entire supply was snatched up! These things are admittedly not all that big a deal since a standard black version has been available to purchase from Nintendo’s site for a while now. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see which one would become rare and thus the most desirable for collectors somewhere down the line. Of the selection, my money was on yellow but since they’re all gone I guess that means one won’t be more sought after than the next? We’ll see. In any case I set my alarm and was able to put in the order for red to match my system and received an email this morning confirming these bad boys have already been shipped!
Time to set up a tent out by the old mailbox.
In Animal Crossing: New Leaf that is! As promised what seems like so long ago now, I’ve snapped shots of all the Halloween decorations that have been on display in my pad since the beginning of the month. YES, like a complete maniac I jumped ahead a few weeks back, switched the in-game clock to October and collected the entire Spooky and Creepy sets. The Spooky stuff you can acquire fairly easily, popping into Nook’s store each day of the month and buying them but the Creepy items were a little uh… trickier. You can only snag those during the twilight hours of Halloween itself by running around and scaring the townsfolk with different masks. You know what that means, right? It means you better shake that sweet thing into high gear because the clock is ticking right now!
I sure hope you’ve been stocking up on candy this whole month.
I don’t really have much to say about Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 because as a kid this was one of very few horror movies that actually scared the SHIT OUT OF ME. As a result, this series (I’m really only talking the first 2 here) never became one that I was drawn to watch over and over again. I guess hardcore demonic gore and violence just wasn’t something that would occur to me to casually pop in after a hard day of school. At least not in the 80’s.
I can clearly remember the first time I ever saw Creepshow 2. I was in the sixth grade and a friend of mine managed to talk the guy who worked at our tiny neighborhood video store into renting it to us despite the fact that it was rated R and we were only 11 years old. We took it back to his place since his parents weren’t home and popped it into the VCR. There was something so awesome about that whole scenario. We were doing something “bad” simply by watching it and even if I didn’t think it was very good (which I actually do), that reason alone would be enough to instill a deep fondness. Well that and its one of my earliest memories of seeing a woman topless.
A love affair was born.
I’m just gonna come right out with this: If I were to compile a list of my personal top 50 Directors of all time, Sam Raimi wouldn’t crack 25 and most likely not even make the cut at all. How he has such a rabid following drives me nuts and whenever I’m forced to sit through some movie “geek” lose his shit over the guy, it’s everything I can do to keep my eyes from spinning like a slot machine. Just look back at his career on imdb and scan over the Evil Dead stuff for a second. Crimewave? Crap. Darkman? Amateur schlock. For Love of the Game? Y’mean the ONE Kevin Costner baseball movie nobody remembers. And of course, the Spider-Man trilogy. Really? I mean come on people.
There’s something about that first sequel in a horror franchise that I’ve always been a sucker for. The scenario is typically this: A noob filmmaker or writer or whatever will come up with a low budget, high concept movie that goes on to become a pop culture sensation. Making tons of money, some studio will inevitably grant this person a slightly larger budget and they’ll craft a second installment that plays host to tons of ideas left out of the first due to time and money constraints. This isn’t an instance restricted to the horror genre of course, but since we’re in October and I don’t feel like writing up a 500 page paper before strolling into snoozy town, we’ll be focusing on Part 2’s of scary movies for the rest of the month.
Oh, and if you happened to notice that the header image is promotional art from Child’s Play 3 and not actually Part 2, high-five!
You win nothing.
Y’know what? I was totally ready to give this game a legitimate review. Despite knowing there’d probably be absolutely nothing worth recommending, I figured the theme would be enough to justify its inclusion in my annual festivities. Yet here I am, trying to bring myself to type up details and explain what Trick or Treat is all about and I can’t do it. It is HORRIBLE and I just don’t want to think about it anymore. Yet I already went to the trouble of getting all the images up and posting tags and yada, yada, yada. Dammit, I will not let you get the last laugh on me, Trick or Treat. You screwed me out of a few bucks already. No way you’re screwing me out of precious October time that could be better spent watching some crap 80’s horror movie too.
Wait, what am I doing!?
It’s no secret around these parts that Tales From the Darkside is my favorite television show of all time. Yes, even more so than The Twilight Zone and no I don’t have any rational explanation for that. This George Romero produced anthology series ran from 1983 to 1988 and in large part thanks to the Sci-Fi Channel, for many years beyond in syndication. It featured the occasional writing talents of not only Romero himself but also some guy named Stephen King (lots of scary books) and even a one shot by Clive Barker (sex torture). I caught it at every chance as a kid but it wasn’t until my early to mid teenage years where the show would come to rule my 5-6 pm programming block (along with Night Court of course). So through the miracle of the internet and in the spirit of this wonderful season, I present you, dear reader with seven of my favorite installments of this glorious product of 80’s horror.
While scouring through the ol’ youtube this morning looking for vintage clips to write about, I stumbled upon a pretty solid little mini-doc courtesy of the History Channel (AKA The Nazi Network). Titled “The Real Story of Halloween,” this 40-ish minute special does a nice job detailing the origins of only like the best holiday ever (omg). There are even a few bits here and there that I was completely unfamiliar with such as where the trick or treating tradition actually came from and WHOA! It’s actually kind of creepy! Some nice interviews are included too with none other than John “The Man” Carpenter poking his head in with a little commentary here and there. This is seriously worth a watch sometime this month so I’ve included all three parts right here for you to enjoy!
(I’m looking at you Scott)