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Horror Magician The Sacred Riana Wins Asia’s Got Talent

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The Sacred Riana

I love illusionists.  I grew up on Doug Henning (who was known for his huge illusions, but was best at small, close-up work) and other TV magicians.  My dad loved magic, and while neither of us was good at it, we both enjoyed watching it as much as possible.

In Asia’s version of “Insert Region Here” Got Talent, this year was dominated by an Indonesian woman who performs under the name of The Sacred Riana.  Sacred Riana brings something to stage magic you just don’t see much these days: pure, balls-out horror.

The Sacred Riana

See, according to her management, The Sacred Riana is over 100-years-old.  She clearly claims/pretends to engage in actual magic, somewhat of a taboo with western magicians who are very clear that what they do are illusions and not actual sorcery.  Given Indonesia’s status as an Islamic state, this is a very brave thing to engage in.  Her illusions blend a number of horror genres and types of witchcraft, with Riana sometimes being painted as one dabbling in black arts, and others as a heroic character saving the audience from evil.

During Asia’s Got Talent, she played with a very haunted dollhouse, conducted a seance that goes awry, and conjured up an army of zombies and demons. (!?!)  In another illusion you can find on YouTube, she’s brought forward and burned as a witch…but miraculously survives and appears elsewhere hale and hearty instead of being deep fried.  Throughout the show, she took great delight in scaring the living hell out of fellow Indonesian judge, singer Anggun.

The Sacred Riana carries herself in the manner of Asian ghosts: long, black hair in front of her face, only revealing one ashen side, always with an intense glare.  She twitches, randomly, and says very little, refusing to answer questions.  She never breaks character for anything, maintaining her terrifying demeanor at all times.

This woman and her talented group of performers is a gift to the horror community.  The illusions are fairly basic and not amazing, but the performance and showmanship is out of this world.  We need her in the United States immediately!  Hey Knott’s Scary Farm!  Elvira is now out of her theater show at your park, right?  Man, The Sacred Riana would be able to do a hell of a show every night during the Halloween Haunt, I’m just saying.  She’d fill the joint with fans of spooky magic every single show.

You can check out her winning finale performance from Asia’s Got Talent below!

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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New God of War Story Trailer Calls to You

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This morning, Sony unleashed a new trailer for God of War 4, the upcoming continuation of the story of Kratos. Full of rich, vibrant, and epic imagery, the trailer expands on the dynamics we’ll be seeing at play in this game, mainly the struggle of Kratos being a father and choosing how, and when, to reveal his Godliness to his son, Atreus. All of this takes place as they embark on a journey to fulfill the last wishes of Kratos’ late wife, who wished for her ashes to be spread in a distant location.

Directed by Cory Barlog, God of War 4 will be the first entry in the franchise to not feature Terrence C. Carson as the voice of Kratos. Rather, that responsibility has now fallen upon Christopher Judge (Dead Space: Aftermath, Reaper), who also provided the motion capture for the character.

A Playstation 4 exclusive, God of War 4 will be coming to the console on April 20 this year.

Synopsis:
Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

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