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Scarefest 2012 took place in Lexington, KY during the weekend of September 28-30th. The event was jam packed even with the recent cancellations of Clive Barker, Malcolm Mcdowell and Jon Bernthal.

Scarefest is one of the largest horror conventions in the world and every year it has a impressive guest line-up, intriguing panels and fun, interactive events such as the costume contest. This year’s event was headlined with such guests as Chandler Riggs, Tony Todd, Doug Bradley, Nick Groff, Chris Sarandon, Jonathan Breck, Stephen Geoffreys, Dee Wallace, Tyler Mane and many more.

Scarefest 2012 Final Thoughts

Lines were out the door for some of the more popular fan favorites such as Tony Todd and Chandler Riggs. After the six hour drive to Lexington then the last thing anyone wants to do is stand in a long line, but horror fans will bear any amount of uncomfortable torture to see their favorite stars. My two top picks for the event were Tony Todd and Chris Sarandon. The iconic Candyman film series was one of the most memorable horror films from my childhood and to meet the legend is priceless. Tony Todd was very friendly and embracing to all of his fans, and even showed his humorous side, as he joked with fans for hours on end. Chris Sarandon was probably one of the nicest individuals at the event and took the time to make every fan feel special with kind words and a smile. Sarandon is known for playing Jack Skellington in the 1993 animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

At any event, you always have those guests who just do not take their fans into that high of consideration. Several featured guests would rarely be at their table with volunteers holding their spots for hours on end and would then leave the event early. This can be disappointing for the fans who work a day job and then drive countless hours to meet them to only be disappointed. I stood at Lisa Marie’s table for over an hour as she was “supposedly on a bathroom break” and had left 20 minutes before I had arrived. I was told she would “be back any minute” and after hour standing at her booth then I realized that I had wasted an hour of my day.

Scarefest was the first convention I ever attended, and it started my journey into the horror scene. This year was rather disappointing with many aspects of the event needing major improvement. As a hardcore horror fan and reporter, I was not impressed.

Scarefest 2012 Final Thoughts

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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