Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:07:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G New ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 5 Trailer Tells Us Not To Hesitate… http://www.geekscape.net/new-the-walking-dead-season-5-trailer-tells-us-not-to-hesitate http://www.geekscape.net/new-the-walking-dead-season-5-trailer-tells-us-not-to-hesitate#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:07:08 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80925 Briefly: We’re finally, finally, finally just a few weeks away from The Walking Dead‘s anticipated fifth season premiere, and AMC has just launched a new 30-second trailer for the upcoming episodes.

If the fourth season finale wasn’t indication enough, Rick is done being a nice guy. As he states in this trailer “It’s not over until they’re all dead”… meaning that we are going to see a lot of Terminus locals get the axe. And I can’t wait. Those guys are dicks.

Take a look at the preview below, and let us know if you’re looking forward to The Walking Dead‘s premiere on October 12th.

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Geekscape Games Reviews: ‘Gamdias Ares Essential Gaming Gear Combo’ http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-reviews-gamdias-ares-essential-gaming-gear-combo http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-games-reviews-gamdias-ares-essential-gaming-gear-combo#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:48:18 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80911 Searching for a keyboard and mouse is a long process with lots of endless hours comparing features and prices. What if you could get a bundle of the two that was good enough for your needs that cut out the tediousness of all that research? Gamdias tries to deliver by bringing together their Ares gaming keyboard and Ourea optical gaming mouse into the Ares Essential Gaming Gear Combo.

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The Ourea mouse has a small form factor and would make it great for LAN parties or anywhere else you would need a mouse. Having just one thumb button is a bummer for people like me who are used to two on most gaming mice. The mouse is useable for lefty and righty’s with the thumb buttons mirrored on each side. This design leads to some unfortunate accidental button presses that won’t cause anything more than the color profile to change on the mouse wheel. However, it did make holding the mouse a little awkward. The bright Gamdias logo cannot be turned off or change colors, which doesn’t matter when your palm is covering the light. If your PC is in the same room where you sleep, you’ll have a nice nightlight at least. The left and right mouse buttons are very firm and seem to need a little more pressure before registering that audible click which bodes well for long term durability. Weights are included in the mouse for those who want more stability when trying to get that crucial headshot from across the map. You can lighten the load by removing the five gram weights if you prefer to glide your mouse with barely a touch.

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At first glance, the Ares keyboard looks slick with its matte black finish. The keyboard has some good heft to it feeling solid enough to withstand anything you can throw at it. The backlight colors are limited to green, yellow, and red which saddens me that more colors are not available like the non-bundled version of the Ares keyboard. Another limiting factor in color choices is the inability to change them for the Gamdias logo and macro keys at the bottom of the keyboard. My OCD has issues with this.  The closest I can get to match the gold color of the Logo is choosing yellow for the backlights. For those of us that are accident-prone, there are drainage holes on the bottom to easily funnel out coffee, tea or whatever you were drinking at the time the crime of spilling liquid all over the keyboard happened.

With the Ares keyboard, typing took some getting used to since the keys felt a little mushy. After a week spent pecking away, the keys felt less mushy due to the springiness of the keys, which is surprising since most membrane keys don’t have that kind of responsiveness that fans of mechanical keys are fond of.

Since this is a gaming keyboard, there are some extras built into the Ares that might enhance your gaming sessions. First off, extra macro keys are located at the bottom of the keyboard which is a great location for your thumb to easily reach. I found it rather odd that the macro keys replicated the function keys at the top of the keyboard. Dedicated macro keys would be more useful so the function keys can still be used for their default actions. Swapping the WASD keys with the arrow keys is possible with a press of a button. I can’t think of a time where I would ever use this function but it’s nice to have this customization for people that would make use of it. Locking that pesky Windows key is also available though I never seem to have an issue accidentally hitting that key during intense gaming sessions since the key on the Ares has a very small footprint.

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There are two strange keys I do have to point out since I feel like they are something I never came across before. One key is dubbed the “Consecutive Attack Mode” that when turned on, will act as an auto-fire mode for whatever key is held down. With no way of setting a specific key for this function to work, every key ends up on auto-fire mode. The other strange key on the Ares keyboard has a picture that I can only describe as a Capri-Sun with the straw already in. Nothing in the included manual explains what this key actually is. Pressing the Capri-Sun key pops up the same menu the right-click on a mouse would. With the revelation that the picture is actually a mouse, I’m not sure why Gamdias dedicated a key for simulating the right mouse button. At least it’s unique for a gaming keyboard even though it feels useless to me.

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The Hera software that is used to bring out the full functionality of both the keyboard and mouse is cluttered and very hard to navigate. With options to setup macros for multiple keys, on-the-fly macro recordings, and even setting up sound files to play with certain key presses, I couldn’t begin to tell you how to do any of this. Conveying how to use these seemingly dizzying array of options would be better than just random guessing. I got intimidated and frustrated so I left these options alone. I did try some basic macro settings but beyond that, I stayed frightened of diving into the rest of the options.

You could go out and purchase a keyboard and mouse separate that won’t have some of the issues I have with the Ares Essential Gaming Gear Combo. The whole point of this bundle is not to be the best thing out there, it’s made to be a more than adequate choice that not only saves time from research, it saves cash for more important things like more games.

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The New Red-Band Trailer For ‘The Interview’ Is Way Better Than The First One! http://www.geekscape.net/the-new-red-band-trailer-for-the-interview-is-way-better-than-the-first-one http://www.geekscape.net/the-new-red-band-trailer-for-the-interview-is-way-better-than-the-first-one#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:09:17 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80905 Briefly: I wasn’t overly impressed with the first trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s The Inverview, but today’s full-length, theatrical preview takes us much deeper into the film’s overarching plot, and definitely raises my excitement for the feature.

The video shows us exactly why Rogen and Franco are interviewing Kim Jong-Un, and also why they’re trying to assassinate him. The trailer garnered plenty of laughs and ‘oh crap’ moments from me, and now I can’t wait to get in line. The Rogen/Goldberg duo that’s so hot right now is also taking care of the ‘Console Wars’ adaptation, which I’m looking forward to even more after spending some time with author Blake Harris at SDCC this year.

In any case, take a look at the new trailer below, and be sure to let us know what you think! The Interview will hit theatres on December 25th!

Dave Skylark (James Franco) is king of the celebrity interview and host of the hit night time talk show “Skylark Tonight.” The brain behind Dave’s empire is his producer and best friend, Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen). Unfulfilled, Aaron yearns to do meaningful work. He scores the chance of a lifetime when he secures an interview for Dave with Kim Jong-Un, the mysterious and ruthless dictator of a nuclear-armed North Korea. As Dave and Aaron prepare to leave for North Korea, they are approached by the CIA and asked to assassinate Kim. They accept the mission, becoming two of the least qualified men ever to assassinate—or interview—the most dangerous man on Earth.

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Fantastic Fest Review Roundup Part Two – ‘Horsehead’, ‘The Hive’, & ‘John Wick’ http://www.geekscape.net/fantastic-fest-review-roundup-part-two http://www.geekscape.net/fantastic-fest-review-roundup-part-two#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:29:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80892 Be sure to check out Part One here!

Fantastic Fest has rolled around once more and continues to be the most entertaining film festival on Earth. This year sees the festival back at its home base of the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the adjoining Highball bar in Austin, TX. This is my 5th time attending the festival, now celebrating it’s 10th year.

Fantastic Fest is unique among film festivals because, much like its host venue, it is more a festival of personality than one of quality. There are other genre festivals, sure, but Fantastic Fest is an experience where the campy, gorey, and outright weird films oftentimes serve as a backdrop to the chaos as opposed to the end goal. Fantastic Fest films rarely stick with me for very long, but the festival remains my most anticipated every year.

This year got off to a bit of a rough start as bad weather and inexperience with the remodeled Drafthouse led to a case of overcrowding and confusion in the lobby and bar. That didn’t stop me from having a few drinks and seeing some weird bullshit though. Here’s a roundup of my festival experience so far.

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Horsehead

This surreal French horror flick strives to follow in the footsteps of Pan’s Labyrinth with its mixture of personal drama, horrific gore, and beautiful fantasy elements. Unfortunately it falls quite a bit short and ends up being kind of a bore.

The movie follows a young women as she returns home following the death of her grandmother. She suffers nightmares and tries to overcome them by studying lucid dreaming. While at home, she falls ill and her dreams and reality start to intermingle and her dead grandmother seems to be trying to tell her something.

Horsehead has plenty of arresting imagery and is moderately successful in creating a surreal dreamlike atmosphere, but the familial mystery at the core is never that engaging and the pace is often laborious. There’s also an uncomfortable exploitative streak in the movie with plenty of unnecessary slow motion bathing scenes and taboo sexual dream imagery that never seems like its exploring anything other than mastabatory fantasy.

A horsey man fights a wolf spirit and gets stabbed with a key thingy though, so I guess it was pretty ok.

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The Hive

The Hive is essentially a zombie apocalypse film but it takes an interesting route by adding the idea of a hivemind to the mix. Once you turn, you share the thoughts and memories of every other hive zombie. The movie takes place at a summer camp and begins with our protagonist, who has already begun to turn, waking up alone in a trashed room covered with cryptic notes. His memory has been wiped by the hive zombie virus thing so he must piece together who he is and what has happened by relying on the clues in the room and the mess of memories he has, only some of which are his own.

The Hive has a lot of really great things going for it, but it is ultimately ruined by pure adolescence. This is a teenage movie masquerading as an adult one. That’s not meant to be a dig on teen movies. Movies about the teenage experience are often written by adults who can look back and make sense of that tumultuous time in their lives with the help of the life experience they’ve gained. The Hive feels like a kid writing about how he imagines adult relationships and behaviors will be, without having any experience in the matter. It’s all heightened emotion and naivete and ignorance, but presented with a confidence that makes it all the more grating.

This is a movie where our hero bumps into a pretty girl and causes her to cut her head and be sent to the nurse. He then sprains his own ankle and has to join her. Somehow these minor injuries cause them both to be bedridden and they have an extended meet cute in the camp infirmary. Their beds are a few feet apart but they can’t move out of them because of the severity of their ouchies. Over the course of what I assume to be a few hours, they go through the entire romantic experience through a montage that in a better movie would have taken place over the course of days or weeks and wouldn’t have been built on such a weak conceit.

The movie is full of silly things like this. Love, loyalty, betrayal, maturity, and a whole cavalcade of complex emotional states are just granted to characters who in no way earned them. Every big emotional moment becomes an embarrassing display of childishness. The whole movie felt like sitting at a dinner table with your 15 year old cousin as they told you about how the world was ending because that girl or guy they liked replied to their text with a “K” instead of an “Okay!”.

This immaturity makes its way into the filmmaking as well, which is overly stylized to the point of distraction. High contrast blown out lighting, dutch angles, and rapid edits all serve to distract instead of enhance. All topped off with terrible emo song signaling the end of the film.

The Hive also has an annoying tendency to over explain everything. There is a moment of revelation towards the end of movie where our protagonist finally pieces together the puzzle and remembers what happened. This scene is played as if the information should be revelatory to the audience as well, but anyone with half a brain would have figured all that stuff out within the first half hour of the movie. There really isn’t a puzzle to figure out, and the idea of a hivemind isn’t a new concept that’s hard to grasp and needs to be overly explained. Time and time again obvious concepts that can be understood instantly and visually are then explained by a man talking to himself alone in a room for no other reason than to hold an audience’s hand, and it gets really tedious.

It’s a shame because there are some nice naturalistic performances from the main actors and the hive mind zombie idea is one that hasn’t been explored all that often. There really is a good movie here, it just came out of someone who hasn’t experienced enough life to understand how to tell it.

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John Wick

A grieving ex-hitman has his car stolen and his dog killed by a mobsters punk son. Grieving ex-hitman kills everyone.

That’s all you need to know about John Wick, it’s as lean and mean of a revenge film as I’ve seen in some time and that is actually pretty refreshing. Keanu Reeves plays the titular Wick and does an admiral job of looking super cool while shooting a whole mess of dudes in the head. This movie has more visceral headshots than any I can recall, its kind of nuts. Reeves also gets opportunities to get uncharacteristically broad with his performance. It’s not often you get to see him raging and screaming, so savor it.

The thing that really elevates John Wick past its skeletal concept is that filmmakers Chad Stahelski and Derek Kolstad build out a really fun underworld of professional assassins. When Wick re-enters the fold in order to exact his revenge, we are introduced to a whole secret society with its own rules and language and secret bases and authorities. These aren’t lone wolf renegades. These are respected members of a highly organized civilization. It’s neat, and makes me want to see more films set in this world.

Wick also has a wonderful cast, with familiar and welcome faces continuing to pop up throughout the movie. I won’t name names because, despite there not being any major surprise celebrity cameos, there is a joy in seeing these character actors pop up unexpectedly and do their thing.

My one complaint is that the action could have used more variety. The film focuses exclusively on quick, visceral gunplay and even that can wear out its welcome. You will see Keanu shoot tons of people in the head, and by the end you’re really gonna wish you could see him do something different. Some hand to hand or a stealthy hide and seek sequence would have worked wonders.

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Fantastic Fest Review Roundup Part One – ‘ABC’s Of Death 2′, ‘V/H/S: Viral’, & ‘Wormwood’! http://www.geekscape.net/fantastic-fest-review-roundup-part-one http://www.geekscape.net/fantastic-fest-review-roundup-part-one#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:18:58 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80880 Fantastic Fest has rolled around once more and continues to be the most entertaining film festival on Earth. This year sees the festival back at its home base of the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the adjoining Highball bar in Austin, TX. This is my 5th time attending the festival, which is now celebrating it’s 10th year.

Fantastic Fest is unique among film festivals because, much like its host venue, it is more a festival of personality than one of quality. There are other genre festivals, sure, but Fantastic Fest is an experience where the campy, gory, and outright weird films oftentimes serve as a backdrop to the chaos as opposed to the end goal. Fantastic Fest films rarely stick with me for very long, but the festival remains my most anticipated every year.

This year got off to a bit of a rough start as bad weather and inexperience with the remodeled Drafthouse led to a case of overcrowding and confusion in the lobby and bar. That didn’t stop me from having a few drinks and seeing some weird bullshit though. Here’s a roundup of my festival experience so far.

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The ABC’s of Death 2

The ABC’s of Death was such a wonderful concept when it was first revealed. The idea of assigning 26 different directors a letter of the alphabet and giving the complete creative freedom to come up with a short film of death relating to a word starting with that letter is exciting in a way anthology films rarely are. The required brevity also brings out a level of cleverness and humor not seen in other contemporary anthology series, like the often tedious V/H/S series.

The first ABC’s was a total mixed bag, however. It had more than it’s fair share of awful entries and led me to drink myself into stupor to save myself from the experience, which may be intended way to view the film in the first place. My scotch hazed memory of that first entry is not kind.

This new set of shorts fares a bit better. There are only a handful of entries that truly fall flat. Often the worst are only bad because they seem to give up just as they are getting interesting. Several entries set up genuinely exciting premises and build a great atmosphere before ending in a vague, unsatisfying sigh.

Whether by luck or design, the first and last segments (Amateur and Zygote) are probably the strongest. Beginning and ending on high notes definitely leaves you with a good impression as you leave the theater. Zygote in particular was incredibly strong; it was disturbing, funny, thematically cohesive, and featured some of the most jaw dropping gore effects I’ve ever seen.

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V/H/S Viral

As far as anthology series sequels go, V/H/S: Viral did not fare as well as The ABC’s of Death 2. The found footage series has reeked of missed potential from the beginning but has never been outright bad until now. The first collection was interesting in that it was primarily from a group of ultra low budget indie directors that wouldn’t necessarily be the first names that come to mind when thinking of horror. I love seeing non-genre directors try their hand at it because even if its not entirely a success, it is generally full of new ideas.

The second entry in the series went with directors that had done some much larger budget work and had two segments that I thought were great. Safe Haven from directors Timo Tjahjanto and Gareth Evans was particularly impressive and could probably have been fleshed out into a feature length film.

This new collection doesn’t really go in any interesting direction with its choice of directors and kind of feels like they just picked whoever was cheap and available. The first segment, Dante the Great, even abandons the found footage premise of the series which makes everything seem even lazier, it doesn’t help that the visual effects seem like After Effects presets.

The only segment that comes off mostly unscathed is from Time Crimes director and unofficial Fantastic Fest mascot Nacho Vigalondo. His “Parallel Monsters” short cleverly uses the found footage conceit to tell the story of a man meeting an alternate universe version of himself. Having both shooting each other cleverly solves the problem of having the same actor interact with himself. The short has a simple idea and finds interesting ways to explore that. It is full of Nacho’s warped and often childish humor as well and is a nice respite from the rest of the film.

If you’ve seen the other V/H/S movies you know they make half hearted attempts to tie the individual shorts together by having a wraparound story that begins and ends the film as well as acting as a buffer between shorts. These are always the worst bits of the film but the wraparound story in Viral is truly terrible. I honestly can’t tell you what it’s about as it’s mostly incoherent and lacks a single element that makes it worthwhile.

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Wyrmwood

Wyrmwood is a zombie film. I couldn’t be more sick of zombies. My one time favorite movie monster has been played out to the point that I actively avoid it. However, this Australian entry from director Kiah Roache-Turner managed to grab my attention with it’s manic punk energy, mad max style, and twisted humor that reminded me strongly of early Peter Jackson.

Wyrmwood never slows down and is constantly throwing out insane new ideas that rarely make any sense but which I forgave because the audacity was fresh and exciting. This is a zombie movie where comets cause people to rapidly turn into rabid man eaters who have flammable blood and breath gasoline. Actual gasoline is now inert as well, because fuck it. The zombie apocalypse seems to take minutes, yet people are armed and ready within moments. There’s crazy doctors in mobile labs who are already running experiments as if they’ve been waiting for this their whole lives. The comets also cause some people to become telepaths. It’s all crazy and silly and awesome. By the end of the film you’ve got mad max style armored vehicles powered by zombie breath and telepathic punk chicks controlling the undead, its fantastic.

The one thing keeping this from being an instant classic is simply that, while its full of fun moments and crazy ideas, it never finds a real story worth telling and never develops characters worth caring about. It’s all spectacle and insanity. Great in the moment, but unfortunately not something thats going to stay with you.

Looking forward to any of these films? Be sure to check out Part Two here!

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The Latest ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Promos Are… You Guessed It, Freaky! http://www.geekscape.net/the-latest-american-horror-story-freak-show-promos-are-you-guessed-it-freaky http://www.geekscape.net/the-latest-american-horror-story-freak-show-promos-are-you-guessed-it-freaky#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:20:28 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80877 Briefly: We’re finally just a few weeks away from the anticipated premiere of American Horror Story‘s next tale, Freak Show, and following the first real trailer from last week (after those freaky-as-shit teasers that is), the network has released yet another creepy teaser to prepare us for this October.

The new video is called ‘Twisted Swinger’… and it’s a twisted preview indeed. Take a look:

A new, extremely unsettling poster for the series has also debuted, and it’s one that makes me insanely uncomfortable if I look at it for more than a few seconds. Enjoy:

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Yep. American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres on October 8th, and there’s no way it’ll be as sick as that image.

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The Intensity Grows In Another Teaser For Next Month’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Premiere! http://www.geekscape.net/the-intensity-grows-in-another-teaser-for-next-months-the-walking-dead-premiere http://www.geekscape.net/the-intensity-grows-in-another-teaser-for-next-months-the-walking-dead-premiere#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:17:08 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80873 Briefly: Following the full trailer that premiered all the way back at SDCC (it seems like so long ago), and the newer trailer from a few weeks back, AMC has just debuted yet another promo for the series’ anticipated return.

It’s a lot of slow-motion shooting and a little bit of voiceover, just like a lot of the promos we’ve been seeing so far… but we’re totally okay with that.

It’s certainly set to be a crazy season, and I really can’t wait to see more. Take a look at the spot below, and let us know what you think! The Walking Dead returns on October 12th!

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The TGS Trailer For ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Is Gorgeous, Shows Off Real-Time Combat? http://www.geekscape.net/the-tgs-trailer-for-final-fantasy-xv-is-gorgeous-shows-off-real-time-combat http://www.geekscape.net/the-tgs-trailer-for-final-fantasy-xv-is-gorgeous-shows-off-real-time-combat#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:54:18 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80868 Briefly: We still have no idea just when we’ll get to play the thing, but during its TGS presentation, Square-Enix showed off a beautiful new trailer for Final Fantasy XV.

The combat system looks to take a fairly stark departure from anything that we’ve seen in the series lately, but in any case, this thing looks gorgeous. It’s been a number of years since I’ve played a new Final Fantasy game, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes on this one.

What do you think? We’ll be sure to share more on Final Fantasy XV as soon as it’s announced!

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The Red-Band Trailer For ‘V/H/S: Viral’ Is Here! http://www.geekscape.net/the-red-band-trailer-for-vhs-viral-is-here http://www.geekscape.net/the-red-band-trailer-for-vhs-viral-is-here#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:33:19 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80862 Briefly: I’ve been a big fan of Magnet’s V/H/S series so far. The first film was an extremely interesting way to tie some (good and bad) horror shorts together, while the second was an all-around fantastic piece of cinema.

Now, another year has passed, and it’s almost time for the series’ next instalment, V/H/S Viral to hit VOD. Following the reveal of the film’s poster a few days back, Magnet has just release the official red-band trailer:

This year’s compilation comes from the likes of Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and Todd Lincoln, and will hit VOD on October 23rd, and limited theatres on November 21st. In the film “A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”

Remember that GoPro zombie from the second film? Man that was cool.

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 098: Tony and Rosemary Tuski of RetroCon http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-098-tony-and-rosemary-tuski-of-retrocon http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-098-tony-and-rosemary-tuski-of-retrocon#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:47:46 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80859 Next weekend I’ll be attending RetroCon in Oaks, PA so to prepare I sat down and spoke to Rosemary and Tony Tuski who founded the convention. We talked about the history of the convention as well as horror movies, toys and all things 80s. For more information check out their website at www.retrocons.com

The song playing during the intro is I Am The Living Dead by Harley Poe off their album Satan, Sex and No Regrets.

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Power Morphicon 2014: Interview with Austin St. John, The Original Red Ranger! http://www.geekscape.net/power-morphicon-2014-interview-with-austin-st-john-the-original-red-ranger http://www.geekscape.net/power-morphicon-2014-interview-with-austin-st-john-the-original-red-ranger#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:54:56 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80775 He led the first group of Power Rangers through the hell that Rita Repulsa put them through and paved the way for generations to come: Austin St. John, who portrayed Jason, the original Red Ranger from 1993′s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers! We interviewed him right from the floor at Power Morphicon 2014, the official Power Rangers fan convention, last month in Pasadena, California.

It’s rare when you can speak to one of your own childhood heroes, and even rarer to interview them on camera! My nervousness shows. But I was able to pull the man, the myth, and the legend aside for a few minutes and we had ourselves a nice little chat. From his life growing up, his time on the show, to what he’s up to now, and we finally put an end to a fan-circulated rivalry.

You can keep up with Austin St. John through all his social media channels here:

Official website: http://www.austinstjohn.us/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/austinstjohn

Twitter: @ASJAustin

YouTube: AustinStJohnVideo

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Universal Releases Back To The Future II High Tops You Can Actually Afford! http://www.geekscape.net/universal-releases-back-to-the-future-ii-high-tops-you-can-actually-afford http://www.geekscape.net/universal-releases-back-to-the-future-ii-high-tops-you-can-actually-afford#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:39:50 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80849 Way back in 2011, Nike made a seriously limited number of the highly sought after light-up high tops from Back to The Future II, and auctioned them off with all the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox charity. Pairs of the shoes went for hundreds of dollars, and all 1,500 got gobbled up quickly, quickly killing any dreams of us regular folks of snagging a pair…UNTIL NOW!

Universal Studios has teamed up with HalloweenCostumes.com to release a pair of the sneakers to consumers for $99! They don’t self lace or anything, but they do light up via a rechargeable battery!

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My future sure is bright!

Though already listed as “OUT OF STOCK”, you can be sure HalloweenCostumes.com is quickly making more.

To attempt to get your hands on a pair, head on over to HalloweenCostumes.com!

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A Geek Girl’s Top 6 Most Anticipated Films http://www.geekscape.net/a-geek-girls-top-6-most-anticipated-films http://www.geekscape.net/a-geek-girls-top-6-most-anticipated-films#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:35:58 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80838 I got on a roll last night watching movie trailers and wanted to share my top 6 films I can’t wait to see in theaters – spoiler alert one of them comes out Friday!

Tusk
Release Date: September 19, 2014 !!!

Tusk, which officially releases THIS Friday seems like director Kevin Smith channeled his inner Stephen King when writing this script. If you are a Kevin Smith fan like myself, you may have known about the existence of this script for the past year – you may have even tweeted #yeswalrus to encourage Kevin Smith to make the movie.

Since I can’t explain the absurd plot of this film better than its official description, here it is: “A chilling horror tale about the perils of storytelling, this film follows a brash American podcaster as he braves the Canadian wilds to interview an old man with an incredible past-only to discover the man’s dark secret involves a walrus.”

Yes, a walrus – or rather #YesWalrus. Smith explained in a Tusk featurette that the idea for the film came from a public listing for “lodger” in an old man’s house whose only requirement was that said lodger must be willing to wear his realistic walrus suit for two hours a day. As Kevin Smith pointed out – clearly this had to be made into a horror movie so he did and you know where you can find me tomorrow.

Watch the Trailer

Star Wars: Episode VII
Release Date: December 18, 2015

After watching the Tusk trailer a YouTube suggestion for “Kevin Smith describes what he saw on the Star Wars Episode VII set” and made me really excited for it to come out. It’s a ways off for the release, but it can’t come soon enough for a girl like me. Since I was three years old my big brother was telling me stories of Tattoine, the wisdom of Yoda and the badassery that is Han Solo.

While we all thought the tragedy of the new Star Wars was over after the final release of the prequel trilogy, Disney had another idea. They teamed up with director J.J. Abrams whose storyline will take place 30 years after the original George Lucas trilogy’s timeline. The screenplay is set to revolve around the original main characters, Luke, Leia, and Han Solo who have all been confirmed from the original cast.

I am personally excited to see what Disney does with the storyline – I actually really like Clone Wars on Disney. I also anxiously await a new Star Wars drinking game – a shot for every lens flare J.J. Abrams puts into the movie.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Release Date: March 2016

Okay, so here is another one that is pretty far off. I have always loved Batman – he’s a super badass. I’m not a fan of Superman however, so I think it will be interesting to see how this one works out.

They’ve released the images of Wonder Woman and we’ve been seeing a lot of Batmobile photos on instagram lately – so far it looks like it will be entertaining. I also think that looks-wise Ben Affleck will make a good Batman – I’m just weary of Superman’s involvement… Hmmmmm. Also, what was your final decision on Wonder Woman’s outfit? I think she looks more like an Amazonian.

And in case you missed the (very short) leaked Comic Con trailer – Here is a link

Mad Max: Fury Road
Release Date: May 2015

How could I not be excited for this movie to come out? Mad Max was one of my family’s favorite movies to watch – the original was basically a western set in a dystopian Australia so it broke up all those John Wayne movies my dad loved.

I’m really excited for this movie, not just for nostalgia reasons but because after seeing the trailers it really makes me excited to get into another action movie and be able to appreciate it. The quality of this film and the fact that George Miller directed it – pretty much guarantees a 90 minute big-screen action packed adventure. I always think the best stories are those with characters full of vengeance, PLUS I can’t wait to see all the new cosplay outfits that will come out of this movie.

Watch the trailer

The Hobbit: The Battle of the five armiesRelease Date: December 17, 2014

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings is hands down one of my favorite movie franchises. The storytelling in the books was epic and they’ve done an amazing job bringing everything together to bring the books to life.

I can’t wait to see the visual detail of Smaug desolating Lake Town (which is where the last one left off), how each of the characters transforms and grows – especially Thorin’s greed (what is up with those dwarves and treasure?!) and Bilbo’s adventurous spirit.

I love a good back story though, so I am actually most excited to see the beginning of Sauron’s power grow and his legions of Orcs begin to become what we saw in The Lord of the Rings.

Watch the trailer

Pixels
Release Date: May 15, 2015

I can always enjoy a good family-friendly movie when its done right and especially when it involves 80s arcade video games! Pixels is an Adam Sandler comedy that Sony is putting out, that seems to be their answer to Pixar’s Wreck It Ralph.

A huge kudo to this kids film is the inclusion of a bunch of awesome video game classics like, “Asteroids,” “Breakout,” “Centipede” and “Missile Command” from Atari Interactive; “Galaga” and “Dig-Dug” “Pac Man”(Bandai Namco); “Q*bert” (Columbia Pictures Industries); “Space Invaders” (Taito Corp); and “Joust,” “Defender,” “Robotron” and “Wizard of Wor” (Warner Bros. Interactive) and “Frogger”.

The movie’s plot is interesting – intergalactic aliens invade Earth when they misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them and it also boasts a great cast, including our favorite Game Thrones actor, Peter Dinklage.

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‘Paranormal Activity 5′ Moved Back To 2015, Gets Official Title! http://www.geekscape.net/paranormal-activity-5-moved-back-to-2015-gets-official-title http://www.geekscape.net/paranormal-activity-5-moved-back-to-2015-gets-official-title#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:05:02 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80833 Briefly: While I thoroughly enjoyed the first three titles in the Paranormal Activity franchise, the fourth chapter was absolutely abysmal. Luckily, Gregory Plotkin took over for last year’s spinoff, The Marked Ones, which resulted in an acceptable, creepy flick that took the series somewhere that it’s never been before: outside.

Plotkin is back for the fifth chapter in the main series, which today received its official title, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The film was originally slated for this 2013, then pushed to this Fall, then moved to 2016, and now rests comfortably (for now) on March 13th, 2015.

The end of The Marked Ones certainly did a good job preparing us for The Ghost Dimension, as it saw the main character somehow teleport into Katie and Micah’s home just moments before Micah was murdered. It’ll certainly be interesting to see what comes next, and how well the film will tie in with everything that’s happened so far (as the series is damn good at doing).

Looking forward to it? Do you find the series scary? Sound out below!

KatieMicah

Source: TheWrap

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New ‘The Evil Within’ Trailer Channels Classic Survival Horror, Beautiful Music http://www.geekscape.net/new-the-evil-within-trailer-channels-classic-survival-horror-beautiful-music http://www.geekscape.net/new-the-evil-within-trailer-channels-classic-survival-horror-beautiful-music#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:33:15 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80829 Briefly: We were pretty disappointed when Shinji Mikami’s return to survival-horror, The Evil Within, was pushed back to October, and our hands-on with the game back in June certainly didn’t table our excitement.

The game is scheduled for release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on October 14, and TGS has brought an excellent new trailer for the anticipated title. Seriously, this trailer channels some classic survival horror, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.

Here’s what SJ thought when she played the game back at E3:

And it is scary. We screamed a little bit during our play through. And at one point, as we were sloshing waist deep through thick, congealing blood attempting to solve a puzzle to get to the next room, we were certainly viscerally affected by the well-realized world. Stealth and sneak attacks are preferred; noise and light draw unwanted attention. And the zombie/monster/box-man creatures? Only stay dead after you burn them. And matches are in short supply.

Between The Evil Within and Hideo Kojima/Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills, it sounds like a phenomenal time to be a survival horror fan. Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think! If you’re a PS4 owner and you haven’t checked out P.T., you’re definitely missing out.

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This Guy Shows Us How To Make His Awesome Cosplay Soul Edge Blade From ‘Soul Calibur’ http://www.geekscape.net/this-guy-shows-us-how-to-make-his-awesome-cosplay-soul-edge-blade-from-soul-calibur http://www.geekscape.net/this-guy-shows-us-how-to-make-his-awesome-cosplay-soul-edge-blade-from-soul-calibur#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:27:34 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80827 You may or may not have seen some of Will’s videos. He has an amazing channel centered around making things yourself. Some of the highlights of his channel are making props from video games, and his newest video has to be seen! Check out how he turned cardboard and foam into the Soul Edge Blade from Soul Calibur!

Check out his channel EpicFantasy and his homepage Storm The Castle!

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Kari’s Anime Corner: First Impressions of ‘Free!’ http://www.geekscape.net/karis-anime-corner-first-impressions-of-free http://www.geekscape.net/karis-anime-corner-first-impressions-of-free#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:34 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80816 Though summer may be over, it is still hot in southern California! Well, you can cool down with Free!, though for some, it might just make it hotter. A few of my female friends had been squeeing (squee = “an expression of extreme cheerfulness that goes beyond words”) over this show and now with the release of season 2, I thought I would take the plunge.

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Free! is about a group of friends who enjoyed swimming together for fun and competing in swim meets when they were in elementary school. Flash forward to them in high school and some things have changed. Their aquatics center is going to be torn down, Rin went away to school in Australia, Nagisa is now in high school and re-introduces himself to Haruka and Makoto (they don’t recognize him at first), and Haruka is still obsessed with being in water all the time. Will they ever be together as a team again? Their high school has an abandoned/rundown pool, but will they be able to fix it?

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This is definitely a Shojo show because it focuses on relationships (primarily friendship – though there are yaoi [boy on boy] undertones). To be honest, domestic/real life anime does not have a particular draw for me (compared to supernatural, magical, fantasy, historical, or horror animes) but I did enjoy the first few episodes of Free!. Now, before I get into the meat of the show, let me first talk about why this show has the ladies (and some guys) drooling. It is a swim team = beautiful men frequently shirtless; it is basically fanservice. Then you acknowledge the water aspect and notice these boys glisten. Yep. Not just twinkle in their eye, but full on, let me get out of the water and stun you with my glistening physique. There is a funny female character, Kou, who joins the team as their manager, but her other motive is that she enjoys ogling the swimmers. Not only that, but she focuses on somewhat random body parts. One time she admires a guy’s triceps and one of the boys on the team questions her obsession by repeating the praised body part’s name out loud. The timing is perfect because as soon as she says, “I can’t get enough of those triceps,” I am thinking, “triceps? Really?!” and low and behold a character voices my exact sentiment.

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The overall style is very Shojo with everything being so pretty and deeply saturated. The only thing that is a little weird is these shirtless athletes have no aerials or nipples; they are like Ken dolls. Though it is not common in anime to see nipples on men (or even most women), it is emphasized by how often these characters are shirtless.

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To be honest, the show did not totally hook me but I am curious to see where it will go. The relationships between friends is entertaining, with warm and fuzzy moments, jokes/teasing, and many of the characters striving to be free like Haruka (the best swimmer on the team).

It has the vibe of a sports centered show and the swimming is shown rather well. There are shots outside the pool as onlookers catch the action and there are POV shots that let you experience their underwater world. Watching the show makes you want to go swimming. Even if you have never been on a swim team, you can appreciate the camaraderie. Not every character on the swim team is a star swimmer, they vary in skill, which is refreshing because it allows those characters to develop.

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If you want to ogle some pretty boys, want a refresher from the heat, enjoy sports shows, or are interested in relationship shows, then you should check out Free!.

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First Image For Sony’s ‘Powers’ Shows Off The Series’ Stars! http://www.geekscape.net/first-image-for-sonys-powers-shows-off-the-series-stars http://www.geekscape.net/first-image-for-sonys-powers-shows-off-the-series-stars#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:31:47 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80810 Briefly: Following the latest casting announcement back in August, Sony (via USAToday) has given us our first official look at Powers in a still of stars Sharlto Copley’s Christian Walker and Susan Heyward’s Deena Pilgrim.

The series is set to premiere its first episode on Sony’s own Playstation Network this December… which is a weird but intriguing idea (and I probably won’t get it because I’m in Canada), and although I’m not overly familiar with the comic book series myself, it’s got a pretty stellar creative team coming together, so I’m definitely looking forward to checking it out.

Deadline states that “Powers is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.”

Are you looking forward to Powers? Who else would you like to see in the series? Check out the still below, and be sure to let us know what you think!

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Tom Hiddleston To Star In Legendary’s ‘Skull Island’! http://www.geekscape.net/tom-hiddleston-to-star-in-legendarys-skull-island http://www.geekscape.net/tom-hiddleston-to-star-in-legendarys-skull-island#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:16:15 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80806 Briefly: Legendary’s Skull Island appears to be moving along nicely, and one of Hollywood’s hottest actors has just signed up to star: Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston. The film was originally announced back at SDCC, and at that time it was revealed that Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein would draft the screenplay.

Legendary has also announced that The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the film (he’s also attached to direct the Metal Gear Solid film… meaning that it probably won’t be made forever, which may be a good thing).

Hiddleston will also star in Legendary / Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak (which looks phenomenal, by the way), so we better get used to seeing his face (because we weren’t already).

Details are scarce on Skull Island, but the studio states that ‘previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions’

Excited? The film will hit theatres on November 4th, 2016.

Kong

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USA’s ‘Dig’ Pushed To 2015 http://www.geekscape.net/usas-dig-pushed-to-2015 http://www.geekscape.net/usas-dig-pushed-to-2015#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:01:45 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=80804 Briefly: USA’s great-looking new event series, Dig, will not premiere this Fall as it was originally scheduled to.

Middle-Eastern conflict has caused numerous production issues for the six-episode (to start) series, which was originally slated to film in Jerusalem for its entirety, but was later moved to Croatia.

The series “tells the story of Peter (Isaacs), an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a female archeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making that threatens to change the course of history.”

SJ had the awesome opportunity to sit down with the cast and producers back at SDCC, and it’s safe to say that we’re damned excited for the premiere… sometime next year.

Are you down for Dig? Or does the name Tim Kring make your toes curl (and not in a good way)? Sound out below!

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