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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#141
65. Repo The Genetic Opera (15.5 points)
Nominated by: Place (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzgpU25C6fg

Importance: 3
Fear: 5
Snake: 7.5

A cult favorite much in the vein of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Repo! The Genetic Opera can also be a test of patience for many a viewer. If you're not hooked on to the concept from the get-go, you're probably not going to like this. I'll be the first to admit it has problems. Some of the acting is downright awful, the plot has no substance, and many of the songs drag on too long. Rocky Horror has this problem too, but the thing about these films for me is their feeling. Their commitment to the weird and bombastic, excessive rock opera is nearly unparalleled here, with repulsively creepy characters and a seedy undertone that just makes you feel sort of dirty and uncomfortable. Anthony Stewart Head definitely stands out as Nathan Wallace, the psychotic head repo man. I will say his inner conflict between quitting his job or having his darker side take over is one of the few deeper threads in the film. Though earlier I complained about song length, in general I do like the tone and sound of the performances, but being real, some of the talk singing and lyric writing aren't always the strongest. It's performed with conviction, it's just the actual writing isn't enough to carry it sometimes. Some stand out songs though included Legal Assassin and Zydrate Anatomy. Overall, it has issues but is a solid horror musical offering which is a rare beast and even rarer to pull off in a way people like. Though this film was much maligned upon release, especially in the critics sphere, strong fan support has kept Repo trucking through many years, enough to boast annual viewings and shadowcasts to keep the fans ever so engaged.
I've decided to put my fears behind me. I'm not going back.
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Raka_Putra
4 weeks ago#142
I love Chase the Morning and Zydrate Anatomy!
It's too bad the film version album isn't on Spotify...
Into the woods, but mind the past...
Into the woods, but mind the future!

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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#143
64. What Remains of Edith Finch (15.5 points)
Nominated by: Johnbobb (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mrx1G26GTQ

Importance: 3
Fear: 5
Snake: 7.5

Set-up just like any another first-person indie horror game, What Remains of Edith Finch is a deeply affecting piece of game media that plays with gaming narrative in a unique way, playing with horror and gaming tropes to deliver a rich story of one family's extremely f***ed-up family tree. The whole set-up is classic horror material. A ferry to a mysterious island ala The Wicker Man, a long trek through the forest invokes memories of Slender, and the creepy abandoned mansion feels like the game is priming a Resident Evil like survival horror experience. But you explore the house a little bit, and yeah there's a little bit of puzzle solving and muscle grease to get to different parts of the house, but you kind of just realize this is just a house of empty rooms & long-forgotten memories. The first story you uncover, about Molly Finch, seems like the joyous, wild fantasy of a little girl, and there's a little bit of player-controlled horror as you control this weird tentacle eating men on a ship. The story becomes much darker though when you realize Molly died from poisoning due to eating holly berries and toothpaste, and that everything the player just experienced was this dying girl's hallucinations.

The stories only get darker from there, and I do not want to spoil many of them since they rely on extremely shocking moments you get to experience first hand. One of my favorites though, and the most horror-inspired one, is the story of Barbara Finch, a child actress known for her "scream queen" status. You play out the story through a comic issue, inspired by comics like Tales from the Crypt. Barbara and her boyfriend are attacked in their home by these hoodlum killers, and it's genuinely a creepy sequence with some jump scares and a dark atmosphere. In the end, Barbara is cannibalized by the hoodlums, but it being a comic, it's cool that it's left ambiguous if that actually happened or not.

Perhaps the most depressing story is of Lewis Finch, a cannery worker with a vivid imagination. As the player cuts the heads of fish, you also play a side game carrying out Lewis' detailed fantasies, but you eventually realize the extent of Lewis' troubled depression. It's scary how accurately the game conveys the mundanity and oppressiveness of repetitive work, as you start to understand all too well how a person could end up like this.

What Remains of Edith Finch is an experience that deserves to be played. No matter your opinion on walking sims or strictly narrative focused games, the story telling and variety of human experiences portrayed in this game makes this an essential play for just about anybody.
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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#144
63. SCP-701 (The Hanged King's Tragedy) (15.5 points)
Nominated by: Raka_Putra (1/5 remaining)
http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-701

Importance: 1.5
Fear: 6
Snake: 8

Our second and last SCP on the list, I really like this one a lot. I've always liked that SCPs don't have to just be monsters; they can be common household items, or like 701, a whole five act play. This cursed production drives both actors and viewers alike to become psychotic, though this actually doesn't always have to be the case. This SCP has a creature associated with it, who appears in the play when performed, incorporated into the story, and seems to be a major player in the play's twisted influence. I think what I love most about The Hanged King's Tragedy is how it unfolds and gets progressively worse as the play develops. From the script going through unnoticed changes to the actors straight-up slaughtering each other on stage, it's quite an interesting beast. I love the idea of cursed videos and films and the like, depicted in Cigarette Burns or even seen in the real life tragedies of Poltergeist, and I think the Hanged King's Tragedy plays into that superstitious fear many actors have before a big production, pushed to the extreme. It's creepy, it's clever, and like a lot of SCPs, closer to reality than we may think.
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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#145
62. Hellblazer: All His Engines (15.5 points)
Nominated by: scarletspeed7 (3/5 remaining)
https://imgur.com/a/GwEyIqZ
https://i.imgtc.ws/hyDAoye.jpg

Importance: 3.5
Fear: 3.5
Snake: 8.5

This is definitely one of my favorite Hellblazer stories. All His Engines is a stand-alone graphic novel, written all as one instead of being a collection of Hellblazer issues. In the story, a mysterious coma infection spreads around the world, even affecting Chas Chandler's niece Tricia. This of course grabs the attention of Constantine, travelling with Chas to uncover the source of the plague and to put a stop to it. Major players include the demon Beroul and the death god Mictlantecuhtli, and All His Engines incorporates a lot of Aztec lore into the backstory here. Beroul, responsible for the coma plague, strikes up a deal with Constantine: Tricia's soul in exchange for Constantine eliminating some of Beroul's troubling enemies. As all this occurs, we get some classic Constantine moves & troubles; the deals, the betrayals, the machinations of Constantine's planning marching towards the greater good at the cost of personal relationships and mistrust among friends. I think this story is a great starting point for those interested in Constantine actually, really boiling down the character to his essence. His intense loneliness, his inner turmoil and tortured psyche, his sarcastic wit even in the face of great, hellish horrors. This is all quintessential Constantine. The artwork is fantastic, a real mood setter than plays as realistic but with intense depictions of hell that have an incredible amount of detail and love put into them. You can easily spend a couple of minutes analyzing the panel up above for example, meticulously crafted to be as horrifying as possible.

All His Engines was the adapted for the short animated series, Constantine: City of Demons, a decent if a little forgettable addition to the DC Animated Movie canon. The comic is not forgettable in the slightest though, and is a must for hardcore Hellblazers or those just dabbling in the dark arts.
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scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#146
Damn, Hellblazer dropped fast!
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#147
It's weird, even though the artwork is powerful and detailed I still never find it that scary personally. I wish I could rank it higher in that department, but to me Hellblazer is more about the mystery and investigation.
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scarletspeed7
4 weeks ago#148
Hellblazer's art lingers with me as unsettling way more than most horror films. I think being able to convey something only an imagination can create through art is powerful.
"It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human." ~Victor Frankenstein, Penny Dreadful

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Johnbobb
4 weeks ago#149
Oh no, sad to see Edith Finch drop

easily one of my favorite indie games of all time. The thought put into each story and the way it tells them is just incredible. Years later I still think about that game constantly, especially Lewis
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Snake5555555555
4 weeks ago#150
scarletspeed7 posted...
Hellblazer's art lingers with me as unsettling way more than most horror films. I think being able to convey something only an imagination can create through art is powerful.


Oh yes of course! I'm specifically referring to All His Engines when I say that. Some other Hellblazer issues would definitely rank high in the fear department.
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