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‘The Fourth Door’: Overcoming Fear To Protect the One You Love

*Disclaimer: I have been hired by New Form Digital to raise awareness for The Fourth Door on go90.*

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Fear is a paralyzing thing; as children, we fear the small things like spiders, the dark and math class, but as adults, our fears grow to a grander scale. We are afraid of things like death, rejection and most of all, losing someone we love, but sometimes we must overcome our fears no matter how great they are to ensure the safety of those we hold closest to our hearts. In The Fourth Door, that is just what Lain must do. 

Memories of a past trauma can make overcoming fears nearly impossible, but once you learn to separate the memories from the reality making decisions becomes a whole lot easier and suddenly the fears that once haunted you aren’t so bad. In The Fourth Door, Lain must overcome her fear of losing a loved one and letting go of the control to rescue the one she loves – Collin – from the king of Limbo, Raef. She must first learn to separate the memories that Collin has projected from the reality that surrounds her to make her mission possible.   

To learn more about The Fourth Door, visit thefourthdoorseries.com. Follow the links below to watch the first four episodes 100% FREE via YouTube.

Episode 1         Episode 2      Episode 3       Episode 4

Horror Amino Poll Results: Top 5 80’s Horror Movies

The 80’s brought us an endless list of incredible horror films and characters that are still adored by fans today. The cult classics have some of the most loyal, dedicated fans when compared to the modern horror films (which are mostly remakes of the classics). The 80’s were without a doubt the best decade for horror (giving us fan favorite characters like Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Ash Williams). I asked you guys to help rank 5 of the most popular 80’s horror films on the Horror Amino app.

#5: Chopping Mall/Killbots (7 votes)

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Year of Release: 1986

Directed By: Jim Wynorski

Stars: Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd and Barbara Crampton

Plot: Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.

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#4: Re-Animator (35 votes)

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Year of Release: 1985

Directed By: Stuart Gordon

Stars: Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton

Plot: A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

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#3: Friday the 13th (104 votes)

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Year of Release: 1980

Directed By: Sean S. Cunningham

Stars: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor and Ari Lehman (the first Jason)

Plot: A group of camp counselors is stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp which, years before, was the site of a child’s drowning.

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#2: The Evil Dead (172 votes)

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Year of Release: 1981

Directed By: Sam Raimi

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Richard DeManincor

Plot: Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

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#1: A Nightmare on Elm Street (176 votes)

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Year of Release: 1984

Directed By: Wes Craven

Stars: Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp and Amanda Wyss

Plot: Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.

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Do you agree with this list? If you don’t see your favorite on the list or you just want to join in on other polls and discussions, download the Horror Amino app. The app is 100% FREE and available on iOs and android (you can do so by clicking one of the pictures below). 

Movie Review: Krampus

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The Krampus legend was the subject of yet another movie, this time, however, it was a bit different, this time the legendary Christmas beast was the center of a horror comedy. At first I found it a bit odd to have such a fearsome creature as the subject of a horror/dark comedy, but I gave Krampus a shot anyway.

About the Film

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Krampus was directed by Michael Daugherty- the genius behind the horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat. The film features a very funny, talented cast; Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Toni Collette (Tammy), David Koechner (Anchorman), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Conchata Ferrell (True Romance), Emjay Anthony (Insurgent), Stefania LaVie Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Mobbing).

Synopsis: A young boy named Max (who still believes in Santa Claus) has a terrible time at the annual family dinner that causes him to make a hasty wish. When Max destroys his letter to Santa in a fit of rage, someone comes ti visit, and it’s not Santa- it’s Krampus.

Review

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I have very mixed emotions with this one; I liked it, but I didn’t, does that make sense? I have never been so on the fence about a film before, there is no black or white for Krampus. There were so many elements that I loved about the film, but there were a lot that I feel could have been left out or further elaborated on to make the film so much better.

I am not going to trash the film because I did like it, but I will be honest and say that it did fall short of what I would consider a horror movie. The comedy elements were phenomenal; I laughed pretty much the entire time. The dialogue was not the only element that made Krampus so funny, his helpers enhanced the comedy experience for sure. Without spoiling too much for you, there are some evil gingerbread men, an evil teddy, dark elves, a Jack-in-the-Box with Predator’s mouth and others.

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I think I have mainly myself to blame for my disappointment. Having seen Michael Dougherty at the helm, I was hoping for Trick ‘r Treat but ended up with a horrorish verison of Step Brothers (which isn’t as bad as it sounds). That was the other problem I had (again, not the fault of the film, strictly on me), I love Adam Scott, there is no denying that he is hilarious and insanely talented, but I couldn’t stop picturing him as Derek from Step Brothers. I will try to desensitize myself to it and watch it again to see if that helps.

The appearance of the Krampus was AMAZING! I loved that they didn’t go with the traditional look (demon with little to no human qualities). He looked more like a twisted version of Santa Claus- the way he should look.

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If you’re looking for a fun movie to see with friends, Krampus is a great choice; just don’t go into it hoping to get Trick ‘r Treat. You will get a great comedy (with a dash of horror). The best way to describe it – a dysfunctional family comedy…..for horror fans. Grab your buds and give it a shot, it may not scare the hell out of you, but you will laugh.

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Video Game Review: Year Walk

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Video Game Review: Year Walk

Let’s face it: indie games have always had a reputation for being all hype and no delivery, and when it comes to horror titles, many of us find that indie games just don’t have what it takes to scare us silly – apart from a few titles, of course. However, just a few months ago, Funcom released The Park, a one- to two-hour game that puts players into the shoes of a distressed mother looking for her son in an amusement park after hours. It was an excellent showcase of what indie games could be, creating a horrifying story out of a communal fear of amusement parks after dark, and portraying the despair of a mother for her child in a unique way. Of course, The Park is a PC game, and it’s had many amazing games come before it, such as Amnesia, and we know there’s plenty of potential there.

What we rarely see, however, is indie horror games for mobile phones that do what they promise. Despite advancements in mobile technology and the obvious interest in mobile games, horror has been grossly underrated in mobile markets. According to the company behind Free Casino Hunter, 50% of all smartphone activity comes from gaming, and social gaming in particular continues to top the charts, with social games becoming worth $4 billion by the end of this year. It’s difficult to create horror games with the technology afforded by mobile phones, as the smaller screens, and slower processors are often unable to render the gore or create the ambience needed for horror titles. However, some developers have found that the answer lies in minimalist games that focus on a chilling story, and that games created with this in mind can be quite successful.

This brings us to Year Walk, a game by Simgogo, which was released in 2013 to staggeringly positive reviews. It revolves around the ancient Swedish practice of the “year walk”, in which one goes on a pilgrimage of sorts in order to see the future. In the game, the character takes a year walk to discover his future with his beloved, uncovering cryptic clues and encountering many strange creatures from Swedish mythology. The artwork is beautiful and haunting, and many of the puzzles require plenty of thinking outside of the box – and in some cases, thinking outside of the app itself. Along with the game, there is also a “Companion App”, which gives players a better understanding of the lore that the game builds upon.

One particularly interesting thing to note with Year Walk is that the game has also been released on Steam, becoming a point-and-click adventure, but losing most of its interactivity. In the mobile phone version, users would have to solve some puzzles by spinning their device around, and these elements are lost to the PC version. The experience of using the companion app is also lost, as the PC game simply makes use of a built-in encyclopedia to help guide you through your year-long vision quest.

Regardless, the game has some surprising chills. It wasn’t simply because of the occasional jumpscare either. The art was haunting, and so was the music, and the story even more so. It’s a game that showcases just what horror games can be on mobile phones, and it’s perfectly deserving of the near-perfect reviews it got from all the important critics.

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Coming up

I have quite a busy month coming up, and here’s what to expect

  1. WoodBury A Zombie Free Community t-shirt
  2. DJ Incredibub t-shirt
  3. Wanna Go Do Karate In The Garage? t-shirt
  4. Keep Calm and Kill Zombies t-shirt
  5. Yet Despite The Look On My Face You’re Still Talking t-shirt
  6. Zombie Outbreak Response Team t-shirt
  • Article on Tom Savini’s makeup program
  • A couple ROTTEN COTTON reviews
  • Reevz FX article
  • Kane Hodder UNMASKED book review

Those are the confirmed articles, but more may be added

Norman Reedus: The King of Fandom

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I know I know, another girl writing about Norman Reedus blah blah blah.  He is the king of fandom for a reason, not only his looks earn him this title.  Norman has often said in interviews that he is “emotionally damaged”, and in my opinion this is what gives him his awkward charm.  Everywhere he goes is instantly turned into a fangirl (and even some fanboys) frenzy.  I was at HorrorHound Cincinnati in March of this year and it was utter chaos.  Norman was swamped with so many fans that he stayed late every night, even missing his flight home on Sunday.  This is what I was talking about when I said that it is not just his looks that make people love him.  He is a genuinely nice guy.

Norman Reedus is one of the most naturally gifted actors around.  Sean Patrick Flanery said it best when he said that the role of Daryl Dixon was written for Reedus.  My personal favorite role that he played was Harry Odum in 1997’s Six Ways to Sunday.  He was awkward yet he was still a total badass.  Not many people can make a seamless transition from Prada model to an all-out onscreen badass like he has.  Mr. Reedus is not just an awesome actor, but he is also a gifted writer, director and photographer.  His company is called Big Bald Head.  

Norman is an avid “tweeter”(that sounds like a dirty word) and “Instagramer” and he does the best he can to keep his fans up to date and interact with them. No matter if you’ve loved Reedus since Van in Floating, Murphy in The Boondock saints, or Daryl from The Walking Dead, you understand completely what I am saying.  So guys, next time you have a smartass remark about how girls are only fanning over Reedus because of his looks, keep it to yourself.

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