POF Archive: October 2012

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The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (5/10)

The second film on the Icons of Horror: Hammer Films is a disappointment. It's completely devoid of any suspense or tension build up. Somewhere in here is a good story, but it takes way too long to get to the killing and spends too much time showcasing the Egyptian props. There is a rather gruesome hand dismemberment scene near the beginning of the movie though.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 08:10

The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (6/10)

One of the best DVD sets I own is the six movie Hammer Films Icons of Suspense Collection (1,2,3,4,5,6). Although I not a big fan of Hammer's horror movies I went ahead and bought the Icons of Horror Collection based on the quality of the suspense collection. This adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first of the four films I've watched from the set, and while the film was entertaining, it didn't really deliver the goods on the horror. Its redeeming moments consisted of an exotic snake dance, lots of drugged out debauchery with Chistopher Lee and the cheesy make-up and voice modification…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 12:13

The Cabin in the Woods (8/10)

This is a slasher movie with a twist. The unique thing here is that the twist is revealed in the first three minutes of the film. Sure all the clichés are there, but they are self-aware and ironic. What keeps this film interesting is the desire to find out why these kids are being put through these motions by external forces. The film isn't scary at all and there's a bit too much CGI gore but the witty dialogue and horror movie references made it fun to watch all the way to the end.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 15:34

King's Quest V - Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder on MS-DOS (5/10)

King's Quest V - Warning: This game will suck.

Despite their flaws, I have enjoyed playing all the games in the King's Quest series up until now (I,II,III & IV). Unfortunately, I can't say that I liked King's Quest V.

King's Quest V - The Fortune TellerThis is a game that I have apparently owned for Macintosh for years, but never knew it.  When I tried to install it on my ancient Mac Power PC it would not run and then promptly sold the game off on eBay (I think I got thirty bucks for it). I still wanted to the play the game, especially after finally completing King's Quest IV. So, when it went on sale at GOG.com I promptly purchased it as part of a KQ 4-7 bundle for $3.99 (I…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 10/13/2012 - 12:24

Savvy Show Stoppers
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - CD (10/10)

While technically I could say that my love of surfy, guitar-based instrumental music started when I would listen to my parents' old Duane Eddy 45s on a cheap turntable in our basement back home, this record is the real starting point in my love of the genre. Shadowy Men had a way of taking fairly simple but catchy songs and infusing them with tons of energy and fun. While the playing is top-notch, this is a band that really excels at arrangement. Every guitar tone, found sound or "woo!" comes together perfectly. The resulting music transcends the "surf" label that they were often given and in…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 09:55

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (8/10)

Another solid Discworld novel with lots of vivid characters and humorous situations.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 13:01

The Longest Journey on PC (8/10)

The Longest Journey

Fresh off of completing Broken Sword, I decided to continue my point-and-click adventure gaming with The Longest Journey. Like Nico from Broken Sword, April Ryan of TLJ has one of those early nineties reverse mullet hairdos, short in back and long in front, but that's about where the similarities between these two games ends. TLJ is far more epic in scope with your standard video game "you must save the world from certain doom" plot. The game is massive, but it is broken up into smaller digestible chapters that could generally be completed in one sitting. Early on in the game I got stuck…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 10/08/2012 - 22:59