My 25 Favorite Horror Video Games

Keeping up with the Darktober theme of most of my posts this month, I wanted to do a list for my favorite horror themed video games.

Video games have been a big part of my life, as I was born in 1978 and the 1980s through 1990s were spent button-mashing in front of a tube television about six inches away from my face.

Being that I was always a big horror movie fan, I obviously loved horror video games as well.

Here are my twenty-five favorite horror games of all-time.

1. Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams (XBOX)
2. Doom (PC)
3. Ghosts & Goblins (NES)
4. BioShock 2 (PS3)
5. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PS1)
6. Contra (NES)
7. Killing Time (3DO)
8. Siren: Blood Curse (PS3)
9. Manhunt (PS2)
10. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (PS2)
11. Nightmare Creatures (PS1)
12. Friday the 13th (NES)
13. Resident Evil (PS1)
14. Dead Space (PS3)
15. Parasite Eve (PS1)
16. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (XBOX)
17. Alien vs. Predator (JAG)
18. Devil May Cry (PS2)
19. Vampire: The Masquerade (PC)
20. American McGee’s Alice (PC)
21. Clock Tower (PS1)
22. Splatterhouse 2 (GEN)
23. Dead Rising 2 (PS3)
24. System Shock 2 (PC)
25. The Thing (PS2)

The Quintessential Halloween Mixtape

It’s that time of year again! I love Halloween. And with Halloween, comes Halloween parties.

So if you are having a Halloween party, you need to have the right music.

This is a list of the perfect songs for your Halloween mixtape.

If you disagree, you suck at music. I love music and I love Halloween, so these tracks are in constant rotation at any spooky shindig I attend. Or I beat up the DJ and take over for the night.

So here we go, the perfect Halloween mixtape. And yes, make a tape. Cassettes are coming back, don’t you know?

And fuck the “Monster Mash”.

1. Anything in The Cramps discography
2. Anything in The Misfits discography
3. “Everyday Is Halloween” by Ministry
4. “This Is Halloween” from A Nightmare Before Christmas
5. “A Nightmare On My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
6. “Pet Sematary” by The Ramones
7. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” by Bauhaus
8. “Vampires” by DJ Touche
9. “Wolf Like Me” by TV On The Radio
10. “Ghost Town” by The Specials
11. “Are You Ready For Freddy?” – The Fat Boys
12. “Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell
13. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
14. “Fresh Blood” by Eels
15. “Spirit” by Doug E. Fresh
16. “No One Lives Forever” by Oingo Boingo
17. “I Put A Spell On You” by Nina Simone
18. “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps” by David Bowie
19. “Halloween” by the Dead Kennedys
20. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.
21. “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads
22. “Halloween” by Siouxsie & The Banshees
23. “Bark At the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne
24. “Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction Mix)” by New Order
25. “The Orange Theme” by Cygnus X

Ranking the Films of the 20th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival (2017)

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is now in its twentieth year and sadly, it was only my first year participating, as things like this don’t make their way down to my neck of the woods. Two theaters near me were venues that hosted this thing, there are over 250 venues worldwide now, so I wanted to take part in it.

What the film festival does, is it takes thousands of short films from all over the world, narrows it down to ten finalists and then lets the audience from all the participating venues vote on the winner for best film and best actor.

It was a pretty cool experience, even if there were only three other people in my local cinema to watch this – one of them left in the middle of the third short film. Southwest Florida claims it has culture but it is either extremely high brow or nothing and unfortunately, something like this fits somewhere in the middle because it isn’t a traveling opera or Transformers 17.

Anyway, I figured that I’d go beyond just anonymously picking my winner and that I’d rank the ten films I saw. All of these will be reviewed in the coming weeks, as well. But here they are, the ten finalists ranked.

1. 8 Minutes – drama (Georgia)
2. Viola, Franca – drama (Italy)
3. Behind – horror (Spain)
4. Mare Nostrum – drama (Syria)
5. Hope Dies Last – drama (UK)
6. Just Go! – action (Latvia)
7. Do No Harm – action (New Zealand)
8. Fickle Bickle – comedy (US)
9. In A Nutshell – animationm (Switzerland)
10. Perfect Day – comedy (Spain)

Top 25 Roles of Bill Murray

*written in 2015.

Bill Murray is a god.

He has gone from being the best talent in Saturday Night Live history, to being the focal point of some of the greatest comedies of all-time, to being nominated for an Academy Award and constantly giving us great performances.

In fact, I would consider him to be my favorite living actor at this point.

Plus, he’s a serious Cubs fan and loves the Blackhawks as well.

This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played.

And here we go!

1. Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
3. Scrooged
4. Ed Wood
5. Where the Buffalo Roam
6. What About Bob?
7. Coffee & Cigarettes
8. Rushmore
9. Groundhog Day
10. Lost In Translation
11. The Royal Tenenbaums
12. Caddyshack
13. Stripes
14. Zombieland
15. St. Vincent
16. Meatballs
17. Moonrise Kingdom
18. Tootsie
19. Mad Dog and Glory
20. The Grand Budapest Hotel
21. The Monuments Men
22. Kingpin
23. Broken Flowers
24. Quick Change
25. City of Ember

Top 20 Roles of Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is awesome. He’s been one of my favorite actors since first seeing him in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.

I’ve already done countdown lists of other actors’ films: mostly horror icons. Goldblum has been somewhat of a science fiction (and horror) icon but he’s gone on to be one of the most versatile actors working in the business.

This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played. For instance, I list Death Wish but his role was minuscule. And Independence Day is high but there are other films lower on the list that I see as better movies. Also, Jurassic Park and Lost World are together, as he played the same character in both.

But anyway, here’s the list!

1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2. Jurassic Park/The Lost World
3. The Fly
4. Independence Day/Independence Day: Resurgence
5. Portlandia (TV series but every role he plays is top notch)
6. Earth Girls Are Easy
7. Pittsburgh
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Into the Night
10. The Prince of Egypt
11. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
13. Transylvania 6-5000
14. Death Wish
15. The Big Chill
16. Vibes
17. The Great White Hype
18. Powder
19. Deep Cover
20. Holy Man

Ranking All the Kaiju of the Toho Godzilla Universe

The Godzilla universe spans seven decades, four different Japanese eras and two American remakes. In that long history, he has fought many deadly foes and had several awesome allies. However, the franchise expands beyond that as well, as some monsters that had their own films have crossed over into Godzilla movies, comics and video games. Toho has created a massive kaiju universe over the years and even if there are different eras and continuities, in some way, all these monsters exist in the same general realm.

So I feel the need to quantify these awesome giant beasts with a list. Because I like making lists and who the hell doesn’t like reading lists. Sure, our opinions may differ but that’s what the comments area is for. So feel free to list your favorites and discuss the results.

Also, I included the MUTOs from the American film for comparison’s sake.

How am I ranking these? Well, it is a combination of who is the most powerful, bad ass and the coolest. And of course, number one should not be a surprise.

1. Godzilla
2. Mothra Leo
3. Destoroyah
4. Monster X (Keizer Ghidorah)
5. Mecha-King Ghidorah
6. Biollante
7. Cretaceous King Ghidorah
8. Shin Godzilla
9. Fire Rodan
10. Gigan (Millennium)
11. King Ghidorah
12. Dagahra
13. Mechagodzilla (Showa)
14. Desghidorah
15. King Caesar
16. Mechagodzilla/Kiryu (Millennium)
17. King Kong
18. Mothra
19. Zone Fighter
20. Godzilla Junior
21. Gigan (Showa)
22. Rodan
23. Anguirus
24. Jet Jaguar
25. Mechani-Kong
26. Hedorah
27. Space Godzilla
28. Mechagodzilla (Heisei)
29. Gargantuan Sanda
30. Battra
31. Orga
32. Varan
33. Gargantuan Gaira
34. Megaguirus
35. MUTO (female)
36. Frankenstein
37. Megalon
38. Dogora
39. Gezora
40. Baragon
41. M.O.G.U.E.R.A. (Heisei)
42. Ebirah
43. Titanosaurus
44. MUTO (male)
45. Gabara
46. Moguera (Showa)
47. Manda
48. Kumonga
49. Ganimes
50. Gorosaurus
51. Kamoebas
52. Maguma
53. Kamacuras
54. Meganulon
55. Giant Octopus
56. Giant Sea Serpent
57. Minya
58. Giant Condor
59. Zilla

20 Animated Properties That Haven’t Gone Live-Action Yet

*written in 2015.

I recently did a list called 20 Comic Book Properties That Haven’t Gone Live-Action Yet (see here). This is a sequel to that.

Considering that Hollywood is out of ideas and they keep resurrecting old stuff from my childhood as live-action blockbuster films, I figured that I would list twenty awesome cartoon or anime properties that they haven’t turned into a live-action spectacle yet.

Now some of these have been in live-action development, whether in film or on television, but for the most part, those that have been in development, have been in a state of limbo for quite some time.

Sure, I’d like to see Hollywood take a crack at some of these depending upon who is involved in them. I’d prefer Michael Bay to stay away, however.

Also, a few of these may have had a live-action version but it is either really obscure, very poorly done, really outdated or for a foreign market.

1. Robotech: The Macross Saga
2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
3. ThunderCats
4. Star Blazers
5. Voltron
6. Space Pirate Captain Harlock
7. Akira
8. Ninja Scroll
9. Johnny Quest
10. SilverHawks
11. Mobile Suit Gundam
12. Dino-Riders
13. Captain N: The Game Master
14. Defenders of the Earth
15. She-Ra: Princess of Power
16. M.A.S.K.
17. Captain Planet
18. Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
19. Gargoyles
20. Filmation’s Ghostbusters (the one with the Gorilla)