Friday, December 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 193 – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!

The Needless Things Irregulars are joined by special guest Chad J. Shonk for a lively roundtable discussion about the newest entry into the ever-growing Star Wars saga!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 in Review

By Jerry Chandler

Looking back at 2017, I realized that a lot of my 2017 was catching up on the 2016 stuff I missed. I did catch a fair bit of the 2017 highlights, but a good chunk of my year was spent ensuring that I’ll have to play pop culture catchup in 2018. I mean, I still have not ventured out to see Justice League, The Last Jedi, Coco, or The Disaster Artist with less than three days left in the year. Although, I may be getting the kids out to Coco this weekend, so I might get that one in before the ball drops. I was also underwhelmed by some of the things in 2017 that blew so many people away. I found both Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to be closer to just really good than great, and I was one of the few I knew to be almost totally disappointed with Kong: Skull Island outside of the post credit scene. So, yeah, a lot of 2017 was me coming late to the 2016 party or being less enthused about 2017 hits than most were.

As one example of the former, one of my favorite shows to discover this year was Westworld, but it doesn’t count for a look at the larger pop culture hits of 2017 because it was a 2016 show. Still, I suppose I can call it one of my favorite Blu-Ray releases of 2017. So, yeah, I’ll start from there. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Devlin's Domain - Delights and Angers: Best of 2017

2017 is coming to a close and as I suspected this time last year, we're all still here and everything's mostly fine. While many people spent the year setting their hair on fire over one bit of rubbish or another, I immersed myself in loads of entertainment as I waited for this whole thing to blow over. Looks like I'll be waiting a while, so I'll continue that practice through 2018 as well. On this edition of Devlin's Domain I'll be making my picks for my favorite releases in various categories. I spent a lot of the year catching up on older films that have been getting great bluray releases, so the past few weeks I've had to catch up on the new stuff. I missed a few things that I just wasn't able to get to before the year's end. I'll make a note of things I missed while running down my favorites just so you don't have to wonder why they didn't make the list.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Movie Review - The Disaster Artist

by Beth

Oh hai guys.

I have seen The Room in its entirety 3 times in my life. Some might argue that it’s 3 times more than anyone needs to see it, but those people probably saw it in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Room requires cocktails, friends, or a Rifftrax (and preferably all of those) to be enjoyed or appreciated. In the right context The Room is a beautiful mess that will make you laugh, cry, and question your sanity. I’m not obsessed with it like some people. I only paid to see it one time, and that was at the Rifftrax Live event. I will never go to a midnight showing, nor do I want to meet Tommy Wiseau (he just creeps me out). I did however really want to see The Disaster Artist.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 192 – Star Wars: A New Hope Needless Commentary

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Others and Maybe Even Yourself

By Jerry Chandler

It’s December. We’re only a few short days away from Christmas. Maybe you’ve discovered you need a few more things to round out your Christmas gift lists. But, let’s face it, even the Suicide Squad would balk at being told they have to go out to a mall or major shopping center this weekend. The zombie hordes that once populated the darkest Romero nightmare about consumerism run amuck have nothing on the terror that’s about to be unleashed upon the already weary sales clerks of this country. Alternately, maybe you need something nice for yourself to help unwind a bit after the Olympic level event that is Christmas prep in the modern age or to look forward to for unwinding with after all the family has gone home and you need a little downtime.

Plus, well, with the suggestions on this list you’ll be helping out independent creators.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Phantom’s Christmas Favorites

By Dave

I love Christmas music.

I’m not a lunatic about it like Mick Foley where I listen to it all year, but songs about the Christmas season – and the holidays and winter in general – bring joy to my heart this time of year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Toy Review – Santa Claus from Figures Toy Company

By Dave

I don’t think it will surprise anyone to learn that I absolutely love Santa Claus.

I value the Christian roots of the holiday and am a big fan of the Jesus story. Yes, I am aware of all of the pagan stuff and that’s great, but I don’t care. It’s not part of my fandom. But I’d be lying if I said that the Santa Claus idea wasn’t the most exciting part of Christmas for me.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Toy Stories – Episode VIII’s Top Eight

By Dave


I still don’t know how I feel about The Last Jedi. At first I didn’t like it. The more I thought about it, the less I liked it. This upset me terribly because the last thing I ever want is to not like a Star Wars production. I certainly don’t want to hate one, and I seemed to be inching closer to that by the hour.

Then I started talking privately – because to speak ill of this movie in public is to invite unrelenting derision – to my friends about it. In conversations with maybe a dozen people I discovered that there was a fairly even divide between those that liked Rian Johnson’s version of Star Wars and those that didn’t.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 191 – A Very Gordon Christmas!

Our pal Mike Gordon joins the show to discuss the most wonderful time of the year!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fandom Never Seems to Know What It Wants

By Jerry Chandler

For those of you who have lost interest in The Walking Dead before now or simply never had any interest in it to begin with, you may be unaware of the latest fandom freak-out related to the show. A much beloved and longstanding character for the show is slated to bite the dust when the show returns from its midseason break. This revelation brought about great screams of annoyance and anger from fandom. One of the more extreme headlines written in the wake of this turn of events, “‘The Walking Dead’ Midseason Finale Was Perfect for a Show That Hates Its Fans”, actually captures quite well the fan sentiment I’ve seen in many places this week. As I’ve been reading many similarly themed articles, blog posts, and discussion threads railing against the horrible creative decisions behind doing this atrocious things to the fans and noting in some cases who was complaining about this, I kept having the same thought come into my head over and over again.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's the Least Wonderful Time of the Year

by Beth

 It’s one of those weeks where I don’t know what to write about. This happens sometimes. It isn’t really writers block, it’s just that nothing has jumped out at me lately as being something I need to talk to you guys about. It's mainly the fact that I work in retail, and it’s a very busy time of year for me. Not only am I physically exhausted, but my brain is pretty much fried. And not to make excuses, but it’s at least part of the reason that I don’t like Christmas as much as everyone else seems to. That does make me a little sad since I loved Christmas way back when. But then I don’t have any kids, and have never been a particularly festive kind of person.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Toy Review – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Retro Santa Clark Action Figure from NECA

By Dave

Some of the things I love the most are ones that I didn’t like at all at first – Big Trouble in Little China, Evil Dead, and Rad Ranger come to mind.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation also makes that list.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 190 – Valerie Meiss

Dave talks to musician, illustrator, puppeteer, and all-around renaissance woman Valerie Meiss!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The “New” Traditional Christmas TV Shows

By Jerry Chandler

This time of years we see any number of old favorites- whether they’re television shows or classic holiday films -filling out the TV listings each and every night. TV programmers are fairly reliable over the holiday season when it comes to packing everything from Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree to the Grinch and his sleigh and everything else into the weeks between Thanksgiving’s last belch and the first frenzied tearing of wrapping paper on Christmas morning. And, of course, who can forget the annual tradition that is the terror attack/robbery at Nakatomi Plaza? While some of the programs I’m going to touch on are starting to fall into the list of reliable holiday programming, some of them still haven’t reached (and may never reach) the “TV Tradition” stage. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t track them down and see if they fit nicely into your holiday season must see lists.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews December 2017: “Your Purple Friend”

By Dave

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in February.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Twelve Albums of Christmas

By Dave

Every year from midnight after Thanksgiving until midnight on Christmas Day, the only music I listen to is of the Christmas variety.

I love Christmas. I love the story of Jesus. I love giving gifts. I love the colder weather, the decorations, the tree, the holiday specific foods like candy canes and gingerbread and egg nog, the lights, the TV specials, and of course the music.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

LIVE from the Dragon Con 2017 Puppetry Track!

Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about two of the legendary 80s toy lines he created – Boglins and Sectaurs!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Less Trailer Details, More Movie Surprises?

By Jerry Chandler

So, I was talking to a friend about ideas for an indie film project he may be involved in and the topic of the film’s trailer came up. An aspect of what one proposed concept for the project would involve having it almost jumping genres in the last third of the film.  Something we both agreed on was the idea of not showing anything from the final third of the film in early trailers. Word of the twist would certainly get out once the finished film, should this concept be the final one, started doing the festival circuit, but why give away the game before anyone sees the film? In the discussion, I brought up a film we’ve both cited for longer than we’ve known each other as an example of trailers giving away a great surprise long before the opening weekend. That film is 1994’s From Dusk till Dawn.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Movie Line-Up

by Beth

With the holidays well and truly upon us (I now give you leave to put up your Christmas decorations. Before Thanksgiving is just too damn soon) it's time for holiday movies to start hitting us upside the head. We've been seeing the previews for months in some cases, and eagerly awaiting the release of many of them. As with any blockbuster season, there's also some real garbage coming out. I'm here to help you sift through the crap, and decide how to spend your valuable time in December. This is by no means a complete list of everything coming out in December. I just went with the ones that I haven't stopped hearing about or seeing ads for.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Toy Review – Child’s Play Retro Chucky Action Figure from NECA

By Dave

I think Chucky should be right up there with Jason, Freddy, Leatherface, and all the rest in the pantheon of iconic slashers. To some folks he might be, but it’s only recently that merchandise has started to reflect that.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 188 – Justice League

The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to discuss the newest entry into the DC Comics movieverse, Justice League!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

A Thanksgiving Turkey – The Last Dinosaur (1977)

By Jerry Chandler

So, we so far served you up two turkeys this month. We’ve given you The Ghost Galleon, but, at best, that’s a minor bird. It may be the film where it was obvious that the Blind Dead franchise was heading off the rails, but it’s still a hugely enjoyable horror film with an absolutely amazing looking threat in the Blind Dead themselves. We then gave you The Bermuda Depths, a much larger bird by far. Despite its saving graces, it is certainly deserving of the label ‘Turkey’ and then some. This week, we give you a giant, prehistoric turkey in the form of The Last Dinosaur.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Deadpool from Mezco

By Dave

Some people complain about the constantly shifting (retreating) release dates on Mezco’s One:12 Collective line of action figures.

I totally understand.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 187 – GI Joe: The Movie Needless Commentary

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Turkeys - The Bermuda Depths (1978)

By Jerry Chandler

Okay, so let’s set the stage for this one. Arthur Rankin Jr.- he of Rankin/Bass Productions fame -decided he wanted to creatively branch out a bit. So, after decades of becoming famous for children’s holiday specials like Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, Mad Monster Party, Frosty the Snowman, and variety shows like The Jackson 5ive and The Osmonds, he decided he wanted to make more adult oriented television movies with 1977’s lost world adventure The Last Dinosaur and 1978’s horror offering, The Bermuda Depths. There would also be a third film, 1980’s The Ivory Ape, but the less said about this film the better. Having had some luck working with Japanese production companies years earlier with 1967’s King Kong Escapes, and possibly because everyone else laughed at the proposals for the films, he struck a deal with a somewhat past its prime Tsuburaya Productions to handle much of the monster FX works. So, basically, you’re talking about a great recipe for total disaster.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christina's Addiction To Essay Books: The Geek's Written Obsession

 By Christina

Hi.  My name is Christina.  And I’m addicted to essay books.

“Hi, Christina.”

Yup.  I am admitting it freely. I have an extreme and downright obsessive addiction to essay books.  The Buffy scholars have filled the world with them, every TV show and movie worth its salt has them.  I can’t get enough of this non-fiction delve into the psyche of characters, breakdown of episodes, and understanding of how certain tropes speak to a need for feminism, industrialism, or whatever “ism” that the writer is trying to describe.  Whether or not I agree with any view, I just can’t get enough of exploring them all.  So the question I imagine you are asking is this:   What is an essay book and what has she been babbling about for an entire paragraph?  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok

by Beth

I hope I don't get kicked out of geek club for this. I seem to be one of the few people who didn't unreservedly love Thor: Ragnarok, and I feel like I need to express some of my dissatisfaction. I liked it, but had far more problems with it than I had expected. If my friends who don't love superhero movies as much as I do liked it more than me than I feel that there's a problem that needs to be addressed. There are probably some spoilers here so read at your own risk.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Toy Review – Star Wars Toybox Kylo Ren from The Disney Store

By Dave

Since I’m still excited about Disney’s new line of Toybox action figures, today I’m going to take a look at Kylo Ren from the Star Wars branch!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 186 – Kamikaze Zombie

Dave talks to Clint from Birmingham, Alabama horror punk/metal band Kamikaze Zombie!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Disney Buying 20th Century Fox? No Thanks.

By Jerry Chandler

Some ongoing news popped its head up into the social media world this last week, and fandom suddenly felt its heart grow three sizes that day. Unfortunately, this was one of those things where fandom really needed to stop and think and maybe play the part of the Grinch a little more. Outside of seeing some interesting speculation with regards to some Marvel properties (which was what most of the people I saw salivating over this were initially talking about) I saw little about this that made me think it was a good idea. Even seeing the Marvel properties “go home” to Disney- while that could open up some interesting possibilities for the next phase of Marvel films -might not ultimately be the great thing some initially thought it could be. To be honest, perhaps the only good thing in such a deal would be straightening out a lot of the remaining issues around Star Wars: A New Hope. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews November 2017: “Nubbinsvember”

By Dave

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in January.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Toy Review – Star Wars Toybox Rey from The Disney Store

By Dave

I don’t do as many toy reviews as I used to because, quite frankly, when you’re creeping up on a decade of doing them it gets a little old. But from time to time I do still get excited about something and it’s usually an entirely new line like this one – Disney’s Toybox.

Monday, November 6, 2017

DragonCon Wrap Up Part 2: A LATE Finale

By Christina

Author’s note:  I apologize for the lateness in my DC conclusion.  A series of family tragedies delayed this piece being posted before our yearly 31 Days of Halloween coverage.  Truly sorry, but here is my DragonCon wrap-up finale.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 185 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018!

The third entry in the Elm Street series set the tone for the future of the franchise, introducing a group of strong, unique kids that audiences would remember for decades, as well as upping the ante on the nightmare visuals and Freddy’s puns.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Turkeys - The Ghost Galleon (1974)

By Jerry Chandler

After two rather successful forays into the world of the Blind Dead, Amando de Ossorio decided to change the formula up a bit and introduce some new twists into the mythos. Not all of this worked as well as he had hoped it would. The Ghost Galleon (also more commonly known as Horror of the Zombies in the 50 films for $20 public domain movie DVD sets) would move our decaying blood drinkers out of their scenic Spanish countryside home and into a broken down vessel drifting on the ocean waves. It also tried to introduce the weird, paranormal pseudo-science that was showing up in a lot of low budget (and the occasional bigger budget) horror films of that time. The former concept was actually enjoyable on a cheesy, so bad it’s good level once the film got past all of the mumbo jumbo buildup of the latter concept, but, still, enjoyable as hell or not, this film was a turkey and then some.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Devlin's Domain - 31 Days of Horror 2017

This year I decided to cram a bunch of horror movies in honor of the only holiday that I come close to caring about. I watched a movie a day for 31 days, counting down to Halloween. I expected this to be a simple task, but was surprised how difficult it was to carve out 2 hours a day for a horror movie. Some days were easy, but others were a real chore. I still got the job done though and have documented that endeavor with some mini reviews for each one. Hopefully this list will expose you to movies you may not have been aware of. Let's count down the 31 Days Of Horror...

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: The Halloween Movie Franchise

by Beth

As this post is going up on Halloween I figured I should make it good. Nothing is more Halloween-ie to me than the Halloween movies. Even if all of the sequels haven't been first rate it is one of the longest running horror film franchises, and deserves to be looked at for the sum of its parts. That being said, I thought it might be fun to look at each movie in the series individually. The original is one of my favorite movies of all time (and not just of horror movies either), and there's a lot of love behind my criticism of the rest. Okay - most of the rest. I know I've talked in the past about how much I love these movies, and the character of Michael Myers, but I've never gone this in-depth before. So join me on an extended trip to Haddonfield for the horror that is Halloween.

Monday, October 30, 2017

31 Days of Halloween - Spooky Toy Review – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors Quarter Scale Freddy Krueger from NECA

By Dave

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors isn’t just my favorite Nightmare movie, it’s one of my all-time favorite horror movies.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

31 Days of Halloween - Horror That’s Watched by People Who “Don’t Like” Horror

By Jerry Chandler

“I don’t like horror. I just don’t watch that stuff.”

I’ve been told that, or a slight variant of that, more than a few times over the years. Occasionally, they absolutely mean it. Interestingly, more often than not, they don’t realize that what they’re saying isn’t actually true. If you’re wondering how someone can be unaware they like or have been watching horror while saying they don’t like it, you might not realize the levels to which people can in general compartmentalize and separate some things in their own mind. Well, that and how much some people take the “reality” part of reality TV seriously.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 184 – 31 Days of Halloween: Halloween III Needless Commentary

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films! October’s film was chosen via fan poll on the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

31 Days of Halloween – Reevaluating Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

By Jerry Chandler

It is perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned horror movie sequels ever made. It was the victim of a franchise creator and the creator’s fans not being on the same page when it came to the creation. Thankfully, Halloween III: Season of the Witch has been experiencing a resurgence in fandom and a new appreciation by fans over the last decade. But back in 1982, Season of the Witch unfortunately had a bit of an uphill climb with horror fans when it was entering theaters. It was meant to be a new direction for the Halloween franchise; one greatly desired by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Fans however wanted none of it.

31 Days Of Halloween - Devlin's Domain - Thundercrack!

Halloween is rapidly approaching and I've been struggling with what film to cover in this edition of Devlin's Domain. I needed something unusual, something disturbing, something nobody would expect. Of course disturbing and unusual are always expected here, which made this an even more challenging task. After racking my brain and tossing around everything in my collection, I finally came across a film with a spooky vibe and a Halloween spirit. It's a film few have heard of and even fewer would likely want to watch. For this Halloween season I found....a porno.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

31 Days of Halloween - Spooky Toy Review – My Pet Monster NYCC Exclusive Glow-in-the-Dark Variant from Creepy Co.

By Dave

If you don’t know, Creepy Co. is an online retailer that specializes in nostalgia. They produce t-shirts, pins, and all manner of licensed collectibles that pay tribute to the franchises and art styles of decades past.

Last year Creepy Co. celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of My Pet Monster – a plush representative of the golden age of 80s gross-out/monster toys – with a collection of apparel, soon to be followed by a vinyl designer toy.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: The Lasting Trauma of Horror Movies

by Beth

I'll go ahead and give Mr. Tibbs credit for this idea (he'll totally call me out publicly if I don't anyway). I was stumped over what to write about this week. I feel like I've said most of the things I've wanted to say about horror/Halloween already, and didn't want to write yet another movie review (though you will probably get one next week unless the little mister comes up with any more good ideas). I did watch the season premiere of The Walking Dead last night, but that didn't yield any ideas besides a further rant on how boring and predictable that show has become. Which in turn would make me boring and predictable. So rather than going off on what I now call The Speeching Dead (how many speeches did Rick make last night? 3? 4?) We're going to explore the actual phobias and fears that horror movies have left many of us with.

Monday, October 23, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: Zombie LARPing. Can YOU Survive the Apocalypse?

By Christina

Firefly is a great show.  An epic show.  One of my favorites, in all honesty.  Shepherd Book, played by Ron Glass (God rest him,) gave this quote in the episode “War Stories:”  “Did you ever read the works of Shan Yu?... He said, ‘Live with a man 40 years. Share his house, his meals. Speak on every subject. Then tie him up, and hold him over the volcano's edge. And on that day, you will finally meet the man.’"

Now, I don’t have anything in common with dictators or madmen.  Not that I am aware of, at any rate.  This quote, however, is a very true statement.  People can talk a lot of game, but until you put them through the ringer, you won’t know if they are made of the metal they claim to have been forged by or if they will turn into every scared and sniveling character that Rick Moranis ever played.  With the exception of the FBI dude in My Blue Heaven.  He was freaking scary-cool in that movie, people. 

Do you have a friend that you know is made of strong stuff and you want to see them in action?  Do you have a friend that you is talking a lot of smack and you want to put them in their place?  How do you “meet the man?”  These simple words:  Live-Action Zombie shoot-out.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 183 – 31 Days of Halloween: Corpsewood Manor

This special episode of the Needless Things Podcast presents the exploration of Corpsewood Manor, the site of murders that shocked Georgia in the early 1980s. Dave, Ryan Cadaver, and Rad Ranger traveled to Trion, Georgia to examine the once majestic ruins of the ill-fated paradise.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: Christina Reviews Betrayal at House on The Hill

By Christina

I’m a gamer that likes change.  I like being kept on my toes and like replay value in the form of an ever-changing platform.  It’s why I love Until Dawn (check my review here at Needless Things) because of not only the various endings, but the multiple ways you can get to the various endings.  It’s why I love Final Fantasy VII because the materia gives you the ability to customize weapons and magic in so many different ways.  It’s why I love games like Forbidden Desert  and Dead of Winter because you never know how the game (and game board) will shift and change and who will end up with you, either in your party or even surviving to the final roll of the dice.  I had heard of Betrayal at House on The Hill; I watched it played on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop show and had various friends recommend it.  But we hadn’t gotten our hands on it until this year’s DragonCon when we snagged it from the CoolStuffInc booth in the America’s Mart.  This was probably the best purchase that we have made all year.

My game review for the Needless Things’ 31 days of Halloween is going to focus on this survival-horror masterpiece that never stays the same and makes sure that no one at the table knows who the betrayer is going to be.  Not even the betrayer themselves.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

31 Days of Halloween: The Frightening Michael Rooker

by Beth

Am I cheating by putting a Dragon Con interview here in the 31 Days of Halloween? Possibly, but not really. I mean it took forever to figure out how to get the audio to even the poor quality you'll hear, but I have been working on it for some time. I've ordered a new recorder/microphone for future use so we shouldn't have this problem next year. My web hosting site has file size limits (cause it's free) so I spent ages learning to use audacity to break it into two parts, and try to up the voice of the actor while turning down the voices of the reporters. You guys aren't here to listen to me after all.

Monday, October 16, 2017

31 Days of Halloween - Spooky Toy Review – Alien: Covenant Neomorph from NECA

By Dave

Maybe you liked Alien: Covenant. Maybe you didn’t.

Whatever your feelings about the movie, there’s no denying that there were some cool new creature designs and interpretations of one of the most well-known movie monsters of all time. I knew going in that NECA had the license and would be producing new toys. They were super-secretive about them, too. If they released images before the movie was actually released, it wasn’t by more than a week.