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Let’s Talk: SOMA

Happy Wednesday!

Hopefully, you didn’t miss me too much on Monday, things have been extremely hectic on my end getting ready for the upcoming holidays as well as with work but don’t worry! Check out the website tomorrow for a special Thanksgiving post!I hope everyone is having a great week! I’m excited for the next couple of days because of time spent with family and loved ones as well as finally having a couple of days off!

This is the working title for something I’d like to do from time to time called ‘Let’s Talk’ where I talk about things in gaming, comics and pop culture that have an interesting twist to them that makes me want to read/watch/play that media more. It’s a work in progress so please, bear with me. This week, I’m looking forward to talking to you guys about a game I heard about a couple of months ago that was released for PC, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation, with a release date for Xbox One on December 1st, named SOMA. 


This game was made by Frictional Games, an independent game publisher/developer from Sweden, that prides itself on developing their own technology to fuel their games. They’ve only developed five titles but the names should be familiar to you such as the Penumbra series, the Amnesia collection and, of course, SOMA. While I’ve never played any of the Penumbra series, I enjoyed all of the Amnesia collection and continue to go back to it, especially since it was released for PS4 Plus members for free back in October! Having always been a fan of independent developers, when I heard about this game, I was so pumped to take a look at it. Released back in September of 2015, SOMA is a science fiction horror game which deals with a lot of different topics all centering around what it means to be human. Like other games from this developer, you are in the first person perspective as you explore this facility. They use a lot of psychological horror elements as opposed to common scare elements which are found in most games for this genre.

This game takes place in an underwater research center called PATHOS-II, that is in apparent disarray at the beginning of the game, and follows the character Simon Jarrett, who has brain damage due to an event that happens prior to the game. Following him throughout this deep sea lab, he finds one other by the name of Catherine, who understands what has happened in this lab and acts as his guide for the duration of the game. As you adventure through the map with/out Catherine, you find yourself immersed in these amazing scenes, from blood-drenched grates to the plants and sea life when in the ocean. Unlike some of the other games they have published and developed, this one has very few objects that can be interacted with in-game, but the environment is still a puzzle in it of itself. A good chunk of what happens in the game is figuring out where you need to be, where you are and how to get there without letting the robotic human-esque ‘monsters’ that are around every corner. Something really cool that this game does is in the modes they have, which are regular play with attacks and all the usual that would come with a horror game and a safe mode play. Safe mode doesn’t get rid of the monsters but turns them into more curious creatures that investigate you as opposed to attacking. One of the game’s developers, Thomas Grip, has said in previous interviews that while the game’s monsters help build the atmosphere they are trying to create, the stories they bring to the table aren’t that important to the larger themes of the game concerning identity and what it means to be human. With things like that in mind, it makes my interest in this game go from a 9 to a 50000. I’m super excited to purchase this game and play it on one of my consoles. It’s currently on PlayStation 4 for $29.99 and  Steam for $10.49

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and everyone stays odd!

Have a great one!



The Spooktastic Top 5 comic’s for the Halloween Spirit


The spookiest day of the year has officially passed but let’s face it, we still have a little bit of Halloween left in us. Maybe it’s our love for scaring the hell out of ourselves, or just the fact that we are twisted little misfits who just love great stories. Whatever your reason, sit back eat some candy and check this list of my Top 5 Scary comics, you should be reading!


5. American Vampire (Scott Snyder)

Though this is not traditionally not very scary it is nonetheless an incredible story surrounding two main characters at two separate timelines, Pearl Jones and the infamous Skinner Sweet. Neither character is the perfect protagonists set to the backdrop of important times in human history these two anti-heroes have very different motivations but without getting into spoilers their paths of destruction create a beautifully weaved story worth a read.


The Vertigo Comic was first launched in 2010, and written by Scott Snyder from issue 1 and the king of thrillers himself Stephen King. Though Stephen would stop writing the story after Issue 5, Scott Snyder has gone on to take the series a lengthy 7 years and will be returning in 2018. The Period Comic, is both hard hitting and a complete gem in its genre.


4. Batman’s Arkham Asylum: A serious House on Serious Earth (Grant Morrison)


Written By the Legendary Grant Morrison this tale marked his first step into the world of Batman. A fantastic read seeing Batman thrust into a psychological game of escape, as the prisoners riot and begin to literally run the asylum. This book gives a revealing look at the history of both Arkham Asylum but more importantly Amadeus Arkham the founder of the famous asylum. It is dark and honestly a little spooky.


Most people know Arkham Asylum title as the video game series, but contrary to popular belief this comic is the where it all got its start. The comic has inspired both the video game and the backdrop for the movie Batman Begins. It even inspired some of the stories in Batman the animated series. It is a fantastic read and a bit chilling!


3. The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore)


Originally this classic was pitched to be a sequel to George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living dead. Though Image Comics powers that be loved the idea they suggested that they rework it and make it an original piece so they could have 100 percent of the rights. This decision gave birth to the famous Walking Dead we know and love today. The story follows former Sheriff’s Deputy and comatose patient Rick Grimes and his not so merry Band of survivors, struggling to not only survive the zombie apocalypse but also each other.


It originally debuted in 2003 before spawning its critically acclaimed TV series in 2010. Although the TV show is a instant classic, it’s slightly watered down in quality compared to the comic books. What both show and Comic do that makes my insides jiggle, is the “no one is exempt from death” Concept it employs. It is still ongoing and begs a read whether you are a fan of the series or not.


2. Preacher (Garth Ennis)


This Vertigo Comics rooted piece of fiction is both thrilling and a little weird, it centers on preacher Jesse Custer.  Who after being “Bonded” with a supernatural infant source known as Genesis a product of a unholy shag fest between an angel and Demon. It ends up giving Jesse unbelievable abilities making him arguably one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He sets out on a Cross country journey in search of God who has abandoned heaven upon Genesis’ birth. Jesse does so with his Ex-girlfriend Tulip, and his Irish Vampire sidekick Cassidy. The three meet incredible foes that both shape and destabilize the very fabric of Jesse’s world.


Though this show had a few attempted Adaptations, it ultimately found its footing on AMC with the Preacher series in 2015 with a Pilot Co-written by Seth Rogen. It has inspired other concepts, such as Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger born. It is a terrifying, and often humorous ride, that redefines both good, bad and ultimate power.


1.  The Crow (James O’barr)


This is my number one pick, for the unfamiliar comic book fan this character is The Punisher meets Batman. Though that is probably a gross misrepresentation, it’s as close to the tone that I can get. The story is about Eric, a young man who is brought back by this supernatural crow who resurrects victims of murder to exact revenge on their murderers. Eric Was killed by a group of gang members while his fiancé was raped in front of his paralyzed eyes before she was killed as well. Eric returns to the land of the living and hunts down his Murderers. The Gothic and dark tone sets the comic apart from other Thrillers as it beautifully seams psychological thrilling with creative Violence.


It was later adapted to a couple of movies, the first and most famous starred the Late Brandon Lee, who unfortunately died while filming the movie during a set accident. Its dark tone, and vengeful motivations creates a both spooky but thrilling adventure.

So there you have it! My List for a Spooktastic post Halloween Follow up. Let me know your thoughts below, and share your own favorite comics in the comment section. Until next time, this is Jared signing off.

Have You Ever Heard Of Candyman?

Happy Almost All Hallow’s Eve Misfits!

We’re almost there!

Even though it lands on a Tuesday, it doesn’t mean we can’t be spooky! Of course, I’ve already got my outfit picked out for it and everything. I usually celebrate Halloween for the entire month and this year was no exception. While I try to devour as much horror related content as I can year round, with the influx of sketches, indie games and horror films gracing our screens, I find myself in heaven.

I’ve been watching horror films since I was 8, starting with “Child’s Play”. While my mom was asleep, I decided to watch some T.V. with the volume low and subtitles on. I was aimless flicking through channels when I stumbled upon it. Assuming it was a kid’s movie, I watched the entire thing. I had nightmares for weeks AND I got in trouble for watching the movie. It didn’t stop me from watching them though. By the time I was 15, I had seen all the classics: Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Rosemary’s Baby. The list goes on and eventually the love grew to shows and games. Today I’m going to share one of my favorite horror films: Candyman.

This slasher movie is based off a short story named “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker who also produced this movie in the franchise. Based in Chicago, it follows Helen Lyle, a graduate student who studies urban legends. She stumbles upon his story, which says that if you say his name five times while looking a mirror, he will come and kill you. Throughout the movie, his presence is bolstered by the people who live in those projects, due to a string of murders that have occurred with a similar modus operandi (m.o.). Helen uncovers his history and confronts him multiple times. If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t spoil it too much for you. Needless to say, it’s a chilling and slightly gory film that spoke to me.

One of the topics that was prevalent throughout the movie dealt with social issues, specifically racial issues. Helen Lyle, the protagonist, is a member of the white middle class, working towards her doctorate and living in downtown Chicago with her husband, who is a professor at the same university. Helen is completely unaware of Candyman until it’s brought to her attention by two women who work at the university, both of whom are African American. She decides to do more research, which leads her to the Cabrini Green projects. While doing some research, she’s attacked by a gang leader, who had taken Candyman nickname as his own. Despite the homicides that had been happening in that area, the police only came out when Helen was attacked and they quickly figured out what happened. There are many other moments I could point out in this movie, but I would be giving away the entire story if I did that. I touch on this moment because when I first watched this movie, it was the first movie I had seen that touched on these issues in horror. To me, it was crazy and bold but it also showed the versatility of horror. You can touch on so many topics while also scaring the crap out of people and I would love to see more films that did that. Maybe I should just write one.

Candyman is a true slasher flick, with a good bit of gore to go along with the story. T In a turn away from how gore is usually done, while it is a good amount, it isn’t over done. What I’ve seen with a lot of horror films that have gore in them is that they rely on the gore to keep everyone watching. While tons of gore might be the way for some people, I prefer a little less. One of my favorite scenes with gore occurs in the Cabrini Green projects. Candyman gets ahold of Helen, and let’s just say – it isn’t pretty. It’s presumed that he controls Helen during this scene in order to make her believe in his existence. Despite this, she doesn’t quite believe and he continues trying to make her believe. The gore, while it is prevalent, isn’t overdone, with some of the murders happening off screen and the aftermath being shown. Instead of relying on long death scenes, which when used in the right places can make a great performance, they continue to move forward with the story which meant I could see more fantastic death scenes. There was no need for blood to be everywhere, but where it would be if these deaths actually happened.

If you haven’t seen Candyman, I highly recommend that you do. It will keep the wheels in your mind turning as you try to figure out who will die next. With an interesting storyline, gore and a chilling lead played by Tony Todd, I’ve got a feeling you won’t be saying his name five times.


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