The Evening Write: VINYAN, Fangoria, RE5 and Moon Eating Planets.

Posted by Peter Hall - March 9th 2009 @ 8:03 pm

I’m thriftly acquiring a page from Drew McWeeny (he’ll always be Moriarty to me) and his Daily Read.  I make no promise that it’ll be a daily occurrence until I move to Austin and have much, much more time on my hands.  I also would not count on the content being horror exclusive nor all that well composed, this is supposed to be a blog after all.  I’ll do my best to stick to topics that are hopefully of interest to people who are, well, not me.

I didn’t grow up with Fango.  I didn’t even get into horror until I was 18, so I’ve only been buying the magazine for 5 or so years but man do I hate the new cover template:

Vince Liguano of Slasher Speak pointed it out when the change first occurred, but it wasn’t until the April issue arrived in the mail that I realized how much I missed the ‘ole film strip column.  Maybe its because the cover photo for LAID TO REST looks like DONNIE DARKO cosplay gone wrong, I don’t know.  All I do know is that it no longer carries the oddly regal weight it used to.  I hope they go back.

Despite almost all of the content being antiquated once it hits shelves thanks to the internet (whoever has to compile the Fear Film Forecast must loathe studio marketing departments), I still look forward to the magazine every thirty days or so.  I’ll pick my way through the articles at random, but I always immediately read editor Anthony Timpone’s issue introduction before jumping straight to the Video Eye of Dr. Cyclops.  I’ve been hearing decent things about DEAD IN 3 DAYS, so I was surprised to see the Doc give it one meager star.  I’m bumping it to the top of the queue to see what the hubbub is all about.

Sticking with Fangoria a tad longer.  There is a good article about Fabrice Du Welz’s directorial follow up to THE ORDEAL, the atmospheric (the article’s word of choice) Thai chiller VINYAN.  I’ve actually been keeping a close eye on the pic since first hearing of its existence so now seems as good a time as any to make note that it hits R1 DVD on April 7th.  It looks right up this site’s alley.

Is anyone going to pick up RESIDENT EVIL 5?  I was originally planning on it.  I very briefly played the demo a few weeks back and enjoyed it, but I’m starting to feel guilty dropping $60 on games I inevitably never finish.  The trouble is I’m a PC kind of guy so my friends network on the console front is limited.  Anyone with a 360 or PS3 who’ll be grabbing it shoot me up on either platform.  Name’s Denoginizerrr.

Also, did you know that Jim Sonzero directed the cut scenes for RE5?  Don’t know who Jim Sonzero is?  Good.  PULSE was an awful, awful, awful movie, one should be blessed not to know the name.  I hope his involvement is not a sign of things to come when the game hits this Friday, March 13th.

Is everyone a regular reader of New Scientist?  Follow @NewScientist on Twitter?  No?  Well you should be.  I assure you that when mankind is swept off the Pale Blue Dot, New Scientist will have run a thorough article predicting it.  That place is like a crystall ball of the Apocalypse.  Where else can you see a headline like, “Cannibalistic Jupiter ate its early moons”?

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  1. March 9th, 2009 | 8:25 pm | #1

    Note: “Shoot me up” is not a commonly accepted combination of “shoot me a [message/email/note]” and “hit me up.” “Shoot me up” is something heroin addicts say. Are you on H, Peter?

    Also, you have a PS3 and a 360? You must be old money or something.

  2. March 9th, 2009 | 9:48 pm | #2

    Heroin ain’t gonna soot itself, Brian.

    Not old money, just a gadget whore with a spending problem.

    No Wii, though.

  3. TJ
    March 10th, 2009 | 11:34 am | #3

    “Cannibalistic Jupiter ate its early moons?”


  4. John
    March 10th, 2009 | 12:10 pm | #4

    Which part of the RE5 demo did you enjoy more? The dying or the dying?

  5. March 10th, 2009 | 12:18 pm | #5

    What’s not fun about getting chopped in half over and over and over?

  6. R.J. Sayer
    March 10th, 2009 | 5:24 pm | #6

    i grew up on Fango. but i stopped reading it years ago when it became apparent that it was just another glossy collection of ads.

    RUE MORGUE stole the place in my heart that Fango carved out for itself all those ages ago.

  7. March 10th, 2009 | 5:58 pm | #7

    I pre-ordered RE5 Collector’s Edition for PS3 from Amazon even though there are no real things of interest in the CE, I’m just a consumer whore.

    When I figure out how to setup my PS3 network profile and figure out how to create a user name I shall shoot/hit you up. Of course coming from a guy who reviews games on websites that doesn’t do much for my credability.

  8. March 10th, 2009 | 6:07 pm | #8

    I have just subscribed to Fangoria, as in Australia places like Borders etc rip you a new one for freight charge so it costs $24 approx. I am eagerly awaiting my first copy in the mail which hopefully is the issue you have mentioned. I also am a late bloomer to horror, but I found Rue Morgue a bit much…

  9. March 10th, 2009 | 6:49 pm | #9

    I want to get RE 5, but I’ve been so busy watching horror movies and playing WoW, that I haven’t even finished the ps3 games I’ve got.

    Even though the demo was pretty fun, getting owned constantly regardless.

  10. March 11th, 2009 | 6:48 pm | #10

    Oh how I’m glad I broke my WoW addiction. It was pretty damn serious for a while.

  11. joefitz
    March 16th, 2009 | 3:51 pm | #11

    just now getting over my hang over from capcoms RE5 release party. good times in the city. Dispite drinking well over $60 of free booze that night, i did not in fact pick up the game. planning on it. but im just worried that a game built from the ground up as a co-op experiance wont have the same feel when i get my friendless grips on it.

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