Take a Trip Through The Adventure Zone

The greatest of stories often have the humblest beginnings. First recorded as a self-contained limited series by the comedic improv geniuses that are Griffin, Travis, and Justin McElroy along with their father Clint, The Adventure Zone has since become one of the most popular TTRPG podcasts to date with a solid 5.0 rating on the Apple Store, hundreds of millions of downloads, three graphic novel adaptations of their adventures that skyrocketed to the NYT’s Bestsellers list upon release, and accolades of the podcast gather at conventions and live shows to hear the latest shenanigans that the McElroys put their characters through…

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Review: “Ready or Not”

Basing a film on the premise of meeting your new spouse’s in-laws isn’t exactly a novel idea. There’s plenty of drama and hijinks that comes with the territory – especially if the new in-laws have traditions, customs, beliefs, or status that takes some getting used to. Sometimes, there’s an initiation to go through even after the vows are said and done. Sometimes, that initiation involves attempting to survive a deadly game of hide and seek until sunrise while said in-laws try to kill you. That’s the basic premise for 2019’s Ready or Not, starring Samara Weaving as the bride-to-be-hunted, in an intense thriller that plays for keeps up until the final moments…

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Unwind with Adventure Time

Adventure Time is full of some of the most incredible world-building I’ve ever seen in any format, cartoon or live-action, and executes one of the most wholesome, intense, and emotional stories in recent media. More often than not, I’ll have it playing in the background as I work. With it’s catchy opening and credits themes, energetic voice-acting, and colorful artwork, I find it works both as a nice de-stresser and as a motivator for my own writing…

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Review: Underwater (2020)

For all the lackluster films that have come and gone with little fanfare, there is occasionally a diamond in the rough. Even if it didn’t gain much notoriety during its run in theaters, there was one movie that swam its way into a suspenseful and surprisingly enjoyable foothold in the horror genre: Underwater, starring Kristen Stewart and the big bad Cthulhu himself. The film breathes a welcoming originality into the mysterious enemies that slowly pick off the cast one by one…

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In This Month: Serving Up Summer Scares

Ah, August. The peak of summer, where the sun shines hot and bright in the sky, beaches are packed, and theaters are packed with blockbuster hits full of action and adventure. It’s not a typical time when you’d expect to see a horror movie debut, but in 2019 summer served up some surprisingly potent scares with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Based on the horror anthology series of the same name, which became infamous for illustrator Stephen Gammell’s disturbing artwork, the film was helmed by André Øvredal and Guillermo del Toro to bring several of the more insidious tales and creatures to life…

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The Haunting of Hill House

What makes The Haunting of Hill House so impressive is how the story itself is executed. What could’ve been a campy horror story filled with jumpscares and overused tropes was instead a carefully crafted, slow-burn tale that saved its few jumpscares for just the right moments. Furniture and wallpaper are arranged to resemble faces hidden in almost every scene, and the ghosts of Hill House lurk in almost every scene – often in plain sight yet easily missed…

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