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Ah yes, cool winds (occasionally) blow, days turn to night earlier and the greenery becomes orange as the season of the witch approaches. Get into the “spirit” with Golden Ruby’s Extreme Exorcism (Xbox One, WiiU, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, PC), an old school single screen platformer not unlike Joust, Donkey Kong or the original un-super Mario Bros, with a season-appropriate paranormal theme and a low, low price of 12.99.
Lots of great choices this week with Criterion edition of Wes Anderson’s sweet adolescent love story Moonrise Kingdom and underappreciated and hilarious Norm McDonald vehicle Dirty Work. Sticking with our Halloween theme though (and because we’re assholes), our pick of the week is Texas Chainsaw mastermind Tobe Hooper’s “other”, less known, little loved redneck-sploitation splatterfest Eaten Alive. AKA Legend of the Bayou, AKA Death Trap, AKA Horror Hotel, AKA Death Becomes Her (not THAT one). A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…
Scottish synth-popsters CHVRCHES return with their long awaited second LP Every Open Eye.
And Seattle’s Black Breath continue to sharpen their deadly blackened hardcore attack with the help of production by Converge’s Kurt Ballou on Slaves Beyond Death.
In the well-reviewed documentary Mission To Lars, a man with Fragile X Syndrome attempts to fulfill his lifelong dream of meeting Metallica Drummer Lars Ulrich. Spoiler: He (probably) doesn’t punch him in the mouth because of the way the snare drum sounds on St. Anger.
If the prospect of an afternoon with Lars wasn’t terrifying enough, horror enfant terrible Eli Roth, The Bear Jew himself, returns to the genre that made him (in)famous with cannibal flick The Green Inferno. Fear will eat you alive! It’s still less scary than the way the snare drum sounds on St. Anger.