Welcome to Riot Radar, a weekly Friday column detailing new releases in music, movies and games for the upcoming week. Questions? Comments? Criticisms? More bad jokes about Paul Stanley? Hit us up in the comments, via email or social media.
The week’s big release around these parts is Super Mario Maker (9-11-15/WiiU/59.99), an unprecedented one-two punch of ultra-robust creation tool and testing ground for classic 2-D style Mario levels (using assets from Super Mario Bros 1 and 3, Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros) created by players from all over the world and uploaded to Nintendo’s servers. It’s the last game you’ll ever need, until the inevitable update that adds assets from Mario 2 and Yoshi’s Island, of course.
Lots to choose from this week with the 2000 sequel to the 80’s anime mainstay Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and the continued adventures of crazy crying Carrie Matheson in Homeland: Season 4. But in honor of the dear, departed Wes Craven, our pick of the week has to be 1989’s Shocker. Sure, Craven deserved a lifetime pass for Last House of the Left, the first Nightmare on Elm Street and (some would say, not me) Scream but out of all the wisecracking slasher schlock that was foisted upon unsuspecting 80’s horror audiences in the wake of Freddy Kreuger’s ascension to pop culture icon, this Mitch Pileggi (X-Files’ AD Skinner and serial revealer of magician’s secrets) starring supernatural steamer was definitely one of them. Special bonus: the cheese rock title theme performed by Kiss’ Starchild himself, Paul Stanley (and Tommy Lee on drums!), submitted for your approval:
The immortal Slayer return on 9/11 with their (coincidentally enough) 11th studio album Repentless. We were lucky enough to catch the satanic thrash institution last November at the Tower Theatre and neither the years nor the tragic passing of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman in 2013 have dulled the speed and heaviness of their aural attack. Should be a good one.
Local boy M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit might be good for a few awkward laughs but for the real deal pants shitter this week check out Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s Austrian mindfuck Goodnight Mommy. As a public service I’ve kindly put the trailer right down there, perfect for those of you that weren’t planning on sleeping for a few days.