BOYTOONS MAGAZINE #177 – The Halloween issue!

Boytoons Magazine #177 cover

Good Evenink!

Welcome, dear friends to the 2009 Halloween issue of Boytoons Magazine.  It’s the issue where I wax eloquent about all the crazy, cooky, creepy things I’m lovin’ the most this season.  Plus it’s the frikkin’ Halloween issue – and Halloween is one of my favorite time of year – so you know I just love putting this issue together.  And hey, I even got to draw a new pic of Ghostboy with a stack of jack ‘o lanterns for this issue’s cover.  What fun!!!  Without further delay, let’s kick things off with my TOP 10 HALLOWEEN LIST for 2009!

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#1 – “Crash Course” Left 4 Dead.

Fraser and I are absolutely loving this.  Left 4 Dead remains one of our favorite XBOX 360 games for sheer adrenaline and chills.  Left 4 Dead’s latest downloadable content , a new campaign called “Crash Course” delivers an all-new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay experience, expanding the game universe with new locations, new dialogue from the original cast, and an explosive finale.  There’s less health lying around, so be cautious.  If you haven’t yet checked out the award winning Left 4 Dead, I urge you to do so.

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#2 – Zombie Apocalypse

While I’m on the topic of Xbox 360 games and Zombies, I encourage you to download the 360 Arcade game “Zombie Apocalypse” for some serious end of days fun.  This little gem is pure, boiled down to the basics brilliance.  No complicated rules or controls, just point your gun or chainsaw, and start the carnage.  Very much like Left 4 Dead, up to four players can try and stop the zombie apocalypse with an arsenal of deadly weapons, such as an assault rifle, flame thrower, or grenade launcher, and when ammo is low a chainsaw will be your last line of defense against becoming one of the undead. This action packed, arcade-style shooter will test your shooting skills and ability to survive 55 days of relentless zombie attacks.

#3 –  Drag Me to Hell

Now on Dvd, Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” tells the story of Christine Brown (Alison Lohman), a loan officer who is ordered to evict an old woman from her home. Life is good until she finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse, which turns her life into a living hell. She desperately turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.  This is Raimi’s return to his horror roots, and it’s a brilliant blend of hilarious comedy and gore-encrusted horror!  Plus, the opening scene is truly one of the most frightening I’ve seen in horror flicks in quite some time.

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#4 – Dead Like Me

Why must I always come to great TV so late — usually when a series has wrapped up?  Dead Like Me isn’t especially horrific, but it does focus on the adventures of a group of undead reapers, tasked with collecting the souls of the dying.  The show could easily be described as “funny and morbid”. It debuted on Showtime (US station) in 2003, rapidly became a big hit and consumers subscribed to Showtime just to watch the show that everyone was talking about!  Now the complete run of this terrific series is out on DVD, and if you enjoy supremely well written dialog, brilliantly wrapped in up in a very original concept, then do yourself a favor, and snap this one up!  Starring Ellen Muth, Laura Harris, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, Mandy Patinkin.

#5 – Urban Gothic by Brian Keene

No Halloween issue ‘o mine would be worth its salt if I didn’t include at least 1 book by my favorite author, Brian Keene.  Keene’s latest offering is “Urban Gothic”, and suffice it to say that the book is unrelenting.

When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood of the inner city, Kerri and her friends thought they would find shelter in the old dark row house. They thought it was abandoned. They thought they would be safe there until morning. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar they’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives… though death is only part of their nightmare.

This one is definitely not for the squeamish.  Brace yourselves, cause it’s gonna get a whole lot nastier before the end. And if you’re like me and just can’t get enough of this terrific author, check out “Ghost Walk“.  Both books are sort of indirectly connected.  Plus Ghost Walk takes place at Halloween.  How cool is that?!

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# 6 – True Blood

Okay, so this one is sort of a gimme — True Blood is simply that freakin’ good!  But honestly, I never thought I could love vampires ever again after the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  I was SOOOO wrong!  The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Bon Temps, Louisiana who can read people’s minds.  Sookie’s life is turned upside down when a vampire named Bill walks into her place of employment two years after vampires have ‘came out of the coffin’ on national television.  Based upon the successful and wonderful Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris and starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, True Blood FINALLY returns Vampires back to the grown ups!

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#7 – The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show

Okay.  Yes.  This one is TRULY scary, I know.  It even scares me that I enjoy it so much!! So please forgive me while I gush about my favorite Saturday cartoon program for just a few short lines.  Honeslty, this couldn’t be more frightening if Disney were at the helm, but the Superhero Squad Show is fun because at it’s heart, it’s what I love best about Marvel characters.  They are larger than life, very powerful, and well, heroic to the last.  If you can’t bear to see Thor wonder if his leggings doth make him look fat, or to have Storm sound like Foxy Brown from Drawn Together, then this 22 minute show is soooo not for you – but if like me you’ve yet to slay your inner 6 year-old, then baby tune in, because HULK VERY FUNNY!  And damn it, that’s good enough for me!  My only complaint is the annoying lack of female characters.  C’mon Marvel — give us more heroines!!

Meanwhile if you enjoy the show, you may want to check out the new Superhero Squad game for the Wii.  I’ve yet to have the pleasure, but again, this looks like good guilty fun!

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#8 – Resident Evil 5

Oh yes, I am still in love with this brilliant game, almost a year since it’s release.  Why you ask?  Well, let me put it to you this way – CHRIS REDFIELD is quite possibly the hottest, sexiest video game hero like, EVER.  But besides appealing to my hormones, Resident Evil 5 has something else going for it – it’s quite possibly the best Resident Evil game to date.  Yes, it borrows heavily from Resident Evil 4, but in my opinion improves on the format by allowing 2 players to enjoy the game at the same time.  That’s pretty cool and new for Resident Evil, and playing with Sheva is great fun.  I love a tough heroine who kicks butt.  Capcom will be releasing the Alternative version in 2010 and it will include several alternate costumes for Sheva and Chris, including a Chris a la Road Warrior, which though not my exact cup of tea, at least shows off his perky nipples.  Great pecs AND bio hazards, what more could a gay gamer ask for?

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#9 – Slither

Yeah I know, this isn’t a new flick or anything, but Fraser and I just watched this film again and had a blast.  Slither is, to put it mildly, DIGUSTING.  But that’s why it rocks.  It’s funny and it’s actually well acted.  It stars Nathan Fillion ( and who doesn’t love a good Fillion?  LOL!) and Elizabeth Banks, and is all about intergalactic slugs that like to take up residence inside your guts and turn you into a flesh eating maniac.  Well, there’s way more to it than that, but if you enjoy your horror with a twist of clever comedy, rent or pick this one up.  It’s worth every penny.

#10 –  Outpost

Yeah, I know… I am all about the Zombies, right!  Bear with me here, because Outpost is one of the most atmospheric films I’ve seen in some time.  It’s not quite about Nazi Zombies, but more about Nazi undead spirits and über ghosts… I think.  Regardless, it’s bloody creepy.  Set in Eastern Europe, shot in Scotland, starring Ray Stevenson and costing a little over £1 million, you might be pleasantly surprised at the quality of this movie. Genuine tension is offset with sparing gore. Great gun battles and some Nazi voodoo technology are thrown in for good measure make this micro-budget effort well worth watching. The death scenes are incredibly creative and the nasty ghouls lurking in this run-down, abandoned bunker make you wonder if anyone will make it out alive.

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#11?!? – Trick ‘r Treat

Yes folks, this year, my Top 10 has 11 treats!  LOL!  I couldn’t write a Halloween Top 10 without mentioning Trick ‘r Treat.

In the tradition of Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt comes five interwoven tales set on Halloween night: a suburban couple learns the consequences of blowing out a jack-o-lantern before midnight, a high school principal moonlights as a vicious serial killer, a young virgin whose quest for that someone special takes a gruesome turn, a group of teens carry out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences, and a cantankerous old man battles a mischievous (but kind of oddly adorable) trick-or-treating demon.

Trick ‘r Treat is a collection of creepy stories that mixes fun with fear, candy with poison, and laughter with screams!  It’s filled with wonderfully authentic Halloween imagery and although it isn’t the tightest film you’ll ever see, it’s good creepy fun that reminds us what the night is all about.

Have a wonderful Halloween, my friends.  And as always, if you get around to checking any of my top 10… err… 11 out, do let me know what you think.  I love to discuss this stuff.

Hugz + kisses
Patrick XOXO

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Comments

  1. DLM also has a movie out heads up. definately worth a watch.

  2. Demented Kitsune says

    I loved DLM, I watched it on Show Case, I’m Canadian yay n.n I was ultra bummed when it stopped showing up :(

  3. I want to see Trick r Treat. I didn’t at first, but then everyone started saying how fun it was. …I just need to find a boyfriend first. I can’t watch scary movies alone…lol.

  4. There has been much playing of Resident Evil here and as it’s on the big tv I get to watch it too. Lucky!! hehe. I am still stuck on Little Big Planet, am still the worlds worst gamer but have managed a few levels. My sack boy has ears.

    I’ve not read Brian Keene before, sounds a bit scary! Dying to watch the Raimi movie, I adore his stuff. Slither is comedy gold as well as being totally gross and Nathan Fillion is a god. Srsly! Awesome list Patrick!!

  5. If Dead Like Me “rapidly became a big hit and consumers subscribed to Showtime just to watch the show that everyone was talking about!”, then I doubt Showtime would have cancelled it.

    Ok, perhaps my wording is wrong. It was a great show. I LOVED it.

    But apparently the suits at Showtime didn’t feel it garnered enough ratings.

    And I hope they lost a lot of subscribers after cancelling it. Truly a bonehead move on their part if you ask me.

    FWIW, the direct to dvd movie that followed wasn’t as good as the series, but if you’re a fan, you’ll like it, as they say.

  6. Great picture of Ghost boy! His mask is really attracting the other Jack-O-Lanterns… (Yeah sure, it’s the mask!) It’s great to see him in a seasonal shot.

    I have to see Trick, or Treat. I should enjoy it since I love Tales from the Crypt. I even enjoyed the cartoon.
    Another fun board game to go with the Zombie one on Halloween is Vampire Hunter. You have to play it in total darkness for it to work right. It’s a bit of a family game I know, but the set up and art is great. It’s easy to understand and fast to play making it pretty perfect for Halloween parties with a mix of young and old guests.

    http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/12396

    If the old Real Ghostbusters game was not such a pain to put together it would be an annual event at Halloween parties too. :P
    I have to say I can’t go past the season with out watching my favorites. And the old animated specials are always right there on my must see list! Simpsons, Garfield, Charlie Brown. Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone, all must see TV. Ah…just I’m a kid at heart I guess.

  7. God I love Ghost Boy in that getup. Trick and treat all rolled into one admittedly large package :)

  8. Hi Patrick.

    Love the Ghost Boy picture. I’m not a huge fan of most things horror and don’t really indulge in the halloween culture. I might watch a movie or so on television, they are actually showing Dead Set on television again. The only thing on your list that I do enjoy is Resident Evil 5, and the Alternative Edition is looking really tempting. So even if I don’t revel as much in it as you do, I hope you have a nice Halloween.

  9. Hey there Toli B…

    Thanks so much for the head’s up about the DLM movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s on my list of must gets!

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  10. Hello Demented Kitsune…

    Yeah, I was sad to see that DLM only ran 2 seasons plus 1 movie… but if it’s any consolation, I find the DVDs have a lot of re-watch value. it’s a great little show and always a pleasure to re-visit.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! :o)

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  11. Hiya Eric…

    Yup! Watching Trick r Treat is a great reason to get a boyfriend! :o) You’ll love cuddling up on the sofa, watching the movie with the lights off… if you can keep your hands off one another that is! LOL!

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  12. Hiya Sarah…

    I’m so glad you enjoyed my list! Thanks so much for the compliments. But really, I just seem to be into so much of the scary stuff (I love a good scare in movies and books and games!) that compiling this is never all that tricky! LOL!

    Meanwhile, I have just started playing Resident Evil 4 again. It’s so great how those games have such replay value. And hey, congrats on your sack boys’ new ears! LOL!

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  13. Hiya ATP…

    Yeah… I got my info about DLM from the Wikipedia. But I agree, it is odd that Showtime would cancel such a hit. Sucks that we live in a day and age where dollars mean more than quality television. Oh well, we’ll always have the DVDs! LOL!

    Thanks for the comment, my friend!
    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  14. Hey there Dinosaurprince…

    Thanks so much for the great comment and the compliments about Ghostboy! I had a great time drawing that one!!

    Loved your Halloween recommendations. Seems to me that next year, you should also do a Halloween Top 10 on your Blog. Folks love to read about this kind of stuff. I bet it would be a hit!

    In any case, i hope you had a great Halloween this year, buddy! Thanks again for taking the time to write!

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  15. Hey there Vishis…

    Thanks so much for the kind compliments about the Ghostboy pic, my friend. As always it is greatly appreciated! Hope you had a wonderful Halloween!

    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

  16. Hiya Reikro…

    Isn’t that funny! I would have expected that you loved Horror type stuff as you seem to be such a fan or Resident Evil and how you sent me the Dead Set! LOL! But no worries at all, my friend. You are selective in your choice of horrific gems, and there is nothing wrong with that! LOL! :o)

    Thanks so much for the compliments regarding my Halloween Ghostboy pic. I’m really pleased you enjoyed it. Meanwhile, I too will be looking forward to RE5 the Alternative Version!!

    Hope you enjoyed your Halloween, dear friend!
    Hugz + Kisses,
    Patrick XOXO

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