MsKaye

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  1. I don't watch tons of anime. If I do, I mostly watch movies. I tend to prefer them to your average Anime TV show, but there are exceptions and I frequently try to get into more anime. Mainly at the behest of my weeby French friend, Grani. Still, here's ones what I like: Princess Mononoke Paprika Perfect Blue Millennium Actress The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Memories Paranoia Agent Tokyo Godfathers Dead Leaves FLCL Ruroni Kenshin Arietty Cat Soup Interstella 5555 Ghost in the Shell Jin-Roh
  2. I was born in the Soviet Union; specifically a city in Southwestern Siberia called Omsk. My parents fled when I was pretty young and we ended up in Utah of all places, and to this very day I still dwell amongst the curious breed known as the "Mormon."
  3. There was this crappy re-dub of Nausicaa entitled "Warriors of the Wind." That was the first anime I technically saw.
  4. Well... assuming it is STILL Doom 3 we're talking about and we're not allowed to just say "Make it classic Doom, but three dee and with a more believable world/structure", and we have to keep the whole pseudo-survival horror game angle and all that but only change bits of it... here's what I'd do: No cutscenes. This is a lesson that should have been learned from Half-Life. Let dialogues unrelated to Doomguy happen in the environment naturally, and if the player wants to go and overhear, they can. It makes it more immersive, and will feed into one of the strengths Doom 3 already has: The atmosphere. Give Betruger an actual character beyond "MWAHAHAHA, DEMONS!" Make him intimidating. Make him interesting. Another lesson to learn from Half-Life: Shake things up. In Half-Life, something was always going wrong. Doom 3 lulled into repetition way, way too quickly. Considering how accomplished the atmosphere was - if there was crazy shit constantly going wrong, it'd keep the players much more frightened and on edge. For example... remember that one moment where you walk by a door, it flys open, and a spooky monster you've never seen before pops out of a fleshy door-vagina and screams at you? Have that thing fucking stalk you throughout the level, and establish that this isn't like other monsters you encountered, and maybe have a bit where you have to fight your way out to the surface while this thing that you have no hopes of destroying rages after you? That could be a neat little encounter. More crazy setpieces, basically. Have faster movement and more open areas, and in fact, start in those open areas. Establish to the player how much more comfortable and nice it is being in open areas. Then make the tight, claustrophobic bits mean something. I wanna say to myself "But I don't wanna go into the cramped corridor that is echoing with the sounds of what can only be described as "Demon Rape." Better sound design. The Trent Reznor soundpack shows how the game probably should have sounded. A more mindfucky Hell. Hell is already the highlight of the game... but I still wish it played more tricks on the player, as it were. Make the place more than just creepy, make it anxiety inducing. It's a realm of infinite possibilities. Give the player a world that doesn't play by any of the rules previously established. That'd work great for me. I actually am something of a Doom 3 apologist who enjoys it on its own merits, but of course there is always room for improvement.
  5. Yeah, REmake is the one old Resi that I feel holds up nicely in a lot of ways. And it still looks amazing... the art direction was fantastic.
  6. I both agree and disagree... I agree with the fact it set a really bad trend for the horror genre in the eyes of the industry and on top of that I get really baffled when I hear people talk about it like it was a great horror game. I admit the Plagas kinda freaked me out at first, but after blowing them up for an hour they lose a lot of their scare value, and otherwise the only other things I ever feared in the game were the regenerador. You spent too much time being a capable badass with a big gun in a silly action story with monsters. But I will admit I... still kinda loved the game. It was legitimately a ton of fun, when accepted for what it was. It's just a shame it said "Action games with spooky skins sell better than actually scary games" and made the industry wary of actually making real horror games. :/
  7. Fun fact, Cyriak isn't just a fan, he actually makes Doom maps. https://doomwiki.org/wiki/Cyriak_Harris_(mouldy)
  8. Well, the most well known Doom loving celebrity was of course Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. There's a reason he hopped aboard Quake. But he apparently used to play the game quite a bit during tours. I also think I recall Michelle Rodriguez saying she liked Doom back in the day, but my memory may be fuzzy there.
  9. Definitely. I considered mentioning it, but I figured between me raving about VideoDrome & Dead Ringers, I had fangirled over Cronenberg enough in my post. Really, most of what Cronenberg did in the 80s is well worth a watch. And some of his later stuff is too, though the 80s were definitely his golden period. The Fly, Dead Ringers, Scanners, The Brood, VideoDrome, The Dead Zone.... love 'em.
  10. Aurelio Voltaire's latest album. It's pretty damned solid.
  11. I saw Kingsman: The Golden Circle with my wife. It was fun. Dumb, even cartoonier, and not as good as the first - but I still think it's above average for that particular kind of sequel. I can understand why the critics don't love it, but I imagine if you were a fan of the first, this is a fun film. But that's all it is, "fun." Don't go in expecting anything amazing. Stalker is one of my favourites. I have an odd obsession with the films and culture of my birth country, even if I'm not genuinely... err, fond of the Communist regime (Yes, the avatar is out of "irony," as tired as that is. I actually kinda wanna change it soon.) and Stalker sort of tops my list there. It's a fascinating picture and the score is also a highlight. Out of curiosity, have you read the novella that inspired it, The Roadside Picnic? They're truly very, very different in almost every way except the concept of The Zone, the Wish Granter, and the character of Monkey (Whose nickname is slightly more... literal in the novella.) but I feel it is absolutely just as worth experiencing. Not as philosophically heavy and a bit more traditional in some aspects as a sci-fi story, but those are not insults. It explores the Zone more as a hostile and alien entity, and there's some genuine creepiness and tragedy in watching a mans own family life be so perverted and mutated by a horrific and unknown outside force (The mutant daughter Monkey isn't his only woe in the novella.). A great story.
  12. I'm a pretty big horror nut too! Is my favourite genre, and my favourite director is easily David Cronenberg. I'm admittedly not "scared" by tons, but there are exceptions. When it comes to stuff that legit scares me, it typically tends to be more surreal or psychological stuff, or stuff that preys on existential fears. Here are some of my fav movies, games, and books. Sorry if I get a little rambly at times... I'm pretty passionate and chatty about shit like this. :P I hope you don't mind that I also include some "Horror adjacent" genres such as horror-comedy and the like. MOVIES VideoDrome - One of my all time favourite movies, regardless of genre. This is a brilliant Sci-Fi horror film that, despite some cheesy bits, is legitimately creepy, psychological, and despite the dated technology - surprisingly relevant. I personally believe that VideoDrome somewhat predicted Social Media and the flaws and negative impacts Social Media has had on our society. A radical new form of media that subverts your perception of reality and slowly makes you more and more susceptible to programming and influence from an invisible, outside force that completely reshapes and changes what you consider real and righteous. I can't help but think of how people all over the political spectrum use Social Media to put on blinders, find others who think like them, and consume rampantly false media that create a warped world view and the cognitive dissonance that occurs when they are challenged. A must see. Suspiria - This is primarily an "Art-Horror" film. Its plot is kind of confusing and it doesn't have deep or particularly well acted characters, but the visual design, concepts, and amazing goddamn score make it a ride worth taking. Admittedly Italian horror is one of those areas I'm not massively educated in, I haven't really gotten into many Giallo films, but I am rather fond of this one and I also basically like all of Goblin's horror movie scores. Strange Circus - This is a rather... heavy Japanese horror-drama. Rape and sexual abuse is admittedly a topic that affects me pretty hard, so it can be a bit of a tough watch - but I won't deny it's an artistically powerful and genuinely disturbing piece of horror-drama. Sion Sono in general is good at this sort of thing, even if I find it bizarre that his claim to fame was Suicide Club which I found... meh. Martyrs (The French One) - This is a pretty divisive one, but... well, it came from the New French Extremist movement. Of course its divisive. I s'pose if you are someone who has ever unironically used the term "Torture Porn," this one ain't for you. But it does actually have a message and purpose however nihilistic and existentially fucking horrific it is, and I think it's a genuinely effective horror movie. Noroi - This is a Found Footage/J-Horror film, but don't let the stigmas and overexposure of those two particular genres scare you off. This is a genuinely interesting, well crafted, and at times legitimately creepy little film that kind of surprised me. Ghost films don't typically manage to legitimately get under my skin, but this has its moments, and it isn't too waterlogged by your average Found Footage & J-Horror tropes. It certainly has a couple of them, but it doesn't overdo them. Shame most of this directors films after have been so terrible. I Saw The Devil - Stretching the definition of "horror" a little here, as this is a thriller, but with how well it keeps you on edge and with how brutal and dark it is, I think it bleeds over into the horror genre somewhat... plus it's a legitimate all time fav of mine, so I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it. This is a fucking amazing revenge thriller. It takes arguably the most basic revenge plot imaginable ("Cops wife is raped/murdered, Cop goes rogue to find her killer") and turns it into one of the most intense and brutal cat & mouse thrillers out there. It helps that Min-Sik Choi (Of OldBoy fame) is absolutely stellar as Kyung-Chul. Gozu - Uhh... this movie is... uhh.... its... well, itself. This is an absolutely insane Japanese horror-comedy that my wife introduced me to. It is really disgusting, surreal, and I'm not entirely sure what the hell it is going for but I kind of adore it. It's one of those films that you just watch to see what will happen next. I recommend going in blind. If you don't like ridiculous, sexually charged, distinctly Japanese black humour - maybe it's not for you, but it's become a cult film for my wife & I. Hellraiser - Probably one you are familiar with. It's one of my favourite American horror films from the 80s. I adore Clive Barker. Admittedly I do prefer the book, The Hellbound Heart, if not solely because Barker's sexually charged prose (Something lost because... yeah, you can't film that and get an R Rating.) really appeals to me for some reason, but this ain't a bad adaptation overall. Probably helps that Barker made it himself. It's surreal, the art design is fantastic, and I love the mythology and ideas behind the story. I hate that it often gets viewed as a "slasher" by some. Dead Ringers - Don't let the corny name (Which was actually originally "Twins," but this came out the same year as the Danny Devito/Arnold Schwarzenegger thing, so it was changed.) fool you, this is a great little film. It is once again my man, David Cronenberg. Jeremy Irons is great in this film. He plays a pair of identical twin gynecologists who are inherently obsessed with twins, and their psychological struggle when they both fall in love with the same woman. It gets crazy, and is another favourite of mine. Super underrated. Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil - This is one of the funniest fucking horror-comedies out there. It's rightfully gained a following. A hilarious spoof of slasher movies that also has a surprising amount of heart and charm to it. Just go in blind. The trailers and such spoiled way too much. Dellamorte Dellamore/Cemetery Man - A weird and surreal horror-comedy from Italy. Another favourite of mine, as well as my wife. Maniac (2012) - I feel like I'm one of the few champions of this movie. I'm fairly indifferent to slasher movies but this one? I like this one. Perhaps the whole "First person" thing and some of the bad digital effects are overdone at times, but Elijah Wood is fucking great, the soundtrack is fucking great, and I actually think there was some weight to its attempts to be a bit more psychological, even if I wouldn't call it a "smart" film. Just smarter than your average slasher, I s'pose. Candyman - Another Clive Barker, and like Hellraiser, it constantly gets dismissed as a standard slasher. I can admittedly understand that viewpoint more with this one than I can Hellraiser, but I still view it as above a slasher film. I think this is a genuinely clever, inventive film with a fascinating subject regarding myth building and the nature of rumour and urban legends. Plus Tony Tod is fantastic and like Maniac and Suspiria... DA FOOKING MOOZIC. GAMES Silent Hill 1-4: Masterpieces all. Yes, I'll even defend 4, even if I'll agree it is the weakest of the bunch. Silent Hill 2 and 3 are tied for my favourites. Silent Hill 2 wins out on story and atmosphere, Silent Hill 3 wins out on the artistry... the game is basically a audio-visual shrine to the amazing talents of Masahiro Ito, Hiroyuki Owaku, and Akira Yamaoka (Hallowed by thy name... sorry, yuge Akira Yamaoka fangirl here.). Must plays. You don't get horror games like this much anymore. Resident Evil VII: I actually say this as someone who isn't really a huge Resi fan. I liked the games, but didn't love them. But RE VII surprised me. I know this is a controversial opinion amongst some horror fans, but I feel that it is the best Resi game that's actually trying to be horror. (RE 4 is still a better game, but its an action game that wasn't particularly scary. A bit tense at times, but you had too many big fuck off guns and goofy shit.) It actually legit had me on edge at times, and I kind of adored the way it managed to do that despite how patently absurd and at times goofy the story is (IMMORTAL HILLBILLIES AND INSECT VAGINAS). S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - This is the ultimate "Diamond in the Rough" game. It is super buggy, clunky, and weird, but if you allow it to - it will suck you in and not let you go. The atmospherics in this game are some of the best in horror gamedom, right next to Silent Hill. And this is one of the few games I can think of where you can carry around a big fuck off gun and still feel... well, constantly unsafe. As a huge fan of The Roadside Picnic and the film Stalker, I'm glad they managed to bring the Zone to vibrant, beautiful life. Sure it is a different take and a different story, but they nailed creating the horror of witnessing a slice of Terra familiaris being turned utterly alien and unrecognizable. Metro 2033/Last Light - This is admittedly stretching the horror game part some, but it has amazing atmospherics too and the surface can be genuinely terrifying. Plus the stories are legit good and I love how detailed the universe is. A bit over-linear... but I really like them. Plus as a Russki with an odd obsession with the Soviet homeland she barely knew (Despite not wanting to know it too intimately due to... y'know, Communism being awful), I sort of gravitate to shit like this and STALKER. I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream - An excellent adventure game that has a very chilling story. This game was ahead of its time, IMHO, you didn't see many games that were this genuinely mature back in the 90s. Funny people were complaining about Mortal Kombat and Doom and yet a game that tackled topics like rape and genocide in a genuinely emotionally and psychologicaly upsetting way flies by. Then again I guess it's because kids probably wouldn't have the patience to play it, and critics were kind of cold to it. But it's since grown an audience and been recognized for what it truly is; a great piece of interactive fiction that arguably improves upon the already excellent short story from which it was adapted. BOOKS (The shortest section because reasons) The Books of Blood by Clive Barker - This is a horror anthology I hold near and dear to my heart. Not all of it is great, and admittedly the first three volumes are far better than the latter three, but there's still good stuff in them too. The stories fluctuate from genuinely scary and highly imaginative to just ridiculous, gory monstrous fun. And I adore Barker's highly erotic prose. It's... strange that he writes horror with such a heavily sexual bent, but as a kind of sick woman... I adore it. Plus the wrap-around story, the eponymous "Book of Blood" and its conclusion are fan-fucking-tastic. Book of Blood/On Jerusalem Street is easily one of my favourite horror stories. Also, Candyman was adapted from this anthology, so bonus points. Piercing, Audition, and In The Miso Soup By Ryu Murakami - I sort of lump these three together because I feel they are very thematically similar. Each one is a commentary on Japanese sexual politics and society in some way, and each are incredibly tense, dark, psychological driven thrillers that expertly explore highly damaged characters. Audition is the most famous (Or perhaps infamous) of the three due to its fairly decent film adaptation, but I feel reading Audition is a better experience. Piercing is probably my favourite just because of how lean and mean it is... I think it deserved a film adaptation more than Audition. I imagine it being directed by the guy who did "I Saw the Devil" and I kind of go wild. In The Miso Soup is the creepiest to me, probably because I can "understand" its social aspect the most, since I've been to Japan and experienced the sometimes strange crossover between night life and tourists. But all three are worth a read. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski - Don't read anything about this book. Don't listen to anyone talk about it outside of what I say. Just pick it up, preferably a full colour edition, and prepare to lose your fucking mind. Perhaps this is a "loose" example of a horror story (Even the author admits this) but it can really fuck with your head. Hard. And it is unlike anything else I have read. It's a great and unique piece of fiction. John Dies at The End (Series) by David Wong - This is Horror-Comedy, but I really adore this series and think it is highly underrated. The first book admittedly DOES have huge issues, you can tell it was not originally intended to be a novel but rather short stories, and admittedly the more... juvenile side of the humour is a bit overwhelming and obnoxious at times. It didn't need so many poop jokes. But when it is more focused on surreal dark humour, it can make you laugh, and on top of that despite primarily being humour/satire... it has genuinely scary fucking ideas and moments. As I said, I'm affected heavily by existential horror, and this entire series is founded on the idea of "Existence is a horrific, random, chaotic joke" and it goes pretty far with it. It mixes silly shit with creepy shit really well. The sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders, is also pretty good - even if it lacks the highly imaginative spark. But on the other hand, the humour is better with less of the bad jokes, the characters are stronger (I genuinely adore Amy and even relate to her some.), and it was always intended as a novel so it isn't so disjointed. However the third book, What The Hell Did I just Read? is awesome. Combines the better writing of the second book with the more wild imagination and genuine laughs/chills of the first book. Anyways... I think you have enough to chew on. :P
  13. The Pinky Demon. Especially with Fast Pinkies enabled. I've just always found them strangely adorable. No clue how a beast like that could run around at Sanic speeds. The thing looks like it should have a hard time keeping its head up.