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Friday, December 22, 2023

"Santa's Got a Brand New Bag: Breaking and Entering for Beginners" Top 10 Unconventional Christmas Movies

 Christmas time is here, and you know what that means? Time with the family, buying things you don't really need & Christmas movies. I like Christmas movies I really do but not the conventional ones. I get it people love “It's a Wonderful Life” but I’m more of a Die Hard man.  (Die Hard is a Xmas were not here to debate this) I want to talk about the unconventional Christmas movies that I love. I think you might love some of them as well. If there's any I didn't mention leave a comment

DIE HARD (don’t @ me)

Let's get the obvious out of the way. Die Hard is often considered a Christmas movie due to its unique blend of action and holiday elements. Set during a Christmas party in Nakatomi Plaza, the film incorporates festive decorations, seasonal music, and a wintry backdrop, creating a juxtaposition with the intense action.

The theme of redemption and the importance of family prevalent in traditional Christmas movies are also present in Die Hard, as John McClane strives to reconcile with his wife amidst the chaos. The enduring debate over its holiday status adds a playful touch to the season, making Die Hard a surprising but beloved addition to Christmas movie traditions.


 Batman Returns earns its status as a Christmas movie through its atmospheric incorporation of holiday elements. Tim Burton's dark and whimsical Gotham City, adorned with festive lights and decorations, provides a visually stunning backdrop.

The narrative unfolds during the Christmas season, with the Penguin's villainous plot and Catwoman's emergence intertwining with holiday themes of redemption and forgiveness. The film's climax takes place against the backdrop of a giant Christmas tree, adding a surreal and festive touch to the action. While unconventional, Batman Returns skillfully weaves Christmas motifs into its gothic tale, making it a unique and memorable entry in the Christmas movie genre.


Krampus is considered a great Christmas movie for its darkly comedic take on holiday traditions. The film combines horror elements with a twisted sense of humor, exploring the consequences of a dysfunctional family's lack of Christmas spirit. Krampus, a folklore figure punishing those who've lost the holiday's true meaning, adds a unique and eerie dimension to the narrative.

The film's blend of scares and laughs, along with impressive practical effects, sets it apart as a refreshing alternative to conventional festive fare. Krampus successfully taps into the darker side of the holiday season while maintaining a sense of entertainment, making it a standout choice for those seeking a more unconventional Christmas movie experience.


"Scrooged" is often regarded as a unique and entertaining adaptation of Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." Starring Bill Murray, the film modernizes the classic tale with a comedic twist and a satirical take on the television industry. Murray's portrayal of Frank Cross, a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge, adds humor and charisma to the character's transformation.

The film cleverly integrates the Christmas spirit with its critique of corporate culture, providing a fresh and entertaining perspective on the timeless story. "Scrooged" stands out as a creative and engaging rendition of "A Christmas Carol" that resonates with audiences seeking a blend of humor and holiday spirit.


Trading Places" indeed falls into the category of unspoken Christmas movies, often overshadowed by more traditional holiday fare. Its unique blend of comedy, social commentary, and a dose of holiday spirit makes it a gem for those seeking a different kind of Christmas movie experience.

The film's clever narrative, witty dialogue, and memorable performances, especially by Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, contribute to its enduring appeal. Despite not being as overtly festive as some classics, "Trading Places" stands out as a smart and entertaining choice for those looking to add a bit of unconventional holiday cheer to their seasonal movie lineup.


Bad Santa" stands out as one of the best Christmas movies ever due to its fearless embrace of dark comedy and the memorable contributions of John Ritter and Bernie Mac. The late John Ritter's portrayal of the well-meaning but exasperated mall manager adds a delightful layer of humor and serves as an excellent foil to Billy Bob Thornton's irreverent Santa character. Ritter's comedic timing and affable presence enhance the film's overall appeal.

Additionally, Bernie Mac's performance as the store's security chief injects charisma and a no-nonsense attitude into the narrative. The dynamic between these talented actors complements the film's edgy humor, providing a perfect counterbalance to the unconventional holiday tale. Their contributions, alongside the film's audacious storyline, solidify "Bad Santa" as a classic that brilliantly navigates the fine line between irreverence and holiday sentiment.

8 Crazy Nights

Adam Sandler's "8 Crazy Nights" has proven to be a surprise hit around the holidays, largely due to its unique blend of irreverent humor and heartfelt storytelling centered around Hanukkah. As an animated musical comedy, the film stands out for its creativity in exploring the Festival of Lights through Sandler's signature comedic lens.

The unexpected depth of emotion and the film's ability to balance humor with sincere moments of reflection contribute to its enduring popularity during the holiday season. Sandler's versatility, coupled with the film's catchy musical numbers, provides a refreshing alternative to the more traditional Christmas-centric movies, making "8 Crazy Nights" a surprising and beloved choice for those looking to celebrate the festive spirit from a different cultural perspective.


"Edward Scissorhands" may not be a conventional Christmas movie, but it has earned a place in the holiday film canon due to its poignant themes of love, acceptance, and the magic of the season. Tim Burton's fantastical creation, Edward, with his scissor hands and gothic appearance, becomes an unexpected but endearing symbol of innocence and vulnerability.

The film's setting, with its snow-covered landscapes and suburban Christmas decorations, adds a whimsical and atmospheric touch. The narrative, which revolves around Edward's longing for connection and belonging, aligns with the spirit of generosity and compassion synonymous with Christmas. Johnny Depp's heartfelt portrayal of Edward and the film's visual beauty contribute to its timeless appeal as a movie that captures the essence of the holiday season in a uniquely enchanting way.

Tokyo Godfathers 

“Tokyo Godfathers" is often regarded as a heartfelt Christmas gem due to its unique blend of emotion, humor, and holiday spirit. Directed by Satoshi Kon, the film tells the story of three homeless individuals who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve and embark on a journey to reunite the child with its family. The movie's setting against the backdrop of Tokyo during the Christmas season adds a layer of magic and warmth to the narrative.

The film explores themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the importance of a chosen family, all of which are central to many traditional Christmas tales. The characters' personal struggles and the challenges they face contribute to the emotional depth of the story. "Tokyo Godfathers" stands out as a Christmas gem not only for its poignant themes but also for its rich character development, engaging plot twists, and the heartwarming message that, even in the midst of adversity, miracles can happen during the holiday season.


"Gremlins" stands out as a great but non-conventional Christmas movie for its departure from the typical holiday film formula. The movie unfolds in a small town during the festive season, diverging from the picturesque snowy landscapes commonly associated with Christmas movies. Its unique setting takes an unexpectedly dark turn when the protagonist unwittingly breaks the rules of caring for the mysterious creatures known as Mogwai, introducing chaos and mayhem into the holiday narrative. Unlike traditional Christmas films that focus on heartwarming themes, "Gremlins" incorporates dark humor, adding a layer of irreverence and unpredictability to the story. The mischievous and destructive behavior of the Gremlins challenges the usual sentiments associated with the season, creating an unconventional but compelling viewing experience.

Beyond its departure from traditional holiday themes, "Gremlins" excels in its creative elements. The film features a unique creature design, with the adorable Mogwai, particularly Gizmo, contrasting sharply with the menacing Gremlins. Released in 1984, the movie's special effects were groundbreaking for its time, contributing to its enduring appeal. "Gremlins" also successfully blends genres, combining horror, comedy, and fantasy, which further contributes to its non-conventional status. Its cultural impact and lasting popularity as a cult classic attest to its ability to provide a different kind of Christmas movie experience—one that remains both memorable and entertaining.

Those are my selections for the holidays, I’m sure you have your own. But seriously please enjoy the time you have with your family you only get one. We at Amerime Media wish all of you happy holidays and a happy and safe new year.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

"G4TV's Odyssey: From Gaming Glory to the Abyss of Irrelevance

 "Hey fellow gaming aficionados, let's take a nostalgic trip down memory lane to the days of G4TV, the channel that once defined our gaming culture. A beacon for gamers by gamers, it was a haven where we found our favorite shows, dissected game reviews, and passionately engaged in discussions about the latest in nerd culture. But alas, this haven met its demise not once but twice, leaving us with a burning question: What went wrong with the G4TV revival? 

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

A Cross Between Harry Potter and The Godfather: The Magic Order 4 review

Meet Sammy Liu a powerful wizard tasked with a heart-wrenching mission eliminating his closest allies. The enigmatic Madame Albany assembles his team, but one member's role is shrouded in mystery. What secrets will they unveil? In Magic Order 4

Avada Kedavra - Voldemort

Introduction: A magical revolution is on the horizon, and those who stand against it face a dire fate. Wizards are weary of concealing their extraordinary gifts, forced to coexist with ordinary folks while refraining from harnessing their powers for personal gain. Madame Albany, the enigmatic catalyst for this change, is willing to overthrow the existing magical order to usher in a new era. With Mark Miller, the creative mastermind behind "Jupiter's Legacy" and "Super Crooks," teaming up with Dike Ruan, the artist responsible for "Shang Chi" and "Spiderman," we had high expectations for this collaboration. Did they meet them? Read on to find out why Image Comics has a new must-read in "The Magic Order 4."

Plot and Storytelling: "The Magic Order 4" blends the enchanting world of Harry Potter with the intrigue of "The Godfather." The narrative unfolds in spellbinding ways, showcasing creative and captivating methods to deal with challenges.

Characters: Among the key players is Sammy Liu, a formidable wizard with a difficult task—eliminating some of his closest friends. Madame Albany is the puppet master, assembling this band of skilled individuals, while Cordella Moonstone's role remains shrouded in mystery, adding to the story's intrigue.

Artwork and Visuals: Dike Ruan's art style harmonizes perfectly with the story's essence. The precise linework plays a pivotal role, especially in scenes featuring multiple characters. Each page feels like a mesmerizing painting, and the transition between Ruan's art and Millar's storytelling is seamless.

Dialogue and Writing: Mark Millar's writing shines, as always. The narrative flows effortlessly, and characters emote at precisely the right moments, betraying former alliances in a world where allegiances are drawn in stark, unwavering lines. While not Dike Ruan's lines, the story harkens back to the old gangster adage, "You're either with us or against us." For a few, the choice was hardly theirs to make.

Themes and Symbolism: The themes are straightforward: true magicians are tired of suppressing their powers for the benefit of others. They intend to change the status quo, though the consequences for non-magic users remain uncertain but likely unfavorable.

Final Thoughts: "The Magic Order 4" embarks on a splendid journey, fusing the mystique of wizardry with the grit of gangster life, evident in their attire and speech. The ingenious ways they handle their challenges make this a must-read for those yearning for something beyond the realm of conventional superhero tales. With a rating of 9 out of 10, "The Magic Order 2" is a brilliant start to a unique blend of magic and mayhem, promising a captivating ride for avid fans and newcomers alike.

*Don't miss out on the magic and mayhem—The Magic Order 4 awaits

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Who's your slasher daddy?


  • Who’s your Slasher Daddy?

  • Slasher films have carved an indelible niche in the annals of horror cinema, delivering equal measures of terror and adrenaline to audiences worldwide. The best slashers are not just defined by their brutal kill sequences but by the iconic antagonists who wield the knife, chain, or glove. Characters like Freddy Krueger from "A Nightmare on Elm Street", Jason Voorhees of "Friday the 13th", and Michael Myers from "Halloween" have become emblematic of the genre, transcending their celluloid origins to become mainstays in popular culture. These relentless killers, with their uniquely terrifying aesthetics and backstories, have been both feared and celebrated, making slasher films some of the most enduring and influential in the subgenre .

  • Freddy “Springwood Slasher” Kruger 

  • Unlike other slashers who rely primarily on physical strength, Freddy haunts the dreams of his victims. This power to infiltrate dreams and turn them into nightmares is both original and terrifying, as sleep is an essential and inescapable part of life. Freddy’s burned face, striped sweater, and bladed glove are instantly recognizable. This unique look sets him apart from other slasher villains. Many slashers like Michael Myers ("Halloween") or Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th") are portrayed as largely silent and emotionless killing machines. Freddy, on the other hand, often taunts his victims with dark humor and sadistic pleasure, making him more dynamic. Freddy's character has a detailed backstory that adds layers to his evil nature. He was a child murderer in life, and after his death, he was empowered by dream demons to continue his reign of terror from the afterlife. The line between dreams and reality is blurred in "A Nightmare on Elm Street." This challenges viewers' perceptions and taps into a deeper, psychological kind of fear. One never knows if they're safe or if they're about to be confronted by Freddy. Freddy’s dream-based powers allow for a wide range of creative and terrifying scenarios. The surreal dream landscapes can be customized to each victim's personal fears, making each encounter unique and unpredictable. The "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series spawned multiple sequels, a television series, and even a crossover film with another iconic slasher, Jason Voorhees. Freddy's influence can be seen in various pop culture references and Halloween costumes every year. Freddy's character has been analyzed in academic circles, with scholars looking into the societal and psychological implications of the series. The character has sparked debates on topics from the nature of dreams to societal revenge fantasies. Freddy Krueger's blend of psychological terror, dark humor, and a strong backstory makes him a standout for many fans of the genre. Freddy Krueger's unique method of killing, compelling backstory, distinct personality, and iconic appearance solidify his position as the best in the business. Whether he's making you laugh or scream, Freddy ensures you'll never look at bedtime the same way again.

  • Jason Voorhees 

    Few figures in horror cinema are as instantly recognizable as Jason Voorhees. His signature hockey mask and machete not only define his appearance but have also become emblematic of the slasher genre itself. Unlike many other horror villains, Jason doesn't need elaborate makeup or special effects to be intimidating. His simplicity, which combines the everyday (a hockey mask) with the foreboding (a bloody machete), makes his image enduring and universally frightening. Jason's story and character have undergone evolution across films, adding layers to his persona and keeping audiences intrigued. From the trauma of drowning as a child to his resurrection and subsequent rampages, Jason's narrative is rich with a combination of supernatural elements and human tragedy. The different portrayals of Jason, whether it's the undead version or the more human iteration, provide depth and variety to his character that's uncommon in the slasher genre. Every great slasher requires an equally great setting. Camp Crystal Lake serves as an eerie backdrop for Jason's reign of terror. The very idea of a serene summer camp turned into a haunting ground plays on the fears of safety turned upside-down. 4. Relentless Determination: One of the most defining characteristics of Jason Voorhees is his relentless pursuit of his victims. Unlike other slashers who might engage in mind games or theatrics, Jason is a force of nature. He never tires, never stops, and seems impervious to harm. This relentless determination, combined with his superhuman strength, makes him an unstoppable force, further establishing him as one of the most formidable adversaries in horror cinema.Perhaps the strongest testament to Jason's status as the best slasher is his cultural impact. From video games to merchandise and countless parodies, Jason Voorhees has transcended the 'Friday the 13th' films to become a pop culture icon. His influence extends beyond horror aficionados to the general public, solidifying his position in the pantheon of great horror villains.

    Charles Lee Ray aka Chucky 

    Unlike many other slashers who are humans or human-like figures, Chucky is a doll. The very idea of a children's toy turning deadly gives the 'Child's Play' series an immediate and unique hook. This deviation from the norm challenges the audience's perception of innocence, playing on the unsettling juxtaposition of a beloved children's toy and a murderous psychopath.One of Chucky's standout qualities is his distinctive personality. While many slashers are often silent stalkers like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, Chucky is different. He is vocal, sarcastic, and has a dark sense of humor. This character depth gives the audience a clear insight into his motivations and feelings, making him a more multidimensional villain. Over the series, viewers even explore aspects of Chucky's former human life as Charles Lee Ray, further fleshing out his character. The 'Child's Play' series has managed to evolve Chucky's character and the story around him. From being a straightforward killer doll in the earlier movies to delving into more black comedy in the sequels, and then exploring his origin story – Chucky has witnessed a wider range of narrative shifts compared to other slashers. This ability to adapt and stay relevant is a testament to the character's strength in the horror genre.  Chucky is not just about the kills. Over the course of the films, he displays a wide array of emotions, from anger and frustration to moments where he shows a twisted sense of love and desire, especially towards Tiffany, his equally deranged doll partner-in-crime. This emotional complexity makes him stand out, as he's not just a one-note killing machine. Chucky has left an indelible mark on popular culture. He has been referenced in numerous movies, TV series, and even music, evidencing his far-reaching impact. His iconic catchphrases, look, and the sheer audacity of his character make him instantly recognizable, even to those who might not be horror enthusiasts. Chucky's staying power in the horror genre is attributed to his distinctive characteristics, the evolution of his narrative, his cultural impact, and the emotional depth woven into his storylines. These factors combine to make him a compelling and unforgettable slasher figure in cinema.

    When you find out it wasn’t just a phase aka The Cenobites 

    The Cenobites, led by Pinhead, are iconic figures from Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" series. They are distinct from many other "slasher" villains in horror cinema in that they represent a more surreal, supernatural, and philosophically complex type of evil. When most people think of "slashers," they often think of characters like Michael Myers ("Halloween"), Jason Voorhees ("Friday the 13th"), and Freddy Krueger ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"). These characters tend to have a more straightforward, relentless pursuit of their victims, whereas the Cenobites have a more ritualistic and elaborate method of torment that focuses on the limits of human sensation and suffering.The Cenobites, particularly in Clive Barker's original vision, are not purely evil. They are explorers in the further regions of experience, and they blur the lines between pleasure and pain. This adds a philosophical layer that many other slasher films don't have. The Cenobites have a unique and memorable design, with Pinhead being one of the most recognizable figures in horror cinema. While the Cenobites are popular, characters like Michael Myers, Jason, and Freddy might have a broader cultural impact due to the sheer number of sequels and the widespread popularity of their respective franchises. Some fans find the surreal and psychological horror of the Cenobites to be scarier than the more straightforward approach of other slasher villains. Others might find the relentless, unstoppable nature of characters like Michael or Jason to be more terrifying.

    Michael “ The Shape “ Myers

     Introduced in John Carpenter's "Halloween" in 1978, Michael Myers has been a recurring character in numerous sequels, reboots, and spin-offs spanning decades, which speaks to his enduring appeal.Michael's white, emotionless mask and jumpsuit are instantly recognizable and evocative. The mask, originally a William Shatner Captain Kirk mask painted white, is unnerving due to its lack of expression. Unlike other slashers who often have explicit reasons for their actions (revenge, trauma, etc.), Michael's motives are vague. Dr. Loomis, his psychiatrist, describes him as pure evil, suggesting he kills simply because it's in his nature. This inexplicability makes him all the more terrifying. Michael's methodical, relentless pursuit of his victims is one of his defining traits. No matter how much distance his targets put between themselves and him, he always seems to be just a few steps behind.Carpenter's use of lighting, the unforgettable score (which he composed), and steady camera work all contribute to a sense of looming dread, with Michael Myers at the center of it. Michael Myers paved the way for future horror icons like Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. His success demonstrated the commercial viability of the slasher sub genre in cinema. Despite his mask and superhuman resilience, Michael Myers is ostensibly human. This mix of humanity and seeming invulnerability makes him both more relatable and more terrifying than supernatural entities or creatures. Throughout the series, there's always been an air of mystery about Michael. From his motives to his uncanny ability to survive, he is an enigma, which only adds to the fear factor.

    Ghostface Killer (no relation) 

    There are several reasons why some fans might consider Ghostface from the "Scream" franchise as one of the best slasher characters. Unlike many slashers who are a single individual, Ghostface is a mantle taken on by different characters throughout the "Scream" series. This means you never truly know who is behind the mask in each movie, adding to the suspense.The "Scream" franchise, especially the first film, is known for its self-awareness. Characters in the film discuss the "rules" of horror films, and Ghostface plays into and sometimes subverts these rules. This gives the movies a fresh take on the slasher genre. Ghostface killers usually have personal motivations rooted in jealousy, betrayal, or revenge. This makes their reasons for killing more understandable (though not justified) compared to supernatural or inexplicable motives of some other slashers.Ghostface is a human, not a supernatural entity. This makes the character more grounded and, for some, scarier because of the realism. Anyone could be Ghostface, which adds a layer of paranoia and fear.The Ghostface mask, inspired by Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream," is simple yet haunting. It's easily recognizable and has become synonymous with modern horror.The nature of Ghostface allows the character to evolve with the times. As cultural norms and societal fears change, so too can the motivations and methods of Ghostface.The "Scream" franchise was helmed by legendary horror director Wes Craven, who previously created "A Nightmare on Elm Street." His experience and vision brought a unique touch to the character and series.


    "Leatherface" is a central figure in the horror genre, particularly within the subgenre of slasher films. The character comes from the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," directed by Tobe Hooper. Several reasons contribute to Leatherface's legendary status in the world of slasher movies:The Texas ChainSaw Massacre is considered one of the pioneering films of the slasher genre. At its release, the raw and visceral nature of the movie was unlike much of what had come before. The character of Leatherface and some of the film's events were loosely (very loosely) inspired by real-life serial killer Ed Gein, who also made items from the skin of his victims. This connection to a real-life killer added an additional layer of terror for audiences. Leatherface's appearance, particularly the mask made of human skin and the roaring chainsaw, became immediately identifiable and has since become a symbol of horror. Unlike some horror villains who have elaborate backstories, Leatherface is largely an enigma. His motivations are primal and basic, which makes him all the more terrifying. Leatherface and his family represent a perverted version of the American family and tap into fears of rural isolation, cannibalism, and the breakdown of societal norms. Upon its release, the movie faced bans and controversies due to its graphic nature and perceived violence (even though the film is less graphically violent than its reputation suggests). This notoriety only fueled its legendary status.The Texas ChainSaw Massacre and Leatherface set the stage for numerous other slasher films and influenced many filmmakers within the horror genre.

    Daniel Robitaille aka Candyman

    "Candyman" delves into topics of race, class, and urban legend, presenting a layered narrative that's not only about a malevolent spirit seeking vengeance but also about societal issues that are very real.The film's moody and atmospheric tone separates it from many other slasher films. Its setting in the Cabrini-Green housing projects of Chicago provides a chilling and grounded backdrop to the supernatural tale. Unlike many slashers, "Candyman" is not just about a faceless killer pursuing victims. The story delves into the origin of the Candyman character, providing a tragic background that allows audiences to feel empathy for him. Tony Todd's portrayal of the titular character is iconic. His deep voice and imposing presence give the Candyman character both a menacing aura and a tragic depth. The films invites interpretation and discussion. Themes of legend, collective memory, and the perpetuation of fear are all explored, making "Candyman" a film that can be rewatched and analyzed multiple times. While many slasher films rely heavily on jump scares and gore, "Candyman" evokes horror through its narrative and the implications of its story. The film is more psychological than many of its counterparts.

    These killers have become not just staples of horror, but pop culture icons in their own right. The best slashers blend suspense, unique kill sequences, and sometimes even delve into the psychological motivations of their villains. They keep audiences on the edge of their seats, anticipating the next scare while silently cheering for the resourceful final girl or boy. In conclusion, the best slashers in film succeed not just because of their ability to terrify, but due to their profound influence on the larger cinematic and cultural landscape. I purposely did not number the list because I know everyone has their own opinion. Who's your king of the killers, your sultan of slash? Put in the comments and I'll see you next time. 

    Monday, October 9, 2023

    "Screams in the Autumn Air: Your Fall Horror Must-See List

    As the crisp autumn breeze sweeps through, a wave of pumpkin spice permeates the air, and leaves don their vibrant hues, one thing is certain – it's horror season! For all the horror enthusiasts out there, including myself, this is a time of sheer delight. In this article, I'll guide you through some of the most spine-tingling offerings this season has in store for us, along with where you can catch them. And, of course, I'd love to hear your movie and show recommendations in the comments!

    Talk to Me: A Terrifying Twist from Unlikely Creators

    One of this year's standout horror movies is "Talk to Me," brought to us by Indie Studio A24. What makes this film even more intriguing is its creative minds behind the scenes - none other than Daniel and Michael Phillipou, renowned YouTubers celebrated for their uproarious comedy sketches.

    "Talk to Me" takes a familiar premise and gives it a unique twist. A group of adventurous youngsters decides to dabble in the dark arts by summoning spirits with an embalmed hand. At first, it's all fun and games until the supernatural world hits a little too close to home. For Mia, one spirit's eerie resemblance to her mother unleashes a cascade of terrifying events.

    With an R rating, "Talk to Me" is not for the faint-hearted, so maybe keep it away from the little ones and let them enjoy the brothers' RackaRacka YouTube channel. The good news is, you can watch it anywhere, be it Video on Demand or DVD.

    VHS 85: A Nostalgic Trip to 80's Horror

    For those who appreciate the found footage subgenre, the VHS series is a must-watch. Introduced in 2010, this anthology series has had its ups and downs, with the quality fluctuating from sugar-sweet to utterly dreadful. However, it has found new life on Shudder, where recent installments have been nothing short of exceptional.

    "VHS 85" promises to be a thrilling ride back to the 80s, potentially quenching our thirst for nostalgia horror while we impatiently await the return of "Stranger Things." The series explores moments in time, providing directors with creative challenges they've eagerly embraced.

    Don't miss out on this one; you can only catch it on the Shudder app. If you're a true horror aficionado, Shudder is a subscription worth every scream.

    American Horror Stories Season 3: A Spine-Chilling Halloween

    The original American Horror Story series has had its ups and downs, but its spinoff series, "American Horror Stories," has been consistently impressive. What's particularly exciting is when the spinoff ties back to the original, creating a web of interconnected tales.

    This Halloween season, "American Horror Stories" is set to send shivers down your spine once more. Season 3 is arriving with a bang, as on October 26, it kicks off with a chilling four-episode special. While details are scarce, one thing is for sure – it's going to be a terrifyingly good time. You can catch it on FX and Hulu.

    Five Nights at Freddy’s: From Pixels to the Silver Screen

    "Five Nights at Freddy's," a video game series that started in 2011, has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning countless reaction videos and fan devotion. Now, it's making its leap to the big screen, courtesy of Blumhouse. This film has been in development purgatory for what feels like an eternity, and it's finally seeing the light of day.

    The question on everyone's mind is whether the eerie tale of animatronics and child murders will translate well to the cinema. Blumhouse certainly believes it will, and we're hoping for the birth of an exciting new horror franchise.

    "Five Nights at Freddy's" will be haunting theaters and the Peacock app on October 27. If you ask me, this is a movie that demands a big-screen experience to truly immerse yourself in its bone-chilling world.


    As the fall season ushers in the supernatural, horror aficionados have an abundance of spine-tingling entertainment options to choose from. Whether you're seeking the unnerving depths of "Talk to Me," the nostalgic thrills of "VHS 85," or the interconnected horrors of "American Horror Stories," this season has something for everyone. And don't forget the highly anticipated leap of "Five Nights at Freddy's" from pixels to the silver screen.

    So, grab your popcorn and get ready for a scare-filled autumn. And if you're hungry for more horror, make sure to follow Amerime Media for all the latest updates and recommendations on the thrilling world of horror entertainment. Your next frightful adventure awaits – don't miss out!

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    Saturday, September 30, 2023

    A Dark Awakening: Briar Episode 1 Review

    What if Sleeping Beauty's true challenge wasn't the curse but the world she woke up to? 'Briar' redefines the princess's journey, turning it into a fight for survival. Join us as we dissect everything in this gripping first issue.

    In a world where traditional fairy tales often promise happy endings, what if Sleeping Beauty woke up to a world far removed from her dreams? Survival becomes her sole imperative as her once-promised happily ever after fades into obscurity. Welcome to "Briar," Episode 1 - a review of Boom Studios' thrilling comic series. Crafted by Christopher Cantwell and brought to life through the stunning cover and illustrations by German Garcia, this dark twist on a classic fantasy tale is bound to captivate readers.

    Plot and Storytelling:

    The narrative immediately engulfs the reader in its fantastical world, where we encounter Princess Briar Rose, relishing the luxuries that come with her royal status. However, a striking proclamation sets the tone: "I REGRET TO INFORM YOU THE NARRATOR OF MY FAIRYTALE HAS DIED." What follows is a tale of why and how she slept for over a century, blissfully unaware of the world evolving around her. Her prince charming, though, harbors motives other than true love, leaving her in a slumber while he and her father wage wars, exploit resources, and expand their kingdom. It's only a chance encounter with a grave robber and a fateful kiss that awakens her to a vastly transformed world, where survival becomes her ultimate quest.


    In this inaugural issue, a myriad of characters graces the pages, albeit briefly, most of them visiting Princess Briar during her enchanted slumber. Her parents, seven fairy godmothers, and friends all make appearances, but as time passes, their visits dwindle. The prince, who initially seems like her savior, reveals a more sinister agenda – a reflection of his power-hungry nature. The narrative's first half is primarily centered around Briar until she crosses paths with slavers and encounters a formidable female warrior named Spider, who might just become her lifeline in this new world filled with monstrous challenges.

    Artwork and Visuals:

    The artwork, both on the cover and within the pages, is truly captivating. German Garcia's work shines brightly here, skillfully using color to convey the evolving perspectives of the characters. At the outset, the world is drenched in pink, reflecting how Briar views her surroundings through a rosy lens. However, as her familiar world crumbles, Garcia's meticulous attention to detail comes to the fore. Briar's disoriented and haunting appearance after her awakening, with her eyes seemingly drawn into her skeletal features, and the blood on her newfound weapon, are striking examples of how Garcia breathes life into the narrative through visuals.

    Writing and Dialogue:

    Christopher Cantwell's writing is equally commendable, seamlessly guiding readers into the story with a gripping opening line and engaging prose. Each character is endowed with a unique voice and personality, despite their often-brief appearances. While this first issue leans heavily on its artwork, Cantwell's storytelling prowess is undeniable, ensuring a well-rounded and immersive reading experience.

    Themes and Symbolism:

    "Briar" Episode 1 touches upon several themes and symbols that resonate differently with each reader. Perhaps it conveys the idea that there's no going back once a choice is made or serves as a warning against meddling with forces beyond our comprehension. It might also symbolize the idea that survival sometimes demands embracing the darker aspects of oneself, as indicated by the use of the giant rat's pelt for protection.


    In conclusion, "Briar" Episode 1 marks a stellar beginning to a four-issue series that promises to be an enthralling journey. It undoubtedly deserves a spot in your comic collection. I would rate "Briar" an 8 out of 10, with my only minor quibble being the initial jarring pastel pink color scheme, which caused me to briefly question the comic's overall aesthetic. However, I eagerly anticipate the next issues in the series and encourage you to stay tuned for our upcoming reviews, as we delve deeper into the evolution of Briar's character and the unfolding narrative. It's a tale that promises to reveal a truly formidable and captivating heroine.

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