Ahh, Halloween. The gorehound’s favorite holiday. What better way to celebrate the occasion than to enjoy some gory, low-budget schlock films? While this is by no means a list of the greatest B-movies of all time, and they are in no particular order, I feel that it is a good selection of movies readily available for streaming on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and Amazon Prime Instant Video. This was the main criterion behind choosing these specific movies. If you feel that one of your favorite movies wasn’t represented on this list, and it’s available to watch (legally) on Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, Crackle, etc., feel free to sound off in the comment section.
The code and components are free for anyone to use how they see fit, as I’m a firm believer that with an easy interface like this, we’ll see some awesome games come from it, instead of just touchscreen/point-and-click games like Bejeweled and Angry Birds (Not that there’s anything wrong with that).
If you wish to download and use the code, you can find it in my GitHub repository, located below:
Good Old Games is having another awesome sale. This time, it’s for Telltale Games. Anyone who has played one of these games knows how great they are, how they bring the glory days of adventure gaming into the modern world, so I really don’t need to preach too much about the great deal you’re getting here. You can buy Sam & Max Seasons 1-3, Back to the Future, Tales of Monkey Island and Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures for a total of $26.19 (Basically the same as the retail price for one of these games), or you can buy them individually for as low as $2.99 per season. Personally, I recommend picking all of them up, as I have done at full price previously. At this price, you really can’t pass them up. My only complaint here is that Walking Dead isn’t included, but you should be able to find that game on sale on Steam occasionally, so as long as you don’t mind waiting, you can get that one cheap too. Just be sure to act fast, this sale ends Tuesday, April 23 at 3:59 GMT. The sale page is here if you’re interested.
I’ve compiled OpenMSX for the Raspberry Pi, and thought I would share it, since there don’t seem to be any MSX emulators out there aside from MESS (which was a headache to set up and use properly). It seems to perform well at a 900MHz overclock, I haven’t tested it at stock speeds. To give it a bit more of a speed boost, once it’s running, press F10 to open a console, and type “set scanline 0″ to disable the scanline effect. More console commands can be found at http://openmsx.sourceforge.net/manual/commands.html
Update: According to openMSX team member Vampier, you may be able to get a bit more of a speed boost if you enter “set auto_enable_reverse off” into the console, to disable the emulator’s rewind functionality.
The system BIOS files should be placed in “/home/pi/.openMSX/share/systemroms/”. At the very least, you should have msx2.rom and ms2ext.rom in this directory. These and other BIOS ROMs can be downloaded from Marat Fayzullin’s site.
If you’re using EmulationStation, you can add the following lines to your es_systems.cfg file to add MSX/MSX2 support:
EXTENSION=.rom .ROM .mx2 .MX2 .mx1 .MX1
COMMAND=openmsx -cart %ROM%
Last but not least, compiled binaries for OpenMSX are located below.
Download OpenMSX for Raspberry Pi
This download has been built into two packages. The first is the binary and data files for the shareware version of the game, ready to play. The second is the binaries for the full version of the game. For these files, you will need your original copy of the full version of Rise of the Triad. Just place the included executables in your game directory, and run the corresponding executable. If you don’t have the full game, you can purchase it DRM-free for $5.99 from Good Old Games. (Update: Rise of the Triad is on sale for only $2.39 until Tuesday, February 26th!) Download links are located below.
In the tradition of Japanese B-movies such as The Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police, Robogeisha continues to raise the needle on the WTF-o-meter to levels so over-the-top that it’s simply hilarious. If you’re a B-movie fan like me who thinks tons of slapstick gore is funny, and you’ve enjoyed my previous Tokyo Shock reviews, here’s another instant classic for your B-Movie nights.
If you’re unfamiliar with this type of movie, it would be an understatement to call it “imaginative”. These movies play out like ultra-violent, live-action cartoons. Remember that weird shit you saw in some random anime at your friend’s house? Multiply that by ten and you’ve got Robogeisha. With crazy characters lactating their foes to death, stabbing fried shrimp into their eye sockets, sucking face with mouth saws, or dueling with butt-swords, this flick had me laughing from start to finish.
The plot centers on Kikue and Yoshie, two Geisha sisters that work for a steel tycoon known as Kageno, who is secretly developing an army of Lin Kuei-like cyber assassins, disguised as Geishas. While performing Kageno’s dirty work, Yoshie discovers that Kageno may not have been entirely honest about her missions, and uncovers a plot to destroy Japan by having a giant robot (with the inexplicable ability to punch buildings and make them splatter blood everywhere) drop a nuclear bomb into Mt. Fuji, effectively destroying all of Japan in order to build his vision of a perfect world.
Sounds silly, right? Well, if it isn’t silly, it probably isn’t a B-movie, so look elsewhere if it sounds too goofy for you. For the rest of you, enjoy the (NSFW) trailer here, and click on the poster above, or the link at the bottom of the page to add this movie to your Netflix Instant Queue.
(9:52:38 AM) WunSick: CODE MONKEY LACK FREEDOS
(9:53:29 AM) HonkeyKong: OK… I don’t know if you just misspelled “Fritos”, or you’re actually referring to a lack of FreeDOS. Either way, that’s funny.
(9:53:50 AM) WunSick: Hahhahahahahahaha
[This conversation originally took place in May of 2008, I'm just reposting it here because it gave me a laugh while scanning my blog archives for spam comments.]
Honkey Kong: I has no lunch.
***Wunsick tries to cram about 5 or 6 chicken nuggets through the intarwebz
Wunsick: Damn! “Nugget connection actively refused by remote machine”
Wunsick: Open your ports!
Honkey Kong: If I get hungry, I think I’ve got a can of mac & cheese in my backpack.
Honkey Kong: I know I have some form of canned food in there, anyway.
Wunsick: That’s good, because I am having issues converting nuggets to byte arrays.
Honkey Kong: 0x4F 0x4D 0×20 0x4E 0x4F 0x4D 0×20 0x4E 0x4F 0x4D 0×20 0x4E 0x4F 0x4D 0×00
Wunsick: Hell Ya
Honkey Kong: CONVERTED TO A BITE ARRAY
Wunsick: fuck spilled, brb
Wunsick: Almost spit Dr. Pepper on to my desk…
Wunsick: In the attempt to stop it, I knocked over my can of Dr. Pepper
Despite my better judgment, I’ve decided to post another B-movie review this week. At this rate, maybe I can continue doing them.
This week’s selection is one that nearly every B-movie lover has probably seen sitting on the shelf of their local video store (Do those still exist? I feel old now), but probably didn’t bother to pick it up, since the general rule of thumb is that the movies with awesome covers are generally crap in a pretty box. Thankfully, there’s some fun to be had with this one, even if it’s one of the more unconventional zombie movies I’ve seen.
I’m not the first person to review this movie, as BadMovies.org and I-Mockery have beaten me to it long ago, with much more detailed and amusing reviews than mine. However, since the movie recently became available on Netflix, those of you who don’t have access to a video store full of old horror VHS tapes can finally watch it from the comfort of your own couch. After all, that’s the purpose of these short weekly articles. I may not be as in-depth or funny with my reviews, but I like to introduce people to some old and new B-movie classics that are available for streaming on Netflix. If you’re entertained by even one movie that I share a link to, then I’ve done my job.
Anyway… on to the movie. The premise of the movie is about as ridiculous as most, with a writer getting a TV delivered to his house, despite having never ordered one. Not one to turn down a free TV, he sets it up in his home, and learns that it plays a B-movie called “Zombie Blood Nightmare” constantly. Naturally, things start to go wrong as the zombies come out of the TV and terrorize the neighborhood.
What really sets this movie apart from other bad zombie movies is the behavior of the zombies themselves. Instead of being the usual braindead, slow-moving flesh eaters, these zombies seem to prefer killing for fun, and the people they kill do not become zombies. I’ll admit, I thought it was odd seeing this for the first few minutes, but once the zombies started laughing after turning on a blender, I realized that the movie had a strange sense of humor that I would enjoy.
While it certainly didn’t win any awards, The Video Dead is still a fun zombie flick worth checking out, and if you have a Netflix account, you really don’t have any excuse to not watch it. Check the link below to add it to your instant queue or stream it immediately.
That’s right, folks. It’s time for my Weekend B-Movie Picks to make their triumphant return. This time, we’re showcasing a movie that I’ve been waiting for Netflix to start streaming for a long time. One of my personal favorite B-movies of the past few years, Drive Thru is one of those flicks that I never get tired of watching. The villain, Horny the Clown, is the mascot of the fast food chain “Hella Burger”, known for such artery-clogging foods as the “Hella-normous Half Pounder”.
The story is your typical slasher revenge trope, nerdy kid gets bullied by the popular kids for being different, the popular kids stage a cruel prank on the nerdy kid which causes a fatal accident, nerdy kid becomes a vengeful ghoul in a clown suit and murders the now grown-up popular kids’ teenage children. We’ve all been there before, right? The thing I enjoy most about this movie obviously isn’t its originality, as we’ve seen this sort of thing many times before. It’s the fact that it’s all done in that fun, cheesy, self-referential humorous fashion that makes it a fun movie to watch alone or with friends.
The movie contains a lot of throwbacks to the 1980s, which as I’m sure you all know, is where some of the best horror movies and toys came from. Horny the Clown communicates with the stereotypical 17-year-old virgin “final girl” type, Mackenzie through classic 80s toys like the Etch-a-Sketch and Magic 8-ball, warning her of what’s going to happen next. Of course, this leads to some funny, and always entertaining kills, which is always the most important part of a fun slasher movie. No matter how many ways I watch someone get killed with a microwave, it never stops being funny. Throw in plenty of stoners getting wasted (both metaphorically and literally), and tongue-in-cheek cameos from people like Morgan Spurlock, creator of “Super Size Me”, and you’re in for a good time.
Check out the red-band trailer for the movie below, which, depending on where you work, could be considered NSFW. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Watch Drive Thru on Netflix
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This still cracks me up after all these years, so I had to make a GIF out of it.
Kabal Wins… HARA-KIRI?!
Hey, no fair!
EDIT: I guess since this is starting to make the rounds on Tumblr, I should clarify something. This is not just some silly animation, it is actual gameplay footage from Mortal Kombat II on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive for you foreigners).
Breaking video games in various ways has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a kid, and this clip is a small part of a video that I hope will become a series chronicling interesting and/or hilarious ways to trigger unexpected behavior in video games. I’m starting with the Mortal Kombat series, because my friends and I spent a lot of time figuring out ways to break it during my teenage years, including many things (like the above GIF) that I haven’t seen detailed on the web before.
Anyway, I’m glad you seem to like this stupid little thing I made, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the finished product as well.
A little teaser for the video I’m currently working on.
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