Hey, it’s me–walking back into your life like Steve from Blue’s Clues. I’m trying to be around more even with my busy slate of work. Halloween is upon us, my friends. We love horror, suspense, and mystery so let’s talk about this week’s interesting releases.
Netflix dropped Nightbooks this week on their streaming service. Nightbooks is a horror series that’s kid-friendly in the same vein as something like the Goosebumps movies. The series stars Krysten Ritter, who is an evil witch who kidnaps a young boy and makes him tell her stories every night. Nightbooks is produced by Sam Raimi, who directed the Evil Dead franchise and Spider-Man trilogy.
The other intriguing release is the documentary focusing on horror icon Boris Karloff. Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster released yesterday in theaters with a limited release. The film examines Karloff’s illustrious 60-year career in the entertainment industry. Karloff starred in horror classics, such as Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932). These are the interesting releases for the week!
I’m back! Well…for a limited time only. It’s hard to write when you’re a full-time worker and full-time graduate student. So, today, I will write a brief review of the first issue of Marvel’s Hawkeye: Freefall. The series was written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Otto Schmidt. It went only for six issues total. I’m reviewing the story and writing as I don’t know shit about art.
In the first issue, Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, is living a good life. He’s dating a doctor and he has plenty of money. The comic does tie back to Matt Fraction’s stellar run on Hawkeye. Clint has become wealthy because he sold the apartment building that he stayed in from Fraction’s run. His life comes to a halt as someone is running around New York dressed as one of Clint’s former aliases–Ronin. Is it Clint or is it someone else?
Writer Matthew Rosenberg does a great job of capturing the essence of Matt Fraction’s run. Rosenberg crafts hilarious dialogue and it’s good to see Clint banter with his fellow Avengers. Along with these comedy elements, there are elements of mystery. The Avengers all want to know who this new Ronin is and they all think it’s Clint. Clint denies it and it seems to be that Clint is telling the truth. Ronin is going after villain The Hood and is trying to stop the villain’s operations. Why is Ronin going after him? Readers will find out in later issues. Also, the mystery of who Ronin is. In conclusion, this comic is a great start for a limited series that stars the avenging archer.
So, I wasn’t able to stream Ghost of Tsushima due to an update. Instead, I streamed Batman: Arkham Asylum or Batman-Return to Arkham–Arkham Asylum. However you wanna call it. I’ve streamed Arkham Asylum before on Twitch. Every time that I do, Twitch will never pull up the game right when you select the game you’re going to stream in your settings. I don’t get why it does that.
I breezed through the story for about 2 hours. I still have huge chunks left to play. It’s crazy how I still remember some of the riddle and trophy locations. The last time that I beat the game was like 2016. Then again, I have beaten it twice. More Arkham Asylum will come in the future.
Hi, there. I disappeared on you again. I’m back again. Tonight, we play Ghost of Tsushima! I need to finish the story and side missions so we can play the Iki Island expansion eventually. I think the expansion drops tomorrow, but I could be wrong. Anyway, the stream starts at 7 PM central time on Twitch at robertfrowniejr.
I enjoyed our first spooky stream of the Summer of Spooks. I feel that it was a success. I had people chatting and interacting with the stream. Thimbleweed Park is such a great mystery game with elements of puzzles and comedy. I can’t wait to return to this game to see where the story goes. I will have more weird, horror games upcoming for the Summer of Spooks.
Throughout the Summer of Spooks, we will do streams that feature games that have elements of horror and mystery. This is our first stream for our spooky event. The game we are featuring today is Thimbleweed Park. The game is a murder mystery that has a great sense of humor. Stream starts at 3:15 p.m. central time on Twitch at robertfrowniejr.
This will be episode 3 of Ghost of Tsushima. I’m trying to wrap up act 1 of the story, while grinding mythic tales and tales of Tsushima. I’m enjoying the mythic tales the most. They seem so ethereal and otherworldly. The stream starts by 9:10 a.m. central time.
I am featuring Riki-Oh on the Summer of Spooks because it is a gruesome anime OVA. It is violent and it doesn’t hold back with its brutality. Riki-Oh began as a manga series that ran from 1987 to 1990. The manga series spawned two anime OVAs as well as a live-action film that released in 1991. Originally, my intention was to review the live-action film that’s titled, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky. The film is a cult classic that’s not available anywhere. Prime Video, Crackle, and Shudder advertise that they have the film on their sites. After checking, the film is unavailable. The film is on YouTube, but the quality is poor. For now, I’m going to review the two OVAS until I can get a copy of the live-action film. I’m going to review The Wall of Hell (first OVA) today and save The Child of Destruction (second OVA) for a later date. These OVAs are available on YouTube with good quality.
The first OVA is directed by Satoshi Dezaki. The short film begins in a post-apocalyptic Japan that has been ravaged by warfare and global warming. We are introduced to Riki-Oh, who seems to be a homeless lone wolf. A car filled with yakuza members are driving down a road, then Riki-Oh absolutely destroys them with his fists. He literally punches a guy’s jaw off and we are able to see this grotesque feat. As we see later on, Riki-Oh intentionally killed these yakuza members in order to get sent to this prison facility. The prison facility is ran by corrupt leaders who secretly run an opium farm for profit. The leaders have certain prisoners who run their own section of the jail. The leaders and evil prisoners try to prevent Riki-Oh from getting his revenge on the chairman of the prison. However, they are not able to stop Riki-Oh and his superhuman abilities.
This OVA is not for the faint of heart. Riki-Oh destroys these vile prisoners with absolute ease and gory kill sequences. He literally punches a man so hard that the man’s guts explode out of his stomach. I feel like this anime perhaps inspired Mortal Kombat and One-Punch Man. Its influence is clearly felt in the subjects that I mentioned above. There are also very innocent people in this story that meet a doom that they don’t deserve. One of them is a child, so be prepared for how twisted this story is.
The anime short does give Riki-Oh an interesting story arc that makes him this mysterious character similar to Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive or Clint Eastwood’s character in High Plains Drifter. The story clearly explains why Riki-Oh is at the prison. He’s there for revenge. However, the mystery is what Riki-Oh was up to for two years. He was a star student and a brilliant musician. Before college entrance exams, he falls off the face of the earth, then pops up at the prison. The mystery is up for interpretation for viewers. It feels as if Riki-Oh has become this being of vengeance, who’s looking to cleanse the evil in the streets of Japan.
To conclude, Riki-Oh: The Wall of Hell is a brief, yet entertaining anime story. I can’t wait to watch the second OVA to see Riki-Oh’s story continued. I recommend the OVA for martial arts fans and fighting game fans. If you like gore too, check this out.
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Do you like horror? We do! The Summer of Spooks is upon us. Be prepared to get scared! Horror film reviews, comic book reviews, and games are coming your way. Please join us for the event that’s going from May 31st until September 22nd (end of summer). Insert evil, maniacal laugh.