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Spooktober Games #7: Puppet Combo

Puppet Combo isn’t a game. Puppet Combo is an indie developer that makes games inspired by 80’s VHS era horror, slasher films, and retro low-poly survival horror. Much respect to the developer as it is one person, who cranks out these glorious, terrifying experiences. Nothing is pretty in the Puppet Combo universe. If you decide to dive in…prepare for a gritty survival experience. Puppet Combo has several games to check out if you love horror. Here is a few to try:

Night of the Nun…aka Nun Massacre is where players have to survive a psychopathic nun who is out for blood. It’s a game of hide and seek as players have to avoid the nun. There are multiple endings to the game inside of the nun’s lair.

-In Babysitter Bloodbath, players are the babysitter, Sarah, who are tasked with babysitting young Billy, then surviving the bloody rampage of killer Neokalus Burr! Burr escapes the insane asylum and wants to continue his murder massacre. Will you survive?

Power Drill Massacre is where gamers play as Meg, who is injured after a car crash. Meg goes through the woods looking for help and stumbles upon an abandoned building. She goes inside–only to get trapped. A power drill fires up. Meg isn’t alone in the building as a killer is inside.

Night Ripper is about a serial killer, who is killing prostitutes in a city. Players are a waitress on her way home from work at a diner. After the cops block off her way home in order to investigate a dead body, she must go another route. The “Night Ripper” gets on your trail as you try to make it home.

Check out these games for Spooktober and show Puppet Combo some love!

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WNUF Halloween Special Review

The WNUF Halloween Special is a great retro throwback to older local tv specials. Set in 1987 at the height of Satanic panic and the war on drugs, this movie parodies the state of local news during that time. What helps make this movie so authentic is the way it is filmed and shot. Shot on old VHS stock this movie looks like a worn VHS tape that has been sitting on your shelf for too long.

The main portion of the movie is a local TV special exploring the mythical Amityville-like house where a boy named Donald Webber murdered and mutilated his family’s body. Webber apparently claimed to be possessed by demonic spirits. We follow Frank Stewart, a local news reporter, a husband and wife duo, Louis and Claire Berger, who along with their alleged clairvoyant cat Shadow investigate paranormal incidents; the cast is rounded out with a priest, Father Joseph Matheson, and Frank’s producer Veronica.

Preceding the special is a local WNUF newscast that features stories about a dentist offering $1 deals to kids to bring in their candy and prevent cavities, political rivals going at it, a cheesy weather report, and a report about a local Christian organization who wants to ban Halloween for being demonic. This helps add to the authenticity of the special by creating believably old local newscasts.

The big highlight of this movie is the wonderfully authentic commercials. We get political attack ads, law office ads, an advertisement for a store that sells rugs and carpet, tv show commercials which include shows such as Chicago Lightning, and my personal favorite ad for a breakfast buffet strip club.

This movie is an excellent throwback to old tv specials and is a great movie to watch for the Halloween season-I know it is now required viewing for me. I would highly recommend this movie. Check it out on Shudder.

Rating 5/5