The Supernatural Files: Aliens and Apparitions

Long before Sam and Dean Winchester cruised through the folklore-ridden roads of rural America battling the Supernatural, agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully were investigating alluring anecdotes of aliens and apparitions, known as The X-Files. The pair of dynamic duos have encouraged conspiracy-inspired creators and occult-oriented content originators since their respective releases. Existing on opposing sides of a most mysterious coin, Supernatural, and The X-Files take differing paths to the same conclusion: The truth is out there.

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Ceremonial Castings' "Salem 1692," a Bewitching, Accursed Masterpiece.

Have you ever wondered what a Black Metal album written by two direct-descendants of one of the leading judges in the Salem Witch Trials would sound like? Well, wonder no more, because Ceremonial Castings’ Salem 1692 is the album you’ve been looking for and it’s every bit as relentless and uncompromising as John Hathorne himself.

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Seven Underappreciated Horror Movies You Should Watch this Halloween.

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for some new (to you), horror cinema to add to your Devil’s Night itinerary. Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for my social life), I watch an unhealthy amount of movies, so here are a few of my favorite, underappreciated horror movies that you should absolutely check out this Halloween.

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The Bared Teeth of the Fog: Silent Hill and Jacques Lacan, Part I

Silent Hill is a franchise that has been analyzed ad nauseam; oftentimes these analyses end up revealing more about the analyst themselves than they do the seminal, survival horror franchise. They range from boomer-tier hack jobs about satanic, Illuminati, foreskin harvests to pseudo-intellectual, word salad wankery written by androgynous, neon-haired, sociology majors who totally don’t have Daddy issues. In the spirit of the latter, I present to you this crusty, curmudgeonly, crouton: Jacques Lacan.

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Twin Temple: The Sound You Didn't Know You Needed

One of my secret passions in musical genres is that I have a soft spot for “Big Band” and “Doo Wop”. As someone who appreciates when a new band comes along to put a modern twist on older styles, I always keep my ear to the ground. That is how I came across Twin Temple: The Satanic Doo Wop band you didn’t know you needed in your life.

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Bloodstained: A Classic With a New Paint Job

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is nearly identical to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Like, legitimately, it was kickstarted by fans to be precisely like C:SOTN. Now, I don’t know much about other Castlevania games as I’m only familiar with Symphony of the Night.

If it wasn’t for Yahtzee, I wouldn’t know that every feature of Bloodstained is almost directly ripped from other Castlevania titles to make a definitive game combining all the best features of each. With the crafting system, you gain extra spells and abilities by absorbing them from demons. Also, villagers in the starting area can give you side quests. So is Bloodstained better than Symphony of the Night? Let’s take a look.

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Hollow Knight: Crushingly Beautiful

Anyone who is aware of this masterpiece will not be swayed by me explaining it’s greatness, but I’m going to do so anyway. Hollow Knight is a rare game that, if released at a full-priced 60 bucks, would be worth each and every penny. But Team Cherry is so awesome, they’re practically giving it away at 15 bucks.

There is no reason not to get this game. With the large scale and endless hours of playtime, it’s not a journey one should allow to pass by. There, that’s your review! What? You need more? Fine, let’s talk Hollow Knight

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Killing Floor 2: A Bloody Massacre

Killing Floor was originally released as a mod on Unreal Tournament, then had a full-game release on May 14th, 2009. I never played the mod version, but I did play the full release. It had a bit of cult following and the company behind it, Tripwire, was still releasing content and updates for the game years after its release.

All the way up to today’s game, in fact. Killing Floor 2. Released on November 18th 2016, Killing Floor 2 not only made the game look better but added more classes, guns, and features. Enough history, though, lets actually talk about the game!

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Niffelheim: The Norse Wet Dream

“You are not done yet!”

The words seem to ring for an eternity, moments after the spear of fate plunged into my heart. Falling in battle is the greatest honor a man can achieve, but this… This is horrifying. I’ve been stripped of my honorable death and thrown into this fate between worlds. I do not know why I have been given this path, but I will walk it. I will be victorious. I will fight my way to Valhalla. Based on that intro, you should be able to tell I was excited to try Niffelheim. I prefer Norse Mythology and thought the design of the creatures and stages were exciting and, frankly, kewl.

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Blair Witch: Layers Of Fear 3

Blair Witch is an older movie that many people remember being very good. I wouldn’t know, I don’t care about movies. Blair Witch, made by (funny company name) Bloober Team, is top shelf, Meh. Initially, I had no strong hopes for this game, but the gameplay grew on me. I was excited to finish it, but by the end was just bored and not scared. Actually, my girlfriend and I had a laugh about the ending.

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Vampyr: A Game You Want To Love, But Have To Hate

What can I say about Vampyr? How much I wanted to like it? I wanted more than anything to force myself through the game to tell you it’s GOOD. But it just isn’t. I played this trash longer than I would have, just to give it every conceivable chance. I was attempting to weather the storm through the story (because it’s not the worst story ever, honestly) but the combat sucks so much I couldn’t even FINISH it.

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The Warlock's Writ: A Cannibalistic Conjuration

A year before the infamous Salem witch trails plagued Massachusetts in the Spring of 1692 , a malignant manifestation of the blackest of magic was festering just to the south. Offering a 17th century backdrop that coincides with a historical pox outbreak, the audio-visual grimoire that is 1989’s Warlock conjures the audience to Boston, circa 1691. This tale of witchcraft and sorcery pits a John Wickian-esque witch hunter, Giles Redferne (Richard E. Grant) against the son of Satan himself, the titular Warlock, portrayed by Julian Sands.

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Prey: Bethesda's Forgotten Child

Part of the magic of life is art, and how it can make us experience feelings without actually being real. My name is Evil Con Hally and let’s talk Prey . An older game, yes, but I still believe it’s not highlighted as much as it should be, you know? Of all the games to come out of Bethesda these days, Prey is one of the more thrilling experiences they have to offer. Following the story is interesting and all, but we’re not gonna raise the spoiler alarm, I’m going to be talking more about gameplay here.

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