Reviews - Games

Review: Pathologic

Today I want to talk to you about a game, it is a divisive game. A game that has been praised to hell and back by those that like it and pretty much outright ignored by the rest of the world. 

Rock paper shotgun has called it the best game you’ve never played. 

Yup, today I want to talk about Pathologic.

Pathologic is a 2005 survival game developed by Russian studio Ice-Pick Lodge. It was released in Russia in June 2005 to a strong positive response. It was then released to English audiences in 2006 to a less positive response, in large part due to a poor translation. A re-release with a new translation took place in October 2015 and currently a remake is in progress, with part of it being released in 2019. 

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Katie Recommends: Caitlin Doughty

Today on Katie Recommends, I want to talk to you about Caitlin Doughty.

Caitlin runs a YouTube channel called Ask a Mortician.

Now you might think I’m recommending this becuase, after all we are a horror appreceation blog, and oooOOooo dead bodies, that’s got to be horror. But that’s not why I’m recommending her, Caitlin works hard to demystify and remove the ‘ick’ and the ‘horror’ from death, and she does this well, in part due to her humor and delivery.

I am an avid horror fan but I do also think it’s important that we reconnect with certain things that have been labelled as ‘horrifying’ and realise just what’s involved.

That and it is morbidly fascinating.

Sadly Caitlin does not have a channel trailer for me to share with you, so I’m going to try and sum up her channel and share with you one of my favourite videos. She does a great deal of discussion about the funeral industry, demystifying it, but she also does other series like her iconic corpse series, fave of mine linked below.

Reviews - Films

Top Three Well Written Horror Films

Today I want to talk (let’s be honest I’m going to gush) to you about some of the best written horror films, in my humble opinion.

Horror films can be great for a multitude of reasons, such as great characters, great effects, great jump scares (lol kidding), great lore, the list goes on. There’s so much to like and enjoy in this genre and medium.

But one of my favourite things is when I encounter a film that’s been beautifully written.

There’s real thought and nuance behind the dialogue and storytelling, so much so that you get sucked in and its not till the story is over that you realise the craft involved in keeping you that engrossed. I especially enjoy it when I find a film that’s premise is utterly ridiculous, for example the killer grass field by Stephen King. This is literally a film about scary grass. But the writing has taken what is a ridiculous concept and turned it into something, that while not flawless, certainly held my attention and kept me guessing.

So, with that in mind, today I want to talk to you about my top 3 well written horror films.

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Reviews - Games

Review: The Witches House

Today I want to talk to you about one of my favourite RPG Maker games. It’s a pretty well known one in both horror and RPG Maker circles.

I am talking about The Witches House.

The witches house ais a horror game, where you solve puzzles to uncover the story of the witches house. It was made by Fummy, a Japanese creator and released in 2021 for Windows and Mac.

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Katie Recommends: Kendall Rae

Today I want to recommend another YouTube channel.

As you may already know, I do a little series called Real World Horror, where I look at ‘real’ items with spooky stories attached to them, as well as the occasional true crime story. While my main focus here is horror, True Crime has been an interest of mine for a long time, often the real world can be scarier than fiction.

With that in mind I highly recommend Kendall Rae on YouTube.

Kendall’s channel has a wonderful collection of True Crime videos where she dissects everything, from the events that happened, how the story was covered in the media/social media, and her opinion on it. She also encourages discussion and if the story hasn’t been resolved she posts updates. She also puts out videos about people who have gone missing and people who have been found, again dissecting the situation and presenting all the information in an easy to watch way.

Lastly, I want to also bring to your attention the amazing fund raising work she does for Thorn. Thorn is an organisation that builds technology which protects people, partially children from sexual abuse and human trafficking. Kendall and her subscribers create awesome clothing designs which she then sells via her channel and all the profits go to Thorn and she’s raised an amazing amount.

Overall, it’s a great channel, a must watch for anyone interested in real world horror.

Reviews - Films

Review: Haunt

Today I want to talk to you about the film Haunt.

Haunt isn’t the kind of horror I would normally enjoy as it is a slasher film, I prefer supernatural or psychological horror, yet I still found this film enjoyable so I wanted to talk about it.

Haunt came out in 2019 (remember 2019, before the pandemic, wistful sigh), and recieved mixed and positive reviews. It was written by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, they both also directed it.

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Reviews - Books

Review: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Today I want to talk to you about a novel by Ray Bradbury, it was published in 1962 and tells the story about two 13 year old friends who have a terrifying encounter with a passing carnival. I am of course, talking about Something Wicked This Way Comes.

For those of you up on your Shakespeare you’ll recognise the title as a line from Macbeth, spoken by the witches.

This book has an interesting backstory, as it was not written as a book initially, it started out life as a short story, which Bradbury turned into a film treatment for Gene Kelly, but when no studio would purchase the treatment Bradbury (over a five year period) turned it into a novel. A transformative past if ever there was one.

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Review: Dr Sleep

Today I want to talk about Dr Sleep, which is the sequel to Stephen Kings 1977 novel The Shining. Dr Sleep was published in 2013 and one the 2013 Bram Stoker award for best novel.

Summary

The book opens with Danny being educated by Dick Hallorann, who is now a benevolent spirit, on how to control the ghosts from the now destroyed Overlook hotel who are pursuing him. Danny is taught to lock the ghosts in imaginary boxes in his mind, which is enough to protect him. We are also introduced to a cult, led by Rose the Hat, this cult effectively feed on people who have the shining ability is this extend their lives.

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Review: Island of Dr Moreau

Today want to talk about the island of Dr Moreau, was written by HG Wells and published in 1896. This remains one of Well’s best-known books and is considered a science-fiction classic.

The novel is been adapted multiple times, in various mediums. There are several direct adaptations via film, as well as several films taking inspiration from it. Lets also not forget the Simpsons treehouse of horror parody. Several books claim inspiration from the Island of Dr Moreau such as Heart of a Dog, and perhaps the more recent and well-known Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr Moreau.

However today we will be looking at the original book.

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