Announcing The Month of Spooks 2018!!!

What is up, ladies and gentlemen? It is once again time that time of year when I get to announce one of my favorite things to do within the blogosphere. I am super excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row, I am hosting what I refer to as The Month of Spooks! For those who are relatively new to my blog, every year since 2015 I spend the month of October reviewing a ton of horror things, usually with some people tagging along on their own blogs. Like I said, it’s been a yearly tradition for me to do this, and I do not intend on skipping out on it this year. So what’s gonna happen exactly?

Well to be honest, I have no fucking clue. I have some general ideas of horror-related things I might wanna review, but nothing is set in stone right now. But I know we’ll find some cool stuff to cover. And I will hopefully get some badass bloggers with me this year as well.

The Month of Spooks 2018, are you guys excited? Because I sure as hell am!
Have a good one.

4 Years of This Silly Blog!

Hello there, ladies, gentlemen, and space aliens. As you may have gathered from the title of this post and the text in the image, this blog is now four years old. That’s right, on January 27th 2014 I registered this blog and published my first post (which is kind of shit). To be honest with you guys, I honestly never thought I’d last this long as a blogger. Not because I thought competition would kick my ass out, but because I was very anti-blog for quite a while. But then I made an attempt at starting a blog for the hell of it. Then over time I learned to have fun with it. Sure, there were times where I just weren’t feeling it, and considered quitting it all. But I powered through, and these days I never feel that “ugh” feeling when it comes to blogging. Sure, there are times where I don’t really wanna post, either due to laziness or a headache or something like that, but I never feel like I want to quit.

And while we’re at it, I should also announce that I finally reached 300 followers on here earlier this month! I did consider making a post about that when it happened, but I thought about it and came to the conclusion that it would be better to wait and then include that announcement in this post. So yeah… a huge THANK YOU to every- hold on, that’s not right. Gimme a second…

THANK YOU ALL!!!

But seriously, thank you so much to everyone that has decided to follow this silly blog of mine, you have no idea how much it means. And an extra thank you to the ones who regularly interact with me on here, whether it is through a simple like or a thoughtful/lovely/entertaining comment, any kind of interaction helps in keeping this blog alive. And a lot of the interactions I’ve had have led to me making a bunch of new friends that I still interact with, either on here or on twitter/instagram. Meeting people like that to discuss all kinds of stuff with has really helped fuel my passion for this and it’s what keeps me going… at least in terms of the blogging and such. In real life the coffee is what keeps me going… but you guys do help me out in a way.

I guess since we’re having this double-celebration (with cream and sugar), I should do something special (other than this post). Not sure what that’d be, but we should make something in honor of this thing. So maybe leave some feedback on what you’d like to see from me in the future. More reviews? More lists? More music posts? More other things? Seriously, tell me what you’d like to see from me in the future, whether it’d be more, less, or same of various thing. Any and all feedback is welcomed. I’m all ears.

So yeah… that’s about it. Once again, huge thanks to everyone that has followed me on here… all 300 of you. And who knows, by the 8-year mark we might’ve reached 600, who the fuck knows? Either way, thank you very much… I appreciate it!
Have a good one.

Announcing The Month of Spooks 2017!!!

Ladies, gentlemen, and others… I am very proud to announce, for the third year in a row… THE MONTH OF SPOOKS!

For those of you who are new/not aware, The Month of Spooks is my special little “series” that I do every October since 2015. And since October will be here pretty soon, I thought it was time to finally make an official announcement about it… and here it is. So what exactly will happen during the Month of Spooks? Well, I don’t have any set-in-stone plans, but I have some vague ideas, mainly about a couple of horror movies that I want to review. Other than that, I have no specific plans for it (Lucky for me that there’s time left for me to think about it). Last year I was lucky to have a couple of people join in on it, with them making posts on their blogs in the name of the Spooks. And I’m hoping to get some people along for the ride this year as well. Now, I don’t have anywhere that people can sign up for it as of writing this, but I might be able to fix something for that. In the meantime, if you are interested in signing up for The Month of Spooks, you could always send a DM my way on twitter (@TheMarckoguy), if you have a twitter account. If you don’t… then maybe have some patience.

Well, that’s really all I had to say. Not a lot of things I could say in this announcement. So… prepare your butts for The Month of Spooks!
Have a good one.

“The Punisher” Teaser Trailer!

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internet! A trailer has dropped and I want to talk about it… so let’s talk about it.

So we finally have our first look at the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series “The Punisher”. For those who don’t know, “The Punisher” is based on a Marvel Comics character created by Gerry Conway, and making his first appearance in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #129 in 1974. Then he’s gotten his own comics and various movies (and even a video game). Then he made his MCU debut last year in season 2 of Netflix’s “Daredevil”, where he was played by Jon Bernthal. And shortly after that it was announced that he would be getting his own Netflix series. Skip forward to earlier today when we got our first teaser trailer for his show. All caught up? Great. Now, while we don’t get too many details from this teaser, we can tell that it will be an intense show featuring a lot of military-based action/drama. Also, Frank/Punisher (Jon Bernthal) is smashing his logo (a skull) into some concrete. And yeah, I’m excited. Sure, I was excited for this series as soon as it was announced, but I’m even more excited now that we have a little bit of actual footage. So I am pretty hyped. “The Punisher” has no official release date, but will most likely premiere around November of this year.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “The Punisher”? And what’s your favorite out of all the MCU/Netflix shows so far (not counting “Defenders” which just came out)? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“Assassin’s Creed Origins” E3 Trailer!

Hello there, guys. More E3 stuff coming your way, so let’s just get into it.

So thanks to E3 we have our first look at “Assassin’s Creed Origins”, the… 42nd(?) installment in the series. Jokes aside, I’m a huge “Assassin’s Creed” fan, so I’m happy to get more of these games. Long story short: Two factions (Assassins and Templars) have been fighting forever because there’s something called pieces of Eden, magic items which could help one rule the world. Templars want to be assholes and do that, and Assassins don’t want the world to be ruled. Then in the future they’re still going at it. Though this time they also have a machien called The Animus which can make a person relive his or her ancestor’s memories because convoluted DNA bullshit. Alright, enough of that. It seems like the series is bringing it back qutie a bit, at least storywise. This time it’s set in ancient Egypt, and it seems like that’s where the Assassins truly began. So now we follow some ancient Assassin dude as he fights to… save the world or something. The gameplay looks like an updated version of the fighting style we’ve gotten used to over the years and I’m okay with that. It also seems like they’re adding more of an RPG element to it. And also in the cinematic part of this trailer there is a giant fucking snake for some reason… because ancient Egypt apparently had that (probably not). Snakes aside, I am excited for this. Like I said, I’m a huge “Assassin’s Creed” fan and this game overall looks like it could be fun. “Assassin’s Creed Origins” is set to be released on October 27th 2017. Basically October is the month of my wallet absolutely hating me.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “Assassin’s Creed Origins”? And what’s your favorite game in the series (if you’ve played them)? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” E3 Trailer!

Hello there, ladies and gents. Like I said in my previous post *nudge nudge, wink wink*, I would cover a whole bunch of trailer coming out of E3. So here we go with number 2.

So we have our first trailer for “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus”, the sequel to “Wolfenstein: The New Order”, a game where you can turn super-nazis into red paste… yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Bit of backstory. After having devloped super-technology, the nazis more or less won World War 2. But in a last stand effort in 1946, the allied forces sent one more batch of soldiers to try to stop the evil nazi science man (Dwight Schultz). But the allied forces kind of fucked up which led to the squad leader, William J. Blazkowicz (Brian Bloom) falling into a coma for the next 14 years. Then in 1960 he wakes up and teams up with his nurse (Alicja Bachleda) to find the resistance and stop the evil super-nazis. Also, Jimi Hendrix is there for some reason. It was a great game. Now, I’m gonna spoil the ending of the game. That’s not really a choice of mine, I need to do it to discuss the story presented for this game. *Sigh*. At the end of “The New Order” you fight your way through the super-nazi castle (yes, you read that right) to find Deathshead (that’s the evil nazi science man) and kill him. Which you finally do in a challenging but badass boss battle. Then the entire place explodes, presumably killing B.J. But now with “The New Colossus”, it seems like he fell into a coma… AGAIN… and woke up from it… AGAIN. Oh well, no use crying over repeating themes. But now the nazis have truly taken over, making the world look like a slightly less depressing version of “Man in the High Castle” (a show I reviewied once, *nudge nudge, wink wink*). So now B.J. has to work with a new and improved resistance to hopefully stop the super-nazis once and for all. All of it presented in one of the best game trailer I have seen. It shows some fun ads at the start, gives us a look at the cutscenes and dialogue, and even gives us a bit of gameplay towards the end… and god damn, this looks fucking incredible! “Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus” is set to be released on October 27th of 2017.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “The New Colossus”? And what did you think of “The New Order” (if you played it). Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“The Evil Within 2” Announcement Trailer!

Hello guys, hope you’re having a good day. Well, it’s that time of year again. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (more commonly known as E3) is currently going on and we’ve gotten some interesting trailers/reveals from it. So I’m gonna talk about them for the next couple of posts. So here we go.

The first trailer we’re talking about today is the announcement/reveal trailer for “The Evil Within 2”, the sequel to the 2014 horror game from game director Shinji Mikami. So what’s going on here? Well, first the story for the first game to give a little bit of context. Sebastian Castellanos (Anson Mount) is a police detective that gets sent with his colleagues Julie (Jennifer Carpenter) and Joseph (Yuri Lowenthal) to investigate a horrible massacre at an asylum.And when they get there they get dragged into a mindbending and quite fucked up adventure trying to stop an evil madman named Ruvik (Jackie Earle Haley). Now, onto the sequel. Sebastian (voice actor not confirmed) seems to get a report from Kidman (voice actor not confirmed) that Seb’s daughter (who we found out died), might actually be alive. So now he has to go on anotehr fucked up mission through the horrors of the mind. But the trailer not only reveals the existence of the game and reveals a little bit of plot, but there’s also a little bit of gameplay towards the end… and it looks like more of the first, which I’m okay with, because I really enjoyed the first game. And wait a minute, did they tease the return of the spider-lady from the first game? Oh shit. Now, will this game be able to scare me as much as the ninth chapter of the first game? Who the fuck knows. All I know is that this looks kind of creepy and mindbendy and yeah, I’m excited. “The Evil Within 2” is set to be released on Friday the 13th of October 2017… wait that’s this year, right in time for the “Month of Spooks”!

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “The Evil Within 2”? And what did you think of the first game (if you played it)? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one and enjoy the madness, I mean trailer!

“Far Cry 5” Announcement Trailer!!!

Hello there, my friends. Another trailer has been released and I’m gonna talk about it!

So we have gotten our first trailer for “Far Cry 5”, the seventh installment in Ubisoft’s first person shooter series. And yes, you read that right, the game with a 5 in the title is the seventh one. Because between “Far Cry 4” and this one, we had “Far Cry Primal” which was set 10000 B.C. And after “Far Cry 3” we got a spin-off game called “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon”, which lampooned 80s sci-fi/action movies, going so far as to star Michael Biehn. Now, weird release order aside, let’s talk about the game at hand, “Far Cry 5”. This game will be set in the fictional Hope County, Montana. Which of course means that it’s the first “Far Cry” to be set in the United States. And it seems like the villains of the game will be a group of crazy cultists who forces any person around into their religion. Now, there was a teaser image that was released the other day which sparked some controversy (found at the top of this post). I think the main thing about that controversy is that crazy antagonist(s) of this game seems to be white, “christian”, Americans. To those who say that this is a bad move by Ubisoft, go fuck yourselves, it’s just a game that is about a specific group of people, and not about EVERY white American christian out there. Sorry about that rant, people who have common sense, but I had to get it out there. Now, while this trailer is made to look as cinematic as possible, I can still imagine that the game can and will get as crazy as the trailer makes it out to be. I mean, I have played the shit out of both “Far Cry 3” and “Far Cry 4”, and times could get crazy in both of those. So yeah, this will probably get crazy, especially with gun-crazy Americans who also happen to be religious fanatics thrown into the mix. So I’m quite excited. “Far Cry 5” is set to be released in February of next year.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited for “Far Cry 5”? And have you played any of the previous games? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!

“Hellboy” reboot announced

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I hope you’re all having a good day. As you read in the title of this post, a reboot of the “Hellboy” movie franchise has been announced. Now, this was announced earlier this week, but I had to take a few days to really think about this. For those who have lived under a rock for the past 15 years, “Hellboy” is a movie directed by Guillermo Del Toro, based on the comic book series of the same name written by Mike Mignola. The movie starred Ron Perlman as the titular hero. It also got a sequel in 2008 called “Hellboy II: The Golden Army”. Both of these movies were critically acclaimed, being loved by both critics and general audiences. For the longest time there were rumors and speculation regarding a third movie in the series, something both the fans, the star, and the director wanted. So Del Toro had a meeting earlier this year with Perlman (Or Da Perl, as he lovingly called him) and Mignola regarding the possibility of “Hellboy 3” happening. It was then announced that it wouldn’t happen, which made a lot of fans (including myself) really fucking sad.

Sad Hellboy representing us fans.

Skip ahead a few months to earlier this week and we get an announcement that a new “Hellboy” movie is being made. Then it turns out it’s a reboot that doesn’t include Del Toro, Da Perl, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, or any of the people from the first two movies. Instead it would be directed by Neil Marshall, the director behind the very popular horror film “The Descent”, as well as directing episodes of “Game of Thrones”, “Constantine”, “Hannibal”, and “Westworld” (among a bunch of other things). And the titular red one would be played by David Harbour, the man who most people probably know as Sheriff Jim Hopper from Netflix’s “Stranger Things”. And this is why I needed to take a few days before I actually talked about this rebootification. Because I’m a huge fan of the two “Hellboy” movies, so if I had written anything right as it was announced, I would probably have nothing but negative things to say, and I’m only human so change is obviously not something I’m happy with. But now that I’ve taken a few days to think about it and I’m ready to say something.

Lower the gun, Red. We have to be calm and reasonable.

While I’m not the most thrilled to be getting a reboot of this series, I am not 100% against it. The director has made some good stuff, and while I haven’t seen “The Descent”, people seems to love that movie. Plus, the shows I mentioned before are good, so I know that the man has serious talent. And while I would have loved to see Da Perl don the Red makeup and prosthetics again, David Harbour is a good choice for the role. The man is big, and his performance in “Stranger Things” has me convinced that he can do the gruff but still good-hearted style very well. My biggest problem here is how the effects will be handled. The original movies had amazing creature effects, both practical and CGI. So this rebootification has some big fuckin’ shoes to fill. I forgot to mention, this reboot will apparently be rated R. I haven’t read the comics, so I don’t know if the age rating can serve the story in any way. If someone out there has read the comics, please tell me if the R-rating can be justified for the movie.

So in conclusion. I’m not too excited for this reboot, but I’m not gonna hate on it too much either, because there are some genuinely talented people behind it. I just needed to get this out there because I love the movies so much. Feel free to share your thoughts on all of this in the comments.
Have a good one.

HB: Is this asshole for real? AS: It seems like it. HB: Damn.

“Middle-earth: Shadow of War” Announcement Trailer

Hello there, ladies and gentlemen. Hope you’re all having a good Tuesday. Let’s talk about a trailer that just came out.

So here we have a trailer for “Middle-earth: Shadow of War”, the sequel to 2014’s “Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor”. To be honest, I never played “Shadow of Mordor”, but I’ve heard from a lot of people on the internet that it’s a really good game. So I will pick it up and play it at some point. But until then, here’s an explanation of the plot from “Shadow of Mordor” as I understand it. The game follows a ranger named Talion (Troy Baker) who dies and then gets resurrected by a Wraith, and then he goes off to murder a bunch of orcs or some shit. Again, I never played the game, so I don’t know the entire plot… just that first bit with Mr. Ranger-man dying and coming back to life. Anyhow, now we have a trailer for the sequel. And apparently there will be an epic fucking war. It’s hard to say what it will be about exactly, but I kind of like that. And sure, a pre-rendered CG trailer doesn’t exactly give us an image of what the game will be like, but it still looks awesome. Also, it does something that you don’t see in too many video game trailers… it gives us a release date for a gameplay reveal. Most game trailers go like “Here’s a CG trailer, get excited, you shits!” and then expects us to be patient and then also get surprised when some gameplay gets revealed. But the “Shadow of War” gameplay reveal is set for March of this year, so that’s cool. So I am actually kind of excited about this. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War” is set to be released on August 25th 2017.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about “Shadow of War”? And what are your thoughts (if you played it) regarding “Shadow of Mordor”? Leave any and all answers in the comments!
Have a good one and enjoy the trailer!