Welcome to November, where the Cubs have won the World Series and the world as we know it is about to end! Join your hosts Matt, Robert, and The David as they chit-chat about what’s going down in their lives, relentlessly mock one another, and pay homage to the best-worst video game ever. Lock yourself down in your own personal bunker, because next week we’re gonna burn! It’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!
It’s November, so what better time to bring the podcast listeners something akin to a Halloween episode (aside from it not being October and us not really talking about Halloween)! Join your hosts Matt and Robert as they discuss the things that don’t really matter beyond Robert’s dining table and their own alcohol-addled brains. From ghost stories and battlefields to boxing kangaroos and tag-team wrestling, there seems to be a little bit of everything in this weeks Useless Drivel, the podcast without a point!
This past week, I got my copy of the latest installment of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, and let me tell you, it has been hard to get anything accomplished that doesn’t involve being a teched out futuristic special ops soldier. There’s action, guns, guns, optical camouflage, guns, and more guns… so yeah, I’m pretty much in video game heaven. If you like tactical shooters, this game definitely does not disappoint, however, you may want to bring some friends.
Looking for something to help get you in the mood for Halloween? Here are a few suggestions of things that have each taken a turn or two keeping me up at night.
“They’re heeeere…” A modern classic if you ask any fan of the genre. It was released in 1984 making me four years old and entirely too young to be watching it but that didn’t stop me. This movie alone is probably the reason that ghost stories both fascinate and frighten me still to this day. Also, being roughly the same age as little Carol-Anne probably didn’t help either.
Television: American Horror Story
A new series that premiered less than a month ago but has already made a huge impression on me. A multi-layered story filled with tragedy, secrets, tension, and sex all intermingled with a huge creep-factor and some pretty messed up murder scenes. If you’re into horror or ghost stories you will love it and with a two-part Halloween episode it’s perfect for this time of year.
Yes, I know this is a children’s book. But that didn’t stop it was giving me the chills. The movie, while fantastic, didn’t make my skin crawl quite like the book. The Dave McKean illustrations alone had me speed-reading just so I could turn the page. As soon as Coraline found herself in the other world with other-mother and her creepy button eyes I knew this was a different kind of kids’ story and I loved every minute of it.
Games: Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly (Playstation 2)
Japanese horror stories have a way of creeping me out that sticks with me. There are still random times after using the bathroom in the middle of the night that I think “long arms” from the original Fatal Frame may be lurking in my closet waiting for me. Your character is armed only a camera to defend herself against hostile ghosts like “broken neck woman”, “woman in box”, and “fallen woman.” All women, huh? Yeah, way to be sexist, Fatal Frame. The overt scares are great but it’s the subtleties that really make this game shine.
Screw your sparkling vampires. Steve Niles’ take on the vampire genre is the stuff of nightmares. Ruthless, ugly, and teeth like sharks– 30 Days of Night made vampires scary again. The added talents of Ben Templesmith almost make the gore-splashed pages beautiful. But there is no denying that these vampires will tear your throat out, as many of Barrow, Alaska’s residents can attest to.