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Black Rose – Indie Horror Game

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Black Rose is a free indie horror game first published in 2013.

Since the original release – it has been updated with new textures, storyline elements and other graphical components. The game has been also released on Steam in 2016.

The game is relatively short – but the first time I played it – this weekend – I spend more than 2 hours exploring the dark mansion/funeral home where the game takes place.  You end up in this haunted abandoned funeral home in which those who die in fear or filled with hatred and other strong emotions – remain trapped and vengeful. You discover the tragic events that led to this dark atmosphere – and you encounter two of the most evil entities living here – Myrtle and Sullivan James.

The jump scares, the quick time events and the lack of lighting in the game make it enjoyable. There is a scoring system in which you can accumulate points by having close-calls. Closer you are to the entity hunting you, the more points you achieve. The game has two playable modes – Time Mode and Story Mode. In the time mode you have to quickly finish the game and obtain a certain score. In Story Mode – you can listen to fragments of the story through other character perceptions.

I recommend playing the game at night. Makes it more… vivid.  Below is a full gameplay of the game – I just uploaded on Youtube. Enjoy.

The Ritual – Conceptual Review

[SPOILERS AHEAD]

In the Norse mythology there are various numbers of Gods and Goddesses – that according to the ancient stories touched these lands and left behind tales of greatness and also despair.

In a time when information was immortalized on runes and pieces of wood, leather and even weapons – there were worshipers who – more or less – chose a path to describe their own personality. Their stories circulated orally from generation to generation but soon – with the development of writing and using collections of papers to comprise a certain genre of written work – books about their culture and mythology began to appear.

In movies we mostly see those who worship an ancient God that is evil, demands sacrifices and human slaves. Can’t say it isn’t catchy…

Netflix’s “The Ritual” brings forth one of these kinds of stories. After a tragic incident – 4 old friends decide to remember their lost partner by going hiking in the untouched lands of Northern Sweden.

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There are some scenes that describe the beauty of the Northern Europe which are simply breathtaking. The mist above the old forests, the colors of the painted ancient hills and rocks, the vastness of natural formations, you almost feel like belonging there.

After deciding to take a shortcut through the forests – they end up in a wooden house where they discover a pagan altar – which not only seems totally wrong – but induces notes of black magic. Throughout the ages – the Nordic people used sea magic, dream magic, military magic and other genres which were required at a certain point. Above all – magic was used to perform incantations that were meant to bring positiveness and high energies into the shaping of their destinies.

“The Ritual” tells another story. Being in the same cabin with the altar – the forces there are able to enter their minds and by recreating their worst nightmares – takes over their fears.

The movies is constructed as a investigative journey – in order to find a way out of the woods. At a certain point – the deity living among the old trees reveals to them. Not only it reveals but starts hunting them as well.

It needed them to bow down and accept its greatness… as seen later in the movie. The thing about evil deities is that they have this desire to be acknowledged, to be worshiped, to be put on a pedestal, to receive offerings, have the inferior races understand its greatness.. But since it is materialized and somewhat humanized – it has its flaws and limits. It knows that it isn’t indestructible – so the creature uses manipulation to obtain power. It can’t get out of the forest- its powers are limited to the tainted collection of trees.

It is a story of survival – and it is well constructed.

As usual – Netflix brings forth another jewel for the screen. I highly recommend the movie.

Silent Hill

So I re-watched Silent Hill a couple of days ago and revisited this dark place where it rains ashes.. And fear and hatred get materialized..

And I was wondering how did these 12 years since the release of the movie passed…

All this time.. I think that almost every day I was listening to some Silent Hill song.. I love the ambiance music, the horror tunes, vocals of Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.. I’ve got the soundtracks of the first two games on my phone right now.. And can’t get enough of it.

I even wanted to get a Silent Hill themed tattoo – and I still want that.. hopefully some day.. soon.

And for a few days now.. I stumbled upon this mix – a mix of the ambiance of the nightmarish town…

Another: Episode 1 -Beginning of the End

So… This is a part of an older project of mine that I had in mind. Besides writing reviews to an entire anime series – I wanted to watch each episode and talk about it.

I have a list of 60-something watched anime and I need to re-watch them all, and also new series and start writing about them. Details, spoilers will be presented ahead – so a friendly suggestion – do not read articles of episodes you plan to watch.

another_novel_coverAnother – an anime adaptation after a Japanese mystery horror novel by Yukito Ayatsuji, published on October 29, 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten.

The story focuses on a boy named Kōichi Sakakibara who, upon transferring into Yomiyama Middle School and meeting the curious Mei Misaki, finds himself in a mystery revolving around students and people related to his class falling victim to gruesome, senseless deaths.

A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized between May 2010 and January 2012 in the issues of Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace. Both the novel and the manga have been licensed in North America by Yen Press. A 12-episode anime TV series produced by P.A.Works aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27, 2012, with an original video animation episode released on May 26, 2012, and a live-action film was released in Japanese theatres on August 4, 2012.

A dark, sad story, with great characters and a great soundtrack.

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The first episode “Rough sketch” – “Sobyō” (素描) was released on January 10, 2012.

Following the cliches of other horror works – like Higurashi no naku koro ni – there is a disturbing story that took place in the past. Another tells the cruel fate of a girl named Misaki who was a student 26 years ago. Shorty after entering the 9th grade she died in an accident. Shocking as it may seem – the other students behaved like she was still alive – and so it was born the so called “curse” of class 3-3.

The protagonist – Kōichi Sakakibara moves to a town called Yomiyama to live with his grandparents and his aunt Reiko Mikami. Unfortunately – he gets sick and a few weeks he spends in a hospital reading horror novels and hoping to regain his health.

One of the days – some students from his school – Yomiyama North Junior High – Izumi Akazawa, Tomohiko Kazami and Yukari Sakuragi, visit him. Their first discussion brings a note of tension – which is completed by the environements depicted in the first part of the episode, cruel, dark tones, vivid colors, the state of Sakakibara and the mystery surrounding their “interview”. From the beginning you can realize that something very wrong is happening here.

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Another scene that makes everything undoubtebly  strange is Sakakibara meeting Misaki Mei for the first time. She seems lost, she is very quiet and talks weird. And she loses herself like a shadow in the hospital’s basement where the morgue is.

The first day at school brings some aspects that seem odd. Class 3 is the only class that is ignored by the rest of the school. And after asking out about Misaki Mei – he finds out that others claim that they do not know what he is talking about. This aura of mystery surrounding this girl – makes Sakakibara seek her presence.

The ending of the episode gets again tensionate as Misaki tells Sakakibara that his class – their class is very different from the rest of the school – it is very closed to death.

[to be continued…]

Another Anime Artwork and Wallpapers

So.. I have quite a thing for the series called Another.. Horror with a note of suspence and tragic mystery. This could become one of my favorites after Elfen Lied, Higurashi no naku koro ni, Corpse Party, Pupa and some other titles. So this morning I’ve saved up some images representing artwork and wallpapers with the scenarios and characters from the anime. Enjoy.