Greetings Programs. We kick off the spooky season with a special show. We are joined by the one and only Stephanie Stricklen from KGW (follow her on Twitter) to talk about music and moments that creep you out. But first, tales of gifts from listeners and why podcast fans are the best of fans. Then, Aaron and Scott take a tour with Dave Helfrey as they explore Fright Town! (Look for the full tour later this week). All that, and why Kielen doesn’t like any holiday, but especially one about dead people.
Not sure how to enjoy this finest of holidays? Well friends, your friendly neighborhood Geek is here with all the info your evil little hearts desire.
Audio – Contacting the Dead with Clyde Lewis – “If our personality survives, then it is strictly logical or scientific to assume it retains memory, intellect, other faculties and knowledge we acquire on Earth. Therefore…if we can evolve an instrument so delicate as to be affected by our personality as it survives in the next life, such an instrument, when made available, ought to record something.” – Thomas Alva Edison. Did Edison truly believe he had constructed a device that allowed him to “contact” the dead, or was he simply joking as he claimed in later interviews? We won’t ever know, but we do know this simple quote has fueled paranormal investigators for decades. Halloween night on Ground Zero Radio (101 KUFO – I know, you never thought we’d support that station, but it’s Clyde my friends). Anyway, Halloween night – Clyde Lewis, along with Inventor Dr. Jonathan Burgess, Illusionist Reed McClintock, and Reverse Speech analyst David John Oates will attempt to recreate Edison’s experiment on a massive 100,000 watt scale… And you’re invited. Literally. From 10pm to 1am, you are invited to tune in, call in, and see if you can experience the The Edison Enigma!
Visual – The Walking Dead at the Bagdad with Cort and Fatboy and Things From Another World – We’ve been talking about this event for weeks now. Without a doubt, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead stood (or hunched as it were) as a beacon of quality in a sea of “just stick in zombies” within the cultural zeitgeist. After six years of printed horror, AMC now takes The Walking Dead to small screen… Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Portland “F’ing” Oregon, where you can watch it live on a 60 foot screen in a gorgeous theater.
Since the Bagdad is a bar, you need be 21 or older. It starts at 10pm, the doors open at 8pm… But trust your friendly neighborhood Geek. Get. There. Early. Way before 8pm. Those of a theatrical nature, you’re encouraged to come dressed as your best zombie costume for your chance at undead glory and some sweet swag from TFAW and Image Comics!
Tactile – Tour of Untimely Departures at the Lone Fir Cemetery – Perhaps you don’t want the horror movie experience, or maybe you have small ones that can’t attend adult events, or maybe you just want a little slice of culture and history in your Halloween. The Friends of the Lone Fir Cemetery has you covered, with a truly wonderful annual event – The Tour of Untimely Departures. Ghostly guides will also share some of the history on Lone Fir as they take you through the cemetery on a path lit with candles. Two separate tours of approximately 45 minutes in length will be running constantly throughout the evening to accommodate our maximum capacity of 2000 visitors. Dress for the weather; the Tour happens rain or moon-shine. Having gone quite a few times in the past, we can tell you this is a great way to spend All Hallows Eve. With a talented crew of volunteers and actors, the Tour of Untimely Departures is the perfect mix of theatrics and history. Like The Walking Dead, this is an event you need to arrive early if you want to get in, as their popularity increase exponentially. Entrance on SE 26th off Stark. Bus riders, use Line 15. Admission is $10/adult or $15/family ( parents with children under 12).
From comic book companies, popular video games, and even Sears, many companies these days are just slapping zombies on their product for a jump in sales. Red Dead Redemption is no exception, but unlike Sears trying to sell the undead Eco-minded washers and dryers, Undead Nightmare delivers on it’s promise of a rootin’-tootin’ zombie killing good time!
Undead Nightmare isn’t some tacked on zombie patch of already established missions. Like Rockstar’s previous world-spanning DLCs, The Ballad of Gay Tony or The Lost and The Damned, Undead Nightmare takes full advantage of Red Dead’s massive world. The set-up follows the Red Dead story, you’ve done all the killing that needed killing and are looking forward to the quiet life of a family man. Fate, it would see, has something completely different in mind. That damn uncle of yours, he done went and got your wife and child infected with the Zombie Virus. Not able to blast a slug into your kin’s head, you hogtie them, get back on your horse, and go looking for a cure. Then all hell breaks loose, literally in some places.
Darn near every character returns in Undead Nightmare, each one of them aware and dealing with the apocalypse in their own way. The Sheriff of Armadillo doing his best to keep order and protect the citizens. Friggen Nigel West Dickens is still trying to make a quick buck, undead hordes (and your own safety) be damned. Undead Nightmare isn’t a simple, find the cure, fix your family, end game. Rockstar takes full advantage of Red Dead’s massive game world. You will find yourself spending hours just roaming the landscape, seeing how zombies slowing change the environment. A setting that already had it’s creepy moments raises the bar to 11 with endless nights of rain, grey clouds sitting low on the land, and disturbing howls in the distance. Rockstar clearly wants you to take in the environment and the new dangers found within Undead Nightmare as they disabled the convenient Campfire Travel Feature. No jumping to mission locations this time, you have to face the dangers. A little tedious at times, just give in to the setting and enjoy this altered landscape.
Undead Nightmare drastically changes how you enter a fight. Forget tactical hiding and planning ambushes against living foes. These are classic zombies. They aren’t that smart and one or two are easy to deal with; but as a horde? Utterly relentless and damn near unable to stop. This is made even more difficult by the extreme lack of ammunition. Undead Nightmare forces out your inner MacGyver as you look for ways to send them undead sons a bitches back to hell! Some of the new weapons include holy water, the zombie parts blunderbuss, and all manner of explosions. Some die hard Left 4 Dead players might cry foul with the inclusion of specialty zombies like the Bruisers, Bolters, and Retchers. Oh well, they add to the play experience and it isn’t like Valve has the lock on “strange undead” concept.
The perfect mix of Spaghetti Western and Fulci horror, Undead Nightmare is completely worth the 800 XBox Points or 9.99 on the PS3.
Undead Nightmare is the ass-kickin’ horror western you didn’t know you wanted, but totally needed. Get it friend… And aim for tha’ head.
First, good ‘ol Dan Halsted from Portland Grindhouse again brings some glorious disgusting flicks to the Hollywood Theatre with a Double-Fulci! Starting at 7:30pm on Tuesday:
HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY (1981) A terrifying tale of gore and sleaze! A professor moves his wife and creepy ass son into an old cursed house. It doesn’t take long before blood starts oozing from the walls and the son befriends the ghost of a little girl warning them to leave. The real horror though is the living, rotting corpse hiding in the basement, who needs to kill to survive. This is Lucio Fulci at his finest, meaning we’ll see decapitations, impalements, maggots, and the longest rabid bat attack in cinema history, all immersed in Fulci’s masterful atmosphere of terror.
Wait – Before we move on to the 2nd film in the Double Fulci Fright Fest… An intermission from Red Dead Redemption:
Got it? Good, get it! Back to Fulci…
ZOMBIE (1979) Fulci’s gut munching masterpiece about a doctor on a remote island whose experiments have caused the dead to return to life. A group of Americans visit the island in search of the doctor, and are drawn into a ferocious battle with the flesh eating walking dead. Backed by Fabio Frizzi’s synthesized soundtrack, zombies rise from the grave, humans are ruthlessly attacked, a zombie fights a shark, and all gory hell breaks loose! “We are going to EAT YOU!”
You can get your tickets at the door or at Grindhouse Film Fest.
As if you need another reason to visit the horrendous Baron von Goolo and Frightown, but tonight is something gleefully wicked and fun…
The vampires of FrightTown are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore! Join us tonight at 8:30 pm on the Commons in front of the Portland Memorial Coliseum as the vampire rights group B.A.T. (Bloodsuckers Against TWILIGHT) exercises their rights to freedom of protest as Nocturnal Americans, and put the torch to Stephenie Meyer’s saccharin depictions of sparkly vampires at out (first annual?) TWILIGHT Book Burning! Are you Team Meyer…or Team Fire? Come cheer or boo as we do some cullin’ of our own…
See you there Ghoulies! 🙂