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Fallout, Halloween, and Horror Movies
Issue #27: No pictures of kittens this week
Hello readers! If you are new here, welcome to the silly world of The Otter Limits. In this newsletter, I talk Star Wars, movies, punk rock, and any other random nonsense that comes to mind over the course of the week.
So, this week, specifically October 10th, was the 25th anniversary of the release of Fallout, the post apocalyptic role playing video game. It was a PC only video game and the franchise stayed that way until the 2004 game Brotherhood of Steel, which was available for Playstation 2 and Xbox. Personally, I played the original game on a friend’s PC and did not play another edition of the game until Fallout 4 was given to me as an Xmas gift. The rest, I have to say, is history. After playing Fallout 4, and pretty much up until now, I am fairly obsessed with this game. I do play other games on my Xbox from time to time but I always wind up coming back to one of these games. It doesn’t matter if it is Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 4, or Fallout 76, I love them all. Granted, when Fallout 76 first came out, I was less than thrilled about it but after a year or so and a couple of game updates, I came to love that edition as well. I’m not sure what it is about the Fallout games that I like so much. It could be the post apocalyptic feel (which is my favorite genre of any media really) or it could just simply be either the character building facet of those games or the game play itself. In any case, I love these games. If you ask me which one of them is my favorite, I will almost always likely say Fallout 4. It has the best story in my opinion. Anyway, happy birthday Fallout!
The Woman King: This historical action film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It was based on the Agojie, an all-female warrior army from the African kingdom of Dahomey. I’m a history buff so I do love me a good history movie. This was a pretty cool flick. I saw it in the theater with my wife and she seemed to enjoy it as well. The acting in the film was spectacular. There were only 2 actors in the film that I recognized. The first was the main character, General Nanisca, who was played by Viola Davis, who I recognized from the Suicide Squad movie. The other was King Ghezo, the leader of Dahomey, who was played by John Boyega, who I recognized, of course, from the Star Wars sequel trilogy (he played Finn). Again, good movie. Worth checking out. I would not be surprised if it were nominated for several Oscars.
Hellraiser: To be clear, I watched the 2022 David Bruckner directed reboot, not the 1987 original directed by Clive Barker. This one was not released in the theater. It was released on Hulu. Overall, I have to say that I did enjoy the movie. As far as reboot horror movies go, this is probably one of the better ones that I’ve seen. However, I am not really a fan of the new Pinhead. The actor playing the character did not have the same impact to me as the Doug Bradley version. To be honest, they felt like somebody doing a Pinhead cosplay. Despite that, I do think the movie is worth watching.
Halloween: Once again, not the 1978 original directed by John Carpenter. This one was the 2018 film. While it is NOT a reboot of the series, it does retcon quite a bit of the franchise. It is a direct sequel to the 1978 film. I’m pretty sure that this one can be found on streaming somewhere but I saw this one in the theater. I liked it.
Halloween Kills: This one was a direct sequel to the the 2018 film. I saw this one in the theater as well. The theater that I regularly go to has been playing the 2018 Halloween and this one for the past week or so, obviously to get people interested in the next one that is coming out this week (Halloween Ends). I find it odd, however, that there wasn’t a screening of the original 1978 movie. I would have liked to have seen that one on the big screen. Anyway, Halloween Kills was good and I like how it followed up so well with the one that preceded it.
Also, I just want to say that as far as horror movie theme songs go, I really think that the music for the Halloween franchise is my favorite. I actually don’t typically watch horror movies. They really aren’t my cup to tea to be honest. But lately, I’ve been in the mood. Hence the reason there are so many of them on this week’s movie segment.
Rogue One Radio
This week on Rogue One Radio, we covered episode 5 of Andor. We had a guest from another podcast on with us this week. It was Dom Steele of the Star Wars podcast The Joy of Star Wars. We also played tunes from The Subways, Samiam, and Cluttered. You can check out the replay of the live stream here:
You can also check out the audio version of the podcast on Spotify here:
I actually got a couple of comics in my pull list this week. I received Star Wars #28 and Star Wars: The High Republic #1.
I finished the Race to Crashpoint Tower audio book. It was a quick listen. I haven’t started any new books yet but I’m planning to start another High Republic book soon.
Get Married’s 5 Hits From Hell EP was released in October 2020. It is a 5 track EP of Misfits covers and it is great. I have been listening to it quite a bit lately. Here is the opening track from that EP.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to BE MORE KIND!
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