July 2, 2020
We begin today with a look at a game related to the Castlevania series, one that hails from the back catalog of Konami's classic era. We finally have a review up for Getsu Fuma Den, a title that most people outside of Japan had ever heard of until it's lead character, Getsu Fuma, appeared in the big crossover release Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. With a review up we now also have a Series page up for it as well as a Chronology page to go with as well.
And then, of course, we have movie reviews. This week we finish up the Black Lagoon series with The Creature Walks Among Us, and then we get a big monster group number out of the way with the utterly goofy The Monster Squad, plus we also finish out the current run of the Re-Animator series with Beyond Re-Animator.
June 25, 2020
Went through and tidied up the site a little further, doing typo checks on many of the recent Horror Cinema reviews that were posted. I also added mopre images along the sides of many pages, upgrading the layout some and giving the site a little more pop.
Following that, we have another set of movie reviews for the site, with coverage added for the second Creature from the Black Lagoon film, Revenge of the Creature, as well as the 1970s horrible skin flick with the fantastic name (and not much else going for it), Sexcula. Neither of these films, it's worth noting, were any good (but for completely different reasons). We also have the Creature sketch, "Abbott and Costello Meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon", that helps to round out our canon of Universal Monsters material.
Of course, the big news of the week is the fact that IGA and IntiCreates are unleashing Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 sometime soon. The game already looks to be well under construction from the trailer and images revealed so far. How the game will shape up, and just how it fits into the continuity that's slowly developing, is up in the air, but this is certainly exciting news for fans of that series, Castlevania in general.
June 18, 2020
Hey, we have yet another triple-feature in the Horror Cinema section for today as we take a look at then 2005 Land of the Dead (no relation to the Pixar film Coco, Creature from the Black Lagoon (finally getting coverage of the Gill-Man on the site), and Bride of Re-Animator (helping us to cover even more of the Frankenstein-related material on the site). That section is really looking good at this point.
And, in honor of finally starting on the Gill-Man's movies, I added a bio for Merman (and other Fishmen) to the site. Another creature down.
June 11, 2020
Another triple-feature in the Horror Cinema section for today as we take a look at Fright Night 2: The New Blood (a decent little Bathory film), The Mummy's Shroud (another terrible Hammer Mummy film), and Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (which I found painful to get through). The Cinema section is really humming along now.
June 4, 2020
We start today with a look at another Fanwork, the Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Item Randomizer. This is a solid, if basic, randomizer that helps to add new life into the classic Game Boy Advance title. Really fun for what it does.
There's also a double-feature of movies added to the set: the Hammer Mummy sequel The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, along with Universal's totally not a Wolfman film Werewolf: The Beast Among Us. Neither of these are very good but they do help to flesh out our collection and finish sections out.
Finally, in rumor news, supposedly there's a Castlevania game in development based on the Netflix anime. This is something that apparently came up a couple of months ago (that I only just found out about), alleging some kind of Castlevania III-inspired game, using those heroes, in some kind of team-play campaign. Now, the original post that alleged this rumor was removed, so who knows how real this rumor is. I simply report it and you make up your own mind.
May 29, 2020
We have yet another trio of monster movie reviews for the Horror Cinema section: The Mummy (1959), The Wolfman (2010), and Night of the Living Dead (1968). This actually finished up all the werewolf films I had planned so far, plus it completes the original Romero trilogy, and gets us into the Hammer Mummy films.
While we're at it, I also finished out all the Belmont Bios with the addition of Soliel Belmont. Just have some lesser bosses and other characters to write about and we'll have the who Bios section completed.
May 21, 2020
Another trio of monster movie reviews for the Horror Cinema section: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), and Day of the Dead (1985). I love watching, talking about, and writing reviews for horror movies so when I don't feel like writing any other content for the site I will always default back to that.
May 14, 2020
Still mustering the energy to get back into the Lords of Shadow games so I can play through the final game in the series. Until then I'm distracting myself with other content for the site. No clue how long it's going to take me to get into that but I do have to do it sooner or later so I can finish out the Reviews section of this site (at least until Grimore of Souls is officially released worldwide).
In the meantime, we're having a bit of a movie watching party today with Horror Cinema reviews of: Chastity Bites (a bad movie), the 1978 Dawn of the Dead (an absolute horror classic), and the 2010 Let Me In (a decent, if uninpsired, remake). It's nice to get some solid work in on the cinema section of the site.
May 7, 2020
Just a small update this week as I focus on other stuff. Life is busy some days. Still, we do have a review up for the 2001 vampire flick, The Forsaken, which I had the pleasure of going back and watching again. Solid little movie, all things considered.
April 30, 2020
I have finally made it through Mirror of Fate and have it's review online. It took me as long as it did to get through the game because, honestly, I just didn't enjoy it all that much. It wasn't terrible but that doesn't mean it was good, either.
While that's the big update, helping me to check another big box off for the site (and finish the series page for that game, too), there's more content for today. We also have a movie review of ReAnimator and a new bio for Chaos. There, now I feel accomplished.
April 23, 2020
I'm continuing to make my way through Mirror of Fate. Believe me, I will have many thoughts about that game. In the meanwhile, though, we're continuing to progress through the Bios section, with articles about Akmodan II, Balore, and Rohan Krause.
More updates will, of course, follow. I really want to get the next game review up soon, darn it.
April 19, 2020
Spent a bit of time trying to figure out what I wanted to write about while I played my way through portions of Mirror of Fate. Thankfully, getting to the end of Simon's quest gave me the next page to add: a bio for the Succubus, who acts as the end boss for that first section of the 3DS game.
Adding her in, too, made me reconsider how the Bios section was organized and I've now better broken out some of the bosses in that area. I've also added a few more characters to the list to cover, over time, so expect a few more bios to get added to the site in the coming weeks. But first I really need to finish the 3DS game so I can properly write about it. Sigh...
April 13, 2020
Holidays always throw up my update schedule just because I get super lazy and don't want to do anything the holiday comes up. That's why this update is going up later than I would have liked, but never fear. I'm still planning to post another update this week as part of my normal schedule.
Anywho, for today we have coverage of a Fanwork project that has been getting a fair bit of attention lately. Castlevania II: Blood, Sweat, and Code is a randomizer for Castlevania II that remixes just about everything. It's pretty darn solid and a lot of fun. I highly recommend it.
April 2, 2020
I'm working my way through Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate so, soon enough, we'll have content up about that game. Hopefully I'll be able to get up more than just a review of it, but we'll have to see if there are any other characters worth highlighting from that game once we make it through.
In the meantime, I've working on building out other sections, and since the Bloodstained area could be a little more complete, we have a bio for Dominique Baldwin, the real antagonist of the second game in the series.
March 26, 2020
We start with coverage of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Resurrection, the review of which we finally have online. This completes our coverage of the first game in that sub-series, checking a big box off our to-do list. Hurray!
Additionally, since he's the big boss of the second DLC for Lords of Shadow, we also have a bio up for The Forgotten One. At this point, all the major protagonists and antagonists we can think of are in the Bios section now, although we're sure we'll see a few characters from Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2 we'll want to add.
No, please never make me play the first Lords of Shadow again. I don't think I could take it.
Also, if you're looking for more Castlevania bonus content, I'd also like to direct you over to Asteroid G for our article covering Sony's attempts at buy Castlevania (among other IP) from Konami.
March 19, 2020
This week we're covering the first of the two Lords of Shadow expansions, with a review of Reverie. In comparison to the original game, the expansion isn't bad. That said, it's also not good.
And since we covered that expansion we also have a new bio up for Laura, a minor character in the original game who becomes a assistant and playable character in the Reverie expansion. And since we cover her here, we get to mention all her other appearances in the classic series. Plus, it gave us an opportunity to revise the bio for Carmilla.
March 12, 2020
When new Castlevania content comes out you can always rely on there being a flurry of activity on this site. We had one of those great content releases this past weekend when Netflix put out Castlevania: Season 3. Naturally we have that review up, but it also allowed us to do small bio updates for: Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades, Alucard, Hector, Isaac, and Carmilla, as well as adding the anime to the bio for Dracula.
And then, because he shows up in the anime as well as Curse of Darkness, it seemed fitting to finally write a bio for Saint Germain. Whew, that was a lot for one week of content.
March 5, 2020
We first have a couple of minor updates. Both the series page for Symphony of the Night and the review for Symphony in the Dracula X Chronicles have been updated to note the Castlevania: Requiem and cellphone ports of the classic title. We also noted Requiem over on the Rondo of Blood series and review page.
Now, on to new content, and we start with a bio for Satan, lord of the underworld and primary antagonist of the Lords of Shadow series. There are still a few more bios I want to do (especially over in the Bloodstained section) but we're getting very close to completion here, which is really nice.
And then, for good measure, we add the 1990 Night of the Living Dead to our collection. Still need to go back and rewatch the 1968 original at some point.
February 27, 2020
A weird week threw off my update schedule for all my sites but, thankfully, I was able to at least creank out a little bit of content here. Today I bring you a review (finally) of Castlevania Puzzle: Encore of the Night, an odd little game for iPhones and Windows Phones (who the hell even cares about Windows Phone anymore?). It's fun, but not something I'd expect anyone to really sink themselves into for any length of time. This review, of course, also prompted a minor update for the series page for Castlevania Puzzle, and we can now consider that page complete as well.
I also updated the page for Grimore of Souls because it's been out for a bit in Canada. It's still not officially available worldwide, though, so a true review (and all the other proper content) for it is still pending. One day, maybe...
February 20, 2020
As I continue to fill in gaps across the site, we have a review of a version of the original game I really wanted to post for a while now. The problem has been tracking down a way to play it as I don't exactly own a Nokia cellphone, nor do I live in Japan circa 2008. But, through the marvels of emulation I was able to get a copy working of Castlevania for the J2ME Platform working. It was an amusing little diversion and a neat piece of Castlevania history.
If only it were so easy to write any coverage of the Pachislot/Pachinko games for the series. There are five of them in total (starting with Castlevania: The Medal) but not only do I not live in Japan, so I can't just play these games myself, but I also can't find any footage of the games in action. And emulating them is out of the question since they're physical pachinko-style games -- if you don't have the hardware you aren't playing the game properly. So, sadly, those games may never get proper coverage on the site (at least in the form of reviews).
Meanwhile I also have another movie review up, this time for Kenneth Branagh's ill-conceived Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. God, this is a horrible movie. I really hope I don't have to watch it ever again (although I'm sure I said that the last time I reviewed it for this site, way back when, and look at me now). Ugh.
February 13, 2020
Another seemingly small update, but that's only beause we finally have one more big article out of the way, the Biography for Gabriel Belmont. There's just Satan, main antagonist of the Lords of Shadow sub-series and then we'll have biographies for every major (and prominent minor) character in the series. That's quite an accomplishment there.
Now to finally get through Mirror of Fate and Lords of Shadow 2 so I can write reviews for those games and make this site feel nice and complete.
February 6, 2020
With two of the largest articles finally out of the way I can get back to filling gaps around the site. To that end I've gotten another Biography written, this time for side character Claudia. There's only two more bios left -- Satan and Gabriel -- and we'll get those posted within the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, I realized I had to finally stop avoiding the series altogether (despite how much I hate them) and settled into finally document all of Lords of Shadow properly. That starts with finally adding Lords of Shadow 2 to the Series section. Now the only games remaining without proper documentation in that section are the Pachinko games and that weird lightgun Arcade game. Maybe one day I'll be able to play those for the site, but that day isn't today.
I also finally wrote up my Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and, let me tell you, that game was a slog. If I never have to play that game again, it will be too soon.
Of course, adding in all this extra Lords of Shadow content meant going through the site and doing a bunch of cross-linking. I've done when I can so far but there will come a week sometime soon where there won't be any new content, just me going through the site re-reading everything so I can fix any errors and make a bunch of stuff work better. With the way this site is setup my job is basically never done.
January 30, 2020
This week I took care of the last of the upgrades for the site I wanted, fixing the random tiles on the front page. After I increased the font size of the site a couple of weeks ago, the tiles were no loner properly fixed in height, so I spent some time redesigning all of them, getting them into a new format that is, once again, fixed in height and snazzy looking. I'm very particular.
And then, for content we have another long article: the bio for Death. Just one bio to go in the main section, and thankfully we're past the worst of them at this point. Whew.
January 23, 2020
A small update for now. I finally managed to snag a copy of The Horror of Frankenstein, the only Hammer Frankie film we were missing from our collection of reviews, so I have that up now. It was honestly better than I expected it to be.
Of course, when I say it's a "small" update I only mean that because I didn't do a bunch of upgrades to the site. As far as content is concerned we have one really big article to add to the mix: the bio for Dracula. This was an absolute beast to write and took me the better part of a week to compile it all. So, yeah. Enjoy.
January 15, 2020
As you might have noticed, I've gone through and made a number of basic improvements to the site. Although the layout itself is largely the same (aside from recoloring and enlarging the top logo of the site), I have adjusted the font size of the articles across the site (after a few requests to do so), and then I made other basic layout changes to articles for ease of viewing. This included adding stills from the various movies to the Horror Cinema section of the site to make those article more interesting to read. I probably have a few more edits I'll want to make but I do think this refresh helps to keep the site lively for another year or two (until I feel the need to completely redesign this place again).
And speaking of the Horror Cinema section, while I was working on the refresh of the articles within I also took the liberty of running every page through a spellcheck. I can't guarantee it caught every typo but that should help the readability of the immensely. I then also went through and cleaned up the layouts for the Chronology and Game Reviews sections, malking everything much nicer to view.
On the topic of the fact that this site regularly sees new layouts and designs, I really wanted to post more items for the Time Capsule, such as the very earliest layouts for the site (at least in an image gallery). Sadly I don't have any version of the site predating the time capsule, so all those really old designs were probably lost in a computer wipe years ago. Even the Way Back Machine doesn't have a good version of the old sites, so sadly they're gone for good. Oh well.
Now, for new content: today we have a review of the 2013 Dracula TV show from NBC Universal. The series was actually pretty decent but, unfortunately, only went one season. I would have liked to see where the show could have gone in future seasons but, at this point, I think we all have to agree it's never getting revived.
January 8, 2020
So I know, I know, I tend to say this once a year, but I haven't forgotten about this place. I usually try to check in a couple of times a year at least, but I do have a lot of projects that take up my time and it's sometimes hard to come back to this place to work on whatever it needs. I'm gpoing to try and do some weekly updates for a while, though, to at least get some new content on here. Something is better than nothing.
To that end, we start this year off in the right way (for this site) with a review of the new Dracula mini-series from Netflix. If you haven't checked it out, it's really good although the ending doesn't quite come together.
Meanwhile, if you want more monster cinema than what's posted here, I'm also covering the Invisible Man over on Asteroid G. That's a monster that doesn't relly fit into the stable of creatures for Castlevania, so I never really touched it before it. It's always felt like a hole in the review collection, though, so we're finally getting around to it. And this may lead me to more cinema reviews for this site in the coming months.
So, hopefully, I'll see you again next week for more monster content.