Critapocalypse Episode 9! You can’t handle the truth!

So we finally made it on to iTunes, little did Apple know that we plan to take them down from the inside but that is neither here nor now.

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Hedgehog power sabotage bots. If it’s good enough for a Sonic villain it is good enough for me and Tom Atkins.

You know the drill at this point but just in case me (Matt) and Ant (Ant) talk about things we have done, played, listened to or watched. If that isn’t e ough we do also go completely off tangent so for all your non tangential tapestry of talking check out THE Critapocalypse podcast.

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Critapocalypse Episode 8! Great Cock Fire of Balls!

We have banded together once again to discuss the finer things in life, not wine, cheese and stale crackers but video games, films, music and occasionally, life.

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Life?

You know the drill at this point and if you don’t you will get the jist pretty quickly. We review stuff while we chat the night away, we then record these mad ramblings and edit them into a format for your earholes.

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Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you, Fuck you and Fuck you. You fucking son of a bitch.

This week we talk about (Time codes for youtube only):

Total Overdose: 00:01:20
Infamous First light: 00:09:42
Chinese Zodiac: 00:14:47
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies: 00:22:14
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and lamentations for original gaming: 00:31:32
Grown Ups 2: 00:46:44
13 Assassins: 01:02:11
Worms Battlegrounds: 01:08:50

So get your steaming pile of sex voices right here:

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Charles Band’s ‘Puppet Master 8: The Legacy’

I really cannot express my disappointment when watching this movie and realising that it is essentially a series of clips from the previous films. I really cannot justify reviewing this as a film, if you wanted to see everything that is shown here you probably would have watched the previous films in this series.

Kiss me you FOOL!

ROMANCE!

The “story” revolves around Peter Hertz (Jacob Whitkin) who was the young boy saved by Andre Toulon in the third film. Peter is now the Puppet Master and has been cornered by the mysterious Maclain (Kate Orsini) who is seeking a way to destroy the nefarious marionettes and save the souls trapped inside. Eventually she kills him or something along those lines, many clips of other films are shown in between.

Shoot him you FOOL!

ACTION!

It’s difficult to pinpoint the reason for Charles Band to create this film using mostly footage previously seen. On one hand it could have been that he wished to show the journey the puppets have gone on but if that was the case you would pick scenes of emotional depth and not just murdering. This intention could have been for this to just be a kill compilation but then you have to question the book ending segments involving Maclain and Peter.

Cat eyes!

SUSPENCE!

All in all this really shouldn’t be classed as a separate film, it feels more like a DVD extra that would come in a box set more than a piece deserving any narrative. I recommend avoiding this and give it an Adam Sandler, you know it’s going to be shit but it depends on your tolerance for that sort of thing.

A Thankless Thank You

Thank you for all the monies!

Critapocalypse Episode 7! No stopping us now!

We return to you this week in nostalgic mood, reminiscing about the year gone by.

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Look at that magnificent bastard!

Please follow us as we discuss what we liked and what we didn’t like so much from 2014.

Within this episode we discuss: Penny Dreadful, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla, Tranformers 4, EA Sports UFC, Sunset Overdrive, Shovel Knight, Download 2014, The Flash and Bojack Horseman.

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Someone made my thoughts into a picture before I thought them! (All credit goes to the person who made that image)

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Critapocalypse Episode 6! HOLY SHIT!

We are back once again with the renegade master!

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A rare moment of chilling out in the world of The Walking Dead.

Here we are with Critapocalypse Episode 6! This week we talk about Return Of The Living Dead, GTA 5, The Equilizer, Nightbreed, Rocky IV, Persona 4 and the first half of The Walking Dead Season 5. So feast your ear holes on some free entertainment.

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Not a David Cronenberg holiday snapshot.

Here is the Soundcloud link:

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David DeCoteau’s ‘Puppet Master 7: Retro Puppet Master’

Here we go again, back into the fray once more my friends, once more into the bitter night. Puppet Master 7 is a prequel to all the films preceding it, we will finally learn where it was that Toulon learnt to the secret which allowed him his string less marionette’s (A plot point first seen all the way back in Puppet Master 2). Let’s get into the wood and paint of this.  Not how you spell college

Fun Fact: This is not Swedish for college.

So we join Andre Toulon (Guy Rolfe) on the run from the Nazis and hiding out in one of his old bases located in Switzerland. Within his puppet case he finds the head of one of his original creations named Cyclops and recounts the Puppet Master Origin story to his animated marionettes.

The story starts with a man named Afzel (Jack Donner) a 3000 year old Egyptian sorcerer running from some assailants through Cairo. He defeats his pursuers and begins his journey to Paris. We cut to Paris in 1902 and the young Toulon (The Room’s Greg Sestero) whose friends are helping him operate his puppets in a large theatre. Meanwhile Elsa (Brigitta Dau) is the daughter of an ambassador and has run away in order to escape her father’s tyrannical hold.

Elsa arrives at the theatre to watch the show but is distracted once she spots and falls instantly in love with Toulon. Afzel appears on the steps of the theatre injured by 3 Egyptian mummies resurrected by Suketh; Toulon is told the story of the spell of animation (Which Afzel stole in the beginning) and taught the secret thus taking his first steps to becoming the Puppet Master. Elsa’s father does not approve of her new love, deciding that it is best for her to be taken away from Paris and married to another (Which he appears to have chosen).

The 3 mummies return and kill Toulon’s friends when they attempt to defend the theatre. Using the souls of his fallen comrades Toulon animates his friend’s puppets and the fight is on, to save Elsa, stop Suketh’s groovy ghoolies and escape Paris, all the while making his first steps towards becoming a true Puppet Master.

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These are reanimated mummies.

I don’t know if you can tell from that plot synopsis but this film has a lot going on and (Surprisingly) handles it all very well. The story makes some modicum of sense which is great, I just wish this was the start to the series and not the end of the initial run. Information is given in a clear way and Guy Rolfe’s scenes offer a nice intro, I have stated previously that he was a highlight of these movies and that still rings true in this entry. All the puppets are given the souls of Toulon’s friends and this makes us slightly more invested in them but it isn’t made clear if they are the same as the current iteration of puppets.

Young Toulon

This guy went on to start the Realdoll company.

All in all this film does well at adding to the mythology and isn’t difficult to enjoy. The accents maybe terrible in places and the cliché characters could be ripped from any film but this is a cheesy horror film which means we allow some small indiscretions. I enjoyed this movie and would recommend watching it before any of the other films. It serves as another nice high point, gives context to the different puppets and shows us the basis for Toulon’s romance with Elsa.

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The spell requires you take a squat on the dead bodies face.

I hold this film in high regards and would give it a Timothy Olyphant, it won’t be the film you expect to watch but it’s always a bt of a treat.

David DeCoteau’s ‘Puppet Master 6: Curse of the Puppet Master’

We are back to Puppet Master and the first reboot of the series after it was initially intended to end back on chapter 5. New cast but no new puppets and an attempt at continuing to use the lore previously are the first of many miss steps, in an attempt to avoid too much. Lets get into this torrid tale of the darker side of man.

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Actually, this is not a bad scene.

We open up on the House of Marvels Museum which we are shown is now the home of Andre Toulon’s creations. The Bodega Bay Hotel is in the past and to show this we are interested to Dr Magrew (George Peck) and his daughter Jane (Emily Harrison) who treat the Puppets as curious playful creatures (Although the Dr does make note of the previously murdery tendencies). We are interested to a local young man named Robert “Tank” Winsley (Josh Green) who gets picked on by the local boys because he is large and meek. Tank is a very skilled whittler, spending time on his hobby to escape the mean spirited locals and kill time while working at the local gas station. Soon the Dr is recruiting Robert to help him create a special puppet designed by Andre Toulon but never created. As Robert helps the Dr we see that he maybe under the effects of something as his previously meek nature becomes increasingly violent. When we finally discover the nature of the Dr’s plan it seems that Robert can no longer be saved but can love bring him back from the brink?

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Cannon fodder.

This film has the feeling of the red heading step child of the Puppet Master series, some of the elements of the series are here but seem distorted. One element that makes a welcome return is the puppets requiring a soul to be animated, this actually becomes central to the plot but also offers a reason for the finale. The puppets themselves are slightly under utilised especially when initially they were a vessel for vengeance, this is one thing that probably came from the need to “Soft Reboot” the whole series and gave them more flexibility for future entries.

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“Oh, I’m not one of those high falutin city folk.”

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These dungarees should have been included in the credits.

The cast are not quite at the level of the other entries and struggle with some of the dramatic scenes but as this is a horror film we always allow some bad acting. Guy Rolfe does not appear as Ambiguous Nazi Puppet Yoda this time around which is upsetting since he was always the best thing about these films. The main character Robert is played as unintelligent but functional within this world, to make sure we are always aware of his intelligence they dress him in denim dungarees for the entire film (Like a weird new version of John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men) which is more than a bit condescending.

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He is holding a briefcase which would lead us to believe he owns more clothes, he does not.

To be absolutely honest this film is not good, it is difficult to watch and takes forever to reveal information most people will guess in the first few minutes. I like the Dr and they bring in a the Karate Kid style bully which is fun but sadly both characters lack any definition, becoming far too evil early on in the film.

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The perfect weapon to hold sideways and threaten people with.

This is the film that reinvigorated the series but after watching it I really cannot see why. I wouldn’t recommend it and once again give a David Spade, you may remember a time when you enjoyed it but that time passed long ago.

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Hey, they are wearing matching clothes!