Zombie Kitty Podcast 145: Back To The Future Part 1 w/ Ready Player One Talk

Where I watch a film that is referenced in the first trailer for ‘Ready Player One’. In this episode, the film is ‘Back To The Future Part 1’, which I haven’t seen in ages. I go through the plot and talk about whether it still holds up today.

No Trailer Talk this month; instead I do a ‘what did I watch/play/read’ segment and give you my thoughts on ‘Ready Player One’.

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My Thoughts On: Doki Doki Literature Club (2017)

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I discovered this game from Jacksepticeye’s Youtube channel last year and, upon seeing the video’s thumbnails, I dismissed it as another silly anime game.

‘Doki Doki Literature Club’ was created by Team Salvato and is an anime-style visual novel set in a high school, where you have to interact with each of the main characters (Sayouri, Yuri, Monika and Natsuki) and hopefully win the heart of one of them.

Sounds like a generic anime dating simulator right?

Well, in this case, the phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ definitely applies here and I can’t really continue with this review without spoiling anything. So, before I go into spoilers, I will say I loved this game and that if you haven’t played this yet, please do: it’s free on Steam and do not research this before playing. My only issue with the game is that it takes a while to get to what the game actually is, which can turn some people away. At the same time, the lengthy gameplay is there for a reason: it wants the player to be comfortable with the gameplay and the characters before revealing what the game really is.

‘Doki Doki Literature Club’ does also carry a warning that, if you’re under 13 or suffer from depression or anxiety, you should not play this game. Please do not take that warning lightly.

5/5

The trailer can be seen below:


So, from this point onwards, I will be spoiling ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’. So here w̵è ͝g̢o..͟.

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So, what ‘Doki Doki Literature Club’ actually is is a dating sim, where one of the main characters (Monika) is trying to win YOUR heart (you, the player, not the character you’re playing in the game) and will try and mess about with the game and the characters in order to do so, including forcing them to commit suicide. Now you know why the warning is there: this game deals with loneliness, self harm, suicide and abuse.

The game also starts to glitch or mess up once one of the main characters commits suicide because the game technically ‘ends’ even though this character’s death wasn’t supposed to happen in the original storyline. This means that, when you’re taken back to the main menu, everything has gone wrong and the game tries to come up with a new storyline: one where that character never existed. And, from that point onwards, you’re taken on a crazy, glitch-filled adventure with characters you thought you knew!

The game also has multiple Easter Eggs, and various things that can occur each time you play it, making the game unique with each playthrough. These will be caused by what girl you choose to impress, or it can be completely random. This means that, despite the fact that I’ve played through the game’s storyline, I haven’t actually completed the game; there are still a lot of things that I haven’t experienced within the game yet. One example is that, if you are recording the gameplay, Monika will sometimes bring this up at the end. M̟͔̘̦̕e̠̹a̺̬̻n̺̜̯̠̼i̙͎n̤̦͢g͉͕̦̝͙̞ ̶͈̮̹̙t͈h̯̩͡a̱̲̖͓̱̪ͅt̜͙͠ ̮̤͞e̝̬͇̥̫a̯͚̥̼͕̭͇c̱̰͓̪h͚̟͟ ̖͈g҉̘͍a̻̟̻m̞̻͈̮͝e͚̱̜̙p̯͎͘l̥̩̬͕a̗̘̰y̤ ͙̝ḭ͇̥s̩̦̠̹̱̫ ̩͉̲͚d̨i̹̜̰͓͢ff̹͎̼̺̙̟e̸r̙͔̱͓͚̙e͚̬̯͕̩ǹ͙̥̥͙̝̼ͅt̺̜̱.

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Zombie Kitty Podcast 144: Unlisted Owner w/ Writer and Director Jed Brian

Where writer and director Jed Brian joins me to talk about his found footage horror film ‘Unlisted Owner’! We go through the plotline, I talk about what makes this film stand out in the Found Footage genre, in terms of its film-making and realism, as well as talking about some ‘making of’ info. I also go through some theories I had whilst watching the film.

We also talk about the ‘Hereditary’ trailer in Trailer Talk.


You can follow Unlisted Owner on the following social media sites:

Website:

Twitter

Facebook:

Instagram: @mr.jed_brian

Jed Brian is also doing a signing at the Barnes & Noble in Greenwood Indiana on Saturday, 7th April at 1pm EST. The address is below:

Greenwood Barnes & Noble

1251 US 31 North

Greenwood, IN 46142

317-859-8089


If you haven’t seen ‘Unlisted Owner’, it is available on DVD at the following places:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Fye

If you would like to stream the film you can at Amazon

Google Play

YouTube

Microsoft Store so you can get it on your Xbox and iTunes!

 

My Thoughts On: The Cloverfield Marketing Campaign

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On the 4th February 2018, the Superbowl was broadcast in America and online for other countries to see. As someone living in the UK, I always used the Superbowl as an excuse to get drunk and have a party with my University friends. I still don’t understand the rules of the game. Another reason I paid attention to the Superbowl was because of the trailers and adverts that it would bring. This sporting event is an oppurtunity for upcoming films, TV shows and companies to advertise their latests products and they’d go ‘all out’ for this yearly event.

The one trailer that caused the most publicity that night, however, was for ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ because, not only did we finally have a trailer for it but, at the end of the 30 second ad, it was revealed that the film would be on Netflix the moment the Superbowl finished.

Ok, so a little bit of background information for people who don’t know anything about this film: This is the third Cloverfield film, and was originally called ‘The God Particle’. It was also supposed to be released in cinemas in October 2017. However, it then got pushed to April and was reported that Netflix had bought the film. Rumours then started going around a week before the Superbowl that Netflix would release the film on their site right after the game but most people, like me, dismissed this as wishful thinking.

…And here we are.

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This is a topic I’ve been wanting to talk about since 2016, when ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ came out and now with ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’s lack of a marketing campaign, I think this is a perfect time to talk about it. This will be an article based on what I know about the marketing as well as my own experience of it. So, let’s go back in time to 2007…

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In 2007, during the showing for the first ‘Transformers’ film, a teaser without a title was shown. It was for a found footage film, that began at someone’s leaving party in New York. However, things quickly took a turn for the chaotic when the building shakes and a roar is heard. The party go to the roof of the building and-BOOM! They see a huge explosion close by them. Once they get outside, one of the characters notices something launching towards them: the head of the Statue of Liberty. The image then cuts to black and we are given the text ‘from producer J.J. Abrams’ and the release date, which was 18th January 2008.

That was the first teaser for what would later be named ‘Cloverfield’.

I vividly remember rewatching the teaser on Youtube over and over again, and wondering what this was; hardly anything was shown in the trailer, and yet, everyone wanted to see this film and A LOT of people saw it opening day. I never got round to seeing it in cinema: all of my friends either saw it opening weekend, or didn’t want to see it (I wasn’t confident at that time to go to the cinema on my own), but I was obsessed with this film that I basically knew nothing about! It was also strange to have this much mystery over a film; trailers are always accused of ‘showing too much’ and this one showed hardly anything, which made people curious enough to see it.

The teaser can be seen below:

The trend of releasing an unannounced trailer with hardly any information in it continued when the trailer for ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ played during a showing of ’13 Hours’ in America. This one was a bit longer than the first film’s teaser: it’s set against Tommy James & The Shondells cover of ‘I think we’re alone now’ and shows Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr. in a bomb shelter and doing normal activities (watching tv, reading a book, etc.). Then suddenly the shelter starts shaking and strange noises can be heard, presumably coming from above. The music then starts slowing down as the tone of the trailer goes from normal to downright creepy, as, in one shot, the shelter is on fire and, in another, Mary Elizabeth Winstead is seen with her leg handcuffed to the wall of a concrete room. The trailer ends with her running to escape while John Goodman is warning her not to go outside. The screen then cuts to black and we hear rumblings as John Goodman warns us that ‘something is coming’ and the title ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ slowly appears onscreen.

This trailer had a different sense of mystery than the first film’s teaser: We now knew that this was a Cloverfield film, as this trailer had a title. However, while this was longer than the first film’s teaser, we still didn’t have too much of an idea of what was going on. But that didn’t stop the word-of-mouth that the trailer below generated:

We’re now in an age where social media and the Internet is huge: if an event happens, we’ll know about it within seconds. So it speaks volumes that all 3 films in this franchise has had virtually no marketing and can create great word-of-mouth as a result of this. On top of this, the last two films were successful, so this could be a game-changer in how studios view film marketing as a whole. What should also be taken away from this is that we don’t need a trailer with lots of information in it to intrigue us; if it’s mysterious, people will be curious enough to see it. The mystery of these films is the reason why this franchise’s marketing campaign is my favourite: I don’t really know what I’m about to watch as I go into the cinema/log onto Netflix.

And now that Cloverfield 4 (currently titled ‘Overlord’) has finished filming, I look forward to seeing what promotional material Bad Robot comes up with next.

 

Dynamite Comics Are Releasing ‘Jeepers Creepers’ Comics: Here’s The Covers For Issue 1 and 2!

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If you’ve been listening to my podcast or visited the site by now, you will know that I am a HUGE ‘Jeepers Creepers’ fan. And, I recently learnt that Dynamite Entertainment are going to be releasing a ‘Jeepers Creepers’ comic series!

According to the geek merchandise website ‘Forbidden Planet UK’, the plotline for the series is as follows:

Grad student Devin Toulson is writing his dream thesis on Myths in American History, but when his research takes him on a journey reaching back centuries, Devin finds something horrifying. Something that crosses cultures, locations, and eras. Something that returns for a bloody feeding every 23 years. Will this young man’s investigation uncover simply an urban legend or will he come face to face with an immortal monster that has terrorized humanity from the shadows since man first walked the country?

The comics will be written by Marc Andrekyo (DC’s ‘Manhunter’) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Dynamite’s ‘Army of Darkness: Furious Road’) and the various cover art for Issue 1 and 2 have now been revealed:

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Amongst them is an Issue 2 cover (on the left) that seems to take an idea from the original ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ script, which is the idea that the franchise’s villian, The Creeper, is so old that it has lived through the Aztec era, whilst a cover for Issue 1 is pretty much an animated version of the last shot from the 2001 original.

I am really looking forward to this series for two reasons: I’m interested to see what the franchise will look like in comic book form, and I’m also interested to know what a ‘Jeepers Creepers’ story, that is not written by the original writer/director, will look like.

Issue 1 will be released on the 18th April 2018.

Issue 2 will be released on the 16th May 2018.

Zombie Kitty Podcast 140: Portal: No Escape (fan film) w/ Reboot: The Guardian Code Trailer

Where I watch the fan film that gave Dan Tractenberg the directing role for ’10 Cloverfield Lane’! I talk about the visual effects, the games that the film is based on, and I theorize the actual reason for the storyline.

The film can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4drucg1A6Xk

I also rant and rage on the ‘Reboot: The Guardian Code’ trailer in Trailer Talk.