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Episode 3: Binge Worthy Horror for Social Distancing

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Binge Worthy Movie and TV Franchises!

This week on Nightmare Feed, we are discussing what to binge while you’re socially distancing! At the moment, NY, NJ, and CT have banned groups over 10 and closed casinos, malls, theaters, and schools!  Even restaurants can only provide food through delivery or take-away, and non-essential travel has been banned.  Recently FL also canceled Spring Break

So, while you’re stuck home, what do you watch and what do you play?  Nightmare Feed is here to answer just that questions with our recommended list of top franchises, top horror streaming, top horror shows, and top horror games!

First! What the hell is social distancing and why are the introverts now in charge?! You may have recently heard the term “Flatten The Curve” in response to the current global pandemic. What this means, is that contamination has already occurred, and because COVID-19 is transmittable up to 14 days before symptoms, you may already have it and not even know it.

-REMEMBER, DON’T PANIC!-

Human vaccination testing has already begun and this virus is very survivable. Staying home as much as possible reduces the risk of contamination, and if you’re already unknowingly contaminated, reduces the risk that you pass it to someone else. On our former trajectory, without distancing, the peek (referring to a bell curve) infection rate would be very high. This would flood our health care system and overwhelm it. To “Flatten the curve” (again referring to a bell curve) we must spread peak contamination out over as long a time period as possible. Basically, we’re assuming we can’t perfectly stop the spread, because those measures have already failed, so instead we can slow the spread, so that the system can handle it.  

Slowing the spread, reduced the opportunity to infect “High risk” individuals. This being people who are Immunocompromised, have COPD, have Asthma, or a similar medical complication.

If this all seems like an overreaction to you, remember, that’s the point. A measured over reaction is far better than a flippant under reaction.

Movie Cancellations!

A Quiet Place II: The long awaited sequel to A Quiet Place (2018), looks to be one part flash back, and one part continuation of the invasion.  The release date has been moved from March to May 15th, please keep a look out as this is subject to change.

The New Mutants: To give the consistent failure of the MCU mutant storyline some hope of success, The New Mutants were given a horror spin, almost like a haunted house movie, and are rumored to take on a truly terrifying mutant villain, Mr. Sinister. The release date is now April 3rd, but hang on, as the COVID-19 virus hasn’t yet hit peek and it’s already mid March.

Antlers: This movie appears to be a child tending to the cannibalistic needs of a person suffering from the Wendigo’s cures. That means, they’ve gone beyond just being some cannibal, and are now a blood thirsty monster who is doomed to live a half-life eating humans. Antlers new release date is April 17th, but don’t hold your breath. By the time we release this article, it could already be changed.

Also be on the lookout for event cancellations as well.  Conventions and indie screenings are all suffering from COVID-19 lock down as many states have suspended the entire entertainment sector.

Joe and Reed’s picks for Social Distancing!

Reed’s pick for best horror streaming!

For my horror streaming choice, I’m picking Tubi. Tubi is free, user friendly, and not too glitchy. The major downside is that free means commercials, but c’mon, if you’re not paying for Hulu Premium, you’re watching commercials anyway, and at least Tubi is free. The only other issue is that Tubi does tent to be a little temperamental. I’ve been booted out of the service multiple times while streaming, and once had the service crash when the commercials wouldn’t load.  It’s not perfect, but it’s got one of the most important things, selection!  My recommendation for Tubi is based almost totally on it’s amazing selection.   You’ll find lost horror classics from the 70’s and 80’s, find New B horror you ain’t never heard of, and every now and then, a major film you can’t pass up.  Tubi is where I found “Black Mountain Side.”  At the time, it was the only place to stream it for free.

Top selections on Tubi right now!

Killer Clowns From Outer Space (1988)

The Sand (2014)

Train To Busan (2016)

The Relic (1997)

The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

Black Death (2011)

Children of the Corn (1984)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Hellraiser (1987)

Black Mountain Side (2015)

Joe’s pick for best horror streaming!

My Horror streaming choice is Shudder.  While not free, it is a rather inexpensive streaming choice when compared to Netflix or Hulu and it is specifically focused on horror.  It also has “live” tv options depending on the platform you’re watching on that will air movies/tv from the genres “Slashics”, “Psycological Thriller” and “It Came From Shudder”.  It has an ever-changing rotation of classics, indie, foreign and newer horror movies.  I can always find something fun to watch when I open up the Shudder app.

Top selections on Shudder right now!

In The Mouth of Madness (1995)

Secret Window (2004)

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Prom Night (1980)

Audition (1999)

The Fog (1980)

Creepshow (2019)

Hellhouse LLC (2016)

NOS4A2 (2019)

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010)

Extra Podcast:

Video Palace (2018)

Reed pick for best bingable horror franchise!

Listen, if you’re gonna be stuck in the house for possibly weeks, the franchise needs to be entertaining, and have a LOT of decent installments. And that’s why my recommendation is the Friday the 13th Franchise!  This franchise has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment.  One of the largest reasons is that the very first movie  -SPOILERS-  doesn’t even have Jason Voorhees as the killer.  Lest us horror heads forget, Jason’s mother is the killer in the first movie.  Yeah, the acting isn’t great, the plot is paper thin, the practical FX almost laughable, but so what?!  That’s half the reason we love it!  Not to mention, for the first 4 installments at least, each movie has an interesting and new spin.  They can stand on their own for the most part and are unique enough between each movie so that it’s not a completely thoughtless rehash of the same old thing. Yeah #5 is forgettable, not even having Jason in it, but rather, a copy cat, 6 and 7 get a little rehashy, but then you hit 8, Jason Takes Manhattan, and you know, around the corner, you have Jason Goes to Hell, and finally Jason X, AKA: JASON! IN! SPACE!

Joe’s pick for best bingable horror franchise!

So my pick for a bingable horror franchise is the Nightmare On Elm Street movies.  For the purposes of this list, I am leaving out the 2010 remake, but feel free to add that one in if you’d like. And if you purchase the collection on iTunes it will come with this version as well.  Starting with the first Nightmare which launched Freddy Kreuger into our dreams there are 8 movies in this franchise to sit down and have a horror binge.  My favorite of the franchise are definitely the first, the third (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare – mainly because these 3 all had Wes Craven’s involvement.  If you don’t find yourself with a whole lot of time and need to skip one of the movies, I would say to skip #2 Freddy’s Revenge as it is very campy and makes little sense.  Also included in this list is  Freddy Vs. Jason, while for the most part I did not care for this movie it does tie in nicely with Reed’s franchise pick if you find you have more time on your hand’s than expected.

Reed’s pick for best horror show!

Again, with my pick I’m gonna say quantity is everything!  And at 15 season, and over 300 episodes, my pick is certainly Supernatural, right now available on Netflix. Join Sam and Dean Winchester on their zany adventures in monster hunting.  Each monster is unique an interesting and the characters themselves fun and entertaining.  Yeah, Supernatural is guilty of shameless escalation tropes, yeah at least Sam or Dean dies once a season and yeah, they always come back like a recycled comic book character, BUT HEY, there’s a Scooby-Doo episode that is actually animated!  The characters and the dialog are amazing and none of them are forgettable.  Definitely start binging if you haven’t already.

Joe’s pick for best horror show!

For my top horror show to binge, I am going to go with American Horror Story.  AHS has eight seasons out on Netflix.  Each season it’s own story (with some tie-ins to previous seasons – especially season 8, Apocalypse).  Each season explores different aspects of horror and horror sub-genres from hauntings, to cults, to witches, to the end of the world.  While I do have favorite seasons, there isn’t a single season that I don’t like in this series and will keep you occupied for well over 50+ hours if you watch all the episodes.

Reed’s pick for best horror game!

My current life makes it very difficult for me to make time for gaming.  As a free lance, I’m ALWAYS working, meaning that I only have time for Mobile Gaming when I’m between appointments or during travel.  Because I need a game that I can carry with me, and play quick bouts of when I’m not writing, or pitching a story, I recommend Mordheim: Warband Skirmish.  Listen, I could play this for hours, and if anything, it’s because you get three slots for three separate war bands.  Once I get done wit one warband, I can move on to another and try new tactics and game play.

Mordheim is set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, which means its dark and violent and filled with all sorts of monster that want to kill you. You also don’t have to play the monster hunters, you can play the monsters!  While the standard free warband is human, purchasable warbands include Skaven (giant rat men), Undead (Zombies and Vampires and Litches, OH MY!), and Chaos (Demons and mutants galore).  And while these warbands are all pay for content, they’re balanced and not game braking.  The game primarilly makes its money on subscription fees and “toke slots” to keep playing.  This mean, you never have to pay, AND can still remain competitive.  Tokens can be purchased to avoid complicating issue, such as one of your team members dying or being permanently injured.  However, you can always dismiss a useless member of the warband, or start a whole new one for free.  It all depends on what level you want to play at.  I, for one, spend about $25 a year on tokens.  Think about it like a monthly subscription.  For me, that’s basically $2/moth for casual play.

Joe’s pick for best horror game!

Ok, so I do play a lot of games and stream them on Twitch from time to time.  My main focus is usually Retro games and Horror games.  So, my recommendation may come as a surprise.  It is definitely not the best horror game of all time (my pick for that would probably be between Doom and Resident Evil 2), however for recent horror games, my pick is Blair Witch.  It is a first person psychological horror game inspired by the cult classic film.   

The premise: After a child goes missing, you and your trusty dog Bullet must venture into the forest, solving environmental puzzles and engaging in some flashlight based combat as you unravel a supernatural mystery. The game’s camcorder puzzles pay homage to the original film, and the whole experience is just dripping with eerie atmosphere

I’m also going to list number 2 game on here since Blair Witch is relatively short.  A Plague Tale: Innocence is an action-adventure horror stealth game that was released in May 2019.  The key features of the game as listed by Focus Home Interactive:

Follow the grim tale of young Amicia and her little brother Hugo, in a heartrending journey through the darkest hours of history. Hunted by Inquisition soldiers and surrounded by unstoppable swarms of rats, Amicia and Hugo will come to know and trust each other. As they struggle to survive against overwhelming odds, they will fight to find purpose in this brutal, unforgiving world.

  • An original story featuring two young orphans on the run from the Inquisition.
  • Gameplay that blends action and adventure phases.
  • Survive against a great danger: supernatural swarms of rats that appeared with the great plague

Viral Content This Week!

There have been even more COVID-19 memes, so if you’re getting sick of them now, just wait until we’re done cramming them down your throat with our Meme of the Day!  This weeks survey will be about Quarantine Horror movies!  What’s your favorite Isolation Horror!  Is Rec (2007), or maybe The Ruins (2008)!

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