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Behold! Our Next Game: Grave Chase!


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I know things have been relatively quiet on here as of late, but whenever things get quiet, you can rest assured it's because I'm working on a big project, and that's certainly the case here. I'm extremely excited to announce Grave Chase as our next game! I've been wanting to make a new Halloween horror game for years now, so it's great to have this next spooky adventure to share with all of you. It's also our first one coming to Steam for Mac & PC, so I'm eager to bring our games to a whole new audience as well.

Grave Chase is a retro-inspired 2D horror action game in which a brother & sister must survive the month of October in the deadly graveyard of a ghoulish groundskeeper.

The Groundskeeper always keeps his graveyard full. Not by having clients, but by killing all the people in town, and throwing their body parts into open graves! One night, however, he murdered the parents of two kids who saw the whole act take place. Now, they've sworn to get revenge using science... and shovels! Together, these siblings hatched a plan to go into the graveyard, dig up body parts, and use science to turn them into an army of monsters to tear the Groundskeeper limb from limb.

It's not going to be easy though, for the Groundskeeper patrols the graveyard constantly with his lantern, searching for trespassers whom he can relentlessly chop into pieces with his meat cleaver. As they traverse his nightmarish graveyard, the siblings will also have to use their shovels to battle hordes of the undead, blobs, axe-wielding psychopaths, ghosts, mummies, and much more. Hey, it's a graveyard; who else do you expect to be hanging around in there late at night?

Grave Chase features old school 2D pixel art, a steady flow of spooky new enemies throughout the game, 31 stages of increasing difficulty, 4 additional unlockable game modes for even more replay value, over 50 achievement medals, special power-ups, an all original soundtrack, windowed or fullscreen play, gamepad support, and you can choose to play as the girl or boy while the other stays home and builds monsters using the body parts you collect.

I hope you're excited as I am about the game. Please take a moment to Vote for it on Steam Greenlight (your votes REALLY help the game) and drop a comment below to lemme know what you think!

Vote for Grave Chase on Steam Greenlight!

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Jack Frost Kills On The Big Screen!

This past Wednesday night, some friends and I went to see the first theatrical screening of the 1997 Christmas horror-comedy Jack Frost: The Mutant Killer Snowman in 35mm. Longtime readers of I-Mockery know just how much I love this movie. I was working in a video store when it came out and would constantly swap copies of it into the boxes for the Michael Keaton film of the same name. Good times!

Jack Frost: The Mutant Killer Snowman screens for the first time ever at the Egyptian Theatre in 35mm!

Back then, I never would've imagined that I'd one day get to see Jack Frost on the big screen, since it was such a low budget flick that was destined for a direct-to-video release from day one. Fortunately, thanks to Vinegar Syndrome (who just re-released the movie on Blu-ray) and Cinematic Void (who helps bring films of this nature to the big screen), Jack Frost finally got its 20-years-overdue public screening in front of a large audience at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last night.

Jack Frost screens for the first time ever at the Egyptian Theatre in 35mm!

It was a rainy night in LA as we walked up to the box office (yes, rain does actually exist here a few times a year), and I noticed a little homage to Jack Frost off to the side, featuring artwork and stills from the movie. The Egyptian doesn't have big movie marquees, so it was nice to see they at least had something to promote the event outside.

Jack Frost horror movie lenticular poster, and film props including his carrot!
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After we collected our tickets, we stepped inside and saw some of the surviving props from the movie including one of Jack's carrots and an axe that he shoved down one of his victims throats. Even better, director Michael Cooney brought his personal, one-of-a-kind, full-sized Jack Frost lenticular poster with him. If you were around when Jack Frost was released on VHS, the entire reason that it caught anyone's attention back in the day was because a marketing guy decided to give the box a lenticular cover that morphed Jack from a happy snowman to a monster with a gaping maw and razor-sharp fangs. Seeing the full-sized lenticular poster made me drool, and I can only hope that one day this poster will be made available for fans of the film to purchase. Hey, if a 35mm screening of this flick can happen, nothing is impossible.

Various clips and trailers played beforehand, including Silent Night, Deadly Night!

We soon took our seats and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was a fairly packed house. Considering the event didn't have a huge promotion, and we're talking about a 20-year-old rental video, it was quite heartwarming to see so many people who had a soft-spot for ol' Jack Frost. Before the movie began, they played a variety of classic Christmas cartoons, commercials, clips, and trailers - including Silent Night, Deadly Night and the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. This really helped set the mood for the evening, and proved to be a great lead-in for the movie.

After that, the guys who were putting on the event came out to give away some free tickets and some copies of the new Jack Frost Blu-ray before the movie began. But there was a catch - three lucky contestants had to go up in front of the audience and eat some Little Debbie Christmas cakes as quickly as they could. The two people who finished theirs first, would receive the Blu-ray, and the one who didn't... well... he got a belly full of hastily devoured sugar. Not a bad consolation prize.

Cinematic Void and friends hurling Little Debbie Christmas snack cakes into the audience!

Even more amusing, they brought roughly 10 boxes of the cakes, and started hurling them into the crowd. Keep in mind, The Egyptian is a large theatre, so they had to throw them with great force to reach the back rows. Seeing Christmas cakes fling through the air, bounce of the balcony, and land in the hands of some fans had everybody laughing, and it really encapsulated the hilarity of the night that was about to take place on the screen before us.

Jack Frost then began playing, and it was so much fun watching my all-time favorite Christmas horror movie with a large audience. Like me, many of these people had seen the movie dozens of times, and knew all the lines and gags (such as the "Idiot" character who always appears in the background), and you could just feel the anticipation amongst us whenever our favorite moments were about to take place. It was also a blast to hear people who had never seen the movie before, including John (Dr. Boogie), react to the countless classic moments of ol' Jack chilling and killing. Considering there's only one 35mm print of Jack Frost in existence, it's safe to say that we all felt very lucky to be there watching it.

A wonderful Q&A session with the cast and crew of Jack Frost!

After the movie concluded, they brought out some of the cast & crew members who worked on it, including writer/director Michael Cooney, Scott MacDonald (Jack Frost himself!), Marsha Clark (Marla), Dean Lent (DoP), and Brett Boydstun (aka: "Idiot"). They reminisced about the film during a Q&A session, and they made it quite clear that they had loads of fun making it. And that's something I've always said about Jack Frost - you can just tell they had a great time filming it, because they didn't take themselves too seriously. It goes a long way, and the fun they clearly had makes the movie all the more endearing.

They also opened it up to questions and comments from the audience, and I was happy to tell them about my old video store switcheroo prank memories, which they loved. Cooney laughed about it and commented, "The fact that they released another movie with the same exact title as ours at the same time, shows just how little they cared or worried about our version of Jack Frost." There was no lengthy discussion of co-star Christopher Allport (Sheriff Sam Tiler), who tragically passed away eight years after filming the sequel. I'm guessing it's because his passing was such a shock, as most people don't know he actually died in an avalanche of all things. The man who battled Jack Frost for two films actually died in the snow in real life. What are the odds!? I thought about bringing it up to hear their thoughts on it, but didn't want to put a damper on an otherwise festive occasion, so I decided not to.

For those who didn't get to attend, you'll be happy to know that Michael Cooney assured us that most of the things he and the cast discussed at the screening are mentioned in the directory commentary track on the new Jack Frost Blu-ray release. If you're interested in it, Vinegar Syndrome has a limited edition lenticular cover Jack Frost on Blu-ray (which animates beautifully, thanks to artist Chris Garofalo), available exclusively on their web site here. Definitely worth picking up.

Jack Frost horror movie lenticular poster, and film props including his carrot!
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After the Q&A ended, most of the guests went to the pub next door for a drink, but Michael Cooney and Scott MacDonald stayed behind to sign autographs and take photos with the fans. I talked to Michael some more about doing a Kickstarter for Jack Frost 3, and while he said he doesn't know how Kickstarter works, I assured him it was well worth looking into. Considering there were that many people showing up to a screening for the film on a rainy weeknight, it's quite clear that there are a LOT of fans out there who would gladly support a third Jack Frost film featuring a giant "Jackzilla" like Michael mentioned. I mean, somebody even dressed up as a snowman for the event. This little cult flick truly has some die hard fans. Hopefully he'll make it happen, because outlets like mine and many others will gladly help promote it to make sure it happens. Our only request? No CGI characters. Keep it true to the style of the original Jack Frost - a lovely low budget film with practical effects.

A ticket to see Jack Frost: The Mutant Killer Snowman screens for the first time ever at the American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre in 35mm!

All in all, seeing Jack Frost in a movie theater, alongside like-minded fans and the star and director of the film, was a magical event that I never would've imagined being possible. Huge thanks to all the people involved in making this special event happen, including Vinegar Syndrome, Cinematic Void, It Came From The VCR, Scott MacDonald, the other cast & crew members who showed up, and of course, Michael Cooney. Jack Frost getting its first theatrical screening 20 years after it was released was truly a Christmas miracle.

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Abobo & Angry Video Game Nerd!

Looks like Santa decided to deliver an early present for us this season! After years of talking about covering the game, thanks much in part to suggestions from fans like you, James and Mike from Cinemassacre / AVGN have finally filmed a full-playthrough of our Abobo's Big Adventure game. It's now up on YouTube in a 2-part video series, and I had a blast watching them play through it all. Seeing their reactions to the grand finale of the game was particularly great, and watching it bring James, the Angry Video Game Nerd himself, to actual tears of laughter put a huge smile on my face. You can watch the full video play-through below:

Part 1

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Part 2

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Even though it was released years ago, I'm always humbled by how many people are still playing our game and introducing it to people who never knew about it. Big thanks to James & Mike for helping introduce it to their audience, and thanks to those of you who kept suggesting they play it over the years!

On an unrelated note, I have a gargantuan new pictorial piece coming up this week that's gonna warm up your winter holiday season like nothing you've ever seen before. It's based on an amazing trip I recently took to a unique holiday destination. It's a place I've been meaning to visit for years, and it blew my expectations away. Keep an eye out for it this week!

EDIT: It's now up! Check out my huge walkthrough of Robolights 2016!

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My Favorite Cartoon Monsters: Part 1!

December has arrived, and just as winter begins to send chills up our collective spines, I can think of no finer time than to discuss some monsters with you. Cartoon monsters, to be exact.

My Favorite Cartoon Monsters: Part 1!

My Favorite Cartoon Monsters: Part 1 is my latest article for my chums over at Dread Central, and I cover some characters that'll surely bring back memories for you. Monsters from G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, Looney Tunes, and more are covered in this first piece. As always, thanks for reading, and please do me a solid by posting in the comments section of the article on Dread Central and sharing what other cartoon monsters you'd like to see me cover in future installments.

More fun coming soon! Happy December, everyone!

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Our New “Pixels Under The Sea” Pixel Posters Finally Arrived! Order Now!

8-Bit Pixels Under The Sea posters now available on I-Mockery.com!
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I'm happy to announce that our new "Pixels Under The Sea" pixel poster is now in stock and ready to ship out, just in time for the 2016 holiday season! Pox and I decided to take our favorite pixels into an underwater adventure, the likes of which you've never seen before. Once you hang our ultra-vibrant homage to aquatic pop culture on your wall, you'll discover new things every time you look at it. So many people tell me that they just noticed something new on our posters after having owned them for years. That's the point. They're the pixels that keep on giving. Plus, if you made suggestions for the poster earlier in the year, there's a good chance some of them made the cut! Just visit the store page to see some close-up detail shots of it to see what I mean. And yes, as with our previous print, this one comes in a standard 18" x 24" framing size, so need to worry about having to spend a small fortune on a custom frame for it.

Please help show your support for all the hard work we do here on I-Mockery each year and order a poster (or two... or a hundred), whether it's a gift for yourself or for someone you think will appreciate it. As always, I promise you'll end up staring at it for a loooooong time to come, and it makes for one hell of a conversation piece for whenever you have friends over. If you're a fan of pixel art along with basically anything we've ever written about on this site, then you're going to LOVE this poster. If you order before December 15th, I'll do my best to make sure they arrive in your hands before Christmas. You can order yours on our store page or right here:

For those of you who don't already own our previous "8-bit Worlds Collide" & "Pixels In Space" posters, I'm offering a discounted three-pack so you can get all of them shipped together at a discounted rate. Ordering all three of them together will save you $15 on your total cost, and you'll get triple the pixels!

"Pixels Under The Sea", "Pixels In Space", & "8-bit Worlds Collide"
*THREE-PACK!* - $40 (plus $5.00 s&h)
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"Pixels Under The Sea", "Pixels In Space", & "8-bit Worlds Collide"
*THREE-PACK!* - $40 (plus $15.00 s&h)
International Orders


For those of you who just want the single poster, you can order it here:

Pixels Under The Sea Pixel Poster: $15 (plus $5.00 s&h)
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Pixels Under The Sea Pixel Poster: $15 (plus $12.00 s&h)
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I hope you all love this new aquatic poster as much as we do, and please drop a comment below to let us know what you think of it. As always, please share these pixel posters with anybody who you think might enjoy them. Thanks again for the support, because ordering our posters not only gets you some killer artwork for your walls, but also helps us pay our hefty server bills!

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Baby Steps: More Horror TV Show Intros. Plus, I Review The Shallows.

I know a lot of people here and around the world are still reeling from the election results last night, and I'm certainly one of them. My heart breaks for all those whose lives will be negatively impacted by the results, and I wish it was in my power to change that, but it's not. This site has always existed as an escape from the doldrums of politics, religion, crime, and all the other serious issues that affect our world. It always will. Here I offer you a reprieve from it all in the form of lighthearted articles about some of our favorite things - movies, toys, games, food, and any other pop culture oddities I happen to stumble on. Do crazy toys or foreign bootleg movies about a maniac Spider-Man armed with a switch-blade compare to the importance of the 2016 election? Of course not, and nor should they... but they do help remind us that there are always things to smile about, and that life as we know it is simultaneously amazing and ridiculous.

With that in mind, I'm going to put one foot in front of the other, just like we all need to do, and start moving forward again. It's gonna be hard to write anything funny like I usually do, but humor heals... laughter lifts... and comedy cures. While I try to start writing on a regular schedule again, I'd like to share two things I wrote back in October that I didn't have a chance to post. I hope you enjoy them, and I hope they help lift your spirits even the slightest fraction.

Let's all do what Bob Wiley does best and start taking baby steps.

First, my newest piece for Dread Central was actually posted on their site earlier last month, but since I'm just finding out about it now, I present you with: The Greatest Horror TV Show Intros: Part 2!

The Greatest Horror TV Show Intros: Part 2!

In this latest installment, I cover some more of my favorite title sequences including The Hitchhiker (a criminally overlooked horror anthology series), Tales from the Darkside, and more. As always, thanks for reading, and please do me a solid by posting in the comments section of the article on Dread Central and sharing what other horror TV show intros you'd like to see me cover. I just might include 'em in future installments! You can read the article here.

Moving on, I love a good shark movie, and after having watched Discovery Channel's annual "Shark Week" extravaganza every summer for as long as I can recall, I decided to give The Shallows a chance when it hit theaters. Unfortunately, after seeing the movie, I felt like I should've stayed home and watched more Shark Week shows instead. You'll learn why momentarily. That said, if you have not seen the film yet, please know that there are *SPOILERS* below.

The Shallows Promo Poster

The Shallows is a story about medical school student / surfer, Nancy Adams (Blake Lively), returning to a remote beach that her deceased mother once visited when she was younger. After catching some great waves, Nancy is attacked by a great white shark that knocks her off of her surf board and bites her leg. While her medical training allows her to save her leg by applying a tourniquet, along with some painful makeshift stitches via her earrings, she's left stranded on a rock that's too far from shore for her to risk making the swim to safety.

Sounds okay so far, right? I wish it was. Click to read on. (more...)

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