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Dust Off Your Bones! I-Mockery’s 2017 Halloween Season Has Begun!

Greetings, ghosts 'n goblins! Welcome to I-Mockery's 2017 Halloween season!
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This is it. This is our time. This is the time of the year when we come back to life and the entire world - from the biggest theme parks, to simple trips to the grocery store - turns into a spellbinding steady stream of spooky sightings. Are you ready for it? I sure hope so, because I can't imagine this tradition would still be going so strong after nearly two decades if it wasn't for all of you keeping me company throughout the seasons.

I-Mockery's "Two Months of Halloween" celebration has risen from the grave for the 2017 season, and I simply can't wait for you to see what I have in store for you this year. We're talking some BIG surprises, folks. I'm not exaggerating when I say 2017 has been one of the busiest years of my life so far, and you're going to see why soon enough. For starters, we're finally releasing our new Halloween video game, Grave Chase, on Steam for PC/Mac/Linux this September 20th, and I'm dying for all of you to play it. It's a game that takes place over the 31 days of October as you battle spooky monsters and dig your way through a maze-like haunted graveyard. Much like the Two Months of Halloween here on I-Mockery, it was my intention to create a new game that would become a tradition in your annual Halloween celebrations. Judging by the reactions I've seen from people who've already played it in various public demos, that's exactly what's going to happen, and I couldn't be happier about it. Year after year, you guys continue to carve a smile into the jack-o-lantern that is my face.

To get in the spirit of things, I also attended several Halloween conventions earlier this summer, and my coverage for one of them is already up to kick off the season. So, between working on Grave Chase and attending those events, it feels more like this has been an entire year of Halloweeny fun! And just think about what we still have to look forward to!

There's an actual Friday the 13th taking place in October (perfect time for a Voorhees marathon), we've already had some amazing Twin Peaks episodes (if you're a fan of the show like I am), and we're getting the IT remake (which I have high hopes for) along with a new season of Stranger Things that takes place around Halloween of 1984. Will we have something as monumental as the 2016 return of Ecto Cooler this year? Time will tell, but between those aforementioned goodies and some of the treats & candies I've seen slowly creeping into stores, this is already shaping up to be a hell of a good Halloween.

Oh, and in case you hadn't heard already, I'm happy to announce that I've been working on the new Cyanide & Happiness Video Game! We're launching the Kickstarter for that game on September 5th, and have all kinds of crazy surprises in store for everyone. With our writing forces combined, you can expect an absolutely bonkers point-and-click adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic suburbia. More details on that to come.

So as you can see, my Two Months of Halloween celebration isn't something I'm doing because it pays the bills; it never has been. I do this because I simply LOVE to do it. I love to share and experience the season with all of you, and Halloween simply wouldn't feel right without it. Hearing from you throughout the fall season is the blood bank to my inner vampire. So, let's put all the horrors of the real world aside for a while, and enjoy the fabricated horrors of the supernatural world for the next two months instead. Let us swim in all things pumpkin spice; let us raise our chainsaws high in the air in tribute to Tobe Hooper; let us jump into giant piles of dead leaves; and let us devour roasted pumpkin seeds until our bodies sprout pumpkin patches. We all deserve it.

No excuses... it's time for a monster party.

Even the dead are invited to I-Mockery's annual 'Two Months of Halloween' celebration!
(I said NO EXCUSES)

This is the season of all things spooky, and it's our deadly duty to spread the word about anything we see related to Halloween. Remember, Halloween isn't a single day... it's a season. It's a season we're going to have a lot of fun talking about together. We're going to talk about Halloween toys, Halloween cereals, Halloween costumes, Halloween Candies, Halloween games, Halloween movies, Halloween TV specials, Halloween drinks, Halloween soap bottles, Halloween paper towels, and anything else that proudly displays the visage of a ghost, goblin, or other creepy creatures of the night.

I always have and continue to treat what I do from September 1st - October 31st every year as an honor. Having worked on I-Mockery for a few years shy of two decades, I can't tell you how much it means to know that so many of you include this site in your Halloween traditions. It really is an awesome privilege to know you're all reading along on this site while eating Mellowcreme Pumpkins and listening to The Fat Boys' "Are You Ready For Freddy" for the thousandth time. So once again, I think you all for allowing me to be your petrifying pied piper, leading you into the spooky annual abyss that is the Two Months of Halloween on I-Mockery.

For those of you not in the know, September 1st marks the beginning of I-Mockery's annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration. Every single update you see on this site from now until October 31st will be Halloween-related in one way or another. No matter where you live - whether it's a shining beacon of Halloween goodness, or a barren land with barely a flickering matchstick to make things a little spookier - please think of this site as your official Halloween home. The next two months are going to rule, for there is no greater time of the year.

Alright, let's get into the details of what you can expect to see on I-Mockery in the coming months. As you probably already know, we pride ourselves on going crazier over this holiday than just about any other place has in our 18+ year history, so we've got all sorts o' spine-shocking surprises planned for the 2017 Halloween season. We'll have coverage of various haunted Halloween attractions, horrific novelties, my huge annual round-up of the best & worst Halloween candies, horror movie reviews, new videos, craft projects, scary toy features, contests, and all the other wonderfully random oddities we stumble upon over the next two months.

If any of you have suggestions for Halloweeny things you'd like to see covered this season, or you have something you'd like to donate for us to review, please let me know here in the blog thread or shoot me an email. It doesn't matter if it's a Halloween event taking place in your area, a horror movie, an independent seasonal costume shop, some new candy, or some completely bizarro new Halloween novelty... I wanna see and hear all about it, so please get in touch!

Put on your Halloween Scary Glasses for I-Mockery's annual 'Two Months of Halloween' celebration is here!
(to quote Roddy Piper: "Put on the glasses!")

To those of you who aren't well acquainted with our annual Halloween celebration here on I-Mockery, I always suggest checking out some of our main Halloween attractions. We have a huge archive of Halloween material on this site from previous years, so while you wait for our newest pieces to go up, I highly recommend checking out those older things to get in the spirit of the season.

-I-Mockery's Halloween Collection: Here you'll find quick 'n easy access to most of our Halloween material from the past. Extremely in-depth horror movie and candy articles, product reviews, and of course the boppin' Halloween adventures of Count Pop himself along with many other oddities. Also, be sure to check back right here on the homepage every day for the very latest Halloween updates as well.

-The Halloween Grab Bag: Much like our "Shorts" section, this is a place where you'll find our smaller Halloween articles, but often covering some of the weirdest stuff we've ever stumbled upon.

-The Greatest Horror Movie Moments: Another fan favorite is our ongoing quest to document some of the finest moments in horror movies. Sometimes they're moments you're well aware of, other times, it's stuff you probably never knew existed. Either way, if you're looking for some horror movies to check out this season, this is a great place to start.

-The Halloween Jack-O-Juke: Here be our Halloween music jukebox, filled with over 218 hand-picked horrifying songs and counting to keep your decaying ears bleeding with ghoulish glee all season long. Feel free to keep the Jack-O-Juke open in a separate window so you can listen to all of the hand-picked tunes while still checking out the latest article offerings here on I-Mockery. I'm hoping to add some more spooky tunes to it during the next two months. If there's a song you think should be added to the jukebox, be sure to let me know by dropping a comment in this thread and I'll try to add it before the end of October if time permits!

-Trick-Or-Treat Adventure: One of the largest classic Flash games we ever made... and it's all about Halloween. If you're a fan of classic adventure games such as Secret of Monkey Island and Space Quest, you'll feel right at home with this one as you go on an adventure to build a Halloween costume and then collect enough candies before you battle the ultimate evil! It even auto-saves your progress as you go play, so you don't have to beat the game all in one sitting.

-Haunted House Candy Hunt: In this Halloween game, we pay tribute to the games of the Atari 2600 by creating an all new one in the same style. You must guide two buddies (who just so happen to be from a galaxy far, far away) through all the treacherous rooms of a spooky haunted house as they hold hands. Should you reach the end of the game, you'll have a showdown with the ultimate candy hoarder - The Grim Reaper himself! I've also heard from a reliable source (ie: myself) that there's a secret level select hidden somewhere in the game. But you don't need that anyway, right? Cheater!

-MonsterTime: With our most recent Halloween game, we pay tribute to another favorite arcade classic, BurgerTime. Only difference is, instead of building burgers, you're a mad scientist named Doc Mock who is building classic monsters to save you from the modern slasher monsters who are out for your blood!

-Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum: Doc Mock, I-Mockery's official horror host is still looking for a new home to shoot & live stream his original show at, but we have over 30 archived episodes you can still watch online. If you're looking for a good cheesy b-movie flick, check out all of the Doc's episodes that are archived on iTunes (some were archived on YouTube as well), including his Halloween specials! You can also find some of Doc Mock's special "Mini Mausoleum" videos here.

In addition to a ton of new feature articles, you can still expect our regular site updates to the Blog (don't forget the archived Halloween blog entries from years past). We've also got some great Halloween contests in store for you to participate in as well. Please show your support for all the hard work we put into our Halloween celebration by following I-Mockery us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to get all the latest updates.

HALLOWEEN SURVEY: Share in the comments section below what's your all-time favorite horror movie? Is it an old classic that you've seen a bajillion times, or is it something more recent? What makes it such a special horror flick to you? Drop a comment below (you don't even have to register!) and let's get this Halloweeny discussion going!

ONE FINAL NOTE: As a writer, the best compliment you can pay me is to chime in with your comments on all the articles I post, and to share them with your friends on various social networks. I don't pay to advertise the site or my work, it simply gets out there via word-of-mouth, so please make sure your skull jawbones ready to start moving and help spread the word. I can't even begin to tell you just how much of my life gets swallowed up by Halloween for two months out of every year, and the workload is pretty tremendous; so it's the little things like your comments that which keep me motivated and flying high on my broomstick in the moonlight from now through October 31st.

All right, in the words of Conal Cochran: "In the end, we don't decide these things, you know; the planets do. They're in alignment, and it's time again. The world's going to change tonight, Doctor, I'm glad you'll be able to watch it. And... Happy Halloween."

In other words... let the Halloween festivities commence!

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Comic-Con Wrap-Up & TV Fights!

It always takes me a few weeks to recover from all the chaos of the San Diego Comic-Con, and I gotta say... this year was incredible! We've been exhibiting at SDCC for a long time, but this was easily my favorite booth setup we've ever had. Here's why:

Grave Chase game booth design at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
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Yep, we turned our booth into an actual graveyard to promote our upcoming Steam game, Grave Chase! Full credit goes to Re for this killer booth design. She really pulled off something special, and it drew people in like crazy. I wasn't sure if we needed the game running on two separate systems, but we had such a constant flow of visitors, I was relieved we had 'em. From putting the monitors inside the tombstones and flickering orange lights, to having real moss on the table and cobwebs everywhere to give attendees an extra level of escapism while playing the game, I simply loved everything about the booth this year.

So again, a huge thanks to Re for taking the time to design it so nicely, and a huge thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hi, test out the game, and pick up a pixel poster. Seeing friends and fans, both new and old, is always one of the biggest highlights of Comic-Con for me. The work I do is quite solitary, so it's always a huge pick-me-up to meet everybody there. Even Thomas Lennon (Reno 911) stopped by to let his kids play the game! The reception to Grave Chase was absolutely wonderful, and seeing how excited and panicked it was making everyone has me counting down the minutes to its release on September 20th. Can't wait for all of you to finally play it!


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In other news, I was on the most recent episode of Screen Junkies TV Fights! Many of you have seen me on Movie Fights episodes over the years, but I've also appeared on a bunch of TV Fights episodes as well. Only thing is, until now, they were always behind the Screen Junkies Plus service paywall. Well, this latest episode marks their first official switch to YouTube where everybody can watch TV Fights for free. It's a really fun episode, and I finally even got to talk about my favorite old Outpost commercials, so give it a watch.

That's all for now, but remember... this site comes aliiiiiiiive on September 1st for our big annual "Two Months of Halloween" celebration! So start carving your jack-o-lanterns now, because things are gonna get spooooooky around here.

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I-Mockery At The 2017 San Diego Comic-Con July 19th - 23rd! Come See Us At Booth #E10! New Game & Poster!

This could be you! Dinosaurs Attack Comic-Con!
You too could experience the thrill of being mauled at Comic-Con!

Between working on multiple projects, and getting ready for our annual "Two Months of Halloween", and now prepping for the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, I've been insanely busy as of late. This will actually be I-Mockery's ninth time as an exhibitor, and I couldn't be more excited about what we have to showcase this year - not to mention seeing all the familiar faces (and new ones) who stop by our booth. Be sure to pay us a visit if you're coming to Comic-Con as we'll be at (Booth #E10 - near Aisles 600 & 700 on the West side of the convention center - here's a handy map).

So what can you expect to see when you come by the booth? How about a graveyard!

Come to the I-Mockery booth and play Grave Chase months before it's released on Steam!
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We're turning the I-Mockery booth into a small graveyard this year! You'll be able to walk right up to our humble cemetery and be one of the first people to ever play Grave Chase months before it hits Steam on September 20th! It's been a while since I've made a game with a Halloween theme, so getting to put out our first Steam game this fall has me absolutely thrilled. We'll also have some special souvenir Grave Chase cards and stickers for anybody who comes by the booth to try out the game.

What could we possibly have in store for you with our 8-bit Pixels Under The Sea pixel poster? Come to our booth at Comic-Con and see!

The other big news is that we've heard your cries, and we'll be unveiling our brand new "Four Seasons of Pixels Collection" pixel poster! A lot of people have asked Pox and I to put all four of our classic pixel posters onto a single print, especially since the originals weren't standard frame size and were only available for a short time. We've combined all four of them into a standard 18x24 print that none of you will have any trouble finding a frame for. Now you can finally have all Four Seasons of pixels framed in one place. (more...)

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My Return To Movie Fights!

It's been many a moon since I last appeared on Screen Junkies' "Movie Fights", so I'm happy to report that they brought me back on once again. We discussed the trouble with the upcoming Han Solo flick, which movie franchises should involve time travel, the best Daniel Day-Lewis film, and much more. You can watch the full episode here:


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Hope you enjoy the episode! I had a great time getting back into the debates. Now I just need to shave off this beard that I grew during my eight months off!

Movie Fights are always better with beards!

Also, in case you missed it, we just posted our full breakdown of E3 2017, so check it out to see what we thought of the games we were actually able to get our hands on. You can also watch my latest Yelling at E3 2017 video for some more highlights. Alright, that's all for now, chums!

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Yelling At E3 2017!

We attended E3 2017 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo) this week, and despite the huge crowds this year, I still couldn't contain my enthusiasm about about all the video games, costumes, booths, and promotions on display as I walked around the convention center. In fact, I was so incredibly excited at E3, I actually ended up yelling at nearly everything I looked at. Thankfully, John was on-hand to film the entire thing once again:


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As always, we'll also have a our in-depth E3 article coming up next week, including reviews of the latest games and photos of all the sights and surprises. In the meantime, hope you enjoy the video and be sure to drop a comment and/or subscribe to my YouTube channel if you haven't already. I put a lot of work into these, so it's always nice to hear whatcha think! Thanks for watching!

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A Grave Chase Update & Night Trap!

Just wanted to give all of you a quick update on Grave Chase. We now have everything working for the game on Steam, including over 50 achievement medals, unlockable trading cards, badges, and wallpapers. Still deciding on a release date, but suffice to say, I think releasing it this fall is the way to go with a Halloween game like this. I'm leaning towards sometime in September, but soon as I have an official release date, I'll be sure to announce it on here. I'm also working on another big game project that you're gonna love, but mum's the word on that one for now.

Grave Chase at SC3!
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We also had our first public demo of Grave Chase at the recent SC3 arcade meet-up, and it was a blast watching the attendees play it! All the feedback on it was great, and I'm glad that everybody liked how challenging the game was, as we didn't want it to be a cakewalk. Yes indeed, the Groundskeeper and his graveyard minions claimed many lives that day. I'm also planning on having a playable Grave Chase demo at our San Diego Comic-Con booth in July, so if you're attending, you'll be one of the first to try it out!


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And if you'd like to see some footage of the game in action, Phillip O'Riley was kind enough to film the fun happenings at SC3, and he had me demonstrate some of the gameplay in Grave Chase. You'll see it in the above video starting right around the 3-minute mark.

Night Trap is returning for a special 25th anniversary release!

In other gaming news, Night Trap, the infamous FMV game about a vampire slumber party, is returning to consoles for its 25th anniversary. It's definitely something I never expected to see happen, but I'm glad a new generation of gamers will get to experience this hilariously cheesy game. What's nice about this upcoming release is they actually re-captured all the original footage, as seen in the new trailer, so you'll be able to view it in all of its early 90s b-movie style glory. While you wait for the game to come out, check out our in-depth look at Night Trap here.

Hope you enjoyed the huge pictorial of Arcade Expo 2017 that I posted recently too. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already, because there were some incredibly rare games on display, including one that's been on my bucket list to play for ages!

Alrighty, that's all the news for now. More to come soon!

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