Graveyard Duck Episode 29 – Arkista’s Ring

We’ve decided to dig into a more obscure title this week with the late NES release, Arkista’s Ring. Is it worthy of being called a hidden gem, or was this one better left forgotten? Listen to find out.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

The Midnight Drive-In: Dead Alive & Ed And His Dead Mother

We missed Mother’s Day by a week and then randomly decided to do two movies about dead mothers.  We’re on the ball.  Anyway we talk about the Peter Jackson classic Dead Alive (aka Braindead) and the Steve Buscemi comedy Ed And His Dead Mother.  There is a small discussion about the state of the Star Wars Universe, Deadpool 2, and a non-recommend from Doug.

Champs vs Pros: Fire in the Butt, Ice in the Heart

Yeah, it’s another sausage fest up in here. We have a special guest, Zach, for this bite-sized podcast without notes that we go over out of order. We almost got Tori to watch us live, but I guess we failed. Wes is struggling to maintain his place in the house, the Stars are learning how to play the game a little faster than we expected, and we spend a lot of time talking about our trip to meet some Challengers next month in Yorkville.

The Midnight Drive-In: Demons & Rawhead Rex

This week we’re teaming up two movies that I have once again forgotten why.  But we mention it in the episode.  First up is the Argento/Luci joint Demons.  After that we talk some Rawhead Rex.  During the show we also find out Noah’s hatred for a 90’s horror franchise, talk the upcoming THE PREDATOR, and read a lot of long ass emails.

Champs vs Stars: Face Off Gloves On

No girls allowed! It’s just the men of Challenged tonight, and you know what that means. A short show, no notes, no prep work and lots of distractions. We talk Tori, Ashley, Aneesa and the drama involved with all of them. Wes tries and fails to start an alliance. Tony Time embarasses us all. We end on a bunch of drama that leads nowhere and accomplishes nothing. A typical Challenge episode.

The Midnight Drive-In: Malibu Express & Hard Ticket To Hawaii

In week two of letting Noah pick movies we have Malibu Express and Hard Ticket To Hawaii.  There lots of talk about boobs, rocket launchers, and snakes.  Listen in as Doug’s soul withers and Noah laughs at his misfortune!  Also a few pieces of feedback but we’re pretty light on other movies this week.  It’s a quick one.

Graveyard Duck Episode 28 – Soldier Blade

We’re back for more Shoot-em-ups with one of the best that the TurboGrafx 16 has to offer, Soldier Blade.

Also, be sure to check our EXMosquito and his incredible 1-life Hard mode play through.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

Champs vs Stars: Rainbows and Storm Clouds

It’s a very special episode of Challenged with Hill’s first time hosting and a special appearance by a 5-year-old fighting bedtime. We may be distracted, but I think we do a stellar job of covering the Champs and Stars divisions and the game-within-a-game of this season. Who can trust these crazy Champs with all their shenanigans?

The Midnight Drive-In: Dr. Strange & Doctor Mordrid

Since these comic book movies are all the rage we figured we would talk about some comic book related films.  First up is the 1978 TV movie Dr. Strange.  Lots of mustaches in this one.  After that it’s time for Full Moon’s Doctor Mordrid starring Jeffrey Combs.  Let’s face it it’s really just a Doctor Strange rip off.  But it does have a skeleton fight.  After all that we talk about Fargo, Lost In Space, Spider-Man 2, Puppet Master, Sub Species, Black Lightning, Death Race 2050, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Ruby, and the Roger Corman Fantastic Four.

Evil Dead: A Retrospective

I’ve been an Evil Dead fan since about 1994. I remember my buddy Scott showing me Army of Darkness very late one night when I was sleep-deprived and pretty punchy. I thought it was goofy but fucking hilarious. I was already a fan of horror and started talking about the movie to my buddies, who told me it was actually the third part of a series called Evil Dead.

This was before the days of streaming video, so I hit up the local Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Second Cinema and more looking for Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. I came up short everywhere I looked, but I did not give up. I took to the internet and Evil Dead fans looking to bootleg their copies which, at the time, were very hard to find.

I loved Evil Dead in a way that was different than my love of Army of Darkness. Evil Dead was made by a couple crazy college kids, going rogue and making a movie against all odds on a limited budget and borrowed equipment. The movie gets even better as you know the obstacles they faced and the ways they worked around those obstacles. The commentary should be required listening to anyone looking to make films.

Evil Dead 2 was similarly goofy. It bridged the gap perfectly between the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, being a legitimate horror but with some really goofy, funny moments.

I was such a fan of the series and of the community that was trading VHS copies of the films that I decided to give back to the community. I started and participated in several newsgroups about the movies and sent off many bootlegs of the movies to strangers across the country to share the love. I collected copies from other countries which sometimes included a few random different scenes and shots in them. At the time, these differences were painstakingly documents in websites and communities with screenshots or even low-res, horrible videos of them. This was the internet in the mid-to-late 90’s, and it was a rough time in the world of online video.

During this phase of my fandom, I also came across a video copy of Within the Woods. At the time, this was the crown jewel of Evil Dead fandom. It was the movie Bruce and Sam made to get money for Evil Dead. It had several similarities with Evil Dead of course, but also several differences. The video was low quality, but just fascinating to watch the beginning of the idea that spanned many decades of film.

During this time, I created a website devoted to Army of Darkness. It documented the differences between the various versions of the movie in different countries or shown on random cable channels that may have had elements added or removed or re-arranged. As an aside, I am also thankful for the movie series for this. I was in high school while I made this website and it turns out I really enjoyed it. And I was good at it. I went on to make websites for a living. Now, 20 years later, I’m still making websites and I love my job. I am thankful for the community back then and the passion that led me down this road, and in a very real way I credit these silly movies for that.

I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of a remake. But I have realized in my life as a horror fan who has seen several thousand remakes, that even the worse remake doesn’t ruin the original. I watched the remake and enjoyed it, although for me, it was ultimately more forgettable than the original. This may just have to do with my age and place in my life when I watched it. It was a good, modern take on some of the elements of the original.

I’d given up hopes of seeing Ash again decades before the announcement that Starz was bringing Ash back. I couldn’t believe that over 20 years since Army of Darkness, we’d see Ash back on our screens.

And yet, here he was.

Ash vs. Evil Dead was not perfect, but for what it was, it was brilliant. It was clear it was made for the fans of Evil Dead and Ash. They did not disappoint with the insane blood and gore from part 2, the goofiness of part 3, and even brought back Cheryl from the original movie. I’d hoped for more of course. I would’ve loved to see all the original cast back in their roles in some way.

We got an expanded mythology with a lot more information on the Necronomicon and Ruby and the dagger and the Knights of Sumaria. Over the course of 3 seasons, we got 15 additional hours of Ash and the Evil Dead. That’s far more than the original 3 movies ever gave us.

But all good things must come to an end.

This week, the series ended. Part of the show were summed up admirably. Ash finally acted like the hero we always wanted to see. He embraced his destiny and acted selflessly to save his friends and his daughter. We’ve always loved Ash as a reluctant hero of course, but I also loved seeing him finally act like the hero he’d accidentally been all this time. The last chunk of season 3 seemed very much like a “thank you” to the fans, bringing back our old favorite lines, even if they were sometimes shoehorned in.

The series ends with Ash waking up at some point in an undefined future, with his Delta that had been retrofitted as a tank and looking at a post-apocalyptic world. I don’t know if this was an intentional reference to the original ending to Army of Darkness when he wakes up in a similar predicament, but the similarities were too big to ignore.

For now, Ash’s story comes to a close. As does Brandi’s, and Pablo’s and Kelly’s. We don’t know where their fate lies. It does make me wonder if they thought a season 4 was surely coming, because there are still a lot of loose ends here.

I don’t know if we’ll see Ash again. I hope in 10 or 15 years, we’ll see him return and pass the shotgun and chainsaw on to the next reluctant hero and we’ll get the sendoff Ash, and the fans, deserve. I shouldn’t hold out hope, but I choose to hope anyway.

For now, that’s the end of Ash’s saga. And how does it feel? Groovy.

Geek Nerdery Podcast: Avengers Infinity War

I’m joined by my cohosts from The Midnight Drive-In Doug and Noah to break down the culmination of 10 years of work from Marvel Studios Avengers Infinity War!  Did it live up to the hype?  Find out.  Also this review is very spoilery so we advise not listening without seeing the movie first.

Champs Vs. Stars: Over The Edge And Under The Bus

It’s time for some life sized Shuffle Board!  We get to see the fall out of Kaihla cursing, Hennisey predictably goes a little crazy, and the Stars seem to be forming a plan to take over the game.  Lots of fun stuff this episode.

The Midnight Drive-In: Death Race 2000 & Rollerball

It’s that season.  It’s time for some Dystopian Sports!  We’ll b talking about two movies from 1975 that feature what could be televised sports in the future.  First up is James Caan in Rollerball.  Then after that it’s time to rev your engines for the Corman classic Death Race 2000!  We also talk about Jason X, Spider-Man, Leatherface, King of Kong, the new Netflix series Lost in Space, and Sorcerer.

Graveyard Duck Episode 27 – Kirby’s Dream Land

This week we take a long overdue look at the Game Boy as well as Kirby’s Dream Land. Kirby has come a long way over the years. Join us as we talk about where it all started.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

Champs vs Stars: Stairing Down the Competition

We’re loosey-goosey in our coverage of Champs vs Stars. I mean, do we even talk about this episode? I’ve had too many beers to know I guess, but it’s nice to see some of the Champs return. We like the division of the Champs even more, and the teams within teams that we see. Stay tuned to our Facebook group since our schedule of coverage will change as we go.

Vendettas: Vendettas Never Die

We took a break because the finale was terrible. C’mon MTV, stop making us wait to see the winner of The Challenge, we just find spoilers anyway. Zach and Hillary are here to help host, and we cover the winner of Vendettas. Spoiler, it’s Cara Maria. We’re too nice to make you wait to know. It’s Cara. You go girl. We cover the finale and the reunion episodes in this super-special craziness.

The Midnight Drive-In: Commando & Cobra

We are looking at the two kings of 80’s action with Commando starring Schwarzenegger and then Cobra starring Stallone.  Which one has held up the best?  After that we talk about what else we’ve seen and end up talking some wrestling and specifically talking about attending wrestling shows back in the day.

The Midnight Drive-In: Frogs & Slugs

After a month of Critters and Leprechaun movies we decided maybe it was time for some nature fights back films.  First up is Sam Elliott as a photographer/nature specialist fighting mind controlling Frogs!  Then make sure you check your salad as we’ll be talking some mutant radioactive Slugs!  Also Bryan tells you about a tattoo dream he had that now has to become a reality, some films discussed are Ready Player One, The Night Visitor, and Game Over Man!

Graveyard Duck Episode 26 – Gunstar Heroes

This week we celebrate 1 whole year of podcasting with a classic game for the Sega Genesis. Considered by many to be a must own title, Gunstar Heroes is run and gun chaos at its best.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Twitter (@duckgraveyard) and Facebook. Send us your memories or show suggestions at graveyardduckpodcast@gmail.com. And be sure to check out all of the great content from this show and other nerdy favorites at geeknerdery.com.

WWE WrestleMania 34 Predictions

It’s WrestleMania week and sure enough I’m still not hyped for Mania. Something about this years build isn’t getting my blood flowing like past years. Back in January when Shinsuke Nakamura won the Royal Rumble and announced he wanted to face AJ Styles I was onboard. But in the past few weeks Style was and or is injured and may miss his Mania match… And look at Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns story, the whole no show, showing up when your suspended and still get distorted, I’m not buying it. But it’s WrestleMania this Sunday and of course I’ll be watching it and like every year past, here are my predictions.

I do believe it’s time for Reigns to go over and win the WWE Universal Championship.

Cena will call out the Undertaker at Mania and they’ll have their match. Cena did a lot of trash talking in the lead up and it’s time for Undertaker to shut him up. Hopefully we see American Badass gimmick return.

Daniel Bryan announced his in ring return… Don’t see him losing at Mania. As for Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle facing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, I’m giving to the Authority. But we all know Rousey and Angle are going over… as for the other matches…

AJ Styles

Fin Balor

Bobby Roode

Nia Jax

Charlotte Flair

Braun Strowman

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