Graveyard Duck Episode 42 – The NES in 1992

This week we continue our chronological odyssey through the life of the NES with a look at some overlooked games from 1992.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Instagram 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.

Final Reckoning: The Finale Part 1

We thought this would be the last episode of Challenged this year, but (in TJ voice) we LIED. I guess we’ll be back next week. This time around we discuss the finale, Tim’s random run-in with a Challenge legend in an airport, and Hillary sits in briefly so chug that drink! We’ll be back next week to cover the 2 part reunion, and talk about our 100th episode and probably take more live calls.

Alice Isn’t Dead By Joseph Fink Review

Title: Alice Isn’t Dead

Author: Joseph Fink

Reviewer: Carey Gibbons

Genre: Horror

Suggested Age: Adults

What is this book about? Keisha’s wife Alice goes missing. She’s been missing so long that Keisha has her declared dead. But then Keisha starts seeing Alice in the background of national news reports. She takes on a job with a cross country trucking company in order to find Alice. She ends up finding a lot of things that aren’t Alice, and ends up a pawn in a shadow war being waged across the country. She ends up finding out what goes on in all of the little nooks and crannies of America, places that people drive past every day without a thought. And the title of the book is completely true. Alice isn’t dead. But she’s also not the person Keisha thought she knew.

 Review: This book is based on a podcast of the same name, which I admit to not having heard because I’m not super awesome at listening to podcasts. But the premise intrigued me and I bought this book the day it came out. I wasn’t disappointed. Alice Isn’t Dead was written by one half of the Welcome to Night Vale creative team. It’s a lot creepier and less funny than WTNV and very good. It also features a character, Keisha, who suffers from crippling anxiety, and that was presented in a very realistic way (even if the circumstances are supernatural). Some of the ideology behind the shadow war in this book is a little heavy handed, but it’s overall a fun, creepy read. I will never look at truckers, police officers, or road trips the same way again.

Three words that describe this book: Creepy, Hopeful, Free

Give this a try if you like… American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Welcome to Night Vale, The X-Files conspiracy episodes

Rating: 4/5

The Midnight Drive-In: Dead Heat & Full Eclipse

Lately cops have been getting a bad rap but this week we’re looking at two movies where the cops go out of their way to do the right thing by becoming MONSTER COPS!!!  First up is the 1988 Treat Williams and Joe Piscopo zombie cop film Dead Heat.  After that Mario Van Peebles has to join a squad of cops that turn out to be werewolves in Full Eclipse.  We also talk about Noah’s work woes, Doug’s internet woes, and the animated Batman 66 movies.

The Midnight Drive-In: Gargoyles & Mazes And Monsters

This week we head to the land of TV movies.  First up is the 1972 film Gargoyles.  After that Tom Hanks leads us into some role playing with Mazes & Monsters.  Noah then gives a talk about how Mazes & Monsters was part of the Satanic Panic scare at the time that tried to cast D&D in a bad light.  After that we chat about some Daredevil, Vigilante, and Dead Like Me.

 

Graveyard Duck Episode 41 – The NES in 1991

This week we continue our chronological odyssey through the life of the NES with a look at some overlooked games from 1991 while discussing how much we miss rental stores.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Instagram 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.

Final Reckoning: The Walking Dead

We’re winding down to the finale with the final 5 teams. We get a shocking last challenge with trivia and everything. That’s trivia twice in a season! The final elimination of the season is curdled milk and cookies. We finally see the final 4 on their way to the finale. Next week is our last episode of the season, don’t miss it!

Providence By Caroline Kepnes Review

Title: Providence

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Reviewer: Carey Gibbons

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Love Story

Suggested Age: Adults

What is this book about? Jon and Chloe are 8th graders who really understand each other. They’re best friends and Chloe doesn’t care that Jon’s a little weird. But one day Jon is kidnapped. He’s missing for four years. But one day he wakes up in the basement of the local mall surrounded by plants, with a heavily annotated copy of The Dunwich Horror on his bedside table. He escapes from the mall and his only thoughts are of Chloe. But life has moved on and Jon is changed somehow. People who get near him get sick. Jon is afraid to see Chloe. Before he can hurt her in any way, he runs. But Chloe isn’t going to let him go so easy.

 Review: This book kind of pulls a bait and switch. It hints at Lovecraftian horror, and Lovecraft definitely plays a big part. But the bulk of the book is dedicated to Jon and Chloe pining away for each other. A bit later in the book, we’re introduced to Eggs, a detective trying to solve a series of bizarre deaths several years after the initial events of the book. He starts out as interesting but also gets wrapped up in this weird love story. This book reads like Nicholas Sparks has discovered Lovecraft and also vaguely remembers “Rappaccini’s Daughter” from high school. It was unique, but maybe not for horror purists.

 Three words that describe this book: Supernatural, Noir, Mushy

 Give this a try if you like… Unbreakable (movie), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Rogue and Gambit as the ultimate couple

 Rating: 3/5

The Midnight Drive-In: Endgame & Deathrow Gameshow

Reality TV just doesn’t cut it anymore so we have to take things to a higher level.  How about a live TV show where one person is the prey and has to fend off a band of hunters?  Or how about a gameshow where prisoners on deathrow try to win prizes for their families after their death or maybe even their freedom?  If either of these sound great then you’re in luck.  First off we’re talking Endgame.  After that we take a trip to the wackier side with Deathrow Gameshow.  Also we talk some Walking Dead, Daredevil, and The Meg.

Final Reckoning: Always Sunny in South Africa

We’re getting near the end of this season, but we’re still bringing people back from Redemption for their last, final, no-nonsense chance at ONE MILLION DOLLARS! After 2 eliminations to see who comes back from Redemption, some teams are sent home and others move on to roll boulders up a hill in an “elimination challenge”. We still haven’t quite worked out why or how that’s different than a purge but we make our best guess. Another team is sent home. We go over some iTunes reviews and voicemails, too.

The Dream Master on Blu-Ray in the Elm Street Collection

I finally bought A Nightmare on Elm Street collection on Blu-Ray. I owned all those movies in the past on VHS and only got around to buying the first and fourth movies on DVD.

My main reason to buying this collection is to have A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4: The Dream Master on Blu-Ray. The DVD copy I have is really grainy but after watching the Blu the picture is so clear and the sound is top notch. Specially when Running from this Nightmare kicks in.

The extras for the Dream Master are short and sweet. A handful of featurettes looking at Freddy’s makeup, chest and meatball face effects and interviews with director Renny Harlin, Robert Shaye, and KNB founding member Howard Berger. If you seen The Elm Street Legacy you probably heard those stories before.

I keep thinking there’s some kind of uncovered information about The Dream Master but there never is. I have the same problem with The Punisher (1989) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). Just give me that special edition Blu that I always wanted and call it a day. Now I can put The Punisher to bed, because Umbrella Entertainment released a three cut with commentary and extras Blu. That’s all I need.

There’s a bonus disc that came with the Elm Street collection. Two episodes of Freddy’s Nightmares, handful of interviews with Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Rachel Talalay and many others who worked on the Elm Street franchise.

I’m happy with this collection. And just having a better quality of The Dream Master makes up for the $30 price tag. Also I didn’t get any 3-D glasses for Freddy’s Dead. The extras are fine but watch Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy for a rundown on every film.

The Midnight Drive-In: Demon Seed (1977) & Split Second

This week we’re talking big guns and rapey houses.  First up is Julie Christie (which is the name of my very first girlfriend from back in 6th grade. true story) in Demon Seed.  After that Rutger Hauer gets Noah all a quiver in Split Second.  Also Doug tells us about trick or treating with little kids, we talk about the movie Trick ‘r Treat, and we go over favorite Halloween specials.

GeekNerdery Podcast: Tales Of Terror Live! Top 5 Obscure 80s Horror Movies

Bryan and Tony sat down in front of a packed crowd to talk about their Top 5 Obscure 80s Horror movies at the Tales Of Terror LIVE! Event.  Each one is going to drop some films that not everyone may even know about.  Listen in and get some ideas for your next horror movie marathon.

Final Reckoning: Scandal

Lots of switching between the Main House and Redemption House this week, and even with a Purge challenge and elimination we don’t see anyone go home. An elimination gets all the players frustrated, a nomination is hard to predict with the power vote and numbers that are close and could go either way. With just 2 episodes until the final, we hope to see them pick up the pace soon. Let’s send some people home and get to the final!

The Midnight Drive-In: Halloween 2018

This was initially going to be part of our regular episode, but we talked so much it deserves it’s own episode.  We talk very spoilery about what we liked and disliked about the new Halloween film.  What worked? What didn’t? What was the audience talking about during the movie? Find out all this and more!

The Midnight Drive-In: Trick Or Treats & Night Of The Demons 2

We celebrate halloween time by talking two movies set during our favorite holiday to mixed results.  Also Noah shares lots about his past, we talk some Annihilation, and The Haunting Of Hill House.  All this and more!  Happy Halloween Suckaaaaaas.

23min of Halloween Ska

Awww yis yis y’all, it’s time for some spooky ska! Trying to get out an extra special monthly ska episode has been a little tough as of late, but I couldn’t leave you hanging without some Halloween ska. Really, I couldn’t, it’s just not my style!

00:00 – Grave Danger – Grave Danger (Let ‘er RIP ’18)
02:36 – the Siren Six! – Burn (the Voice with the Built-in Promise ’96)
06:45 – the A-OKs – Showdown (Words are Not for Eating ’10)
09:16 – 2000 Tons of TNT – Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon/Wonky ’13)
12:47 – Victory Kid – Clownin’ (Thrillenials ’18)
15:27 – the Amphetameanies – Haunting (Last Chance Bordello ’14)
19:15 – Reel Big Fish – Evil Approaches (Punk Rock Halloween: Loud, Fast and Scary comp ’17)

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 300 past episodes!

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Graveyard Duck Episode 40 – The NES in 1990

This week we continue our chronological odyssey through the life of the NES with a look at some overlooked games from 1990…and pizza coupons.

Don’t forget to keep up with the show and relive all the nostalgia by following us on Instagram 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.

Final Reckoning: The Leftovers

Our longest show in Challenged history! Big drama this episode with Bananas pushing things a little too far and Devin paying the consequences. Flat pasta leads to a confrontation you wouldn’t believe. It’s TJ’s favorite challenge… TRIVIA! And we spend far too long going over voicemails from all sorts of celebrity fans of Challenged.

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