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Twilight Creations Bump in The Night Board Game
Twilight Creations Bump in The Night Board Game
Offered by DW Store
Price: £42.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game of skills and chills!, 12 Jun. 2012
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"Bump in the night" is a spooky board game recommended for children and adults aged 12 and over. I agree with the recommended age range as the rules are a bit complicated and some of the playing pieces are quite small so young children could accidently swallow or choke on them.
The game is for 2 to 6 players and it is quick and easy to set up. The board is made from strong cardboard and consists of 6 different two sided tiles. Each tile has a series of rooms on them which forms the haunted house. According to the rule book this allows for more than 5000 different combinations. The playing pieces are quite detailed and made from brightly coloured plastic consisting of 6 different colours in all; red, blue, yellow, green, orange and black. The cards and rule sheets are also very durable and with proper care this game should last for years.
The premise of the games is that the players each play the role of a group of monsters in the haunted house on a night when a group of 14 school girls have dared each other to spend a night in the house. The aim of the game is for the monsters to scare the girls into leaving and feed on the psychic energy of their fear. The first player to successfully scare 5 girls out of the house wins the game.
The rules do seem a bit complicated at first so I would suggest setting up the game and having a few practice turns first in order to help all players to have a clear understanding of the rules. That's what I did and it worked just fine.
At the start of the game, after the board has been set up and all players have been allocated 3 playing cards, each player selects a colour. They are then given the monster playing pieces of that colour. All players have the same 6 monsters just different colours. They are: a cat, a bat, a goblin, a poltergeist, a ghost and a spectre of death and each monster has its own unique abilities and scare values. Each turn consists of 5 sequences and the aim is to position your monsters, scare the school girls and thwart your opponents using your cards and locks.
All in all it's a fun, haunted house themed game which requires skills, observation and a little bit of luck to win. The game box is also very small and light so you can easily take it around to your friends houses for an evening of fun.


I, Vampire
I, Vampire
by J. M. DeMatteis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love..."I, Vampire"!, 2 May 2012
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This review is from: I, Vampire (Paperback)
"I, Vampire" is a horror comic published by DC comics back in the early 1980's in their "House of Mystery" series. It chronicles the adventures of a 400 year old vampire named Andrew Bennett. After reluctantly turning the woman he loves into a vampire she deserts him and starts up an organisation of vampires and criminals called The blood Red Moon who are determined to take over the world. Only Andrew Bennett and his two vampire hunting companions can hope to stop her.
The series is a brilliant blend of super hero action and Gothic horror. Despite the horror themed story lines all of the comics within this graphic novel have been approved by the Comics Code Authority and are nowhere near as gory as most modern day horror comics. The artwork is quite colourful and vibrant and the writing, as with most horror comics from the 1980's, is a bit melodramatic and cheesy by today's standards but is still enjoyable to read.
As well as battling rival vampires and trying to abstain from drinking human blood Bennett encounters an Egyptian Mummy, Jack the Ripper and Nazi zombies! Fans of DC comics will also be delighted to know that he even teams up with Batman in this graphic novel.
All in all it's a great graphic novel and well worth the asking price. It's hard to believe that I would have overlooked it had it not been recommended to me by Amazon.


Gi Joe Real American Hero: Series 2 Season 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Gi Joe Real American Hero: Series 2 Season 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £20.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching., 18 April 2012
Unlike the previous G.I.Joe cartoons of the 1980's/1990's this series was made by DIC not Sunbow. But this series does follow on from the Sunbow cartoons. So technically speaking this could be classed as the third season of "G.I Joe: A real American hero". In fact the stories in this series take place shortly after the events of "G.I Joe The movie". So at the very least I would recommend watching "G.I Joe The movie" first or better yet the whole of "G.I Joe" seasons one and two in order to fully understand and appreciate the series. That being said the cartoons in this series are inferior to the ones made by Sunbow in every way but are still enjoyable to watch. Never the less the war between US special forces team G.I. Joe and international terrorist organisation Cobra continues in this series.
Fans of the first two seasons of "G.I. Joe: A real American hero" will be saddened to learn that many of the series main characters, such as Duke and Lady Jaye, have been marginalised or written out of the series altogether in order to make room for the new characters. Sadly even the voice actors have been replaced with the notable exceptions of the late,great Chris Latta who once again voices arch villain Cobra Commander and retired WWE wrestler Sergeant Slaughter who voices the character of er.. Sergeant Slaughter.
Despite the military theme of the show it is pretty tame and more than suitable for children of all ages. This dvd set contains the first 24 episodes of the DIC series. Including the five part story "Operation Dragonfire" which sees Cobra Commander reclaim leadership of Cobra from Serpentor.
However, before purchasing this series please make sure your dvd player is compatible. The dvds in this set are region 1 and will only play on American or multi regional dvd players.


Kiss of Death (A Bantam starfire book)
Kiss of Death (A Bantam starfire book)
by Joseph Locke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves and romance!, 19 Mar. 2012
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"Kiss of Death" is a fast paced horror story aimed at young adults/teenagers. Although there is no reason why adults cant enjoy it as well.
The story centres around high school student Jimmy Meredith and his romantic involvement with a beautiful new student called Lara Collins. Whose arrival coincides with a string of grizzly murders believed to be the work of wild animals.
Despite the short length of the book (165 pages) it is a very enjoyable read. It is very fast paced and direct without much in the way of character development but in a story this short its not really essential. There are a few gory parts in the book, after all it is a werewolf story, but not too many.
Over all its an ideal quick read. Its got werewolves, action and romance. What more could you ask for?


Deadly Relations (Blood & Lace, Book 2)
Deadly Relations (Blood & Lace, Book 2)
by Joseph Locke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Part 2 of a two part mini series., 3 Mar. 2012
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"Deadly Relations" is the concluding part of a two book mini series known as "Blood and Lace" aimed at young adults/teenagers (although there is no reason why us adults cant enjoy it as well). So before purchasing I would strongly suggest reading the first part "Vampire Heart" (which I have also reviewed).
The story picks up shortly after the events of the first book as Sabrina Van Fleet and her friends frantically search the creepy Van Fleet mansion for an ancient grimoire to defeat her vampire uncle Viktor and a ruthless Witch.
As with the first book this is a quick and easy read. About a 166 pages to be exact. There is very little character development or in depth description and the story moves along at a fast pace. So if like me you are busy studying or working and just want a quick read until you have more time on your hands this is ideal.
Like the first book most of the story takes place in the creepy Van Fleet mansion and its surrounding woods and has an action packed climax.
All in all its a short, fast paced teenage horror story with vampires, witches, curses and romance. If you are a fan of the television series "Dark Shadows" you will probably enjoy this as the author cites it as his inspiration for the book.


Vampire Heart (Blood and Lace)
Vampire Heart (Blood and Lace)
by Joseph Locke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 of a creepy mini series., 2 Mar. 2012
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"Vampire Heart" is the first of a two part mini series aimed at young adults/teenagers. But there is no reason why adults looking for an easy read cant enjoy it either.
The story centres around a wealthy, recently orphaned, teenage girl called Sabrina Van Fleet. Who returns from England to her family's ancestral home in Maine to live with her creepy uncle Viktor only to discover he is really her ancestor as well as a vampire hoping to pass on the family legacy to her.
As with most books from the early 1990's aimed at teenagers this is a quick and easy read. In fact its only 152 pages long. There is very little character development but in a book this short there does not need to be. It is very direct and without loads of needless description but it does give the reader enough to go on.
What makes this book so enjoyable for me is that it has a truly despicable antagonist in the form of the vampire Viktor Van Fleet and a creepy setting. Most of the story takes place in the creepy Van Fleet mansion and its surrounding woods.
All in all its a fun, fast paced teen horror story set in a creepy mansion with vampires, witches, romance and terror. If you enjoyed the television series "Dark Shadows" then you will probably enjoy this as the author cites it as his inspiration for the story in the introduction. Just remember you will have to purchase the second part of the series "Deadly Relations" to find out how the story concludes.


Knighton Vampires
Knighton Vampires
by Guy N. Smith
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars An unconventional vampire novel, 21 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Knighton Vampires (Hardcover)
"The Knighton vampires" is a fast paced, unconventional, vampire novel by Guy N. Smith. It is also a sequel to one of his previous novels called "The Black Fedora". But you don't necessarily need to read "The Black Fedora" in order to follow this book as most of the key events are recapped.
The story centres around under cover police sergeant John Mayo who travels to the small Welsh town of Knighton in order to grieve for his late wife. But instead of finding the peace and tranquillity he seeks he discovers the town is being plagued by terrorists and vampires and determines to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This is the first novel I have ever read by Guy N. Smith and I can safely say that it wont be the last. His style of writing is very direct, violent and sexually explicit. He does not waste time with long descriptions of characters and places or needless character development. He simply gets on with the job of telling the story which is what makes this book so easy to read. It is also the reason most of his books are so short, approximately 200 pages.
All in all this is a short, fast paced horror novel which has definitely engaged my interest in reading some of the author's other works.


Feeding Ground
Feeding Ground
by Christopher Mangun
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gritty graphic novel, 13 Feb. 2012
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"Feeding Ground" is a violent, gritty graphic novel. The story centres around a Mexican guide called Diego Busqueda and his family. A famine is forcing many of the people in his village to leave and seek a better way of life in America. But in order to get there they have to cross the Devil's Highway. A scorching desert by day and a feeding ground for werewolves at night.
The warning on the back cover suggests this graphic novel is for mature readers only and I would agree as there are pictures of disembowelment and mutilation in this book. For the most part the artwork is good but it can get a little messy at times. The writing is okay but could do with some improvement here and there.
What does make this book worth reading is the unique premise of the story. It brilliantly blends together the real life drama and perils faced by Mexican immigrants with the supernatural horror of werewolves. Over all it's definitely worth a read for its originality and I look forward to seeing more work from its creators.
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Wolf's Edge
Wolf's Edge
by W. D. Gagliani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A nasty werewolf novel, 13 Feb. 2012
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"Wolf's Edge" is the fourth entry into the ongoing saga of werewolf/detective Nick Lupo by W D Gagliani. So before purchasing this book I would strongly recommend reading the previous three novels "Wolf's trap", "Wolf's gambit" and "Wolf's bluff" first.
The events of this book take place shortly after the events of the third novel. Nick Lupo is investigating a series of grizzly murders in a small town which he recognises to be the work of another werewolf while behind the scenes a Nazi funded military corporation conducts experiments to make werewolves immune to silver.
As with the previous novels in the series this book is extremely violent and sexually explicit so I would only suggest it for mature readers. And as with the previous novels Gagliani also takes the time to tell parts of the story from the view point of different characters not just the protagonist. It is also fast paced and sheds more light on Lupo's background and reveals his family's first encounter with werewolves during World War 2.
Over all its a fast paced, gritty horror novel. My only real complaints with the book are that the final chapters feel a bit rushed and the cliff hanger ending which means I will have to wait until the next book in the series to find out what happens.


Animated Classics: Ghost Stories [DVD]
Animated Classics: Ghost Stories [DVD]

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spooky film for the whole family, 17 Jan. 2012
Don't be put off by the cover of this dvd. It in no way resembles the actual animation of the movie. The artwork and animation in this movie has a more darker, gothic look about it and although it may come across as a little wooden in comparison to modern day animation it is still extremely enjoyable to watch. This dvd is also a region 0 dvd and should play on most dvd players.
This is in fact an old, made for TV animated movie which has previously been released under the title of "Ghost Stories from the Pickwick papers" and was originally released in 1987/88. It consists of three faithfully animated adaptations of ghost stories from "The Pickwick Papers" by Charles Dickens. The three stories are "The Ghost in the wardrobe", "The Mail coach ghosts" and "The Goblin and the grave digger".
Despite the supernatural theme of this film it is more than suitable for young children and is an ideal treat for Halloween. "The Ghost in the wardrobe" sees a young law student rent a room in a creepy boarding home unaware that it is haunted. "The Mail coach ghosts" sees a young man transported back in time to save a beautiful young woman from a ruthless nobleman and "The goblin and the grave digger" sees a miserable, nasty grave digger kidnapped by goblins and forced to see the errors of not celebrating Christmas.
All in all it is a creepy but enjoyable animated film that the whole family can enjoy together. My only criticism is the cover artwork. I wish the manufacturers of this dvd had stuck with the original artwork but please don't let that put you off buying what I consider to be a brilliant and under rated animated film.
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