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Raka_Putra
10/04/19 2:38:45 AM
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Misssingno.(mination)
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Snake5555555555
10/04/19 12:50:52 PM
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91. Anti-Piracy Advert (11 points)
Nominated by: GavsEvans123 (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLVyNB52R8" data-time="


Importance: 3
Fear: 3
Snake: 5

This advert definitely feels like it descends from a proud family of PSAs dealing with drugs, smoking, and other harmful things that is overly dramatic and unnecessarily frightening. First of all, it seems like they dragged the first guy they saw into the studio to film this. To his credit, he looks appropriately menacing for the tone they are building up, with the fire burning in his eyes like some crazed copyright comic villain, albeit one that only appears for a handful of issues before much later returning only to be taken out by the Tally Man. Claims like "piracy funds organized crime" and "piracy funds terrorism" are pretty quick laugh-out-loud moments to me though, and I don't really know how an X-branding stick creates that much of an explosion on that stack of poor movies and CDs. Lastly, he seems to actually have a heel turn at the end by turning his "X" into a "C" copyright symbol, and will now use his explosive branding powers to fight piracy...? Alrighty then.

This advert was apparently on nearly every early 2000s VHS tape in the UK, Ireland, Australia & New Zealand, and even many DVD releases at the time. Despite its tone, it clearly was not the most effective thing in the world as is the case with many other anti-piracy ads, as it's just a fangless threat with not much enforcement behind it. I do like these ads for their goofy ways of tackling huge ideas and problems, but there are also better (albeit less fun) ways of getting these messages across.
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Snake5555555555
10/04/19 10:54:59 PM
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Horror rankings side-track: I just watched Midsommar and god damn it's one of the best horror movies of the decade.
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Snake5555555555
10/04/19 11:11:54 PM
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90. Betrayal at House on the Hill (11 points)
Nominated by: Muddersmilk (0/1 remaining)
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/10547/betrayal-house-hill

Importance: 4
Fear: 2
Snake: 5

Another year, another board game I'll probably never get to play. I guess at the heart of things, I'm just really not a board game person even though I do find most of the concepts unique and engaging. This is one of the more popular horror-themed board games; I really like the idea of you being the architect of your own house of horrors, and the twist of a traitor ensures all games feel different and exciting. I like the packaging and presentation too, although I do find the actual game figures to be a little lacking in detail and frankly bland. Your fear rating with this one will largely be determined by how serious players are willing to take it and what extraneous features you bring along with it, but like most board games I can't really see this being that scary overall, but rather atmospheric and a little cozy too. Cool concept, but again, I was never much of a board game player and it just brings down the overall nomination for me.
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jcgamer107
10/04/19 11:31:16 PM
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Snake5555555555 posted...
Horror rankings side-track: I just watched Midsommar and god damn it's one of the best horror movies of the decade.
jcgamer107 posted...
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Xiahou Shake
10/04/19 11:52:36 PM
#57:


Snake5555555555 posted...
Horror rankings side-track: I just watched Midsommar and god damn it's one of the best horror movies of the decade.

I'm very interested in this movie but most of its supporters also seem to like Hereditary which I thought was legit awful. =/
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Snake5555555555
10/05/19 12:01:36 AM
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Well, I'll tell you one thing, I'm honestly not that enamored with Hereditary myself. Like, it's solidly crafted for sure, the performances are top notch, but all in all I found the storyline and character motivations ultimately generic.

Midsommar however doesn't have any of those problems. It takes everything you might expect from your typical vacation horror movie and does everything in its power to destroy those notions and makes you feel as uncomfortable as possible with practically every frame. In my view it's also like a subtly artistic take on the slasher genre actually, and does play around with a few of those tropes as well.
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Xiahou Shake
10/05/19 2:11:15 AM
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Well that does sound more promising!
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Maniac64
10/05/19 8:28:02 AM
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Aw dang, was hoping for a little higher for a favorite game, but you are right that it isnt really scary to play.

Just a lot of fun and it uses a lot of horror movie plots and tropes throughout.
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GavsEvans123
10/05/19 1:49:44 PM
#61:


I now want to read that copyright man comic!
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Snake5555555555
10/05/19 3:42:05 PM
#62:


89. Dennis Reynolds (11 points)
Nominated by: BetrayedTangy (3/5 remaining)
https://hiddenremote.com/2017/02/01/5-times-dennis-reynolds-definitely-serial-killer-always-sunny/

Importance: 2
Fear: 2
Snake: 7

So, before this ranking, I had no idea that Dennis Reynolds from It's Always Sunny was hinted at to be a serial killer. The compilation of clips in the link above are mostly hilarious with dark hints at Reynolds' true nature, and pretty much every one of these are fantastically crafted gags. I especially loved when Reynolds specifically names objects a person up to no good would have, only to later have those very same items in his own trunk. Dennis is easily able to up the creep factor to 11, but honestly I was too busy laughing to get scared! If I were a detective, this is all circumstantial evidence at best (except maybe the Brian LeFevre thing!), but he's still someone I would keep a close eye on regardless!
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Johnbobb
10/05/19 4:22:12 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wnYNTyE4IA" data-time="

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BetrayedTangy
10/05/19 6:46:56 PM
#64:


What I find particularly great about Dennis is in the context of the show his character is definitely played up for comedy. But you could just as easily put him in a show about how the average human can snap and become a psychopath.

I also think a lot of Dennis' fear factor for me comes from the fact that people like him exist in real life
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Snake5555555555
10/05/19 7:02:47 PM
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I can definitely see that. I think it's something I would appreciate more with it coming up in the show naturally and offering a nice surprise, instead of me seeing a bunch of clips at once.
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Snake5555555555
10/05/19 7:23:52 PM
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88. The Confraternity of Toast (11.5 points)
Nominated by: Ihatethiscpu (4/5 remaining)
https://dema-studios.itch.io/the-confraternity-of-toast

Importance: 3
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 4

A game of neat ideas ultimately spelled out too obviously and hidden behind extremely clunky and tedious gameplay. It starts out promising. I love the satirical take on all of these modern first-person horror games that take place in the woods or late at night with one central location, but it still has that ominous dark tone you would expect from a horror game and it does take it seriously despite there being literal slices of toast with goofy smiley faces lit erred everywhere. There's a lot of neat easter eggs to find throughout the opening area too. Eventually though, you have a meeting with the toast king, and can decide if you want to join the confraternity or not (you don't actually have a choice). This is where the game starts to fall apart for me though. Everything is very in your face, with the idyllic town and plainly spelled out rules on the wall not really leaving much to the imagination. The message is clear from the get-go: you're a drone, and will conform whether you want to or not. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with a game spelling out its message like this, but at the same time I love a horror game that forces me to peel back the layers to discover what's truly going on. The glossy look of the toast people is a facade meant to give off the appearance of a deeper meaning than it has. It evolving into a surrealist's nightmare also has this same effect, along with an ending that hits you over the head with a hammer before dropping a ton of bricks and elephant on you.

It hurts me to be this critical about this, because despite my criticism I can still sense a lot of love put into this. This isn't a hack job, and the absurdist aspects do ensure at least one playthrough isn't a totally wasted affair. What drove me up the wall in particular was that horrible first-person parkour section, which almost made me quit right then and there. It's definitely purposeful but sometimes even gameplay and narrative coming together can be tedious even for someone such as myself who loves that stuff.

Despite my low ranking, I still think you should give it a shot. It's short and you may like it more than I did! It even has a sequel if you're so inclined to play that!
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jcgamer107
10/05/19 9:50:49 PM
#67:


Snake5555555555 posted...
he's still someone I would keep a close eye on regardless!
....because of the implication

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Snake5555555555
10/06/19 11:32:58 AM
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87. Sluggish Morss: A Delicate Time in History (11.5 points)
Nominated by: Place (4/5 remaining)
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/SluggishMorss

Importance: 2
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 5

Sluggish Morss has the complete opposite problem as Confraternity of Toast. An almost insurmountable presentation of hefty sci-fi concepts, Sluggish Morss is like the poster child for surreal, abstract indie games that can very easily fly over your head if you don't pay enough attention. A casaul playthrough of these games can easily lead to the perception that these games are just filled to the brim with non-sequiturs and events seemingly chosen at random. A deeper dive though can lead to some intelligent musing on the state of humanity, commentary on the reality of space travel and colonization, human consciousness living on digitally, and other sporadic philosophical concepts that will be of varying interest to you. I think both methods of experiencing this series are just as valid and intentional too. The games' various anti-climatic endings seems to reject explanation pretty handily. Ultimately, your enjoyment of these games will depend on your tolerance for weirdness lobbed at you almost non-stop. They're not totally my cup of tea, but like Toast, it's still short enough to absolutely be worth your time.
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Snake5555555555
10/07/19 5:53:02 PM
#69:


86. Brightburn (12 points)
Nominated by: BetrayedTangy (2/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD1vbhicJUY" data-time="


Importance: 2
Fear: 5
Snake: 5

So, let's pretend for a second that the concept for "Evil Superman" has never existed in DC Comics before. Would it push the concept enough to be interesting and frightening enough at the same time? I don't think it really does, and by God does it try. Brightburn plays the Superman card so close to the chest that there's hardly any breathing room for originality of its own, which it tries to make up for in the horror department, but also ends up copying just about every horror trope too that slashers have been pulling off for years. This will please a certain crowd of horror fans for sure, and there's nothing wrong with that, I can enjoy this style of horror sometimes too. And to Brightburn's credit, there are several gruesome moments of wince-inducing gore that I was not expecting the film to be so bold with; the camera lingering on Matt Jones' post-car accident was a highlight for me. Yet, the film too often decides to settle into a comfy slasher/jump-scare groove that really does its concept no favors, and this is only compounded by the pretty poor acting all-around and predictable character arcs. It just doesn't do anything with the Superman base other than copy it to a T, and that's the most disappointing thing of all. I'm glad DC has done evil Superman before, because it's all-together better developed, scarier, and actually has a concrete weight to it that fits in like a glove no matter the story.
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Johnbobb
10/07/19 6:26:47 PM
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Brightburn was definitely wasted potential. There's interesting style and concept, but the behavior of the main kid and the characters around him never seems to make much sense and like you said, it really could've helped to distinguish it a bit from the straight Superman story
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BetrayedTangy
10/07/19 6:37:22 PM
#71:


I agree it did play it a little too safe for its concept. That said I think the kid put in a great performance and had some pretty intense gore.

Also really excited to see it turn into a film franchise like they hinted towards at the end. Especially if they rope in the movie Super
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Snake5555555555
10/07/19 6:38:07 PM
#72:


Yeah that could end up being pretty interesting. I love Super so I would be perfectly fine with that! And it did do decent at the box office.
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Snake5555555555
10/08/19 12:17:53 PM
#73:


85. Snake Ranks Anything Horror Related Vol. 3 (12 points)
Nominated by: Great_Paul (2/5 remaining)
https://pastebin.com/h5Aw1C3t

Importance: 1.5
Fear: 2.5
Snake: 8

I really enjoyed the 3rd installment of my now annual series quite a lot. I thought the quality of nominations was extremely high last year, with plenty of horror games (my bread & butter), fantastically weird and scary shorts and comics, and lots of interesting films to discuss. To toot my own horn a little bit, I personally thought those were some of my best write-ups in this series too, and I worked extremely hard on my research to bring you the best and most accurate information I could. Like I always say though, there's room for improvement! I was a little bit harsher with my ratings this year which is still something I have a little trouble getting just right. And there will always be limitations to what I can fully research just due to time constraints. Still, it makes me super happy there are so many people interested in this series and what I have to say about horror, and I will keep doing them as long as I'm here, because I never get tired of talking about this stuff! So thanks for sticking with me, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the rankings because things are going to get real good later down the line!
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10/08/19 12:37:53 PM
#74:


if my nom doesn't go out in like the next five it's going to be #1
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scarletspeed7
10/08/19 12:58:02 PM
#75:


Curious how you rate the "fear" factor of a Snake Ranks list, actually.
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Snake5555555555
10/08/19 1:08:09 PM
#76:


84. Red Screen of Death (12 points)
Nominated by: Pirateking2000 (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uHLQHjtPLE" data-time="


Importance: 1
Fear: 3
Snake: 8

There's just something about this I love so much. The PS2 red screen of death is a shining example of how a simple error screen can capture the imagination of an entire generation of gamers who grew up during this era. A screen so simple in concept, yet unexpectedly hiding a dark underbelly, like a hellish world hidden just below the cheery facade of your typical bright blue PS2 start-up screen. A nightmarish alternate reality where there's no joy or fun to be had anyway, with all your disc gateways into the digital world scratched beyond repair, with no hope of return. Alright, maybe this is a bit much to read into an error screen that can really be more annoying than scary. I was a kid during the PS2 era, and this screen didn't scare me, it just meant I couldn't play Tekken Tag Tournament or something. Still though, there's just an element of magic to this that grabs hold of my brain and comes up with a whole load of what-if scenarios that's just ripe for a gripping mutli-part creepypasta storyline. A screen is worth a 1000 words, and in the case of the Red Screen of Death, a playground teeming with potential for the macabre.
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Snake5555555555
10/08/19 1:09:20 PM
#77:


scarletspeed7 posted...
Curious how you rate the "fear" factor of a Snake Ranks list, actually.


While a list in itself isn't particular scary, I take a couple of the intense nominations into account and how you could potentially find something really scary for yourself amongst the noms.
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scarletspeed7
10/08/19 1:22:37 PM
#78:


Okay, cool. I wasn't sure how you'd quantify something that is TECHNICALLY full of some scary things, but not in and of itself scary by its nature.
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jcgamer107
10/08/19 8:17:59 PM
#79:


Snake5555555555 posted...
I thought the quality of nominations was extremely high last year, with plenty of horror games (my bread & butter)
ah yeah, you played Animal Village last year, awesome. I forget where it landed but I feel like you somewhat enjoyed it? lul

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Snake5555555555
10/08/19 8:59:58 PM
#80:


I did!

At first glance, Animal Village seems unassuming enough. There's cute animals, a title screen that looks like some girly pet game, and an adorable starting town area with welcoming characters. Things start to take a turn however when you start to really get to know the villagers, and of course, when you enter the renowned "pit", where human sacrifices apparently used to be made. The pit is where things start to get really interesting, with hallways and rooms that look like typical apartments, and the game plays like your typical survival horror, with ammo conservation and a unique health system based around "blood". You can obviously feel something is up though without the game even telling you a lot, just like some of the best RPGmaker games like Dreaming Mary, Ib, or even something more mainstream like Undertale. The bosses of the game stand in stark contrast to the rest of the game's art style, crafting memorable moments around these encounters that truly become twisted as you uncover the game's true meaning and motives. The game is really worth a playthrough for yourself, and you can get through it in about an hour or so. Imaginatively scary with a unique cast of mysterious characters, Animal Village is a game that will be tough to remove from your memory.
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Raka_Putra
10/08/19 9:26:26 PM
#81:


The red screen of death IS kinda imposing lol.
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jcgamer107
10/08/19 10:49:04 PM
#82:


Thanks for reposting the wrtie-up! It was cool to read that again :)

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Snake5555555555
10/10/19 2:23:46 AM
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83. Stephen King vs. Edgar Allan Poe (12 points)
Nominated by: Raka_Putra (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56R3hU-fWZY" data-time="


Importance: 1.5
Fear: 1
Snake: 9.5

This has always been one of my favorite ERBs. I'm a big fan of both of these authors, and the flow, lines and references are simply outstanding and so creative. Starting with Poe's verses, I love how the beginning is delivered in Poe's signature trochee style (also referenced in a line), and later using alliteration as a reference to The Raven. The Bram Stoker diss towards King and subsequently 'Salem's Lot is great, but what's even better is the subtle nod towards this quote from Mistery: "you beat a typewriter instead of your meat". Great use of word play all-around there! Poe's second verse is a bit more uneventful for me, however the speedy delivery and mannerisms of Poe is incredible, plus he still gets in some good lines like how Poe really suffered from tragedy throughout his life, focusing on straight disses rather than too many clever references.

On to King, his first verse involves name-checking so many of both his own works and Poe's that it becomes such a dazzling display of distressing disses that it can honestly be hard to keep up with! IKing's second verse however really comes in hard with just some killer lines; one of my favorites being "In eight bars I can write a whole best-seller", a stone cold reference to both Poe's alcoholism and of course, a musical bar. Honestly, that's probably my favorite line of the whole thing! It's really cool how the raps both start and ends with a Raven reference too, fantastic bookending!

ERB's can be a pretty hit-or-miss affair, depending on your familiarity with both figures really, but on the whole, this one absolutely nails it. I only touched on it briefly, but the acting for both authors is so on-point it's, dare I say, scary! It just really adds a lot of punch to the lines when the actors are giving it their all. On the topic of who won... I think I have to give the edge to King! His second verse just really seals the deal for me. In reality though, I'm actually Poe > King!

So, even if you don't like ERB too much, I'd say give this a watch if you love one or both of these authors, I think you'll enjoy it!
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10/10/19 2:56:03 AM
#84:


I find ERBs to be very unreliable. Some of them are genius, others are terrible. That one is average to me. I love the philosophers one and TMNT one.
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Raka_Putra
10/10/19 3:18:47 AM
#85:


I'm glad you love it! It's also one of my favorites, despite not having read many from either authors (though I was at least familiar with the titles). There are just so many well-written and well-delivered lines here that it's a joy to watch and listen to.

And I appreciate what you did with some lines of the write up lol.
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Snake5555555555
10/10/19 3:26:59 AM
#86:


I'm glad someone noticed!
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Snake5555555555
10/11/19 12:52:12 PM
#87:


Apologies for no write-ups yesterday, just got a little busy. I'm gonna try to do some extra today to make up for it!

82. Tales of Terror (12.5 points)
Nominated by: ihatethiscpu (3/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AtDmJGZFKU" data-time="


Importance: 1
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 7

Tales of Terror is a pretty obscure Japanese anthology film, and like most anthology films, it can be a very uneven experience at times. The shorts here run the gamut from humorous to genuinely terrifying to downright depressing. Let's start with the first short, "The Nightwatchmen", a prime example of the former. The two bumbling, titular characters are fantastic, and I love how the short builds-up all these false jump scares in a very amusing fashion. It would be something that could be annoying if not done properly, but the acting totally sells it. At times, it does get genuinely creepy, but it always pulls you back in with a joke, like the ending with one guard surrounded by spirits. I just love how causally the twist is played off. It is really inventive.

The second short is good, but not as creative in my opinion. "Wisps of Smoke" follows three women going to a business retreat, and I really love their personalities. The set-up is classic American slasher material, but the content is all Japanese, with a focus on nature and how you're supposed to treat it with reverence and respect. The ending comes in like a bolt of lightning, a sudden jolt of horror adrenaline that absolutely shocks the senses.

The next couple of shorts start to lose me a little though. "The Gloves" mainly plays out like a dull drama, and the camera shots and dry characters don't do much for me. The ultimate scare, with the disembodied gloves, is decent in concept, but lacks solid execution. "The Weight" is a real short one, and the antagonist does give off a creepy tone, but it's a little too short to be very effective to me. It does give me a little Junji Ito vibe though. "Full-Length Mirror" also has an interesting main concept, but all it really does is build up to a scare that got the biggest laugh out of me, but at the same time, I could see it getting people pretty bad.

Things pick back up again with the absolutely superb "Line of Sight", my favorite short of the whole film. It's definitely the most fleshed-out story, and I like that in addition to focusing on the horror aspects, it also prominently features commentary on bullying and school popularity, the belief in curses, and even poignant contemplating on ones future. It really gives the short such a powerful weight to it, and when the horror elements truly start creeping in, some shots at the end gave me the god damn chills in a way I haven't felt in a long time. If you're going to watch one short, make it this one. It starts about 50:21 into the video above.

Coming to a close, "The Promise" is a rather uneventful short for most of its running time, with some elements of comedy again as this apartment becomes more and more trashed. The ending is pretty good though, with a woman, which I think is supposed to be based on Hachishakusama of last Snake horror list fame, appearing in a very twisted manner and stalking the main character at the end. The film closes out with with "Hisao", a truly depressing tale about a woman missing her son who committed suicide. Some of the shots in this short are extremely heartbreaking, and the ending nearly moved me to tears. This is also one of the essentials I think you should give a watch too (1:17:16). It's scary in that existential way.
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Snake5555555555
10/11/19 12:52:17 PM
#88:


This is certainly an eclectic collection of short films. Though its scares are uneven, and there are parts in the drama that seems to drag on forever, I still enjoyed this a lot. I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I'm a sucker for anthology films in general, and it's pretty hard for me not to enjoy one! I don't think this film is for everyone nor do I even think it's that essential for horror fans, but if you're even remotely interested in any of the shorts, why not give one of them a try?
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10/11/19 4:21:43 PM
#89:


81. Zombieland Saga (12.5 points)
Nominated by: PrinceKaro (1/2 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NCTH0Uo8CQ" data-time="


Importance: 2.5
Fear: 3
Snake: 7

How do they have so many of these animes that look so cutesy and innocent on the outside but end up being some of the most horrifying shit you've ever seen in your life? Zombieland Saga isn't even one of the biggest proponents of this, and mainly can be as cute and bubbly as you may expect from quick image glances. Underneath this though, there's a real undercurrent of sadness and commentary on how performance life can literally make you appear and act as a zombie would. Still, this isn't exactly that serious of a show. The second episode has a god damn rap battle to cover up for Tae's decapitated head for Christ's sake. It's pure insanity and it's what good comedy horror is made of. I wasn't able to watch the whole series, but I liked the first couple of episodes and I think the art style and character designs are very well-done. These kinds of shows intrigue me greatly, I always enjoy the juxtaposition of "cute" horror because it lead to some genuinely creative moments that may just make you think twice about what you just saw.
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scarletspeed7
10/11/19 4:41:47 PM
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That is... really bizarre looking.
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Johnbobb
10/11/19 6:06:08 PM
#91:


oh the entirety of Tales of Terror is on YouTube? I'll definitely have to check that out
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10/11/19 7:07:35 PM
#92:


80. Ringwraiths (13 points)
Nominated by: scarletspeed7 (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA7cYlGoBXY" data-time="


Importance: 3
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 5.5

As the first ever appearance of the Nazgul outside of the books, Ralph Bakshi captured the true horror side of these ghouls well. The way these strangely animated figures move, all janky and deliberate, gives them a sense of otherworldliness that makes them feel distant and alien to us. When they first appear in the hobbits' bedroom, their slowness of movement builds up anticipation to explosive action, and through no dialogue, you can feel their anger ooze out from the screen. After they take off their hoods, they appear to be these hideous fanged abominations, and sometimes it can be hard to get a clear look at them, which is fantastic! You can feel your imagination coloring in the lines on the them and makes them that feel like that much more of a threat. I feel like the final battle devolves them a little bit, but this is fantasy, and not specifically horror so I can understand that. One final note, and this didn't affect the ranking, but the song is awesome!
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jcgamer107
10/11/19 8:09:13 PM
#93:


Yeah Line of Sight is good, I either nominated that for something or posted it in my old horror topic. Full-length Mirror did freak me out, just how she comes charging at the camera out of nowhere, but I like the YouTube comment I saw: "That's a travel."

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scarletspeed7
10/11/19 8:11:37 PM
#94:


I always thought they were an underrated little taste of horror.

These guys or Jackson Ringwraiths, Snake? For me, these are actually more unsettling.
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Snake5555555555
10/11/19 10:03:43 PM
#95:


I think I have to say the Bakshi versions too!
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Raka_Putra
10/11/19 10:28:01 PM
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I love the premise of Zombieland Saga (in which a producer revives girls from different time periods to make an idol group - well, that's the simplified version anyway), but haven't gotten around to watching it.
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10/12/19 10:48:05 PM
#97:


79. SCP-4666 (The Yule Man) (13 points)
Nominated by: Raka_Putra (3/5 remaining)
http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-4666

Importance: 1
Fear: 6
Snake: 6

SCPs are always great since they leave a lot to the imagination, and are a great medium for short-form horror storytelling. Take the Yule Man for example. Its sightings and behavior could easily be perceived as realistic, sounding like a strange-but-true unsolved mystery you would fine in a true crime doc or paranormal investigation show. There's a horror to this that is very subdued and reigned in, that is until you get to the vivid description of what the Yule Man exactly does to its victims. That's another advantage of the SCP format; it's very clinical and scientific in its approach to these horrific monsters, and reading the Yule Man's full report feels like you're delving into a police report never meant for civilian eyes, as the description of the Yule Man's activities slowly gives way to the real deal.

This didn't click with me upon first pass through, but subsequent readings made me realize the Yule Man is very similar to folkloric figures like Krampus and the Sack Man. I know the "Yule" part should've made it more obvious, but it truly feels distinct because of that strong focus on mystery and realism. The Yule Man is a strong addition to the SCP canon, with just enough information there to really get under your skin and make you just that extra bit more paranoid around Christmas time.
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Raka_Putra
10/12/19 10:54:49 PM
#98:


Yeah, I was surprised to see there was no SCP nomination yet.

Of course individual ones might not score well in the importance department (unless the (relatively) famous ones like the peanut, the hard-to-kill lizard, and the plague doctor), but I'm more interested to see what you think about my personal favorites.

But yeah, your examination is on point. In-universe, Yule Man might have been the real figure behind Krampus, Sack Man, AND Santa Claus.

How do you feel about the interview with the latest gift? Is it too much, or a fine addition for further details? It's somewhat of a contention in the discussion page.
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Snake5555555555
10/12/19 11:03:51 PM
#99:


It's a little bit on the nose for me; it makes the boogeyman connection a little too obvious. To make an analogy, the interview is what most modern horror is like, and the rest is classical in comparison.

Funnily enough though, it sounds like she's describing some of the plot in Elizabeth Smyth's Bogeyman.
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Johnbobb
10/13/19 7:18:32 AM
#100:


The audio log really drags that SCP down a bit imo
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10/13/19 12:33:29 PM
#101:


78. Akemi Homura (End of Madoka Magica Rebellion movie) (13 points)
Nominated by: OracleGunner (3/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzQbnRfMBM" data-time="


Importance: 2.5
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 6

A beautiful, sad, and horrifying scene all wrapped up in one package, perfect for a series that constantly subverts the "magical girl" trope in many creepy, cruel ways. What we see at the end here is destiny fulfilled, in a very bittersweet fashion. Homura achieved her goals of preventing her friend Madoka from ever becoming a magical girl, saving her from a life of tragedy and despair at least for the time being, which is where the bitter part comes into play, as Madoka may regain her powers one day and oppose Homura. One of the simultaneously most satisfying and most dark parts of this ending is Kyubey, the architect and progenitor of all the events that transpired, developing feelings for the first time, or at least not being able to handle the large burdens now placed inside of him by Homura. I'm sure long-time fans of this anime appreciated the just desserts towards this deceitful being. The emotions and beautiful animations and music makes me really want to check out the full thing for myself.
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