CS Recommends: Dracula Bust, Plus Video Games & More! Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff kicks off gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including a Classic Dracula Life-Size Bust and more! Check out our picks below! RELATED: October 13 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: Classic Dracula Life-Size Bust Click here to purchase! This is the perfect Halloween gift to the classic Universal Monster fan in your life, which could simply be YOU! This is the immortal Bela Lugosi from 1931’s Dracula in all his glory, rendered with life-like realism as a 1:1 scale bust by Black Heart Enterprises. It stands 15.5″ high and weighs 13lbs. It features Bela’s hypnotic gaze as he lures you in for that special kiss on the neck! The best part is right now distributor Sideshow is offering $50 off with the code “DRACBUST,” and if you have a Sideshow account you should also be able to earn some healthy rewards points for this purchase as well. KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Dead Space Click here to purchase! Twelve years has passed since Dead Space first debuted on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and the game still stands as one of the scariest survival horror titles ever. In the single-player game from Electronic Arts, you play as Isaac Clarke, a systems engineer who is tasked with working his way through a mining spaceship, the Ishimura, where an alien artifact called the Marker has turned everyone on board into horrific creatures called Necromorphs. As Isaac, players have to fight their way through as they navigate the ship, solve puzzles, find ammo, and struggle with the character’s growing psychosis. The terror arises from the unknown, particularly as you move through the ship unsure of when a Necromorph is going to jump out at you, and the brilliant use of sound that creates a disturbing atmosphere of high-tension and isolation. GRANT HERMANNS RECOMMENDS: Dawn of the Dead (2004) Click here to purchase! George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic Dawn of the Dead was a brilliant bit of satirical comedy mixed with undead action and though I greatly appreciate what he gave us, the James Gunn-penned remake is an energetic blast that is wildly unappreciated given its iconic source. Centered on a group of people taking shelter from a zombie apocalypse in a shopping mall, the film admittedly loses some of the capitalist satire from the original but expands the roster to feature a number of enjoyable, if unlikable, characters, infuses a nice wit throughout, utilizes incredible practical effects for its undead and some bold choices in regards to character deaths. Not to mention the wonderful homages and callbacks it features to the original film, most notably excellent cameo appearances from Ken Foree, Tom Savini and Scott Reiniger. MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Kingdom (South Korean Drama) Seasons 1 & 2 are Available on Netflix! Click here to purchase the comic that inspired the series! Set during South Korea’s Joseon dynasty, the series centers around Crown Prince Lee Chang as he tries to find out the truth behind his father’s mysterious illness which he suspects involves a political conspiracy against his succession to the throne. Unbeknownst to him, there is a much bigger threat that is coming as the illness spreads like wildfire all throughout his country turning people into flesh-eating monsters. Now, it is up to Chang along with physician Seo-Bi and the skillful Yeong-Shin to fight the dead and search for the cure all the while trying to save the royal dynasty from falling into treacherous hands. If you are a fan of Train to Busan, I assure you that you will love Kingdom even more than the 2016 hit blockbuster film. Based on Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-il’s webtoon comic, this South Korean horror drama features a well-crafted storyline that was topped off by great and moving performances from its cast led by Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doona and the versatile Ryu Seung-ryong. It also features suspenseful and highly-entertaining sequences that will leave you on the edge of your seat through every scene. In addition to its horror aspects, the series also tells a political story that is as engaging as its zombie scenes. JEFF AMES’ Recommend: Monster House Click here to purchase! Forget the Nightmare Before Christmas and its non-stop musical numbers, the best animated Halloween flick remains Gil Kenan’s ridiculously underappreciated, gorgeously animated Monster House. Equal parts funny and scary, and packed with plenty of heart to go along with its clever premise, this kid feature owes a lot to the Amblin Entertainment films of yesteryear in its depiction of suburbia, adolescence and childhood terrors. Indeed, the filmmakers (including producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis) go to great pains to show how talking to a girl is, in some regards, even more terrifying to a 12-year old than flinging dynamite at a deranged, living, breathing two-story monster whilst hanging from a crane over a vast construction site. And while the story of neighborhood pals knocking heads with a creature from beyond the grave remains simplistic, Kenan underscores the action with a hint of sorrow at a bygone era full of video game arcades, outdoor adventures and neighborhoods safe enough to require just two on duty cops at a time; and where the greatest threat to a young man’s well-being were supernatural. 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CS Recommends: Magic the Gathering: Shadows Over Innistrad & More! Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff kicks off gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including Magic the Gathering: Shadows Over Innistrad and more! Check out our picks below! RELATED: September 29 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: Magic the Gathering: Shadows Over Innistrad Click here to purchase Shadows Over Innistrad Deckbuilder’s Toolkit! Click here to purchase Shadows Over Innistrad Fat Pack! Click here to purchase Shadows Over Innistrad Gift Box! Click here to purchase Shadows Over Innistrad Booster Box! Those of you who are into the Magic the Gathering competitive card game are likely knee-deep in the latest release Zendikar Rising, but if you want a set that captures more of the Halloween spirit I recommend 2016’s Shadows Over Innistrad! For those not in the know, Innistrad is the MTG plane that’s oriented around Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, and all the ghoulish things that go bump in the night. The artwork in the 297 cards that make up the expansion block is spooky and atmospheric, with plenty of cool monsters to augment the more traditional fantasy elements. Shadows Over Innistrad also has a really cool feature of double-faced cards that allow you to transform normal-ish humans into werewolves and other demonic beings! The cards themselves are still widely available, so go ahead and get started with a Fat Pack, Gift Box, or Deckbuilder’s Toolkit! KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: The Collector (2009) Click here to purchase! In The Collector, Josh Stewart plays Arkin, an ex-con who plots a heist at his new employer’s country home, desperate to repay his debt to his ex-wife. In a clever twist, during the late-night heist, Arkin finds himself trapped with a sadistic masked-killer who has also targeted the property and rigged it with a series of deadly traps meant for the unsuspecting family. Directed by Marcus Dunstan who co-wrote the screenplay with Patrick Melton, the movie contains Saw-levels of gore (so if that’s not your thing, steer clear) and undeniable tension that really kicks off when Arkin realizes that there is another intruder inside of the home. Besides Stewart’s convincing performance and a truly freaky madman, the intelligent cinematography is what will set your heart racing as the anxiety builds and an injured Arkin desperately attempts to stay one step ahead of The Collector, having to choose between finding an escape for himself from the house of terrors or sticking around the carnage in order to save the family. GRANT HERMANNS’ RECOMMEND: Host Click here to watch or stream the movie on Shudder! With all of us still trapped indoors right now and having to resort to virtual gatherings over Zoom, now is the ultimate time to see a story told through the lenses of webcams and Rob Savage’s Host not only delivers one of the most chilling and shocking examples of the ScreenLife genre, but also one of the most authentic. Centered on six friends meeting on Zoom for a séance that inadvertently invites an evil presence into their homes, the film was shot entirely during the COVID-19 quarantine and yet you wouldn’t be able to tell such a thing in any moment in the film as it all looks impressively made with studio experts rather than up-and-coming performers DIY-ing everything. With a runtime of just 56 minutes, the film doesn’t overstay its welcome nor allow its characters or story to become grating as other similar genre fares of the past and delivers near nonstop chills from start to finish. MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Stay Alive Click here to purchase! The film begins when Hutch finds out that his best friend Loomis was brutally murdered. During Loomis’ funeral, Hutch was able to receive some of his friend’s stuff, one of which was a mysterious horror video game that Loomis had played the night he died. He along with his other friends decided to play the game together where they find out that the game centers around an evil historical figure named Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who was infamously known for bathing in young girls’ blood in order to keep her youth. Soon, they’ll realize that this is no ordinary game as players who get to be killed in the video game will also face the same exact fate as their characters. Now, they must find a way to survive and outsmart the game before time runs out. This underrated 2006 film is definitely a good selection to start off this year’s Halloween month. Before taking on the surprise 2016 hit film The Boy, the film was William Brent Bell’s first-ever horror project as a writer and director. Interestingly, Stay Alive is also the only slasher-horror film that Disney has ever produced and released through their now-defunct film label, Hollywood Pictures. Despite having a poor box office and critical performance, the film still featured terrifying and thrilling scenes that are engaging and entertaining. What I like the most about this film is that its main antagonist was so effective and sure as hell scary, especially when it was based on a real-life monster. Embarrassingly, this one actually truly scared me when I was kid which resulted in me still being cautious and fearful of reciting and even hearing weird creepy phrases or chants on games, books, movies, and TV shows. I personally think this film was ahead of its time with video games becoming more popular through the use of social media, it would have left an impact if it was released today instead of 14 years ago. If they ever tried to reboot Stay Alive, I think this would become successful, especially when games nowadays are becoming more and more realistic. JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: ParaNorman Click here to purchase! ParaNorman arrived in theaters way back in 2012 boasting some incredible stop-motion animation. It drew praise from critics (89% of whom gave it a positive rating on RottenTomatoes), but ultimately flopped at the box office with just $107M worldwide. For a holiday as deprived of genuinely good films as Halloween, it’s a wonder ParaNorman didn’t strike more of a chord in the realm of pop culture. Even now, the film remains largely unchecked, which is a shame because it’s pretty damned great. In fact, of all the family-oriented flicks based around October 31st, ParaNorman is the one I’m most excited to watch each year thanks to its perfect blend of humor, horror, and genuine heart. The film is ambitious, well written, and features some truly awesome voice work from the likes of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Casey Affleck. Seriously, if you haven’t already, give ParaNorman a shot! ComingSoon.net recommends all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible and to wear your mask during this urgent time.