Halloween Horror Nights 2011 Returns

It’s back, Universal studios is bringing the terror and excitement back this season with Halloween Horror Nights 2011! The Eyegore awards, six mazes including Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision, Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare, Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season and more.

Curious about when you can get started on this madness? Check out the dates below.

September:
23, 24, 30

October:
1,,7,8,9,14,15,16,20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30,31

Times:
Nightly from 7pm and closing hours vary by night  (weekends always run later than weekdays)

Tickets Available:
Standard, Front of Line (allows priority to mazes and park attractions), VIP (unlimited front of line access, vampire lounge, backlot)

With an entire set of events based on recent horror and monster flicks it’s hard to pass them up, tickets  are already on sale so get them while you can.

Review – Melinda’s Naga Jolokia Sauce

Product: Melinda’s® Naga Jolokia Habanero Pepper Sauce
Manufacturer: Melinda’s
Price: $7.49
Website: Melinda’s

Some people love finding the next frontier of heat, others just want to find out what it’s like to have fire poured through their insides while their body can still handle it. The Naga Jolokia is a pepper that fits in for both of these groups, shooting well over the 1,000,000 scovillle unit mark when tested, this is the pepper to end all peppers right now.

Coming into this test, I was used to cooking and using a large variety of peppers from my garden including thai and a variety of habanero varieties. Unfortunately, none of them could really prepare me for what was to come, this sauce really is fire in a bottle. Upon opening the Naga Jolokia sauce you get a whiff of the potency, for some it may bring a cough when the scent hits the air. The initial test from the bottle was a few dashes into a small ceramic bowl, after that point everything else was just legend.

Using breaded chicken tenders to test on, it was an experience, the first notes are sweet from the sauce pushing the papaya and passion fruit forward with even a note of the carrot. As soon as a couple of seconds pass, this entirely dies and the Naga comes in and keeps burning all the way down. Unlike other peppers or sauces, this doesn’t exactly calm down when doused, instead it burns every single part that it touches, your skin, your lips, your tongue and everything else. It’s a bit of magic really, keep in mind this was a light dip. When you engage the Naga Jolokia further you get the stronger notes of the chili coming forward, with a half dip the intensity takes less and less time until you feel as if you’re overheating.

Is the Naga Jolokia sauce from Melinda’s for you? Maybe, if you think eating a raw habanero is the most extreme thing ever I can say this will floor you to the point of begging for mercy. If you think that and the Red Savina is a good starter for a meal, then this should get your senses going. I say if your stomach is up for a journey as is the lower half of your body, the Naga Jolokia sauce is probably the most accessible way to get your burn on. You’ve probably seen the Man Vs. Food clips and often those challenges aren’t very close for most of us, this saves the trouble of booking a plane and packing your bags.

If you’re an avid shopper of Marshall’s and other stores like it, you can usually score the sauce for $2.99 – 3.99 as well, stock up on those when you can, generally they don’t stick around.

Review – Angel & Faith #2 Live Through This Part 2

Angel & Faith #2 Live Through This Part 2
Executive Producer: Joss Whedon
Script: Christos Gage
Art: Rebekah Isaaces
Colors: Dan Jackson
Cover: Steve Morris
Alternate Cover: Rebekah Isaacs with Andy Owens & Dan Jackson
Published By: Dark Horse

With the absence of magic in the world and Giles dead by the hands of Angel (hey, if these are spoilers you need to catch up) we see Angel and Faith as the new dynamic duo.  They have always had a special relationship, which at times most people did not understand. They always had a connection because they understood each other when others didn’t.  This story is no different, which is a good thing.  It’s nice to see them have each others backs, more Faith than Angel this time which is a nice change of pace.  However, there does seem to be a little something missing, the dialog.  Faith has always been sarcastic, but that tough girl sarcasm is lacking in this issue.  Angel, while generally a dark serious kind of guy, is still moody and broody, but we miss his lighter side.  One may argue that he has very little to be light about, he’s on a mission and feeling tremendous guilt (he should be used to that by now!), but even when the world was ending, whichever time, he could find a little levity.

The comic stays true to the relationship that Angel and Faith have always had, it really captures the nuances of their friendship. It also has a great special guest and nice twist on how the rules of the world have changed.  The main story line seems like it will be very interesting, especially in a world where magic is no more.  The art is fantastic, especially Faith, she looks amazing.  Bottom line, definitely worth buying and I have a feeling that they will find their groove and this series will be just as great as Buffy.

Release Date: September 28th 2011

Review – The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)

The Guild: Clara (One-Shot)
Written By:  Felicia Day and Kim Evey
Art: Ron Chan
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Howard Chaykin with Jesus Aburto
Alternate Cover: Greg Aronowitz
Back Cover: Ross Campbell
Published By: Dark Horse

Felicia Day has done such an amazing job with The Guild and it’s characters that from the very first page they are captured with such precision, such that if there were no accompanying art you would know exactly which character was saying what.  As each of the characters speaks you hear the actors saying the lines.  This one-shot focuses on everyone’s favorite self-absorbed, oblivious but likable Clara.

We begin this issue with Clara having made false promises to her understanding and patient husband, George. Without giving too much away George takes away the computer until Clara does what she promised.  We see Clara at her finest, shes a bad parent, shes narcissistic and shes selfish, yet somehow shes charming and you love her!  We get to see flashbacks of Clara from baby to high school which are all over the top scenarios and are hilarious.  As the flashbacks are unfolding she is also doling out motherly advice in a way that only Clara can.  Her husband appears in the flashbacks and his story is unexpected and entertaining.

This comic is DEFINITELY recommended, it was funny, charming and endearing just like Clara!

Release Date: September 21st 2011

Review: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Green River Killer A True Detective Story
Writer: Jeff Jensen
Artist: Jonathan Case
Publisher: Dark Horse

Green River Killer A True Detective Story offers a very interesting take on a subject matter that seems to enthrall many of us, serial killers.  This subject matter is very disturbing to some (as it should be) but never ceases to draw us in because of the heinousness of these people and the crimes they commit.  I think theses stories are so attractive because the majority of us can never can fully understand why people do the things they do.  Green River Killer is not disturbing or graphic, rather, it is just interesting.  It shows that one can tell a story without having to be so explicit and shocking (think torture horror) and still tell a complex, engaging tale.  For lack of a better word, this is a quaint way to tell a gruesome tale.

Green River Killer is broken up into “days”, five of them.  Jumping back and forth in time from when the crimes were occurring to present day questioning of The Green River Killer.  The characters are done well, as they should be, the writer Jeff Jensen is the son of one of the main detectives, Tom Jensen, that was on the actual case and is obviously the main character.  The art, all done in black and white, is very good.  There is a stylized  feel to it and it really adds something extra to the story.

This is a really nice tribute from a son to his father.  It also gives a third party perspective to an event that the author was living through but still on the outside looking in.  My only gripe with the book is the constant message banging you over the head about “smoking is bad.”  We all know this, it was unnecessary and actually took away from the story a little bit.  One or two references to it would have been fine, we did not need thirty!

Release date: August 31, 2011
Price: $24.99