This is incredibly awesome, bravo.
I didn’t know if this was posted yet on tumblr, so I thought I’d do it. The landmass of almost all of the provinces in Tamriel, has been put into Skyrim. All which are inaccessible(without console commands) and which serve absolutely no purpose in the game. Why are they there? I personally don’t know. But take a look at the effort Bethesta put into these seemingly pointless landmasses.
At the south-eastern most part of Skyrim lays Stendarr’s Beacon.
If you’ve looked at a map of Tamriel, you’ll know this is the closest place in Skyrim, to Morrowind.
If you travel directly North East of Stendarr’s Beacon, you’ll end up finding a path to your right, in between two huge mountains.
I noticed how beautiful the path really looked. It seemed quite enthralling actually for some reason.
The path is nestled between two mountains, decorated with trees, and at the end of it some type of gateway, or arch.
But, that open archway is the end of the road. The game doesn’t allow you to go any further. I find it strange, that there’s an area like this leading from Skyrim to Morrowind. Nowhere in the lore was this stone wall mentioned. And why would it be an open arch like that? Why not closed? Why is there a space at all between these mountains if we can’t go any further? As you can see there are still trees and foliage beyond this wall, but you aren’t able to access it without console commands.
So, I went into No-clip like the BAMF I am and travelled down this path.
Landmass photos below.
John Carpenter’s The Thing is my All Time Favorite Horror Film….. and All Time Favorite Film, Period. It does what so many modern horror films fail to do. A tightly scripted story filled with paranoia, mistrust, isolation, and all out Fear. Carpenter’s excellent direction allow the story to remain ambiguous even with multiple viewings. Enough information is given for you to understand the nature of the alien, but not enough to where you can pinpoint when exactly some people are imitations (Or are they?). Throw in a memorable cast of characters (amazingly all male) and a foreboding soundtrack and you get a film full of believable tension. Gone are the glory days of practical special effects this beautiful. The monster is grotesque, horrific… and looks like you could actually touch it. Compare that to the recent premake version and see exactly what modern horror gets wrong.
Normally I’d give it to something like Phantasm… or Texas Chainsaw Massacre.. mostly because of how utterly disappointed I was in them.. but they seem to work well for a lot of people, and I actually sat through both of them to the end. So for me, the prize of worst goes to The Hills Have Eyes remake. I understand a lot of people like this as well…. but this is one of the few films I’ve attempted to watch twice… and couldn’t finish because I was so fucking bored. I’m just tired of the inbred-rednecks out to kill the young teen roadtrippers… or backpackers.. or whoever-else-that-I-don’t-care-about scenario. We get it… Texas is dangerous (maybe).
Given that two of my favorite films are remakes…. I wouldn’t mind seeing someone try to tackle The Shining again. Fans of King’s book often complain that it deviated too far from the source and became more of a Kubrick film. I have yet to read the book, and I’m not a die-hard Kubrick fan, but The Shining is easily one of my favorite horror films ever. Even if a director were to come in and remake The Shining (Likely keeping on par with the novel)… would it be nearly as memorable or iconic as Kubrick’s version? I seriously doubt it…. but I’d like to see someone try.
I don’t even like Richard Gere…. and I’ll admit that The Mothman Prophecies isn’t even the close to one of the best horrors out there…. but there’s something about it that just gets under my skin. The film has an overall creepy feeling to it, and this is aided by the fact that you really never get a pay off… no big monster confrontation… you pretty much never see the dreaded Mothman, but the presence is there, and frightening. Watch the scene where Gere is on the phone in the motel, and tell me that is not chilling as hell. This is one of the few films in the last 10 years that actually gave me a genuine scare.
Sadly, I’ll have to give this to the recent premake version of The Thing by that one director that no one will remember. I was excited to see it. I even made a point to force my coworker, who is 15 years older than me, and a complete chicken (more like complete pansy) to watch it with me. He was not frightened by it at all (because it’s not scary, of course), which was a disappointment for me.
Ok, this is kinda dumb. So I Google’d Christmas horror films and realized that I’ve seen none of them (doubt they’re any good anyway). I noticed that Gremlins was on those lists, even though I don’t remember it being a Christmas thing… So that’s the only one I’ve seen, so I guess I’ll have to pick that one. If I can choose ANY holiday… then I’d pick Halloween.. but this question sucks…. so there we are.