Sunday, 6 July 2014

Fantastic connections (Miscellany)

On their own, the following are chalk and cheese but together, they're happier than salt is with vinegar.

Images ensure that a great deal is self explanatory, but in the case of not, your asses are covered.

Sit back and chillax.


Did you know that Kurt Smells Like Teen Spirit?  Oh well, Nevermind.
Video games of the long-running Manga came to systems such as PSP, DS and PS3.
Hot Rod

Conversion of the 1988 Sega arcade.


Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Colin Firth starred in the 2012 remake.
Channing Tatum as Gambit?  Bad idea...
Here's one of several villains from Namco's Lucky & Wild, which is not only similar to Taito's S.C.I. (their sequel to Chase H.Q.), but the said chars also resemble Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Cash (Kurt Russell) from action comedy, Tango & Cash.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night gave birth to 'Metroidvania' in 1997.


Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous musical.
Zero Wing's infamous translation of "All your base are belong to us" even featured as graffiti in Wreck-It Ralph.

A geezer from the Guilty Gear franchise.
I haven't forgotten that Slayer is also an 80's thrash metal band.


Laurence Fishburne offers Neo the truth in The Matrix.


Savage Reign proved even the 'old' SNK could have an off day.

Blofeld was fond of stroking pussy.

A regular enemy from Silicon Graphics SNES outing Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Pushing you over The Edge.

U2 will be with or without Dave Evans.
Who do we want?  Bart the Bear.
When do we want him?  Now.
Getting his ass shot off in hit and miss farce The Great Outdoors is what most probably remember him for.
8 bit software company.
Bloody Wolf

Char from Neo Geo game Battle Flip Shot.
Data East brings military warfare on PC Engine.

Forget New Vegas, Fallout 3 (GOTYE or not) is all you need...
Bloodstorm was one of the more obscure Mortal Kombat rip-offs.

Central antagonist of Gex for Panasonic's 3DO.
Comedian Dana Gould did his best to make things amusing.
Snake Eyes

Following on from Devastators, Konami's 1992 arcade exclusive G.I. Joe impressed with relentless 4P shenanigans.

Ninja Commando

Although you wouldn't think it but Captain Commando was the title of game and fictional superhero.
Suffice to say, Final Fight fans could rejoice...
Time travelling action popcorn from ADK.

In John Carpenter's The Thing, Thomas Waites is attacked when Mac's blood serum test (originally suggested by Dr. Copper), brings out the alien in Palmer.

Double Dragon V: The Dragon Falls was... fucking... terrible.

Holly Wood

El Gado's alter ego in Final Fight.
Sick Boy

Jonny Lee Miller's knowledge of Sean Connery in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is hardly a substitute for heroin addiction.


Capcom's sequel to Star Gladiator was Plasma Sword: Nightmare of Bilstein.

This is pretty strange.


Lindbergh uzi monster The House of the Dead 4.
A segment of slow-burning 2012 horror Thanatomorphose shows visible signs of an organism's decomposition before death.

Disney's The Lion King

Nemo from Pixar's Finding Nemo.
Based on the comic strip by Winsor McCay, describing Capcom's 1990 arcade as freakishly odd is an understatement.

To say that R-Type wasn't influential is like saying that breathing isn't a necessity.
Michael Rooker is unfortunate enough to be consumed by a nasty alien in this very respectable horror comedy.  Elizabeth Banks is his love interest.
The imminent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot does little to provoke interest.

However, three references from the original cartoon beg to differ...




The Horde

A must-see French zombie attack.
Read all about malefactor in sequel The Suffering: Ties that Bind.
For once, FMV is worth watching in 3DO outing The Horde.
It is essentially a comedic fusion of Populous and Actraiser's God creation section.

The Neo Geo was nearing its end...
Tekken mainstay.

The current gen should have played Ken's Rage on PS3 but in 2005, Sega brought Fist of the North Star to arcades as a one on one fighter.
Ironically, the Super Famicom was host to the same principle in 1992.
Mokey say, monkey spit (fireballs).
TAD Corporation's action hokum is something of a cult classic.

As seen in the 1993 Capcom arcade.
The Farrelly brothers deliver several gross-out goods.
The hottie in question easily distracts with such large assets...

In N64 classic Ocarina of Time, the boy in green must make beautiful music on the said wind instrument.
Red Dragon

of the Lambs... and Hannibal Rising explained the evolution of evil.
Anyway, I still prefer Manhunter.
Fighting the monster in Dungeon & Dragons: Tower of Doom.
Happy landings lizard chops.
Horror anthology The ABCs of Death explains its intention.

It's obviously more ambitious than the more popular V/H/S, but the alphabet rarely impresses.

For the purposes of this feature, three stories stand out.

Dir: Andrew Traucki
Dir: Jake West
Dir: Ben Wheatley
There's no app, but a feature length presentation is happy to oblige for each of those horror shorts.

Here's the directorial who's who.

I finish with music, video game and er, video game.

A depressed pilot dominates box art for the home conversion of a forgotten 1987 Sega arcade shmup.
Guile performing his signature and only spoken special in Street Fighter II.
I intended to incorporate paintings but proved to be a little more awkward than originally anticipated.

Don't worry, they'll get their chance...

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