Phantasmagoria

Made by Sierra, released in 1995!

Chapter Five



Current Zar note: I did this LP in 2005! Before this kind of thing was even known as an LP, haha. I've left the writeup mostly the same since then. Memories...




Woooo let's kick it up a crotch. NOTCH.

Anyway, I was gonna go through chapter five and six, but then I was tired and only did chapter five. It doesn't really matter cause WOW a lot of murder happens in chapter five. I mean, when I said I expected more murder, I didn't expect THIS much murder. Cause man there's a lot of murder in this chapter. Whole lots of murder.

ALRIGHT let's go. From now on I shoot without a script. Let's see if anything comes of it

Adrienne naps on her bed. I would not be in the state of mind to nap personally in SUCH A CRAZY HOUSE but okay. Whatever Adrienne.

SHE'S WEEPING TEARS OF BLOOD

NO SERIOUSLY GUYS

TEARS OF BLOOD

BLOOD TEARS

I'm intrigued by that one droplet that scooted on by without leaving a trail.

Or red tempera paint, anyway.

Adrienne wakes up to find that she is not Oedipus, much to her relief.

As per most of her reactions, Adrienne is shocked for a few seconds then gets over it.

"Oh my god, it's 8:30." Adrienne says rather confused. I am more bewildered by her tiny watch.

OH #$^# IT'S NIGHT THAT IS NEVER A GOOD THING

Also the music got decidedly more creepy during this chapter.

Looks like the ghosts have been at the laptop again.

Again, their ability to convey a clear message is hindered by their club-like sausage fingers. You poor ghosts.

This looks lovely at night, don't you think?

Saving just in case and hey! This chapter should be pretty long!

You know, before this picture looked angry, but now I have no idea what this thing looks like.

Despite what you may have guessed, that bathtub did not start dispensing blood.

Cyrus: OH NOES :B

Adrienne: what is going on here

Cyrus: OH HI LADY :B

Cyrus: Ma wanted me to tell you that she wants you to go to the barn. :B

Cyrus: For the thing.

Adrienne: what thing what are you talking about cyrus

Cyrus: duuuuuuuh OH YEAH THE SEANCE THING

Cyrus then snatched up those tarot cards I had been holding and ran off. Enjoy them! I don't think Adrienne really had any other use for them.

Aha, let's see what our fortune is today!

Huh. Naaaaah, that's nothing.

Despite the creepy of it all, I like how those lamps look.

I dunno, maybe I'm just a sucker for lighting effects.

SO let's see what this seance thing is all about.

Cyrus is goofily pleased that Adrienne actually showed up.

Harriet emerges looking less like a gnome, and waves her arms about with drama and flair. Adrienne tries very hard not to crack up at this.

Harriet: COOOOOME O SPIIIIRRRIIIITS

Adrienne: snerk

At one point Cyrus scratched his nose with Harriet's hand and Harriet whacked him. Hee.

Hey, I think I can see her brain through her nose!

Harriet: COME SPIRITS AND ENTER ME, GIVE ME A SIGN

Then much to everyone's surprise, including Harriet's, they actually do.

Harriet proceeds to vomit green slime onto the table. Hurray!

You know, despite myself, I actually hoped that Harriet wouldn't die here. I know she will eventually, but I actually didn't want her to. I dunno how that lawn gnome managed to make her hick way into my heart, but whatever.

Adrienne: AJGIAGJIOAJDRAAAAA ::falls over::

Hey, green slime!

The slime rises up and forms a face. Adrienne decides to watch this happen. DON'T RUN OR ANYTHING.

The slimeface it turns out is harmless. It tells Adrienne that it is Zoltan (hahaha that's it I'm just calling him Carno from now on that name makes me laugh too much) and that it accidentally unleashed a horrible evil from some horrible evil dimension, or something. Which I guess is why he offed all his wives.

Anyway, it turns out that Adrienne is the chosen one and the only one who can put the evil back in its place. I guess the slime didn't want to bring up the fact that Adrienne is kinda WHY THE EVIL ESCAPED IN THE FIRST PLACE but you know.

Adrienne reacts to her new destiny.

Harriet snaps back after the slime dissolves away and is like "WOAH WHAT HAPPENED"

Adrienne: You did it Harriet! (with a vaguely annoyed tone in her voice for some reason)

Harriet: REALLY HOT DIGGITY WHEEHAW LET'S DRINK SOME MOONSHINE ::scurries off::

Heading back to the house, I heard strange music playing. Adrienne turns and attempts to locate the source of this music ON THE CEILING FOR SOME REASON for what feels like a billion years.

IT'S NOT THERE ADRIENNE GET OVER IT

SO time for the absinthe check. "Almost gone" Adrienne remarks. Dang, if Don keeps drinkin it this fast, we won't have enough to last till chapter seven!

UH OH.

Hahaha I knew something would happen with this mirror. I totally don't remember anything about this murder tho, so it will be a surprise for both of us.

The mirror reflects!

Adrienne's typical murder-viewing face.

Hey, a ghost! I don't know why they look ghostlike in the mirror but hey whatever.

Hey, it's Carno! Surely he has come to kiss his wife fondly. WITH DEATH.

Adrienne looks offended at the fact that the ghosts are in the mirror

But not actually behind her.

I think this chick's name was Victoria. OH by the way I figured it out. I looked at that one shot of the Carno family tree and all those ladies names were Carno's wives. I'm sure everyone else got this before I did but SHUT UP. So Carno's wives were Hortencia, Victoria, Regina, uh...Leonora..., Marie, and...someone else? Nah, looks like that was it. ANYWAY. Marie was his last wife. Hortencia was the chick we saw bite it earlier in the greenhouse.

Victoria: HEY CARNO I AM OBVIOUSLY DRUNK AND FROM THIS ONE CAN EXTRAPOLATE A LUSH

Carno: ::crazy::

Carno again does his thing where he rubs his hand all over his wife, which they all unitedly don't seem to appreciate. Victoria throws her wine in Carno's face, and Carno reacts to this with by reasonably slamming her head into that bottle on the table there.

"No!" Carno shouts victoriously. "Cheers to YOU, Victoria!"

You know, I have trouble seeing this murder as being as premeditated as the others. I think really Carno just didn't like her throwing wine on him and snapped. Woops!

Adrienne, as is becoming custom, runs away from whatever caused her vision. If only she would RUN OUT OF THE HOUSE.

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE ADRIENNE FOR GOD'S SAKE

So continuing upstairs, it looks like one of these things is gone! I'm pretty sure they're supposed to be cigarettes but they look huge. I don't think cigarettes are that huge. Eh.

Tempting fate, I decide to pester Don. He is (thankfully) either not in his darkroom or not responsive.

OH #%$@

It's funny how I totally played this for this part and now I'm avoiding it. DARN IT.

Alright, let's see if it's as bad as I remember it.

Adrienne puts on her stoic ghost-watching face.

She kinda touched the mirror here, tho I'm not sure why.

Woobly woobly

Adrienne: duuuuh

I think this wife is Regina. I think.

This scene still made me sick. It turns out that over time I actually ADDED things in my memory that he shoved down that funnel. I guess to keep it powerful in my mind over time? Either way, this scene is still gruesome and horrible even without drain cleaner or bleach involved.

I'm assuming Regina liked to eat, or something? Or maybe Carno is just sick. WHO KNOWS.

Carno ranting at her about something, I don't remember.

So Carno begins shoving the stuff down the funnel. "First on our menu is some lovely liver. Let's follow it with some tripe." and stuff along those lines. Regina is making vaguely screaming noises through the entire thing.

If I recall correctly Carno said this was brains, but those don't look like no brains I've ever seen.

In it goes!

Carno would take this big blunt stick and cram it in there.

I'm assuming that maybe Regina ate the last muffin or something and that was the last straw.

ARM nice shot self.

Yeah, in my memories I added bleach to the things he crammed in there, but nah. No bleach.

Regina's eyes roll up in her head and that's pretty much it for her.

Adrienne's reaction.

Sorry guys, but my vid of Regina's death got pulled for violations or something, so I can't link you to it. :< Boooo. SO SOMETHING IN PHANTASMAGORIA WAS TOO GRAPHIC FOR YOUTUBE LOL you can probably find someone else's upload of it you look around though.

So hey there's a glowing thing in here what

The most realistic crystal tower thingy ever.

"But wasn't that thing over there?"

DUN DUN DUUUUUN

Adrienne: I DON'T UNDERSTAND :B

Let's poke the dragon statue.

Aha!

That is the perfect >( face.

Dragon leads the way, eh? I WONDER WHAT THAT COULD MEAN.

Whee ha, a secret passage! I specifically remember using this later during a chase scene.

Yeah, there's a chase scene. Can you feel my enthusiasm?

OH BOY THIS IS GREAT DARK SECRET PASSAGEWAY FANTASTIC

Weird lift things.

You gotta turn that wheel thing to make em work.

The Zen Room! I left a joint in there!

Let's get a better look.

See, is that the normal size for a cigarette? I don't think so.

Why, a lever! I think I'll give it a pull.

Aha, a secret passage into another room. Ugh god, I know that these passages are gonna be important when I'm tryin to get away from Don later. Arrrgh that is going to suck.

Anyway, I wasn't done with that secret passage yet! Back in we go.

Down below there was a place with two ways to go that I did not screencap for some reason. Anyway, one of the ways leads to this.

Adrienne: I'm an airplane neeeerooom

I remember this hole from the ending sequence. Oh boy.

These passages just get better and better! I feel very at peace.

boop

Hey, I'm finally in the theater! :D

A special cinematic for the theater.

THERE'S THE THRONE OF TERROR

Much to my pleasure, the way in shut and locked behind me! Oh boy!

Well, I might as well poke around.

Let's go poke the Throne, shall we?

So you see what that Throne can do, right? RIGHT? Guess where Adrienne is going to eventually end up. No, guess.

Adrienne: Hmmmm.

I actually expected her to sit in the chair like a moron, but she is not that stupid apparently.

Adrienne: duuuuh

Remember her weird dream from the first chapter? I'm sure you all downloaded and watched it, right? RIGHT?

Back to the Throne of Terror again!

Adrienne screams like crazy, which is understandable.

Adrienne backs off. pff that dream means nothing Adrienne go on sit in the chair

Moving on, let's go backstage! Hey, a makeup thingy!

It played ominous music during this.

OH THAT PUPPET'S NOT CREEPY AT ALL

Adrienne, as she is compelled to do with every mirror she encounters, primps.

Let's poke around the closet deedle dee.

Oh hey there's a picture in here.

This means another ticket to Malcolm city.

Carno is definitely the kind of guy that you trust right away. Look at that face.

RUN IT'S THE PICTURE OF ZOLTAN GREY

Adrienne: Buuuuh?

SO let's get out of this theater. The door was not locked, which shocked me.

"Don?" Adrienne says as she walks out. During this whole chapter I hadn't seen or heard anything from Don and therefore expected him to pop out at me at any time. So I was actually vaguely relieved to hear her call out his name here cause that way I knew he was in the vicinity somewhere and wouldn't pop out and scare me half to death.

Aha, Don is passed out on the couch! No one changes their clothes in this game.

Adrienne: >( DON.

Another rare moment of irritation on Adrienne's part. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.

She picks up the thing which looks too big to be the Absinthe.

"You know what, Don?" Adrienne says as angrily as she can, which isn't very. "I don't care. I just don't care anymore."

HE IS GOING TO TRY AND MURDER YOU, ADRIENNE. RUN FOR GOD'S SAKE.

Woah, that was fast.

SO poking around for the vid files, I found out I missed like, three murders in here. SO I booted it up again and started a new game ala chapter five to find those elusive murders.

First up, the attic! Maybe now we'll find out what that weird thingy was.

Woobly woobly

The thing slowly came into focus and I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.

Okay, it's some kind of...vise? what is that?

Pop the head like a grape! I don't remember this death AT ALL.

Carno: YOU WERE ALWAYS TALKING WEREN'T YOU LEONORA WEREN'T YOU

Leonora: AAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Carno shoves that red scarf in her mouth and continues with his headpressing.

Actually, to complicate this bizarre contraption even more, not only does it have some kind of weird vise on it, it also has a thing where it can turn the vise around in circles. So Carno proceeds to do this, in the process twisting Leonora's head around and around. Twist her head right off!

Carno: Yeah, that's it baby. Die.

That chain thingy twisted the thingy around.

Tho really, he twisted that thing around enough to twist her head right off, and it wasn't until I swear he had made a full rotation that her neck finally snapped.

THERE there's a full shot of the thing. What is that? What the heck. I'm assuming it's just some kind of bizarre torture device. But yeah you can see her head twisting is imminent.

Leonora does scream a lot during this but hey, who wouldn't.

FINALLY.

SO I decide to be more thorough this time and poke through all the rooms in the house for murders. Nothing new here.

Nothing new out there.

Down in the basement, I heard a woman sobbing.

I went and checked out the press, but Adrienne didn't see anything. Bizarre. I totally expected something in there.

"Helloooo is anyone down here?" Adrienne calls.

I bet you anything that wine in that cask that Adrienne drinks is blood. I BET YOU. IT LOOKS LIKE BLOOD. Adrienne still drank it with her "mm it's good :B" gusto during this chapter tho so I guess it must be in chapter six.

The voice leads her into the bizarre dungeon room.

"Hellooooooo"

WATCH OUT ADRIEEEEEENNNE

The hand backs off unexpectedly. I thought for a sec I was gonna die but apparently not. It played a very dramatic stab of music when I walked back out of the cell.

"Oh!" Adrienne laughs in relief. "It was just a rat."

RATS DO NOT SOUND LIKE SOBBING WOMEN ADRIENNE I'M SORRY.

Anyway there have got to be more murders around here.

This screen seems strangely light.

I have never seen this screen before. I must have missed it. HOW DO I KEEP DOING THAT.

Hmm, nothing here.

Believe it or not, nothing here either.

Also a bust.

So I went and did the seance again thinking that would trigger things, and voila! The thing here is doing something.

Hey, cinematic!

Ooooooh it's a POND.

Whoever this is drowned, apparently. Who would this be? We've nailed Regina, Leonora, Victoria, Hortencia...who else is there? Marie?

I think Adrienne jumped in or something and in the process found Spaz the now dead cat. I KNEW HE WOULD DIE. I would be more upset but it is obviously a stuffed toy in the video.

"Oh no someone replaced my cat with a plush toy"

Adrienne immediately blames Cyrus, which isn't too much of a leap considering he was trying to eat Spaz earlier. Cyrus is nowhere to be found.

Where could he have gone? HMM.

Adrienne warms away her sorrows by the fire.

Hey hey, there's a rose here now! Okay.

Adrienne picks up the (from this angle) invisible rose.

She fondles it. That is not your rose, Adrienne.

Yes, snort the ghost rose.

Hey hey! Who do we have here?

It's Marie and Gaston! Considering that I'm pretty sure that Carno's other wives didn't do much to deserve being killed in their various ways, I can't imagine how Carno will react when he finds out that Marie is cheating on him.

Marie: Oh I love you so much my angel mwah mwah mwah by the way Carno knows about us

Gaston: WHAT

Gaston: Okay uh let's run away. very far away.

YOU COULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM GASTON, ADRIENNE.

Gaston: Cmon it'll be great let's just totally book it to the bahamas

Marie: NO man cmon Carno would totally use his crazy magic powers to find me again DUUUH

Gaston: Okay so let's kill Carno then.

Marie: wut

Gaston: No I can totally rig his escape act tomorrow so he can't escape.

Marie: the blade and the fire (fire what I don't remember there being any fire involved with the throne of terror which is what I assume they're talking about)

Gaston: yeah he'll totally die

Marie: awesome let's do it

Adrienne thinks about this and strokes the rose some more.

At this point I had found all the cinematics listed on the CD so I decided that I had really finished chapter five and decided to move on.

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