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ZOMBIE GUNSHIP

Zombie Gunship

I waited a few weeks to review this addition to the App store's zombie canon in the hope that the game’s only real flaw, a lack of maps, would be addressed. I’m still waiting, although the fact that the only criticism that can be levelled at Zombie Gunship is that there isn't enough of it can only be a good thing.

Published on Monday, August 15, 2011

WEIRD WEEK 3

Weird Week 3

Sundays. What are they good for? Some will use Sunday to look back at the week's tragic events, trying to understand why we do what we do. Some will start to rebuild their livelihoods. Some will help others come to terms with the senseless violence they have experienced or witnessed. Others will do what they can to get London back on her feet. And we can hope some will identify more of the looters that are yet to be named and shamed. A few of us will take…

Published on Sunday, August 14, 2011

DEATH AND CREMATION

Death And Cremation

I’ll say one thing for Brad Dourif – he’s a grafter. I’ve done a little research and it turns out he’s either starred in or played a supporting role in almost 75% of all genre movies ever made. Of course, it’s difficult to be both prolific and to always make good films (as Sam Jackson can attest), so it’s usually with a hint of trepidation that I sit down to watch a Brad Dourif movie. This time I was pleasantly surprised.

Published on Saturday, August 13, 2011

CIRCLE

Circle

How’s this for an original premise? A hyper-intelligent serial killer murders his guards and breaks out of a high-security mental facility. On his trail are a hotshot female FBI agent who likes to do things by the book, and a crotchety old homicide detective who operates by gut instinct. At first the lawmen clash, but they soon develop a grudging respect for one another and agree to work together to catch the killer. Said killer, meanwhile, is making his w…

Published on Friday, August 12, 2011

MOTION SICKNESS

Motion Sickness

When Cirque Du Soleil introduced Microsoft’s Kinect at last year’s E3 conference, it raised more than a few eyebrows amongst gamers, including those hoping for a horror application. Those hopes were seemingly quashed at this year’s E3, with Microsoft unveiling a parade of family-oriented games for the (admittedly impressive) hardware. As horrific as Kinectimals will undoubtedly be, it just doesn’t tick the right boxes. But salvation may be on hand from non…

Published on Tuesday, August 9, 2011

DEADTIME STORIES

Deadtime Stories

In the same way that Stephen King’s anthology books Night Shift and Skeleton Crew instilled in me a lifelong love of short horror stories, his and George A. Romero’s CREEPSHOW (still, in my opinion, the greatest anthology horror film ever made) instilled a love of portmanteau movies. Following the critical and commercial success of CREEPSHOW, Romero returned to the anthology format several times in the following years, helming the CREEPSHOW sequel and MONK…

Published on Monday, August 8, 2011

PRIEST

Priest

Given the outcome of the last collaboration between director Scott Charles Stewart and star Paul Bettany, the tedious and confused LEGION, I wasn’t expecting much from their follow-up, PRIEST. Perhaps because my expectations were so low, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Bettany plays the titular Priest, a kind of kick-ass clerical uber-ninja, bred and trained to obey the Church without question and to slay the vampires that have come perilously cl…

Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

WEIRD WEEK 2

Weird Week 2

Another weird week, another Sunday. Time to stay in bed until that small animal that's made its home in your mouth cleans top to bottom and moves out. Time to buy ludicrously large newspapers and put them where everyone can see while having no intention of reading a single page. Time to ponder the backlog of jobs that needed doing last weekend. Time to watch TV you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. And, of course, time to look back at the week’s weirdest …

Published on Sunday, August 7, 2011

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT

Dylan Dog: Dead Of Night

You’d have thought Brandon Routh would have learned his lesson with SUPERMAN RETURNS. Comic book adaptations clearly aren’t his forte. And while the mess they made of the Man of Steel wasn’t really his fault (he was hired to look and act like a young Christopher Reeve, which he did), his youthful good looks, breezy charm and general air of blandness make him entirely the wrong choice for DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT.

Published on Friday, August 5, 2011

THE TASK

The Task

Oh dear, it’s another offering from the After Dark stable. I think we all know what that means...

Published on Saturday, August 6, 2011

BUNNYMAN

Bunnyman

As anyone who knows horror will tell you, empathy is key. The more an audience empathises with the characters, puts themselves in their place and assumes their plight, the greater their emotional investment. When bad things happen to the characters the audience cares. Conversely, when the characters do stupid things or behave in ways the audience wouldn’t, they get frustrated. BUNNYMAN is one long exercise in frustration.

Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

HYBRID

Hybrid

From time to time a horror film comes along that is the very definition of B movie. Ron Underwood’s classic worm-fest TREMORS is perhaps the best example, but comic book artist-cum-director Kaare Andrews’ 2010 horror/sf/Lovecraftian mashup ALTITUDE also springs to mind. And now we have HYBRID.

Published on Monday, August 1, 2011

WEIRD WEEK 1

Weird Week 1

Sundays. We like Sundays here at LTZ towers. They give us the time to reflect on the week’s lack of achievements. They give us time to chuckle at the incomprehensibly bad horror films we’ve watched and dissected so you don’t have to. They give us time to plan what we have no intention of actually doing next week. And sometimes they give us the chance to look back at the week’s weirdest news stories, allowing us to point at our screens, laughing, crying or …

Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011

STAKE LAND

Stake Land

I have a confession: I hate vampires. There are exceptions – NOSFERATU, NEAR DARK, TRUE BLOOD and LET THE RIGHT ONE IN are all personal favourites – but the majority of vampire films and TV shows, well, suck. For one thing vampires are so fussy, with a seemingly endless array of arbitrary afflictions (the inability to cross a threshold unless invited, an aversion to garlic [??], running water, wooden stakes, sunlight), and for another they’ve been redefine…

Published on Friday, July 29, 2011

THE PASSING

The Passing

It’s difficult to define what makes a truly great horror film. There are as many definitions as there are horror fans. The only thing that’s certain is that you know one when you’ve seen it. Just as you know when a film is truly, irredeemably awful...

Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011