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QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL

Quarantine 2: Terminal

The original QUARANTINE, released in 2008 and starring DEXTER’s Jennifer Carpenter, was an almost scene-by-scene remake of sublime Spanish chiller [REC]. The inevitable Spanish sequel, [REC] 2, picked up where the original left off, continuing the story of the condemned tower block and its infected inhabitants. The American sequel, QUARANTINE 2: TERMINAL, has chosen to abandon this approach and strike out in its own direction, transplanting the action to a…

Published on Monday, July 25, 2011

THE ORPHAN KILLER

The Orphan Killer

Audrey and Marcus are brother and sister. When sadistic killers break into their home and (without explanation or provocation) stab their parents to death, they are orphaned and the Church takes them in and cares for them. The older sibling, Marcus, is bullied by the other children, and retaliates by exacting a brutal revenge. He is whipped by the nuns who run the orphanage and (inexplicably) forced to don a terrifying mask, further ostracising him from hi…

Published on Saturday, July 23, 2011

ALPHA POLARIS

Alpha Polaris

Firstly let’s address the elephant in the room. Alpha Polaris pays “homage” to John Carpenter’s The Thing at almost every turn. The setting, the themes of isolation, paranoia and distrust, and the lurking, ever-present evil are all highly reminiscent of Carpenter’s classic. Choosing such an iconic piece of horror cinema as a template is a risky enough venture, but to then decide to produce the game as a point and click horror adventure could be seen as mad…

Published on Friday, July 22, 2011

THE SHRINE

The Shrine

I’ve got a great idea for a movie. A group of Europeans travel to America on holiday or with work. After seeing the sights/taking lots of drugs they fall foul of the locals, who at first appear friendly and eager to help but who are in fact the very definition of evil. The Europeans spend an hour being tortured/anally brutalised by a parade of overweight, sexually-sadistic rednecks (which all Americans are, without exception), before one of them effects an…

Published on Thursday, July 21, 2011

INSIDIOUS

Insidious

Writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan, best known as the creators of the popular SAW franchise, come together again for INSIDIOUS, a haunted-house-cum-action chiller. No sooner have Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne), along with their three children, moved into their new house than they encounter strange goings-on. Books fall from shelves, boxes transport themselves into the attic and Renai hears sinister noises on the baby monito…

Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

JOHN CARPENTER'S THE WARD

John Carpenter's The Ward

How the mighty have fallen. Romero went from the heights of NIGHT and DAWN to the depths of DIARY and SURVIVAL. Tobe Hooper, at one time one of the most infamous directors in the world, was relegated to making occasional (bad) TV pilots. Now John Carpenter has joined their inglorious ranks...

Published on Sunday, July 17, 2011

ALICE: MADNESS RETURNS

Alice: Madness Returns

Set a decade after American McGee’s Alice, Madness Returns reunites us with the titular heroine, who was released from Rutledge Asylum at the end of the original game and is now living in a bleak Victorian orphanage under the care of Doctor Angus Bumby. Doctor Bumby uses hypnotism to rid children of traumatic memories, and is endeavouring to help Alice forget the horrific fire that killed her family ten years ago. Still plagued by hallucinations, Alice is …

Published on Friday, July 15, 2011

PSYCHOVILLE SERIES 2

Psychoville Series 2

You might think a half hour BBC2 comedy/drama series wouldn’t be an obvious fit for a review website predominantly dedicated to horror cinema. You’d be wrong. PSYCHOVILLE, written and performed by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith (of THE LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN fame), is every bit as macabre, and as sweepingly cinematic, as the most effective Hollywood chiller.

Published on Friday, July 15, 2011

I SAW THE DEVIL

I Saw The Devil

A word of advice – if you’re going to watch a hyper-violent Korean tale of brutality, obsession and revenge, don’t watch the poorly dubbed version with the laugh-out-loud-bad dialogue. Byung-hun Lee plays secret agent Kim Soo-hyeon, a poor man’s James Bond who goes rogue and dedicates himself to hunting down serial killer/rapist/all-round psychopath Kyung-chul (played with convincing intensity by Min-sik Choi), after the killer kidnaps, dispatches and dism…

Published on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

THE TUNNEL

The Tunnel

THE TUNNEL has two things going for it from the outset – it’s Australian and it purports to be a true story. Fine horror credentials if ever I heard them. A four-person news crew (consisting of presenter, cameraman, soundman and producer/trouble-shooter), descend into the maze of abandoned tunnels beneath Sydney, searching for evidence of itinerant dwellers and a possible Government cover-up. Natasha, the presenter, needs a win after a run of bad luck, and…

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

F.3.A.R

F.3.A.R

Imagine, if you will, finding yourself with a sudden and irresistible craving for salt and vinegar crisps. You buy a bag and waste no time opening it, but when you start eating you realise they’re actually cheese and onion. There’s nothing wrong with cheese and onion per se, but in this instance you wanted salt and vinegar. F.3.A.R is much like this. Your craving was for horror in the guise of a solid shooter. What you get is just a solid shooter. It does …

Published on Monday, July 4, 2011

RED FACTION ARMAGEDDON

Red Faction Armageddon

Violition Inc., developers of Red Faction Armageddon, made a bold decision when they elected to move away from the open world sandbox of destruction that was Red Faction Guerrilla. Instead they have produced what is effectively a corridor-based shooter, with fewer structures to destroy. Red Faction Armageddon is short, linear, clichéd, and at times more than a little frustrating. It’s also rather good.

Published on Friday, July 1, 2011

THE WITCHER 2: ASSASSINS OF KINGS

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Strictly speaking the Witcher 2 is not a horror game, I’ll give you that. However it is one of the most beautifully realised action RPG’s available, packed with demons, the undead, ghosts and some pretty nasty critters. So while I promise to keep it brief, here’s why any self-respecting horror gaming fan should spend a little time with Geralt of Rivia.

Published on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

EVIL DEAD THE GAME

Evil Dead The Game

You don’t always get what you want in life. There's no such thing as a sausage tree, hiding nice plump bangers among its crispy bacon leaves. The taps in our homes aren't labelled 'beer' and 'wine'. And, most lamentably of all, iOS's Evil Dead The Game is an exercise in disappointment.

Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

ARMY OF DARKNESS DEFENSE

Army Of Darkness Defense

Shop smart, shop S-Mart. Water is wet, the sky is blue, licensed games are turds that dare not dream of polish. These facts are well known to console and PC gamers, but Backflip Studios is endeavouring to make things a little different for iOS gamers. There are numerous examples of competent tower-defence games available on the platform, but with Army of Darkness: Defence strategy takes second place to an iron fist of fun.

Published on Monday, May 30, 2011