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THE SCORE (65)

The Score (65)

Zombies, mutants, demons, elder gods, vampires, ghosts and the return of Slender Man – welcome to this week’s edition of The Score, your lovingly crafted weekly round-up of the week’s horror gaming news! With this being the penultimate edition before our favourite night of the year, we’re expecting a bumper edition next week. Till then, happy horror gaming, folks!

Published on Saturday, October 18, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (113)

Under The Skin (113)

Do you like horror? Do you like trailers? Do you like the weekend? Welcome to Under The Skin, your one-stop shop for all the week’s new horror trailers, and your gateway to the weekend. Let’s plunge straight in with RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK. Yes, you heard me correctly – RAIDERS OF THE LOST SHARK. SHARKNADO has a lot to answer for... ‘Four friends set out by boat for an idyllic vacation on a private, remote island. But unknown to them, a weaponized shark …

Published on Friday, October 17, 2014

REVIEW - A GOOD MARRIAGE

Review - A Good Marriage

For such a prolific author – and few writers of popular or literary fiction come close to his prodigious output – Stephen King has penned relatively few screenplays. Some are wonderful (CREEPSHOW), some less so (MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE), but they’re all interesting to fans of his work. The latest, A GOOD MARRIAGE, is an adaptation of his own novella from 2010’s collection FULL DARK, NO STARS. The novella is a great read, but, unlike the longer works for which he…

Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 158

Weird Week 158

Weird Week returns for another eclectic collection of stories to make you laugh, cry and wince! This week we ask the question when can we genuinely say we’ve had a bad day? I mean, sure, there’s the daily office annoyances, family feuds and the general public to deal with, but do we really have the right to moan? It’s not like you’ve been asked to inspect 10,000 pigeon bottoms for explosives, is it? You haven’t been arrested and jailed for carrying spaghet…

Published on Sunday, October 12, 2014

THE SCORE (64)

The Score (64)

It’s not been a great week for horror gaming news (or freebies for that matter), but there’s still some high profile releases out there. For those of you not already reliving Ripley’s Alien nightmare through the eyes of her daughter, Alien: Isolation has launched and early reviews say the ghost of Colonial Marines can finally be laid to rest. Elsewhere we’ve Devil’s Dare (gamers vs the undead), Killing Floor 2 bringing the blood, Costume Quest 2 (it looks …

Published on Saturday, October 11, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (112)

Under The Skin (112)

We’ve got a lot to get through this week, so there’s no time for the usual pithy banter. Just know that you’re reading Under The Skin, the only place on the internet where all the week’s new horror trailers are corralled for your consideration. We start with our favourite monster – werewolves – and the first trailer for David Hayter’s WOLVES. After seeing this the jury’s still out, but fingers crossed it delivers the goods. Look for it On Demand 16 October…

Published on Friday, October 10, 2014

REVIEW - HONEYMOON

Review - Honeymoon

Having studied at the feet of the master – Stephen King – I understand that horror is about contrast. At its most reductive, King’s horror is about the colonisation of the ordinary by the extraordinary; normal people confronted by the abnormal. HONEYMOON, from first time co-writer/director Leigh Janiak, is also about contrast. Far from the idyllic getaway newlyweds Bea (GAME OF THRONES’ Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) were expecting, the couple see…

Published on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HAMMERED

Hammered

If you’re a fan of Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy you’re probably familiar with the corridor brawl scene where our anti-hero obliterates an army of no-good henchman armed with nothing more than a hammer. Suffice to say it’s epic in scope and execution, and not even slightly safe for work. With that in mind, here’s the segment:

Published on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BABY-SITTING

Baby-Sitting

Do you know how we like to start our week here at LaptopZombie? We like to start our week with horror. And horror doesn’t get much better than BABY-SITTING, a short film from French director Lucas Masson. It’s easy to see why it’s won so many awards – creepy, gory and funny, it’s the perfect antidote to those Monday blues. But be careful if you’re watching at work – there’s a lot of blood... ‘A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she does…

Published on Monday, October 6, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (111)

Under The Skin (111)

After watching ALIEN ABDUCTION (click here for the review), we’re in the mood for some seriously scary aliens. Thankfully, the Vicious Brothers – the filmmaking duo responsible for GRAVE ENCOUNTERS, one of the best found footage franchises to date – are on hand with a new UK trailer for EXTRATERRESTRIAL. Welcome to this week’s Under The Skin. ‘From The Vicious Brothers, creators of Grave Encounters, comes a different kind of encounter, one of EXTRATERRESTR…

Published on Thursday, October 2, 2014

REVIEW - ALIEN ABDUCTION

Review - Alien Abduction

After much soul-searching, I lay the blame for my love of found footage films at BLAIR WITCH’s door. It wasn’t the first found footage I ever saw, but it was the first to make an impression, and one of the few movies that can legitimately claim to have spawned a subgenre. Almost every innovator and imitator that followed has been a disappointment (see any number of reviews on this very website), but that hasn’t stopped me from chasing that first glorious h…

Published on Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FULL S.T.E.A.M. AHEAD

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

Like voodoo dolls? Like Steampunk? Like Emmy award-winning writing? If so, you’re in luck, as the third season of THE ADVENTURES OF THE LEAGUE OF S.T.E.A.M. continues with ALL DOLLED UP. ‘Over afternoon tea, Crackitus Potts attempts to gain the approval of his reproachful in-laws - but things soon go awry as he becomes controlled by a mysterious voodoo doll!’

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

STAY FROSTY

Stay Frosty

While not strictly a horror game, we thought Whiteout deserves a mention as this week’s free slice of horror gaming anyway. You see, any game that reminds us of The Thing is worth playing in our book. Not that there are any beasties in the game; in fact, the only thing to fear in the game is the elements, which can prove to be far, far worse…

Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CUTTING EDGE

Cutting Edge

Video gaming has its own collection of horror icons, dating back to the dawn of computing. From Pyramid Head to Nemesis, Shodan to Alma , be it starring in an official game or the work of a talented Modder, there’s always a chance to play alongside these wonderfully wicked characters. Those of you who are slightly longer in the tooth may recall one particularly nasty piece of work, affectionately referred to as Scissorman. The infamous Scissorman was the s…

Published on Monday, September 29, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 157

Weird Week 157

This week’s edition of Weird Week is not only one of the weirdest collection of news stories we’ve ever had the pleasure of posting, but it’s also one of the most amusing. Not only is the utterly bizarre behaviour our fellow humans indulge is more than enough to warrant a smile, but it’s funny simply because it didn’t happen to you. Read on for alien eggs, fireballs in the sky, pensioners chucking grenades, Nic Cage in general, satanic colouring books, opi…

Published on Sunday, September 28, 2014