Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chicks And Chainsaws

Hey guys,

I have decided to start a new blog focusing on women in horror (but not exclusively)…

Please check it out! I am also looking for contributors to this site, so if you fancy writing a review or feature then please don't hesitate to contact me!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carriers (2009)

Director: David & Alex Pastor
Country: USA
Tagline:  The rules are simple. You break them, you die...
Plot: Four young adults make their way to a beach two of them vacationed at as children during a viral pandemic, hoping for their holiday destination to be a safe haven for them and their friends.
Verdict: Carriers isn't your average outbreak movie, it is gritty and disturbing and focuses more on the relationships between the survivors rather than the virus itself. The virus is a fast acting uncurable discease that appears to literally rot the victim alive, it is very easily spread through any close contact with a carrier, although it doesn't appear to be airborn it can be spread through an infected coughing, etc. The focus of the film, as I mentioned, isn't on the disease so we are left with very little information about it, including how and when it started, how the four survivors managed to escape becoming infected and how long after the outbreak the events of the movie take place. This, however, adds to the intelligence or the film - it is very people focus, like The Walking Dead. An underrated film. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

About time!

I finally got an invite to the Metropol... Sadly, I got attacked and zombified, but I did meet this familiar figure there...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Conjuring (2013)

Director: James Wan
Country: U.S.A.
Tagline: Look what you made me do
Plot: Based on a 'true story' recalled by paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (who also investigated the infamous Amityville house) the film retells the terrifying experiences of the Perron family's encounter with a spirit of a witch and the apparations of her subsequent victims in their Rhode Island farmhouse.
Verdict: It is rare to find a film that has some genuine scares these days. The Conjuring delivers on it's promise to be frightening. I am particularly difficult to scare, hence why I spend my time watching the so-called scariest movies of all time and writing them off as utter pants. Even I admit at jumped at the conjuring. The acting was brilliant, it couldn't be faulted (this is always important in convincing horror in the viewer) and the premise, indeed based on a true story made the tale that much more believable. If you are in the mood for something genuinely terrifying this Friday 13th and you aren't a horror hardcore, this will make your hair stand on end.

Friday, March 22, 2013

That thing that was taking up all my time...

Okay, so I just realised that I haven't posted up the ezine I was working on for months and months last year with the lovely Steve Upham, editor and owner of small press publishing house, Screaming Dreams. I had the opportunity to write majority of the content for the last edition of 'Estronomicon', the publishers sporadic online magazine. I have completely reformatted the zine, making it more of a magazine than a display of short stories. Hope you enjoy!

The Publishers Official Site:
Direct Link to Estronomicon:

Friday, March 15, 2013

Lovely Molly (2011)

Director: Eduardo Sanchez
Country: U.S.A.
Tagline: 'Something is inside her' (can I just say, eww?! yeah, watch the film)
Plot: An orphaned former drug addict moves into her childhood home with her newly wedded husband, but it soon appears that her father never left the house...
Verdict: This film mixes elements of found footage quite effectively - recordings from 'lovely' Molly's wedding and her own recordings of her stumble into insanity. Basically, the premise isn't really very new - it becomes increasingly apparent that Molly's father was abusive, hence her subsequent drug addiction and constant teetering on the edge of normality. As the viewer, we are insure whether Molly is being raped and possessed by the spirit of her father or if her heroin use mixed with traumatic memories (previously, we assume, she had pushed from her mind as a coping mechanism) brought back up by moving into her parents' house causes a psychotic breakdown. By the end of the film, I was pretty convinced it was the former; but the lack of answers didn't add to the mystery of the film, rather, took away from there being any solid narrative. What you are left with is a bleak and depressing series of rather boring yet bloody events and a little bit of a sick feeling in your stomach.. but not in that good 'I just watched a gore-ific horror' kind of way. The film leaves you with many, many unanswered questions, such as 'How and when did Molly's husband encounter the very same woman Molly's possessed self was stalking at night with a cam-corder?', 'Am I the only one who notices these seemingly obvious plot holes?' and 'Was that a valuable waste of 2 hours?' No, it probably was not. In conclusion, this would serve better as a play to spotlight Gretchen Lodge's brilliant acting than it does as a worthy piece of horror cinema!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I know, I know...

Sorry for the lack of updates guys... you will soon be privvy to what has been taking up all of my time! (it's pretty damn exciting!)

Okay so if you haven't checked out the new comic series from Image yet, "Revival", do so. I am gutted though as all copies in my CITY, yes it is a CITY yet apparently the 3 comic book shops that reside in said city only collectively sold about 5 copies of issue 2, have SOLD OUT. If anyone could let me know of a reliable website to buy a first edition (none of these reprints please!) issue #2?!
Also, when is the next issue of "No Place Like Home" coming out? i have been waiting like 2 months now.

Enough about comics... movie wise I have not been watching as much horror as usual... I know, I am suprised too! I did, however, see an epic movie. Nay, 2 epic movies, and they shall be reviewed soon.

A little something to leave you with, as in November i am going to see Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson in concert (should be a horror-ific show), thank you Bloody Disgusting I don't think I would be half as up to date with horror related loveliness if it weren't for you...

Creepy, eh?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Grave Encounters (2011)

Director: The Vicious Brothers
Country: Canada/USA
Tagline:   They were searching for proof... they found it
Plot: A Most Haunted style TV crew venture to an abandoned psychiatric hospital and stay over night with cameras rolling.
Verdict: I am a big fan of found footage films, my personal favourite being REC (number 3 out this year!) so I thought I'd give this a go, and it was certainly full of plenty of jumps.
The concept was pretty cool, and could have been an epic found footage playing on the scary reality of a film crew trapped in a haunted house during the night with ghosts playing on their minds. However, unfortunately, the film doesn't quite fulfil it's promise. It is jumpy, yes, and the end reveal is pretty cool... in fact the whole idea behind the haunting is pretty awesome but the way it pans out and (SPOILER) the idea of them actually being trapped in a maze orchestrated by some supernatural force? Meh. That's pretty much all I can say. The exit isn't an exit anymore *yawn* would have been better off making it either a paranoia gets ugly fest or full on slasher in my humble opinion. Still, give it a watch, if you like horror which I am assuming you do because you are reading this, and like all horror watchers we are able to sit through some pretty awful shit...

Friday, April 20, 2012


Okay so I was trailing through Bloody Disgusting and discovered that they are re-mastering and re-releasing this sites namesake film - Demons and Demons 2. PLUS, get this, there is going to be a two part comic series entitled Demons 3. Check out a 5 page preview of the comic on the Bloody Disgusting website (linked above).
Can I just say though... What the actual fuck?

Definite must read.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Frozen (2010)

Director: Adam Green
Country: USA
Tagline:  With 30 million skiers and snowboarders in the US and over 5000 chairlifts in operation, its only a matter of time before someone gets left behind
Plot: Three twenty-somethings blag their way onto a chair lift for the last ski of the day, but unluckily get left behind while mid air with a week until the resort opens again...
Verdict: I know what your thinking, with such a catchy tag line this one much be one hell of a ride (ha..) The premise is pretty horrific, being stuck on a chair lift 50(?) feet above ground in the freezing cold with no way to get down to the ground and no food... and it starts off pretty, urrr... realistic. The acting was great, which is important when the main action of the film is shot on a chairlift. However, I have some major issues with this film... Okay, so I watch zombie flicks, monster movies, etc. but somehow I find them more believable (yes, really, I said more believable). Maybe it is because I honestly believe in the idea of a rabies- like virus truning all of man kind into insane, unstoppable cannibals, or maybe it is because we have no preconceived ideas about monsters - nobody knows how they'd act if they existed. There is an element of me who believes in the possibility of the unknown (maybe not monsters exactly but I am pretty convinced my primary school was haunted by a rather obese ghost). Dispite my rather open mind, [SPOILER ALERT!] this film attempts to convince me that on a ski resort that has just been packed with teenagers/ tourists, with a rather large cafeteria and probably plenty of wasted food chucked straight into outside bins as it is going to be closed for the week, there is a pack of psychotic human eating wolves. I am no expert, but I am pretty sure that wolves would avoid this human infested resort, even if the humans have left a few hours ago. Also, if they did venture into the slopes I doubt they would pay much attention to snow-board wielding youngsters and head straight for the feast in the bins. There is just no way the wolves would be hungry enough to eat a human who is throwing things at them when they are in a vaguely inhabited area of the country with plenty of surplus food and presumably larger creatures about, such a deer. Plus, the whole intensity of the movie and the terror of being stuck without food or water (not to mention the freezing temperatures!) is horrific enough without the need for adding killer wolves, take 127 Hours for example! Okay, rant over. The movie didn't suck, but the writers should have really thought about this, as we all know the average horror/thriller consumer is not so easily fooled.