Thursday, October 28, 2010
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Video Review
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Are you a fan of old radio drama? The kind of thing where a story is told through characterization and acting with some sound effects tossed in for good measure? Well you'll love WE'RE ALIVE - a fun zombie story podcast.
The production is rather good. There's been time and effort put into the sound quality and acting and the story is pretty good so far, though I must admit I'm still rolling through the first chapters.
Don't let the somewhat "wonky" state of the website fool you, the podcast itself is well worth a listen if you're a zombie fan with a penchant for podcasts and stories.
Available through iTunes
A small riot in LA has spread past its containment. Three reserve soldiers are called to their deserted duty station. Believed to be the last remaining armed servicemen in the area, Michael, Angel, and Saul witness the true cause of the riot; people are starting to change and attack each other.
Armed with only what they can carry, they set out to secure an apartment building and rescue survivors scattered amongst the shattered remains of civilization.
In a world turned upside down, every day is a struggle, as those who have taken refuge in “the tower” find out that their safe haven is under constant threat. In this place, however, the strengths of those who stand together, might just be enough to live long enough to see things start to change.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Bright Falls - The Series
"Hello. I'm Malcolm Johnson and I purchased a Wii." :::crowd groans:::: "Hi, Malcolm."
Yes, we got a Wii so we could play Zelda, bowl, ski, work out....and grow tired of it and stop playing. I had renewed interest when I purchased DEAD RISING and my wife got me MADWORLD, but that grew old as well, sadly. Lately, I've been longing for games of old like MYST where I had a mystery to solve and places to explore.
It looks like the XBOX360 is going to deliver that for me with ALAN WAKE. I can't wait!
AND...there's a groovy, TWIN PEAKS style creepfest live action nugget to wet my whistle. The most awesome and fun BRIGHT FALLS mini-webisodes. Take a look!
"A prequel to the highly anticipated Xbox 360 game Alan Wake, Bright Falls is an online series of live action shorts set in the fictitious Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls, WA that provide an eerie prelude to the events that transpire before Alan Wake's arrival. The series, which is six episodes in length, introduces us to Jake Fischer, a newspaper reporter who, while visiting the town on business, encounters a series of mysterious and haunting experiences."
Episode 1 - 'Oh Deer'
Episode 2 - 'Time Flies'
Episode 3 - 'Lights Out'
Episode 4 - 'Local Flavor'
Episode 5 - 'Off the Record'
Episode 6 - 'Clearcut'
“Yes, it's only a canvas sky
Hanging over a muslin tree
But it wouldn't be make-believe
If you believed in me
Without your love
It's a honky-tonk parade
Without your love
It's a melody played in a penny arcade”
It's Only A Paper Moon
Rain beats against the window as music starts to fade away in the hallway. The last of the dancers make their way down the hall – eager to change and leave for the night even if it means a walk in the rain. Their muffled voices drift away on the other side of the door. The tiny room is dingy and smells of mold and something else. Something sour. The club singer paces in her dressing gown. She's done for the night. So done. Tears stream down her cheeks as her breasts dance under the willowy silk. Her raven hair and dark eyes catch the light from the small lamp from time to time and seem to sparkle and glisten.
“Are you serious this time or it this another ploy? I mean, I'm not going to stay if you're just putting me on again. I can't take it no more.”
A man stands in the corner of the room and stares out of the shadows. He looks over to the weeping woman and wishes he could tell her what she wants to hear. He wished he could tell her anything. He wished. His suit is filthy and wet with the night's rain. He stares out from the shadows and longs for her. So close. So far away.
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One of my favorite fake trailers in the GRINDHOUSE film had to be the trailer for DON'T - a fake trailer for the classic haunted house films of the 70s. The trailer's execution was perfect. It did what most trailers from the 70s did - showed every death and gave away most of the films shocks and scares. :)
I saw this and instantly thought about the trailer for another fave of mine THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE. HELL HOUSE is a slow paced haunted house film that is beautifully shot. It's fun movie to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon, but slightly hard to keep your eyes open for if you're like me and like your scares under cover of darkness.
Watching the trailers back to back is a fun way to see just how true to form this director was when making it. And, I can not tell you how happy I was to see that the makers of this trailer were none other than the amazing Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg of SPACED and SHAUN OF THE DEAD fame! WHOOT!
And, the film that inspired it.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Not idea for a sleepy, Sunday morning, but they work really well while pushing through deadlines at work.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Mmmmm...I'll believe it when it's in my greedy, little paw!
Disc 1 - Theatrical Exhibition:
- Grindhouse Feature (Planet Terror)
- Intermission Cards
- Don’t Trailer
- Werewolf Women of the S.S Trailer
- Thanksgiving Trailer
- Grindhouse Feature (Death Proof)
- Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Film School
- The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
- The Guys of Planet Terror
- Casting Rebel
- Sickos, Bullets, And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror
- The Friend, The Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent
- Planet Terror Poster Gallery
- Stunts On Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
- Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
- The Guys of Death Proof
- Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
- Finding Quentin’s Gals
- The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
- Introducing Zoe Bell
- Double Dare Trailer
- Death Proof Extended Music
- Death Proof Poster Gallery
Blu-Ray exclusive bonus features:
- Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School
- The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror
- The Hot Rods of Death Proof
- From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof
- Extended Werewolf Women of The SS Trailer
- View Extended Cut Of Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer with Commentary by Director Rob Zombie
- The Making Of Werewolf Women of the SS Trailer
- Extended Don’t Trailer
- View Extended Cut Of Don’t Trailer with Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
- The Making of Don’t Trailer
- Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison
- View Don’t Storyboard/Trailer Comparison with Commentary by Director Edgar Wright
- Don’t Storyboards Still Gallery
- Don’t Poster
- The Making of Thanksgiving Trailer
- New York Times Talk with Quention Tarantino and Lynn Hirschberg at Comic Con 2006 Featuring the Directors and Cast of Grindhouse
- Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winner Hobo With A Shotgun
While THE CREEPSHOW isn't the most awesome band I've heard, they have a style that works well and a sound that is melodic and hip. The goes a long way. Something about the classic "Hot Female Lead Singer" both attracts and repels me and I'm not sure why. I think it's because I feel that she's trying to distract me from hearing that her voice isn't bad, but isn't all that great either. But, that's the way of the music world. You need a hook. And, her voice is WAY better than mine, so who am I to point fingers? :) Ok...she's pretty and can sing.
In THE GARDEN (below) we see some of the coolness. The hip hair, slick stylings and tattoos that go along with a lot of the music of this genre. And...it works here for sure. The song has a great hook with some hints of classic rockabilly and pop that make it fun to listen to an bounce along with. Most of their music is the same. Not brilliant, but super fun to listen to. And...isn't that what's important?
Give 'em a listen.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
SHIVER (Eskalofrio) has fallen off the radar for a lot of folks since it's 2008 release and I'm not sure why. Due to the fact that it's a foreign film, most likely. Spain has a way with horror. It's somewhat raw and really rather fierce. I love it. (See: [rec] )
I found it to be a fun little "bump in the night" thrill that had a good set of actors and a fun story that showed a little thought. Try to roll into it with a clear mind, avoiding the trailer I've posted below unless you are one of those people that needs to see SOMETHING about the film before taking the plunge. :)
The film functions on many levels and had me hook, line and sinker after the first 20 minutes. It's thick with atmosphere and left me smiling and nodding my head at the end due to my full respect for the script.
Give this a go one dark night...lights out....
Unfortunately, this trailer really does not do the movie any justice.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The New Jersey Zombie Walk needs your help!
If you are in the New Jersey area, be a part of Guinness World Record History on 10•30•2010!
"We’re hard at work putting together an entire weekend of events for what we hope will be the largest gathering of zombies in history! That’s right, the Guinness Book of World Records has given us permission to make an attempt at breaking the current record set in Seattle, WA. That means we need every last corpse in the Tri-State area to JOIN US! The number to beat is 4,200 so we need your help spreading the infection to your family, friends, school, etc. Bring everyone you know with you to the walk and help us get into the record books!"
I can't wait to see how this turns out!
More information located here:
Friday, October 8, 2010
I finally took the plunge and purchased an iPhone upgrade from my old first gen iPhone. Of course, in the search for apps for it, I searched for ZOMBIES. There are lots of zombie games out there, but ZOMBIE INFECTION caught my eye and I'm very glad it did.
It's slightly limited by the screen size, but the game play is actually a lot of fun once you get the controls down. Classic "run and kill" action as you collect weapons and ammo and try to make it through the game screens.
A must have for zombie lovers with the new iPhone!
FREE Try Out Version
Monday, October 4, 2010
I can actually picture poor M. Knight going through this. And...who would blame him if he did? Looking back on his career, it's a downward spiral of "used to be" starting with the wondrous SIXTH SENSE and crashing into the pits of THE HAPPENING and THE LAST AIR BENDER. I saw five minutes of THE HAPPENING and I wanted to commit horrid acts of violence on myself. Anything to be able to stop watching.
I finally settled on turning off the TV. I thought it was a good call.
No One Likes M. Night Shyamalan
Friday, October 1, 2010
Bay Area residents who grew up loving horror in the 70s no doubt remember Bob Wilkins and CREATURE FEATURES. The show played some amazing films and had some even more amazing guests and helped fuel the horror movie love in many people.
BOB WILKINS - CREATURE FEATURES
BOB's Last Show can be found here
In 1979, John Stanley took over as host and continued to champion horror for the people who loved the genre.
John Stanley Creature Features Opening (with the classic "There's only one 2" bumper!)
I'd love to bring this kind of thing back. Who's with me?! :)
I wish I could recapture the spirit I had for Halloween when I was a kid, you know? The buzz and crackle in the air. The excitement when I saw adverts for costumes on TV. Just the act of going to the store and browsing the aisles in the Halloween section was exciting.
"Which plastic masked hero will I be this year? Or, should I just dress as a hobo with a big, plastic cigar?"
Being in school helped fuel the mania, of course. Halloween pictures being drawn at our desks and Halloween stories being read as Halloween posters adorned the walls.
And the candy. Lord, the candy. The idea of a night where you simply walked to a house, knocked, and candy was showered down on you like manna from heaven. It boggled the mind.
Later, as fear crept into our society more and more, the holiday tarted to loose it's magic. Candy had to be checked for needle marks or razors. Home baked goods were tossed directly into the trash. Parents watched as their children knocked at doors - at the ready in case a "molester" tried anything sinister.
When I had my own children, I found myself getting excited about the holiday again. I was able to loose my adult inhibitions about dressing up and pretending. I could roam the night with the kids and participate in the mania of free candy and pretend scares. But, kids grow up. Dress up focus changes to party focus. Parties adults are not invited to.
Adult Halloween gatherings and parties always seem to have a "nudist" taint to them. An excuse to wear as little as possible and act out of line. Little by little, my past love for the holiday has dwindled away to nothing save looking forward to watching a few horror movies - which I do anyway.
So, in an effort to rekindle the fire, THE HORROR SHOW will be presenting a few items that may bring back a little of the Halloween spark that seemed to thrill us every year.
Feedback, comments and memories welcome!