Sunday, November 30, 2008


I like my horror movies at two extremes, serious and disturbing or easy and fun. Some movies set out to grab you by the throat and shake the scares into you, while others don't take them selves seriously and just allow you to enjoy the mindlessness of it.

Japan is mad crazy about the mindless gore. The levels at which they'd go for 'entertainment' can not be comprehended by me, and I mean that as a compliment.

An example of what I'm saying would be the movie I'm dying to get my grubby little hands on. It's called Tokyo Gore Police or Tôkyô zankoku keisatsu. There's a little review here.

I actually found out about this movie a few months back but it had kinda dropped of my radar. I've been a long time fan of movies such as Ichi the killer and the recent Machine girl. A Gore Police looks like it's going to deliver the same kinda satisfaction. It's about a squad of futuristic Tokyo cops that have to deal with weird, freaky cool mutants. I'm sure if you dig around you'll find a place with more in-depth info. But let me just say, this movie...has a chick.. whose lower torso... is a crocodile!

How freakin cool is that?!#@

While I wait for a copy of Tokyo Gore Police... I'm getting me a little number called Wicked Lake. I've seen a few negative reviews about this movie, but some have mentioned that it's a decent blood bath of a movie. That's kinda all I'm looking for right now so it's cool. If I wanted a proper story I'd go watch Terminator 2.

Plus Wicked Lake has some nice eye candy in it too... can't go wrong blood and candy. Find a good review here.

Wicked Lake babes

Edit: Wicked Lake absolutely sucked. If I wanted to see a movie in which the only quality was the get some porn. This failed as a horror movie... and all the reviews that go on about the gore in this, what gore were you looking at?

Don't get me wrong... I love naked chicks. But when I get a horror movie with naked chicks...I want some effort with the horror.

Read the Horror Club review here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

For Kaite

Bye Zombie girl...we'll miss you.

Better late...

Yesterday I placed an order for a copy of Dead Rising for my X360. Now I know this game came out like two years ago, I played it when it first came out. Thing is, my first X360 died a few months after I got it. Living in Fiji it was a pain to get it fixed or replaced. So I kinda just went with out it, until a few weeks back when I got a new one of a friends brother in law.

So I was going through some pics online when I came across Dead Rising, my girl friend then asked me "why don't you have this game?"

And I thought to my self "WTF...shes right, why don't I have this?"

So now I've placed my order and I should have my very own copy soon. Since this game came out a few years back, I'm not gonna saying anything about it. Except that it has a lot of zombies and it's the closest I'll get yet to a zombie apocalypse. I was happy to find that Dead Rising is now a X360 'Classic' which means I got to get it at a bargain price :D

Another thing I wanted to share with you today, was a little something about a movie called Quarantine. I was going through a few blogs and I noticed that this movie was mentioned every where.

Thing is... When I first saw the poster for Quarantine down at the local cinema, I told my friend Albie that "That looks like a zombie movie"

I went home to look it up and found that it was indeed a zombie movie and that it was a remake of a Spanish movie called REC. Since Quarantine was a few weeks away from releasing here, I decided to get my self the Spanish version... and boy was it awesome.

The moment after I saw it I had to re-write my mental list of my favorite zombie movies. REC was a gem... a sort of Blair witch meets 28Days later kindof movie that had me from the start. The movie is shot as a reality TV show, so having the Spanish actors added to the level of realism for me, since I didn't recognize any of them. The story was solid and well paced and the final scene just totally creeped me out.

I passed the movie on to my friends and they all loved it. When we found out that Quarantine was almost a shot by shot remake of the original, we decided to wait for the DVD. That's why I haven't seen it and that's why it's not here on my blog.

I'm sure it's an awesome movie, but I just can't wrap my head around the idea of remaking recent movies. I can see how the language might be a barrier for some films, but that can be easily over come with subtitles.

O well... on the other hand. I liked the Grudge, so maybe Quarantine on DVD will be an alright watch.

Scrible zombie

Thursday, November 27, 2008

You are what you eat

Found here.

Not too good Valve

Today Kotaku had on its site the posters released by Valve software for their newest title Left 4 Dead. My buddy MJ linked me the article and I was super excited to see them...

Talk about disappointment.

Left 4 Dead...brand new zombie survival horror game... survive the zombies! Here buy these posters, that have no zombies on them what so ever.


It seems the scenarios you play through the game are set up like little mini-movies. so they start with these posters that depict the the action to come...the cool thing is if one of your members dies, the the 'movie' is dedicated to their memory.

These posters have been printed and you can have them up on your wall.. But... No zombies?!

Not one zombie in any of them...not even like a zombie hand reaching out. I mean, I don't care about these people. Who the hell are they? Sure I'm gonna play as one of them (the biker) but I don't want some random 3D guy up on my wall. It's not like it's Marcus Fenix or Gordon Freeman, these people are generic stereotypes of zombie apocalypse survivors.

I know Valves not forcing me to buy them if I don't want to, but their not really giving me a reason to buy them either.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic series was first published by Image Comics back in 2003. Yes, It does boil my chops to know that i have been missing out on such an awesome book. All these years updating my Batman and Green Lantern collections... when I could also have been up to my ears in some bloody zombie goodness.

As i has mentioned in an earlier entry, there are some many zombie comics books out there, but the ones I had come across earlier read like B Grade movies. Now...any one that follows the zombie genre of movies, know that the B-grades make up the mass majority of it, and we've come to love that. When exposed to so many B come to love the ones that truly shine.

Well... I think The Walking Dead is a diamond in the rough here (yes, just like Aladdin) This comic reads so well. Instead of just mindless excuses to have lots of blood and gore, this comic builds such great tension and character.

It starts of with a cop that gets injured while on duty, he wakes up from a coma in an abandoned hospital only to find that the world around him consumed by zombies. It's easy to see that this zombie ride will be paying homage to the masterful zombies works before it, like the 28 Days opening for example.

Reading through the first few issues, I couldn't bring my self to stop. I wanted to see what happens next. The series kinda reminded me of the excellent Y-The last man books... Cause each book kinda focused on different people and in the end left them with crazy odds to fight or come to terms with.

The whole thing is in black and white, with some colored covers to mix things up. The storty feels a lot more old school, meaning it pulls more from the earlier classic zombie movies in terms of pacing and chracter development. It plays out by make the people more interesting and having the zombies as more of a background (yet constant) threat. The Wikipedia synopsis sums it up as:

The Walking Dead is centered around a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and occasionally each other — the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home. The lives of these survivors will be changed forever.

This book is a must read for zombie fans...but I'm sure a lot of you know about this already. Just remember that I live on a tropical island where the biggest comic star is The Phantom.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

You know what's funny

When I was about 7 or so, i saw this movie called The Burbs. It stars Tom Hanks before he went Bono on us.

The movie is about this family that moves in next door to Tom Hank's character, and how he thinks that their some kind of weird cannibal cult.

Well...there's this one scene where, for some reason or other, Tom Hanks goes over to visit them. And the 'cannibal' couple offer Tom some sardines and pretzels, who then reacts to this as though he is disgusted and horrified at having to eat it.

As a kid I loved Sardines and pretzels :(

I learnt a few things tonight.


I for one don't mind remakes of old movies, so long as it's done with a purpose. For example, I saw no reason to remake The Omen if it was going to be done almost frame by frame. On the other hand, I loved the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake... that was awesome.

Tonight my girl friend and I rented the re-make of The Hitcher. I didn't mind getting it cause I loved the first one from 1986, I was looking forward to seeing my GF's reactions to this new one.

The movie starts off alright, but then I noticed that it wasn't exactly the same story from the original. But thats cool though, cause I enjoyed Rob Zombie's Halloween. So I thought...this movie wasn't gonna be a remake, but more of a re-imagining, as they put it.

Well lets just say... some people have no fucking imagination.

This movie was so frustrating to watch. The Original Hitcher was such a bad ass movie, and though the baddie in this movie is by far the star, the 'lead actors' sucked so bad.

The chick in the movie is just so frustrating to watch... not so much for the acting, with the amount of B movies I watch, I can forgive bad acting. But her character is just someone you want to die.

At one point I just started swearing at her, calling her names and yelling out instructions. I even mentioned to my girl friend if this ever happens to us, I'm riding with the Hitcher.

Sean Bean stole the show. But it's hard to watch a move like this when you're rooting for the bad guy. For some reason the guy reminded me of the Punisher...


I guess the game of Re-makes is a 'hit and miss' kinda thing. It's so weird that the people who brought me a new age classic like the TCM remake, could ruin such a good movie.

If you wanna see a movie with some guy blowing shit up and killing people off camera, this movie is a good pass time. But if you want a genuine thriller that'll make your movie night rock..please try and get your hands on the original. This is by no means a review by the way... I'm just bitching about a movie I didn't like. You might like it...but please don't let this dumbed down movie take away from the greatness of the original.

On the plus side, it had Boromir being a bad ass.

Looking forward to em

Monday, November 24, 2008

We need more posters

Of things carrying women.

Creature features

My Girl Friend loves horror movies, but she is more of a 'new age' horror fan. She hasn't seen psycho the original, I had to force her to watch Evil Dead 2, and she loves Saw.

But that's cool. She may not care much for where horror movies come from, but she loves where they're going. She absolutely loved Texas Chainsaw Massacre: the Beginning, and she can't wait to watch Saw5. I'm glad she draws the line at Hostel.

But tonight we were watching a little something called Primeval, and I loved it. It's a movie about a killer crocodile shredding people up in Africa, and though my Girl friend found it some what entertaining, she didn't find it scary in any way. The other night we watched Rogue, another killer croc movie, and same thing.

"It's just a crocodile" She said, and I said "But it's still scary right?"

Then I started thinking to my self... when was the last time any movie with a real life creature killing things scare me? The Croc movies kind of scared me and had me all tense and shit cause I have a slight fear of water. (Yes, Large bodies of natural water scares the shit out of me...)

But that can't be the only reason. Didn't Jaws scare like a whole generation of people and spoil summer for some time after it's release? Then I thought, maybe Jaws was a lot more frightening to people that went to the beach a lot. That kinda makes sense.

The thing is, at the end of the day... we are not gonna come across a killer croc any time soon. Or a giant anaconda, or man eating spiders.

It's weird how different things scare different people.

We need more monster movies. And I mean good, big budget monster movies. Cloverfield was awesome, but a few with things from a lot closer to home would be nice too. The Mist was very cool too, so was 8 legged freaks.

With the way the whole "buckets of gore" thing, that seems to be dominating a lot of the horror movies that are making it big now days, a movie with some cool monsters ripping stuff up might settle in nicely.

Maybe a remake of Critters or something.


Am i gonna regret saying that?

Zombie music

Zombie Girl

You like electro/ industrial music? You like Zombies? Listen to zombie girl.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Zombie Propaganda

Found em here.

Death Walks the Street

The other day I came across an interesting comic titled "Death Walks the Streets"

The first few pages had nice art of some scantly dressed chick killing right of the bat it was an interesting. The rest of the story was so so, but what I found interesting was the stuff I found up when I looked the comic up online.

Published by a company with a very cool name, The Scream Factory, it seems the comic is part of some kind of a media project with the same title. Part of the planned project is a movie trilogy that's meant to be a horror enthusiasts wet dreams. A movie about vampires, were wolves and zombies co-existing with humans.

Sadly the ambitious project is currently on hold, but lets hope it leads to some place creative. The comic series is meant to be a prequel to the movies and is set three years before it. If the next issues has more zombie bashing...I'll definitely pick it up.

My new comics

Just got my hands on issue one of The Dead: Kingdom of Flies. So far it's an average start. The art work is more than descent, and in between, it has these funny Zombie facts and tips, which makes it entertaining. But at the end of the first issue I was left with a big fat 'Meh' I hope the next issue picks up. On the up side it had a nice cover.

I still haven't found my self a good zombie comic that I wanna follow. You'd be surprised to see how many zombie comic titles are out there. Every month when I go through new comic issues, I make sure to grab all the zombie titles i find. If anything just to sample them.

I have more than a few issues of Plague of the living dead and Escape of the living dead, but I don't find it too compelling. Plus I get distracted by the tits and ass. Their good though, gore wise I can't believe how easy it is to get by the comics code these days. But story wise, they don't do much forme... Id like to see people that I can grow to like... instead most of these books are filled with dick heads that piss e very one off and then get eaten. It's cool having some guy in a story that's an ass, but when the whole book is full of people that you don't give a shit about... it gets a bit tiring to follow.

I'm currently working on getting my self The Walking Dead collection by image. That series looks like it might be alright. From what Ive read, it has a strong bunch of characters trying to make it across a zombie infested America. A description I found online read:

As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse. Fighting growing despair — and occasionally each other — the group searches for a secure location which they can finally call home. The lives of these survivors will be changed forever.

I like that :D

The series it self is a bit old...but living in Fiji, you learn that it's better late than never.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ima order the Limited edition DVD

First saw this when I was like 4 or something... and have loved it ever since.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Bloody good movie

This movie was a fun treat,with some mad ass gore. A lot of CGI stuff, but done really well in the context of the movie. It even has Vinnie Jones... o and an extremely brief scene with Ted Raimi.

My favorite scene is this one part where we get a POV shot of this mallet smashing into this lady's face. What follows is a very cool shot that I don't wanna spoil for anyone that might wanna watch the movie, but it's one of those moments that make you almost yell out"Holy Shit!" or "Damn Dawg!"

The movie has a bit of a crazy ending which I didn't care much for... but the train ride to the end is pretty awesome. It's a gem i wouldn't mind picking up for the personal collection.

If you're looking for a bloody good time, good tension and some fancy ass blood baths... get on the Midnight Meat Train, it's so much more than worth a watch. Plus I heard it's based on a short story by the man him self, Clive Barker... Need I say any more?

Incoming classic shot

The British do it good...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

You know you've been dating me too long...

When you start dreaming about Bruce Campbell.

I wana watch this one...

Holy Shit@!

You know I love zombies. But aside from zombies and horror movies... I like Sci Fi. Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein. Even some Philip K Dick.

I'm not a huge fan of fantasy... I don't know why. I used to love a bit of Piers Anthony when i was like 12, but aside from that... not much else.

Except for Conan the barbarian.

I fucken love Conan. Ever since I got my hands on Conan the usurper at some garage sale when I was a kid...I've absolutely loved his adventure stories. Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery stuff was so cool... no white wizards to hide behind, no silly wands to save you. Just man and solid steel. I even have the latest comic series by Dark Horse, and every single one of his stories. As far as i know.

Sadly I wasn't much of a fan of the Arnold movies that came out in the 80s. I just don't think it was done right. Maybe it's cause I didn't get to see them when they first came out. If it was the bomb me it has kinda lost it's glory.

I"m sorry...

But re-fucken-joice! Cause there are talks of a new Conan movie coming out soon...and rumor has it that it will be directed by none other than the man him self Robert Rodriguez!

From what I've read will be a a lot different from the earlier movies and will be a lot closer to Robert Howard's original work.

And if that wasn't enough... coming sooner is a Red Sonja movie staring the very hot Rose McGowan... Red Sonja was another one of Howard's sword swingers. The lack of originality sweeping across Hollywood may be paying off, as it gives them a chance to re-visit certain projects and maybe do right by them.

Stuff Harry Pottier... I hope these movies kick ass!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I was sick today...

So I decided to stay home and take a break from work. So after spending the morning playing Gears of War 2 with my Girl friend, we spent the afternoon watching a few movies.

First up was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. I'm a huge fan of the original and even the remake, when I found "The Beginning", I was a bit skeptical... thinking it would be some cheap trick to cash in on the franchise. Man was I wrong. the winning formula of TCM is, in my opinion, a little hard to mess up. So as a fan this was a real treat. Just to watch this genesis of the nightmare was not only freaky, but kinda interesting.

The only down side is, being an origin story... we know that the nasties win and the goodie goodies die horribly. Which seems to be a requiring trend now days anyway.

After the movie I met some mates and then went to the video store, and came back with a little gem called Trailer Park of Terror, (and Madagascar 2...but that was for my girl friend)

Based on the comic book of the same name, Trailer park of Terror was good fun. Zombie looking crazies that rip up a couple of misguided teens who are on their way to some Christian youth camp. With fun special effects, funky characters and a plot thin enough to just talk over and enjoy. The weird thing is, the movie doesn't take it self seriously at all...this makes it hard to feel for the kids being terrorized. But that's cool... after watching the somewhat emotionally tiering Texas Chainsaw earlier, it was a welcome treat.

I'm not sure how true the story was to the comic series, but it looked pretty spot on based on the pics I found online. I'm in the processes of getting the comic now :D

For some reason that I'm finding it hard get the words for, the movie reminded me of 13 ghosts and House of a 1000 corpses.

Horror Club review here.
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