Saturday, January 31, 2009
Do dead babies float your boat?
Frankly, anything with kids and dead kids especially, creeps the shizz out of me. Well director Paul Solet is bringing us Grace...a movie about a baby that dies in its mothers womb, but the loving mummy decides to carry the baby for the full term...and then gives birth to the baby alive.
It's already causing a stir...with audience members fainting at some of the viewings. And it's scored an interesting 9.1 at IMDB. The little I know about Grace has got me keen on seeing it.
Io9 was spotting some new Concept art for the World War Z movie that's coming our way from Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster
Looks pretty damn good...
Gracing our small screens this coming month is the new British sitcom 'Being Human'
A show about a Vampire and a Werewolf that move in together, only to find that their new apartment is haunted by the ghost of dead girl.
Big thanks to TF for the heads up on this one.
The show looks to be pretty interesting... I hope it doesn't take it self to seriously, just the idea of it makes me laugh, but it's billed as horror/ drama. BMost of the early previews I've read on it say it is in fact very funny. Plus it's a British production... the last British TV production I saw was Dead Set...and I loved that to bits.
Can't wait to get me hands on this one.
Now I have something aside from Big Bang Theory to download.
In other news...some people who couldn't find entertainment too readily, decided to make their own. It seems some hackers got into the electronic roads signs of an area of Austin Texas and turned them into Zombie Warning signs.
The Signs that normally warn of road hazards instead read:
"Zombies ahead . . . the end is near . . . run for cold climates!"
Some even warned of Nazi Zombies. It seems the vandals broke off a lock on the sign in central Austin early Monday and then hacked into the computer to change the words, they then changed the passwords so that officials wouldn't be able to fix the signs immediately.
Read the Dallas News article here...there's even a video clip :D
What ever happened to just sawing the signs off and taking them home?
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I both love and hate being sick. I love it cause I get to stay home, but it sucks cause I feel all yuk. When I'm sick though, I like to surround my self with things that I like. Things that make me happy.
Which means lots of peanut butter and jam sandwiches, with tea. Hours of the Beatles playing in the background (it's happy music), and good movies to pass the time.
I'm also playing through Dead Space again...
The other night I wanted to watch something familiar...so my GF and I loaded up the Grudge. Man that movie creeped me out the first time I saw it. To make it worse, I remember that when I went to watch it in the theater there was this little Asian kid running around for some reason. At one point the little brat popped up beside me and I freaked out.
WTF was this little kid doing at a screening for the Grudge anyway? Don't age restrictions mean shit in Fiji?
*Fark...this huge burst of thunder and lightening just happened...was so damn loud. We still have heavy rains and shizz here...plus more parts of the country are flooding up.
So today I finally went to the doctors. Set me back a bit... but I got some drugs, which is always fun. So now I'm doped up on something called Loratadine and Clarithromycin.
On the way back from the doctors I decided to stop by the video store... and I picked up a copy of Ravenous, which I love.
AND...as I was leaving I saw a copy of The Monster Squad!
Watching it now I could see why I fell in love with it. That movie has everything a kid would want in a scary movie. First of all it had not ONE...but a whole cast of the classic Universal monsters. From Dracula and the Wolfman...to The Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Mummy. The plot isn't the most complicated one...but then you don't really need a thick plot for most horror movies... and the characters all slightly cheesy without being off-putting. And the horror movies cliques are all over the place.
I used to think the chracter of Rudy was so damn cool.
Basically these monsters are set loose on the world...and our young heroes have to take them out before they gain the power to let evil rain forever!
I remember after watching the movie as a kid, my friends and I formed our own Monster Squad and started roaming around the neighborhood looking for monsters to slay.
I even kept a journal...in case someone finds it and uses the knowledge I had gathered to stop what evil might come by.
Remake of the movie... but I hope this doesn't happen. I think this movie had a time and place...doing it now will totally suck. It might be cool to see maybe a squeal or something, but I don't see this working now days.
But it was nice to get a chance to watch this again... If you haven't seen it, do your inner child a favor and get it.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Since we didn't have TV till I was like 7 or 8... I used to go down to the local video store and grab VHS tapes on Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior.
By the time I hit high school we had WCW on TV, and I can't remember the amount of dates I cut short so I could get home by 11pm on Saturdays to watch WCW Nitro! When we started getting more channels, WWF came to town, and I'm sorry...but it had the cooler wrestlers. But I'll never forget them Nitro Girls.
Now days it pains me to watch WWE. Seeing all these big shot wrestlers that were nothing but lackies before pisses me off. Nothing will ever be the same as the original Wolf Pack or DX.
I came across something today which kinda made me smile though... Do you ever feel that some times other people have a direct feed to the crap that's stirring in your brain?
Get this: A wrestler who dies and comes back as a zombie!
Need I say more?
Dark Horse comics publishes a lot of my favorite shizz. From Hellboy to Conan...and now I'm going to get my grubby little hands on every single issue I can find of El Zombo Fantasma!
The basic story of it is a Wrestler that dies and makes a deal to come back...in exchange he has to watch over this chick who has more to her than meets the eye. (No shes not a Transformer)
And as if the news about the comic wasn't enough for me to come by... it seems there is gonna be a movie adaption too!
The story follows the mysterious murder of the world’s most notorious Mexican wrestler who bargains his way out of an eternity of fiery damnation by returning to Los Angeles to play guardian angel to a troublesome teen, Belisa Montoya. He soon discovers that the teen is not what she seems and that their fates have been intertwined for centuries.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Later on I came to find her love for horror movies went beyond mine to a certain degree. I was into such classics as Evil Dead, The house by the cemetery and my zombie movies... where as she was into the neo-horror trend of movies such as Saw, Hostel and the Hills have Eyes remake, as well as stuff like Hide and seek and Gothika.
But it was in movies like The Grudge and The Cottage that we found some common ground. For some reason I only spent most of my time watching older horror movies...it was through her that I got into such things as Saw, plus she opened me up to remakes such as The Amityville Horror and 'Hills.'
Other wise, for some reason I hated remakes... except for Texas chainsaw.
So last night I was getting us some movies, and I wanted to get something for my GF that she would really love. The cover for The Haunting of Holly Hartley caught my eye... knowing that she loves movies like Emily Rose and such, I figured she'd like this one.
Man was I wrong...
This movie was so bad... and I don't think that any thing that happened in this movie constitutes are 'haunting'
By the end of it I didn't know what the point of the movie was... it went from an interesting intro...to a teen movie... to pure crap... to slight cases of religious propaganda.
Read the Horror Club review here.
Needless to say the movie was a disappointment... but on the other hand. There was another movie that I picked up for my self that turned out to be a winner. Back in high school I had seen this movie called May, but I've never come across it since. When going through some DVDs for sale at a local video store that was closing down... I found a $5 copy of Land of the Dead: unrated directors cut (:D)
It's a classic story of a shy girl that is looking for love in all the wrong places, until one day she finds a guy who seems perfect, only to end up trying too hard and scaring him off. From a female perspective, you may end up feeling sorry for her.
As a guy I was terrified of her.
Lets just say the main idea behind the movie is...she comes to realize that people are not a 100% perfect, just parts of them are.
Think of May as a modern day, miss guided Doctor Frankenstein looking for love.
Some 'chick flicks' are pretty sweet.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
But then...that's what they said about Doom3... And granted though we did have to wait like 10 minutes or so before we got a chance to shoot things in the face, the game didn't have a plot to write home about.
But I for one didn't mind. I don't see why people have to diss Doom3 for the lack of a story. I thought it had a great plot...because it had me really motivated to kill things. And that's what Doom is all about. Running up and down hallways shooting things. My characters motivation was to stay alive and get the fuck of that space station. As simple as the story may have been...it was brilliantly executed through all the PDAs you pick up here and there...or emails you read.
Half Life 2. I just hate when people ask for too much and then bitch about it later. I bet you if ID made Doom4 more story based and less mindless action...then people will bitch about 'Where's the winning formula....where's this...where's that?'
I hope Doom4 builds on the atmosphere that Doom3 brought us... the sound and environments in that game where the shit... and the feeling of isolation and finally damnation as you entered into 'hell' were fucken sweet.
I guess when it comes down to it...it depends on the individual: what kind of games they like... and how much they forget themselves and let them selves be sucked into the game world.
Just Last night I was playing Dead Space after watching Event Horizon. I had the the lights out...and yes...I talk to my self some times.
"What was that?"
"I don't know...Ima go check it out"
"Be careful dude..."
Award winning writer Graham Joyce is said to be behind the script for Doom4... All I hope is that his plot allows for a double barrel with a quick reload and a melee move with all the weapons.
Reloading without melee can be a bitch.
But it seems that American distribution company IFC Films has bought the rights to set this monster free in theaters.
U.S. rights to Tommy Wirkola’s “Dead Snow” have been acquired by IFC Films. Described as “a genre-bending Norweigan horror comedy,” the film debuted in the midnight section this week at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
I just hope we get to watch it here in Fiji... Read the article here.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Batman RIP was a bit of a chore to read… it stirred up all kinds of shit from Thomas Wayne not being dead…to Alfred being Bruce’s father.
And now after all that….
Batman is Dead
To put it lightly… I am a somewhat Avid Batman fan.
I love batman… in my home videos for my 1st birthday my cake was a Batman Cake. Or a Bat-cake. He is hands down my favorite comic book character and favorite superhero. As far as I know I have every single one of his graphic novels… even the else world stuff and I have his comics up to date either in hard copy or CBR.
For Christmas I got a 10 inch Justice League unlimited Batman figure. I love him… I call him:
On that note I don’t see how they can replace Batman with someone else who is not Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne is no just Batman’s alter ego. He IS The Batman. It is his own personal tragedy that created the Batman. Everything he put himself through to become the Batman is what makes the legend. It doesn’t matter if they get some other guy who has also lost someone to be the NEW Batman. It won’t be Batman.
Because Batman became so much more than just a cowl.
I’m pretty sure what might happen is that Batman will take a little break, wither it be his choice or not…
DC has ‘Killed’ other characters before. Even Superman was dead for a bit. And it was all over the news and papers. I remember it even reached our little island Fiji… about how the man of steel was no more.
Then they brought him back.
He came back.
What might happen is that there will be a bunch of guys running around making up for his absence. That’s what happened when Batman broke his back.
DC is always out to stir stuff that in turn makes for good reading. It has been a while since Batman got stirred. I doubt there’ll be much change to the formula… but it will be back a little sweeter I’m sure.
I wonder who will be the filler while Batman is away. It would be cool to see Nightwing try his hand at being the Bat. But as past stories have shown…he is pretty adamant about being Nightwing. Batman's son Damian isn't ready for that kind of responsibility. The current Robin is a tad bit young…plus his got his own stuff going too. And Jason Todd is just crazy. I don’t know why they have Hush as a contender… and I also don’t know why there aren’t any signs of Jean Paul Valley. He did after all fill in for Batman while his back was out.
But then again…Valley went a little crazy too.
For the past few months he has been fighting it out with the Black Glove in Batman RIP. At the end of which there was a massive explosion that didn’t see Batman come out alive.
But then during these same months Batman is off fighting it out in the Final Crisis story line…at the end of which he gets fried by Darksides Omega beams, but not before supposedly killing Darkside.
Well done Batman...get it?
I hope Neil Gaimen’s Whatever Happened to the caped crusader, which is due out next month, ties up some loose ends and maybe shines some light on what’s to come.
Aside from a ‘The End’ story for Batman, the book will also serve as a homage to Alan Moore’s ‘What ever happened to the man of tomorrow’, which marked the end of the Silver age Superman and ushered in the revamped version.
Batman deserves a break… he truly is one of the few people, be it fictional, that personifies the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead’
Batman goes psycho in RIP
Whatever happens… it will be interesting till the good stuff begins. All this just means that I have an awesome ‘Return of the Batman’ comic to look forward to. Morrison himself had mentioned that when writing the books he had something:
"so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story! I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all. This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman."
I'm looking forward to seeing what the future brings for my favorite hero... and I'm also looking froward to all the stuff in between.
He WILL come back….and his gonna kick everyones ass….
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Rarely do you get major hype about an up coming zombie movie out side of zombie fan circles. The last time I remember that happening was the Dawn of the Dead Remake. It was all over the net... and our local theaters had the posters up...and suddenly every one I knew wanted to watch this up coming horror movie. But to me it was so much more than that. Zombie movies are an acquired taste to some extent. I got my friends to watch REC and Dance of the Dead... but I doubt they'd sit through Dellamorte Dellamore. The Dawn of the Dead remake... and even the 28 Days later film before... I think made zombies bankable again.
It let people know that zombies could still make for a very intense, fun and ultimately enjoyable horror movie experience for even the casual horror movie goer.
There are so many crap zombie movies out every year that the genre becomes almost a bit of a joke at times. So many times I've had my girl friend roll her eyes and say 'Gawd...not another zombie movie... the last one was so shit'
Well... looks like this year will bring us another winner to join the ranks of Dawn of the Dead and28 Days/ Weeks later. Not only can we look forward to REC. 2 which has got even my zombie hating girl friend buzzing, but closer than that will be the international release of Dead Snow.
The lucky fellas in Norway already have it, it is their movie.... and soon it will be out at the Sun Dance festival. The hype for this movie on the net might not be as extensive as the big movies we are used to... but it was enough for my friends, who aren't normally zombie crazy, to down load clips and art and even link me stuff on it. Usually I'm the one sending un-read links to all of them. I'm looking at you John Michaels.
Dead Snow is meant to be a throw back to such classics as Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive. It's meant to be a splatter-fest you can laugh at. It has the winning formula of sex starved kids... bucks of blood top off with a note that just have read: Just add zombies.
It is interesting to note that the movies it is homaging were them selves movies that came out low key but made cult status. So even though Dead Snow may pull a huge crowd...id like to see how many people keeps as fans.
Friday, January 16, 2009
At the moment the country is recovering from a tropical depression that has left parts of it flooded. So the radio station I work for has been running charity drives and appeals to gather up cash and other goodies for the flood victims. That can get both very time consuming for a producer such as my self....as well as very depressing.
I spent the busier part of the week making radio commercials encouraging people to donate this and spare us that. and I think it's really getting to me. You spend so much time working on something and surrounded by it... it starts to mess you up. The other day I had these two announcers in my studio recording an advert about a local mobile phone company that will donate part of its call charge towards the flood drive... and they were laughing and joking about. For some reason I was all like "Look...people are dead and so many others have no homes... could you not fuck about and read the script properly"
The beginning of the week saw me turn a year older.... and a year closer to joining the undead according to Cakey. It was marked by a nice dinner at my mate Wilson's home. I got a nice a cake, but i was told I'm to wait till this afternoon for my present. I wasn't told what it was... so lets see. Thank you John Michaels.
My GF got me a cute little ceramic puppy holding a pot plant. I think it's a dog pushing weed. i call him Peanut.
I haven't been drawing much or playing too many video games. I did watch Hot Fuzz again the other night. And a very interesting little animated number called Igor. It wasn't the most amazing animated feature I'd seen, that would be Transformers the animated movie...but it was pretty funny. The rabbit was my fave.
The other day while sitting at McDonald's I did do a quick sketch of Batman. But I was so damn tired that day that I just wanted to go home and pass out. My buddy Albie did a cool job of coloring it... his a comic artist you know. In fact he was suppose to head over to the UK this week to study art. But the air port was closed. I liked his colors on Robin.
And while brain storming a script for some retail store that wants to cash in on the misery of the flood... I drew this:
I'll admit that the zombies where an after thought.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Benicio Del Toro turns into a Werewolf... Megan Fox gets naked. What are the horror movies heading our way this year? It looks like it's gonna be a big year for movies in all genres.
Head over to The Horror Club and check out some of the horror flicks to look out for this year.
I am particularly excited about the new Friday the13th and Rec 2.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
The Mad, a cheesy zomedy about a small town getting infected after eating bad beef. You really gotta watch what you eat these days.
The gore in the movie is not as liberal as I've gotten used to from most zom-B-graders (Yes I'm making up words today) But it does it's part well.
Today I spent the end of my day watching this thing called Shadow Dead Riot. I'm actually about to go watch The Killing of John Lennon, so Ima make this one really quick.
Zombies loose in a womens correctional facility.
Dead Riot has the lamest plot ever, but it works well enough to fit in lots of tits and ass in the first half of the movie. It has the Candy Man in it... and the fighting is pretty good.
Yes... The fighting. Women beating each other up is plenty fun, and when the main girls takes to beating the zombies... even my girl friend enjoyed it.
If you have mates over, grabs a few beers... maybe some chips,then this movie will pass the time good, it's no Flight of the living Dead,but it's alright.
O and it has a Zombie baby! all the bits with it are bloody hilarious...
Friday, January 2, 2009
Released as part of the 8 films to die for lot of movies, sadly from which I have yet to see something that is truly worth writing home about, Wicked little things is directed by J. S.Cardone. That's the guy that made our lives miserable with movies like The Forsaken and the redundant 8mm 2 .
He also wrote the script the for the Prom night remake, so we know he has a fine handle on taking good ideas and making them shit.
What would have been a great idea, Children of the corn with zombie kids, plays out to be a long....dull and very predictable movie. The story is pretty straight forward, with no plot twists or anything, and we see the 'zombie' children pretty early on so this removes any form of suspense/ tension that might have made the movie a little more interesting.
The make-up on the children is seriously lacking too, with the kids looking more like regular starving homeless kids than actual zombies.
Maybe that would have been a better idea. Starving cannibal homeless kids... I'd watch that.