Today’s guest review is all about Shaun of the Dead, a British comedy horror released in 2004. Freelance writer Dave Parrack, who can be reached via his About.me page, adores this film so much he agreed to wax lyrical about it for the next eight paragraphs.
I have never really been a fan of horror movies. All through my childhood, my dad would watch the scariest horror flicks released through the 80s and 90s, and I just didn’t understand the appeal. And then I became an adult, and that indifference continued. At least it did until Shaun of the Dead hit theaters.
Here was a comedy horror written and directed by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the geniuses behind Spaced. Shaun of the Dead has a brilliant cast, a clever storyline, lots of lots of zombies, and just the right amount of gore to allow me to watch it without vomiting popcorn everywhere. I was in.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 22, Part 3: Shaun of the Dead
Illustrator Dale Rawlings brings us the second part of a zombie retrospective, taking a look at 1985’s Return of the Living Dead.
While Night of the Living Dead set the standard and established the tropes for all the zombie films that followed, 1985’s Return of the Living Dead broke those rules. Return of the Living Dead was originally based on the 1977 novel of the same name written by John Russo, George A. Romero’s former writing partner, and co-writer of Night of the Living Dead. But the film differs greatly from the novel takes a more comedic approach to the. Because the film came out in 1985, it is infused with a punk rock sensibility to shake things up and give movie audiences a fresh approach to the zombie film genre. It also had the distinction of being the first meta-zombie movie, referencing Night of the Living Dead several times in the dialogue.
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Today’s horror review is by Dale Rawlings, a comic book illustrator based in Washington, D.C. He covers Night of the Living Dead.
Zombies terrified me as a kid. In fact, they scared the crap out of me. The concept that someone would die (in most cases a friend or family member) then minutes later re-animate eager to eat you alive was truly horrifying. This scenario resonates deeply with the primeval fears of humanity and held a frightening fascination for my young mind. Maybe this is why Night of the Living Dead is still my favorite horror movie.
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Jon is the editor of doubledumbassonyou.com, your destination in the Alpha Quadrant for nerd news, nostalgia, and colorful metaphors. You can follow him on Twitter @doubledumbass or Instagram @dbldumbass. He writes about Event Horizon.
Years before Paul W.S. Anderson was forcing Resident Evil sequels upon the movie-going public he directed a science fiction horror film called Event Horizon which channeled inspiration from films like Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Hellraiser.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 21: Event Horizon
Producer Kevin Feige is currently revealing Marvel’s movie plans for the future (Phase 3). Confirmed so far:
Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016 (at first they joked that the subtitle would be Serpent Society but it will be Civil War, co-starring Iron Man)
Doctor Strange – November 4th 2016 (Scott Derickson confirmed to direct)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5th, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok – July 28th 2017
Black Panther – November 3rd, 2017 (Marvel’s first black hero to headline his own film. Feige confirmed they have put seeds for this film in Avengers 2, saying, “It’s about how this isolationist country of Wakanda meets the world.” Chadwick Boseman will star.)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel – July 6th, 2018 (confirmed to be the Carol Danvers version, making this Marvel’s first film to star a solo female hero)
Inhumans – November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 1, 2019
You’ll probably hear some inevitable comments on “superhero fatigue” about to set in, but you won’t here that from us. This looks exciting!
Standup comedian and writer for Collider Evan Valentine returns with another review for Horror Month. This time, he covers Freddy vs Jason.
When I was really young, around six years old, my family would rent a townhouse in Duck, North Carolina with my best friend’s family at the time. We would walk around this small ocean town, walk to the beach, and generally just be kids. I can still remember exploring the countryside, walking past a tennis court or two as the sun set and the world was still this big, mysterious place. “Ok”, you’re probably asking yourself, “What the hell does this have to do with a giant zombie hillbilly fighting a dream pedophile?” Well I’m getting to that. Anyway, this time was also when I watched my first Friday the 13th movie. I was sitting in the kitchen and my friend was flipping through the channels and came across the scene in Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood wherein Jason is ascending some stairs to fight a girl with telekinesis.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 20: Freddy vs Jason
Today’s guest reviewer is WC Shepherd who manages the Comics Unraveled group. He writes about the Australian horror film The Loved Ones.
Australia is known for a lot of things: pristine beaches, coral reefs, picturesque deserts, Yahoo Serious and having more things that want to kill you per square inch than any other area of the planet. The Loved Ones doesn’t do much to dispel this idea.
We meet our hero Brent as he and his laid-back father are driving through the country, listening to classic rock I’ve never heard. Suddenly, in quintessential horror foreshadowing fashion, a shirtless, bloodied young man appears in the road, causing Brent to swerve and slam into a tree. Six months later we find out the crash killed Brent’s father and has sent the teen into an angst spiral replete with the standard substance abuse and death wishes. After having car sex with his almost unbelievably hot girlfriend, and revealing some of the most intense cutting scars I’ve ever seen with one of the most beautiful razor blades I’ve ever seen hanging from his neck (Chekov might have something to say, but I won’t spoil that part for you) he goes climbing up a sheer rock face. After nearly killing himself, Brent takes a moment to relax with his dog that’s probably not a dingo. While he’s rocking out to what must be some Australian butt rock I’ve never heard of, someone sneaks up behind him and whacks him out with a shovel. More spoilers ahead, but really none that would diminish anyone’s enjoyment of the movie, so read on, guilt free.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 19: The Loved Ones
The trailer for Age of Ultron aka Avengers 2 leaked online (followed by Marvel releasing it) and we saw it! And since we’re nerds with opinions we needed to share them!
Vincent: All I can say is that my boner got a boner for watching the Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer.
Chris: I liked it but didn’t get quite as amped because there were no hints of character arcs or clever dialog. It’s quite dark. I get it. It’s establishing the stakes. I just hope the next trailer gives us an idea of what the story is.
Vincent: You know, the funny thing is while I liked the first Avengers, I did have some issues with it. It’s really just 1/2 set up and 1/2 big fight. It’s great for what it is. This movie looks like it might have a little more substance.
Chris: Possibly. Ultron is a really interesting villain and I think it’s cleverly tied in with Tony Stark, which gives Robert Downey, Jr. something to sink his teeth into. He’s the lynchpin so that’s smart. Let’s take a look at some screencaps and see what we can figure out and what looks most interesting.
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Today’s guest reviewer is professional blogger Allison Boyer. You can read her food blog at The PinterTest Kitchen or follow her on Twitter. She has decided to write about The Descent.
Okay, I usually blog about cupcakes and cookies, but nothing will make me geek out more than a good horror movie. And my pick is a little off the beaten path: The Descent.
Don’t get me wrong. I love a good zombie flick, with Dawn of the Dead being an all-time favorite of mine, but I really don’t find zombies all that scary. When the escape plan is, “walk away at a brisk pace,” my blood doesn’t really get pumping.
The Descent is in a whole other category for me because there is no escape. There’s no running to the next abandoned farm over for help. There’s no going to the police. There’s no killing the baddie and getting away. The main characters are trapped, with two options: starve to death wandering father and farther into a labyrinth cave system or be ripped apart by sub-human cave creatures with a craving for girl-kabobs.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 18: The Descent
Today’s guest review is about Quarantine, a favorite of guest writer Jerry Whitworth, writer for Comic Art Community. You can find more of his work on Facebook and Twitter.
In the growing field of Horror, a number of niche markets have arisen. The zombie sub-genre is an entry popularized by George A. Romero and raised to be a dominant force today due in no small part to The Walking Dead franchise. This type of monster draws on a number of fears most people share, be it a horde of creatures, infectious condition (and the paranoia it sows), and a nigh-unstoppable force (one that doesn’t rest with a hunger that can never be satisfied). In the past, zombies were slow-moving that trekked with a stumbled walk. Today, they’re often depicted able to move unhindered (sometimes even superhuman, lacking the limits the human mind naturally places on the body). Certainly all of these elements were in play with the 2008 film Quarantine, directed by John Erick Dowdle (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Devil) and starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) and Jay Hernandez (Hostel). Based on the hit 2007 Spanish Horror film [?REC], Quarantine follows Los Angeles reporter Angela Vidal (Carpenter) and her cameraman on a ride along with firefighters who are called to an apartment building for a suspected medical emergency. Subsequently, Vidal, her cameraman, the firefighters, on-scene police, and the building’s residents are unexpectedly quarantined as some sort of fast-acting form of rabies (drawing parallels to the Rage virus in 28 Days Later) spreads throughout those trapped leading the unaffected to desperately seek escape.
Continue reading Horror Month Day 17: Quarantine