Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Short Film: Resident Evil: First Hour Episode 1 (Live Action Fan Film)

I came across a live action fan film/webseries for "Resident Evil 2" called "Resident Evil: First Hour" and it's pretty darn good. It's about Leon Kennedy's first day on the job as a Raccoon City policeman- and what happens to him after he first arrives at the police station, up until the zombie outbreak in the city.

"Resident Evil 2" is a survival horror video game that was originally released for PlayStation in 1998. It takes place after the events in "Resident Evil." Claire Redfield arrives at Raccoon City in search of her missing brother Chris (one of the playable characters in the first game). Leon Kennedy, the poor guy, has just started his new job at one of Raccoon City's finest, and his first day is going to be a killer as the zombie outbreak reaches the city and all hell breaks loose.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8 Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 8: Nebraska Rick confronts Shane about killing the walkers. Shane believes that Hershel knew Sophia was dead and let them go out looking for her anyway. Rick is furious with Shane handing out the guns and taking over, killing walkers that their host, Hershel, believed to be people. Shane knows that he did the right thing to keep everyone safe.

During the Talking Dead, we were shown a clip of Episode 8 in which Dale tells Lori that Shane killed Otis. Lori isn't quick to believe him, but Dale isn't the type to lie. I wonder just how long it will take her to realize that once Shane learned of her pregnancy that it made him snap. Her having a baby was his last straw- sure the presence of the walkers in the barn really scared him (which is why he became so angry and confrontational) but to him, her having his baby, and not letting him raise it, it was just too much.

Jon Bernthal did a great job portraying Shane's transition of going head first in downward spiral from a jealous over-protective, selfish jerk to  full-blown megalomania. Shane is tired of Rick making what he perceives as bad and dangerous choices. He believes he can lead the group better, and never truly got over Rick usurping his position once he met up with the group in the first season. 

Shane aims to take back what is his: leadership of the group, and Lori. You could visually see on his face all the thoughts racing through his head once Rick told him. After what he did to rally the group and take out the walkers, it's only a matter of time before he goes all cave-man on Lori and tries to drag her away from Rick by the hair.

Watch the preview here

Here are two sneak peek photos:

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

Watch the cast talk about the second half of Season 2 here

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already

During breakfast, Glenn is sitting watching Maggie from afar, who is standing on her porch, shaking her head no. He looks to Dale, who gives him an encouraging nod, and then he steps in front of the group and nervously asks for their attention. He tells them that the barn is full of walkers.

Shane and the others head over to the barn. Shane looks inside, and a walker heads up to the door looking to him eye to eye. Shane wants to take care of them, before they break out and kill them. Rick says no. They are guests on Hershel's farm. They must abide by his rules. Shane wants to make things right and kill the walkers, or go to Fort Bennett, like they were talking about.

Rick doesn't want to leave until they find Sophia. Shane thinks that it's a waste of time, he believes that Sophia is dead. His words anger Daryl, who firmly believes that she is still alive, and that she is worth searching for. Daryl is about to get into a fight with Shane, and Lori breaks them up. Dale tells them that Hershel doesn't see the walkers as undead monstrosities, but as people. Hershel's wife and step-son are in the barn. He thinks that they're just sick people, and doesn't see them as the danger that they are. Their raised voices causes the walkers to push on the front door, which is bolted and chained shut. Shane believes its only a matter of time before they break free and attack them.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Anima Sola Scene Autopsy

Latin Horror has a series called "Scene Autopsy," where they challenge creative people who work in film to talk about the art of film making. The intent is to get film makers to stop thinking in terms of generating buzz for a current project and short term goals to get as many people to "like" the film as possible, and to start thinking of movie making as an art form.

According to Latin Horror, there is far too much emphasis on short-term gimmicks and fake creative discrimination- in other words, current social media and TV trailers for movies have removed us from the heart and soul of movies, and their intended purpose. Movies were not originally created in order for a production company to make a quick buck, but to entertain and move the audience.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Toys for Tots: Horror Style

There is nothing more horrific, more terrifying in the mind of a small child than the thought of waking up Christmas morning to find that Santa has left her NOTHING.

There are many families this holiday season that are suffering in this terrible economy- and many who have to go without and make really tough choices in order to survive from day to day. Toys for Tots is a Christmas tradition that brightens a child's life, if only for a little bit, by donating new toys to families in need. You can learn more about the program here

Toys for Tots Horror Style (TFTHS) is a give a little, win a lot type of contest. Donate a toy valued at $5 or more and you could win the entire collection of signed horror books donated to Toys for Tots Horror Style by horror writers, editors and publishers.

The Days God Slept

Jeremiah Kipp's new project is "The Days God Slept." It is described as a "cinematic prayer that deals with love and secrets;with faith and acceptance." Main character Kristy has a secret to tell John, that may cause him to leave her, or may strengthen their love for one another. "The Days God Slept" takes place in an "ethereal inner-city strip club" where Kristy and John learn that the hardest thing to accept is themselves.

Kipp is currently holding a fundraiser for this movie. I was so impressed with "Contact" and "Crestfallen" that I just had to do a post about this.

The Days God Slept - Teaser Trailer from Lauren Rayner on Vimeo.

Please help out in any way you can so that Mr. Kipp's newest independent film can get the funding it needs, $5,000, to start the first round of principal photography in New York City in the third week of December. A donation of just $10 will get you a personal invitation to the movie's screening.

To learn more about "The Days God Slept" and how you can help visit  Indie GoGo here

Jeremiah Kipp Interview: Crestfallen, Contact and The Sadist

Jeremiah Kipp is a journalist that works for Fangoria and Shock Cinema Magazine. He has directed seven short films, including "The Christmas Party," "The Pod," "Contact" and "Crestfallen." His first feature length film "The Sadist" starring Tom Savini is currently in post-production.

In my humble opinion, he is a fantastic director with a fine eye for detail that allows his works to conjure up strong, deep emotions in the viewer. Not very many directors are able to do that, especially when working with minimalist dialogue, or in the case of "Crestfallen," no dialogue at all.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Free Horror Movie: ThanksKilling (2009)

ThanksKilling. The best B-grade Thanksgiving themed horror film ever made!

If there was ever a day that you needed dark comedic relief from having to suffer through a meal with family members, it's Thanksgiving. Don't even get me started on Uncle Edgar's kidney pie, or the one year he brought a friend to eat for dinner...

Dead Island Bloodbath Arena DLC and Patches

Bloodbath Arena DLC
"Dead Island Bloodbath Arena DLC" was released yesterday. It contains four arenas with new challenges for single player or co-op mode. All items and XP earned in the Bloodbath Arena transfers over into the campaign mode. DLC also comes with a new exclusive weapon called the brain wave bomb.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Book Review: Dark Moon Presents ZOMBIES!

Dark Moon Presents

Dark Moon Digest brings us the special edition of Dark Moon Presents ZOMBIES! It has 15 short horror stories featuring zombies. A good number of them are quite entertaining and enjoyable to read. The others, not so much. But, like with most anthologies, there are some stories for you, and some stories for the other guy to enjoy. I'm putting the stories I don't care for into the latter category.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7 Preview

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 7: Pretty Much Dead Already is going to be the last episode of the Walking Dead of the year before the show goes on mid-season hiatus. We won't get to watch the rest of the 13 episodes of Season 2 until February. Episode 8 of season 2 of The Walking Dead will be airing on February 12, 2012.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6 "Secrets" starts out with Carl and Lori feeding the chickens. He comments that the chicks are missing their mother and that she was probably eaten. "Everything's food for something else" he says. Wise one, that Carl.

In the background, you can see Patricia in the chicken hut, watching them. When they look away, she nabs a chicken and takes it to the butcher shed. Where she breaks its legs, then totes the chicken to the barn where she dumps out a sack full of chickens down to the walkers to feed them.

On her way to the barn, the horse that spooked and bucked Daryl off runs across the field in front of her. The smart horse made its way back to the farm on its own.

I'll be the first to admit that I was wrong about them not feeding the walkers in the barn. But, that part still doesn't make any sense to me. Won't they run out of food if they're tossing five chickens at a time in to feed them?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Claymation Horror! Chainsaw Maid

Japanese claymation short horror film, "Chainsaw Maid" by Takena Nagao (aka TNT) is about a loyal maid that fights off a horde of zombies with a chainsaw. Takena made it as a tribute to 1980s splatter punk horror films. Personally, I love this little gem of claymation horror. It doesn't get any more full of blood, guts and gore than this!

Free Horror Short Film: The Gate

"95% of the human genome is composed of redundant gene sequences. They appear to have no known biological function. Could a chance event reactivate them?"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Sound of the Scare Part 2: Suspiria (1977)

In the Sound of the Scare Part 2, we are going to be taking a look at the soundtrack of Dario Argento's classic horror film "Suspiria."

"Suspiria" is the first movie of The Three Mothers trilogy. It is about the eldest witch of an ancient and powerful coven, Mater Suspiriorum, who is also called the Mother of Sighs. The movie's score was composed by the progressive rock band Goblin, who also did a number of other horror movies directed by Argento in the 1970s.

The main theme song for "Suspiria" starts with a simple musical idea performed with bells. The idea is a cascade of sixteenth notes in arpeggio that evokes the sounds of a music box and a dainty ballerina deftly pirouetting across the stage. The music creates waves of high and low notes leaping through the air as though it is a stream trickling down a rocky bed.

A little further into the song, a drum and an added musical idea on a dulcimer runs counterpoint to the bells, which is held together by haunting vocals. The main musical theme then moves on to the keyboard and electric guitar mid-way through the song to transform it into a rock ballad.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 6: Secrets we see Shane trying to get Andrea to use her anger to focus and hit a moving target. Shane goes a little too far, and Andrea ends up walking away from him, unable to deal with his harsh views of reality.

Watch the preview here

Here are some sneak peek photos from the next episode.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra starts out with a dream sequence. Lori, Shane, Carl, Sophia, Carol and her husband are stuck on a road leading up to Atlanta in a huge traffic jamb. Carol offers to give Lori some of her husband's food rations and he refuses to share. It's a tactical matter of survival--a mirror image of the argument between caring for the group, or just for those that matter the most to you that is going on between Rick and Shane.

Shane can't pick up anything on the radio, not even an emergency broadcast, so he and Lori decide to walk ahead on the road to see what's going on. A little further up, past people who are fighting, they see military helicopters fly overhead and a strange light flashing in the sky. The military is dropping napalm on the city. Shane holds onto Lori as they watch the city burn. There is no going back to the way things used to be.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Free Short Horror Film: ROSA

I came across this really neat sci-fi CG short film that is set in a post-apocalypse called ROSA. The visual style is stunning, the character animation is so well done that their movements have a genuine sense of weight to them. It looks so good, and has to much depth that you feel as though you could just reach out and touch them. Not that you'd want to, seeing as how they are fighting to the death... But, you know what I mean.

ROSA is about a cyborg named Rosa from the Kernel project who awakens in the aftermath of the global destruction. She must fight for her life when two other cyborgs start hunting her.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Popcorn Horror: Free Horror Film Mobile App

Popcorn Horror

The Popcorn Horror mobile phone app can be downloaded for free on Android here and i-Phone and i-Pad here. The app offers free short horror films on a weekly basis from independent horror film makers around the world.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5: Chupacabra Preview

El chupacabra is a goat sucking monster that hails from Mexico. Wonder what the title refers to?

In the Episode 5 preview, Glenn is talking to Dale about how weird the women are acting and has an interesting theory. Dale wisely tells him to keep it to himself. Glenn tells him about Maggie and Dale discusses with him what the consequences of his actions may have on the group.

Watch a preview of Episode 5 here

Here's another sneak peak photo.
I wonder what Andrea's aiming at?

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: Cherokee Rose

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: "Cherokee Rose" starts out with Carl waking up and asking about Sophia. Rick lies to him and tells him that she's fine, even though they haven't found her yet. Something he feels guilty about as soon as he says it.

Daryl, Dale, Andrea and Carol pull up at the farmhouse in the morning after leaving canned food and a sign on the back of a car's window near where they last saw Sophia on the freeway, like they said they would. After they are greeted by Rick Dale asks about his son. Rick tells them that if it weren't for Shane, that he'd be dead. Shane shies away from speaking about it with the group.

A memorial service is held for Otis, and his wife Patricia, asks Shane to tell them what happened. She wants to know that his death had meaning. Shane lies, remembering the horrifying actions that he committed in order to survive-- he shot Otis in the leg, hobbling him, and then shoved him to the ground while a herd of walkers was closing in on them at the high school. Shane fought him for the bag of medical supplies, then limped away as fast as he could as the walkers chowed down on Otis; eating him alive.

Shane says "We have to save the boy. See that's what he said." and then goes on to say that Otis told him to run ahead, that he would hold them off, and he did, but when he looked back... he doesn't finish the sentence. He picks up a rock (as those attending the service all placed one on the pile that is Otis' memorial marker) and tells her that if it weren't for Otis, Carl and he would be dead.  If any death had any meaning, it was his.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Book Review: Swords of the Dead

"Swords of the Dead" by Danke S. Kaus is a novella about a small town that is invaded by... wait for it... Zombie Ninjas. Mike and his EXTREME fighter friends are hired by Dr. Eva Stratmore to take care of the abnormally acrobatic undead that are literally chewing up her small town.

"Swords of the Dead"  is soon going to be made into a movie. I was contacted in October by the author and asked to review the book, which is based on the now sold movie script. Of course, I said yes, thinking that it would be at least somewhat of a decent book to read because it has such wonderful reviews written about it. Boy was I wrong.

"Swords of the Dead" isn't funny, brilliant, exciting, nor any of the other pretty words used by the quoted reviewers; which can be found here.

I tried to read the novella through a constructive critique lens-- and found myself utterly abhorred by what I read. Not because it is shocking or brutal or anything like that. But because it was written so poorly. The novella is drowning in cliches and the writing style is jarring; making it impossible to enjoy what has the potential to be a cult classic; B-film grade; horror comedy.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 Preview

In the preview of The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4: "Cherokee Rose" we see an impromptu memorial service being held for Otis. His bereaved wife asks Shane to tell them what happened, what his final moments were like.

Put on the spot, Shane has to lie to them, and restates the story he told Rick and Lori upon his return from the high school. If you watch him closely, he appears to avoid eye contact as he speaks. At the end of the scene, Shane places a rock on a pile, which is Otis's grave marker. Otis was not buried, it's just a memorial- it would be far too dangerous to return to the high school in an attempt to find what little would remain of his body after the herd of walkers dug into him for a midnight snack.
Watch the preview for Episode 4 here

This sneak peek photo from Episode 4 shows Daryl outside of an abandoned house. I wonder if he'll find Sophia in there...
The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos

If you missed episode 3, you can catch a recap video of the main events here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Free Horror Movie: Undead

Our friends at have the great Australian zombie movie "Undead" available here on VOD from now until Thursday, November 17th.

From IMDB:
"A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out."

If you haven't seen this film, I highly recommend it. It is quirky and the main character, despite his appearance as a local  yokel of a fisherman, is quite the bad ass. And it gives a funny reason for why everyone is turning into a zombie and a resolution to the problem that I absolutely love. It's a bit cheesy and over the top, but a great piece of Aussie horror that is definitely a must see.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 3: Save the Last One

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2: "Blood Letting" ended with Carl's life hanging in the balance due to a gunshot wound. Sophia has been missing for a total of one day, going on two.

Episode 3: "Save the Last One" starts with Shane in the farmhouse bathroom shaving off his hair. It appears that he has made it back from the high school in one piece, but... he doesn't seem quite right. The opening scene is a kind of "flash-forward" to the end of the episode. The entire show does a back and forth between three groups of people, those at the farmhouse, Shane and Otis at the high school, and Dale and company at his RV on the highway.

It's night time, during the same day that Carl was shot and Sophia went missing. Rick is talking with Lori as they watch over Carl and brings up the story of how Shane stole the high school principal's car, parked it in a chicken coop, and managed to run three miles back in enough time to finish his lunch. Thus revealing that Shane is a fast runner, and that he has a darker side to him.

Back at the RV, Carol is softly crying on the bed. Andrea is busy cleaning her gun and making a lot of noise, preventing Daryl from sleeping where he is lying on the floor near the small RV kitchenette. Daryl gets up, says that he's going to look for Sophia, which seems to calm Carol down enough to get her to stop crying. Andrea goes with him.

At the walking dead infested high school, Shane and Otis are running for their lives through the hallways, desperately looking for a way out as they are chased by a large herd of walkers. They run into the gym and climb up on top of the bleachers, where they are seemingly trapped by the walkers.

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode Photos