Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Woman in Black in Theaters this Friday!

Daniel Radcliffe plays Arthur Kipps, a lawyer that travels to a remote small town to collect a recently deceased client's papers. When he visits the foreboding abandoned manse in the moors, he encounters the ghost of a woman who is out for revenge.

"The Woman in Black" promises to deliver a good old fashioned Gothic ghost story with a creepy haunted house and mechanical monkey wind up toys.

Check out the trailer below!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Book Review: Sin

"Sin" by Shaun Allan has some interesting ideas in it, such as cursed coins and teleportation. The narrator and main character is Sin Mathews, a strange man that can manipulate the fate of others and punish them for their misdeeds.

Here's the synopsis from
Dead. Say it enough times and it becomes just a word. Dead. Dead. Dead. What would you do? Could you kill a killer? Does the death of one appease the deaths of a hundred? What about that hundred against a thousand? What if you had no choice? Meet Sin. No, not that sort of sin, but Sin, crazy as a loon (you ask Sister Moon), and proud of it. Sin locks himself away in a mental home and, every so often, gets violent. That's only so they'll give him those nice drugs, though. The ones that help him forget. It's a pity they don't work. Sin, you see, has a serious problem. Well, it's not so much his problem, as ours; yours, mine and everyone else's. People die around him. He doesn't like it and he can't help it. But someone else knows, and he has to stop them... and himself... Flip and catch... 

I really, really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't. There are snippets of paragraphs that give us a glimpse of the great writer Mr. Allan has the potential to be. But then the narrator, Sin, goes out of his way to turn people off and bore them and that's just sad.

For a novel with the main theme of cause and effect (flip the coin), the plot cannot even manage to adhere to it. There is no logical sequence of events that take us through the course of the narrative. I'm not saying that a plot needs to be perfectly linear, by all means it should be otherwise. What I am saying is that plots should follow the flow of A. something happens to character B. character decides what to do about it and makes a plan of action C. Character implements plan and the results of her actions or decisions becomes the next plot point. Is that so much to ask?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Free Movie Friday! Shutter (2004)

This week's free movie is from Thailand! "Shutter" was remade for American audiences but it just didn't have the growing sense of dread and foreboding that this one has. So many remakes nowadays seem to be so lifeless and lackluster... but that's a discussion for another post.

"Shutter" refers to the camera shutter and it refers to the movie's running theme of spirit photography. In "Shutter," you will find some really intensely scary parts where the suspense is just phenomenal. I really wasn't expecting a lot from this movie when I first watched it, but I have to be honest with you, once the plot picks up, it really gains momentum. Yes, it isn't dubbed, and yes you will have to watch subtitles, but, come on, broaden your horizons a bit and try this one out. Take a virtual vacation away from the snow and watch the horror unfold as a ghost from a man's sordid past gets her revenge.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Resident Evil 6

Here's the synopsis:

It has been ten years since the incident at Raccoon City and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place. Raccoon City survivor and personal friend of the President, Leon S. Kennedy, arrives to find the President transformed beyond recognition by a bioterrorist attack. Leon is forced to make the hardest decision he has ever made. 

At the same, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance Member, Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack.

The game takes place in 2013, a decade after the events take occurred in Raccoon City. the world is under the thread of a horrific global scale bioterrorism attack.  (Wesker!!!)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New Preview of The Walking Dead Episode 208: Nebraska just put up a new teaser preview of the next episode of  "The Walking Dead." Check it out!

Who are those two guys are that walk into the bar? And what are they going to do to Rick and Herschel? I don't know about you, but I can't wait to find out. Stupid mid-season hiatus...

On a brighter note, season three is going to have 16 episodes! That's three more than season two. I just hope they don't waste it and draw out a story line like they did with the search for poor undead Sophia.

Dead Island DLC: Ryder White Campaign

Dead Island is going to release Ryder White's Campaign on January 31, 2012. Ryder White is the mysterious man behind the Voice that the characters hear throughout the game, the one who guides them from the radio with the promise of escape from Banoi. He's also the main protagonist of the game.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Free Movie Friday! Deathwatch (2002)

It's 1917. World War I. At the Western front a group of survivors of the British Y-Company make their way through dense fog during the night and become hopelessly lost in enemy territory. They find a bomb razed German trench that appears to be abandoned and take shelter in its rat infested claustrophobic maze of underground tunnels and blind corners. The lone surviving German soldier they find tries to warn them of something, but his pleas are ignored. Soon a dark force of evil starts to drive the soldiers mad, preying on their fear as they turn against one another in the hellish landscape.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Claymation Horror! From Beyond Animated Short Film

Check out this claymation horror short film by Michael Granberry! It's based on the H.P. Lovecraft story "From Beyond."

I really like the creepy animated style of this piece. It certainly has the right feel for a Lovecraft film.

Synopsis from IMDB:
An unsuspecting man falls into an otherworldly trap set by a psychotic genius in this spine-tingling animated film based on the short story by H.P.Lovecraft.

"There are things we are meant to see...and things we aren't."

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Sound of the Scare Part 3: Hellraiser

Clive Barker's "Hellraiser" is about an obsessive, sick romance- essentially it is a love story about Julia, a cold, sado-masochistic woman who falls in love with Frank, her husband Rory's brother and has a lurid, insane love affair that is abusive and twisted. She is addicted to him, and is willing to kill men to use their blood to bring Frank back to life. Kirsty discovers that her step-mother Julia is luring men to her new home and murdering them, and then stumbles upon the horrors of Hell itself when she learns the secret of Frank's resurrection. The score of "Hellraiser" was composed by Christopher Young.

Christopher Young is a musical force to be reckoned with in the Horror genre. He has composed a long list of movie scores that includes "Hellraiser," "Hellbound: Hellraiser II," "The Fly II," "The Dark Half," "Tales from the Hood," "Species," "Urban Legend," "The Grudge," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "The Grudge 2," "The Uninvited," "Drag Me to Hell" and "Priest."

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free Movie Friday! The St. Francisville Experiment (2000)

This week's free movie is The St. Francisville Experiment.

The Walking Dead Board Game Review

This Christmas amongst my scored loot for old Santy Claws, I received the Walking Dead Board Game.
There are two different versions of the game, one has art from the comic, the other has photos of the characters from the TV show. I got the latter.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Image Comics Presents Rebel Blood

"Rebel Blood" by comic book artist Riley Rossmo and co-written by Alex Link is a four-issue zombie miniseries from Image Comic's Shadowline imprint. "Rebel Blood" Issue #1 is a 32-page, full-color horror comic book that will be in comic stores March 28, 2012.