Those who might shift the blame for Cell’s shortcomings onto a writer with a feeble understanding of the source book should be aware that Stephen King himself had a hand in composing the screenplay. Not only that, he also warned admirers of said novel that some changes that might rub them the wrong way would be imminent. King wasn’t lying, having willingly helped turn a visceral and harrowing work like Cell into a limp-wristed 28 Days Later riff with too many cut corners to freak out seasoned horror buffs.
“When everyone is connected, no one is safe…”
Once I heard the news that the new Japanese Godzilla film was going to be playing in my city, I was overjoyed. Ever since I was a child, I have always loved Godzilla. I went into Shin Godzilla very excited to see how my favorite giant monster was going to be reimagined.
Shin Godzilla (also Godzilla Resurgence) is the latest installment and 31st film in the Godzilla franchise. Produced by Toho, this film is a reboot in which Godzilla’s origin story is retold in modern Japan. The film was written and directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi.
“A god incarnate. A city doomed.”
The most accomplished horror filmmakers aren’t really interested in delivering easy shocks or jump scares. What they try to do is chip away at the layers of defence we have created in order to protect our delicate psyches. To do this, they often try to tap into our most primal fears – conscious and unconscious. I will elaborate later on what these seem to be in the case of Spring. On first impression, Spring appears to be a form of ‘boy-meets-girl’ story, but the seemingly simple plot delves deeper into the impulses of love and commitment than the usual Hollywood product.
“Love is a monster.”
In the United Kingdom, Liverpool Small Cinema presents an iconic Japanese horror double bill: Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) and Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Hausu (1977).
“To try and narrow down a selection of Japanese horror films, which cover all things psychological, supernatural, explicit and mythological, is no easy task however, so we felt that the programme would need to reflect the full scale of myths, folk and ghost tales that have dominated Japanese culture for centuries.”
Troma fanatics, collectors of underground art and East Coast skaters will want to shred their way to Troma Booth #429 for the NYCC release of The Toxic Avenger skateboard decks printed by RiotStyle; west coast skateboard manufacturer and punk rock icons. Skate or Die! The 29″ Popsicle style deck is dipped in white paint and printed with a gloriously detailed tribute to Toxie.
“I love the Monster Hero” more than I love my parents!
Whereas retro zombie video games were the “Next Big Thing” in their days, this is not the case anymore since more stylistic and graphically-rich games have emerged. As a result, gaming enthusiasts across the globe have been forced to forget blasting through corpses in favor of the most current, action-intense games like like those from the Forza Horizon, Mafia and Gears of War series.
“The zombies are coming!”
The CIM (Crappy International Movies) Sueca film festival is a global event aimed at low-budget B to Z audiovisuals, both independent and/or non-commercial. The CIM-Sueca film festival, having just completed it’s fifth edition, is held by the Cultural Association for the Second Law of Thermodynamics in the town of Sueca; in Valencia, Spain.
“Cinema internacional de merda de sueca.”
October has officially been declared TROMAWEEN! For the Troma Team this presents the opportunity to give Troma Now subscribers a special treat; one that isn’t a razor blade in your apple. Not one, but TWO grindhouse themed world premiere titles are now available to watch on Troma’s subscription service; Grindsploitation and Dead Inside.
“Anyone who is a true fan of adventures in filmed entertainment will love, love, love Troma Now.”
Masked hero dressed to the nines with gizmos galore? Check.
Doughy character actors scurrying about in silly costumes? Check.
Twelve half-hour episodes of the aforementioned cheesiness, and more? Check.
“So, Commando Cody, Sky Marshal of the Universe. As one scientist to another, I must congratulate you. You have conquered space! A great achievement…for an Earthman.”
In alt culture today nostalgia is power…and no-on harnesses that energy quite like Electric Zombie.
Electric Zombie has released its Halloween 2016 line of horror/fantasy merchandise, kicking off with new poster artwork for A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and The Lost Boys ($20-$25).
“Overall, this was a super spooky release!”
Doug Roos’ independently produced, feature-length, post-apocalyptic horror film was promoted primarily on it’s practical special effects, make-up and lack of computer-generated imagery (CGI). In this respect The Sky Has Fallen does not disappoint. Shot in Missouri and clearly influenced by Ryuhei Kitamura’s Yakuza/Zombie splatter-fest Versus (2000), The Sky Has Fallen combines elements from various horror subgenres and, whereas most would fail, Roos’ somehow manages to make everything work cohesively with only a few missteps.
“All practical FX. No CGI.”
Grave Tales is a collection of eight short stories by Craig Jex, writer of the exploitative, EC Comic styled Brutal Bombshells. Written over a period of twelve years each short story is drenched in sticky crimson red, bookended with two highly exploitative tales of terror.
Grave Tales may be a short read at only 69 pages, but it is one collection that will grab you by the throat and won’t let go until your eyes burst from their sockets!
“Thank God for a quick funeral…he had never done anything like this before, even with a live member of the opposite sex.”