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How to Survive (2013, Eko Software) PC Review

How to Survive (2013, Eko Software) PC Review

Released in 2013, How to Survive is a survival horror, action role-playing video game that has not aged well in a market flooded with zombie-themed action-fare. I’m surprised this even has a sequel!

“Thanks to my survival guide, you will get through this.”

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Fright-Rags Breaks New Ground with TREMORS, DAY OF THE DEAD, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON & THE EVIL DEAD/EVIL DEAD 2 Apparel

Fright-Rags Breaks New Ground with TREMORS, DAY OF THE DEAD, AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON & THE EVIL DEAD/EVIL DEAD 2 Apparel

They say there’s nothing new under the sun. Well, Fright-Rags is gonna kick your ass with Tremors, Day of the Dead, An American Werewolf in London, The Evil Dead, and Evil Dead 2 apparel.

“They say there’s nothing new under the sun. But under the ground…”

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AMC’s Shudder Unleashes Acclaimed Canadian Indigenous Zombie Thriller BLOOD QUANTUM

AMC's Shudder Unleashes Acclaimed Canadian Indigenous Zombie Thriller BLOOD QUANTUM

It’s 1981 and a virus infects earth and turns its inhabitants into undead hordes with only one community spared and left to fight in this distinctive and relevant spin on the zombie siege horror. First Nations director Jeff Barnaby’s timely TIFF selection parallels our own global contagion crisis. AMC’s horror streaming platform Shudder has unleashed Barnaby’s gory chiller now! In light of widespread cinema closures Shudder has rerouted from their planned Spring release for Blood Quantum and spontaneously launched it at a moment in history where it could not be more significant.

“When the dead rise only the immune survive.”

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Mutant Blast (2018, Portugal / USA) Review

Mutant Blast (2018, Portugal / USA) Review

From the moment Mutant Blast entered my psyche I couldn’t shake this nostalgic feeling I was having. Distributed by the legendary purveyors of bad taste, Troma Entertainment, it is undeniable that the golden age of this independent studio has left an impression on director Fernando Alle. Mutant Blast is a low-budget, gore-drenched, post-apocalyptic action/horror film that evokes the Class of Nuke ‘Em High-style of gross-out humour.

“Dolphins are diabolical creatures! But you can’t wrap that around your heads, because you think dolphins are cute… The truth is, dolphins are motherfuckers! MOTHERFUCKERS!”

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Blue Finch Film Releasing Presents Twisted Horror RAVERS on Digital Download 16 March

Blue Finch Film Releasing Presents Twisted Horror RAVERS on Digital Download 16 March

Party like there’s no tomorrow with Ravers, the blissfully violent and drug-addled horror set in the shady underground of illegal raves! A group of clubbers descend on an abandoned warehouse for a night of twisted techno and hedonistic drug-taking, but the illegal rave takes a blood-stained turn for the worse when the whacked-out partygoers discover a case of energy drink ‘Renergize’. Little do they know, the experimental drink caused a factory worker to butcher his colleagues months earlier and soon the party descends into violent carnage.

“If you’re alive in the morning then you weren’t actually there…”

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Four Horrific Decades of Monster Movies (1980s-2010s)

Four Horrific Decades of Monster Movies (1980s-2010s)

Whilst the 2010s are probably my least favourite decade for creature features, it got me thinking about my favourite monster movies. I’ve focused on the big two horror creatures – vampires and zombies – and then various other monsters…

“There are some very good reasons to be afraid of the dark.”

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Verotika versus Rabid ’77

Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner we have the classic 1977 David Cronenberg film, Rabid. In the opposite corner, we have the Glenn Danzig opus, Verotika. Is one a better film than the other? Will the cult classic crush the newcomer or will the Master Misfit cut new horror film ground based on his comic book kingdom?

If you’re like me, your interest in anything Danzig related was piqued the moment it was announced he was working on a movie. Unfortunately, the promise faded with ever passing time…

“Pray it doesn’t happen to you.”

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White Zombie (1932, USA) Review

White Zombie (1932, USA) Review

In White Zombie, death feels inescapably omnipresent with images of crosses, cemeteries and headstones filling every scene. In one of the most unnerving shots of early horror cinema, we see a pair of pervasive eyes peering across the landscape. What’s so discomforting about the eyes is their vacancy and the troubling inevitability that they are undoubtedly watching us. Recognising these eyes from the film’s iconic poster we are instantly pulled in by the power and symbolism they represent.

“WITH THESE ZOMBIE EYES he rendered her powerless. WITH THIS ZOMBIE GRIP he made her perform his every desire!”

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Anna and the Apocalypse (2017, UK) Review

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017, UK) Review

A Zombie Christmas Musical… Anna and the Apocalypse has it all, and no doubt that’s why it took 6 years to make after the release of the short film Zombie Musical. Sadly one of the writers (Ryan McHenry) died before this 2017 Scottish film was released and it never received a UK cinema run. So unless you are a fan of the genre who travels to independent festivals you may never have heard of it. But, you should do. The zombies and special effects are great with plenty of gore and some really interesting fight scenes; particularly in the bowling alley which is where my favourite kill takes place.

“She’ll Slash. She’ll Stab. She’ll Sing.”

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SHAUN OF THE DEAD Apparel & Black Friday Specials at Fright-Rags

SHAUN OF THE DEAD Apparel & Black Friday Specials at Fright-Rags

Fright-Rags has released exclusive Shaun of the Dead apparel, plus a preview of this week’s Black Friday specials, including new merchandise from Home Alone, Trick ‘r Treat, Ghostbusters, and Halloween.

“Buy Milk. Ring Mum. Dodge Zombies.”

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The Tromathon of Horror! 8 Straight Days of Troma’s Finest Horror Films at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, NYC (15th-22nd October)

The Tromathon of Horror! 8 Straight Days of Troma's Finest Horror Films at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn (15th-22nd October)

Troma Entertainment proudly presents the Tromathon of Horror! 8 straight days of Troma’s finest horror films, at the Film Noir Cinema in Brooklyn, NYC from 15th-22nd October. Starting with 1983’s body snatching slasher, Frightmare, featuring the film debut of Jeffery Combs, and ending with Lloyd Kaufman’s 2006 musical TROMAsterpiece of horror, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead! On October 19th at 9 PM, the multi-talented Brandon Bassham will be in attendance for a special Q&A on during a TROMA-tic double screening of his hit films, The Slashening and Fear Town, USA!

“Eight days and nights of relentless terror. Who will survive?”

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Down by Kontact (2018, USA) Review

Down by Kontact by Matthew Myers and Dixie Filloy (2018, USA) Review

Punch Button has scheduled a Mortal Kombat arcade tournament, which our four inebriated protagonists plan to dominate! But first, they’ll need more alcohol for their inevitable victory celebrations! It was a culture they believed would never end; getting drunk, getting high, and mastering Scorpion’s six-button ‘Fatality’. And yet tonight, these four friends would soon find themselves taking on the undead; struggling to survive in this horrifying George A. Romero-style nightmare.

“Tranquility stood strong while embracing a culture they believed would never end.”

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