Resident Evil – months later





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Hi everyone, so I thought I should write something on here as it’s been a little while. I have so much to do that blogging often escapes me. So, what’s new in the world of Horror? Well, I’m reading an awesome book about a witch. It’s called Hex and you can get it cheap for Amazon Kindle.
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I’ve also watched the recent remake Evil Dead twice this month as I just love having it on in the background while I work (that’s weird, right?).

What’s been on my mind the most, however, is the videogame Resident Evil. It has been the most enjoyable piece of horror I have experienced in a long time. It was just so… fresh! The story was a little hackneyed one could surmise, but the way it delivered the horror to me on screen was truly visceral in a way I can’t remember in recent memory. The opening scenes featured images that will stay with me forever. Sitting at the table with the Baker family was as iconic as any scene featuring Leatherface or Pinhead. Being forced-fed human-offal stay with you.

I also liked the evolving storyline that slowly shed sympathy upon the antagonists. They were more than the hammy stock villains you usually get in videogames. The puzzles were just the right amount, the combat was tense, and the graphics were sublime (1440p on Ultra with my GTX 1080). All in all, it was the best videogame I have played in a long while, and the fact that it was horror title just makes it all the better. Bring us more adult games like this please. I want to be afraid.

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Demon Knight Movie Review – 10 reasons I love it!




Demon Knight Movie Review – 10 reasons I love it!

I can’t believe Demon Knight is more than 20 years old. I must have been about 10 when I first saw it on television late one night. It was unsuitable for a kid to watch, yet I wasn’t disturbed by it–I was excited. I had never seen a film like it or had so much fun. Even today it’s probably my favourite ‘people trapped in a house’ horror movie. Billy Zane and William Sadler are great too.

The plot concerns a drifter stumbling into a bar, apparently on the run. The man after him is Billy Zane, which is scarier than it sounds because Zane is a demon knight trying to reclaim a special key. The reason the key is so special is because of the blood inside of it (who’s blood you might ask?). Demon Knight is a 90s movie, which for me was a great era in horror. It was a time where special effects had come along but CGI was not yet prevalent, so we still got great practical effects. This movie reminds me very much of From Dusk till Dawn and Critters (get all 4 movies here), but it does enough to stand as a unique and original movie all on its own. The most modern comparison is the move Feast.

I will spoil no more and merely list the 10 reasons why I love it. Continue Reading →

A Christmas Horror Story: A Review

A-CHRISTMAS-HORROR-STORY_THEATRICAL_HICA Christmas Horror Story is a horror movie set during Christmas. This isn’t always a recipe for disaster: Satan’s Little Helper was pretty cool, and how about those Gremlins? But then there’s that one with Goldberg in (I forget the name). Christmas is a time ripe with atmosphere, which makes it ideal for a horror story if you can get it right. I think, for the most part, A Christmas Horror Story gets things right.

So, this is my first movie review for the new website. I have chosen this movie, mainly because I watched it a few days ago. When I work I often have a horror movie playing in the background as it puts me in the right frame of mind for creating my own terror. The problem is, if a movie is interesting, it can distract me. A Christmas Horror Story distracted me quite a bit.

It’s an anthology story, in the style of Creepshow and Tales From The Darkside, and the wraparound segments feature William Shatner, who is a lone DJ running the Christmas radio cast. I’m not a Shatner fan (apparently he’s an arse), so the bits with him in weren’t of particular interest to me. The parts that were entertaining, though, were the stories themselves, most notably the two threads containing Santa and Krampus (two separate stories, although they meet at the end). The stories are not self-contained, they run in parallel, so the conclusion of them happens all together at the end of the film. For this reason, the movie has a little more pay off than the likes of Creepshow, VHS, etc. And it is this payoff that made me want to recommend A Christmas Horror Story to y’all. The ending is a doozy.

Anyway, in a nutshell, the stories are:

  • A family go see an elderly relative to get some money but run into Krampus along the way – Krampus is the anti-Santa who punishes the wicked. The monster in this story is pretty cool.
  • A couple take their son to cut down a real Christmas tree. Their son disappears and comes back ‘different.
  • Santa’s workshop is attacked by a zombie plague that infects his elfs. Santa is a badass!
  • A group of students investigate a grizzly murder at a school and get more than they bargained for (don’t they always?).

 

 The stories don’t really tie together all that much, but the movie is a fun watch with a worthy ending. It’s worth checking out, or owning if you are a horror DVD collector, so follow the links and grab your copy of The Christmas Horror Story.

The World Beneath

Today I will be reviewing ‘The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell’.

I’ve been thinking for a while how I can make my blog more of a regular thing, and not just post whenever I have a new book out. I used to write book reviews, but then Amazon decided that authors should not be able to review their peers (mostly because some unsavoury types were trying to sabotage the opposition or influence their own ratings). A shame.

Any-who, I have decided that I will use the quiet periods on my blog to mention the books that I am reading or have just read. As much as I am a writer (I hope most of you will agree), I have been a reader far longer. Most of the people who read my blog are avid readers too and will likely appreciate any recommendations. Let me know if I’m right in the comments section.

As a side note, there would be ethical complications if I were to post negative reviews about the books of other authors so, for that reason, I will only highlight the books I have enjoyed and would recommend. All of the crap I read will go unmentioned 🙂

Without further ado, the first book I would like to recommend, and one that I finished very recently, is The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell. Now, some of you may know this book, and understand that it is not horror. Truth is, that as much as I love horror, I also enjoy other genres too; most notably, Thrillers, history, and fantasy. The World Beneath is a suspense thriller with a little bit of urban fantasy thrown in. The official book description is below:

The World Beneath
The World BeneathIn this USA Today bestselling book, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again… except for one.

Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The sudden dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can’t leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Joe and his service dog, Edison, find themselves pursued by villains and police alike, their only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all, a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.

I really liked The World Beneath, because it reminded my of some of my favourite series such as Repairman Jack and Joe Reacher, except that in this book the protagonist is a bit of a head case. His agoraphobia makes him interesting, and his sidekick Edison the Dog, makes him relatable and human. The coolest thing about this book was the DaVinci Code vibe where the authors paints a world full of hidden mysteries and forgotten treasures. To think that there could be secrets beneath our very feet is exciting. Plus the book features a virus so it’s a home run as far as I am concerned (actually its more of a brain parasite). The opening chapter is disturbing.

The characters in The World Beneath were all pretty well fleshed-out, except one or two which I would have liked to have known better, and there are a few surprises along the way. Book 1 in the series, I have already purchased book 2 and will be starting it soon. You can grab your copy today at the links below. It’s only a few quid, so what are you waiting for?

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