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Slightly odd. Intrigued by creativity. Lover of cheese. Nothing beats a great movie. Few things beat a great book. Lot of things beat working for a living.

Cockneys vs Zombies – Raw Review

Zombies invade the east end of london taking on bank robbers, gangbangers and old folks trapped inside their home.

Cockney: a person from the East End of London.

Yes, a movie about East End Londoners fighting off zombies! Or as the film puts it – Abercrombies vs Trafalgers!
Never expect much out of a movie that contains ‘vs’ in the title. The neverending string of Godzilla vs ‘monster’ movies spanning back to the 1950s should’ve driven this point home by now; if not there is always the current spat of Sci-Fi original movies using ‘vs’ and ‘mega’ in every single title to make us think twice about watching.
You can think twice about watching this one but you’ll be missing out on the best British zom-com since Shaun of the Dead. Actually, it may be the first British zom-com since Shaun of the Dead for all I know. No matter, the film speaks for itself.
Basic plot – A bank robbery, zombie outbreak, old folks home under siege.
Any Bubba Ho-Tep fans out there? A lot of similarities to be had in this one.
Favorite quote: “Suck on my fucking chocolate stick!”
Zombie myth busted; It’s plausible for an old man with a walker to outrun a zombie horde. At least across the yard.
Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Yea. It’s a lot of fun and there are enough laughs to keep you smiling.
Q: Appropriate for kids?
A: It’s gory and they drop enough swear words to pack the coin jar, but it’s not racy or otherwise out of line. Live a little.
Q: Anyone I know in it?
A: Alan Ford. Better known as Brick Top
Q: So should I see this?
A: Absolutely, it’s an evening well spent.

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All Cheerleaders Die

Sex, Drugs and Supernatural Slice and Dice!

I’m trying the think of a really good way to encapsulate the plot of All Cheerleaders Die. Ya know the standard “It’s X meets Y for the new generation” pitch that so many writers and agents built their careers on. The best I can think of is something along the lines of…


“A cross between Heathers, The Craft, Bring It On and  Dead Girl.”


I hate to say too much because there are several turns and a couple twists that work much better if you go into the film blind. Just know the film does a great job blending standard high school tropes with blood, death, and a dash of the supernatural.


One final note… good horror films provide well timed comic breaks for the audience. It’s necessary to allow people a chance to catch their breath, collect themselves, and above all smile. All Cheerleaders Die is able to do this exceptionally well through the use of it’s soundtrack. What is otherwise a fairly grim film becomes a genre blending dark comedy due to some well placed and eclectic choices in music. The movie also benefits largely from some terrific acting by the main antagonist.


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Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Not sure why this question keeps coming up. I’d say yes for the casual date, or definitely if you’ve finally decided to ask out your best friend whom you’ve had a crush on for years and knows all about your obsession with John Hughes and George Romero.


Q: Dead Girl? How is it similar!?
A: Take a guess…


Q: Do all the cheerleaders really die?
A: Yes and no. Sort of.


Q: Where?


A: Netflix.

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All Cheerleaders Die – Raw Review

Sex, Drugs and Supernatural Slice and Dice!

I’m trying the think of a really good way to encapsulate the plot of All Cheerleaders Die. Ya know the standard “It’s X meets Y for the new generation” pitch that so many writers and agents built their careers on. The best I can think of is something along the lines of…


“A cross between Heathers, The Craft, Bring It On and  Dead Girl.”


I hate to say too much because there are several turns and a couple twists that work much better if you go into the film blind. Just know the film does a great job blending standard high school tropes with blood, death, and a dash of the supernatural.


One final note… good horror films provide well timed comic breaks for the audience. It’s necessary to allow people a chance to catch their breath, collect themselves, and above all smile. All Cheerleaders Die is able to do this exceptionally well through the use of it’s soundtrack. What is otherwise a fairly grim film becomes a genre blending dark comedy due to some well placed and eclectic choices in music. The movie also benefits largely from some terrific acting by the main antagonist.


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Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Not sure why this question keeps coming up. I’d say yes for the casual date, or definitely if you’ve finally decided to ask out your best friend whom you’ve had a crush on for years and knows all about your obsession with John Hughes and George Romero.


Q: Dead Girl? How is it similar!?
A: Take a guess…


Q: Do all the cheerleaders really die?
A: Yes and no. Sort of.


Q: Where?


A: Netflix.

When Netflix recommends a movie that’s listed in the genre of B-Horror Movie most people either run the other way or jump for joy. I kinda limp to the fridge, grab a beer and then spend two hours searching through the menu in the hope of finding something, anything else to watch.


In the case of Germ Z I failed, miserably. You’d think between Amazon, Netflix, VOD, and Youtube some other movie that at least appeared watchable would crop up. Nope. Nada. 

I ended up starting the movie, more to have something on the TV than to actually pay attention. Yes, I’m a TV child, silence unnerves me. So what?


At three minutes in I was intrigued so I decided to watch another three minutes. At six minutes I’m wondering when the action is going to start. At fifteen minutes I’m thinking the script and acting is better than expected. At thirty minutes I’m really starting to realize there is some solid work behind this film. At an hour I’m hooked. Hooked all the way and hoping the third act lives up the expectations built up in the first two.


Yes. Yes it does. Third act for win!


Germ Z has no business being good, but it is good. Very good. J.T. Boone writes and directs in what appears to be his first full length feature and it’s obvious he’s got skill. The script is tight and well written and his direction works well given the limited budget. The actors have more chops than they deserve and are able to execute the dialogue really well.


What’s it about? Oh, infection causing cannibalism in a small town. The usual.


Q: Is it a good movie?
A: Much better than expected, if you expect it to suck.


Q: Is there nudity?
A: Why are you always asking about nudity? Pervert.


Q: Good date movie?
A: Meh. Depends on what your date likes. I’d wait till you’ve sealed the deal.


Q: Didn’t Fangoria promote this film?

A: Yeah, they did. Finally they picked a decent movie.

When Netflix recommends a movie that’s listed in the genre of B-Horror Movie most people either run the other way or jump for joy. I kinda limp to the fridge, grab a beer and then spend two hours searching through the menu in the hope of finding something, anything else to watch.


In the case of Germ Z I failed, miserably. You’d think between Amazon, Netflix, VOD, and Youtube some other movie that at least appeared watchable would crop up. Nope. Nada. 

I ended up starting the movie, more to have something on the TV than to actually pay attention. Yes, I’m a TV child, silence unnerves me. So what?


At three minutes in I was intrigued so I decided to watch another three minutes. At six minutes I’m wondering when the action is going to start. At fifteen minutes I’m thinking the script and acting is better than expected. At thirty minutes I’m really starting to realize there is some solid work behind this film. At an hour I’m hooked. Hooked all the way and hoping the third act lives up the expectations built up in the first two.


Yes. Yes it does. Third act for win!


Germ Z has no business being good, but it is good. Very good. J.T. Boone writes and directs in what appears to be his first full length feature and it’s obvious he’s got skill. The script is tight and well written and his direction works well given the limited budget. The actors have more chops than they deserve and are able to execute the dialogue really well.


What’s it about? Oh, infection causing cannibalism in a small town. The usual.


Q: Is it a good movie?
A: Much better than expected, if you expect it to suck.


Q: Is there nudity?
A: Why are you always asking about nudity? Pervert.


Q: Good date movie?
A: Meh. Depends on what your date likes. I’d wait till you’ve sealed the deal.


Q: Didn’t Fangoria promote this film?

A: Yeah, they did. Finally they picked a decent movie.

Come To The Land Of Ice And Snow…and blood and guts…

Post apocalypse ice world where only survivors are on board a high speed train.

Snowpiercer is post-apocalypse done right. 

How many dystopian future movies are there? I can think of two dozen right off the top of my head, yet I can’t think of a single one as original as Snowpiercer.

Taking place in the near future, the last remnants of humanity are riding around the world on a high speed train, because why not. Right? I mean you might as well see the world in it’s death throws. That’s if you’re privileged enough to have windows.

Dismiss anything you hear about this movie from friends, family members, critics, your dentist, the twelve year old next door, Facebook, all of them. You’re going to get a huge range of reviews. Most will enjoy it for the action and intrigue. Others will latch on to the underlying theme and drone on and on about how profound this film is. OK, great let them profound, let the others rave about how good Chris Evans looks drenched in blood, that’s fine. Just remember this…

Snowpiercer is a powerful film. Well acted, well written, and well put together. It’s premise is built on man’s desire to survive in the face of man’s inhumanity to man, or something like that. Did that make sense?

Anyway, it’s a great movie that will appeal to a range of viewers. So grab the popcorn and have a look see.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Chris Evans is enough to turn any woman on, so it’s not a bad choice.

Q: Is the movie preachy?
A: No, not at all.  Unless you are an America-centric conservative who believes anything that discusses class inequality is directed at them.

Q: Isn’t the director that Korean guy?
A: Yes, and that makes it even better.

Q: Where can I rent it?
A: Amazon Prime has it for rent and sale. Probably be available on Redbox soon. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find it. 

Come To The Land Of Ice And Snow…and blood and guts…

Post apocalypse ice world where only survivors are on board a high speed train.

Snowpiercer is post-apocalypse done right. 

How many dystopian future movies are there? I can think of two dozen right off the top of my head, yet I can’t think of a single one as original as Snowpiercer.

Taking place in the near future, the last remnants of humanity are riding around the world on a high speed train, because why not. Right? I mean you might as well see the world in it’s death throws. That’s if you’re privileged enough to have windows.

Dismiss anything you hear about this movie from friends, family members, critics, your dentist, the twelve year old next door, Facebook, all of them. You’re going to get a huge range of reviews. Most will enjoy it for the action and intrigue. Others will latch on to the underlying theme and drone on and on about how profound this film is. OK, great let them profound, let the others rave about how good Chris Evans looks drenched in blood, that’s fine. Just remember this…

Snowpiercer is a powerful film. Well acted, well written, and well put together. It’s premise is built on man’s desire to survive in the face of man’s inhumanity to man, or something like that. Did that make sense?

Anyway, it’s a great movie that will appeal to a range of viewers. So grab the popcorn and have a look see.

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: Chris Evans is enough to turn any woman on, so it’s not a bad choice.

Q: Is the movie preachy?
A: No, not at all.  Unless you are an America-centric conservative who believes anything that discusses class inequality is directed at them.

Q: Isn’t the director that Korean guy?
A: Yes, and that makes it even better.

Q: Where can I rent it?
A: Amazon Prime has it for rent and sale. Probably be available on Redbox soon. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find it. 

Stake Land

I’ve had quite a difficult time writing this review. I wanted to capture and convey not only how good this movie is but also how skilled director Jim Mickle is creating a powerful and emotional storyline, and I didn’t want to do while gushing just how damned good this movie turned out to be.

I find myself wondering how a grip/gaffer turned 3rd time director could possibly take a post-apocalyptic vampire film and capture such an unmatched raw emotional undercurrent. To give you an idea what I mean I’ll come right out and say that Stake Land does a fantastic job capturing the pain, horror, and the social deconstruction humans go through when faced with extinction and the threat of constant death. This film is grim, very grim, and ultimately that’s what takes it from a well made b-movie to a finely crafted tour de force. A solid script with a sprinkle of well selected actors can do wonders for a film, and Stake Land is no exception.

…and the opening sequence is creepy as hell.

I’m sure your wondering how it stacks up against other ‘end of the world’ films and I will tell you… Its a helluva lot better than I Am Legend, The Road (film version), and the last two Romero dead films.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: YES. It is probably one of the best genre films to come out in the last few years. If you enjoy horror films with strong storylines and good acting

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: NO. My fiance generally enjoys the movies I make her watch, but she was not able to sit through this one. I’m telling you its grim in several places.

Q: Is there nudity in it?
A: Nada. No nudity, no sex. See it anyway pervert.

Q: Is this a vampire film?
A: All the way, although its a fresh perspective on the vampire genre and a welcome change of pace.

Q: Where can I see it?
A: I got on Bluray from Netflix. I saw it for sale at Fry’s, Best Buy.

Stake Land – Raw Review

I’ve had quite a difficult time writing this review. I wanted to capture and convey not only how good this movie is but also how skilled director Jim Mickle is creating a powerful and emotional storyline, and I didn’t want to do while gushing just how damned good this movie turned out to be.

I find myself wondering how a grip/gaffer turned 3rd time director could possibly take a post-apocalyptic vampire film and capture such an unmatched raw emotional undercurrent. To give you an idea what I mean I’ll come right out and say that Stake Land does a fantastic job capturing the pain, horror, and the social deconstruction humans go through when faced with extinction and the threat of constant death. This film is grim, very grim, and ultimately that’s what takes it from a well made b-movie to a finely crafted tour de force. A solid script with a sprinkle of well selected actors can do wonders for a film, and Stake Land is no exception.

…and the opening sequence is creepy as hell.

I’m sure your wondering how it stacks up against other ‘end of the world’ films and I will tell you… Its a helluva lot better than I Am Legend, The Road (film version), and the last two Romero dead films.

Q: Is this a good movie?
A: YES. It is probably one of the best genre films to come out in the last few years. If you enjoy horror films with strong storylines and good acting

Q: Is this a good date movie?
A: NO. My fiance generally enjoys the movies I make her watch, but she was not able to sit through this one. I’m telling you its grim in several places.

Q: Is there nudity in it?
A: Nada. No nudity, no sex. See it anyway pervert.

Q: Is this a vampire film?
A: All the way, although its a fresh perspective on the vampire genre and a welcome change of pace.

Q: Where can I see it?
A: I got on Bluray from Netflix. I saw it for sale at Fry’s, Best Buy.

The Last Airbender

Q: Is this movie really as bad as everyone said it is?

A: Yes, it really is.