Review: Stake Land

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Starring: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis Director: Jim Mickle “I hate vamps.” America has been laid waste by a plague of vampirism, giving rise to scattered pockets of humanity trying to survive the growing number of infected. When young Martin loses his parents in a vampire attack, he is rescued and taken under the wing of a hardened drifter known only as Mister. The two travel north toward ‘New Eden’, adding to their number while trying to survive both the vampires and a ruthless Christian cult, known as The…

Top Ten: Asian Horror Movies

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I’ve been a fan of horror movies my whole life, and for much of that time the best of the genre invariably came from the US and, to a lesser degree, the UK. The likes of George Romero, John Carpenter and Wes Craven defined the genre through much of the 70s and 80s. However, over the last decade Western horror seems to have lost its way, becoming mired in an endless cycle of torture porn or tedious remakes of old classics, with only the occasional standout moment of success. It’s…

Review: Insidious

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Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey Director: James Wan ‘I went into Dalton’s room. There was something in there with him. It was standing in the corner.’ When the Lambert family move into their new home, their son Dalton falls into an unexplained coma. Soon after a series of strange occurrences force the family to flee, believing the house to be haunted. However, they soon discover that the malevolent forces attacking them are not connected to the house at all. The poster for Insidious reads…

15 Movie Questions Meme

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This one has been doing the rounds for a while and I was finally caught, bagged and tagged by my good friend Custard over at Front Room Cinema. So, ever the dutiful taggee and Mememeister, here are my astounding and mildly amusing answers to 15 seemingly random movie questions. Enjoy.   1. Movie you love with a passion Raiders of the Lost Ark For me, Spielberg’s first outing for Harrison Ford’s archaeologist and mercenary is one of the finest pieces of celluloid ever made. This is the reason why cinemas…

Review: I Saw the Devil

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Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, Gook-hwan Jeon Director: Kim Jee-woon “Please don’t kill me.” “Why not?” When brutal serial killer Kyung-chul murders the fiancee of government agent Kim Soo-hyun, the agent vows revenge. Hunting the killer down, Soo-hyun incapacitates him and places a tracking device on Kyung-chul; the beginning of a cruel cat and mouse game between the two which will blur the lines between good and evil. Korean revenge movies have become rather commonplace over the last few years so it is very much to the credit of director…