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A Movie A Week #28: What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows

Living with your friends is never easy. Flatmates never pull their weight; they don’t tidy and it’s such a pain in the neck when they bring victims home, get blood stains everywhere and then refuse to clean up the mess. Well, maybe that last one is a little niché but it’s certainly accurate of ace Kiwi-comedy What We Do In The Shadows. The new horror mockumentary from Flight of the Conchords’ man Jemaine Clement and his Eagle Vs Shark collaborator buddy Taika Waititi takes a hilariously kitchen-sink look at the day-to-day (or should that be night-to-night?) mundanity of undead Vampire life.

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5 Foreign Frighteners For Halloween

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Bored of the same old Hollywood horrors? Well here are 5 international gore-fests that offer a little more than cheap scares and bad acting. So without further ado. . .

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A Movie A Week #25: Room 237

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Some people never leave The Overlook Hotel. Anyone doubting that need look no further than Rodney Ascher’s compelling new documentary Room 237, a delirious dissection of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. That’s right, Kubrick’s The Shining. Stephen King may be responsible for the source material but the mesmerizing Nicholson-starring horror released back in 1980 is Kubrick to the core. King’s dismissal of this now-iconic rendition is well documented, however by delving deep into the fabric of the movie we see how irrelevant this disagreement is. If Room 237 does anything, it shows us just how much of a Kubrick creation this adaptation really is, and it’s frightening.

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The Walking Dead Cookbook

The Walking Dead Cookbook

Rick and the group are back on our screens for a fourth season and well, let’s face it, chances are pretty slim that they’ll all make it to the finale unscathed. Will Daryl finally run out of arrows for his bow? Will Herschel lose more than his foot? Will Carl’s inability to just stay in one goddamn place when instructed to finally get him gobbled? Yup, it goes without saying that a blood-splattered, teary farewell probably isn’t far off.

But let’s look at things from the Zombies’ point of view. After all, a Walker’s gotta eat and boy does Maggie look delicious. With that in mind, here are a few classic human meat recipes for all the Walkers who just kill in the kitchen. It’s The Walking Dead Cookbook.

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A Movie A Week #22: V/H/S 2

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V/H/S 2 tries to keep up the breakneck pace set by its predecessor both on screen and off. Served up mere months after the release of the original, there was talk of this ‘even crazier’ sequel while the directing team from part one were still plugging their installment. News that a bloodier follow up was already in the can was reassuring for horror fans. Based on an anthology concept by Bloody-Disgusting.com’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Brad Miska, V/H/S challenged a handful of the hottest directors going to try and get you to ruin your track record for not wetting the bed. Part two recruits a new dream team of directing talent and charges them with the same brief, this time with a slightly higher budget. Needless to say, expectations were high.

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INTERVIEW: Tom Woodruff Jr – SFX Creator for The Thing – released on DVD/Blu-ray today

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I recently had the chance to chat with special effects whizz Tom Woodruff Jr. While you may not know they name, you’ll definitely know his work. Tom is an Academy Award winning SFX designer and over the years he’s helped create the stunning visual effects featured in the likes of The Terminator, Pumpkinhead and Jumanji just to name a few. What’s more, he’s played the iconic Xenomorph alien in every sci-fi sequel since James Cameron’s Aliens. With 2011’s The Thing remake arriving on DVD and Blu-Ray today, I quizzed Tom on how he went about creating the movie’s dazzling creature effects.

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A Movie A Week #17: Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps

Sentunchi? Sennanichi? Senterparks?  This Euro-horror may be a bit of a mouthful but it’s one that’s worth ingesting. With Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps, director Michael Steiner chaperones Switzerland’s first genre movie to the big screen with style. Part murder mystery, part grizzly fairytale it’s duel story lines combine nicely to form a memorable and impressive debut.

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