Category Archives: Horror

Preview: Sockzilla!

SOCKZILLAJust released to the world is the trailer for the new film from Director Paul Bruce. Best known for his five minute award winning epic Zombie Asockalypse from 2009, Paul and his team have been hard at work on the follow up. Staying with the horror genre, the subject of the new film is Sockzilla the sock monster from fifty thousand fathoms.  Featuring the same high quality wool blend and voice talent it looks as if Paul has another winner on his (sock covered) hands.

The trailer for the film can be found here

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Zombie Asockalypse (2009)

zombie asockalypse 1The perennial question for film makers is how to make their latest offering unique. In an overly crowded market place they need a hook to hang their product on. Something that will entice people to watch and enjoy their film. Over the years the most innovative thinking has been done by horror film makers. With small budgets restricting the process the film makers have had to think radically in order to produce an interesting product. Within the horror genre the most overused character type (after the vampire) is the Zombie. So how best to revitalise the genre? In the case of Zombie Asockalypse the answer is to have all the characters played by sock puppets. Continue reading

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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.


The Muppets


Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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John’s top ten films of 2012

2012 has been a very good year for films, especially ones that appeal to me. When I compiled my top ten of last year I had maybe thirteen contenders for the list. This year in comparison had about twenty three films that could have easily been in the top ten. The criteria for the list is simple. The film has to be released in the UK in 2012 according to IMDB. It can be either a cinema or ‘video premiere’ release. Unfortunately these rules exclude my favourite film which was the fiftieth anniversary release of Lawrence of Arabia. A classic movie that will be the subject of a piece in the very near future. So, onwards to the list! Continue reading

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The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

The reason we review movies is that we want to share our love of the medium with as many people as possible. We want people to watch and enjoy films. What we do want is to spoil films. There is an unwritten policy for moviescramble regarding spoilers. If we produce an opinion piece and it contains plot elements and spoilers the article’s title will indicate this. For standard reviews we tend to discuss the plot in broad strokes so as to give a flavour of the film without ruining the piece. A general rule of thumb for most reviewers is that if it is in the trailer then it can be commented on. Why, you are probably asking yourself, are we stating this? The reason is simple. We are trying to discuss The Cabin in the Woods. Continue reading

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Cockneys Vs Zombies (2012)

Often in low budget or waning film franchise the mash-up is used to try to expand the potential viewer base. This is especially true of the horror genre. In the past we have been subjected to any number of low budget titles like Crocosaurus Vs Megashark and Zombies Vs Strippers. More high profile fare has included entries in both the Alien and Friday the 13th franchises. A mash-up tends to be a sign that there is a lack of inspiration to move a project forward or that money is a constraint for the film makers. Into the fray comes the 2012 film that brings together everyone’s favourite undead, Zombies with the Pride of the East end in the movie Cockneys Vs Zombies. Continue reading

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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

The success of the Saw films ensured that audiences were guaranteed one every year. Unfortunately all things come to an end and after seven releases, they called it a day much to the rejoice of many. There will always be a successor to the throne however, with the Paranormal Activity franchise taking this particular mantle.

The appeal to the films from a studio point of view is how little they cost to make. To date the combined budget of the series has been $8,015,000 USD with a box office of $576,571,650. Not a bad investment, so it’s understandable as to why they are being churned out at one a year.

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Sinister (2012)

Horror films continue to be a great source of revenue for the movie business. They can be made for little money and tend to rake in a profit regardless if they’re even any good. Slasher, gorno and found footage films have all enjoyed their time at the box office until the particular sub-genre is beaten to death, usually by the film’s own sequels (today Saw, tomorrow Paranormal Activity).

In 2012 the atmospheric horror has had a good run. Recent films such as The Pact and The Possession have adapted the suspense and mystery normally utilised in found footage films. Mysteries are unravelled and the audience is invited to be scared rather than revolted by what’s on screen.

Sinister is the latest film intended to inflict genuine fear onto the audience as opposed to making them feel sick through graphic imagery.
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AVPR: Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem (2007)

The journey has certainly been eventful. From its initial beginnings in 1979, the Alien and Predator franchises have had their highs and lows. It was always going to be a tall order to follow-up on the initial critical and commercial success of the first two Aliens films and the first Predator film. It was Dark horse comics that first brought the two together and with hindsight it is the perfect combination. The ultimate warrior squared up to the galaxy’s most lethal species. It wasn’t too long before the comics were mooted for a movie franchise of their own. How could it possibly fail? With the Blu ray release of Prometheus this week it seemed like an opportune time to have a look back at one of the not so highs from the Alien universe, the 2007 film Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem.  Continue reading

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Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (2012)

In 1997, Constantin Films acquired the rights of the Resident Evil series with the intention of producing a live action film. A couple of years later they hired George A. Romero (yes the George A. Romero) to pen a script. Anyone familiar with both Romero and the original video game would have been creaming at this news. It was too good to be true. And it was, unfortunately. Paul W.S. Anderson was also hired to write a script, with the studio favouring his offering. On paper the idea seemed like suicide however it turned out to be the most successful film series based on a video game, raking in $876 million USD with a combined budget of $284 million. So he must be doing something right as the fifth film is currently in cinemas with a sixth already in the pipeline.
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