It’s that crazy time of the year again… Halloween!
Halloween brings so much joy to me every year as it means horror films galore. Whether it’s dreadfully awful or pretty decent enough to make me jump a few times, being a gore film fan, I simply couldn’t ask for more.
This year, Man Crates had challenged me to come up with the tools that I would need to survive all the way to the end of a horror movie. Sounds simple right? It’s actually much more difficult when thinking about it because of the different types of horror films and the different enemies you could encounter… Zombies, Aliens, Vampires, Werewolves, Psychopaths and so on. Based on this, I was inspired to post my Top 10 items to survive across all horror films.
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Here are my Top 10 survival items to make it to the end of a horror flick…
1. A massive knife (e.g machete)
2. Iodine tablets for water sterilisation
3. First Aid Kit
6. High energy foods (e.g energy drinks and bars)
7. Bolt Cutters (to cut through locks and everything else)
9. Mirror (handy for seeing around corners etc and as a distraction reflecting the light)
10. Alcohol (to also help with any wounds, don’t drink it all!)
What would be in your top 10?
As the curtain closes on 2014 and we enter a new, exciting year of film, it’s about time I got going with a ‘Top 20 Films of 2014’ list. I honestly wanted to just keep it nice and simple with a top 10, however, after looking back at what my eyes had devoured over the past 365 days, I felt the need to give credit to those that not only impressed me, but what I really enjoyed. Whether it was due to the fact that a franchise had just begun or was coming to a close, or the grand old superhero summer flicks that dominated the box office sales, my top 20 consists of the big blockbusters, a few rom-coms (which definitly deserved a spot seeing as the best rom-coms came from the late 90’s/early 2000’s) and a few flicks which impressed me due to the fact that I had no clue what I was in for. Here’s my top 20…
19. A Walk Among The Tombstones
18. Begin Again
16. The Grand Budapest Hotel
15. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
14. X-Men: Days of Future Past
13. About Last Night
12. That Awkward Moment
11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Drum roll please for the Top 10!…
7. Jersey Boys
6. The Fault in Our Stars
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. The Guest
3. Guardians of The Galaxy
2. Gone Girl
1. The Imitation Game
Comment below and tell us what’s your Top 10 Films of 2014 and what are your most anticipated films of 2015.
Happy New Year and may the odds be ever in your favour 😛
Forget about scares that will make you jump because The Evil Within is a combination of all the fears and dreadful sights that you always pray you’ll never have to experience. This isn’t Resident Evil, and it’s not for the light hearted.
The story follows Detective Sebastian Castellanos, a detective called in to investigate a collection of terrible murders at a local mental hospital. From this the game take a quite calm approach gearing you up for what’s installed in this horrific peice of gaming. In terms of the story, it lacks quite a lot, especially with the main protagonist being quite boring, emotionless and more stiff than a plank of wood, however the environment and disgraceful enemies you have to endure makes up a lot for the negatives. Castellanos isn’t the character you have fun playing with as you do with say Leon Kennedy or Chris Redfield, but the creators have really made The Evil Within into a proper survival horror game.
The story does go into a good direction but it does take a little while to do so. In terms of managing Castellanos, you barely get any ammo, your health is dreadful, your stamina is no where to be seen, your melee attack is like a punch in the wind so you barely have much to help you survive, but there’s always a way to get around surviving and that’s what makes this game so much fun. Yes it gets annoying at times because we’re so used to having the luxuries of a full clip of ammo in our guns however, it makes you appreciate stealthing and just running for your life when the opportunity arises. Being patient and cautious are two of the best traits you need to have in this game to help you survive.
Visually, the game gives this chilling and scary effect with the lighting, the shadows, the environment and even the fact that it’s filmed in widescreen with a grainy effect, picking out all of the gorey bloodshed that you encounter. The only issue that was found was the way the environment would essentially have to “load” sometimes. It will look all blurry and thencome into focus to pick out the detail. For a game that’s on the next gen consoles, this shouldn’t really be happening.
In all, it’s a great game and definitley takes the horror genre in gaming to the next level. A few hiccups here and there and a bunch of gracefully disgusting enemies and bosses to defeat that will make you feel un-easy at times. The loading times and auto-save spots also gets a little frustrating sometimes. Hopefully this is just a taster of what’s in-store for the next Resident Evil game.
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This year has had a great deal of horror flicks with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones popping up in January instead of their usual October run, to The Conjuring’s prequel spin off Annabelle. Unfortunately it seems that Horror just isn’t that scary any more. It’s either really predictable, filled with very naive characters or just isn’t as violent as they used to be. To be brutally honest, ever since The Saw franchise ended, there hasn’t really been anything out there that tickled my fancy, until I saw The Conjuring. The Conjuring was one hell of a film that really did get the hairs to stand up on the back of my neck. When is comes to horror flicks, James Wan certainly knows what he was doing. The characters had great chemistry on screen, the frights were frightful and it really gets you thinking hard about that kind of scary exorcism acts happening in reality.
Another franchise I do get quite excited about year after year is the Paranormal Activity franchise. Now, it can be said that they haven’t been very consistent in terms of, well lets just say Paranormal Activity 4 and leave it at that. But story wise, they are very consistent and that’s what is definitely their strong point. Starting out as a low budget flick it definitely has come far enough to be rewarded with a spin off which has actually become my favourite in the franchise. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones takes the story into a slightly different yet new direction that really works. If anything, it has the best characters and their chemistry on screen and off screen is a delight. Bearing that in mind, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has my vote of being the best horror flick this year.
Halloween is the time of the year that brings out all of the horror film competitors. This year we had the Conjuring spin-off Annabelle, Ouija, The Babadook and Horns. Unfortunately, none of them had lived up to the hype. Annabelle (creepy raggedy Ann doll directed by John R. Leonetti) had to be the most disappointing of them all. All the apparent good parts were already in the trailer, the framing of the scenes made it obvious of what was about to happen, the characters were very naive and unintelligent, it was just very predictable and boring. As a spin-off from The Conjuring, which was absolutely brilliant, it’s a shame Annabelle was just not very good at all. In fact, it was an insult to The Conjuring. Thankfully, James Wan will be back for The Conjuring 2 (I think they should just leave anything to do with The Conjuring to James Wan).
Ouija, directed by Stiles White, was another film where all the apparent good bits were already broadcast in the trailer. The idea of having a film about the Ouija board game with a group of friends awakening an evil entity sounded like a fantastic idea, however the way it was executed was just plain boring unfortunately. The characters were lifeless, on a personal level I just found it very hard to connect with them and give them my sympathy. The story had nothing to make you jump out of your seat and anything that had a chance of making you feel uneasy was already in the trailer. At the point of watching Annabelle, I really did think that nothing could be worse, but Ouija took the crown.
The Babadook was actually one of the horror flicks I wasn’t going to see around Halloween because the trailer and concept just didn’t grab my attention, however I did end up finding myself wedged in the screening for it and surprisingly it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. The concept still sucked in my opinion (a creepy book’s character coming to life to haunt them) but the characters and their on screen chemistry was fantastic, and the story grew stronger and slightly darker as it went deeper into the film. Australian horror films are usually quite weird but they work and this was another to add to that collection. It wasn’t predictable, but it still didn’t get my blood boiling however, it was quite funny. Whether this was director Jennifer Kent’s intention or not, it worked. The Babadook got my vote for entertainment value.
Finally, Horns, directed by Alexandre Aja, starring the good old Daniel Radcliffe who has seemingly grown into an established actor, shrugging off the Harry Potter persona with ease. Putting on a very well done American accent, the film had great characters, a great cast, a very solid whodunnit murder mystery plot. It’s a very weird film in the sense that the main character essentially is a demon/devil. The film really reminded me of Jennifer’s Body where the concept sounds really great and the majority of the film is well done, but then there’s that little itch that makes you go “WTF?”. Obviously Horns was way better than Jennifer’s Body. This was a 50/50 movie for me.
What’s going on with the horror genre? Where’s all the gore? Where’s all the scenes that will shoot my stomach into my throat and make me feel nauseous? The thrill is dead and we need it back immediately!
Happy late New Year guys! 2013 has been an incredible year for the world of film and video games, with an even better 2 years ahead of us (from what we know so far). It’s that time where we can reflect on what we’ve seen and played over the past year. It was actually quite difficult putting this post together considering there has been so much greatness in 2013, so forget about a “Top 10” etc, here’s a brief flash back at the cinematic awesomesauce poured over your chips.
First up, it’s very easy to say that Marvel had a fantastic run, and is still jogging their way to the far far away finishing line smoothly. Iron Man 3 (at the moment currently dubbed as the “last Iron Man”) was fantastic. Everyone had their own opinion on it, but really, it was superb. Getting to see Iron Man stripped down to just Tony Stark with anxiety attacks after New York aka The Avengers Phase one really put the icing on the cake. It was a brilliant way to start off Phase two and it was based around Christmas time (thanks to Shane Black) so there’s an excuse to watch it all year round.
Second in command, Thor: The Dark World was even better than the first. Based around mostly Greenwich, London and Asgard, Thor became the Thor we all enjoyed from The Avengers (not that we didn’t’ enjoy him in his first solo film, there was just something different) not to mention that devious brother of his, Loki. After his award winning performance, if there was an award just for superheroes, Loki is still the one you want to watch. Patiently, but very impatiently, you wait and can barely contain yourself when Loki is off screen. Saying that, Thor 2 has a really strong and entertaining story that really does grab a hold of you, without pulling you too far into the dark world. Quite frankly, you really wouldn’t want to end up there.
Hugh Jackman had returned as our favourite X-Men, Wolverine in… The Wolverine. After the first attempt to give Logan his first solo act in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was time to move forward, rather than going back with all the origin stories and get serious. The Wolverine, set mostly in Japan, occurred after X-Men: The Last Stand, where he’s gone off on his own again with Dr Jean Grey stuck in his head, trying to make him feel guilty for killing her off (even though she killed Cyclops and Professor Xavier). This time however, some dude he had saved back in the day wants Logan’s power of not aging so he can live longer, trying to claim that Logan is ready to die and he’s not, oh the nerve! But anyways, it’s super awesome and Wolverine still has his sarcastic spark and don’t care attitude, even though he really does care and we meet this awesome red haired Japanese girl who literally can beat the crap out of you with her eyes closed. It was dubbed as the “Wolverine film we’ve always wanted” and it’s a fact that it really is. To top it all of, the post credit scene is to die for! It’s what connects the whole X-Men series to the next instalment Days of Future Past, out this year.
Moving away from Marvel and slipping into 5th gear, DC had a pretty good run too without a Batman film in site. RED has personally become one of favourite Bruce Willis films (it could actually be my favourite). With the success of the first, yes a sequel had been made with hope for a third. RED 2 adds Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins to the mix, with the original crew back for another beating (except Morgan Freeman obviously). The relationship between Mary Louise Parker and Bruce Willis onscreen is just so hilarious but sweet at the same time. She’s the type of girl we wish we could all be.
Next in line was yet another reboot for Superman hailed The Man of Steel. This was actually a huge surprise because its predecessors were never as good as the Christopher Reeve Superman, nothing had even come close. After saying that, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan really hit the nail on the head, hammering it hard with this one. For an origin story, Man of Steel was unbelievably good. The new man with a cape, Henry Cavill donned the Superman closest to Reeve’s version without a doubt. Michael Shannon as General Zod was fantastic; the only downfall with the film was unfortunately Amy Adams. She’s a great actress, but being cast as Louis Lane was a huge disappointment and just did not work at all. It was actually quite awkward watching it. But other than that, one of the best things about Man of Steel were those camera angles used during the fight scenes and just the way it was filmed on a whole. To add to the excitement, at the SDCC (Comic-Con) it was announced that the Man of Steel sequel would have Batman in it, later on notifying us that Batman would be played by Ben Affleck. 2015 guys!
It wasn’t just Comic book adaptations that did well this year, Ron Howard’s Rush is definitely a front runner to win some sort of an award this year. The biopic tells the story of 2 F1 race car drivers who’s had this on going feud for years, until one of them gets involved in a life changing accident. The great thing about this film is that it’s not really a racing film; it’s not primarily focused on the races. It’s more about the relationship between the two drivers and you get to watch them grow. It truly is an amazing film.
Other films that came out for 2013 that were very enjoyable to watch were Now You See Me, World War Z, The Great Gatsby, Disney’s Frozen, Django Unchained (it was technically released in the UK 2013 so ha!), Bad Grandpa, Fast and Furious 6, The Conjuring and to end the year we had The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug which is a must watch for all LOTR fans and The Hunger Games Part 2: Catching Fire. Both films leaving you in a right pickle as their cliff hangers were just too intense. You get the feeling of your eyes welling up thinking “I have to wait a year to know what happens next?” [Insert that Kevin Hart picture that’s been surfing around the net]
The worst film without a doubt that was released in 2013 that I’ve seen was Texas Chainsaw. Where could one start with this pile of garbage. It was bloody terrible, honestly, don’t even bother try giving it a go. The story was weak, the performances were boring, there was no need for it to be rated an 18 either, it could have easily passed as a 15. There was just nothing to this film, nothing at all.
Ending on a high note, video games have had an exceptional year with the release of GTAV, Beyond Two Souls, Tomb Raider, God of War Ascensions, Assassin’s Creed Black Flag to mention a few. GOTY (Game of the year) definitely has to go to The Last of Us. Naughty Dog always produce the best, but The Last of Us just went beyond that. There are no words to describe how amazing the campaign is. The story is so strong, you’ll play it more than once and that’s a guarantee. The mechanics of the game is very easy to manage once you know the controls, the feel of the characters are realistic, the voice acting is incredible, the relationship between the protagonists Joel and Ellie is just mouth watering, I could literally go on and on. The Multiplayer at the moment is lacking a few more modes etc but they are working on it, so it’s just about being patient, but what there is of the multiplayer is awesome. Everyone is just waiting for that announcement for a Co-op now *wink wink*. Honestly though, if you haven’t played TLOU, it’s definitely worth playing. It truly is a masterpiece.
So that’s 2013! Done and dusted, bring on 2014!