Monthly Archives: June 2015
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin
Plot: After a couple of weeks seeking out his teenage daughter Maggie, Wade finds her in the quarantine wing of a hospital. Maggie has been infected by a lethal outbreak that transforms the victim into a zombie. Wade’s friend Dr. Vern Kaplan releases Maggie to spend her last days with Wade and her family. Her stepmother Caroline asks Wade to take their little kids to her sister’s house to keep them safe. While Maggie is slowly transformed, Wade stays with her protecting Maggie. But Dr. Vern warns him that the moment that he will have to take an ultimate decision is closer.
Review: A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Big Arny is back… Maggie tells the story of how a teenage girl is infected by a virus and gradually changes into a zombie. Although this has been classified as horror, I would not put it as such. There is the odd two or three “flashback” scenes that Maggie (Abigail Breslin) has during the film which shows how she caught the virus, but even those scenes are more or less a ‘flash” of a few seconds and not really deemed as “horror”.
Wade (Arny) is the father of Maggie. His little girl has been infected, and he makes it his duty to protect his girl no matter what. Whether that is from zombies or any militia that wants to cart her off to quarantine.
“Maggie” is a compelling drama to say the least, and is certainly different than the run of the mill horror/zombie flicks. If you take away the whole zombie element, this could have been any film about a teenager with a terminal illness. The only difference here being Maggie’s gradual desire for flesh.
Schwarzenegger’s performance is brilliant, and a completely different take on what we are used to seeing him act in. Breslin steals the show. Her performance as the teen suffering from the zombie virus was brilliant to say the least. Her fears, her emotions, her uncertainty, her feeling of being rejected by the unaffected… All captured wonderfully from her POV and the people she loves. Scenery – Fantastic.
This may be a different Arny flick from what you are used to seeing, but it is one film that is worth watching. Forget about the typical “shoot ‘em up” zombie-apocalyptic films you have seen in the past and watch this.
Verdict: Zombies from the humane perspective
My Rating: 8 out of 10.
FEWDIO Horror: The Easter Bunny is Eating My Candy
Tagline: It’s Easter and there’s something terrifying in the house, and it’s not the Easter Bunny… or is it?
Review: This little gem of a YouTube channel I was introduced to by my partner. After all, she likes horror as much as I do. Fact is she just won’t admit it
This 2 minute short tells the very short story of a little girl who walks into her parents bedroom in the middle of the night and tells her sleeping mother, “Mommy, the Easter Bunny is eating my candy”. After her mom dismisses the idea, the little girl then goes back to see the Easter Bunny easting “Candy”, which is infact her pet dog named “Candy”.
A brilliant short which does remind me that this could have been the forerunner to Bunnyman Massacre.
If you are not squeamish, then go watch it on YouTube:
My Rating: 7 out of 10
Reblogged from Horroraddicts.net. Many thanks to David for his review.
Alex is a man who is down on his luck, he lost his fiance’ and parents and is now being plagued by horrible visions. In these visions he sees a wasteland of dead bodies and a beast that is not human. Alex struggles to find answers and has been going to paranormal conferences to find them. Over time he meets some investigators and learns of a prophecy that will bring about the end of humanity.
An old god will arise bringing an army of demons and zombies to kill all the humans and start a new world order. Alex finds out he is the chosen one who can stop the coming darkness and save the world as we know it. Not only will Alex have to fight one old god, there is also another spirit who is trying to gain power and Alex has to fight his inner demons as well. He has help from a team of paranormal investigators, but will it be enough to stop the darkness from taking over?
The Chosen: Rise Of The Darkness by C.A. Milson is a story with a lot going on. Alex is the star and my favorite character but he’s only a small part of a big story. I loved the character of Alex because of the transition he goes through. He goes from rock bottom trying to get over the tragedies in his life to being the only one who can save humanity. The interesting part of his character is that he doesn’t want any of this, he doesn’t want the power that is growing within him and he doesn’t want to be responsible for saving the world. He wants his fiance’ back and a simple life. Alex is thrust into a horrible situation and doing what he has to do. I liked him because I think most people can relate to him.
There were some great villains in this story, one is Tanzac who was a fallen angel and the other is Jamison who is an evil spirit who hates everyone. Jamison is the perfect villain, he was a cult leader and spent his life and death influencing people to do bad things. Jamison is the kind of guy in a book that I love to hate. Tanzac the other bad guy is sympathetic and actually shows compassion at points in the book. I love it that this book has a villain that seems to be very complex and another that you just want to see destroyed.
My favorite part of this book was a scene where a man decides to do a mock satanic ritual to get revenge on a couple of people. While he does some evil deeds he awakens something far worse. I liked how the demon that shows up does good by default. The characters in this story are great and complex. In addition to the characters there is a theme about new beginnings in this book and good coming from evil along with some religious metaphors. My only problem with Rise Of The Darkness was that I felt it lacked suspense at times but the great characters make up for it. Rise Of The Darkness is the beginning of a trilogy and its a good book about good versus evil.
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