Monday, October 20, 2014

There is Conflict Within these "Four Walls and a Roof" on "The Walking Dead" (Preview Clip)

The AMC has released a clip for the upcoming episode "Four Walls and a Roof." This episode airs Oct. 26th, 2014. And, the clip focuses on the new character Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam). Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) accuses him of being behind the disappearance of three characters (Daryl, Bob, Carol), while the good reverend denies it all. Is he working with Gareth and the other cannibals? This is a possibility. Fans of the show can see the one minute clip below.

Story details are sparse for this upcoming episode. The AMC has only said that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his companions will square off against another group. That group is likely Gareth and his horde of maneaters. Fans of the show can look for more plot details in the official clip for "Four Walls and a Roof," right here.

Showing Date: October 26th, 2014 (Television).

Director: Jeffrey F. January.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan and Chandler Riggs.

The clip for episode three, "Four Walls and a Roof," is here:


The AMC. Youtube. 19 Oct. 2014.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't Talk to "Strangers" on "The Walking Dead:" A Television Review

*there are major spoilers here.

Director: David Boyd.

Writer: Robert Kirkman.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira and Melissa McBride.

Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his crew have survived Terminus. Now, this growing group have found another character to add to the pack. Father Gabriel (Seth Gilliam), a cowardly priest, has a refuge and a few secrets. Lots of sideplots were developed further in this showing. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) has a trap in store for the survivors. A few cannibals have survived their defeat, at the hands of Carol (Melissa McBride). A kidnapper is about and Bob will never look the same. This episode was quite a bit slower than the previous episode, "No Sanctuary." As well, some of the night scenes obfuscated the visual frame. But, "Strangers" was still an exciting outing.

Everything is going well for Rick and his current company. But then, they meet a new character. Father Gabriel does not offer a spiritual message, but he is not very kind to others. It is revealed that Gabriel left other survivors to die, while he hoarded his food. This character also falters in an action packed scene. This man of the cloth might hamper the other characters, in future encounters. Then, Beth's (Emily Kinney) kidnapper appeared on a darkened road. Another villain, Gareth (Andrew J. West), also made his appearance and Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) was the belle of the ball and on the main menu, in a late scene. All of these characters will collide further in future episodes.

Father Gabriel will be another minor character. But, how long will he last? And, how long could anyone last in a zombie apocalypse as a pacifist? It seems that Gabriel's time might be limited. His encounter with a group of zombies, in a thrift store, showed his yellow stripes. Rick was forgiving of his inaction, but his patience will not last long. As well, Gabriel's secret is easily deciphered thanks to a wood cut message. The message reads: "you will burn for this." There are also knife marks on an exterior window shutter. So, it becomes apparent that other characters came by, looking for help; Gabriel was less than hospitable. Gabriel is both selfish and cowardly and maybe better off in a zombie's maw. This character is neither good nor evil, but he is no a champion of virtue, either.

The cannibals are back! Gareth and a few shadowy characters have overcome their imprisonment, at Terminus. They must have eaten all of the people back at Terminus, because they are already hot on Rick's trail and looking for human food. Daryl (Norman Reedus) notices he is being watched at night. This presence was likely Gareth and his wandering horde of man-eaters. Also, Gareth wastes no time in taking one of the survivor's crew. Bob is captured, chopped up and eaten in under a minute. Who is next on the menu? Gareth says that he eats out of need. But, the other survivors are able to find food, with a little work. Gareth is less inclined to scavenge and happier to eat fellow wanderers. It is obvious this character is more of a sociopath, than a man of true necessity. His comeuppance is coming soon.

While slower paced than "No Sanctuary," "Strangers" still offered lots of tension. This group of zombie killers is deserving of a rest, after the battle at Terminus. They find that brief refuge in a church. Here, the characters reunite and talk of the past. Characterizations are developed and connections are formed. This episode was much like a breather for the survivors and possibly even for the viewer. Still, there was a lot of tension in this showing. Beth's kidnapper is seen driving down a darkened road; Daryl and Carol give chase. The threat of Gareth and his group of cannibals has already been discussed. All of these threats will split the survivors up further in future episodes.

"Strangers" was another mostly thrilling episode. "The Walking Dead" continues to offer lots of sideplots and conflicts. As a late note, it appears that Abraham has his own secrets: "we are waiting for our moment." Abraham says this while watching Michonne's (Danai Gurira) handiwork. It becomes clear that many of the characters, minor or otherwise, have their own motivations and strategies for survival. These smaller inter-conflicts are what keeps the show interesting. This viewer will return to see how much of Bob's body is left, if any and zombie television fans are sure to find something compelling here.

Overall: 7 out of 10 (Gareth will be a problem until confronted - again, why was Bob crying in the woods? the next episode should reveal Gabriel's secret fully).

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Friday, October 17, 2014

What Awaits in Hangar 10? An Alien Armada and Lives in Peril (First Trailer)

A new horror and sci-fi thriller titled Hangar 10 is coming to theatres. This film, from the United Kingdom, brings extraterrestrials to a remote Royal Air Force base. They might be invading, or they might be looking for new friends. Either way, Hangar 10 will release through video-on-demand, this November 7th, 2014. If you are in the Los Angeles area, the film will also release in a few select theatres. Hangar 10 has been directed by Daniel Simpson (Spiderhole) and the script was developed by Adam Preston. Your trip to another world begins here.

The synopsis begins with Rendlesham Forest. In this glade, there is a UFO hiking trail, which leads to? Three metal detector enthusiasts are determined to find what is at the end of that trail, but they might not like what they find. An alien fleet of spacecraft looms in the sky and creatures lurk below.

The trailer for Hangar 10 is here. The clip is shot a la found footage. Full of special effects, the trailer hosts an explosion or two as these friends try to uncover a hidden, governmental secret.

Release Date: November 7th, 2014 (VOD).

Director: Daniel Simpson.

Writers: Adam Preston and Daniel Simpson.

Cast: Robert Curtis.

An alien armada descends here:

*IFC Films will distribute this title.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dirty When Dead to Tell a Tale of Witchcraft in North Wales

Director Asa Bailey ("Cream") is crowdfunding for the feature Dirty When Dead. This horror titles involves the US climbing team and witchcraft. Pre-production has just begun on this feature, with Bailey scouting several locations. An abandoned farm will be one of the film's main settings. This isolated location can be seen in a production reel, found below. As well, Bailey hopes to create a burgeoning film industry, in North Wales and the country's economy could use the help. More on the film's early developments are hosted here.

For more on the story, Dirty When Dead begins with the American mountaineering team. They are stalked and killed by an undead creature and a hideous witch. As the climbing team wanes, the survivors must find the secrets behind this couple's witchcraft, or die trying.

Bailey pays homage to horror films of the past. Dirty When Dead takes its influences from The Evil Dead and The Devil's Rejects; the film will be steeped in the paranormal and with strange characters. A soon to be horrifying title, fans of terror can preview the film's early details below.

Director: Asa Bailey.

Cast: TBA.

A clip of the film's likely settings is hosted here:

An Indiegogo campaign for the film is hosted here:

Dirty When Dead on Indeigogo

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Zombies Invade the American Film Market with Ryan M. Andrews' Sick

Another zombie film has just been released, in time for Halloween. The film is titled Sick, from Midnight Releasing. An indie horror feature, Sick features an infection and a world inhabited by the living dead. This title has just been released on DVD (Oct. 7th, 2014). As well, the film will have an appearance at the American Film Market, where it will seek out distribution in other territories. Sick stars Christina Anna Aceto, Robert Nolan and Debbie Rochon. The film has been directed by Ryan M. Andrews of Black Eve fame.

In an underground lab, Rozetta (Aceto) is attempting to find a cure for a nasty disease. A cure is a long way off, though. Up above, the world is in havoc as the infected lay waste to those still immune.

A trailer for Sick is hosted below. The clip shows several characters, holed up in a house. The infected attack and few can survive the onslaught. Fans of zombie horror features can see more on the film below.

Director: Ryan M. Andrews.

Writers: Ryan M. Andrews and Chris Cull.

Cast: Christina Anne Aceto, Richard Roy Sutton, Robert Nolan, Jennifer Polansky and Debbie Rochon.

A trailer for the film is available here:


Sick at the AFM

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Survivors Fight the Undead within Sherwood Forest in this Trailer for Zombie Hood

Tagline: "Living ain't easy."

Zombie Hood is a b-movie zombie feature from director Steve Best. The film involves a virulent plague, which is released in an after hours nightclub. Set in Nottingham, this feature is set to release on DVD and VOD, on October 21st, 2014. As well, the film stars Edward Nudd, Jade Blocksidge and Tom Murton. A preview of the film's release is here.

Much of the film takes place in Sherwood Forest. Here, a ragtag group of survivors fight against the undead. Desperate, this small group most forage for supplies, in a dangerous environment.

A trailer for Zombie Hood is hosted below. The clip shows some of the action from the film as the survivors do their best to stay living. Fans of indie horror can check out the film's best sequences below.

Release Date: October 21st, 2014 (DVD, VOD).

Director: Steve Best.

Writers: Steve Best and Pedram Karimfazli.

Cast: Edward Nudd, Jade Blocksidge and Tom Murton.

The official trailer for Zombie Hood is here:

*Brink Vision will release this title.

More details on the film will be posted at the Brink Vision website, found below:

The Brink Vision Homepage

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Control Group is Trapped in Hellish Experiments: A Preview

The Control Group is an inde grindhouse horror feature. An homage to '70s and '80s grindhouse, this title will have its World Premiere in Minnesota. As well, the film will participate in the American Film Market, in Santa Monica. This title is a haunted house film, set in a psychiatric hospital. Here, five friends are taking part in an illicit experiment. This title stars Ross Destiche, Jenna Enemy and Brad Dourif. A preview for the film is here.

In the film's trailer, the five friends are terrorized by a motley group of scientists. Shot in lots of reds and blacks, the feature film trailer shows more of the film's story as a hero emerges, from all of the bloodshed.

The Control Group will have its World Premiere October 22nd, 2014. Then, the film will follow-up this appearance with a showing on November 5th, in California. Fans of indie horror features can find more on the film below.

World Premiere: October 22nd, 2014 (Twin Cities, MN).

Director: Peter Hurd.

Writers: Peter Hurd and Logan Gion.

Cast: Ross Destiche, Jenna Enemy, Justen Jones, Monique Candelaria, Jerry Angelo, Larry Laverty, Kodi Saint Angelo, Shane Phillip, Taso Stavrakis, Luce Rains, and Brad Dourif.

A trailer for The Control Group is here:

The film's homepage is here:

A The Control Group Website


The Control Group at the AFM

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Carol is an Army of One in "No Sanctuary" from "The Walking Dead:" A Television Review

Director: Greg Nicotero.

Writers: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard and Scott M. Gimple.

Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan.

Just when "The Walking Dead" fatigue almost kicks in, an episode like "No Sanctuary" comes along. This action packed episode offered a lot of chaos in its short runtime. The character Carol (Melissa McBride) was behind much of that mayhem as she went about destroying Terminus. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his friends were saved from becoming cannibal fodder, while Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman) dealt with his conscience. Meanwhile, Eugene (Josh McDermitt) is coming across as more and more unbelievable. The character Morgan was introduced late in the episode. And, central villains were turned into minor ones, by another, new, even more dangerous character. This exciting episode offered a lot of thrilling scenes, including flaming zombies.

This premiere for Seas. 5 began with Rick and the other survivors. They were still in the cattle car, from Seas. 4. They had intentions for escape, until a knockout grenade was introduced. Things got worse for Rick, Bob (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.), Glen (Steven Yeun) and Daryl (Norman Reedus). They were placed in front of a trough, to be killed for food. Thankfully, Carol was just outside of Terminus. She, cold-bloodedly, went about destroying the defences around Terminus. She also took out the cannibal leader Mary (Denise Crosby), while leading a zombie charge through the main gates. Is there anything Carol can't do? Rick and company escape and they fill the remaining cannibals with bullet holes. Behind the lines, Tyreese is dealing with an angry man, named Martin. Martin instigates his own murder, by encouraging Tyreese to release his more evil side. Martin gets his murderous wish. As well, the ending offered a few surprises, including the introduction of a new, rapey villain.

Who else enjoyed those flaming zombies? The zeds offered a duality of threats. They can chomp and change the living into the dead. But, they can also set you on fire. One cannibal in Terminus had his face chewed off, while being burned alive. This inclusion of fire added in a nice secondary threat. Smoking zombies are always a nice touch, in film or television.

Less satisfying, Eugene has no credibility as a scientist. This minor character sports a short-long, while talking about fighting viruses with viruses. With all of the characters already infected with the zombie virus, a vaccine would be pointless. However, has anyone ever heard of a virus being fought by another virus? Eugene's cure for the zombie plague comes right out of the redneck medical handbook. And, in this viewer's opinion, Eugene might be better off returning to his mother's basement, from which he was likely found. Eugene has little to offer in the realm of scientific explanations. His credibility was already in question in the end of Seas. 4, for this watcher and now, it is gone completely.

The horrifying tone of this episode really stood out. It was surprising to see several characters killed at knifepoint. Their throats were slit, much like an animal's gizzard. They were treated inhumanely and the same outcome was intended for Rick and the other three men. As an aside, this viewer was reminded of the many victims from the Middle East, who met a similar fate, at the hands of ISIS. Are the writers hinting at political messages? This zombie television fan might be looking too deeply at this scene, but his sequence was very unsettling. Other horrifying scenes occurred later in the episode. A young cannibal had her neck bitten off, while a freezer offered disgusting menu options. The make-up team was pushed to the limits as character after character fell to a zombie herd. This episode offered a fair amount of disturbing scenes.

The final scene offered a secret or two. From other reviews, a new villain is being introduced in this late sequence. Hidden in shadows, this villain captures and removes a young woman from the cattle car as she screams "not again!" It becomes obvious that this woman is not meant for the cannibal freezer. Instead, her fate likely involves rape or torture. This new villain is all about exploitation and not interested in making friends. But, just who is this new malefactor?

Epis. 1 of Seas. 5, "No Sanctuary," offered a whole lot of action in its short fourty-three minutes. The character of Carol was slightly overdone. Could a woman in her fifties really do so much damage to a fortified camp? The writers would like you to think so. But, this viewer's imagination was tested to the limits by Carol's unrelenting force and determinism. Still, the flaming and exploding zombies offered a few thrills. Rick continues to be an interesting character as he reconciled with this Rambo-esque heroine and with Judith. This emotional roller coaster of a showing also offered a few tender moments late, with all of the characters joining together, outside of Terminus. What is next? Will Rick return to Terminus for revenge? This outcome seems unlikely as the survivors do their best to outrun an even more deadly foe.

Overall: 8 out of 10 (this viewer was wowed by all of the action in this outing, the make-up effects were very good and prolific, Rick's escape from the cannibals was a little too clean).

The first four minutes of this episode can be found here:

A "No Sanctuary" Clip on 28DLA

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