Army of the Dead: has its moments but doesn’t pop

ARMY OF THE DEAD (Pictured) DAVE BAUTISTA as SCOTT WARD in ARMY OF THE DEAD. Cr. CLAY ENOS/NETFLIX © 2021

It’s nice to see Zack Snyder go back to his zombie roots. The last time he played in that sandpit was Dawn of the Dead (2004). With Army of the Dead (2021) the concept is this: Las Vegas falls to zombies and so humans wall it off and plan to nuke the city (as this… Continue reading Army of the Dead: has its moments but doesn’t pop

A Quiet Place: a horror masterclass

Left to right: Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds in A QUIET PLACE, from Paramount Pictures.

The ‘what if’ question is often a good way to start the process of creating a story for a writer. To come up with a meaty concept. In A Quiet Place it’s: what if alien type monsters arrived on earth and could hunt us based on the tiniest sounds we make? So with the inevitable… Continue reading A Quiet Place: a horror masterclass

What’s harder, horror or comedy?

Lately I’ve seen some shockers on both sides. Sitting on the sofa as the credits rolls I’m trying to pinpoint exactly what the issue is and why I didn’t engage with the characters or the story. Take horror for example. The problem is there’s – and I know many would contest this – only a… Continue reading What’s harder, horror or comedy?

The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

The latest Downton Abbey export to head to Hollywood is Dan Stevens. I don’t watch the show, but I hear his character is a nice guy who’s good at seducing the ladies. Now actors often like to break the mould when it comes to roles – to avoid being typecast and all that. So if… Continue reading The Guest: introducing the English Ryan Gosling

Penny Dreadful: first episode review

Modern TV shows, they have to begin with a bang these days. Well, to be fair, old ones did too, yet new ones tend to come with an A-list cast of actors, as well as an acclaimed director and screenwriter. Penny Dreadful is no exception. The man who put pen to paper, John Logan, is… Continue reading Penny Dreadful: first episode review

If you go down to the woods today…

Hands up, who likes a bit of horror? Let’s be honest, who doesn’t? Even the meekest amongst us doesn’t mind a good scare from time to time, it gets the blood going. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but The Cabin in the Woods is probably more entertaining than scary, perhaps because what starts as… Continue reading If you go down to the woods today…

Misfits series 4: First episode review

I got introduced to Misfits a few months ago, loved it and blasted my way through the first two series. For those not in the know, it’s a science fiction comedy drama about a group of young offenders sentenced to community service. On their first day of work they get hit by lightning from a… Continue reading Misfits series 4: First episode review