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Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd Megazine #353…
Welcome to you squaxx dek thargo to the review for Megazine issue #353 in which we have a new starter with Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible, an ending from with the Man from the Ministry and our tales in Lawless and Uprising are continuing on. So let’s not hang around here whilst there’s scrotnig things to read!
Judge Dredd: Dead Zone – Invisible
With Invisible we’re following the hapless couple (Yodie and Belle) that stumbled into the grave-robbing/murder excellent story of the last few issues; it was in the final couple of chapters that Yodie discovered a possible piece of alien technology. The alien tech is built in the form of a bracelet, which Yodie now wears and Dredd and Co. are desperate to get hold of in what appears too be for the couple’s safety. Yodie in fear has »
The Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley have announced that Kim Newman will be presenting Giulio Paradisi’s fantastically bizarre 1979 sci-fi horror The Visitor - which stands as a completely unique fusion of horror films like The Omen and Birds with sci-fi such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars - on Friday 5th September at 11.45pm. The screening is part of the Scalarama series in September and the ongoing Phoenix Nights series at the Phoenix Cinema.
John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl, and her pet hawk, while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Multi-dimensional warfare, pre-adolescent profanity and brutal avian attacks combine to transport the viewer to a state unlike anything they’ve experienced… somewhere between Hell and the darkest reaches of outer space.
A novelist, critic and broadcaster, Newman »
- Phil Wheat
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
There are monsters out there. Scary, big ones. And they’ll haunt our dreams and crawl on our bodies for eternity. Nothing will ever make us comfortable knowing they exist, even in fiction. Then, there are some that are just Goddamn ridiculous. Here are ten of such monsters.
The Fiend Without a Face (1958)
Though ultimately, they’re just crawling brains and spinal columns, the most interesting aspect of the fiends is their invisibility for the majority of the runtime as they slowly gain their terrifying form.
The Creeping Terror (1964)
A giant, moving rug. Due to the extremely low-budget, this largely-narrated alien invasion tale amounts to little more than a big, badly dilapidated wool rug laying on top of its victims.
John Frankenheimer’s nature-gone-wrong turns into more of a nature-film-gone-wrong and features a bizarre, giant fetus-like bear terrorizing a mountainside.
Murders in Rue Morgue (1932)
Robert Florey’s Universal picture »
- Kenny Hedges
Even though Godzilla saw a 67% drop off at the box office this weekend with X-Men: Days of Future Past dethroning the big guy, the flick is still incredibly popular. It has raked in $156.8 million domestically thus far and is on pace to finish between $205 and $225 million. But what would those numbers be like if Hammer had made an installment in the franchise?
YouTuber Sanjid Parvez wondered the same thing...
"Have you ever wondered... What if Hammer somehow bought the rights from Toho and launched a Godzilla franchise back in 60s??
Here I present you my fan made mashup & fake movie trailer for Hammer's Godzilla Must Be Destroyed!"
Background Score: Hammer Films Soundtrack
Clips used from the following original movies:
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- Steve Barton
Voluptuous vampire vixens, undead slaves, cobra-women, grisly murders and creepy aliens. Yes, Hammer heaven continues throughout March as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things horror brings you five more Hammer horror double-bills, which broadcast from Sat March 1st – Sat March 29th from 9.00pm on the Horror Channel!
Sat 1 March @ 21:00 – The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)
Directed by John Gilling, this is Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and centres on a mad Cornish squire who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives to investigate.
Sat 1 March @ 22:45 – Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)
Considered one of the last great Hammer films, this swash-buckling vampire yarn, features a master swordsman, a »
- David Agnew
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