18 items from 2013
I have a well-documented obsession with Sega’s House of the Dead: Overkill in all of its forms. A raunchy reimagining of the iconic light-gun blaster, Overkill took the rocksteady rail-shooter formula of House of the Deads past and washed it in a grainy, 8mm patina, complete with the scratchy-stocked sleaze and excessive exploitation of the garish grindhouse era. The already silly backdrop of the original games, rife with Japanese-flavored leaps of logic, were dialed up to eleven with a furiously foul-mouthed fervor, dropping f-bombs like empty clips as you blasted your way through mobs of malevolent mutants (don’t call them “the z-word,” Agent G warns us) up to the most repulsive ending in video game history, a mashup of Oedipan sensibilities and birth-canal ballistics.
Now, in one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Sega has given Overkill the Typing of the Dead makeover. Typing of »
- Carl Lyon
There’s no denying that the once-huge rhythm game market has died down considerably since the heyday of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. And I consider that a shame, as it’s been one of my favorite genres since the early days of Dance Dance Revolution and PaRappa the Rapper.
Enter Ubisoft, who helped to some degree revitalize the genre in 2011 with the release of the original Rocksmith. Partly a game, but also described by the company as a teaching tool, Rocksmith eschewed fake, simplified plastic instrument controllers in favor of shipping with a specialized Usb cable that could plug into the output jack of virtually any electric guitar or bass.
Flash forward two years to present day, and it seems that the original title must have resonated well with enough audiences because now we have Rocksmith 2014 Edition, a full-fledged follow-up. And despite the year-based title bringing to mind such franchises as Madden, »
- John Fleury
We’re gradually getting more info on Rocksmith 2014 in the weeks leading up to its October 22 release, with the latest promotional video offering details on both the minigames players will be able to try out in the game’s “Guitarcade” mode, along with a new Score Attack mode.
Guitarcade, like the original title, is a collection of minigames that also make use of real-life guitars for control input, and all serve to improve the player’s shredding skills in various ways. These will include such titles as Ducks Redux, where players strum a specific string and fret to shoot virtual ducks, Scale Racer, where players maneuver a car to escape a police chase, one Wailin’, which will control a character’s altitude based on the volume of the player’s strumming, and Return To Castle Chordead, which will mimic the visual style of classic arcade rail shooters such as House of the Dead, »
- John Fleury
by Matt Hawkins
Movies based upon video games have a fairly wretched reputation, and many people place the blame on just one person: Uwe Boll. His cinematic adaptations of House of the Dead, BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, and Far Cry are all universally reviled, though the one movie that is often cited as being absolute garbage is Postal.
Today might either be the most appropriate or inappropriate day, given that the nation is reflecting upon the events of September 11, 2001. The opening sequence of Postal depicts the hijacking of one of the planes that would be driven into World Trade Center, but in "comedic" fashion.
Well, guess what: Boll wants to do sequel, but it'll only happen if you lend a hand. And you do want to give him your support, don't you?
Boll has turned to, what else, Kickstarter to make his dream happen. Here we have a recent video for his campaign, »
- MTV Video Games
Jesse both literally and figuratively uses some brains in this week’s Breaking Bad, ultimately leading to a heart-stopping, infuriatingly incomplete final scene. We’re way beyond “Magnets!” here, kids; let’s review the major developments that take place in “To’hajiilee.”
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- Kimberly Roots
Boll became famous a little under a decade ago for helming legendarily terrible films like "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark," "Bloodrayne," and "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale". Of this new film, Boll says:
"Postal 2 will be a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues. We take the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julien Assange and Edward Snowdon (sic) and show that there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China.
We show that through this massive monitoring our communication data is not safe anymore! We want to make a movie which is totally uncensored, pointed against everything and everybody, against every political party and every religion. »
- Garth Franklin
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The fabulously larger-than-life director - the man behind video game-to-film transplant House of the Dead and the under-rated Blubberella ("An action comedy centered on an overweight woman whose footsteps cause explosions" - IMDb) - has taken to crowd-funding in his typically brash style. Postal 2 will have a bodycount that's "higher as Hiroshima and Dancing with the Stars combined". And where will donors money go? "The money goes all for cocaine for the stars down the nose." Godspeed Uwe! If Spike Lee can do it, why can't you?
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- Henry Barnes
The director, whose films include the critically-mauled Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead and Bloodrayne, said that the movie will be "a controversial comedy in which we take up current political issues".
"We take the biggest scandals of our democracy, like the happenings about Julien Assange and Edward Snowdon (sic) and show that there is no difference between our democracy and the prison camps in Russia or China," Boll wrote.
"We show that through this massive monitoring our communication data is not safe anymore! We want to make a movie which is totally uncensored, pointed against everything and everybody, against every political party and every religion.
"There will be no survivors."
Boll quipped that money raised through the crowd-funding website will go towards paying for "cocaine for the stars down the »
• Uwe Boll goes arthouse
• German director's Holocaust film causes outrage
• Spike Lee reaches Kickstarter target
He has been called the world's worst director, a veritable Ed Wood for the 21st century. Now Germany's Uwe Boll is hoping to pick up the mantle "king of Kickstarter" after taking to the popular crowdfunding site in the hope of raising $500,000 for his new movie - a political comedy inspired in part by Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Boll, who received a lifetime Razzie award in 2009 for his services to terrible film-making, is hoping fans will stump up the cash for a sequel to Postal, a video game movie adaptation which was released in 2007 to universal derision.
On his Kickstarter page he writes: "Postal 2 will be a controversial comedy in which »
- Ben Child
Review Andrew Blair 2 Jul 2013 - 06:48
Andrew reckons he could've approximated the experience of watching this movie with an Xbox and some illegal drugs
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play Bioshock, then take a hefty dose of hallucinogens, and then play Call of Duty: World at War? Well, wonder no more, for Frankenstein's Army is the answer to that very specific question.
Nazi Germany gave us a visual shorthand for evil, huge scope for horror film makers, and Fanta.
There is no Fanta in this film.
There's a fair spurting of blood though.
The plot, which to be honest is the least of your concerns here, consists of a Russian reconnaissance team moving into Eastern Germany while being filmed by Alexander Mercury's Dmitri for propaganda purposes. Their radio is being jammed, but then they receive a distress call from another squad, and move into »
My Playstation Eye has been virtually unused, doing little more than burning my retinas with its ice-blue Led and drawing voltage from my PS3. It’s provided some entertainment with Move-enabled titles (Oh House of the Dead: Overkill DC, how I love thee), but it hasn’t done much else. The Playstation Eye is going to be a fixture on the Playstation 4 as well, but it’s got an interesting role to play in the just-announced Daylight.
According to a post from Joystiq, Daylight is a psychological horror game powered by Unreal Engine 4, and it uses the Playstation Eye in a novel fashion: the Eye will take a snapshot of your horrified mug at the exact moment that scares happen, which you could then presumably share with friends or upload to your online dating profile to derail any prospects of getting laid.
The game also has the input of Jessica Chobot, »
- Carl Lyon
Odd List Ryan Lambie 1 May 2013 - 09:34
Blood, guts and controversy abound, as we delve back to look at the evolving gore and mayhem in a dozen 80s videogames...
Ah, the 80s. The decade of video nasties, The A-Team, Boy George and Ronald Reagan. A time of conspicuous consumption and voluminous hair, the 80s was also the decade where videogames rapidly evolved, from the blocky 8-bit computers and consoles at its beginning, to the more powerful 16-bit systems at its end.
The 80s was also a period where the depiction of videogame gore would be realised with ever greater detail - much to the consternation of media watchdogs, who commonly regarded games as bleepy toys for children. The mainstream furore which would greet Mortal Kombat was still just over the horizon, but from the start of the start of the decade to its end, mischievous (and sometimes cynical, it has »
Like Lucio Fulci in the last decade of his career Dario Argento is a talent in free fall a formerly respected filmmaker who has acquired a brown thumb everything he touches becomes a coiled and steaming mess. Each offering from the Italian maestro poses the same question how bad will this one be This first hint that Dracula 3D might be Darios cheapestlooking silliest movie to date comes from Giovanni Paoluccis credit as prouducer. If youre unfamiliar with Paolucci he also produced (and cowrote) Bruno Matteis Zombies The Beginning (2007) the crummiest funniest most inexpensive zombie flick this side of House of the Dead. »
That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."
So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!
Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112
2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996
3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247
4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348
5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121
6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641
7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842
8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325
9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887
10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713
11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272
12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021
13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284
14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089
15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097
16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634
17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991
18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764
19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350
20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532
21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945
22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376
23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159
24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726
25. 2.0 Fat Slags »
Sega has revealed the iOS and Android version of House of the Dead Overkill entitled House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels. We have several new screenshots that showcase some of the undead action that will be heading your way soon on your mobile devices.
House of the Dead Overkill: The Lost Reels will feature a remix of your favorite characters and levels to play seamlessly on the go. Sega announced that the game's controls can be chosen by the player which includes a virtual joystick or an accelerometer. In order to unlock the tap to shoot feature, then players must first beat the game. Currently we do not have any information on the release date or the price of the game.
About House of the Dead Overkill
The House of the Dead: Overkill charges you with mowing down waves of infected, blood-thirsty zombies in a last-ditch effort »
- Amanda Dyar
The cover art for Eaters proclaims that the film is “presented by Uwe Boll.” This information should be more than enough for potential viewers to make up their minds. Mr. Boll did not direct this latest take on the zombie apocalypse, nor did he have much direct involvement with the production. So if the best your Italian zombie film has to trumpet is a tenuous association with the reviled filmmaker of House of the Dead, then you’ve already set the expectation level rather low. It turns out the Boll mention was an adequate, and honest, admonition of the resulting 95 minutes.
A mutant virus that turns humans into flesh-eating zombies has destroyed the civilized world. In a filthy, dilapidated compound a scientist with the unfortunate name of »
- Bradley Harding
By Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
The examination of a post apocalyptic world after a zombie outbreak is one we’ve seen time and time again, from Night Of The Living Dead to The Walking Dead – take your pick, I am sure there are thousands out there.
From it’s opening, It’s clear Sick’s focus is heavily on its characters and not so much the gore – although there is plenty of it anyway – and we are introduced to the colourful band of characters, their lives and the world they are now forced to live in.
Though I love a good character study – especially when it takes place in a post apocalyptic world – I must admit I struggled to follow these characters through their fight for survival.
Though I heard their stories, saw the tension and their fight for survival, I never felt connected to them and their cause and as such, »
Have you ever sat and played a totally awesome video game only to come away wondering what it would be like as a huge blockbuster movie? Now I know this is a bit of a taboo subject, with Uwe Boll churning out terrible movies of decent games- namely Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead. This is probably enough for you lot to throw your hands up and totally disagree but what if a reliable, big name director actually took an interest in making a more than half assed adaption of your favorite video game?
Here are some I’d personally love to see up on the silver screen.
10. Duke Nukem
Okay we get it, after 10 years wandering in the depths of Development Hell, Duke Nukem Forever was a complete let down for most. But what if we actually got him onto the big screen. Granted, the »
- Daniel McMurtry
18 items from 2013
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