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Video game movies have a bad reputation because, well, there are very few that we’d call “good.” At their best, at least so far, the big screen versions of video games have been fun and trashy entertainment. At their worst, however, they’re as bad as anything else we’ve ever seen in a movie theater. So let’s rank ‘em! 39. “Postal” (2008) The pinnacle of director Uwe Boll‘s string of horrendous video game movies (he has five that qualify for this list by getting theatrical releases somewhere), but to be fair it’s probably still a better work »
- Phil Owen
Postal Redux, a remastered version of Postal released in 1997 launches on PC on May 20, developer Running With Scissors has announced. The original – a 3D isometric shooter – sparked controversy 19 years ago for its violence and gore and centred around a player character who “goes postal” after being evicted from his home and embarks on a killing spree. Fun fact: the game is the inspiration for Uwe Boll’s film of the same name – considered to be one of the worst ever made.
Besides the high-definition treatment being given to the remaster, Running With Scissors says that this spruced up version will feature a new score-attack mode called Rampage, which aims to give players more replay value.
With the new powerful addition of Rampage, Postal fans will go wild. The outrageous single-player game play mode rewards an aggressive style of play by increasing a multiplier for each consecutive kill in a streak. »
- Joe Pring
When the Motion Picture Association of America began enforcing the Hays Production Code in 1934, filmmakers were forbidden from tackling such topics as miscegenation, drug use, venereal disease or white slavery. Not only was it forbidden to ridicule the clergy, but the use of such “pointed profanity” as “hell”, “damn” and “gawd” was also prohibited.
With the abolition of the Code and relaxation of social attitudes in the mid-1960s, exploitation films flourished in America’s grindhouses and drive-ins. You could walk down Manhattan’s 42nd Street and discover films like The Female Butcher, I Drink Your Blood and The Corpse Grinders, whose titles alone would’ve been unthinkable a few years earlier.
Seeking an edge over “prestigious” studio pictures, exploitation filmmakers set out to make the films their competitors wouldn’t, and filled their movies with as much blood, nudity and violence as possible. Just like Jurassic Park’s scientists, »
- Ian Watson
The first game in the notoriously violent Postal series is getting a remake from the ground up this year, developer Runs With Scissors has confirmed. As is customary with our dear video industry, the new lick of paint comes with a new name; Postal Redux will release on PlayStation 4 and PC at some point this year – marking the first time the series has been available on consoles.
Unlike the more well-known sequel Postal 2, the first game is played from an overhead, isometric viewpoint as opposed to first-person like its successor. Runs With Scissors says that the remake will come with updated visuals, brand new content and reworked features to satisfy a modern-day audience. A new Rampage Mode will also be included, which tasks players with racking up a high score by means of killing as many people as possible. If that’s not enough to stir up controversy, we’ll eat our hats. »
- Joe Pring
“Some movies go too far. Others start there.”
That’s the tagline for Uwe Boll’s Postal (2009), but it’s also a good definition of extreme horror, where everything is cranked up to 11 and the walls are usually painted crimson. You don’t find these films playing alongside summer blockbusters; they play festivals and arthouses, quietly acquiring a reputation while their pricier competitors fade from the audience’s memory.
The excessive levels of physical and sexual violence means that extreme horror is defiantly anti-Hollywood, but even so, a mainstream horror film will every so often still attempt to “go there”. The results always prove that Tinseltown should stick to superhero flicks.
- Ian Watson
To celebrate the release of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, available on DVD from 11 January 2016, we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 3 copies!.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton, Nashville) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
- Laura Holmes
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