Film Review: Alien Covenant (2017)

Film: Alien Covenant
Starring: Michael Fassbender; Katherine Waterston; Billy Crudup; Danny McBride; Demián Bichir; Carmen Ejogo; Jussie Smollett; Callie Hernandez; Amy Seimetz

Introduction:
Finally, the showpiece everyone has been talking about has arrived.
The most anticipated film of the year for all fans of the Alien franchise, is now in cinemas nationwide.
I was lucky enough to get to an advanced screening, to see what all the fuss was about, and I wasnt disappointed.

Plot:
Ten years after the events of Prometheus, the vessel ‘Covenant’ is on its way to a new world on a colonising mission.
Some Seven years from their destination, the crew are woken from hyper-sleep after the vessel sustains considerable damage.
The crew receive a transmission of unknown origin, and under company orders, must go and investigate it at the source.
It is while surveying the transmission on this new world, that the crew run into a difficulties and find in a battle to stay alive and somehow, get back to the Covenant

Is This Film Another Promethues?:
The short answer? NO…, it most certainly is not.
Prometheus-teaser-poster
Prometheus, although divisive, in my opinion is a fantastic film. As i’m sure you all know, this film is the start of a series of prequels to the original Alien film. Yes, I know we don’t get to see an Alien until the end, and yes, its not the traditional Alien that we’re all used to seeing and having nightmares about, but appreciation needs to be given to the fact that these films are going to tell a story from its absolute beginning, up to its end.
The story may not be moving along quick enough for some peoples liking, and you’re entitled to your opinion, but I cant help thinking, that if the story jumped forward at a rate of knots, it would have people being faced with more questions than answer.

How Does It Carry On From Prometheus:
I don’t really want to give too much of the film away with any big reveals, so i’ll try to be as reserved, but as informative as possible.
The Covenant story keeps two of the key characters from Prometheus, and its no secret that two in question are David, and Elizabeth Shaw, meaning unquestionably, that these two will play a rather pivotal role in the film.
NElvP6DrMQHWpr_2_bThe crew follow a rogue transmission to, at this time, an un-surveyed world, and a new world of sheer hell unfolds around them. 

The come across a dishevelled David, who has been on this planet for 10 years by himself, with millions of canisters of black goo, allowing him to investigate its properties and power of mutation when applied to different species, in his attempts to make the ‘perfect organism’… But all this time, has been deprived of one key ingredient, that would allow him to complete his ‘experiments’.

The New Characters:
The introduction of the new characters is very refreshing, and really bring the new story to life.
I liked the return to the strong, ass kicking female lead, which was the character Daniels that was portrayed by Katherine Waterston.
She seemed so in her element and at ease with the role she was in. You can really feel the fear and emotion coming through the screen and you form a bond and an attachment to her character.
Screenshot 2017-04-27 at 20.56.18 - EditedDanny McBride also did a fantastic job as Tenessee, the no nonsense ship pilot. Again, you form a bond with this character and the raw, unbridled emotion. 

If I could say anything negative about the new characters, it would be that with the exception of the two above mentioned, you don’t really see too much of the others, who are pretty much Alien fodder. It is these characters that lack development and any real kind of proper involvement, other than to be there like lambs to the slaughter.

Michael Fassbender:
Fassbender absolutely steals the show.
Appearing in the film as both David, and new ship android Walter, he is quite simply fantastic.
empire-cap-09 - Edited
He is in whole other element, elevating the film, and playing the part of the good guy, and the bad guy with such style and finesse. At times, David is evil incarnate, taking in the unsuspecting crew before putting them through outright misery.
In the above picture above, we see David and a young Peter Weyland in conversation and is thirsty for knowledge about creation and where he came from, and where humans came from and beyond that.
Just as he was created by man, he wants to be the next to create life, and will do it any cost.
In Davids own words, “Big things have small beginnings”.
prometheus_screencap98 - Edited
Portraying the parts of androids, unlike his colleagues, needed to be completely emotionless in his performance. But at the same time, the character development is such, that again, you do form a bond.
His portrayal of Walter is the polar opposite of David.
what-walter-doing-new-alien-covenant-movie-stills-released-31
Where as David was developed with the ability to express emotion and be free thinking, albeit, in a very dark way, Walter does not possess these abilities, and is purely there to serve and protect the crew, much like Bishop in James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.

The  Aliens:
MV5BNjgyNjdiOTUtYzk2NC00Yjk5LWI2NTktYmE2NjhlYTk3NGRhL2ltYWdlL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMzMyODMwMTI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_
The Bitch Is Back!!!
Hail the return of the Xenomorph,
 or as most know it, a chest-burster.
As we all know, these evil buggers come from a face hugger, implanting an embryo into the throat of some poor soul, and then some time later, the creature will burst through the ribs and chest of the victim, and then unleash and unholy amount of pain and misery, to anyone that comes before them.

And then there is the new Neomorph, or as is more terrifyingly known, the back-burster.

So lets run run through how these bad boys come to exist.
The first of the above pictures shows an airborne contaminant that enters the body through an orifice of its choosing.
Soon after, the embryo implanted from the spore will grow, and its dorsal spikes will break through your spine, and hatch. In the two pictures that follow, you can get a good look at the teeth, and then, the creature is sitting down, having some lunch.
Like the Xenomorphs, these creatures are ultra aggressive, ultra hostile, and their hatching sequence, as described above, is done in the film, in graphic detail. 
Something that is available that’s pretty cool, is the Alien Covenant: In Utero.

It lets you be part of the hatching sequence, but as the Alien. Its something very unique, that every Alien fan should experience.

 

Alien Covenant: The Crossing (Prologue)

The lead up to Alien: Covenant has been one of excitement and intrigue.
We have been blessed with the release numerous viral videos, in what has been an excellent campaign for the film.
The most interesting of these videos, are those relating to Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, and David, with the burning questions being ‘What happened to the pair after Prometheus, and what part will they play in Alien: Covenant’?


Part 1: Take Me Home

NElvP6DrMQHWpr_2_b
On instagram, a short video was released called ‘Take Me Home’. Its set to the soundtrack of the classic John Denver song, ‘Country Roads’, and when used in this context, creates a really eerie atmosphere.


We see the Covenant crew entering the juggernaut ship that was piloted by Dr. Shaw and David when leaving LV-223, and then see a holographic projection, similar to those we saw throughout Prometheus, that told us a short part of a story, or something significant that happened, similar to a black box recorder on an aeroplane.
pl_prometheus_f.jpg
We can clearly see. that sitting at the console is Dr. Shaw. She’s sitting humming ‘Country Roads’ and by the looks of things, navigating the ship. Are we to presume she is alive? We see one of the crew members finding the dog tags of Elizabeth Shaw. This makes me think she may have met a grim end.


Part 2: The Crossing (Prologue)
maxresdefault

On Alien Day, Ridley Scott introduced an exclusive piece of footage called ‘The Crossing’.
This is a key piece of footage, that completes the link between Prometheus and Covenant, and shows exactly what happened after Dr. Shaw and David took off.


This is a really telling insight into how the relationship between the two protagonists has developed and become one of trust and compassion.
We see Dr. Shaw putting David back together and helping David with navigating the ship, and then we see David putting Dr. Shaw into hyper sleep, while they make their journey to the home planet of the engineers. Could this mean Dr. Shaw is actually alive, and is having a very long sleep? Or just that David is keeping his next testing specimen ‘Fresh’?
Black-Goo-on-Engineer-Homeworld-in-Alien-Covenant-600x387
Everything appears in good nature, but upon arrival to the engineers home world, as we can see in the picture above, David opens the cargo hold and drops the 1000’s of canisters of black goo down on the engineers.
When David is about to drop the black goo, he says…

“Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!”.

This is such a powerful line, and gains more power and meaning, when read in the context of the full poem that the great line comes from.
Screenshot 2017-05-04 at 19.21.27
The poem is called ‘Ozymandias’
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

Carnage Park (2016)

A craic’n review of a great independent horror film!

i like blood

carnageparkp

Carnage Park, 2016
directed by Mickey Keating
starring Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck

Taking place in 1978, and presented in the style of grindhouse flicks of the same time, Carnage Park is a fairly thrilling, quick-ride that features a fair share of blood and tension. Two men rob a small town bank, take a girl hostage, but end up lost in the nearby sprawling desert. Unbeknownst to them, the owner and inhabitant of the land has his own version of The Most Dangerous Game set up. It’s a simple enough plot designed to get right to the action. There are flashbacks early on that connect characters or fill in some of the plot, which gives the film a little bit of a modern style, but overall the film is designed to look like something you would have seen decades ago. The music is great, and the characters seem…

View original post 322 more words

Baddington Bear

We all remember Paddington bear from our childhoods. The lovable cuddly bear, in the blue rain coat, red hat and suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches.

Now, get ready to see the teddy, in a new, darker way. Some clever person, very creatively may I add, has put Paddington in to scenes from our favourite horror movies.

Take a look at some of these: 

Ouija: Origin of Evil Review

Introduction

I saw trailers of this film, and was extremely intrigued by it.
It follows the familiar story we’ve seen in nearly every film featuring a Ouija board.
A girl uses a Ouija board, gets possessed by a demon, and causes chaos, while her family seek the help of a priest to save the poor girl.
But that being said, the writers and  director have taken that premise, and completely turned it on its head. mv5bmji4odc0mtcymv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtg5njczmdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777878_al_

This film features, possibly the scariest little girl-devil, she-beast, I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

mv5bmtuyndcymtqznv5bml5banbnxkftztgwntg5njczmdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777878_al_

This film will take you by surprise, and boasts some particularly dark and frightening imagery.


Trailer


Synopsis

Set in 1965 in Los Angeles, the film stars Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) as Alice, the widowed mother of two daughters Lina and Doris, and runs a fake seance scam, as a business from her families home.
She is looking to add something new to bolster her business, and so, a Ouija board is brought into the property.
They unwittingly invite pure evil into their home.
When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears, to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


I had to include this. It was too good to leave out”


Our Thoughts

I’ll say this again. This is not your typical possession film.
When Doris, the youngest of two daughters, uses the Ouija board and believes shes made contact with her deceased father, she couldn’t be further from the truth.
From there on in, the genie is out of the bottle.
The evil entity is released from the board, and into the house, and begins to play tricks on family and friends, that quickly escalate and become serious. They’ll send chills down your spine.

The film is well paced. It’s not a slow burner. You can get right into the film from the beginning. It gets you interested straight away and it keeps ticking over nice. That is helped by the opening few scenes, which will certainly make you jump. And i’m happy to report, its not because of a forced jump scare! In fact, this film is pretty limited on the forced jump scare front, which was very pleasing.
tumblr_odiki0qpuj1skd4ego1_500
The scene, shown in short as a GIF to the right, is the part of the film where Doris actually becomes possessed, and way that it is done is just fantastic.
Its original, interesting, and most of all frightening.

After the possession, as you would imagine, a whole host of crazy, weird and awful things take place. The slingshot scene from the trailer is one you’ll no doubt remember.
The two daughters are at a catholic school, and it is Lina, the older of the two sisters, who brings it to the priests attention that something is very wrong with Doris.

Trust in me when I say, that the ending to this film, is a pretty twisted one, with death, carnage and blood shed being plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Ouija: Origin of Evil, really is one of the better films to come out of one of the big production houses this year. Its good to see, that they have actually gone for making a film, that isn’t a remake or a reboot.

If this particular horror sub-genre is your cup of tea, then you are really going to want to see this one.

The Scream Source Rating: 7/10

originofevil

 

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Comicbook Review

THE SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY

Call me behind the times, all you like, but I honestly couldnt care less. I have to confess, that as far as comic books go, i’ve always looked at them, and been able to have a huge appreciation for the artistry and talent that has gone in to making them, but for some reason, i’ve never properly picked one up and read one. *Shame On Me*
This series of comics, since their conception, is something ive always wanted to have a look at, but life gets in the way, and things get forgotten about. But 8 years later, I have finally gotten round to reading the comics dubbed ‘The Match Up You’ve Been Waiting For’, and man have I waited.
In 2008, Wildstorm comics, and Dynamite entertainment released a 6 part comic book series called Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.
If you have lived under a rock all your life, and never seen a horror film, the characters featured here are classed by many, as the gods of the genre.
They dont make ’em like they used to, and these three characters are perfect examples.
We were introduced to these characters, as early as 1980, and fans are still as crazy about them now, as they were back then. They’re all, full on, full time, ass kicking, timeless classics.


The Story

The Battle For The Necronimcon Exmortis

After the events of the 2002 film, Freddy vs Jason, Freddy is desperate to once again return. He uses Jason as a pawn, to go after a book called the Necrinomicon Exmortis, which has passages in it which can bring him back, stronger, and more evil than ever before. He makes a deal with Jason that he recovers the book, he will give him what he always wanted… The chance to have the life of a normal little boy.

What Freddy hadnt bargained on, is that there is a guy called Ash Williams moving into town, also on the hunt for the book, with the intention of destroying it, and ridding the world of the evil of the deadites, once and for all.
A full on battle is about ensue between these three titans, but who will come out victorious?


Our Thoughts? (***SPOILERS***)

If you’re a fan of the slasher genre, and/or, a fan of any of these three characters, then this is something you’re really going to enjoy.
The story is very entertaining and is full of sex, violence, and fun dialogue. It really is a very enjoyable read, but its by no means perfect, and is not without its issues.
Things get going quickly, with a lot of very exciting action sequences, full of blood and gore and violence, featuring Jason Voorhees. It is shortly after this, that the plot starts to unravel, and for the first time in the series, we are properly introducd to Freddy Krueger.

aviary-photo_131211775736182869
The parts with Freddy are pretty damn good though. To start with, he only exists in a dream world. This matteras not to Freddy, who goes for it, and all out emotionally terrorises Jason, by doing such things as, having sex with his mother, as one of these examples.
As Freddy becomes more powerful, the more evil Freddy becomes.
With new toys to play with, you get to see a whole new evil side of Kreuger, and just how sadistic he can/could be, and the lengths he is willing to go to, to get his own way, and satisfy his sick desires.
I appreciate different artists of varying qualities, may have worked on the 6 different comics. But regardless of that, there has to be a level of consistancy. In every other page of each of the comics where Freddy features, he’s drawn differently, and somtimes in weird and unexpected ways… sometimes even within the same sequences, on the same page. Its almost as if they had 7 or 8 different ideas as to how they thought Freddy should look, and instead of using one, decided to use them all.

Jason is as Jason does. He is a killing machine. He doesnt get up, do some yoga, and have a rabbit food breakfast… Jason wakes up, gets the scent of teenagers, doing things their parents have forbode, hunts them down, and kills them… often in very brutal ways.
He features in pretty much every part of this series, and is used to great effect. When Jason goes into rampage mode, which happens frequently in this series, some of the kills are very graphic, and get the desired effect. phototasticcollage-2016-10-26-19-54-36
When Jason comes to have his show down with Freddy, possibly, the best part of the whole series occurs. Freddy needs to get Jason out of the way so he can go after Ash. He uses the necronomicon, to bring back every one of Jason’s previous victims in deadite form, to take him down. We see some of the most memorable victims of the Friday the 13th films come back to life right in front of our eyes to take their vengence on Jason. Its brilliant. phototasticcollage-2016-10-26-21-59-27
I was all up for a Freddy vs Jason 2 film, and if that were to be continued in the medium of a comic book, then so be it, but it has to be said, I was concerned about the edition of Ash to the story.
Ash is as big a character as Krueger or Voorhess, and being a big fan, I didnt want Ash to be just… shoe horned in there for the sake of adding him to the story, and this is how it feels to me.
When he is introduced into the stroy, it all feels like its purely a case of ‘just because’ and for convienience. phototasticcollage-2016-10-21-13-07-18
Ash just happens to be sent to work in a new S-mart store thats opened up beside Camp Crystal Lake, which we later find out is because the book is altering reality, all by itself. Also, the Necrinomicon, for no explainable reason, just happens to be buried in the basement of the old Voorhees house… ‘Just because’.
Apart from that downside, dont let that take anythig away from the overall characterof Ash. His portrayal here, is very similar to they type of Ash we saw in the film ‘Army of Darkness’.
He’s got all the sleezy lines with the ladies, and thr funny one liners for the baddies, but when it comes to business, Ash is as sharp as ever in taking out the deadites.


The Scream Source Rating:

We rate this comic book series 7/10. Its worth a read for sure, but beware, its not perfect and there are a few story essental parts, that you kinda just have to accept are happening for the story to move along. This is mostly at the beginning though, and its not exactly frequent. From the point Freddy gets hold of the Necrinomicon, all of this is forgotten and very much forgiven.

CreepyPasta Review: Jeff The Killer

Introduction

For my ignorance, I never actually knew what a creepypasta was until about a year and a half ago. Not really having known a lot about them, I had not become familiar with any of the now more recognised names that are out there, for the truly terrifying stories that exist.
The first one that I came across, was one I saw some fan art for, on the horror amino app. It was for none other, than perhaps the most well-known creepypasta out there, called Jeff The Killer.
The version of the story I caught was the audio version, read by ‘MrCreepyPasta’ on his YouTube channel.
It is an absolute emotional roller coaster, and in all truth, is completely shocking and disturbing.


What Is It About?

Jeff is your average run of the mill teenage kid, who along with his parents and his brother Lou, have just moved to a new town and about to start a new school. On their first day, whilst waiting for the school bus, the brothers have a serious run in with some bullies. One of them, called Randy, pulled a knife, and Jeff, beat the living daylights out of the them causing all 3 of them multiple broken bones and stab wounds.
A few days later, at a kid’s birthday party, the three bullies, who have had a few days to plot their revenge come for Jeff, and they have a gun. Jeff with his bare hands, manages to kill one of them, but the other two, cover Jeff in bleach and flammable alcohol, and set him on fire.
Jeff barely escapes with his life. He is now horribly scarred and pulled unthinkably tight due to the scars from the burns, and his skin, is now a ghostly white colour on account of the bleach. So he’s never sad, similar to the joker, he carves a smile into his face. He now looks like something someone could have pulled out of a nightmare, and is now completely past the point of having snapped. When he beat up the bullies at the bus stop, he got this feeling, and he liked it. When he killed Randy before being set on fire, he got the feeling again, only much stronger, and this time, he loved it.
His first night home from hospital, he waits until everyone is in bed, and then gets up and brutally murders his parents, and before killing his brother Lou, he growls the words ‘GO… TO…SLEEP…’.
After murdering his family, Jeff would go on a killing spree, more brutal, bloodthirsty and terrifying, than anything the world had ever before seen.


How Was It?

This is a story that be read in text form in numerous places around the internet, and it can also be listened to as a sort of scripted short story/audiobook on YouTube.
I would recommend checking out the version on YouTube. Hearing the voices of the characters, and the haunting music, gives this already horrifying tale another dimension.
It ticks all the right boxes. It’s incredibly dark and descriptive, without over complicating things. The narrative tells you what you need to know, to set the time, place and mood, and does enough in the character development department. Your imagination can do the rest.
The story in itself isn’t a complex one, and it stays true to itself, in that it doesn’t try to hide behind overly describing a scene to pad it out, or leading you off on tangents with sub plots that ruin saga. Jeff’s character after the burning is completely malevolent, sadistic, and evil. He can’t look at anybody without complete and utter hate and disgust, and needs to watch everyone he sees and comes into contact with, suffer, and die in horrible ways, to satisfy, these feelings and urges he gets.
He has to be one of the more appealing modern horror villains in recent memory. The fact that he is a victim, and became a killer through the sheer weight of the circumstances, I guess, gives him that certain amount of appeal.
If you’re on the looking for a new horror villain in your life, you need not look any further. I suppose he shares one term of common ground with Freddy Krueger in the sense that once he became burned, he became something so much worse.