Category Archives: Horror

Film Review No.324: Body Melt

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It has taken me nearly a week to get around to writing this review. I’d like to say it was my usual bout of laziness but, in reality, it’s because it has taken me this long to figure out roughly what I should be saying about Body Melt. This is one of those films that is so off centre that it can be hard to really ascertain exactly what you have seen. Click the link below to see if I did make any sense of Body Melt!

melts in your mouth.

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Film Review No.322: Maniac (2012)

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Maniac is a film within which Lord of the Rings star Elijah Woods plays a mentally disturbed short guy. No, not that film… no, no, no… yep, the one where he scalps women. No, scalps, not beheads. Anyway, Maniac is a remake of a largely forgotten (sorry horror fans, it is) 1980 horror film that puts spin on the film by being presented almost entirely from the first person view of Elijah Wood’s character Frank Zito. Click below for my review.

Don’t scream… You’re beautiful.


Film Review No.321: Doc Of The Dead

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So I have somehow come to review 3 zombie themed films in a row. Two of this are Paul’s fault, that’s fair enough, but Doc of the Dead is all me. Heard about this documentary being made with the involvement of the guys from Red Letter Media, providing some short Plinkett themed gags, a few months back. The film has just appeared on Netflix so I guess I had to review it. Click the link below for words about this.

Grrr, Arg!


Film Review No.320: Survival of the Dead

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Film number 2 of the 4 Paul (my buddy on Mellow Gaming) got me for my birthday was George A Romero’s Survival of the Dead. Fun fact about this film: I have never heard anyone say anything good about it. Thanks Paul! I’ve only reviewed one other Romero Living Dead film on here, that being the excellent Day of the Dead. So here’s a quick rundown of my opinion on the other films… Night of the Living Dead is quintessential cinema, Dawn is one of my favourite zombie flicks of all time, Land is actually quite decent, Diary is fecking terrible. Let’s see if Survival of the Dead continues that spectacular drop in quality since Land of the Dead shall we?

Father Ted Vs Zombies would have been better.


Film Review No.319: Osombie

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My mate Paul, who I do them Mellow Gaming videos with, is always complaining that I don’t review the films he suggests. This is probably because he only suggests films to torture me with. It was my birthday last week and Paul got me a selection of films, two of which fit into this torture category. The first of these films is today’s subject Osombie. Click the link below for my review.

Why?


FILM DUMP’S 3RD BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: Film Review No.298: The Toxic Avenger

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Yes, The Toxic Avenger. My pick for the film which should represent The Film Dump turning 3 years old today is The Toxic Avenger. I tend to, but not always, pick out one of those films that people consider to be so bad they’re good as my milestone reviews. To me they’re films that show incalculable passion and honesty despite their limitations or ineptitude. Some of my genuinely favourite films of all time fit into these categories. Films such as Troll 2, Ninja Terminator and the recently added Story of Riki-oh. I should have saved that last one for a milestone really but I was in the mood at the time. I do enjoy the milestone review days though. Hell, there will be a second in a few days when I hit 300 reviews. The film I’ve picked for No.300 is one I’ve saved just for the occasion, as was Toxic Avenger. I knew I wanted to cover a Troma film at some point and today seems like just the right time to share with you all why Troma and The Toxic Avenger are special. The good special. Click the link below for words about this film!

Fun fact: I have Lloyd Kaufman and Toxie’s autograph on a screenplay of SUPER.


Film Review No.275: Dylan Dog – Dead Of Night

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For the last few weeks I have pretty much abandoned the plan I had to up the importance level of the films I did review. I had decided to focus more on the cinematic masterpieces and artistically unique/interesting. Today will not be the day that I change that. I’m carrying right along with the big silly fantasy and sci-fi nonsense with Dylan Dog: Dead of Night starring the George Lazenby of Superman films, Brandon Routh. Maybe soon I’ll cover a more important film. I make no promises though. That said, I’ll be doing the Godzilla films soon so… well, the first is important… that counts, right? Click the link below.

On the death of love


Film Review No.272: Paranorman

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I do like reviewing films aimed at children. They exist as this area of film making that can vary wildly in tone, technique and thematics from one film to the next that it almost seems that any subject could be touched upon. A problem comes up though that when you tackle certain subjects in a children’s film a film maker has to be careful regarding what you can and can’t show. You can do film suitable for kids that tells them it’s OK to be different but you can’t outright have the film say that it’s OK to be gay, for example. Most young kids aren’t ready to tackle a subject like that. So you use other thematics to send the same message. Paranorman is a film that isn’t satisfied with passing just one tough message. It is a film that intends to stick with a child into adulthood by not hiding its subject matter, its themes or by pulling any punches. In many ways it is one of the most daring kid’s films in some time. Click the link for me not glossing over stuff for you.

Paranorman activity


HORROR WEEK! Film Review No.258: Day Of The Dead

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Zombies are pretty much everywhere now. It seems that about 10 years ago a few zombie films turned up around the same time, some sort of critical mass was achieved, and since then it’s been impossible to escape the buggers. Partly because they run now, but also because it’s every company’s lazy idea of making a quick cheap buck. A zombie film practically writes itself. People are holed up some and zombies are coming for them. A zombie comic can give a writer like Robert Kirkman a medium to explore the nature of civility and the extremes people will go to in a long form format, and also become crazy rich of TV and merchandise deals. Zombie games allow developers to minimise A.I. scripts and provide the player with the context to shoot whatever they like. Most zombie related materials these days are pretty bottom of the barrel tripe. Those that excel, such as The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later and The Last of Us do so because they don’t just look at zombies as a chance to show some gore. They see the zombie setting as a chance to hold a mirror up to ourselves in the kind of blunt, uncomplicated way that seems to be required these days. They do this all because of one man and the groundwork he laid in three fantastic zombie films. I end this zombie week with, possibly, his masterpiece, Day of the Dead. Click the link for braaaaains.

The remake of this is balls.


HORROR WEEK! Film Review No.257: Halloween 3 – Season of The Witch

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It’s a Halloween tradition here at Film Dump towers… well, my house… to watch a Halloween film on Halloween. It’s not the most original of traditions. Since starting The Film Dump I have taken upon myself to review the entire Halloween franchise, one film at a time, one film per year. At this rate I’ll be done in 2020. That’s provided they don’t make any more. This may not have been my best idea. Tonight is the third Halloween in The Film Dump’s existence and, as such, I must now review the anomaly that is Halloween 3: Season of the Witch! Again, not my greatest idea. Click the link for my words what are about this film.

This is Halloween, this is Halloween!


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