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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Movie Review: Attack of the Lederhosen Zombies

Could you fight off zombies with a snowboard? In January 2017, three friends strapped on their boards and tried to find out.

Directing this 78 minute comedy/horror is Dominik Hartl.

Some of the cast is: Oscar Dyekjaer Giese as Josh, Gabriela Marcinkova as Branka, Laurie Calvert as Steve, Margarete Tiesel as Rita, Patricia Aulitzky as Hilde, Kari Rakkola as Chekov and Karl Fischer as Franz.

Three snowboarders find themselves stuck on top of a mountain when a local entrepreneur unwittingly starts a zombie outbreak. Friends Josh, Branka and Steve's snowboarding skills will be put to the test as they fight off the growing horde of flesh eaters and try to find a way off the mountain. Unfortunately, the zombies aren't the only dangerous things they need to worry about...

Every now and then you see a movie title and you just know you have to see it. This... was one of those titles. So when I got the opportunity to screen this Austrian zombie flick I jumped on it. As it turned out, it was totally worth it.

The story that was writers Dominik Hartl and Armin Prediger came up with is pretty entertaining. It has a good mix of zombie chomping horror and humor. The snowboarding theme was kind of cool because it was something different, which is always good to see in a genre that's had so many movies of the same thing pumped out over and over. Hartl and Prediger managed to pack a witty script, funny/interesting zombie kills and plenty of gore to satisfy any zombie fan into this one.

I thought the playthrough had a really good pace, and with everything the film has going on it constantly has something, laughs or action, happening to hold your attention. The music that Paul Gallister came up with was a good fit for the movie and really made the zombie fighting montage part of the film even better. One of the complaints I have with the film is, even with a running time of 78 minutes, it felt like a short watch. The movie opens up and sets the scene for why everyone is in place. Then the zombies start running wild and before I knew it I was watching the credits. Now, it's cool that the movie is constantly moving, so you're never bored, but it felt like we blew through the zompocalypse too fast to really enjoy everything that was going on behind the scenes.


As for the cast, I thought everyone did a good job. There's a good chemistry between the cast members, which shows in the scenes. Out of everyone, I think Margarete Tiesel's character was my favorite. Be it behind the bar working or fighting off zombies, Tiesel's character always got me laughing.

Another one of the things I liked about this one was the special effects. They went mainly with practical effects along with some light CGI work here and there. Some of the CGI looked good and blended in smoothly, but there were some spots that stood out real bad. The makeup work that Desiree Delic and Schwerthelm Ziehfreund came up looked great and really added to the movie. Things get pretty gory once the zombie infection takes hold, and between Xiaosu Han and Andreas Thalhammer, doing some great cinematography work, they captured some awesome scenes.

Overall, for any zombie fans looking for a laugh, this one is worth your time to check out.

It's rated UR (unrated) but has violence and langue.

3 stars


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Dread Central needs our support!

Attention horror fans!

 It looks like one of our favorite horror sites, Dread Central, is needing our help. After decades of independently serving fans, independent filmmakers and studios, Dread Central is shifting its operations to the publicly funded service Patreon in March 2017.

And here's what they had to say about it: "Due to sweeping shifts in studio advertising dollar allocation and the ever-shifting landscape of horror, if we are to survive, we need to make this change," said Dread Central Editor-in-Chief and horror pillar Steve Barton. "Over the past ten years, we’ve supported filmmakers and their projects by sharing their films with our extensive readership free of charge. We don't want to sell out to a conglomerate or shut down the site so we are joining with crowdfunding platform Patreon to keep our independent voice.  We need everyone’s support."

For those of you that are new to Dread Central, here's a bit of history on it. Dread Central was founded in 2006 by Barton and (long time collablrator) Jon Condit. Dread Central has been staffed with some notable horror journalists like Staci Layne Wilson, Sean Deacker, Andrew Kasch, Debi Moore, Buz Wallick, and countless other contributors (many of whom have gone on to filmmaking careers of their own). Dread Central has strived tirelessly to provide objective and all-inclusive coverage of horror cinema and culture in all its forms: from on-set visits to red carpet premieres and everything in between – all with an historic and keen eye on independent cinema.

Dread Central Media, LLC, provides one of the leading, most well respected horror news sites on the Web (DreadCentral.com) and offers the most up-to-date information on the latest horror projects, including trailers, stills, video interviews, and audio podcasts.  In addition to films, Dread Central covers all aspects of the genre including television shows, video games, music, literary offerings, live events and other gatherings, and collectibles; and it also houses one of the largest horror review databases found anywhere.  Along with working with all the major studios, Dread Central is a champion of independent filmmakers, and many of them have chosen the site to premiere their efforts.  As a result, Dread Central has been instrumental in assisting them with gaining exposure and procuring distribution. If it has something to do with the dark and horrific, you'll find it at DreadCentral.com.

So, now you know how Dread Central came to be, what they do for (us) the horror community and why we (as horror fans) need to support Dread Central so they can keep doing what they do best.

How can I help you ask?

Well, here's how! Through a monthly subscription of just $1.00 a month, or $12.00 a year, via www.patreon.com/dreadcentral, Dread Central will be able to provide a new, ad-free experience with cutting-edge and exclusive content to horror enthusiasts and subscribers.  This move will ultimately allow the site to continue to support the unique voices of genre filmmakers worldwide.

Still wondering if it's worth $1.00 a month, or $12.00 a year to help Dread Central keep doing what they do? John Carpenter thinks so, and here's what he had to say about it.
"In order to survive, Dread Central must now become a publicly-funded service, and WE absolutely NEED to subscribe," said Halloween director John Carpenter. "$12.00 a year. $1.00 a month. That’s it, and Dread Central will remain able to continue to support the filmmaking community and horror audiences alike, with the love, care, and voice that they historically have."

Apparently, even Patreon is looking forward to working with Dread Central.

"Patreon is all about making it easy for websites like Dread Central to connect with patrons and share exclusive content," said Jordan Cope, Patreon Creator Talent Lead.  "We're excited to partner with such a renowned horror website and can’t wait to be a part of the next decade of incredible work."

So, if you're wanting to give a helping hand to a horror site that's been there keeping us up on all things horror, then here's some links to check out.

To subscribe to Dread Central, visit www.patreon.com/dreadcentral, and for more information visit www.dreadcentral.com.

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/dreadcentral

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/dreadcentral

HASHTAG: #SaveDreadCentral

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

If you were stuck in prison, would you take a dangerous job if it meant getting out sooner? In August 2016, a group of super villains were given that opportunity, all they had to do was survive the mission. 

Directing this 123 minute action/adventure/comedy is David Ayer. 

Some of the cast is: Will Smith as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as Chato Santana/ El Diablo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Waylon Jones/Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana, Jai Courtney as Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Dr. June Moone/Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Adam Beach as Christopher Weiss/Slipknot, Ike Barinholtz as Griggs and Jard Leto as Joker. 

The Enchantress has broken free from her prison and is looking to end the world. U.S. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller feels like this is the perfect time to use the Suicide Squad, which is a team of

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Movie Review: Bottle Rocket

Do you have trouble saying no to a friend? In
February 1996, Anthony was about to embark on a big time crime spree... at least that's what his friend Dignan had planned for them. 

Directing this 91 minute comedy/crime/drama is Wes Anderson.

Some of the cast is: Luke Wilson as Anthony Adams, Owen Wilson as Dignan, Robert Musgrave as Bob Mapplethorpe, Lumi Cavazos as Inez and James Caan as Mr. Abe Henry. 

Anthony is just getting out of a psychiatric hospital, and already his friend Dignan has their future planned out. Dignan's plan is for him and Anthony to pull off a few heists together and go on the run

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Movie Review: Smothered

Have you ever been in a crunch and need some extra money? In March 2016, I learned there is no such thing as "easy" money when you're in a crunch. 

Directing this 96 minute comedy/horror is John Scheider. 

Some of the cast is: Kane Hodder as Striper, R.A. Mihailoff as R.A. Mihailoff, Bill Moseley as Soggy Christian, Dane Rhodes as Randy, Malcolm Danare as Malcolm Danare, Don Shanks as Don Shanks, Shanna Forrestall as Trixie,Brea Grant as Trixie and Amy Brassette as Agness.

Striper, who played a well known horror icon in movies, is stuck at a convention that's not panning out the way he was hoping it would. So, when an offer to make some quick money comes along,

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

When feeling threatened by what seems like an invincible alien, do you try talking to it first or just walk up and punch it in the face? In March 2016, Batman showed us... he's not much for talking.

Directing this 151 minute action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi is Zack Snyder.

Some of the cast is: Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch, Callan Mulvey as Anatoli Knyazev and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves.

After witnessing the destruction caused during the battle between Superman and the other Kryptonians lead by General Zod, Batman sees the threat Superman could become to mankind if he chose to. However, Superman isn't the only cape wearing individual to catch someone's eye.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Movie Review: Cabin Fever (2016)

If your vacation starts to go horribly wrong, do you finish it out or pack up and leave? In February 2016, I realized if my vacation went this wrong... screw packing, I'm out!

Directing this 99 minute horror is Travis Zariwny.

Some of the cast is: Samuel Davis as Paul, Gage Golightly as Karen, Matthew Daddario as Jeff, Nadine Crocker as Marcy, Dustin Ingram as Bert, Randy Schulman as Henry, George Griffith as Cadwell, Aaron Trainor as Tommy, Teresa Decher as Emily and Louise Linton as Deputy Winston.

Five friends hit the road and head to a cabin out in the middle of nowhere for a little fun and sun. Unfortunately, a stranger knocking on their door looking for help changes their plans and starts a