Reviewed by M. Kelly
Yesterday I played Escape Dead Island with the understanding that it wasn’t similar to the previous versions of Dead Island and I needed to keep an open mind. In the following review, I’ll point out the pro’s and con’s I found. The version played was for the Xbox 360.
For starters, The cartoon graphics of the game aren’t for everyone but they give the game a unique look. Also the whole game seemed to be a better fit for young teens(13-16) than adults. The story line has potential but needs a little tweaking.
CONS: From the beginning,the game constantly leaves you in a confused state. You really don’t get much of a chance to try and figure out what’s going on. Also, you die pretty easily. The game is very random and at times redundant. And not to be too critical, but the fighting system and mechanics seem to be weak.
In my opinion, this game needed a little more work before it was released. For the money($39.99) this might be one of those zombie games that you want to buy used or receive as a gift.
And those are my thoughts!
Coming off a record-breaking 2014, GSN continues to delve into new genres of game programming with shows that will join the network’s traditional “shiny floor” series, expanding its competitive entertainment roster for 2015. The announcement was made today by David Schiff, senior vice president, programming and development, GSN.
The horror-themed game show HELLEVATOR features contestants entering a dark, mysterious warehouse – via an ominous-looking elevator – where they will compete in a series of scary, suspenseful and emotionally exhausting challenges. Only the survivors will make it out as winners. HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Matador’s Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin executive produce. Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises), who won a 2014 Emmy® Award for “The Normal Heart,” also executive produces.
The highly anticipated Dead Island Escape has just been released for PS4 and Xbox360. Although the first two in the series Dead Island and Dead Island Riptide did well,speculation is that this installment won’t be as good as the first two. We’re playing the Xbox360 version now and we’ll have a review for you shortly.
John August best know for Big Fish, Frankenweenie, and GO will adapt the iconic book series to film. The novels by Alvin Schwartz, had children of the 1980s and 1990s leery of things that went bump in the night. The series sold over seven million copies worldwide and started with Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark, followed by More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and finally Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones. The collection of folk tales and urban legends also memorably haunted generations of youngsters with its surreal and nightmarish illustrations by award-winning artist Stephen Gammell.
Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment are producing, while Roberto Grande and Joshua Long will executive produce.
Gregory Blair’s psychological horror feature Deadly Revisions continues to pick up awards. Blair has already won the “Best Director of an Indie Horror Film” at the Entrepreneurs on the Movie Awards (2013). In 2014, it won The Los Angeles Movie Award for “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Actor” as well as “Best Actress” for Bill Oberst Jr. and Cindy Merrill, respectively (FHFF). Most recently, it won “Best Feature Film Screenplay” at the Terror Film Festival. Now, the film is set for a wide release across multiple platforms.
In the film, actor Bill Oberst Jr. plays Grafton Torn. Torn has recently suffered a head injury, after a fall, in his own home. He experiences amnesia and a good friend offers him refuge in an old cabin. Here, Torn returns to his horror writing, with help from a hypnotist (Cindy Merrill). But his imagination manifests more and more horrifying images. What is real, in this tale of true terror?Deadly Revisions continues to play before horror audiences. This title will have an appearance at the Twisted Tails Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. This showing will take place Dec. 6th. Then, this appearance will be followed-up by a release on home entertainment platforms (DVD, Blu-ray) and through Video-on-demand (iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play). Horror fans will have many opportunities to see this quality film for themselves, this year and into 2015.
This episode was clearly all about Daryl and Carol. On last night’s episode of The Walking Dead the show opened with a flash back of Carol driving away from Rick then arriving at a law firm where she held up for a couple of days. Seeing smoke on the horizon she was drawn to the destruction of the prison.
Next we had a flash forward to Carol talking to Daryl as they pursued the car that kidnapped Beth. Obviously the car stopped and that’s when Carol wondered if they’d been seen. The answer to that question was no, not until a walker gave their position away. Unfortunately for them, the car ran out of gas so they were forced to hold up in the office that Carol was staying in.
That’s where Daryl and Carol started to have a heart to heart talk before some walkers trapped in an office down the hall invade their privacy. The next morning, Carol woke to the sight of Daryl burning the walkers.
We moved on from there with Carol and Daryl leaving the office. Running down the street they make an attempt to get to a pedestrian bridge linking two buildings.In the walkway, tents and sleeping bags are filled with walkers. Making their way around the tents, they enter a posh office which overlooks the burned out ruins of downtown Atlanta. Staring out the window, Daryl sees something. Using the rifle’s scope, he and Carol spot a white van with the same cross marks on it as the car they were chasing.
When they leave the office they’re taken by surprise by a young black kid pointing a rifle at them. The kid tells them they look “strong” then proceeds to let the walkers out of the tents. When Carol attempts to shoot the guy, Daryl knocks her pistol down. Yes, the kid gets away with their weapons. (Not good). Has Daryl gone soft? At this point that’s anybody’s guess.
In the second half of the show, it opens with another brief flashback of Carol standing watch over the bodies she set on fire.
Reaching the white van which was precariously hanging over a bridge, Daryl opens it to discover its empty before he climbs in. While this doesn’t seem to be the smartest thing to do, they’re both forced into the van after they’re swarmed by a horde of zombies. Telling Carol to buckle up, Daryl and Carol brace for the inevitable. Yes,the van takes the plunge. Landing on its wheels(lucky for them) they climb out to find that Carol has injured her shoulder.
Heading to Grady Memorial Hospital where they believe Beth was taken, they make their way across an open field. From a building down the street from Grady, Daryl decides to do some “watching”. In the same building where they’re watching the hospital, they hear walkers and are led to a zombie with one of Daryl’s arrows sticking out of it’s head. Shortly after, they catch up with the kid who stole their weapons. After Daryl pins the kid under a large bookcase, he leaves him to die at the hands of a walker, despite Carol’s pleas not to. (Go Daryl!)
Yes, Carol saves the kid. Then he tells Carol and Daryl that Beth is alive. He tells them she saved him, but she’s still a prisoner. Unfortunately, in her haste to cross the street, Carol gets hit by the kidnappers car. From a hiding position, Daryl and the kid are forced to watch the kidnappers take Carol away on a gurney. And in the final scene, Daryl is seen driving a truck with the kid in the passenger seat on his way to Grady.
Thanks for reading our sixty second recap of The Walking Dead’s “Consumed” See you next week!
On this weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries FRIENDSGIVING AT WHITMORE COLLEGE / FLASHBACKS TO KAI’S MURDEROUS PAST — As Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) prepare to host Friendsgiving at the dorm, they receive some hopeful news from Alaric (Matt Davis) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), who have traveled to Portland to gather some information regarding the Gemini Coven. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is determined to help Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) after she and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu) reveal some disturbing information about their witch lineage and the impending plans their coven has for them. Meanwhile, dinner takes a drastic turn when Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), who has revealed some painful details about her past, finds herself fighting for her life, leaving Alaric scrambling to help from a distance. Finally, Kai (guest star Chris Wood) makes a dangerous discovery that brings him one step closer to his release. Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham also star. Joshua Butler directed the episode written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera.
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday’s at 8 on the CW network.
On this weeks episode of ‘Supernatural’ titled “Ask Jeeves” DEAN GETS A SURPRISING MESSAGE FROM BOBBY’S CELL PHONE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) is surprised when he checks Bobby’s cell phone and hears a message that says Bobby or his next of kin have been named as a beneficiary in an heiress’ will. Hoping that means extra money, Dean talks Sam (Jared Padalecki) into hitting the road to claim their fortune. However, what they encounter at the house is far from a treasure chest. John MacCarthy directed this episode written by Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder
Just in time for Christmas! Ebola is coming to town. No, not the deadly disease, but ebola zombies. To satisfy your cravings for the undead both Germany and Britain are jumping on the trendy zombie bandwagon with Ebola Zombies and Plan Z thanks to the American Film Market.
According to Deadline,genre seller Rob Hauschild asked the buyers and lookyloos who stopped, did double takes, and even took selfies with the poster for Ebola Zombies this year. He’d break the ice with a smile and a sheepish shrug. “I’m sorry!”
Hauschild sold Ebola Zombies to Germany and is closing a deal with a Japanese distributor for his Wild Eye Releasing, which saw an estimated 30% increase in foot traffic on the traditionally desolate Loews third floor thanks to the eye-catching gimmick. Not bad for a movie that two weeks ago was called SARS Zombies – nothing a little 11th hour design work couldn’t fix.
“I heard people walking by say, ‘Oh no they didn’t!’ but they’re used to the outrageous at AFM. I think we defused a little of the seriousness of the subject matter with the fact that it’s a zombie film,” Hauschild said. Only a few passersby seemed truly displeased. “There were two African gentlemen who stopped at the poster and had a conversation in their language. They didn’t look so happy.”
British action-horror Plan Z, about an ebola outbreak that mutates into the zombie apocalypse, shared wall space with the much higher brow Martin Scorsese-produced Tomorrow on the walls of UK production/sales co. Carnaby International. Both films star British polyglot Stuart Brennan, who has a multi-pic deal with Carnaby.
“It is a sensitive subject matter, so we’ve been delicate with it – we don’t pitch it as an ebola zombie movie,” said Carnaby’s Director of International Sales Tania Sarra. Currently in post, Plan Z will debut at the Berlin market.
“Maggie” played by Lauren Cohan on The Walking Dead has an interview coming out in the December issue of Women’s Health.
But before the issue hits the stands, we’ve got a couple of exclusive photos for you thanks to Tom Schirmacher, and some highlights from the interview.
On if she anticipated the success of the Walking Dead:
I didn’t really have time to think about whether I thought it was going to be big, I was just so happy with the show and being on the show and the people that I work with. It’s funny you sort of come out of our little vacuum of filming and you realize how popular it is. It’s popularity makes since to be because it’s such a loving environment and I would hope that would perpetuate in the world, in life. But no, I never anticipated it being that big.
On how she likes filming and living in Georgia:
I love Georgia. It’s funny because I’m here more than I am anywhere else, so I don’t have a house anywhere else. It’s difficult being away from my friends and family, but Georgia has definitely become another home because I know have so many people that I know here. I like it. Everything that I like doing, which is antiquing, hiking and exercising and relaxing you can do that in Atlanta too. I am definitely a creature of change. I love new experiences. I love adapting to a new environment. It’s great for me to be in California for a big and when I tire of all the things that L.A. can be, which everybody does, then I can go to London and just see theatre and enjoy the rain and the fog. But that’s actually what I really like about Atlanta; it’s got something very English about it. It’s got such old architecture and there’s trees and the weather – especially today the weather just started getting foggy. You get to wake up in the morning and sit on the balcony, have a cup of coffee, and just feel. It’s got a richness to it. There’s nowhere else like England though.
On if she thought she’d play a zombie:
I never really thought that I’d end up doing supernatural genres. I’ve always gravitated to supernatural things and I enjoy it, but when I started acting I enjoyed comedy and that’s what I thought I’d end up doing – just action, screwball comedy is what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s fun to do something like Walking Dead and now I have all the time in the world to do all of the other things. This has been such a rare experiences and such a special experience. I mean I want to do everything. Literally I want to do musicals, play a jazz singer, I want to somehow emulate Kevin Kline and Tilda Swinton.
On the actor she admires most:
Tilda Swinton I’ve always just thought is so brave and so inspiring – trailblazing. She doesn’t follow any rules and it doesn’t seem that she adheres to anything in life but what her heart and soul tell her to do. I think that’s just always what I’d like to check in with every day — that that’s how I’m conducting myself and conducting my life.
On what people might be surprised to learn about her:
People are generally not surprised by reading and walking and I really like reading and walking! Outside of music and singing…can you be a Renaissance woman? You can be a Renaissance woman, can’t you? The things that make me the happiest are just standing around a piano. That’s one thing I like about Georgia, I feel like I’ve met a lot of people with really old-fashioned hobbies. I go to a gospel church here – I actually go to a lot of different churches here just to sin. It’s been such a great experience in the south. Basically anything that involves piano, singing, jazz, reading. I could be in 1800 and be really happy.
I feel like the show has given me fear! We have dealt with things every single day on this show that make the rest of life seem really, really calm and I think going through a processing that gives me a real appreciation for when things are normal. I’ve always been a fan of old fashioned things and something about the Walking Dead, even as we progress further and further into the show, it becomes a period drama because where it comes to clothes fashion and even weaponry, we have to have a cut off of 3 years ago. We’re shooting a period drama that’s locked in a very recent but specific time.
On her Christmas traditions:
I have a really colorful family, and I don’t go back to England every year but I’m going back this Christmas and my grandfather is coming from Spain. Christmas for us has always been very musical…and like everybody very food orientated. Christmas for us has always been a glass of champagne with our stocking and that’s the only drinking that I do on Christmas Day because I’m such a lightweight. My youngest brother since he was 14 has been an amazing chef so he always cooks us pig-in-a-blanket from scratch. My grandfather plays the piano so we just kind of spend Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day playing music, playing board games. Heads Up is our new obsession. It actually used to be the parlor game where everybody puts their names and put them in a hat. My granddad never gets these games, so if we play something like charades, he will say, ‘Rhymes with Ichael Ackson,’ and you’re like, ‘Michael Jackson?” that’s not how you play that. Half my family lives in America and half my family lives in Europe so each alternating year is nice to get that sacred time where you know you won’t get any work pressure. Just like everybody.
On how she stays grounded:
Georgia heat and zombies help that.
On how she stays fit:
I try to follow the 10,000 steps which is not difficult if I’m busy working, and Pilates, and ballet, and dancing. Anything that I have fun doing. For me staying healthy is so often just about me being happy and a workout that makes me happy. Staying invigorated trying new things. If it’s outdoors or it’s dancing, I’m set.