It’s been a hectic last few weeks here at BurnAllZombies: those of you who know us will know why it’s been a bit quiet on the updates, but with 2010 just around the corner, updates will be coming at you so fast, you won’t know what’s hit you.
New Year’s Eve is as good a time as any to look back over some of the best of what 2009 had to over. On that note, we bring you the inaugural Burnt Zombie Awards, a run-down of the finest movies, games, music, TV and comics had to offer this year. Of course, if you disagree, we can discuss below. It’s not as if we’ll send the zombies around if we don’t agree with you…
Yep, it’s an update on all things BurnAllZombies related: things have been a little bit hectic recently, so updates have been slow, but that’s all going to change in December. There’s been a few changes, and here’s what’s coming soon
- The Comic Catch-Up will be back soon with a bang: Dan will be looking after it. He’ll also be bringing you some other updates and trailers for next year’s big movies and games and other news as and when it’s newsworthy.
- In the world of Games, we’ll have reviews for Assassin’s Creed II and Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time up soon…once I can get past the really hard bits.
- Stuck for some Christmas presents? There’ll be an epic multi-part guide to Christmas presents: you want to buy your loved ones some games, consoles, DVD/Blu-Ray movies or maybe even some books or comics? We might be able to give you some ideas.
- As the nights are getting darker, it’s time to start hitting the cinema more, and we’ll have movie reviews for Where The Wild Things Are, The Box and coming soon, we’ll also have James Cameron’s epic Avatar.
It just wouldn’t be the festive season without some Christmas movies to get us in the mood: early November might just be a little too early for some people to begin decking the halls, but the season is starting early with Disney’s presentation of A Christmas Carol, the classic tale written by Charles Dickens and now brought to the big screen by Robert Zemeckis.
Disney’s take on the fable is animated though uses a form of motion capture similarly to that previously seen in Zemeckis’ The Polar Express and Beowulf (although for this movie, the look is a lot smoother, embracing the fact that it is, ultimately, an animated film.) It’s a perfect opportunity for the multi-faceted Jim Carrey to play several roles, this time taking on Ebenezer Scrooge and the three ghosts who haunt him on a Christmas Eve night.
For a modern adaptation, A Christmas Carol is surprisingly faithful to Dickens’ source: set in an impressively realised Victorian London, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge shows off just how miserable he can be when dealing with gentlemen seeking alms, his nephew Fred (Colin Firth) who invites him along for Christmas dinner and his own clerk Bob Cratchit (Gary Oldman.) That night, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his old business partner, Jacob Marley (also voiced by Oldman) who pleads with Scrooge to recant on his greedy ways, telling him that he will have three visitors over the next two nights who will show him the folly of his ways. Those three visitors, as everyone should know, are the Ghosts of Christmas Past, of Christmas Present, and of Christmases Yet To Come. Read more…
Few films have experienced the frenzied internet marketing hype that Paranormal Activity has received in the last few months: sure, this year has also given us the phenomenal trailer to Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (a far better experience than the film, reviewed here) and Neill Blomkamp’s debut feature District 9 proved that aliens could still rake in the cash at the box office. But the effortless success that Paranormal Activity has had in the US has kept the film riding high in terms of takings and hype. It’s even been a consistently trending topic on Twitter since even before its release.
Paranormal Activity doesn’t open this side of the Atlantic until the 25th November (though you might be lucky enough to catch a paid preview screening on Friday 13th) but it was also the surprise film at this year’s Horrorthon at Dublin’s IFI, and if that screening is anything to go by, the film will prove just as successful this side of the Atlantic as in the US.
Befitting a low-budget film (costing only $15, 000 to make), the film takes a mockumentary style in which the lines between reality and the film are blurred: some text at the beginning claims that the footage was found after the events of the film, footage which is recorded on a camcorder bought to record the strange nocturnal events in the home of Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (the actors lend their own names to the characters in the pursuit of realism.) What follows are about three weeks of footage (cut down to a little over ninety minutes) as Micah and Katie come to realise that the disturbances in their house aren’t just neighbourhood children or creaking floorboards, but a malevolent presence that doesn’t take kindly to being challenged or recorded.
With Zombieland crashing into cinemas next week, just in time to scare all of us for Halloween, we’ve got an Irish exclusive clip of the movie, giving you an idea what to expect from the horror-comedy, directed Ruben Fleischer.
As the world descends into zombie-infected madness, Jesse Eisenberg teams up with Woody Harrelson to survive the harsh wilds of flesh-eating madness, and with the zombies moving like this, the film promises to be both hilarious and scary in just the right measure.
Check the hilarious clip below (though be prepared for the zombies with toilet roll) as Eisenberg shares his rules for survival in a zombie-infected world.
Zombieland is in cinemas October 9th.
Horror movies set in space are always a bit hit-or-miss: for every Alien, there’s a Jason X, and a hell of a lot more in between. Pandorum, a US/German co-production from director Christian Alvart, might have a trailer that tries to sell it down the Alien-route, but having watched the film, you might be left wondering if you have to re-evaluate your opinions on what makes a bad horror-in-space film.
On board the space-ship Elysium, Corporal Bower (Ben Foster) awakens from suspended animation: disoriented, he remembers little other than the role he was trained to fulfil as a member of the flight crew, taking over from another team who will then enter “hypersleep” themselves, who are strangely absent. When Bower is joined by the similarly awoken Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) the two struggle to find a way out of the anteroom in which they’re trapped. As both deal with the after-effects of their extended sleep, both physical and psychological, Bower makes his way out of the room and into the ship proper, where he finds what appears to be an abandoned ship is instead haunted by flesh-eating monsters, intent on stopping him from reaching his goal in the reactor.
It might be a little bit early to talk about Christmas (three months and counting) but I’m still unsure how I feel about Robert Zemeckis’ steady decline in terms of movie-making. True, very little of what he’s made has been poor, but there’s a big difference between the Back To The Future movies and Beowulf.
But I’m slightly more optimistic about his CGI take on A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Carrey as Scrooge (and the ghosts) and presented in Disney 3D. To be honest, I can’t much stand Charles Dickens, but there’s something about his Christmas tale of mizerly Scrooge that has always appealed to me and I really enjoy reading it or checking out some of the adaptations around the season.
You can check out the trailer below, but at least it’s steering clear of the uncanny valley that The Polar Express journeyed through. Certainly, judging from the trailer, there’s nothing to indicate that this may be nearly as good as seeing Bill Murray or Patrick Stewart in the role.
A Christmas Carol is due for release in 3D (selected cinemas) and 2D in UK and Ireland on 6th November.