Nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there

The first time I saw the trailer for the video game
I couldn’t wait to play it!

It just looked that amazing.

And it was so worth the wait, the story line is solid there are all kinds of shout outs to other favorite Zombie games and the controls are easy to use.

This is what “Dead Rising 2” should have been.

Don’t get me wrong I loved allot of the things about Dead Rising 2 like the story line, the setting, the graphics and most of the game play. But the one thing that killed it hard for me and turned it into a trade in credit was the Level Bosses or as my friend John calls them “Nintendo Bosses”.
They earn that name when they are beyond hard to kill and when they get a hit on you half of your Health Meter Bar is gone. Besides that The Level Bosses in Dead Rising 2 have their Health Meter Bar fills back up as your trying to find Power Up’s for your own.

Then it had button combos like Resident Evil 4, but they were cumbersome and annoying. I guess the game builders for Dead Rising 2 were trying to make it more challenging, but only made it frustrating.

Okay so back to Dead Island, as I was saying before I love playing this game. The first time was a run through just to get the game play down and see how the story was.

The story is pretty cool you wake up in your hotel room
just to find out the entire tropical island resort your staying in is infested with zombies. But you have an immunity to the virus which protects you from bites, but if you’re overrun they’ll just tear you apart.
There are other survivors on the island and some are in hiding that can offer you advice to help you survive and hopefully escape the island. And if I’m right I think our friends at the Umbrella Corporation had a little something to do with it.

Out of the four playable characters I picked the ex football player with the mohawk. Those poor zombies didn’t know what hit them.

The second time I played it was to go through all of the side missions.

If you do it this way you spend more time supplying and saving survivors as well as taking out looters.

The biggest satisfaction that I got from the game is it has become a favorite interactive movie like “GTA 4” and it’s double disk tie in games “Liberty City Lost and The Damned” and “The Ballad of Gay Tony” and “Batman Arkham Asylum”.

And the stress relief just can’t be beat. Not only do you get to run around different settings on the the island cracking zombie skulls with various hand weapons.

You also get to drive pick up trucks and knock them down like bowling pins. And if they decide to get up you can back up over them and hit em’ again.

It also has network multi play. I’m not a big fan of it, so I can’t tell you how that is. But I can say that going by the game it’s gotta be good.

The other thing is there was one level where you had to fight a Level Boss, a Sub Boss and five hard kill characters. This was really frustrating and almost got the game shelved. So before I did that I got on Youtube to see if there was something I missed. And I found out I wasn’t the only one having a hard time with the level. Man I never saw so much hate for a game level ever. And this was coming from hard core gamers that probably tore through games that I wouldn’t even attempt to play.
But Techland (The people that made the game) saw the complaints and sent out a reprogramming patch to fix that level! I downloaded it and it took care of everything, the next thing I knew I was back in business and was able to not only finish but really enjoy the game.

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Paranormal Activity 3 — “Through the eyes of a Luna(tic)”

Welcome to Through The Eyes Of A Luna(tic), my new feature on D’Ment’D Cinema! My name is Luna Layne and I’ve been a fan of horror & Sci-fi movies, comics and heavy metal music since I was under 10 years old! I’m only 21 now so it might not seem all too long to you but my obsession with these things has had me watching movies, reading comics and head bangin’ for hours a day every day for the entire 10 years!!!

My first review will be for Paranormal Activity 3 which is a sequel (duh!!) to 2010s Paranormal Activity 2 which was a sequel to 2007s Paranormal Activity!!! It’s a vicious circle!

The first 2 movies themselves are a vicious cycle rehashing the same scares and the same paranormal entity that’s just out of the range of the camera and the eye of the audience! Paranormal Activity 3 breaks the chains that bound the first two movies and has something new and sorta unique to say!!

Even though part 2 was written and directed by a totally different group of people it never separated itself from the first one! It looked the same! It felt the same! It had the same jump scares! It was practically a remake of the first movie! Part 3 was also written and directed by a new team—2 of the 3 brains behind the documentary Catfish from last year—and these guys decided to make an all new movie! And it’s good! Not great but good!

PA 3 takes us back to the time when Katie & Kristi, the stars are PA 1 and PA 2, were little girls! Like any little girls they were inquisitive and wanted to experiment with the world around them! Katie decided that a game of Bloody Mary would be fun! What little girl didn’t do that at some time? I did! I still do when I have my grrlfriends over and we have a little to drink! It’s a fun game and nothing ever happens except when I jump as we turn the lights on which always makes my bestie Dana scream bloody murder! It’s good clean wholesome fun! For moi yes but not for Katie & Kristi!!

Since the 80s were full ‘o’ great haunting and demon movies it’s the perfect time for PA 3 to take place! They don’t have the same modern technology to work with which allowed for a lot of new ways of creating scares! A camera on a fan helped to up the scare game and give a few new camera angles that weren’t there in the first 2 movies!

The likableness of the characters in this one surprised me! I hated all the characters in the first 2 and didn’t care if some unseen force or spirit split them in two but this time I did care about the grrls and their parents Dennis & Julie and friend Randy! I guess the writing in PA 3 is so much better than it was in PA 1 and PA 2 combined that it made me a fan!

Even though I did like it I have to admit that it’s not a great movie and to be honest if you have time to waste and some moolah to spend there are alot of other better movies out there for you to invest time and money in! If you have the time to waste and have a buttload of quarters in an oversized beer bottle that’s been turned into a bank I say bust that baby open, grab ‘dem quarters and go see Paranormal Activity 3!! If you don’t have a car and the bus isn’t running into that scary part of town where the theater is then why not thumb it? You know you want to see a movie, you have the loose change so why not? Who ever had a bad experience with hitchhiking? That friendly stranger in the black sedan may look like he’s shady but as long as you don’t see Chris Hansen anywhere near by I say go for it! What’s the worst that could happen?!

A-blee, a-blee, a-blee–That’s all folks!!! A look at Paranormal Activity 3 “Through the eyes of a Luna(tic)’!!!

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Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D trailer

Like many Star Wars fans who grew up with the original trilogy (I was born in 1971, so I was the perfect age for the original Star Wars when it hit theaters in 1977), I wasn’t too fond of the first of the prequels, titled Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I’m also not a fan of the current incarnation of 3D technology. It’s really not all that much better than it was back in the 80s when filmmakers tried to cash in on the 3D craze back then. Those two facts aside, I’m looking forward to see The Phantom Menace in 3D, after all, it’s a Star Wars film back on the big screen once again. I haven’t ever missed one Star Wars release in theaters. I saw the first three films on the day of their release(s) in ’77, ’80 & ’83. I saw the re-releases that followed here and there. I saw the special editions of the 3 OT films on opening day AND I saw all three prequels on opening day as well. I even made sure not to miss the animated The Clone Wars when it hit theaters in 2008. Hell, I’ve seen them all multiple times on the big screen, so there’s no way I’m letting this one go without carrying on the tradition that my Mom and I began back when I was just 6 years old in 1977.

I know the Lucas haters have done their best to tear down the man whose vision changed the lives of many of us, but I am not one of those haters. Sure, I wish some of his changes hadn’t been made, but have said changes hurt anything? Really? No. Of course they haven’t hurt anything. There will always been the original versions of each of the films for those purists who hate George’s updates and alterations. Unless he went back in a time machine and changed the films before their initial releases, there’s no way he “hurt”, damaged nor ruined anything. If you don’t like the changes, stick with the original theatrical releases. They’re available on DVD for under $30 for all three of the OT.

The trailer for the 3D release of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace was been released a few months ago but somehow I missed it.

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Anthony G. Sumner’s short film “Jitters”

Anthony G. Sumner’s short film “Jitters” will leave you cringing…and wanting more

Imagine this: as you rest your head on your pillow, your new fiance by your side, you have that incredible feeling inside that, well, everything in the universe is exactly as it should be. After all, she’s a gorgeous woman and she has agreed to spend the rest of her life with you. Hell, she hasn’t just agreed to it, she longs for a life with you as much as you do with her. It’s about as “storybook” as anything in life can ever actually get.

You drift off to sleep with that content feelings swelling inside. Things are great. Or they were before you just woke up to find your future bride sitting in front of you, dressed in her finest BDSM leather, as you discover that you are gagged with your arms and hands bounded above your head. Remember that “all is well” feeling you had just before falling asleep? It’s now become a “Holy shit! What the f#$k is going on here?” feeling. Too bad too. She seemed so sweet and was a real stunning beauty. But if that’s the case, why the hell are you now hanging here with your hands shackled and your mouth gagged?

That’s how things begin in Anthony G. Sumner’s short film Jitters but it’s definitely not where they leave off.

Jitters was directed by Sumner, the mind behind the short film Lewis and the anthology film 3 Slicers Of Life. Jitters is only just over 12 minutes long, yet is very suspenseful and when all’s said and done, it doesn’t end up where you may think it’s going. It’s a clever, well acted and superbly shot short that every genre fan, and those men and women who are about to say their vows, should see.

The film stars Keith Ehrenberg as Tom, the future groom, and Laurie Rameriz, who is simply amazing, as Suzie, the bride-to-be. Rameriz is as seductive as she is psychotic in the role.

You’ll cringe at many of the scenes, especially if you’re a guy, but in the end, you’ll be left wanting more.

The film was written by Eric Richter (based on a story by Sumner), who also, along with Sumner, edited and produced Jitters.

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New poster art for Potent Media’s Deer Crossing

Possibly the most anticipated upcoming indie genre film, Potent Media’s Deer Crossing continues to build suspense with the reveal of 2 new posters, as the premiere for the film draws near.

You can check both posters out below:
The posters were created by David Gechman.

As is the case with the trailer (Which you can check out at the bottom of this page), the posters don’t give away much about the film, which is a brilliant move on the part of filmmaker Christian Jude Grillo. The less people know, the more excited to see the movie they’ll be. Hook them without giving them all the info will ensure a large audience.

Deer Crossing stars KJ Linhein, Christopher Mann, Jennifer Butler, Carmella Hayslett, Laura Lynn Cottrel, Christopher Inlow, Ernie Hudson and Doug Bradley and is set to debut in Philly in January, and will premiere in Los Angeles soon thereafter.

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The King Of Old School and That Guy Whose Hair Is Just Too Cool on Extreme Odd Couple

What’s new? What’s good? What’s cool? What’s hot? Well surely you don’t need me to answer these questions for you, do you? After all, it’s common knowledge that the newest, goodest (I love making up my own words), coolest and hottest thing going on the net comes to us from The King Of Old School and That Guy Whose Hair Is Just Too Cool, Steve Corino and Rob Dimension…..

Bitter enemies and the twosome responsible for “one of the hottest and funniest feud’s on Twitter” are now taking the battle to the airwaves. Steve Corino, a man who has made his mark in Professional Wrestling, working for every major promotion in the World and currently involved with Ring of Honor, has pulled no punches in expressing his hatred for Dimension. Dimension, has taken the ball and run, normally dishing out as much hatred as is received, is turning to stand up comedy and of all people, has asked Corino for guidance.
While many may not know, the insults between Dimension and Corino on twitter (follow them both @RobDimension & @SteveCorino) have spawned a new journey for the both of them. Corino says “I can’t wrestle forever; Comedy gives me a chance to still have a great time and stay sharp. Plus, it hurts a lot less”, Dimension jumped in with “Steve has some experience with Stand up, this podcast gives people an idea of what we are both doing to jump in, plus hopefully people will see how Hatred can be funny”.
The Extreme Odd Couple Podcast is getting rave reviews and covers plenty of topics. The show is planned to be a weekly series and will chronicle the events as they unfold for this duo, it also is available on iTunes, simply head to WorldofCorino.com or www.RobDimension.com for the direct link and details.

To keep up with all things XOC related be sure to also check out http://xocpodcast.blogspot.com/ and bookmark the direct link to the Extreme Odd Couple on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/robdimension/id470996331# where you can also check out…

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JAWS comes to North Carolina?

From the “Weird news from our wacky, crazy world” files comes a true story that would seem to come straight out of a horror movie.

The video below, shot recently about 25 miles southeast of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, depicts a rather large and ominous looking shark swimming past the boat of the men who filmed it. Take a look but be warned, these blokes use language that would make any sailor or trucker or Kevin Smith very proud.

One of the men (Who may or may not have been Tommy Chong, based on his voice and brilliant comments. We know Tommy’s not really an idiot but this guy sure as hell is so for this article we’ll just refer to him as “Chong”.) remarks that it’s a bullshark but shark experts have refuted that claim, stating that this big boy is none other than a notorious great white shark.

Man on boat: “That’s probably why everything quit biting over there.” – (Gee, do you think??)

One guy (Sounds like our buddy “Chong” again) has the great idea of trying to catch the shark, saying, “Wanna try and hook him?”. – (If only they had, a few less morons would be out on our waters.)

Later, this same genius asks, “Is it legal to shoot them?” – (Only if you shoot yourself first.)

What’s the lesson here? First, there’s some screwed up stuff happening on this planet anymore. And second, if “Chong” here had one more beer, this video would have been less Animal Planet and more FearNet.

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Camp Hell puts Jesse Eisenberg through hell…or so he seems to think

After hits with Zombieland and The Social Network, Jesse Eisenberg seems to think he’s above his own past.

Back in 2007, before he decided that he was a big star, Eisenberg appeared in a horror movie titled Camp Hell. Now, 4 years and two hit movies later, Jesse’s become embarrassed by his past indiscretions and isn’t too happy with how the film is advertising itself. As a matter of fact, he’s mad as hell. (Lame pun for the lame actions of a lame actor.)

As you can see above, Eisenberg’s face is being used on the DVD cover for Camp Hell, which is what has the young egomaniac actor seeing red.

As a matter of fact, he’s mad enough that he’s taking legal action. He’s suing Grindstone Entertainment AND Lionsgate, the distributor of the film, claiming that his appearance in the film was less than five minutes long and doesn’t warrant his being advertised as a star.

This isn’t the first time a star regretting working in the horror genre before they became a star. Billy Bob Thornton was none too happy about having his image appear on cover art for the film Chopper Chicks in Zombietown, which he appeared in years prior to becoming a household name.

If you’re ashamed of working in the horror genre, a genre that helped to launch the careers of countless huge named Hollywood stars, perhaps you should have considered that fact before you chose to accept that pay check Mr. Eisenberg, whether it was for a few bucks, or thousands. You got paid to be in the film. If the folks behind said film choose to use your newly found, and perplexing, celebrity in order to help sell their film, that’s their right. Suck it up, and GROW UP! You’re not all that talented so  be thankful that you have a job, and one that pays VERY well,  in a time when many Americans can’t even find minimum wage work.

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Don’t look now, but there’s a Dead Hooker In A Trunk

You know, as much as I enjoyed writing for Examiner.com as National Horror Examiner (which I still do, from time to time), I have to admit that I felt fettered and held down each and every time I went to write a review or article for them. I’m not even completely sure why, but I never felt like I could be myself, which is why I started D’Ment’D Cinema, and thus, began cutting back a great deal on my work for Examiner.

That being said, there are a few reviews that I wrote while writing for them that I’m pretty proud of, so I’ve decided to move a few of those from Examiner over here to D’Ment’D.

By now, everyone who reads my work on even a semi-regular basis is aware of how much love and respect I have for Jen & Sylvia Soska, those lovely Twisted Twins from the Great White North, so really wanted to make sure that my review of the Soska Sisters’ debut feature film, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, was one of the first reviews that I moved to D’Ment’D. Without any further ado, I give you my review for DHiaT, originally published at National Horror Examiner on December 14th, 2010…

If you’re anywhere near my age, which is, as much as it pains me to admit, less than a month from the big 4-0, then you’ll surely remember the always fun classic movies, movies back when movies were cool, that involved a group of people, often friends, who are suddenly, and unwillingly, thrust into a dangerous situation, forced to either deal with what’s landed on their proverbial laps, or face the consequences of their failure to act swiftly. These sort of films have always been a favorite of mine.

Now, imagine such a scenario, set in Vancouver, B.C., where a quartet of friends; twin sisters, one of whom is a badass, the other who is a total geek and isn’t exactly her sister’s closest friend, the badass’s junkie friend and the geek’s God-fearing goody two-shoes pal, all of whom find their lives suddenly turned upside down, and inside out, after they notice an odd smell emanating from the trunk of the badass’s car. Upon inspection of the trunk, the group finds that someone has placed the dead body of a hooker, as well as a butt load of various drugs, inside their trunk. Not knowing who this hooker is, and fearing that the badass and/or junkie may have had something to do with this woman ending up dead concealed inside of their trunk, they come to the only logical conclusion; they need to dump the body! And fast!

Naturally, it doesn’t go as smoothly as the group had hoped, and they are constantly hit with a barrage of unforeseen, and quite humorous, situations, each seemingly more insane than the last, all leading them to the discovery of the truth behind how they ended up with a Dead Hooker In A Trunk!

Dead Hooker In A Trunk is the debut film for Twisted Twins Productions, the production company belonging to Jen & Sylvia Soska, who wrote, directed, produced and co-starred in the film.

The cast includes Jen Soska as Geek, Sylvia Soska as Badass, C.J. Wallis as Goody Two-Shoes, and Rikki Gagne as Junkie, as well as appearances by Carlos Gallardo as God, John Tench as Cowboy Pimp, Loyd Bateman as Priest and Tasha Moth as The Hooker.

The Soska Twins are phenomenal in their debut roles. Both possess the acting skills of actresses with decades of acting experience, including comedic timing that comes very natural to both Jen and Sylvia. Anyone who knows anything about acting knows how difficult it can be for an actor or actress to perfect comedic timing, but these lovely ladies (who are extremely easy on the eyes, even when they’re covered in blood!) have it down to an art form. Both of the Soskas are destined for greatness, as filmmakers and as actresses. They are just that good!

You may know the name Rikki Gagne from her roles in John Carpenter’s Cigarette Burns episode of Masters of Horror, Uwe Boll’s Postal and Lost Boys: The Tribe. Gagne is wonderfully believable in the role of Junkie (not that she’d necessarily want to know that she actually seemed like a junkie in the film, but it is a testament to her acting ability.).

And then there’s C.J. Wallis who plays Goody Two-Shoes. Wallis, who I couldn’t help but notice how much he resembles Edward Norton, both in appearance and in acting style, in this film, is amazing as the total nerd-for-God type, who every now and then forgets his commitment to Christ and goes off on near-psychotic rants about ass-raping another guy as means of punishment! He is hilarious to watch, and truly commands the camera every time he is on screen. His performance reminded me, in a number of ways, of that of Norton in Primal Fear. Goody Two-Shoes is meek, God-fearing, but there’s something else there. Something quite dark, buried deep down within, and every now and then, it comes creeping through, just a bit. Just as is the case with Jen & Sylvia, I believe that the future is a very bright one for C.J. Wallis!

Dead Hooker In A Trunk is a funny, and sometimes even touching, buddy / caper style film, with loads of action. But fear not gore hounds, as there is more than enough blood, guts (literally), gore and scenes of torture and sexual perversion to keep you more than satisfied!

Throughout 2010, we’ve heard a great deal about the need to show support for independent horror. At times, this was being shouted from the rooftops, in an attempt to rally support for films that, whereas they may have indeed been independent in nature, their budget and studio connections were a far cry from that of most independent films. I agree, as horror fans, it is paramount that we support independent cinema, and it’s films like Dead Hooker In A Trunk that are truly deserving of our support!

Nearly every actor and actress who appeared on screen in DHiaT also served the film in other areas, from camera operators and stunt coordinators to editors and cinematographers. This film is a work of art, and it’s a labor of love. Love from fans of horror, and of film in general, who took that love and put it to work, creating a film of their own. And the love and respect that these men and women have for the the genre, as well as for movies as a whole, is very evident throughout the entire film. This is how a movie is supposed to look, sound and feel! There are many filmmakers out there, especially in Hollywood working with billion dollar budgets on films that no true fan of the cinema even cares to see, who could all stand to learn a great deal about the art of filmmaking, and the love that is required when making a movie, from Jen & Sylvia Soska, C.J. Wallis and everyone whose blood, sweat, heart, love and tears went into making Dead Hooker In A Trunk!

As I mentioned in the review, at the time I was less than a month away from my 40th birthday, which has come and passed. Something weird has happened since that time. I’ve become less cynical about a great deal in life, however, for the most part, when it comes to my love, and respect, for movies, nothing has changed. If it’s shit, I’ll still call it shit. If it’s amazing, I’ll still sing it’s praises. I recently popped my screener of DHiaT in the DVD player, to give it another watch. You know what happened? I didn’t love it the way I did when I first watched it. Nope. I actually loved it even more this time around! I am still in awe of what Jen, Sylvia, C.J. and the entire gang at tWISTED tWINS Productions did on such a small budget. Hell, I’d be equally amazed had they been working with a huge budget. Dead Hooker In A Trunk is one of the greatest modern horror/pulp/grindhouse movies that you’ll ever see, so be sure to check it out, when it’s released in your country! You won’t be sorry!

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WATCHING DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK!!!

I always tell people if you want to be a Indie Horror Filmmaker “Get off of your ass, write a script, get a video camera, get a few friends, make a few gallons of fake blood and make a Horror Movie!”

Jen and Sylvia Soska did just that and are taking the Horror World by storm!!!

The movie can’t be judged by production value alone. You can say the plot bounced around a little, it ran a little longer than it needed and if the Kayro Blood had some coffee grinds mixed in the gunshot gags it would have pushed the brain splatter F/X to eleven.

But that’s just being picky about the technical and not just enjoying it as a movie that you shouldn’t be over thinking.

The Soska Sisters did an excellent job in creating a great Grind House Style movie.

The story is a hellcat sister along with her twin nerdy church group sister and two of their friends discover a dead hooker in the trunk of the car they’re in along with allot of drugs and stuff…
The Hellcat thinks the smartest thing to do is to just bury the dead hooker somewhere in the woods, while her sister thinks the right thing to do is inform the police.
This doesn’t sit well with our new friend the Hellcat and just takes the entire group on a crazed adventure. Even when the absolute worst has happened to allot of them Church Group Sister still tries to do the right thing all along.
And in the end it all works out in their own strange way.

It was full of this over the top violence that makes you laugh (In a fun way) because it’s like watching humans act like Warner Brothers Characters. I mean where else can someone get their eyeball knocked out of their head with an aluminum baseball bat and be just fine with a electrical tape eye patch?
Or have their arm almost sawn through with a chainsaw, then taken completely off by a Semi and sewn back on with fishing line. And have limited mobility with it?
Or be lassoed by a pimp that looks like a Canadian version of Lemmy, get dragged down a mean looking road by a horse for a good half mile, then still have enough piss and vinegar left in you to double foot drop kick Canadian Lemmy’s ass and snap his neck? Much love to Sylvia for that shot!!!

And I loved that no matter how insane the characters day was going or what was kicking their asses they just treated it like another day at the office!

Most of all everybody involved busted their asses to make it and really did it for the love of Action, Horror, Grind House and Dark Comedy movies.

The Soska’s did an amazing job with what they had and I can’t wait to see what they do with their next feature “American Mary”.

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