Vampires and Feminism

‘In the land of the living women’s power is limited – in the realm of the undead, which lies across and between that of the living, it might be greater’.-Linda Ruth Williams. In my opinion, October 6th, 1941 serves as a significant literary landmark, for it calls attention to the birth of Anne Rice, the acclaimed authoress predominantly renowned for her gothic fiction and erotica. Notwithstanding the popularity of The Vampire Chronicles, it can be argued that the series lacks strong female characters. With regard to Interview with a Vampire, it cannot be denied that once pitted against the overly romanticised, brooding Louis Pont du Lac, or the alluring, charismatic Lestat de Lioncourt, members of the fairer sex become almost […]

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Five horror games you should have a look at

With so many horror games on the market today, it is very difficult to choose the top 5. Everyone has their own idea of what makes a horror game truly terrifying. And while it is difficult to choose a top 5, we’re going to do it anyway. Why? Because we are rebels that’s why! Here is the list of the 5 horror games that you should have a look at. Outlast Playing a horror game where you fight zombies and other terrors is bad enough in terms of the fear factor. But Outlast takes it to the next level! Try being the character that can only run and hide. This is Outlast. You are a reporter trying to uncover just […]

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My Top 5 Roald Dahl Filmed Works

Today we celebrate the filmed works of (and the works inspired by) one of the greatest writers of all time. Today I pick and show a few of my favourite Roald Dahl films of all time. Gremlins Now before you lose your marbles and go into a complete and total nerd meltdown let me explain my first pick. Now, Roald Dahl did not write the screenplay for the film, nor did he work alongside Spielberg and co in producing the film, but he did, in fact, inspire the creation of the film. How? He simply wrote his first book ‘The Gremlins’ in 1943 as an aid to the planned (though never realised) Walt Disney children’s film. In the book a […]

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THE HORROR!!!! THE HORROR!!!!

The first recognised horror film was created by George Méliès in 1896. Known as “The Haunted Castle”, it featured the director George Méliès as a demon together with all manner of creatures that to this day have remained as a mainstay of the horror genre. Amongst these were ghosts, bats, and trolls residing within a spooky castle…..Mwuahahahaha!!! (ok it was a silent film so you couldn’t hear the “Mwuahahaha”. You also couldn’t read what were referred to as “Intertitle cards” or “Title cards” that appeared following a conversation to relay what the individual had just said to each other, since this was before the Silent film era.) [youtube id=”OPmKaz3Quzo” width=”600″ height=”350″] Here’s “The Haunted Castle”Produced in 1896 by George Méliès. […]

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My Daughter is a Nerd, you know like from The Big Bang Theory

Lately there has be a lot of blog posts, YouTube videos and people asking for advice on how to explain cosplay to your parents. I am lucky in the sense that my mom has never has a problem with regards to my nerd/geek habits or tendencies. She might not completely understand them and you can often hear her yelling things at me along the lines of “Can you shut up about cosplay now” or “Did you really have to buy another Monster High doll, how many do you have now” So I do not fully understand when people say that their parents forbid them from doing cosplay, watching anime and playing games. I think that the reason I am lucky […]

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The Controversy in Cosplay

In the world of escapism, where all things go and where one should be accepted, even controversy happens. And the world of Cosplay is no different, why should we expect it to be? Dressing up and mimicking characters adored and revered by millions will have controversial effects if it should be done wrong, or it could invoke jealous backlashes from those envious of a skilled Cosplayer. Both within the culture and from those observing from the outside of it, people have been upset by Cosplay. Controversy has been caused when outsiders of this lifestyle have not been able to understand the meaning behind the Cosplay and controversy has been seen within the community, when passions over attire and attitudes have […]

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You Porn?

I recently watched an interesting British documentary about how modern children, some as young as five, have access to hardcore pornography thanks to our modern, online and interconnected world. For those interested the documentary ‘Porn on the brain’ can be seen here. Now after watching this documentary I decided to write an article on this concerning subject matter. Though, I am not a parent. Far from it in fact. Nor am I going to become one! So the only logical thing I could do was to speak to an actual parent and get some advice for you from them. Fortunately my good friend Pippa Tshabalala was keen to throw her weight behind me, my article, and share her thoughts with […]

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The Shared Superhero Cinematic Universe

It isn’t easy being a superhero. Fighting bad guys, no salary, the constant risk that is placed on loved ones if the bad guys were to discover your secret identity. It therefore comes as no surprise that several heroes on the big screen have, over the years assumed several monikers in different movies. My theory as to why they would change their superhero personas has to do with the above mentioned complications that can arise when someone dedicates his life to fighting crime. Here, I will reveal the identities of the various heroes and the journeys that they have taken since acquiring their powers and how they are all connected to each other. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: […]

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Comic Book Movies: You’re Doing it wrong

The popularity of comic book movies over the last 15 or so years has led many of our favourite heroes (and their associated villains) onto the big screen. With this has come the big debate as to whether the film makers represented the character the way he should be or not. This is in reference not just to the look but also to the use of their powers and their personalities which are usually part and parcel of their powers. So here’s a list of 4 attempts at bringing characters to the big screen that failed dismally: Deadpool – X-Men Origins: Wolverine X-Men Origins: Wolverine had a lot going in favour of it on paper: It was Wolverine’s first solo movie […]

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GeekFest 2015 Cosplay Competition

As many of you will know by now, this past weekend saw one of the first major conventions of the year for Johannesburg. Geekfest. Now I am not going to go into depth of the event itself. (We’re covering that. -Ed) Rather I am going to be looking at the Geekfest cosplay completion form both a spectator’s view as well as someone who took part in the completion. The whole event was in a logistical nightmare and was one of the most poorly organised competitions. The competition started when the cosplayers were called to the -so called- stage area. With this call, the spectators also started to make their way towards the event to get a good view of the […]

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