Five Classic Horror-Comedies You MUST watch!

 

 “They’re coming to get you Barbara” -Night of the Living Dead Today we look at a few of the great Horror-Comedies that have made my life, and many others, enjoyable and deliciously twisted. “Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don’t let her get away, Mommy! Don’t let her live!” -Friday 13th Braindead (1992) This film was written and directed by Peter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh. At the time, this comedy-gore film was a financial failure, but has since become a cult classic. If you like pure and utter wonderful nonsense, then this is for you. [youtube id=”u8ZopOnJgdI” width=”600″ height=”350″] Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) This American film was written and directed by the Chiodo Brothers and is the […]

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Bone Collector

 

 “It wasn’t a branch sticking out of the ground; it was a hand. The body’d been buried vertical and the dirt piled on until just the forearm, wrist and hand protruded. She stared at the ring finger; all the flesh had been whittled away and a woman’s diamond cocktail ring had been replaced on the bloody, stripped bone.” –The Bone Collector. The first grisly murder scene that the beautiful beat cop, Amelia Sachs, sees would have destroyed a lesser person. This murder scene and her logical and professional reactions change her life. Later she is called to the apartment of Lincoln Rhyme, a bitter quadriplegic hell bent on suicide, who takes on this case before he leaves the world behind. […]

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Great Geek Collective!

 

 Today we speak to Dina Steyn, one of the heads of the Great Geek Collective. Where did you get the name? Finding a name for the Great Geek Collective’s (GGC’s) con was tricky. We asked people to submit names and then had a vote. The funniest suggestion that didn’t make it was “PretCon”. G²C² is short for Great Geek Collective Convention. How long has it been running? G²C² is in its first year. Its forgoer, Upcon (University of Pretoria Convention) was in its late teens. We chose the theme “Phoenix Rising” to symbolise and celebrate the con’s rebirth as G²C². What’s the history of it? Upcon was traditionally hosted by Tuks Krygspel Vereniging (TKV), a Tuks student society. I first […]

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5 Irish Bands You Must Hear.

 

 As it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and I’m a loyal Greenie and an insane Unionist, I’ve decided to put this little list of amazing O’Irish lads and lasses to listen to. Flogging Molly. Founded in America by Irishman Dave King in 1997, Flogging Molly -known for amazing performances and brilliant music videos- combine Celtic Folk and Modern Rock on a level few other bands have achieved. [youtube id=”89NjEeHku8o” width=”600″ height=”350″] VNV NATION. Founded by Irishman Ronin Harris in 1990, VNV Nation combines haunting and emotional lyrics, hard beats, and dance floor filling tracks that have been a favourite of the electronic music scene (commercial and underground) for years… and thankfully that doesn’t seem likely to end any time soon. [youtube id=”aPlQN_OLh7k” […]

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RAMFEST 2014.

 

 Protoculture. With great excitement and anticipation we left for Ramfest on Saturday Afternoon (8 March 2014), armed with wellingtons and hoodies to combat the incessant rain that threatened South Africans own Glastonbury Music Festival, only better, RAMfest. Gangs of Ballet. Arriving a day late was sad, but we were still able to catch the legendary Pestroy before they go on a well deserved hiatus. Though I was rather distraught that we couldn’t see Biffy Clyro. (I have been told that they were absolutely fantastic.) However the Saturday show didn’t disappoint. Trivium were up first and although they were good, I couldn’t help but feel a little cheated, they just missed some of the energy that South African fans have become […]

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Red Dragon.

 

 “I am the Dragon. And you call me insane. You are privy to a great becoming, but you recognize nothing. To me, you are a slug in the sun. You are an ant in the afterbirth. It is your nature to do one thing correctly. Before me, you rightly tremble. But, fear is not what you owe me. You owe me awe. ” Francis Dolarhyde, Red Dragon. Whenever we think of serial killers, one name inevitably pops up, Hannibal. Even though he is merely a fictional character, this man has held our minds and our love for the macabre in the palm of his hand. But sadly the book everyone knows him from, Silence of the Lambs (1988), is not […]

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Dark Souls 2

 

 The release to the long awaited Dark Souls sequel is just around the corner and I, for one, am looking forward to it with bated breath. The battle dynamic has changed a bit from the original with some new moves thrown in. The new environment you find yourself in also has some added areas which can only be explored with a torch and “Magic Stones” which can be placed in statues scattered throughout the world which will have random effect depending on the area you’re in. The in-game graphics have been upgraded significantly since the release of Dark Souls, and so have the enemies. If you were thinking of killing a monster trapped in a room, forget it. He will […]

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The Joys (and movie problems) of Archery.

 

 “HOYT SPYDER TURBO.” Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock in the Karoo for the last decade or so, (And who can blame you?) you will have noticed that archery seems to be the new number one Epic Weapon Of Cool Movie Type People. Films such as Lord of the rings started the whole glorious mess followed by the new(er) Robin Hood, The Hunger Games, Thor (Hawkeye briefly), The Avengers (More Hawkeye), Brave, The Hobbit and so on and so forth. Now this is fantastic from the point of view of the archery industry in South Africa, and this Troll approves that part at least. There are a few…. problems however.  “STROTHER WRATH SHO.”  The movies have given the average […]

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Elder Scrolls Online.

 

 “I was born 87 years ago. For 65 years I’ve ruled as Tamriel’s emperor. But for all these years, I’ve never been the ruler of my own dreams. I have seen the gates of Oblivion, beyond which no waking eye may see. Behold, in darkness a doom sweeps the land. This is the 27th of Last Seed, the year of Akatosh, 433. These are the closing days of the 3rd Era…and the final hours of my life.” “Whats this,” I hear you say, “a new Elder Scrolls game? It’s online, even?” To which I would reply: “You bet your lucky gamer ass, sir/lady.” “Ta! Come see me again, or I’ll pluck your eyes out! Hahahaha!” Where to start? The character […]

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Sophie’s Fortune.

 

 Simon Hardwick. Last week we spoke to action star, Adam Baroni. Today we look at one of his all time favourite films, Sophie’s Fortune: The Treasure of Quezacotl. (Yes, he stared in it.) Donald Standen. Sophie’s Fortune is a short British indie action-adventure film by Chris Cronin (Ante 2011, Moments 2013) and Genesis Flux Productions. (Ante 2011, Shallowman 2014.) The film is filled with great actors and amazing special effects that could put a number of Hollywood films to shame. Which is impressive considering they had almost no budget. [youtube id=”dDbiXuxW9BE” width=”600″ height=”350″] The film revolves around a children’s birthday party where a “fathers only” treasure hunt gets out of hand, and the father’s imaginations take them on an action-adventure featuring […]

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