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Posted in Aliens, Beauty, Eye Candy, Fantasy, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2018 by darklordbunnykins


Paramount’s decision to sell Annihilation to Netflix for all territories outside Canada, the US, and China is great if it gets the film a wider audience than would pay to see it in a theatre. The shame is that Ex-Machina writer-director Alex Garland’s adaptation of the Jeff VanderMeer novel is a stunning work of art whose natural home is a darkened movie house. Indeed, on a big screen with a great sound system, Annihilation‘s thrills, chills, and ideas are that much more profound and intense.


Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Natalie Portman (Black Swan) plays Lena, a soldier-turned-scientist whose military husband Kane (Ex-Machina‘s Oscar Isaac) returns to her a year after going missing. His assignment: to investigate the Shimmer, a mysterious phenomenon slowly engulfing the southern coast and making its way towards populated areas. An ill Kane is re-captured by the military, and Lena goes with him. Eventually she persuades Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the leader of the next team to go into the Shimmer, to let her come along. What she discovers there is best left unexplained, as it is alternately astonishing, beautiful, and terrifying.


Indeed, while the IMDb classifies Annihilation as “Adventure, Drama, Fantasy,” it possesses a bloody streak of body horror. Some of the most genuinely weird and wild images ever seen in a big-budget Hollywood production are on display here, and its visual and thematic debt to both John Carpenter’s The Thing and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Annihilation mark it as a bold work of imagination.


Posted in Aliens, Eye Candy, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by darklordbunnykins


Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Ulrich Thomsen

Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Written by Eric Heisserer

Universal Studios

 Like you I went into The Thing with modest expectations and outsized apprehension. After all, John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) is a modern horror classic, and the idea of a retro-engineered prequel seemed unwise at best, opportunistic at worst.

But having read interviews with Dutch director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. – and having spoken to him myself – it became obvious that he was a fan of Carpenter’s film so I gave him the benefit of the doubt. And don’t forget that Carpenter’s Thing was itself a remake of a smartly-written sci-fi classic, 1951’s The Thing from Another World. Plus I was always curious about what happened to those crazy Swedes… sorry, Norwegians mentioned in Carpenter’s film.

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Posted in Aliens, Eye Candy, Gore, Interviews, Monsters, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Violence, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Horror fans wait with bated breath for the release tomorrow of The Thing, the much-anticipated and already much-reviled prequel to John Carpenter’s much-lauded classic. The DLB spoke to director Mattjis van Heijningen, Jr., earlier today about the expectations of fans, combining practical effects with CGI, and his future plans, including the status of that much-talked-about zombie epic Army of the Dead.

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Posted in Art, Comics, Contests, DVD, Ghosts, Gore, Halloween, Heavy Metal, Magazines, Movies, Music, News, Reviews, Rue Morgue, Soundtracks, Vampires, Videogames, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB is always excited to get his copy of the newest Rue Morgue Magazine, but the upcoming November issue is extra special because I penned the feature on the upcoming movie Monsters which comes out in Canada Nov. 12. It’s a very interesting little film (little as in a budget of about $10,000) which is going to surprise and enrage a lot of horror  fans.

Here’s a rundown of what else we can expect…

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Posted in DVD, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sex with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Starring Doug McClure, Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow

Directed by Barbara Peeters

Written by Frederick James

Shout! Factory

Humanoids from the Deep was one of those films whose giant clamshell package on the shelf of my local video store always caught my eye as a kid. The combination of a nubile woman and inhuman eyes on the cover tweaked my growing brain’s twin interests: girls and monsters. But the film’s R-rating meant I wouldn’t be seeing it anytime soon, no matter my protestations to whichever parent held the video club card.

Some thirty years later, Shout! Factory has done us geeks the honour of putting out Humanoids on DVD and Blu-ray, and the excitement I felt inserting the disc into my player was almost sexual. Finally, after all these years, I was going to get to see if the movie of my adolescent imagination would live up to the promise of its cover art.

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Posted in DVD, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by darklordbunnykins


Starring Jesse Vint, June Chadwick and Fox Harris

Directed by Allan Holzman

Written by Tim Curnen

Shout! Factory

Alien inspired a lot of filmmakers. Specifically, it inspired a lot of filmmakers to rip it off.

Legendary B-movie maker Roger Corman saw the success of Ridley Scott’s now-classic 1979 effort and decided to ride the public’s appetite for predatory xenomorphs. The first (rotten) fruit of that “inspiration” was 1981’s Galaxy of Terror, an exploitation neutron bomb that included rape by intergalactic space worm. Not done with the concept, Corman gave editor Allan Holzman a day to come up with footage that might become another Alien rip-off. Unused space battle footage from Corman’s Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars, still-standing Galaxy sets and some quick scripting provided the basis for seven minutes of footage which would become the confused opening of Forbidden World. But once it gets going, FW proves itself to be an entertaining B-movie with enough boobs, blood and balls to make it worth killing 77 minutes of your life.

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Posted in Events, Ghosts, Goth, Interviews, Monsters, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

Despite his busy schedule. former Rue Morgue writer and current Fangoria editor Chris Alexander continues to put on his Film School Confidential events at Toronto’s Bloor Cinema. Twice a month, Alexander screens a cult film, often one otherwise critically reviled or underappreciated by both critics and audiences. John Carpenter’s 2001 effort Ghosts of Mars certainly falls into both those categories. Described by Alexander as a “berserk amalgam of 3:10 TO YUMA, RIO BRAVO, Carpenter’s own ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, DAWN OF THE DEAD and PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES,” GOM will get a long overdue critical reappraisal tonight, June 23rd, at The Bloor.

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