Sunday, 30 December 2012

Horror Movies to look out for in 2013


With 2012 coming to a close we look forward to some of the horror delights that 2013 has to offer!



Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D 
(4th January 2013)
Horror/Thriller
A young woman travels to Texas to collect an inheritance; little does she know that an encounter with a chainsaw-wielding killer is part of the reward.

Director: John Luessenhop
Writers: Adam Marcus (screenplay), Debra Sullivan (screenplay)
Stars: Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde and Scott Eastwood




The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
(1st February)
Horror/Thriller
A young family moves into an historic home in Georgia, only to learn they are not the house's only inhabitants. Soon they find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground and threatening to bring down anyone in its path.

Director: Tom Elkins
Writer: David Coggeshall (screenplay)
Stars: Chad Michael Murray, Katee Sackhoff and Cicely Tyson 




Warm Bodies
(8th February)
Horror/Comedy
After a zombie becomes involved with the girlfriend of one of his victims, their romance sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Director: Jonathan Levine
Writers: Jonathan Levine (screenplay), Isaac Marion (novel)
Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich




The ABC's of Death
(8th March)
Horror/Anthology
A 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.

Directors: Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis
Writers: Adrián García Bogliano (segment), Simon Rumley
Stars: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Iván González and Kyra Zagorsky




Maniac
(15th March)
Horror/Crime
The owner of a mannequin shop develops a dangerous obsession with a young artist.

Director: Franck Khalfoun
Writers: Alexandre Aja (screenplay), Grégory Levasseur (screenplay)
Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder and America Olivo




John Dies at the End
(22nd March)
Horror/Comedy
A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion?

Director: Don Coscarelli
Writers: Don Coscarelli (written for the screen by), David Wong (based on the story by)
Stars: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes and Paul Giamatti




Carrie
(5th April)
Horror/Drama
A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers.

Director: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Stephen King (novel), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (screenplay)
Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore and Judy Greer




Evil Dead
(19th April)
Horror
Mia, a young woman struggling with sobriety, heads to a remote cabin with her brother and a group of friends, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads to danger and horror.

Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Sam Raimi (1981 screenplays), Fede Alvarez (screenplay)
Stars: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Jessica Lucas




The Lords of Salem
(26th April)
Horror/Thriller
Residents of Salem, Massachusetts are visited by a 300-year-old coven of witches.

Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and Jeff Daniel Phillips




World War Z
(21st June)
Horror/Action
A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

Director: Marc Forster
Writers: Max Brooks (novel), Damon Lindelof (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos and David Morse



So 2013 promises to be an exciting year for the horror genre, we have our favourites already picked out for the new year....do you?!!

Happy New Year from us all at The Evil Eye, here's to a gruesome 2013!!

Adam 'Evil Eye' Cutler


Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Horror Masterpiece BRUTAL gets its DVD Release



Back in September we brought you an exclusive review for the new horror movie 'Brutal' from director Michael Stevens and we can honestly say we were blown away awarding it 5 stars (check out our review here). Now you can check out for yourselves what had us chomping at the bit and foaming at the mouth as 'Brutal' is now available to buy on DVD.

We spoke to director Michael Stevens earlier this week and this is what he told us:-
My new film "BRUTAL" is now available on DVD for purchase!!!
100% of all profits (yes merchandise too) will go to "For Those In Need" a non-profit charity lead by Pastor John Taft (29 years with Beaverton Foursquare Church), supporting victims of the Clackamas Mall shooting, victims of the Newtown shooting and the Portland chapter of Victims of Violent Crimes. "BRUTAL" may look violent (and it is), but the heart of the film is how "EMOTIONALLY" and "SPIRITUALLY" brutal it is to lose a child and have them become a victim of a violent crime. PLEASE...Order a copy today and help "For Those In Need" support the devastated families.

www.mynameisbrutal.com 

We would just like to wish Michael and the rest of the team behind 'Brutal' all the success in this campaign, and wish you all a Merry Christmas from us all at The Evil Eye

Adam 'Evil Eye' Cutler

Sunday, 25 November 2012

The Devil You Know Book Review Author Mike Carey

The Grumbling Gargoyle is back from her spell of 'Exorcising the Demons' and what better way to return than reviewing Mike Carey's The Devil You Know, so grab your crucifix and holy water and enjoy the review!


Synopsis:
Meet Felix Castor, a man whose talents as an exorcist are much in demand as London becomes more and more saturated by the supernatural.  Felix is not only brilliant at his job he’s also freelance which enables him to charge whatever he feels like....and affords him one Hell of a lifestyle!

Or at least it did until he ‘Retired’ following a Devilish encounter from which he only just managed to survive.  Still, needs must and with old debts to attend to he is drawn back to his former Demon demonishing deeds when he accepts a seemingly simple exorcism.

Unfortunately, the ghost he is employed to exorcise, which haunts a London Hall of Records, proves to be more of a problem than Felix bargained for.  Realising that things are just not adding up Felix decides to investigate these peculiarities and the more he delves into the mystery the more he’s dragged into a world he’d have prefered to avoid.  A world where Demons, Were-Beings and Ghosts each vie against the other to claim the big prize which is...Felix Castor!

Review
I’ll be frank...( yeah, yeah...’oh and who shall I be?’...you’re not funny ok? So Shh )...for the first few pages of this book I felt a tad lost and I re-read a couple of paragraphs over again just to find my feet as it were but upon reflection I feel my confusion was down to two things...1) I’m impatient and expect to fully grasp the style immediately and 2) I’m impatient and expect to fully grasp the style immediately...so essentially, it was my fault ( colour me bad! ).  I think the best way to describe the genre of this book is ‘dark urban fantasy’ but by ‘dark’ I mean pitch black dark...as dark as dark can get...darker than the soul of an estate agent!...there...now do you get how ‘dark’ it is?

Castor lives in a London populated not only by its human multicultural inhabitants who harbour their own customs and beliefs but by various supernatural beings whom society simply accepts as existing...each with their own custom and belief structure too.  Walking dead stroll the streets...Werewolves lope along their merry way...( well...maybe ‘merry’s’ pushing it! )...and Ghosts, Poltergeists, Demons and all kinds of other paranormal paraphernalia reside alongside the other...but not necessarily in harmony.

Do not be fooled into thinking this book is some relatively mellow little noir-esque amuse bouche...it isn’t! It’s a several course banquet of glutinous malevolence served with a generous side order of wry wit and sarcasm resting upon a bed of sheer brilliance!  Carey hits hard with an intelligent plot and strong character development.  You begin to feel as if you’ve known these people all of your life because he keeps their personalities ‘real’...( Oh don’t drone on about ‘cliche’ ...the description fits so it stays.  So there! )...

...Felix Castor, for example, is not without flaw...he can be rude, weak, loud, offensive, interfering, a bit of a people hater too...( no! I didn’t copy that from my CV !)... yet he’s also a fighter, extremely talented in his field of work and generally does mean well but a something that happened to him in his past, that he can’t put right, lies heavy upon his conscience and weighs him down, affecting his manner, his outlook on life and also his outlook on death.  Felix Castor is a troubled man...but if he’s not careful that title will soon become his epitaph!

With ‘The Devil You Know’ due to his remarkable expertise and evocative writing,  Carey has managed to maintain an impressive balance between each element of the book allowing for a feisty fusion of mystery, thriller, crime, drama along with the supernatural...with more action than a mattress in a brothel!  Locations ooze with ambience ranging from the creepy grandeur of the gothic to the seedy strip clubs of gangland which, whilst leaning towards a somewhat brutal storyline still carry a healthy thread of sardonic humour.

It’s an energetic read with its twists and turns, pushing you to one place then dragging you back to another, teasing your mind with the sensations of the strange before battering you with the bizarre.  By the end of the book you’ll feel as though you’ve been put through boot camp for the soul and senses...and you’ll have loved every minute of it!



Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Yes!...you’ll be delightfully grabbed by the ghouls with this one....Enjoy!...
By The Grumbling Gargoyle







Thursday, 22 November 2012

Cockneys Vs Zombies Review

Horror/Zombies – Starring Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Honor Blackman, Alan Ford, Harry Treadaway, Richard Briers, Tony Gardner, Rasmus Hardiker, Ashley Bashy Thomas, Jack Doolan. Written by James Moran and Lucas Roche. Directed by Matthias Hoene (2012)


Cockney brothers, Andy and Terry Macguire put together a gang to rob a bank. Their intention … to steal enough money to save their grandad Ray’s care home from closing at the hands of Heartman Construction and being turned into luxury flats. Having scooped a hefty 2.5 million of Heartman Construction’s money at the bank, the gang find themselves under siege from zombies and embark on a mission to rescue their grandad from the care home.


The true baddies of Cockneys vs Zombies are Heartman Construction. Not only are they responsible for tearing down parts of the East End to make way for ‘Luxurious Living in the Heart Of East London’, it’s the greed of two construction workers that lead to the outbreak of zombies that rampage through the iconic location. Our unlikely heroes are a motley crew of bank robbers led by brothers Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker), with their fiery, street wise cousin Katy (Michelle Ryan), the incompetent Davey Tuppence (Jack Doolan) and hardcase Mental Mickey (Ashely Bashy Thomas) making up the numbers.


Cockneys vs Zombies is good shoot ‘em up entertainment, no more no less. It’s full of colourful characters, including kick ass old folk, and ditsy Emma (Georgia King) and Jobs Worth Clive (Tony Gardner), the hostages. For me, the stand outs are East End veterans Ray Macguire (Alan Ford), Peggy (Honor Blackman) and Hamish (Richard Briers) who all enjoy a nice bit of zombie blasting more than their afternoon knees up around the old Joanna.


One of my favourite moments sees British institution, Richard Briers hobbling away from the slow, awkward zombies on his walking frame, mumbling, ‘Zombies! Oh no. Oh! Get out of it!’ What makes this piece of comedy genius even better is the contrast of the slow chase with dramatic action music. There are some lovely, original ideas in the movie that I won’t give away, though the plot itself isn’t particularly ground breaking. Cockneys vs Zombies needs to be viewed as a bit of  fun and, in that way, any flaws are easily forgiven. The balance between humour and action is good, though not a patch on 2004’s Shaun of the Dead, and there are some great lines, most of which come from Alan Ford as Ray, ‘You’re about as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike’. 


The movie lacks tension and scares, focusing more on humour and gore. But overall, I enjoyed the film. And if there is one thing I have learned, in a zombie apocalypse, get behind the Cockney pensioner with the gun.


Rating:- 4 out of 5
By Lisa Richardson




Sunday, 18 November 2012

Folkestone Zombie Walk 2012, Interview with Event Organiser Terri Marsh


Zombies take over the Old High Street Folkestone





Saturday 3rd November saw Folkestone Zombie Walk return in style for its second year. Zombies descended on the town and staggered from the Leas Cliff Hall to the Harbour, with a stop off in the town centre for a flash mob Thriller dance. We caught up with Folkestone Zombie Walk founder and co event organiser, Terri Marsh, to discuss the highs and lows of the world of zombie walks.


We at the Evil Eye really enjoyed the day. 
Thanks for coming, glad you could make it.

How do you feel the event went? 
It went really well. There was a large improvement on last year. We had over double the turn out of year one, so the interest is growing. We think we had around 200 zombies, and lots of spectators and photographers came along, so there was a lot of interest in the day. We attracted people from other parts of the country, including London and Birmingham. And we managed to freak out plenty of bystanders, so job done!
Event organisers Becky Buttigieg, Terri Marsh, Vicky Gladwin and Jo Gray outside Home Ground
Did you get much support from the town and its businesses? 
Yes, we did eventually. Quite a few of the bars, when approached, where more than willing to be zombie friendly, and found it amusing. A few places like Totally Jazz laid on a special zombie cocktail for the day, Home Ground designed a special set and turned themselves into The Winchester for the event. 
When we approached businesses we didn’t come across anyone who had a problem with the event, so hopefully for next year it will make things easier to get them involved earlier and make the event bigger. We definitely had more people in the town talking about the walk, so there was a zombie buzz around the town in the run up to the event. 
One feature of this year is we managed to pull off a Thriller dance, all thanks to the K College students. Having approached other colleges, K college stepped up and took on the task of choreography and rehearsals, led by Olivia Duggan. And they turned up and did it on the day! 

What inspired you to start organising zombie walks? 
It all came from me and the other co founder, Vicky Gladwin, when we had a Halloween party to go to and I had no costume. A zombie costume was the easiest thing to do. And when we looked up ideas for zombies on YouTube, we saw all these links to zombie walks. The main ones that grabbed our attention were Glasgow and London.  
We were fed up with going to rubbish Halloween parties and we thought it would be a unique event and were amazed with how many people were already doing this in the UK. But nowhere seemed to be doing it in our neck of the woods.  
When we set up the event, the wonders of Facebook allowed us to put it out there as an event that could happen. We had no idea if it would take off, but it sparked quite a bit of interest and we had about 80 people in our first attempt.
Terri Marsh at Academy Radio Station


What were the highlights of the day for you? 
Seeing everyone turn up initially. The people just kept coming. Seeing spectators milling around to watch us walking, I found it quite bizarre that it sparked a lot of interest – not only for people to take part, but to come and watch it.  
Two spectacular moments that stand out are the Thriller dance, thanks to K College and Folkestone Academy Radio Station for playing the music for us. But also coming down The Old High Street. This is the moment I looked back and realised how many people were there.

Looking back over the first two events, what have been the difficulties? And what have you learned from the experience? 
In terms of difficulties, there was a lot of pressure for one person. Everyone loves the idea in theory but at the end of the day, it’s all about people turning up. So you are never going to know what you’re going to get until the day, even if you have lots of interest on the Facebook pages. On that basis, the difficulty for me was deciding on the route. Obviously, the more people you have, the longer the route you need. 
I have learned to delegate more. But this year, there have been a few other people that have come on board and helped. There has been a huge involvement from Becky Buttigieg, Jo Gray, Billie Hoyle, Lisa Richardson, Suzanne Winfield, Gemma-Marie Everest, Shelby Fuller, Charlotte Day and Claudi Mende. Now we have a zombie crew ready for next year, which means we can get a lot more done. Our photographer, Freddie Lee Thompson came to some of the behind the scenes meetings prior to the walk, and make up artist, Billie invited us into her home for make up tips and was available all day for transforming people into zombies. 
From the very beginning Zachary Cooke from Folkestone Film Factory was on board, not only for the free showing of Shaun of the Dead on the day, but also in spreading the word around the town and offering support and advice along the way.  
Learning from this, get as much free help as you can and share the responsibility that running an event like this brings to make it a much more enjoyable event for all involved. From this second walk, it definitely opened up some more contacts, both personal and event related. And moving forwards, that will only improve the event for next year. Lots of people got in touch after the event and have asked when the next one is, so that’s a good sign. 
 (Left) Clare Bowers, winner of 'Best Make up' (Right) Zombies, family style! 


Can you tell us about any future plans and events?
There will be a Folkestone Zombie Walk 2013, with a possible date of October 5th. There are lots of zombie walks coming up in October, so it will be good to start off Zombie Month in Folkestone. It would be nice to go to a walk that we haven’t organised after our own event. 
It would be good to grow zombie support on the South Coast for potential companies such as 2.8hourslater.com to be attracted to our part of the country to stage one of their zombie apocalypse events. We already know that it’s not possible to do one in Brighton because of the residential setting, which is a shame as they had 6000 zombies for their walk this year.  
Starting next year, we would like to do the zombie walk as a fund-raiser, so we’re trying to find a charity that would be willing to be represented by us, and hopefully that will encourage more people to get involved. We are always open for new people to join in and help organise the event if they feel they have anything to contribute or have any ideas. 
We are also in talks about a possible celebration on national Jedi day – May the 4th be with you!

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Terri, and we look forward to future projects and, of course, Folkestone Zombie Walk 2013!
THE EVIL EYE TEAM (Left) Adam Cutler (Evil Eye Founder/Owner, Editor and Chief) (Right) Lisa Richardson (Evil Eye Co-Owner, Chief Writer......and not forgetting Folkestone Zombie Walk Team Member/Organiser!!)


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For more amazing zombie images from Folkestone Zombie Walk follow their Official Photographer here:-



Interview by:-
Lisa Richardson








Friday, 16 November 2012

Scott Sigler's 'Infected' and Contagious' Podcast Review


Sam Loomis: You mean the Podcast I heard tonight wasn't about Mrs. Bates?
Sheriff Al Chambers: Now wait a minute, Sam, are you sure you heard a Podcast?
Sam Loomis: Yes! In the house behind the motel! I called and I pounded, but I couldn‘t stop listening to it.
Sheriff Al Chambers: You mean to tell me you heard Norman Bates' Podcast?
Lila Crane: It had to be, because Arbogast said so too. And the young man wouldn't let him listen to it because it was too sick.
Sheriff Al Chambers: Well, if the Podcast up there is about Mrs. Bates...then who's that podcast about that’s buried out in Greenlawn Cemetery?

If YOU happen to know who the buried podcast is about, or you have a good idea or suggestion for a Podcast you would like us to review, dig it up and we’ll prod at it for a while with sticks. However…if you DO know where there is a good Podcast and we find out you didn’t tell us….well, we have a shower curtain with YOUR name on it.



Today we are going to be looking at some of the full (and fully horrific) audio-novels that are out there. Today’s particular little beauties come from a place called Podiobooks.com and can be located on iTunes, Zune and most podcast downloaders. Again, these audio-books are free, but each one WILL ask you if you fancy making a donation. If you can, please do so, it keeps this nice little industry alive and, with the majority of these audio-books, at least 75% of the cash donated goes to the author or the producer of the podcast. 

Scott Sigler is a one man podcast production machine and is primarily known for his Science-Fiction/Horror. The nice thing about Sigler is that ALL of his sci-fi/horror is infused with masses of blood, guts, splattered faces and broken body parts. There ARE three of them that are totally Gridiron/Sci-fi (Soon to be four) and I will not be reviewing them here because it’s a rather specialist niche and, even though the on-field action involves death, mutilations and destruction, they are not exactly Horror as such. The rest of them? Well, I’ve listened to two of the full length novels and, believe me, I WILL be listening to the rest.
Sigler also has the distinction of writing and narrating the very first podcast only novel and is a New York Times bestselling author.


INFECTED by Scott Sigler (22 Episodes - 12hrs - 660MB)

Former American footballer Perry ‘The Beast’ Dawsey can no-longer play football. The grand dreams that he had are gone. In trouble with the law on a regular basis, the violence that he learned straight from his brutal fathers hands still coursing through him without any outlet, he now has a job that works only his mind. He is a volcano that is ready to blow. Then come the spores.

Drifting down from the sky, microscopic in scope, they affix themselves to hapless humans and start to grow. And they grow. And they grow. And then they open their eyes!

Others that are infected go mad. They kill themselves. They slaughter their own families in an orgy of violence. The govt. agents sent to locate the infected are baffled and even the doctors and scientists that back them cannot make head nor tail of the rapidly decomposing corpses that are recovered. And what are the Blue triangles that are found on each of them? Is this a man-made assault or just natures way of fighting back against mankind?

Well, man-mountain Perry Dawsey is about to discover all about the blue triangles. He will discover that they do not just open their eyes, they are also telepathic and, if he is not driven mad like so many others, then they wish to control him….that is until they are ready to hatch free.

The battle is now on. Perry Dawsey verses his infection. The fate of the whole world could depend upon the outcome and, when it comes right down to it, will Dawsey actually use those Chicken-bone cutting scissors?

It’s grim. It’s gory. It’s a genuine thrill ride. I admit that I’ve become a little jaded of late. The same old plot lines with the same old creatures. (Yes Zombies, don’t moan at me because it IS you I’m pointing at). This is a little something that is radically different. The whole plot of the blue triangles is slowly revealed throughout the rest of the book but it is the detail of the personal struggle between Perry and his infection that really captures the imagination. 

It was very early in the podcast that the ‘Something Magical’ happened. That Something Magical’ of course being the moment when you stop thinking of the character as just that, a character, and start to genuinely care about what happens to those you are now thinking of as real people. I genuinely began to care about Perry. To me, he was real, and I was sad when the podcast finally came to an end. That alone should tell you about how well written and narrated this particular podcast is.

Well done, Scott Sigler. An utterly fantastic podcast.  Rating:- 5/5



CONTAGIOUS by Scott Sigler  (26 Episodes - 16hrs - 875MB)

WARNING- Spoiler alert………The creatures from Infected are still drifting in from space, still landing in their spore form and still growing on, and in, the general populous. Something has changed though. That something is a man called Perry Dawsey and his Not-Strictly-Sanctioned approach to the prevention of the creatures attempted take over. Although now cleared of infection, Perry can still hear the little monsters in his head talking to each other and, as his utterly barbaric slaughter of a whole infected family goes to show, he is taking absolutely no prisoners.

The creatures finally figure out what is going wrong and, proving that they are not just a natural occurrence once and for all, they suitably change tactics. Tactics that show both just how smart they really are AND just how contemptuous of the human race they are. Tactics that very much look like they are going to make mankind an extinct species very, very quickly. That is if they can just avoid the Boogie-man; Perry Dawsey. When the new-style infected ‘Chosen one’ and Dawsey finally come head to head in the last few chapters it is, to say the least, explosive.

Both beautifully written and narrated by the author, the gore content of the second book in the series is taken way off the scale in both its breadth and its horribly delicious detail. I have to admit, at times I lost my way as to who was whom. This was due to the fact that sometimes the characters names come too thick and fast and, as Scott Sigler is but one man doing all of the voices, differentiating between which ‘Voice’ is which character becomes quite difficult at times. The only other grumble I have about this podcast is the into/outro music. It is fine in its own right and, as a song, I have nothing against it in particular. However, when you have the same song blasted at you every Half hour/Forty-five minutes, it does tend to get a trifle irritating. 

On the whole though, as with all of Siglers work, it is very worth while, highly imaginative and well worth a listen.  Rating:- 4/5


Pandemic is going to be the third book in the Infected/Contagious series and is being worked on at this moment in time. Scott believes it will be ready for summer 2013 and, hopefully (as far as I am concerned) will be released as a podcast slightly after that.

Frankly it is well worth a visit to Scott Siglers website as there are a plethora of articles and works. Many of which are available as podcasts. So if, like me, you enjoy the two podcasts already recommended, then I can also thoroughly recommend ’Earthcore’ and ‘Ancestor’.

For more items go to Scott Sigler Podiobooks or visit Scottsigler.com.



Peter G Staff. (Pod-Master General)












Thursday, 8 November 2012

Grimoire Book Review Author Kim Wilkins

The Grumbling Gargoyle takes on 'Grimoire' this week by author Kim Wilkins, let the battle commence between the forces of good and evil.



Synopsis:
In Victorian London Peter Owling, a warlock with Demonic ambition, compiled a book of shadows called a Grimoire in a bid to summon the Dark Demon himself...Satan!  Despite his sinister intent, however, all did not go to plan, Owling was killed and his book divided into four pieces before being banished to the far corners of the earth.  One fragment finding itself in a shipment headed for the Colonies.

Now, a power hungry group of academics who reside in a 19th-century Gothic convent in Melbourne, Humberstone College, are attempting to reassemble Owlings Satanic book and use it as a means to acquire Eternal Life!  The only hope of this soulless groups plans being thwarted is through the interference of three twenty-something masters students: Holly, Prudence and Justin, who face one Hell of a battle to prevent the Dark Forces from extinguishing life’s light!

Review
I’ll tell you right from the start that you will be highly disappointed with this book by the time you’re nearing the end.  Why?  Oh come on, you’ve guessed ‘why’ haven’t you?  Well done you!  Yes...because its 625 pages are simply not enough!  It’s like sitting down with a huge chunk of chocolate cake... you know the kind I mean...the kind of chocolate cake that’s so packed with chocolate you gain weight just looking at it but even though you’ve stuffed yourself with it and your teeth are brown and you’ve licked your fingers until they’ve gone all wrinkly and you look as if you’ve been smacked in the face with a mud pie.....you still NEED more!  Don’t misunderstand, this is a good thing!  The author provides an excellent ending but her characters are so beautifully crafted and hold such depth that the reader is left feeling quite bereft to leave them behind.

Wilkins writes so skillfully that you lose yourself within the pages.  Yes! Yes! I know that reeks of cliche but it’s true!  You find yourself totally absorbed into whatever the characters are experiencing, each of your senses are piqued as you are engulfed by a variety of sounds, sights and sensations brought to life by the adroitness of Wilkins penmanship.  This talent is particularly beneficial when it comes to the erotic content.  Oh that made you sit up didn’t it? ‘Erotic’?...Yes erotic...and my, my Wilkins writes it well!  As she does with one of our main characters, Holly, who makes contact with the spirit of Owling’s assistant...that’s all I’ll be saying about that...but by ‘contact’ I don’t mean via a pointed finger and a planchette...not quite ( I’m blushing now )..Hot flush??? How dare you!

Grimoire is a deliciously dark Gothic horror which straddles between two time frames and two continents.  Wilkins manages to achieve this with ease and without creating disparity which is yet another demonstration of her proficient storytelling.  It’s an extremely atmospheric, scary, chilling and compelling novel remaining so throughout and thankfully not hindered by a Status Quo kind of attitude where all’s well that ends well.  Oh and don’t be put off by the names...Justin, Holly, Prudence...it could be said they read a tad poncified but the names don’t define the characters so step away from those thoughts!...( and if those names happen to be the birth name of any of you reading this review...may I just say that personally...I would have happily called my baby Gargoyles by any of those!  Not sure that helped really! Ah well... ).

So there you have it...I promise you are in for a real treat with this book...as am I because I’m going to read it all over again now...and then finish it off with a post coital Kit Kat!...Enjoy.......


Rating 5 out of 5 stars ...but well worth more.
By The Grumbling Gargoyle

Monday, 5 November 2012

The Snuggle Bun Takes on the Walking Dead S3:E2 "Sick"

'The Snuggle Bun' is back with more of her unique take on season 3 of 'The Walking Dead', this week she gives us her thoughts on Episode 2 entitled 'Sick', so sit back relax and enjoy this weeks Videocast.




Thanks again to 'The Snuggle Bun' and remember to check back each week for more Walking Dead action!



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Adam 'Evil Eye' Cutler

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween Fiends!!! 'Halloween Night Terror' Fan Film Exclusive!

Well it's that time of year again, pumpkins have been carved, we have donned our most frightening costumes and took to the streets in our masses to ring in Halloween. Today we ask all of you 'Trick or Treat?' and our reply is treat, you wouldn't want our tricks!! So without further ado lets share with you today's post.....


HALLOWEEN NIGHT TERROR FAN FILM EXCLUSIVE


Synopsis
"I've heard of kids trick r' treating, but this takes the mick! Have they been letting the loonies out for the night too? - Jack

In this latest addition to 'The Halloween Chronicles' collection, the mythos of cinema's infamous boogeyman, Michael Myers, expands and proves that on All Hallow's Eve, no-one is safe from the madman's grasp!


It is Halloween night in the state of Russellville, a few miles from the notorious Haddonfield, and resident, Jack Dennant (Ernest Vernon), wants nothing more than to forget all about the ghouls, ghosts & glowing pumpkins that line his street outside. But having turned some festive visitors away from his door chastised and empty handed, little does Jack realise, the festival of Samhain has one last deadly trick to play....

...on October 31st, HE makes the rules...



WATCH HALLOWEEN NIGHT TERROR HERE!



Written and Directed by Dave Hastings and filmed on location in the West Midlands, England, in association with Lightbeam Productions and Pat the Bull Films 'Halloween Night Terror' brings back psychopath Michael Myers, and on the most part pulls off a great effort compared to some of the 'Halloween' fan films we have seen in the past. The film is brought to life with a musical score written especially for the piece by James Callaghan of the Basement Film Group, Dudley, and gives the film that extra fear and dread that audiences would expect from a John Carpenter movie score. Aesthetically, the most striking element is how 'Halloween Night Terror' captures the iconic 80's feel of the orginal 'Halloween' movie. The end of the film delivers a great message which any viral ad's campaign would be proud of!! Bravo

We caught up with Dave Hastings Writer and Director recently who told us this about the project:-

It was made for the official HalloweenMovies.com website and their now defunct fan film competition which was pulled and cancelled at the last minute, which was gutting not only for our crew and cast, but also others who had made films for the competition. The good side of it is that we were definitely through to the final voting stage, so we’d been selected by the competition makers before it all fell through, which is a great feeling. And since it’s been online, we’ve had some lovely support and comments made about how its scared people, and how fans have enjoyed the storyline, and how we went back to the idea of Michael Myers/The Shape stalking on All Hallow’s Eve, pushing him back into the mysterious silent shadowy figure from the original classic Halloween. We just hope people continue to enjoy it. It was made by fans for fans.

We would just like to thank Dave and the rest of the team for giving us the opportunity to view 'Halloween Night Terrors' and look forward to sharing more of their work with all our fiends here at The Evil Eye.


Follow the team behind the short at the following links:-



Adam 'Evil Eye' Cutler





Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Chernobyl Diaries Review


Horror – Starring Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko, Olivia Dudley, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips, Jonathan Sadowski. Written by Oren Peli, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke. Directed by Bradley Parker (2012)


Three young Americans – love birds Natalie and Chris, and photographer Amanda – are travelling through Europe. In Kiev, they met up with Chris’s brother Paul, en route to Moscow. Only, they never make it to Moscow, instead the four friends are joined by two other travellers, Zoe and Michael, and together they head off for a spot of ‘Extreme Tourism’ to Pripyat, the town close to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Led by a tour guide, Uri, the intrepid travellers discover that the supposed abandoned town is anything but.



I admit to being hopeful but with modest expectations as I sat down to watch Chernobyl Diaries. The movie opens promisingly with video footage of Natalie (Olivia Dudley), Chris (Jesse McCartney) and Amanda (Devin Kelley) enjoying their tour of Europe, before joining Chris’s brother Paul (Jonathan Sadowski) in Kiev. The opening sets up the relationships between the four main characters nicely, and – when Chris confides in Paul that he is going to ask Natalie to marry him when they reach Moscow – makes it quite clear what the characters stand to lose when the radioactive horror strikes.



The acting is good, the characters are likeable, the film has a modern, energetic feel and is well shot … buuuuuut … I couldn’t help feeling like I had seen it all before, only in a different setting. Dumb kids making dumb decisions … Who wants to go to Moscow as planned … aaaaand who wants to head to the creepy old town that has been abandoned for 25 years with Uri (Dimitri Diatchenko) the ‘Extreme Tour Guide’ in his dodgy old van? And the breaking of horror’s cardinal sins does not end there … the group – now joined by young couple Zoe (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and Michael (Nathan Phillips) – proceed to ignore warnings from the check point guards to stay away from the town, and, when finding themselves stranded in the town after the van is sabotaged, do annoying things like split up and head off into the deep dark woods to ‘investigate’.



One by one, the group are picked off by unseen foes, discovering mutant flesh eating fish, wild dogs and a ‘radioactive bear from Hell’ along the way. There is limited gore, but there is tension and it really isn’t a bad film. I don’t have anything terrible to say about it. But it offers nothing new to the genre and, for me, failed to reach its potential. I found myself on the verge of fear a couple of times but the movie didn’t deliver and my fear subsided, or, like reactor number 4, it ‘became one with the air’, in other words, my fear vaporised.



Seeing as I started with modest expectations, I can honestly say I wasn’t left overly disappointed … just a little uninspired.

Rating:- 3 out of 5
By Lisa Richardson