Latest Articles

REVIEW - JOY RIDE 3

Review - Joy Ride 3

Nowhere is the law of diminishing returns more evident than when it comes to straight-to-DVD horror sequels. This was true in the 1970s and ‘80s, and is true today. Thank goodness, then, for writer/director Declan O’Brien, who is carving out a niche for himself as the saviour of clapped-out B-list horror franchises. First he worked his particular brand of cinematic ‘magic’ on WRONG TURNs 3, 4 and 5, delivering three ludicrous slices of over-the-top ultravi…

Published on Monday, July 28, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 150

Weird Week 150

One of the benefits of reading (and compiling) Weird Week is that no matter how bad a week you think you’ve had, there’s always someone out there who’s had it worse. Far worse. This week’s collection of the strange and unusual contains doorways to hell, human skulls left outside churches, creepy dolls on doorsteps, giant snakes in parks, a worshipper ripping out both eyes in Mass with his bare hands, a sex toy stuck in a woman's vagina for 10 years, and a …

Published on Sunday, July 27, 2014

THE SCORE (56)

The Score (56)

Welcome, fellow horror video game fans, to another edition of The Score! Take a well-earned break and peruse the week’s horror gaming news, captured from the four corners of the internet and set free on the page below. This week we have free horror gaming goodness with Flash Frozen (a welcome antidote to the oppressive heat outdoors), a new Tormentum demo which is essential for any H.R. Giger aficionados, the third chapter of indie horror title Doorways, a…

Published on Saturday, July 26, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (102)

Under The Skin (102)

As the world waits with baited breath for next week’s premier of SHARKNADO 2, here at Under The Skin – your one-stop-stop for all the week’s new horror trailers – we’re going animal crazy. And what better way to start than with a crazy animal? GRIZZLY is from director David Hackl, and co-stars Billy Bob Thornton, fresh from his turn as the planet’s coolest hitman in FARGO. ‘In the action thriller Grizzly, a deputy whose mission is protecting the threatened…

Published on Friday, July 25, 2014

GAME ON THE SHAMBLE

Game on the Shamble

As smartphone/tablet gaming gains serious traction amongst both casual and hardcore gamers, we’re starting to see a genuine shift in content. Along with the “free to play” games, episodic entries and fully featured MMO’s, AAA games are becoming more frequent (you’re already playing Modern Combat 5, aren’t you?). What’s more, a number of them are (dare we say it) licensed. One to keep an eye on (due to the talent behind the scenes) is upcoming survival game…

Published on Thursday, July 24, 2014

GLOOM GOOD

Gloom Good

It might surprise you to learn that “Into the Gloom” is not just a phrase muttered by us Yorkshire folk as we head off to work. It’s also the title of a new indie horror game from developer Emmanuel Ramos. Inspired by the likes of Amnesia and Imscared, Into the Gloom asks you to embrace short draw distance and explore a house, solving pesky puzzles along the way. There’s also “something” in the house with you, taking full advantage of said short draw dista…

Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW - WILLOW CREEK

Review - Willow Creek

No matter what he does (with the possible exception of assassinating the US President), Bobcat Goldthwait is always going to be best known for playing Zed in the POLICE ACADEMY films. To give the versatile comedian/filmmaker his due, he’s developed in the last few years into a mature and engaging director with something genuinely interesting to say. His last film, 2011’s GOD BLESS AMERICA, is a biting satirical crime comedy that showcases his talent for ch…

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ICED

Iced

This week’s free slice of horror gaming goodness is the perfect antidote to this ridiculous onslaught of heat we’re about to encounter. As the summer sun delights in reminding me that where once there was hair, now the top of my head is the perfect place to boil an egg, I can take refuge for a time on an abandoned shipwrecked vessel in the coldest environment known to man. So cold, in fact, that there’s a very good chance you’ll freeze to death. That or be…

Published on Monday, July 21, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 149

Weird Week 149

3D printing makes its Weird Week debut this week, thanks to a Japanese “artist” who happened upon the questionable idea of scanning her lady parts to make various objects to sell. This is strange enough in itself, but she wasn’t content with smartphone covers and decorative jewellery, and went on to produce “a full-fat vagina kayak”. Pour the coffee and close the curtains, folks, as Weird Week returns with mysterious sounds, sea monsters, crop circles, pol…

Published on Sunday, July 20, 2014

THE SCORE (55)

The Score (55)

Admittedly the site has been a little quiet of late, what with the Ed sunning himself (a fine example of horror if ever there was) in the south of France, leaving me in charge (hence a distinct lack of posts). But things should start to return to normal from next week, and before then we have another edition of The Score, your one stop shop for all the week’s horror gaming news. Well, maybe not all the horror news, but the best bits I’ve managed to copy an…

Published on Saturday, July 19, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (101)

Under The Skin (101)

The frequency of Under The Skin – the only place on the internet where all the week’s new horror trailers are collected under one roof – has been less than consistent over the last few weeks. Such are the vagaries of the holiday months, not to mention the pressures of everyday life. But we’re back, and we’ve got a bumper crop of new offerings to usher you into the weekend. We start with HORNS, Alexandre Aja's adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel. The book’s rath…

Published on Friday, July 18, 2014

SHARKNADO 2 - FULL TRAILER

Sharknado 2 - Full Trailer

Does the trailer for SHARKNADO 2 deserve a post all of its own? Of course it doesn’t. It’s SHARKNADO, for Christ’s sake. Even so, we’re in a sharky kinda mood this week, and the trailer’s a lot of fun. Will the film live up to it? Almost certainly not, but we’re still going to watch it (it’s SHARKNADO, for Christ’s sake).

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

FUN WITH BLACK BULBS

Fun With Black Bulbs

I can’t tell you how much we love claymation here at LaptopZombie. We also love Lee Hardcastle, one of the best in the clay business. But it seems he’s just as effective with live action films. Check out the following 90 seconds of genius if you don’t believe us...

Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RIPLEY’S RETURN

Ripley’s Return

Here’s a piece of news that both excites and disappoints in equal measure. First the good part, SEGA have confirmed the original cast from Alien, Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett),Yaphet Kotto (Parker) and Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley) will reunite for Alien: Isolation as part of DLC bonus content.

Published on Monday, July 14, 2014

A SPECIAL KIND OF SHIT

A Special Kind Of Shit

LaptopZombie HQ is a quiet place this week, with the Ed and resident film critic relaxing in the south of France enjoying the odd glass of wine no doubt. Leaving myself, under strict instruction to only post snippets of news that are genuinely earth shattering as they won’t be proof read, nor spellchicked for that matter

Published on Friday, July 11, 2014