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UNDER THE SKIN (107)

Under The Skin (107)

With one half of Team LaptopZombie on holiday and the other snowed under at work, it’s been a quiet week for our little website. But fear not – we’ll continue to provide you with the best independent and informed horror reviews and news on the internet (albeit a tad less frequently than we’d like). And in the meantime there’s always Under The Skin – our weekly roundup of new horror trailers – to tide you over. This edition has a distinctly vulpine flavour,…

Published on Friday, August 29, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 154

Weird Week 154

Here’s this week’s perfect antidote to the mainstream news, nicely rounded up in a coffee morning friendly manner. We’ve tales of alien bones, kidnapped bunnies, Hello Kitty in space, a café run entirely by robots, a man who faked his own death to avoid marriage, a biker cheating death in the most spectacular way possible, and a creature that eats a five foot shark in a single bite (not to mention sea plankton on the surface of the International Space Stat…

Published on Sunday, August 24, 2014

THE SCORE (60)

The Score (60)

While things aren’t quite as hectic as last week’s Gamescom edition of The Score, there’s still a healthy amount of horror gaming goodness to be found. We’ve free surreal gaming to be had with 2:22AM (night-time and wine required), more from Sony’s DayZ contender H1Z1, truly sinister PC gaming during Five Nights at Freddy's Fazbear’s Pizza, almost an hour’s worth of footage from The Evil Within, 24 Minutes of Until Dawn gameplay, and another cryptic but pr…

Published on Saturday, August 23, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (106)

Under The Skin (106)

It’s the weekend (well, almost), and it’s time to cast your gore-hungry gazes over all the week’s new horror trailers, assembled for your viewing pleasure. We kick off with the first official trailer for ANNABELLE, a spin-off starring the creepy doll from James Wan’s overrated THE CONJURING. Will it muster the scares its predecessor couldn’t? Find out when it hits cinemas 3 October. ‘John Form (Ward Horton) has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife…

Published on Friday, August 22, 2014

ON YOUR GUARD

On Your Guard

True story. I once worked as a Loss Prevention Officer (see known as a lowly security guard). Shortly after finishing college I landed the night shift at a rather larger factory/office complex. Thinking the time would be spent catching up on the many novels I’d yet to read, it soon became clear an abundance of spooky distractions would put an end to that. Often prompted by random (and quite loud) unexplained noises, I’d arm myself with a hugely oversized t…

Published on Thursday, August 21, 2014

DAZED AND CONFUSED

Dazed and Confused

There was a time I struggled with getting to sleep, be it due to work/life worries, not enough wine in my system, or just general eagerness to be awake playing video games or watching horror. These days it’s the opposite, with the battle being to stay awake long enough to justify going to bed in order to bring about a new (groundhog) day. I often find myself waking in the small hours having fallen asleep in front of the TV, resulting in a period of dazed u…

Published on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

REVIEW - GINGERCLOWN

Review - Gingerclown

To Tim Curry’s legion of loyal fans, he will always be the star of kitsch cult classic THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. While I’ve got nothing against ROCKY HORROR (I really rather like it), to me Tim Curry will always be the talentless git who ruined the TV adaptation of one of my favourite novels of all time, Stephen King’s IT. Popular with some (inexplicably), I consider the 1990 TV movie to be one of the lamest, most insubstantial horror adaptations ther…

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 153

Weird Week 153

On this edition of Weird Week we ponder life’s big questions. For example, having just murdered your roommate, would your first course of action be to ask your phone where was the best place to hide the body? Why would you place human teeth inside a statue of Jesus? Are you the type of person who would spend hours taming a deadly giant hornet so you could take it for a walk on a piece of string? And would you pay a premium to simulate your own death? For t…

Published on Sunday, August 17, 2014

THE SCORE (59)

The Score (59)

Be careful what you wish for, folks, as every so often you just might get it. Only last week we were bemoaning the lack of horror gaming news, longing for a world where not a day went by without a fresh snippet of horror gaming goodness finding its way onto our screens (care of better staffed, more informed, professional and funded websites), giving us a chance to share it with you via the magic that is copy and paste. And what do you know? This week has s…

Published on Saturday, August 16, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (105)

Under The Skin (105)

What better way to kick off this latest edition of Under The Skin – your one-stop-shop for all the week’s new horror trailers, and your gateway to the weekend – than with a deranged B-movie creature feature entitled BIGFOOT: THE CURSE OF BLOOD MOUNTAIN? You’ve been warned – here be monsters. ‘This psychological thriller follows two men on their search for proof of Bigfoot's existence. They soon find out that the real question is not IF he exists, but why..…

Published on Friday, August 15, 2014

SILENT PRAYER

Silent Prayer

While I frantically cobble together all the horror gaming news from Gamescom for a splendid weekend round-up, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get this little gem on the site (you know, after every single games/horror website has already posted it)! I’ll let the YouTube description do the talking, while I sit in a corner and weep with anticipation.

Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DEVIL’S DUE

Devil’s Due

May 27 2013 was a sad day for LaptopZombie. It was the day I posted my review of Lucius. I wanted to love the game so much, but thanks to any number of design flaws I simply couldn’t. No matter how much I enjoyed the game’s premise (adopt the role of the son of the Devil and murder your home’s inhabitants via elaborate designs of death), the lack of a hint system/save points/coherent solutions always managed to murder my enthusiasm. Now Shiver Games are ba…

Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

REVIEW - ANIMAL

Review - Animal

If you were hoping for the long-awaited first solo venture from THE MUPPETS’ psychotic drummer, ANIMAL is destined to disappoint. To be honest, it’s probably going to disappoint no matter what you were hoping for. Directed by Brett Simmons, who was responsible for 2011’s middling scarecrow shocker HUSK and last year’s just plain awful THE MONKEY’S PAW, ANIMAL has all the right ingredients for a thrilling B-movie creature feature, but fails to rise above it…

Published on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SUPER ZERO

Super Zero

If you’re looking for something to cheer up an otherwise miserable Monday morning, you could do a lot worse than SUPER ZERO, a ‘Bad Ass Zombie Apocalypse Short Film’ from writer/director Mitch Cohen. The premise is familiar, but Cohen tackles the material with wit, enthusiasm and lashing of jet-black humour. Production values are sky high, and there’s plenty of scope for sequels. Treat yourself to fifteen minutes of top-notch horror/comedy. ‘For a comic bo…

Published on Monday, August 11, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 152

Weird Week 152

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to push a Brussels sprout up mount Snowdon with your nose? What would a wine bar be like inside a hospital where all the customers were terminally ill? What would cause eggnog to explode or a lake to turn to green sludge? Is it possible to “create” a transparent mouse, and if so to what end? Why were there eighty skeletons hidden in an Ikea carrier bag? Why did rapper Andre Johnson cut off his penis? What’s a gh…

Published on Sunday, August 10, 2014