Terror Train (1980)

Have you ever had a prank played on you by a group of friends?

If so, did it make you want to dress up in a creepy mask and and slaughter everyone involved in a plethora of gruesome ways?

No, me neither.

For one thing, you would have to be a swift and crafty killer with the gumption to see through your intentions. You would also need a cunning and well-devised plan, a suitable location, a plethora of weapons that would surely raise suspicion when acquired over-the-counter […]

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Maniac Cop 2 (1990)

Jason Lives! may had revitalised the slasher genre with its censor-defying brand of meta humour, but William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 2 elevated it to a whole new level.

Robert Z’ Dar’s Matt Cordell is perhaps the genre’s most underappreciated seek-and-destroy killer, an immovable and irrepressible brute, who in 1988’s Maniac Cop, returned to enact vengeance on those city officials who had wronged him […]

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The Terminator (1984)

Conan the Barbarian may have catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger onto the Hollywood mainstream, but it was James Cameron’s sci-fi classic The Terminator that would make him a household name.

Ironically, Arnie initially read for the part of Kyle Reese, and it took some persuasion from James Cameron to convince him that the role of the T-800 was better suited. Arnie was still riding high after box office success as the heroic Conan, so it was something of a risk for Cameron to challenge his […]

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Retro Gaming Archives – Fall 1987

The year was 1987. I was a young boy obsessed with video games, horror films and MTV. Arcades were still extremely popular hangouts for me and my friends. The Nintendo Entertainment System was all the rage in my town, and I was on the verge of getting my own that December. The Sega Master System was also in stores in 1987, but definitely playing catch-up due to the NES’s head start and exclusive titles […]

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Revisiting . . . Saturday Night Fever (1977)

If the 1960’s gave birth to civil rights, then the following decade provided the fallout.

By the time the Vietnam War came to an end in 1975, the counterculture movement had all but dissolved, but American society had changed irrevocably, giving birth to a generation with different beliefs and aspirations. Citizens were unwilling to advocate war based on patriotism alone, and for many the Catholic church would become an outmoded burden. Yesterday’s traditions had grown oppressive, and youngsters were no longer satisfied with making ends meet and marrying their neighbour […]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street – NES

At the turn of the 1990’s, Fred Krueger was on the Christmas lists of children across America.

Yes, that’s the same razor-fingered child killer with the burnt face and darkly sexual wit. Sure, he had softened quite considerably since his cinematic debut back in 1984, but his primary purpose – if you exclude selling crappy merchandise by the bucket load – was to stalk children in their dreams and find increasingly elaborate ways to kill them. So, how did we get to this point, I hear you ask? […]

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Revisiting . . .The Return of the Jedi (1983)

After the swashbuckling adventure of A New Hope and the dark turn taken with The Empire Strikes Back, there was feverish anticipation to see where the ‘Star Wars’ universe would go next.

Relinquishing directorial duties once again, this time to relative rookie Richard Marquand, ‘Return of the Jedi’ remains a bit of an oddity. It’s cute, fun, silly, adventurous, but marks the beginning of the decline of ‘Star Wars’ under George Lucas […]

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Resident Evil: Code Veronica – Sega Dreamcast

“Said the spider to the fly. How do you wish to die?”

The survival horror genre has been around for about 20 years now, and 3D gaming really opened up the possibilities for creating environments that are desolate, creepy and downright frightening, and in 2000, the Sega Dreamcast benefited from the increased interest in this style of gameplay with the release of Capcom’s Resident Evil: Code Veronica […]

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