Mortal Kombat 11

Finish him …again

Mortal Kombat is back again with another bone crushing instalment. Ultra violence goes hand in hand with any MK title. In this new edition you have the brutal beat downs and the bone crushing combo breakers seen in the older games. However as always it is the ever increasingly realistic fatalities that imprint on our senses.
Not just a splatter-fest the has the increasing levels of hardness you would expect. The video below gives a good overview of the games control system and how each character is handled.

Mortal Kombat 11 review

Can’t get enough of MK? Here is a web series that may have passed you by.

Mortal Kombat in real life? Below are some of the fatalities from the previous game re imagined by youtuber Rackaracka. Be warned despite the humour the violent scenes are very gruesome

If its all too grusome for you check out the humourus Mortal KOmbat mashups below. There are several humouros pictuires including a cosplayer who has conducted a babyality on Raiden and Pokemon and Mario reimagined as MK characters https://www.pinterest.co.uk/peterhughes522/mortal-kombat-mashups/

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India’s THE GHOUL

When someone speaks of Indian cinema, the first thought that comes to mind of many people is colourful costumes and Bollywood dance songs. As a student of Hindi, the first film I watched at the cinema was Go, Goa, Gone a Zom-Com starring Saif Ali Khan. Played for laughs it was a complete departure from the usual Bollywood formula or boy meets girl and there was a not a hit-song or dance number in site.

In 2018 Netflix in partnership with Phantom films released its original show Ghoul.

The three-episode series stars Nida Rahim (Radhika Apte) a soldier who is sent to interrogate terrorist Ali Saeed (Mahesh Balraj) at an undisclosed military detention centre.
However, it is not long before Nida and Colonel Sunil Dacunha (Manav Kaul) realise Ali Saeed is possessed by an evil spirit.

Despite her young age Radhika has an extensive filmography not only in Hindi movies, but also Tamil, Malayalam, Tamil and Marathi

The Ultimate Horror Thesaurus

With no filler, this deceptive eBook is bursting full of horror prompts, scenarios and ideas.

The zombie chapter alone is huge!

As well as word lists the appearance and sounds of the undead, the zombie section of the Thesaurus contains dozens of ideas on:
How the dead get raised.
How survivors recognise the symptoms of the infected.
The strange effects zombies have on animals and insects.
How the army’s attempts to contain the plague.
A critical eye also gets cast over the heroes and villains who live in a world ruled by the dead.
With so much to choose from you will never be stuck for words to describe the smells, sights or sounds of those caught up in a world of the living dead.

Zombie survivors

If you enjoy The Walking Dead or Z Nation there is a section on the human survivors and the communities they build. The section covers the types of lone wolf survivors and hardcore veterans both good and evil.

Much more than word lists to describe carnage and gore the book has hundreds of prompts and scenarios covering, aliens, cults, serial killers, giants and swarms of deadly bugs. In short if you are a horror fan, writer, screenwriter looking for ideas then this book is a must have for your collection.

Click the link below to get a copy from Amazon.

Korean Horror

I didn’t know much about Korean horror until a chance viewing of 2006’s, The Host, on terrestrial TV.  I didn’t quite know what to make of the movie from my first viewing. At times it seemed too serious to be a horror comedy and then too funny to be serious! But since then the film has grown on me. Twelve years since it was produced, the amphibious monster’s CGI stands up very well and is impressive and menacing it emerges from the water in broad daylight to terrorise its victims. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRTy26s4hw

CHAW / CHAWZ

Similar in some ways to The Host is 2009’s CHAW. This is another movie which mixes humour with gruesome scenes. After a cop moves to a quiet village, gets surprised when a murder investigation opens when body parts get discovered in the mountain.
There is no masked killer on the loose, instead, this film pits man against nature as a gigantic snaggle-toothed boar terrorises the village.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd8H8qCvfp8


TRAIN TO BUSAN 

A divorced father, Seok-woo is taking his daughter Su-an on the train to Busan to see her mother. Also boarding the train at Seoul Station is a mix of passengers from all walks of life including a young high school baseball team conveniently armed with bats. Elderly sisters In-gil and Jon-gil, a dishevelled homeless man, a burly husband Sang-hwa and his pregnant wife, Seong-kyeong.

After a sick woman boards, the train and bites a conductor the zombie virus quickly spreads throughout the carriage. Surviving the first outbreak the horrified passengers get off the train only to find they have jumped out of the frying pan and into the flames as they discover the living dead have overtaken the city. After a mad rush to reboard the train, they head to Busan, where the army has established a quarantine zone.

With a great story, and both exciting and believable characters ‘Train to Busan’ is a modern zombie film done right!
The zombie effects for the best part are impressive, each of the ghouls not only has white eyes and veiny skin but charge with constant speed.

and I do like the danger presented by running zombies seen in this movie and World War Z and the Dawn / Day of the Dead remakes. However, I am not a fan of when they swarm over each other at high speed, which they do once or twice in this movie.
What is remarkable about the movie is the set pieces, speeding vehicles, and train wrecks along with well-filmed action sequences in claustrophobic train carriages were all filmed against a tiny (by Hollywood standards) budget of $8.5 million.

If you haven’t seen this movie, watch it because you will not be disappointed.

MORE TO COME SOON 

KINGDOM
A genuinely original Netflix horror series

Debuting January the 25th on Netflix, Kingdom is a South Korean period drama based in the Joseon dynasty of the 15th Century. If you enjoy Japanese Samurai / Chambara films like ‘Zatoichi’, ‘The Mute Samurai’, ‘Lone Wolf and Cub’ many of those styles are in this series with regards to the backgrounds and very elaborate historical costumes. An interesting aspect of this series is the period weaponry of swords, spears impale the ghouls and swords behead them. There is even the use of early flintlock rifles and zombies getting flattened and trampled by horses.
There is also a power-play at work similar to ‘Game of Thrones’, running through the story. The elites will do anything to remain in power and expand their territories. Ju Ji-hoon plays, the main character, a crown prince who is accused of trying to have his sick father killed by his powerful step-mother who is pregnant with the King’s child. Luckily, the crown prince is a very noble noble-man and less concerned with the would-be challenger to his throne in her belly as he sets out to investigate the disease wiping out the lower classes and spreading throughout the kingdom. Available in Korean and subtitled in English or dubbed it starts slower than say the walking dead but it is nonetheless quite engaging.

Violence Jack

In Japan, anime covers a wide range of genres, action, drama, comedy, sci-fi (particularly Mecha), but in the United Kingdom in the 1990’s a slew of violent anime Original Video Animations hit the high street. Many of the films suffered cuts due to the high level of violence. In the following blogs, I will be looking at several of the films released under the Manga label. 

Violence Jack is a Japanese comic book originally serialised in 1973.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsUWDTKpNW8

Three of the stories were adapted and released as three independent original Video Animations. Released at different times and different order to the rest of the world the films are Harem Bomber (aka Harlem Bomber) 1986, Evil Town 1988 and Hell’s wind 1990

In the mid-nineties, the films were distributed on VHS by the Manga label throughout the world. Due to the violent content, many scenes ended getting partially censored in some countries and in Australia, the Violence Jack OVA titled Evil Town was banned altogether. 

The name’s Violence, Violence Jack. 

Violence Jack (yes, that is the name everyone calls him) is a two-metre tall giant who carries an enormous folding Jackknife. In the first film Harem Bomber, (possibly a typo for Harlem Bomber which is an alternative title,) an asteroid flattens much of Japan. Those who remain trapped and isolated soon find themselves at the mercy of vicious motorcycle gangs led by a dude in Samurai getup called the Slum King.

Commander Bomber is the Slum Kings second in command and vows to kill Violence Jack. Bomber’s criminal network runs far and wide, and a second in command called Rose finds women to use as sex-slaves in the gang’s hideout.  

Death comes in many guises ….

After escaping from Rose’s slave convoy Yumi and Mari end up on the run. While taking a breather, Mari tells Yumi she is searching for her partner. Two of the slavers soon end up dead at the hands of Mr Jack who beheads one of them. Pursued by bikers Jack, (I’m going to stick with Jack) makes short work of them with his knife. As for Yumi and Mari, they end up captured by Rose. 

Harem  

Once at the Harem, (I’m guessing in Harlem), the two unfortunate girls see the fate awaiting them. The main baddies are muscular lumps who despite their supposedly dire situation never seem to be without a fleet of vehicles or fuel. Why they never pile into a helicopter and fly away is beyond me, but then I guess they want to stay and rule in hell. 

Gore 

The trilogy of films need not be viewed in any order. Without going into spoilers all three films follow the sex and violence themes in the Violence Jack OVAs.