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X Moor (2014)

X Moor (2014)Starring Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar

Directed by Luke Hyams


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X Moor (2014)Starring Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar

Directed by Luke Hyams


“Keep off the moors.” It’s a solid piece of life-saving advice that has become common parlance since the early ’80s and the release of one particularly legendary werewolf movie. Well, people don’t listen. They just don’t.

The latest group to ignore this cinematic sage advice is comprised of young American documentarians Georgia (Kreiling) and Matt (Blood), who set off to England in order to track and film the fabled Beast of Bodmin – a big cat that allegedly stalks this particular slice of the Cornish wilderness. Accompanying them is a professional animal tracker and old family friend of Georgia named Fox (Bonnar). He’s a rough and tumble tough guy, actively resistant to Matt’s American wisecracking and complaints, and unafraid of waving a highly illegal automatic weapon around the British countryside.

What awaits them up on the moors isn’t quite what they’re expecting. Instead of discovering the lair of a wild big cat, they instead find the gruesome den of a serial killer – littered with the bound bodies of dead women. At Fox’s insistence, the plan changes – rather than stalk furry prey, the trio will set up their camp and place hidden cameras around the area in the hopes of trapping the killer when he returns to his handiwork, before subduing him and handing him over to the authorities, making them all instantly famous.

Yeah, it’s a dumb idea which of course goes awry when it turns out that this isn’t a dumping ground. A girl wakes up and runs screaming into the woods, and not long after the killer himself arrives for his nightly hunt. This is his own personal preserve – a hunting ground that he knows far better than any of them, and he doesn’t take kindly to the intrusion.

Besides the premise, there isn’t a whole lot on offer to elevate X Moor beyond generic horror fare. Once the killer shows up, the film sets out on the standard setup of victims running screaming through darkened woods while the knife-wielding attacker occasionally pops out to either stab or scare them. Leads Kreiling and Blood do share a suitable amount of chemistry to make their personal tragedy work, but there’s little more to be discovered of the main pair besides that revealed in the early scenes (hell, Kreiling ends up pretty much defining herself by her shaky American accent), while Fox’s motivations for catching the killer become the most interesting part of the story, especially given Bonnar’s solidly intimidating performance.

Director Hyams has trouble maintaining the tension throughout X Moor once the killing begins, leading to a slip into disinterested familiarity and repetition as the various characters race about the woods, seeking to hide or escape. An attempt to flesh out the nature of the human beast falls flatter than expected, with his ultimate comeuppance being a very ill-advised and laughably realised moment that almost begs for a Wilhelm scream or some kind of hilarious parting voiceover for that full comedic effect.

It isn’t awful, or even entirely bad by any means – there’s a neat premise and a palpable mean streak, not to mention the use of some nice locations and occasionally impressive lighting – but X Moor wallows far too happily in the trappings of run-of-the-mill slasher fare to take it anywhere beyond the average.

2 1/2 out of 5

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Check Out Episode 1 of the New VR/360 App Narrative Series Find Me

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Let me get this out of the way right off the top. I’m not really into the whole VR/360 experience. I’ve tried it out and it’s cool and all, but I’m not sold just yet.

That said, if you are into such games/experiences, you might want to check out “Find Me”.

The mobile app is a 360/VR narrative series from BlackBoxTV, James McFadden, Eric Jacks & Collab, as well as #YouTubeSpaceLA and The Los Angeles Times.

Each episode features visual codes and puzzles for you to solve, unlocking additional content and information available only in the app. That is until IRL gameplay begins in Los Angeles on December 25th and the app becomes your key to unlock locations in the real world.

“Find Me” will have one winner with a one-of-a-kind prize for the person who “finds” and frees the main protagonist Julia Zamora (played by Madison Lawlor) via the app.

Again, I’m not into these VR/360 apps but if you are – or want to try one out – I highly suggest taking on “Find Me”.

You can watch “Find Me – Episode 1” below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

Get the “Find Me” App for iOS HERE and Android HERE.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night – Poster Premiere!

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The official one-sheet for The Strangers: Prey at Night is here and it features some ghoulishly scare yet familiar “faces.” Lock your doors and windows and check it out!

The Strangers: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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New Trailer Arrives for Overkill’s The Walking Dead Video Game

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Over two years after it was announced, we’ve finally been given our first good look at Overkill’s Walking Dead video game in the form of a series of new videos posted on the company’s YouTube channel.

The first video introduces Aiden, one of the playable survivors, and confirms that the game will be set in Washington D.C. No gameplay is shown, but it still serves as a pretty decent intro for yet another story in the Walking Dead universe.

Following on from the trailer above, Overkill also released a video introducing the team working on the game, in addition to an extended 28 minute interview with Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead will be a four player co-op action FPS in which you’ll have to fight crazed fellow survivors in addition to zombies. There will be four playable survivors in total, each with their own unique upgradable abilities.

Starbreeze Studios will publish the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime next year. Keep an eye on Overkill’s YouTube channel for more updates in the meantime.

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