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Zombeavers (2014)

Zombeavers (2014)Starring Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Jake Weary

Directed by Jordan Rubin


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Zombeavers (2014)Starring Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe, Hutch Dano, Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Jake Weary

Directed by Jordan Rubin


If there’s one thing that can be said about Zombeavers, it’s that nobody’s going to ask “What’s that about?” when you tell them you’re watching it. Yes – zombie beavers, folks. We’ve reached that point. Fortunately, this isn’t some Syfy or Asylum attempt at livening up the zombie genre, but a decently entertaining and self-aware piece of schlocky nonsense.

In an attempt to help her get over the recent discovery of her boyfriend’s infidelity, college girl Jenn (Atkins) is taken by her friends Mary (Melvin) and Zoe (Palm) to a lakeside cabin for a weekend of drinking, fun and heart-to-heart girl time. At the same time, a wayward barrel of toxic waste has made its way downstream and lodged, spraying its contents in the process, right against a beaver dam on the lake outside. Unexpected by the girls, their boyfriends – including Jenn’s now ex – have taken it upon themselves to attend the shindig anyway, and so the scene is set for the usual bunch of college kids besieged in a secluded cabin shenanigans.

From the off, Zombeavers is a strangely endearing piece of work. It’s obviously low budget, but relishes the fact instead of trying to hide it. The puppet/animatronic beavers are unapologetically ridiculous, and it works in the film’s favour; they really are a hilarious sight in action, busting through the planks of a raft or cabin floorboards. Even the low-rent hand puppets used to break through boarded up windows are presented in a knowingly humorous manner. There’s an irreverent tone to the majority of the film, though it does become slightly more serious once the effects of a zombie beaver bite on a human become known – and yes, that does mean that you’ll be seeing human/beaver zombie hybrids running amok (amongst other mixtures!)

Director Jordan Rubin comes across as an obvious horror fan, chucking in a few references here and there in both dialogue and action (one particular death references John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ with a subtlety that will raise a smile for those who notice it), and this apparent familiarity with the genre leaves him capable of keeping things moving at a lively pace while delivering the gore and monster mayhem. Unfortunately, the script does little with the core characters, relegating them to various archetypes with subsequent dialogue and behaviours that are so basic you could almost recite the script of any given scene without even having seen it. There’s very little surprising in the words coming out of the actors’ mouths, though the various verbal touches of humour still manage to work – but only just. What it does right, though, is the order and manner in which it offs the various characters. You’ll likely be shocked, given genre tropes, just who bites it and when.

Zombeavers isn’t great, but it is a good deal of fun, offering up a decent number of laughs, crazy situations, zany creature effects (all of the evil beaver eyes lighting up in the dark is a brilliant touch) and some nice gore. It doesn’t hang around for too long, and thus doesn’t stretch the gimmick to breaking point. A viewing would likely serve better if watched with a raucous crowd, but you’ll still need to consider your own tolerance for stupidity. Honestly, it’s a silly film about zombie beavers that comes and goes without a whole ton of impact. If you aren’t in the mood for that, then forget it.

With more work on the character and dialogue front, Zombeavers could have hit the cult classic big time, but it misses the mark too widely there to make it anything more than fluff. It does get an extra half knife, however, for the absolutely brilliant crooner-style ‘Zombeavers’ song that plays over the end credits.

3 out of 5

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: 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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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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New Alien First-Person Shooter Video Game in the Works

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“Game over, man. Game over!”

I’m not one for playing video games but even I will have to check out this new first-person shooter set in the Alien universe currently in the works at FoxNext Games.

This new and untitled game is the first original Alien-inspired game since “Alien: Isolation” and Cold Iron Studios is developing the game after recently being acquired by Fox (and now Disney).

“Cold Iron Studios has amazing design, craftsmanship, and development talent that we are excited to welcome at FoxNext Games as we pursue our goal to build a multi-platform, multi-genre portfolio of great games,” said FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb. “I am a personal fan of Cold Iron’s previous work and all of us at FoxNext Games are thrilled to be working with them as they create an action-packed persistent world, steeped in the mysteries of this beloved Alien universe.”

“We believe in FoxNext’s vision and we are thrilled about the opportunity to explore an amazing and rich universe,” said Cold Iron CEO Craig Zinkievich. “Our background in building online worlds and taking established franchises to the next level in interactive entertainment is a precise fit with our product roadmap ahead.”

How excited are you for a new Alien game? Let us know below!

A release date hasn’t been announced yet but we’ll let you know when we hear more!

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