It’s alive! These famous lines of Dr. Frankenstein remind me of zombie movies and sci-fi horrors. But apparently the idea of creating life from death may be jumping from the pages of sci-fi novels into actual science.
According to the New York Times four years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists created a molecule that could replicate and evolve by its self. It was nicknamed “The Immortal Molecule.”
This molecule may be only the beginning. Biologist and chemist in a lab in San Diego are trying to create life. They are attempting to bridge the gap between inanimate and animate using modern genetics. Perhaps Mary Shelly was on the right track, but only about two centuries too early. Read more about this here.
Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor, Jed Brophy, Peter Elliott, Gilbert Goldie, Geoffrey Heath, Kirsti Ferry, Ben Skjellerup, Darien Takle, Elizabeth Moody, Liz Mullane, Moreen Eason, P
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson directs this bold tale about two girls' obsessive friendship. When introvert schoolgirl Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) meets the beautiful and self-confident Juliet (Kate Winslet, in her big-screen debut), the two form a deep emotional relationship— so deep, their parents plot a plan to separate them. Juliet's father will send her to South Africa "for the good of her health," and Pauline's folks won't let her come. Pauline needs to counteract, and soon, she knows just what to do: kill her mother. Set in the 1950s, the film exudes a creepy yet classy feel that makes the story seem so unbelievably real. The homosexual implications add a gripping touch, and may have possibly gotten it nominated for an Oscar in 1995.
Cast: Alastair Kirton, Daisy Aitkens, Kate Alderman, Leanne Pammen, Tat Whalley, Kerry Owen, Leigh Crocombe, Justin Mitchell-Davey, Dan Weekes, Dominic Burgess
Ever wonder, What's the story of that reanimated corpse wandering around in the background of the zombie movie? Not only is this British horror film shot from the refreshingly clever viewpoint of a recently created zombie, it was made for a mere $75. Writer-producer-director-editor Marc Price makes the most of his nonexistent budget, crafting a serious and sympathetic drama about memory, family, the loss of identity and the eating of other people's intestines.
Let's not beat around the bush here, shall we? Halloween is coming fast. And in addition to watching endless horror movies and scarfing bags of candy, you should be playing videogames in which you are required to kill zombies. Zombie Games has pretty much got you covered on that front. There are dozens of living-dead-based games from which to choose. Might I suggest Road of the Dead, which has you piloting a hot rod down a highway filled with burning cars, innocent citizens and flesh-crazed zombies. If you think shooting a zombie in the head with a shotgun is satisfying, wait until you run one over at 120 mph. Now that's good gore!
Zombies, undead bastards though they are, always make for welcome antagonists in movies, comic books and video games. In Zombies Took My Daughter, hordes of shambling zombies have ... well, I think you get the point. This nifty little RPG/adventure game has you running around the city, searching abandoned buildings, picking up clues, recruiting fellow survivors and generally beating zombies about the head with an assortment of odd weaponry (loaf of French bread, anyone?). The city is randomly generated, so it’s different each time you play. Hurry! You don’t have much time left to find your daughter.
This is Takena Nagao’s “Chainsaw Maid.” The guys from “The Arcade” on Public Access Channel 27 showed it the other night and my life will never be the same. Now your life, presumably, will also never be the same. It’s pretty bitchin’, you’ll have to admit.