Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Neill Blomkamp’s demonic – check images and behind the scenes Footage

As a massive fan of Neill Blomkamp, the best thing to come out of this God damn pandemic was the news that Neill Blomkamp has somehow managed to shoot a movie during this whole shit-storm of events. Not only that but Blomkamp’s new film is a horror film, and while his sci-fi flicks do have elements of horror in them, this is his first feature in the genre. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Blomkamp movie without some sci-fi too.

I am delighted to share with you all the official press release from IFC Midnight for Blomkamp’s new horror, Demonic. The press release includes the first released images, as well as release info and a behind the scenes look at the film.

Nathalie Boltt in the horror film, “DEMONI” an IFC Midnight release. Photo courtesy of IFC
Midnight.

Take a look at a newly released behind the scenes featurette

D E M O N I C

Directed and Written By: Neill Blomkamp (DISTRICT 9, ELYSIUM, CHAPPIE)

Starring: Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Michael Rogers

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Run Time: 102 minutes | Rating: Not Rated Yet

IN THEATERS AUGUST 20, 2021, ON DEMAND AND DIGITAL AUGUST 27, 2021

As always, thanks for reading. More information to follow as it is announced.

Article by GG
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fried barry is on his way to shudder

I remember seeing the short film Fred Barry is based on.

It was like a fucked up acid trip, full of beautiful colours, drenched in weirdness with some great sound design accompanied by an outer-worldly unique performance. I am delighted Fried Barry got the feature-film treatment and more so that it found its home with Shudder.

If you’re to watch one movie this year about a drug-addicted homeless man that gets his body hijacked and controlled by aliens and then send him on a path of mayhem through Cape Town, then it’s gotta be, Fried Barry.

Here’s the official press-release

Fried Barry follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.

The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger

Starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre-pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror has been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world.

The film, which is a feature adaptation of Kruger’s acclaimed experimental short by the same name, is produced by James C. Williamson and Kruger and executive produced by Nicolai Fuglsig (12 Strong). Williamson shares a story credit with Kruger who serves as both writer and director. The expansive cast is led by Green alongside Bianka Hartenstein, Sean Cameron Michael (Shooter, Blood Drive), Chanelle de Jager (The Widow, Outlander), Joey Cramer (Flight of the Navigator) and Jonathan Pienaar (Blood Diamond, Roots).

Fried Barry world premiered at the 2020 Cinequest Film Festival and went on to screen at celebrated festivals such as the prestigious Sitges International Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Grimmfest, and Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival, where it was awarded Best Actor. 

Official Selection: Cinequest Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, L’Étrange Festival, MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival, Fantasy Filmfest, Grimmfest International Festival of Fantastic Film, Sitges Film Festival, Imagine Film Festival

Genre: Sci-Fi/Horror
Country: South Africa
Runtime: 99 min
Year: 2021
Language: English, Afrikaans
Rated: NA

Fried Barry Streams May 7 Exclusively on Shudder

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Fan of Black Mirror? Check Out Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime

Electric Dreams is a sci-fi anthology based on the mind-bending works of Philip K Dick

Ok, this has been released since 2017…wtf?!. I had no idea that it even existed which was great. I was able to enjoy the series without having to wait for weekly episodes.

It’s got everything that a Black Mirror fan could want and evident that Charlie Broker was influenced hugely by the works of Philip K Dick. We have a great run-time of nearly an hour per-episode with huge production quality. It is packed to the gills of great actors including Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, Jack Reynor…the list goes on.

Of course, some episodes are better than others. The strong episodes are mind-blowing. The weaker episodes are still way more than watchable, so it is a win-win. This was a great anthology with nearly 10-hours of some of the best science-fiction ever adapted for the screen

Phillip K Dick’s Electric Dreams is based on shorts stories released between 1953-1955.

Amazon Prime and Channel 4 teamed up for the series after the success of Netflix‘s Black Mirror. I am a little confused about why we never got a second series. Phillip K Dick published over 40 novels and 121 short stories. It is not as if they didn’t have the content. Maybe it didn’t do as well as Prime and Channel 4 expected?.

For a start, maybe I am wrong but…shit marketing. I would consider myself fairly well-educated when it comes to upcoming releases in sci-fi and horror. Not only that but in 2017 I was still working in movie stores, it was my job to know what was out. Maybe I was just shit at my job, who knows?. It is baffling to me that something with such high production value, packed with great acting talent managed to slip under the radar. I can’t help but think that this series would have been every bit as successful as Broker’s Black Mirror if marketed correctly. Such a shame.

Other Philip K Dick screen adaptations include Blade Runner, an adaptation of his novel Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep, A Scanner Darkly (Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jnr, Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson), Total Recall (Arnold Swarzenegger), Minority Report (Tom Cruise), Screamers (Peter Weller) and TV series The Man In The High Castle.

Anyways, if you haven’t checked it out then I would defo recommend Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams as your next series to binge. Go get yourself 10-hours of science-fiction escapism. As always, thanks for reading.

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Upcoming Horror/Sci-Fi Releases To Watch Out For

We are back again with a brand new list for you. This time focusing on Upcoming Horror & Sci-Fi Movies releasing soon.

2021 is looking to be fantastic year for genre releases. Yesterday I published 4 new werewolf flicks that have recently been released or are releasing soon. Now, I can continue with a new list of upcoming horror releases. I hope you enjoy it and find some films that you can look forward to in the near future.

IN THE EARTH

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – In The Earth

Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire, Sightseers) is back with a micro-budget horror movie shot during the pandemic.

Not a lot is known about the plot but focuses on a woman getting lost in a forest with the woods coming to life around her.

Wheatley has been attached to direct the sequel to The Meg, the follow-up to the Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson killer shark flick!. I am so looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Meg sequel. I am sure Mr Wheatley can do a great job. But what he can do, and what he is allowed to do is two very different things.

THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Spine of the Night

Who is up for some ultra-violent animation inspired by the work of Conan the Barbarian creators? The Spine of the Night gives us just that. A dark fantasy epic full of insane violence featuring necromancers and winged assassins!

SOUND OF VIOLENCE

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Sound Of Violence

A deaf woman who regains her hearing in the most unfortunate way ever: during the brutal murder of her family. She becomes obsessed with creating new sounds with vicious violence and human flesh after learning that she might be losing her hearing again.

What? This sounds unique and macabre af. I wonder what human flesh sounds like? I can’t wait to find out.

THE ARBORS

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For -The Arbos

The Arbors has been described as a Lovecraftian sci-fi thriller. I have read some reviews and to be honest, they ain’t been that positive. I am still intrigued though, I am a fan of slow-burn sci-fi but maybe this was just a little slow for some.

There was a flick called Possum that was released a couple of years ago. It took an awful thrashing, but personally, I loved it – it was atmospheric, unnerving and creepy AF!. So yeah, bring on The Arbors

Set in a small town, a recluse locksmith finds a small creature in his house that slowly starts to grow revealing it’s terrifying true form.

MACABRO

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – Macabro

Another film listed as released in 2019 but it is slowly making its way to us. Macabro sounds like my sort of flick. It is inspired by the real-life murders of the necrophilic brothers of Nova Friburgo. Two brothers were accused of a string of brutal murders in the late 90s’in Brazil.

It is backed and produced by the producers of the fantastic Wagner Moura starring Elite Squad

GAIA

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – Gaia

Directed by Jaco Bouwer and stars Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi.

A park ranger encounters a father and son living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle in the woods. They have detached from society, have their own rules and their own religion. After their cabin gets attacked by strange human-like beings, she realises that there is a dangerous truth to the father and son’s apocalyptic existence.

CENSOR

Upcoming Horror Releases 2021
Upcoming Horror Releases to watch out for – Censor

From what I am reading, Prano Bailey-Bond’s directorial debut, Censor is going to be one of the greats. I have read nothing but great things about it. A British horror described as both intelligent and disturbing.

The story is about a mysterious video cassette (yay!) that communicates directly with a woman about her sister’s unexplained disappearance.

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION

Another one that features some sort of evil VHS tapes. A video archivist comes across a series of dark and doomy pirate recordings and becomes obsessed when trying to find out the horrid truth behind them.

Directed by Jacob Gentry
Written by Phil DrinkwaterTim Woodall
Starring Anthony E. CabralRichard CotovskyJeff Dlugolecki |

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR

The last one on the list is a documentary that explores the history of cinematic folk horror. Hey, maybe not for everyone but I love the genre and the real-life tales of madness that comes with folk horror.

This documentary has a staggering runtime of 193mins. That’s 3-hours of pure cinematic folk horror knowledge. Sign me up!

That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon to get hooked up with more movie and tv recommends. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
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TV Shows You May Have Missed – Part 2

As promised, we are back with a list of 4 tv shows that you may have missed. We hope you enjoy it. For Part 1 – CLICK HERE

INFORMER

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2- Informer

Starring Paddy Considine, Nabhaan RizwanBel Powley. Informer focuses on Raza, a Londoner whose family is from Pakistan. After a night out with some mind-altering substances, Raza finds himself in a cell and done for possession with intent to supply. He was caught with only 4 ecstasy tablets which were for personal use. But the cops see an opportunity to turn him into an informer that must report terrorist activity.

Instead of facing a sentence, Raza agrees to be an informer for the police which puts himself and his entire family in grave danger.

As a big fan of Paddy Considine, I think Informer is his angriest and best role since playing Richard in Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes. It was great to see him unleash the beast again!

THE CAPTURE

Another British series. Capture focuses on a soldier called Shaun. After facing trial for the murder of an Afghan rebel while on duty, Shaun is let off the hook due to poor evidence.

On his first night back, something happens to Shaun that changes his life forever. He insists on his innocence but all evidence is showing nothing but guilt.

Capture was a superbly acted and written series. Sometimes seeing what our future can bring can be scarier than any written fiction

FUTURE MAN

TV Show You Might Missed Part 2 – Future Man

OK, I will say that Future Man won’t be for everyone. I have tried it before and couldn’t get into it. I am glad I gave it another chance, it is really quite enjoyable and clever.

A gamer is recruited by two bounty hunters from another planet to help stop an apocalypse by aliens known as Biotics. If you can imagine a character like Jobe from Arrested Development then you wouldn’t be too far away from, Wolf, one of the bounty hunters.

Some really great hilarious moments in this. There is a bit of cringe humour too but in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad.

In a way, it sort of reminded me of, Community. Even though Community wasn’t always that funny, there were so much hidden Easter-eggs for a movie lover. Whoever wrote it knows their movies and they test your knowledge too and I found all of that a joy to watch.

Mr Inbetween

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2 – Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween focuses on the day-to-day shenanigans of Ray. Part-time father, full-time hitman.

Based on the movie The Magician after a series adaptation of Scott Ryan’s film was picked up by FX. This series has everything. It is gritty, violent, heartfelt, charming and deliciously morbid.

Directed by Nash Edgerton (bro of Joel). It is written and stars Scott Ryan as Ray, the loveable, yet terrifying hitman. All that dude gotta do is smile and he can send chills down your spine. Fantastic acting and a fantastic character.

The only complaints I have about this series is that season one has only 6 episodes and each episode has a runtime of just over 20-minutes. Season 2 consists of 11-episodes which is way better but we still have the 20-minute run-time. THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH!

The Magician is quoted as “Chopper meets Leon” and I think that’s a great comparison. Mr Inbetween is up there with the best

That's it for this list. I hope there something in here for you to enjoy and binge-watch. As always, thanks for reading.
Article by GG
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Trailer for Boss Level: Groundhog Day-style action flick with Frank Grillo & Mel Gibson

An ex-special op is caught in a time-loop and must die a horrible death every day. Think Groundhog Day only with Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, showers of bullets & samurai swords. Sold? Thought so!

It is great to see Frank Grillo in more leading roles. The man is and always has been as good as an action star, if not better than what Hollywood can produce. The guy is a superb actor, he has the dramatic chops and also happens to be one hell of an ass-kicker. That is a weird combination and a dying breed unless we are talking about Asian actors like Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa, Jet Li or Jackie Chan. And how good was the MMA series, Kingdom? such an excellent series and I am not into sports in any shape or form!

As for Mel Gibson, he has been picking great indie roles with his most recent being the Walton Goggins Xmas action flick, Fatman. In Fatman, Mel Gibson played Santa Claus. He must fend off a hitman hired by a young child who got a lump of coal in his stocking.

The plot for Boss Level doesn’t sound too original and has been done before. Although they are all different movies, the premise is basically the same: Live.Die.Repeat. Films like Edge of Tomorrow, or Duncan Jones’, Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi, Source Code. The big advantage that Boss Level has here is Grillo and his ability kick the absolute shite out of everything and anyone in his path.

Enjoy The Trailer

Boss Level is directed by Joe Carnahan (Narc, Smokin’ Aces, A-Team) and written by Chris Borey, Eddie Borey (writers of the fantastic Sharlto Copley horror-headfuck, Open Grave) and Joe Carnahan.

The film is due for release on March 5th, 2021 via Hulu Films

More information to follow as news is announced. As always, thanks for reading.

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Alice in Borderland – Cube meets Battle Royale

Based on a popular Manga series of the same name that ran from 2010-2016. Alice in Borderland is Netflix’s most recent live-action adaptation

Well, this is a lot of fun. And yeah, I know, both Cube and Battle Royale are both classics but this is a beautiful blend of both of these, only adapted into a series

After a run-in with the cops, Arisu, Karube, and Segawa hide in a toilet of a local train station. In the blink of an eye, the whole population of Tokyo just vanishes without any explanation. The 3 friends soon find out that they’re all part of a deadly game where the only prize is…escaping with your life.

The contestants are given a task and a certain amount of time to complete it. Failing to complete the task in the given timeframe will result in a gruesome death. There is no escape, the only thing to do is play or die.

The difficulty of each game is determined by the suit of a playing card; 2 of clubs=easy etc. That’s all you really need to know.

Alice in Borderland season 1 is now available to stream on Netflix. Do your eyes and ears a favour and go and check it out this instant!. Season one consists of 8-episodes, so it’s easy enough to binge.

The manga series ran from 2010-2015 and finally finished in 2016. So, we have 5/6 years of story here. I am gonna take a wild guess and say we will be seeing a lot more of Alice in Borderland. There was also a 2014 original video animation adaptation. OVA is a Japanese animation network that primarily produces stuff for home viewing…pretty much like everyone else these days!

You can check out Alice in Borderland and other new upcoming December Netflix titles HERE.

As always, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy the series.

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New Netflix Arrivals Coming This Month (with trailers) – Here is our TOP 5

Here is a short list of some films and tv shows that are hitting Netflix this December.

South Korean zombie series, dystopian Japanese sci-fi, post apocalyptic George Clooney drama and mindless violence. Netflix have certainly got some exciting new arrivals this December.

SWEET HOME – 18th December (SERIES)

If any country in the world can do the zombie genre justice then it’s South Korea. And just like the fantastic, Kingdom, this new series breathes life back into the undead giving us a more Lovecraftian type vibe than your typical flesh-eating zombie.

Sweet Home is a new 10-part South Korean live-action zombie series. It is based on a webtoon of the same name.

The series focuses on a recluse man that joins forces with his neighbours in his apartment block when a virus turns people into “savage monsters”.

THE MIDNIGHT SKY – 23rd December (FILM)

George Clooney directs and stars in a post apocalyptic tale. The world is experiencing an unknown catastrophe. Augustine, a lonely scientist must warn a group of astronauts and prevent them from coming back to earth.

Based on the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton

ALICE IN BORDERLAND – 10th December (SERIES)

A new Netflix series from Japan. 3 gamers find themselves in an empty wasteland Tokyo. They are trapped and forced to participate in a deadly game to survive.

Based on a Manga of the same name from 2014-2015

THE RIPPER – 16th December (DOCUMENTARY)

A new 4-part Netflix original documentary that delves deep into the crimes of Peter Sutcliffe, a Jack the Ripper inspired serial killer who stalked the North of England in the late 1970s.

SPREE – 31st December (FILM)

Spree doesn’t look to be for everyone. It is for fans of shaky-cam, found footage type filming.

A guy called Kurt uses a Uber-like service and goes on a killing spree and streams everything live to try and achieve fame and notoriety.

That’s it for this list, I hope you have found some new content to watch. As always, thanks for reading.

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Minor Premise Is An Intelligent, Confident & Original Indie Sci-Fi

Minor Premise Fucks With Your State Of Mind – Some Things Should Remain Locked

Ethan, a recluse neuroscientist hides in his late father’s shadow. His father’s death has left Ethan bitter, full of hate, regret and has thrown him into self-isolation. Ethan and his dad had some issues but he died before they had a chance to make amends. And now, although he was able to complete his late father’s work, his name is being buried in a corporate coffin by Malcolm, the head of a scientific research company experimenting with human emotion and consciousness.

Rather than only being acknowledged for the work his father started, Ethan decides to take things a step further. Confidently using himself as a human guinea pig, he conducts the experiment, but things don’t go according to plan. Something went wrong and Ethan’s consciousness and emotions have been split into 10 different personalities. Now, with his estranged girlfriend, Alli, Ethan must battle each Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde state of mind before his own mind destroys him.

If I was to compare this to any other great indie sci-fi, it wouldn’t be the premise that is similar. It is because of the ambitious brilliance of it – this is low-budget sci-fi cinema done right. It is intelligent, original and confident with its complexed content.

As well as a solid sci-fi flick Minor Premise also makes you question your own state of mind. We have been all of these characters, we are all of these characters…and for example: when we are angry, you have to admit, we are like a different person, right? So not only does Minor Premise offer us a great science-fiction movie there is also a deep emotional human drama there too. All this is achieved with a strong minimal cast of three people.

Minor Premise is directed by Eric Shultz (feature-length debut) and written by Eric Schultz, Thomas Torrey & Justin Moretto. The films stars  Sathya Sridharan,  Paton Ashbrook,  & Dana Ashbrook.

In theaters, virtual cinemas, Digital & On-Demand this Friday, December 4th!

As always, thanks for reading.

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Trailer For New Netflix Post Apocalyptic Flick The Midnight Sky

Midnight Sky The trailer for new George Clooney post-apocalyptic flick The Midnight Sky has just landed.

The Midnight Sky is a new Netflix Original science fiction film based on the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. As well as starring, George Clooney also directs the new Netflix Original.

The screenplay was written by Mark L. Smith, the writer of Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Revenant. Smith also wrote horror movies, Overlord and Vacancy.

George Clooney plays Augustine and must try and stop astronauts from returning to an almost uninhabitable Earth after an unknown catastrophe has struck. Judging from the trailer, it looks like Earth has entered into another ice-age. It really sounds like The Day After Tomorrow, only instead of Dennis Quaid trying to save Jake Gyllenhaal, Clooney tries to make it to an antena to throw a signal into space to stop his astronaut-buddies coming back to Earth

The Midnight Sky also stars Felicity Jones, Kyle Chandler, David Oyelowo and Demián Bichir. The film is due for release on Netflix on the 23rd of December 2020.

It is produced by

George Clooney
Grant Heslov
Bard Dorros
Keith Redmon

OFFICIAL PLOT (WIKI)

This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

Here’s the trailer, we hope you enjoy. Before watching, I have to tell you that The Midnight Sky trailer seems to be filled with spoilers. I hope I am wrong, but you can piece together the entire film from it. You have been warned.

As always, thanks for reading.

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