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More info on upcoming HBO series The Last of Us

We have learnt some new information about HBO’s upcoming adaptation of Naughty Dog’s The Last Of Us.

Ok superfans…brace yourself because we are about to enter a world of change.

Here’s what Druckmann said in an interview with IGN about what we should expect from the first season of the new HBO series

“the philosophical underpinnings of the story will be similar to what Joel and Ellie go through in the 2013 game. But as far as the superficial things, like should a character wear the same plaid shirt or the same red shirt? They might or might not appear in it, that’s way less important to us than getting the core of who these people are and the core of their journey.

In the game, you have to train the player about mechanics. You have to have more violence and more spectacle to some degree than you would need on a TV show because you don’t need to train people on how to use a gun. So that’s something that’s been really different, and HBO’s been great in pushing us to move away from hardcore action and focus more on the drama of the character. Some of my favourite episodes so far have deviated greatly from the story, and I can’t wait for people to see them.”


I am sure whatever direction they’re going to go is going to be amazing. You only have to look at who’s involved in the series to know that. I could’ve done without hearing they’re steering away from the action though.

The game itself isn’t really that action-packed anyway. Yes, it certainly has its moments but it is way more stealthy. Most of the action comes from the different characters we meet along the way. I am sure that just like in the game when action is required, we will not be disappointed.

When Pedro Pascal was cast as Joel it was met with some mixed feelings. I even saw a hashtag from people that really made me chuckle: #NotMyJoel. HA, really?. Was I expecting Pascal to get cast?. No. Did I cry like a big baby? Also no!. Yeah, to me and millions of others, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau seemed like a perfect fitting for the role of Joel but I can’t wait to see what Pascal brings to the table. The man is a terrific actor, highly sought after and has been killing it lately.

What it all boils down to was that people were (are) getting pissed off at the casting of a CGI character. The man doesn’t even exist, he is a computer-generated image lol but still…#NotMyJoel. Humans baffle me sometimes.

Stay tuned for more information on the HBO The Last of Us series on Moviehooker. We will be with the series every step of the way. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker


TV Shows You May Have Missed

A New List Of TV Shows You May Have Missed

Check out our brand new list of excellent TV shows that may have missed and slipped under the radar for some.

No Man’s Land

No Man's Land

As tense as they come, No Man’s Land is a terrific production between France & Turkey. It deals with a group of female Kurdish resistance fighters who dedicate their lives on the frontline fighting ISIS.

After seeing a video of a suicide bombing online, Antoine drops everything and goes in search of his presumably dead sister, Anna.

Season one has just wrapped after 8-episodes. A very powerful series with excellent character development, making you understand the choices of each individual character and how they arrived at where they are.

Little Drummer Girl

Little Drummer Girl

Another one I am late to the game with. Little Drummer Girl is directed by none other than Park Chan Wook (Oldboy). Starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon

An actress is recruited by a secret spy agency to infiltrate a terrorist organisation. Her role: to become the ex-girlfriend of a wanted terrorist and gather intel.

Full of top-notch performances but yet again Florence Pugh steals the show. After her intense performance as Danni in Midsommar, she continues to show growing-strength in every role she is choosing. Without a doubt, my favourite actress at the minute.

The Outsider

The Outsider

Based on a novel by Stephen King and starring Jason Bateman. The Outsider was a hugely popular HBO series that got released last year.

Multiple eyewitnesses claim to have seen a blood-soaked killer in the same area a brutal killing of a young boy has taken place. The cops soon realise that something otherworldly and more sinister is at work.

A solid series that does sort of drag out a bit but still well worth your time and commitment.

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects follows reporter, Camille. After fleeing her small town, its horrible memories and her controlling mother, she is forced back home to cover the story of a murdered kid. It doesn’t take long to notice why she left as her memories start to flood back which is deeply affecting her mental state.

In a way, Sharp Objects reminded me a little of Martha Marcy May Marlene in the way the flashbacks are told.

The Act

The Act

I just fucking knew that it was going to be bleak (I mean, look at that poster…deranged!). No monsters, no zombies, ghosts or vampires, this award-winning series deals with something way scarier than any fictional monster – humans…and based on a shocking true story as well.

Patricia Arquette plays the mother of Gypsy Rose, a young kid who has every sort of illness imaginable. She is wheelchair-bound, fed through a tube in her stomach and has to sleep with oxygen masks covering her whole face. As well as all of the above-mentioned, she has serious life-threatening allergies. But, maybe her daughter ain’t as sick as she seems

As well as Patricia Arquette giving us a terrifying performance as Dee Dee Blanchard, Joey King, who plays the daughter, Gypsy Rose is every bit as good. Both of them together is one of the strongest TV duos in recent memory.

That’s it for this list of TV Shows You May Have Missed. Hope we have hooked you up with some nice binge-worthy material. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

Alone Trailer

When an outbreak hits, Aidan barricades himself inside his apartment and starts rationing food. His complex is overrun by infected Screamers, and with the world falling apart into chaos, he is left completely alone fighting for his life.

The amazing Donald Sutherland,

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Truth or Dare, Scary Movie V),

Robert Ri’chard (House of Wax),

Summer Spiro (Westworld).

Directed by:
Johnny Martin (Vengeance: A Love Story, Hangman, Delirium)

Release Date:
October 16, 2020 (VOD)
October 20, 2020 (DVD)


Perempuan Tanah Jahanam aka Impetigore Review: A little village full of creepy people who have a thing for puppets and satanic rituals

Joko Anwar has delivered some amazing films, like “Modus Anomali”, “The Forbidden Door” and “Satan’s Slaves”; obviously I was thrilled since I learned he was filming a new horror movie (after “Gundala”) and finally we got the release in this side of the world.

We have the amazing Tara Basro (Maya), as our lead actress and Marissa Anita (Dini) as the support one, both of them have previously worked with Anwar, in different films, “Gundala” being the last one.

Perempuan Tanah Jahanam aka Impetigore, tell us the story of two friends who are struggling with money, Maya finds out that probably her family was rich and there’s a huge house that both of them could use to live; she wants to claim the inheritance without knowing that probably this is the worst idea she could have had.

It starts like how Asian horror movies usually do (at least, ghostly ones)… a young woman working in the night shift as a cashier in a tollbooth in the middle of nowhere, talking nonsense with a friend, when a very creepy man keeps stalking her, subsequently attacking her; the guy is really really creepy, gives you an unease feeling, so kudos for that.

Obviously this odd person introduces us to what is gonna be the main storyline; family secrets and a world we know it’s out there but at the same time we don’t know it’s there.

Maya decides to go to the village where she was born, this is when we can see a change in the lighting and in the colour palette, from the previous extremely dark and gloomy… to a very alive but mysterious one.

In the beginning, the colour palette tells us how she and her friend, Dini, feel like they are trapped in a hole and that’s why they see this situation as a strong possibility to move on to a better life, with the only obstacle of being surrounded by secrets, mainly about Maya’s birth.

We keep getting changes in the lighting, the house and other houses, Anwar presents it to us all dark with only warm light, but instead of pure yellow, we have more red in it, telling us something bad is about to happen or that evil is close.

With the game of lights (that it really helps to set the mood), we have gorgeous cinematography from the hand of the amazing Ical Tanjung; every time we feel a bit of hope, a yellow ray of light is smartly set in the middle of the frame, then the scenery quickly changes, giving us fog and with this, despair.

Not only we are visually rewarded, but the incidental music is enchanting, it helps to create a very atmospheric movie.

This slow-burn builds up nicely, but unfortunately, the climax doesn’t have the impact we are waiting for.

Feels more like a “family secret drama”, with a few curses and ghosts here and there, but nothing that can make you shudder.

What you are expecting to happen with Maya, it doesn’t, it goes to “Hollywood cliche land” and that broke my heart.

In a way, I feel a little disappointed, but overall it’s entertaining, it has some good visual impacts with a mix of practical effects and cgi.

I liked the ending and the whole little-village-full-of-beliefs-secrets-and-curses vibe; but, I was hoping, at least, for some more killings or something that screamed to me “this is a terrible curse”.

Hopefully, Anwar will surprise us more with his next project.

Impetigore will premiere July 23 on Shudder (U.S., Canada and the UK).


On Amazon Prime: Dragged Across Concrete (Re-Review) and other S.Craig Zahler Info

After scrolling through Amazon Prime Video for what seemed like hours looking for something to watch, I said: “why not?” And gave S.Craig Zahler’s, Dragged Across Concrete another viewing. Like all of Zahler’s work to date, I remember really enjoying the film first time around for its rawness.

After my second viewing, I have to say that I enjoyed it even more. Zahler really doesn’t care about the censorship that plagues Hollywood. S. Craig Zahler has been writing for years and all of his content is bleak and nasty. I read recently that he said:

I always believed in my abilities as a writer, but the disparity between what I write and what is made in Hollywood is HUGE. This is very likely why I daily fight to push my scripts forward.
Write what you think is good, refine it, send it out, and repeat for many years. Find a day job that is satisfying, and also lets your mind wander so that the only pressure you feel is to become a better writer, not ‘get rich in Hollywood’.

S. Craig Zahler

But that has never changed Zahler’s vicious style of writing. His movies are bleak and violent. The hero gets reduced to zero and nearly always dies. You feel by the end of one of his films that someone has stuck their hand through your chest and ripped out your beating heart. I am sure, at this stage, you all know my preferred taste: I ain’t a fan of happy endings. Well, I mean, there are some exceptions, but if it’s rated 18’s then…pretty much, I want everyone to die or get defeated. I wanna be thinking “fuck, what did I just watch?”. Zahler does this beautifully and viciously and with great grotesque detail.

Dragged Across Concrete is no different. Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn star as two cops who were caught on video standing on the neck of a Mexican suspect. Their actions got them suspended and their faces are all over the news. One of them has a plan: rob a drug dealer, steal their money and sort out their financial difficulties.

The rest of this review will contain spoilers for Dragged Across Concrete. So, if you haven’t seen the movie…stop reading. You have been warned.

I love how Zahler introduces us to characters just so we can find a connection, learn to love, hate or even sympathise with them. Then, boom! Out of nowhere, they get killed, and usually in a horribly violent way.

Like Jennifer Carpenter’s small part in Dragged Across Concrete. She plays a mother of a newborn child but is also suffering from agoraphobia or not wanting to leave her child alone.

We see her try and get on the bus but she freaks out and walks back to her apartment. When she arrives, her boyfriend or husband has put the chain on the door to stop her from getting in. He reassures her that everything is going to be ok, and their baby, Jackson will still be there waiting for her when she gets home from her shift at the bank.

As the viewer, Zahler makes us think she is an important character to develop the story. Then when she arrives at work, she is met with presents and cupcakes from her colleagues to celebrate the birth of her baby boy. But HOLY SHIT! she doesn’t even get behind the counter of the bank. She has her fingers blown off and when she reaches into her pocket to pull out her baby’s little shoe, BANG! Poor Jennifer Carpenter is mowed down without thought or hesitation.

Just by slaying Capernter’s character, us, the viewer is left feeling uncomfortable.

Because it ain’t just her we are feeling bad for. It is her husband and her child. Her husband will never forgive himself for chaining that door and will be a man of regret, sorrow and what if’s. The baby will grow up without her mother and more than likely with a very unstable and mentally ill father who blames himself for the death of his child’s mother.

Vaughn’s character is the same. Throughout the movie we see him trying to build the courage to ask his girlfriend to marry him. Then, just as he is about to die, he gets his answer on voicemail: NO! she blows him out like snot. Again, you’re left feeling really bad for him.

Gibson’s character is also dealing with tremendous stress at home. His young teenage daughter is repeatedly attacked by a group of thugs. His wife is also heavily medicated and suffering from MS

Also, we know how cold the killer is at the exact moment he enters a convenience store near the start of the movie. He has no problem pulling the trigger, in fact, it looks like he enjoys it. He kills the cashier and also some poor random guy who does nothing other than walk into the store. Then, for absolutely no reason at all…he kills the soft drinks, sweets, tv and exits the store as if he was just in paying for a packet of chewing gum.


Nolan’s TENET New Trailer

We have been impatiently waiting for the new Christopher Nolan’s movie. In december we received the first trailer and it already looked spectacular, but now, with this new one, the expectations just got higher.

No many information has been released, but in imdb you can read :

“Armed with only one word, ‘Tenet’, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, the Protagonist travels through a twilight world of international espionage, on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time.”

A sci-fi thriller full of action, espionage, travels in time and conspiracies with a touch of Inception? Count me in!

Starring Robert Pattinson, John David Washington (Denzel Washington’s son), Elizabeth Debicki, Kenneth Branagh, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Dimple Kapadia, Clémence Poésy, Dimesh Patel and Michael Caine.

It also has Hoyte van Hoytema in the cinematography (Interstellar, Dunkirk, Ad Astra) and Ludwig Göransson in the music (Creed, Venom, Black Panther).

The release date is July 17.


ICYMI: Trailer for Alexandre Aja’s Crawl has arrived.

Alexandre Aja, director of French female-led slasher Switchblade Romance aka Haute Tension, & The Hills Have Eyes remake is back with new killer alligator movie Crawl.

So what’s it about?

Who cares? – it has killer alligators tearing people to shreds

After a category 5 hurricane rips through a small American town, a daughter and father are trapped inside of their house along with some new hungry guests…giant alligators.

We are so long overdue a new killer croc/gator movie. There has been some that have stuck with me throughout the years, and no!, I don’t mean the Lake Placid movies.

I am not 100% but I am pretty sure they were both Australian productions. They were called Black Water, and Rogue. Both of those movies were simplistic af but still managed to tick all the boxes for a great, tense, man (or woman) v nature creature-feature.

And yes, I also found a lot to love about the shark-infested supermarket movie, Bait. Was it stupid? yes! without a doubt but it was still great popcorn entertainment and this is all I am looking for in Crawl. I enjoyed Bait way more than I enjoyed the watery Jason Statham tripe, Meg.

I mention Bait because it really seems to follow the same formula: survivors trapped inside a confined area with some meat hungry predators. And if we don’t seem to like the characters too much, a dog will be thrown into the mix – what soulless piece of shit doesn’t like a doggo? we will then all be gripped to the screen. We don’t care about anyone or anything, except the dog…DON’T KILLLLL THE DOG!

Crawl stars Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper. It is due for release on July 12th (2019)

Enjoy the trailer.

As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble 
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

Review For New Black Comedy ARIZONA Starring Danny McBride – Moviehooker


Arizona, the new black comedy From Director

Arizona played at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival. This is a film well-suited to this festival as it’s not your typical American comedy. Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain a screener at that time but we soon got one sent to us when one became available.

There were a few things that attracted me to Arizona. The main selling point for me is , well,  it is unusual and it is pretty god damn dark. It’s a little different than the films we are used to seeing star Danny McBride and Co. Another promising aspect of this film was that it was written by Luke Del Tredici. I am not a huge fan of American sitcoms but there are a few that touch on brilliance. The scriptwriter for Arizona is the man responsible for writing  some episodes of multi-awards winning shows’ like Thirty Rock and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Although both of those shows are far from my favourite American comedies, as I said, they both have moments of genuine hilarity and brilliance.

Arizona is set in …well you guessed it, Arizona. The year is 2009 and the good ole USA is suffering from a devastating housing crisis 

The movie opens with our main character,  Cassie. She works as realtor and we get the feeling this job ain’t the easiest. She’s in the process of showing a couple a house available in her area. We can  feel her desperation as she pulls-out every trick in the book trying her hardest to make that sale. This is put to a stop when she hear’s the screaming of one near-by neighbors.  The screaming was coming from a distressed woman, she is having great difficulty trying to support the weight of her her husband who has just tied a noose around his neck and tried to take his own life.  Why did he do that? who was he? and what relevance did he have to the story about to begin?: None. Apart from us getting the idea that the reasoning behind this attempted suicide was the crippling housing crisis.

This is when we meet, nut-ball-sack, Sonny (Danny McBride). A man who is close to the edge and showing worrying signs of a severe mental breakdown. He decides to confront Cassie’s boss (Seth Rogen) about the house he bought that is now listed for forecloser. A couple of idiotic mistakes leaves Sonny with no choice but to kidnap a hostage until he can come up with a better plan.  We all know that there is no such thing as a “better plan” when it comes to these kind of movies. Over the course of the movie we watch the death toll rise as Sonny makes one idiotic mistake after another.


I really enjoyed this. I loved how dark and unpredictable it was. It wasn’t the most realistic of movies but if you can replace realism with escapism then you will find a lot to enjoy about Arizona. I had read a lot of reviews stating that the film has a lot of pointless violence in it, what is the problem with that?. One of the key selling points of this movie is how quickly the violence escalates into a lot of murderous, messy, mayhem. I thought McBride suited the role, his character is psychopathic but also at the same time, apologetic which makes for some laugh-out-loud comedy.

As well as Danny McBride and Rosemarie DeWitt, Arizona also stars Kaitlin Olsen, Luke Wilson, Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Gillies.


Words By Gary Gamble

Founder/Owner @ Moviehooker


3 TV Shows For You To Binge – Moviehooker

I have put together a list of 3 TV shows to binge. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have done writing it. It feels good to be back in action.

3 TV Shows To Binge

Its been a while since I have been able to sit down and write an article. As most of you know, I have relocated to Spain. My internet has been worse than the old-school dial-up. Now I am back in full swing with, 3 tv shows for you to binge, aren’t you all excited?

I have been starved of any sort of movies or series, so to say I have gone on a bit of a binge would be an understatement. Ok, enough of the chit-chat lets get down to some bingey-business.



3 tv shows to binge WACO


3 TV Shows To Binge

A six-part mini-series based on the events that took place in Texas between February 28 and April 19, 1993. A 50-day stand-off between the FBI, ATF and a cult known as The Branch Davidians.

One of the strongest casts put together for a tv show. Michael Shannon and Taylor Kitcsh and Rory Caulkin lead the cast. I have to say that Kitcsh playing cult leader David Koresh has to be one of the most memorable performances in recent years. Not to mention, Michael Shannon, is just as good as he always is. I also have a tonne of respect for Rory Culkin and the roles he chooses to play.

The series is based on two books and the information in these books (still, may have been dramatised for the screen), but the series opened my eyes and made me re-think about the shocking events that happened in Waco.


3 tv shows to binge The Alienist

3 TV Shows To Binge


In the 19th century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures. Experts who studied them were therefore known as an alienist.

A ten-part series based on a serial killer that is brutally slaughtering young prostitute boys. The title, The Alienist was the name given to criminal psychologists back in the late 1800s. Also, this is long before serial killers were known as serial killers.

Quite harrowing and graphic at times this series ticked all of the right boxes for me. It got a little bit slow at times but there wasn’t long to wait before we got to see some impressive serial-slayings.

Another reason for us to like this series is that it is partly written by the great Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Beasts Of No Nation, and original scriptwriter for the new IT, before the big-wigs, tore it to shreds to make it more suitable for a younger audience).

Nothing wrong at all with the acting, in fact, the cast is very strong. One thing that did get on my nerves a little was the accents; this was set in New York City in the late 1800s. Our lead characters sounded like they were from England. Nearly every other character sounded like they were from inner-city Dublin, Ireland.

The series is based on a novel of the same name so maybe it explains why everyone sounded like they were from everywhere else other than New York City. Still, it is still a very strong series and a must for anyone seeking a gritty serial-killer drama.




3 TV Shows To Binge


This featured on one of the moviehooker lists I put together that featured some upcoming tv shows. Although not much bingeing is going to be done with The Terror as it has just released its third episode.

Produced by Ridley Scott and his production company Scott Free. The series was adapted for the screen by the writer of Invasion. If you cant remember, Invasion, it was the poor, lifeless remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Again, I tend to blame production companies who want more asses on the seats to maximise profit. They have a tendency to rape a good script and turn it into something kiddish and childish.

This series is another set in the 1800s. A team of explorers searching for the treacherous Northwest Passage are stranded on their ship in the Antartic. It’s not long before the team of skilled explorers start to get picked off one-by-one by a monstrous predator stalking their every move.

This series has real potential, the first two episodes are quite slow moving. You know its building up to be something great. It’s also great to see a series set in this freezing and unforgiving backdrop.  Although set in the 1800s, it reminds you of John Carpenter classic, The Thing. 

I am really looking forward to seeing where this series takes us. When I first wrote about this show, I could’ve sworn it was based on a science fiction novel. According to the poster on IMDB, the series is based on true true, I don’t know.

3 TV Shows To Binge

Well, folks, that’s it for this article. I hope you guys enjoyed reading my 3 tv shows to binge, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

Stay tuned for more lists and upcoming reviews from me and the team here at moviehooker. As always, thanks for reading.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail


A list of upcoming indie horror movies that will be hitting our screens soon.

As the festivals continue to bring us the best in new, upcoming indie movies, I thought it was time to make a short list to tell you about some of the solid new features we have to come our way. Some movies have already made their way to the festivals, some you’re going to be hearing about real soon.



upcoming indie movies

DIRECTOR: Ted Geoghegan


WRITER(S): Ted Geoghegan, Grady Hendrix

WRITER’S PREVIOUS MOVIES: We Are Still Here, The Berlin File (screenplay), Curse Of Undead, Horrorstör

STARS: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Noah Segan, Eamon Farren, Justin Rain, Ian Colletti


Three lovers, at the end of The War of 1812, burdened with seeing their people killed, light fire to an American encampment. Little do they realise, seven men escape the fire and track the trio down, determined to seek their own revenge.


upcoming indie movies

DIRECTORS: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson


WRITER: Justin Benson


STARS: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple


Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group’s beliefs may be saner than they once thought



DIRECTOR: Marc Meyers


WRITER: Marc Meyers (screenplay), John Backderf (book)

WRITER’S PREVIOUS MOVIES: How He Fell In Love, Harvest 


Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy- and during his teenage years, he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.



DIRECTOR: Trey Edward Shults


WRITER: Trey Edward Shults


STARS: Joel Edgerton, Kevin Harrison Jnr, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo


Secure within a desolate home as n unnatural threat terrorises the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.


Upcoming indie movies

DIRECTOR: Kevin Phillips

DIRECTOR PREVIOUS MOVIES: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

WRITER(S): Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski

WRITER(S) PREVIOUS MOVIES: A Head Full Of Ghosts, Stephanie, Siren

STARS: Owen Campbell, Elizabeth Cappuccino, Charlie Tahan

OFFICIAL PLOT (Tribeca Film Festival)

Enjoying their normal lives in mid-’90s suburbia, Zach and Josh are best friends with numerous shared interests, chief of which is an attraction to their classmate Allison. One seemingly routine day, along with two other friends, Zach and Josh borrow the latter’s older brother’s prized samurai sword to goof around in the local park. But the afternoon soon spirals out of control. Wracked with guilt, Zach struggles to assimilate back into high school life, even as Allison begins to show a romantic interest in him. The situation gets even more complicated once Zach notices a disturbingly off-balance change in Josh’s behaviour.