Wed, 26 November 2008
I spoke about Alien Raiders in the first MOZ Presents: The Munchies episode when the film was screened as part of the 2008 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival. I had an absolute blast watching this film, and along with the Audience Favorite Award it won at that festival, Alien Raiders has also been recognized with the following awards at other festivals across the US:
Shriekfest - Best Thriller
Shockerfest - Best Sci Fi Feature Film, Best Actress (Courtney Ford) and Honorable Mention in the Best Actor category (Carlos Bernard)
Terror Film Festival - Best Picture
Freak Show Horror Film Festival - Best Feature and Carlos Bernard was named Best Actor
International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival - Best Horror Screenplay
The Thriller! Chiller! Film Festival - The Thriller Award
Fresh veggies on Aisle 1. Fresh kills throughout the store. Something terrible is happening at Hastings Market. Something bloody. Something deadly. Something inhuman. And caught up in the grisly horror inside the market are shoppers turned hostages, unearthly alien terrors . . . and a dedicated commando band of raiders on a search-and-destroy mission to stop the intruders dead cold no matter where they hide. From Raw Feed, creators of the Rest Stop and Otis shockers, comes the sci-fi/horror tale Alien Raiders, a nerve-shredding battle for human survival against aliens that invade our world by invading our bodies. Be alert. Beware. Be afraid. The creatures’ next host could be your neighbor. Your kid brother. No – it’s you!
Produced by Dan Myrick (co-director of The Blair Witch Project, co-writer of Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, director of Solstice, The Believers, and The Objective) and directed by Ben Rock (Shadow of the Blair Witch, Conversations), Alien Raiders is WHV’s sixth acquired title from the successful “Raw Feed” film franchise. The film stars Carlos Bernard (“24”), Jeff Licon (Mysterious Skin), Courtney Ford (Lie to Me), Samantha Streets (The Girl from the Naked Eye), Keith Hudson (Bad Boys II, Sex Drive), Matthew St. Patrick (War, “Six Feet Under”), and Rockmond Dunbar (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, “Prison Break”). Tony Krantz (Otis, Mulholland Drive, Sublime, “24”) and John Shiban (“The X Files,” “Supernatural,” Rest Stop) are also producers.
AVAILABLE ON DVD FEBRUARY 17
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08am PST
Wed, 26 November 2008
Left 4 Dead is a First Person Shooter that pits four survivors against endless waves of the undead. The thing that sets this game apart from ther FPS games is teamwork, no matter how good you are, you need to stay with the group to survive and that's where the game shines. The levels are well thought out and follow a linear path (beginning, middle and end), but multiple paths can be taken to get to the end of level. Left 4 Dead also features what's called an AI Director which means zombies will never come from exactly the same place. You may be overwhelmed in a subway one game and find nothing there the next. Online play is where this game really shines - having three other people controlling your the other survivors adds a tactical edge that I have not seen in other games of this type.
Your enemies in this game are hordes of mindless zombies and five hero zombies (four of which can be played in the online versus match). These are not NotLD zombies - these guys are after you at top speed once they see you.
The two things that hurt this game are the lack of weapon variety and the lack of an overarching story. Weapons-wise, you get shotguns, pistols, machine guns and a couple explosives. While each level has a basic "we have to get here to escape" storyline, there is nothing deeper than that. There are rumors of these issues being adressed in future downloadable content, but that is only in rumor form right now.
I am going to give this game two ratings. One for your average man on the street and one for the people who love zombies as much as I do.
For the Zombie Fan this game get's a solid 4-out-of-5.
For the Average Joe, this game gets 3-out-of-5 due to the lack of weapon variety and story might turn them off a bit.
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am PST