Flight of the living dead Review and Opinion

2017/04/29

Flight Of The Living Dead: Outbreak On A Plane (2006)
Director: Scott Thomas

review by James A. Stewart

There is a popular train of thought in the movie industry that states you should never work with kids and animals. After watching Flight Of The Living Dead you could add zombies to this list. Director Scott Thomas and his strictly C-list cast

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Return of the living dead Review and Opinion

2018/05/24

The Return Of The Living Dead (1985)
Director: Dan O'Bannon

review by Jeff Young

If you saw George Romero's classic zombie horror Night Of The Living Dead, and so reckon you can guess what this one's about, think again...
   Yes, it's a horror thriller, and it's about zombies - but there

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Night of the living dead Review and Opinion

2018/07/27

Night Of The Living Dead (1968)
Director: George A. Romero

review by Steven Hampton

A walking corpse attacks Johnny and Barbara in a cemetery. Her brother is killed but Barbara flees to a nearby farmstead. There, she meets other survivors of what seems to be an apocalyptic nightmare. Can they fortify the house against an army of flesh-eating zombies,

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The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett Review and Opinion

2016/03/05

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Severed: forest of the dead Review and Opinion

2016/09/10

Severed: Forest Of The Dead (2005)
Director: Carl Bessai

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

There seems to be a resurgence of the zombie flick since the release of 28 Days Later, with films like the Dawn Of The Dead remake, Romero's

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Urban ghost story Review and Opinion

2018/01/12

Urban Ghost Story (1998)
Director: Genevieve Jolliffe

review by Gary Couzens

Glasgow. A car accident, and 12-year-old Lizzie's (Heather Ann Foster) best friend is dead. As Lizzie lies on the tarmac, for three minutes she 'dies' and is taken into the light... only to be revived by paramedics. Months later, Heather is living with her mother Kate (Stephanie

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Wolves in the walls Review and Opinion

2017/12/21

The Wolves In The Walls
Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
HarperCollins hardcover $16.99

review by Michael McCarty

Fantasist extraordinaire and bestselling writer Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean have been collaborating on a series of superb books for younger readers. It began with the witty picture book The Day I Swapped My Dad For 2 Goldfish,

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Hellboy animated: blood and iron Review and Opinion

2017/03/22

Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron (2007)
Directors: Victor Cook and Tad Stones

review by Ian R. Faulkner

Having just reviewed the first instalment of the animated Hellboy series, I now find myself checking out part two, Hellboy Animated: Blood & Iron, which rumour has it may well be the last in the proposed and fledgling series. It seems the

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Iron council Review and Opinion

2015/11/11

Iron Council
China Miéville
Macmillan hardcover £17.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Since the publication of Perdido Street Station, China Miéville has enjoyed a status afforded few genre authors. His books are published through a mainstream publishing company (despite Macmillan having a

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Stepford wives Review and Opinion

2016/08/03

The Stepford Wives (2004)
Director: Frank Oz

review by Shiraz Rahim

Frank Oz (voice of Yoda in Star Wars) brings to the screen a new twist on Byran Forbes' haunting 1974 classic The Stepford Wives. Not having seen the original in its entirety, I can't comment as accurately on the parallels between the two versions, but I can say that, from

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Timeline Review and Opinion

2018/02/10

Timeline (2003)
Director: Richard Donner

review by Michael Lohr

A mystery suspense thriller based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel about clandestine happenings at the corporate military industrial giant International Technology Company (ITC), run by David Thewlis and Matt Craven. The company's new invention, a transportation machine that is meant

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Smallville Review and Opinion

2018/04/08

Smallville (2001)
Creators: Alfred Gough and Miles Millar

review by Daniel G. Jennings

Basically, this show is an attempt to update the classic 1950s, 1960s and 1970s Superboy comics which chronicled Clark Kent's high school years in Kansas, as a modern angst filled teen show like Buffy the Vampire

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Dawn of the dead Review and Opinion

2019/03/27

Dawn Of The Dead (2004)
Director: Zack Snyder

review by Paul Higson

George A. Romero's 1979 Dawn of the Dead (and its shorter UK Goblin-remix release version Zombies: Dawn Of The Dead - of which British fans are more familiar and fond) had it all. It was

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Audition Review and Opinion

2019/06/25

Audition (1999)
Director: Miike Takashi

review by Mike Philbin

After the death of his wife, company executive Shigeharu Aoyama brings up his only son. The pair are almost inseparable for seven years. During a meeting with a business colleague at the TV station where he works, a cunning plan for a fake TV show is concocted to find Shigeharu a new wife

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Downward to earth by robert silverberg Review and Opinion

2019/03/05

Downward To Earth
Robert Silverberg
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

Analogy can be a highly problematic technique in science fiction, which can lead to a facile prefixing of 'space' before what in our time and place would be a terrestrial phenomenon. For instance, in Robert Silverberg's Downward To Earth, the former Earth colony

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Jeff noon interview Review and Opinion

2018/10/28

Living In A Gloopy World

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Third black book of horror Review and Opinion

2016/05/04

The Third Black Book Of Horror
editor: Charles Black
Mortbury paperback £7.50

review by Mario Guslandi

Charles Black, the man who single-handed is re-launching the horror anthology in the UK (and whom some critics are already calling 'the new Herbert Van Thal'), presents us with

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Pleasantville Review and Opinion

2018/06/21

Pleasantville (1998)
Writer and director: Gary Ross

review by Debbie Moon

Teenager David is obsessed with a 1950s' TV show, 'Pleasantville', featuring a happy family living in an idyllic community. Given his erratic home life, his desire to escape to a world of fantasy is understandable. However, when he and his worldly sister are sucked into the show

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11th hour Review and Opinion

2017/11/11

Eleventh Hour (2005)
Creator: Stephen Gallagher

review by Alasdair Stuart

Created by TV and horror veteran Stephen Gallagher, Eleventh Hour is a serious attempt to do something, which has never actually been done before, contemporary, science based drama. It's a supremely brave move, especially

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Earthlings Review and Opinion

2017/05/26

Earthlings: Ugly Bags Of Mostly Water (2005)
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

review by Alasdair Stuart

My final year at secondary school is not one I remember fondly. As well as the usual pressures of exams, the final choice of university and the horrors of adolescence I also had to deal with facing the reality of leaving the island I grew up on, the

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Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind Review and Opinion

2019/02/05

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2003)
Director: Michael Gondry

review by Debbie Moon

Geeky Joel (Jim Carrey) still longs for his lost love, free spirit Clementine (Kate Winslet): but when he tracks her down and tries to make up with her, she seems to think she's never met him before. In fact, she's had a radical new treatment pioneered by Dr Mierzwiak

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Skreemer Review and Opinion

2018/04/13

Skreemer
Peter Milligan, Brett Ewins and Steve Dillon
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Skreemer is the story of the fight to retain dignity and compassion in a grim near-future world struggling to rebuild after being decimated by plague. Brutal gangs control the supply of life-saving serums and three kids from the wrong side of

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Second sight Review and Opinion

2017/11/06

Second Sight (1991)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

It should be pointed out that on its first video un-spooling, Michael J. Murphy's Second Sight got a light applaud and a three star rating. In the second viewing that extra star was born, gradually, meticulously, going

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Fausto 5.0 Review and Opinion

2019/01/19

Fausto 5.0 (2001)
Directors: Àlex Ollé, Isidro Ortiz and Carlos Padrissa

review by Paul Higson

Perhaps it is my suspicious nature but I am beginning to think that few, if any, of the English language reviewers have actually seen this. One gets the impression that the first reviewer caught it half-drunk at a festival and every subsequent review has been

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Losers: ante up, double down Review and Opinion

2015/10/10

The Losers volume one: Ante Up
Andy Diggle, and Jock
Vertigo / DC graphic novel $9.95

The Losers volume two: Double Down
Andy Diggle, Jock, and Shawn Martinbrough
Vertigo / DC graphic novel $9.95

reviews by J.C. Hartley

Way back in the 1960s, the original of The Losers was a DC comic featuring a team involved in some of the

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Serpent's shadow Review and Opinion

2018/04/29

The Serpent's Shadow
Mercedes Lackey
DAW paperback USA $6.95 / UK £6.99

review by Amy Harlib

The prolific and popular American fantasy writer, Mercedes Lackey, in a recent, widely available offering, presents another novel length re-telling of a familiar fairy tale (in the manner of The Firebird, The Black Swan and The Fire Rose

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Hp lovecraft encyclopedia Review and Opinion

2018/11/22

An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia
S.T. Joshi and David E. Schultz
Greenwood hardcover £58.95

review by Patrick Hudson

The literary reputation of H.P. Lovecraft has grown enormously over the past three decades. He has gone from being an obscure writer in a spurned genre to take a place beside the Gothic masters who inspired him - Poe, Blackwood, Machen

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Atlantis, 1990 Review and Opinion

2017/10/13

Atlantis (1990)
Director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

Heck and a half! The Italians provided Michael J. Murphy with the example that convincing costumes, sets and effects weren't essential to a film sale. So busy had Murphy been in the 1980s that, come the end of the decade, perhaps

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Consorts of heaven by jaine fenn Review and Opinion

2016/03/01

Consorts Of Heaven
Jaine Fenn
Gollancz paperback £12.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Consorts Of Heaven begins in the dreary uplands with Kerin, a poor widow and healer of limited training, worrying about her 'sky-touched' son as a storm approaches. For a reader expecting a direct sequel to Jaine Fenn's first novel,

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Modesty blaise: cry wolf Review and Opinion

2015/09/18

Modesty Blaise: Cry Wolf
Peter O'Donnell and Enric Badia Romero
Titan paperback £10.99

review by Barry Forshaw

Since the creator of the most acclaimed heroine in British literary history retired Modesty Blaise, Peter O'Donnell could probably have rested on his laurels. Certainly, he could afford to. But since retiring from the long-running newspaper

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Ethos effect Review and Opinion

2016/01/17

The Ethos Effect
L.E. Modesitt Jr
Orbit paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

In the far future, Van C. Albert is a navy officer commanding a starship for the Taran Republic, one of a number of power blocks in the known galaxy. Unexpectedly, he is appointed military attaché to the Taran embassy on the independent world Scandya. The diplomatic situation

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Armitage 3 Review and Opinion

2019/07/06

Armitage III: Poly-Matrix (1994)
Director: Takuya Sato

review by Jeff Young

In this colourful and dynamic sci-fi anime, Naomi Armitage (voiced by Elizabeth Berkley, of Showgirls infamy) is a feisty super-cop on a futuristic, independent Martian colony where - according to her boss - she's the resident "badge-toting terror in hot-pants." In defiance

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Oktober Review and Opinion

2018/07/24

Oktober (1997)
Writer and director: Stephen Gallagher

review by Tom Matic

Oktober comes from the same team of writer Stephen Gallagher and producer Brian Eastman that brought us BBC's Bugs and shares that series' suspicions about the applications that large

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Dog soldiers Review and Opinion

2019/03/11

Dog Soldiers (2002)
Director: Neil Marshall

review by Michael Lohr

This is a very entertaining, realistic horror movie about werewolves, the best one since John Landis' An American Werewolf in London. This movie marks a much-needed return to the traditional horror movie genre. Written and directed by Neil Marshall and co-produced by Christopher

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Iron man Review and Opinion

2017/02/20

Iron Man (2008)
Director: Jon Favreau

review by Jonathan McCalmontSpoiler alert!It's no surprise that it has taken Iron Man such a long time to make his way to our cinema screens. Unlike the angsty and driven Batman or the unapologetically Christ-like Superman, Iron Man has always had a whiff

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Earth, air, fire and custard Review and Opinion

2016/01/31

Earth, Air, Fire And Custard
Tom Holt
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Reading a Tom Holt novel is a unique experience, some authors transport you to far off places or make you consider who you are and what it is you really believe, Tom Holt throws you in the boot of his car and drives round the country forcing you to identify where

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Speed of dark Review and Opinion

2018/03/26

Speed Of Dark
Elizabeth Moon
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Speed Of Dark is the story of Lou Arrendale, an autistic born early in the 21st century. It could have become a heavy, difficult meditation on the difficulties of being disabled but it is a joy to read and an excellent example of character-led science fiction.
   Lou

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Fandom of the operator by robert rankin Review and Opinion

2019/01/22

The Fandom Of The Operator
Robert Rankin
Doubleday hardcover £16.99

review by Rob Marshall

Robert Rankin is a very funny writer. He's also a genre author, and that's more than just a bonus. There aren't enough genuinely humorous wordsmiths in the field, today. The really great ones - like John Sladek, or the late Douglas Adams - are few and far between

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Dead witch walking by kim harrison Review and Opinion

2016/02/01

Dead Witch Walking
Kim Harrison
Harper Voyager paperback £6.99

review by Alasdair Stuart

Rachel Morgan has a problem, in fact, she has a whole clutch of problems. As an Inderland Security runner, she's spent the last few months getting the worst jobs going and somehow, never quite bringing them in properly. Rachel's good at her job but her bad luck

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Charlie and the chocolate factory Review and Opinion

2017/08/12

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Debbie Moon

Charlie Bucket is an ordinary lad living a blissfully happy life with his impoverished parents and batty grandparents. Inspired by his grandfather's tales of working in the magical chocolate factory run by Willy Wonka, Charlie wants to be one of the five children who

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Special unit 2 Review and Opinion

2018/03/27

Special Unit 2 (2000)
Created and produced by Evan Katz

review by Daniel G. Jennings

This show works because it doesn't try to take itself too seriously. It tries to entertain and amuse us and succeeds admirably. The plot is simple - in an alternate reality a wide variety of mythical monsters such as trolls, gnomes, dragons, gargoyles, gremlins, etc.

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Ardly effect by mitis green Review and Opinion

2016/04/20

The Ardly Effect
Mitis Green
Brambling paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

The Ardly Effect is the first book from author Mitis Green and publisher Brambling Books, and is billed as 'Book One of the Two Moons Trilogy'. The two moons in question are Edenia and Horridoa, each occupied by the original inhabitants of the other (the more

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Darker places by richard matheson- book review for zone-sf.com Review and Opinion

2019/04/01

Darker Places
Richard Matheson
Gauntlet hardcover $55

review by Michael McCarty

In the dedication of this short story collection, Richard Matheson writes: "To Barry Hoffman - with many thanks for resuscitating so much of my early work." That statement sums things up dead-on. Hoffman, the publisher and editor of Gauntlet Press has been collecting the

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It's only temporary by eric shapiro Review and Opinion

2015/11/13

It's Only Temporary
Eric Shapiro
Permuted paperback $8.95

review by Debbie Moon

It's the end of the world - what are you going to do? Pray, panic, run, roll over and die? For newly graduated Sean, facing the fact that the life he's been preparing for is never going to happen, it's simple. He wants to be with former girlfriend Selma when the asteroid

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Lost on adventure island Review and Opinion

2017/01/05

Lost On Adventure Island (2006)
Director: Yancey Hendrieth

review by Christopher GearySpoiler Alert!Must genre film criticism always make allowances for the limitations of no-budget productions? Should newcomers and hopefuls always be encouraged by reviewers taking a positive and upbeat approach to a well

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Creep Review and Opinion

2017/07/22

Creep (2005)
Writer and director: Christopher Smith

review by Debbie Moon

Party girl Kate (Franke Potente) is supposed to be meeting George Clooney at an upmarket bash, and the only way to get there is the last tube-train of the night. But when she falls asleep on the platform, she wakes up into a nightmare. The station's locked, she's trapped, and an

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Pirates of the carribean 2 Review and Opinion

2016/10/28

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Eric Turowski
Spoiler Alert!There's action, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering, more action, a lot of spoken exposition that confuses most people, poor dental hygiene, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering... yep, the new

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Land of the dead Review and Opinion

2017/01/19

Land Of The Dead (2005)
Director: George A. Romero

review by Paul Higson

He's back, they're back and I am back. Back in the cinema, with the chomping dead on the screen where they belong, serving the zombie master's allegorical purpose, as they ought to be. Nobody does it better than George A Romero. His Land Of The Dead is not perfect, but whatever

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Mockingbird by walter tevis Review and Opinion

2015/09/19

Mockingbird
Walter Tevis
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

One of the lesser-known works to be republished in the SF masterworks series (it was previously unknown to this reviewer, at any rate), Walter Tevis' 1980 novel Mockingbird is a quiet, meditative piece, less of a story, really, than a portrait - a portrait of a world

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Falling out of cars Review and Opinion

2019/01/25

Falling Out Of Cars
Jeff Noon
Transworld paperback £6.99

review by Tom Matic

It is difficult to categorise Falling Out Of Cars by genre, let alone by sub-genre. If you want to use that kind of terminology, its subject matter makes it a post-apocalyptic road novel, but Mad Max it is not

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