Dredd (2012)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Getting to see a film about which I know nothing beforehand is a rare pleasure these days. Cinema/DVD prices being what they are I am no longer able to go see a movie just for the sake of seeing a movie; it has to be something I’m pretty sure I’m going…

Ghost in the Shell (1995)/ Ghost in the Shell 2.0 (2008)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- When Larry and Andy Wachowski met film producer Joel Silver to discuss the look and style of their new film idea, The Matrix, they showed him the animated film Ghost in the Shell and said “we wanna do that, but for real”. Judging by the finished product, they did just that….

Films Liz likes which actually suck

-Article by Paul Ewbank- I want to preface this by saying that a) Liz thinks this article is a great idea, and b) she’s sitting right next to me as I type. So Liz and I are incredibly well matched. We both like Pokémon, we both appreciate a good ale but more often than not…

Weirdest/Creepiest monsters in fiction

The Dunwich horror – HP Lovecraft “the Dunwich Horror”  “Bigger’n a barn… all made o’ squirmin’ ropes… hull thing sort o’ shaped like a hen’s egg bigger’n anything with dozens o’ legs like hogs-heads that haff shut up when they step… nothin’ solid abaout it – all like jelly, an’ made o’ sep’rit wrigglin’ ropes pushed clost together… great bulgin’ eyes…

The Rain Wild Chronicles (and some other bits…), by Robin Hobb

– An article by Edward Bilson Esq – It’s very easy for postapocalyptica to degenerate into tropes. Zombies in Zurich, cannibals in Croyden, dragons in Dogellau; while these can be entertainingly written, it’s refreshing to come across a fresh take on the genre. Robin Hobb is a pseudonym. Real name Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, AKA Megan Lindholm,…

Dead Snow (Dod Sno) 2009

‘Eins Zwei Die’ Granted this is not technically apocalyptic, post apocalyptic or dystopian, but it does contain zombies which leads me to believe it is worthy of a mention on Ablogalypse! Dead Snow has to be one of my favourite films of all time. Grossly under-rated as far as horror films go, it combines comedy…

10 Most unexpected moments in Dystopian fiction

[plenty of spoilers – be warned]   Number 10: Shogo’s betrayal from Battle Royale I really freaked out at this one. The entire way through the book you have been vaguely suspicious of Shogo’s motives in helping Shuya and JUST when you have finally begun to trust him he goes and shoots the remaining two…

Phillip Van: Breezy Point

Photographer Phillip Van spends much of his working life documenting the ordinary and mundane as well as  the “ surreal in the everyday and the lives of adolescents and outsiders”. In this series of photographs Van has beautifully documented the effects of a serious hurricane on the coastline of ‘Breezy Point’ in the U.S. The…

Haruki Murakami- 1Q84

-Review by John Ewbank- I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami; his novels are haunting, hypnotic, and above all profoundly strange. Murakami’s world is one where cats talk, men dress up as sheep, and the lives of ordinary people can slowly unravel, until they end up stuck at the bottom of a well. Unfortunately, only his most…

Darkest Hour (2011)

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Originally I was going to include this bad boy in a list of my top 5 alien invasion type films, but I figured that Darkest Hour is interesting and obscure enough to warrant an article in its own right. Plus I couldn’t think of a number 5. It’s pretty much your standard…

The Hunger Games vs Battle Royale

I am a little touchy about the topic of the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The books are excellent* however, a few months after having read the Hunger Games I was introduced to Battle Royale by Koushun Takami and I very quickly recognised a lot of similarities between the two books, to the extent that…

Films Which are Better Than the Book

-Article/rant by Paul Ewbank- I assume most of you know what Room 101 is, but just in case, it was a TV show inspired by Orwell’s 1984 in which celebrities argue the case for their specific pet peeves to be banished forever into ‘room 101’. Naturally I have often pondered what would be on my…