Archive | January, 2015

Get the Hell Off Me, Bloody Eagle! – FarCry 4 Reviewed

30 Jan

TitleBack when I reviewed FarCry 3, I came away from the experience very impressed overall. The Blood Dragon extension that came out shortly thereafter was inspired, so I had high hopes going into this game. Did it meet some pretty lofty expectations?

For the most part, yes. This is definitely a case of “if it aint broke” mentality in action, and, mostly, I’m OK with that… Continue reading

Zombeavers

9 Jan

Zombeavers_film_posterFor Christmas, the other half of Two Geeks (Thomas) bought me the eagerly awaited Zombeavers which I wrote about a while ago. (He also bought me Wolf Cop but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.) So, not long after the decimated carcass of Christmas dinner was binned, the wrapping paper tidied away, and I’d finally managed peel myself off my parents’ sofa to come back to Dundee, obviously, I needed to treat myself to this spectacle asap.

I wasn’t disappointed. In case you need to remind yourself of the promise of utter nonsense included in this film, here’s the trailer:

It’s not often that one of these films manages to tick all of the boxes but I can honestly say Zombeavers has everything I want in a B-movie. Terrible acting, an utterly ridiculous (and fairly simple) plot, an amusing script, dodgy anamatronics (always better than CGI, in my opinion), an awesome theme song, boobs for the men-folk, and plenty of humour – what more could you need?

We join a bunch of teenagers (complete with the usual relationship dramas) in an isolated cabin in the woods. Obviously, there’s also some scary judgmental, gun-toting locals who disapprove whole-heartedly of skin being on display, and obviously, a whole bunch of chemically-contaminated, psychotic beavers who evidently dislike people being on their turf. Chaos ensues, of course. Flaming anamatronic, whack-a-mole, beaver chaos.

zombeaverThe effects. What can I say? Well, for starters, the beavers are atrocious – but brilliantly so! They appear in doorways shreaking and looking like they’re having some sort of epileptic fit and wheel across the ground in blatant remote-controled-car-with-fake-fur-on-top fashion. Then there’s the effects later on – which are downright ridiculous, and yet it all just adds to the fun. It’s comedy gold.

The acting is, as expected, pretty questionable at best – however, it’s not quite ‘as bad as porn’ like some I could mention. The characters are, well, pretty ‘meh’ but that’s to be expected – you’re not meant to grow attached to them.

I have to hand it to the writers – they certainly weren’t afraid of taking it to the next level. This film brings plenty of laughs and, I won’t spoil it because it’s too good a moment, but it really ramps up the silly factor in the last half an hour or so. I will mention that, as you might have guessed from the mention above, there’s a suicidal flaming beaver which absolutely cracked me up.

All in all this one is right up there for me – hilariously bad! I have recommended it to a bunch of people already and I highly recommend it to you too!

P.S. I’d also like to share this blog post which I found while writing this post – which shows Zombeavers posters themed in other classic film styles.

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