World War Z (Marc Forster,2013)

Despite world War Z hitting our theatres in 2013 it is the latest horror film to include the famous zombie apocalypse theme. The film based on the novel by Max Brooks but seems to have not be able to stick to the story line, offers a unique perspective of a zombie pandemic.

World war Z poster

World war Z poster

As the UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and his family attempt to survive the world wide apocalypse. Gerry is called to help solve the issue and find the source and a possible cure. He is lead around the world from South Korea where the outbreak began.  He then made his way to Jerusalem where the outbreak was under control (until a woman began to sing through a microphone).  Eventually he ended up in Cardiff.   This is the location of W.H.O (World health organisation) where he finds a group of doctors, including Peter Capaldi and comes to the conclusion that the infected avoid the terminally ill and allowing them to create a vaccination / camouflage.  Furthermore, despite the initial setting to be in Philadelphia the movie is mostly filmed in Cardiff. Therefore, are the references to Doctor who a coincidence? Peter Capaldi playing a doctor in a place called WHO set in Cardiff.


The zombies in this film are designed to reflect not just the symptoms of the common infected but rather the dangers of the natural world. Their ability to climb over each other to reach Jerusalem reflects the way ants work. The way they herd together and charge can also reflect many other creatures of the animal kingdom. This unique way of presenting these monsters can show that this outbreak is not man made but very natural and is able to show the nature of earth. However, their inability to control themselves and follow the instinct of passing on the virus rather than to eat people can reflect slavery, Slavery of natural human behaviour and even the resurrection and controlling of the dead done by witches.  This film is able to not just show the horrors of a possible zombie apocalypse but also the ruthless nature of the natural world. This gives the film a unique edge over the other zombie movies.

Zombies on wall

Zombies on wall

The film is also able to show how fast order can break down in a time of panic, adding to the fear of the apocalypse and the “every man for themselves “idea. As people gun down other people for medicine and rape women who are looking for supplies in front of police officers. This ruthlessness adds to the story line and keeps everybody on the edge of their seats.

Unlike the single city we only ever see in these films, Wold War Z shows us the world. Throughout we are able to see the outbreak from start to finish and the mass extent of the virus. The virus is fast and it is ruthless, adding to the truly horrific nature of the apocalypse from a point of view we never get to see.

However, despite the way the film is set apart from the stereotypical zombie films, we still get the stupid people who can’t seem to do anything right.  This can include Dr. Andrew Fassbach (Elyes Gabel) a very important doctor who is their only hope of saving the world, who manages to shoot himself in the head after slipping on a wet surface. Another moron can include a singer in Jerusalem who picks up a microphone and draws the attention of thousands of zombies. However, my personal favourite is one of the doctors played by Pierfrancesco Favino, who manages to knock over something in every room when they must sneak past all the infected. Honestly!

The apocalypse starts rather quickly and due to the fast nature of the virus the action kicks off pretty much at the start of the film, meaning we get to see zombies , action and horror throughout. For me this really is a fantastic zombie movie and deserves to go down in one of the great films of 2013 and the horror genre. I give this film 5 star.

If you love zombies check out my reviews:

Life after Beth Poster

Life after Beth Poster

Life after Beth (Jeff Baena, 2014)

Evil Dead (Fede Alvarez ,2013)

BBC’S I survived a zombie apocalypse

Shaun Of the Dead (Edgar Wright,2004)

Evil Dead Movie Poster

Evil Dead Movie Poster

How have you not seen this?

Deathbyapril- April Ely


Swindon 105.5 war special

Swindon 105.5 war special.

As apart of my work at Swindon 105.5 i have been given the challenge to create a number of pieces on World war one and remembrance day. On this part of my blog i will put up snippets of my radio products.
The poem Flanders Fields By Canadian artillery commander Major John MCcrae is the poem of the first world war. The piece describes the Red poppy’s over the graves of the soldiers . This is the inspiration for the Red poppy on Remembrance day.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow                poppy
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Don’t forget to listen to Swindon 105.5 for the history of world war 1 or check out the ww1 special on my pages or see link below

The House October Built (Bobby Roe, 2014)

The horror genre has bought us another hand held camera movie, with 2014’s ‘The house October Built’. However, instead of searching for ghosts in a haunted house, they are looking for the perfect haunted house/ horror attraction.

The house October built

The house October built

As a group of adult actors we have never heard of play a group of teenagers searching for the scariest haunted Halloween house, they end up with exactly what they wished for.  When they eventually stumble upon some familiar faces and are “invited” to a secret house on Halloween. They are subjected to psychological torture that is far beyond the usual ghost house and into the word of just being plain sick. We are given a unique twist on the method of film making when they move out of the world of the supernatural and into the sick twisted minds of people. We get to see some horrific costumes that truly de-humanise our villains and trust creep the audience out. And with these creatures slightly following the group it adds to the fear factor. What would you do if you were out in the woods and a crazy bunny with an axe chased you around? scarehouse_bunny_1 The locations vary as we get a POV (point of view) of each haunted house and they get more horrific as we get closer to the 31st October. We start in the mediocre territory and end up in criminal.  Despite the new twist on the genre, we have stereotypical conventions, with strong nudity and characters that never seem to be able to understand the danger of their situation until it’s way too late.

On the other hand, unlike nearly every horror film no one actually dies. Our characters are subjected to psychological horrors but none are particularly physical, expect for being tied up and dragged around. No one bleeds or gets any broken bones, they are just scared… a lot.

Unfortunately, the build up to the horror last ¾ of the film, the anticipation isn’t that big and the main horror of the film last about 20 minutes. The movie had a lot of potential but seemed to waste in an attempt to create suspense. Another major flaw is the lack of ending. The film ends suddenly without knowing if the characters live or die and just feels like it is wrong to end there. I am not surprised that Rotten Tomatoes rated it average.  But what can you expect from a “realistic” horror film, with cheap costumes and settings?

From the trailer the film did look good but the was rather average and wasn’t at all scary. I would rate the film three stars.


Deathbyapril- April Ely. How have you not seen this?

Pitch perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks, 2015)

A quick review

The girls are back in the sequel to one of 2012’s best films. The movie we have all been waiting for has hit our screens and is still currently in the top 10 film charts. With all new songs and all new characters we expected this modern musical to beat the original hands down.

Pitch perfect 2 poster.

Pitch perfect 2 poster.

When the Barden Bella’s are given the incredible opportunity to perform for the president and the first lady, who in fact both make star appearance in the film, everything goes wrong. Unfortunately the Bella’s are forced to have a repeat from the last film and the daydream becomes a nightmare. When the Australian singer Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) manages to show her down under, the acapella group are no longer allowed to perform. But like all films the group are given a second chance to prove themselves at the world championship. However, with every competition you need a worthy competitor. Das Sound Machine is a scary; sexually confusing (according to Beca Mitchell played by Anna Kendrick) and highly talented German group (a coincidence?) that are put against are heroes to sing to the death… kind of.

John: This could very well be the greatest conflict between America and Germany in our nation’s history!

Gail: …Crack a book, John.

With a whole new soundtrack and a new feel to the act, the film has picked up the pace and gained its footing in the remix world.  Expect to be able to sing along to nearly every one of the song that is included.  The song lists Ranges from the good old classics, modern, Christmas songs performed by Snoop Dog (because why not?) and even completely new songs.  This really is a first for the world of acapella.  Jessie J’s flashlight stars as the brand new song written by the new legacy of the Bella’s Emily Junk (Hailee Steinfeld). The song is constantly put down throughout the film but to no surprise to the audience is used as the final song giving the group a competitive edge.

Despite the extremely hilarious nature of the first film, don’t expect the film to meet up to its standards as no film has ever been better than the original. Don’t get me wrong the film is very good but was rather disappointing compared to the first. Granted there are a number of funny scenes , including Fat Amy’s serenading scene to ex- troubles member  Bumper Allen (Adam DeVine) and of course the all so famous Riff- off. But again the film could have had a few more laughs! Where was the unrealistic expectations of projectile vomit ?

The film does however cause both the audience and the Bella’s to think about their feature as life at university draws quickly to a close.  As Becca manages to get an internship at a record company and is given the opportunity to showcase her talent. We realise that people need to work hard to get what you want and that life doesn’t just end after education. The film causes you to think about the real world and for our beloved characters to think about the near future and to accept their fate that the Barden Bella’s will eventually come to an end. So will there be a third movie?  WE ALL WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BELLA’S!

Despite the film not reaching the high standards set by the original the film is fantastic and will get a number of songs stuck in your head for a good few weeks. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves a good laugh and a sing along.

Gold star

How have you not seen this?- Deathbyapril ( April Ely)

Check out my review to the American comedy Life after Beth (Jeff Baena, 2014).

Life after Beth Poster

Life after Beth Poster