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  • Cult Corner: The Return of the Living Dead (1985) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    rest O Bannon does his own thing A shot to the head doesn t stop these zombies they must be entirely obliterated with fire acid or a nuke The zombies can speak too and they retain some semblance of human logic It s refreshing to watch something as creative as Return which remains unique in the heavily populated zombie subgenre It helps that O Bannon s treatment of the premise is so thoroughly fun turning what could ve been an undistinguished low budget zombie pic into a truly memorable orgy of campy awesomeness The script is a complete hoot full of witty bantering and funny dialogue not to mention a wonderful proclivity for off the wall mayhem there s a midget zombie for crying out loud Running a scant 85 minutes O Bannon infuses Return with wonderful narrative velocity making the experience all the more satisfying O Bannon has apparently expressed disappointment in some of the special effects as he could only do so much with the tiny budget but Return of the Living Dead stands the test of time The make up and sets look impressive and the prosthetic and animatronic effects bestow the undead creatures with a tangible quality which cannot be replicated on a computer Sure some of the zombies look like extras in tattered clothing with a dab of make up but this adds to the charm of the flick reinforcing that nothing is being taken with a straight face This was O Bannon s first directorial outing and while he doesn t attempt anything visually audacious his work is effective and efficient displaying a gift for storytelling and pacing The great soundtrack including a few classic punk songs and a flavoursome original score is another standout adding the finishing touches to this delightful romp The colourful and fun ensemble of characters also warrants a mention O Bannon recruited a great selection of actors each of whom plays their respective role to perfection Matthews displays side splitting comic delivery as Frank while Gulager is both convincing and hilarious as the boss who s in over his head But the film belong to Calfa who makes for a goofy embalmer Miraculously nobody in the film is called upon to do silly things for the sake of the plot they all remain likeable and possess the right amount of campiness Perhaps this review has lavished Return of the Living Dead with more praise than some of you might think it deserves Sure it s no Best Picture winner or any monumental achievement but the film deserves respect and adoration for being the endlessly entertaining and witty extravaganza that it is Pitched at the right tone Return is a total hoot and it closes with one of the most surprising and darkly comic endings in film history Its four sequels may be of inferior quality but they cannot diminish this original film which is required viewing Best Scene It worked in the movie Useless Trivia Via IMDb Tobe Hooper

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  • TV Gems: Cockroaches (2015) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    literally larger than life Tom Davis the gentle giant who sports an infectious grin and somehow ends up dressed as a French maid and the wild eyed father of a child called Zorbotron Dan Renton Skinner Oscar wastes little time getting reacquainted with Suze much to Tom s chagrin but it s not long before he has shown his true colours and Tom stands up for himself and his girl leaving Oscar in the cold and in jail Tom is also ecstatic when finding out that Oscar was perhaps not as prolific in the bedroom as he might have claimed The group gets on with the day to day minutiae of life raiding the nearby supermarket sealing up the water tank staving off the threat of hunger and the risk of being attacked by a female only gang of archers known as the Spectrum Blended well with the comedy is the following notion how do you put together a reasonable group when all sense of framework is gone How do you create a society that can live peacefully in dire circumstances An interesting system evolves within the group and anyone who can do anything remotely talented is held up as a hero In the nuclear wilderness you have to make your own entertainment and if you can remember 21 Seconds by So Solid Crew you will be looked upon wisely The usual setups are put in place doctors well a slightly deranged Alexander Armstrong school leadership Tom and Oliver battle for supremacy while Tom doesn t really want to win he just wants Oscar to lose and foraging parties which are potentially dangerous due to Spectrum and cannibals As you would expect really then for an apocalyptic aftermath While the subject matter of the end of the world may be grim this comedy is anything but in that great British way of laughing at things that scare the pants off of us While Cockroaches may be set in bleak surroundings there is much to enjoy especially with such a rich and interesting cast Nigel Planer of The Young Ones fame plays half of a double act of kid s entertainers and is found with his brightly coloured clothing still present and correct unfortunately having just eaten his partner Armstrong plays a scheming doctor who offers the cure for a green skin infection that blights the children of the survivors including Laura but only for a night spent with Tom Also Jaime Winston appears as a damsel in distress who is not all she seems trying to lure Tom into her clutches with nefarious reasons causing Suze to fight for her man There is plenty of gross out comedy in Cockroaches but considering that the apocalypse has left people without much water to wash with and bodily functions are out in the open it is to be expected that the humour will sometimes deal with the most indelicate subjects However Cockroaches is more than toilet humour and sex jokes It is

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  • Sequelised: RoboCop 3 (1993) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    a lack of any real plot but her beauty goes a long way to making her scenes pleasant enough seriously you might actually want to watch Crossing Jordan There s also the dependable CCH Pounder in a rare instance of over acting as resistance leader Bertha and even Stephen Root as your standard issue double crosser Stealing the show for pure cheese however is a suitably slimy John Castle as Rehab commander Paul You stupid slag McDaggett They were clearly banking on a British actor to work Hans Gruber wonders but it just wasn t to be Oh and Nancy Allen returns to reprise her role as Murphy s partner Anne Lewis but the resultant performance is so lifeless that you can almost see her working out how to spend the money You certainly don t have a reason to care for her when Lewis goes the way of Dick Jones Surprisingly Dekker isn t the worst offender here as his visuals are lavish enough for a visibily downgraded 22 million budget The director previously made the well respected cult films Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad and RoboCop 3 certainly has competence on a technical level It just so happens that Dekker has no real feel for action sequences and when your set piece highlight is the Future of Law Enforcement chasing down a perp in a pimpmobile you know you ve hit rock bottom I ll at least give the guy this Robo s toyetic use of a jetpack is certainly not as horrendous as some would attest and the effects are almost acceptable for a movie that was actually shot in 1991 So is there anything I like here I m gonna surprise many by highlighting some things RoboCop 3 gets right First of all you can t argue the score s impact The legendary Basil Poledouris returns to the series after skipping number two and it s so comforting to have the signature theme back in full force This is a solid soundtrack that builds on the 1987 compositions and gives the movie more sweep than it would have possessed otherwise I also happen to like some of the narrative choices The idea of Delta City has been a phantom menace ever since the first film not to mention the grim fate of everyone living in Old Detroit so it was only right for returning co writer Frank Miller yes that Frank Miller to base the entire plot around its construction There s also the intriguing but sketchy subplot involving OCP s dealings with a Japanese conglomerate who seek to protect their interests by deploying cybernetic ninjas to take Murphy down yeah Miller definitely worked on this You could argue that the execution of these elements is all wrong of course but it does lead to one truly fantastic moment when the stalwart Sergeant Reed Robert DoQui sick of OCP s crap hands over his badge and promptly leads a walk out of the

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  • REVIEW: The Jungle Book (2016) | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    classy jazz treatment in the full credits sung by Bill and Christopher respectively complete with Scarlett s sultry turn singing Trust in Me To address the elephant in the room yes this film is technically 95 CGI animation ranging from the animals to the very jungle around them with Sethi as the one constant live action element Sometimes you ll see something that looks a little more physical like the inside of a cave or a muddy riverbed but most of the time this is pure unadulterated CGI It s not really live action at all but to call it just a cartoon in the traditional sense doesn t do it justice It s what I hereby coin High Concept Animation Everything that is computer generated is designed to be 100 photorealistic and you believe that a real bear panther or tiger is talking to Mowgli The animals have weight and presence every strike and pawprint has impact It doesn t have the stylistic flair of an animated production as it s meant to be REAL And you know what I believed it I saw the characters coming to life Even subtle things such as the slight resemblance of Baloo to Murray or the very clear similarity between Louie and Walken gave it all charm If I had to nitpick one aspect of the CGI it is when we see Baloo in close up for the first time it didn t feel authentic to me but that was quickly swept aside the more we saw of him Having seen it in 3D I can say it is a visual experience worth investigating for those who are curious at the expense of a more vibrant movie The atmosphere of the jungle while very detailed is not like any jungle you would find in real life at times it can be full of colour and vibrancy and at other times it can be incredibly murky and dark The animators gave the jungle such character and presence that this was no gimmick and the story truly benefitted from having an extra level of grit and danger Even certain elements of the cartoon that were played for laughs receive a more serious treatment such as the elephants who aren t the bumbling faux military characters stomping all over the jungle Here they re shown more as Kipling envisioned them powerful noble and silent guardians of the jungle Shere Khan who was already a force to be reckoned with proves his ferocity fairly early on in the film in a way that caught me completely off guard The homages to the Kipling story are appropriate and feel natural to the film The actual Law of the Jungle from the text is brought over and the wolves are given much more to say and do as opposed to the animated movie where they really were very minor characters The term for fire Red Flower is given the same mythological and fearful connotations as the book and

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  • Movie Squabbles | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    read more CULT CORNER The Evil Dead 1981 September 17 2015 at 3 33 pm Cult Corner Movie Squabbles Movies 0 comments With Bruce Campbell s Ash finally returning to our screens next month Cal gets nostalgic with Sam Raimi s original experience in gruelling terror read more PODCAST Dylan Dave Squabble On 4 Summer Movies 2014 August 13 2014 at 6 34 pm Comics Dylan Dave Squabble On Movie Squabbles Movies Podcasts 1 comment Dylan returns to deepest darkest Birmingham to discuss the summer movie season with Dave including The Winter Soldier Days of Future Past Dawn of the Apes Spider Man Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla read more CINEMA CLASSICS Heat 1995 June 22 2014 at 1 51 pm Cinema Classics Movie Squabbles Movies 0 comments Robert De Niro s crook goes toe to toe with Al Pacino s cop in Michael Mann s crime masterpiece read more REVIEW Divergent 2014 April 22 2014 at 11 44 am Movie Reviews Movie Squabbles Movies 0 comments Yoof fiction claims another big screen victim in this disappointing adaptation read more Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil 2015 TV GEMS Columbo 1971 2003 SquabbleCast 14 RETARDIS Search SquabbleBox Music Squabbles REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 AWESOME ALBUMS Gomez In Our Gun 2002 REVIEW Blur The Magic Whip 2015 AWESOME ALBUMS Bad

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  • PODCAST: It Came From Across the Pond #1: “The Yanks Have Landed” | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    to print For their inaugural transmission they share some thoughts on the utterly divisive Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice look ahead to our new Spider Man in Captain America Civil War discuss the expectations of X Men Apocalypse and also provide a retro review of John Carpenter s classic Big Trouble in Little China We re on iTunes and you can listen to or download this podcast on your app of choice Just search SquabbleBox Related Squabbles SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan REVIEW Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice 2015 SquabbleCast 15 Fine Carpentry Superman Reborn Revisiting Man of Steel CULT CORNER Prince of Darkness 1987 CULT CORNER Christine 1983 CINEMA CLASSICS Halloween 1978 VIDEO Doctor Schlock Presents Top of the Schlocks A Halloween Special CINEMA CLASSICS The Thing 1982 Dave James Editor in Chief at SquabbleBox co uk Film freak music minion professional procrastinator podcaster video maker all around talented git More Posts Tags batman Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Big Trouble in Littla China Captain America Civil War Getting Back to Gotham It Came from Across the Pond John Carpenter Johnny Potoky Kurt Russell Mario Colao Nick Gomez Robert Reyes Spider Man superman wonder woman X Men Apocalypse Share this post Tweet Previous Article Higher n Higher Revisiting Ghostbusters II Next Article Start Wearing Purple Wearing Purple Revisiting The Phantom Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches 2015

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  • Gaming Squabbles | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    read more The Anti Street Fighter Revisiting Mortal Kombat August 6 2015 at 3 27 pm Games Gaming Squabbles Movies 0 comments Rod gets into his fighting stance to stick up for Paul W S Anderson s first attempt at bringing a video game to the screen Happy twentieth read more LICENSE TO THRILL The Nightmare Before Christmas The Pumpkin King 2005 December 14 2014 at 9 00 am Games Gaming Squabbles License to Thrill Movies 0 comments The nightmare before The Nightmare Before Is this gaming tie in a worthy prequel to the animated Tim Burton classic read more LICENSE TO THRILL Blade Runner 1997 November 4 2014 at 4 54 pm Games Gaming Squabbles License to Thrill Movies 0 comments Is Westwood s fondly remembered adaptation of Ridley Scott s classic worth another look or should it be retired read more GAMING GREATS Streets of Rage 1991 May 19 2014 at 11 55 am Games Gaming Greats Gaming Squabbles 0 comments Welcome newcomer Becky Lenton who takes a look at a brawling classic we all remember on the Mega Drive read more Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil 2015 TV GEMS Columbo 1971 2003 SquabbleCast 14 RETARDIS Search SquabbleBox Music Squabbles REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 AWESOME ALBUMS Gomez In Our Gun 2002 REVIEW Blur The Magic Whip

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  • SquabbleCast #17: "20 Years in Raccoon City" | SquabbleBox.co.uk - Entertainment Under Attack
    or download this podcast on your app of choice Just search SquabbleBox The Voice by Michael A Hunter Theme Procrastination Wide by The Stiff Joints check them out on Facebook or YouTube Related Squabbles GAMING GREATS Resident Evil 1996 Resident Evil The Games vs The Movies GAMING GREATS Silent Hill 1999 SquabbleCast 6 Retro Games Pt 2 Gimme Gimme a Holodeck Silent Hill The Games vs The Movie The Anti Street Fighter Revisiting Mortal Kombat GAMING GREATS Tomb Raider 1996 GAMING GREATS Grand Theft Auto 1997 SEQUELISED AVP Alien vs Predator 2004 Dave James Editor in Chief at SquabbleBox co uk Film freak music minion professional procrastinator podcaster video maker all around talented git More Posts Tags Biohazard Capcom Dave James Dead Rising George Romero Milla Jovovich Paul W S Anderson Resident Evil Resident Evil 1996 Resident Evil 2002 Resident Evil 2 Resident Evil 3 Nemesis Resident Evil 4 Resident Evil 5 Resident Evil 6 Resident Evil Podcast Resident Evil Afterlife Resident Evil Apocalypse Resident Evil Code Veronica Resident Evil Damnation Resident Evil Degeneration Resident Evil Director s Cut Resident Evil Extinction Resident Evil Retribution Resident Evil The Final Chapter Rod Petrie Silent Hill SquabbleCast Share this post Tweet Previous Article REVIEW Babymetal Metal Resistance 2016 Next Article LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 Movie Squabbles CULT CORNER The Return of the Living Dead 1985 SEQUELISED RoboCop 3 1993 REVIEW The Jungle Book 2016 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City Gaming Squabbles GAMING GREATS L A Noire 2011 LICENSE TO THRILL The Mask 1995 SquabbleCast 17 20 Years in Raccoon City GAMING GREATS Super Mario Sunshine 2002 GAMING GREATS The Secret of Monkey Island 1990 Podcast Squabbles TV Squabbles TV GEMS Cockroaches 2015 SquabbleCast 16 Batfan v Superfan TV GEMS Marvel s Daredevil

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