Fund This: Beckoning the Butcher

Local Melbournian film-makers Damien E. Lipp and Dale Alexander are working on their début feature, the documentary style horror film, ‘Beckoning the Butcher’.

The film is currently in the funding stage, up now on the crowd funding site Indie Go Go with 10 days to go and is a great opportunity for film and horror fans to support the local scene.

Check out the teaser below and help these young film-makers reach their goal!


Chris Shaw was an up and coming internet sensation. In his videos he performed rituals he found on the web, testing their legitimacy in summoning spirits. His last video never got to be broadcast – until now.

Chris films everything as he, his girlfriend Tara and their friends Brent, Lorraine and Nicole travel to Brent’s holiday house nestled in the vast, isolated plains of rural Victoria. Once they arrive they prepare and perform the latest ritual Beckoning the Butcher, a mysterious invocation Chris found online, designed to entice a paranormal entity into this world.

All who took part in the ritual that night went missing without a trace. The only clue for investigators was the found footage contained on Chris’s camera. Unfortunately for all involved, the footage itself seemed to pose more questions than to provide answers.

Using interviews from family members, detectives and psychics, along with Chris’s footage, this film aims to piece together the events of that fateful night and determine how the players vanished.

Resident Evil 5 XBOX 360 Demo Released Tomorrow, Available Now

Japan’s XBOX 360 gamers have had access to a demo of Resident Evil 5 featuring new enemies and areas since early December 2008. While the demo will be available to the rest of the world tomorrow January 26th, it seems not everyone will be playing catch-up to explore the inital offerings of this next installment, as the demo is currently available online for free easy and legal download to anyone with bandwidth and a blank DVD.

After a brief experience with early code last November I know I’m definitely keen to get into this demo ASAP but whether to wait and save some effort is up to you.

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Review: Dead Space

Dead Space

Developer – EA Redwood Shores
Publisher – Electronic Arts
Available On – XBOX 360, Playstation 3, PC
Reviewed On – XBOX 360

Space; it certainly isn’t living. While it’s not dead either it’s about to get a lot more of the latter with Electronic Art’s latest space-based action horror title Dead Space. Mashing elements of third person survival horror against fast paced action, Dead Space combines the best traits of some well known series to tell a horrific tale of discovery and survival set within the bowels of a recovered mining space ship, the Ishimura.

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While “Resident Evil in space” is often an unfortunately accurate summary for the most part of Dead Space, one must look at the continual enhancements and refinements of the third person survival horror genre presented within. The audio package is top notch and well realised, utilised to the full potential that clear and appropriate sound effects can have in establishing an atmosphere in horror Continue reading Review: Dead Space

Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd poster

He kept a shop in London town
Of fancy clients and good renown
But what if none of their souls were saved?
They went to their maker impeccably shaved
By Sweeney
By Sweeney Todd
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Starting life as a penny dreadful, Sweeney Todd was expanded upon and brought to the stage as a musical in 1979 by Stephen Sondheim. Now in 2008, Tim Burton brings us his much anticipated film based on the stage play, making this Burton’s second direct adaptation* and third musical.** Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is also one of Burton’s best films to date.***

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Review: 1408

Let me begin with a few tips – this is not the movie for a first date (unless you are dating the Single White Female), a 3am viewing after hitting the 40oz’s all night, or an experiment to see what a flick would be like whilst riding high on the mean green. This is nothing short of a mental nerf gun fight, where the soft, loving nerf missiles have been replaced with bitey, angry, feral cats.

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