Santa Clarita Diet Review

Santa Clarita Diet is a 2017 horror-comedy web television series created by Victor Fresco, starring Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson, and Skyler Gisondo.  The story follows married realtor agents Sheila (Drew Barrymore), Joel (Timothy Olyphant), and their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) who live in Santa Clarita, California.  Their lives unexpectedly takes a dark turn when Sheila goes through a dramatic transformation into a zombie sending them down a road of death and destruction. Positives: Witty dialogue Fantastic cast Great performances Interesting premise Great humor Great characters Great special effects…

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Zero Hour (Resident Evil #0) Review

Zero Hour (Resident Evil Series #0) is a 2004 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry, published by Pocket Star Books, and based on the Resident Evil: Zero Hour video game. Sent to investigate a series of grisly murders in Raccoon City, S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team scrambles into action. On the way to the scene, Bravo’s helicopter crashes. Although everyone survives, what they discover next is gruesome: an overturned military transport truck riddled with corpses — and that’s only the beginning of their nightmare. Positives: Billy and Rebecca are…

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Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Left 4 Dead 2 is a 2009 survival horror first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation, and released for Microsoft Windows, Linux, OS X, and Xbox 360.  Serving as the second installment in the Left 4 Dead series, the game follows four Survivors trying to survival in world ravaged by the Infected. Positives: Great sound design Great modes Great game engine Good graphics Fun multiplayer Challenging gameplay Negatives: Lackluster story Lackluster characters Lacks cinematics Highly repetitive gameplay Campaign:  The campaign can be played single-player (played offline with…

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Left 4 Dead Review

Left 4 Dead is a 2008 survival horror first-person shooter video game, developed by Valve South, published by Valve Corporation, and released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and OS X.  Set as the first installment of the Left 4 Dead game series, the game is set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, the game follows four “Survivors” who struggle to survive against hordes of infected. Positives: Great gameplay Fun multiplayer modes Great music/sound design Good graphics Awesome multiplayer Awesome game engine Negatives: Lackluster story Lacks unlockable/hidden content Lackluster characters…

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Underworld (Resident Evil #4) Review

Underworld (Resident Evil #4) is a 1999 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published by Pocket Books.  Serving as the fourth installment in the Resident Evil book series, the story follows Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Rebecca chambers and their comrades who set out to the American Southwest to take down one of the Umbrella Corporation’s most elaborate facilities and its genetically engineered horrors. Positives: Good characters Good action Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Reston is a forgettable antagonist The Planet is a lackluster setting Plot:  The…

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List of Zombie Powers and Abilities in Fiction

Zombies are fictional undead being created through the reanimation of a human corpse. This list was inspired by the List of Vampire Traits in Folklore and Fiction on Wikipedia, albeit a few modifications. Supernatural Powers Hibernation – Zombies have shown the ability to enter a sort of hibernation unless stirred. Pain Suppression – It shouldn’t be called pain suppression because they simply don’t feel pain. Enhanced Strength – Their lack of restraint and acid build up in the muscles means they don’t get tired. Enhanced Stamina – Again, zombies don’t get tired…

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The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1) Review

The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1) is a 1998 science fiction survival horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published by Pocket Books.  Serving as a novelization of the video game Resident Evil the story follows members of Alpha S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics And Rescue Squad) team in Raccoon City, whose search for Bravo Team leads them to the Spencer estate where they find horrors that defy imagination. Positives: Good characters Maintains tense atmosphere Interesting plot Great antagonist Writing is descriptive Negatives: n/a Plot:  The Umbrella Conspiracy follows members of…

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Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2) Review

Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2) is a 1998 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published with Pocket Books.  Set in between the events of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, the story follows Rebecca Chambers and former members of S.T.A.R.S. who travel to Caliban Cove to stop a madman from unleashing a new virus upon the world. Positives: Interesting story Awesome protagonist Good writing Likable characters Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Flat antagonist Plot: The story follows combat medic and biochemist Rebecca Chambers, the sole survivor of…

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28 Weeks Later Review

28 Weeks Later is a 2007 science fiction horror film directed Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, starring Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Imogen Poots, Catherine McCormack, and Idris Elba.  Set as a sequel to 2002’s 28 Days Later, the plot depicts the efforts of NATO military forces to salvage a safe zone in London and the consequences of two young siblings breaking protocol to find their infected mother, and the resulting reintroduction of the highly contagious virus to the safe zone. Positives: Good performances Great special effects Good story…

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28 Days Later Review

28 Days Later is a 2002 post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle, starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, and Christopher Eccleston. The first installment in the 28 Days Later series, the plot follows a group of survivors who cope with the destruction of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus. Positives: Great characters Great score Good plot Great special effects Good script Great cast Great performances Negatives: n/a Plot:  The story isn’t something that we haven’t seen before.  Jim wakes up in the…

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