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Writing a horror / thriller screenplay

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So I'm a budding writer and one of my passions is the horror / thriller genre. Right up front I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of slashers and blatant gorefests. To me it's all just pantomime. I am however addicted to a strong story performed with limited resources. The Omen, Exorcist, Blair Witch; they all worked for me as they focus on a powerful narrative and back plot that appears to put ordinary, seemingly innocent people into awful situations. On tonight's watchlist (Sunday night is movie night!) is 2014's

Written by Wilf 29th October 2017

Vintage Weight Watchers Calculator on Google Play

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My funky little Weight Watchers vintage calculator is now available on Google's Play Store. Here's the link: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.spacemonstergames.vintageww ...

Written by Wilf 24th October 2017

Vintage Weight Watchers Calculator on iOS AppStore

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I've been developing again. This time it's a Vintage Weight Watchers Calculator that you can find on the iOS AppStore. Here's the link: itunes.apple.com/gb/app/wilfs-vintage-calculator ...

Written by Wilf 23rd October 2017

Mobile Arcade Game - Thundergun

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I recently developed a retro styled arcade game for iOS. It's called Thundergun and is modelled around the 1942 franchise of games by Capcom. You can view it on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thunder-gun-retro-shooter/id1217109665 ...

Written by Wilf 19th October 2017

Explaining the Gosforth Cross, Cumbria

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Today, I was fortunate enough to visit the Anglo-Saxon era Viking cross in Gosforth's village church. I could write chapter and verse on it but this video explains things so much more eloquently than I ever could. Reading the Gosforth Cross: Cumbria from RogerLang on Vimeo. ...

Written by Wilf 19th October 2017

What next for Vikings in Season 5 and beyond

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I'm a huge nerd for Norse mythology, Vikings, Dragons and medieval history. The TV show Vikings (soon to be airing Season 5) is a first rate show. Ragnar Lodbrok is the stuff of Viking legend. Akin to King Arthur or Robin Hood here in England. His actual existence has never been proven but it's firmly believed he is modelled on somebody very real. So Ragnar is the main man. The entire show is about him and his family and the challenges that they all face in a changing Norway circa 800 and something. In case you've not seen the show (and I heartily...

Written by Wilf 14th October 2017

Ah, Blake Lively (Age of Adaline, The)

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I've watched The Age of Adaline a few times in recent months. I can't remember the last time a film had such a profound effect on me. Everything that was so effective about it was channeled through Blake Lively. A more beautiful woman on screen I've not seen for years. I remember seeing Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy at the cinema and falling in love with her face. Blake Lively has had the same impact. I watched this beautiful lady in The Shallows and was utterly convinced by her performance. It can't be...

Written by Wilf 11th October 2017

Movies where monsters attack New York

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As I'm sat here watching King Kong (the Peter Jackson one), I'm struck with the thought of those films where a monster attacks New York. I'm pretty sure that of all the cities in the world The Big Apple has fared worse of all. There's plenty of movies where New York gets whacked by mother nature, aliens and even a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But this is all about the monsters. Se here's my hasty list of the three that spring to mind. King Kong (2005) Giant ape lives in peace for decades on an uncharted island. Humans arrive to properly...

Written by Wilf 12th September 2017

Fort Snowhawk in Skyrim

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I'm a total nerd for Skyrim. Just about the only game I play these days. There's no finer feeling for me than sitting down after a long day of work and cranking up the XBox to swagger around the icy wastes of Skyrim with a warhammer. Anyway, I've been playing this game forever and somehow never once stumbled across Fort Snowhawk! How the hell does that happen? I thought I knew this map inside out. It's a cool place for loot. Not much gold but plenty of magical stuff and ingredients. Just watch for those apprentice necromancer types resurrecting...

Written by Wilf 12th September 2017

Films that are a bit like Dungeons and Dragons

Sometimes I'm in the mood for real high fantasy stuff. The kind of thing that even Game of Thrones doesn't satisfy. If I'm in the mood I'd like something that is, for all intents and purposes, a live action Dungeons and Dragons game. That is, there's a party on a quest. You get the gist. A Dwarf, a Rogue, a Mage, a Warrior etc. Looking around for such films of a reasonable quality isn't so easy so I thought I'd make a wee list of the things that I've found. In case you're looking for such a thing yourself, you see ;-) (Note: the official...

Written by Wilf 11th September 2017

Classic movie scene: The Cloverfield monster reveal from Cloverfield

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Cloverfield has its fans but it also has its haters. I'm very much a fan. It's a movie with an enormous monster laying waste to a city. What's not to like? The thing that captured my imagination was the use of the hand-held camera which meant that nothing was staged. When you caught glimpse of the creature it was always a hasty glimpse where you were left begging for more. Even the TV footage as seen in the hardware store was hasty. Humorous, thieves in possession of their new stereos and TVs gawping at the screen as the news unfolded, but hasty...

Written by Wilf 6th September 2017

Classic movie scene: The T-Rex attack from Jurassic Park

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On a scale of 1 to bloody awesome, this scene is right up there with the best that cinema has to offer. We all knew there was a T-Rex and we all knew that no good was going to come of the park's security systems failing. But I don't think any of us in the cinema on that day in 1993 had any idea just how incredible the T-Rex attack would be. It's night, it's raining like hell, the floor is basically a quagmire and the humans are sat in their cars like rabbits in a cage. In the Top Trumps of Dinosaurs the one...

Written by Wilf 5th September 2017

Classic movie scene: Clifford Worley and the Sicilian Mafia from True Romance

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Of all the movies that Tarantino has had a hand in, it's True Romance that I hold as favourite. It's such a powerful piece of cinema that, thanks to Tony Scott (he of Top Gun), has a very human glow to it. As a bit of a gaming nerd I enjoyed playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City back in the day as it appeared to mimic some of True Romance's later sequences. But of all the scenes in the movie it's Clarence's dad's death at the hands of the Sicilian mafia that stands out. Here we have two veteran actors; Dennis Hopper (Clifford...

Written by Wilf 27th August 2017

Interesting trailer for upcoming Godzilla Anime (Godzilla (Anime) 2017)

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Written by Wilf 21st August 2017

Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer? (Pacific Rim: Uprising)

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Well, it certainly looks like Jaeger from Pacific Rim to me. But it also could pass as any number of video games. Who knows. ...

Written by Wilf 15th August 2017

Toothless art (How to Train Your Dragon)

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So I'm also a bit of an arty doodler. Here's a little sketch I did of everybody's favourite bad ass dragon - The Night Fury. Well, who doesn't love a bit of How to Train Your Dragon, eh? ...

Written by Wilf 14th August 2017

The mysterious fate of Percival Fawcett (Lost City of Z, The)

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I sat down to enjoy The Lost City of Z (Zed not Zee) last night. In short, what a wonderful film. Well acted and beautifully absorbing. I confess I am a sucker for that Victorian / early 20th Century story of exploration and adventure. A time when vast areas of planet Earth were still uncharted and very much home to mysterious tribes and civilisations. Charlie Hunman was excellent as the Englishman adventurer with a single minded determination to discover the truth about the 'lost city'. Whether the fabled place exists or not we are left wondering throughout. Fawcett has many things to contend with...

Written by Wilf 9th August 2017

Is 10 Cloverfield Lane a sequel? (10 Cloverfield Lane)

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Well, the answer is clearly no. I watched 10 Cloverfield Lane again last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. If you've not seen the movie and have it on your list of things to watch I'd heartily recommend it. I won't write spoilers here, I'm no movie reviewer. But I will offer some thoughts on the general 'feeling' that I was left with after the end credits had rolled. The first Cloverfield movie was, for me, superb. I love the thought of monsters terrifying people. Monsters out of control and seemingly invulnerable to attack, caught unawares and out of their comfort zone...

Written by Wilf 7th August 2017

Classic movie scene: Discovery of Mina Harker in the mines from Dracula (1979)

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Oh god I just don't know where to start with this. Jan Francis, she of Just Good Friends fame from the 1980s, portrays Mina Van Helsing. Seduced and attacked by Dracula she is hastily buried and, well, that's that. Or is it? Nope. The lunatic asylum erupts in hysteria with inmates screaming of babies being stolen and Miss Mina being responsible. Van Helsing goes to Mina's grave only to discover that she has indeed vanished! But, there's a gaping hole in the coffin that leads down into the mines. A mine network that leads straight from the graveyard to the asylum. Poor...

Written by Wilf 2nd August 2017

Rose Byrne in Star Wars (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)

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Well, you probably already knew this. But for me it was a nice surprise. Rose Byrne, the most beautiful woman in Hollywoodland, was indeed in Star Wars' 2nd episode; Attack of the Clones. A fun film in many respects and one that I may sit through again soon. Actually, maybe I won't. I love my movies but perhaps another two hours of clones and that kind of nonsense is a bit much. Anyway, in case you were wondering what she looked like in the movie, here you go..

Written by Wilf 1st August 2017

The Last Jedi plot details (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)

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Here's a quick round up of some of my personal favourite plot ideas for the forthcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Snoke is actually only about 4 feet high and is a little bit camp. Kylo Ren gets to fly the Millenium Falcon and crashes it. R2D2 and BB8 are like kids and play zap each other. Chewie and Maz Kanata disappear together for a little while. Luke gets to hold Ren's prized possession; his father's mask, and drops it in some shit. Rey visits Tatooine for some reason (pretty dull). Chewie gets to fight Kylo Ren with a lightsabre but...

Written by Wilf 1st August 2017

Classic movie scene: Joker destroys Gotham Hospital from Dark Knight, The

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This really is my favourite moment from Christopher Nolan's Batman reboot. Heath Ledger seems made for his role as the Joker. Beautifully manic and wonderfully watchable. So here he is in Gotham's General Hospital and having found his way out sets about levelling the place bit by bit. How? With a remote control detonator of course. He steps out of the room and into the corridor .. BOOM! Steps out of the building .. BOOM! Walks away from the building toward a waiting bus .. nothing. Frustrated and just a bit thrilled Joker fiddles with the buttons .....

Written by Wilf 1st August 2017

Is 'Shatterhand' the title of Bond 25? (James Bond 25 (2019) 'Shatterhand')


So this morning I had a Google Alert drop into my mailbox that carried the enticing headline 'New James Bond movie Shatterhand...' My apologies to Bond aficionados who may be frustrated by my lack of knowledge. I'm a Bond fan but not that hardcore. So this headline intrigued me and I went to take a look. Here's the link: New James Bond movie Shatterhand I assumed it is indeed the title, working or otherwise, and went scouring the web. It seems that this is old news amongst the Bond community and is met with mixed opinion. (Of course!) Bond...

Written by Wilf 30th July 2017

Classic movie scene: The blood test from Thing, The

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Oh god this scene is a powerful scene. For me The Thing is one of the most powerful horror films ever made. It just gets everything right. John Carpenter has been a bit hit and miss over the years. I never liked They Live or Into the Mouth of Madness. Just a bit rubbish. But Halloween and The Thing stand out as perfect horror. Anyone who has seen The Thing will know all about the sequence in the movie where each remaining member of the team gives some blood. The theory is that anything living will flee from heat. Possibly a nod to Ash's comment in...

Written by Wilf 29th July 2017

Classic movie scene: The Binary Sunset from Star Wars: A New Hope

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Of all the moments in all the Star Wars movies this is the one that made me stop and think the most. Of all the action and all the drama in Star Wars, it's the Binary Sunset that transported me to a different world. It inspired me then and it inspires me now. How I remember staring out of my bedroom window as a boy and imagining that the moon in the night sky was one of the twin suns. As a sat there by the window I imagined space battles, fantastic stories, adventures beyond the stars and all manner of experiences. To watch the...

Written by Wilf 29th July 2017

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American Graffiti
Saving Mr. Banks
Annie Hall
Silver Linings Playbook


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Still Alice
Dead Poets Society
Truman Show, The
Finding Neverland
Godfather Part II, The
Godfather, The


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Godzilla (Anime) 2017


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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Big Hero 6


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Star Trek
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thing, The
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Dark Knight, The
Game of Thrones
Jurassic Park
Jason and the Argonauts
Imitation Game, The


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Being There
Midnight In Paris
Sexy Therapy
Before Sunrise


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Rosemary's Baby
Dracula (1979)
Drag Me to Hell
Exorcist, The
Faculty, The


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Remaining, The
10 Cloverfield Lane
Death Note (Netflix)
Crimson Peak


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Pixar Story, The
Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World
Waking Sleeping Beauty


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Elephant Man, The


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A Fistful of Dollars
For a Few Dollars More
Salvation, The


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Ju-On: The Grudge


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Lad: A Yorkshire Story
Mistress America
Only Lovers Left Alive


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When You're Strange

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