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Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 07:44:42 PM »
For anyone interested, I've found on the BBC Genome site that Horror Express was first shown on bbc1 on 2/1/1980, which was the first showing on British TV. That sounds about right. Now to find out when Creeping Flesh was shown... Sadly I'm informed that it ITV had that one. Be brilliant if it was shown at the same time, and my dad was just switching between the two...


Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 07:17:59 PM »
Thanks for all this. I would have been twelve in when Ch4 started, so I'm thinking I was maybe a bit younger when I was scared by the Horror Express soundtrack resonating up the stairs. I had a feeling it was ITV as well, but have no idea why I thought that...
These old horror double bills/ Twilight Zones on ch4/ bbc2 Sherlock Holmes films on Fridays (?) at 6, they were the stiff of my childhood and teenage years.


Film & TV / British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:38:30 PM »
Hive Mind:
Does anyone have a link to any site that details showings of horror films on UK terrestrial TV?

Basically, I've just watched classic Cushing/Lee/Savalas film 'Horror Express'- which I remember being on TV in my youth (between 1978 and 1982 I guess), but which I've always had (I now find) confused with 'The Creeping Flesh'. So now I need to know a) when both those films were shown on TV, and b) were they ever shown in a double-bill. See, I remember my dad watching it downstairs, and the sound of the TV being enough to scare me witless... but from the bits I saw through the crack in the door, it was set on a train (Horror Express) and when my dad explained the plot to me the next day, he told me the story of The Creeping Flesh.
So, did he just get it arse about face? Were they both on that night? Or was he just making shiz up? I need to check listings!

Any links or help gratefully received.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 September, 2018, 11:29:45 AM »
Avengers: Infinity War
After a dismal presentation at the cinema, where the projection was so awful I could barely make out what was going on, the dvd viewing was sheer unadulterated bliss.
After twenty movies over ten years, I (and the rest of the audience) have taken these characters into my heart and am completely invested in them all. Even Bucky and Sam Wilson. Shove them up against a villain as beautifully rendered and well-rounded as Thanos, and you have what is honestly one of the all-time great film experiences. It doesn't put a foot wrong, is thrilling and funny and absorbing and the end packs a hell of a dramatic punch.

There is no way Avengers 4 can live up to this, and is BOUND to be a crushing disappointment. He says in the same whiny, annoying voice of those saying the superhero bubble is soon to burst, and all these movies are populist crap anyway.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 September, 2018, 07:47:56 AM »
Put me down for a complete SiniDex too. As far as I'm concerned it's the best thing 2000AD has published in the "modern age", edging out Dante for this reader.
I'd also put it easily in my top ten "of all time" (or since prog one, for those less interested in hyperbole) and the sad fact that it's never been properly collected yet is obviously popular enough to hold a semi regular slot in the comic still, makes me wail and gnash my teeth.


Prog / Re: Prog 2096 - Warriors On The Edge
« on: 29 August, 2018, 01:34:59 PM »
It's raining today, so I genuinely can't be arsed to go into town and pick up the prog- but, that said, I've been meaning to ask this for some weeks now: why the hell does this "Armoured Gideon" in The Order look ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE the real one? He doesn't even have the same number of eyes, let alone a similar face, body or even build.
It's been a long time since I read the original strips, but did something happen to mank him up at the end? Or is there more to this than first appears. I remember there being more than one giant robot in the series, so why bring back Gideon but not make him look like he should. I mean, one eye? I guess it's just another example of The Order not making a jot of sense.


Megazine / Re: Meg 399.
« on: 15 August, 2018, 01:58:45 PM »
That too! I have a bad leg and have had to walk to town and back, so apologies.


Megazine / Re: Meg 399.
« on: 15 August, 2018, 01:25:29 PM »
Just picked this up, and have noticed the next floppy (in #400) is another Dredd one. Thought it was supposed to be Return To Armageddon?
And, #400 is to be perfect bound. Whoop!
Rest of the Meg looks splendid this month too.


Prog / Re: Prog 2092 - The Death of Death?
« on: 06 August, 2018, 10:25:24 AM »
An odd prog for me, especially as I'm coming to it later than usual, due to an apparent calamity at my local newsie resulting in it being shut til early September, and having to track the comic down elsewhere.

Anything with a Clint Langley cover is good by me, and this one rocked, hard.

Dredd was stonking. Love the art, love the procedural nature of the story. One of the better Dress this year- a year which I've felt sadly lacking decent Mega-City strips.

Grey Area was the highlight of the prog- and my possible favourite single episode of anything this year so far. I'm heavily invested in this strip, and this just added several layers of enjoyment.

Mechastophiles- didn't get on with the Norwichmass original at all, but this was a delight. Monsters with a city on their back is such a bloody fantastic, 2000AD, idea that it gave me a jolt of thrillpower I've not had for a while. Gorgeous art, too.

Sadly, neither The Order nor Damned float my boat in any way whatsoever, and I can literally go from panel to panel not following, not knowing who the characters are, and not caring. I'm glad they have their audience- as people obviously like them a lot- but, no, not for me I'm afraid.

3 out of 5, but the three I liked I bloody loved, and despite not being a fan of the other two, I certainly don't resent their presence.


Prog / Re: Prog 2090 - Transit Authority
« on: 18 July, 2018, 01:26:48 PM »
Dredd- a nice little one-off that harkended back to the strip as it used to be.

The Order- nope, sorry, dont understand and am not engaged with a single page of this.

Terror Tale- really liked that. Simple, and with a funny twist.

Damned- again, nope. I have no idea what any of this is about. Gave up properly reading a long time ago.

Grey Area- top thrill, always great to have it back. Cliffhanger a punch to the guts. Can't wait for more.

3/5 Zarjaz.


Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 20 June, 2018, 03:58:44 PM »
It's going to be impossible to comment on this without some kind of disclaimer along the lines of "I am not a Rorschach-style bearded living at mums house-dwelling incel lunatic, but...". Needless to say, I have nothing against female comic creators* but bloody hell, this tested the patience. I sort of liked the Rogue story, but not the art, and I sort of liked the Anderson story, but again not the art. Nothing else did anything else but remind me of the worst bits of the nineties indy comics scene.

I'd love to find some positives, but I'd be struggling just for the sake of saying something nice. 


*bought a great one today- Land Creatures volume one, by Juliet Brando.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 June, 2018, 11:03:24 AM »
Ocean's 8

Dragged to see this with my wife, who then spent the time trying to work out of every unaccompanied male in the cinema was gay or not, because it was "a chick flick". Standard heist movie, enlivened by the presence of Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story, but hamstrung by Helena Bonham Carter doing an intensely irritating turn as an Irish fashion designer and James Corden playing an arse.
Not funny, and lacking any tension as to whether they get away with it, which I thought was a prerequisite in this type of thing. Also, my seat was bum-numbingly uncomfortable.


Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 05:06:30 PM »
It cost us £90 to see Jurassic World 2 the other day- tickets and drinks from the corner shop for our brood.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 02 June, 2018, 02:11:56 PM »
Well, I saw it yesterday, and thought it's quite possibly my favourite of them all. It was exactly the Star Wars film I wanted to see, and have done since Marvel chose to follow the adventures of Han and Chewie after their initial adaptation ended forty years ago.

As a kid, I always preferred Han to Luke, and Star Wars for me was more about the adventure in a grimy universe than it ever was about jedis and The Force. So this ticked all my boxes.

My only niggle involves the obviously-aged and chubby Ray Park doing Maul, with a comedy voice and needless pansying about with the lightsabre, to set up a sequel we will now likely never get thanks to internet twats.

All in all, my filmic highlight of the year.


Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 31 May, 2018, 04:44:41 PM »
Don't forget Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, which is out in a few days. This particular couple of months is jammed with movies appealing to the same demographic. Something had to give, and it's a shame it's Han.
I'm going tomorrow with my kids.

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