The Mummy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 reasons why Singaporeans wouldn’t fear the Mummy’s powers

Jun 7th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you’ve accidentally disturbed an ancient ruler’s grave, you’re more likely to fear your own mummy scolding you (“touch some more, touch some more, you want me to cane you is it?”) than The Mummy lurching out of the ground to come after you. But in the new The Mummy film, the eponymous monster doesn’t quite lumber after you. In fact, she’s horrifyingly lithe and…

Alien Covenant. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 horrible forms that Alien Convenant’s aliens can take

May 9th, 2017 Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’ve ever watched Alien before, you’ll remember that they’re giant, virtually unstoppable creatures that are a mess of slime and bone and fluids that are clearly out of this world. Only Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) could stop them, and even so, things didn’t go all that well for her either. The problem is that the Aliens were a lot more than just that giant slimey insectoid…

Don't Knock Twice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 horrible acts of witchcraft you need to protect yourself from in Singapore

Apr 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

Despite being a modern, cosmopolitan city, you can’t deny the existence of the supernatural in Singapore. Whether it be NTU in the west or Old Changi Hospital in the east, it seems like every other building in Singapore is hiding a spooky tale. You know what’s worse? People who manipulate the unseen for their own benefit. I’m not talking about pastors who secretly use church money…

Movies that turn 25 this year – just like Golden Village

Apr 13th, 2017 Action, Adult Themes, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, GV25, Horror Rachel Chan 14 min read

The year was 1992. Bill Clinton became the president of the United States, the Summer Olympics was held in Barcelona, Spain, and in England, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales were legally separated. Closer to home, Singaporeans will remember this as the year that the import, sale and manufacture of chewing gum was banned. And 1992 was also the year Golden Village opened its first cinema! Singapore’s…

Life. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 movie alien tropes that defy basic biological principles

Mar 22nd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

The problem with aliens in movies is that most of us (in fact, I’d daresay all of us) have never seen an alien before. Since nobody has seen an alien before, scriptwriters have to tap into their imaginations when writing movies about aliens. And since scriptwriters are generally not trained in biology, it means that movie aliens all tend to follow the same tropes – tropes that…

A helpless victim in "Eloise". Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why supernatural horror films are scarier than psychological horror films

Feb 23rd, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

A vengeful spirit or an axe murderer – which is more scary? Although some might say that the 30% increase in water prices might be the scariest of all (and they’re right), most people would consider a vengeful spirit a scarier opponent to face. That’s because you can’t call 999 if you encounter a vengeful spirit – those police cardboard standees aren’t going to stop a…

A Cure for Wellness. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 ways that Singaporeans practice “wellness”

Feb 14th, 2017 Horror, Teens, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Singaporeans are a pretty health-conscious bunch, despite our predilection for putting soya sauce inside virtually every dish that we have (all that sodium!). However, our thirst for wellness goes far beyond just eating and… eating. Beyond folksy remedies, wellness permeates every aspect of a Singaporean’s life. From our wall colours to our mobile phone stickers, there’s a secret health reason for everything we do. Don’t believe…

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 everyday things that turn Singaporeans into zombies

Feb 2nd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

It’s hard to fathom how a zombie virus could possibly spread in Singapore – look at how we dealt with SARS and Zika. Our country wipes out and contains any and all infections with the manic efficiency of a housewife before Chinese New Year. Even the World Health Organisation and the United Nations called Singapore a role model for handling Zika cases. Yet you can…

Split. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the best films about multiple personality disorders

Jan 17th, 2017 Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

Quick lesson – multiple personality disorders are not the same as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where patients exhibit abnormal social behavior and fail to understand what is real and what is not. You can hear voices when you’re schizophrenic. Multiple personality disorders (MPD) are exactly what you think it is – different personalities within the same person. MPD movies resonate with us simply because each…

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways to prevent ghostly possession in Singapore

Jan 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

For a tiny red dot, we’ve certainly got more than our fair share of supernatural sightings. Everyone has seen or knows someone who’s seen a ghost. And with several different cultures on the same island, we’ve got to contend with ghastly apparitions that require different rituals for exorcism. The worst kind of ghosts are those that pretend to be humans. I’m not talking about zombies…