6 unexpected genre mash-ups like ‘Rampant’ that were surprisingly successful

Nov 3rd, 2018 Action, Drama, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

Most filmmakers take a straightforward approach to films – take a story and pick the appropriate genre so that you know what the writing, shooting and editing style should be. But single genres aren’t enough for Korean filmmakers anymore. Now they’re making genre mash-up movies, like the upcoming zombie period drama Rampant, which also stars heartthrob Hyun Bin and silver fox Jang Dong-gun. Those Koreans are just…

Halloween. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 slasher films that’ll have you screaming this Halloween

Oct 26th, 2018 Action, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Horror movies about ghosts and zombies may be terrifying, but deep down, we know that such supernatural creatures don’t exist. As terrifying as demonic nuns and pale white child ghosts may be, they’re not part of the real world (or so we hope). So we don’t have to worry about them hunting us down as we sleep. But slasher films like Halloween are a different…

What's up in Zombiepura? Credit: Clover Films

SAF has capability to fend off zombie apocalypse, say ‘Zombiepura’ director and cast

Oct 26th, 2018 Action, Comedy, Horror, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 10 min read

Zombies and national service in sunny Singapura? If we can have pontianak, zombies sound about right. Zombiepura is the culmination of seven years of blood, sweat, and tears (and we daresay some tasty human brains as well), a zombie film where the undead rise up in an army camp because of a mysterious virus. Personally, we wonder what the Medical Officers (MOs) were doing when that…

Terrified. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

 6 horror tropes to watch out for in any horror movie

Oct 7th, 2018 GV Exclusive, Horror Marcus Goh 13 min read

Are you a horror movie buff? Then there are three things we know you look forward to every year – Halloween, the announcement of the next Ring/Ju-On instalment, and the new movies for the GV Horrorthon. But what makes a good horror movie so frightening? There are some things that we will always be frightened of – instinctual fears that are buried deep in our…

The Predator. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know that the Predator shares Optimus Prime’s voice? And other geek facts

Sep 22nd, 2018 Action, Adult Themes, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The last person you’d expect to star in a Predator film is Jacob Tremblay (yes, that little boy in Room, Shut In, and Wonder), but he’s in the latest instalment in the series – The Predator! He plays language savant Rory McKenna, who is instrumental in defeating the Predators thanks to that ability. It’s strange though, since you’d expect someone with more… physical abilities to…

Seng (Noah Yap) looks like he just spotted the RSM in 2359: The Haunting Hour. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Can you make it through this list of the most “horrific” things in NS?

Aug 9th, 2018 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’ve served your time during National Service (NS), you’ll have heard more ghost stories than in the True Singapore Ghost Stories series. The thing is – ghosts aren’t real (looks over shoulder just to check). Some of the horrific things you’ll see in NS could match the tales of 2359: The Haunting Hour. It would shake the even the steeliest soldier around. Take a look at…

Annie Graham (Toni Collette) in Hereditary. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Hollywood’s most underrated actress Toni Collette blazes in ‘Hereditary’

Jun 20th, 2018 Horror Marcus Goh 12 min read

Remember that scowling blonde CIA agent in xXx: Return of Xander Cage? The grumpy one who tracked down a retired Xander Cage to find a powerful piece of technology? Jane Marke seemed like the stereotypical, tough-as-nails CIA agent, without any depth or nuance to her character. In fact, you might even have thought that the actress who played her was just a former model-turned-actress who…

Ghostland. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Insane things that actors and actresses have gone through for their craft

May 15th, 2018 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 14 min read

Being an actor is easy, right? Memorise a few lines (that’s why we learned spelling and dictation back in school!), show up on set, then frown/smirk/grin while delivering your dialogue. At least, that’s what Joey Tribbiani in F.R.I.E.N.D.S taught us. Then go home (or back to your trailer), Instagram some pics, and let the money roll in! Easy peasy. That’s why so many people harbour…

The Promise. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 absurd myths about sleepwalking that need to be debunked

Nov 19th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

Did you know that you can pee while sleepwalking? True story: When I was younger, I used to sleepwalk a fair bit and mumble Mandarin in my sleep (which is weird given I’m a kantang). In one disgusting incident, I sleepwalked into someone’s room, peed on them, and then went right back to bed. Needless to say, that person wasn’t too happy and I had…

The Evil Within. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Horror tropes that are staler than a rotting corpse

Oct 25th, 2017 GV Exclusive, Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’re a horror film buff, you know how a good scary movie can make you feel alive. A top psychologist claims that “people are driven to see scary movies to escape from the tedium,” which makes sense if you think about it. Few things get the adrenaline running like a frightening flick does – even train breakdowns no longer get our blood pumping as…