Saturday, 17 September 2016

Plane Walker - A novel by C.P Dunphey

I need to start off this article with something of confession and apology - yes I know, it wouldn't be the first time...... though at least this one doesn't take place in a court of law for once. Some weeks ago I was sent a science fiction novel to read which came all the way from across the pond in Mississippi, U.S.A. The author in question, C.P Dunphey, had kindly offered to post the novel for an honest (is there any other sort?) 5D review. 

I was genuinely excited to read the book after being told the basic of information - "The Manus Dei system proved that a deity exists..........The universe was changed forever...........Mankind desires equal footing with the God.............The God seeks to abandon mankind."

However here comes the confession and apology - because, as you can see from the accompanying image, I did indeed receive the package, did dutifully and eagerly unwrap it, devoured the synopsis with relish and then posted a picture of the package on my INSTAGRAM account (feel free to check it out, there are lots of pretty pictures on it). I then put it in my personal 5D drawer in my workroom............... and then promptly forgot that I had put it there. What a douche. It was only a few days ago when I realised that something had been niggling at the corner of my twisted mind, something that I had forgotten to do, something that I wanted to do - but for the life of me I couldn't quite place my finger on what the problem was.

That was until I went to the drawer with the intention of tidying it out when I saw the thing responsible for nagging at my memory - oh bugger!!!. Cue two days of frantic binge reading of the book before the much delayed review. On the one hand this wasn't easy, in the main because I am a notoriously slow reader. However the thing that eased this problem was the fact that Plane Walker, is a remarkable piece of writing. 

Here is the cover blurb......

"After his wife dies during childbirth, Lazarus’s life takes a turn for the worst. Addictions and neglect spread across the years as Lazarus focuses on the Deity as the apex of his frustration. During a freak accident, his daughter Elisha disappears. At his weakest point, Lazarus’s last memories of his daughter are erased, leaving him stranded with no clue of her final whereabouts.

On a final whim of desperation, Lazarus locates the last Manus Dei system in existence, hoping to use the machine to find the memories he has forgotten in life. But not without harsh repercussions.

Will Lazarus find Elisha? Or will he succumb to the terrible consequences of using the Manus Dei? Will Lazarus’s ulterior motives turn his daughter’s rescue mission into a war against the God?"


Plane Walker clearly takes its inspiration from a number of literary and cinematic origins, Phillip K. Dick, H.P Lovecraft, Twelve Monkeys, John Carpenter, Alien - to name but a few of those that immediately occurred to me. These examples like many others of the ilk share certain age-old themes; namely a cloying feeling of despair, frustrated psychological isolation and then all wrapped up in a feeling of ever-increasing claustrophobic terror.

This novel very nicely embodies some of the same themes of despair and horror here in the form of the first person accounts of the main protagonist, Lazarus. The character's feelings of confusion and frustration at his loss of memory after suffering from brain damage, plus the trauma of the loss of his daughter, is hugely effective. The consequence of of Lazarus's confusion, hopelessness and terror is to subsequently place the reader in the same emotion state of barely suppressed turmoil. Quite simply, the narrative carries one along the very same hallucinogenic journey so that we too are constantly sharing his fear and trauma in trying to determine just what is real and what is fake.

There may be some readers who may be put off by a narrative that time refuses to adhere to any form of traditional linear approach. However I found the whole experience refreshing in that the the fear and the torment experienced by Lazarus was made all the more authentic. Fear not, Plane Walker is a hugely enjoyable slice of scifi/horror that will have you thinking, contemplating, questioning, fearing and confused in equal measure. And that in my book is no bad thing.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

C. P. Dunphey was born in Staten Island, New York. He grew up in Southern Mississippi and had an interest in writing since he was very young. In 2015, he founded his own publishing company, Gehenna Publishing House. His first novel, Plane Walker, was released in 2016. He hopes to further his writing as well as offer authors opportunities to be heard and read, his dream being that Gehenna Publishing House becomes a household name. The sequel to his novel, Plane Walker, titled Heiron, is slated for release in early 2017.

Buy your copy and follow the author, C.P. Dunphey, on Twitter and Facebook!






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Sunday, 11 September 2016

My Walking Dead Dream Crate - courtesy of LootCrate.com

Do you know something? I've often fantasised about my role in any potential apocalypse. There is a part of me would like to think that I would be a fearless fighting gun-toting heroic leader who would always know what to say and what to do...... and all the while getting as much female attention that I could handle - as it were. 

Now while a few of you are still lying on the floor at the back in hysterical fits of laughter at the thought of little Ole me being all loved up, I will readily admit the reality would more likely be different - very different. I would in truth probably be something of an arse; There is a good chance that I would in fact be that guy who holds everybody back by continually whimpering 'We're all going to die!".....or that guy who wanders off after being told to stay put and so gets his face eaten off by a marauding zombie....or that guy in the group who everyone else hates and wants to kill far more than the Zombies do.......that b**stard who got almost Glenn killed in The Walking Dead......or maybe I would even be the biggest baddest bad guy of them all - now THAT would be fun.

Those people who are unfortunate enough to know me well are well aware of my obsession with The Walking Dead. I discovered the Graphic novels a couple of years after they first appeared back in the dim and distant days of 2003. Yes, yes I know......once again I was quite ineptly behind the times. It certainly wasn't the first or last time. To be precise it was the summer of 2006 in which I first discovered the stunning artwork and storytelling that depicted a world where an unknown apocalyptic event has transformed the majority of the human population into slobbering, rotting flesh-eating zombies (in other words, parts of Glasgow after midnight)

A few years later (2010 to be once again precise) I learnt that the story was going to be adapted for TV, much to the suspicion and jealousy of some of my fellow Walking dead aficionados.  

I did try to dislike the TV series, I really did. After all, like many I had developed a rather selfish ownership over the graphic novel series. Even when I heard that the mercurial Frank Darabont was going to be initially at the helm I was yet to be convinced. I had decided beforehand that I simply didn't want to be part of of what I saw as the inevitable watering down in the mainstreaming and mass-popularity that would take place. 

I can still vividly remember on that night in 2010 when I sat in front of my television to watch the 1st episode, arms crossed and a fixed facial expression that signified that I wasn't going to enjoy myself, no matter what.

Well five or so seasons later, that has somewhat changed, Actually, if truth be told it changed about 3 or 4 minutes into that first episode. Yes, the show deviated almost immediately from the comic source material, and in probably in far too many ways that irked many fellow comic fans. However, what hasn't changed is the notion that when the inevitable Zombie apocalypse finally arrives, I'll still want to be the hero - but will no doubt turn out to be something an an anti-hero.......All I needed is something to focus my attention.

Well funnily enough, something arrived in my email inbox this week which did just that. The message in question came from Loot Crate - A monthly subscription & community that delivers crates of rather fabulous gear to geeks & gamers. Apparently the company delivers the best in geek + gaming gear. From collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art, and other epic gear, it's like Comic-Con in a box! 

The information that I received was in general to simply to check the website out, which I duly did and saw a veritable plethora of easy morsals that could satisfy my very own geeky appetite. If you don't believe me then check it out for yourself at https://www.lootcrate.com 

So this got me thinking (something I do very occasionally until it gives me a headache) -  Loot Crate say they offer up a unique monthly box of awesome for every fandom, enthusiast group and style. All we have to do is pick our your crate and off we go. So I decided to highlight what would be in my very own Dream Crate - and off course it could only be my very own Walking Dead Dream Crate.




The 5D Walking Dead Dream Crate

My theme for the crate would quite obviously be the Zombie apocalypse Anti-hero - whether it by the cowardly individual who's self-centred yellow streak results in one of the main cast being torn apart form the slobbering hordes. Or maybe it could be the big bad bad guy that's the anti-hero....... Hmmmm, decisions, decisions. Maybe it would have to be either The Governor (Bloody hell, I still haven't recovered from what the bastard did to Hershal) or maybe the biggest baddest baseball bat wielding bastard of them them all, Negan. Oh yes, Negan it is.

For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of meeting our favourite Walking Dead psychotic, Negan appeared in the 100th edition of the comic series and in the most recent run of the TV series. He is quite simply the most deliciously nasty of all anti-heroes as the leader of the Saviours human community. He's highly intelligent, charismatic, domineering and easily sways between pragmatic gentleness and outright sadistic violence. Well the first couple of parts were me at least........

Hmmm, so now I want some items in my Walking Dead Anti-hero Dream Crate.

Item 1

The first thing that I would want including would be my very own Lucille. Now for those who may not be particularly versed in the Walking Dead world, Lucille is a charming little implement that Negan uses as his main weapon of choice - namely a charming little baseball bat lovingly coated in barbed wire...... now THAT'S going to tickle! Lucille is more than just an implement of violence, it is also an extension of Negan himself, it is part of him and he loves her.

Now while a full-sized version of Lucille may not fit in my Dream Crate then at least a smaller version of it would suffice.

Item 2

Of course I would want a figure of the main man himself - A mini Negan of my very own! Maybe it could even be a bouncing head Negan that could go on the dashboard of my car - now that could work. 

Item 3

In fact why stop at Negan?! - I want a whole range of collectible figures from the series, Rick, Darryl, Glenn, Maggie and of course the Stepford wife psychopath herself, Carole. In fact if they were just plain figures then I could take the time to paint them myself - yes that's right, my nerdome knows no bounds thankfully.


Item 4

I want a some clothes and I want them now! T shirts, socks and boxing shorts - no self respecting anti-hero should be without them in a Zombie apocalypse. Now in my day job as a college lecturer (before the apocalypse comes, of course) I feel nothing will say 'sophistication' and 'professionalism' more than a pair of Zombie socks and some zombie-chomping boxing shorts. This wold all be topped off by a very nice 'Lucille is gonna getcha! T-shirt to provide the full sartorial ensemble. (Before any of you worry and decide to ring the authorities, I do also wear trousers in my job as well).


Item 5 

No Walking Dead Dream Crate would be complete without an edition of the comic itself, or at least a some artwork related to it. It would have to be Issue 100, when our friendly neighbourhood psychopath was first introduced as he proceeded to give Glenn a lesson in headache avoidance. Do I want my artwork bloody, violent and disgusting?.....of course I do! Give me posters, lobby cards and anything else of a zombie flesh eating pictorial nature!


Item 6

The one thing in the apocalypse that will be something of a problem after a while seems to be the distinct lack of food - well except that is if you're a raging flesh gobbling zombie. But as I plan that the most important person in the apocalypse (me) has enough to eat I also want some nice little edibles in my Dream Crate - some Zombie resistent perishables if you like...... Negan nibbles, Zesty Zombie candy, Carol's cookies, Walker Walnuts....... yum.





This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

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Saturday, 10 September 2016

Trauma Industries - part 2

Way back in the murky mists of time, well February of this year to be precise, I brought you news of a crowdfunding campaign. The aim was to raise funds to go towards making an intriguing Scifi short film full of all sorts of Soviet Union inspired dystopian themes. The tasty little synopsis of which was as follows;

"Set in a futuristic industrial dystopia with a 1950s soviet realist aesthetic, “Trauma” is the story of a boy brought to celebrate his birthday at the grounds of a factory that manufactures the must-have toy of the era. The boy has one of these toys, and is visibly attached to it. But the manager takes the toy away from him because he is now too old for such a thing. He fights to get his beloved toy back as a crowd of workers gathers in front of a ceremonial stage. The ensuing chase through the crowd leads him onto the stage where he himself becomes part of the spectacle, subjected to a brutal initiation ceremony that will see him finally “become a man”.

Now before you go any further innings his piece, you have two distinct choices; you could read the whole (delightfully & skilfully written I may add) original 5D post that first brought you the news of Trauma Industries at the link RIGHT HERE ......... Or ......... You could simply make do with the following still rather deliciously enticing morsels of information. The decision is yours.........

Trauma Industries is the brainchild of Jethro Massey who intended the film's script and style to be directly inspired by the powerful propaganda imagery of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. We all know the imagery that he talks about, pictures of workers staring heroically into the distance as they toil for the greater good of the motherland. Sometimes they hold a symbol of all that is good for providing for the masses - tools, equipment or fists of grain to emphasise such philosophies of working for the greater good of society etc etc etc.

The Photography of Aleksandr Rodchenko, the films of Dziga Vertov and such others were used as tools of inspiration and propaganda by the Soviet machine.  While this imagery was used to forward tyrannical regimes, the images themselves are, to Jethro's mind, amongst the most creative, striking and powerful ever made. Trauma Industries will re-appropriate the style, the camera angles, the geometry of composition, the industrial landscapes, the poses and the wardrobe of the era in a modern-futurist science- fiction that questions our voluntary slavery to the contemporary digital technocracy.

Sounds good, eh?!

Well all that was 6 months ago - so this week I received an update from the main man himself about where things are with the project right now .......... & this is what he had to say.

"Thanks again for taking an interest in the project, and for writing that great article... Can't wait to show you then end result!"

"Our nine days of principal photography at the Ancienne Hôpital Psychiatrique de la Maison Blanche were a great adventure, and a real pleasure. The buildings have since been sold and are no longer available for film shoots, so we were incredibly fortunate to shoot in this fantastic location. Over the course of the shoot over 200 people lent their time and talent to the film, I’ll write more about the filming process on the film’s website, but I’m incredibly grateful to our fantastic technical and creative teams, to all the actors and extras, the production and catering team whose task, as you can imagine, was particularly daunting… The rushes are looking absolutely fantastic, the décor, the lighting, the performances (especially of our young star, Jolhan Martin, and our factory manager, Jacques Colin) are superb."

"Since the principal filming, we captured a few last shots at the Manufacture des Allumettes, in Aubervilliers, beneath the old factory’s impressive, recently refurbished chimney, we have put together funding requests for the post-production of the film, and we are currently working on the edit. It’ll be a long road to finish the film, as there are a fair amount of special effects to be created, as well as sound editing and colour grading. The timing will depend a little on the results of the grant requests we’ve made, but we are currently hoping to complete the film around January/February 2017."

"In the meantime I have started preparing the crowd-fund gifts (where possible -of course, those of you awaiting tickets for the avant-première will have to wait a little!).  I’ll be in touch in a separate email to each of you in the next few days to make sure I have everything I need to get you your posters, jackets, post-cards and so on!"

"You’ll find many more images on our facebook page, including some stunning portraits of our cast coming in the next week or so… 
Note that you don’t need a facebook account to view the page. "

So putting aside the point Jethro made about me writing - and I quote, "a great article' (Just in case you missed it earlier) I must admit to being genuinely excited about eventually seeing the finished product. I'm also rather excited that I've also been promised a Trauma Industries themed poster of my own - excellent!!







This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

If all that was enough to entice to 5D land, should any of you fine people out there wish to advertise on the 5D website then have a look at the offer below.






Sunday, 4 September 2016

Guest Blog #4 - A review of Don't Breathe by Salome G.

Welcome to the fourth of the guest blog slots for 5D. This particular piece comes from Salome G from the very excellent website www.CultofWhatever.com, which began as TalkWrestlingOnline.com in 2000 (yep, wrestling!) and stayed as an active wrestling forum for the majority of its time. In 2015 the powers at be the site rebranded the site to two separate sites; TalkWhateverOnline and CultofWhaterver in order to embrace more of the cult entertainment shows its members were enjoying rather than just focusing on one area. These two sites both still have their own identity. They're great sites so check them out!

If you would like to be a guest blogger for me then you can contact me through my website at www.5d-blog.com.



Review: Don't Breathe
By: Salome G of https://www.CultofWhatever.com


Fede Álvarez's Don't Breathe would seem almost quaint were it not, you know, for all the murdering. It's an R-rated horror movie that's not a remake or a reboot or a re-anything, which is refreshing in these recycled times.


Set in the modern ruins of Detroit, the movie focuses on Rocky (Jane Levy), who burglarizes homes along with her boyfriend Money (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette). Alex's dad works for a security company (the cleverly named Liminal Home Security), so that's how they get in, and they follow a code. Take electronics and other small valuables and get out quickly. As you might surmise, small change jobs like that get you...well, small change. When Money complains to their fence about the small return they get, the fence gives him an obvious answer: If you want money, steal money.

And Rocky wants money. She's dreaming about taking her younger sister Diddy (Emma Bercovici) and moving as far as away from their awful mother as possible. Money (the person) hears about what sounds like a too-good-to-be-true score. After losing his daughter in a vehicular accident, a local man (Stephen Lang) had received a reported six-figure settlement--the streets say it's $efrom the young driver's rich parents. The word on the street is that he keeps it all in his house, which happens to be the only occupied house in the neighborhood. While scoping out the house, the trio discovers that the man is blind, causing Rocky to have a momentary crisis of conscience. "Just because he's blind don't mean he's a saint, bro," says Money in what is probably the smartest thing he's ever said. After some hesitation from Alex and then subsequent pleading from Rocky, the group decides to go ahead with what seems like an easy enough job. If you've seen heist movies where someone just needs one last score, you've probably got a pretty good idea about how everything is going to shake out.

And somehow, it's even worse. Their series of unfortunate events begins when they decide to burglarize the home while the Blind Man (as he's listed in the credits) is there (because he hardly ever leaves) and immediately continues when they put Money in charge of gassing his room with some kind of sleepytime concoction. As Money is about as sharp as a sack of wet mice--an earlier burglary scene depicted him...leaving a DNA sample at the house--whatever's in that bottle doesn't take. The Blind Man is up and at 'em within a few minutes, and then the real trouble begins. He's not some feeble, helpless old man; rather, he's a trained killer who has one hell of a secret in his basement.

He quickly discovers someone in his house--Money--and dispatches him just as soon. He's unaware of Rocky and Alex until he is and thus begins a cat-and-mouse game throughout nearly every square foot of the house, including the ductwork. There is a stunner of a sequence in the basement that takes place in near complete dark. Once the chase is on, so is the tension, which doesn't let up until the credits roll. This movie eschews easy jump scares in lieu of playing pinochle on your nerve endings. There are moments of respite, but there's still an underlying dread and anxiety throughout the movie. You're never quite sure if anyone is going to get away with what they've done or even just get away.

And unlike lesser horror flicks that pile up bodies like they're firewood, this movie takes death seriously. I wish I could say the same about something else that takes place in a later scene that's just vile. That scene may not have been intended for pure puerile shock value, but that's how it plays. It is a glaring misstep in an otherwise fine movie. Other criticisms I have are much milder, including that the movie seems to get confused about just how able the Blind Man is. He can walk past Rocky or Alex clinging to a wall and never notice their presence, but then he's also able to sniff out their shoes.

These are minor quibbles, though, about a film that's much better than it should be.

8/10 - It's packed full of tropes and at heart is another horror movie about kids trying to escape a scary house, but the story is so engrossing and sure-footed that you don't think about that until hours later. You know, when your heartbeat finally slows to normal.










This article can also be found via the 5D website www.5d-blog.com. There you can find a veritable feast of blog articles, news items, pictures and and other mouth-watering salutations to the gods of the geeks and the nerds. We have now inherited the earth, you know.

There is also a newly launched forum on the website designed for ANYONE involved or interested in the Independent film industry related to genres of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror. Feel free to register and contribute - Everyone is welcome!

In addition the 5D website now has PayPal Donate button. Any donations kindly made will be fed directly back to help with a podcast materials, competition prizes and other general costs etc. If you wish to contribute to the exciting growth of the website & blog then we here at 5D headquarters would be eternally grateful. If you would like your contribution to be acknowledged publicly then simply send a message via the website’s contact section and we’ll send you some love!

If all that was enough to entice to 5D land, should any of you fine people out there wish to advertise on the 5D website then have a look at the offer below.