Preview: Korn and Limp Bizkit

In celebration of their twelfth studio album, ‘The Serenity of Suffering’, Korn are set to return for an arena run across six different venues in the UK this December. Gracing the likes of Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London, Cardiff and Nottingham; the Californian nu-metal group have stated: “We’re really proud of our new album and we can’t wait to play these songs for our amazing fans in the UK, they are some of the best in the world! This tour is gonna be sick!”

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Throwback: The Walking Dead Apocalypse

On Sunday 31st July, I set off for what was only described to me as ‘a scary zombie thing with guns’ by my dad. Suitably intrigued, it turned out to be The Walking Dead Apocalypse experience – a shooter that falls somewhere between airsoft and scarefest. Described online as “a live action video-game-like zombie shooting experience,” the night I traveled out to was in Kidderminster; and the suitably terrifying Drakelow Tunnels. The tunnels are disused nuclear bunkers that are as vast as they are dark – very fitting for an apocalyptic night of zombie killing.

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Review: Blair Witch

★★★★★ – Blair Witch is a new standard for found footage horror. Successfully entwining a solid narrative, horrifying visuals, and mastering the concept of ‘less is more’ – this year’s ‘evil in the woods’ is the most frightening yet.

Wingard and Barrett come to the franchise with a host of excellent collaborations already in place. The slasher-hit You’re Next, and fan favourites A Horrible Way to Die and The Guest inspired great excitement that the duo would be taking the helm on this risky throw-back, bringing the grandmother of found footage horror to modern screens. The excitement was well judged – as the two have hurtled The Blair Witch Project into the modern dimension in a way most would have doubted possible.

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Review: A Hologram for the King

★★☆☆☆ – Tom Hanks’ latest nice-guy endeavour falls flat in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King.

Aiming for a lot and achieving little, the culture clash of America and Saudi Arabia – whilst interesting at first –  doesn’t feel like anything new. Visually stimulating but with little to back this up, it feels fair to say that whilst there are a few redeeming moments to pull the film together; the final product still feels intensely average.

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How to be a YA protagonist

So, you’re just a normal kid. Maybe you’re at high school, maybe not – but one thing’s for sure; you know you don’t fit in. There’s this niggling feeling that you’re not good enough, that everyone around you is cooler, prettier, has more to offer; and of course this is exacerbated by that one oh-so-mean bully who won’t leave you alone. That dreamy love interest doesn’t even know you exist, no matter how much you flip your hair and stare longingly. You’re such a loser.

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