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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2012, 12:38:51 am »
Who will make it to the end of the series without getting bit?
My bets are on Ben, I mean what self respecting creature of the night is gonna want to get close to someone who does up the top button on a T shirt?
Why was Melanie worried when she woke up in a strange place?
Answer... guy with the top button on his T shirt done up is facing her. (with a silly grin on his face)
What was she thinking at that point? Was it, beam me up Scotty, please?

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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2012, 08:36:50 pm »
Okay, another new episode, and Gabriel and Ben again push the envelope for camp, ineffectual vampire slaying.  Seriously, you could peg a tent with those little wooden stakes, its no wonder it took at least two go's for them to work.  But typically, they've come up against terminally inept vampires, again, it appears to be a legion of vampire village idiots! I'm afraid I'm still having trouble suspending my disbelief during the 'action' scenes - both Gabriel and Ben react with the speed of an arthritic sloth.

From a shameless male point of view, did the person in charge of wardrobe and costumes decide on the subtle nod to the tradition of Hammer Horror, where the female leads absolutely have to be sporting low cut tops?  :P

Whilst on the subject, am slightly disturbed that Melanie only seems to own one outfit - within which she has now had to sprint for prolonged periods of time whilst being chased by vampire zombies, been knocked to ground in, then slept in it, worn it for a second day, and been chased - AGAIN, and then knocked to the floor, AGAIN, and then brutally murdered a vampire zombie in it.  Frankly, after all that you'd expect her to smell riper than Mo Farah's trainers! 

And while I'm definately taken by the buxom Lucinda, I'm slightly disturbed by the relevation that she eats sheep!  :o  And I'm somewhat put off after Gabriel and Ben suggested in the previous episode that she smelt a bit fishy - dammit, must every attractive female in this series be cursed with poor personal hygiene issues?  :o

Changing the subject completely, I really wish that the vampire staking scenes had included a bit of blood gushing or spraying, rather than just oozing.  Nothing says 'horror' better than a bit of splatter! 

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2012, 10:42:54 pm »
Okay, another new episode, and Gabriel and Ben again push the envelope for camp, ineffectual vampire slaying.  Seriously, you could peg a tent with those little wooden stakes, its no wonder it took at least two go's for them to work.  But typically, they've come up against terminally inept vampires, again, it appears to be a legion of vampire village idiots! I'm afraid I'm still having trouble suspending my disbelief during the 'action' scenes - both Gabriel and Ben react with the speed of an arthritic sloth.

Well, they're certainly not the quickest to the punch, that's for sure. But damn it, they're trying. And isn't that the British way? ;)  Plus, you know, Gabriel was right with the garlic! :p

And to be fair, these Ramblers haven't been vampires very long at all! But certainly, I'd agree, the average zombie vampire intelligence level isn't *that* high!

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From a shameless male point of view, did the person in charge of wardrobe and costumes decide on the subtle nod to the tradition of Hammer Horror, where the female leads absolutely have to be sporting low cut tops?  :P

Sam chose her own outfit, honest!

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Whilst on the subject, am slightly disturbed that Melanie only seems to own one outfit - within which she has now had to sprint for prolonged periods of time whilst being chased by vampire zombies, been knocked to ground in, then slept in it, worn it for a second day, and been chased - AGAIN, and then knocked to the floor, AGAIN, and then brutally murdered a vampire zombie in it.  Frankly, after all that you'd expect her to smell riper than Mo Farah's trainers! 

hah! Now this is an odd one. She does have two tops! Same style, but ones a blue and ones a green and they looked very different... until they got on camera! You can *just* about tell, Episode 5 onwards is the green top so she has changed. But yeah, had we the chance, we'd likely have made the two colours much more clearly distinct! Live and learn!

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And while I'm definately taken by the buxom Lucinda, I'm slightly disturbed by the relevation that she eats sheep!  :o  And I'm somewhat put off after Gabriel and Ben suggested in the previous episode that she smelt a bit fishy - dammit, must every attractive female in this series be cursed with poor personal hygiene issues?  :o

Well, was thinking more a decomposing smell but whatever... :p

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Changing the subject completely, I really wish that the vampire staking scenes had included a bit of blood gushing or spraying, rather than just oozing.  Nothing says 'horror' better than a bit of splatter!

Ah, I love blood, I do. But I also love ooze, and don't think we see enough of it these days! But yeah, again, one of those live and learn things, I'd certainly go with a bit more blood in general I think. Next time... ;)


Thanks again for your honest, and entertaining, thoughts!


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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2012, 11:40:49 pm »
I haven't been able to see the whole episode yet. Each time it cuts out half to three quarters the way through, or there abouts.
I'm glad that there isn't a spray of blood when a person is cut/ stabbed. Even when an artery is cut the pressure will only cause a small spurt, not like the Hollywood style of half way across the room; ooze is much better.
When Gabriel and Ben fall to the ground during a vamp attack, their efforts at getting up are dumb. Reminiscent maybe of the early 'Carry On' films. Or how to spoil a film with bad directing, as in The Blair Witch Project and Solstice.
But Lucindas revelation of eating sheep, I had hysterics at that point. My brain went into overdrive when she said that.... I imagined her sat underneath an apple tree watching the sheep fall (thinking of gravity) and the words of the Monty Python sketch  .......  these sheep don't fly, more like plummet. 

I disagree with the comment about the zombie vampires seeming like village idiots, mainly due to them not doing up the top button on a T shirt like Ben.
Imagine if Ben and Sam became a dual personality of one person in a Dr. Frankenstein type experiment, he'd still do up the top button, but Sam would leave several lower buttons undone so that the top of her buzzumka's could be seen.

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2013, 11:09:17 am »


"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VI: Hunted" has been released! The first upload had an error, now fixed. Enjoy!


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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2013, 11:23:11 am »
I've just watched episode six.
I cheered for Gabriel, the lucky bloke had never heard of The Blair Witch Project. It is in my top five for the worst films ever made.
I booed Ben, that top button is still done up and no zombie vamp has got him yet (does the swamp thing get him? Please say yes)
Melanie threw some kind of water at a zombie vamp. Er hello, has she never heard of Mountain Dew?
Then poor Lucinda comes in at the end, but I couldn't hear what she said as the music drowned out her voice.

Overall verdict: Given that Gabriel hadn't heard of the blair witch. 10 out of 10.... Yipee!

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« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2013, 09:30:50 pm »
Bit of a mixed bag, this one. 

Gabriel and Ben mince their way through some very corny horror clich├ęs - seriously, 'I've got a bad feeling about this.'   Ben deserves to die for that alone, and with his growing list of character felonies, if he doesn't die in this then I might personally hunt down and murder the script writer.  If any of the characters say, 'It's showtime,' at any point in this series that will be the point I stop watching, for sure!

Slightly un-PC, but I once heard Roger Corman declare that to make a decent horror film you must utilise the 'Holy Trinity of Horror' - Tits, Ass and Gory Death.  By that yardstick, Melanie is holding up the series almost single handed.  Thought the impaling was pretty good, the oozing blood seems to be a lot more visually effective when the victim is impaled upright, gravity works in its advantage, I guess?

Thought the episode was slightly let down by the ending - as previously mentioned, Lucinda was almost completely drowned out at one point, and I thought the ancient vampire rising up through the ground aped Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters a bit too much.  Personally, I think the scene of him rising from the ground was a bit overdone and over long.  And from a cinematic point of view, having risen, the camera revealed him looking down upon him, I think a hero shot - filmed from a low angle to make him look bigger - more imposing, would have been better.  As a cliffhanger, I was actually expecting a whole load more zombie vampires to spring out and surround Ben and Gabriel, giving them what looked like an impossible situation to somehow overcome.  As it is, I'd back Ben and Gabriel to just leg it in the opposite direction, doubt Lucinda can sprint in that outfit, and if the ancient vampire takes nearly a minute to get to his feet, you wouldn't bet your house on the fact that he could run very fast!


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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #22 on: January 09, 2013, 10:00:04 pm »
About the broken bit of a tree's branch (tee hee, was that broken bit of the tree branch named Vlad?) the one that impaled the zombie vampire. Thing is to what degree is the zombie vampire, a zombie or a vampire?
As a bit of wood through the chest of a zombie won't harm it, but it would kill a vampire IF it gets the heart.
If the head is zombie, the teeth aren't vampire. That might suggest that below the head is vampire, so the wood has it. However, if Lucinda is a Zompire (ZOMbie vamPIRE) her head being vampire and her body being zombie, then Gabriel staking her won't do any good.
What is Gabriel's favourite stake called? Mr. Pointy? Vlad? anyone got any more ideas 

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #23 on: January 09, 2013, 10:02:25 pm »
Thought the episode was slightly let down by the ending - as previously mentioned, Lucinda was almost completely drowned out at one point, and I thought the ancient vampire rising up through the ground aped Fulci's Zombie Flesh Eaters a bit too much.  Personally, I think the scene of him rising from the ground was a bit overdone and over long.  And from a cinematic point of view, having risen, the camera revealed him looking down upon him, I think a hero shot - filmed from a low angle to make him look bigger - more imposing, would have been better.  As a cliffhanger, I was actually expecting a whole load more zombie vampires to spring out and surround Ben and Gabriel, giving them what looked like an impossible situation to somehow overcome.  As it is, I'd back Ben and Gabriel to just leg it in the opposite direction, doubt Lucinda can sprint in that outfit, and if the ancient vampire takes nearly a minute to get to his feet, you wouldn't bet your house on the fact that he could run very fast!


The Fulci homage is 100% deliberate, but that's fair enough if it was too on the nose. itw as also inspired by the Blind Dead series.

What I really wanted to note was that that's exactly what was originally scripted for the cliffhanger! Unfortunately, time, cost and other technical issues and the like meant the final result was greatly reduced. I hope it was just about got away with!


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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2013, 11:11:59 pm »

"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VII: Satan's Grove" has been released! Enjoy!


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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #25 on: January 20, 2013, 05:09:26 am »
I just watched ep 7, and I'm sorry, but I have to say this, they got Ben! Hooray!
I wasn't overly impressed with the sound effects of the shotgun.
What happened to the ancients make-up? Stopping at his face? A turtle neck sweater would've done the job.
I take it (tee hee) that Lucinda sticking her finger into the ancients face was the implied sex content?

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2013, 02:30:04 pm »
Episode 7

Thank you, Lucinda, Ben's reign of tyranny by crap dialogue is hopefully over! I don't care if she does smell like a rotting corpse, I love this woman!

Alas, I'm less impressed with the fact that a dozen Zombie Vampires could do nothing more threatening than shoving Gabriel and Ben around a bit, allowing both to deliver yet more corny dialogue.  Viewer satisfaction would definitely have been raised by a merciless slaughter of both of them.  I come to the conclusion that Melanie, having had a stranglehold on the tits and ass front, is also the only good protagonist with balls as well.

The ancient vampires teeth and face makeup do look great, but I agree, alas you can see the joins at the neck, such a shame is its done ever so well on the face.  And mental note, never let Lucinda squeeze your zits, she just takes things way too far!

So, approaching the grand finale, could go either way.  Am encouraged by some of the shots in the teaser at the end - possibly a bit of rough girl on Zombie-Vampire-girl action with Melanie and Lucinda, spot on.  However, Gabriel delivering a line like, 'This ends now!'  I'm afraid unless he gets fatally impaled with something very sharp then there is no chance for redemption from a corny line like that! 

And I have a this nagging feeling, its bloody Ben, there are a few scenarios here;


  • He is actually, well and truly dead.  Okay, hooray, best case scenario.
  • He comes back as an evil Zombie Vampire.  No doubt he'll be crap at that too, but at least he'll be evil, and hopefully Melanie will slay him before he has a chance to talk.
  • He comes back as an evil Zombie Vampire, but somehow, probably by slaying either Lucinda or the Ancient Vampire, the curse of Zombie Vampirsm is lifted, allowing some final homo-erotic last goodbye dialogue with Gabriel before he actually dies properly and rests in peace.
  • He comes back as an evil Zombie Vampire, but somehow, probably by slaying either Lucinda or the Ancient Vampire, the curse of Zombie Vampirsm is lifted and god-dammit, he's fully restored - absolute worst case scenario.
My personal wishlist;

  • First option of the above list, Ben definitely dead, please!!!
  • Gabriel dies horribly too
  • Melanie slays the ancient vampire and he explodes in a fountain of gore!  I'm hoping this will be the big special effect payoff for the whole series
  • Having slayed the Ancient Vampire, hopefully Lucinda is cured of Zombie Vampirism.  And starts smelling nicer again!
  • And finally, as seemingly all the men in Little Easton are camper than Kenneth Williams, Melanie and Lucinda should definitely get together.  Bit of a stretch I'm sure, but Roger Corman would be all over it!

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2013, 11:20:29 pm »
mysticjim,
did you notice Gabriels stake? The 'pointy end', it looks like he was knocking on the table while reading the script.
And about the relationship between Lucinda and the Ancient, does Lucinda see him as finger food?
Or, does this term apply, He tastes like chicken!
As supported by the scene where she puts her finger in her mouth, obviously a reference to 'finger licking good!'

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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #28 on: February 09, 2013, 09:57:11 pm »


The time has come, you guys, to make the final call. Yup, the final episode is here!

"Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires - Episode VIII: The Last Stand" has now been released, and can already be found on our youtube channel. The other updates I imagine will be seen soon.


We await your feedback in both excitement and terror! ;) 


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Re: Gabriel Cushing versus the Zombie Vampires
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2013, 01:15:20 am »
Good grief! How could you end it like that? With Ben, the top button on my T shirt is still done up.
That could have been good, but the poor make-up on the zombies, their face paint only going down to the chin kinda ruins it.

So what's next?
Sike the lesbian vampire slayer meets 'Twinkle Toes' Alice as they battle the lesbian vampires in Pornithian manor? After Sike has gone into the bushes for a p.
Did you know that term for a group of lesbian vampires is a bed?
Which makes for a colourful synopsis. Sike and Alice go to Porn manor for a bed of lesbian vampires.

Now that your actors are on the way to being famous, will they use a stage names?
Like Tom FKN Cruuse.

About Lucinda licking Sam's neck, you do know why vamps don't lick mens necks don't you?
They don't want to get that damned stubble rash on their tongues.

 

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