When Deep Silver first revealed Dead Island 2, the fact that it wasn’t another grim CGI trailer made it immediately apparent that this Dead Island will be different. I expected it to be another decent tropical zombie bash ‘em up that would do a sufficient job of keeping me and my friends busy for a few months until something else comes along.
It’s obvious their ambitions are loftier than that with this sequel, and much of that ambition rests on its new developer. Replacing Techland is Yager, the studio that showed us all how awful war can be with the relentlessly grim Spec Ops: The Line.
A talented developer is no guarantee of a game’s quality, and neither is actual in-game footage. The latter is a tough lesson I’ve learned from games like Aliens: Colonial Marines and the 2008 reboot of Alone in the Dark. What we’ve seen of Dead Island 2 so far certainly looks like a Dead Island game, with its vibrant colors, brutal melee combat and undead hordes, but this game also promises to be as different as it is familiar to fans of the series.
I enjoyed Dead Island and, to a lesser extent, its pseudo-sequel Riptide. The addictive co-op helped me overlook the repetition and uninspired quests, but I’ve never been able to fully ignore the series’ wildly inconsistent tone. Both games have struggled with this. Their trailers were serious — bordering on the depressing — but the games they were created to market were lighter and focused more on combat than on delivering effective, emotional tales of human survival.
Jörg Friedrich, Design Director at Yager, addressed this frustrating issue in a recent interview with Wired, where he explained some of the inspirations behind the tone of the upcoming sequel. “We’re not trying to be silly. We’re not Shaun of the Dead or Dead Rising. We’re not running around in pink underpants with a teddy bear hat.”
Friedrich clearly isn’t afraid to throw a bit of shade at the competition, and I’m all for that. It’s interesting though, because Dead Rising 3 also shares the same tonal problems the Dead Island series has struggled with. It’s impossible to take a serious cut-scene seriously when it comes thirty seconds after I deployed a machine gun teddy bear to mow down a few hundred zombies so I could crush a couple thousand more on the motorcycle I outfitted with a steamroller, all while dressed as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.
I called myself the Yellow Mist, by the way, and the newly reanimated citizens of Los Perdidos quickly learned to fear the roaring sound of my modified bike, for they new its thunderous roar meant the imminent arrival of death.
So where is Yager taking inspiration from? It sounds like they’re looking in exactly the right place.
“We’re more inspired by Zombieland.” Friedrich continues. “That’s a serious zombie movie and the scenario’s not fun. But what makes it fun and interesting is that the characters don’t have the usual motivations of just surviving.”
That gives me a lot of confidence in the developer, because it shows they already have a clearer plan for this series than Techland ever had. Zombieland was ridiculously successful in balancing its copious amounts of humor and emotion in a very natural way. Accomplishing that with Dead Island 2 will be no easy feat, but I think Yager is more than up to the challenge.
Dead Island 2 is slated to hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
More casting news has come in for the second entry into Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's surreal wonderland known as The Devil’s Carnival (review). Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) has joined the ever-growing cast of The Devil's Carnival 2: Alleluia.
Moseley joins the previously announced Zdunich, Brea Grant, Paul Sorvino, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Marc Senter, Dayton Callie, Barry Bostwick, Ted Neeley, Adam Pascal, and David Hasselhoff. Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.
Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman. Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.
It’s truly amazing how much the Silent Hill series means to people. Personally, I’ve been a huge fan since the first game came out. I’ve owned each game (except for Book Of Memories and that’s because I don’t want to buy a Vita), multiple copies of the soundtracks, and more.
For musician Benn Down (aka Quiet One), it was an opportunity to connect musically to a feeling he had inside. He did so by covering Simon And Garfunkel‘s infamous song “Sound Of Silence”, albeit giving it a slightly darker twist than the original.
When I originally heard the rumours about ‘Silent Hills’ I felt compelled to write a song for the game. I tried a few different songs and then I heard Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” on the radio. I instantly knew that I could rework it to make a truly special song for Silent Hills. This version of ‘Sound of Silence’ is for you. Thank you so much for your support.
I decided to make a revised trailer for the upcoming ‘Silent Hills’. I understand that the games and the films are separate in regards to storyline (the games are canon) however the imagery from the films was so iconic that I couldn’t resist. Please enjoy this re-imagining and please enjoy the songs.
Below is the trailer featuring the cover. You can download the cover for free here.
Exclusive time, kids! During this past weekend's Film4 FrightFest, footage of See No Evil 2 was shown to the thunderously loud crowd. Even though the majority of you couldn't make the fest itself, we have an exclusive sampling of the goods!
Greyston Holt, Chelan Simmons, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, and Lee Majdoub star alongside Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, and Michael Eklund in the Soska Sisters-helmed See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar KANE®.
Lionsgate will handle worldwide distribution of See No Evil 2, while WWE Studios will utilize its extensive global reach through television, digital, and social media and print assets to market the film.
Look for it on VOD & Digital HD begins October 17, 2014 and then on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2014.
Jacob Goodnight (WWE superstar “Kane”) fell to his apparent demise from high atop the Blackwell Hotel in See No Evil, and this terrifying sequel picks up where the last one left off. With Jacob's body lying on a cold sub-basement slab in the city morgue, Amy (Danielle Harris), a mortician, is surprised when a group of friends pay her a late-night visit for her birthday. But the surprise soon turns deadly when the psychopath everyone believed to be dead sets-out on a horrific killing spree, and Amy and her friends must do whatever it takes to survive.
Over the weekend I was called a "14 year old moron" on Facebook for writing a story about characters from Kevin Smith's Tusk appearing in his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Said reader thought I let loose a major spoiler. Yeah, he was wrong, I didn't spoil anything... but this next story will have him losing his shit! Or at least I hope it will for spite!
A new poster for Tusk was released today featuring your first look at...
CAREFUL NOW! SPOILERS ARE ABOUT TO ABOUND! IF YOU DO NOT WANT ANYTHING SPOILED, PLEASE TURN BACK IMMEDIATELY!
Ah, to be 14 again!
...Guy LaPointe as Guy LaPointe. Who's that, you ask? It's Johnny Depp having some fun with Smith. He too will be in Yoga Hosers.
Check it out!
Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.
When it comes to movies, Rob Zombie is very touch and go. First he says he wants to do something; then he'll say a month later that he doesn't want to do something. Then he'll announce something. Then that movie will be forgotten about. It's enough to drive you mad, and that's just how he likes it!
In a recent interview with Fangoria, Zombie dropped the following on fans regarding a possible new Devil's Rejects film...
“I’ve always thought I’d like to make another movie because I love the characters, and I have an idea I think is solid for a third one – an idea that would make sense. The problem is, I don’t own the characters now. They’re owned by Lionsgate, and they just don’t have any desire to do anything. So it isn’t me not doing it because I don’t want to; I don’t have the ability to get it done.”
Bad, evil Lionsgate! Rejecting the rejects!
Lionsgate has dropped the official trailer for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Check it out!
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway—a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal—an urban legend come to terrifying life... and seeking murderous revenge.
Another late addition to the growing cast of Darren Lynn Bousman The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia, which we revealed already added Halloween and “Heroes” fav Brea Grant, Insidious ghost J. LaRose, the metal band Butcher Babies and Danny Worsnop of the band Asking Alexandria.
Bloody Disgusting can exclusively reveal that Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects‘s Bill Moseley will also be singing ‘Alleluia’!
As previously announced by Deadline, the sequel boasts an impressive line-up that includes surprises such as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick, Jesus Christ Superstar himself Ted Neeley, Rent‘s Adam Pascal, and “Baywatch‘s” David Hasselhoff.
Returning officially are Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up All In), Marc Senter (The Lost), and Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.
Alleluia continues the saga and sees the forces of Heaven and Hell face off in a showdown.
Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman.
As we reported back in July, Johnny Depp will be making a surprise appearance in Kevin Smith’s Tusk, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival before its September 19 release.
Today, the official Twitter released this teaser look at the character Guy LaPointe, who is played by none other than Depp.
In Tusk, Justin Long plays a man who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).
In a very Van Helsing-like character, we explained that Lapointe is described to us as an eccentric French Canadian detective who’s been hunting Howard Howe (played by Parks) for over a decade. He recounts gruesome details from previous cases – Howe’s victims were found with legs amputated and arms sewn back on, tongues hacked off, etc.
Lapointe, who called himself “Monsieur Lapointe”, is employed by Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) to help find Wallace (Long).
Hopefully we’ll see him in an official still some time soon.
Be careful what you hunt.
Arriving on DVD and VOD September 9, 2014 from writer-director-actor Josh Stewart and the procures of The Collector is The Hunted. Extra features include Audio commentary with Josh Stewart and Producers, and “The True Story” Featurette .
“The Hunted follows family-man, hunter, Jake, played by Josh Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a legendary buck. Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. The friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that, turn by turn, begins to hunt them…”
Written, directed and starring Stewart, The Hunted was inspired by the actor’s desire to spark his creativity and bring home his talent after spending months on the high-budget set of The Dark Knight Rises. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth fly-fishing and hunting in the sprawling woods where the film is set. An outdoorsman at heart, the first-time director made every effort to ensure the film would feel as authentic as possible to fellow hunters. Everything from the equipment, apparel and even safety measures were true to form – a quality only found on hunting shows, not in fictional work.
Since its debut last week, folks can’t seem to get enough of Silent Hills. For me, it signals a potential renaissance for AAA survival horror, which — thanks to games like this, The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation, and (potentially) Resident Evil — is showing signs of returning to the glorious years of the early 2000s. Indie horror is flourishing, and it looks like that’s benefiting the AAA space as well as more game makers are realizing there’s an audience out there for more visceral scares.
For others, the demo is something to be picked apart and examined. It’s already inspired a torrent of reaction videos and fan theories as we try to mine the limited information available for any new details. Even the demo’s supporting cast, a sink-dwelling aborted baby creature, is real now.
Continuing this trend is an unexpected mash-up that uses the Silent Hills teaser’s first person perspective and injects it with some of The Stanley Parable.
If you haven’t played The Stanley Parable, it’s a little hard to explain it in a way that does it justice. On the surface, it’s a very simplistic first person story-driven game where your every action and decision is commented on by a narrator — voiced by the lovely Kevan Brighting. It’s also an incredibly effective and often hilarious parody of modern video game design. If you’d like to check it out, you can grab the game for $15 on Steam.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.
Starring “Dexter’s” Julia Stiles, Underworld‘s Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.
Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation.
Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.
As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.
It's been a long while since last we talked about the new horror flick starring Julia Stiles, Out of the Dark, but with the passage of time have come new stills and more. Read on for the details, and look for more on this one soon!
From the Press Release
Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media announce that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.
Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.
Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. It is a production of Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower, and Fast Producciones in association with Dynamo and XYZ Films. The film was executive produced by Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Roy Azout, and Nick Spicer; produced by Belén Atienza, Cristian Conti, Enrique López Lavigne, and Andrés Calderón from a screenplay by Alex Pastor, David Pastor, and Javier Gullón; and was directed by Lluís Quílez. Out of the Dark was shot on location in Colombia and is a Spanish-Colombian co-production.
Jonathan King, Participant’s EVP, Narrative Film, commented, “Lluís is an outstanding first-time director who made a thrilling ghost story with a powerful message, and we are thrilled to have Vertical on board to deliver it to audiences.”
“We are delighted to have our first affiliation with both Participant and XYZ Films,” said Vertical’s Co-President Rich Goldberg. “Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it.”
Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal for Vertical with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant. Bloom is handling international sales for Out of the Dark.
We all know that these days the best horror is on TV, and two more awesome sounding new genre shows are heading to Lifetime and HBO. Read on for the early details of "Damien" and "Ashecliffe," respectively.
Per Deadline, Lifetime has given a straight-to-series pickup to "Damien," a sequel drama about what became of the evil child in the 1976 film The Omen, written by former "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara.
"Damien" has received a six-episode order for an early 2015 premiere. It is produced by Fox TV Studios, whose sibling Twentieth Century Fox produced the movie and where Mazzara is under an overall deal. The thriller series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 feature who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined Damien as a dark, romantic anti-hero; and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime EVP Rob Sharenow. Mazzara executive produces through his 44 Strong Prods. alongside Ross Fineman of Fineman Entertainment, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, and Pancho Mansfield.
As for "Ashecliffe," HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series that's now tentatively titled "Ashecliffe." Again according to Deadline, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The timing is dependent on the availability of Scorsese.
"Ashecliffe" is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders, who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment used for the mentally ill.
Scorsese, Lehane, Kalogridis, Brad Fischer, Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran Davisson, Rick Yorn, Chris Donnelly, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Phoenix’s Mike Medavoy, and Arnie Messer will be exec producers. Tom Bernardo is working with Lehane as a co-writer of the format.
Look for more on both of these new series as it comes.
Rob Zombie’s a pretty polarizing director in the horror world. Folks seem to either love or loathe his films. For those on the love side of the fence, many argue that The Devil’s Rejects is his best film. It’s gained one helluva cult following over the years but seeing another film with Otis, Captain Spauling, and Baby is rather unlikely.
(SPOILER) Though they met their maker during the grisly climax, Zombie stated in an interview included in the Fangoria Legends issue that he’d love to revisit the characters again if he had the chance:
“I’ve always thought I’d like to make another movie, because I love the characters, and I have an idea I think is solid for a third one – an idea that would make sense. The problem is, I don’t own the characters now. They’re owned by Lionsgate, and they just don’t have any desire to do anything. So it isn’t me not doing it because I don’t want to; I don’t have the ability to get it done.”
You can pick up the Fangoria Legends Presents Rob Zombie issue on their website.
Of all the horror art I’ve featured here over the last few years, this may be the strangest. It’s the work of Alejandro D’Marco, an artist based in Argentina. His work is dark and surreal — it reminds me of every time I’ve woken up from a weird or nightmarish dream only to gradually forget what it was that woke me. His work is like the ghost of that dream or nightmare, and I find it strangely delightful.
For more of Alejandro’s work, check out his gallery.
Fresh off of playing the badass Arkin O'Brien in both The Collector and The Collection, Josh Stewart makes his directorial debut with the found footage flick The Hunted, headed our way next month. Full release details have just emerged from the woods so read on!
From the Press Release
THE HUNTED follows family man and hunter Jake, played by Josh Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a legendary buck.
Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. The friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that, turn by turn, begins to hunt them...
Written and directed by and starring Stewart, THE HUNTED was inspired by the actor's desire to spark his creativity and bring home his talent after spending months on the high-budget set of The Dark Knight Rises. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth fly-fishing and hunting in the sprawling woods where the film is set. An outdoorsman at heart, the first-time director made every effort to ensure the film would feel as authentic as possible to fellow hunters. Everything from the equipment, apparel, and even safety measures was true to form - a quality typically only found on hunting shows, not in fictional work.
Stewart said, "Anyone who's ever spent any amount of time in the woods has come across something you can't explain, especially after dark. Every hunter I know has a story. This is mine."
Before shooting began the filmmakers reached out to the most respected hunting brands in the industry. Moved by Stewart's passion and dedication to the sport, brand leaders Realtree, BowTech Archery, Scentblocker, Trophy Ridge, Leupold, and Cabela's quickly signed on to be a part of the project.
The Hunter arrives on DVD and VOD September 9, 2014.
Universal and Legendary Pictures is preparing us for their found-footage trip to hell with this brand new NSFW red band trailer for As Above, So Below!
In theaters August 29, the pic is from the filmmakers behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devils. It was directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written with his brother Drew.
“Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, “As Above, So Below” reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.“
Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge star.
Watch a pair of clips here:
It's Monday. Everything sucks because the weekend seems like it's ages away. How about we get a little not safe for work action cookin' to spice things up a bit? Sound tasty? Good! Then check out this trailer for As Above, So Below.
Look for Legendary’s thrilling new film As Above, So Below, directed by John Dowdle, to arrive in theaters on August 29th. Dowdle wrote the script with his brother, Drew, and the film stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.
When a team of explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
It’s the start of another fantastic week and we’re here to bring you some awesome tunes to make it even more badass! This time on BD Playlist, comic editor Zac has four artists for you to check out that he’s been obsessing over. Check out the list down yonder and then let us know what you’re listening to these days!
Miracle Fortress – Was I the Wave?
I was only 19 when I saw Think About Life in a small venue in my hometown of Charlottetown, PEI. The show had such energy and was engaging unlike any other performance I had experienced up until that point in my life. Sadly, they didn’t have much in terms of recorded music. Years later, a friend from Montreal showed me the new project from Think About Life’s frontman, Miracle Fortress. I love the hooky indie pop feel, and the whimsical droned out vocals, it gives me something I never knew I was missing. Now it’s a daily listen.