From Software is gifting Bloodborne fans with some free content ahead of the launch of its first expansion, The Old Hunters, on November 24. An upcoming patch will introduce players to The League and its bucket-headed leader, new co-op NPC hunters to summon, and leaderboards.
A reveal post on the PlayStation Blog describes The League as “a band of Hunters who have taken an oath and are bound by a single purpose. By aligning yourself to The League, led by a mysterious figure in a constable’s garb and bucket helmet, you can assist other players online in the game and compete in The League’s online rankings leaderboard.”
We also have our first look at the Holy Moonlight Sword, one of the fancy new weapons that will come with The Old Hunters DLC.
A Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition is also scheduled to release alongside the expansion — which it will include — on November 24. If you don’t already have it, that’ll be the version to get.
After the Halloween weekend it’s safe to say a fair few Planchettes have been sliding around answering questions left, right & centre. Building regulations seemingly require a Ouija board on the site of every cabin in the woods. Definition of Fear is case in point but slightly more manipulated with the female protagonist, Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez, pulling some strings.
“Four beautiful girls spend the weekend at a charming holiday cabin. But all is not how it seems. They quickly discover that maybe they are not alone.”
Watch the trailer before as the film heads toward a World Premiere at the 4th Delhi International Film in December.
In the spirit of transparency I first heard about the film working alongside the film festival agent.
Bethesda has been notoriously secretive about Fallout 4’s story up until this point, but with the game debuting in a few days, the launch trailer offers some, albeit discreet, details. It appears that the game will be about a conflict between the wasteland survivors and a top-secret organization known as the Institute.
But even though it doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the story, you’ve still got to admit that this is one hell of a trailer. The wasteland has never looked some damn appealing. And how refreshing it is to finally have a fully voiced protagonist in a Bethesda RPG.
The nuclear apocalypse begins when Fallout 4 is released on November 10.
There’s a lot to like about Frictional Games’ survival horror game SOMA, from the way it plays with our own understanding of what it means to be human — and more than that, a good human — to its thoughtful narrative and the mysteries it slowly unravels. SOMA is that rare breed of video game that plays you while you play it.
Like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, this game works as well as it does because it relies on all its parts. There’s a subtle brilliance in nearly everything it does, but if I had to single out one of its strengths, I’d be tempted to pick Mikko Tarmia’s haunting score. Horror games have given us some stellar soundtracks over the years, and SOMA can be counted among them.
Now you can add all 24 tracks of the SOMA OST to your own collection — it’s available now on iTunes, Spotify and other places, I’m sure.
Despite the myriad quality horror games we have to choose from right now, gamers are clearly itching for more and they’re willing to use their own money to help make it happen. The number of crowdfunding success stories has grown significantly over the last year thanks to websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.
After hitting its initial funding goal last month, the crowdfunding campaign for the post-apocalyptic survival horror game Ashen Rift ended today after raising an impressive $13,230. That was more than enough to reach its first stretch goal, so we’ll have new enemy types — including corrupted humans and wildlife — and improved gore effects to look forward to when the game ships next fall for PC, Mac, Linux and PS4.
To learn more about Ashen Rift, you can find the game on Kickstarter.
Who wants to play? Chucky does, but you may not like his game.
The award-winning designer team at Mezco have created an all-new sculpture that not only captures the look of Chucky, but the very essence of his menace. Every detail has been captured in the Chucky Good Guy Stylized Roto Figure; from his classic coveralls to the unique imprint of the soles on his sneakers. From his glistening, insane eyes, and his sneering lips, to his shocking red hair, this is Chucky at his most iconic. He’s not fully human, but he is fully insane!
The star of five Child’s Play films, Chucky features 7 points of articulation. He also comes with a knife that he is sure to use for no good.
Each Chucky comes packaged in his own collector friendly window box, so he can watch you and plan his attack.
IFC Midnight has announced that they have acquired North American rights to the Australian horror/thriller The Pack. They intend to release the film in Spring of 2016.
In ‘The Pack’, “…a farmer and his family must fight for their lives after a ferocious pack of feral wild dogs lays siege to their isolated farm. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to defend themselves from the ravenous beasts and make it through the night.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.
“Dr. Seward’s Diary.
(Kept in phonograph)”
Thus begins a passage in Bram Stoker’s celebrated horror novel Dracula. Though we know from the start that this is a piece of fiction, due in part to countless adaptations and persistence in popular culture, the book’s epistolary presentation (meaning that it reveals the story through a series of letters, journal entries, audio recordings and etc.) results in a higher level of realism and tangibility than a regular novel could hope to achieve through narrative alone.
Naturally, Dracula isn’t the only example of epistolary storytelling done right. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein also used the format to inject further believability into an already enthralling plot, and many recent novels have taken this a step further, like Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. With ever-evolving artistic and technological media, it was only a matter of time before these ideas jumped to the big screen.
Found-Footage, despite being considered by many critics as just a lazy cash-grab, is just the natural evolution of older storytelling techniques translated into a new medium. Stoker used every element of media that was available to him at the time to formulate a cohesive tale, so it’s not much of a stretch to imagine him or even Mary Shelley including a video-diary in one of their works. These recent films are doing the same, but on a different narrative level.
It’s generally accepted that Cannibal Holocaust is the first of its kind, despite having conventional filmic elements as well. In my opinion, the first proper Found-Footage production was U.F.O Alien Abduction (also known as the McPherson Tapes, and later remade as Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County), a horror movie directed by Dean Alioto and released in 1989. The film begins as a home-movie chronicling the Van Heese family during a birthday party. All hell breaks loose when the power goes out and the family has to deal with hostile alien invaders in a secluded area.
This film is an obvious precursor to both The Last Broadcast and king of Found-Footage, The Blair Witch Project. Many of the modern clichés we know and love (to hate) started here, and no doubt influenced Eduardo Sanchez, Daniel Myrick and even Lance Weiler and Stefan Avalos in their work. What really makes the picture stand out as a founding father of found-footage, however, is the un-interrupted use of a home-video camera to record the horrific events.
The Blair Witch Project would go on to become one of the most successful films in the sub-genre, and eventually spread this method of filmmaking to the masses. The Paranormal Activity Franchise, V/H/S and many others owe their existence to this film’s ingenious marketing and scary plausibility. Though it is one of my personal favorite films, criticism regarding the simplistic narrative is mostly well founded, and this is a problem these movies sadly still face today.
It’s quite apparent that this sub-genre isn’t being used, at least most of the time, to its full potential. It’s unfair to expect that every found-footage film will be good, but there is a disproportionate amount of knock-offs and lazy direction/writing. It’s almost certainly due to how cheap these flicks are to make, but there should be more filmmakers out there willing to experiment and provide actual character development and more nuanced stories.
Another strange point about found-footage is why it usually gravitates towards horror. The epistolary novel is considered to have originated with Diego de San Pedro’s Prison of Love, which is as far removed from horror as can be. Though there are a few non-horror-related features, almost none of them are worth mentioning. Nevertheless, a possible explanation for this preference is that, when it comes to film, the genre most comfortable with radical changes and extremism is horror. When done right, horror films tend to defy the usual tropes and present us with a new and startling experience.
That’s not to say that all decent Found-Footage films are scary. Josh Trank’s sleeper hit Chronicle took audiences by surprise with its modest presentation and ambitious superhero (or supervillain, if you prefer) origin story. The story was grounded in a very personal point of view which made even the more outlandish scenes seem believable. The climax also brilliantly used the concept to its advantage, but I’d rather not spoil the fun here.
In any case, if better storytelling is possible within this sub-genre, where did found-footage go wrong? The fact is, it did not. Film is still a relatively young medium of expression. Most examples of what future film enthusiasts will consider ‘classics’ haven’t been produced yet. There might also be some radical change in technology that renders film as we know it obsolete. Literature, on the other hand, has had far more time to develop new forms of storytelling and better authors, not to mention the fact that producing a book is usually less money and time-consuming than a feature film. In time, it’s not only possible but likely that we’ll get new and better found-footage films that can compete with The Godfather or even Metropolis.
Even other media is adapting and including concepts similar to both epistolary storytelling and found-footage. Games where backstory is told through notes and recordings like Bioshock are simply following an extensively old storytelling tradition. Recent releases like Slender and Outlast also serve as examples for ‘Found-Footage games’. Social Media and online video have also changed our way of comprehending stories, and multimedia series like Marble Hornets use almost every possible digital outlet as a means for extending the narrative, from fake Twitter accounts to YouTube.
Ultimately, Found-Footage films have a long way to go in terms of maturing as a serious genre, but they’re getting there. A story told through specific points of view is only as good as the characters who tell it, so generic and undeveloped scripts are not enough. I hope to see more filmmakers in the future that can take these films seriously and treat them like actual art and not just a cheap thrill. It would even be interesting to see more structurally faithful adaptations of similar literary stories. This doesn’t necessarily mean that I think Dracula would best be enjoyed as a Found-Footage film, but I sure as hell would buy a ticket for that.
Now that virtual reality is on the verge of becoming a reality (again), it’s time for some software — and not just tech demos — to be shared with the public, and it seems as though South Korea is wasting no time getting in on the action.
Out of a South Korean Sony event came the surprise announcement of a PlayStation VR project entitled White Day. The announcement was paired with a trailer by developer ROI Games.
White Day appears to based on a 2001 survival horror game called White Day: A Labyrinth Named School. Made by Sonnori, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School tells the story of teenagers trapped in a school, and it was released on the PC. From the Wiki page:
White Day: A Labyrinth Named School is the story of a young man’s trip into school at the dead of night to deliver some candy in preparation for the Eastern holiday of the same name, White Day, to So-yeong, a girl at school he likes. Finding himself locked up soon after entering, escaping the school now becomes the main objective.
The White Day teaser depicts plenty of spooky, school-based scenes of terror, from a creepy janitor giving students the stinkeye to a Ring-esque figure undulating on the wall. There’s plenty of first-person running, which reveals one of the game’s mechanics. Though it’s impossible to know for sure how the game is going to play, the circles that attach themselves to doorknobs — and hands, oddly — appear to be controlled by a Move controller.
The preliminary footage looks pretty stellar, but don’t get too excited: there is no Western release scheduled, as of yet, so no love for American audiences, but let’s hope that the game is popular enough to be released our way in the future at some point.
So, let me tell you a funny story. A few months back, I showed a friend of mine It Follows. She had heard some things about it but didn’t really know anything concrete. She just heard that it was really scary and that she’d have trouble sleeping if she watched it. So, of course, I was the bad guy who put it on. Needless to say, she was deeply unsettled.
Fast forward a month or two later and she, myself, and another friend are at 16-Bit in Cleveland having some drinks and playing some N64 on the patio. As a joke, I pulled out my cell and headphones, put on Disasterpeace’s soundtrack, and had her pop in the earbuds. Lo and behold, she was suddenly terrified of every single person who was walking down the street, towards the bar, or simply approaching the N64 table. Like, “grab my arm and squeeze as hard as she could” terrified. It was pretty damn amusing but I’m a bit of a sadist like that.
The reason I’m telling you this story is because anyone who’s thinking of grabbing some friends and getting away to a cabin for the weekend should take Jason Graves‘ music for Until Dawn and have that same kinda experience. Is there a killer lurking in the woods waiting for the opportune moment to burst in and massacre you all? Maybe. Could someone be waiting behind that tree, biding their time before they off you far away from your friends so that they’ll only figure it out when it’s too late? Signs point to “Yes”. After all, what’s better than scaring the shit out of your pals?
…There’s a reason I don’t have many friends.
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We’ve teamed up with Montreal death metal band Evertrapped to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Embrace the End”, which comes from their latest album Under The Deep (Bandcamp).
Vocalist James Brooks tells BD:
Our latest video for “Embrace The End” goes further underneath the depths of the darker side of [Evertrapped]. However, we also went ‘Blair Witch’ style in order to add the element of raw terror that the ‘home video’ style can bring.
Check out the video below!
The unbridled success of Universal’s Jurassic World, which is currently the third top-grossing movie of all time, pretty much guaranteed that we’d be seeing a lot more dinosaur action in the coming years. And now director Colin Trevorrow and producer Steven Spielberg have made it clear that the rumblings of the movie being the first of a trilogy have been confirmed by Universal chairman Donna Langley.
Langley talks with THR about more films, explaining, “There’s no reason why we should [have trouble]. [Director] Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline. He’s been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It’s a happy surprise.”
The second Jurassic World already has a planned release date of June 22nd, 2018 (the day before my birthday!), so it’s going to be interesting to see where they go. Personally, I’m hoping that they ditch the park idea and instead follow BD Wong’s “Dr. Henry Wu” as he goes all mad scientist creating some of the weirdest and most dangerous dinosaur hybrid monstrosities. Even though we’ve seen the dinosaurs out of their paddocks in the films, I want to see them away from the park entirely. I’m that rare guy that loves the T. Rex in San Diego scene in The Lost World, so something like that would be pretty awesome to see again.
FOX has released a poster for their upcoming show “Lucifer“, the series based on the Vertigo comic created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, and it’s rather uninspired. It shows the main character Lucifer Morningstar (played by Tom Ellis) standing in front of a neon sign that says his name. Oh, but the “U” was turned into devil horns that perfectly line up with his head. And the tagline is “Hot as Hell”.
Look, I’ve been trying to be a bit more positive about the work that people put into their creative craft. But this? This is lazy, cheap, and so, so obvious.
“Club owner Lucifer Morningstar sees a young pop star gunned down outside of his club and feels the need to bring her killers to justice. He is joined by an LAPD homicide detective (Lauren German) and his best friend (Lesley-Ann Brandt).”
The show’s executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer and the pilot will be directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld).
The show will be premiering this January.
On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from Eli Morgan Gesner’s Condemned. Look for the film in limited theaters and on Digital HD November 13, 2015. VOD will follow on January 5, 2016.
The film stars Ronen Rubinstein, Jon Abrahams, Dylan Penn, Lydia Hearst, Honor Titus, and Genevieve Hudson-Price.
Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies, and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.
Can’t get enough of The Walking Dead, be it in comics, video games, or on TV? Well, Scopely has partnered with Wattpad to reveal an exclusive, original story based on the rich world of The Walking Dead: Road to Survival mobile game for more than 40 million fans worldwide — and get them involved in telling the final chapter of the saga.
The four-part story “Fork in the Road” is written by Jay Bonansinga, who co-authored The Walking Dead graphic novels alongside Robert Kirkman and penned the scripts for The Walking Dead: Road to Survival mobile game from Scopely and Kirkman’s company Skybound.
The first two chapters are available now on Wattpad, a free app that lets people discover and share stories about the things they love, including original works by well-known authors. The story is being released one chapter at a time, with the central theme surrounding life-or-death choices and paths not taken.
When the last chapter is released, members of the Wattpad community will have a chance to submit their own stories for a chance to be included in an actual in-game storyline in The Walking Dead: Road to Survival.
Jay Bonansinga states, “Expanding and adapting The Walking Dead universe with Scopely for The Walking Dead: Road to Survival has been a unique and exciting way to bring these fan-favorite characters to life beyond the page. I can’t wait for Wattpad’s readers and fans of the series to get their hands on the brand new original chapters and share their own stories.”
The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is the first free-to-play mobile game based on the wildly popular graphic novels and was released by Scopely in partnership with Robert Kirkman and his company Skybound Entertainment in September 2015. The game was downloaded more than 4 million times during its first week and marks the 6th consecutive #1 game for Scopely.
“Fork in the Road” Synopsis:
Set in the savage, primordial world of The Walking Dead, the new original short story “Fork in the Road” by Jay Bonansinga, the New York Times bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion, tells the tale of one person’s epic quest to escape their fate in Alexandria, Virginia. The only problem is that nobody leaves the ranks of the violent gang known as the Saviors and lives to tell about it. The struggle to flee the clutches of this group and find peace among the ruins of northern Maryland leads the reader directly into the heart of darkness. And like most stories set in this terrifying world, things in the end are not at all what they seem.
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We’re big fans of British horror around these parts so any time a new one comes along, we sit up and pay attention. Next up from across the pond, The House of Screaming Death.
The anthology features segments directed by Troy Dennison, Rebecca Harris-Smith, David Hastings, Alex Bourne, and Kaush Patel.
Echoing the distinctive and much celebrated great British Gothic horror films of the 1960-70s, The House of Screaming Death will uphold their successful traditions with four macabre tales of terror, all told by the mysterious Architect. Each horrific segment delves into explicit corners of the supernatural, summoning such damned creations as the ghostly Lady in Grey, stories of witchcraft most foul, vampirism, and the occult.
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Set to premiere on ITV Encore November 11th, with A&E to release here in the States at a later date, we now have the first details and promos for the period mystery crime drama mini-series “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Sean Bean.
The six-episode show has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross (“The Young Poisoner’s Handbook”) and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”).
“The show is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th-century London. After a successful operation by the Thames River Police to nab a gang of opium smugglers, a child’s corpse is discovered. Inspector John Marlott (Bean) is horrified to discover that it’s not actually a child, but a grotesque assembly of human body parts. We follow Marlott on the hunt for the killer behind this abomination, taking him into the dark corners of Georgian London, an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, murder for profit and other vices.”
Below the promo are details on Episode 1 – ‘A World Without God’.
London 1827: River Thames at night – a smuggling operation is underway – suddenly, a river police launch is bearing down on the smugglers and a fight breaks out, followed by a furious chase to the shore.
John Marlott, a senior river police officer and veteran of the Battle of Waterloo, paces the shoreline of the Thames reviewing the aftermath. A sharp police whistle draws his attention towards a small shape lying at the waters edge. As he approaches he sees it is the body of a child, a young girl around 10 years of age. Her body is covered in crude sutures, and is a horrifying sight. He reaches down to touch the dead hand – but in a moment of terror, the hand grabs him back!
The dreadful corpse is brought to the urgent attention of the Home Secretary, Sir Robert Peel, who summons Marlott, and tells him that he wants him to undertake a private investigation. The leading surgeon at St Bart’s hospital in Smithfield, Sir William Chester, tells Marlott that the corpse was made up of seven or eight bodies stitched together.
Marlott is put to work within the offices of the Bow Street Runners, and recruits an optimistic young runner, Nightingale, to assist him. Marlott’s attention is then drawn towards a slum dwelling where criminal Billy Oates masterminds his gang of child criminals. There he discovers a young girl Flora. He also finds a painting on the wall. It is “Little Girl Lost” by the artist William Blake – Marlott resolves to investigate further.
Starring Laura Lewis, Brandon Battle
Directed by Michael Guerra
One can look to the future of horror and wish for the best, and with a budding crop of upcoming filmmakers at the ready, it looks as if the genre is poised to stand tall for many years to come, regardless of the industry’s sometimes denial of the overall product.
Film student Michael Guerra recently submitted his 9-minute short I (Heart) a Serial Killer to us here at Dread Central for review in the hopes that we’d give it a look and dissect it with both kindness and critique. Now, I’m no film expert by any fashion, but I’ve consumed enough horror over the course of my 42 years to at least grab a foothold on what potentially could sink or swim, and after checking out his presentation, I can surmise that he’s on the right track, but some elbow grease is needed to buff out the rough spots.
In this quickie, we’re introduced to a young girl who is spending her Halloween night in front of the TV watching some classic scare-shows, and it’s not long before she is the victim of an abduction.
From the short’s familiar opening strains of “Mr. Sandman,” we’re left to wonder exactly what we’ll be in store for, and the backstory of a bullied child who exhibits violent tendencies is a grim peek into what may be a dark future. The 9-minute film tussles with the notion that a damaged young soul could potentially turn into a distraught individual later on in life and the possibility that those maligned feelings might not only be contained to the predator, but could extend to the prey as well.
With all the looks of a film student’s presentation, it’s got its wrinkles and clunks from here to there, but it’s the implied course of action that makes this an interesting watch. Don’t read too heavily into the acting or effects, but stick to the meaning of what’s being shown to you, and this will come off as mildly entertaining. Worth a watch if you have the time.
Levi Miller, pictured in Pan, is joining Olivia DeJonge (The Visit) in Undocumented director Chris Peckover’s Sydney suburbia-set thriller Safe Neighborhood about a babysitting gig that takes a terrifying turn, reports ScreenDaily out of the ongoing AFM market.
Miller will play a 12-year-old boy with a devious side, with DeJonge as a babysitter battling to protect her young charge in a home invasion with a surprising twist.
The film, which Peckover co-wrote with Zack Kahn, is due to shoot in Australia in January 2016.
“Safe Neighborhood is Home Alone meets Scream,” said producer Brett Thornquest of Australian Storm Vision Entertainment, which is producing the film alongside Los Angeles-based Best Medicine Productions.
“Chris and Zack have written a killer script and this film will be equally smart and stylish, scary and tense – a sure-fire white-knuckle ride that pushes the thriller genre in a whole new terrifying direction.
“The story is about young friends out nightclubbing in Kolkata who can’t find a cheap hotel room, and instead break into a shopping mall, where they meet supernatural entities.”
The deal was struck at Mumbai’s MAMI Film Mart after Ludo opened MAMI’s new After Dark section, says ScreenDaily.
Q — who co-directed the original film with Nikon — will also direct the new film and he said, “It’s more of a rewrite than a remake actually. The idea of Ludo is fluid, and, like most horror ideas, is perfect for a franchise. The new Ludo will be a completely different film, based on the same premise. This time, the horror will unfold in curiously unusual ways.”
Vikramaditya Motwane added, “We’re delighted to announce a Hindi version of Ludo. Q is one of the most exciting directors in the country and we couldn’t be happier about our partnership. We look forward to a kick-ass, mind-numbing, scary-as-shit, entertaining and frightening film. If not, we will eat his entrails.”
Before MAMI, Ludo has screened at Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, Chicago and Sitges. It will also screen at Singapore later this month.