When it comes to delivering you the goods on a daily basis, we strive to stay both fresh and as far removed from what people refer to as “normal sensibilities” as possible. That’s why were always looking for fun ways to celebrate the genre! Enter the recurring feature Mister J’s Sense of Dread
Each week Mister J will dive deep into his psyche to provide you with a new comic of the dreadful variety. From the horror genre to real-life events that tie into it, our new contributor will bring his insane brand of artistry to you, dear reader, with enough reckless abandon and obscurities to make the legendary Charles Addams proud!
Mister J has been drawing cartoons and watching terrible movies for as long as anyone can remember. His work appears in a variety of places but can be seen online daily at mrjcomics.com. Be sure to follow him on Twitter @misterjcomics.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the chuckles. Look for more soon!
Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse have been tapped to write the sequel to Tom Cruise and Doug Liman’s sci-fi sleeper hit Edge Of Tomorrow, Deadline reports.
The site had stated that Christopher McQuarrie was attached to direct, although McQuarrie took to Twitter to clarify that Liman is returning to the director’s chair.
Even though Cruise is the big draw, Emily Blunt’s strong female presence became the staple for why people fell in love with the sci-fi epic. Both Blunt and Cruise are returning after the first took in over $270 million worldwide.
In the film, Cruise played a military officer who is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior (Blunt) to try and end the war.
As I wrote in my review:
‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ the Doug Liman-directed adaptation of “All You Need Is Kill,” manages to be a hybrid of groundbreaking films like ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Matrix,’ utilizing a flurry of fireworks effects and strong character development to create a sci-fi masterpiece.
Shrapnel and Whitehouse were brought on to do a rewrite of The Gray Man, based on the novel by Mark Greaney, at Sony.
Starring Rob Zabrecky, Lisa Howard, Elisha Yaffe
Directed by Joseph Wartnerchaney
It’s a blurred line between love and obsession at times, with one rarely gaining any distance between the other, but when that obsession turns into straight-up unsanitary nastiness, it’s time to get some serious professional aid. In Joseph Wartnerchaney’s Decay, the instance of coveting someone WAY past their expiration date is showcased to loving extremes…”come on Roy, get your hands dirty.”
Rob Zabrecky plays a lonely, reticent man named Johnathan whose days consist of watering his beloved plants, getting the gossip lowdown from an overly nosy neighbor (Jackie Hoffman), and heading off to work at the local theme park. Simple, unobtrusive, yet potentially damaging in the scheme of things, all crushed in between multiple flashbacks to when he was a child, dealing with a mother (Howard), who for lack of a better term, was a crazy bitch. After a botched break-in into Johnathan’s home after they perceive it to be a marijuana grow-house, both of the “burglars” end up on the deceased side of things, and lucky John has found himself a lady-friend…who cares if she’s dead? He doesn’t! His overwhelming need to be accompanied by the female persuasion is severely muddied, and frankly, this chick is starting to get a wee-bit stinky as time goes by.
As the movie rolls on, there isn’t terribly too much along the lines of dizzying action or brutal imagery, just a look at a poor soul who has been on the short end of female affection over the course of his years, and now after he’s obtained one under his roof (hey, I didn’t praise the guy for HOW he did it), his nature is to attempt to care for one, much like his prized flowers that he attends to so diligently…frightening, a little morose, but in the scheme of things, it’s basically what he’s known, and we are all going to watch this bizarre “relationship” start to blossom (sorry, couldn’t resist). Zabrecky holds down the fort quite admirably as the quiet, tortured little child still in a man’s body, and while some could empathize with his situation and even his demeanor, make no mistake, this man is a danger to not only himself, but those around him. There are FAR too many slow points in the film’s progression to give this an overwhelmingly positive review, yet the dragging tempo does aid with the strengthening of the overall story, and while I felt a little detached from the movie in some aspects, I was reeled back in by the intense display of pride and care that Zabrecky’s portrayal emitted – anyone need a good looney-tune in their next film? I know someone who could knock that role out of the park. In the end, I could certainly recommend Decay to someone who knows what it’s like to covet something do dearly…even if it does need a good embalming for freshness purposes.
Bloody Disgusting’s V/H/S spinoff is done!
Tom and I reteamed with director Gregg Bishop – who helmed the magical “Dante the Great” segment in our VHS: Viral – on Siren, which is a feature-length horror film based on David Bruckner‘s “Amateur Night” from V/H/S.
Yes, in case you were wondering, Hannah Fierman returns as Lily, who many of you know as the “I like you” girl from V/H/S!
Bruckner also produced Siren, in which a bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.
Siren is having a very exclusive “sneak peak” screening at the Atlanta Film Festival on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 7:30 PM at the Plaza Theatre, Main.
Bishop shared his enthusiasm with us…
” ‘Amateur Night’ is one of my favorite segments from the ‘V/H/S’ series and I just fell in love with Lily as that terrifying, misunderstood monster. David Bruckner and the writers (Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski) have found a really clever way into the story for the feature adaptation and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
“We shot ‘Siren’ in Savannah Georgia and I grew up in Atlanta, so I’m thrilled to bring this film home to the Hollywood of the South for the very first Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Atlanta Film Festival, which is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this year.”
Enjoy a first image above and watch for Chiller’s release plans as we have it.
I’m not sure how I feel about the idea of a live-action video game. I mean, it kind of defeats the purpose of it being a video game in the first place, right? They might as well just call it an interactive film.
But anyway, The Bunker is indeed an upcoming interactive video game, which stars Adam Brown and Sarah Greene. Have a look at the trailer below and decide whether this should be classified as a game or a film.
From the Press Release:
The Bunker is a live-action psychological horror starring Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy) and Sarah Greene (“Penny Dreadful,” Assassin’s Creed 3) with a story written and developed by gaming talent behind Broken Sword, The Witcher, and SOMA.
The Bunker tells the story of John, the last survivor living in a government bunker after a nuclear attack wiped out England. But the bunker holds many secrets, and John must confront his suppressed memories to survive the horrors deep underground…
The Bunker is a collaboration among Splendy Games, Wales Interactive, Green Man Gaming, and All 4 Games.
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We’ve teamed up with Finnish hard rock/heavy metal band Shiraz Lane to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their new single “For Crying Out Loud”. The title track to their upcoming album, the video mixes performance footage with scenes of the band in a dilapidated tunnel with vocalist Hannes Kett made up to look like a ghostly denizen that sports a straitjacket.
The band tells BD:
The “For Crying Out Loud” music video is a direct continuum for one of our previous videos “Mental Slavery”. The idea to film a sequel came from it came from the fact that Mental Slavery was left unresolved as the main character remained hospitalized. We wanted to give the fans something special and a chance to follow the story to its meaningful and multi-leveled completion, that goes hand in hand with the lyrics and theme of the composition. We are extremely content to let the whole world see our mini-saga come to a worthy ending!
You can pre-order For Crying Out Loud via iTunes.
Consider this a gentle reminder that our Necronomicon and Shaun of the Dead Seventh Box will go to only one Box of Dread acolyte in the month of April!
You have two ways to become a Box of Dread acolyte:
So, hurry and sign up to be a Box of Dread acolyte now so that you would be eligible to win this Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box. You have until 11:59pm ET on April 9, 2016, to sign up!
The items in this set of Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box are:
(i) a copy of the Official Book of the Dead / Necronomicon Prop which was sculpted by Tom Sullivan, the actual FX Artist that made the Book of the Dead for Evil Dead 1 and 2! Cast in high quality latex and foam-filled, which gives the book a solid feel and look as if it came right off the screen.
(ii) Vinyl Idolz figure of Shaun from Shaun of the Dead
(iii) Vinyl Idolz figure of Ed from Shaun of the Dead
Remember, only ONE Box of Dread acolyte who is current on his/her subscription will receive this set of Shaun of the Dead and Evil Dead April 2016 Box of Dread Seventh Box. So hurry and sign up before the April 9th deadline and ensure that your credit card information is up-to-date. We will be choosing the Seventh Box winner right when the April 2016 Box of Dread signup deadline ends on April 9, 2016!
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The Bye Bye Man recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount.
Michael Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones).
We now have the first one-sheet for The Bye Bye Man, in theaters June 3, 2016, and also starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”
Stacy Title directed from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy produced for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced for Los Angeles Media Fund.
Intrepid is behind the film and has produced a few solid horror films from The Strangers to Safe House, Oculus and Before I Wake, starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.
Hulu’s excellent new series, “The Path,” is now streaming every Wednesday.
Its biggest draw is that is stars Hugh Dancy, who broke out during his tenure on NBC’s “Hannibal,” which was abruptly canceled before its fourth season.
Creator Bryan Fuller looked for saviors in Amazon and Netflix, but ultimately it was left without a home – and millions of grieving fans.
Now that some time has passed, Dancy offers a fresh update that’s pretty much the nail in the coffin (for the time being).
Bryan [Fuller] has got plenty on his plate and everybody is busy, which is fantastic, but I think we’re in a place where we can say, “Okay, let’s see what happens in four years.” If we’re able to revisit it, maybe it would be different. I don’t know what shape it would take. I’ve said many times, and it’s completely true, that I would love that. If we were able to come back, maybe taking a few years away for it to reform itself might be the best thing that could happen for it. I certainly think it’s warranted, just by where we got to in the story. Sure, you could start a fourth season, or whatever it would be, with a big splash and see what happens when they hit the water, but I think it would be more interesting to find them a few years down the line.
It’s been reported on multiple occasions that the main cast has become so busy that an immediate reunion would be unlikely, but Dancy seems to confirm that it’s officially off the table for a few years. Could we see “Hannibal” return in the future? It sounds likely, but so far down the line that it’s probably time to release it from our minds.
Back in January Dancy teased Fuller’s plans, which include the “Silence of the Lambs” story arc:
Bryan [Fuller] pitched it to me … well, he, described to me in an overview with what he wanted to do with the 4th season, had there been an interest, and it was really fantastic. It was a complete restart, without describing it — because who knows, God knows, maybe some way we may be able to do it in the future — but it took us back to the first season in a very unexpected way, and made total sense of that cliffhanger ending; it seemed justified. It was born out of a part of one of the books so it was still coming out of that universe, but it wasn’t the Clarice / ‘Silence of the Lambs’ storyline.
The biggest shocker, though, was when executive producer Martha De Laurentiis blamed piracy for the show’s inability to continue on.
This is exactly how I’m feeling right about now…
IFC is dragging The Dead Room to theaters and VOD April 8th.
In the pic from XYZ and Raven Banner, “When a terrified family flees a desolate southern New Zealand farmhouse, two cynical scientists and a young psychic are sent to investigate their claims of a haunting. There they encounter a powerful spirit that will protect the house’s secrets at all cost.
The Dead Room is inspired by the chilling urban legend surrounding a farmhouse in Central Otago, New Zealand. In the early 1970s, two science tutors went to debunk claims a rural house was haunted and uncovered an incredibly disturbing mystery.”
Jason Stutter directs with Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen starring.
Check out the official U.S. trailer above.
I was extremely lucky to catch the World Premiere of Ilya Naishuller’s first-person actioneer Hardcore Henry when it screened in the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
What I saw was a new kind of action film, starring District 9‘s Sharlto Copley, that was “filled to the brim with holy shit moments,” and puts viewers into the shoes of John McClane, Ellen Ripley, Jason Bourne, and even James Bond.
The pic takes place from the POV of Henry, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a warlord with a plan to bio-engineer soldiers.
Here’s some bits from my review, which can be read by clicking the above link:
As a concept it’s a bit gimmicky, but the mysterious plot and vibrant characterizations of both Jimmy and Akan keep you mentally checked in just long enough for the next “holy shit” moment.
And for a movie called ‘Hardcore Henry,’ it delivers on its promise. Naishuller blasts the audience with one of the most bloody and violent movies in the history of cinema, but manages to keep it fun (even when heads are being ripped apart).
‘Hardcore Henry’ is both the past and future of filmmaking.
Hardcore Henry is now in theaters everywhere. I recommend sitting in the back row to avoid getting motion sickness…
With Arrow Video’s April 12th release date of Bride of Re-Animator right around the corner, Arrow was kind of to provide Bloody Disgusting with this a exclusive clip of the upcoming Blu-ray! Here we see Dr. Herbert West doing what he does best, re-animating!
This looks like it could be the Blu-ray release of the year and it is a limited set that is likely to go fast. If you want a copy be sure to pre-order yours today from Amazon.document.createElement('video'); http://mvdb2b.com/i/share/ARROW/AV048/West%20Re-animates%20a%20Hand_Foot.mp4
The success of Stuart Gordon’s hit horror-comedy Re-Animator meant that a sequel was all but inevitable. The resulting follow-up, Bride of Re-Animator – this time helmed by director Brian Yuzna (Society, Return of the Living Dead III) – would prove that there was a good deal more life (and death) left in the story of Dr Herbert West and his ghoulish exploits.
It has been eight months since the bloody massacre at Miskatonic Medical School. Unperturbed by the disastrous outcome of his previous meddling with the dead, Dr West (again played by Jeffrey Combs) continues his research into the phenomenon of re-animation; only this time, he plans to create life – starting with the heart of his young protégé Dan’s dearly deceased, Meg Halsey. Surely nothing could go wrong?
With special effects master Screaming Mad George (the man behind the infamous “shunting” sequence of Society) on hand to contribute a host of characteristically weird and wonderful creations, Bride of Re-Animator is a more than worthy successor to Stuart Gordon’s original cult classic.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• Brand new 2K restorations of the Unrated and R-Rated versions of the film, approved by director Brian Yuzna
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original Stereo 2.0 audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Digipak packaging featuring newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin
• Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth
• Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator – the official comic book prequel to the original Re-Animator
DISC 1 [BLU-RAY] & DISC 2 [DVD] – UNRATED VERSION
• Brand new 2K restoration of the Unrated version
• Brand new audio commentary with director Brian Yuzna
• Audio commentary with Brian Yuzna, star Jeffrey Combs, special effects co-ordinator Thomas Rainone and the effects team including John Buechler, Mike Deak, Robert Kurtzman, Howard Berger and Screaming Mad George
• Audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott
• Brian Yuzna Remembers Bride of Re-Animator – brand new featurette in which the director looks back at the making of the first Re-Animator sequel
• Splatter Masters: The Special Effects Artists of Bride of Re-Animator – brand new FX featurette with a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Robert Kurtzman of KNB, Screaming Mad George, Tony Doublin and John Buechler
• Getting Ahead in Horror – archive making-of featurette
• Meg is Re-Animated – deleted scene with behind-the-scenes footage
• Carnival Sequence – the cast and crew discuss this excised sequence
DISC 3 [BLU-RAY] – R-RATED VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
• Brand new 2K restoration of the R-Rated version
• Behind-the-Scenes Reel
‘RE-ANIMATOR: DAWN OF THE RE-ANIMATOR’ – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
• Perfect-bound booklet containing Re-Animator: Dawn of the Re-Animator, the 1992 comic prequel to Stuart Gordon’s original Re-Animator, reprinted in its entirety
Fans of The Wicker Man should be intrigued by the trailer for Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC.
In the trailer, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) investigates a mysterious cult after a freshly sacrificed body is uncovered.
“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”
Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.
Team Ninja’s dark supernatural samurai video game Nioh, which we last reported on back in September, will finally be released this year after being announced over a decade ago, as confirmed in a post on the PS Blog.
So although we don’t yet have a firm release date, we can rest assured that we’ll be seeing the PS4 exclusive hack and slash RPG, which is based on a screenplay by the great Akira Kurosawa, releasing within the next eight months. If you can’t wait that long to swing your katana at demons, a demo will be available from April 26 to May 5. They’ve also put out a new trailer which shows some of the monsters that you can expect to slay in your journey across 16th-century Japan.
From the Press Release:
Today we announce the upcoming release of a downloadable demo for samurai-centric, dark fantasy action RPG, Nioh. Developed exclusively for release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Alpha Demo for Nioh will be available for download and play via the PlayStation™Network Store only between April 26 and May 5.
Aiming to challenge players in a unique way that heightens their sense of accomplishment, this Alpha Demo will offer a rare chance to experience the deep and authentic samurai combat of Nioh and allow access to special rewards! Limited to those who play through the demo, this opportunity will allow players to download exclusive in-game content upon the game’s official launch. All players who manage to clear a stage of the demo will be awarded The Overlord DLC from the PlayStation™Network.
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After having its world premiere at the 30th Annual SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals last month, Hush comes to us courtesy of Netflix, who wisely snatched up the property shortly before its premiere. You can read Kalyn’s review from SXSW here. I actually caught the film at it’s premiere at SXSW too, but I wanted to chime in with my own thoughts on the film closer to its release date (even though they essentially mirror Kalyn’s). Hush proves once again that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia) is an outstanding director, able to take a simple premise and bring something incredibly unique to the project without making it feel gimmicky. It is a fist-pumping female empowerment film while at the same time an incredibly suspenseful home invasion thriller.
The plot is simple: Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel, Oculus) has lived a life of isolation since losing her hearing as a teenager to bacterial meningitis. Now a deaf-mute, she spends much of her time in her secluded home writing novels. When a masked psychotic killer (John Gallagher, Jr., 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Newsroom) shows up on her doorstep one night, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.
Flanagan and Siegel co-wrote Hush, and the idea came to the husband and wife team over dinner. They wanted to make a home invasion thriller with a twist, and in that they succeeded. Think the final scene of Wait Until Dark stretched out to feature length. While this may sound like it could easily become tedious, the film utilizes each of its 87 minutes extremely well. There are a few too many moments of Maddie escaping the house only to be chased back inside by the killer, but by the time you begin to notice their frequency the film wraps up with a hefty amount of catharsis.
Hush makes a bold decision with its killer at the end of its first act, and it turns out to be a wise one. I won’t spoil it here, but suffice it to say that Gallagher is given much more to work with than your standard masked killer. The film shies away from giving him a backstory of any sort, giving the character (credited simply as “The Man”) the necessary menace needed to instill fear.
Siegel is an absolute revelation. If she’s this good while she’s silent I can’t wait to see what awaits us when she’s given actual dialogue to work with (she’s been acting since 2007 but to my knowledge this is her most high-profile role). She makes Maddie one of the best final girls seen in recent memory and boy, is she put through the wringer too. Her lack of dialogue in the film (save for one internal monologue) does not stop Siegel from giving one Hell of an impassioned performances.
Flanagan, as expected, plays with sound design a lot in the film, albeit not as much as you might expect. The sound in the film goes out at certain points, but one almost wishes Flanagan had used this technique more. Still, there hasn’t been a thriller that has played with a lack of dialogue this much since Joss Whedon used a similar approach in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (coincidentally also called “Hush”).
The film’s only real misstep comes in the form of the arrival of Maddie’s neighbor John (Michael Trucco), in a sequence that requires such a large suspension of disbelief as to how stupid the character is that it immediately takes you out of the film. There is also a dream sequence scare that had to have been included to pad the runtime. It feels cheap when it is held up next to the rest of the film.
The film is shot competently but not necessarily creatively. Cinematographer James Kniest shoots the house and the woods surrounding it with a good sense of claustrophobia, but I also watched Hush within 24 hours of Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (my review), a similar thriller that is also set in one location and relies on a main character with a disability. That film was so beautifully shot and featured such masterful camerawork that Hush does seem a bit too simple (though the films would make an excellent double feature once Don’t Breathe is released in August). This is no fault of Hush, of course, but merely a coincidence that I thought I would mention.
The decision to release Hush on Netflix is a peculiar one. It’s not that the film will be any less effective; it will just be a different viewing experience. Watching Hush in a sold-out theater was one of the more fun theater-going experiences I’ve had in a while. The film practically demands to be viewed with an audience. That being said, watching it at home may have the benefit of highlighting the terror in the film. While incredibly suspenseful, at no point was I ever really scared during Hush. You may feel differently watching the film in the privacy of your own home.
Hush is a terrific film, and one that you will want to add to your Blu-Ray collection once it sees a release. Boasting some fantastic set pieces and performances from Siegel and Gallagher, it truly stands out among the crowd of horror films readily available on Netflix. I have no doubt that it will be added to many of those “hidden Netflix gems” posts in the near future. It’s so good, in fact, that it actually has me excited about what Flanagan will be doing with Ouija 2.Hush is now available via Netflix streaming.
Spoiler Alert: Synopses of Containment, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals for the Week of April 25th
By the week of April 25th, “Containment” will be settling in with its second episode, and both “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries” should be picking up steam heading into their season finales. But the real highlight looks to be the Eduardo Sanchez-directed Episode 11.19 of “Supernatural,” a true monster-of-the-week installment entitled “The Chitters.”
“Containment” Episode 1.02 – “I to Die, You to Live” (4/26/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
48 HOURS — While Lex (David Gyasi) attempts to maintain control outside the cordon, he learns that a young woman who had close contact with an infected patient, is unaccounted for. With limited resources available, Lex is forced to enlist help from Jake (Chris Wood), whose growing resentment towards Lex for getting him trapped inside is causing him to spiral. Elsewhere, Katie (Kristen Gutoskie) attempts to keep it together as she keeps a watchful eye over her students, while Teresa (Hanna Mangan Lawrence) is devastated to learn that her friends may have been exposed to the virus. Finally, Jana (Christina Moses), who has learned that her best friend, Suzy (guest star Nadine Lewington), is also trapped inside the cordon, rations out their limited food as they wait out the 48-hour quarantine. Claudia Black, Trevor St. John, and George Young also star. Charles Beeson directed the episode written by Julie Plec.
“Supernatural” Episode 11.19 – “The Chitters” (4/27/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
SAM AND DEAN MEET A NEW PAIR OF HUNTERS – In a small town in Colorado, mysterious disappearances happen every 27 years. Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) head to the town to investigate and meet two hunters who have a personal vendetta against these once-in-a-generation monsters. Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, “Intruders”) directed the episode written by Nancy Won.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 7.20 – “Kill “Em All” (4/29/16; 8:00-9:00 pm)
A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL — With Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) life at stake and an uphill battle ahead of them, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) lead the charge to save Bonnie before her condition worsens. Stefan (Paul Wesley) reluctantly teams up with Matt (Zach Roerig) for the sake of Bonnie and uncovers the truth behind Matt’s anger towards him. Elsewhere, determined to help her best friend, Caroline (Candice King) joins Alaric (Matt Davis) on a mission and quickly realizes how much she’s missed her former supernatural lifestyle. Finally, after their plan takes an unexpected turn, Damon makes a fateful decision that will forever change his relationship with Bonnie. Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux.
“The Originals” Episode 3.19 – “No More Heartbreaks” (4/29/16; 9:00-10:00 pm)
THE RACE TO SAVE CAMI — Following a violent encounter that has left Cami’s (Leah Pipes) life hanging in the balance, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is forced to rely on his family and allies to find a cure as he keeps a watchful eye over Cami at the compound. With time running out, Freya (Riley Voelkel) turns to her arsenal of spells, while Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) head to Cami’s apartment to gather a crucial ingredient. Elsewhere, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) travel to the bayou in hopes of bringing back a potential antidote that could save Cami’s life. Finally, Davina (Danielle Campbell) confronts Lucien (guest star Andrew Lees) and learns some heartbreaking information that will change her future with Kol (guest star Nathaniel Buzolic) forever. Millicent Shelton directed the episode written by Celeste Vasquez & Michael Narducci.
In a feat of good judgment witnessed earlier today, Capcom quietly delayed their squad-based shooter Umbrella Corps to June 21 so the “team can spend some extra time optimizing the game to bring you the best experience possible.” This is great news for the Resident Evil spin-off, which has struggled to look like a worthwhile experiment for a series that’s spent the better part of a decade developing a serious identity crisis. An extra month of polish couldn’t hurt.
In the meantime, we have our first look at the game’s surprisingly deep character customization system that’ll have everything you need to outfit your mercenary with the goofy emotes that’ll carry your team to a bloody victory. I’m considering the classic jeggings/sweater vest combo for my merc — what about you?
Developed by Telltale Games
Available on PC, Mac, PSVita, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Android, and Apple devices
Rated M for Mature
I don’t have a lot to say about The Walking Dead: Michonne’s Episode Two, “Give No Shelter.” It’s certainly not a holding pattern, padding out time for the sake of sales. There’s only so much meandering you can do in three episodes, so it still presents a tight narrative package. That doesn’t mean that “Give No Shelter” is not without its fair share of restrictions. It’s the awkward middle child, straddling the line of explosive violence and neutered pointlessness.
I’ll explain what I mean before getting into spoilers. I’m confused as to why you’d be reading this review if you haven’t played the first episode, but I’ll section off the spoilers to appease those of you that accidentally clicked on this review and haven’t yet figured it out. As a title both within Telltale’s The Walking Dead franchise and the main The Walking Dead comic book canon, The Walking Dead: Michonne has worked to establish its own identity. While maintaining the staple Telltale brand of tough decisions and meaningful choices, the game has also brought in a level of brutality reflective of the titular Michonne. It’s a fine line, and has drawn a lot of scorn from those who were expecting this to be more of a “Telltale” take on the character.
As Michonne goes on, I’m more inclined to side with the naysayers. I don’t think that games should just endlessly replicate their predecessors, but something gets lost in Michonne’s fountains of blood and endless piles of flesh. As the body count rises and the stakes ratchet up to yet another level, life has begun to lose its meaning. Minor choices like “who gets food” was a fundamental piece of what made the bigger decisions in The Walking Dead meaningful. You were always unsure which decisions actually meant the difference between life and death, providing tense undertones and a constantly looming threat. That isn’t the case anymore, and thus ends my ability to talk without spoilers.
*DON’T OPEN SPOILERS INSIDE*
Picking up directly where “In Too Deep” left off, Michonne and friends need to escape the floating colony of Monroe while they have the chance. The big decision at the end of Episode One was whether or not you kill Zachary, which so far doesn’t seem to have a serious impact. As you make your escape via boat, the vengeful residents of Monroe make chase with a seemingly endless supply of bullets. Michonne does her signature zombie safety procedure, cutting off the arms and jaws and allowing the group to slowly make their way through the herd. A young girl gets hurt, and you make your way to her home, where you meet a new crew of survivors who soon become reluctant allies. Bad guys show up and shoot the leader of your new friends, so Michonne does what she does and kills all but one, whom she takes as a captive. Then, surprise, you once again decide between life and death, and “Give No Shelter” ends.
Of course, there’s a lot more to playing “Give No Shelter” than that. It’s full of great action set pieces and even a halfway decent illusion of danger. Getting from point A to B is flashy, fun, and exciting. The problem is that those hallmark pivotal moments feel hollow. When life is this cheap, death becomes less of a pivotal choice, and everything else seems inconsequential in comparison.
That’s what I mean when I say that “Give No Shelter” feels awkward. It ramps up the danger from the first episode, but has to hold back from the explosive finale. In previous The Walking Dead games, a five episode season allowed this curve to feel smoother, but they also didn’t start at such an elevated level. With Michonne, it goes from “brutal” to “muderfest” much too quickly, but I’m not exactly sure how that transition could have been made more gradually. It could have taken place over 10 episodes and the high starting point would have still made it feel unrealistic.
I understand that there is a source material they have to respect. It wouldn’t be Michonne if she didn’t just merc a bunch of scrubs once an episode. Unfortunately, that source material strips it of a lot of consequence. We know that Michonne isn’t going to die, so this higher body count comes without tension. I cared about Kenny’s family in the original The Walking Dead game because when I met them, there was always the illusion that they might make it. When I come across a character who from introduction until inevitable death is always in peril, I just can’t connect. There’s no down time to establish the human element.
I don’t know how it all comes together, so I’m reserving much of my judgement. Still, don’t give me a pivotal choice in the middle of a flashback. I know for a fact that it isn’t going to change the major events. Also, don’t make the guy I can choose to let live or die a massive dick. Wasn’t that hard of a decision. I hope that they can make it up in the final episode, but I doubt it can all come together satisfyingly. I’d love to have to eat my words, as the overall experience of The Walking Dead: Michonne is fun. At this point, it’s just an undeniably inferior package to either of the previous two titles.
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IFC Midnight is on a roll! We have another trailer from one of their upcoming releases to share – it’s time to enter The Dead Room!
The film, which stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen, opens in limited theaters and on VOD tomorrow, April 8th. Jason Stutter (Diagnosis: Death) directs.
Step inside the Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists (Thomas and Brophy) and a young psychic (Petersen) as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.
Upping the haunted house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, The Dead Room creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.
Scream Queen Jessica Cameron has just announced that her latest project, An Ending, which she will produce and co-direct with screenwriter Josh Chiara, begins shooting at the end of April.
Jessica Cameron will also star in An Ending as Florence, a woman who wakes up in a nightmare world after being rushed to a hospital for unknown reasons.
An Ending also stars Heather Dorff as Collette, a woman who has been in the nightmare world much longer than Florence, and Ali Ferda as Molly, a woman coming to terms with crushing guilt.
As the three women are stalked through the corridors of the nightmare world by something lurking in the shadows, they are split apart, and each finds herself on her own personal journey.
Josh Chiara previously worked with Jessica Cameron as DP on her film Mania, which just won its tenth film festival award. Heather Dorff acted in Jessica Cameron’s debut feature Truth or Dare, and the two star alongside each other on Scream Queen Stream, a weekly variety show that airs online. Ali Ferda stars alongside Jessica Cameron in Desolation, which was shot as part of the Kill the PA road trip and is currently in post production.
Poster art by Maxwell Jacques Leclerc.