Attention short horror film fans! If you’ve been wanting to check out a wide variety of new films that will raise the hair on the back of your head or tingle your spine, look no further! Horror Block is hosting a contest and they want your help!
What we need you to do is head on over to the Horror Block Monstrous Video Contest homepage and cast your votes for your favorite films. There’s a ton to watch, so be sure to bring some popcorn and enjoy the films!
Horror Block will be giving away a total of $20,000 in total. There will be $10,000 for the first place winner, $5,000 for second place, $2,500 for third place, $1,500 for best effects, and lastly, $1,000 for best scream. This is your chance to really help independent filmmakers get recognition and create even more unique and original horror content, so don’t let this opportunity to help the community pass you by!
The contest will be judged by Dave Alexander of Rue Morgue, LeeAnna Vamp (official Horror Block spokesperson), Russ Montague of Nerd Block and Shirtpunch, and also by myself!
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We now have the first TV Spot for Poltergeist, which will be haunting theaters sooner than later, having recently shifted from its July date to May 22, 2015.
The new commercial has quite a bit of new footage that confirms they’re really remaking the 1982 Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic for the modern generation. In it, you’ll not only see the infamous tree sequence, but also the one in which Craig T. Nelson tears his face completely off. While the original scene was insanely grotesque (trivia: and featured the hands of Spielberg), this one looks to be more PG-13 rated, with maggots and black goo coming from Sam Rockwell’s eyes. On the other hand, the tree looks pretty dope.
Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Check out a new TV Spot for M. Night Shyamalan’s 10-episode psychological thriller “Wayward Pines”, which premieres on FOX at 9PM May 14, 2015.
“Matt Dillon (Crash) stars as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic Idaho town of Wayward Pines.”
The cast also includes Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Terrence Howard (Crash), Carla Gugino (Entourage), Shannyn Sossamon (How To Make It In America), Toby Jones (Infamous), Reed Diamond (24), Tim Griffin (Prime Suspect), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud) and Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).
The event series is based on a best-selling novel by Blake Crouch, and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge and Ashwin Rajan.
“Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon; Crash, City of Ghosts) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. Ethan is the logical choice for the mission. He’s one of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office. He’s also the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino; Watchmen, “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were partners. They were more than that. Their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.
Everything changes when a truck slams into his car and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo; The Fighter, “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam may be more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.
As the mysteries within the town pile up and clash with his own version of recent events, Ethan starts to question his own sanity. He is confronted by the mysterious and charismatic DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones; The Girl, the Harry Potter franchise, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital. As he begins to meet some of the local residents, including toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond; “24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Ethan forms a bond with BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis; Hysterical Blindness, Cape Fear), a bartender who doesn’t mince words and is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is.
Back home in Seattle, Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon; 40 Days and 40 Nights, “How to Make It in America”), a former Secret Service Agent trainee, gets a call from Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin; “Prime Suspect”). He informs her that early testing shows Ethan was never in the car that was recovered on the side of the road outside of Wayward Pines. They’re still investigating. But this isn’t enough for Theresa. Along with their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan; The Harvest, Charlie St. Cloud), Theresa sets out on her own search for Ethan.
Meanwhile, Ethan is challenged at every turn by the town’s die-hard residents and especially the town’s sheriff, SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard; Crash, Hustle & Flow), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf and telling him what to do. Ethan believes Pope is out of his mind and visa versa. Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?”
Wanna see the first footage from Attack On Titan, the live-action adaptation of the awesome anime that’s now on Netflix?
Below you’ll see some early holy-fucking-shit footage that aired on Japanese television! It’s an awesome tease that shows some of our heroes, the inside of one of the villages, and two Titan attacks. Attack On Titan is easily one of my favorite anime ever, and now this live-action adaptation seriously looks spectacular. It’s a wet dream.
Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure that features “Titans” that are actually larger than the biggest and baddest Godzilla (120m vs. 108m in Gareth Edwards’ remake). And unlike most movies these days, the Titans will be a mix of both CG and practical SFX – under the supervision of special effects director Onoue Katsuro – much like Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
In Shinji Higuchi’s Japanese film:
“The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
Scott Beck and Bryan Woods directed what is being styled as an innovative take on the found footage genre told from a singular point of view.
Nightlight, in limited theaters and On Demand March 27th through Lionsgate, Bloody Disgusting has landed an exclusive clip!
“For years, the Covington forest has been shrouded in mystery, with a dark past as a final destination for troubled youths. Undeterred by the news of a classmate who recently took his life in those woods, five teens journey into the forest for an evening of flashlight games and ghost stories. But their plans go awry when the friends awaken a demonic presence, an unseen evil that will seize upon their deepest fears—and plunge them into a nightmare of absolute terror.”
Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges, Taylor Murphy and Carter Jenkins star.
The deeper you go, the darker it gets.
First of all, sorry this is so late. I was unable to catch the live airing and had to wait until it was on Hulu the next day. Anyway, iZombie has finally premiered! We have been blessed with another Rob Thomas TV show, you guys. Words cannot express how giddy I am at the thought. Sure, it’s on the CW, a network known for it’s minuscule ratings, but that network has been on a creative stride lately with shows like Arrow, The Flash and Jane the Virgin (I kid you not, that show is awesome). To give my excitement some perspective: Rob Thomas created Veronica Mars, my second favorite TV show of all time (the first would be Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Party Down, a hilarious Starz comedy about cater waiters. Both series were unfortunately canceled way too soon (though us Veronica Mars fans got treated to a movie last year that provided much-needed closure). I’m hoping the same thing doesn’t happen to iZombie, because it has gotten off to a very promising start. I’m getting ahead of myself though, let’s recap! (By the way, I’ve accepted the fact that my recaps will be very long/detailed. If you want to go straight to the review just click the arrow below and go to Page 2)Recap
We are introduced to Olivia “Liv” Moore (Rose McIver, Once Upon a Time, Masters of Sex), saving a male patient. After a hectic day, she gets invited to a boat party by Marcy (her rival),but declines so she can go on a date with her fiancé (named Major Lilywhite, of all things). After telling him about the party, he pushes her to go. Cut in media res to said boat party, where the boat party has been attacked by a horde of zombies! Cut again to Liv Moore (get it?) waking up in a body bag with “a sudden desire to eat brains!” Cut to five months later (lots of time jumps in the first three minutes, no?) and Live is at the supermarket buying bottles of bronzer and a VHS copy of Night of the Living Dead.
After a pretty awesome opening credit sequence, we get to meet Liv’s roommate Peyton (former Disney starlet Aly Michalka), brother Evan (Nick Purcha) and mother Eva (Molly Hagan, Election), who apparently have no idea that she is a zombie. We find out that she traded her residency at the hospital (and broke off her engagement to Major, who is also there for some reason) for a job at the morgue. They comment about how Liv just hasn’t been the same since the night on the boat (no kidding). After a rather unsuccessful intervention, she heads to the morgue where we are introduced to Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli), her new boss. After he gets called away, Liv prepares her lunch, a meal of noodles, hot sauce and brains. Ravi walks in on her while she’s eating, and it’s revealed that he knows she’s a zombie.
Turns out he’s known for quite a while, and he’s fascinated. Flashback to the boat party, and Liv is offered a fancy new drug called Utopia by Blaine DeBeers (creepy David Anders, of Alias fame). After turning it down, we cut back to the middle of the boat party, where Blaine has been zombified and knocks Liv into the water. Back in the present, Liv points out that if she stops eating brains, she gets dumber (a la a George Romero zombie) and can only taste things if they are incredibly spicy. They are interrupted by Detective Clive Babinaux (Malcolm Goodwin), who is working on identifying the Jane Doe whose brain Liv was eating earlier.
After holding up the fake handcuffs found on the Jane Doe’s person, Liv has a vision of Jane Doe’s life before she died. She is in what looks like a Vancouver gas station being arrested for shoplifting the day Obama was elected to office in 2008. After bringing this little tidbit up, Babinaux is noticeably skeptical. After searching arrest records, Ravi discovers that the Jane Doe is Stefani Germanotta. Ravi tells Babinaux that Liv is a psychic(ish), to get him off their case and Liv explains to Ravi that after she eats a person’s brain, she gets visions of their life.
The next day, Liv goes to help set up a children’s haunted house (because she promised her mother). After hearing someone scream, Liv has another vision of local weatherman Johnny Frost (Daran Norris, a Veronica Mars alum), strangling Stefani. She goes to Babinaux and learns that Stefani gave that name as a fake to her arresting officer in Vancouver, so now we’re back to calling her Jane Doe. Not to be fooled again, Babinaux proposes Liv go with him to confront Weatherman Frost.
At the news station, they show Frost Jane Doe’s photograph and he immediately recognizes her and reveals that he knows her as Tatiana, a role-playing hooker. Later, they go interview Tatiana’s…co-worker Tess, who speak Romanian, which Liv learns she can now speak fluently. After telling her that Tatiana is dead, Tess freaks out and reveals Tatiana’s last name: Corsa. They track down her apartment to find it ransacked. Liv has another vision of a man throwing Tatiana out her window to her death after asking her where she put his ring.
Meanwhile, Ravi is doing blood tests on Liv’s blood, revealing that he is trying to work out a cure for Liv’s zombie-ism. After realizing that she may have a chance at being human again, she goes over to Major’s place, where is is playing a zombie game (of course) with another woman. The next day, Peyton confronts Liv about how distant she’s been, to no avail. Over at the station, Babinaux is told he’s no longer the leading officer on the case, and is stuck playing second fiddle to Officer Pratt. After learning that Tatiana had “a bearded pig” (thanks to Liv’s translation), which Babinaux connects to Pratt (a bearded pig = bearded cop), who they deduce to be the murderer.
Cut to Pratt, who has two of the Tess and Monica (one of the other call girls) strapped to two chairs in a house lined with plastic. He interrogates him about the whereabouts of his wedding ring, which has been stolen and will cause his wife to become suspicious of him. Monica confesses to pawning it. Babinaux bursts in and Pratt runs upstairs and jumps out the window and shoots Liv and drives the car away. Liv jumps on top of the car and causes him to crash into a tree. Liv flies off the hood of the car and suddenly goes “28 Days Later zombie with a side of rage bomb” ( with very red eyes) and walks over to Pratt, who is now unconscious on the good of the car and nearly digs into his skull before Babinaux walks up. She suddenly morphs back into regular ol’ zombie Liv.
After Ravi performs impromptu open-heart surgery on Liv to get the bullet out of her chest, Liv goes to her mother’s haunted house dressed as a zombie. Later that night, Liv is finally able to sleep, only to wake up suddenly the next morning to a flashback of her own death at the hands of Blaine. Turns out Liv made it off the boat and into an alley, only to be attacked by Blaine! TWIST!
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The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, his Halloween-themed slasher that’s now in production.
She will play ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake). She played Capt. Spaulding’s dream girl in The Devil’s Rejects.
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
Unsigned metal band Fire From The Gods will be embarking on a headlining tour this Saturday. Dubbed ‘The Alumni Tour’, the tour will see local support at each stop, giving bands the chance to showcase their talents. This tour is part of the ‘Headbang For The Highway’ program, which is the brainchild of Sumerian Records founder and CEO, Ash Avildsen, who initially created this years ago as a scouting and developmental program for the nation’s best unsigned bands.
Direct from the official press release:
HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY is currently offering unsigned bands across North America the opportunity to open dates of the Summer Slaughter Tour and All-Stars Tour this summer. THE HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY AND LEGATOR GUITARS PRESENTS: THE ALUMNI TOUR (March 22 through April 15), created by David Dickens, will be the battle for Summer Slaughter Tour 2015 and All-Stars Tour 2015, and is the first tour of its kind. It will feature headlining act Fire From The Gods performing on a tour nationwide while all unsigned local support bands within each market will showcase for INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS as part of the Headbang contest. One local support band per market will be chosen to open a date of Summer Slaughter Tour or All-Stars Tour. It is easy to see why this is a huge opportunity to all unsigned bands.
Head below for tour dates and the band’s lyric video for “Eat”.
March 21 – Grand Prarie, TX @ South By So What!?
March 22 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
March 23 – Panama City, FL @ A&M Theater
March 24 – Panama City, FL @ A&M Theater
March 25 – Greensboro, NC @ Green Street Music Hall
March 26 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
March 27 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
March 28 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
March 29 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
March 31 – Providence, RI @ DV8
April 01 – Providence, RI @ DV8
April 02 – Amityville, NY @ Amityville Music Hall
April 03 – Trenton, NJ @Championship Bar
April 04 – Trenton, NJ @Championship Bar
April 08 – Rochester, NY @ The California Brew Haus
April 09 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Asylum
April 10 – Cleveland, OH @ The Foundary
April 11 – Newport, KY @ The Thompson House
April 12 – Saint Louis, MO @ Mad Magician
April 15 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcatz
With the fourth episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 out now, we’re free to talk about how great it is to have Barry back. Don’t you dare leave us again, Barry. Unfortunately, the master of guns doesn’t get any screen-time in this fan-made short from the independent production company R2 Production, but it’s a solid effort nonetheless.
These guys did a stellar job of recreating the gritty, claustrophobic look of the games. Even the actress who portrays Claire Redfield looks spot on. I’m just sleepy and delirious enough to catch myself reaching for the controller as I watch it.
Say what you will of Marvel’s Secret Wars, it will be doing a lot of fan service this summer. And I for one am all for it. I grew up reading “Age of Apocalypse” and I couldn’t be more excited for the original series writer to return to this world. It’s an alternate timeline that arrives just in time for the Age of Apocalypse film hitting later next year. But I can’t help but wonder why Marvel is decimating their X-Men line proper in lieu of all the alternate timelines.
Something seems fishy about killing off the regular versions… perhaps a new age of Inhumans is truly on the way. But if so, the mutants are going out with a bang.
His war has been won. En Sabah Nur stands triumphant over the bones of his enemies. None will be left alive! This July, return to one of the most iconic X-Men stories of all time in AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Be there when writer Fabian Nicieza returns to the post-apocalyptic wasteland he helped create, as brought to life by artist Gerardo Sandoval (Guardians 3000)!
Apocalypse rules his domain on Battleworld with an iron fist. The few humans left alive have been enslaved. The mutant rebellion has been crushed – it’s survivors, scattered. But the terrorist insurgents known as the X-Men will not go quietly into this grim future. They will fight! They will end Apocalypse’s reign of terror! Even if it means their very lives!
“This Age of Apocalypse, taking place on Battleworld, is a story about the choices heroes have to make after they’ve already lost. What are the X-Men about if a dream of coexistence between humans and mutants has become a lost cause?” asks series writer Fabian Nicieza, in an interview with Marvel.com.
But the fight is not yet over. A very special mutant named Cypher may hold the key to turning the tide. A weapon to be pointed directly at Apocalypse and fired. Now, the hunt is on as Magneto and his X-Men attempt to rescue Cypher from the clutches of Cyclops & Havok’s Elite Mutant Force, Dark Beast and his vile experiments, and the new Horsemen of Apocalypse!
But even if they win, have they already lost? Find out as one of the most iconic X-Men stories ever is reborn on Battleworld in AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 this July!
AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
Art & Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale in JULY!
Tomorrow, the romantic horror hybrid film Spring, which has gained much acclaim, will be hitting select theaters as well as VOD. And next Tuesday, the highly regarded score, which was composed by solo artist Jimmy Lavalle (The Album Leaf), will be released on digital formats via Eastern Glow Recordings. The album is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.
Select tracks will also be included in the Spring BitTorrent bundle, which you can read about here.
I created the soundtrack to SPRING in just over a few months, first approaching the main tones that I wanted to repeat to follow the characters. There are many tense and suspenseful moments in the film and I wanted to be able to add to the intensity of these scenes in a unique way, so I began to sample a Chinese musical bowl, various music boxes, and other odd objects that I could stretch out the waveforms to create eerie ambient drones. During the process, my wife and son came in to say hello and she suggested that I sample our eight-month-old son’s voice, which I ultimately used quite heavily throughout the score. Once I had my sounds, absolutely everything else fell in place.
Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the film, “…follows a troubled American backpacker in Italy whose romance with a beautiful but mysterious local girl turns into an unexpected nightmare when her dark, primordial secret threatens to destroy their new-found happiness.”
Head below for the trailer.
This morning, Image comics announced bestselling artist Jason Shawn Alexander (Abe Sapien: The Drowning, The Escapists) returns to the drawing and writing table with an all-new series sure to disturb readers in EMPTY ZONE: Conversations with the Dead, which will launch on June 17.
This is my first glance at Alexander’s art but it looks to be tonally fantastic for a horror book. His heavy use of blacks and the gritty appeal of his line work make for a truly unique set of pages at Image Comics. I know that they hire talent over let’s say, diverse approaches to doing the work, but I don’t think there is a horror book at Image right now that has art anywhere near this.
Empty Zone is described as a sci-fi horror saga, where Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.
“I created the idea for this series 20 years ago. I’m finally bringing it to fruition, through Image Comics, and I’m putting everything I have into it,” said Alexander. “I wanted to create a sci-fi series that veers off into ghosts and the supernatural and becomes something completely different.”
EMPTY ZONE #1 arrives on June 17 and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR150504.
It’s easy to make fun of developer Scott Cawthon’s Five Nights at Freddy’s series, with its limitless potential for Furry jokes to its unwillingness to stray too far from the formula that made the first game such a hit, its popularity among “Let’s Players” on YouTube, as well as the fact that all three games released within six months of each other. I expected this “honest” trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 to hit them all, and it didn’t disappoint.
Fear the cure.
Bleiberg Entertainment’s Compound has given Bloody Disgusting a grotesque first look at a batch of images and new poster art for Strange Blood.
From producer Pearry Teo (Cloud Atlas), Strange Blood is the directorial debut of acclaimed photographer and music video director Chad Michael Ward, who has worked with Marilyn Manson, Slash, and Static-X amongst others.
“When a brilliant but obsessive scientist (Robert Brettenaugh) goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Time running out, and with the aid of his med student assistant (Alexandra Bard), he must find a way to stop the monster that is growing within and prevent the rest of the world from being “cured.””
Robert Brettenaugh stars alongside Alexandra Bard.
We also have the exclusive first look at the newest poster. Dig on it all below!
Those of you who have been paying close attention to my posts here on Bloody Disgusting might have noticed as my writing gradually became more unhinged this month, resembling the incoherent ramblings of a madman. The culprit behind my ever-loosening grip on my own fragile sanity is the ridiculous amount of horror games we’ve received since January.
About a year’s worth of scary games somehow managed to come out in a matter of three months, and keeping up has proven difficult.
H1Z1, Dying Light, Monstrum, The Order: 1886, Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, White Night, Zombie Army Trilogy, Resident Evil Revelations 2, the Resident Evil remaster — I can’t think of many other times when we’ve seen so many releases.
It’s a sign of the times. As great as last year was for horror games, 2015 is shaping up to be considerably better. And I’m saying that based on the games we know about. You can bet there are numerous others waiting to be revealed.
Looking back at the dozens of spooky games we’ve been gifted these past few months, which game(s) have been your favorite(s)? I’ve included a handy poll below, but I’d also like to invite you to explain why you chose what you did in the comments.
To the surprise of no one, both Skybound and Telltale have confirmed they’re working on more of the hit episodic series based on The Walking Dead. The former confirmed the news on Twitter last July and the latter confirmed it for us again at SXSW earlier this month. After the success of the bridge episode 400 days, we imagine another episode like that will be huge.
We don’t know anything about the next episode yet, but if a recent tweet from Skybound is any indication, it won’t be too much longer before that changes.
— Skybound (@Skybound) March 14, 2015
Check out Telltale at SXSW, and scroll to the 40 minute mark to see them drop the hint of more Walking Dead.
What would you like to see from Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, besides more Clem?
Oh, and since this is hardly news, let me make that up to you with this awesome Walking Dead-inspired 8-Bit Cinema video from CineFix.
It’s not every day we get a game that’s exactly what it looks like it is. Such is the curious case of White Night, a survival horror game from Swedish developer Osome that aspires to be little more than a decidedly retro take on an old school genre of horror.
Set in the 1930′s, the game follows a man who gets in a car crash near a mysterious mansion. There are signs of life, but nobody is home. Anyone who’s played a spooky game, read a scary book, watched a horror movie or lived on this big blue rock for any significant amount of time would take this as a sign that they should swiftly turn tail in the other direction.
They must have neighbors, no?
Most folks would’ve preferred relaxing in a cold ditch over solving cryptic graveyard puzzles to break into someone’s home, but not this guy. This guy has a fedora and video game logic on his side, and we all know how that’s going to turn out.
This leads me to my one major problem. Take away the mostly gorgeous/occasionally annoying minimalist, black and white art style and White Night becomes every other small budget survival horror game released in the early 2000′s. I can appreciate — admire, even — its desire to give survival horror enthusiasts something to be nostalgic over, but much like the feeling of dread which permeates every nook and cranny of this high-contrast world, I couldn’t shake the notion that I had done this before.
That’s because I did. You did too, if you were playing horror games at the start of the millennium.
What really bothers me is I really enjoyed this game. It’s creepy, takes time constructing its scares and it’s one of a dying breed of horror games that emphasizes atmosphere and presentation over almost everything else.
I love that in series like Silent Hill, but those games usually had something else to carry the experience. An always-changing world, engrossing story, intriguing characters — whatever it was, it’s missing in White Night.
That’s not to say that this game doesn’t have something to offer.
White Night looks great. It does some really nifty things with the lighting, and its restraint in sharing too much of the backstory regarding the main character or his temporary home kept me hooked. What you do find out is drip-fed through documents that have been scattered about each environment. Newspaper clippings and hidden clues shed some light on what’s going on without over-sharing.
Light plays a larger role in the gameplay than I thought it would going in.
The game borrows heavily from older games like the original Resident Evil, or the games that predated it, namely Alone in the Dark and Sweet Home. It takes from these games and gives those familiar ideas a dramatic, noir-style makeover.
Manual save systems and fixed camera angles used to be staples of franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil, and they’re back in all their old school glory here. The only truly modern thing about it is its far too easy assortment of puzzles.
If the more action-oriented direction horror has taken over the last decade has spoiled your memory of what survival horror games used to be before Resident Evil 4 became one of the most successful and influential video games of the PS2 era, then let’s take a minute to remedy that.
White Night is slow. It’s about exploration and patience. Sometimes the reward isn’t worth it, other times it is. Stick with it to the end and you’ll leave with memories of one of the best eras for horror gaming. Even resource management comes into play with the matchsticks — often your only source of light — which also happen to be somewhat scarce. Lanterns, it would seem, weren’t invented until after the Great Depression.
I think I enjoyed what this game tried to achieve, more than I did the 5-6 hours I spent with the game itself. Its ambitions are admirable, but its execution leaves a lot to be desired. The ghosts that haunt that mansion’s dimly lit halls are incredibly unsettling, and yet, a few hours into the game I couldn’t help but wonder if they, too, were only there because they were lost as I often was.
The Final Word: For better and for worse, White Night emulates the survival horror games of old. If you can get past its quirks, there’s a lot for a survival horror fan to enjoy here.
I haven’t had the opportunity to play Battlefield: Hardline yet, but I’ve heard it’s heavy on the shooty and that the explosions are all sufficiently boomtastic. The game released this week to solid, albeit lukewarm, reviews, and while the game has never really managed to catch my eye, this neat little Dead Space Easter Egg sure is entertaining.
Spotted by YouTuber Zuul Be, this nod and a wink shows a couple of bad guys spending some bro-time with the original Dead Space. Enjoy!
A Dead Space mention (or two) in Hardline isn’t surprising. Both games were made by Visceral Games. What is interesting is how clear Visceral’s schedule is now that the studio is between games. Whatever could they do to fill their newfound free time?
Blood. You have tons of it. You know what you don’t have any of? Bloodborne. It seems only natural that humanity would find a way to remedy that, and remedy it we have. I’m not sure how popular Bloody Disgusting is in Denmark, but if there happen to be any Denmen or women perusing this site, you may want to clear your schedule on March 24.
Sony Denmark has announced a team-up with GivBlood, a Danish blood donation group, that will give anyone looking to get a copy of Bloodborne the chance to give blood so they can spill blood.
So if it’s Bloodborne you want — or something else, because they’re also offering other more mysterious PS4 games — I suggest you take walk to the IT University of Copenhagen and roll up them sleeves. Meanwhile, I’ll be looking for a way to Fedex a pint or two of mine over there.
Bloodborne is scheduled to release on March 24 for the PS4.
After a month-long hiatus, Supernatural returns. Sam and Dean Winchester are back in ‘The Things They Carried.’ This series is often criticized for having jumped the shark, and their numerous fan-service episodes– while beloved and entertaining– border on ridiculous, but this episode reverted back to the monster-an-episode format that they’ve found a dependable rhythm with over the last decade.
This episode features the re-immergence of Cole Trenton, the man who (earlier in this same season) kidnapped Sam in order to exact revenge on Dean for killing his (possessed) father, proving that any character that has more than one episode on Supernatural is fair game for a reprisal except for poor Adam.
After last episode’s climactic confrontation with Cain, this whole “Dean is consumed by the evil within” is getting less and less viable as a central focus for the story as a solution becomes less and less possible. Not one to fall into the hole of making an entire series about an unsolvable problem and then giving the audience no leads, this episode takes a different tactic: the people that Sam and Dean will be attempting to save are heroes who rescue people but who have been infected with an evil within; infected, no less, while attempting a great heroic deed. Very subtle and subtext-y. Saving People & Hunting Things: The Army Motto.
This episode follows the Winchester boys, just the original duo without Crowley, Castiel, or any of our other favorite bros, as they investigate the bizarre murder of a woman who should, by all accounts, never have been a victim—she was extensively trained in martial arts, including Krav Maga. However, once they reach this adorable little town, the adorable little cop in the adorable little precinct tells them that they shouldn’t have driven all this way, the perp was a Special Forces veteran with PTSD, and before they go would they like some birthday cake? His partner made it.
The boys investigate anyway, because they didn’t come all this way for birthday cake (if it had been pie, that would have been a different story), first visiting Special Forces perp Rick’s widow and then, on her referral, checking in on Gemma, whose husband Kit had been in the same unit as Rick and was exhibiting the same symptoms—namely, he’s thirsty. Like, really thirsty. Like “drink from the dog bowl” thirsty. Gemma, by some bizarre coincidence, is friends with Cole Trenton (see episode 2 of season 10 for the time Cole tortured Sam for information and then tried to murder Dean), and after a weird awkwardness outside Gemma’s house, the boys and Cole all get burgers– and Sam doesn’t even get a salad. Maybe this is what emotional eating looks like for him. As they discuss the case, Cole gets an encrypted email from an army intelligence contact sent to his cell phone with classified information on Kit and Rick’s most recent op, which is totally believable and not at all ludicrous, even though there’s a video of this classified operation attached to the email that all three view at a picnic table by the burger-vending food truck.
What follows largely deals with Kit’s inability to control the hungers inside of him, whether he’s confronted with total strangers or people he loves, and Cole’s desire to save the people he loves and having to come to terms with evil possessing them such that they are no longer the people he loves. I’m really glad they gave that Mark of Cain thing a rest, though, right? Sam lamenting the idea that Dean might not be the brother he loves, and Dean fighting his hunger for violence, that was getting really old. This was a nice change.
Overall, for a series that has been going for a decade with the same core cast of two, you have to give them credit for keeping their audience consistently engaged. They listen to fan feedback and they respond accordingly. With only that ghost-in-the-wifi episode bringing this season down, this episode is far from objectionable, and is somehow managing to keep this series alive against all odds. It might be playing a bit to the clichés of the show, but the fact that this show has created its own set of clichés is unique in and of itself.