Evil Apparitions Appear in The Fear Project

Dread Central - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:00

Another found footage anthology is on its way in The Fear Project, and right now we have your first details, artwork, and more! Read on for the goods.

Featuring segments from indie directors Dion Cavallaro, Kenny Collins, Alex Deck, Owen Mulligan, Tobias Nilsson, and Paul Evans Thomas, The Fear Project stars Dion Cavallaro (The Secluded House, Apparition of Evil), Jay Vos (The Smog), Alex Deck, Cain Harrip (Apparition of Evil, The Eidolon State), Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob), Nathan Head (Theatre of Fear, Apparition of Evil), Joel Richardson (The Secluded House, Apparition of Evil), Paul Evans Thomas (The Eidolon State), Owen Mulligan (Dead Static), Michael Ian Sugrue, Tanner Weed, Caleb Bast, Alison Hell Katatonic, and Loyal Ploof.

Synopsis:
After their friend becomes the latest victim in a chain of throat-slashing murders, two young men go to the scene of the crime to investigate. While there, they discover a room lined wall-to-wall with old television sets and a plethora of terrifying videos, each containing a piece of the puzzle. What they ultimately discover will change their lives forever.

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Stories from the Shadows Emerge in The Uncanny Reader

Dread Central - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:30

A very intriguing sounding book is heading our way February 24th from St. Martin’s Griffin entitled The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows, edited by Marjorie Sandor, and we have all the details right here.

This upcoming short story anthology takes a look at the unease in fiction and fills in the gaps of genres we commonly know as sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and magical realism. It features stories that cross borders of time and place written by several well-known authors from the 1800s to today – including Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, Jonathon Carroll, and Aimee Bender.

Check out the synopsis and cover art below, and if it piques your interest, pre-order your copy from the EvilShop now.

Synopsis:
From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons—a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come.

Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny—including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson—form a foundation for sixteen award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown.These writers come from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, England, Sweden, the United States, Uruguay, and Zambia—although their birthplaces are not always the terrains they plumb in their stories, nor do they confine themselves to their own eras.

Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, Joan Aiken, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Kate Bernheimer, Steve Stern, Karen Russell, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Namwali Serpell, and Karen Tidbeck.


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Faith No More Announce New Album Title And Release Date

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:28

Alt-rock group Faith No More have announced that their new album, the first in 17 years, will be called Sol Invictus (translation: Unconquered Sun) and it will be released on May 19th.

Billy Gould recently told Rolling Stone:

What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space.” Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good.

The band has also announced that their N. American tour is completely sold out.

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‘Resident Evil’ HD Can Be Beaten in One Second

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:00

Because I’ve never cared enough to learn how to cheat them and have never possessed enough talent and disposable time to climb that ladder legitimately, leaderboards have existed solely so I can find a friend’s ranking, squash it without mercy, and let them know what I just did. I always wait until there’s a large enough gap separating our two scores before I share the news, because a premature reveal could lead to their immediately trouncing my score.

For the competitive folks who aren’t satisfied with their achievements until they can be recognized by a larger pool of people on the leaderboard of a hot new game like, say, the Resident Evil HD remaster, here’s a look at the competition.

Aside from the obvious, what makes this video from YouTuber Carcinogen so fantastic is the fact that he actually does have skills. He’s a legitimate world record holder, you can even watch him beat those records in videos like the one I have for you below.

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Exclusive Interview with Crazy Bitches Writer-Director Jane Clark

Dread Central - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:00

Seven former sisters of the Alpha Kappa Pi sorority and their fabulous gay BFF reunite for a getaway weekend to celebrate a birthday. A few margaritas into the first night, a dark secret is revealed… The cabin they’ve rented is the site of a gruesome mass murder of teenage girls on a sleepover 15 years earlier. Needless to say, the sorority sisters get picked off one by one, and as their number dwindles, so too does their trust in one another.

Crazy Bitches, which debuted to an audience of 800 at Hollywood’s historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre at Outfest 2014, has since screened in several festivals and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray just in time for Valentine’s Day. It was written and directed by Jane Clark (2014’s award-winning drama Meth Head), and we were lucky enough to catch up with her and haze her with our oh so hard-hitting line of questions:

Dread Central: With a title like Crazy Bitches, how do you explain what this movie is about to people who have never heard of it?

Jane Clark: Well, here’s the fun truth. Whether I’m at a party or a business meeting,  when someone asks me what I’m working on and I say, “I just finished a movie called Crazy Bitches,” the response 99% of the time is, “I’ve got to see that.” Usually followed by “I am a crazy bitch” or “My girlfriends and I are crazy bitches.” Or “I know one of those.”

After that, if they want to know what the movie is about, I give them the logline: Seven women and one fab gay guy go to a remote ranch for some R&R, but things go horribly wrong when one by one they are killed by their own vanity.

That usually seals the deal.

DC: I love that you have Guinevere Turner in your movie! Did you know her before, and what’s she like to work with, especially since she is a writer-actor like yourself?

JC: I met Guinevere at a party. We got into a nice long conversation, but neither of us knew the other. Then one of our mutual friends said, “Guinevere, Jane’s making a movie called Crazy Bitches.” And Guinevere said, “I have to be in that.” And our friend said, “Jane, you HAVE to put Guinevere in your movie.” I was like, “Stop badgering me!” Casting is hugely important to me, and I am never going to just stick someone in a movie. But Guinevere is pretty hard to say “no” to, and I had a role open. I finally caved. Besides, by then I’d watched a few things and realized she’s a really good actress. Plus, she had the dainty fragility I had written for the character, and subversively, I loved that this lesbian icon plays a character teetering on homophobia.

I will admit I was a little nervous sending her the script because she’s also an awesome writer. And I breathed again when she emailed and said, “Okay, this is great, and I have to do it.” After that she put her writer aside, and from rehearsal through production Guinevere showed up as an actor ready to work. She’s easy, intuitive, and receptive to direction – all the things I treasure in an actor. I’m looking forward to many more films with her in the future. We’re even toying with a project that she’d write, I’d direct, and we would produce together.

DC: There’s more than just Crazy Bitches in this movie… there are a few dumb dudes as well. Can you talk a little bit about how you shaped the male characters and which one is your fave?

JC: Each of the dumb dudes were written for a friend so… not that I’m saying they are dumb, just… oy. Let me start over. I thought about all the lovely qualities each of the actors brought to the table, and I wrote the opposite. Seriously. I thought each would like the opportunity to play something a little against their truth. As to my fave? I love them all for different reasons and all the actors are terrific, but I’d have to say Gareth, the randy ranch hand played by Blake Berris. Mostly because he says some of the most ridiculous lines that I just think are funny.

DC: I see elements of Urban Legends, “Desperate Housewives,” and Friday the 13th in Crazy Bitches… but you’re the writer so please talk a little about your influences and how they manifest in the story as the movie plays out.

JC: Friday the 13th was the first horror movie I ever saw. It was a stay-at-home date, pizza and a movie sort of thing, and it worked just as I am sure the guy planned it. I screamed and grabbed on to him and tucked my head on his chest when it got too scary. That experience was definitely an influencer. I would say the Scream series, most specifically the first one, were influences. I also really love the old school films like The Shining and The Omen, which leaned more on tension rather than gore. And one of my all time favorite films is Pan’s Labyrinth, which strangely enough, I didn’t recall was categorized as horror until I started researching genre films. In all honesty, though, I didn’t seek out horror to watch, nor did I ever imagine that I would make a horror film. Once the idea popped into my head, though, I went back and watched a mother lode of genre movies to educate myself and to figure out what worked in other films and what didn’t so I could apply it to my own project. Since Crazy Bitches is also a comedy with a Mean Girls edge, I also had in mind films like Bridesmaids and Heathers.

DC: The press release says, “Perfect for Valentine’s Day!” Um… I disagree. I know that the PR is often different from what the writer-director might have intended… so, what do you think about how the movie is being presented, and who is the ideal audience?

JC: The downside to being a truly indie filmmaker is that you do everything yourself. The upside is you get to do everything yourself! Though our distributor, Gravitas Ventures, has had an influence on marketing materials like the poster, my producing partner and I came up with the Valentine’s Day release idea because after many festival screenings, people talked about the movie’s playfulness and sex appeal. Then we looked at the calendar, and it was Friday, the 13th of February! So we planted a stake in it.

It might seem counter-intuitive to watch a horror movie on what is traditionally a hearts and chocolates day, and yes, there are some gruesome and at times creepy kills (one slow death scene still creeps me out after watching it dozens of times), but I see that as a Valentine’s lube, if you will. It’s like watching Friday the 13th with my date and snuggling up. I mean, why not watch a film that a) gives you jump-out-of-your-seat moments and squirm-in-your seat murders geared to cause the covering of eyes and clinging of bodies and b) makes your lover a little horny. And if you don’t have a lover, screw it. Get your friends together, have a cocktail or two, and laugh your asses off while you watch a bunch of bitches get whacked. Either way it’s all good.

You’ll be able to find the film On Demand via Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, AT&T U-verse, and Dish Network among other platforms and on iTunes, Amazon, and more beginning Friday, February 13, 2015.

Crazy Bitches, a comedic horror film with a heart, is the perfect, sexy way to spend Valentine’s Day. The film was written and directed by Jane Clark (2014’s award-winning drama Meth Head) and stars the following “bitches:” Candis Cayne (“Dirty Sexy Money”), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, “The L Word”), Cathy DeBuono (Along Came Lola, web series “We Have to Stop Now”), Blake Berris (“Days of our Lives”), Samantha Colburn (Best Night Ever), Andy Gala (Outsourced), Liz McGeever (The Conjurer), Victoria Profeta (North Country), Nayo Wallace (“Shameless”), and Mary Jane Wells (How to Train Your Dragon 2).

For more info visit the official Crazy Bitches website, and “like” Crazy Bitches on Facebook.

Synopsis:
Seven women – sisters of the Alpha Kappa Pi sorority – and their gay best friend reunite for a weekend to celebrate their pal Alice’s birthday. But at the remote ranch where they settle for leisurely days of gossip, girl time, and grub, something soon seems amiss.

A number of margaritas into the first night, a dark secret is revealed. The cabin is the site of a gruesome mass murder of teenage girls on a sleepover 15 years earlier. Blood still stains the floor under new carpets, and the killer still runs free.

The women take the ghost story for what it seems – a tall tale on a stormy night – and at first, the story only adds to the romance of the ranch. One girl sneaks off with the hired hand. Another seeks to rekindle her old college flame. But after a third turns up – dead – the story no longer seems silly, and sex is the last thing on anyone’s mind.

One by one they are cut down, victims of the particular vanities they flaunt in each other’s faces. Soon the girls turn on each other, accusing one another of jealousy and murder. As the fun-filled weekend turns into a race against death, they wonder: Which Crazy Bitch will make it out alive?

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Stone Sour Releases “The Dark” Video To Promote ‘Fear Clinic’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:30

Today marks the release of Fear Clinic, the film based on FEARnet’s 2009 online series. The film was directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II) with special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson.

The synopsis reads:

When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…

To mark this release, hard rock band Stone Sour have released a music video for the track “The Dark”, which appears on the soundtrack to the film. The band created and released this video because vocalist Corey Taylor has made his acting debut in Fear Clinic, which also features Fiona Dourif, Thomas Dekker, Brandon Beemer, and more.

Head below to see the video.

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Girl House Soundtrack by tomandandy Available TODAY!

Dread Central - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:30

We’re keeping a close eye on Trevor Matthews’ directorial debut, Girl House, which begins its limited theatrical and VOD release from eOne Films over Valentine’s weekend; and if you are too, you can check out the film’s soundtrack by tomandandy right now! It releases digitally TODAY, followed a month later by the CD. You’ll find all the details, including the full track listing, below.

From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release GIRL HOUSE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on February 10th and on CD March 10, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by tomandandy (The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies) along with an original track performed by Slaine, who portrays Loverboy in the film.

“We tried to develop a suspenseful tone while avoiding cliché. The themes of the film, while obviously contemporary, are also connected to primal human experiences; and it was dark fun for us juxtaposing terror and imbalance with the trappings of modern internet life,” said tomandandy.

tomandandy is a music production company. While they are best known for their work scoring films, their portfolio includes records and art installations as well as music for television commercials and television programs. Andy Milburn was born in Texas and went to Princeton University for undergraduate as well as graduate work. Thomas Hajdu was born in Canada and moved to the US to work on his graduate studies at Princeton University.

Milburn and Hajdu moved to New York after Princeton and started collaborating with film director Mark Pellington at MTV. tomandandy quickly grew, and they built a number of recording studios in New York and later in Los Angeles. Their film credits include Resident Evil: Afterlife, Killing Zoe, Arlington Road, The Rules of Attraction, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Mothman Prophecies; they have worked with artists including U2, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, William Burroughs, Alicia Keyes, and Wes Borland. They’ve also worked with several directors including Roger Avary, Oliver Stone, Mark Pellington, Paul Anderson, Alex Aja, and Bryan Bertino and film producers including Mark Gordon, Greg Shapiro, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, and Howard Gordon.

GIRL HOUSE follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.

“We really enjoyed the thoughtful and engaging process of working with Trevor Matthews [director] and Nick Gordon [writer],” said tomandandy. “We had meaningful dialogue from the spotting session to the ‘Loverboy’ theme at the beginning of the film until the ending. Their take on the implications of technology and society [was] very interesting, and we were excited to help accentuate that by creating music that was at times technologically influenced, yet often traditionally orchestrated. Our goal was to help to support the visceral experience they captured.”

Brookstreet Pictures presents GIRL HOUSE in theaters on February 13, 2015. GIRL HOUSE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on February 10th and on CD March 10, 2015.

TRACK LISTING:

1. The Enemy – Supreme Villain (Slaine & Madchild) featuring Rite Hook
2. VHS Sex – Com Truise
3. Good Vibrations – Todd Michael Schultz
4. Let It Be Known – Jesse Rhodes
5. Mountain City Anchor – Connor Scott
6. Love Me So Bad – Jesse Rhodes
7. Way Of The World – Jack Gravina (ft. Quinn Barbini)
8. Loverboy – tomandandy
9. The First Time – tomandandy
10. In The Shower – tomandandy
11. Control Room – tomandandy
12. Loverboy Attacks the House – tomandandy
13. It’s Always Quiet Before a Storm – tomandandy
14. First Kill – tomandandy
15. Let’s Hack the System – tomandandy
16. Hope? – tomandandy
17. No Cameras – tomandandy

Trevor Matthews, who also produced the film, starred in Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine. Girl House was written by Nick Gordon and stars Ali Cobrin (Showtime’s “Look,” Neighbors, American Reunion), Adam DiMarco (Radio Rebel), Slaine (MC in hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra), and a bevy of smoking hot girls including Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch) and Erin Agostino (“18 to Life,” You Are So Undead).


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Zombieworld Tuesday – Check Out a New Breed of Zombie

Dread Central - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:00

From now until the release of our fan-driven anthology with Ruthless Pictures, you’ll be able to find a clip from Zombieworld right here every Tuesday! On tap today a clip that sheds light on a new breed of the undead!

Zombieworld was put together for one reason and one reason only… okay, two. First and foremost is to give indie filmmakers a spotlight to get their stuff seen on a worldwide scale, and thanks to RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment, that’s exactly what it’s going to do. The second reason… FUN!

What we have here is a grab bag of zombie-themed mayhem that’s home to something for everyone. From the insanely absurd to the dead serious, Zombieworld proves it has guts to spare, and hopefully that means you’ll have a great time watching it. You just never know what you’re going to see next, and that’s that beauty of it!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. Each director brings his or her take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”



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‘The Cursed Forest’ is Coming to Steam With New Content

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 11:00

About a year ago I played an indie horror game called The Cursed Forest. I went into it expecting little because the only thing I knew about the game was that it was free and it was supposed to look really, really good. Its sweet ass foliage didn’t disappoint, and neither did the rest of it. The scares are subtle and carefully constructed and it’s remarkably well-made for a free game.

Soon, it will be even better.

This isn’t new news, but it is news that only just now made its way to me. The Cursed Forest is getting an official extended remake, and unlike the original game, this version will also be bringing its freaky forest bamboozlery to Steam.

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First Look at ‘Bunker of the Dead’(Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:40

Paris-based and genre specialist WTFilms is coming to Berlin with – what else- a 3D Nazi zombie movie, Bloody Disgusting has learned.

In Bunker of the Dead, which we’ve landed an exclusive first look at the art for some images, “Two friends spend their weekends trying to find a WWII underground military base. Used by the Nazis as a secret research institute, it is rumoured to hide the lost gold of the Third Reich. The entrance of the cave system, however, lies right within the restricted area of a US military base. The first of many problems the two friends will have to face.

It will be co-distributed by Wild Bunch and Koch Media in Germany. Marc Gabizon and Moritz Peters, who also boarded the project as executive producers, are overseeing the post-production process of a movie that already draws comparisons to Robert Rodriguez DIY’s style of moviemaking.



The director, Matthew O. Oaks, also built most of the sets and make up effects in his garage for months. “Even a tank! The story behind this movie is as fascinating as the one taking place on screen”, says Marc Gabizon.

“We think that movie has what it takes to set it apart from other zombie movies, especially the high-quality immersive 3D”, adds Moritz Peters.

Sales agent WTFilms, who handles foreign, will premiere a 3D promo on their booth only.

“Gamers will love the First-Person Shooter perspective that really puts you in the middle of the action like never before”, says Dimitri Stephanides of WTFilms. 

WTFilms partner Gregory Chambet adds: “Watching this movie is like riding a rollercoaster at a theme park. Except instead of dinosaurs or aliens, you will shoot at a walking dead Fuhrer! Who hasn’t dreamt of that?”

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Joseph Bishara’s Score For ‘V/H/S: Viral’ Segment ‘Gorgeous Vortex’ Available Now

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00

Joseph Bishara is fast becoming one of my favorite composers in the horror world. The man behind the music of Insidious, Dark Skies, The Conjuring, and more, he has this incredible style where you can hear the influences of his predecessors, such as John Carpenter, Akira Yamaoka, Bernard Herrmann, Krzysztof Penderecki, and more, but he takes those stylistic tastes and compiles them into something entirely unique and, oftentimes, absolutely terrifying.

Now, you can grab Bishara’s score to the V/H/S: Viral segment “Gorgeous Vortex”, which didn’t make the theatrical cut but will be present on the upcoming Blu-Ray. It’s available in vinyl and digital formats, including FLAC and WAV, via Void Recordings. Personally, I recommend the vinyl as it’s beautifully packaged and sounds absolutely wonderful.

The score is a perfect example of what I was talking about above, the influences noticeable but still done in such a fascinating and incredibly eerie way. As I listened to it, I was suddenly overcome by this inescapable feeling that Bishara would be a brilliant if given the opportunity to helm the music of Silent Hills.

Below is a stream of the track “Legs”, which I envision as being the mournful dirge of those terrifying ghost women from Insidious. You know who I’m talking about, right? The ones that weren’t there one second and then suddenly were with their freaky ass smiles? Ugh…

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Fan Turns ‘The Evil Within’ Into a Feature-Length Film

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 10:00

I haven’t had many opportunities to write about Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within lately. Bethesda’s been quiet about how the game performed and what they have in the works regarding its DLC, the first of which I expect to see resurface in the very near future. As we patiently wait for that to change, I thought you might enjoy this.

This video was posted back in November, but its creator — who also turned the P.T. demo into a found footage short — assures me he’s made enough edits for it to be worthy of another share. If you’ve seen this already, you can look forward to a slew of changes, including new camera views, cut-scenes and sound effects. He’s also removed the HUD.

It’s essentially a feature-length film, so I haven’t had time to watch it all the way through, but what I did see seemed to do Shinji Mikami’s horror game justice. What do you think?

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Mobile Monsters: A ‘Mutation Mash’ Preview

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:30

Wading into the vicious but ankle-deep waters of phone gaming can be daunting, especially since the advent of microtransactions and “freemium” style games have made most people cynical of their aims. You never quite know if the game is difficult or just trying to sell you something. The games themselves can often be incessantly pushy wastes of one’s time, self-hampering, poorly-designed, and frustrating in lots of cases.

However, Mutation Mash, from Upopa Games, combines a few existing pocket game types into a weird but stylish package. As a fan of Plants vs. Zombies, I’m too-often intrigued by grid-based puzzle games with cute, otherworldly designs, and Mutation Mash definitely fits that characterization in the best possible way. It looks kind of like a Pop Cap game, and it kind of plays like one, too. It’s also sleek and well-designed and easy to understand, so it’s kind of perfect for its intended purpose.

On a mechanical level, the mobile game inversely approaches the idea of Plants vs. Zombies. Rather than plant or build defensive structures, players strategically meld together adorably misshapen woodland creatures by moving them around on the aforementioned grid.

To glom more references and influences onto this game, it’s also kind of like Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine turned on one side.

As players progress, they gather coins — expected — and a pink resource called goo. It has to do with the method with which players use their Dr. Moreau-ian powers to blend and collect the animals in each stage. So long as players succeed at levels, they reap the goo reward. Fail, and it costs a varying amount of goo to replay a level.

The game has a “goo doubler” that runs as you play the game, so if you hit a level wall, you’ll have to wait for your goo to replenish so you can progress. If not, you’ll be forced to buy your way through via mictrotransactions, which I know everyone sort of hates, but it’s really not done poorly in Mutation Mash.

The touch interface is responsive, the swipe controls are simple and intuitive, and the rules are easy to understand. Each level’s objectives are communicated just before play begins, and the goo / coin risk is clearly labeled.

Also, the game looks great. The creatures are well-designed. They’re cute but also strange-looking. Collecting them apparently adds them to a farm, where — I guess — their mutated-ness makes them ripe for goo harvesting. In a way, you as the player are subjugating cutesy animals for the sake of your own ends. Kind of like Dr. Robotnik.

So far, the game possesses an appropriate amount of variety to keep players interested. The freemium push-in isn’t quite so heinous, either, so it’s overall a pretty streamlined experience. Compared to the constant reminders to buy stuff in, say, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Mutation Mash is relatively inoffensive.

With some updates and continued support, Mutation Mash could be a pocket game to keep handy on your phone. Its colorful, wacky aesthetic and bite-sized levels make it perfect for small slivers of time, so pick it up. The game is currently available on Android devices and will be available soon for Apple users. Find the game online at Upopa.com.

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‘Spider-Man’ Swings Back to Marvel!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 02/10/2015 - 09:21

Monster news broke late last night as it was reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios are joining forces on the next iteration of Spider-Man.

This is huge news considering Sony has been lost with the Amazing Spider-Man films, and Marvel has been on an absolute tear. Sony teaming with Marvel can only mean one thing: GOOD “Spider-Man” movies!

Deadline reports that under the deal, Spider-Man will appear in his film Marvel film that is part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and then Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017!

In addition, Disney has shifted Thor: Ragnarok to November 3, 2017. Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, had been in that slot, so it is retreating eight months to July 6, 2018. That date belonged to Captain Marvel, so that pic has been pushed back to November 2, 2018. Rounding out the dominoes game, that is when Inhumans was set to arrive, so that one now is set for release July 12, 2019.

This is all fine and dandy, so long as they figure out how to do Venom justice, and get me some MAXIMUM CARNAGE!

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Official Modding Tools Are Coming to ‘Dying Light’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:36

Techland has confirmed they’ll soon be bringing an official toolset for aspiring modders to do what they want with the open-world zombie survival game Dying Light. This announcement comes a week after the latest patch caused a bit of an uproar among the modding community when it removed mod support from the game.

That, it seems, was a mistake, and it’s one the studio will soon rectify with another patch.

“Modders were a massive part of our gaming community since Call of Juarez 2 and Dead Island — and we wish to continue that with Dying Light,” explains Techland in an official statement. “This invitation is only the first stage of our cooperation with the gaming community. After the modding tools are released, we plan to actively support the coolest mods created by players.”

This toolset will be released as a free update soon. If you have an idea for a mod you’d like to share, the studio has established a modding forum where the Dying Light community can come together to share and discuss such things.

Dying Light is available now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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The Mangled Dead Release ‘Revenge Is At Hand!’ For Free Download

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:28

Boston horror punk band The Mangled Dead have released a 4-track EP entitled Revenge Is At Hand! and it’s available for free download! With track titles like “Asylum of Satan”, “Shriek Of The Mutilated”, “Wanna Watch You Die”, this is the perfect album for washing away the remnants of the Mondays.

Revenge Is At Hand! is the first release of length from the group since their 2013 EP Hate Humans, which is also available for free.

Stream the album below and then head to the group’s Bandcamp to download the album.

REVENGE IS AT HAND! by The Mangled Dead

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‘DreadOut Act II’ Arrives On Valentine’s Day

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:01

We finally have a release date for the second act in developer Digital Happiness’ supernatural thriller DreadOut, with its freaky man-boars and wall-running, googly-eyed monster ladies. The game’s second act will be released as a free update on Valentine’s Day — that’s this Saturday — to anyone who owns a copy of the original game.

DreadOut Act I is available now on Steam.

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These Are Your Horror Game Releases for February

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:00

This is going to be a crazy exciting year for us horror fans, so rather than accrue every spooky game that’s on the way and toss them at you all at once, I thought I’d make things easier with a monthly list of the goings on in our favorite genre. January has been great, and that momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all as we roll into February.

Evolve

Okay, yes, I know this isn’t really a horror game in the traditional sense, but it is a game about giant monsters from the studio that brought us Left 4 Dead and I’ve decided that’s more than enough for it to qualify for a mention here.

I can’t wait to unleash the Kraken.

Release Date: Feb 10 (Xbox One, PS4, PC)

Lucius II: The Prophecy

The pint-sized Antichrist is back and he’s ready to use his demonic powers to mercilessly and brutally end the lives of any and all adults who would dare to place him in timeout.

Release Date: Feb 13 (PC)

DreadOut Act II

The supernatural horror game takes us out for another round of ghost hunting with DreadOut Act II, which will release as a free update for those who already own the game on Steam.

Release Date: Feb 14 (PC)

The Order: 1886

If using an array of steampunk weapons and gadgets to hunt down werewolves in a beautifully realized version of Victorian-era London doesn’t sound appealing to you, I’m afraid we can no longer be friends.

Release Date: Feb 20 (PS4)

Hektor

The indie psychological horror game Hektor is one I’ve only recently discovered. The game follows a test subject at a secret research facility hidden under Greenland. There are few things that are as terrifying as trying to escape from a labyrinthine series of long-abandoned corridors while you’re being hunted by something.

Making things a little more difficult is the fact that its world is procedurally generated, so there’s no memorizing an escape route.

Release Date: Feb 20 (PC)

Resident Evil Revelations 2, Episode 1

Capcom’s taking a page out of Telltale’s book by breaking up the follow-up to one of the best Resident Evil games in years into four episodes. The first two will arrive in February, with the other two hitting in March, and they’re all releasing a week apart, so you won’t need to wait long to see what happens to Claire and friends.

Release Date: Feb 24 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

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‘Resident Evil’ Remaster Breaks Sales Records

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 21:27

Capcom has announced that the Resident Evil HD remaster that hit last month and promptly blew my mind with its majesty, has become the company’s fastest-selling digital title across North America and Europe. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the game is also the best-selling day one digital title on the PlayStation Store.

Capcom put the future of the series in our hands by giving us the chance to show them — not just say in tweets or posts on forums and blogs — that this is what we want. This is proof that there’s still an audience for this kind of game.

Resident Evil is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Exclusive ‘Halloween’ Details!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 20:54

Earlier this evening we learned that Michael Myers isn’t dead, and will be resurrected with the mighty pens of Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo behind various Saw sequels, as well as Pacific Rim, Feast, The Collector and The Collection.

The only information to come out of the announcement was that the next Halloween is not a remake, not a reboot, nor is it a re-imagining. In fact, it’s being called a “recalibration.”

While we don’t have any information on what that means, we did get some inside info answering a few questions that have been weighing on the minds of Halloween fans.

Bloody Disgusting can exclusively report that the next Halloween is NOT a remake, and it WON’T follow Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel.

We have also confirmed that it will NOT be in 3-D, as Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) and Todd Farmer had originally been developing.

Personally, I’m happy The Weinstein Company/Dimension isn’t forcing a 3-D aspect because it would have been post-converted. And I definitely didn’t want it to follow Rob Zombie’s vision, and would prefer something new. I’m hoping they don’t reference any of the Halloween sequels, and just do their own thing, which is what I think “recalibration” could mean…

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