Ghostface Revealed In MTV’s “Scream”!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:42

Here’s your new Ghostface from MTV’s forthcoming “Scream” series, premiering June 30th.

Instead of looking like the iconic Ghostface from Wes Craven’s Scream films, it’s a bit Hannibal Lecter-y, although the eyes look quite similar to the classic look.

But why change it?

“The [original] mask is so iconic. If you were to have that mask in a television series, but you weren’t following any of the characters [from the original], I believe that would be misleading the audience,” exec producer Jaime Paglia told EW.

Craven, creator of the Scream franchise, elaborates on this, while also sharing his thoughts on the new Ghostface mask.

“The new mask is cool and scary and takes the series into a new direction,” said Craven “It also ties into the story, which I won’t give away.”

Exec producer Jill Blotevogel thinks the mask gives image to other classic horror masks: “It evokes some of the Jason hockey mask and the white Michael Myers mask, but it’s still first and foremost evocative of the Scream mask.

“It’s sort of a reinvention while also paying homage,” Blotevogel adds.

What I’m now curious about is the report that the new Ghostface mask would be more fleshy. This is clearly not a fleshy look. But, those leather straps make me wonder what’s going on under the mask. I feel like there’s a second reveal coming, and that Craven is teasing this in his statement above.

THOUGHTS? Do you like the new mask?

In “Scream”, “What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch star in the new “Scream,” inspired by Wes Craven’s film series.

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HD ‘Extinction’ Trailer; Zombies to Freeze Over In July!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:14

Vertical Entertainment has just sent Bloody Disgusting the HD trailer for Extinction, a new kind of zombie movie that’s directed by Kidnapped‘s Miguel Ángel Vivas.

World War Z‘s Matthew Fox stars in Extinction with Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Extinction is to release in theaters on July 31, 2015 through Vertical.

For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?

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WIN This ‘We Are Still Here’ Poster Signed By the Director and Cast!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:58

Ted Geoghegan has signed a series of mini-posters (11×17) for his debut feature, We Are Still Here, which is in limited theaters and VOD tomorrow.

Bloody Disgusting has (3) of the below shown poster, also signed by stars Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie and Monte Markham!

TO ENTER: Send your FULL NAME and ADDRESS to submit@bloody-disgusting.com. Winners chosen at random. No PO boxes. US only.

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years – and demands a sacrifice.

“After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.

They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.

An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, ‘We Are Still Here’ is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.”

Watch the new trailer here.

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‘Calvaire’ Director’s ‘Alleluia’ Finally Releasing

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:52

Doppelgänger Releasing, the genre label at Music Box Films, announces the U.S. theatrical and VOD release of Alleluia, director Fabrice Du Welz’s (Calvaire, Vinyan) chilling romantic thriller that won every top award at the 2014 Fantastic Fest, the country’s premiere platform for thrillers and horror films, including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Actor. Also an official selection of Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Films Festival, Alleluia features an unforgettable performance from Pedro Almodovar regular Lola Dueñas in a dark and fascinating love story based on the true-crime story of the Lonely Hearts Killers, which also inspired the 1969 classic The Honeymoon Killers.

Alleluia arrives in theaters and On Demand July 17, 2015. Opening at select theaters in New York and Los Angeles, the film will be available nationwide via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Instant and other digital platforms.

“Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I’m So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten. Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, but his latest victim has other plans. Basking in the rush of new love, she frantically pursues him, witnessing the true depths of his depravity and offering herself as an accomplice in his seductive crimes. Having truly met their match in each other, the unhinged lovers embark on a deadly odyssey amplified by wild sex, unbridled jealousy, and passionate forays into the dark arts. This smart and gory shocker breathes new life into the lovesick horror genre to serve up a chilling tale of white-hot desperation and terrifying devotion.”

Alongside the release announcement, Doppelgänger premieres a brand new U.S. trailer and poster for this smart, unsettling tale of obsession gone wrong.

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‘The Void’ Monsters Start Spluttering To Life

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:47

After raising an astronomical $82,500 USD on Indiegogo solely to be used on the practical effects elements, The Void has begun making monsters for their feature film in Toronto.  Astron 6’s Steven Kostanski has been busy at work fabricating maquettes & casting the face of associate producer Brooklyn Boehme, who will be integrated into a key creature in the hellish hospital set movie.

Not to be called slack a new expansion of the award winning faux trailer BIO-COP has also been shot to extend the misery of the suicidal melting crime fighter abomination.  With a serious death wish & the promise of ninja stars the video with personalized fourth wall breaking shout outs will be delivered to those who picked up this perk by the end of June.  Some notable film festivals were seen to be taking out this level so expect to see it on the circuit or social media soon.

If you missed out on the project while it was in crowd funding take a look at the concept trailer below to sample the atmosphere & terror that lurks in The Void.

To keep up to date with event in The Void “LIKE” the Facebook page & follow on Twitter + Instagram.

In the spirit of transparency I helped out with the crowd funding on the project & consider the film making team friends.

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[Review] ‘Volumes of Blood’ Is the Best Damn Anthology This Year

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:41

It’s hard to make an anthology that works these days. So few seem to actually be fully fleshed out stories and more like clips of bigger movies. So when I got my copy of Volumes of Blood I crossed all 10 fingers and toes that I wouldn’t be in for another snooze fest. Happily I realized PJ Starks, Nathan Thomas Milliner, and Jim Blanton love the anthology just as much as I do! And let me get one thing out of the way, this flick is super self-referential/meta and you know what, fuck it I love that in horror movies. I like getting the jokes, I like recognizing when characters are named after famous horror icons, I eat that shit up! If you aren’t a fan of that kind of thing…watch it anyway.

If you read my article on its release you’re familiar with the plot but in case you missed it:

Five tales of dread interwoven when a sociology student gathers several of his friends on Halloween night at the local library to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a mysterious stranger that her luck may change… for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she suddenly awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the horrifying truth of what lurks among the stacks of books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book literally falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.

Because this is an anthology I’m reviewing it by segment, let’s start with…

“That’s A Wrap” Dir. Lee Vervoot

As always an anthology needs a wraparound- I’m looking at you ABCs of Death– and this one is pretty damn fun. At the start of the movie, we are psyched out by an 80s overload with a fake movie. The characters are too old for their parts, they are parked in the dark woods making out, there are awesome 80s-isms like “mall maggot” and “road pizza”, they have it covered. We soon realize this is just a movie someone is watching on their phone while in class. I don’t want to give away the end so I’ll just say don’t believe everything you see. “That’s A Wrap” does everything a good wrap around should. It holds the movie together and keeps it going from story to story. It’s pretty damn funny too!

“A Little Pick Me Up” Dir. John Kenneth Muir 

Oh, college life, how I don’t miss thee at all! This first segment featured in Volumes of Blood showcases college in all its glory, late night study sessions. As our lead struggles to keep her eyes open a mysterious man arrives wearing sunglasses indoors – so we know that’s bad right off – and offers her an energy drink called Ka-Pow! to ease her studying needs without jitters and a caffeine crash. I wasn’t blown away by this first segment, I would have preferred it to have slightly less dialog considering we are only following one person a majority of the time. That aside though, it’s a fun gory tale and don’t worry all the gore effects are practical. And Ka! Pow reminds me of the days of Surge, that shit used to make my head explode.

“Ghastly” Dir. P.j. Starks

Starks made this segment specifically for me I think. Obviously as horror fans there are few things in movies that really scare us anymore but we all have one or two things sure to get us every time. For me, it’s the Asian style hauntings and “Ghastly” has a bit of a nod to that which creeps into my brain. A young man is putting books away at the library and comes across one titled “Ghastly”. The cover depicts gnarly looking ghosts and no matter how many times he puts the book back it keeps following him. Not only is the book stalking him we also get glimpses of a woman in black, mouth hanging open like a dislocated jaw. I should mention this segment was shot in black and white which only adds to its foreboding atmosphere.

“Encyclopedia Satanica” Dir. Nathan Thomas Milliner 

Milliner’s segment is just good old-fashioned Halloween fun. We meet our lead as she is being berated by an angry woman on the phone. With tears in her eyes she slams down the phone into it’s cradle (for those of you who don’t know what that is, we used to have phones that had cords attached to them and little holders to put the end you talked in on…ancient technology) and cries. After she and a kindly co-worker discover a tattered book called “The Encyclopedia Satanica” that promises to grant you wishes her friend advises her not to use it no matter what. The urge is too strong and after her co-worker leaves our distraught librarian decides she will risk it and summons her boyfriend- who committed suicide shortly before- back from the dead. “Encyclopedia Satanica” is the most visually fun segment for me. Down the odd clothing worn by lead actress Kristine Renee Farley to the Halloween decorations, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Milliner also does a great job setting up one character only to completely dismantle them later on. The whole time I was watching this segment I could just feel the atmosphere and story oozing from my TV. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a fun one.

“13 After Midnight” Dir. Jacob Bilinski

A young woman is trying desperately to study for an exam when her dude-bro, Jack swilling, loser boyfriend comes to visit. After offering her a shot from his jacket, (this bro is serious about his liquor) she finally manages to get him to leave so she can finish studying. Flash forward to our bookworm who has passed out in her chair, the lights have been shut off, and no one seems to be around. Stumbling through the library in search of help she is met by a giant monster of Bigfoot proportions. For me, I found this story be a tad predictable, but the style of the second half is quite disorienting but in a good way.

Volumes of Blood feels like The Twilight Zone in modern time. It’s simple but effective and the scares really work, not to mention the buckets of fake blood and awesome masks from Richard Mabry made me giddy with glee. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Volume 2, but really I just want to see all of these filmmakers go on and make great movies.

Side note: There’s a pretty sweet death involving pencils and to my knowledge I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pencil death.

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80’s Game ‘It Came From the Desert’ Gets Feature Adaptation

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:39

Finnish Roger! Pictures who has partnered with US-based legendary game developer Cinemaware to produce a motion picture adaptation of the classic 80’s game It Came From the Desert about a giant mutated ants which wreak havoc in New Mexico desert has made big sales in Cannes Film Festival.

The action-horror-comedy film was successfully licence to Germany, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan by Canadian-based Raven Banner Entertainment.

Roger’s producer Teemu Virta comments: ”The ants got very good reception in Cannes with the buyers around the world. We are now very close to secure financing, and targeting to start to shootings by the end of this year.”

Producers also wanted to release a 2 min proof-of-concept video made for buyers in Cannes Film Market. The video gives a sneak peek of the terrifying mutant ants for the upcoming movie. The shoot of the Marko Mäkilaakso -helmed actioner begins later this year for 2016 release.

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Must See ‘Lost Soul’ Doc Dated For Home Video!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:27

The acclaimed Severin Films original production Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Monroe (review) will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on July 14th. Discs will contain over an hour of out-takes, additional interviews with John Frankenheimer and Barbara Steele, concept art gallery with Stanley commentary, Boar Man Diary featurette, location featurette and more.

[Related Post] Review: Lost Soul Is a Fascinating Trip Back to Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

The Special ‘House Of Pain’ Edition of Lost Soul will also contain a DVD of the long thought lost 1921 German version of Moreau The Island of the Lost with English subtitles, plus more interview featurettes. A third disc will contain a brand new audiobook recording of H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau” read by Richard Stanley.

In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Island Of Doctor Moreau” starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, an unprecedented storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery – along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft – would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history. Now director/producer David Gregory (The Theatre Bizarre, Plague Town) reveals the untold story behind “one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks” (Variety) in this “wonderfully weird and gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members and Stanley himself.

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Gunship Meld ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Terminator’ For “The Mountain” Video

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:21

Remember earlier this year when I posted Gunship‘s “Fly For Your Life”? Well, the 80’s retro pop/synth-inspired group has released a new video for their track “The Mountain” that uses the Grand Theft Auto V engine to create a story that is a mix of Blade Runner and The Terminator. According to member Dan Haigh the video is, “…the first official music video made with the PC version’s 60fps editor.”

Additionally, pre-orders are now open for the band’s self-titled debut album. You can either order the digital version from iTunes or a very cool 16-bit-themed boxset. Both are available here.

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New Images From “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:21

El Rey shared new images from their horror/crime drama series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series“, which will premiere on August 25th.

It will feature 10 episodes, each an hour long.

Season Two explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that expands the universe of our story across two borders from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santánico (González) and Richie (Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by in the South of the Border; Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb: and Carlos Madrigal (Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, as changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

The returning cast includes: D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, Sons of Anarchy); Eiza González (Lola: Érase Una Vez); Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show, To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (Noah, Shameless); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) Jake Busey (Motorcycle Gang, Contract); and recent cast additions Danny Trejo (Machete, Con Air); Isai Morales (La Bamba, The Brink); and Briana Evigan (Step Up 2).

“he first season of ‘Dusk’ reimagined the original film to allow us to expand our story and characters for future seasons,” said Robert Rodriguez, director of the original film and founder/chairman of El Rey. “I’m excited for fans to now experience this completely new story arc where they will learn more about the Dusk universe and their favorite characters within this dark, dangerous, crime world with a supernatural edge.”

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Major “The Walking Dead” Spoiler Reveals Character’s Death?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 10:16

We’ll file this one under “whoops.”

I’m sure “The Walking Dead” star Michael Cudlitz, who plays Abraham in the series, is in hot water today.

You see, Josh McDermitt, who plays Eugene, had tweeted to his followers that he’s working on a film (Middle Men), and thus hasn’t been on the “Waking Dead” set.

Cudlitz retweeted with the following comment: “Enjoy. I had a blast working with you. (I did) …”

Now, this could mean a wide variety of things, including Abraham will be killed off before McDermitt returns to set, or maybe Eugene has already become toast in the forthcoming sixth season?

Of course, it could just be a sentiment that he misses his on-set bro, and can’t wait to see him back in Georgia.

McDermitt deleted the tweet, after fans ran rampant, changing it to “Enjoy.”

What do you guys think? Clearly, this is all speculation…

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What Should We Expect From Future ‘Star Wars’ Anthology Films?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 09:53

As we march toward the release of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year and the beginning of production on Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (2016), the eyes of fans are starting to turn toward the projects beyond both.  We know that Rian Johnson is directing and co-writing Episode VIII.  We know that the second Anthology film, with its focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett, is coming together as we speak.  And we know that Episode IX will follow afterwards.  But what of plans beyond this new sequel trilogy?

First on deck after we close out this new chapter in the Star Wars saga will be a third Anthology film, tentatively expected to be released sometime in 2020.  Yes, that is five years away, but such is the life of a film fan when it comes to tracking upcoming projects these days.  What plans do Lucasfilm have for this entry?  According to Schmoes Know, the currents plans are for this project to “be much more “mythological and spiritual” based” and possibly center on a Jedi.  Past rumors about prequels centering on Mace Windu and/or Yoda are cited, as is the notion that it may be the final Anthology film.

According to our own sources, Lucasfilm has no intention of tabling the Anthology side franchise after only three entries, so we can put a stop to that rumor right there.  But what of the idea of exploring Jedi outside of the main saga?  Honestly, it’s inevitable.  While the first two Anthology films seem to be delving into the criminal underworld of the Star Wars universe, it wouldn’t surprise this reader at all if we get some sort of serialized one shot Jedi adventure.  Could it be with Yoda or Windu?  Of course, but I think we’d be far likelier to see it center on someone younger, be it a new character or an existing one?  Getting Ewan McGregor on the horn might not be a bad idea, for instance.  A younger Obi Wan tale has been rumored before, after all, and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him go on some damned fool adventure.

The truth is that we really don’t know what the third Anthology film will turn out to be.  This has less to do with a lack of concrete information and more to do with the fact that Lucasfilm has a lot of plates spinning right now when it comes to this very subject.  Beyond a Jedi-centric entry or two, there have been countless other rumors about potential Anthology films.  A Top Gun-esque fighter pilot tale, a Han Solo film, and numerous potential spin-offs for other existing characters.  All are rumors that have sprung from trusted sources over the past few years and all are likely being considered.  It’s just a matter of which one is ready first.

As we march towards the inevitable 2020 release of a still mysterious third Star Wars Anthology film, what would you like to see both it and future Anthology films explore in the Star Wars universe beyond whatever tales are being told in the main saga?  The day-to-day lives of the Ugnaughts in Cloud City?  The Good, The Bad, and the Bantha Poodoo: Life As A Tusken Raider?  Wookiee Sky Cab Confessions?  I’m sure someone out there has a burning desire for a third Ewok adventure.  Not myself, but I guarantee at least one of you wants one.  Tell us your deepest, darkest Star Wars Anthology desires in the comments below…

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Aftermath Festival Invading Toronto This August

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 09:00

Fans of darker music should make plans to visit Toronto this August for the second edition of the Aftermath Music Festival. Running from the 27th through the 30th at the Phoenix Concert Theater, the festival showcases some of the top and upcoming artists in the Dark Electro, and Alternative scenes.

Performing artists include Leaether Strip, Conjure One, Haujobb, Velvet Acid Christ, The Dreaming, William Control, and a whole lot more.

A poster with the full line up can be seen below. Tickets can be purchased here.

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‘P.T.’ Inspired ‘Allison Road’ Hits Steam Greenlight

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 09:00

Last month, not long after the last traces of Silent Hills had been wiped from existence, we were given a modicum of hope that something good might come from Konami’s bizarre and very public implosion. That hope came in the form of a horror game called Allison Road, which looked eerily similar to the unforgettable P.T. demo that had been used to announce Silent Hills.

The 6-person team that’s behind this promising game aren’t just looking to cash in on an ailing publisher that’s become alarmingly disconnected from their fans, but they are going to try and explore the potential of its universally acclaimed P.T. demo. It won’t be the Silent Hills Kojima and del Toro had in mind, and it doesn’t need to be.

The game’s reveal came at a time when it was guaranteed to get the most attention, and with that momentum still incredibly strong, they’ve begun pursuing the platforms Allison Road will come to.

Quite a lot of progress has been made just this week. The team took to their Facebook page to announce that they had submitted their application to Microsoft to get Allison Road on the Xbox One. PS4 is also being considered, but progress isn’t likely to be made on that until an issue with the developer’s current ISP contract is sorted out.

A campaign was also launched on Steam Greenlight, the gaming’s unofficial battlegrounds for aspiring game developers. Within a day, Allison Road had just about made it into the top 56 games on Steam Greenlight.

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‘Monstrum’ OST is Now Available on Bandcamp

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 08:00

I found a lot of things to love about the indie horror game Monstrum, and among them was its haunting soundtrack. It’s one of my favorite OSTs I’ve heard in a video game this year, right up there with the rhythmic beats and electronic thumping that made Dying Light’s soundtrack so memorable. That game’s menu music is fantastic.

Team Junkfish has just released the full Monstrum OST on Bandcamp so spooky music nerds like myself can add it to our collections for the totally worth it price of £4 GBP (about $6).

Monstrum OST by Jaime Cross

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[Review] ‘Insidious Chapter 3′ Delightfully Entertaining…and Creepy!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 00:01

The Insidious universe is one that I’ve always been able to get behind. We horror fans may think we’re being bombarded with remakes now, but in 2010, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Predators, Let Me In, I Spit On Your Grave, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Mother’s Day, The Wolfman, Pirahna 3D, and The Crazies all came out in the same year. By the time Insidious came along, I was just happy to watch a movie where I didn’t know what was going to happen. But it was so much more than mere originality. While its competitors went for an overabundance of CGI, gore, and jump scares, Insidious opted for a slower, more aloof menacing spirit that followed you home from the theater, and crept up on you in your dreams. James Wan’s casual, familiar ’70s retro style felt so fresh and new at a time when films were in a shouting match for attention that it stood out by simply being the quietest one in the room. In its softness, it forced us to pay attention, and once it had us focused and vulnerable, it pounced, and scared all of us back under our covers. The Insidious franchise gets back to what ghost stories are supposed to be about: spooky, ominous hallways, and the creatures that lurk in them.

In Insidious: Chapter 3, we start with a fresh new set of faces, with a plot that takes place years before the Lambert family affair. In the film, we begin with Quinn and Sean Brenner, who have much more on their plate than they can handle. An aspiring actress, Quinn is a talented young lady, and fully capable of getting into the prestigious art school that’s caught her eye…if only her demanding father would ease up on the pressure. Mrs. Brenner passed a little over a year ago, leaving Sean in a panic, desperately shifting the stress to his teenage daughter. He relies on Quinn to help raise her younger brother, Alex, but dealing with school applications, keeping her grades up, and the added adult responsibility on top of all of her grief is just too much for such a young person to handle. Sean thinks that by replacing his late wife with his teenage daughter, he can make things just like they used to be, and achieve some sense of normality again. Unfortunately, the harder he pushes her to fit into this mature role, the more she rebels against it, and resents him for his attempts. However, when a distracted Quinn is crucially injured in an automobile accident, she sinks down into a deeper emptiness than she could have ever imagined. She’s not sure what this strange place is called, but once she gathers consciousness, she begins to realize that something might have followed her back home from this endless sea of darkness. Something sinister and scheming is after Quinn…something that will inevitably make her pay for her brief trip into the further.

Starting out a film with the death of a family member is a tricky beast. From the onset of the story, the people within its confines are established as broken characters, and every action, every word spoken from that point onward must be one that an afflicted person would commit. People who have witnessed tragedy, especially when the pain is recent and still fresh, experience and respond to events differently than others who have not felt the same level of sadness. Therefore, if a writer establishes characters by grounding their identity in grief, that grief should follow them around for the entirety of their journey, and overshadow, or least greatly impact, the plot that follows. This is where Insidious: Chapter 3 struggles to become a fully fleshed out, complete picture; falling just short of the masterpiece it could have been; settling instead for a shadow of its original intentions.

Inside of Insidious: Chapter 3 is the terrific, well-rounded film that might have been. Quinn lost her mother, as did her father, and now, they are stuck dealing with the emotions in the wake of such enormous change. At the same time, Sean and Quinn are experiencing paranormal activity as “the man who can’t breathe” torments them with its presence. In a way, one stands as a metaphor for the other; Quinn’s accidental trip into the further paralleling her descent into grief, and the man who followed her back symbolizing her inability to let go of her mother. Everyday that she spends stuck in the past, trying to reach her mother through supernatural means, is another day that she spends lost; engulfed in the grief; i.e. the further. Quinn is weak, and vulnerable, and as her sadness and her passiveness grows, she withers away, mentally and physically, as the man who can’t breathe takes a little piece of her soul with every sleep. Her father, to, loses his grip on his baby girl a little more each time she drifts away from him and towards depression; towards the emptiness of the further. Quinn must give up her mother and get away from the further to go into the land of light and hard reality and be a complete person among her peers, not just for her sake, but for her father’s, too.

It’s a shame that this metaphor was not more prominently capitalized on, but truth be told, this finale to the Insidious trilogy is still delightfully entertaining, and a creepy, fun ending to the trilogy. This is especially true considering the fact that many third entries in franchises are downright awful. It’s impossible to reach the level of fear that the first Insidious brought us because it came out of left field. Audiences were so immersed in remakes, that Insidious carried with it an air of mystery, leaving much to the imagination until the finale of the film. By the time we get to the third installment, five years later, in 2015, we know the rules of the further, and all that’s really left to explore are the demons and spirits within it. I would have preferred to have spent more time watching the breakdown of the character of “the man who can’t breathe”, and less rehashing of the familiar rules of the further, but I couldn’t help but enjoy the ride. The Insidious series is one that has issues, like any other horror franchise, but it’s also eerie, and disturbing, and always leaves a haunting little sense of dread for days after a viewing. Composer Joseph Bishara’s impact on these films cannot be understated, of course, but Leigh Whannell is the true source of the films; the root from which James Wan became a household name. Watching him take the reigns is well worth the ride.

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‘Meg’, The Long-Awaited Shark Film, Moves To Warner Bros

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 22:41

The Tracking Board is reporting that Meg, the long-gestating monster shark movie, is moving forward over at Warner Bros. The film will be based off the Meg series written by Steve Alten, the first which was titled Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror.

The books focus on deep sea diver Jonas Taylor who believes that a prehistoric Megalodon is alive and thriving in the Mariana Trench. The Megalodon escapes the temperature barrier of the Mariana Trench and begins wreaking havoc near the service along the California coast.

The latest script will be redone by Dean Georgaris (The Manchurian Candidate). The project has gone through multiple revisions, studios, and touched many major hands, including Guillermo Del Toro and Jan De Bont.

Warner Bros. apparently considers this film to be a “primary development”.

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Lasers and a Ram’s Skull Combine to Form Awesome ‘Silent Hill’ Art

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 21:17

Man, I need more animal skulls. I have none. I also need a laser engraving machine and some sort of expert on laser technology to tell me if it’s safe to use on an iPhone 6, because forget animal skulls, I want the Halo of the Sun on my phone!

I’m getting ahead of myself. While scouring the far reaches of the Internet for interesting things to write about, I stumbled upon some pictures of a Ram’s skull that a Silent Hill fan had transformed alchemy-like into a macabre piece of art. The Halo of the Sun, by the way, is the name of the symbol that represents a doomsday cult called the Order, which serves as a reliable source for many of the awful things that happen in the games.

Silent Hill fans may also recognize it as that wondrous thing that lets you save your game.

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Let’s Get Tripwire to Put Lisa from ‘P.T.’ in ‘Killing Floor 2′

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 19:05

Tripwire Interactive is looking to us to find out which of the characters from Killing Floor we’d like to see return in Killing Floor 2. If you have an opinion on this, you can share it with them by participating in this survey. It only took me about a minute to fill mine out, and that included making sure they know that I didn’t play enough of the first game to develop a bond with any one character, but I’d really like to see Lisa from the P.T. demo join the cast.

If you’d like to do the same, I’ve come up with some detailed steps to make this happen.

Killing Floor 2 is available on Steam Early Access for $29.99.

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E3 2015 Horror Game Wish List

bloody disgusting - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 19:00

Hide the children, it’s almost time for the latest installment in our annual celebration of all things video games and the last thing you want getting between you and the deluge of headlines we’re about to witness is a son or daughter who isn’t capable of appreciating this wondrous occasion because they’re too busy crying about how you haven’t taken them for a walk in three days, or whatever it is parents do with their kids.

The Electronic Entertainment Expo is that magical time of year when the makers, sellers and buyers of video games flee their homelands to journey to the City of Angels for four straight days of gaming goodness. Without E3, June would be the second worst month of the whole year, beaten only by the absolute worst month, which we all know is August. August sucks.

I’m sure you don’t remember my wish lists from previous E3’s — and if you do, you’re an X-Man and you should really consider finding a better use for your gift because memorizing old articles of mine is both weirdly specific and an entirely useless ability in the grand scheme of life — but for all you non-mutants, you should know that what I want rarely matches up with what we get.

Let’s see if I can keep that streak going with this year’s wish list.

These games are in no particular order, but if they were, the Friday the 13th game would likely claim the #1 spot. We’ve seen nary a screenshot or second of gameplay footage from this one, leading me to believe it won’t be hitting the October release date they originally promised.

Aside from Until Dawn, which I’m sure will be shown in some capacity, the only other slasher game I see coming this year is Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, which, like F13, is an asymmetrical multiplayer game in which a player-controlled psychopath must hunt down a team of player-controlled teens.

Even more of an enigma than the F13 game is Sony Bend’s oft-rumored project. Rumor has it it’s an open-world survival horror game. It’d be great if that were true, so long as it has nothing to do with zombies. We have plenty of those to choose from now thanks to Dying Light, Resident Evil, Dead Island 2, DayZ and H1Z1, as well as at least two more Walking Dead games. I’m not tired of the undead, I’m just craving a reprieve from the constant smell of rot.

Before State of Decay even had a name — it was first announced under the code-name Class 3 — developer Undead Labs has been open about their plans to use it as the foundation for an even more ambitious open-world zombie game, code-named Class 4.

With the obligatory XBO port of State of Decay finally behind them, the studio is free to focus completely on the next big thing. I can’t imagine they’ll have anything substantial to show off in time for E3, but there’s a chance we may get a CG trailer. I’d also settle for a title.

Dead Island 2 may take the stage this month, but the smarter move would be to save the good stuff for Gamescom in September, or possibly even whatever this year’s incarnation of The Game Awards ends up being called. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to watching those for another year, even with the world premieres the show brings with it. That won’t keep me from enduring them again, because you’re worth it.

The only other high profile zombie games I’d like to hear from belong to Capcom. The focus should stay on the Resident Evil 0 remaster that’s coming later this year. However, if Capcom really wants to impress, they might mention Resident Evil 7. I assume they’ll want to follow up the success of Revelations 2 with another episodic game, which may mean more Revelations for us.

And with that, Resident Evil concludes the itchy, tasty portion of this wish list.

On the supernatural front, we have the possibility of an Alan Wake remaster, a Western release for Fatal Frame V and, if we’re lucky, we’ll hear something from Frogware’s Call of Cthulhu game. That one has been quiet for awhile. Games that are based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft have had a rough time staying out of development limbo, so even a “Yes, it’s still on the way” statement from Frogware would be fantastic.

Is Draugen a supernatural horror game? Whatever it is, it’s been quiet long enough that I’m beginning to worry about its health. Developer Red Thread Games has said they’d like to crowdfund it, potentially for a 2015 release. Mid to late 2016 is looking more likely as far as a release window, and that would give them plenty of time to raise some funds to help realize it. Until then, some new footage would be a swell way to remind us Draugen still exists.

Kodoku is one of those rare sorts of video games that can be immediately identifiable solely because of a distinctive art style. I’m not sure what the official term for it is, or if there even is a term to describe this delightfully strange-looking game. I also don’t think it’s necessary.

What’s more important is that you approach this interactive acid trip like you would a real one and make sure you have a safe place to play it in, and that you surround yourself with people you trust.

Before we go, here are a few miscellaneous things I’d also like to see at E3:

– Release dates for Predator in Mortal Kombat X, The Forest (PS4), DayZ (PS4) and Grave (XBO)

– A look at that upcoming Bloodborne expansion

– What’s next for Creative Assembly (Alien: Isolation) and Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within)

– Literally any news regarding the future of Condemned, Dead Space and Silent Hill

– For Konami to spend their entire conference apologizing to us for everything they’ve done. They can open with a heartfelt speech, followed by some crying, then Kojima needs to come on stage and kick a Konami exec in the balls, followed by even more crying. It will all end with a surprise appearance from Guillermo del Toro where he looks directly into the camera to tell me, personally, that everything is going to be okay.

– To not have to mention Left 4 Dead 3 in next year’s list.

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