Scribbler, The (2014) Review

Dread Central - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:30

Starring Katie Cassidy, Garret Dillahunt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Eliza Dushku, Kunal Nayyar, Ashlynn Yennie, Billy Campbell

Directed by John Suits

The Scribbler is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Dan Schaffer, who also developed the story for film. And The Scribbler definitely has the feel of a graphic novel coming alive on the screen. Filled with a menagerie of colorful, insane characters and some intriguing sci-fi gadgetry, The Scribbler is a comic come alive.

The story revolves around Suki, a young woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. She’s crazy. Carrying around about a dozen personalities, Suki finds herself projecting them on a dog and an elevator, and the voices in her head are always giving her all kinds of nutty ideas. However, her doctor considers her almost cured so Suki is staying in a halfway house called Juniper Towers (a ka Jumper Towers), where patients of Dr. Sinclair go after a hospital stay and treatment to try to ease back into society. Unfortunately, that doesn’t ever really happen.

The brooding, mentally unstable Suki is played by Katie Cassidy who does a commendable job in the role. She brings out Suki’s dark side but also has fun with the lighter aspects of her personality that surface from time to time, especially when she’s with Hogan (Garret Dillahunt), the only male resident of Juniper Towers, who realizes he’s in a building with a bunch of women with daddy issues, and he does his best to make the rounds with all of them. Together, Suki and Hogan prove to be an entertaining combination.

Aside from the two leads, The Scribbler is filled with plenty of interesting fringe characters. Juniper Towers has a terrific atmosphere, and the residents are realistic but at the same time almost Wonderlandish. Gina Gershon plays sex addict Cleo; and Ashlynn Yennie plays Emily, who has an irrational fear of clothing (that’s right). But perhaps the coolest resident of Juniper Towers is (fittingly enough for the Wonderland feel) Alice, played by Michelle Trachtenberg. Channeling Sylvia Soska with her look, Trachtenberg is very cool as the dark and threatening Alice. She is the most dangerous resident of the tower, and Suki finds herself having to deal with Alice on several occasions. The atmosphere of the entire film is really fun. Shots inside the residence are always somewhat surreal, and when director John Suits takes the action outside, it has almost a Gotham City feel to some of the scenes.

So here we have our hero, Suki, living in Juniper Towers with Dr. Sinclair’s orders to use the Siamese Burn Therapy machine he’s created to help erase some of the extra personalities she’s carrying around. The only problem is, when you get down to the final few personas, how can you be sure you’re the true one and only that belongs there? You can’t.

The Scribber moves along at a very efficient pace and is fun to watch. The ending of the film, however, makes a bit of a transition from the horror/sci-fi story we’ve watched for the first hour and takes a turn that almost has a superhero feel. Once the mysterious secrets of Juniper Towers are revealed and we find out just what is going on with the Siamese Burn Therapy, things go south a bit in the end. Not to say that the movie doesn’t hold up completely, but once you peel away some of the great fringe characters who helped carry the film through the first hour, some of what is left is less than stellar. Good, but not great.

You can find a bit of everything in The Scribbler. Without a doubt it touches into horror and sci-fi, and even some decent comedic elements exist in it. The intensity of the majority of the film is kind of lost in the finale that feels forced. But when the guy who wrote the graphic novel is also writing the script, I suppose you’ve got to go with what he says.

The Scribbler is entertaining and has plenty of action to keep viewers interested. If you can handle an ending that feels like an afterthought, then you’ll dig this one.

7 out of 5

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[TV Review] “The Strain” Episode 1.10, ‘Loved Ones’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 02:25

With the final few episodes of the season, you’d think The Strain wouldn’t waste precious time with plotlines that don’t move the story forward. Would you be surprised to know that “Loved Ones” actually contains no plot progression whatsoever?

That’s right, this episode begins and ends in the exact same place for all of the characters. It’s infuriating. The story feels so padded. It’s stalling against an inevitable conclusion for reasons unknown. It’s almost afraid that the main plot line could be resolved too quickly so it spreads itself too thin for too long.

Let’s get some obvious issues out of the way. The episode begins with Zack magically being able to access the Internet in a world that has had the Internet shut down. (A fact, which we’re constantly reminded of.) He turns on find my iPhone and tracks his mom’s phone with ease. Then Eph says the coming apocalypse can wait, and everyone else is like it’s cool, go find your ex-wife. So he leaves.

It’s amazing too, because he’s looking for this iPhone in a red case, and luckily he’s able to spot it from approximately 100 feet away in the possession of a homeless woman with a badly burnt leg. Hard cut to him wrapping gauze around her burn. Then I hope you like flashbacks! Because this week is like an episode of Pimp My Ride: flashbacks on flashbacks on flashbacks.

What is so important that it requires so many flashbacks to tell the story, why it’s the demise of Kelly Goodweather! As someone who’s familiar the source material, Kelly’s journey should prove interesting, but this week we’re treated to it all at once. We’re constantly reminded of what happened in the past, and this just feels like a last ditch effort to retread old ground in an attempt to stall the major story for one more week.

I enjoy her transformation. I even liked some of her scenes this week. But so much of this defies pacing logic. I feel shortchanged as a viewer. We gained no new information from Kelly’s journey and we didn’t even feel the emotional weight of her demise until the final minutes of the episode. Eph finding the necklace in the basement was enough to know that she was dead. Frankly it would have been more interesting to see Kelly’s story play out last week and have Eph retrace her journey this week. Instead we see it all play out twice, right here, right now.

I digress, but that’s what this episode felt like, a gigantic digression. While I didn’t enjoy most of what last week had to offer I still felt like it inched things along for some of the key players. This week we got no Eichorst, virtually no Abraham, and a couple wasted scenes with Vasily.

The result was a truly painful hour of television that finally got away with establishing the rules of it’s world in favor of focusing on character. But the characters are so scattered and one dimensional that it’s hard to feel anything for them or what they’re going through. The Strain is having a serious identity crisis. It can’t decide on the story it wants to tell, and it’s trying too hard to tell too many  stories. Instead the narrative should take a page from the Dark Horse Comic adaptation and really look at cutting the fat from the bloated narrative.

There needs to be a serious change of focus in these final three weeks for me to stick around into season two. Bring back the horror, and show me the world in chaos.

Stray Thoughts:

-       Matt going to the bathroom before killing Kelly, doesn’t make any sense at all.

-       The quick scene of Kelly seeing the internals of humans passing by was fantastic. Just a walking heart, gimme dat blood.

-       I loved the weird way the Vampires are just walking around in society. The ones that Kelly viewed were terrifying but too few and far between.

-       God damn The Stonehart scenes were useless.

-       Really? No Eichorst, or Gus?

-       Where’s Quinlan?

 

What did you think of “Loved Ones” ?

Categories: Horror News

Brooke Lewis Accepts Dread Central’s Bloody ALS #IceBucketChallenge

Dread Central - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 21:10

A couple of weeks ago we were challenged by the cast and crew of Muck to take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge with a bloody twist. Of course we did it, and believe me when I tell you the mere thought of it makes my nuts shrivel back up!

We then challenged Joe Lynch, Adam Green, and Brooke Lewis. Lewis is a feisty spitfire, and that’s just one of the reasons we love our Ms. Vampy! She got together with Staci Layne Wilson (who was filming) and The Purge: Anarchy‘s Jasper Cole to deliver the shiver-inducing goods to you, and we have the video proof right here!

Check out Brooke’s video and imagery below along with ours. Adam, Joe… we’re still waiting…

For more on ALS and what you can do to help (besides dousing yourselves with frigid liquid), visit the ALS Association website.

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Son of Monsterpalooza Image Gallery Crawls from the Grave

Dread Central - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 20:15

The 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, is in the books; and right now we have a look at some of the sights for you monster-hungry fiends who couldn’t make it.

Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014, which ran September 12-14, was just as impressive as its predecessors.

Visit the official Monsterpalooza website and “like” Monsterpalooza on Facebook for more information.

 

 

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Even More Lost “Scooby-Doo” Mysteries!

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 17:01

The “Scooby-Doo” gang continues their run-in with horror icons as Travis Falligant now imagines the crew on the run from Chopping Mall, Slumber Party Massacre, I Know What You Did Last Summer and even Dr. Giggles.

Assuming he goes forth with a fourth batch of crossover art, what films or creatures would you like to see? How about the Leprechaun? Critters? Cujo? I’m pretty sure he can make one for every horror icon by year’s end.

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‘Dracula Untold’ Clip: Men Fear Monsters

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 16:41

Men don’t fear swords, they fear monsters.

In a very “Game of Thrones”-esque clip from Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, Luke Evans asks to become a monster to save his family.

The Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella will now open in theaters October 10, 2014.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

Categories: Horror News

What Is The Most Overdone Halloween Costume?

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 15:00

It’s nearly mid-September, which means plotting and planning for the perfect Halloween costume is, for many people, well underway. After all, putting together the right outfit takes time, it takes dedication, and it definitely requires passion.

Now, there are some tried and true costumes out there that are perfectly fine. You’ve got the Grim Reaper, Jason Voorhees, Waldo, etc… These costumes have survived the test of time and simply work, regardless of who wears it.

But then there are several costumes that are overdone, overplayed, and really, really need to just stop. And we’re here to start a discussion on that concept.

So, read on for my personal three outfits, or outfit concepts, that are just overdone beyond recognition. Then, when you’re done, leave a comment with your thoughts on What Is The Most Overdone Halloween Costume!

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‘The Evil Within’ Haunted Maze Opens Next Month

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:00

Bethesda has announced an incredibly exciting collaboration with Warner Bros. Movie World that will give fans the opportunity to experience the horrors of Shinji Mikami’s upcoming survival horror game The Evil Within in the flesh with a special maze inspired by it. The maze is one of several haunted attractions in their annual Fright Nights event that’s scheduled to kick off next month on Australia’s Gold Coast.

If you’re unable to make the trip but are planning on attending EB Expo in Sydney (Oct 3-5), there will be a “teaser version” of the maze at Bethesda’s booth along with a demo for The Evil Within.

Unfortunately, while there are theme parks here in the States that host Fright Nights events, this attraction has only been confirmed for Australia.

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m intensely jealous of our Aussie readers right now. I mean, as cool as this is it doesn’t come close to making up for the ridiculously inflated prices of new releases ($80) or their awful video games classification board that’s banned Manhunt, State of Decay, Silent Hill: Homecoming and freaking Dark Sector (seriously, Australia? Dark Sector?).

It’s still a win. More than that, this is something our Aussie friends can use to take their mind off the time when a dingo ate their baby while they were busy putting shrimps on the barbie.

The Evil Within hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.

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Your Guide to the Remaining Horror Games of 2014

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 09:00

If you ever needed proof that the horror genre is alive and kicking, this list of the remaining horror releases of 2014 ought to give you some hope. In July, I went through this year’s remaining releases in an effort to find every game that may be of interest to those who seek to scratch a very specific itch. I’ve been updating and re-posting this list every month so nothing gets by you.

September

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (PC) – September 5
Murasaki Baby (Vita) – September 16
Doorways: The Underworld (PC) – September 17
Slender: The Arrival (PS3, 360) – September 23
Dark Souls II – Crown of the Ivory King DLC (PS3, 360, PC) – September 24
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC) – September 25
Neverending Nightmares (PC, Ouya) – September 26

October

Silence of the Sleep (PC) – October 1
Alien: Isolation (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – October 7
Costume Quest 2 (XBLA, PS3, PC/Linux, iOS) – October 7
The Walking Dead: The Game Season One & Two (Xbox One, PS4) – October 14
The Evil Within (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – October 14

November

Escape Dead Island (360, PS3, PC) – November 18
Depth (PC) – TBA November
Alone in the Dark: Illumination (PC) – TBA November
Haunted House: Cryptic Graves (PC) – TBA November

TBA 2014

F.E.A.R. Online (PC)
Fran Bow (PC)
Grave (Xbox One, PC)
H1Z1 (PC)
HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Killing Floor 2 (PC)
Routine (PC/Mac)
Tormentum (PC/Mac)
U55 – End of the Line (PC)
White Night (PC)

Steam Early Access

All but one of the below games have already been made available on Steam Early Access, but since the point of it is to give indie developers a platform to release their unfinished games early and use the funds and feedback to tweak, improve and eventually finish them, I’ve included every horror game on Steam Early Access so you can .

Paranormal – Released on September 12, 2013
Damned – Released on September 26, 2013
The Dead Linger – Released on September 27, 2013
Project Zomboid — Released on November 8, 2013
7 Days to Die – Released on December 13, 2013
DayZ – Released on December 16, 2013
Dead State – Released on February 13
Nosgoth – Released on March 26
Dead Island: Epidemic – Released on May 9
The Stomping Land – Released on May 30
Note: Following months without updates, the option to purchase The Stomping Land has been removed by Valve.
The Forest – Released on May 30
Frozen State – Released on July 1
Darkwood – July 24
Hellraid – Fall 2014

Also worth mentioning is the survival horror MMO Nether (PC), which has left Steam Early Access, but is still seeing a steady stream of updates.

As you can clearly see, there’s no shortage of horror games on the way, so if I missed something you’re particularly excited about, let me know in the comments and I’ll update accordingly.

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Jason’s Mask from the ‘Friday the 13th’ NES Game is Something You Can Get Today

bloody disgusting - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 04:00

I don’t think there’s a single person on this relatively small space rock we call Earth that can get away with wearing colors of the neon pastel persuasion. Jason may have pulled it off like a champ in the Friday the 13th NES game, but he’s Jason F*cking Voorhees and I’m pretty sure you’re not. That’s why humanity banded together thousands of years ago to carve out an entire day from every year that would let us wear stupid shit without the fear of being judged.

We call this day Halloween, and if you’re still in the market for a costume, you better listen up.

Many folks consider the 1989 Friday the 13th game to be a strong contender for the coveted title of ‘Worst Game of All Time’. Despite this, we have nothing but love for it here on Bloody Disgusting.

This love is why we celebrate it when a fan beats the now 25 year-old game in just four minutes, it’s why we foam at the mouth for those awesome NECA figures, and it’s why I recently returned to it after what felt like a lifetime for another go with the help of an impressive fan-made strategy guide.

If you’ve ever wanted to wear Jason’s neon mask, but aren’t necessarily willing to drop cash on a replica, this is the next best thing. All you need is a printer, so you can print this out, and a willingness to keep a piece of paper on your face for an extended period of time.

Oh, and a camera. Because if you do go out in public with one of these strapped to your face, I will need pictures.

Categories: Horror News

Guns Won’t Save You from a Horrific Death in ‘Alien: Isolation’

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:00

Unless I’m mistaken, I think this new vignette marks the first time we’ve seen a gun used in Alien: Isolation. We’ve seen Ripley whip out flamethrowers, Molotov cocktails and handmade explosives before, but I don’t remember seeing a gun until now. Anyway, here’s the second video in a new series of vignettes Sega’s using to gently guide us toward the game’s Oct 7 release.

Categories: Horror News

What Other Classic Horror Games Deserve Reboots?

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:00

The arrival of the PS4 and Xbox One ushered in a new chapter for video games, and much like almost every console generation before it, the consoles will inevitably be followed by a steady stream of reboots, remasters and re-releases.

Sony and Microsoft’s consoles haven’t even been out a year and Atari has already revealed “reimaginings” of two of their survival horror classics, Alone in the Dark and Haunted House, which will be followed by an HD remaster of the Resident Evil REmake.

This is just the beginning. More will follow, I guarantee it.

Assuming it’s given enough attention to justify a re-release, which classic horror game(s) would you like to see again? I have a working list in my head, but if I had to narrow it down to my top three picks the list would likely include System Shock 2, Silent Hill and Resident Evil 2.

Okay, I’ve shown you mine, now you have to show me yours!

Categories: Horror News

‘Uncanny Valley’ Gets a Public Demo, New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:00

Back in April, I covered a 2D survival horror game called Uncanny Valley. The game follows a security guard named Tom who decides to start exploring the facility where he works in an effort to alleviate the monotony of working the night shift. One of its more intriguing features is what developer Cowardly Creations refers to as the consequence system.

In Uncanny Valley, one mistake can have a detrimental impact on the story. For example, failing to evade an enemy’s attack can injure Tom, making him move more slowly for the remainder of the game. Its developer believes this system will make it more intense.

If a delightfully retro horror game that focuses on a “bone chilling story, exploration and heart pounding action.” sounds as fantastic to you as it does me, you may want to try its (free) demo.

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Your PC Needs to Be This Beastly to Play ‘Alien: Isolation’

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 10:00

Sega has revealed the system requirements for their upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation. I’m almost completely PC illiterate, so I can’t tell if these specs should instill a sense of fear into anyone who’s looking to grab the PC version on Oct 7. I may not be able to tell you what RAM does or how many Ghz is too much, but at least I know my PC is capable of running it. That’s important, seeing as I’ll definitely be playing it on our YouTube channel next month.

Minimum Specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 (32bit)
Processor: 3.16Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
RAM: 4GB RAM
Hard Drive: 35GB required for installation
Video Card: 1GB DirectX® 11 (AMD Radeon HD 5550 or Nvidia GeForce GT 430)

Recommended Specs:

Operating System: Windows 7 (64bit)
Processor: AMD: Phenom II X4 955 – 4 Core, 3.2 GHz or INTEL: Core 2 Quad Q9650 – 4 Core, 3.0 Ghz
RAM: 8GB RAM
Hard Drive: 35GB required for installation
Video Card: 2GB DirectX® 11 (AMD GPU: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series or Nvidia gpu: GeForce GTX660)

If your PC doesn’t make the cut, don’t fret, Alien: Isolation is also slated to arrive on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Categories: Horror News

[TV] Over 20 New Images From the “Freak Show”!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 09:45

If you click on through to EW you can enter the “Freak Show” and check out over 20 images from FX’s fourth season of “American Horror Story.”

In Episode 4.01, “Monsters Among Us,” written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and directed by Ryan Murphy: “One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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Get Caught Up With Our ‘Resident Evil’ Week REcap!

bloody disgusting - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 09:00

Our week-long celebration of the Resident Evil franchise is over. If pesky life got in the way of your being able to enjoy all five days of news, editorials, lists and opinions, I’ve made catching up real easy. Below you’ll find every feature posted last week, as well as the major news stories.

We may have brought the content, but you made our first ever Resident Evil Week a success. The only thing I enjoyed more than writing about one of my favorite video game franchises was reading the discussions and debates that followed.

And of course, this undead extravaganza would not have been possible without amazing contributions from my fellow BD staffers, including Jonathan Barkan, Zac Thompson, Gregory Burkart, Vikki Blake and T. Blake Braddy. You’ve all earned a cookie.

Monday, Sept 8

Resident Evil Poster Giveaway (NOW OVER)
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi On What to Expect From the Resident Evil HD REmake

Our 5 Favorite Haunted House Games!
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Will Be Playable at Sony’s TGS Booth

Tuesday, Sept 9

Resident Evil’s Save Room Music Was Nothing But A Lie
Dear Video Games, Please Stop Recycling Your Zombies
The Fabled, Playable Version of Resident Evil 1.5

Wednesday, Sept 10

5 Unforgettable Twists On Zombies in Video Games!
24 Hour Resident Evil Stream (NOW OVER)
Bring Back The Live Action Resident Evil

Why Barry Burton is the Best Resident Evil Character
Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Goes Episodic, New Screenshots Emerge

Thursday, Sept 11

5 Ways Capcom Can Save Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil Brings The Metal: Ranking The First Three Film Soundtracks
Claire Gets Abducted in First Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Trailer

Friday, Sept 12

Let’s Break Down That Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Trailer
How Resident Evil 4 Tainted the Series
The 5 Most Evil Corporations in Horror Games!
Break Out The Resident Evil Outbreak Remake
Resident Evil vs. Silent Hill: FIGHT!
7 Epic Kill Scenes from the Resident Evil Movies
How Music Can Change… Resident Evil 1-3 vs. Resident Evil 4

Categories: Horror News

Techland Explains Why They’re Not Making ‘Dead Island 2′

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 20:49

When Deep Silver pulled the sheet off of Dead Island 2 last month, it looked like the series had finally dropped the serious tone shared by the first to games. Instead of another depressing trailer, we were gifted with a colorful, over-the-top zombie murder extravaganza. It looked like it was being made by a completely different team, and that’s because it is.

As much as I enjoyed the time I spent with the first Dead Island — and to a lesser degree, its pseudo-sequel Riptide — knowing Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has the reigns gives me confidence that Dead Island 2 will be a significant step up over the last two games in the series.

Deep Silver smartly decided to remove what wasn’t working to focus on the series’ many strengths.

Even though I love the new approach, I’ve always wondered why Techland had been replaced by Yager. The answer could be an obvious one, seeing as this series hasn’t exactly been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews. Reception is important, but money is what matters and the first Dead Island sold north of five million copies. This series has been a gargantuan success for Deep Silver, and a significant portion of that success rests on the shoulders of its developer.

So why was Techland kicked to the curb?

According to Maciej Binkowski, a game designer at Techland, the answer is simple. Following the lukewarm reception of the first two games, Deep Silver decided to hand over development to another studio. Techland may have come up with the concept for what would eventually become Dead Island, but Deep Silver owns the IP, so the direction it takes is ultimately up to them.

Before Dead Island put them on the map, Techland wasn’t a very well-known developer. When they pitched their idea for a cooperative multiplayer sandbox game with weapon crafting and lots of zombies, they didn’t have the clout required to negotiate a “fair” deal.

“At that point we weren’t really in a position to negotiate,” Binkowski explained in a revealing chat with Eurogamer, “so that was the best deal we could get. It’s like playing poker: you have to make a decision with the information you have now. If you play the game thinking that something might happen, you’re going to lose the game. At that point, that was the best decision we could do.”

Sounds like Techland may have been screwed.

Making this situation worse is the rocky relationship between Techland and Deep Silver, which sounds like it could have had more lows than highs. Strained developer/publisher relations isn’t news, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the massive success and attention Dead Island received contributed to that tension.

It’s not a particularly positive story, but it is one that benefits us. Most of the time, drama sucks. In this case, we now get to look forward to twice as many open-world zombie games, with Dead Island 2 and Dying Light, both of which are coming in early 2015. Competition breeds innovation, and the pressure is on for both Yager and Techland to really prove themselves.

This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Techland. Dying Light could very well be their most ambitious game in the developer’s 23 year history. They’ve also found a new publishing partner in Warner Bros., and this time, they own the IP.

It’s easy to tell that the idea for Dying Light came from their desire to continue building on what they achieved with Dead Island. They obviously couldn’t make a direct sequel, but there’s nothing keeping them from shamelessly borrowing the winning formula they created as well as the lessons learned working on the series and apply them to a new series.

Binkowski sees the (deep?) silver lining, because “for us it turned out well, because being forced to come up with a new IP… We can’t just make a Dead Island 2 and change the name; it’s got to be something fresh, it’s got to be something unique.”

Dead Island 2 may have been announced in June, but Techland was aware of its existence long before that. Even still, Binkowski says the game hasn’t had an impact on Dying Light. “At this point in the game we can’t really change much, and it seems like we don’t really have to. They’re out to create something different: it’s Dead Island, it’s a different experience … it’s all very colourful and I guess kind of goofy. So I think we’re pretty safe, because our game is much more mature and dark, and we’re aiming at different unique features such as freedom of movement [and] the day-night cycle.”

Binkowski brings up and important point. The multiplayer co-op, zombies, weapon crafting and big open worlds describe the core concept that each game has been built around. If you can see beyond that, you’ll notice the wildly different identities that makes them unique.

It’d be a struggle to say which game I’m more excited for, because I’m eagerly anticipating Dead Island 2 as much as I am Dying Light. Do you feel the same way, or are you looking forward to one more than the other?

Take Our Poll

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[TV] The “Freak Show” Goes Big and Small

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 20:37

FX is sending off on the weekend with two new promos, the ninth and tenth, for the fourth season of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”. The first shows the big and small, the other has a sword eater.

Eve though the new character is small, the new season features Jyoti Amge, who is the “world’s smallest woman.”

In Episode 4.01, “Monsters Among Us,” written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and directed by Ryan Murphy: “One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” premieres Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

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[Blu-ray Review] Cult Canadian Slasher ‘Prom Night’ Gets Amazing Transfer!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:01

Prom Night is one of the many slashers released in the wake of Halloween’s success. And just like many of its ilk, Paul Lynch’s film barely grazes Carpenter’s greatness. Despite the presence of Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis, Prom Night failed to make a splash on its initial release. It did, however, amass a strong cult following. The reasons for this reverence are explored on the special features of Synapse’s impressive looking Blu-ray package, which features a great retrospective (minus Curtis) and feature length commentary with Lynch and screenwriter William Gray.  Fans of the film are going to want this on their shelves ASAP.

Like a lot of slashers, Prom Night kicks off with a with a tragic accident. During a startlingly hostile game of hide-and-seek in an abandoned hospital, a young girl named Robin is so badly taunted she falls from a window to her death. The kids ditch the scene and the murder is pinned on a local sex offender. Fast forward years later and Robin’s family is still heavily feeling their loss. Her sister Kim (Curtis) and brother Alex (Michael Tough) are getting ready to attend prom, but they can’t help think about how Robin is missing out. But hey, life goes on and there’s disco dancing to be done!

Yeah, Prom Night came out as disco was in its death throes, but its waning popularity didn’t stop the filmmakers from infusing it with annoying music and dance numbers. There’s even a Prom Night disco theme, which is actually kinda funny (they were sued over the music, which is discussed in the retrospective). The teen partying is cut short when a masked killer starts slaying all of the kids involved with Robin’s death. First he calls them and in a wicked creepy voice asks if they’re going to prom. Just like Laurie in Halloween thinking Lynda being choked out is a phone gag, the kids think these phone calls are just their friends goofing off.

There’s a lot of red herrings in Prom Night and none of them really work. There’s a jail break and a creepy school janitor that no one trusts. Seasoned viewers aren’t going to fall for any misdirection though. The killings don’t pick up until near the end, so the first two acts are essentially Kim and her friends getting ready for the prom. There’s also a petty revenge plot involving Kim’s friend Wendy (Anne-Marie Martin) and a sleaze ball named Lou (David Mucci). Their attempt at revenge against Wendy’s ex-boyfriend is a nice distraction from the heaping portions of ‘80s cheese going on before the murders.

For one of the second-tier slashers of the period, Prom Night isn’t too bad. It has some entertaining thrills and I like that the killer is actually made out to be sympathetic. Curtis is great and the rest of the young cast is fun as well. Many will be drawn in by the ‘80s nostalgia and if you find yourself in that camp, Synapse’s Blu-ray is a must-buy.

This is the first time Prom Night has been released on Blu-ray in the U.S. and the transfer is fantastic. It comes from a new 2K scan of the original 35mm negative and it shows. Dirt and other blemishes are nearly non-existent and details are sharp. It’s a truly impressive transfer from start to finish. Bravo, Synapse. The 5.1 remix is also terrific and offers an immersive presentation. I hope you like disco!

The special features nicely round out a great package. “The Horrors of Hamilton High” is a 40 minute retrospective featuring nearly the entire cast (minus Curtis) as well as Lynch, and the producers. They obviously look back fondly on this film and Leslie Nielson’s pocket fart machine.

The feature commentary with Lynch and Gray is a lively one detailing the filmmaking. Not much of the information is rehashed in the retrospective, so if you really, really dig the movie, then check out the commentary.

The bonus scenes added for TV broadcast are introduced by the editor. These are basically more character moment with Curtis, Nielsen and others.

There’s also 20 minutes of outtakes, trailers, TV and radio spots, and a motion still gallery.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 152: Slipknot “Spit It Out”

bloody disgusting - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:30

With the upcoming October 21st release of .5: The Gray Chapter, the excitement level for Slipknot fans is at a near sky high level. Due to several factors, such as the passing of bassist Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison, the album has taken over six years to reach audiences, the longest stretch between releases. But that wait is nearly over!

In celebration of this, we’re going back 15 years (yeah, it’s been that long) to the band’s self-titled album and their first major single, “Spit It Out”. The video, which was directed by Thomas Mignone (Megadeth, Mudvayne), is a direct homage to 1980′s The Shining, with each band member portraying a different character from the film.

As always, leave a suggestion in the comments with your TMVOTW!

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