If you’re a horror fan who’s also been tasked with the full-time job of making sure your kid(s) doesn’t become a serial killer, one of the three games I’m about to talk about should be right up your alley. But first, let’s talk about the game that isn’t aimed at kids — unless you’re like my parents, who had no problem letting me watch films like Candyman and A Nightmare On Elm St. at the age of five — but it might nudge your offspring toward a career in the barbed wire industry.
There’s a number of ways to guarantee you’ll be able to get your hands on The Evil Within this October, but just to make sure, Bethesda has gone and made pre-ordering it easy over here. PC gamers can also pre-order The Evil Within for $59.99 on Steam, along with the $19.99 season pass that you can learn more about here..
Next up, we have Alien: Isolation, a game that developer Creative Assembly is doing everything they possibly can to make look, feel and sound as legit as possible. The screenshots and gameplay footage look terrifying, and it looks like a fine way to get your fix for the kind of horror where you’re almost entirely unarmed and being hunted by something terrifying. It should also serve as a pretty decent palate cleanser for any unfortunate soul who got tricked into buying Colonial Marines.
Alien: Isolation can be pre-ordered on Steam for $49.99.
The last game that’s been made available for pre-order is Costume Quest 2, a sequel I’ve been waiting for since it released way back in 2010.
If you missed the first game, it’s still very much worth checking out. For those who missed the original game, it’s a quirky love letter to Halloween that’s elevated by an abundance of humor that have become trademarks of developer DoubleFine (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend). Many of DoubleFine’s games tend to be one-offs, so it’s nice seeing one I loved seeing more attention.
Costume Quest 2 releases on October 7, and unless it manages to be substantially less great than its predecessor, I imagine I’ll be including it in a number of future “Games You Should Play This Halloween” lists. It’s not even remotely scary scary, but it is the perfect game to get you in the mood for Halloween. You can pre-order the game on Steam for $14.99.
Also planned for October is retail versions of the first and second seasons of Telltale’s episodic series The Walking Dead: The Game and the Silent Hill inspired indie horror game Silence of the Sleep, but neither are set in stone.
Savor this, folks. Capcom has not one, but two Resident Evil games on the way, and they both aim to cater to the survival horror crowds. One of those games is a sequel to Revelations, which Capcom confirmed will arrive in “early 2015″ at a press conference in Japan earlier today. The other game is their latest attempt to remaster an older game for a new audience — or rather, a nostalgic one — with the remastered Resident Evil Remake they announced in August.
Now, I know you’re itching to see what the game actually looks like. We’ve had enough screenshots, it’s time to see what it looks like in action.
I don’t know about you, but that footage actually looks better than the screens. Oh, and speaking of which, I meant we’ve had enough screens after we take a minute to enjoy the ones below. These beautiful things were taken on current-gen consoles.
Resident Evil Remake HD is scheduled to arrive in “early 2015″, around the same time as the Revelations sequel.
When Atari announced their plans to bring back one of the grandaddies of the survival horror genre with a brand new game titled Alone in the Dark: Illumination, my reaction was a mixture of surprise and cautious optimism. The last game was admirable in its ambition, but it’s also one of my least favorite gaming experiences of the last decade. With Illumination, Atari is trying to breathe new life into a series many gamers are familiar with, whether or not they’ve actually played them.
I hope ALone in the Dark: Illumination is fantastic, but we still have too little to go on for me to be able to really form an opinion. The good news is we have our first trailer for the game, and it’s sufficiently creepy.
This Alone in the Dark will serve as a reimagining of the original game, which released in 1992. Light will play a pivotal role in the gameplay, too. The game will feature a cooperative multiplayer mode where players can choose from several different classes — Hunter, Witch, Engineer and Priest — each bringing with it a unique set of skills and equipment that will be necessary to cleansing a town of its monster infestation.
At first, the co-op bit surprised me, but it makes some sense seeing as the studio behind it, a new startup called Pure FPS, was formed from developers who worked on the Dead Island series, among other games.
In August, just a few weeks after the reveal of a remastered Resident Evil REmake, some box art and a screenshot leaked online prematurely outing a sequel to Resident Evil: Revelations. The source seemed legit enough, but Capcom didn’t offer a comment — likely because they were saving their big reveal for today.
During a Sony press conference held in Japan earlier today, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata took to the stage to confirm the game’s existence, saying Resident Evil: Revelations 2 arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in “early 2015″.
I’m sure the game will be multi-platform, but the PS4 is the only one they’re announcing right now. We don’t know much about it right now, except for the fact that it feature a new period, setting, and it’s being made by the core team that brought us the original Revelations, which is considered by many to be a solid step in bringing the struggling franchise back to its roots in survival horror.
It looks as if neither Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield will be returning. I’ve had about of the latter, so I think I’m okay with his absence.
There was no gameplay footage present at the unveiling, but the tagline looks to be “Evil is watching.” Spooky.
Kawata also confirmed the game will be playable at this year’s Tokyo Game Show (9/18-21) where Capcom plans on revealing some more details on the upcoming game.
I haven’t touched a virtual hair on my Xbox Avatar’s head in years. Part of the reason for this is I keep forgetting he exists, because I so rarely see that beautiful guy unless I boot up my Xbox 360, which seems to be the only place left where Avatars still matter. I also haven’t seen anything worthy enough to improve on him. I mean, he’s pretty great, right?
With The Evil Within just around the corner, that’s about to change.
To celebrate Mikami’s return to horror, we’ll be getting a slew of Avatar goodies for Xbox 360 and Xbox One that includes a “Keeper” costume (the guy with the hammer and a safe on his head), costumes for some of the game’s cast, a creepy mask worn by some guy in one of the earlier trailers, and some miscellaneous other related stuff. No word on pricing or a release date, but with The Evil Within less than two months away, I imagine it’ll arrive soon.
Is anyone else a little bummed out there’s no four-armed blood witch pet? I’d buy that immediately.
PS3 in need of an update for the coming Halloween season? You should consider grabbing the dynamic theme inspired by The Evil Within that will be available early next week. You can see it in action here. If you like pre-ordering stuff, you can do that from virtually any games retailer of your choosing here.
The Evil Within hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
It seems developer Volition is intent on taking us to every crazy place imaginable. After taking fans to the outer recesses of space and a Matrix-esque recreation of Steelport City, the destination of the first standalone expansion for Saints Row IV will be hell. Obviously.
According to the press release, the Gat Out of Hell expansion will let players the chance to “take on the role of Johnny Gat as he is sent into hell via a nefarious spirit board incident and left to combat demons, the horrors of the underworld (including prominent historical figures) and, of course, the Devil himself.”
Where do I sign up?
I loved me some Saints Row IV. I even decided it was worthy of a near-perfect score in my review, and not just because it let me surf bare ass naked on a UFO.
Enjoy the expansion’s announcement trailer below.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell releases on January 27 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
In related news, Deep Silver also announced their plans to bring Saints Row IV to current-gen consoles with Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The game will release on the same day as the expansion.
It’s August 31st and there are exactly two months until Halloween, the night where everyone becomes a horror fan. It’s a night full of classic horror midnight showings, trick or treating, costumes, candy, frights, and so much more.
For many, this is a very special night, one that requires months and months of planning. For others, it’s a spur of the moment decision on what to dress up as and what party to attend. But I don’t care about them, I care about you and what you like to do. That’s why I’m asking you to tell me in the comments what you’re planning for this terror-filled holiday!
Check out a few of my potential plans below.
You really can’t go wrong with a movie marathon on Halloween. Pick several of your favorite flicks, grab some of your best friends, and have a blast. An Evil Dead marathon? Sign me up. Nightmare On Elm Street? I’ll bring the pillows. Friday The 13th? Bring it on.
The great thing about a movie marathon is that you can tailor it to your audience. They don’t like to be scared? Put on really fun flicks that have the monsters and gore but don’t have the scares. They want to be terrified? Put on some of the most horrifying flicks you own. It’s a tried-and-true plan that will never lose its luster.
We now have yet another short teaser for FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
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.
As we stated earlier in the month, we find it hard to believe that New Line Cinema would get behind a Blade sequel with franchise star Wesley Snipes. Although, over the past months, studios seems desperate to prove that they’re sensitive to both gender and race. It’s quite possible a new Marvel movie featuring Snipes is just what the doctor ordered.
According to the Daily News, Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in Blade, as a half-vampire, half-mortal man that becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
The 1998 vampire thriller made more than $130 million and generated two sequels.
Sources close to Snipes tells the site the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.
Snipes can now be seen in Lionsgate’s The Expendables 3.
Social satire horror film L.A. Slasher is opening and closing the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, running September 4-6; and if you'll be there, we have all the details you need right here, including a look at the Con's guest list, which is pretty impressive considering it's only their second year.
L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), will have a special advance screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close it out.
Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 was the largest first-year comic convention in North American history and the largest convention ever to take place in Utah. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We are thrilled that such an iconic event will be screening our film,” said L.A. Slasher producer Jeffrey Wright.
The film offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary of reality TV and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. “[It] is definitely bound to make waves, and to screen at Salt Lake Comic Con is a very exciting experience for us all,” commented producer Daniel Sollinger.
The special advance screening of L.A. Slasher will include a panel. In attendance at the prestigious event will be director Owen, producers Wright and Sollinger, as well as several members of the notable cast, which includes Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, and Elizabeth Morris.
Along with the aforementioned Roberts, other SLCC 2014 guests of note for the horror crowd are Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman, Eliza Dushku, Sam Witwer, Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Charisma Carpenter, Ernie Hudson, Ian Ziering, James Hong, Eugene Clark, and Jim Wynorski. You'll also find Stan Lee, Barbara Eden, Giancarlo Esposito, Hulk Hogan, Lou Ferrigno, and "Arrow's" Stephen Amell and John Barrowman.
For more SLCC info and tickets, visit SaltLakeComicCon.com.
L.A. Slasher stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”) with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, L.A. Slasher is a biting social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.
Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.
More speculation about a possible Blade 4, starring a newly rejuvenated Wesley Snipes, is swirling around the Internet thanks to his recent well regarded return to the big screen in The Expendables 3, and we have the latest for you here.
This tidbit of information comes from the Confidenti@l gossip column of the New York Daily News so no telling how concrete it is, but according to the site Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in a new installment of Blade for $3 million plus a cut of the profits.
The likelihood of the project getting the green light is “looking good” according to sources close to the actor.
Not a lot to go on, but we'll keep our eyes and ears open for more as it comes.
The three Blade films released thus far (Blade, Blade II, Blade: Trinity) are based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same name. They were written by David S. Goyer, Marv Wolfman, and Gene Colan and directed by Stephen Norrington, Guillermo del Toro, and Goyer respectively, and distributed by New Line Cinema. Per Wikipedia, their combined worldwide gross was over $400 million.
For this week’s edition of Twisted Music Video Of The Week, we’re going back to 2002 to the height and glory days of nu-metal to spotlight Korn‘s “Thoughtless”, which comes from their 5th studio album Untouchables.
Directed by The Hughes Brothers (From Hell, The Book Of Eli) and starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), the video shows a teenage boy who endures bullying from his classmates, only to retaliate in what I think is a reverse Carrie. Instead of being the Prom King, he struts in last minute to douse everyone aside from him with putridity.
Fox has released a new promo for the upcoming Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow," setting the stage for the show's thrilling return in just a few weeks. Check it out, and expect lots more soon.
"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).
Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood, and John Noble return along with Mison and Beharie, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); Heather Lind as Mary Wells, Crane’s English ex straight out of the 18th century; Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work; and Aunjanue Ellis as Abbie and Jenny's (Greenwood) mother, Lori Mills.
Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" kicks off on September 22nd and will be an expanded 18 episodes. We should have a synopsis for Episode 2.01 shortly - stay tuned! If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.
In case you haven't yet seen enough cool artwork for Alexandre Aja's Horns (review), the film's UK quad has been released, and we have a look at it right here for you.
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Look for Horns on October 31st in the US and a few days earlier on October 29th in the UK.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.
While the ad campaign for Universal’s latest found footage horror feature (poster art featuring an inverted Eiffel Tower beneath a mountain of skulls) grabbed my interest early on, I was curious to see As Above, So Below for one reason: the legendary Paris Catacombs, which figure prominently in the story. While this subterranean City of the Dead – containing the bones of several million people, most of them relocated from overcrowded churches, ossuaries and mausoleums in the late 18th century – has been the subject of many horror tales (including the so-so 2007 thriller Catacombs), it’s my understanding that this feature from filmmaking siblings John and Drew Dowdle is the first non-documentary production to be allowed access to the actual site. Real-life urban explorers should take note of that, as the Catacombs are among the world’s most popular macabre destinations… and if nothing else, As Above might even help seal the deal on some of those alt-tourism plans.
That said, there’s sadly very little of the real Catacombs on display in this film, since much of the action takes place in a secret labyrinth of passages that diverge from the real historic tunnels. Most of this domain is represented by specially-built sets, which to the filmmakers’ credit are actually very well designed; still, the sparing use of the actual location was my first disappointment. Second, there’s nothing much new under the ground as far as the plot is concerned. It involves the quest of maniacally driven Archaeology student Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) and her crew in search of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone – a well-known legend in the history of alchemy and mysticism (centuries before J.K. Rowling dragged it into pop culture via Harry Potter). Dragging along a reluctant ex-boyfriend (Ben Feldman) and a shady team of local urban explorers, Scarlett follows a series of cryptic clues from her notes and photos, leading the crew into an unmapped region deep beneath the streets of Paris. After a cave-in blocks their original escape route, the search for another way out reveals one set of creepy ancient inscriptions after another… and when they actually encounter the tired phrase “Abandon Hope Ye Who Enter Here” etched over a doorway to darkness, you can probably sort out what’s coming next.
Now, I’m sure a lot of you already hit a roadblock in my first paragraph upon reading the words “found footage,” and I can understand your misgivings… but I’m going to risk some incoming fire by stating that I myself enjoy many found footage and/or mockumentary horror projects – sometimes even against my better judgment. (I’ll be writing more directly on this topic in a future article, so start gathering ammo for the inevitable comment wars.) Fortunately, the Dowdle brothers manage for the most part to steer clear of the genre’s usual shortcomings – such as cameras shaking way too much for comfort or realism, or their operators continuing to film long after any sane person would drop the rig and run like hell (the team members all wear pin-cams with their headlamps). The tight POV approach here often helps add to the feeling of oppressive claustrophobia, as the characters are breathing down each other’s necks while the shadows tighten around them and the bone-covered floor literally crumbles beneath their feet. The narrow, damp stone passageways – often barely wide or high enough for a single person to squeeze through – call to mind some of the most effective moments from Neil Marshall’s The Descent, a horror classic to which the Dowdles owe a creative debt; in fact, one character’s claustrophobic panic attack is almost a direct lift from that film.
For all its shortcomings – obviously scripted dialogue, awkward omissions (no one thought to bring helmets or gloves?) and a self-endangering, monomaniacal protagonist who makes Indiana Jones seem like a pussy – As Above, So Below still accomplishes what I assume to be its main goal of being an elaborate spookhouse attraction (the kind Universal knows how to pull off by now), complete with creepy random figures jumping out at the right moments (one of those scares is particularly effective, despite the fact that you know it’s coming), and an immersive sound design that serves to disorient the audience and make them more vulnerable to the usual loud sonic stingers. If that’s what you expect to find, you’ll get your ticket’s worth on this ride. If you’re looking for a new twist on the found footage concept, you won’t find it here… and sadly, you won’t be swept up in the Gothic grandeur of the real Catacombs either, since they feature a lot less on screen than I’d hoped.
“Only evil can destroy evil,” remarks the stoic narrator in a glimpse into the hidden secrets and living world of the upcoming action RPG Lords of the Fallen. Check out this latest trailer.
A red mist in a moonlit forest, a dungeon of torment, dizzying hilltop grottos... the new video is meant to showcase some of the settings found in Namco Bandai’s upcoming game. But what is truly intriguing is the trailer’s cryptic monologue, delivered by a brogue-voiced, mysterious narrator and revealing brief glimpses of some of the details surrounding the game.
It has been known since the game’s announcement that its anti-hero, Harkyn, would be battling an awakened god; and today’s trailer put a name to that ancient evil, Rhogar.
The voice speaks of an abandoned temple and that it is the gateway to Rhogar’s realm. This may indicate that the game will feature two realms: one of the living and one of the god Rhogar. This idea is further hinted at as the voice speaks of traveling to alternate dimensions.
"Find out the truth about the war." The storyline for Lords of the Fallen has long been known to be that of ancient evil gods returning to Earth and humanity looking to former criminals to save them. But these brief quotes reveal another layer to the story, adding depth beyond the simplistic goal of hunting down the bad guys.
The trailer also hints that the game may have multiple endings, as the narrator states, “There is no single end to your journey.”
Lords of the Fallen will be available on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Those who pre-order the game will receive a free upgrade to the limited edition, which includes the game’s soundtrack, the Monk’s Decipher DLC, and the Demonic Weapons Pack DLC.
A project we've been talking about for a while now, Doug Bollinger's Gravedigger, has been acquired by Shami Media Group, Inc., for worldwide distribution in November; and we have all the details right here!
From the Press Release:
Gravedigger is set to ax the horror genre worldwide! Shami Media Group, Inc., a distribution, marketing, and media leader in worldwide film distribution, recently acquired the film and has set a DVD/VOD release date of November 18, 2014.
Gravedigger was shot in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. The movie features a unique cast including TV personalities, professional sports players, reality stars, and rock legends. The original soundtrack is by guitar rock lord Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses. Gravedigger, nominated for multiple awards, has won two for Best Thriller Film and Best Actor, Keith Collins.
The film is directed by Doug Bollinger, produced by Keith Collins, and executive produced by John Stoerback, Michael Levine, and Jeff Quinlan. The co-executive producer is Brandon Ruckdashel, and the line producer is Theresa Galeani. Gravedigger was written by Joseph and Billy Pepitone and stars Collins, Ruckdashel, Stoerback, Jim McKeown, Angela Sharp, Katelyn Pearce, and Rachel Barrer with Billy Sample and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal.
Alongside the well-rounded cast are many special appearances by sports figures, reality show personalities, and TV stars including Jim Leyritz, Brian McRae, Annette Dziamba, Gregg Valentino, Gervase Peterson, Emilio Masella, Gary Garver, Mark Pinkhasovich, April Hunter, Anastasia Smith, Theresa Galeani, Joe Sernio, Steve Mack, Cindy Fox, and Adam (“Speed Bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.
Steve Borden (Collins) is a brilliant young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local high-end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts him, Borden's conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin (McKeown) is the town's top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble (Ruckdashel) suspects Orkin's ties to crime boss Charles Muzzatti (Stoerback) may be the answer to the case. Now Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back.
As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble, and Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other, could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals, and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob, and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivors' souls forever. But will burying the guilty bury the Gravedigger's own guilt?
Keep your eyes on the Gravedigger Facebook page for updates.
The groundbreaking open world zombie game State of Decay is officially making the jump from Xbox 360 to next gen. Get ready for State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition for Xbox One.
Following the recent trend of remastered editions over the past summer, the game will be a reissue of State of Decay but with full 1080P graphics. The Year One Survival Edition will include the full State of Decay game, the Breakdown and Lifeline DLC’s, as well as some never-before-seen content.
State of Decay is an open world zombie game originally released on Xbox 360. The game was heralded for its unique features such as an unscripted story and a world that changes when players are offline.
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2015 release. This announcement adds to what is already a promising first half of 2015 for zombie fans as Dying Light and Dead Island 2 are also due out in the first two quarters of next year.
To learn more, visit the official State of Decay website.
Dread Central 1 on 1: Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys' Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure
The holidays came early to the Dread Central offices when Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys sent over their Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure for us to comb over.
First and foremost one thing was immediately apparent... this is not your standard action figure despite its multiple points of articulation which are there only to afford you, the collector, the ability to pose this bad boy to your liking. Each and every figure is hand-cast, assembled, and dressed by the manufacturer.
Given the price tag of $224.99, we don't expect you'll be handing this over to junior to throw around with reckless abandon. No, this is a piece purely meant for display.
Standing about 14" tall, the Elder Predator is one of the single most stunningly detailed pieces we've seen in some time, and it is completely screen accurate as seen in 1990's Predator 2. It's all here down to the most minute of details. The old time gun, the dreadlock clip, the space machete, and oh those glorious signature retractable claws. The figure comes with interchangeable hands that can be swapped out easily so you can decide which bits of weaponry you want your Predator to be brandishing, if any at all. From top to bottom this baby is gorgeous.
If there's anything negative to say about it, it's that getting a lot of the accessories on this bad boy is a bit nerve-wracking as they're delicate as they come. Take the necklaces, for example; they're strung with the thinnest of strings that feel as if they'd just snap if the wrong amount of tension or pressure is applied accidentally. My best advice here is DO NOT dress this thing on your own. Consult the manual as it illustrates the easiest way to get everything on and off.
The bottom line is this... if you're a Predator fan or a collector, this is something you'll not just want... it's something you will NEED!
If you have the scratch, do yourself a favor and order this one NOW! It's totally worth the price tag! Highly endorsed and recommended!
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to announce the Elder Predator Movie Masterpiece Series Sixth Scale Figure. This fan favorite hunter from Predator 2 features highly detailed armor, weapons, and accessories and will be the perfect addition to horror/sci-fi collections worldwide!
Ever since NECA released an NES-inspired Jason Voorhees figure at Comic-Con last year, purple and blue Jason has been absolutely EVERYWHERE, turning in one single year from zero to hero.
And the unexpected revival of the character's most oddball incarnation is showing no signs of slowing down, as NECA has just unveiled a full-size replica mask based on the game.
Teased at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, we've now got a full look and more details about the mask, which will glow in the dark - much like the mask worn by the company's sought after 8-bit action figure.
The hand-painted reproduction features elastic harness straps that allow you to wear it or hang it on the wall. As a bonus, it comes in unique, game-inspired packaging.
Unfortunately, the mask isn't due out until November, which makes it a no-go for this year's Halloween. Sad face.
I'm typically against cool ideas being milked to death, but in the case of this particular one, I say keep the products coming!