Which ‘Resident Evil’ Should Be Remastered Next?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 10:00

The Resident Evil HD Remaster should arrive on your platform of choice later today, if it hasn’t already. I’ve seen variations of the same discussion pop up again and again since Capcom announced their plans to update the GameCube remake, and they tend to go something like, “I’ll play it, but Capcom should have revisited so and so Resident Evil first.”

I adored this remaster, but I get it. Until Capcom stops treating Resident Evil 2 like it’s the red-headed step-child of the bunch, I’m even inclined to agree.

How about you? Which game would you like to see them return to next?

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UK Readers: Win a Honeymoon… Signed Poster and DVDs!

Dread Central - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 06:00

Come January 26, UK genre fans will get to witness the horrific fates of newlyweds Paul and Bea when Arrow Films releases director Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon on DVD and Blu-ray. In celebration, we have a special competition for you…

First prize is a combination of an A2-sized poster of the original Honeymoon US art, signed by stars Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie, and a copy of the film on DVD. In addition to that, four (4) runners-up will receive a copy of the film on DVD!

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To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line “UK Honeymoon” before the competition closing date of January 25 – then sit back and plan how you’re going to propose to us… since you love us so much and all. We’ll take care of the rest!

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers.

Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Harry Treadaway (Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced. Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.

Synopsis:
Young newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.



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The ‘Friday the 13th’ Game Has Claimed its First Victim

bloody disgusting - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:43

Jason Voorhees won’t be returning from his decades long vacation from video games for another nine months and he’s already claimed his first victim. Last week, the Kickstarter page for the indie slasher game Last Year was taken down and replaced with a claim of a copyright violation submitted by the rights holders of the Friday the 13th film franchise.

For the unfamiliar, Last Year is an asymmetrical multiplayer horror game that raised a massive amount of money — over $114,000 — on the popular crowdfunding website last year. In it, a team of player-controlled teens is hunted by a masked murderer who is controlled by another player.

The problem with that description is it could also be used to describe the recently announced Friday the 13th game.

There’s plenty room for two asymmetrical horror games about masked psychos hunting down teens, but one look at the concept art for Last Year and it’s immediately clear they’re using F13 as a source of inspiration. The bad guy that’s featured in the art (see above) that was used to raise all that money on Kickstarter could easily be mistaken for Jason.

Crystal Lake Entertainment is fully within their right to protect their franchise, just as the rights holders of the Halloween movie franchise were within theirs when they had Pig Farmer Productions rename their Halloween game to Babysitter Bloodbath.

In this case, there’s a not-insignificant amount of money involved, so I’d be surprised if it’s resolved through a simple name change. I’ve reached out to the developer of Last Year to see if they can shed some light on the situation. Stay tuned.

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‘Alchemilla’ is the ‘Silent Hill’ Game We Deserve

bloody disgusting - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:37

As we continue to wait patiently for Silent Hills to come and either rescue Konami’s ailing survival horror franchise from a slow death or deliver the killing blow, the modding community has been busy working on a first-person Half-Life 2 mod that’s more Silent Hill than Silent Hill has been for quite some time. I’ve spent some time with it already, and it looks fantastic. I can’t speak for the gameplay yet, but I can confirm that it nails the atmosphere down perfectly.

Alchemilla is available now on ModDB. If you’re looking to roam those foggy streets yourself, don’t forget to grab the Source SDK 2013 from the Steam Tools library first.

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[Review] Flawed Story, Weak Characters Cripple ‘Attack of the Morningside Monster’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:50

I pride myself on trying to be honest with you folks. That said, I had spent far too much time trying to figure out just what to say in this introduction for Chris Ethridge’s Attack of the Morningside Monster. I had thought of talking about how Buffy fans would be pleased to see Nicholas Brendon aka Xander in this film, alongside Scream Queen Tiffany Shepis. I’d also thought of talking about how small town whodunits that focus on everyone knowing everyone, and how practically anyone could be the killer can be kind of fun when done right. Or, I could do what I just did and ramble on and come up with an introduction by accident. Enjoy.

In the small town of Morningside, New Jersey, a series of brutal murders of the town’s undesirables has local law enforcement stumped. Bodies are found eviscerated in a ritualistic fashion, with a strange symbol tagged nearby. Compounding things are the close relationships amongst the residents of the town, making the killer even more difficult to find. Things start hitting close to home when Morningside sheriff Tom Haulk (Robert Pralgo) discovers shady dealings by a close friend (Nicholas Brendon), and after one of his friends has a close call with the killer, Tom’s investigation takes a disturbing turn.

For starters, I give writer Jayson Palmer credit for going the route of focusing on the relationships that exist in a small town, while mixing in the self-reflection of days gone by. I know that it sounds like of pretentious for a slasher, but it does attempt to separate the film from the rest of the low-budget, by-the-numbers crowd. It adds more depth to things when you have characters delving into that “grey area” (as in the case of Nicholas Brendon’s character) in an attempt to get by. This particular focus on the story does threaten to bog down the pacing of the film, and does give it an uneven feel.

The acting is pretty good for a film like this. Robert Pralgo is engaging and solid as the lead, while Tiffany Shepis provides a bit of comic relief but also has a tough attitude that keeps up with Pralgo. It’s a shame that she wasn’t used as much as she could’ve been, however. Nicholas Brendon also does well, mixing in a variety of emotions, though he does feel a bit like one of those “special appearance” castings that indie directors will pull to give their film a bit more recognition. Mike Stanley plays the town’s drug dealer Clyde precariously close to being over-the-top (especially with the constant scowl), but thankfully doesn’t go overboard.

The film’s indie roots unfortunately really reveal themselves when it comes to the killer. While it’s one thing to be decked out in a black cape and hood, it’s another to be wearing what from far away looks like a sequined luchador mask with bad teeth. The costume isn’t particularly frightening, even if the whole thing was intended to have a tribal motif. Also, while the gore is kind of expected to be unspectacular given the budget, it’s still disappointing when the effects aren’t particularly convincing. Also, with the killer’s focus on removing the “undesirables” of the town, it’s hard to feel sympathy for many of them, particularly when the script doesn’t develop them beyond the single note.

Despite it’s best intentions, Attack Of The Morningside Monster unfortunately doesn’t do enough to separate itself from the rest of the low-budget slashers that show up on direct-to-video. There are some postitives, such as the attempt at differentiating the story from other low budget slashers and the mostly excellent cast, the awkward focus on character relationships and single-sided characters for victims drags it back down. It’s a fire-and-forget type of film, but it tries to do more. Ethridge and company do appear to have the potential for good things in the future, and they may well do better in future productions.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer looks pretty good for your low-budget serial killer flick. Detail is adequate, with solid colour reproduction and minimum compression artifacts. Darker scenes obviously tend to bring out more noise than the more lit scenes, with details and black levels taking a bit of a hit, but that’s to be expected on a film like this.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is consistent with the quality of the video, as is the alternate Dolby Digital 2.0 track. Dialogue is clear and balanced well with the rest of the soundtrack, with no distortion. There are instances of fluctuating volume, but it’s not horrible. I will say that whoever did the subtitles for this disc needs a proofreader, as we get a few typos in here.

Extras:

Aside from the teaser trailer and theatrical trailer for the film, we get an Audio Commentary with Director Chris Ethridge, Writer Jayson Palmer and Producer Michael Harper. The trio discuss details on the origins of the project, as well as the actual production such as casting, locations and other tidbits of trivia. Overall, it does it’s job of giving a nice chunk of information. There are times where the commentary devolves into describing what’s on the screen, but it’s not too bad.

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[TV] Will We See The Lazarus Pit On “Arrow?”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:38

I’m late to the party with The CW’s Arrow. In fact I only (shamefully) caught up last night. And while there was a significant lack of boxing glove arrows over the course of three seasons, I’m totally in. This is the best superhero TV show on the air right now. The characters are extremely well developed and there is a significant sense of danger week to week.

So I’m stunned to see Ollie actually get his ass handed to him by Ras Al Ghul in the midseason finale “The Climb.” I’m certain The Emerald Archer won’t be gone for too long, but the possibilities of his return are nearly endless. But, given the way he died I expect we’ll see a lazarus pit in the near future. Or something along those lines called by a different name.

Those of you following Arrow, would you like to see weekly reviews? And what about The Flash? I couldn’t get over the shockley dialogue but I hear Barry Allen is giving Green Arrow a run (heh) for his money.

Here’s a preview for this week’s Arrow. If there’s enough interest I’ll start reviewing the show from week to week. What do you guys say?

 

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Honor Your Mother with this New Tales of Halloween Video Production Diary

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 21:06

The sixth video production diary has hit the Net for Tales of Halloween, an upcoming anthology featuring a veritable who’s who of contemporary horror filmmakers, and this one takes a look at the perils of mother-daughter relationships with director Axelle Carolyn and co-stars Alex Essoe and Lin Shaye.

Eleven renowned horror movie genre directors have joined forces with Epic Pictures under the name “The October Society” to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme for Tales of Halloween. The directors include Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, & IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace). Kasch and Skipp are co-directing one of the short films together.

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Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Tye Sheridan Takes a Detour With Christopher Smith

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:57

Around these parts we’re huge fans of director Christopher Smith (Creep, Black Death, Severance, Triangle), so every time word of a new project comes in with him attached, we are all ears.

THR is reporting that Tye Sheridan (pictured; Mud, The Stanford Prison Experiment) will star in psychological thriller Detour, written and to be directed by Smith.

The new film will center on Harper (Sheridan), a young law student who, while grieving for his dying mother, struggles to decide whether he should kill his unfaithful stepfather. Jason Newmark and Julie Baines are producing the film, which will shoot in South Africa.

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Help Me Understand the Appeal of Survival Sims

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 20:00

I’d like to ask a favor of you. H1Z1 released last week on Steam Early Access, making it the latest of a growing number of attempts to cash in on the gargantuan success seen by “survival sims” like DayZ and Rust. I haven’t played the game, so take what I’m about to say about the genre it belongs to — you know, the one that millions of gamers flock to every year — because I just don’t get it.

More specifically, I don’t get the appeal, and I’m hoping you can help me remedy that.

I’ve dabbled in this genre a few times now, mostly with Rust. The interactions I’ve had with other players tells me roughly 4 out of 5 DayZ players are horrible human beings online, while essentially everyone in Rust is the worst. Granted, that’s based on my experience, but I have it on good authority that I’m not the only one who’s had this problem.

I get the appeal of survival sims, it’s why I’ve spent about 30 hours in Rust before I couldn’t continue to put up with the bandit mentality problem that plagues this genre. It’s reached a point where your chances of survival are basically nonexistent without a platoon of friends covering you, and even that won’t help when — not if, when — you run into one of the myriad hackers who fly around killing players and ruining unprotected bases.

The hacker problem isn’t news, and neither is people being dicks to each other. Abusing the anonymity that comes with playing games online is nothing new, I see it every time I join a match in [INSERT MODERN SHOOTER TITLE HERE] and while it’s certainly annoying, ignoring all those homophobic tweens is super effective and doesn’t require much effort on my part.

Unfortunately, this tactic doesn’t work in lawless worlds like Chernarus, where there’s no easy escape from terrible people who can now have a real impact on your experience. The fact that countless hours of progress can be undone by an asshole with a gun might sound appealing to fans of Dark Souls and roguelikes. It would to me too, if there was something I could learn from it.

Death in roguelikes is a learning experience. Every death teaches me something, making me better at the game. It’s tough, but that makes each victory all the more rewarding. So what do we learn from dying over and over and over again in these games, other than some people are awful?

This genre sounds more like a metaphor for life than a game. That might even be the appeal. Maybe there are millions of people out there who have been waiting for a game to come along that’s as unforgiving as life often is, with far less rules and the reality that no matter how hard you work, it can be undone in an instant. If that’s the answer, I still don’t get it.

That leads me to my question. If you enjoy playing these games, tell me why you do in the comments. It doesn’t need to be a good reason, just your reason.

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‘World War Z’ Slate Wiped Clean

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 18:05

Brad Pitt and Paramount Pictures’ World War Z was an epic disaster that transformed into an epic success. Behind the scenes, there were tons of rewrites and reshoot, including a new finale that wasn’t nearly as climactic and violent as having zombie heads spliced off with a decapitating gun.

Being such a huge box office success, it was no surprise that a sequel was quickly put into development. Only, it’s been awhile, and we haven’t heard much.

IndieWire caught up with Steven Knight, the sequel’s screenwriter, who had this brief update:

“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’” said Knight on his decision to take a crack at the script. “It’s not quite like the other; we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off [Paramount and Plan B], we’re on.”

For whatever reason, the interviewer never follows up, so it’s unclear what “clean slate” means. Did they start the screenplay from scratch or are they abandoning Pitt’s storyline and starting from scratch? I’m not exactly sure why they’d continue the franchise without Pitt, so the former seams more likely.

As of this writing, shooting could start as early as October 2015.

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Footage From Deftones’ ‘Eros’ Studio Sessions Posted Online

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 18:00

In November 2008, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a serious car accident that left him in a coma and ultimately took his life in April of 2013. One of the side effects of this tragedy was that the band’s album, which has a working title of Eros, never got to see the light of day. However, as time has progressed, the band has hinted that Eros may in fact be released at some time, although nothing has been guaranteed.

Now, a video that purports to feature video and in-studio images during the Eros recording sessions has found its way online and can be seen below. The music featured is all instrumental but sounds fantastic. It seems like this could’ve been a truly incredible entry into the band’s already stellar career.

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Adam Green Touring ‘Digging Up the Marrow’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:56

Adam Green announces a tour for Digging Up the Marrow, which will be released theatrically February 20, 2015.

Image Entertainment’s Digging Up the Marrow was written and directed by Adam Green (Froze, Hatchet, Hatchet II), and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee.

The film stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.

“When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Ray Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.”

The “TOURING THROUGH THE MARROW” 2015 tour dates are in! Join writer/director/star Adam Green and artist/executive producer Alex Pardee for a one-of-a-kind special event as they bring DIGGING UP THE MARROW, an audience Q&A, an art exhibit of Alex Pardee’s original artwork that inspired the film, one of their favorite monsters from the film, and exclusive tour merchandise to the following cities:

Thursday February 12th: San Francisco, CA (Landmark Shattuck)

Monday February 16th: Boston, MA (Landmark Kendall Square) – Presented by Rock N Shock

Tuesday February 17th: New York, NY (Landmark Sunshine)

Wednesday February 18th: Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar) – Presented by Ain’t It Cool News

Thursday February 19th: Los Angeles, CA (Landmark Regent)

DIGGING UP THE MARROW opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle North Hollywood Cinema on Friday February 20th where it will run nightly for the next two weeks. It also hits Video On Demand everywhere that same day (including outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, Sony Playstation, VUDU, GooglePlay, and more). Tickets for the tour will go on-sale soon through each cinema directly. Information about VIP ticket options and the awesome merchandise secured by having a VIP ticket will be coming very soon.

And don’t fear… not only will the film theatrically expand to more cities during the week of March 12th (cities TBA), but more special engagement screenings and appearances will be announced soon! If you live in the USA there is absolutely a way to see this film in February whether it be on the tour, a special engagement, the theatrical release, or on VOD. And then…

The DVD and Blu-Ray (packed with special features) releases on March 24th and you can support the artists directly by pre-ordering your very own copy autographed by Adam Green right here.

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All-New, All-Different Avengers Landing in May!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:41

Not much to report here, but its worth mentioning because so many of you are excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron. It seems that Marvel will be launching a brand new team of Avengers once Jonathan Hickman ends his epic run on the flagship team and begins his yearlong saga with “Secret Wars.”

It’s hard to imagine who or what will provide the impetus for creating this all new team, but if we look back to 1975 when Marvel launched the All New All Different X-Men, we had a multicultural team for the very first time. That’s when Wolverine, Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler joined the fray. Now, I can’t imagine we’ll get an assortment of all new characters because there needs to be some symmetry between the film universe and the comics.

Now don’t read on if you don’t want to know possible details about Age of Ultron’s ending. But the rumor is… You’ve been warned!

The original Avengers are in pretty bad shape by the end of the film. This is being called The Empire Strikes Back of superhero movies, but the movie ends with Captain America founding an all new supergroup comprised of Black Panther, Ms. Marvel, Doctor Strange, Quicksilver, and Scarlett Witch. I’m sure they’ll be a few surprises, but I would imagine May 2015 isn’t a bad time to bring the next phase of movie superheroes to the forefront of their biggest titles on the stands.

Chances are good we’ll know the creative team, and a lot more details by this time next month.

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TCA Winter 2015: What’s Ahead in American Horror Story Season 5?

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:16

With “American Horror Story: Freak Show’s” finale just a few days away, of course everyone is chomping at the bit for the first details of what’s in store for us in Season 5. Well, at FX’s presentation to the Television Critics Association yesterday, the network’s CEO, John Landgraf, said it will be “very different.” Considering how different each season has been thus far, that’s hardly news, so what else did he reveal?

Per TVLine, Landgraf kept mum regarding the theme, teasing, “I know what it is, but I can’t [say]. I have to let [series creator] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that… One of the things I love so much… is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast. I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show].

He did throw us a bone when asked about the show returning to the present day: “That’s my hope, yeah,” he answered.

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As for Jessica Lange’s prior statement that “Freak Show” would be her last appearance on the show, Landgraf neither confirmed nor denied, stating, “Ryan is really, really independent in how he makes these shows and what he does. So I know the setting, I know something about the characters and something about the tone and the time period, but I don’t actually know the cast yet.”

The “American Horror Story: Freak Show” finale Episode 4.13, “Curtain Call,” airs Wednesday night at 10PM.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Season Finale Episode 4.13 – “Curtain Call” (airs 1/21/15)
The Freaks rebel against new management. Dandy (Finn Wittrock) prepares for his debut performance. Elsa (Jessica Lange) arrives in Tinseltown. Directed by Bradley Buecker; written by John J. Gray.

For more info visit the “AHS: Freak Show” Facebook page, check out “AHS: Freak Show” on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Beetlejuice 2 Filming in 2015? Winona Ryder Confirmed to Return!

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:04

This latest tidbit should have fans of the ghost with the most ectoplasing in their pants! In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer Seth Grahame-Smith shared a few new tidbits on Beetlejuice 2, stating that director Tim Burton could make the sequel his next film when work is completed on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim’s got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal timeline is we’re really getting into it toward the end of this year.

It also sounds like Winona Ryder will be back to tally his bananas.

[Burton] was doing press for Big Eyes right before the holiday and was getting the Beetlejuice question and sort of tipped people off that Winona [Ryder] would be back. Which, yes, she will be back.”

And finally…

“I think we landed on the right idea, landed on the right approach. It’s just now making sure that—for me—I don’t want to shit my pants in front of the entire world making a sequel to one of my favorite movies.”

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Adam Green Announces Tour Dates for Digging Up the Marrow

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 17:02

One of the films we cannot wait to see this year is Digging Up the Marrow, a collaboration between Adam Green (Hatchet) and artist Alex Pardee. On February 20th, the film hits VOD outlets and limited theaters, and on tap for you today are the first theatrical listings. Dig in!

Per Green’s website

The “TOURING THROUGH THE MARROW” 2015 tour dates are in! Join writer/director/star Adam Green and artist/executive producer Alex Pardee for a one-of-a-kind special event as they bring DIGGING UP THE MARROW, an audience Q&A, an art exhibit of Alex Pardee’s original artwork that inspired the film, one of their favorite monsters from the film, and exclusive tour merchandise to the following cities:

Thursday February 12th: San Francisco, CA (Landmark Shattuck)

Monday February 16th: Boston, MA (Landmark Kendall Square) – Presented by Rock N Shock

Tuesday February 17th: New York, NY (Landmark Sunshine)

Wednesday February 18th: Austin, TX (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar) – Presented by Ain’t It Cool News

Thursday February 19th: Los Angeles, CA (Landmark Regent)

DIGGING UP THE MARROW opens in Los Angeles at the Laemmle North Hollywood Cinema on Friday, February 20th, where it will run nightly for the next two weeks. It also hits Video On Demand everywhere that same day (including outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox, Sony Playstation, VUDU, GooglePlay, and more).

Tickets for the tour will go on sale soon through each cinema directly. Information about VIP ticket options and the awesome merchandise secured by having a VIP ticket will be coming very soon.

And don’t fear… not only will the film theatrically expand to more cities during the week of March 12th (cities TBA), but more special engagement screenings and appearances will be announced soon! If you live in the USA, there is absolutely a way to see this film in February whether it be on the tour, a special engagement, the theatrical release, or on VOD. And then…

The DVD and Blu-ray (packed with special features) releases on March 24th, and you can support the artists directly by pre-ordering your very own copy autographed by Adam Green right here. Want to know even more about this special tour? Listen to today’s all new Movie Crypt podcast where Adam Green spills the details right here.

The monsters are coming! The official theatrical trailer will be released online later this week, and more details (including a listing of tour merchandise) are coming wicked soon. See you soon, America!

Starring, written by, and directed by Adam Green and inspired by the artwork of artist Alex Pardee, the film stars Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” X-Men First Class), Will Barratt (Frozen), and a roster full of horror genre favorites and iconic artists all appearing as themselves.

When filmmaker Adam Green receives a package from a strange man (Wise) claiming he can prove that monsters exist, he and his crew are taken on a mysterious, fantastical, and terrifying journey into the shadows deep down under the ground below our feet. Digging Up the Marrow is a documentary-style film that blends reality with fantasy in a way that will leave even the most hardcore skeptics believing in the existence of monsters.

“DIGGING UP THE MARROW is the result of an incredibly rewarding four-year creative collaboration,” said Green. “It’s a very unique film that doesn’t neatly fit into any specific sub-genre that has come before it. We’ve been thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response that MARROW has received at early screenings.”

The monsters in the film are vividly brought to life by visionary American artist and trans-media-artistry pioneer Alex Pardee. Under Green’s ArieScope Pictures, the film was produced by Cory Neal and was financed by Neal and Andrew Mysko’s Hacienda Film Co.

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World War Z 2 Hits the Reset Button?

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:54

Given all of the problems that plagued the World War Z shoot, it’s a wonder that the movie turned out any kind of good. With the sequel on the horizon, we have some new details for you.

IndieWire caught up with the sequel’s screenwriter, Steven Knight, who dropped a rather interesting statement on the site.

“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ said Knight on his decision to take a crack at the script. “It’s not quite like the other; we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off [Paramount and Plan B], we’re on.

So would clean slate indicate that we’re telling another story somewhere else? Will Pitt’s character return. Guess we’ll find out soon enough as the article also states that filming is set to commence this coming October. Stay tuned.

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[Review] ‘Dark Mountain’ Copies ‘The Blair Witch Project’, Adds Nothing Else

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:50

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a trio of documentarians set out to discover what was initially thought to be a legend, end up finding some horrifying stuff, get lost and eventually disappear. The only trace that remains of them is their raw documentary footage.

Wait, come back! This isn’t The Blair Witch Project! It’s Dark Mountain, directed by Tara Anaïse. Yeah, I know that it sounds like a rip-off of a film that’s been done to death and then some for the past 16 years, but that doesn’t mean that the film is a total waste of 80 minutes, right? I mean, there’s likely to be something added to the film to not make it a carbon copy.

Right??

In March 2011, Kate (Sage Howard) is working on a documentary about the Lost Dutchman Mine, located in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona. Kate, her boyfriend Paul (Andrew Simpson) and their friend Ross (Shelby Stehlin) take a trip to said mountains in order to interview locals and the curator of the Superstition Mountain Museum. Kate decides to make an effort to discover the Lost Dutchman Mine, and catalogue it for the documentary. However, after two days hiking in the wilderness, the trio begin to see and discover increasingly disturbing finds, culminating in their own disappearance. This footage is all that remains.

Right away, Dark Mountain scores points for it’s visuals. The American Southwest locale is absolutely beautiful during the day, and suitably creepy at night. Establishing shots of the vistas and mountains really capture the remoteness of the area, and are just plain good old eye candy. It’s a nice change from the usual wooded areas that have become a trope on their own for these types of films. Adding to these visuals are some wonderful ambient sounds and the psychedelic soundtrack by the Filthy Huns, the latter of which reminds me of the teaser trailer for The Hills Have Eyes 2 (yeah, I know).

One thing that I liked about Blair Witch was the attempt at authenticity by interviewing the locals. It was both an immersive tactic, and it added flavour to the film. Director Tara Anaïse obviously took the hint, and did just that with her film. The locals (who are real people) give honest answers and really sell that feeling of authenticity. As well, our protagonists do their part in making their characters believable with performances that are natural and real, like in Blair Witch…until they do certain things that ruin that sense of disbelief.

Part of what made Blair Witch so entertaining was the fact that you had people reacting as people, not actors reacting according to a script. Case in point: Kate sees something behind Paul while they’re in a cave. She freaks out and runs, and as soon as Paul catches up with her, she’s totally calm and responds that it was probably bats. Also, nice coordinated jump-scare by Ross leaping into frame, “scaring” Kate. Instead of reacting appropriately (ie. “Where the f*ck were you?!”), she calmly asks Ross where he was. Insert the “taking a piss” cliché. There are more instances like that as the film progresses (who decides to not open a just-uncovered hatch until tomorrow, even though there’s plenty of light out and you’re right there?) that end up shattering the illusion, leaving you wishing Michael and Heather were screaming for Josh.

If it hasn’t been painfully obvious by now, this film is really just a blatant rip-off of The Blair Witch Project. The film itself doesn’t even try to hide it when the characters make a clear verbal reference to The Blair Witch Project. Does that somehow magically pardon Anaïse’s film from copying it? Hell no! By the same token, I was willing to give this film a chance in hopes that perhaps there would be something that set it apart from the rest of the xeroxed films. Other than a change in locale, a few red herrings and the use of real actors, there’s virtually nothing. And throwing on Super-8 filters in your film when it’s clear that you’re filming digitally is just plain insulting.

Instead of trying something new, and getting attention, experience and exposure that way, Dark Mountain just photocopied Eduardo Sánchez’s film, switched the location, swapped out witches with a haunted mine and expected people to flock to it. Uh, no. It doesn’t work that way. If you want to see The Blair Witch Project, go watch that film, and don’t piss in my ear and tell me it’s raining with Dark Mountain.

Video/Audio:

Presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, the transfer looks pretty good, even for a “found footage” film. The image is, for the most part, sharp and colourful, with your typical post-production tape distortions thrown in.

The Dolby digital 5.1 track, like the video, is quite good as well. The track is largely front-focused, with much of the ambient effects kept to the surrounding channels. It’s all good though, as it helps to envelope the viewer and provides adequate room for the musical score. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand, with no hissing or distortion.

Extras:

The sole extra included is eleven minutes of interviews. Not with the cast, crew or anything involved with making the film. Instead, it’s just Kate interviewing locals. I hate filler extras.

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Evil Is Spreading in The Strain Season 2 TV Spot; Infecting FX this Summer

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:13

A handful of our favorite shows are returning later this year, including FX’s vampire series “The Strain.” Though we don’t yet have an official date for the Season 2 premiere, we’ve just been provided with a teaser, which urges that the season will be a fight or die situation. Dig it!

As we recently reported, Joaquín Cosío will be joining Season 2 as ‘The Silver Angel,’ a Mexican wrestler-turned-vampire killer. Ron Canada is also on board, portraying New York City’s mayor. In addition, Ephraim Goodweather’s son Max has been recast, Season 1’s Ben Hyland being replaced by Max Charles (American Sniper).

Related Story: Guillermo del Toro Talks Season 2 of The Strain

“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.


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Resident Evil – HD Remaster (Video Game)

Dread Central - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 16:05

Developed by Capcom

Available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC (reviewed)

Rated M for Mature

For someone who hates soulless remakes, I sure did pick a funny genre to be interested in. In a genre where there are more series that have a reimagining than those that have been peacefully left as they are, Resident Evil stands out as being a particularly egregious offender. The hyperbole I’m known for is unneccessary here, as Resident Evil / biohazard HD REMASTERED (as it is listed letter for letter on the steam page) is the 8th iteration of the game. 9th if you count the unreleased Game Boy Color version, but I don’t think I have to pad my stats to make my point. Each version has included extras ranging from maybe a couple of guns and costumes to a complete overhaul.

I am going to assume that not all of them came out at full retail price, but I think it is safe to assume that they averaged out to maybe 30 bucks a pop. I know for a fact that the GameCube version was $50 when it came out, and stayed expensive for a good long while (along with the re-releases of Resident evil 2 & 3, which fell far short of the RE1 remake in terms of quality). I’ve heard that the original was also $50, so lets assume the rest came out at the discounted price of $30, since they are charging $20 now for a game that came out in 2002. So, if you had bought every version at release, you would have likely spent $270 on the original Resident Evil

Yes, I realize I said that the game came out in 2002. That is because this is a remake of the 2002 GameCube version, and not the 1996 original. The 2002 GC version and the 2006 DS version stand out as adding a significant amount to the game. The GC version completely overhauled the game, adding new areas, progression, weapons, enemies, bosses, and a complete visual do-over in a new engine. The DS version added a series of touch screen and microphone mini-games, which while not revolutionary were unique enough to make the installments distinct.

This is not one of those installments. The additions that the HD REMASTER version brings to the table are 1) a new control scheme that sucks 2) two new costumes, one for Chris and one for Jill 3) jiggle physics for Jill’s tits. Wow, I’m so glad I paid 20 bucks for wanton bouncing breasts in a new coat of paint. As if they hadn’t disrespected the character enough by turning her from a brunette in police gear into a busty blonde in a cleavage leather bondage suit, now they have to fuck up her appearance in respectable installments.

As for the controls, I played it on the PC, so maybe it works better on the console. I doubt it, since the new scheme moves away from tank controls to directional. This requires a bit of explanation. Resident Evil was designed with tank controls. This means that pushing forward made your character move forward, while pushing left and right made your character rotate in that direction. This is the same as with general direction when the camera follows you like in most games. Forward will always be forward when the camera is behind you. However, Resident Evil uses fixed camera points. Every time you walk off camera, it changes to another preset camera view. This means that pushing up does not always mean forward. In one angle, pushing left might lead you to the left, but in the next angle now you are running straight up. This is why the tank controls worked, since the constantly flipping camera is a cause of consternation and confusion when using WASD.

The graphical update isn’t even worth mentioning. It looks slightly better, but not good enough to be passable by even last gen standards. It still looks like a GameCube game. It is easily one of the most gorgeous GameCube games, but it is not a PS4 or XB1 game.

As for the gameplay, it is Resident Evil. Maybe I should elaborate, but this is Dread Central, not the Christan Movie Review. People know horror here, and people know what Resident Evil is. While the 2002 update presented significant changes, it was still fundamentally the 1996 version. If you have played any of the versions between 1996 and now, you have played Resident Evil. I recommend playing the 2002 version if you have not, but I have trouble saying that this is the version you should play.

At this point, it is easy to find the older versions online. I know I shouldn’t talk about piracy as a critic, but realistically any game over 8 years old is available for free online to anyone that knows what Google and an emulator are. Given that reality, remakes now have to offer significant improvements to be worth the expense versus a free option. This game does not. There is no reason to buy this game if you have experienced previous versions.

The one constantly squawked opinion people have when something like this comes out is “what about the people that never played it before?” Okay, sure, some people are children and don’t know what Resident Evil is. Sure, I guess we can just re-release the same shit every year just incase someone just discovered video games yesterday, and for them I’m sure the existence of Resident Evil is underwhelming. Is Resident Evil a game worth playing? It’s a ridiculous question. Sure, at one point it was. Then they came out with more of them, and better versions of it. Sure, the game totally holds up out of nostalgia factor and uniqueness, but then again everything holds up if you forget about all the advancements since then.

Resident Evil is an interesting museum piece. It was a time when clunky gameplay could be made up for with cool puzzles and a unique atmosphere. The story is Grade A USDA certified bullshit, but then again people haven’t cared about the Resident Evil story since the first utterance of “Jill Sandwitch!” The arsenal is limited, mechanics confusing, and puzzles often deliberately frustrating. This was all fine when it came out, but now it sticks out like a sore thumb. Games are supposed to lead you now, giving you clear indicators of where to go and what to do. Playing Resident Evil feels like brute force, pushing the use button on every door until something sticks. There is a logic to it, but one that requires a significant amount of trial and error rather than intuition.

It really hurts to trash talk Resident Evil, since the GC version is one of my favorite games. I beat that game so many times that I can make my way around that mansion better than my own house. If Resident Evil were a boy, I would go gay for it. But the GC version was a bold, huge update. It was a love letter not only to the fans, but to new players as well. It was 8 years after the original, and Capcom realized that they needed to update the game for a new audience. Well, now it is 12 years after the remake, and what we get is just a minor reskin? That isn’t enough to make the version relevant. Consumers should stop accepting subpar remakes out of nostalgia and because of those younguns that never got to see it in the first place. This game should be worth owning, but it just is a sad cash-grab in a market currently sparse because of a console switch.

There should be a different scale for remakes. Rating it on how good it is is stupid, since usually the game being remade is good. You have to judge the re-release based on how much it makes you lose faith in the industry. Shameless add-nothing installments like this are just sad. This game doesn’t get 2 ½ knives out of 5. This is 2 ½ guns in my mouth out of 5.

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