Because some people have trouble reading…
Robert Englund talks a lot. I mean, he talks a lot. Every single time I’ve interviewed him I prepare only two questions because he will basically take over the conversation. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, compared to other stars, it’s pretty awesome to have someone who actually cares to answer questions asked by the fans. Englund is a good guy in my book.
With that said, let’s flash back to last week when we ran this report from a lengthy interview with Englund. In it he speculates that New Line could be thinking about remaking Dream Warriors as the next A Nightmare On Elm Street, while also stating that he’d love to return in some sort of cathartic cameo role.
If anyone actually read the article, they would see that Englund is basically vocalizing his desire to be part of the franchise, even if it means he won’t ever return as Freddy Krueger, for which he played in film eight times.
A day later Jon Barkan followed up my piece with more Englund sound bites that shared his thoughts on Freddy being a child molester.
Even though Englund goes on and on and on and on, at no point does he even imply that he would return as Freddy.
Between hopeful readers looking for meaning in an otherwise interesting story, and hack websites sensationalizing his quotes for traffic, Englund’s statements were being misconstrued as if he were running for President… or at least a return as Freddy.
So, for the last time I’m explaining to all of you that he will NOT BE PLAYING FREDDY in the next A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Englund also wasted his evening sharing the following tweet that should put the nail in this ridiculous rumor’s coffin…
Just for the record, I will NOT be starring as Freddy in any new Nightmare projects, real or fictional
— Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) September 29, 2015
Francis Ford Coppola’s phenomenal and gorgeous Bram Stoker’s Dracula is coming to the Supreme Cinema Series on October 6th. To celebrate this upcoming release, two short clips of Coppola talking about the movie have come online and can be viewed below.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a reimagining of the classic Dracula fable, highlighting the romance of the gothic horror while still holding onto the fear and terror that made the original so memorable and iconic over the years.
The 1992 film starred Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, Winona Ryder, and Tom Waits.
The Supreme Series blu-ray can be ordered via Amazon.
There aren’t many developers that are willing to explore tough philosophical questions with their games, and even fewer that are able to build an entire world around the answers they find. This is what SOMA is, more or less. It’s an incomplete answer to the question of what might happen if we separated human consciousness from the human body.
At first glance, this game appears to be the worst possible outcome that could come from our desire to “cure” mortality. It is that, and even though the premise has been explored numerous times before in various movies, books, video games, etc., the answer Frictional has for us may be the most unnerving one yet.
SOMA takes place in Pathos-2, a sprawling underwater complex nestled on the ocean floor that’s been designed to keep our species going. What’s left of humanity resides here along with a handful of undesirables who might find its grimy, abandoned look charming. It’s the kind of setting where you might expect to see a Big Daddy come strolling around a corner with a Little Sister in toe.
Pathos-2 doesn’t have any of the personality of Rapture, and it shouldn’t. It’s emphasis is on function over style, so while the views are undeniably extraordinary, it’s never as awe-inspiring as one might expect an underwater supercomplex to be.
There is a history here that makes Pathos-2 an interesting place to explore, if only to seek out any hidden clues that might shed some light on what happened there — and more specifically, what happened to the fish, and are they still edible or would it be safer to just eat around the bits that weren’t originally a part of the fish?
The story has been the heart and soul of SOMA since its unveiling, when Frictional’s creative director Thomas Grip described it as the sort of horror game that would “chill you to your core, and confront you with questions about your very existence.”
And if it’s not chilling your core or toying with your sense of self, that’s probably because it’s busy testing your morality with impossible decisions in order to make you feel like a monster just before it locks you in a room with a legitimate monster to see how long you can last.
It sounds cruel, but I’ll take that over another horror game starring Slender Man, zombies, or the cast of Chuck E. Cheese’s (no offense, Scott). As much as I enjoyed those games, they do leave me with a craving for something a bit more substantial.
Frictional is uniquely skilled at crafting games that leave me satisfied, even when I’m not the one with the controller. There’s a simplicity to the way they’re designed that makes them exceedingly easy to understand. Amnesia was peppered with scavenger hunts, clever puzzles, chase sequences, and a few deadly games of hide and seek.
Amnesia was a simple game that had mastered the delicate art of balancing of visceral terror with slow-burn horror. I’ve already gone into great detail why it will be remembered for many years to come. In my defense, that was before SOMA took that formula and made it so much better.
SOMA has these things too, and they’ve been changed for the better. The puzzles don’t feel as forced now that they’ve been woven into the world in a more natural way, and finding what you need to move the story forward isn’t frustrating so long as you’ve been paying attention.
This rule also applies to the monster encounters, where an awareness of one’s surroundings can often mean life or death. I would’ve died a lot more than I did had I not taken a minute to look around every once in a while to scout hiding places and escape routes.
Between the gradual realization of what’s going on and the horrifying reality that is existing in the bleak world of SOMA, you might not notice the occasional bad line reading, wonky AI pathing — I once escaped a sure death after my pursuer got stuck on a wall — or a room that looks unfinished compared to the others.
They’re largely insignificant flaws that shouldn’t take away from the experience, except when they do. The “problem” is a meh line reading has a tendency to stand out when there’s writing this good, and a lack of detail in an environment can be jarring when the rest of the game looks so good.
The massive attention horror games are enjoying right now has come at a cost. Many developers have sacrificed narrative depth in order to appeal to a wider audience, including the millions of people who watch Let’s Plays on YouTube or lifestreams on Twitch.
Grand ideas, taboo subject matter and intelligent conversations have taken a backseat to graphical prowess, simple mechanics and shallow frights. I don’t mind it. Many of the genre’s biggest success stories have employed classic haunted house scare tactics, and I think we can all agree that haunted houses are great up to a point.
The Final Word: Frictional Games set out to build a game that lingers in your thoughts long after you’ve set down the controller when most developers are content with amusing YouTube and Twitch audiences with gimmicks and jump scares, and in doing so, they made one of the best psychological horror games since Silent Hill 2.
The upcoming live action adaptation of the Japanese supernatural horror manga Death Note may have landed Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) to play the lead role, which in the manga was a young man named Light Yagami. According to Variety, Wolff is currently in final negotiations, so it looks like this is pretty serious!
They synopsis for Death note reads:
The story centers on a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name, who then decides to cleanse the world of whom he deems evil. As the student is tracked by a reclusive police officer, a cat-and-mouse game ensues.
Produced by Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka and directed by Adam Wingard, Death Note will begin production in Spring 2016.
Yesterday, Fox aired a trailer for the upcoming season of the supernatural thriller/drama “The X-Files“. Broken into two parts, the trailer teased fans and gave them the slightest of tastes of what to expect. Now Fox is ready to move from appetizer to main course with an extended trailer that takes the footage from yesterday and gives us even more.
The return of “The X-Files” comes thirteen years after the original series run and brings us six brand new episodes from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, mixing stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s mythology. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are re-inhabiting their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.
Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.
In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”
“The X-Files” returns on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 10pm EST and once again the following night at 8pm EST.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins.
RLJ Entertainment’s A Christmas Horror Story (read our review) is to be released in theaters, and on iTunes/VOD platforms October 2nd.
Rob Archer believed in his role as the Krampus so much that he went and got a Christmas Horror Story tattoo. This exclusive video documents the occasion…
Directed by Steven Hoban (Darknet), Grant Harvey (She Made Me Do It) and Brett Sullivan (Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed), the film stars William Shatner (Star Trek) and George Buza (X-Men).
“A Christmas Horror Story brings a scary twist to the traditional Christmas tale,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer. “With the legendary William Shatner and horribly fantastic creatures, genre fans will never see this happy holiday the same way again.”
CHRISTMAS: a time of Joy, Peace and Goodwill, unless you happen to live in the town of Bailey Downs. Here, on Christmas Eve, joy is corrupted when a malevolent spirit traps three teens in a school basement intent on recreating a twisted version of the Nativity story. Peace is shattered when a family returns from a snowy forest with the perfect Christmas tree only to find something is terrifyingly wrong with their seven-year-old son. And goodwill is perverted when a not-so-nice family is hunted down by Krampus, the demonic anti-Santa Claus of Nordic mythology. Even Santa Claus himself is drawn into the horror when he has to fight off a horde of howling Zombie Elves before making his rounds. This Christmas, the creatures are stirring and they’re coming for you whether you’re naughty or nice.
In my review I state that “the filmmakers pull off a twist that’s so shocking it could save Christmas.”
The Hive (review), a cross-genre sci-fi horror thriller that’s said to turn the contagion genre on its head, is currently available for pre-order on iTunes. Additionally, the iTunes airing will be packaged with exclusive extra content available only on that platform. It’s also now on various VOD platforms.
“The Hive tells the story of Adam, a teenage camp counselor who wakes inside a boarded up cabin, with absolutely no memory of who he is or where he is. The only clues as to who he is and what’s happening are messages Adam has scrawled for himself onto the walls and disturbing changes to his physiology. As he begins to piece together the events that led him to his strange imprisonment, he realizes that the only memories he does have are not his own, and they may be the key to his survival.”
The film, from producer Cary Granat (Scream) and directed by Dave Yarovesky, stars Gabriel Basso (Kings of Summer, Super 8), Kathryn Prescott (MTV’s Finding Carter, Skins), Jacob Zachar (Greek) and Gabrielle Mann (Vampire Diaries, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones).
We have a series of new images to go along with the final poster for Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter, set for release on October 23, 2015.
Vin Diesel stars as 13th century Kaulder, the last of witch hunters, alongside Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine. The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs.
In The Last Witch Hunter, “Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history.“
“The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.”
We continue our tribute to Wes Craven this week by taking a look at some of his most underrated (and underappreciated) films. Everyone knows about A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, but if you look through his 40-year filmography, you might find that he has directed some films you’ve never seen (or heard of). Many of them are quite good (or at least incredibly entertaining). Have you seen the following five films?Deadly Blessing (1981)
Deadly Blessing is one of Craven’s best films, but also one that hardly anyone knows about. The plot centers on Martha and Jim, a married couple who live on a farm (called “Our Blessing”) near a community of Amish-like citizens called Hittites. When Jim is eventually murdered by his tractor (stay with me) and a strange figure begins to torment Martha and her two visiting friends (one of whom is played by Sharon Stone). It’s not clear until the very end whether the figure is human or supernatural (or both), but Deadly Blessing showed Craven try to tone down the gore and produce a thought-provoking suspense film. It wasn’t highly regarded upon its release, but it has some fantastic set pieces (including one involving a spider falling into Stone’s mouth) and it has aged well over the decades. It’s definitely worth a watch. The bonkers ending alone is worth a purchase.Deadly Friend (1986)
Deadly Friend isn’t a very good movie, but that’s not surprising considering all of the re-shoots and edits Craven was forced to perform on it after a disastrous test screening with audiences. You see, Deadly Friend was Craven’s Short Circuit (or even E.T.). It was intended to be a PG-rated family film about a teenage genius who resurrects his friend (Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Kristy Swanson, in her first film role) by putting a computer chip in her brain after she is accidentally murdered by her abusive father. Audiences complained about the lack of gore in the film, so the producers and the Vice President at Warner Bros. demanded script re-writes and re-shoots, which completely changed the entire film. The film is most well known for it’s “decapitation by basketball” scene,Music of the Heart (1999)
Otherwise known as “Wes Craven’s only non-genre film,” Music of the Heart is actually a sweet little film. Sure, it’s a little too sugary-sweet, and the hardships Roberta Guaspari must overcome never seem that difficult (oh no, the venue can’t be used anymore! will we ever find another one?), but this was Was Craven out of his element, and for the most part it’s a success. Shot between Scream 2 and Scream 3, Music of the Heart is a respectable effort by Craven. While it doesn’t match the heights of previous inspiring educator films (my personal favorite is Sister Act 2, but most would cite Lean on Me or Stand and Deliver) it boasts a strong performance by Streep (is there any other kind?) and a captivating story. Also, I firmly believe he cast Angela Bassett in the film as an apology for putting her in the atrocity that was Vampire in Brooklyn.The People Under The Stairs (1991)
While being one of his most well known films, many people don’t seem to like it that much (Zac pretty much loathed it). This was understandable back when the film was released, because the promotional materials and all of the trailers touted the film as being a legitimate horror film, when in actuality it is a campy black comedy. The film tries to make a commentary on the racial divide of the early 90s with mixed results, but The People Under The Stairs is a delightfully fun house of horrors with two of the most memorable villains in Craven’s rogues gallery with Mommy and Daddy. The former could be a drag queen inspiration if I’ve ever seen one and the latter is a crazy guy in a leather S&M getup. It’s all pretty hilarious.Shocker (1989)
What makes Shocker so fascinating is the story behind it. Craven felt New Line cheated him out of some money after A Nightmare On Elm Street came out, and so he went about making a new slasher film that he thought he could also turn into a franchise with dream sequences and unique kills. That film turned into Shocker, and while it’s by no means a great film, it’s fairly entertaining in its own right. What is also interesting about this film is that it was clearly the inspiration for Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing though. Still, you can’t deny Craven’s creativity and willingness to branch out with this would-be franchise starter.
Do you disagree with any of my choices? Did I leave out a Wes Craven film that you think is underrated? Let me know in the comments below! Feel free to Tweet me as well!
It’s probably not a surprise that I love the absolute hell out of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. It’s wild, it’s inventive, it’s unpredictable, and it just flat out rocks! If you haven’t seen the movie, I don’t know what to tell you aside from make it priority number one before the end of the weekend. Get some friends for a movie party or watch it alone, I don’t care.
For those of us who HAVE seen the movie, we all know that there are some incredibly memorable characters within. But which of those best represents you and your personality? Well, the 20-question quiz below aims to tell you exactly that! So why not take it and let us know who you got in the comments?
I got “Boone”, which reads:
Unaware of your destiny, you meet strange creatures that help guide you to find your true path. The ones who love you would do so no matter how monstrous you become and for that you’re a true hero to those that need your help.
“Y’all come back now, y’hear?”
Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
From STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge), The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a “Certified Fresh” seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%.
The Blu-ray and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and director Joel Edgerton, and more.
“Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going as planned until a chance run-in with Simon’s high-school acquaintance sends their world into a narrowing tailspin. At first Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton), but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she is forced to contemplate: how well we really know those closest to us, and are bygones ever really bygones?“
The Gift asks the question, “Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone?”
Screen Media Films has acquired worldwide rights to Mickey Keating’s superb new thriller, Darling, which just had its World Premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX.
Trace reviewed the film, calling it a hypnotic, trippy ride!
Keating’s psychological horror story, “Begins as a lonely young woman (Lauren Ashley Carter) moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as a caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past. These stories slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness…”
Darling stars Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face, The Mind’s Eye) with supporting performances by Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers.
Produced by Larry Fessenden and Jenn Wexler for Glass Eye Pix and Sean Fowler for Alexander Groupe. Keating and Carter are also producers and composer Giona Ostinelli returns from the director’s previous feature to score this film. Poster art featured here done by Erin Mealing.
Columbia Pictures released a new clip from Goosebumps, in theaters October 16, 2015.
Directed by Rob Letterman, the clip gives us a look at hilarious and whacky Jack Black portraying R.L. Stine, who has all of his creations accidentally released.
Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ryan Lee and Ken Marino all star in Goosebumps.
“Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.“