Are you excited yet about the Dynamite Comics Reanimator and Alice Cooper items in this month’s Box of Dread? Now, you can even get more excited with this survival kit from AMC’s “The Walking Dead” that is featured in the Box of Dread’s April 2015 Seventh Box!
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Because Season 5 of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” just concluded recently and the new companion series won’t premiere until this summer, this survival kit will be the perfect item to keep your memories (and you) alive until the walkers return to your TV screens.
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Back in mid-February it was announced that James Franco will be both producing and starring in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s bestseller 11/22/63, and now one of his leading ladies has been revealed. Canadian actress (and Cronenberg regular) Sarah Gadon has joined the cast as Sadie.
Hulu’s “11/22/63″ is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself… which doesn’t want to be changed. Per Deadline, Gadon’s Sadie is a statuesque, smart, beautiful, and outspoken librarian at the Texas school where Jake works.
Most recently Gadon appeared in three consecutive films directed by David Cronenberg: A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), and Maps to the Stars (2014). In between those she filmed Antiviral (2012), directed by his son, Brandon Cronenberg. You’ll also find her in Dracula Untold and The Moth Diaries.
The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!
Techland’s open-world survival horror game Dying Light has a lot going for it, but so much of what it does well is either too subtle or too familiar for most players to fully appreciate. The game’s fantastically old school soundtrack stands out because it’s different. Everything from the memorable tune that plays during the main menu to the anxiety-inducing chase music that triggers when your character’s been spotted at night is effective because of Paweł Błaszczak.
Błaszczak is the composer and audio director at Techland, where he also worked on the Call of Juarez and Dead Island franchises. In this behind-the-scenes video, he discusses the thought that went into forming the unique aural personality of Dying Light.
Dying Light is out now for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s our review.
We learn at a young age to fear the few remaining creatures who won’t hesitate to consume us. Humanity is capable of sharing this wonderful planet with all sorts of creatures, including the dangerous ones so long as we know they got the memo that we haven’t been a part of the food chain in quite some time. A few of our neighbors will totally still eat us, if given the chance, and for most folks, I’d argue that sharks have earned the majority of our fear.
This is why a game like Depth, which pits a team of divers against a gaggle of sharks, is so appealing. It plays to our fear of the primal origins of those near-perfect predators. Hell, its first DLC did that literally by introducing the shark’s comically horrifying ancestor, the Megalodon.
Even if you know nothing about sharks, there’s a good chance you know to stay away from the one that has Great in its name. That dickhead took an otherwise harmless term and twisted it to describe something that’s bigger, stronger, faster and more terrifying than its already scary cousins. This, I’m suspecting, is why the new “Ship Wrecked” DLC adds something called the Great Hammerhead.
Depth is currently available on Steam for $24.99. Its “Ship Wrecked” DLC is included in the game as a free update, just like its first add-on, “Big Catch”, which released in December.
An international trailer is here for Burying the Ex, the new film from master of horror Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), and it looks like lots of dark fun! Look for the film on June 19, 2015, via RLJ/Image Entertainment.
Directed by Joe Dante and written by Alan Trezza (TV’s “Sanctuary”), Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario. The film follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: He’s too afraid to break up with her.
Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soulmate. But that same night Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared zombie, and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max…
Burying the Ex is produced by Mary Cybriwsky, Carl Effenson, David Johnson, Frankie Lindquist, Kyle Tekiela, and Alan Trezza.
If there was one event horror fans were excited for at this year’s WonderCon, it was the Blumhouse panel, in which footage and information regarding The Gallows, Unfriended, Insidious: Chapter 3 and Sinister 2 were shared. Read on for all the details we collected for you!
The first film to be discussed, The Gallows, was by far the least well known. Previously that weekend I had asked various other press about it, and the general sentiment was, “What the fuck is The Gallows?” After an explosive mood piece trailer, the surprised murmurs and cheers in the crowd promised a much more talked about future. Though short and unlikely to be indicative of the final product, the lighting, tone, and speed of the trailer reflected a horror making talent far beyond the typical capabilities of such an inexperienced director. Aside from a few shorts, this is the directorial debut for the duo comprised of co-directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, and if all goes as expected, The Gallows could catapult them Oren Peli style into the spotlight.
On screen, a girl in a white dress lies crying in a crumpled heap. As the sounds of her sobs build, a figure carrying a noose slowly emerges from the shadows. Cut to black, and the next shot is a close-up of the girl’s neck as she slowly examines new deep and bloody rope marks. A noose tightens into the frame, and with a jolt she is dragged away. While simple and certainly done before, the execution is what really sells it. This sentiment of execution being most important is repeated throughout the panel and will be again later in the roundtable.
Similar to Paranormal Activity (another film from Blumhouse Productions), The Gallows is a found footage film from inexperienced directors. According to Cluff and Lofing, the film involves four friends who break into a school at night. We didn’t get much more out of them regarding the plot but gained significant insight into the production.
The similarities with Peli’s Paranormal Activity continue, as director/editor Lofing moved into co-director Cluff’s condo and edited the whole film in his room. Fresh out of film school, Lofing paired up with Cluff, previously a stuntman and “Wipeout” contestant, mostly out of friendship and creative admiration. Cast in Anaheim using a free service and out of a pool of 200, they found their 4 actors and set to work filming at a high school in Fresno.
It sounds like the perfect recipe for a movie that would come to me on a DVD-R with the title written in Sharpie, sitting in a paper sleeve on my floor until it grows enough mold that the ants take it. By Jason Blum’s own admission at the start of the panel, found footage is a stale format, and it takes a really great one to make any kind of waves. It is the type of movie that people make because they believe it to be easy and by the directors’ own admissions was the reason they set out to make one in the first place.
When talking about what they did to make this film unique, they couldn’t come up with much more than that they used the actors’ real names for authenticity and that they filmed using out of town talent so that the legends they told them about hauntings would scare them more. Not exactly groundbreaking, but it is always difficult to explain what part of the production made a movie really work, so not exactly strikes against it either.
So aside from an excellent mood piece trailer that I admit doesn’t have any bearing on the final product, why am I so excited about this film? Blum himself offered a well thought out explanation for my growing enthusiasm…
“This is a rare instance when that a movie is made like this and a studio releases it. It almost never happens. One of the most fun parts of my job is seeing this happen; it’s why I do my job… the fact that it has come this far is very unusual and really really cool.”
When a new found footage title from the studio that brought you Paranormal Activity arrives, you take notice. Originally seeing the concept trailer on YouTube, Jason Blum contacted the directors and picked the movie up. The budget was shoestring, so at any point the cost of dropping it would have been next to nothing. Still, it made it all the way through production and is seeing release through New Line. Mike Flanagan’s Oculus was similarly a short concept piece before being picked up as a feature film, though his final product came from a more experienced director and a significantly higher budget. Blumhouse isn’t without a couple bad films under its belt but has so far proven a reliable source for quality horror. I also should admit at this point that I didn’t think Ouija was THAT fucking bad, so maybe I’m just a sucker. Look for The Gallows on July 10th.
The Unfriended panel started out with this trailer:
Hey, not a bad trailer. I admit that the concept is silly and the name edging on sabotage, but “setting up a camera to watch two sleeping people while a ghost moves things” also sounds like a terrible idea, and that made almost $200 million. Still, I prefer the super silly original title, Cybernatural.
This segment of the panel was an odd one. Consisting of the writer and major cast members, they kept oscillating between telling us how great the movie was and sharing all of their doubts along the way. I shit you not; there was a moment where they were asked if they ever thought the movie would actually come out, and each of the actors one at a time said some variation of, “No, not ever.” This is strange since the express purpose of these events is to get people amped for your film. Telling everyone in the audience that you never really thought this movie would come out does not instill mountains of confidence.
Likewise, the writer, Nelson Greaves, said a few times that he doubted the film being shot through Skype was a good idea. Much of the film’s completion is credited to producer and spiritual leader of the group, Timur Bekmambetov, who is reported to have come up with the original concept. Greaves stated that at several times throughout the production he doubted such a silly gimmick could actually work, and that only through Timur insisting that he should trust him did he push through. If the quality of your movie during production does not make you think that the movie is working, telling the audience that your producer insisted you finish the film anyway does not exactly instill confidence in prospective fans.
At the same time, the number of times he told this story both in the panel and subsequent roundtable leads me to believe it was a pre-scripted talking point. If I were to guess, they know just how silly this movie sounds and are doing their best to acknowledge that and insist that it is really good despite your doubts. They are going to have to sell this movie on its quality, and in that regard they are off to a good start. Even before the trailer, Jason Blum assured us that the audience at South by Southwest had loved the film. After the trailer, he was quick to emphasize the unique strength of the film’s multiple Skype windows. He made the claim that it was, “Like you’re the director of a live TV event,” giving the film legs for repeat viewings that other films don’t have.
A few times we heard that they focused on really long takes, the longest of which being the whole movie in one shot. The anecdote goes that the lead female, Shelly Henning, was tired of trying to ramp back into dramatic scenes take after take, so suggested that they do the whole thing in one shot. According to Nelson Greaves, the final scene of this take is the one that made it into the final film, so I am interested to see how this unique shooting style plays out in the final product.
In Unfriended the actors would themselves hold the laptops with the camera on top. They are your camera operators. The folks behind the film wanted to go for an authentic vibe, so the actors would move the laptops as they walked around the rooms. Actors were directed to look around and be distracted, text friends, shop online, and do things that people actually do while on Skype. Such a focus on realism can backfire greatly with a boring and poorly shot movie, but I’d be willing to bet at least one of my nuts that there was plenty of technical camera work and direction that went into this that they just aren’t talking about.
The question “Who is Laura Barnes” was answered with “Laura Barnes is everything that is scary about the internet. She is all your secrets…” All right, color me interested, and you will definitely see me in the theater on April 17th.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Clearly the focus of the panel, the amount of time we got with the director and cast of Insidious: Chapter 3 was twice as long as either of the previous two groups. It started off with two clips, the first of which you can watch now:
The second clip, which was an exclusive for the event, shows a significantly more beat-up Quinn attempting to escape the apartment via elevator. Wheelchair-bound from a broken leg and in a neck brace, her situation seems dire as she anxiously presses the call button. In typical horror movie fashion, a cut from a forward angle to back angle shows a sickly and wheezing entity behind her, who pushes her back to the room and violently throws her on the ground. Incapacitated, a grotesque handless and footless female figure without eyes or a mouth crawls towards her. As the figure nears, the clip cuts.
The movie is directed by Leigh Whannell, who wrote the original Insidious and played the character Specs, filling the shoes of James Wan, who was busy directing Furious 7. Whannell assured fans in attendance that even without Wan at the helm, he remained absolutely true to the franchise and hopefully true to what fans want out of it. Leading man Dermot Mulroney talked about how this movie is not only terrifying, but the scariest one yet! Yes, we were being given the “Hard Sell” but that’s what events like this are typically for.
From there each actor had a few moments to talk about their respective characters, but honestly speaking, no one really said anything that we hadn’t already surmised. Until Angus Sampson spoke up, that is…
“I think you were just giving the audience what they wanted. Anyone that’s watched one of the Insidious chapters with an audience — and there were lots of audiences — whenever Elise would come on screen, especially in the second chapter, there’s such a special warmth for the character that Lin and Leigh and Jason created. This is almost an origin story about how Elise comes to meet not only Specs and Tucker, but some of the other characters from the previous two chapters.”
Thank you, Angus, for saying what we all secretly knew and just wished they would say. They clearly took the most popular characters from the previous film and put them even more front and center than they were in the second. It is fan service, and fan service can be good.
The last piece of insight we got before fan questions was some info about the film’s villain, the aptronym-named “Man Who Can’t Breathe.” Leigh explained his vision for the character… “[I wanted to create] the physical embodiment of cancer… if cancer were a person, what would he look like?” Whannell continued, “He symbolizes all the pain and misfortune that can visit people in their life.” It was cool to see the panel all light up and chime in about how the The Man Who Can’t Breathe was a very present and violent force in the movie.
The panel loosens up after this, and each cast member interjects with fun little anecdotes about the filming. The set was kept very cold and dark, Stephanie Scott did her own stunts, and Leigh even locked her in a closet for 6 hours blasting death metal. There were a few standard press release statements here and there, but some really wonderful genuine moments were shared and that’s always a breath of fresh air.
My personal impression of Insidious: Chapter 3 comes mostly from the trailer. It is clear that the brutality and unique physicality of the previous films are still here, but whether or not it will keep with the bizarre twists and unpredictable plot is unclear at this point. The first movie really hits a home-run with the mid-film introduction of astral projection and a spirit realm, turning a simple haunting story into something totally new and unique. The second movie sadly went for a more standard serial killer narrative but was still creative enough to stand on its own. There was no talk of twists and turns in the panel, but I managed to ask some of those questions in the roundtable, so check out that article for more intel.
Look for Insidious: Chapter 3 in theaters June 5th.
Things wrapped up with a short but effective clip from Sinister 2 which you can check out below. Afterwards the audience was promised much more would be unveiled for the film at July’s Comic-Con and everyone should stay tuned. Look for Sinister 2 in theatres on August 21st.
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In this cute exclusive deleted scene from Lionsgate’s The Voices, Ryan Reynolds decides it’s easier to pull the tape off a woman’s mouth instead of cutting through.
Ryan Reynolds (The Amityville Horror) plays a simple, likeable guy trying to do the right thing with the help of his talking pets – but accidentally winds up as a serial killer in the black comedy, The Voices (review), arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The film is currently available via On Demand.
Directed by Marjane Satrapi(Persepolis) and written by Michael R. Perry (Paranormal Activity 2), the “meticulously crafted genre-bending film” (Indiewire) also stars Gemma Arterton (Runner, Runner, Quantum of Solace), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into The Woods) and Oscar® nominee Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012).
The Voices was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
Jerry (Reynolds) is that chipper guy clocking the nine-to-five at a bathtub factory, with the offbeat charm of anyone who could use a few friends. With the help of his court-appointed psychiatrist (Weaver), he pursues his office crush (Arterton). However, the relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn after she stands him up for a date. Guided by his evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog, Jerry must decide whether to keep striving for normalcy, or indulge in a much more sinister path.
The Voices bonus materials include deleted and extended scenes, “making of” featurettes, a VFX behind-the-scenes look and a comparison showreel, animatics, a sketch gallery and a recording session with Ryan Reynolds as he creates The Voices of “Bosco” and “Mr. Whiskers.”
It’s really only a matter of time before we get a remake or remaster — preferably the former — of the original BioShock. The game’s a classic, and it’s one I’d happily return to should it ever return in a shinier, more attractive package. Giving us a taste of what a remake might look like is gametime414, who went ahead and recreated the game’s opening minutes in CryEngine 3.
Anyone who’s played the game likely remembers exploring the lighthouse before taking the bathysphere to the hidden underwater city of Rapture. It’s a memorable introduction to an unforgettable game. Let’s relive some of that together.
It was announced the other day that Gremlins, The Hole and The Howling director Joe Dante’s latest horror pic, Burying the Ex, will be releasing on June 19th, 2015 though Image/RLJ.
This afternoon we finally landed an international sales trailer for the horror comedy that stars Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene.
Dante previous directed The Hole, which is actually a really great children’s horror film. Burying the Ex looks like a continuation of his super fun horror movies, and also appears to be in the spirit of one of my all-time favs…Robert Zemeckis’ classic Death Becomes Her.
Check out our report from the set here.
“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.”
Australian industrial thrash metal band Witchgrinder has released a stream of their track “Bloodlust”, which is heavily themed after vampire films from the 80′s. The band themselves, “…take their cues from 80’s and 90′s era of metal and some industrial sounds with their songs firmly placed in the classic horror/sci-fi stories genre.”
Vocalist/guitarist/programmer Travis Everett states:
They crave it and must drink it to survive. I find something somewhat appealing and sexy about this. That is where the inspiration came to write this track. My love of watching old 80s vampire horror movies growing up as a child. But this is no Twilight love story. This is straight out blood and gore.
You can purchase the track via Bandcamp.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your favorite 80′s horror films where adapted into children’s books?
Below you’ll find a series of covers, with my personal favorite being “Goodnight Freddy”, an adaptation of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare On Elm Street that Peña describes as “the perfect bedtime story for your little one who is afraid to go to sleep.”
Another classic is The Fly adaptation, “What’s Happening to My Body”, which is “An excellent book for any boy who is experiencing changes in their appearance,” says Peña. “It also teaches about self esteem and confidence when it comes to girls.”
Which is your favorite?
All images owned by Andrew Peña and BuzzFeed.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
The film will play at the Concert Hall on the Stanley Hotel campus Thursday, April 30, with Elijah Wood (Open Windows), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Leigh Whannell (Insidious: Chapter 2) and Directors Jonathan Millot and Cary Murnion in attendance. Immediately following the film, guests will be treated to a “School Cafeteria” themed party in the McGregor Ballroom. Local bands Snake Rattle Rattle Snake and Bad Luck City will provide the soundtrack for the evening.
The Sundance hit Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.
Get tickets here.
For achievement addicts, the release of the Xbox One must’ve been an exciting time. The arbitrary 400 point limit Microsoft put on arcade games was made into a thing of the past, and no we have games like the Master Chief Collection, which comes with 5,000 points. The current-gen debut of developer Undead Labs’ zombie survival game won’t even come close to matching that, but it will bring with it a solid 1,500 worth of points for achievement hunters to try and unlock.
Cannibal Family Picnic (10) — Got to the Mt. Tanner Ranger Station.
Holy Rolling (20) — Escaped Mt. Tanner and found the survivors at the church.
Survivor (50) — Escaped Trumbull County.
It Was Just a Police Action (20) — Found out what the Army was up to.
Home on the Grange (20) — Played matchmaker for Quentin and Becca.
Arrested Developments (20) — Saw things through at the courthouse.
Gun Thugs (20) — Helped the Wilkersons resolve their differences.
Pest Control (30) — Destroyed 5 infestations in one day.
Watch the Birdie! (20) — Distracted zombies to complete an objective.
I Can See My House From Here (20) — Completed a survey activity.
Land Usage (30) — Built one of every type of facility.
Home Improvement (20) — Built a facility.
I’ll Be There For You (20) — Earned 500 Fame.
Mercy Shot (20) — Killed a member of your community to prevent them from turning.
Come and Knock On Our Door (20) — Convinced another enclave to join your community.
Manifest Destiny (30) — Built 8 outposts.
Everywhere You Look (30) — Got 15 people in your community.
Movin’ On Up! (30) — Relocated your home base.
Rule #1 (25) — Maxed out a community member’s Cardio skill.
Trust Me, I’m an Expert (30) — Earned a skill specialization for one of your community members.
Horde Hoard (30) — Destroyed 10 hordes in one day.
Ya Always Were An A-Hole Gorman (20) — Sacrificed your life in a blaze of glory.
Torn Apart (20) — Got killed by zombies.
Get Yo’ Freak On (20) — Killed one of each freak zombie type.
The Bruce (30) — Killed 3 zombies with an exploding propane tank.
Double Dead (30) — Performed a hand to hand double kill special attack.
Gotta Enjoy the Little Things (10) — Used a car door to kill a zombie.
Get Outta My Dreams (30) — Killed one of each freak zombie type with your car.
Vehicular Zombicide (30) — Ran over 250 zombies.
Badass (50) — Completed 50 missions or activities with the same character.
Get Over Here (20) — Invited a community member to follow you.
Serial Monogamist (30) — Invited a community member to follow you 10 times.
Order at DZ (20) — Intercepted a mysterious supply drop.
Letters from Cleo (30) — Intercepted 5 mysterious supply drops.
Rule #2 (25) — Maxed out a community member’s Shooting skill.
Rule #18 (25) — Maxed out a community member’s Fighting skill.
Rule #31 (25) — Maxed out a community member’s Wits skill.
Apples and Beans (20) — Fixed delicious snacks 5 times.
Powder and Primer (20) — Crafted ammunition 5 times.
Watch the World Burn (30) — Killed 25 zombies with incendiary shotguns.
The Sacrifice (10) — Went out in a Blaze of Glory at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Dead Man (10) — Destroyed 5 Bloaters at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Judge (10) — Performed 50 Zombie Executions at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Survivor (10) — Collected 150 Resources at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.
The Mercenary (10) — Destroyed 5 Juggernauts at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Ninja (10) — Executed 50 Stealth Kills at Breakdown Level 5 or Higher.
The Scientist (30) — Reached Breakdown Level 6.
The Rescuer (50) — Unlocked All Heroes.
The Friend (10) — Reached Breakdown Level 2.
The Convict (15) — Reached Breakdown Level 3.
The Gunner (20) — Reached Breakdown Level 4.
The Veteran (25) — Reached Breakdown Level 5.
The Scholar (10) — Completed All Research Projects at Breakdown Level 1 or Higher.
The Phoenix (10) — Burned 100 Zombies with Fire at Breakdown Level 2 or Higher.
The Fighter (10) — Destroyed 5 Ferals at Breakdown Level 3 or Higher.
The Sniper (10) — Earned 25 Headshot Streaks at Breakdown Level 4 or Higher.
Wired for War (20) — Killed 100 zombies with Drone Strikes.
Rucks in Trucks (10) — Delivered 6 rucksacks to your base in the back of a single vehicle.
Under Siege (20) — Survived 10 sieges on your base in a single playthrough.
Maverick (10) — Survived 2 minutes within a Danger Zone.
Flugtag (10) — Sent an energy drink flying.
Freak Hunt (10) — Completed all hunting missions with Sasquatch.
War Never Changes (25) — Survived detonating a nuclear device in Danforth.
Last Voice of Danforth (25) — Escaped Danforth with Vienna Cho in your community.
The Doctor (15) — Brought Thomas Horn to the Landing Zone, at least.
The Surgeon (15) — Successfully extracted Julene Horn.
The Bureaucrat (15) — Successfully extracted Michele Martin.
The Examiner (15) — Successfully extracted Timothy Hall.
The Scion (15) — Successfully extracted Hadley Westen.
The Colleague (15) — Successfully extracted Dan Bogatz.
The Protégée (15) — Successfully extracted Madison Grant.
The Operator (15) — Brought Eldridge to Black Friday, but he won’t leave.
Warner Bros. shared this new one-sheet for their post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road, in theaters May 15, 2015.
Mad Max: Fury Road stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) as Imperator Furiosa, and includes Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (Transformers: Dark of the Moon), Zoë Kravitz (Divergent) and Josh Helman (Jack Reacher).
“Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth film of George Miller‘s Road Warrior/Mad Max franchise co-written and directed by Miller. The post-apocalyptic action film is set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life.
Within this world of fire and blood exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order… There’s Max (Hardy), a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos.
And… Furiosa (Theron), a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”
While there’s no U.S. release, the Charlize Theron-starrer Dark Places opens in France on April 8th.
In the film, Charlize Theron is all grown up, but begins to investigate the murder of her family that she witnessed as a child. The first clip takes us into an underworld where the investigations will begin.
It was recently announced that A24 and DirecTV acquired all U.S rights to Dark Places, based on the novel by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn.
“Theron plays a survivor of the brutal killing of her family as a child who’s forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving crimes.”
It also stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan and Corey Stoll, and was directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner from his adaptation.
So, Heathens, did you all catch last night’s return of “Salem” on WGN America? If not, shame on you, but you’re in luck because the network is running an encore tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
For the rest of us, here’s a look ahead to next week’s Episode 2.02, “Blood Kiss.”
The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant, Elise Eberle, and Iddo Goldberg. Season 2 guest stars include Lucy Lawless, Stuart Townsend, Joe Doyle, and Oliver Bell as Mary’s long-lost son.
“Salem” Episode 2.02 – “Blood Kiss” (air date 4/12/15)
Mary (Montgomery) initiates the second act of the Grand Rite; Alden (West) returns to Salem.
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Having its World Premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival is Stung, a new horror about a giant wasp.
Now, ahead of the premiere, the first official trailer flies in from the story of a two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp.
“For catering staffers Paul and Julia, Mrs. Perch’s fancy garden party at her remote country villa is nothing out of the ordinary. A mishap with toxic plant fertilizer leads to the most unwelcome of dinner guests: giant killer wasps. Director Benni Diez takes audiences on a thrilling, gory rollercoaster ride from campy to creepy, in this delightful and dreadful creature-feature.”
Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy.
Benni Diez directs, and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce.
With the launch of Mortal Kombat X a little over a week away, developer NetherRealm has gifted us with two full bloody minutes of people and assorted people-esque figures beating the shit out of each other while System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” plays, because that sentence represents the essence of Mortal Kombat, and if you don’t like it, you can go play literally anything else.
Meanwhile, I’ll be practicing my spine-ripping skills so I can finally teach my prepubescent dickhead cousin a lesson. I’ve been waiting for my rematch ever since he handily trounced me in MK9.
Mortal Kombat X arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on April 14.
Drafthouse Films has acquired Karyn Kusama’s taut thriller, The Invitation out of last month’s SXSW Film Festival.
The pic stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and Lindsay Burdge.
In it, “Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?“
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As horror enthusiasts, what really scares us anymore? We’re not phased by much. But I’ll tell you what still scares the hell outta me: home invasions. As a grown ass man with a front door I have to double check at night, nothing turns my stomach as the thought of someone forcing themselves into my home and ruining my life. So good thing I watched Adam Mason’s Hangman, a fairly entertaining but ultimately underwhelming thriller.
Law & Order hunk Jeremy Sisto stars as patriarch Aaron, a middle class family man whose beautiful wife Beth (Kate Ashfield) is convinced that despite a seemingly harmless break-in, something isn’t right in their McMansion. Mason gives us a front row seat as the invader sets up cameras and stalks the ever loving hell out of Aaron’s family. We see their lives unfurl through the lens of the killer, which although technically found-footage, feels organic to the story more than most entries in the subgenre. There’s an intentional voyeuristic aspect of it all as we watch Aaron and Beth’s marriage begin to crumble under the pressure of their post-break-in insecurities. The killer is always watching them from his makeshift home theater he’s constructed in their attic and manipulating them in clever ways.
There are some genuinely unnerving scenes in Hangman. The killer hocks a loogie in the family’s orange juice and we see them drink it the next morning. Watching him scurry out of his hiding spot every time the family was out or asleep was a good, creepy image as well. But overall the moments meant to frighten fall flat. A major part of that is due to the fact that we really know nothing about the family. Since we don’t know anything about them, there’s no emotional resonance or suspense when they’re in danger. We should care, but how can we? The killer manipulates them to turn against each other all too easily and while it’s uncomfortable to watch them argue, it never really makes an impact on the viewer.
We see through the killer’s eyes for much of the film, which has been done successfully before (Franck Khalfoun’s recent Maniac remake comes to mind). Unfortunately Hangman’s killer, played by Eric Michael Cole, isn’t very interesting to hang out with. Every once in a while he sobs or hits himself so we know how he’s a tormented soul. My, what big inner demons you have! It’s all superficial though. I wish the killer did more wily shit like when he spit in their juice. Like if he used their toothbrushes to clean the toilet, that would’ve been more engaging than watching him whimper while jerking off in the attic.
Mason obviously knows how to craft a competent film. Hangman looks better than most found footage films. But the lack of characters to attach ourselves to, the drab killer, and the predictability really hamper what could’ve been an interesting little film.