A trailer for the competitive shooter Umbrella Corps has been released and can be seen below.
Set in the world of Resident Evil, the game is a, “…a fast-paced, third-person competitive shooter,” where players will compete online in quick matches set in compact battle arenas modeled after iconic RE environments.
The synopsis for Umbrella Corps reads:
Umbrella Corporation, a ruthless international pharmaceutical company, had been known for its genetic experiments and biological weaponry that led to worldwide devastation including the infamous Raccoon City incident. Although the organization was brought down in 2003, its legacy of bio-terrorism continued. In the present day, corporations with nebulous interests in bio-weaponry have hired squads of special forces for experimental battles in restricted virus-infected areas against other mercenaries.
Capcom states that the game, “…will feature quick, intense matches in compact battle zones themed from historic Resident Evil environments.”
Also below is a description of the gameplay and a gallery of images.
Umbrella Corps comes to PS4 and PC in N. America and Europe in early 2016. It will retail for $29.99
Umbrella Corps will feature intense and quick team-based matches spanning a variety of unique online modes. One such mode (which is playable this week at TGS!) is the One Life Match mode. Players must take out the opposing team with one crucial catch: there’s no respawning. Every player gets one life per round and must not only face the other team, but also contend with other classic RE enemies that prowl the map.
Players will be equipped with an array of gun and grenade weaponry, as well as some less traditional gear: the “Brainer” (a powerful melee axe which goes straight into the skull), the Tactical Shield (an arm-mounted guard allowing players to utilize a zombie as cover), Terrain Spikes (boot-mounted spikes for trampling the enemy), and the Zombie Jammer (a device which repels zombies only when active).
The game’s analog aim and cover system, meanwhile, allows for precise control when using firearms behind cover.
Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth have released an official video for the title track to their latest album The Satanist (review).
Frontman Nergal states:
Behemoth has always been about breaking boundaries, taboos, leaving its comfort zone and thinking out of the box! Here we go again with the brand new video from us. It’s already a fourth official clip off “The Satanist”… The concept came from the director, Andrzej Dragan. It’s situated in modern Warsaw in the present times. It’s where the carnal world meets the unknown… it’s where the ZOS unites with KIA… It’s where SACRUM is raped by PROFANUM…
Director Adnrzej Darag adds, “This is a picture of alienation and ultimate rejection of an oversensitive character by an anonymous city.”
Many of you know that I’m a very big fan of this album and I feel that this video is a very important piece of work. It shows not only the lack of humanity and empathy that crowds have towards individuals in need but how that indifference can shape and change a person so fundamentally that they lose themselves.
It’s also a bit of a commentary on how we have this need to film those in peril rather than come to their aide, their misery and terror somehow a performance for our entertainment.
We all know that the book is always better than the movie, but that doesn’t mean we should feel guilty for wanting to see our favorite novels on the big screen. Sadly, I don’t get to read as much as I used to. Summer was my prime reading time but this summer just got too busy for me. The below list is comprised of some of my favorite horror novels that I would love to see adapted into films. ***Minor spoilers to follow***
Fans of the mystery of London’s “Jack the Ripper” will have the chance to enter that world via Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate DLC. Available in the season pass, the campaign features new weapons, locations, and missions.
London. 1868. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and prosperity, built on the backs of working class slaves. As gangster assassin Jacob Frye, you will recruit your gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. Lead the underworld to take back London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 23, 2015.
– Put up your dukes and play as the first gangster assassin at the birth of the modern age, Jacob Frye. Unleash your arsenal of weapons, including the kukri knife, brass knuckles, and sword cane in brutal combat and utilize the brand new rope launcher to scale buildings in seconds or take your enemies by surprise.
– From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, fight and triumph across the fast-paced open world of Industrial London using high speed trains and carriages.
– Establish Great Britain’s fiercest gang, the only force that can challenge the elite and defeat rival gangs to bring freedom to the oppressed masses
– Also play as Jacob’s twin sister Evie, a relentless Assassin who has perfected the silent, swift, invisible strike.
The Turkish horror film Baskin, which premiered at TIFF’s Midnight Madness, has been acquired by IFC Midnight for U.S. rights. The film has been generating a great deal of buzz since before it even premiered and the overall consensus is that it’s a rather incredible piece of work.
You can read Brad’s review, where he states, “It’s so shocking (at times) and so astoundingly well made that, if anything, I think it puts an exclamation stamp next to Can Evrenol’s name as one of the futures of horror.”
Baskin, based on the short of the same name, sends a squad of unsuspecting cops through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
A full-length trailer for the upcoming sci-fi action/thriller The 5th Wave has been released. The film follows Cassie and her journeys after a devastating alien attack.
Based upon the young adult novel by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave‘s synopsis reads:
In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.
The 5th Wave stars Chloë Grace-Moretz (Carrie), Liev Schreiber (Scream 2), Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe (It Follows), Maria Bello (The Dark), and Ron Livingston (The Conjuring). It comes out January 15th, 2016).
It’s perhaps not that surprising that the “amnesia horror” sub-genre has slowly chiseled a name out for itself over time. Memento came out of the gate strong with the concept over a decade ago and every subsequent attempt at the idea has been trying to recapture the same magic ever since. It’s easy to see why, with it being an appealing concept for how immediately engaging it forces itself to be. We usually open on our protagonist looking disheveled, trying to string together random clues that we see plastered around the room in a (seemingly) chaotic order. Right from the jump these sorts of films make you hungry for answers like no other, and The Hive is no different. Of course what’s ultimately important is how satisfying those answers are and it’s a very mixed bag when it comes to The Hive.
The ever-growing Nerdist Industries label has gotten into the distribution game with The Hive being their first effort, and it seemingly pushes all of the buttons that it knows its audience are fans of: zombies, lots of gore, an attractive cast, and a hook of a concept. Freshman director David Yarovesky’s film, which made a big splash at Comic-Con this year, throws you into a dank room with Adam Goldstein (Gabriel Basso)—of course he doesn’t remember what his name is, or anything else for that matter—as he tries to figure out what’s going on before a parasite completely takes over his body (in case the stakes weren’t already high enough).
It’s a bit of a rough start heading into The Hive, as we’re greeted to the all-too familiar set pieces in films of this nature of Adam going through his wallet, looking at photos, and slowly recalling his life in order to get himself out of this puzzle. The walls have been decked out to act as some sort of REMEMBER board, as notes like DON’T LET ANYONE IN NO MATTER WHAT and MONSTER are splayed across the place. Of course by the end of the film Adam has filled up every inch of these walls accordingly with memory vomit. The plot thickens as Adam discovers a number of terrible rashes on him that look like an exit wound mated with a Facehugger’s egg sac, as well as the corpse of someone who presumably was suffering from the same thing he is. There’s also a pretty prominent black light motif going on in the place too, just to crank up the visual weirdness factor a little more.
Through many of Adam’s flashbacks we witness his burgeoning relationship with Katie (Kathryn Prescott) and it’s a surprisingly charming courtship between the two of them. There are a number of sweet bonding moments between them (there’s a particularly cute one involving notes) that gives some actual weight and legitimacy to their relationship. It very much works in The Hive’s favor that there is a love story coursing underneath all of it, and that it even raises a rather strong treaty on the bonds of friendship. There are many moments where we see the insidious mentality of “the hive” parasite trying to rip apart this group of friends as literally a singular collective consciousness is put into competition with a body of individual minds to see who is stronger. If you squint really hard here you can see some poignant things being said about free will versus a mass-produced mentality.
I also appreciated that a film that largely seems to be marketed as a straight zombie flick is actually all about collective consciousness and the interconnectedness of all minds. It’s a welcome dimension to this sort of outbreak story that I haven’t seen explored before. Rather than just broaching the area, they really dig into the concept and get as bonkers with it as possible.
It’s kind of an exciting turn then when the film introduces the idea that Adam isn’t just regaining his memory, but in fact someone else’s as well. This is actually an interesting take on the material and a nice subversion to the usual way this sort of stuff tracks. You’re then getting presented with two narratives through all of this, the one that got Adam here in the first place, and the one that’s happening between Subject 14 and Dr. Baker, who were studying the virus beforehand. The collective telepathy that the virus provides acts as a solid means of exploring this idea, while keeping the structure of all of this relatively fresh.
In spite of the film starting at the “end” with Adam, it’s more of an in media res sort of situation than a full-on Memento riff. We still basically get to see Adam’s story play out sequentially leading up to the beginning of the movie, there’s just a lot more spliced in between to remix the narrative in a way that tries to be inventive. It gets points for the effort, and some of the construct helps and is aided by how it’s being told (it also stylistically makes sense, reflecting the state of Adam’s mind when the film begins), but I’m still not convinced it was absolutely necessary. Especially when as the film goes on you’re spending more and more time in these flashback sequences and less with Adam alone in the present. It’s like they wanted the set-up in order to give the film an interesting hook, but then once it’s established they increasingly run away from it. I had heard that the film stylistically doesn’t have any shots that are longer than ten seconds—a smart way of reflecting Adam’s fractured mental state and short-term memory—but if that is going on here it’s never noticeable, nor does it feel like a film that’s edited any differently than normal. In which case it might also be an example of more being less with this film.
In a similar sense, there’s much that The Hive fumbles that holds it back from achieving greatness. Much of Adam hollering to an empty room for answers feels tired and cliché as soon as it begins, and he certainly doesn’t stop there. The “wormhole” effect whenever Adam pieces together a memory feels wholly unnecessary and a visual trick that’s more awkward than connective. There are also plenty of clunky contrivances throughout the script, like Adam conveniently establishing that he has a phobia of being stuck in a room by himself (due to a traumatic experience getting lost in the woods when he was younger), and lo and behold, here he is trapped in his very worst fear on top of everything else. Katie also awkwardly mentions that her grandfather had Alzheimer’s in what’s meant to have a larger resonance in comparison to what’s going on with Adam and the virus now. It just feels obvious and shoehorned in with nothing really gained from it other than an unearned moment of shouting, “Oh my God!” over a false revelation.
The Hive however is at its strongest when it actually pulls away from the flashy carnage of the zombie idea and instead focuses on the science that got them there. There’s some truly brutal material here with brain surgery and experimentation that should get under your skin in the right way. The information that we’re presented about what the purpose of this virus is and how it’s trying to be controlled is really engaging material. I’d actually be interested in seeing a sequel—now that this baggage is all out of the way—pushing forward the story that Dr. Baker is dealing with, as opposed to focusing on the victims. There are some fascinating ideas there.
It takes some time to get to this stuff though, and The Hive definitely has a slow start to the scares (and there are some really painful moments in the first half hour, in particular). There are repeated moments of blowing out the soundtrack to build some sort of fear, but the effect is more annoying than frightening. It’s not really until the second half of the film that things really start to heat up, but it’s a satisfying second half and one that’s worth trudging through the weeds to arrive at. The film builds to a certain confidence and individuality (ironically enough) where all of this begins to gel together, even if it is just doing its best impression of The Exorcist and The Thing for the bulk of its second half. There are still some decent scares that are achieved though, with there being some very unsettling material once you see this virus fully take over Jessica (Gabrielle Walsh) and begin doing its work, or the wonderful set piece where Subject 14 counts down to Dr. Baker’s end. It also doesn’t hurt that the symbiote parasite that causes the virus doesn’t look that much unlike the black oil from The X-Files.
As the film expands on all of this and heads into its final act, there’s definitely a renewed energy and driving force behind it as we learn that Adam is momentarily in a fugue state of sorts with the virus, meaning he’s only got a limited time to put the rest of this together before his individuality is lost completely and he’s infected irreversibly. There are moments within The Hive that work very well, and it’s a promising first effort from director Yarovesky, but it ultimately ends up feeling half-baked in spite of it tackling on a deeper than usual story.
‘The Hive’ begins playing in select theaters September 14th.
A new teaser from “American Horror Story: Hotel“, the fifth season of the series, has been released and wants to get into your veins…literally.
The 13-episode season premieres on FX on October 7th.
Here’s the season’s plot that came courtesy of EW:
“Built in 1930 by the rich and charming but deeply psychotic James March (Evan Peters), the beautiful art-deco hotel is, in actuality, a labyrinthine structure built to hide March’s murderous activities (think dead ends, secret rooms, endless shafts). This echoes America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, which we detail here.
“In regards to Gaga, the show shifts to present day, where the Cortez is acquired by Gaga’s Countess, described by the site as “a glamorous socialite who attends art openings and fashion shows and maintains her looks not from a steady diet of kale but from imbibing human blood.”
“The Countess is also insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock).
“Also gravitating around the world of the Cortez are Ramona Royale (Angela Bassett), an actress/former lover of The Countess’ seeking revenge; Iris (Kathy Bates), Donovan’s mother and the front desk clerk; Liz Taylor (Denis O’Hare), a cross-dresser nicknamed by The Countess; Hypodermic Sally (Sarah Paulson), a junkie and friend of The Countess; Detective John Lowe (Wes Bentley), a cop investigating a murderer named the Ten Commandments Killer; and The Addiction Demon, a creature in the vein of Rubberman or Bloodyface, who has no eyes or mouth but does wield a nasty, conical drillbit dildo.”
It’s hard to believe that Scream turns 20 next year. We continue our celebration of Wes Craven’s life (and, coincidentally the end of the first season of MTV’s Scream TV series) with a look back at all of the Ghostface killers from one of the greatest slasher series of all time! I have no doubt that the rankings may be a little controversial, if only for the fact that I included the killer from the series on the list (sorry!). Where does your favorite Ghostface sit on our list? ***SPOILERS TO FOLLOW*
A trailer for the upcoming road thriller Wrecker has been released and can be seen below. To say that it reminds me of movies like The Hitcher or Joy Ride to mind is an understatement. But perhaps that’s what they’re going for?
The synopsis for the film reads:
Best friends Emily and Lesley decide to take a road trip to get away from it all. When Email makes a decision to turn off the busy highway and on to a desert road all hell breaks loose. They soon find themselves the target of a mysterious tow truck that forces them into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, turning their road trip into a living, breathing nightmare.
Directed by Micheal Bafaro, the film stars Anna Hutchison, Andrew Whitburn, and Jennifer Koenig.
A new clip for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak has been released and can be seen below, courtesy of Yahoo!
The clip shows Mia Wasikowska’s character “Edith” wanting to fit into her husband’s house, which includes his sister, played by Jessica Chastain. Asking for her own set of keys so that she can move freely throughout the house, Chastain sharply refuses her request, her controlling demeanor incredibly apparent.
Crimson Peak haunts theaters on October 16th.
If you’re like me and live in an area that gets blisteringly cold during the winter months, you know the value and delight of a good sweater and scarf. However, wearing those usually means that you’ve got to cover up your horror t-shirt and, in a way, hide your love of the genre. Well, Mondo has decided that this was simply unacceptable and have created a series of sweatshirts and scarves that are perfect for any horror fan!
Themed off of A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th, these sweaters and scarves are phenomenal homages to the films they represent. For instance, the NOES sweater is Freddy’s own infamous green and red sweatshirt. The Friday the 13th sweater actually glows in the dark and is a nod to the 1989 NES game. And the Halloween scarf is perfectly colored for the Halloween season!
The apparel was designed by Middle of Beyond and will be available to order via Mondo’s official website on Monday at 1:30pm EST.
The problem with reviewing movies with Shyamalan-esque twist endings is that you can’t properly discuss some of the most important elements of the story without spoiling it for future viewers. That’s why I think The Diabolical’s final reveal is worth preserving, even though we’ve seen this kind of surprise before. It’s important that you know the ending will alter your view of the rest of the film, but there will be no spoilers here. Alistair Legrand presents us with a peculiar film that’s only really complete once the credits are rolling and you’re putting the pieces together in your mind.
The film stars Ali Larter (Claire Redfield from the Resident Evil movies) as Madison, a single mother struggling to keep the family together after a tragedy leaves her and her children emotionally and financially vulnerable. This is made worse by the phantasmal being that’s apparently haunting her house. She’s joined by Arjun Gupta as Nikolai, her charming love interest with both scientific and supernatural experience that tries to help her get to the bottom of what’s truly going on.
At times the conflict surround Madison and her family seems unnecessary and contrived, but the great mood and character building compensates for some cartoonish real-world antagonists and plot threads that seemingly go nowhere. This makes you feel genuinely sorry for the broken family, making the rest of the movie much more suspenseful. The science fiction angle really helps sell the haunted house concept to jaded viewers, and though there are some of the usual horror movie tropes present, almost all of them are justified within the story.
The scares aren’t as frequent as some would like, but they’re certainly memorable. However, towards the end of the film you start to see and know more of the beings coming into Madison’s world, removing a lot of the horror factor. This is unavoidable, and without it the story wouldn’t be as impacting, but it still affects the experience.
The “monsters” are also genuinely unsettling whenever they’re onscreen, with some great makeup making you believe these beings are made of flesh and blood and are not just harmless apparitions. Some of the digital effects seem somewhat rushed, but that’s just a minor issue. Overall, the presentation is fantastic, and the direction ties it all together wonderfully. It may be Legrand’s first film, but at no moment does his direction feel amateurish.
The Diabolical is the basic story of a mother ready to do whatever it takes to protect her family, even in the face of a horrifying unknown force. Though it’s weighed down by some extraneous moments and usually lacks tension when the otherworldly invaders aren’t around, this is a thoroughly enjoyable film that’s especially entertaining for repeating viewers. Some of the more attentive audience members may guess the ending at around the halfway point, but even then, there’s still enough reason to keep watching.
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The corpses that litter the teen slasher movie-game Until Dawn are still a little warm, but that’s not keeping the Internet from talking about a sequel. Do you think developer Supermassive Games they should make a series out of one of the best horror games of the year so far? You can, and should, respond with an enthusiastic yes by retweeting this:
— Until Dawn (@UntilDawnPS4) August 31, 2015
I say we also demand the return of Stormare! That man is lovely.
This season of the live-action Death Note series ended with an announcement that a new feature-length film will be released in 2016. The teaser, which is in Japanese with no subtitles, can be seen below.
A translation of the teaser comes from Anime News Network:
Text: 10 years later … the Shinigami land again on Earth
Text: The latest movie, a forbidden sequel
Text: Directed by Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Library Wars)
Voice & Text: The 6-Note Rule … Note’s Seal … L’s Successor … God of a New World … Consommé Flavor … The Second True Kira … Cyber-terrorism … Light Yagami, Returns
Text: Set to open in 2016
The original manga from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata was about a young man named Light who finds a notebook that has the ability to kill people if their names are written inside.
There rumors swirling around that the long gestating live-action adaptation of Akira, which has been in the works for several years now, will be moving forward as a trilogy and that Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, Inception) has met with a previously attached filmmaker to discuss the project.
This information comes from Den of Geek, who are positing that Nolan’s next film, which is set for a July 2017 release, could very well be the first of these three films.
The project is being handled by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way and the script is being written by Marco J. Ramirez (“Sons of Anarchy”).
Akira was originally a six-volume manga written by Katsuhiro Otomo, so a trilogy would really allow the movies to dive into the stories rather than try to squeeze everything into one film.
With all the rumors and stories swirling around this project since the rights were bought back in 2002, I’m highly skeptical of anything moving forward. However, I can’t deny that I’d be thrilled to see this move forward as Akira has been one of my favorite films for a very long time.
A teaser and synopsis has been released for Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s upcoming body horror/dark fantasy film Evolution, which is being likened to “The Island of Dr. Moreau”.
While the teaser doesn’t offer too much about the film, the synopsis offers a far more sinister tale, one that makes me think a bunch of children could be in serious danger (which is something we wholeheartedly support).
A young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers, in this exquisitely shot blend of body horror and surreal fantasy from director Lucile Hadzihalilovic (INNOCENCE).
Ten-year old Nicolas lives an austere and isolated life with his mother in a remote seaside community populated by women and other little boys about his age, but seemingly devoid of adult males. In a hospital overlooking the tempestuous ocean, the boys are all subjected to regular medical treatments – or, perhaps, some mysterious experiment. Only Nicolas seems to question what’s happening to him and his friends.
He finds an unexpected ally in a young nurse, Stella, whose kindness is a break from the severity that all the other women seem to reserve for their young charges. Increasingly suspicious that his mother and the nurses are lying to him and that something ominous is going on, he follows the women at night, determined to find out what they are up to. What he discovers on the beach signals the beginning of a nightmare from which he’s helpless to escape.
Influenced by H.G. Wells’ The Island of Doctor Moreau, this mesmerizing film approaches the concept of evolution from a truly unique perspective.
The film stars Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, and Julie-Marie Parmentier. It is expeected to open in early 2016.
A new Kickstarter has launched that aims to open the first ever museum dedicated solely to horror! With founding board members like Clive Barker, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Tom Holland, Victoria Price, and Sara Karloff (as well as others), the Hollywood Horror Museum aims to be an “enormous” building with a wide collection of props and displays.
Per the Kickstarter: The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise the initial funds to develop The Hollywood Horror Museum, to obtain a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational status in California and present our first Walk Through Exhibit at Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles Oct 30-Nov 1.
Their mission reads:
The mission of The Hollywood Horror Museum is to educate, enlighten and inspire people of all ages about the artistic, technical, psychological, historical and creative aspects of horror in films, media, art, literature, and pop-culture.
The museum will present horror in a fun, historical and informative environment through interactive exhibits and programs, while teaching all aspects of filmmaking from makeup, costumes and special effects, to model making and computer graphics.
Last week we brought you a teaser for “Forewarning”, the new music video from heavy metal group One Machine. We wrote that this week we’d be premiering the full video and today we make good on our promise!
Guitarist Steve Smyth tells BD:
Here is the music video for “Forewarning”, and we’re very proud to share it with everybody today via Bloody-Disgusting.com too!
A wild ride into the not so distant future, where we find our rebel team entering a virtual world to reach their leader, the Hacker, only to be interrupted by the world leader the Cynic, busy blanketing all media with his driveling, meaningless rhetoric, with points inside his speech aimed at making our world seem hopeless without him and his leadership. In comes our hero the Hacker to spread the message of hope and independent thinking outside of conformity, and the war ensues, complete with a virus sent via virtual reality. Who will win? Watch and find out!
The video was directed by Scott Canty of Dark North Media.
You can pre-order the album via Indiegogo.
Composer Danny Elfman will be bringing the music of the 1993 film The Nightmare Before Christmas to the Hollywood Bowl this Halloween in the form of a live orchestral performance with conductor John Mauceri. Elfman will be singing as Jack Skellington, which he did in the original film.
According to LA Times, the Hollywood Bowl will be, “…transformed into Halloween Town — one of the nightmarish worlds from the original 1993 movie — with pre-show activities that will include an audience-participation costume contest.”
Other special guests will appear, although no names have yet been released.
The event takes place on October 31st at 8:15pm.