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Lovecraft-Inspired Game Phantasmal: City of Darkness Awakens on Steam

Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:00

What is it with all the Lovecraft-inspired games coming our way recently? Well, I sure ain’t complaining. The latest is Phantasmal: City of Darkness, which has just made its way onto Steam after spending some time in Early Access. It’s a procedurally generated horror game which promises to change and evolve with every playthrough, so you never feel as though you’re experiencing the same thing twice.

As if the horrific creatures hunting you weren’t enough to drive you insane, Hollywood lighting expert Brian Bell also worked on its visual design, so expect it to look incredible.

Buy it by April 21st for a 20% discount.

From the Press Release:
Experience terror that is never the same twice with Phantasmal, a Lovecraftian survival horror that evolves every time you play!

You will need to face off against lurking, otherworldly horrors in the perilous, run-down Kowloon Walled City before its destruction in the early 90s. You are fragile. Not just physically, but mentally as well. The grotesque creatures will challenge your very sanity, and losing your mind can be a fate worse than death!

The odds are stacked steeply against you, but you can prevail through sheer cunning. You must scavenge for resources carefully, sneak past and distract your enemies. If you are caught, you can fight back, but don’t expect to live for very long.

The environment has been carefully crafted by none other than Brian Bell, critically acclaimed lighting lead of several Hollywood movies, including Riddick, Life of Pi, and Ring 2.

Key Features:

  • Fear the Unknown: Every ramshackle, disgusting room and corridor is uniquely generated. Battle your anxiety as you’ll never know what comes next!
  • Don’t Go Insane: Facing terrifying creatures and skulking in the suffocating darkness will erode your sanity until you can no longer tell the difference between reality and illusion!
  • Tread Softly: Every fight you have could be your last. Sneak past and distract your enemies as much as possible.
  • Light, Both an Ally and Enemy: Every asset to survivability has a price. Use light sources wisely – you’ll need them to restore your sanity, but you’ll risk being seen!
  • Scavenge to Survive: Scrounge the environment for anything you can use: from firecrackers and flares through to wooden boards and metal pipes. Guns are rare, but if you find one, remember that every bit of noise you make will attract more creatures and eventually much, much worse!

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New Scream Season 2 Stills Go for the Throat

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 18:22

That’s right, kids! Like it or not, the second season of MTV’s “Scream” series is about to kick off, and right now we have some new eye candy courtesy of EW. Check it out!

“Scream” Episode 2.01 airs on Monday, May 30th.  Are you ready for the games to begin again?

Returning cast members include Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke). Joining them are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). The new showrunners are Michael Gans and Richard Register.

Related Story: Five Reasons to Watch Scream: The Series Season Two

Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.

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Nina Dobrev to Join Flatliners Redux?

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:04

“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev left the show at the right time because it’s gone on to jump a hell of a lot more than just the shark. Deadline reports that Dobrev is in talks to star in Sony’s reboot of the sci-fi medical thriller Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page and Diego Luna.

If signed, she will play the character of Marlo in the Niels Arden Oplev-helmed project based the 1990 original film. The character is an overachiever who is at the top of her class. Oplev, who directed the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is directing from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. Michael Douglas and Laurence Mark are producing.

Opening with the line “Today is a good day to die,” the original Flatliners featured Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon and focused on a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments to travel into the afterworld to find greater meaning and hidden truths. Being a movie, things go wrong; and they get a lot more than they bargained for, as will likely also be the case in the reboot.

Stay tuned for more as it comes!

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Here Alone (2016)

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:00

Starring Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, Shane West

Directed by Rod Blackhurst

Premiering in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Fest this year, this film is probably best viewed in a vacuum. If the nearest theater doesn’t offer this and your living room isn’t properly equipped either, then Here Alone will probably be bagged and tagged as just another survival story taking place in a zombie-ravaged post-virus world where the few humans left fear each other more than the infected creatures trying to rip their faces off.

Rod Blackhurst directs his vision of this familiar setup almost like he’s channeling Terrence Malick at first, showing a woman becoming in tune with nature even if it’s a side effect of the apocalypse.

The solitary Ann (Walters) still had a small shred of life after most of the living became fertilizer, and through a series of flashbacks, we see her and her husband, Jason (West), and their baby daughter fight to stay alive in the remote woods where Jason grew up. As two wanderers, Chris and Olivia (Thompson and Piersanti) happen upon Ann and slowly gain her trust, the flashbacks tell how she came to be alone in the past just as she finds more people in the present. The main question of Here Alone is if they can survive together where they are or venture out in the hope of something better.

The real threat is despair and the dread that, once survival is all but guaranteed, the only thing worth living for is living itself. Aside from a few infected stragglers craving another bite, the only real danger comes toward the end of Here Alone when Ann’s forest paradise is threatened by her new guests and their interests. The proceedings are uneventful but pleasant, like a campfire story you’ve heard before but quietly sit through because you like the ending.

Any tension that exists among Ann, Chris, and Olivia doesn’t last long, which doesn’t do much to drive the story forward; and because Here Alone is set on slow cook, subdued scenes of Ann and Chris getting to know each other eventually become tiresome. Even though both actors have chemistry and the writing (at least until the end confrontation) is confident, there’s just not much happening underneath the surface and too few characters to create any real spark.

Just like the campfire story, Here Alone does have an ending worth getting to, and for such a simple story it exudes a real sense of dread and desperation. Dropping you at the end of one story instead of the beginning of the outbreak, David Ebeltoft’s script depicts the monotony of day-to-day existence in a ruined world that was never intended to be seen.

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Trailer, Images, and Poster Art Introduce The Girl on the Train

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:35

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train will get off at her stop and head into theaters on October 7; and ahead of the release, Universal has just unloaded the official teaser trailer. The novel shocked the world, and the movie promises to do the same. Check out your first look!

Written by Tate Taylor and Erin Cressida Wilson, and directed by Taylor, the thriller stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, and Laura Prepon.

Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

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Fantasia Hit Synchronicity Heads to Home Video

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:18

Garnering the L’Écran Fantastique Award at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival, Jacob Gentry’s (The Signal) stunning sci-fi adventure Synchronicity (review) arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on May 10 from Magnet Releasing. We’ve got art and release details for ya today, so read on for everything you need to know!

Chad McKnight (The Signal, “ER”), Brianne Davis (Jarhead, “Casual”), and Michael Ironside (Total Recall, The Machinist) star in Synchronicity, a fascinating thriller that blends time travel and romance with corporate espionage. The home entertainment release includes in-depth commentary from Gentry, cast interviews, and a mesmerizing video bringing to life the spellbinding film’s original musical score from composer Ben Lovett (The Signal, Black Rock).

SYNCHRONICITY (pre-order here) is a mind-bending “sci-fi noir” thriller in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca, and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time, and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare dahlia appears from the future. But in order to keep the rights to his invention, he must prove that it works by finding the flower’s identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future.

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • Interview with Actor Chad McKnight
  • Interview with Actress Brianne Davis
  • Interview with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • SYNCHRONICITY Music Video – “Time Travel”
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Rings Could Turn The Ring into an Annual Horror Franchise

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:04

Believe it or not, it’s already been over ten years since the release of American sequel The Ring Two, and the franchise will be brought back from the dead later this year courtesy of brand new installment Rings. It’s headed our way on October 28, and it may be the first of many upcoming encounters with Samara. Read on!

As reported by Movie Web, the Vice Chairman of Paramount was on hand at CinemaCon last week, and after showing off a teaser trailer for Rings, he noted that if the film does well at the box office, The Ring franchise could become an annual Halloween staple on the big screen – like Saw and Paranormal Activity before it.

Here’s a rundown of the footage shown off in that trailer, which hasn’t yet found its way online.

“The trailer was set entirely on an airplane. A passenger is talking to a woman next to him when the plane hits a spot of turbulence. He tells the story of meeting a woman, part of a group called The Sevens. From this woman, our narrator received the video tape that The Ring fans will well remember. The next day, he received a call that he would die seven days later. That call was six days, 23 hours and 55 minutes ago. Suddenly the turbulence worsens, the cockpit flight instruments flicker to static and some mysterious black liquid bubbles up out of the airplane lavatories. We cut to Samara’s well, both on the cockpit instruments and the airplane monitors throughout the cabin. Samara crawls out of the video and towards the narrating passenger and we are cut quickly to the title treatment.”

Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and stars Johnny Galecki as Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins (“Shameless”), and Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) round out the main cast. Bonnie Morgan plays Samara.

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Andy Serkis Producing Adaptation of The Ritual

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:48

Known mostly for his incredible motion-capture performances in films like The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, Andy Serkis is nothing short of a Hollywood icon, and up next he’s stepping behind the camera completely to bring The Ritual to the big screen. Read on for details.

The Tracking Board reports today that Serkis will produce The Ritual through his Imaginarium banner, based on Adam Nevill’s award-winning horror novel. BAFTA nominated screenwriter Joe Barton (“Humans”) will adapt the novel.

The Ritual centers on four friends from college who head off into the Scandinavian wild in an effort to get away from it all and reconnect with each other. But what begins as a trip of bonding and friendship turns into a nightmare when they take a shortcut and end up lost. Some of them are injured and they seem stranded with nothing but forest in every direction direction.

While trying to find their way back to civilization, they come across what seems to be an abandoned cottage. Inside they discover ancient artifacts on the wall and bones scattered on the floor in a sacrificial manner. They soon discover that something is stalking them and is intent on keeping them from leaving the woods.

Serkis will produce the film with Jonathan Cavendish. Chloe Sizer will oversee for Imaginarium, while Laura Wilson will oversee for eOne, which will finance and distribute.

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The Creepiest Cakes You’ll Ever See!

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:38

Artist Katherine Dey has cooked up a number of tasty treats over the years, some of which are so disturbing that we cannot wait to share them with you.

Recently Buzzfeed caught up with her and inquired about her wondrous skill set!

I am inspired by a lot of things,” says Dey. “I love that strange feeling I get when something looks real but it isn’t. Or when a cake doesn’t look particularly appetizing but it is a cake and it tastes delicious.

I like to make people feel two conflicting things at once. The subjects I choose are things that have interested me forever, be it anatomy, mushrooms, or portraiture. I love portraiture. Making a portrait of someone helps me to really see them. I love the details.

Take a look below and let us know what you think. Could you chow down on these?

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Nazi Punks Raise Hell in New Green Room Clip

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 15:35

Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room opened in New York and Los Angeles on April 15th and will begin a nationwide roll-out on April 29th so today we have a new clip to share to help you get ready for it.

Green Room (review) tells the story of a band’s encounter with a group of neo-Nazis and their deranged leader (Patrick Stewart). The film also stars Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Mark Webber, and Macon Blair (Blue Ruin).

Down-on-their-luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights agree to a last-minute gig in a backwoods Oregon roadhouse. The gig soon takes a sinister turn as the band members stumble upon a grisly murder scene and find themselves targeted by a ruthless club owner and his associates, determined to eliminate all witnesses.

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