I hope you guys are keeping up with “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Starz.
Last night we saw Ash (Bruce Campbell) go on an insane trip, which reveals sidekick Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) is possessed by a demon. But the biggest moment is when Ruby (Lucy Lawless) reveals that she’s in possession of Ash’s hand that he lopped off 30 years prior in Evil Dead II. The was the first time the show has actually connected back to the original films in the series, and it was welcomed with open arms. There was also the tease that Pablo (Ray Santiago) is crafting a brand new hand for Ash, which has me wondering if we’ll eventually see an amped up chainsaw like in the awesome Evil Dead video game (a circular saw, baby!).
Most of all, though, is that I disagree with the majority regarding the special effects. I’ve seen people putting the demon effect on blast, while I personally think it’s a wicked cool look. So far, this season doesn’t have much dead weight, and I expect it to assemble together to create an epic 3-hour long movie.
Until then, we can look ahead to next Saturday’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” Ep 105, ‘The Host,’ which looks like Ash may lose the use of his man-part: “Kelly’s current state puts others in jeopardy. This forces Pablo to make a brave move and Ash to reveal a new side to his character. Ruby and Fisher join forces in pursuit of Ash.”
Check out the trailer below.
It seems as though the world just cannot get enough supernatural TV dramas these days, which is both a good and a bad thing. While this is the golden age of speculative television, channel competition often results in unoriginal shows pandering to some other, better program’s target audience. This is sadly the case with Eli Roth’s South of Hell, though the show hints at a huge amount of untapped potential.
The series begins as a South Carolina based version of CW’s Supernatural, though it focuses solely on demons for now. The story revolves around Maria Abascal, played by Mena Suvari, a troubled woman that shares her body with the demonic entity Abigail. Aided by her drug-addicted brother, David (played by Zacharry Booth), Maria struggles to make ends meet as a kind of freelance exorcist, using her darker side to her advantage when facing otherworldly adversaries. When Reverend Elijah Bledsoe, played by Lamman Rucker, asks for her help, Maria happens upon larger plans for the forces of hell.
The plot here is standard enough for this kind of series, and the execution isn’t anything special either. The budget seems to be way below what is usually considered the minimum to properly convey genuinely scary stories, but it does have a kind of indie charm that’s surprisingly hard to find on modern television. The acting is overall average, but Suvari seems to be genuinely engaged as both Maria and the demon residing within her.
Of course, first episodes alone can’t be used as a basis to judge an entire series, but the case of the week format with a ‘The Exorcist’ spin on it probably isn’t enough to keep audiences invested for an entire season, though it is a fresh enough idea that it might work within an overarching story. The pilot does hint at an overall larger and scarier world that these characters inhabit, where demons plot against hypocritical preachers and common southern folk alike.
Though it can be classified as a horror series, there’s not much to South of Hell that a well-versed fan of horror movies and shows would call scary. The sub-par digital effects and occasionally mediocre acting ruin most of the creepy moments. Despite the lack of scares, however, there is a wonderful southern vibe permeating the entire episode and really grounding the story. If better executed in the future, this could be a big reason to revisit the series every week.
All in all, South of Hell has a great basic idea but stumbles during execution. The characters aren’t memorable enough yet to warrant viewer investment, but it’s very possible that, with enough time and better writing, the series could evolve into something more. This could be the low-budget Supernatural that audiences would devour while their preferred series is on hiatus, though I’m not sure that we need another one of these right now.
One of the most terrifying yet enduring visions of Hell is Dante Alighieri’s “Inferno“, which is an allegory tale that follows the author as he is accompanied by the Roman poet Virgil on a tour through the fiery pits. It’s an incredibly imaginative and terrifying work that has been around since the 14th century, becoming a timeless classic.
Coming to today, Romanian artist Mihai Mihu, who uses LEGOs to create amazing but also somewhat terrifying pieces of art, has posted photos where he took Dante’s nine circles of Hell and recreated them using the child building block toys. The final result is something that I would absolutely put on my mantle as an art collective. If you’re a fan of the book or even the visual aesthetics of the EA video game, this is something you’ll want to check out.
Below is the gallery and I’ve also included an infographic that explains each level. You can see more of Mihu’s work on his Flickr Page.
David Twohy‘s 2000 Pitch Black was our major introduction to action star Vin Diesel, who went on to become a household name with The Fast and the Furious.
And even though Diesel has become one of the biggest players in the game, he’s always continued to do projects for himself. It’s one of the things I love about him. While Diesel could take on countless franchise roles, he continues to force projects into production that he personally loves. A perfect example is The Last Witch Hunter, which was an obvious disaster at the box office. But before that, there was Pitch Black, which has been the glue to his roots. Nobody is asking for sequels based on the film, but he continues to back them, presumably because he enjoys the character, and working with Twohy.
Pitch Black was followed by the 2004 The Chronicles of Riddick, and then the surprisingly successful 2013 Riddick (it nearly passed $100 million worldwide). I personally never believed Riddick would happen, so when Diesel stated that another sequel was in the works, I’ve learned to believe him. Talk about a guy who stands his ground and gets shit done.
Anyways, Diesel acts as his own publicist quite a bit, prematurely announcing everything (he uses this to his advantage). So, it comes as an unsurprising surprise that he’s announced that the adventures of Riddick will continue in both a feature film sequel and television series!
Diesel’s One Race Films is behind both, with Twohy starting work on the script for Chronicles of Riddick: Furia next month. The series is tentatively titled “Merc City” and will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe.
Riddick was an astoundingly fun sequel that reignited my love for the character and had me both believing in Diesel’s passion of the franchise, and begging for more.
The franchise began with Pitch Black, in which a commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.
Last night Our company had a party to launch Our TV division. Very exciting. MERC CITY is a show that will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe. Next Month, DT begins writing the next Chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick… FURIA. #HappyFurianFriday
A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Nov 20, 2015 at 10:18am PST
Relativity Studio’s reboot of The Crow, which is based on James O’ Barr’s 1989 comic book series, is planning on shooting at some point in the first half of 2016. Meanwhile, the film has no star, having lost Jack Huston earlier this year.
Producer Ed Pressman tells Variety, “Corin and I are discussing as we speak who to go to, to play The Crow. We’ll find The Crow and shoot it in the first half of next year.”
Furthermore, Pressman explains, “Relativity is putting up a good amount of money to do that. They are putting up significant holding money. They are moving ahead in a constructive and positive way and Ryan Kavanaugh [Founder and CEO of Relativity Media] seems totally committed to this theme.”
Although the project nearly lost director Corin Hardy (The Hallow), he’s still on board and ready to take this project forward.
The role of Eric Draven, aka “The Crow”, has been a revolving door of possible actors, including Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, and the above mentioned Huston. Now, that seat is empty and it doesn’t seem like there is anyone that is in the running for the tortured soul. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what flaps its way into the discussion!
One of the best new animated shows was Disney XD’s “Gravity Falls,” a bizarre amalgamation of children’s storytelling blended with the occult.
Being as popular as it was, it’s shocking how few episodes were made, and how long fans had to wait between each of them.
This year has been cause for celebration as a handful of new episodes began to air. Only now fans will have the rug pulled out from under them.
“Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch made the announcement on Twitter: “Hey guys. Gravity Falls has been an amazing journey, but the rumors are true- its reaching its finale http://shmalexsmirsch.tumblr.com #GravityFinale”
“There’s no easy way to say it so I’m just going to say it: ‘Gravity Falls’ is coming to an end,” he explained in the aforementioned Tumblr post. “There are two more episodes left: ‘Weirdmageddon II: Escape from Reality’ and ‘Weirdmageddon III’ which will be our hour-long series finale. After that, ‘Gravity Falls’ as we know it will be over.”
The shocker is that “Gravity Falls” wasn’t canceled, and that Hirsh is terminating the serious on his own accord.
“This is 100% my choice, and its something I decided on a very long time ago,” Hirsh added. “I always designed ‘Gravity Falls’ to be a finite series about one epic summer- a series with a beginning, middle, and end. There are so many shows that go on endlessly until they lose their original spark, or mysteries that are cancelled before they ever get a chance to payoff.”
The good news is that those readers unaware of “Gravity Falls” can now binge the entire series that follows Dipper and Mabel Pines, who spend the summer at their great uncle’s tourist trap, The Mystery Shack. They think it’s just going to be another usual summer, until mysterious things begin occurring all over town.
Bold Films is stepping into the YA ring with the acquisition of Patrick Carman’s 2010 novel 13 Days to Midnight, reports Deadline.
“Combining themes of super powers, ancient conspiracies and growing into adulthood, the story is a dark morality tale centered on Jacob Fielding, a teenager who receives incredible power when his foster father whispers to him ‘you are indestructible.’ That power however comes with it a dark history that Jacob must discover to keep himself and his friends alive.”
There’s a plethora of impressive names attached to this project: Bold Films is financing and will produce the feature film adaptation, and has tapped Mike Flanagan (Oculus) and Kate Siegel (Hush) to write the current draft of the script. An earlier draft was written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). Trevor Macy (Oculus, Safe House) developed the script and will produce for Intrepid Pictures. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) will produce for the company, with Bold CEO Gary Michael Walters executive producing along with Marc D. Evans.
The 80’s and early 90’s were a really weird time. A movie would come out and the sequel inevitably went way crazier, larger, and more intense than anyone could possibly expect. If you think about it, that’s what happened with Alien and Aliens. It certainly happened with Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. It could even be argued with Rambo and Terminator and their sequels. There was this delightful absurdity where no one really questioned going bigger. In fact, it became the norm and was what we expected pretty often. Looking back on it, it didn’t make a whole lot of sense but godDAMN was it fun!
Such was the case with Predator and it’s 1990 sequel Predator 2. The original was a tight and, in a way, understated sci-fi action/horror that created one of the most iconic movie villains to this day. However, being that it took place in a jungle, there wasn’t really all that much that director John McTiernan could do in terms of offering visual variety. That’s where the sequel came in.
Directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost and the Darkness, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child) and starring many of the actors from Aliens, such as Bill Paxton and María Conchita Alonso, Predator 2 went from the jungles of Central America to the concrete jungles of Los Angeles. Additionally, and for no good reason that I can think of, it took place in the future, specifically the year 1997.
Just like the first film, the plot is rather simple. LA is in the middle of a scorching heat wave AND is caught in the terror of an incredibly violent and destructive turf war between Colombian and Jamaican gangs. The Predator decides to make LA his hunting ground since it seems like there are a ton of potential competitors. One such competitor is Danny Glover, whose character “Lieutenant Michael Harrigan” is impulsive, headstrong, and intent on finding the “assassin” that ends up killing his detective Danny (Ruben Blades).
Meanwhile, Special Agent Peter Keyes (played by Gary Busey) is trying to keep Harrigan away from the crime scenes because he’s, in a totally foreseeable twist, fully aware that many of the deaths that are occurring are the result of the extraterrestrial hunter.
Everything culminates in a one-on-one battle inside the Predator’s spaceship. It’s a laughable segment because if Arnold couldn’t defeat a Predator without dropping a goddamn log on its fucking head, how are we supposed to believe that Danny Glover, who was already “…getting too old for this shit” in two Lethal Weapon movies prior to Predator 2, could whup its ass? Still, that’s part of the charm of Predator 2. It flat out didn’t give a fuck and, as a result, it’s a wildly entertaining mess!
The film wasn’t nearly as strong of a financial success as the original. This might explain why it took over 20 years for a sequel to arrive, although many of us know what a boring disaster THAT was. However, in the years since its release, Predator 2 has developed a strong cult following. Additionally, it created a HUGE stir when it was shown on the spaceship’s wall that the Predator had a Xenomorph skull as one of its trophies. The Alien vs Predator craze blew up, even though it began a year earlier in a Dark Horse comic. Ultimately, that concept created two films and has spawned several comics and books.
Before I end this, I want to draw attention to how goddamn ridiculous the Predator looks when its helmet is revealed. Specifically, it’s the eyes that kill it. They look like the eyes of those animatronics from Chuck E. Cheese, all super round and plastic-y. Just see for yourself in the below clip. The original Predator looked fucking pissed when it took its helmet off, with eyes that were sunken in and fierce. The sequel looked downright comical.
But once again, considering the almost playful and comic book-esque approach of the sequel, the almost playful look of the Predator kinda makes sense. It certainly fits the aesthetic of the film.
As I stated earlier, it took over 20 years to get an actual third film in the Predator series and it was a disappointing film indeed. However, with a new sequel in the works, it’s worth revisiting the original two and taking notes on what made them so fun. The first was an action masterpiece and the second was…well…special in its own maniacal way.
Steam sales are to the 21st century what monocles were to the 18th century. They’re everywhere, and if you’re not careful, you could end up with glass in your eye. They’ve swelled to the point that it’s transformed the normal price into a joke. It’s why I wasn’t going to dedicate an entire post to Dying Light, which is currently $29.99 (50% off) on Steam.
I wasn’t, and then I saw this.
It goes without saying at this point that I enthusiastically recommend you get this game, if you don’t already have it. It was an excellent game when I reviewed it in January, and it’s seen ten months of free content updates and paid DLC since that have made it so much better.
You may also want to get in on the fun, for the best has yet to come.
Oh boy, I’m excited for this one! You see, I love me some Alice In Chains. Their music was, in my opinion, the real epitome of what grunge was supposed to be. It was dirty, dark, dreary, and painfully, often depressingly, honest. So to highlight the band is something I feel has been a long time coming in this series and I decided it was time.
The video, which was directed by Paul Fedor, is a strange beast. Firstly, the visuals are pretty terrifying. It’s all about an old and disfigured scientist who creates his own version of the band to perform the track. Now, interestingly enough, the band that is “created” is not the actual members of AiC. When you see the band, it’s actually all footage from previous music videos that was cut in such a way to make it seem like they were performing the song.
“Get Born Again” is one of the last two songs that were recorded with vocalist Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002 after a long battle with drug addiction and depression. He is still sorely missed by many to this day and this video is a small tribute to his legacy.
Capcom is Unstoppable, as in that movie about a runaway train that was way better than a movie about a runaway train had any right to be. After a few failed attempts to make a Resident Evil game that didn’t piss everyone off, they’ve gone into overdrive. The 5-games-in-1 approach clearly didn’t work out for Resident Evil 6, so they’ve switched tactics.
Now they’re giving us all the Resident Evils.
It begins in January with the arrival of the Resident Evil 0 remaster and the Origins Collection it comes packaged in, followed by the Umbrella Corps spin-off soon after. Then we have the still far-off Resident Evil 2 remake and the unofficial-but-definitely-coming Resident Evil 7. And two feature-length films, which Capcom supervises.
It all begins with Resident Evil 0, so I’m going to shut up now so the game’s producer Tsukasa Takenaka can tell you all about it.
This is it. The end of the road. Dark Souls III, the fifth of its kind if you count Demon’s Souls and Bloodborne — and you should — will be the end of the series. It’s been quite the journey, and even though I died literally hundreds of times along the way, it’s been a blast.
From Software has changed the industry for the better, and they did it with brute force. They’re proof that a good game doesn’t need to treat its players like they’re idiots, that it can be challenging to the point of being aggressive without sacrificing commercial success. It’s sad to think that it could end with Dark Souls III, but we’ll get over it when they pull the sheet off their next game.
“I don’t think it’d be the right choice to continue indefinitely creating Souls and Bloodborne games,” explained From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki in an interview with Gamespot. “I’m considering Dark Souls 3 to be the big closure on the series. That’s not just limited to me, but From Software and myself together want to aggressively make new things in the future.
Sounds like something Hideo Kojima said before his fifth attempt to free himself from the cardboard box Konami used to keep him in.
“Dark Souls 3 will mark the last game where the development project began before I became president. The next title will be a game that was conceived while I was president. I believe that From Software has to create new things. There will be new types of games coming from us, and Dark Souls 3 is an important marker in the evolution of From Software.”
Don’t fret, there’s still more Souls-crushing gaming goodness on the way. Bloodborne: The Old Hunters releases on the PS4 next week, followed by Dark Souls III in April.
Twentieth Century Fox has turned a corner that I didn’t see coming, and has since become extremely consistent in making quality films.
In addition to X-Men: First Class, Fox kicked 2011’s ass with Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, their prequel to the Planet of the Apes franchise. Even Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes was an extremely fun experience that set everything up for the “big one.”
In 2017, Reeves will be taking us to battle with Caesar in War of the Planet of the Apes, which could see the trailer premiere this coming Sunday during an episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” Reeves teased the Sunday surprise in a tweet that also shared the film’s logo. It’s a bit early for a trailer, no? I guess maybe we’ll at least get to see a teaser.
Andy Serkis returns as Casear, with Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife, with Woody Harrelson and Steve Zahn added to the growing battle.
War of the Planet of the Apes is slated for release on July 14, 2017.
Earlier this week, Universal Studios once again stepped forward with a handful of statements about their intentions with their upcoming reboots of the classic Universal Monsters properties. The producers overseeing these films said a lot of the right things on the surface. The carried on about imperfect characters and the attractive darkness within all of us, which are certainly things to be found within the original films. The problem is that anyone with a deeper understanding of those originals cannot help but be concerned by what else is said. For instance, this early statement in the Variety piece comes to mind…
“The films are taking a page from Marvel in certain ways, however. Just as the comic book label launched its onscreen group of heroes in interconnected films before teaming them in one big superstream adventure with “The Avengers,” Universal is planning to create a shared universe for its creatures. “The characters will interact with each other across movies,” says Donna Langley, chair of Universal Pictures. “We’re incubating it at the moment, and we’re taking the time to get it right.”
Do you see a problem here? I certainly do. Even overlooking the fact that the Marvel model simply will not work here, since most of these monsters are meant to be antagonists or tragically-cursed protagonists, not heroes, there’s a huge disconnect on display. Universal is planning to create a shared universe for its creatures? Create what? They ALREADY exist within a shared universe. The original films and franchises were already interconnected and taking place within the same world 70+ years ago.
Hell, there’s even a distinct continuity running through the later entries. Why does Bela Lugosi play the Frankenstein Monster in Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)? Was it simply in an effort to score another name after Boris Karloff had moved on and Lon Chaney Jr. was locked into play the Wolf Man? No. It’s because Lugosi played the malevolent hunchback Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). In the latter film, his brain is transferred into the Monster before the finale. Bela playing the Frankenstein Monster in the very next film makes absolute sense to anyone that has bothered to watch the whole franchise. Hell, it’d make even more sense if Lugosi’s dialogue hadn’t been cut out of the film!
The Wolf Man himself arrives on screen within a tomb after having his skull crushed years earlier after the events of his original 1941 film. When he, along with the Monster, is washed into the ruins of Castle Frankenstein, he is found there frozen within ice at the start of the next film, House of Frankenstein (1944). That film saw the Monster meet its temporary end in quicksand and sure enough, up he pops encased in the earth in the next entry, House of Dracula (1945).
While Larry Talbot waltzes in magically alive after being shot with a silver bullet at the end of House of Frankenstein, it’s not just for the hell of it. He’s coming from the events of an unmade film that was originally supposed to follow House of Frankenstein, the cancelled Dracula Meets The Wolf Man, whose script picked up from Talbot’s gunsmoke-filled demise. That unmade film also accounts for Talbot’s beef with Dracula, which carries over into Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
The connections don’t end there. Numerous entries in both the Frankenstein films and the eventual team-up pictures take place within a fictional place called Vasaria (occasionally also spelled Visaria). While initially posited as a village community, it becomes clear as time goes on that it is a larger area than originally thought and might well be a fictional county/province within some undisclosed European country.
Do you think that Vincent Price’s voice cameo as the Invisible Man at the end of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein is a star power last minute goosing of the audience for kicks? While you are right to a degree, you should know better now that you have read this far. Price has played the role 8 years earlier in The Invisible Man Returns (1940) and his character had survived. While no explanation is given as to why he is invisible again, it stands to reason that he is reprising said character.
What’s my point? Don’t go on and on in your puff piece interview about how you are immersing yourself in these films as you prep your reboots, namedrop a few titles, and then expect fans to buy that you mean what you say when you actual words tell us something entirely different. Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, and Donna Langley may well have their hearts in the right place and their is a chance of these revivals turning out well once they finally arrive. That said, don’t lie and pretend that you are studying all of these films and then turn around and tell me how excited you are to bring them all to life in a shared universe. They already exist within one and have coexisted there with one another successfully before in a series of films given to the world decades ago.
You shouldn’t be coming up with ways to change these characters for a modern audience. The character are beloved for a reason and should mostly remain intact. What you SHOULD be studying are the sequels that began world-building the original Monsterverse, what worked in terms of those combinations, and what did not. Unfortunately, I get to distinct feeling that those very films they should be studying are the ones they will never bother to watch. The need to stop worrying about changing the tone and genre of these films when both have already been perfected. Instead, focus on better ways in which to combine them while still retaining the original characters, tone, and style that audiences have loved for the past 80+ years.
And if they botch it? Well, at least I have “Penny Dreadful“! John Logan knows what he’s doing with these characters.
There’s a massive amount of disdain for Resident Evil 6 in the world, enough so that it’s retroactively ruined Resident Evil 4 — the first or second best Resident Evil, depending on who you ask — for many fans who see it as the reason why the series strayed from its roots in horror.
Even still, this unapologetically silly action game does have its supporters.
If you who don’t immediately fill with rage at the mere mention of it, you may be delighted to know that Resident Evil 6 could be playable on the PS4 and Xbox One in the near future. Capcom hasn’t announced anything yet, but Gematsu spotted a recent listing on the Korean Game Rating Board (GRAC) that might mean something.
None of this has been confirmed, but GRAC is the same ratings board that leaked the Resident Evil Revelations remaster, so it’s been right before. And with more than six million copies sold, it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time.
Superman is the worst of all big name superheroes, mostly because he lacks character. This is why I actually enjoy Richard Donner’s 1978 interpretation of the famous DC comic, which features Christopher Reeve as the title character.
Before CGI dominated Hollywood, Donner’s Superman was forced to focus on Reeve’s Clark Kent, which made the film more of a drama than an action movie. I adore Reeve’s performance as a goofy, lovable and relatable human, which helped make has transformation back into Supes more enjoyable.
By the time the stupid got to Superman III, they were rushing, and Richard Lester squeezed out a turd that’s widely considered one of the worst superhero movies ever made.
One Perfect Shot reimagined the sequel, in which synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two (good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel), as a dead-pan serious genre film, jokingly titling it Superman III – From Horrible to Horror.
This is what a Superman movie targeted to horror fans may have looked like. It’s definitely more enjoyable that any Superman film following the Donner years.
“The X-Files” will be re-opened Sunday, January 24th on Fox 7/8c.
The first of the two-night season premiere begins with Episode 10.01, ‘My Struggle,’ which we now have an official synopsis for.
“Thirteen years after the original series run, the next mind-bending chapter of the thrilling series THE X-FILES has arrived.
FOX MULDER (David Duchovny) and DANA SCULLY (Gillian Anderson) have been contacted by TAD O’MALLEY (guest star Joel McHale), a popular conspiracy theorist web-TV show host who believes he has uncovered a significant government conspiracy. With the assistance of FBI Asst. Dir. WALTER SKINNER (Mitch Pileggi), O’Malley seeks to enlist the help of former X-Files agents Mulder and Scully, who have since severed ties with the FBI. Through O’Malley they are introduced to SVETA (guest star Annett Mahendru), a possible alien abductee who shares shocking information with them that will challenge everything that Mulder has ever believed about the existence of aliens and the government’s role in covering them up.”
“ARE YOU READY?????”
Hey Korn fans, we’ve got something pretty special here for you! Last year, the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album, the self-titled Korn. In honor of that milestone, the band released a stunning 300-page book just a few weeks ago that includes, “…images from two decades of archives paired with brand new notes, stories and commentary from band members.” Dubbed Korn: Est. 1994, the book gives fans unlimited access into a career that includes 11 seminal releases, countless sold-out shows, and 35 million albums sold worldwide.
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I normally don’t write often for the video game section of BD because Adam is so goddamn good at it that entering his domain is pretty much me aspiring to be even 1/10th of the genius he is. That being said, I saw this and knew that I just HAD to post something about it.
A new trailer for the side scrolling platformer Hollow Knight has been released and I’m enchanted by its visuals and design! It looks like a more cartoony version of what Tim Burton meets Edward Gorey would result in. The muted colors that subtly change throughout the trailer below show a world that is charming and intriguing with a lot of mystery.
The synopsis for the game reads:
“Vanquish a horde of bizarre and terrifying foes on your journey through the dark ruins of an ancient kingdom. Use skill and cunning to survive the depths and return changed to the surface.”
Hollow Knight is coming to PC, Mac, Linux and the Wii U in 2016. You can actually pre-order the game (there are three different bundle options) via the official website.
Personally, I’m a big fan of beautiful and interesting side scrollers. Games like Limbo and Ori and the Blind Forest are some stellar examples of titles that can do unique things with a tried and true formula, one that stretches back to the beginning of video games. I grew up playing Metroid and Castlevania as well as the Mega Man games, so these kinds of titles always have a delightful nostalgia for me.
Many classic PlayStation titles have already made it to the PS4 through remasters, PlayStation NOW, and even a few bundles, such as the Star Wars Battlefront bundle that comes with a handful of older Star Wars games. What’s interesting about the Star Wars bundle is that a handful of them aren’t just ports of old code, as Digital Foundry reported in their hands-on preview.
This suggests they’re running on emulation software, and that means Sony’s finally following through on their promise to bring PS1 and PS2 era games to the PS4. So are they? Yup.
“We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” a Sony representative confirmed in an email to Wired.
Earlier this month, Microsoft brought 104 games from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, with another batch of backwards compatible games coming next month. It’s unlikely to make much of a difference for the Xbox One, which is still trailing the PS4 by a considerable margin, but that doesn’t mean Sony can’t match them with something like this.
In addition to being the most successful gaming console, the PS2 has a library of games that’s second to none. It hosted some of the greatest entries in series like Resident Evil, Fatal Frame and Silent Hill, and they could use some love.
Which PS2 horror game would you most like to see get emulation support on the PS4?