Insidious‘ Patrick Wilson, pictured above, and “Lost” vet Matthew Fox, below, have signed on to star opposite Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins in Caliber Media’s ultraviolent Western Bone Tomahawk, THR says.
“Bone Tomahawk revolves around four men attempting to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.”
Wilson will play Arthur O’Dwyer, a cowboy whose rise to the foreman position of a cattle outfit is interrupted by an unfortunate accident that reshapes his life in unforeseen ways. Fox will play John Brooder, whose dark inclinations have put him and his polished weapons at the very edge of the western frontier.
S. Craig Zahler is directing from a screenplay he wrote.
Everyone from “Games of Thrones” is getting major roles, and now the new Queen, Natalie Dormer, has been set to star in Patient Zero, the Screen Gems action thriller that Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct from a script written by Mike Le.
“Patient Zero focuses on an unprecedented global pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt for Patient Zero and hope for a cure.”
Explains Deadline, Dormer has been building feature credits that include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Rush and Captain America: The First Avenger.
The Babadook is knocking at your door, opening here in the States on November 28. Now, a U.S. trailer has been released that hopes to complete with the frightening UK trailers. This movie looks insane! Will you let the Babadook in?
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
Bizarrely similar to a scene in The Babadook, this new clip from Asmodexia, the feature debut of Marc Carrete (short films “Mal cuerpo” and “Castidermia”), shows the film’s demon child.
IFC Midnight has slated it for release on VOD September 26. Asmodexia unspools over five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.
“Eloy de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.”
The PS3 and Xbox 360 may be standing on the precipice of becoming just another chapter in the history of this exciting world of bytes and sprites, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more games coming to the aging platforms. Yesterday was a particularly good day to be a horror fan who owns a last-gen console, as it brought with it both Slender: The Arrival (PS3 and Xbox 360) and the Anna: Extended Edition (Xbox 360).
If you asked me what my favorite horror movie of 2014 would be way back at the beginning of the year there is no way I could have predicted it would turn out to be The Babadook (review). What an incredibly spooky surprise!
IFC Midnight just dropped a new trailer for the flick that they will be releasing on November 28th. Look for it in limited theatres and on VOD. You don’t wanna miss this one.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Created explicitly for Film4 FrightFest the first of 4 variant posters for Adam Green’s latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow, was unveiled to a hungry audience which gobbled them up faster than Victor Crowley could nail you with a magic belt sander. At this past weekend’s MondoCon variant 2 was unveiled and we have a look right here for ya!
Like what you see? Of course you do. The mere fact that you’re reading this website proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that you have taste and moxie! Even better you can score this baby RIGHT NOW by heading over to the ArieScope website which also has a few of the original variant just waiting for you to dig into!
Tell ‘em Creepy sent ya and Green will personally make sure your poster is completely fucked up during shipping!
Green also stars in the documentary film, which he made with artist Alex Pardee along with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, and a host of other familiar faces. In Digging Up the Marrow an exploration of genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
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Get your parkas and boots ready, because the post-apocalyptic survival sim The Long Dark has hit Steam Early Access. For $20, players can freely explore the game’s highly-anticipated “Survival Sandbox” mode, which allows players a glimpse into what the team at Hinterland Games has in mind for the full, upcoming release.
The Long Dark takes place in what the team calls a “post-digital” world and pushes players to survive in the extreme cold of the Canadian wilderness, kind of like a brutal, heavily-stylized Jack London short story.
Bush pilot Will Mackenzie has to make an emergency landing in a vast, excruciatingly cold landscape. A “geomagnetic disaster” has occurred, knocking out all forms of power and rendering communication as humanity knows it entirely moot, including all form of electricity.
Being in the Northern Wilderness without supplies and environmentally-appropriate threads, players must find immediate and resourceful methods for short-term (and eventually, long-term) survival. Intrepid gamers can wander the rocky, snow-covered landscape in search of food, warmth, and protection, and it never becomes dull. The art style is provocative and subtly done, truly one of the best-looking games I’ve played all year.
The Long Dark isn’t merely a walk in the woods, however, because it maintains a pretty rigorous set of statistics as well. The gauges, statistics, and meters keep players on their toes, pushing them to keep moving, foraging in the unforgiving environment for items to stave off hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and cold, among other things. Get too low on any one of those elements, and Will reminds you that it might be a good idea to pack it in and start a fire or take a nap (which is how the game saves).
The game has no traditional HUD, but tapping Tab brings up a user display that presents information for the various elements mentioned above, and then some. Not only is the player’s level of cold charted, but the changing weather conditions are also on exhibition to cause added anxiety. If you’re as panicky a survivalist as I am, then all the information can easily be reduced to “Welp, I guess I’m dying again, aren’t I?”
Story Mode will introduce some actual narrative elements, but playing in the Sandbox is just that, a largely free experience. Every time players die — and it will take some time to learn the systems well enough to get beyond the first day — they are placed in a new area of the map, at a different time of day. Once, I found myself in the woods in the middle of the night.
Surrounded by wolves, without a lamp.
As someone who writes about video games on a semi-regular basis, I find it generally very difficult to endorse an incomplete game, but The Long Dark’s Sandbox mode is well worth the $20 point of entry, not to mention the fact that the team only plans on being in Early Access for 2-3 months, depending on the community’s feedback.
It’s a beautiful, lush environment, and the mechanics make traveling about and trying not to die plenty of fun.
Also, the game will be changing quite a bit, and Hinterland Studios says explicitly that the price point will likely increase once the game is out of Alpha. The game is available for Mac and PC.
Known to horror fans for creating the graphic novel-turned-horror franchise 30 Days of Night, Steve Niles has also created a slew of other comic properties, one of which is the three-issue miniseries Breath of Bones. A while back Comic Book Resources nailed down a concept trailer for what a big screen adaptation would look like, and we figured it’d be cool to share now!
The story of a Jewish golem, the tale is soon making the jump to the big screen, and a director has just been announced. Read on!
Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) is attached to helm the adaptation of the acclaimed Dark Horse Comics miniseries, written by Niles and Matt Santoro. Artist Dave Wachter received a 2012 Russ Manning Award nomination for his gorgeous work.
Breath of Bones is set during World War II and tells of a British plane that crashes into a Jewish village. The crash brings Nazi attention, forcing the villagers to defend themselves, with one rabbi and his grandson building a golem creature and bringing him to monstrous life.
Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse are producing the adaptation with Adamson and his producing partner at Strange Weather Aron Warner. Jeff Fierson from Strange Weather will executive produce.
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Some quick casting news has come in for the upcoming flick Patient Zero as Deadline is reporting that “Game of Thrones” star Natalie Dormer has been set to appear in the Screen Gems action thriller that Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct from a script written by Mike Le.
Patient Zero focuses on an unprecedented global pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt for Patient Zero and hope for a cure.
More on this one soon!
Geoff Shaw drew the cover plus the interior art for Judd Winick’s story, described as an “action-packed modern day myth.”
On the surface it seems like your average all-American tourist trap, but this snow-covered town hides a burning secret.
After centuries of lying buried within the depths of an icy mountain, the world’s last dragon egg finally hatches – endangering modern life as we know it. Now an unlikely group of dangerously unqualified, ordinary citizens must band together, battling the elements – and each other – to slay this menacing creature.
Issue #2 (of 5) releases in October.
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Directed by Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel
Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) presents this neurotic tale about a shy dressmaker and the younger sister that loves to hate her, but first-time directors Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel steer away from the infectious mania seen in Iglesia’s work to offer up a much quieter, more gradual descent into the macabre. Buttressed by a great central performance and flourishes of dark humor, one of the latest offerings from Spain’s growing horror collective, Shrew’s Nest, is a clear standout at Fantastic Fest this year.
As the film opens, Montse (Macarena Gómez) – a demure amateur seamstress – seems quite harmless as she fits wealthy benefactress Doña Puri. Poor Montse suffers from fits of anxiety, but she assures Donã Puri that the “medicine” she’s been supplying has been helping to take the edge off. Seemingly cursed with a debilitating affliction and afraid to step out and start a clothing business of her own, Montse passes on that fear to her little sister (Nadia de Santiago), who, strangely, is only referred to as “la nina” throughout the story. (You’ll have to watch to learn if she ever reveals her true name).
Early on, it’s revealed that Montse suffers from an acute form of agoraphobia that prohibits her from stepping foot outside of their sheltered, 1950’s apartment until her disease (and her faith) are tested when an upstairs neighbor – a dashing Spaniard named Carlos (Hugo Silva) – takes a spill down the stairs, severely injuring his leg. He cries out, and Montse reluctantly unbolts the door and drags him into the spare bedroom where Carlos is about to endure an unexpectedly long stay. As the days go by, Montse turns into a kind of mad nurse, imprisoning Carlos (much like Annie Wilkes did to author Paul Sheldon), mixing water with her “medicine” to keep Carlos in a dazed combination of pain and appreciation. Alarmed at the events unfolding, Montse’s little sister sneaks in to warn Carlos that he’s actually being drugged with morphine and that their caretaker doesn’t intend to be rid of his company any time soon.
Haunted by the memory of her father (Luis Tosar from Sleep Tight), who chastises her character even in death, Macareno Gómez’s depiction of Montse carefully constructs a tragic emotional core, building on top of a cracked foundation destined to crumble and eventually collapse under the weight of her dark family past and her growing desperation in the present. Gómez’s performance nicely complements a well-paced story and honors a script that recognizes that its lead must be likable before the audience can both root for others to escape and secretly wish for Montse to prevail.
With a successful background in comedy, Gómez uses the decisive shift into a horror thriller during the climax of Shrew’s Nest to inject some amusement through quirks of personality that reflect Montse’s own disbelief at just how far events have escalated by final day’s end. It’s been “hectic,” Montse says, but effects veteran Pepe Quetglas (Pan’s Labyrinth) makes sure that the insanity bubbling up within Montse is equaled by his team’s twisted sensibility and his own gore-filled imagination. The explosiveness of the violence – in its setup, delivery, and reveal – transforms the uninspired interior of the lifeless flat into a funhouse of death that may prove too dangerous for anyone to ever escape.
The shrew, or shrew-rat as its described, has a tendency to burrow and, if cornered, prove venomous. The story that’s unveiled in Shrew’s Nest follows that kind of behavior in following a likable, delicate, frightened woman who is driven to commit acts of terror, only to wind up having to face her own personal horrors in the process. Driven by Goméz’s electric portrayal, Shrew’s Nest reveals how trauma turns to compulsion and how desperation can cause someone to resort to violence rather than hide in absolute darkness.
Since its release five long years ago, Valve’s addictive co-op shooter Left 4 Dead 2 has been censored and rated MA15+, once Australia’s highest rating for a video game. Under the new system, the game has had its silly censorship removed and it’s been given a new rating of R18+ — the ESRB equivalent of an M (Mature) rating.
If you’re an Aussie who’s been waiting for your fine country to get with the times, you can grab the uncensored version of the game on the Steam store. If you already own a copy, Valve has a free patch available to restore Left 4 Dead 2 to its gory glory.
For the curious, below you’ll find a video that highlights the changes between the original and censored version of the game.
I honestly don’t know where people get their creative ideas. Honestly, I’m quite often just as impressed by someone’s ingenuity and “out of the box” thinking as I am by the end product of their endeavors.
That’s what it’s like with Tumblr user jbetcom, who takes iconic album covers over the years and animates them, giving them an additional layer of depth and charm.
Below is a small gallery of covers from bands like Cannibal Corpse, Nightwish, Metallica, Korn, Public Enemy, and more! Click the link above to see even more covers.
Warning: Since these are GIFs, it might take a while to load them all.
In news that will have many of us violent video game veterans go duh, a new study published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture has confirmed — again — that there is no correlation between the rate of consumption of video games and the number of crimes in the United States. So even though Grand Theft Auto V sold about a trillion copies, it’s monumental success didn’t inspire a bunch of folks to leave the safety of their homes to embrace a life of crime.
The study was conducted by researchers at Villanova University and Rutgers University. After analyzing actual facts, their findings are as follows…
“Finding that a young man who committed a violent crime also played a popular video game, such as Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto, is as pointless as pointing out that the criminal also wore socks.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself, though, for some reason, I always assumed socks were banned in prisons. Don’t they like putting bars of soap in them so they can beat their fellow inmates with them, or do I watch too many movies?
If you prefer your facts a wee bit more in-depth, here’s something for your mind to chew on:
“Annual trends in video game sales for the past 33 years were unrelated to violent crime both concurrently and up to four years later. Unexpectedly, monthly sales of video games were related to concurrent decreases in aggravated assaults and were unrelated to homicides.”
So not only are video games not leading people to bludgeon the elderly for their spare change, they may be keeping those who are inclined to partake in activities like that indoors.
“Searches for violent video game walkthroughs and guides were also related to decreases in aggravated assaults and homicides two months later. Finally, homicides tended to decrease in the months following the release of popular M-rated violent video games.”
In related news, the study did find a sore lack of sweet ass foliage in video games*.
*I made that up.
For the full report, head on over to GameSpot.
Okay, so I’m a day late with this. The Anna: Extended Edition actually arrived on Xbox 360 yesterday. Sorry about that. Honestly, this game fell off my radar after I tried (and failed) to immerse myself in the game when it released on Steam last April. I had to shut it off when I realized I was spending way more time looking for whatever it was I was supposed to do than I was having fun.
That’s not to say it’s a bad game — it just isn’t for me. It’s still incredibly creepy and comes with some solid scares. If this is what you need to prepare yourself mentally for the horrors waiting in October or are simply looking for a reason to dust off your aging Xbox 360, at $10, this is worth checking out.
Baltimore, Maryland progressive post metal collective Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors has released a horror-heavy video for their new track “Nightfall”, which features loads of fake blood and some damn solid practical FX, especially for being an indie production.
I’ve always had a love for horror movies and music, so I figured why not combine the two? After lots of fake blood, real sweat and (non-existent) tears, the moment has arrived!
Nightfall is here!
The video can be seen below and is also available for free download (below or through Bandcamp).
Even if, gaming gods forbid, Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden never leaves Japan, I still feel like talking about it. I mean, imports are a possibility, as the series’ fans have already proven passionate enough to localize the similarly Japan-exclusive Fatal Frame IV. I hope we don’t need to resort to it, but if we do, we will. So with that in mind, here are some screenshots from the next game, which releases on the Wii U later this month.
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have released an official music video for “Kill Or Become”, their latest single from A Skeletal Domain, which came out two weeks ago (iTunes). The video shows the band performing in a small shack while additional footage shows a man taking out zombies with a chainsaw. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d think of when you’re expecting a Cannibal Corpse music video.
Michael Myers is taking October and making it his bitch. Again.
SpectiCast has partnered with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween, back to theaters worldwide beginning October 1, 2014, with select screenings available through October 31st!
The full theater list can be found at here.
For the first time ever, the digitally restored and re-mastered print, created under the supervision of the world renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey, will be seen on big screens around the world. In the film, villain, Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie Strode, the breakout role for Jamie Lee Curtis. Dr. Loomis is their only hope, but will he find his shadow-dwelling patient in time?
“We are delighted to work with SpectiCast to bring this restored and re-mastered version of Halloween to movie screens,” says producer Malek Akkad. “We are excited for fans across the globe to experience this film like never before.”
Halloween 1978 will be appearing on more than 500 screens at select theaters in over twelve countries around the world.
For more information, visit HalloweenMovies.com.