The Iranian horror film Under the Shadow is going to get an English-language remake, even though it just made its debut appearance earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival (check out our review). The London-based Wigwam Films and XYZ Films, who are handling the North American sales for the film, have announced that they are collaborating on this remake, according to Deadline. The film is directed by Babak Anvari.
Under the Shadow is, “…set in 1988 Iran, during the bloodshed of the Iran-Iraq War. Shideh and her daughter Dorsa start to believe their family home is haunted by “djinn” — evil spirits that are trying to steal their most prized belongings, including a treasured cloth doll.”
Anvari will be acting as the executive producer of the remake, which as yet has not writer or director.
This week is a big one for New Orleans-based label Waxwork Records. On top of releasing The Warriors, it’s been revealed that their next project is one that will mean a great deal to horror fans around the world: composer Lalo Schifrin‘s unused score to William Friedkin’s The Exorcist! This news comes via a wonderful piece that Vanity Fair did on the label and their The Warriors release.
If you want a copy of The Warriors, you’d best order it soon as Waxwork’s releases tend to sell out rather quickly!
You can read our piece about the unused score right here.
The Cannes Film Festival is currently in full swing over in the South of France. Better known for the red carpet and flash bulbs the event has a hive like underbelly where companies deal their cinematic wares in a convention style market place. It is here that eye catching sales art is displayed to catch attention of delegates from different countries. A beautifully different design jumped out from here and has us wanting to explore From A House On Willow Street.
Take a look below at two one sheets and some previously reported scar tissue sported on star Sharni Vinson (You’re Next) as well as more behind the scenes of making the film in South Africa via her Instagram.Roguish kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy diamond distributor. When they have her locked up in their hideout, they realize she’s been possessed by a sinister demon.
Alex Garland’s Dredd suffered a terrible blow upon its theatrical release. With a budget of $50 million, it only generated $13.5 million domestic and took in a grand total of $35 million worldwide, making it a flop. Well, on paper at least.
Karl Urban, who played the Judge himself, explains in a new interview with Den of Geek, “Alex Garland has gone on record to say that Dredd was a Failure. I disagree. The movie itself was not a failure, in fact it was a critical success, it just failed to perform at the box office. How does a movie with a 78% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes fail? Through zero audience awareness. Nobody knew the movie was being released. ‘Dredd’ represents a failure in marketing, not filmmaking.”
Urban continues to explain that the film, “…sold 750,000 units, in North America, the first week it went on sale on DVD“, which shows that there is significant interest. Furthermore, word-of-mouth probably helped a great deal as the movie really was a fantastic experience, at least in my opinion.
Originally planned as a trilogy, the box office failure of Dredd ensured that we wouldn’t be seeing a second, much less a third film any time soon. But that doesn’t mean that people should lose all hope.
“But the success it has achieved in all post-theatrical mediums has definitely strengthened the argument in favour of a sequel. But it’s not an easy sell. I’m constantly blown away by the fan support and love for Dredd,” explains Urban. “I get stopped and asked about Dredd most days, I find it strangely ironic that to get recognised and associated with a character whose face is largely obscured behind a helmet.”
There’ve been rumors swirling around that both Netflix and Amazon were in conversations for a Dredd original series. When asked about this possibility, Urban stated, “I’m amenable to being involved in any legitimate and worthy follow up to Dredd, whether it be another theatrical release or a Netflix/Amazon targeted production. I think the best thing that fans can do is to continue be vocal about their support. Organise more fan screenings of ‘Dredd’, that’s one of the key factors that helped ‘Blade Runner’ find its true audience.”
No matter what the path is for more Dredd, Urban’s enthusiasm for the character and his view of the devoted fanbase is exactly why he was the perfect choice for the role.
“I would be blessed and it would be a privilege to make another Dredd. I feel so incredibly grateful to the fans of this movie.”
Bacon responded by confirming last year’s news of a “Tremors” TV series. The news last year was that Bacon, who played “Valentine McKee” in the first film, would be acting as executive producer and would also be starring in the series.
His video response doesn’t go into his role but it does confirm that this is a project that is still being worked on, so now we just have to wait to see what the next step is!
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) May 12, 2016
There’s a creepypasta that’s been making it’s way around the net for a little while now called “The Anguished Man“. The idea is that a painter used his own blood to paint the image before committing suicide. That painting then fell into the ownership of Sean Robinson’s grandmother, whereupon he inherited said object and has since been posting YouTube videos of supposed paranormal events centered around the painting.
Now this supposed true story has been acquired by La Brea Pictures for a film titled Anguished that will be directed by American-Finnish director Til Ricks. She explains, “I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of The Anguished Man on the screen. There is something really intriguing about haunted items and especially haunted paintings – they really appeal to our biggest fears and imagination”
“Based on a true story, and set in the United Kingdom, ‘Anguished’ tells the story of an English man who inherits a weird painting locked away in an attic, away from sight.”
Robinson will be acting as associate producer and is considering taking the painting to various conventions and paranormal events, although he cautions, “I wouldn’t recommend touching the painting…”
You can see “The Anguished Man” painting below.
Universal Pictures has released the first trailer for the BH Tilt/WWE thriller Incarnate, starring Battle Los Angeles and I, Frankenstein‘s Aaron Eckhart and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, Che Part 1 and 2).
Brad Peyton (San Andreas, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Cats and Dogs 2) directed from a screenplay by Ronnie Christensen (Passengers, Dark Tide) in which an exorcist taps into the subconscious of a nine-year old boy, played by David Mazouz, who is possessed by a powerful, ancient demon.
WWE star Mark Henry has a cameo.
Here’s the official synopsis for Incarnate, in theaters September 30th:
“A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.”
In 2010, Remedy Entertainment developed Alan Wake, a psychological action horror game for the Xbox 360 and, eventually, for PC. The game follows successful author Alan Wake who, in the midst of a serious bout of writer’s block, travels with his wife to the quaint and picturesque town of Bright Falls, a delightful hamlet with charming residents and gorgeous scenery. Upon arriving, Wake and his wife, Alice, fall victim to a surreal darkness that steals Alice away and robs Wake of one week, a time during which he seemingly wrote a manuscript that portends future events, most of which are life-threatening to anyone involved.
The game was, in my opinion, a masterpiece of brilliant design and wonderful writing, creating a world that was engrossing and engaging while at the same time making something so fascinating that I couldn’t stop playing it. In fact, I think I’ve went back and revisited the game at least five or six times, relishing every moment with each playthrough.
A marketing ploy that was utilized before the release of Alan Wake was a series of short episodic films under the title Bright Falls, named after the aforementioned town. These six short episodes told the story of journalist Jake Fischer who travels to the town of Bright Falls to interview Dr. Emil Hartman, a psychiatrist who owns the Cauldron Lake Lodge, about his new book.
I bring Bright Falls up because I just rewatched all the episodes and I was struck by how well the shorts captured the feel that players would later feel when playing the game. Directed by Phillip Van, the show is beautifully shot, creating a world that feels mysterious and real. And while Twin Peaks, which was obviously an inspiration, may have been a charming town, seeming like a place that one might actually want to visit, Bright Falls is the opposite. It’s imposing, eerie, and unsettling.
The characters are just as intriguing as the town. The writers give just enough hints as to relationships to make things interesting but leave the details out, allowing us crave more or, perhaps even better, create our own backstories, as many of these characters are not a part of the game.
Each episode unfolds offering new mysteries while answering previous ones. However, if you think that by watching all six episodes that you’re going to know everything, you’re sorely mistaken. There are clues that are meant to be followed, threads meant to be unravelled, and paths meant to be journeyed.
As I rewatched this series, I was struck by a feeling whereby I wished this were fully realized into an actual TV series or even potentially a movie. The Alan Wake universe would allow for some truly amazing opportunities to tell captivating and compelling storylines, either via Wake or the inhabitants of Bright Falls. Perhaps a TV series could be created that is almost like “Night Springs”, the Twilight Zone-esque show that players could watch on random televisions scattered throughout the game.
Alas, I realize that these are dreams that will always see me wake up saddened by reality, but I choose to cling to these hopes anyways.
No matter what, Remedy is still actively entertaining the concept of a full-fledged sequel to Alan Wake, so one can only hope that a return is seriously in the works. The two DLC titles and one stand-alone game aren’t bad, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I find them to be exciting additions that embraced the lack of reality to really expand Wake’s purgatory. But they were appetizers and I’ve been craving the main course for a long time now.
No matter what, I still strongly encourage you to set aside approximately 30-45 minutes and watch Bright Falls. All episodes are below.Episode 1: “Oh Deer” Episode 2: “Time Flies” Episode 3: “Lights Out” Episode 4: “Local Flavor” Episode 5: “Off the Record” Episode 6: “Clearcut”
A new clip from Blumhouse’s upcoming supernatural horror film The Darkness expands on one of the most used scenes we’ve seen in trailers: the dirty hands clip. There’s really not much to explain as it’s kinda self-explanatory, so I’d recommend just watching the clip to see for yourself!
As a family returns home from vacation at the Grand Canyon, they innocently bring home a supernatural force that preys off their own fears and vulnerabilities, threatening to destroy them from within, while consuming their lives with terrifying consequences.”
The Darkness stars Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz, Lucy Fry, Matt Walsh and Jennifer Morrison. It was directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and comes out tomorrow, Friday the 13th.
It’s looking like Pacific Rim 2 is moving closer and closer to becoming a reality! The film, which was at one point taken off the table completely, has enlisted Jurassic World Derek Connolly to work on the script, according to THR/. The site states that it’s unclear if Connolly is working on a total rewrite or if he’s simply expanding on ideas within the script.
The film will see Guillermo del Toro, who directed the first film, return to act as producer. “Daredevil” season 1 showrunner Steven DeKnight has been tapped to direct the film, which will be produced by Thomas Tull, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni in addition to del Toro.
Connolly is currently working on a script for Jurassic World 2 and wrote the script for the upcoming adventure thriller Kong: Skull Island.
In the original film, “As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.“
With the new 2-disc director approved special edition Blu-ray/DVD combo of Hired to Kill set to hit stands next week (May 17) Arrow has kindly provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive look at the Blu-ray.
Now I’ve yet to see Hired to Kill, but if this clip is any indication, I am most certainly going to love this one! In this three minute clip we see Frank Ryan (Brian Thompson) putting his army of women through a vigorous training montage. While this clip doesn’t contain a lot of dialogue, it does offer up Thompson yelling through a megaphone, “You’ve got a nice ass Ms. Rogers, I hate to see you lose it!” That’s a great line if I’ve ever heard one!
Starring legendary actors Oliver Reed (Gladiator, The Brood) and George Kennedy (The Delta Force and The Naked Gun series), Hired to Kill is an essential slice of ’90s action fare featuring guns, girls and a plethora of budget-busting explosions for good measure. Action movie staple Brian Thompson (whose brief turn in 1984’s The Terminator led to a starring role in the 1986 Sylvester Stallone vehicle Cobra) stars as Frank Ryan, a mercenary sent to track down a rebel leader in hostile territory. Posing as a fashion designer, he won’t be going it alone, as he’ll be aided by seven beautiful – but deadly – female fighters. Whilst the opportunity to see Oliver Reed chewing up the scenery behind an elaborate moustache merits the price of the admission alone, Hired to Kill is also noteworthy as being co-directed by Nico Mastorakis – the man behind such cult favourites as Island of Death and The Zero Boys.
•Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
•High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
•Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
•Audio Commentary with editor Barry Zetlin
•Hired to Direct – a brand new interview with director Nico Mastorakis on the making of Hired to Kill
•Undercover Mercenary – a brand new interview with star Brian Thompson
•Original Theatrical Trailer
•Original Screenplay, entitled Freedom or Death (BD/DVD-ROM Content)
•Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
•Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
One of the coolest scenes in Predator 2 is when Danny Glover goes into the Predator’s spaceship and stumbles across the trophy room. It’s where the majority of the public got their first glimpse at a possible Alien vs. Predator storyline when they noticed the Xenomorph skull on the wall. While we knew that the Predator collected trophies, as shown in Predator, seeing that room really enforced that this was a skilled hunter and not just a monster that kept a souvenir.
Artist Chris Skinner has created a fantastic homage to the Predator’s collection with his piece titled “Trophy Room”. From the Klingon bat’leth to Groot’s head and even Captain America’s shield, the trophy room features some of cinema’s most iconic characters/props. You can see the image and detailed zooms below.
You can purchase a limited edition print via Galerie F.
Sometimes accidents happen…
Chiller and Scream Factory released a new trailer for their original movie Fender Bender, which will premiere Friday, June 3 at 9 PM ET.
Written and Directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars, Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire) and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are).
Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, “Fender Bender brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.
“In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first Fender Bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.”
Fender Bender stars Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis, Cassidy Freeman, Kelsey Leos Montoya, Harrison Sim and Bill Sage as The Driver. Casting by Sig De Miguel and Stephen Vincent; director of photography, Tyler Lee Cushing; edited by Lana Wolverton; music by Night Runner.
Executive producers, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Meyer Shwarzstein, Mark Pavia, Nadia Redler; produced by Carl Lucas, Joshua Bunting, Jordan Fields and Gus Krieger.
Earlier this year, we posted about BD reader chainsawestates‘s incredible custom snowglobe that paid homage to John Carpenter’s The Thing. Meticulously crafted and intricately detailed, we were as blown away by it as many of you were, judging by the comments! Now get ready to be astonished once again as chainsawestates is back, only this time they’ve gone and created something a little more unique and fascinating!
Below are pictures and a video of a snowglobe themed after Stephen King and Frank Darabont’s The Mist. Only, this isn’t a snowglobe in a traditional sense. Rather than being filled with water and particles to make it look like it’s snowing when shaken, this globe has several ports at the bottom from which fog appears, filling the glass globe with a thick mist.
This really is a perfect blend of ideas and it’s executed wonderfully! After all, while The Thing took place in a snowy environment, which means it makes sense to be a snowglobe, The Mist didn’t, so having snowy particles wouldn’t really work. But finding a way to fill it with mist? Simply inspired!
Check it out below and leave some thoughts on what you think chainsawestates should work on next! Who knows? Maybe they’ll read it and give it a shot!
Being a horror fan sometimes means being able to recognize that a movie isn’t very good but still love it anyway. Wishmaster, released in 1997, isn’t very good. But goddamn do I love it.
Directed by makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman, Wishmaster was designed to launch a horror franchise and it did just that, spawning three sequels that expanded upon the titular character and ensured that he’d at least be brought up in the same conversations as fellow villains like Freddy, Jason and Pinhead. Despite being introduced in a relatively bad movie, the Djinn very much became a horror icon, which is nothing if not a testament to the charm of Kurtzman’s second directorial outing.
Revisiting Wishmaster, it’s not hard to see why it’s become something of a beloved gem in the horror community. For starters, the practical effects work from the legendary K.N.B. EFX Group is absolutely spectacular, and the whole film is really more a showcase of what the team can do in that department than what Kurtzman can do as a director. In the opening scene alone, a skeleton literally rips itself out of a man’s body, and we also catch a glimpse of a half-snake/half-human creature that probably deserves its own movie. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multitude of gruesome, ’80s-style effects on display in Wishmaster, which set it apart from most other late-’90s horror films.
In addition to the memorable effects, there’s just so much ambition and creativity on display in Wishmaster, and a good deal of that creative credit must be given to writer Peter Atkins (Hellbound: Hellraiser 2) for fleshing out such a fun new horror villain. Of course, both film and villain are nothing without the deliciously creepy performance from Andrew Divoff, who is so good as the Djinn’s human and inhuman incarnations that he proves himself worthy of standing alongside all the iconic horror actors he shares the screen with.
And it’s the cast of Wishmaster that we’re here to shine the spotlight on today.
A handful of horror movies that have come along in recent years have been billed as “The Expendables of Horror,” which really just means that their casts are mostly comprised of faces and names instantly recognizable to us horror fans. First there was Smothered, starring icons like Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and R.A. Mihailoff, and upcoming film Death House is going even heavier on the Expendables influence – the cast includes pretty much every iconic horror actor you can think of. But decades before stunt-casting became so popular in the genre, Wishmaster showed how much fun oodles of cameos could be.
Some seriously respectable creative forces were behind Wishmaster, including Wes Craven (executive producer), Harry Manfredini (composer), and the aforementioned Peter Atkins (writer), and the roster of talent in front of the camera is every bit as impressive. Kurtzman scooped up all the top names in horror at the time, giving horror fans yet another reason to look past many of Wishmaster‘s problems and just plain have a good time with it.
Let’s take a closer look at that cast.
ROBERT ENGLUND AS RAYMOND BEAUMONT
KANE HODDER AS MERRITT’S GUARD
TONY TODD AS JOHNNY VALENTINE
ANGUS SCRIMM AS THE NARRATOR
TED RAIMI AS ED FINNEY
REGGIE BANISTER AS THE PHARMACIST
JOESEPH PILATO AS MICKEY TORELLI
As Bloody’s own Daniel Baldwin recently pointed out in his retrospective piece on Wishmaster, the Pazuzu statue from The Exorcist even makes a cameo appearance in the film!
Yea, Wishmaster was totally “The Expendables of horror” long before it was cool to be. And that’s just another reason why it’s almost impossible to not love it. Flaws be damned.
It’s been almost 33 years since Glenn Danzig fronted the legendary horror punk band The Misfits. The band, which formed in 1977, was responsible for such tracks as “Die, Die My Darling”, “Night of the Living Dead”, and “Halloween”. They are seen as a legendary act, one that brought together horror and music in ways never before done.
On October 29th, 1983 at the Greystone Hall in Detroit, The Misfits performed their last gig with vocalist Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. They had drummer Brain Damage (Genocide, Verbal Abuse) perform with them but he was so drunk that he had to be led off stage in the middle of the set and they brought on Necros’ Todd Swalla to finish the set. However, tensions were already at an all-time high between the band, which led to Danzig announcing that this was the band’s final show. Since then, there has been a lot of bad blood between all involved parties, although there have been some attempts at rekindling a relationship over the years.
However, this fall will see the trio reunite for two headlining performances at both the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests. The first performance will be during the September 2nd-4th Denver Riot Fest and Rodeo while the second performance will take place at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Carnival, somewhere between September 16th and 18th. The full lineups for both events will be released next week.
The horror genre is a wide and beautiful landscape of subgenres that let us face our fears, be they in the form of demons, monsters, slashers, mutants, ghosts, viruses, nature, or our own minds, not to mention the wide plethora of other assailants that I haven’t mentioned. I’m constantly reminded of the merchant in the beginning of Hellraiser, who asks Frank Cotton, “What’s your pleasure?” When it comes to horror, I can choose from a wide variety of delights with which to sully and corrupt my mind.
But like any other fan of the genre, horror is not the only thing I imbibe. I enjoy watching comedies, action/adventure, and even the occasional romance film (Amelie is one of my favorite movies of all time). And something I noticed in several of my favorite non-horror films is that many of them share many themes with horror!
So I decided to whip up a list of six non-horror movies that I thought of off the top of my head that I feel would be right up the alley of any horror fan. Check out the list below and let me know some recommendations YOU have in the comments below!eXistenZ
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Directed by the legendary David Cronenberg, this movie falls far more under the umbrella of “sci-fi mind fuckery” than horror. But if you think Cronenberg doesn’t add in some really horrific moments, you’re very much mistaken. Packed with phenomenal performances and featuring some typical Cronenberg grossness, eXistenZ is a wildly entertaining and absolutely bizarre journey.Children of Men
In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Don’t watch this movie unless you make plans for afterwards. I made that mistake and just sat on my couch for two hours after the credits stopped rolling trying to absorb everything I’d just witnessed.
The reason why I feel horror fans will love this movie is because it has a bleak, almost hopeless feel throughout nearly the entire film. Furthermore, there are scenes of graphic violence and brutality AND it’s essentially a post-apocalyptic film, although the apocalypse here isn’t caused by a virus, zombies, or anything like that. Instead, it’s simply a biological shift whereby women can’t get pregnant, so humanity loses all hope.
It’s a really stunning film and I wholeheartedly recommend watching it.The City of Lost Children
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
This is one of my favorite movies ever. Essentially a dark and twisted fairy tale, The City of Lost Children is playful in its surreal approach, crafting a charming and delightful film that circles the terrifying concept of child abduction.
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet would go on to make Alien: Resurrection, which would see him reunite with The City of Lost Children stars Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinon. Additionally, it has music from “Twin Peaks” composer Angelo Badalamenti.The Running Man
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Based on a story by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman), The Running Man essentially set the stage for movies and ideas like Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, The Purge, and more.
The horror elements here are basically the constant threat of the hunt. Arnold Schwarzenegger is constantly on the move to not only survive but to also find a way to expose and take down the very people who framed him. Facing one “gladiator” after another, each equally vicious and despicable, Schwarzenegger and crew are fighting for their very lives every moment of this sadistic TV show.Dark City
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
It’s hard to describe Dark City because the movie is so unique and out there. But I don’t think anyone can deny that through its sci-fi noir veneer, there is an underbelly strongly influenced by horror. I mean, remember that little child Stranger? That’s something out of a nightmare.
Filled with an incredible cast (Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O’Brien, Ian Richardson, and more) and directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow), this movie was under-appreciated upon release but has since grown a strong cult following.The 13th Warrior
A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled on a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.
Okay, the below trailer is absolutely godawful, so just ignore that it even exists, okay?
Directed by John McTiernan and based on Michael Crichton’s book “Eaters of the Dead” (which itself was inspired by the epic poem “Beowulf”), The 13th Warrior went through its fair share of production woes. The budget reportedly hit over $160 million, which, if adjusted for inflation, is nearly $230 million today, and the movie only took in $61 million in global box office, making it a catastrophe.
However, I was always puzzled by the distaste for the film. It’s a snappy film that doesn’t waste time and it knows how to introduce new elements in clever ways, such as the scene where Antonio Banderas learns how to speak Norse by listening during their journey.
But where horror fans can latch onto the movie is the villains. The book wasn’t called “Eaters of the Dead” because it sounded cool, it’s because that’s exactly what was happening! So, you’ve got vikings against the cannibalistic “Wendol”, who wear bear skins in order to make themselves appear more ferocious and aggressive. Plus, they have no problem ripping the heads off of their victims with their bare hands.
This really was another criminally under-appreciated film upon release. I wish it got more credit as it’s thoroughly entertaining with wonderful sets and fantastic music. Plus, I guarantee you’ll start saying the “Lo, there do I see my father…” mantra at the most random times and feel like a total badass while doing it.
One day. A useless bundle of hours, that’s all we have standing between us and Doom. Usually, I’d be ankle-deep in demon giblets by now, striking a heroic pose atop a mountain of Mancubi while I stare off into the distance with a dramatic plume of hellfire blazing behind me. But not this time. Bethesda is withholding review copies of this lovely-looking game until the servers go live, so even us fork-tongued critics have to wait until launch day to get our greasy paws on it.
You can bet I’m going to haul ass through the campaign as soon as I have my copy. After that, I’ll probably spend a few tremendously painful hours getting my butt kicked in the multiplayer — after spending far too much time customizing my very own Doom Guy so he represents my views and opinions — then I’ll use SnapMap to make some dicks before getting to work on the review.
My job isn’t always black grapes and rainbows, but someone has to do it.
Our very own Mr. T isn’t convinced this game will live up to the hype that’s been building around it for more than a decade. I’m not either, but there are still some very specifically awesome things about what id Software is doing with the reboot that I am very excited about.
Take the multiplayer, for example. I’m rubbish at it, always have been, but I still have loads of fun even if I occasionally find myself hop-running away from player-controlled Revenants who always seem intent on blowing me to bits. It’s startling how often I’m marked for death first. I could be surrounded by a team wielding fully-charged BFGs, one point short of a victory and they’ll still find a way to tear me from this mortal coil before anyone else.
It happens often enough that I’ve had to accept it as a hidden feature of the game, a cruel inside joke id Software is playing on me for not having enough LAN parties in high school. Whenever the announcer lets me in on the fact that a demon rune is about to reveal itself, I accept my fate. The announcer probably has too. For all I know, he says it with a smirk on his face, or worse, he may be the one who’s pulling the strings.
Anyway, the point is, I’ve been forever cursed and I can still have loads of fun with the Doom multiplayer, so certainly you can too.
Maybe multiplayer isn’t your thing. That’s okay. It isn’t mine either, for the most part. That’s why our Lord and Savior, Gaben — Godking of Valve, Lord of Steam, Slayer of Threequels — invented the single-player campaign (don’t bother Googling any of this, it’s all true).
Doom caused a bit of a stir when it was revealed its story mode wouldn’t support co-op. There might’ve been rioting in the streets, but our kind prefers to stay indoors where there’s food and a strong Wi-fi signal. Knowing we could create our own custom co-op campaigns using the game’s shiny new SnapMap modding tools also helped.
But nature should still consider putting power outlets on trees.
The nifty thing about something like SnapMap is you don’t have to do anything with it to get something from it. The community-created content benefits everyone, including sad saps such as myself who can confidently erect elaborate genitalia-inspired towers with considerable girth and detail, only to choke when it comes to anything one might deem ‘playable’.
Fortunately, there’s a small percentage of the game’s player base that we can consistently rely on to carry the rest of us. These wonderful individuals are what kept me coming back to LittleBigPlanet years after its trade-in value had fallen to that of a budget bin title, just so I could see what those strange and wildly underappreciated engineers had been up to when I was busy neglecting the game.
Doom is more than capable of fostering a strong modding community around its SnapMap utility, thanks to its developer’s unique understanding of the PC Master Race, as well as the series’ already established history of being stupid fun to mod.
For me, it’s mostly about the campaign. I’ve always preferred a solid story mode to most other things in the games I play. By choosing to build the campaign sans co-op support, id Software saved precious time and resources that would’ve had a noticeable impact had they been spent on co-op friendly level design, enemy encounters, etc. That’s not to say its story mode will be good because it’s single-player — that level of witchery has been mastered by a select few game developers, like Valve and Naughty Dog.
The underlying theme with this game has been about taking something that worked twenty years ago and bedazzling it so it appeals to newcomers without startling the easily-startled old folks.
This idea can be seen everywhere, from the arena-based multiplayer where it looks like a blockbuster video game should in 2016 but it feels a lot like a 90s shooter, to the campaign, which has more or less the same thing going on. Everything is either bigger or there’s more of it — or in some cases, both. There’s a story, but the scope of it has changed and it’s brought with it a slew of “modern” enhancements like character customization, gruesome “glory kills”, and silly point-based awards to satisfy our lizard brains.
It introduces these tweaks while staying refreshingly close to its roots. Doom won’t force a regenerating health system on you, nor will it make you carry a “realistic” number of weapons or burden you with the hassle that comes with having to reload them. It’ll even have key cards, and if we’re lucky, they’ll be colored to match the door they unlock.
So will the new Doom be any good? Only our tomorrow selves know the answer to that. Until then, let’s do a bunch of push-ups so we can all be stupid ripped when it gets here. You game?
Raven Banner arrives in Cannes with First World War horror Trench 11 with Rossif Sutherland [pictured] from Hyena Road attached to star, writes ScreenDaily.
The Toronto-based sales team will begin pre-sales in Cannes on the project from director Leo Scherman about an Allied plan to send a shell-shocked tunneller into a bunker where the Germans have lost control of a biological weapon.
Tyler Levine produces and Martin Katz and Walter Gasparovic serve as executive producers alongside Phyllis Laing through her Buffalo Gal Pictures genre label Insidious Pictures.
Trench 11 is the first film under the first-look deal with Insidious Pictures announced in Berlin.
Film Factory has picked up worldwide sales rights to Álex de la Iglesia’s prestige thriller The Bar (El Bar) and is touting to buyers on the Croisette, reports ScreenDaily, who also shared the first image.
“The action takes place at a watering hole one morning where a regular leaves the establishment and is promptly shot dead.
When a customer who attempts to help the dead man is also killed, the clientele hole up inside, wondering not just why the killings are occurring, but where the killer is located.”
De la Iglesia wrote the screenplay with Jorge Guerricaechevarri.
Pokeepsie Films, Nadie Es Perfecto and Atresmedia Cine produce the film from the Spanish genre specialist, whom Film Factory managing director Vicente Canales hailed as “one of the most ground-breaking and talented directors in contemporary cinema.”
Blanca Suárez, who starred in De la Iglesia’s 2015 comedy My Big Night and Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited!, leads a cast that includes de la Iglesia regulars Mario Casas, Jaime Ordóñez, Terele Pávez and Carmen Machi.