“[Interwebz TROLL Simulator] is more of an art piece than a game, and I know most people won’t play it more than 2-3 times after playing it once.”
Michael Patrick Rogers is one hell of an intense guy, and his newest game — or ‘game’? — is directed at what most people consider to be the bottom-feeders of the online community: internet trolls. “I decided to make the game a troll itself,” he said, “but about important issues and more of a political satire, like the political cartoons that they used to have in the newspaper when I was growing up.”
The maker of last year’s infinitely weird experiment, The Lady, is back with a different sort of project. Interwebz TROLL Simulator has players interact on a message board, of sorts. There is no goal, no winning, no achievement that is readily noticeable.
To be honest, it’s kind of strange that an article about this game is even ending up on a horror site. Other than some pentagrams and a soundtrack straight out of Liquid Television, there isn’t anything overtly horrific about Interwebz TROLL Simulator. It is a representation of the darkness of the internet, but it isn’t actually the darkness itself.
For that reason, the game is underwhelming. It is not the mixture of 8mm and S&man I expected, and the content isn’t varied enough to bring players back. Rogers said, “I think there are over 100 comments and 50 something user names, with about 10 Twitter links,” adding, “the game was made on a $0 budget with someone I made another free game with, and it was basically made in one weekend.”
Still, there is something oddly declarative and clear-eyed about this game’s purpose. Players log in as User and choose one of four troll ‘classes’ before being taken to message board of sorts in order to unleash his or her inner troll. They will be privy to a variety of ignorant and politically-charged invective. It’s almost like a second-tier NES game you might have picked out at the video store if Tiger Heli and Monster Party had been rented.
It doesn’t draft information from what users type, though that was my initial impression, and it doesn’t actually contain the most offensive content I’ve seen, something I halfway expected. It seemed like Interwebz TROLL Simulator should be the end-all, be-all of user-created trolling content. But the content in no way makes it onto the internet, nor is it saved internally for use on later users who log in and play. It is the antithesis of trolling, which is to unsettle as many or as few people as possible from behind a gilded curtain of anonymity.
The game sort of trolls the user. It isn’t what players would expect, so it is kind of trolling the player’s expectations. And it matters not which class the player chooses; the content is fairly similar, in terms of hatred and ignorance. It’s a really weird experience.
I’m not saying play Interwebz TROLL Simulator. I’m also not saying don’t play it for a little while, either. It didn’t change the way I think about gaming the way that more pointed deconstructions of gaming have, but I do think it’s cool that we’ve reached a point that really personal things can exist and be seen, even to undercut the industry to which they belong.
The game is available exclusively at Indie Game Stand, and players can pick it up for the price of $1.00, currently at a 99% discount.
To help prepare us for the imminent release of Alien: Isolation in a few short weeks, Sega has been releasing a stream of vignettes so we know what we’re in for. The message each of these videos aims to convey is one of hopelessness. You can’t escape what’s hunting you, guns won’t be much help, and it’s in your best interest not to anger that lone xeno.
We already knew that vents can serve as a hiding spot for Amanda Ripley, but as this video proves, they also serve as a means for that nasty alien to ambush you.
Alien: Isolation is slated to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Bethesda has released a fresh batch of screenshots from Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within, and this time they’re all about the game’s variety of unnerving environments — a room filled with animal carcasses on hooks is never a good thing — rather than its impressive cast of monsters.
I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to painting every one of them red with the blood of every monster that’s dumb enough to get in my way.
The Evil Within hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
Will Fatal Frame V release outside of Japan? It’s a possibility, but it’s also not looking good. I feel like they would have mentioned it by now, if that was something they were planning on doing. So for the time being, all we can do is hope Nintendo will realize the market is as hungry as it will ever be for the unique flavor of horror that is Fatal Frame and give it an international release.
It’s been at least five years since I last played a Fatal Frame game. Long enough that I’d consider buying a Wii U. It doesn’t help that this game looks fantastic.
After we’re done giggling at that awkward codename — Project Scissors? Really? — let’s talk about the fact that the survival horror classic Clock Tower is getting a spiritual successor. Now, before you get too excited, I will have to let the air out of your sails, because this game is only coming to mobile devices (specifically iOS, Android and Vita). If you’re still with me, the team behind it should be reason enough to get you adequately excited for this surprise reveal.
For starters, it’s a collaborative project between Hifumi Kono (director of the first two Clock Tower games), Masahiro Ito (formerly of Team Silent, where he came up with the design for Pyramid Head while working on the first three Silent Hill games), and renowned Japanese director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On, The Grudge). That’s some top-tier talent right there.
Here’s what it’ll be about:
“The game’s setting is aboard a luxurious cruise liner in the middle of the ocean. As the ship sails across the deep blue ocean, a series of gruesome and mysterious murders begins to take place, including those of the ship’s crew. Soon the ocean liner is crippled and adrift at sea, and has become an inescapable trap for the passengers. As a passenger of the ship, the player will be tasked with solving the murder mystery to ensure their own survival as well as the rest of the ‘innocent’ passengers.”
If this doesn’t excite you, there’s always that fan-made Clock Tower remake to look forward to.
If you haven’t played any of the Dementium games, the series is basically a love letter to 90s era survival horror. Previously a Nintendo DS exclusive, Dementium II was “remastered” for PC last year. If you’ve been left wondering where the series is headed next, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from it soon. I say this because it was recently confirmed, via a tweet from Renegade Kid studio director Jools Watsham, that the rights to the series have returned to the developer. It sounds like we may have another sequel on the way.
“I am ecstatic to announce that Renegade Kid now has the rights to create Dementium sequels!” Watsham said on Twitter.
It’s my belief that we can never have too many horror games, and that goes doubly so for the Nintendo DS. I hope Renegade Kid will give that platform some much-needed love.
How about you — what would you like to see from this old school survival horror franchise?
Forgive the video quality, this is an older video.
Cullen Bunn has been the go to man for comic book horror for the last year, and he shows now signs of letting up. Luckily we’re in touch with the people who represent him here at Bloody-Disgusting. A few weeks ago we announced the debut of his new Vertigo Series WOLF MOON, and today we’ve got the exclusive preview of “The Empty Man” #4 from BOOM! Studios. A series that we called “exactly the kind of mind-fuck horror I’m interested in reading and its being done perfectly. “
THE EMPTY MAN #4
Author: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Synopsis: After circling around the truth, Langford and Jensen have finally discovered Markoff’s trail. The bad news? It leads right into the horrific nightmare world of Patient Zero’s psyche.
In the latest trailer for Alien: Isolation we’re introduced to its Survivor Mode. This mode is their way of extending the life of the game, as it drops Ripley into an environment from the campaign, gives her a few things to do (find X items, etc.), a time limit, and motivation to do well via a score that’s posted on the leaderboard following a successful run.
Alien: Isolation will ship with only one Survivor Mode map. If you want the rest, you’ll have to pay for them. Sega will be adding to it through five DLC packs they hope to have out by March.
The first pack comes with three Survivor maps, a new playable character and what sounds like multiple new enemy types. It arrives on Oct 28.
Alien: Isolation is scheduled to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
The wait is over. The latest chapter in the episodic indie horror game Doorways is out, and if it’s anything like the first two chapters then it’ll be as strange as it is scary. Doorways: The Underworld follows special agent Thomas Foster, who’s been tasked with hunting down a runaway psychopath. I think this is another case of the hunter becoming the hunted.
Doorways: The Underworld can be found on Steam for $8.99 (10% off). On Sept 24 it’s price will return to normal ($9.99).
Waxwork Records has announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to 2007′s fantastic anthology horror film Trick ‘R Treat, which was composed by Douglas Pipes, on vinyl. No details have been released aside from the album cover art, which was done by Francesco Francavilla. You can see the artwork below.
— Waxwork Records (@waxworkrecords) September 20, 2014
Reviewed by Jay Hawkinson
If you’ve seen the first ABCs of Death (2012) then you know what to expect from ABCs of Death 2 (2014), which had its world premiere at the ongoing Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Applying the same format, a horror-tinged short film for each letter of the alphabet done by a different director, ABCs of Death 2 is a tighter, more consistent follow-up that is less the mixed bag of the first film and a hell of a lot more fun. Sick, twisted fun.
Kicking off with “A for Amateur,” directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the dark humorous tone is established. His short was also an audience favorite, which is saying a lot with the level of quality on display; pulsating music over the glossy, gross underbelly of Los Angeles, Katz maneuvers an assassin in for the kill. However, things don’t go as planned leading to a rather unexpected and hilarious outcome.
The bar is set high from the beginning. Framed within a grim children’s book (the opening credits sequence is a delight, watching animated teachers slice off body parts of their pupils), this loose anthology of sorts follows that lead, in which nearly all the directing teams step up to the task. From killer animals to beheadings gone wrong and home invasion, ABCs of Death 2 covers a lot of ground without ever reducing to the toilet humor found in the first installment (which apparently was one of the ‘new’ mandates thrown down by producer Ant Timpson, “No more fart jokes”).
Clearly, these directors accepted that challenge and rose above it. The contest winner, “M is for Masticate,” directed by Robert Boocheck, was viewable online and yet works even better on the big screen. The letter Y, by VFX artist and first time director Soichi Umezawa, was a late entry after another director dropped out. Older by a few years, this creative short still fit in perfectly with the rest and is another standout.
Other highlights include the segment by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buozyte, the writing and directing team behind Vanishing Waves (2012), a previous festival darling, and Jerome Sable (Stage Fright) turns in a wicked “get what you deserve, Brodude” short for the letter V. The man behind Astron 6, Steven Kostanski, doesn’t disappoint with another audience favorite that’s basically a toy commercial that becomes reality. Directors Jim Hosking and Chris Nash each file comical, yet grotesque segments about becoming someone you’re not. They couldn’t be more different in approach but both are unforgettable.
Like the initial ABCs of Death movie, plenty of festival favorite directors are included, but give a hat tip to producer Tim League & Co. for the international flavor. From Canada to Israel, Lithuania to Spain and more, distinct voices and countries are represented. Not every segment is a knockout but there are easily more hits here than misses. Whether you saw the first movie or not, ABCs of Death 2 brings something new to the table that makes it worth seeing.
Surprising no one, a third film is teased at in the end credits…
Sergey Kuzentsov’s debut novel from Titan Publishing Butterfly Skin, hits on September 23rd, and to celebrate the release of this chilling serial killer story, we have the author himself here to give us a list of his top 13 serial killer films. In Butterfly Skin, Moscow is plagued with a series of gruesome murders. Ksenia, an ambitious young editor in the news department of a small but influential online journal decides to track down the serial killer, devising an elaborate website to entrap him and thereby boost her company’s profile. She soon realises, however, that her obsession with the psychopath reflects something more deeply disturbing: her own unconscious mixture of horror and fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.
Through his riveting plot and singular characters, Sergey Kuznetsov explores the sometimes pathological fallout resulting from our instant connectivity in the emerging world of emails, facebook, twitter, and other forms of electronic “intimacy.” The novel has enjoyed a cult following in Russia.
I couldn’t be more overjoyed to share this with you, so without further adieu, here it is:
Many years ago I used to be a movie critic, so when I wrote my novel Butterfly Skin, a story about violence, love and mass-media, by force of habit I referred to many movies. The most important for me were Aliens and Last Tango in Paris, however my characters mostly spoke about serial killers movies — because of the issues and the plot of the novel. While there were Hollywood movies such as Natural Born Killers and Silence of the Lambs, I later realized that my favorite serial killer films were from areas outside the English-language. So, I’m glad to introduce the readers of Bloody Disgusting my personal list of the top 13 serial killers films which need subtitles for the US audience.
Sony’s Screen Gems has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller Scarecrow with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing, Variety reports.
“Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.”
Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s The Strangers, and Adrienne Biddle are producing through their Unbroken Pictures banner.
Unbroken is currently in pre-production on There Are Monsters with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.
It’s also developing supernatural horror movie February with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts attached and supernatural thriller Stephanie with Blumhouse and The Gotham Group with Akiva Goldsman directing.
Directed by Jonas Govaerts
Many still believe that the French horror phenomenon is responsible for the most twisted and vicious genre films in the past decade, although Belgium is surely giving France a run for its money with the advent of a new wave of depraved horror films.
First-time director Jonas Govaerts only supports this fact as his first feature, Cub, puts a brutal new spin on standard camp horror fare.
After the film’s creepy and at first misleading prologue, viewers are introduced to Sam (Luijten), an introverted twelve-year-old on the way to a camping trip with his fellow cub scouts and three teenage camp counselors. When a mishap with two bullies reroutes the group further into the woods, the counselors try scaring the boy scouts with a campfire tale about Kai, a werewolf rumoured to be stalking its prey in those very woods.
When the impressionable Sam runs into a savage young boy wearing a mask, he is convinced he has found the real Kai and is promptly ridiculed for his theory. Although the boy is not a mythical beast, the threat of something sinister brewing in the air is very much real as the group is being stalked by a flesh and blood skilled and patient killer, and Sam quickly realizes that the legend of Kai is the least of his worries.
One of the things that makes Cub stand out from the archetypal “slasher in the woods” movie is its usage of its supporting characters. Like a majority of slashers, the supporting characters exist simply to pad the numbers. However, what makes them unique from regular slashers is that besides one villainous character, none of them are particularly unlikable. For instance, in Cub, not all of the camp counselors are horny wing bats, and the one female counselor who is, is actually the film’s most empathetic character. By making the minor characters less detestable, it makes the nihilistic events to follow that much more shocking to watch, and be warned: This is not a film for the easily offended.
Govaerts also succeeds in displaying the most inventive set-pieces in a camp horror film since Severance. The fatal booby traps that the members of the group fall victim to one-by-one are particularly well thought-out and will invoke cheers from the audience.
On the downside, Cub loses its momentum and falls apart in its final act, when it inexplicably turns into a generic and over-the-top slasher and ends with mediocre results. This wouldn’t be such a disappointment if the acts that preceded the finale weren’t full of enjoyable, yet sadistic moments.
Cub may end on a weak note; however, director Jonas Govaerts still manages to take a generic plot and deliver a solid horror experience by taking his viewers on a dark and unexpected ride through the woods.
In a year filled with one mediocre flick after the other, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a breath of maniacally fresh air and will stand proudly on my top 5 of the year list. If it’s playing near you, SEE IT! If not… dig this clip!
Tusk (review), written and directed by Kevin Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
Look for the flick in theatres NOW.
Following up on this morning’s news, Dread Central has learned exclusively that Camille Keaton, who played Jennifer in Meir Zarchi’s 1978 cult classic I Spit on Your Grave (Day of the Woman), will be starring in the next film.
The project is now titled I Spit on Your Grave – Deja-vu and, as it turns out, is an actual sequel written by Zarchi that shares characters as well as continuity with his original 1978 cult classic Day of the Woman, aka I Spit on Your Grave. Chad Ferrin and Terry Zarchi are producing with Meir once again directing.
The project has nothing to do with CineTel Films or Anchor Bay.
Stay tuned for more as it comes.
Following her rape, Jennifer Hills wrote a best-selling account of her ordeal and of the controversial trial in which she was accused of taking the law into her own hands and brutally killing her assailants. In the small town where the rape and revenge took place, the relatives of the four rapists she killed are furious that the court declared her not guilty and resolve to take justice into their own hands.
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Respectively scheduled for release in late 2014 and early 2015, both the James Wan-produced Demonic and franchise reboot Amityville: The Awakening have unexpectedly been pulled from release by TWC-Dimension, and at the moment it doesn’t look like there are any set future plans for either film.
December 12th of this year was the planned date for Demonic, starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo. The film centers on the aftermath of a horrific massacre where five college students were brutally murdered inside an abandoned home. Detective Mark Lewis and psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein question one of the few survivors, who explains they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which was believed to be haunted. But what started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying.
As for Amityville: The Awakening, that one was slated for release on January 2, 2015. In the Frank Khalfoun-directed film, Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother, Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh), in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.While we wait for news about new dates, you can check out the trailer for Amityville: The Awakening below.
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We feature a lot of metal videos on the Twisted Music Video Of The Week series, so this week we’re going into a different genre, one that’s a little more relaxing. That’s why we’re featuring “hazy dream pop” duo Phantogram and their video for “Don’t Move”, which is shot almost like a Dario Argento film, using beautiful and colorful lighting (a lá Suspiria) along with dreamlike vignettes to create an atmospheric and haunting video.
I remember a few months ago when I was sent a press release describing a one-woman Danish metal band by the name of Myrkur. Now, even without my belief that women are underrepresented in metal, that alone would’ve been enough to pique my interest. But upon hearing the track, “Nattens Barn”, I was immediately hooked not by the personnel but by the music itself.
Much like Russian Circles‘ Memorial, there was a cold beauty about the song, calling to mind an endless horizon of glaciers, majestic yet dangerous.
And that was my mindset upon entering Myrkur, my opportunity to hear the full album in one journey.
The album opens innocently enough with “Ravnens Banner”, ethereal vocals that call to mind a choir in a medieval church, light streaming through stained glass windows. It all comes crashing down in a moment as the black metal aspect of the album takes over, drums punching through the mix of hazy, raspy distorted guitars. The track ends by combining the beauty and the rage that were previously separate.
“Frosne Vind”, the next track, sounds like it is a reimagining of “Greensleeves”, creating a lovely waltz that once again showcases the glorious vocal harmonies that this album thrives off of.
These two tracks embody the spirit of the album, some tracks focusing on metal while others focus on acoustic tones.
The atmosphere and images that kept coming to mind as I listened to Myrkur were those of foggy forests, ancient stone castles, winter nights where snowflakes swirled and danced in the moonlight.
While the album is beautiful and ofttimes wondrous, it feels like it never reaches its full potential. I can hear the hunger in this music but the bite wasn’t as fierce as I wanted. A little more risk, a little more daring, and the songs would’ve been stunners, aural journeys that took one’s breath away.
Additionally, a journey is meant to have valleys and peaks, each offering something memorable and unique that stands out as a cherished memory. While Myrkur tries to offer that kind of journey, it falters in creating those stand out moments, instead creating an album where it’s easy to recall certain parts of a song but mistake it for being in a different track.
The Final Word: Myrkur is an example of how metal, in its rawest, most passionate state, can often be unbelievably beautiful. Still, it is unpolished and the songs are difficult to discern one from another. And yet, even with the flaws I mentioned, I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the world of Myrkur.
This coming Monday night is home to the Season 2 finale of “Under the Dome,” and if you’ve been sticking with it like we have (lord only knows why!), here are three sneak peeks of the upcoming Episode 2.13, “Go Now.”
“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2 guest stars include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Max Ehrich.
“Under the Dome” Episode 2.13 – “Go Now” (airs 9/22/14; 10-11 PM)
A potential exit from the Dome is revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill.
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