Making a video game isn’t easy. They’re complicated, recalcitrant things that sit always on the edge of catastrophe, ready for a single corrupted asset or botched line of code to give them a little nudge. Games development hasn’t collapsed — yet — because any developer, regardless of size or how deep their pockets go, now has easier access to advanced tools like motion capture.
Mocap is being used by small and aspiring developers to create more believably human characters. It’s also why this behind-the-scenes video from a recent Friday the 13th: The Game mocap shoot will only horrify someone who doesn’t know why Kane is beating the hell out of that poor woman.
This is the same shoot that left Hodder with a bruised tricep when he conjured too much Jason while filming the memorable sleeping bag kill from Part VII.
“We spent five days shooting the motion capture for Friday the 13th: The Game, and I loved every minute of it,” said Hodder. “When I played Jason in the films, all of that intensity, all of the rage, was observed passively by the audience. Spectators to a linear story. But this is different.”
“The audience becomes the participant as they step into my boots. You’re not simply watching me, you are me… you are Jason. When you swing the machete, it’s exactly how I swing it. When you behead or impale a counselor, it’s not a generic animation. It’s my actions of strength and power that you wield. That’s what excites me most about this project.”
Friday the 13th: The Game is about $40,000 short of the next stretch goal, which the game has been inching toward since the launch of its Slasher Backer crowdfunding campaign.
Gun launched a poll earlier this week so the community can pick the three additional looks for Jason that’ll be added to the game. Head over here to vote for your favorites.
Starring Matthew C. Vaughn, Shian Denovan, Rachel Rai
Directed by Dave Jackson
The loss of a pet can damage some people more than the death of a human family member – the grief can be staggering since the unconditional love that was given to you is gone forever. Then there are those who transfer that heartache into something much more maligned. I present to you… Cat Sick Blues.
Devastated by the recent loss of his feline friend, introverted loner Ted (Vaughn) suffers what can be loosely described as a “complete mental detachment” – believing that the only way he can resurrect his pet is to reclaim the nine lives his cat once owned… ummm, okay. With his ill-fitting costume (razor cat claws and mask), he becomes Catman and commences accumulating the much-needed blood to successfully perform a revival ceremony, and the answer to your next question is: “No, I’m not kidding.” I could offer these details up, and some of you awesome readers would certainly agree that they’re a LITTLE off of the beaten path; however, this actually works quite well (should get my own head checked for agreeing on this).
While Ted uses his severed psyche to fuel the fire of loneliness, his actions become more and more bizarre, and the added sub-plot of a woman (Denovan) who also has lost her cat adds to the intrigue – will these two sufferers of bereavement meet up at some point?
In the meantime, Denovan and Vaughn should be highly commended for their portrayals of two distressed individuals, as this movie takes on so much more than the after-effects of a paralyzing passing. Director Dave Jackson uses each and every bit of both visually aggressive practical FX as well as a touch of CGI (in the right places, of course). It all adds up to a movie that can very easily be looked at on the outside as one of those “WTF?” films, but after spending 100 minutes wrapped up in a destructive bout of psychosis, you too will want to hug that furry little pal of yours a little tighter… just try not to squeeze too hard.
I like old stuff, like Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler, but I’m also a sucker for new things.
Hostess is getting into the Ghostbusters crossover marketing game with a line-flavored Twinkie that has its delicious innards colored green. Gimmicky? Yes. Do I care? No. I will eat an entire box the second I get my hands on one.
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star with Chris Hemsworth. Also appearing are Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan, Cecily Strong, and Charles Dance. Cameos will include the original film’s stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts plus Ozzy Osbourne.
In theaters July 15th, “Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living. Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.”
Hostess Key Lime Slime!
Another quick addition to the cast of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant as Watchmen‘s Billy Crudup will join yesterday’s announcement of Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). They all will be heading to the Engineer home planet with Micahel Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride.
While it was reported that Noomi Rapace will not be returning as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, there still has yet to be official confirmation.
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
Fox has set Alien: Covenant for theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
As a recap: Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.
Alright, sometimes, and this is pretty freakin’ rarely, I post something on BD that isn’t exactly horror-related. Usually I’m good about finding a way to connect things that may seem somewhat questionable but I’m not going to do that here. This is just me loving the absolute shit out of what I’m presenting and I want to share that joy and excitement, especially as we enter the weekend.
So, today I’m stoked to introduce you to South Chicago progressive metal band Dissona and their cover of the Donkey Kong Country “Aquatic Ambience” level theme.
Now, I’m sure many of you are worried that they took that mysteriously beautiful song and just threw a bunch of distortion over it. However, I assure you that they gave the cover the attention, care, and love that it deserves! In fact, I think many of you will be pleasantly surprised!
If you dig the track as much as I did, make sure to download your FREE COPY! Who can deny the appeal of free stuff, right? And don’t forget to check out the band’s new album Paleopneumatic on their Bandcamp.
And finally, I’m asking all of you to leave a comment with a non-horror game that you played the absolute SHIT out of when you were growing up! Let’s go a little bit off-topic today and have some fun!
The band explains:
By request of Tony Meintanis, we give you our version of “Aquatic Ambience” from the Super Nintendo classic Donkey Kong Country. We tried to maintain the eerie atmosphere as best we could while augmenting it with some groove. Every one of us grew up playing the absolute hell out of this game and we are delighted and honored to pay it tribute.
A U.S. remake/reimagining of the Japanese sensation Death Note is heading our way, but first fans of the series who have been awaiting its Blu-ray release have a treat in store: VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the release of the Death Note Complete Series on Blu-ray on March 1st.
From the Press Release:
This edgy supernatural crime thriller is based on the groundbreaking DEATH NOTE manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (and published by VIZ Media; rated ‘T’ for Teens). VIZ Media’s DEATH NOTE Blu-ray home media releases will be available as a Standard Edition and also as an “Omega” Limited Edition, a definitive collection containing the complete 37-episode series along with two DEATH NOTE anime feature films. The Standard Edition and Omega Limited Edition each contain three hours of additional bonus content including interviews with the DEATH NOTE manga creators and behind-the-scenes footage of the English and Japanese voice cast.
In DEATH NOTE, Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, a god of death, named Ryuk drops a black notebook called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil–namely, the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone own such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.
DEATH NOTE: THE OMEGA EDITION Blu-ray Limited Edition – Rated TV-14 – MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN
DEATH NOTE, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s suspenseful tale of power, corruption and morality, returns for the first time on Blu-ray! This limited edition 6-disc collector’s set includes the complete 37-episode series with five language options along with two feature films (available in three languages) and hours of additional extras! This definitive set also comes with a 64-page booklet, which features the original manga pilot story that inspired the series packaged inside an exclusive chipboard box. Three hours of additional extra content includes interviews with the Japanese creators, behind-the-scenes footage of the English and Japanese voice cast, production art, audio commentary and much more!
DEATH NOTE Blu-ray Standard Edition – Rated TV-14 – MSRP: $54.97 U.S. / $63.99 CAN
Standard Edition release features the complete series on 5 discs, with episodes presented in crisp 1080p resolution with 16:9 video aspect ratio. Episodes are available in 5 languages (Japanese, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French 2.0 audio and subtitle selections). Also catch three hours of bonus content, including interviews with the Japanese creators, behind-the-scenes footage with the English and Japanese voice casts, production art, audio commentary, and much more!
For additional information on DEATH NOTE or other anime and manga titles distributed by VIZ Media, visit VIZ.com.
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