Your Guide to the Indie Horror Games of 2015

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 07:00

We’re in the midst of another golden age of survival horror, folks. The proof doesn’t just lie with the sheer number of horror games that are on the way, but also in the overall quality of the games being released. I’ve spent more time playing indie games in 2014 than I ever have before, because indie devs finally have easy access to the tools and platforms, like Kickstarter and Steam Greenlight, that make it easier than ever to make games and find an audience for them.

As great as this year has been for fans of the horror genre, I have the feeling it will pale in comparison to what’s in store for us in 2015. We’ve already covered the AAA releases that are on the way, and today we’re going to dive into the indies.

Ashen Rift (PC)

After a brief hiatus, Ashen Rift has returned to Kickstarter in the hopes of raising enough money to finish what looks like an incredibly promising horror game. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been overrun by monsters, the game follows a man and his dog as they struggle to survive.

Asylum (PC)

I can’t wait until Asylum finally arrives and I’m able to take it off all of these “upcoming games” lists. Its been in development for a long time, but recent looks at the current state of the game lead me to believe it isn’t that far off. It’s an ambitious title and one of the few adventure games we have to look forward to right now. I have the feeling the wait will be well worth it.

Caffeine (PC, PS4)

As intrigued as I am by the game’s plot, which follows a child who finds himself trapped on a synthetic caffeine mining vessel with some sort of dark presence, I’m not convinced Caffeine will see the light of day. Its developer has tried and failed to crowdfund it three separate times now, leaving its fate in the air for now. It’s too bad, because this game is gorgeous.

The Flock (PC)

Asymmetrical multiplayer has become an increasingly prevalent feature, especially in horror games. Evolve, Damned, Last Year and The Flock may be signs that this kind of multiplayer has a future in horror, where classic competitive modes have failed (Dead Space 2, Condemned 2: Bloodshot). The Flock revolves around a war between Carriers of light and the Flock, which hunt them. The world already has me hooked, it’s up to the developer to make sure the game is balanced and, even more importantly, fun.

Fran Bow (PC)

Fran Bow is another horror point-and-click adventure game, like Asylum, though that’s where the similarities end. It has a quirky charm about it that I find really enticing, especially when the game reveals its darker side through the pills young Fran takes. Doing so gives her a temporary look at a gruesome version of the world around her. Switching between the two worlds is fun, but it’ll also be necessary if you’re going to solve its puzzles.

Grave (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Grave, a surreal horror game that, unless I’m mistaken, could be the first of its kind. This is a very strange horror game that’s still very much an enigma to me even after playing both of its demos. Light and dark play an important role in the gameplay, as light is your only weapon against the creatures who inhabit its eerie world.

The Hum (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

Aliens freak a lot of people out, yet for some reason, horror game developers haven’t exploited that universal fear that all humans have of being abducted in the middle of the night for a quick probing session. The Hum is the first game to try and make aliens scary, and judging by the footage we’ve seen of it so far, they’re on the right track.

Kholat (PC)

Based on the mysterious disappearances of nine hikers at the base of the base of Siberia’s “Death Mountain” in 1959, Kholat wants to turn a story that’s baffled scientists and unnerved the rest of us into a horror game. It’s a tragic story, but it also happens to be perfect for a video game inspired by it. The circumstanced in which those hikers were found were admittedly horrific, and since their recovery more than half a century ago folks far smarter than I have tried really hard to come up with answers. Perhaps Kholat will provide them.

Last Year (PC)

The latest addition to the burgeoning sect of asymmetrical multiplayer games is something called Last Year. It pits a group of teens against a masked murderer. The teens must work together to survive, but that won’t be easy when the killer can come from anywhere. I’ve already decided I’m going to be Nick, the nerd, when I play this game. Then I’ll get ridiculously good at the game, impressing all of nerd kind enough that they crown me the Nerd King. But before I can realize that dream, the game needs to raise some money first.

Lethe (PC)

Lethe is a physics puzzle-heavy first person horror game that follows Robert Dawn, a journalist on a mission to find the truth. His search takes him to an isolated island, and before he can use his journalist powers to uncover its dark secrets, he gets infected by a substance that gifts his hand with psychokinetic powers. It’s an attractive game, and one I’d very much like to get my hands on.

Monstrum (PC)

Like Grave, I’ve already spent a fair amount of time with Monstrum and I’m happy to say I’m nothing but impressed. Massive ships with labyrinthine interiors ruin what little sense of direction I possess, and because the locations of precious items are different every time you play, there’s a decent replay factor here as well as a healthy amount of scares.

Narcosis (PC)

From a ship lost at sea, we plunge to the murky depths of the ocean below. I still don’t have a clue as to what it is that poses a threat to the diver in Narcosis, you know, other than the definite possibility that Jaws will eat you. That’s assuming asphyxiation doesn’t claim you first when your limited supply of oxygen runs out. I’m sure there’s a more spine-tingling horror waiting for us in this game, but for now, I’ll worry about Jaws.

Outlast 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)

So the talented folks at Red Barrels are working on a sequel to Outlast. I’m not sure what else I can say about it, other than maybe we should all consider saving up for a Depends run once we know when to expect it.

Paranormal: The Town (PC)

Paranormal: The Town has been awfully quiet lately, but I imagine that’s because the developer behind it is busy working on remaking the original. If you haven’t played Paranormal yet, it’s basically Paranormal Activity: The Game, only it takes way less time for things to get interesting. The Town will take the randomized haunts that made the first to memorable out of the confined quarters of an artist’s apartment and bring them to a small town.

Quadrant (PC)

In Quadrant, we get to step into the boots of a member of a bio-hazardous waste removal crew that’s been sent into a NASA lab that’s been quarantined when a mysterious substance — possibly alien! — leaks out. Because it’s a horror game, your coworkers get murdered, likely in excruciating ways, by what looks like a giant spider. I say kill it with fire and demand your hazard pay.

ROAM (PC)

I love me some State of Decay, but it never gave me all of the tools I wanted in a game like that. I want to build bases, fortify them, gather resources to survive, and kick heaps of rotten zombie ass in the process. ROAM is a surprisingly ambitious survival game that offers exactly that, with an emphasis on building kickass anti-zombie fortresses. I’m all in.

Routine (PC)

I’m never been big into roguelike games, mostly because I’m terrible at them, but I’ll be making an exception for Routine. Ever since we were given our first glimpse of it two years ago, I’ve been practically foaming at the mouth to get my hands on it. It looks terrifying, and it’s also the type of game that doesn’t waste time holding your hand. It won’t be easy surviving against whatever horrors are lurking on that abandoned lunar base, but if Dark Souls has taught me anything, it’s that a difficult game only makes the experience more rewarding.

Scorn (PC)

Like so many before it, Scorn is a horror game that’s currently looking to find success on Kickstarter. It’s a horror adventure game that takes place in a “nightmarish universe” with a narrative that’s been made to give players the freedom to “give their own interpretation of the events, themes and their role in this universe through exploration and interaction with the game world.”

Stasis (PC)

If Dead Space experimented with a 2D style, it’d look something like Stasis. This game doesn’t just want to deliver an exciting story, it also has the lofty goal of blending AAA graphics with classic, point and click gameplay. It’s also worth noting that Stasis is being scored by Fallout series composer Mark Morgan, so you can be sure it’ll sound great.

Summer Camp (PC)

It took awhile to happen, but the slasher genre that so many of us have enjoyed in movies is finally gaining traction in video games. This year has seen the reveals of four slasher games — Last Year, Until Dawn, Summer Camp and Splatter Camp — and there’s a good chance we’ll see most, or possibly even all, of these games release in 2015. We don’t know much about this game yet, but the title alone should offer enough of a hint as to what Summer Camp will be about. Horny teens, a masked killer, fun in the sun cut tragically short by murder and mayhem, etc.

Splatter Camp (PC)

From the maker of Babysitter Bloodbath (formerly Halloween) comes another Friday the 13th inspired horror game about teens meeting an early end at the hands of a bad, bad man. If it’s anything like the developer’s past work, expect an awesome old school VHS aesthetic.

U55 – End of the Line (PC)

Subways are inherently creepy places, and I’m not just saying that because of the rat people who call those tunnels their home. U55 – End of the Line wants to remind us of this fact by cranking up the scare factor to 11 as it follows some poor soul who somehow managed to find themselves lost, alone and hunted in the underground.

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‘Lethe’ Resurfaces With New Gameplay Footage

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 03:37

“Talk to the hand, bub” is something I’m going to say to every monster in Lethe just before I use my hand powers to vaporize them. That is, assuming such a power exists in this game. It’s been awhile since we last heard from it, so if you missed its reveal in March, all you really need to know is it’s a first-person horror game that follows an investigative journalist who acquires psychokinetic powers while searching an isolated island for clues to a mystery.

Lethe is currently in development for PC and Mac, with a release expected in 2015.

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The Slasher Genre is Coming to Video Games in a Big Way

bloody disgusting - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 01:25

I’ve spent a lot of time complaining about how bizarre it is that the slasher film genre hasn’t ever made its way to video games. It’s odd, seeing as there’s a definite audience for that sort of thing.

Ignoring those abysmal Naughty Bear games, all we have left to choose from is a handful of older titles (Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and the indie horror game Babysitter Bloodbath (formerly Halloween), which was actually pretty great.

That isn’t much, but I think that’s about to change.

Within the last year, we’ve been introduced to four new horror games that aim to fill that sad, empty hole in many of our hearts with the things we’ve come to love about slasher films, like speed-walking murderers and shallow, narcisistic characters who die horribly, usually during or immediately following a brief trip to Bonetown.

Let’s go ahead and kick this off with Splatter Camp.

Splatter Camp was announced in January by developer Pig Farmer Games as a follow-up to their Halloween inspired horror game, now called Babysitter Bloodbath. Where their first game was a love letter to John Carpenter’s Halloween, this looks to pay homage to the Friday the 13th franchise.

It’s still very much in-development, as a humorous post on the developer’s website confirmed after Summer Camp was announced.

Summer Camp has more or less the same concept as Splatter Camp, as it also follows a group of teens at a lakeside camp who find themselves being stalked by a woods-dwelling murderer. It’s being developed by the studio behind the Breach & Clear series, so they have the added benefit of extra cash and manpower.

Investing more resources into a game doesn’t necessarily mean it will be better, so it’ll be interesting to see two different developer’s takes on a near-identical concept. So far, I’m rooting for Splatter Camp, but only because it has a much better name.

The good thing about this is the competition ought to motivate each developer to raise their game. Hopefully both blow games will our minds, because two great slasher games will always be better than one.

Last Year is the latest addition to the bunch, and it’s also the most different. Like every game here, it follows a group of teens who are being hunted by a masked murderer, only it’s doing that with a twist.

For the uninitiated, Last Year is an asymmetrical multiplayer game where five purposefully stereotypical teens — Chad the Jock, Amber the popular girl, etc. — must survive against a bad man, also player-controlled, who’s tasked with picking them off one by one. It’s essentially Damned, if you were to blend it with really any slasher film you’ve ever seen.

Because we all love laughing at a good trope, the developer plans on cramming Last Year until it’s bursting with all of the wonderful horror movie clichés we’ve grown to love/hate from watching 80′s slasher flicks.

It’s worth mentioning that this game might not happen. It’s fate rests entirely in the hands of the gaming community, so if you’d like to help them out, you can support it on Kickstarter.

I’d go on, but the power just went out and I think I heard a strange noise that I feel compelled to investigate alone. Don’t worry, I’ll be right back.

Every one of these games shows serious promise, but they can’t quite compare to how amazing this next game looks.

Until Dawn was announced more than two years ago, and it looked okay. Realizing the game needed a lot more work, developer Supermassive Games did the admirable thing and started almost completely over. The result is the incredibly unnerving survival horror game we were re-introduced to back in August.

The new-and-improved Until Dawn feels almost completely different from what we were originally shown back in 2012. The writing has been reworked and thanks to a move to the PS4, those visuals are sharp.

It’s still too early to tell, but we could be witnessing the beginning of a new subgenre of horror, at least for video games. If this genre takes off in a way that handheld camera style games have (Slender, Outlast) I’ll be able to shift my focus to whining about why there aren’t more Lovecraftian horror games out there.

Or how about some horror comedies? I wouldn’t mind seeing a game that takes inspiration from films like Evil Dead 2, Cabin in the Woods, Drag Me to Hell, Zombieland, Slither, etc.

How about you — is there a subgenre of horror you’d like to see make its way to video games? Let me know in the comments!

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s is About to Get Even Scarier

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 22:02

It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Five Nights at Freddy’s the Slender: The Eight Pages of 2014. Everyone’s talking about, and much of that discussion revolves around how unbelievably unnerving it can be. Taking advantage of this is Fazbear Entertainment, a mod that adds asymmetrical multiplayer to the creepy game, pitting four animatronic baddies against one ill-equipped security guard, all player-controlled.

The only thing that’s scarier than being trapped in a building with murderous animatronic creatures is when those murderous creatures are being controlled by other players.

It’s still very early in development — it’s only about 5-10% content complete according to the developer — but I don’t imagine we’ll be getting sick of the Five Nights games anytime soon, so they have time to get this finished.

For more on the Fazbear Entertainment mod, you can follow it on on Steam. If you’d like to watch me lose my mind playing Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, you can do just that with the video below.

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Get a Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 10.07 – Girls, Girls, Girls

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:35

A clip has arrived from tomorrow night’s Episode 10.07 of “Supernatural,” which is entitled “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and it proves that some things aren’t too good to be true!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.07 – “Girls, Girls, Girls” (airs 11/25/14)
ROWENA REAPPEARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) stumble upon a demon who is running from Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard).  Before they have a chance to shut him down, Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) steps in and takes things into her own hands.  Realizing Rowena is trying to recruit and train followers in the art of witchcraft, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to catch her before she can do much damage. 

Meanwhile, Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) runs into a blast from her vessel’s past, which complicates things for her and Castiel (Misha Collins).  Robert Singer directed this episode written by Robert Berens.

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Eddie Marsan, Patrick Wilson, and Jessica Biel Sign Up for Murder

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:24

A new untitled murder mystery (formerly known as The Blunderer) starring Eddie Marsan, Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel (pictured) is on its way, and we have the skinny right here. Read on!

Variety is reporting that Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing the project that is based on Patricia Highsmith’s The Blunderer.

Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the day the body of his wife — played by Biel — is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation, he commits one mistake after another until he finds his perfect life derailed.

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Tonguing Takes on a New Meaning in this Clip from Grimm Episode 4.06 – Highway of Tears

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 20:20

Tonguing is a technique used with wind instruments to enunciate different notes, but in Friday night’s upcoming Episode 4.06 of “Grimm,” entitled “Highway of Tears,” it is also a method of attack. Check out a sneak peek in which Nick and Hank read up on our Wesen of the Week, who uses that approach on its victims.

“Grimm” Episode 4.06 – “Highway of Tears” (11/28/14; 9-10pm)
NICK WANTS TO BE A GRIMM AGAIN NOW MORE THAN EVER — The justification for Nick (David Giuntoli) to become a Grimm again is made much clearer in the wake of the most recent attack against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner).

At work, Nick and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to a stretch of highway that acts as a staging area for a horrifying Wesen ritual.

In Vienna, Viktor (guest star Alexis Denisof) meets with a completely broken Adalind (Claire Coffee), now ready to be of assistance in finding and retrieving the baby. Meanwhile, Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) is surprised by the sudden arrival of an old friend.

Bitsie Tulloch, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz also star. Toni Trucks, Louise Lombard, and Erik Avari also guest star.

Related Story: Travel a Highway of Tears for Some Stills from Grimm Episode 4.06

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MTV Shows Off its Eye Candy

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:52

While we remain uncertain just when you can actually see music videos on MTV, the network is still exploring its love affair with the horror genre, and right now we have your first look at Victoria Justice in “Eye Candy.”

The show is set to debut Monday, January 12th. The 10-episode series is executive-produced by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

Justice plays Lindy, a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.

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See How Godzilla Came to Life

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:45

The sequel to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla (review) is still a long way off (hopefully the powers-that-be will remember to write the big guy into the movie this time), but that’s not stopping Legendary and FX company MPC from sharing a cool little behind-the-scenes video just in time for Thanksgiving!

Max Borenstein will write the screenplay for the sequel, which Gareth Edwards will direct. Borenstein wrote the first installment that relaunched the reptile and also penned Skull Island.

Related Story: Godzilla News Archive

Legendary and Warner Bros. have dated the sequel for June 8, 2018. Legendary is producing with Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia will oversee the project for Legendary.

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Maniac’s Nora Arnezeder Joins CBS’s Zoo

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:44

Earlier this month we learned that “Mad Men’s” James Wolk will be starring in CBS’s upcoming series “Zoo,” based on the bestselling novel of the same name by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge; and now we have a bit more casting news to share.

Per Deadline, Paris-born Nora Arnezeder (Maniac, Safe House) will play Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator who meets Wolk’s character while she is on an African safari.

Wolk portrays Jackson Oz, a young, renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals. As the assaults become more cunning, coordinated, and ferocious, he is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for people to hide.

The 13-episode drama series will be broadcast in summer 2015.

Zoo the novel was originally published in September 2012 by Little, Brown and Company and was a #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s been translated into six languages and has sold more than four million copies worldwide.

Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, and Scott Rosenberg (who also wrote the script together) are executive producers with Patterson, James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, and Steve Bowen. Brad Anderson (Stonehearst Asylum, The Call, Session 9) is directing.  “Zoo” is a CBS Television Studios production.

The series will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International.

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MPC Breaks Down the ‘Godzilla’ VFX!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:29

With Black Friday looming, Warner and Legendary Pictures are hoping to give Godzilla another push. This afternoon they released a really cool behind-the-scenes look at how the VFX was accomplished – those of you who use Photoshop will appreciate the layering.

MPC, who also did World War Z and Prometheus, is behind the effects work.

Starring Bryan Cranston (and his wig), Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards.

Now on video, the world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

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McG Producing Coming-of-Age ‘The Babysitter’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:20

McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up the Brian Duffield spec script The Babysitter in an auction, writes Deadline.

McG and Mary Viola will produce the unique horror/coming of age story, which unfortunately shares no plot details.

Duffield also penned the horror-romance Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately, which will mark Duffield’s directorial debut.

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[TV] See Victoria Justice In the “Eye Candy” Promo

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:14

MTV has set a premiere date for “Eye Candy,”, while also revealing the first promo.

Set to debut Monday, January 12th, the 10-episode series is exec produced by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).

The series stars Victoria Justice and “centers on a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy (Justice) is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.

Emmy Grinwis penned the pilot for “Eye Candy,” which is based on a novel by R.L. Stine.

Hardwicke, who also directed the fantastic Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, helmed the pilot.

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Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson Joins Murder Mystery

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:08

Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”), Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Jessica Biel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity), pictured, and Haley Bennett (The Hole) all have joined the cast of an untitled murder mystery, says Variety.

Andy Goddard, who helmed the third season finale of “Downton Abbey,” is directing. He’s been attached to the project — formerly known as The Blunderer — since early last year. It’s based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Blunderer.”

Susan Boyd adapted the 1954 novel, which Highsmith wrote in between “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley.”

Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the day the body of his wife — played by Biel — is found at the bottom of a cliff. Under the intense scrutiny of the investigation, he commits one mistake after another until he finds his perfect life derailed.

Producers are Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa, along with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures, which is also financing with 120dB Films and Electric Shadow.

The film has started production in Cincinnati.

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McG’s Wonderland Acquires The Babysitter from Insurgent Scripter Brian Duffield

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:58

What’s this? A new horror movie heading our way next year that’s not a remake, sequel, OR adaptation? Read on for the first word on Brian Duffield’s The Babysitter, which McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up.

Per Deadline, Duffield’s spec script is a “unique horror/coming of age story.”  Not much else is known about The Babysitter except that it’s slated for 2015, McG and Mary Viola will produce, and Duffield will exec produce with Wonderland’s Director of Development Steven Bello, who brought the project in to the company. Wonderland’s COO James McGough brokered the deal along with David Boyle.

Duffield is best known for the upcoming Insurgent (the second installment of the popular Divergent series), and the horror-romance Vivien Hasn’t Been Herself Lately, which also serves as his directorial debut.

We’ll have more as it comes!

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‘The Ring’ Figure That Never Was…

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:06

Black Friday is looming so I started creating my own wish list for the holidays.

Among looking over NECA’s upcoming Alien figures, I started fantasizing about horror-themed figures I’ve always wanted and remembered that NECA once teased a Samara figure based on the 2002 The Ring. In fact, they had big plans for Samara, only they could never secure the license from DreamWorks.

What was so cool about the concept – announced back in 2005 – was that there was to be a pair of bases, one of the infamous well, and the other of the even more famous television set!

NECA had also promised Samara would have “flexible hair” (that would have been a first).

It’s a bummer this never came into fruition, but at least we have pictures to dream of what could have been.

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[TV] CBS’ “Zoo” Unleashes Violent Animals

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:54

French actress Nora Arnezeder (pictured in Maniac; Safe House) is set to co-star opposite James Wolk in CBS’ new summer drama series “Zoo,” says Deadline.

Based on the novel by James Patterson, “ ‘Zoo’ is a global thriller about a wave of violent animal attacks against humans sweeping the planet. It centers on Jackson Oz (Wolk), a renegade American zoologist running safaris in the wilds of Africa who is thrust into a race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic.

Arnezeder will play Chloe Tousignant, a French investigator who meets Oz while she is on an African safari.

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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Readying a Headshot for February

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:27

We’ve been talking about Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Dee Wallace for quite some time; and now we’re happy to announce that the flick is coming home to DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay!

From the Press Release:
The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane (Electrick Children, Titanic, Dead Calm), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.,” Walled In), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless), Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an SRP of $26.99 for Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for DVD.

In the film the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.

Bonus features on Zombie Killer: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-ray™ and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”

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At the Devil’s Door and Cam2Cam Head to Home Video

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:15

IFC Midnight has scheduled two new movies for a home video release, At the Devil’s Door and Cam2Cam, and we have your arrival details right here! Look for both of them December 16, 2014.

From the Press Release:
A real estate agent looking to sell a house must deal with a satanic presence that just won’t vacate the premises in AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, a star-studded shocker that will have home audiences cringing when it comes to Blu-ray and DVD on December 16, 2014, via IFC Midnight and MPI Media Group, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh (Best Actress Academy Award nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno; Maria Full of Grace, Che, “Red Band Society”) is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed, possibly abused teenaged girl who seems to be a squatter in the empty house – and who, Leigh learns, is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property.

When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh’s artist sister, Vera (Naya Rivera; “Glee”) into its web and has sinister plans for both of them. Ashley Rickards of MTV’s hit series “Awkward” also stars.

With nail-biting terror, writer-director Nicholas McCarthy’s (The Pact) AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR is an unforgettable venture into the supernatural. “If spookhouse immersion is your horror-flick bottom line, you’ll relish AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR,” said Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice. Wrote Aisle Seat’s Mike McGranaghan, “Containing some genuinely gutsy, unexpected twists, [the film] cheerfully plays with your expectations, pulling the rug out from under you whenever it damn well pleases.”

The film had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and screened to acclaim at other international festivals before receiving a national theatrical release from IFC Midnight.

What happens when the virtual world and the real world collide, and the people on the other side of the screen you thought you were safe from turn out to be dangerously close? A terrifying look at the supposed anonymity of online interactions, CAM2CAM shows that even in the real world, sometimes nothing is as it seems. Backpacker Allie (Tammin Sursok; “Pretty Little Liars,” 10 Rules for Sleeping Around) has just arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, to hunt down her sister’s killer. When Allie meets fellow Americans Michael and Marit (newcomer Ben Wiggins and Sarah Bonrepaux of ABCs of Death), she thinks she’s found some much-needed friends. But her new acquaintances are Web performers who harbor a terrible secret, and before long the dark menace beneath Michael’s easy charm and the strange bisexual magnetism of Marit lead Allie to a discovery that may bring her to the brink of madness. In a city where foreigners come to reinvent themselves, Allie learns, perhaps too late, that people aren’t necessarily who you think they are.

This chilling IFC Midnight theatrical release is from writer-director Joel Soisson (Children of the Corn: Genesis; The Prophecy: Uprising, Pulse 2: Afterlife).


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Bigfoot Exists on DVD

Dread Central - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:02

The latest Bigfoot film to stomp our way, Exists from Ed Sanchez, is a winner; and if you missed it during its limited theatrical run or on VOD, fear not! You’ll soon be able to take the big guy home on DVD!

From the Press Release:
The terrifying urban legend comes to life when Exists arrives on DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD February 3rd from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently available via On Demand.

From the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, Exists takes you back to the woods in this first-person account of a legend on a deadly attack. The Exists DVD includes an audio commentary with director Eduardo Sanchez, deleted scenes, and two behind-the-scenes featurettes. The Exists DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life… and seeking murderous revenge.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Director Eduardo Sanchez
  • “21 Days in the Woods: Behind-the-Scenes of Exists” featurette
  • “Bringing Bigfoot to Life” featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

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