I recently sat down with an extremely twisted indie horror game called Fingerbones. This isn’t the kind of game that wants to wow you with its visuals. Instead, it aims to disturb with its story, told through notes that are scattered about its environment. It’s one of the more unsettling games I’ve played in a while because it isn’t afraid to tackle a mature, even taboo subject — remember when Silent Hill was known for that?
It’s simple, but by stripping away the flair and fluff, this developer has managed to craft a game that I’m sure will stick with me for some time.
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Klaus is up to his usual tricks on "The Originals," but Elijah is making things difficult for him when it comes to locating their mother's grimoire. Check out this clip from Episode 1.19, "An Unblinking Death," to see their latest bit of sibling rivalry.
"The Originals" Episode 1.19 - "An Unblinking Death" (airs 4/22/14, 8-9pm): THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode.
After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.
I’m gonna wait until I see Aftermath to really weigh in here, but I’m sort of tired of the whole “it’s the apocalypse so everyone is terrible to each other” subgenre. Xavier Gens’ The Divide squandered his considerable directorial talents on tepid squabbling, and “The Walking Dead” is inertia personified.
That being said, I’m holding out hope for Peter Engert’s film starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason. There’s always a chance it could turn out worthwhile if they lighten the mood a bit.
“When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air and the greatest threat of all – the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.”
RLJ/Image Entertainment is to release later this year. Check out the new stills and poster below.
Did the witches of Salem cast a spell on me?
WGN America will debut their first scripted series, “Salem”, this coming Sunday, April 20th, at 10p/9c.
I was lucky enough to see the pilot presentation ahead of the premiere and wanted to share some brief thoughts before you guys head into a new series.
Tonally, I like what WGNA did here; “Salem” isn’t pandering to teens or playing it safe, they’re going all-in on being a softer version of an HBO series. I’d say the perfect comparison would be an FX series as “Salem” carries a similar tone in terms of blood, sex and violence as “American Horror Story.” I might even go as far as to say the sex is about as risqué as I’ve seen on the softer side of cable.
The settings and design were also strong, although it felt a bit constricted in terms of scope. I can only assume we’ll venture out of Salem in future episodes.
Something I’ve noticed here on Bloody is the obsession with “Bates Motel” mommy Vera Farmiga. I can assure those of you who fixated on Vera that you’ll be mesmerized by Janet Montgomery, the series lead. Much like Jessica Lange’s character in all of the “American Horror Story” seasons, it’s a bit unclear if Montgomery is good or bad; either way she carries a crazy strong presence that’s captivating.Another interesting note is that, between the gore and action, I could see shades of Sam Raimi.
But my biggest issue with the pilot is that the overall arc is extremely unclear (the witches are planning a civil war?), and I couldn’t really figure out what the characters’ goals were – why do they do what they do? It made me ask myself more than once, “Why am I watching this?” I want to know what we’re working towards.
Still, the first episode was “just okay,” which is my review for pretty much any series pilot. It’s way too small of a sample size to recommend, but it didn’t annoy me, so that’s something.
Developer Creative Assembly is going to great pains to ensure their upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation looks and sounds like the original Alien film. The attention to detail is ridiculous and readily apparent in every facet of the game, from the environments, which look like they were taken out of the film set, to the few precious tools you’ll find while desperately trying to survive aboard the Sevastopol.
Alien: Isolation made our list of 2014′s most exciting horror games for a reason.
Alien: Isolation arrives on October 7 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
I haven’t seen LFO, but apparently it made enough of a splash at Fantastic Fest last year. MPI/Dark Sky and Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision have teamed up to get the Swedish sci-fi film to audiences. MPI will handle all U.S. distribution and international sales rights, which will be released under their Dark Sky banner. Meanwhile, SpectreVision has come onboard as a “presenter”, with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller onboard as exec producers along with wood.
The film written and directed by Antonio Tublen is “a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction. Robert Nord (Patrik Karlson, Wallander), a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg), he soon realizes the power he now wields. As Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, it quickly becomes clear that he is losing control of himself“
Sony has revealed the third and final morsel of DLC for Naughty Dog’s wildly successful action horror game The Last of Us. The Grounded Bundle will bring with it new trophies and a new Grounded difficulty for the single-player campaign that cranks up the AI’s intelligence for $4.99.
If you’re more a fan of its multiplayer offering, the Reclaimed Territories Map Pack (included in the bundle) will introduce four new maps: Wharf, Capitol, Coal Mine, and Water Tower.
If you own the season pass — if you don’t, you have until May 13 to get it — the Grounded Bundle will be unlocked when it releases. The season pass costs $19.99. Otherwise, you can grab the Grounded mode for $4.99 and the map pack for $9.99.
Sony has confirmed that the Grounded Mode will be included in the recently announced Remastered edition.
If you’ve read “American Vampire”, you know Scott Snyder loves his history and he’s just stumbled upon something huge at the Cradle Of Aviation Museum – A belt that reveals the truth about the American Civil War, including the fact that a bear rode good ‘ol Abe Lincoln. There’s also aliens, dragons, lasers, and more as Snyder explains below.
Comic artist and genius Frank Miller shared some never before seen concept artwork for his latest cinematic return to the bloody noir realm known as Sin City, and we have each wondrous panel right here for your perusal.
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.
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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
Don't get too excited, kids. James Franco does indeed appear in the upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but the part is so minor Franco claims he didn't know!
As reported by The Wrap... “Wait, I have a cameo?” Franco is quoted as saying in Entertainment Weekly‘s summer movie preview issue. “I didn't know that. You know, I don't even think they asked my permission for that.”
In the original Franco played a scientist named Will Rodman, who not only created the super monkey serum that allowed Caesar (Andy Serkis) to become smart enough to lead an army of apes but inadvertently unleashed a virus that wiped out most of humanity, himself included. He'll apparently be appearing via video, maybe apologizing to human survivors — including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke — for ruining their lives.
Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
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Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel craft an ambitious conclusion for their story that mirrors it’s dark beginning. Their ultimate solution is seeded in a certain darkness that becomes warped with opportunistic idealism that plays with the expectations of the genre. Through a brilliant sleight of hand the real monster is revealed as “Curse” pulls off a masterful and beautiful conclusion.
ART BY: Colin Lorimer & Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: April 16, 2014
If I were being perfectly honest I’d have to admit that the idea of another werewolf story had me roll my eyes four months ago. I was sure there was nothing new to be said, and nothing about the beast that could surprise me. Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel have successfully tweaked mythology, defied convention, and humanized the beast. Proving that I couldn’t have been more wrong.
At it’s core “Curse” was never about the werewolf. It was about Laney and his blind pursuit to get what he wanted. What first seemed like desperation evolves into a cold and calculated solution to a no win scenario. I was genuinely surprised by his resolution. It was the perfect damnation for the character. Horror thrives in destruction, and over the past four issues we’ve seen Laney taken apart and put back together again. It’s devastating and near repugnant to watch, but you can’t look away. The actions Laney commits here were long part of his character arc, as soon as he realizes it himself you understand that this was the only way the series could have ended. You should have seen it coming; it was all there from the beginning.
Much like the fantastic and delicate balancing act the artists have pulled off. The interplay between cold human cruelty and the visceral beast behind the curse is mesmerizing. Colin Lorimer is able to frame a scene in such a way that removes all warmth and comfort from the people involved. He makes the chilling atmosphere pop, and does his best to make Laney a menace as he towers over his trophy. As the issue hits its climax the incredible and primal work of Riley Rossmo takes over. He cuts a hole through the page and makes for a pulse pounding battle that will leave you bewildered. It’s perfectly paced and leaves you breathless going into the conclusion.
The final pages manage to dovetail all of the plotlines with relative ease. The whole story converges on a certain point, and ends in a youthful voice that seems both optimistic and threatening. It’s a bold choice that will resonate with readers for some time to come. It really struck me, and confirmed my worst fears.
“Curse” is truly something special. As a supernatural horror story that focuses on the evil of man, rather than the beast it stands alone. It cuts into the core of what it means to be human and defies convention and expectation on every level. It’s thrilling, horrific, and oddly appealing. The beautiful balance of dark humanity with the supernatural creates a unique and captivating story that comes to define the werewolf mythos in a new way. I couldn’t be happier with the conclusion but I’m truly saddened to see it go.
From the titular splash page of this issue one thing should be clear “The White Suits” is Toby Cypress’ book. He creates a crazy and rollicking adventure that defies comparison. While Frank J Barbiere’s script is pulp fueled tribute to gang warfare. Together they pull out all the stops to craft one insane action packed issue that fulfills all of your wildest and most violent dreams.
ART BY: Toby Cypress
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: April 16, 2014
This issue has everything. Seriously the insane action and warped plot that have come to define the series are now firing on all cylinders. The series narrative comes to define itself clearly and gives clarity for Prizrak. Anderson is made to be a rebellious agent who seemingly holds allegiance to no one and some of the antagonistic force is finally vanquished.
Toby Cypress makes the whole ordeal feel like an acid induced fever dream drug through a dimly lit club with only one red light. That’s a very specific type of weird. It works really well here because Barbiere’s script embraces bombastic characters with wild battle styles. Literally every fighting style is at play amongst the insanity of the issue, but it all feels at home thanks to Cypress’ playful style.
The whole battle at the center of the issue strives to top itself and does so with relative ease. The conflict feels chaotic and wild and there are times where you’ll be uncertain of everyone’s safety, but once the dust settles on the page, Cypress shows that he isn’t afraid to linger in the death. He makes it clear that wonderful displays of gore are part of his wheelhouse and the book is better for it.
At its core the motivations of all the characters are a little hollow yet. We’re still not entirely sure what happened to Prizrak and Anderson isn’t exactly too forthcoming with her own agenda. There are still some things yet to be revealed that will come to define each of these characters but for me my questions are beginning to outweigh my wow factor in the action. Luckily, it’s not by much and the book still proves entirely engaging.
It helps that everything is paced with a sense of urgency. Barbiere ensures to balance his script with exposition and bloodshed by bouncing between two time periods to tell the story. It helps keep a certain forward momentum and guarantees the book doesn’t waste a moment on the page.
“The White Suits” is gearing toward its conclusion and it’s a little melancholic. One the one side we’ll finally have all the pieces of the puzzle and perhaps find out just who these mysterious hitmen are. On the other all of this crazy, insane, fun action will have to stop and we’ll go back into the world without a monthly Toby Cypress book. Let’s just hope that the finale keeps up the insanity while bringing the answers.
Another batch of video games were greenlit on Steam yesterday, and among them was a slew of indie horror titles, many of which I wasn’t even aware of. Among the newly approved games is Dark Ocean, Silence of the Sleep, Dead Years, Haunted Investigations, The Saturn 9 Collection, White Noise Online, Zombies On A Plane, and They Breathe.
That batch of indies runs the gamut of horror, from zombies to the supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and even psychological. That much variety pretty much guarantees you’ll find one that appeals to you.
Head on over to Steam Greenlight for the full list.
Easter weekend is rapidly approaching so before you get to coloring eggs, eating those nasty marshmallow concoctions known as "Peeps," and remembering that the day also has something or other to do with Jesus, watch this latest video for A Haunted House 2! You know you want to.
No one's looking... go ahead... it's okay, really...
The sequel to A Haunted House catches back up with Malcolm (Wayans), who is trying to get a fresh start after having to exorcise demons out of his ex. However, moving into a beautiful home with his new girlfriend and her two children does nothing to stop the paranormal — or the humor.
Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins, Essence Atkins, Affion Crocket, Dave Sheridan, Hayes MacArthur, Missi Pyle, and Cedric The Entertainer star.
Open Road Films is releasing the spoof, which is directed by Michael Tiddes and co-written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez, on April 18th.
Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines, A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!
The third trailer for Hammer's upcoming spooker The Quiet Ones has arrived, and it's home to some never before seen scares. Of course, you could always decide to not watch it and save all the goodies for the theatre next Friday!
The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.
It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).
Look for The Quiet Ones in US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
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The young daughter of former power couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright, Dylan Penn, makes her acting debut next year with the horror flick Condemned, and we've got a little sneak peek on tap for ya today. Read on!
The folks over at ET Canada just posted a video interview with Penn, which features brief snippets of on-set action. Though the interview is mostly about Penn's parents and her dating life, she does reveal that her mom was a big fan of the Condemned script, remarking that she couldn't stop talking about it after reading it.
Check out the full interview below, and look for more on this one real soon!
Zombies have done battle with just about everyone and everything over the years here in our beloved horror genre, and up next they're tasked with fending off perhaps their most worthy adversaries to date: Boy Scouts, of course. Read on for the latest casting news!
Per Deadline, David Koechner (Piranha 3DD, Final Destination 5) has signed on to play Scout Leader Rogers in the Christopher Landon-penned Scouts vs. Zombies, a horror-comedy headed our way courtesy of Paramount.
The film follows a group of Boy Scouts who try to fend off a zombie attack in their small town.
Cast members also include Joseph Morgan, Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Andy Fickman, Todd Garner, Bryan Brucks, and Betsy Sullenger.
Shooting is set to begin May 8th.
It was nearly two years ago that we first told you about the found footage film Sx_Tape, which is the latest from Candyman director Bernard Rose. We still have no idea when it will be released here in the States, but a poster has finally come across our desk here at Dread, which leads us to believe that it's soon on its way. Dig it!
Well Go USA Entertainment is handling distribution.
Produced by Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Lords of Salem), the flick stars Caitlyn Folley, Ian Duncan, Diana Garcia, and Julie Marcus.
Look for more on this one soon.
Adam and Jill attempt to spice up their relationship by recording a sex tape in an old abandoned mansion. However, it quickly becomes apparent that they’re not exactly alone in their new ominous surroundings. Soon the couple realizes that some sex tapes should never be made as their kinky adventure turns into a desperate fight for survival.
Last year we told you about an upcoming film called Peste, which was to be directed by Mark Ponderai (House at the End of the Street). Not only has the flick undergone a name change, but so too has the director been swapped out. Read on for the latest!
We've just learned via Bloody Disgusting that Peste has been re-named Viral and will now be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the team behind both Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3. Hit machine Blumhouse Productions will produce.
Last we heard, Abigail Breslin was attached to star, but we've gotten no word yet as to whether or not she's still on board. Hopefully we'll know more real soon.
A teenage girl begins a video documentary about her life for a school project just as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town. Quarantined with her family, she thinks they are out of harm’s way, but she soon learns that the virus has invaded their house. Her video documents the family’s frantic struggle to find a cure before they are completely taken over by the outbreak.
The script was written as the first part of a planned trilogy.
Shooting is currently under way on Amityville, the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later. Today we've got our first look at the film in the form of some familiar looking behind-the-scenes photos. Read on!
Twitter user @aeromat recently tweeted out some images from the set, which give us a glimpse at the in-progress build of the infamous house that ties the whole series together.
The recreation is currently being constructed in Long Beach, California - a long way from Long Island, New York, where the real house still sits.
Check out the photos below, and look for more soon!
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.
Maniac remake director Franck Khalfoun will direct.
Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled for release on January 2, 2015.
Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala co-wrote the script and are expected to produce with Jason Blum of hit factory Blumhouse.