The vampire genre is making a comeback as of late, and Fantastic Fest is hosting the U.S. premier of Norway, a new and unique vampire film out of Greece.
“The year is 1984. Zano (Vangelis Mourikis) —a vampire who must dance to keep his heart beating—arrives in Athens, Greece to meet his friend Jimmy (Yannis Bostantzoglou). While waiting for Jimmy, Zano ends up at a dive bar called Disco Zardoz. He meets a prostitute (Alexia Kaltsiki) and a Norwegian dope dealer named Peter (Daniel Bolda). Zano and his new friend go on an adventure that leads them to the bowels of the earth.”
We now have an English-subbed trailer that takes you into the underworld of Norway’s vamp scene. It sort of reminds me of the 1983 The Hunger, starring David Bowie.
From the team behind Dogtooth, Yiannis Veslemes writes and directs.
Why you need to watch Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking The Shining at this year’s Film4 FrightFest?
Screening on Sunday 24th August at 6:10pm, the Film4 FrightFest crowd are being treated to the extended version of this masterpiece which is not available to own in the UK!
What’s more, Kubrick’s former producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan will be in attendance giving an invaluable insight into the mind of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. You cannot miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! Get your tickets here!
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director’s epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (“Heeeere’s Johnny!”) stars as Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd).
Never one to shy away from the taboo, Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s new film Moebius contains scenes of castration, masturbation with a rock, incest, rape, penis eating, and (on a lighter note) infidelity. I know what you’re thinking, “Finally! A movie I can relate to!”
Kim’s last film, the familial revenge film Pieta, contained many of these same grotesque elements (a toe gets eaten instead of a penis), but presented them in a stark, serious manner. Moebius is more of a darkly perverse comedy, as long as you have a darkly perverse sense of humor, that is. Miraculously, these gruesomeness of the plot manages to add up to something much lighter than Pieta. Maybe “lighter” isn’t the right word when so many provocative images are flashing before our eyes. Images that Moebius depends entirely upon because there’s absolutely no dialogue.
It wasn’t until about the 20-minute mark when I realizes there hadn’t been any dialogue. I figured Kim is a big fan of The Mechanic (the Charles Bronson one, not the Statham remake) and wanted to toy around with a wordless first act. But besides some screams of pain and pleasure, not a word is spoken in Moebius and it works very well in an impressive display of acting and nuances.
The first five or so minutes is a good gauge to tell whether you’re going to be down with the rest of the film. When Mother (Lee Eun-Woo) snaps over Father’s (Cho Jae-Hyun) infidelity, she attempts to castrate him. He fights her off, so she goes for the next best thing: her Son’s penis. In complete shock, her Son (Seo Young-ju) watches in horror as Mother eats his penis and takes off into the night.
Like I said, it’s a comedy.
From there, Kim takes his story into even more extreme and ugly places. That’s where the humor resides. You can’t watch a castrated young man masturbate by rubbing a rock on his foot and take it seriously (I hope not, at least). Kim treats the material with an almost farcical touch. He knows how ridiculous this stuff is and as Son and Father explore different paths to getting off without a penis, it progressively gets more drastically absurd.
That being said, Kim does treat his themes in a considerate manner. Avenues like atonement, masculinity, sexual desire, and, most blatantly, Oedipal love are explored in a sincere way. The film wears it Greek tragedy concerns on its sleeve. It doesn’t always work, particularly during the climax when Mother returns for one last dysfunctional reunion. And for all of its graphic moments, the Young Woman that Father sleeps with is treated the most unpleasantly, in a way that turned my stomach a bit.
Moebius is a really difficult film to like. If it doesn’t make you want to vomit, hopefully it overcomes you with the blunt power of its storytelling. Certainly Kim’s most deliberately shocking film, Moebius also displays the auteur’s ability to masterfully tell a story while balancing his themes with extreme stuff like, uh, penis eating.
If you’re the type of gamer who lives for the thrill of collecting every achievement and/or trophy in a game, this news ought to be very exciting. We finally have the full list of achievements — and trophies, seeing as they’re essentially one and the same — for Alien: Isolation.
They come courtesy of Xbox Achievements, and unless Creative Assembly is hiding some especially intriguing cheevos among the secrets, the selection here is typical of most other games. There are no surprises or cryptic bits to discuss, but this list does make the game feel more official — at least for me.
Awake – Completed “Closing the Book” (10)
Welcome to Sevastopol – Completed “Welcome to Sevastopol” (10)
A Hunt Begins Completed “Encounters” (10)
You Shouldn’t Be There. – Completed “Seegson Communications” (10)
How Do You Feel? – Completed “The Quarantine” (10)
Caught in the Trap – Completed “The Outbreak” (10)
An Outpost of Progress – Completed “Seegson Synthetics” (10)
Shock to the System – Used the stun baton (10)
Bait – Completed “The Trap” (10)
Hazard Containment – Completed “Hazard Containment” (10)
A Synthetic Solution – Completed “A Synthetic Solution” (10)
Consultation – Completed “Consultation” (10)
Survivor – Completed the game on the hardest difficulty setting (100)
Ripley, Signing Off – Completed the game on any difficulty setting (50)
The Missing – Collected an ID tag (10)
The Taken – Collected all ID tags (40)
Archivist – Collected all Nostromo logs (40)
Light ‘em Up – Used the flamethrower (10)
Just out of Reach – Contacted your team and escaped Comms without being attacked by an android (40)
Use With Caution… – Used the shotgun (10)
Every Bullet Counts – Used the revolver (10)
Self Defense – Killed 10 humans (10)
Not a Scratch – Escaped from android combat without taking damage (20)
A Perfect Organism – Encountered the Alien in Sevastopol for the first time (10)
She’s in the Vents… – Used the vent system 20 times (20)
I Admire its Purity – Detected 30 targets with the motion tracker (20)
Build to Survive – Constructed an item (5)
Mercy or Prudence? – Completed the game without killing any humans (50)
Seegson Security Bypass – Performed 10 successful hacks (10)
Seegson Systems Expert – Completed 10 minigames successfully (10)
Power Games – Accessed 10 different rewire points (10)
A True Engineer – Constructed one of each craftable item (20)
A Record of Disaster – Collected an archive log (10)
Voices of Sevastopol – Collected 100 archive logs (40)
Fault Detected – Killed an Android (20)
Throwing the Switch – Completed “The Descent” (10)
The Message – Completed “The Message” (10)
Hide. Run. Survive. – Completed “The Quarantine” without being killed by the Alien (40)
Transmission – Completed “Transmission” (10)
One Shot – Completed the game without dying (7) (100)
Free the Torrens – Completed “Desolation” (10)
End of the Hunt – Completed “Tomorrow, Together” (10)
This Should Work – Used the bolt gun (10)
My Turn Now – Killed an android using only the maintenance jack (40)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (20)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (20)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (5)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Alien: Isolation releases on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Anonymous Ink & Idea, aka Rich Knepprath, is an artist who creates, “…limited edition silk-screened posters for touring bands, films and festivals.” To say that his work is stunning is an understatement. These are some of the most amazing gig posters I’ve ever seen and I would hang each and every single one of them in my place.
They’re dark, they’re eerie, they’re definitely horror-inspired, and they’re 100% worth your time. Check out a sample gallery below and then make sure to check out his website.
Earlier this week, “The Midnight Game” dropped at retailers and Redbox machines around the country. In my video review below, I detail why it’s a prime example of how “generic” isn’t always synonymous with “bad”.
In the film, “Renee Olstead of The Secret Life of the American Teenager stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called The Midnight Game: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed. And now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Shelby Young (American Horror Story), Guy Wilson (Days Of Our Lives), Valentina de Angelis (Gossip Girl) and Spencer Daniels (Mom) co-star in this eerie chiller inspired by true events.”
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below and let me know why!
In a post on the Steam Greenlight page for their upcoming survival horror game Routine, indie developer Lunar Software offered an update on the progress they’ve made since their last update back in February. It sounds like development is going well, despite some motion sickness caused by playtesting the game on Oculus Rift dev kits.
The developer also confirmed that Routine will not be releasing on Steam Early Access. Their plan is to release the full game when it’s ready.
I find this refreshing. I’m not against Early Access, I think using community feedback can have a very positive impact on a game. But lately, it’s felt like every other indie game that releases on Steam is arriving on Early Access first so the developers can tweak and patch them with incremental updates. It’ll be nice to get an indie horror game that’s actually finished, or as close to finished as a game can get, when it arrives.
Routine doesn’t have a release date, but it’s expected to come to Steam sometime later this year.
Swedish melodic metal band Evergrey is back after three years with a brand new album entitled Hymns For The Broken and they’re celebrating this upcoming release with a brand new video for the opening track “King Of Errors”, which you can watch below. Directed by Patric Ullaeus, the video mixes nature with industrial, showing flowing rivers and open fields contrasted against a shipping yard in the middle of city.
This video also marks the return of guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl, who each left the band in 2010 but rejoined for this new album.
Hymns For The Broken will be released on September 29th via AFM Records (pre-order here).
After working on the series almost nonstop for seven years, developer Visceral Games is taking a break from the action horror franchise to work on Battlefield Hardline. Part of the reason behind this change is simply to give the developer a much-needed break, but most of it stems from the relatively unsuccessful Dead Space 3, which landed with a dull thud when it released last February.
Speaking with Kotaku UK, Visceral Games general manager Steve Papoutsis confirmed that while they’re taking a break from it now, Dead Space is still a very important franchise for them, and that he’s even excited to see what a new game on current-gen consoles would look like. That’s about a much hope for the series as we’re likely to get, and it mirrors what EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Söderlund said back in June, and what EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau confirmed last August.
Dead Space is coming back, but it will likely be awhile before we hear from it again. Or rather, hear something new — I’m sure the future has a bevy of “Dead Space isn’t dead” confirmations left for us until EA finally gets around to bringing it back.
When it comes to horror franchises that are MIA — Dead Space, Alan Wake, Condemned, FEAR, Left 4 Dead, etc. — is there one in particular you’d like to hear from the most?
In 2010, Visceral Games brought us Dante’s Inferno, a video game based on Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century epic poem. The game was a bit repetitive, but the visuals were creative and sometimes even horrifying. I enjoyed it, for the most part, despite its flaws.
Tal Peleg, I think, may have enjoyed it more than I did. Tal’s a senior cinematic animator at developer Naughty Dog. He’s also a huge fan of the game, and to prove it Tal went and created an extremely impressive short film based on the game titled Dante’s Redemption. At just two minutes, this short will definitely leave you wanting more.
For more Dante’s Redemption, check out its Facebook page.
The Xbox is floundering, but the good news just keeps coming for Sony. During their Gamescom press conference, they announced a rather impressive milestone for the PlayStation 4, which has found its way to 10 million gamers. That’s not sold to retail, that’s sold through to the customer. In just nine months.
The good news doesn’t end there. The NPD results are in for the month of July, and The Last of Us handily claimed the top spot. The Last of Us Remastered looks to be performing admirably in the States — and across the pond — despite its being an update for a game that released just over a year ago.
Not to take anything from Sony or Naughty Dog, but it is worth mentioning that there wasn’t much in terms of competition. July was a slow month.
Below you’ll find the top-selling games for July.
1. The Last of Us (PS4, PS3)
2. Minecraft (360, PS3)
3. FIFA 14 (360, PS4, XBO, PS3, PSV)
4. Watch Dogs (PS4, 360, PS3, XBO, PC)
5. Mario Kart 8 (NWU)
6. Call of Duty: Ghosts (XBO, 360, PS4, PS3, NWU, PC)
7. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
8. Sniper Elite III (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
9. NBA 2K14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)
10. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, 3DS, NDS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC)
After a lengthy hiatus, much of which consisted of us wondering whether or not Sony had canned our only hope for a teen slasher game, Until Dawn is back, and it looks fantastic. The game has had a substantial presence at Gamescom, where a gaggle of games journos — not including me, unfortunately — were able to learn more about it during a live presentation helmed by Until Dawn executive producer Pete Samuels and executive creative director Will Byles.
Game Informer was at the event, and it sounds like developer Supermassive Games is doing some really neat things with their horror debut.
For starters, much like in Heavy Rain, if you make enough poor decisions, everyone can die. And when they’re dead, that’s it for them. No pressure.
This comes from the decisions you’ll be forced to make throughout the game — we saw that in the brief video released earlier this week. I’m proud to say that I lost nary a man or woman under my watch in Heavy Rain, and the same goes for the suicide mission in Mass Effect 3. What I’m saying is bring it, Supermassive.
Length is also important, and Game Informer touched on that too in their preview. “At the end of each section, you’ll see your current story path, of which there are hundreds, illuminate on the butterfly. Once you finish the game, you can return to any previous decision point and make a different choice.” So it sounds like the game has an episodic format, similar to Alan Wake. “Each full playthrough will take approximately nine hours, and based on the layout of the butterfly map, there are four key branches early on that lead in different directions.”
From what little we’ve seen of the game so far, it looks like your typical slasher flick, only interactive. This is intentional, and it’s a product of quite a bit of studying on the developer’s part.
“All great terrifying horror is a mix of different types of fear,” Samuels says. “The ratio of the mix varies, but the most effective is terror. What we mean by ‘terror’ is the dread of an overwhelming, but unseen threat, rising and falling in strength, but always there. The second category is horror. Horror is the culmination of terror that happens when you come face to face with the reality and the cause of the terror. The third and least used category is disgust. Disgust is the nauseating, gory reminder of just how fragile human flesh is, how easy it is to tear or cut. It’s a reminder of your vulnerability.”
I’m not sure if it’s new news, but I did just find out that Until Dawn stars Hayden Panettiere (Scream 4). You can find the rest of the preview at Game Informer.
It’s no secret that people love pirating stuff. If you don’t do it yourself, you undoubtedly know someone who does. Real estate blog Movoto has taken the time to sift through the data and break it down for us with colorful pictures that detail which games, movies and TV shows were pirated the most in the U.S. over the last 40 days. When it comes to video games, the popularity of some — like Watch Dogs, Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Elder Scrolls — isn’t all that surprising. What I did find surprising is how popular some recent indie horror releases seem to be lately.
In Florida, the most pirated game is Outlast Whistleblower, in Ohio, it’s Among the Sleep, and in Rhode Island, it’s The Forest. I’m entirely against pirating stuff like this, but the point of this post isn’t for me to go on some moral escapade, but as a horror fan who would like to see developers continue to make great horror games, I found this a bit disheartening.
All three of those games are indie releases, great ones too, that came from developers that could really use the money. There’s also the fact that, unlike most of the other games on that chart, none of them cost more than $20. The folks in these three states have good taste, but they’re also pretty cheap.
Things are about to get is underway for Anvil Entertainment’s House by the Lake, to be directed by genre fav Adam Gierasch (Fractured, Autopsy and Night of the Demons, pictured), sources tell Bloody Disgusting.
From a screenplay by Josh Burnell (Boone: The Bounty Hunter), “House by the Lake tells the story of the Morgans, a loving yet troubled family hoping to reconnect on their vacation. When their autistic 10-year-old daughter (Amiah Miller) begins to fixate on a mysterious friend who may or may not be real, she retreats further into her own world and family tensions rise to the surface.”
James Callis (“Battlestar Galactica,” The Musketeers), Anne Dudek (“Mad Men,” “House”), Amiah Miller (“Clementine”), and Michael Bowen (“Breaking Bad,” Django Unchained) star.
Principal photography begins this month in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Mike De Trana (Stomping Ground) is producing through Anvil Entertainment along with Gary King (In the Blood) and Jace Anderson (Mother of Tears, Fractured).
A warrior woman sits in a circle of runes, locked in mediation. Her sword’s tip is planted in the ground. She grips the blade and watches the crimson flow down its broad edge. It appears to be a blood offering.
But then we see whom it's for. A corpse is slung in the air, its back skin splayed open and pulled tight. This was the world’s introduction to Hellblade during Sony’s press conference at Gamescom... a gore-filled “How do you do?” if you will.
Little is known about Hellblade so far, but it is made by Ninja Theory, the studio that created Heavenly Sword. There is already speculation that it is its spiritual successor. The title of game, Hellblade, does bare a striking similarity to the Heavenly Sword's word title.
No word was given on a release date, but Hellblade will be making its debut on the PS4 console.
For years a battle has raged amongst horror fans over who is the biggest and baddest movie maniac. Jason Voorhees? Freddy Krueger? Pinhead? Now, thanks to a nifty new graph from Film.com, you can find out for yourselves, despite one glaring omission!
Check out the chart below, which sees everyone's favorite mama's boy come out with the most impressive number. Know what's funny though? One movie maniac outshined all but one of those prestigious baddies on the graph when it comes to a kill count, AND he did it in just a single 77-minute movie.
I speak of course of Universal's 1933 classic The Invisible Man. Admittedly, he's not a conventional slasher, but when it comes to evil, he cannot be denied. You see, this under-appreciated loony, played by the wonderful Claude Rains as the title character also known as Dr. Jack Griffin, causes the death of 122 people (most of which come via train wreck) before he's done with his reign of madness and terror!
That definitely should bump Myers out of second place, and he simply destroyed Freddy, who came in third. But then again, he was invisible after all. Maybe he's on the chart... but we just can't see it!
Click on the image below for a much larger look.
Tool‘s Danny Carey, who also plays in jazz fusion group Volto, will be filling in for Tim Alexander on the first few dates of the upcoming Primus US tour. Alexander will be sitting out to recover from an open-heart surgery for a heart attack he suffered recently.
Frontman Les Claypool stated to Rolling Stone:
The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey. Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble spruce.
Alexander is slated to return behind the kit when the full tour commences in October.
The full tour schedule can be seen below.
09/12 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth
09/13 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
09/12-14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago
09/19-22 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest Denver
10/22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
10/24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
10/25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
10/26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for Performing Arts
10/28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theater
10/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome
10/31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/01 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
11/02 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory
11/03 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/05 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
11/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/09 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/11 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater
11/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL live at the Moody Theater
11/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre
11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theatre
11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre LA
Some quick distro news is coming in late in the day as Variety is reporting that Image Entertainment has nabbed North American rights to The Houses October Built and plans to release the thriller simultaneously in theaters and on video-on-demand.
The Houses October Built was produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews, who also acts in the flick. Newcomer Bobby Roe directs.
It premieres in October in ten markets, including New York and Los Angeles.
The film centers on five friends who set off on a road trip to visit haunted house attractions, only to come face to face with something more blood-curdling than fake thrills.
War is hell, and Saw V director David Hackl is out to prove it's a lot more hellish than you may think with his latest film, Earthworks. There's just one small detail... he's looking to you to help fund a portion of it! Read on for details.
Earthworks is a WWII horror film that follows five American doughboys on their first night in the trenches of the Western Front as they experience the living (and dead) hell that is No Man’s Land. It is to be directed by Hackl and produced by UK outfit Bluebeard Pictures.
“Earthworks exists in an isolated trench/No Man’s Land set and creates a sense of abandonment from the start... Five young American soldiers enter France, and on their first night at an Allied trench, everything goes wrong very quickly. Caught up in a beguiling fog, the young characters each come to different but understandable decisions. It is a tense and atmospheric story and the horror/psychological thriller genres are purposefully chosen to tell their stories as the genre elements of surprise, shock, terror, fear, and encroaching anxiety about the unseen all lend themselves to the story well. The film also features all the elements you would expect of a horror film.”
Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids and Adam Butcher (Dog Pound) are attached to star.
Interested? Then click the link to visit the Earthworks Kickstarter page.
Total Film just scored itself a brand spanking new trailer for the highly anticipated new fright flick The Babadook (review), and you can let it roll off of your tongue right here!
Look for the critically acclaimed spookshow on November 28th.
The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.