It looks like Warcraft isn’t the only revered fantasy video game that will be getting the big screen treatment as SDC, the production company behind The Mummy franchise, will be creating a live-action adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher, according to Platige.
In The Witcher, “Geralt the witcher, is a monster hunter with superhuman abilities. He is a creature suspended between two worlds – the human and the magical.”
The site writes that the film will be based, “… on themes from the short stories ‘The Witcher’ and ‘Lesser Evil’ from ‘The Last Wish’ collection.” They also write that the first movie will be the beginning of a new series. The books will be adapted by Thania St. John (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and the studio is eyeing 2017 for a release year.
The Dark Side has flame-throwers.
Lucasfilm just released a spectacular new international trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is only a month away!
Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away – 30 years after Return of the Jedi to be exact – as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in U.S. theaters on December 18th, 2015!
The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow.
There’s a ton to be excited about here, especially when you see Stormtroopers with flame-throwers.
What do you guys think? Tell me the score doesn’t give you goosebumps…
“I can’t even get my nut up to rumble unless I’ve had a good shot to the chin.”
Starz has released a sneak peek at this upcoming Saturday’s episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead“, which shows Bruce Campbell’s “Ash” reassuring Ray Santiago’s “Pablo” about how to handle another Deadite encounter. You can see the preview below!
““Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
While Brad was a huge fan of the season premiere, which was directed by creator Sam Raimi, he was sorely disappointed by the second episode, directed by Silent Hill: Revelation‘s Michael J. Bassett. You can read his review.
With Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed forthcoming, it seems that we may finally be entering the age of good video game movies. And now we have another film to add to that list. Platige reports that The Sean Daniel Company is adapting The Witcher in time for 2017. Tomasz Bagiński, known for his Oscar-nominated short The Cathedral, will direct, and “Buffy“ writer Thania St. John will provide the screenplay.
Yeah, okay, you can argue that it’s not exactly a video game adaptation as it originated as a series of novels by Andrzej Sapkowski, but let’s face it… the film wouldn’t be happening were it not for the games. They made the series huge. Their popularity will be the film’s key selling point.
As diehard fans will remind you, this won’t be the first time that The Witcher has been adapted into a film. There was a piece of trash released in 2001 called The Hexer, which was a cobbled together mess of footage from an equally crap TV series, but the less said about that, the better.
As is the custom when one of these announcements is made, expect fans to enter into endless debates about who should play Geralt of Rivia. Interestingly, this will be the first in a series, so don’t feel to depressed if your favorite characters don’t appear as they could show up as the franchise progresses.
Ouija boards, man. Who would have thought that a simple board game from Hasbro could cause so much trouble?!? In theory, though, just about anything could be used as a deadly weapon if you’re creative enough. In any event, yeah, more spirit board hijinx are getting ready to happen in Definition of Fear.
Merchant of Venice‘s James Simpson is making his directorial debut on the film, which stars Katherine Barrell, Mercedes Papalia, Sean Tucker, and Blythe Hubbard.
Four beautiful girls spend the weekend at a charming holiday cabin. But all is not how it seems. They quickly discover that maybe they are not alone.
Currently filming in Nepal is Scott Derrickson’s take on Marvel’s Doctor Strange, and right now the first images of star Benedict Cumberbatch have hit the interwebs. Check ’em out!
Tilda Swinton and Chiwetelu Ejiofor co-star. Look for it on on November 4, 2016.
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Jon Spaihts wrote the script for the film (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
The character was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during the Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.
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Better start brushing up on your gardening skills because we won’t have long to wait until we can play the next crazy gardening/living dead mashup. EA has announced that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will be released on February 23, 2016.
And there will be mechs this time. Because if any game ever needed to feature mechs, it’s this. And if you’re a Mass Effect fan, it may look familiar…
From the Press Release:
Spring comes early when zombies take over! PopCap Vancouver, creator of some of the world’s most beloved video game franchises and a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced that Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 will be in stores February 23, 2016, arriving ahead of the expected spring launch.
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 drops you into an all-out battle where for the first time in franchise history, zombies have conquered Suburbia and plants are on the attack. Players who pre-order will get immediate access to the new Grass Effect Z7-Mech when they start the game.
Inspired by one of the development team’s favorite video game franchises, PopCap Vancouver worked in close partnership with BioWare to create this one-of-a-kind mech that comes loaded with the melee Zomni-tool, kinetic padding, and a biotic ability ‘Pull’ to quickly close the gap between you and the plant menace.
In addition to the Grass Effect Z7-Mech, fans who pre-order Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 will receive an emoji pack filled with 14 all-new emoji-style accessories to customize each character class with.
“At PopCap, we love to excite our fans and couldn’t be more ready and thrilled to bring Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 into their hands earlier than expected,” said Justin Wiebe, Creative Director, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. “From the immersive worlds and the crazy characters, to the new ways to play such as Backyard Battleground, we’re incredibly proud of the game we’re building. This is a crazy shooter filled with fan-requested features as well as all-new experiences that will make this unlike any other game in the genre.”
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 goes above and beyond to deliver the funniest, craziest, most over-the-top shooter yet. Players can go on the offensive as the plants in all-new modes including the 24-player Herbal Assault mode, or rally the zombies together and defend against the plants in the 4-player co-op mode, Graveyard Ops. From the Great White North to Moon Base Z, all the hilarious action takes place across 12 fresh maps that are bursting with life and humor.
Join the fight for Suburbia with six new character classes and over one hundred unique characters to collect. Experience even more ways to play, including the Backyard Battleground; players will have the freedom to explore this interactive environment by themselves or with friends. The Backyard Battleground is a wild playground with dynamic events and tons to discover, and is unlike anything that has been in a Plants vs. Zombies game before.
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Full disclosure: Brad produced this film.
The anthology surreal horror film Southbound, which was recently purchased by The Orchard, will be getting a limited theatrical run on February 5th, 2016 before heading to VOD just a few days later on February 9th. The movie includes segments directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence, several of whom were involved in the V/H/S films.
In Southbound, “Five intertwining tales of terror unfold along an endless desert highway. On a desolate stretch of road, weary travelers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.”
“When we saw Southbound, we knew we were looking into the eyes of a much different animal,” said Paul Davidson, SVP of Film & TV at The Orchard. “Southbound is a slick and stylish film that will have audiences engrossed from the moment the engines kick into gear and we can’t wait to invite them to take that journey.”
The film is being compared to “The Twilight Zone” and “The Outer Limits” while also drawing similarities to EC Comics morality plays.
As of yet, there is no trailer but there are a few images that you can see below.
The team behind the V/H/S series heads Southbound with a new anthology film, and you’ll be able to see it theatrically this coming February 5, 2016, and then on VOD February 9th.
Directors of the individual segments are Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Roxanne Benjamin, and Patrick Horvath. Kate Beahan, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Susan Burke, Zoe Cooper, Gerald Downey, Karla Droege, Larry Fessenden, Dana Gould, Hassie Harrison, Davey Johnson, Nathalie Love, Hannah Marks, Tipper Newton, Maria Olsen, Kristina Pesic, Matt Peters, Anessa Ramsey, Fabianne Therese, Tyler Tuione, Chad Villella, Justin Welborn, David Yow, and Mather Zickel star.
Weary travelers confront their worst nightmares — and darkest secrets — over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway in this spooky anthology that merges five tales of death and mayhem on the open road.
Mitch and Jack are on the run from their past when they turn up, blood-splattered, at a lonely roadside diner; an all-girl rock group called Siren must rely on the kindness of strangers when their tour van breaks down at the side of the road; a harried businessman is desperate for help from an unusual 9-1-1 operator in the aftermath of a car accident; a frantic gunman bursts into a bar demanding to know the whereabouts of a girl in a photograph; all hell breaks loose when masked men interrupt a family vacation.
These interlocking tales of terror and remorse are rooted firmly in the logic of “Twilight Zone” and EC Comics morality plays, each one winding seamlessly into the next. The result is original, cohesive, and consistently fun — a Möbius strip of ghoulish frights on an endless road.
Another Scream Factory double feature Blu-ray is on its way and we have all your details on what will happen when The Dungeonmaster and the Eliminators roll into town.
From the Press Release:
Scream Factory presents a double dose of science-fiction fun with The Dungeonmaster & Eliminators in their Blu-ray debuts on December 15, 2015. This release comes complete with a new interview with director Peter Manoogian.
THE DUNGEONMASTER (AKA RAGE WAR) – Unrated Version
Paul, a young computer ace, is forced to pit his physical and mental skills against unimaginable odds when a hulking wizard looking for formidable opponents picks Paul as his next challenger. Paul faces a series of seven spectacular and death-defying challenges and must survive not only to save his life but that of his girlfriend’s too! Jeffrey Byron (Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn) and Richard Moll (Night Court) star in this eye-popping thriller featuring an appearance by W.A.S.P.!
A mandroid – part man and part machine – seeks revenge on the evil scientist who created him. Enlisting the help of a beautiful woman and a mysterious ninja, he pursues the scientist in hopes of stopping him before he can be further harm to humanity. Andrew Prine (The Town That Dreaded Sundown) and Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation) star.
- NEW Interview with director Peter Manoogian
- New High Definition Transfer (Eliminators)
- Theatrical Trailer (The Dungeonmaster)
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You’ve heard a lot about Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe (review) by now, and pretty soon you’ll get to see what all the hoopla is about when it hits Blu-ray and DVD.
Look for the flick available on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1, 2015. Ryohei Suzuki and Young Dais star.
In a futuristic Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. When one of the gang leaders breaks the fragile peace, it triggers a brutal street war for supremacy. Based on a popular manga series and told almost entirely in rap verse, TOKYO TRIBE is an ingenious mash-up of Yakuza gang violence, martial arts action, and hip-hop musical.
Disney has released the first trailer for their upcoming fantasy film Alice: Through the Looking Glass, which is the sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland. In the sequel, “Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.”
Starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall, the film is directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton. It will be released on May 27th, 2016.
I don’t know many people who liked Burton’s take on Lewis Carroll’s story, which is a book that I love and read through once every two or three years. And while there are people who think a sequel can’t really get any worse, I’m seeing this and think that it can’t really get any better. There is simply way too much CGI that is blatantly obvious for me to feel like anyone is ever in any danger. The best kinds of CGI are the ones that are used to amplify what’s already physically there, not the other way around.
Alice’s tales through Wonderland take the strange sights we see in nature and amplify them to surreal levels. However, there is always something grounding those images in reality, be it a forest, an ocean, a chessboard, or a house that is too small to contain Alice. These kinds of images can easily be filmed and then the additions come on top of that.
Sorry for ranting, it’s just that I love the Alice mythos and I think that going down a CGI-heavy route such as this is almost insulting to what could be if the effort were put in. Get Stan Winston to make a real Jabberwocky just like how a real T-Rex was made for ‘Jurassic Park’. Yeah, it’s unreliable and unwieldy. But when you see it on the big screen and marvel at the beauty of it, doesn’t that make it all worth it? Isn’t that what going to the movies is all about?
This is a good time to be a fan of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Game. The first season in the episodic series was free for Xbox Live subscribers in October as part of Microsoft’s Games with Gold program, and now the second season is getting the same treatment on PS4.
The Walking Dead: Season Two is available free-of-charge for PlayStation Plus subscribers throughout the month of November, along with Magicka 2. This should be enough to whet your appetite while you wait for season three in the ongoing adventure game series, as well as the Michonne-centric spinoff.
Season two continues the adventures of Clementine…and that’s about all I’m going to say about the actual plot of the game. As with any PlayStation Plus game, you’ll need to be a subscriber to get it for free, but you have the whole month of November to pick it up.
From Software is gifting Bloodborne fans with some free content ahead of the launch of its first expansion, The Old Hunters, on November 24. An upcoming patch will introduce players to The League and its bucket-headed leader, new co-op NPC hunters to summon, and leaderboards.
A reveal post on the PlayStation Blog describes The League as “a band of Hunters who have taken an oath and are bound by a single purpose. By aligning yourself to The League, led by a mysterious figure in a constable’s garb and bucket helmet, you can assist other players online in the game and compete in The League’s online rankings leaderboard.”
We also have our first look at the Holy Moonlight Sword, one of the fancy new weapons that will come with The Old Hunters DLC.
A Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition is also scheduled to release alongside the expansion — which it will include — on November 24. If you don’t already have it, that’ll be the version to get.
After the Halloween weekend it’s safe to say a fair few Planchettes have been sliding around answering questions left, right & centre. Building regulations seemingly require a Ouija board on the site of every cabin in the woods. Definition of Fear is case in point but slightly more manipulated with the female protagonist, Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez, pulling some strings.
“Four beautiful girls spend the weekend at a charming holiday cabin. But all is not how it seems. They quickly discover that maybe they are not alone.”
Watch the trailer before as the film heads toward a World Premiere at the 4th Delhi International Film in December.
In the spirit of transparency I first heard about the film working alongside the film festival agent.
Bethesda has been notoriously secretive about Fallout 4’s story up until this point, but with the game debuting in a few days, the launch trailer offers some, albeit discreet, details. It appears that the game will be about a conflict between the wasteland survivors and a top-secret organization known as the Institute.
But even though it doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the story, you’ve still got to admit that this is one hell of a trailer. The wasteland has never looked some damn appealing. And how refreshing it is to finally have a fully voiced protagonist in a Bethesda RPG.
The nuclear apocalypse begins when Fallout 4 is released on November 10.
There’s a lot to like about Frictional Games’ survival horror game SOMA, from the way it plays with our own understanding of what it means to be human — and more than that, a good human — to its thoughtful narrative and the mysteries it slowly unravels. SOMA is that rare breed of video game that plays you while you play it.
Like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, this game works as well as it does because it relies on all its parts. There’s a subtle brilliance in nearly everything it does, but if I had to single out one of its strengths, I’d be tempted to pick Mikko Tarmia’s haunting score. Horror games have given us some stellar soundtracks over the years, and SOMA can be counted among them.
Now you can add all 24 tracks of the SOMA OST to your own collection — it’s available now on iTunes, Spotify and other places, I’m sure.
Despite the myriad quality horror games we have to choose from right now, gamers are clearly itching for more and they’re willing to use their own money to help make it happen. The number of crowdfunding success stories has grown significantly over the last year thanks to websites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.
After hitting its initial funding goal last month, the crowdfunding campaign for the post-apocalyptic survival horror game Ashen Rift ended today after raising an impressive $13,230. That was more than enough to reach its first stretch goal, so we’ll have new enemy types — including corrupted humans and wildlife — and improved gore effects to look forward to when the game ships next fall for PC, Mac, Linux and PS4.
To learn more about Ashen Rift, you can find the game on Kickstarter.
Who wants to play? Chucky does, but you may not like his game.
The award-winning designer team at Mezco have created an all-new sculpture that not only captures the look of Chucky, but the very essence of his menace. Every detail has been captured in the Chucky Good Guy Stylized Roto Figure; from his classic coveralls to the unique imprint of the soles on his sneakers. From his glistening, insane eyes, and his sneering lips, to his shocking red hair, this is Chucky at his most iconic. He’s not fully human, but he is fully insane!
The star of five Child’s Play films, Chucky features 7 points of articulation. He also comes with a knife that he is sure to use for no good.
Each Chucky comes packaged in his own collector friendly window box, so he can watch you and plan his attack.
IFC Midnight has announced that they have acquired North American rights to the Australian horror/thriller The Pack. They intend to release the film in Spring of 2016.
In ‘The Pack’, “…a farmer and his family must fight for their lives after a ferocious pack of feral wild dogs lays siege to their isolated farm. Through a series of frightening and bloody encounters they are forced into survival mode to defend themselves from the ravenous beasts and make it through the night.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.