Serbian director Milan Todorovic’s Killer Mermaids, aka Nymph (review), aka Killer Mermaid (see another review here) comes ashore on UK DVD this June 29; and to get ourselves adjusted to the water temperature ahead of time, we’ve nabbed an exclusive splashy clip for you to enjoy. Dive on in!
Killer Mermaids stars Kristina Klebe, Franco Nero, and Natalie Burn and is brought to UK DVD courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
Friends Kelly (Kristina Klebe, Halloween) and Lucy (Natalie Burn, The Expendables 3) travel into the depths of Montenegro to visit an old friend. While there, they decide to explore an abandoned military fortress located on a remote island. As the summer sun quickly sets, the dark mystery of the night envelops the girls as they realize they are not alone. There are secrets which must be protected and an evil darkness hidden beneath the island.
Awaking the mythical terror, dawn may never come for the two girls, who realize they may not leave the fortress alive…
While there’s no crippling shortage of horror-centric film festivals in the UK, genre fans there have historically been starved of a fright-filled convention scene. Thanks to savvy sisters Wendy and Gill Bell, that problem is to be no more as they kick off the first ever HorrorCon at Yorkshire’s Magna Science Adventure Centre this July 11-12.
Guests confirmed for attendance so far include good ol’ Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen; fan favourite Ken Foree; effects maestro Tom Savini; Hammer legends Caroline Munro and Martine Beswick; and authors David J. Howe, Sam Stone, Paul Kane, and Marie O’Regan. More guests are to be announced shortly.
Alongside rubbing shoulders with the aforementioned personalities, attendees have the chance to visit a number of special attractions including an expansive marketplace of over 50 horror-themed stalls, a scare attraction created by the folks at Evilution Events, lectures by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, a cosplay competition, short film screenings, and more.
Speaking of the event, creator Wendy Bell states “I’ve loved horror since I was a kid. I was looking for a horror convention to attend in the UK, and I couldn’t find anything like this – only horror film festivals – so Gill and I decided to start our own! So it’s a first – a big American-style horror convention right here in Yorkshire. When you’re a real horror enthusiast, horror isn’t just for Halloween, and we’ve got something for every fan of the genre – we’ve been getting enquiries from excited people from all over the country.”
Tickets for the event cost £15 for a single day or £27 for the weekend. Early access tickets – which allow you to enter the arena an hour before the official opening time – are also available at £17 a day or £31 for the weekend.
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Kickstarter For Perception Proposes New Audio Horror Game From Previous Bioshock And Dead Space Devs
It seems like every other week there is a new Kickstarter horror game that throws out more promises than the team can hope to deliver, but when the people behind the project are former members of the Bioshock and Dead Space dev teams, you take notice. Such is the case for Perception, whose campaign looks like more concrete goals than glitz and glam fake promises. Plus, the trailer is badass.
Perception goes full Daredevil, requiring blind protagonist Cassie to explore her surroundings with echolocation. The page explains that a combination of tapping your cane and ambient sound will illuminate the room. Be careful though, as making noise also attracts “The Presence,” a ghost thing you have to hide from. Sounds like a stealth horror game plus, and it’s awesome to see a genre that many were frankly getting tired of have a new twist.
Beyond that, they state that the story will actually take place over many time periods. Collecting clues on the past with her smartphone will unravel the tales of the house’s previous inhabitants, with milestones transporting you back to previous iterations of the house. It’s a really cool concept, using a changing location to bring in level variety rather than new levels, and it will be interesting to see how the house evolves and even opens or closes itself off to you.
So a detective game mixed with a stealth horror game with a unique twist? Count me in! And if you aren’t already intrigued, just check out how beautiful it looks!
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Developed by Tango Gameworks
Available on PC (reviewed), PS4, and XBox One
Rated M for Mature
Do you remember the first time you watched The Phantom Menace? I was 10, and though too young to fully comprehend the monumental slip in quality, I knew by the gaunt faces of grown men and silence in the theater that something terrible had happened. The Evil Within: The Executioner is a fourth part to a franchise, a split from the main series, removes all of the soul of the original, and brings the series to new almost unfathomable lows. It is The Evil Within’s Phantom Menace.
I want to go back for a second and talk about the previous reviews I have done for The Evil Within. When the game came out, it was the first major horror release on the new consoles. Yes, Outlast existed, but that wasn’t a next gen game, don’t pretend. This was supposed to be the return of the scary game, and true horror classic that would be loved and respected long into the future. I was still relatively new to this whole “professional critic” thing at the time, and was afraid to give it a perfect score. I remember the emotion at the time, the desire to boot up again and unlock all the extra guns and tell the world about my sublime experience. In retrospect, I was a bit overzealous, swept up in the fervor and delight of a quality horror release. If I were to rate the game now, I would give it a 4, as it has since been pointed out that the game did indeed make no fucking sense.
As for the DLC, The Assignment and The Consequence both still stand up as phenomenal. The gameplay is different, and surmounts the Herculean task of making the plot make sense. It was a thundering entrance for John Johanas, who has proven himself to be someone to respect in the industry by standing shoulder to shoulder with the giant Shinji Mikami. The next time one of his games is on the horizon, I will stare into that sun and go blind with anticipation.
As a package, the three are as close to an impeccable horror game as you can get without being named Resident Evil 4. And here is The Executioner, putting his swampy dick straight in my mouth and holding my nose until I choke on it. Make no mistake, this expansion is fucking bad. I will not be wishy-washy about this and give the whole “if you look at the positives” half assed apologetic review so that fans don’t blast me. I am the fucking fans for this game, I have put up with questions and explained the plot and created my own theories, and I have played Akumu mode. If you think this is just someone that doesn’t get the series giving a bad review, you should check your privilege, because clearly you are a galactic space emperor with no concept of how the common folk can appreciate things without buying the whole planet it was made on.
Oh The Executioner let me count the ways you fuck me. Well, right off the bat, you play through The Executioner as the character named “The Keeper”. Im sorry game, was the name “The Keeper” not good enough for you? Was the man with a dial safe for a head, a person sized meat tenderizer, sack of body parts, and barbed wire landmines not murdery enough for you? Did you have to hammer home that he also executed people? It makes sense in the respect that yes, you do execute people in the game, but you also executed people in the original game and the DLC. It wouldn’t have ruined my experience if the DLC was good, but luckily, it is just the first monumental nonsense oversight in a series of many.
If you were playing The Evil Within and thought “wow, this would be much better as a first-person melee brawler,” then please stop reading. I’m not sure how you made it this far into the article given your illiteracy and fear of loud colors, but go buy it, because this is the DLC for you. The Executioner manages to deprive the game of all tension by 1) putting you in the role of the keeper, an unkillable beast monster from the original game, and 2) putting the camera in first person and reducing the combat to unstoppable hammer smashes.
They don’t change any of the textures, mind you. The previous installments are in third person, which gives some leeway in texture detail since you never really see anything that clearly. You are free to develop the overall ambiance and grand environments because you never really look at things like chairs or handrails that closely. But oh man, does this look bad. You know when you are watching someone play a fake video game in a movie, where they clearly just took a bunch of assets from generic stock and threw them together without care of looking like an actual game? That is what this whole game looks like. I never realized how bad this game looked until I was forced to look at every enemy, every barrel, every wall and door knob in nauseating fuzzy closeup.
As for the story, the long expository sequences of the original are replaced with must-collect-to-proceed files and two text-on-still-frame cutscenes. That is the video game equivalent proposing at a monster truck rally: only impressing the most basic and a half-assed no thought plan that makes everyone else uncomfortable. You are given the information that your daughter is kidnapped, and only by fighting through a bunch of people can you save her. Ruvik comes in at some point because of name recognition, and it never fleshes out because they stopped caring.
But hey, you missed Condemned, right? We all miss beating homeless people to death with bricks! First-person hammer fights sound badass, right? When we think melee combat, we think visceral hits, parries, dodges, and executes. We expect variety and skill to play in, rather than sitting behind cover and popping out when they reload. In The Executioner, your only options are hit, running hit, grab, and execute. That is really it. You have 6 weapons you can cycle through (maybe 7, I haven’t unlocked the “secret” weapon yet), consisting of a hammer, molotov, dynamite, chainsaw, sword, and rocket launcher. Is there some big fundamental difference between the hammer, sword, and chainsaw? Well, the chainsaw and strangely sword use ammo, so unless you want to spend the game’s currency of coins to reload them, then the game becomes Bland Hammer Simulator 2015.
The entire 45 minutes chapter consists of walking between maybe 7 rooms from the original The Evil Within and fighting a boss in an arena from one of 5 more rooms. I didn’t go back and count, because it really doesn’t matter. It is bland, repetitive, and devoid of any creative direction. Every boss is a boss that you fought before in the main game. You hit your enemy with your hammer until they are staggered, then you either grab and throw or execute them. The executes look pretty cool, but at this point gruesome kills are hardly unique. Other than the perspective, there is nothing at all new here.
It is seriously a straight line from boss arena to boss arena. If that wasn’t enough, they don’t even trust me enough to remember how to kill the final boss from the main game. The final boss of the DLC is *SPOILER ALERT* yourself. If you didn’t remember that you killed him by crushing him in a spike trap, then you are in luck, because they show you again when you walk into the final boss room! *END SPOILER ALERT* Seriously, fuck that. The only joy I could have possibly gotten out of this DLC was figuring out the boss puzzles, and you couldn’t even give me that. The only other boss that could even remotely be considered as a puzzle is the one you kill with turrets, which was spoiled by the giant spear turrets everywhere.
There are bugs galore, including a terrible weapon swap system and questionable ability to go through doors, but bugs only detract from a good game. For a bad game, they are just expected. This DLC does not rise above crap in any aspect. You weren’t even trying, were you Tango? Someone in upper management asked what the game would look like in first person, an underling made this to illustrate that this was a bad idea, and big ol’ cartoony dollar signs popped out of the eyes of Bethesda executives when they realized they could sell this as DLC. It feels like a sloppy half life mod. The krypt from Mortal Kombat X was a more in depth adventure game than this, and with better textures. If you have the season pass, take an hour to play through it and unlock the extras. If you are wondering if you should spend five dollars on this, don’t
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything about the upcoming Doctor Strange, but with filming set to begin in November in the UK, a bit more casting news has come our way. According to THR, Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer) is on her way to the Marvel Universe.
The actress is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Kevin Feige. If cast, she’ll portray the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic and Strange’s mentor. In the comics the character is male.
Doctor Strange is Marvel’s supernatural hero, a formerly cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands and, during a last ditch attempt to heal himself, discovers magic.
The film’s scheduled release date is November 4, 2016.
After what seems like ages, writer/director Anthony Matthews’ gritty thriller Revenge Is Her Middle Name is finally getting a proper release on home video. The fine, upstanding boys and girls at Unearthed Films will unleash the vengeance on DVD later this summer.
As a rabid, unapologetic fan of blood-soaked movies centered around vigilante justice, I’m definitely excited that Revenge is finally hitting DVD. According to IMDb, the film was completed back in 2011. Four years later, it’s apparently ready for mass consumption. Rejoice!
Those unfamiliar with Matthews’ outing should investigate the following synopsis.
Years of prostitution and drug abuse have wrecked Kat’s life. She has settled into a stagnant relationship with her junkie boyfriend, Dolph, and the only “decent” friend she has, Marilyn, also happens to be a high-class call girl. When Kat discovers that she is pregnant, she manipulates Dolph into taking part in a reckless heist that she hopes will score the money she needs to turn her life around. When things inevitably spiral out of control, she is confronted by a drug-dealing pimp known as Mutton Chop. Hellbent on vengeance, the sadistic pimp retaliates by ordering a brutal attack against Kat that will change her life forever.
In addition to the movie, Unearthed Films has packed a ton of nifty special features on the disc. Not only do you get extended and deleted scenes, you’ll also receive the short film that inspired Revenge Is Her Middle Name. Check out the flick when it hits DVD on August 25.
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Apparently we shouldn’t be counting Pennywise the Clown out just yet as Bloody Disgusting is reporting that “a source from the inside is telling [them] that the project is heading back to Warner Bros. (it was shifted to New Line during budget cuts) and that It will now be filming in New York.”
They go on to report that Warner Bros. is currently meeting with candidates and expects to sign a new director in the coming weeks. The studio will move forward with the existing It scripts and New York locations for filming later this year. It will be two separate films, one tackling the protagonists as children and the second focusing on them as adults.
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Will Poulter was cast to play the villainous clown Pennywise by departing “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, and it’s unclear whether or not that casting stands. Stay tuned.
On June 22nd, two music worlds will collide as Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tägtgren of Pain and Hypocrisy will release Skills In Pills, the debut album from their project Lindemann! The album features songs with titles such as “Golden Shower”, “Ladyboy”, “Praise Abort”, and more.
We got the chance to speak directly with Tägtgren about the upcoming album and what fans can expect. We also got some interesting bits of information, including that there are already plans for a second album, when Rammstein will begin work on their new album, and more. Head on below for this exclusive interview!
Make sure to pre-order Skills In Pills via iTunes.
How are you doing?
Good! It’s nice weather here in Berlin.
What are you in Berlin for?
We just finished up the video and we’ve been doing promotion.
The video for “Praise Abort”?
Can you give me a hint as to what the video will be like?
[laughs] Perfect! I’m very intrigued to see it!
Oh man, you will love it. It’s very sick. That’s all I can promise you.
I read that the two of you got to know each other in 1999 or 2000 and have remained in touch over the years. What spurred the two of you working together now?
We try to keep in touch via SMS or drunken phone calls to each other! [laughs] But in 2013, Till invited me to a festival in Sweden that Rammstein was headlining. When I got there, he said, “Hey, I’m going to have two years off. I want to write some music with you.” I said, “Ok! Let’s do it!” And that’s really how it started.
He was always a fan of Pain’s music. He wanted to do guest vocals on Pain songs but when I was free, he was busy and when he was free, I was busy, so it never worked out. So, finally we started to do one song, which was “Ladyboy”, and it was just like opening a funnel. The ideas just crawling out left and right and now we have 12 songs. It’s insane.
Till used only English for this album. I read that it was partially so that he didn’t have to translate lyrics for you. What were your thoughts on him using English?
I don’t miss the German, let’s put it that way. [laughs] His voice is so strong, I just think it’s genius. I know the hardcore Rammstein fans might not be happy but when he sings in English you don’t miss the German language. It sounds fucking killer. It’s really fucking amazing.
It was good because some songs that he started writing the lyrics first and I got inspired by the words. I started writing music on that. He would call me and ask what I’m doing. He told me once that he was in Canada on the Yukon River and I was, like, “What?!” And he was telling me about how he wrote lyrics for this river and how he wanted me to write a song. So, he sent me the lyrics and it inspired me to write music.
That’s the way we’ve been working together. It feels very unique. Once, he was singing into his iPhone and he sent me the file and I built music around it. That’s how we got “Praise Abort”.
It’s so fascinating that people can make music this way without being next to each other.
Yeah! We went over everything on telephone and emails for how we wanted to construct the song itself. When we finally got into the studio, after half a year of emailing and things like that, he came in and nailed four songs in 12 hours or something like that. He normally has to prep for six or seven weeks, so he was really happy.
Peter, what challenges did you face when creating the music for this project? How did you have to think differently?
It was no big deal. I mean, it kind of wrote itself. Of course I was under pressure from myself to deliver good stuff for Till since we’re working together, to make it interesting. From the beginning, we were not even supposed to do an album! We were only supposed to do one or two songs. He wanted to put it out but right away I knew and said that it’s too good to just put out there. Let’s try to write a little bit more.
There have been mentions that a second album will come out at some point. Are there already sketches and ideas for such an album or is it simply that the two of you enjoyed creating this one so much that you want to do it again?
[laughs] We’re rolling already! We were already writing stupid lyrics when we were drunk and shit. We’re going at it. We’re going to go as long as we have inspiration. Maybe it stops at five songs but at least we have half an album done, you know? It’s just so easy to write music together. No pressure. We do it because we can.
You both have such long and storied careers with your respective bands that this almost feels like a passion project, that you get to have a lot of fun.
Some people fly model planes or do puzzles with thousands of pieces. We write music, that’s our hobby. It’s what we do to get away from everything else, even though we do it professionally. When we do it, it doesn’t feel like a job. It feels passionate, like a hobby, whatever you want to call it. It’s great.
There have been talks of possible live shows. Is that something that you envision happening or is still just in talks?
We’re pretty scared, or whatever you want to call it, of how people are going to take this. We don’t know if they’re going to say, “Oh no, go back to your normal jobs!” So we really need some response from fans to see. As soon as we open up that can, we’re going to go insane with that shit.
So it all depends. If there’s not really a demand for it, maybe we’ll do a few showcases or something like that. But it won’t be full tours. I really don’t know! It’s up to the people to decide if we go out or not.
It’s really fascinating to hear you talk like this. As I said, both of you have such strong careers that it’s interesting to hear you, in a way, almost scared!
Yeah! Of course! We’ve been sitting in the studio for two years doing this, not talking to anybody. Nobody knew anything. Nobody had any sort of influence. We were just doing our own thing. And now, suddenly, we have to let it out to the public. We never thought of it like that when we did it. We were just thinking about the pure passion, just writing and seeing how it came together. And now, when it’s too late, we start thinking, “Was this the best we could do?”
Having heard the album several times now, I think fans of both of you will be very pleased with the final product.
I hope so! [laughs] It definitely won’t kill our other careers but we have so much passion about it for the last two years. It’s not too far from what we do in our normal lives. It’s a party album! I see it as a 2015 Billy Idol kinda thing, except the lyrics are more ironic and funny. It’s good music to pre-party to before you go out to the bar.
The lyrics are, as you say, very funny but also very shocking.
That’s Till! I don’t want to crawl in his brain and see what he’s thinking about! [laughs] For him, he was so inspired by the writing and singing in a new language. He said that it was like picking fucking cherries from the tree. The German tree was already hard to reinvent. He came from East Germany, where it was very difficult, because of Communism, to learn English. So, for him, it’s still very new. He’s a very social person. When he goes out on tour, he’s the last person to go to bed. And he loves to talk, so when Rammstein went out of Germany, he learned a lot of English. For him, it’s like a new beginning.
Both of you are parts of bands that often have very strong connections to the horror genre, either through visuals or through lyrical content. What do you think it is about your bands that draw such a connection?
I can tell you one secret: Till’s hero is Alice Cooper. His first album was ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’. Till really loves this horror thing that Cooper did in the 70’s. He’s always telling me how big of an inspiration he is.
If you listen to this Lindemann album, it’s really spooky, but in a funny way! When it comes to other bands I work with, I wonder if metal is spooky anymore. I know that it used to be. I grew up with KISS, which was scary as a kid.
I always like to ask this question: If you could get a famed horror director to make a music video for one of your songs, who would you like to have do it?
Actually, we were supposed to do the first video with Jonas Åkerlund, the director of The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”. We were supposed to shoot it in LA but he had to go to Argentina to shoot some video, so we shot “Praise Abort” with the director of several Rammstein videos. He and Till really click, so when we told him that we don’t want to do anything similar to Pain or Rammstein, he pushed the envelope in a completely different way.
What’s next for each of you? What projects do you see yourself working on next?
I think we’re going to keep on writing! Till is going to go back to Rammstein in September to begin pre-production stuff and he says that it usually takes two years from when they start until the album is done.
For me, I don’t know! I have no clue! As soon as all the promotion is over, I’m going to sit down and then think if I should do another Pain album? Another Hypocrisy album? Or should I keep writing for Lindemann? Right now, I have so many ideas for the Lindemann project.
It seems like you have a great deal of freedom that you have all these opportunities available to you.
Yes! Of course, now it’s going to change because people will hear the album. Before, no one heard the music so we had the free way of writing. But we will keep writing and if we like what we write, we’ll keep it. We will never put any rules onto how Lindemann should sound because I think it takes two to three albums before you really know what you’re doing with a band.
Any last thoughts you want to send to readers and listeners?
Yeah. The lyrics? Read between the lines and find the irony. Don’t think it’s all so serious. For us, it’s not to provoke. Yes, we want to shock people but, like I said, it’s a party album. Enjoy it and have a good time!
UPDATED 7:25PM CST | We got in touch with a Warner Bros. rep who tells us that It will remain at New Line Cinema with no firm determination on location or shooting schedule.
This Memorial Day news broke that “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga had exited the latest film adaptation of the Stephen King’s It.
The stories cited creative differences, which included Fukunaga’s desire to direct in New York, while the studio wanted to cut costs by sending Pennywise to other locations. It was also said that one of the reasons for the budget concerns may have been the lukewarm opening Poltergeist, which also heavily used a clown in their marketing.
Anyhow, filming was to take place this summer, and thus was postponed indefinitely.
From the sounds of things, it would appear that It was dead. Or is it…
Well, good news, folks, as a regular insider told us that Pennywise may be rising up from the sewers!
A source from the inside is telling us that the project is very much not dead – and could be heading back to Warner Bros. (it was shifted to New Line during budget cuts) with filming still set for New York.
Even weirder is that Warners is expected to sign a new director (booooooooo!) in the coming weeks, and are currently meeting with candidates. It sounds as if “budget cuts” was just an excuse wrapped around a deeper issue between Fukunaga and the studio…
We were originally told that the current expectation was that Warners would move forward with the existing It scripts and New York locations for filming possibly later this year, which is unfortunately not the case.
It will be two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.
No word on if Will Poulter is still cast to play the villainous clown “Pennywise”.
Hopefully we’ll get some answers in the coming weeks because this sucks.
Amplify Releasing has shared with us this eye-catching one-sheet and red band trailer for Jason Banker’s Felt, opening in limited theaters June 26th before VOD platforms on July 21st.
“Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely-costumed alter egos that reappropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.”
Felt celebrated its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2014 where Amy Everson took home the “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition award for Best Actress.
Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, and Roxanne Lauren Knouse also star.
We know Chris Pratt has tamed the Velociraptors in Jurassic World, now we get to see him in action. Below is a new clip from the Jurassic Park sequel in which Pratt’s character saves little Timmy from certain death. There’s still not enough context to decide if I hate this or not.
“Twenty-two years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Robinson all star.
This week: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Poltergeist, and Tomorrowland. Witch’er good, and which aren’t?
Focus World is planning an August 7th limited theatrical and VOD release for Cop Car, a thriller that had its World Premiere at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Today, we have the trailer from the movie that stars Kevin Bacon, as well as James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim.
Jon Watts directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. It follows two 10-year-old boys who steal an abandoned cop car and take it for a joy ride. They find themselves on a wild ride when the owner, a corrupt cop (Bacon), begins to hunt them down.
The tragic Dyatlov Pass incident which claimed the lives of nine hikers in 1959 serves as the basis for Kholat, a supernatural horror game that’s slated to hit Steam next month. Its developer has really nailed down the visuals, and with vocals from Silent Hill veteran Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, at the very least, this ought to be an atmospheric experience.
With its arrival on Steam less than two weeks away, the makers of Kholat have released a launch trailer narrated by Sean “The Bean” Bean — am I the only one who calls him that? — to get us sufficiently pumped.
Kholat releases on June 9 for PC.
Oren Carmi’s award winning thriller Goldberg & Eisenberg (read our review) will finally be released on DVD and VOD in North America by Jinga Films and MVD June 23rd 2015, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Following in the footsteps of recent genre films from Israel (Rabies, Cannon Fodder, Big Bad Wolves), Goldberg & Eisenberg won Best Director at Austin Fantastic Fest, Best Actor and Best Music at Screamfest LA and is a welcome addition to the so called new wave of Hebrew Horror.
“Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who searches the internet for a girlfriend. After being stood up for a date, he meets Eisenberg, a thug who decides to amuse himself at Goldberg’s expense. As Eisenberg stalks Goldberg, his intrusions become increasingly menacing until Goldberg’s actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control.“
Yesterday, we were treated to a new teaser for Frictional Games’ upcoming undersea horror game SOMA that was basically a minute of a woman sobbing while a couple of whales made sensual whale love. Today, we have something a little more substantial, albeit just as maddeningly strange as that last video. I’d even call it moderately unsettling.
This steady drip-feed of strange live-action videos has been undeniably fun to watch, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some footage sometime soon. Maybe Frictional is saving the relevant stuff for E3.
Sometimes, the simplest ideas turn out to be the best ones. Such is the case with NECA and their upcoming Alien facehugger egg toy, which places six eggs in an egg carton, complete with instructions!
The toys are simple enough, 3 eggs hatched and 3 unhatched, the hatched ones including little yet highly detailed facehuggers. They’re placed inside of an egg carton that features instructions on how to handle the eggs should they hatch.
Overall, it’s definitely one of the coolest and most clever ideas I’ve seen for this franchise. I’m absolutely planning on getting a set when they’re available, which NECA says should hopefully be in August!
— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) May 22, 2015
I remember being a kid and refusing to watch anything if it was “in gray.” Now, I absolutely cherish those “gray” films. Black & white is an art form in and of itself that too many people take for granted. With the news of a black & white version of Mad Max: Fury Road being included on the Blu-ray release, it got us thinking about some other films that could use a black & white edition. Are there any films out there you would add to this list?
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Divinity #4 ends this epic odyssey. Omnipotent astronaut Abram Adams came back searching for what he left behind on Earth twenty-seven years earlier. The Valiant Universe tries furiously to contain an unknown variable more powerful than anyone on the planet. All of this makes for greater storytelling herein and more to come in the future.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Trevor Hairsine
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 27 May 2015
This is one series that has been thoroughly crafted and designed from the concept to this final issue. The power Divinity has put on display is truly frightening and innovative at the same time. Writer Matt Kindt seems to have only scratched the surface with the potential Abram Adams displayed so far. Unity, the Valiant Universe’s top team, were initially swept away with minimal effort by Divinity. The skillful way that both sides walk away from this tilt without looking weak is an attack through his heart. Readers finally see how human and delicate even all-powerful characters can be.
Once again, artist Trevor Hairsine conveys heart, menace and scope effortlessly in this final chapter. The emotion shown in Abrams’ family reunion. The ache in the eyes and aged faces. The spectacle of battling four of the most dangerous characters at once. The futility of the actions taken. It’s all so striking to look at.
Thankfully, there are lasting repercussions coming out of this series. No one lost but no one really won either. Divinity let his foes think they won the day. Not only those, but the followers of Divinity are rising so the imagination begins to wonder how much power will the people have without their leader? Again, this series makes you think about so many different things all at the same time every time you read and re-read it.
The extra pages and insight from writer Kindt at the end of the story only enhance the overall experience of the entire miniseries. We are assured that there is more Divinity to come this year which is magnificent news. I’m eager to see how this mighty character will interact with the other power players touring around the Valiant Universe. This series established something new, potent and potentially dangerous into their world. I can’t wait to see where they take him next.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
“Mayday” #2 does not for one second let us forget its time and place. Curt Pires’ books are very much a product of the present. They have a here and now quality that elevate them to the status of historical document; future generations that study the attitudes and sensibilities of the early 21st century would find in “Mayday” a perspective widely acknowledged but rarely articulated as perfectly as Pires is able to say it. What’s more, this issue is good old fashioned grindhouse fun with just enough surreal horror to haunt your dreams. If you haven’t got the message yet: “Mayday” #2 is really good.
WRITTEN BY: Curt Pires
ART BY: Chris Peterson
PUBLISHER: Black Mask
RELEASE: May 27, 2015
This issue begins at a hollywood party, reminding us of the most prevalent themes from issue one (loneliness, disillusionment with the Hollywood social scene, art vs. identity, death) briefly before giving most of the attention to Terrence and Kleio. As the unlucky duo races across town, forming a plan, gun shopping, and filling up on liquid courage, I’m reminded of an concern I had about “POP”, Pires last mini-series: the characters that drive the story forward are the least interesting characters.
All of their dialogue serves the plot, and we really don’t have anything to hold on to or any reason to like them. They are the heroes because they are fighting evil, but when I think back on these books the “protagonists” are never what I think of, that may be very well be intentional, but if the villains represent forces that oppress and cultures that poison us, the protagonists should be more relatable and empathetic, because they’re us. By the end of the issue this may be a moot point, we’ll see.
Chris Peterson does some fantastically subtle things with the billboards as they are driving around, some that I didn’t catch until my second pass, and the two page blood spider bit was incredibly effective at attaching itself to my brain even if I don’t know what the fuck is going on. This may just be a matter of taste, but I find his character work to be a little distracting.
They aren’t bad and the detail is fantastic, but they are overly emotive, almost to the point of mugging, especially Kleio in the car. It looks too cartoonish and comes across like he doesn’t trust dialogue and context to convey the emotion and really has to plaster it on their faces.
I love occult stories, and Benecio Del Cocaine is that perfect level of passion and mania, every time I see him I want more, I want to know what kind of sick shit he does all day and what his master plan is. “Mayday” is such a surreal visual spectacle and strong sense of identity I guarantee you’ll want to revisit it again and again as the world around us gets stranger and stranger. “Mayday” pulls the velvet curtain back to reveal madness and desperation behind what we all fantasize about.