If you reside in North America and are interested in getting a few cheap games so you’ll have something to do over the summer drought, PSN is hosting a massive sale this week that brings up to 80% discounts on a ton of Capcom titles, including about a decade’s worth of Resident Evil games. This isn’t a flash sale, so you have until June 8 to decide whether or not you’re going to take advantage of it. You could probably get caught up on Game of Thrones while you consider it.
Below you’ll find a list of the horror games that are featured in the sale, but there’s considerably more deals to be had, but you’ll need to the PSN store page for the rest.
Dead Rising 2: Off The Record (PS3) for $9.99 (reg. $19.99)
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen (PS3) for $13.49 (reg. $39.99)
Resident Evil 4 (PS3) for $7.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition (PS3) for $11.99 (reg. $29.99)
Resident Evil 6 (PS3) for $9.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil Code: Veronica (PS3) for $7.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil Franchise Pack (PS3) for $23.99 (reg. $59.99)
Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS3, PS4) for $15.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil HD Remaster (PS4)
Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City (PS3) for $7.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil Revelations (PS3) for $10.49 (reg. $29.99)
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Episode 1 (PS3, PS4) for $3.99 (reg. $5.99)
Resident Evil Revelations 2 Season Pass (PS3, PS4) for $15.99 (reg. $19.99)
Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles (PS3) for $7.49 (reg. $14.99)
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (PS3) for $7.49 (reg. $14.99)
Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection (PS3) for $13.49 (reg. $26.99)
In the days leading up to a “Deep Impact” style apocalypse 75% of the population has been evacuated from earth through space elevators. The rest have either resigned themselves to their fate as it is divine providence or have collected to violently protest their being left behind until the final moments. Elena is ineligible because of something in her past. Her family does not know this and she is able to obtain a fake I.D. that will allow her to leave Earth with her family just two days before Exodus. “Broken World” #1 is what those last two days on Earth will look like.
WRITTEN BY: Frank J. Barbiere
ART BY: Christopher Peterson
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
RELEASE: June 3, 2015
Global catastrophe is the fair of many a summer blockbuster and one of the most universal fears there is. A disaster massive enough to threaten the entire world always an engrossing visual spectacle and narratively transcends all culture and language barriers. Giving anything away about this book would do you a huge disservice, but “Broken World” is not a big budget Disaster film. You may guess how this first issue will end, but I doubt that will take away from the exquisite emotional journey you will go on as you follow Elena through her final day on Earth.
This issue works completely as a one-shot, it’s so tight. I often give issues the accolade of being expertly plotted, but this #1 introduces characters, stages, arcs, and pays offs so impressively right now I’m calling it the best single issue of 2015. Now, it is not without its narrative crutches: the premise is established by a newscaster explaining everything in the first scene, and the Children of the Revelation, the cult that embraces the apocalypse, is explained to us via a class presentation. Perhaps there are craftier, less expositional ways to share this information. But I’m thankful it wasn’t crammed into the dialogue or explained in a forward. The alternative, which I see taken more often, is to leave out all exposition and let the audience peace it together themselves. That works about as often as it doesn’t, and I think Barbiere chose the lesser of 4 evils here by working it into the story in a way that doesn’t feel forced.
I was emotionally gripped by this book from beginning to end. The countdown was an effective device, constantly reminding us that this is a ticking time bomb, even when Elena is trying to keep it cool, go to class, cook dinner. I was completely taken by the ending and even let out an “oh shit!”, rare for me, but that is how sucked in I was reading this book. If I never read another issue I would be completely satisfied having read such a perfect first, but now I’m bought in, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Have you caught Parkour Fever yet? If you think you’re safe, you’re not. The epidemic claimed another of my friends this week. She thought she was safe, too. Now she can’t have a normal conversation without mentioning how sweet it was when she found a Skullmace in a chest. When I told her it wasn’t very healthy to play Dying Light for three straight days, she looked at me with her dead eyes and told me that’s exactly what Rais would say.
I didn’t mention it again.
The deeper she gets, the worse her symptoms become. She’s reached a point where she says she needs to play it because that’s the only way she can quell the screams of the Volatiles she knows only exist in the game. She says this, but I’m not so sure she believes it.
I’m going to help her, obviously, but the game just keeps getting better and I’m so close to finding a Skullmace of my own that I can feel it. Techland recently made finding them easier, so I’m sure it’ll be in the next chest I open.
I’d go on about this new video, but the tremors are returning. I need to cave in some zombie heads with the Skullmace I know I’ll find, then I can help my friend with her silly video game addiction.
Dying Light is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
With just one episode left in the season, iZombie had a lot of loose ends to tie up with this episode, and boy did it deliver! It was a jam-packed episode, to be sure, but so much development was made and many of those aforementioned loose ends were tied up (although Major still didn’t learn Liv’s secret). There were a few issues involving Liv’s brother’s reappearance (more on that later), but this was definitely one of iZombie’s best episodes, and a perfect way to head into the finale.
First of all, the references to I Know What You Did Last Summer were amazing (as was the fact that a character actually called out the similarities to the film). I’m a child of the 90s, and I love that movie. The cold open (which is possibly my favorite one of the season) had our newly zombified Sebastian getting hit by a car full of teenagers (one of whom is Bex Taylor-Klaus, who plays Sin on Arrow!). They bury him “alive,” only for him to dig himself out of his grace and kill one of them.
What was so great about this episode is that it really gave Rose McIver a chance to play around (more so than usual). She ate not one, but two brains tonight. While the stoner persona was quite hilarious, I preferred the ditzy cheerleader brain, as it made Liv the most fun and personable she has ever been on iZombie.
What iZombie also managed to do this week is have a lot of comedy with an equal amount of horror. This is possibly the darkest episode the show has done all season. It’s can be difficult to strike a balance between horror and comedy, but “DR, LR, BR, WR” (I refuse to type the entire title again) pulled it off masterfully. The final montage of the episode set up what could be an exciting season finale. My only question is, who murdered(?) Bex Taylor-Klaus? It wasn’t Blaine, so I guess that leaves a Max Rager employee? Hopefully we find out next week but that might be something that gets left until Season 2 to resolve.
The major development of the episode was Peyton finding out the truth about Liv. While the scene between McIver and Aly Michalka was great, it’s disheartening that Peyton has had the least amount of screen time among Liv’s close circle of friends. That made the revelation slightly underwhelming since we don’t connect with Peyton nearly as well as we do with a character like Major (TELL HIM), but the two actresses pulled it off. Also, it should be noted that the fight scene between Liv and Sebastian was phenomenal. More of this in Season 2, please.
Speaking of Major, he found himself in even more trouble this week, as he ended the episode tied up in the Meat Cute kitchen. I’ve loved everything involving Major this season, which I have mentioned before. While I don’t think iZombie will be bold enough to kill him, it’s possible they could turn him into a zombie. My only gripe about his storyline involves Liv’s brother, Evan. Once he walked into the Meat Cute (with Major tied up in the back) I nearly groaned. The reason for this is that it was teased six episodes ago. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad it finally happened, but the fact that it took so long was frustrating. We haven’t seen much (any?) of Liv’s family since “Maternity Liv” so to have that ball dropped on us out of the blue was surprising, but frustrating.
I know it sounds like I bitched a little too much about “Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat,” but I really did love the episode! It’s one of iZombie’s strongest episodes yet and set up what could be a potentially fantastic finale next week. Thank God we’re getting a second season!
- Chapter Titles Of The Week: Why Did The Zombie Cross The Road?; Remains Of The Day; But I’m A Cheerleader; Band On The Run; The Day The “Music” Died; Stoner? I Hardly Knew Her; Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. I give the edge to But I’m A Cheerleader, mostly because I love that movie.
- Zombie Power Of The Week: There’s TWO this week! Ditzy Cheerleader and Lazy Stoner.
- “Somebody needs to do chest compressions to the beat of ‘All For The Best’ from Godspell!” -I’m a huge sucker when TV shows and movies spoof religious fanatics. I find it absolutely hilarious.
- “Why are you here and not carrying astronaut brains?” -I love the nonchalant way brains are discussed on iZombie.
- All of Liv’s cheerleader-speak was hilarious and very Elle Woods-y.
- Clive ate brains and got them confused for….mushrooms? Alright.
- “What is this bizarre seque that’s happening right now?” -Blaine, on Julien discussing the “health inspector’s” physical appearance.
- “You saw I Know What You Did Last Summer 2?” -It bugged me that Liv got the title wrong, but her delivery on this was too funny for me to care that much.
- Liv, there actually IS a third I Know What You Did Last Summer. And it’s terrible. It’s called I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer.
- “I need to drink some more cheerleader. Put some pep in my step!” -There’s that nonchalantness again.
- The season finale is next week, you guys! See you then! Until that time, here’s the promo:
Variety is reporting that James Wan (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) will be directing Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, which currently has Jason Momoa signed for the title role.
Little is known about the movie and its plot but the basic story of Aquaman is that he is the ruler of Atlantis and possesses super strength, speed, and the ability to command sea-life.
The film is set for a 2018 release.
Wan is coming off the success of Fast And Furious 7, which has currently drawn in over $1.5 billion dollars, which puts it among the Top 5 grossing films worldwide. He is also the producer on this week’s Insidious: Chapter 3.
Boston trio InAeona have announced that they will be releasing their debut album Force Rise The Sun on August 7th via Prosthetic Records. The band fuses space rock, shoegaze, and metal into a powerful, beautiful sound that is absolutely breathtaking at moments.
I wrote about them late last year, describing them as having, “…the bombastic theatricality of Muse with the vastness of Russian Circles gently mixed with the ferocity of Helms Alee and dashes of Tangerine Dream and Vangelis.”
Below is the cover for Force Rise The Sun as well as live performance of their song “Soldier”.
Tomorrow, Mondo will be releasing their own vinyl soundtrack for NBC’s “Hannibal” which features 20 tracks selected by composer Brian Reitzell. The vinyl, which will be limited to 1,000 copies, will come on a “steak tartare” variant with gatefold artwork designed by Phantom City Creative.
The full track list and images of the release can be seen below.
If you want the full soundtrack, don’t forget that Invada Records has a boxset of 8 LPs, which features every cue in the show. You can order it here. It is 100% worth every penny to own these, trust me.
01. Feeding The Dogs / Family Dinner (episode 104 “Œef”) (2:09)
02. Who’s The Copycat Killer? (episode 112 “Relevés”) (7:23)
03. Alise Came Back (episode 101 “Apéritif”) (1:56)
04. Birdman (episode 208 “Su-zakana”) (3:58)
05. Will’s Kill Aftermath / End Credits (episode 101 “Apéritif”) (2:04)
06. Show Me Yours (episode 210 “Naka-Choko”) (6:14)
07. Sticky Situation (episode 201 “Kaiseki”) (3:00)
08. Jack’s Wife (episode 204 “Takiawase”) (2:43)
09. Trail Of Blood / Chilton Runs (episode 207 “Yakimono”) (1:30)
10. Will Remembers Ear (episode 201 “Kaiseki”) (1:48)
11. Asylum, I’ll Remember You (episode 103 “Potage”) (1:54)
12. Will’s Haunting / Drugstore (episode 102 “Amuse Bouche”) (1:47)
13. Psych Breakfast (episode 104 “Œuef”) (2:00)
14. Making Angels (episode 106 “Entrée”) (2:27)
15. Another MRI Nightmare (episode 110 “Buffet Froid”) (2:20)
16. Facing The Nightmare (episode 113 “Savoureux”) (5:24)
17. Will Remembers (episode 204 “Takiawase”) (3:17)
18. Mason Trips (episode 212 “Tome-wan”) (2:21)
19. Will Freed / Decrim (episode 207 “Yakimono”) (5:46)
20. Bloodfest (episode 213 “Mizumono”) (9:06)
Developer Endnight Games continues to do a better job than most in improving their open-world survival horror game The Forest since its arrival on Steam Early Access almost exactly a year ago. This is how indie developers should support their Early Access games, with consistent updates that squash bugs while also building on what was already there with fresh content.
The latest update should roll out today barring any unforeseen technical issues or extinction level events that might cause a delay. This one is too big for me to include the intimidating change list that comes with it. Don’t have time to read an epic poem? Don’t fret, for I’ve skimmed it and included the important bits for the abridged version you can start reading… now.
– Previously closed off areas of the world can now be explored.
– The cannibals have beach huts now. Still no beach BBQs.
– Bombs are more bomb-like.
– Skinning raccoons used to give you lizard skin. That’s not a thing anymore.
– Awkward PC gamers rejoice! Gamepad support has been improved.
– Explosives are super effective against rocks, because that’s awesome.
– Remember those rocks? The same goes for structures.
– Remember those structures? The cannibals can break them now.
– Remember those cannibals? They’re much smarter.
– Blackberry bushes. Yum.
– Watch out for the deadly new animal. Don’t sorry, I’m sure it’s not a T-Rex.
– Live with the bats in two new caves!
– The Forest is lousy with new sound effects, too.
– Piss off your friends with even more ways to cause them pain in co-op.
For the less entertaining — but exponentially more comprehensive — change list, head over here.
Developer Renegade Kid made an impressive debut back in 2007 with Dementium: The Ward, a survival horror game for the Nintendo DS that was originally pitched as a Silent Hill spin-off until Konami turned them down. The studio announced not too long ago that they would be remastering the game that first put them on the map — and many of our radars — exclusively for the 3DS. Now, we have even more details.
Studio director Jools Watsham turned to Twitter this weekend to share a few of the more impactful changes they’ve made to Dementium. He tweeted: “We’re making these changes to Dementium: Adding manual save spots. Enemies no longer respawn. Adding aim sensitivity option.”
Watsham also teased the possibility that the game might get support for the 3DS’ gyroscopic controls. If it’s a good fit, we’ll see it when Dementium: The Ward returns, in HD, as soon as they’re happy with it.
The folk over at The Pet Collective have posted a video where several pug puppies were used to recreate key scenes from Insidious. If you need a daily dose of “awww”, this should happily suffice!
Insidious: Chapter 3 synopsis:
The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
The new film hits theaters this Friday, June 5th.
We’ve known for awhile now that the second film in the Star Wars Anthology spin-off series will focus on bounty hunter Boba Fett. In recent months, it has also been rumored that a young Han Solo might make an appearance in the film. According to Schmoes Know, however, that “might” has become fact and we here at Bloody-Disgusting are hearing the same. Come 2018, we will have a new, younger actor playing the role of Han Solo in this film.
What do we know beyond that, however? Not all that much at this stage. The site also reports that Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and reptilian bounty hunter Bossk might make an appearance as well. Most places are also running that the film will be set pre-A New Hope. There are also rumblings that it might take place over a long span of time, however, running from Fett’s early days as a bounty hunter up through his life post-Return of the Jedi. Might we see an older Fett who has escaped the Sarlaac in the film’s third act? If Schmoes Know is right and the spaghetti western-inspired project centers (at least somewhat) on a rivalry between Fett & Solo, it stands to reason that Ford may well be drafted to appear in the film in some capacity as well. Only time will tell.
The project has been without a director since the departure of Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four). BD has learned that Brad Bird had been circling the film, but has since moved on. The current rumored frontrunners are Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book) and Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service), but given the latter’s strong ties to Fox, it is doubtful that he will enlist to bring Fett’s violent life to the screen. With directors already set for Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (2016) and Star Wars: Episode VIII (2017), I suspect we will soon have one for this entry as well.
Another week, another handful of Marvel Cinematic Universe rumors running rampant across the worldwide web! Bloody-Disgusting has done some further digging on the latest batch of gossip and here’s what we have turned up. WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW!
Is Red Hulk in Captain America: Civil War? As reported earlier today, Bleeding Cool recently posited the theory that not only is Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) going to trot back into frame as our favorite angry emerald Avenger, but he will be doing so to combat the arrival of the Red Hulk. In the comics, Red Hulk was a gamma’d out General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross. William Hurt has already been confirmed as part of the cast, reprising his The Incredible Hulk role. So is Hurt going to turn heel and wrecking havoc as Red Hulk in Civil War? No. Sorry folks, but this is one theory that we can firmly shoot down. In fact, we’re hearing that Hulk isn’t likely to have anything beyond a cameo in the film…if even that.
Moving on, much speculation has been made about who exactly Martin Freeman is playing in Civil War. Avengers handler (and occasional X-Men foil) Henry Peter Gyrich was one of the bigger guesses ever since the supposed “script leak” (it was bogus!) that was making the rounds. Latino Review recently proclaimed that Martin would be tackling the role of British Prime Minister Edward Chase, something that our own sources are backing up. The character is expected to take a pro-registration stance and have some shady ties to both Hydra leader Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) and black market arms dealer Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis).
Civil War is, of course, also supposed to give us our introduction to the MCU’s Spider-Man, but his existence and world will be teased before that. BD has also managed to confirm Latino Review‘s report that Oscorp will be referenced in some manner in Ant-Man next month, with Osborn possibly being listed as a potential buyer of Darren Cross’s (Corey Stoll) Yellowjacket technology.
That’s all folks! If we hear anything further, you will be the first to know.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who wrote Dracula: Untold, are working on a script to convert the “Night On Bald Mountain” segment from Disney’s 1940 animated film Fantasia into a feature length film. The approach will be similar to what Disney did with Maleficent.
The original segment, which featured the music of Modest Mussorgsky, showed Chernabog, a giant winged beast looming over a village, raising the spirits of the dead, who cavort and raise havoc until the sun rises, sending them back to their graves. It was considered for a long time to be one of the most terrifying animated works ever released.
You can watch the segment below.
Here’s a shocker I don’t think anyone was expecting, but many are applauding.
“Community” star, and sarcastic wonder Joel McHale has been cast in FOX’s “The X-Files” revival!
McHale will play Tad O’Malley, a conservative news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), says Variety.
Mitch Pileggi returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, while William B. Davis will be back as the iconic Cigarette-Smoking Man in the new short-stack order of 6-episodes.
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully, respectively.
Veteran writers James Wong and Glen Morgan are also back. The two writers collaborated on several of the series’ most acclaimed episodes and they’re each slated to write and direct one episode of the new season. Morgan will also join as executive producer with Chris Carter, who created the series.
It was revealed the other week that FOX opened “The X-Files” offices at North Shore Studios in N. Vancouver, with plans to film the 6 episodes from June 8th – Aug 14th.
The new series is set for an January 2016 premiere.
It’s not much, but I’m still in shock that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are filming the pilot episode of “Preacher” for AMC. I mean, this shit is happening. For real this time.
Rogen has been tweeting out a bunch of cool stuff, including the tease of Dominic Cooper as the series’ preacher, Jesse Custer.
The series centers on Custer (Cooper), a conflicted preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God (to make him answer for abandoning mankind).
While Rogen already shared the first ever look at Dominic Cooper and Ian Colletti in the “Preacher” series as Jesse Custer and Arseface, respectively, he’s now posted a third behind-the-scenes sneak peak. Could this be the aftermath of Jesse using “God’s word”?!
Other cast includes W. Earl Brown as ‘Sheriff Hugo Root’, the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.
Jamie Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband, Donny. When the Preacher checks up on her, though, she tells a different story. Derek Wilson is Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer (the Preacher) but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 3, 2015
A new poster for the upcoming supernatural horror film Sinister 2 has been released and it warns, “Beware. Children At Play.” The poster shows two children sitting in front of a blood covered wall, the face of Bughuul drawn in crimson. You can see the full image below.
The synopsis reads:
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity.
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Sinister 2 hits theaters on August 21, 2015.
Since Rob Zombie crowd-funded his Halloween horror 31, he’s been sharing all sorts of goodies all the way up to the end of the campaign, and eventual acquisition by Alchemy.
Now that he’s back on the road, I sort of assumed we wouldn’t see anything else until closer to release. I was wrong.
Zombie just released a look at David Ury as Schizo-Head, which continues the visual assault that makes this slasher look like a modern carnival of terror. I’m stoked.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
You can check all photos released so far at our 31 tag hub.
If you thought the 80s were dead — think again!
We told you yesterday that, on September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen. Qwe now have an exclusive look at the cover art from the directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, which is said to feature visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat.
“Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?”
Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow (“The 100″), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).
God damn I love the internet.
Over on reddit I was directed to the following video in which a Russian man base jumps from the top of a building to his death.Watch and then power if you can ever believe anything on the Internet ever again (all UFO videos are now fake, guys). Imagine if they made Face of Death today? Oh, yeah, they were.
You may want to watch this before you eat lunch.
Any fan of ‘90s science-fiction knows who Robert Leeshock is… he was Liam Kincaid on the sci-fi/drama “Earth: The Final Conflict.” Created by Gene Roddenberry of “Star Trek” fame, the series ran from 1997 to 2002 and told of aliens called Taelons that have become a part of Earth culture and are called Companions, but there’s a resistance movement of people skeptical of the Taelons’ intent toward humans. It was a blast of a show, and you can’t help but wonder whether there’s any movement on resurrecting the series in some form – maybe a big screen venture?
Meantime, Leeshock makes a return to the science-fiction genre in an alien invasion movie with a difference. The very scary and quite topical Star Leaf tells of a group of hikers that find a secret grove of extra-terrestrial marijuana and must fight for their lives when they anger the other-worldly forces protecting the plants. Leeshock only has a small role in the movie (see if you can spot him) but produced the film.
We had a chance to speak to the amiable actor and producer about Star Leaf.
Dread Central: Firstly, I don’t think there’s a science-fiction fan alive that isn’t fond of “Earth: The Final Conflict.” Can you just briefly talk about what that time in your life was like?
Robert Leeshock: Well, it was pretty awesomely transformative to say the least…. sort of like having the notion of a dream which ultimately becomes a reality. Becoming an actor was the beginning of the journey, and the icing on the cake was to have it realized in the context of an iconic sci-fi movement led by the renowned Gene Roddenberry. I worked with some really great people who treated me really well, including the Roddenberry family itself, Rod and the late Majel.
DC: Why don’t you think the show lasted as long as it could’ve? Maybe it was too ahead of its our time, or was just there too much other science-fiction TV to choose from at the time?
RL: As much as I enjoyed my time on the show, it seems that the mythology of the show changed once they hired me and continued to change throughout the span of the five years it was on the air. I am grateful for my time on the show. It was a really good project in its first season, and the guy who created the original role, Kevin Kilner, did a really fine job. I really enjoyed seasons one through four. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to see the fifth and final season. I am hoping that it turned out well, but as I heard from people associated with the final season, it kind of morphed into something totally different than what was intended at the outset.
DC: Do you keep in touch with anyone from the show?
RL: Yes, I do. Von Flores, Anita LaSelva, and Leni Parker are still great pals. I even heard from Richard Chevolleau a while back. I’d love to get back to Toronto… I made some great friends up there, cast and crew alike!
DC: With “Battlestar Galactica” and “Babylon 5″ headed for the big screen, do you think there’s a chance “Earth: The Final Conflict” might be resurrected for the multiplex one day?
RL: Unfortunately, I am not sure who would command that vision. I am working with a writer/business partner right now who could probably handle the demands it would take. If we’re successful with our latest endeavor, Star Leaf, then maybe our production company could take the helm.
DC: How much different would you consider Star Leaf to “Earth: The Final Conflict?”
RL: Whereas in “E: TFC,” we dealt with inter-dimensional travel in the physical realm, Star Leaf deals with it in the psychic realm. The aliens in Star Leaf are probably a distant cousin of Zo’or, looking to prey upon the weakness in humanity. Again, Star Leaf aliens don’t have much in common with Da’an’s agenda.
However, the idea of free will plays a vital role in the deterministic aspect of both shows. Responsibility, as a gateway to freedom, underscores both narratives.
DC: Why did you decide to get into producing?
RL: This idea is just so provocative considering the debate going on in the US regarding a plant that has been reviled for so many years. It’s got such therapeutic effects in so many cases; yet, the economics behind the plant has been politicized for so long that it has become a galvanizing platform for a large number of ideas and the laws that govern them, including the corporate dominance of agriculture on many levels. And… it’s a fun film as well! Aliens and weed are just ripe for some creative freedom from a filmmaking point of view. The minute you introduce a hallucinogenic idea into a film, the fun begins!
DC: You’re in the film briefly, but did you consider taking on a starring role at any stage?
RL: I couldn’t find a role suited for me. I mean, Richard Cranor ‘kills’ the part of Ranger Dave. I had to be the best ‘supporting actor’ I could be. After all, if you’re not supporting something, you’re probably contributing to its destruction. Look for me in the sequel!
DC: Have any media outlets been scared to touch the film based on its inclusion of drugs? Any interesting run-ins with those who preferred not to carry it?
RL: Singapore passed. But I think they ‘string you up by the thumbs’ in some places for drugs. So, let’s keep it out of the [hands of] young children and any place that thinks it may insult their cultural ethos… okay? We may have to get rid of the plant on the DVD cover for some marketing. But as of right now we’re targeting our ideal demographic, who seem to be chuckling once they hear about the idea. The funny thing is that the film is fun, trippy, and actually leaves you with a positive message. Someone today referred to it as REEFER GLADNESS!! Go figure…
DC: Any plans for a Star Leaf 2?
RL: Yes, we’ll be taking on the GMOs!!!
DC: Where can we see the movie?
RL: We’re in Australia and set there for an August or September release date. Right now we’re only available in the US on our Star Leaf website. Once September rolls around, we’ll be available on VOD and ideally in a few theaters in states where the marijuana laws are, of course, more liberal.
Written and directed by Richard Cranor, Star Leaf stars Julian Gavilanes, Tyler Trerise, Shelby Truax, Russell Hodgkinson, and Richard Cranor.
A group of friends set off to find a secret forest of marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. Legend has it the plants are of extra-terrestrial origin, and two ex-Marines among the group hope it will cure their PTSD born from hard combat in Afghanistan.
They soon find themselves in the fight of their lives when one of them steals the Star Leaf, accidentally opening up the trio to attack by alien entities who use demons, both interpersonal and real, to unleash hell upon them all.