Nintendo has narrowed down the release window for our friends in Europe, who will be getting Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water — Project Zero in Europe — just in time for Halloween. The Wii U exclusive haunts Europe on October 30, so you have plenty time to start saving up for the newly unveiled limited edition bundle that includes a Steelbook case, art book and some spooky photos.
A demo consisting of the first two chapters was also announced. It will release alongside the game.
I’d like to think that Fatal Frame will come to North America around the same time as its European release, but their silence leads me to believe that might not be the case. They’re still mum about it. I’ll let you know when that changes.
With his breakout role as Dr. Dre in Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton already receiving early praise, Corey Hawkins, pictured, is reteaming with Legendary on its King Kong prequel, Kong: Skull Island, Variety reports.
Hawkins is in negotiations to join Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in the action tentpole with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing the pic. Brie Larson is also in talks to play the female lead in the film with the studios courting Russell Crowe to fill one of the vacant roles.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. The reintroduction to King Kong is set for discovery on March 10, 2017.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. The script was penned by by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy.
After enduring years of passionate pleas asking for a remake of the beloved survival horror classic Resident Evil 2, Capcom caved in last week and expressed genuine interest in giving fans of the series the one thing we aren’t likely to shut up about until it happens. There’s other stuff on that wish list, sure, but a Resident Evil 2 remake built — exclusively, I hope — for current-gen consoles has been at the top of that list for a long time now.
In a follow-up post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page, producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi revealed a design document for the game that he’s been working on since finishing the Resident Evil remaster that released in January.
Hirabayashi has handed the concept to his bosses, so now it’s up to Capcom to give it a greenlight.
Hello RE fans! This is H again!
Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this “RE2 Project”. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already…
Blood will stain the land…
Visions, directed by Jessabelle and Saw VI‘s Kevin Greutert from a script by Lucas Sussman, is heading to Singapore theaters on September 17th.
While we wait for a U.S. release, you can now watch the UK trailer below that features Blade Runner‘s Joanna Cassidy alongside Eva Longoria, Isla Fisher, Anson Mount and Gillian Jacobs (The Box). “The Big Bang Theory‘s” Jim Parsons co-stars.
In Visions, “Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Julia joins her husband David at their beautiful new vineyard home only to plagued by strange noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s well-being. Desperate to prove her sanity, Julia hunts down a local medium who reveals the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. As she desperately pieces together past events to keep a future horror from occurring, Julia uncovers a dark conspiracy that puts her life and the life of her unborn child at risk.“
Oh man, you guys. I’m really starting to get worried. I thought last week’s episode of Scream was bad. “Betrayed” nearly put me to sleep. You all know that I’m the first to jump to the series’ defense, since I believe in having an open mind; but I can’t really excuse what it is we all just watched. It’s such a shame that Scream aired it’s weakest episode just one week after it got renewed for a second season, but c’est la vie.
First, we catch up with Emma and Kieran after their roll in the hay at the end of the last episode. After she decides to go to Brandon James’ house to finally face her fears, Kieran goes missing and she is stabbed by the killer. But it’s not the killer! It’s her! Wait, it’s all a dream. I can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Scream has been spinning it’s wheels since Riley’s death so I didn’t think it was going to be moving along that quickly (though I wouldn’t have minded it). That dream twist is an insulting waste of time, though.
Also insulting is everything going on with Will and Jake (again). It was bad enough when the storyling just involved them, but now they’ve got to drag Brooke and Piper into it to make them even less interesting than they were before (and Brooke is my favorite character!). Piper is a particular issue I have, because she has no personality whatsoever. It’s clear she’s supposed to be the Gale Weathers of the show, but it seems afraid to go there with her. The result is a bland character with no discerning traits. I would perhaps understand the writers’ hesitance to copy the movie if Noah wasn’t such a blatant rip-off of Randy Meeks. What is her purpose on this show (other than to sit around the coffee shop and wait for students to walk up to her)? More importantly, why should we care?
It’s not worth criticizing the entire blackmailing subplot between Jake, Will and Mayor Maddox again, as I’ve done it enough for the past few reviews. I’ll just take this moment to point out that Tom Maden (Jake), who may be a lovely person in real life, cannot act. At all. Just look at his menacing face as he consoles Brooke:
Everything involving Audrey is even more frustrating this week, if only because she’s typically one of the more interesting characters of the bunch. Bex-Taylor Klaus does a good job in the episode, but everything involving her character reeks of wheel-spinning. There has been some speculation in the comments that Audrey and possibly Noah are the killers, but while that still may be the case, it was never going to come to light in this episode. There was no sense of urgency with this particular plot line. There were no stakes because Audrey was never going to go to prison. It was all about Emma having faith in her friend (aw).
While the contents of the memory card Audrey wanted Emma to destroy was incriminating, Emma decided to go ahead and trust her after Maggie took her to Brandon James’ house. This was the forward momentum that the rest of the episode was lacking. Maggie opens up to Emma and tells her what really happened the night Brandon “died” (I still don’t buy that he’s dead). It was a good moment for Maggie that gave us some crucial information on her and Bran’s history.
I really want to like Scream, and for the most part I have, but the last two episodes have been such a dip in quality that it’s growing more and more difficult to have patience with it. Especially when we are over halfway through the season. If there is one bright thing to come out of the second season renewal, it’s that the writers might take some of these criticisms to heart and revamp the show next season. Hopefully it improves with the next four episodes, but my hopes are not high.
- Detective Brock is awful. She broke the law at least twice in this episode. She interrogates Audrey without a parent present, badgers her in questioning, leads Emma in questioning, guilts Emma for sticking up for Audrey (“If Audrey goes free and someone else dies, you are just as guilty as she is”) and she’s rude. I was wrong last week, she might be a worse cop than Detective Tanner from Pretty Little Liars.
- Does anyone care whether Will lives or dies? I sure don’t.
- That was a pretty cool tracking shot with Noah talking about all the suspects and having Will, Jake and Brooke all walk by him as he described their character tropes. More things like that, please.
- Seriously, does Piper just wait in that coffee shop for the kids to come around? Let her go snoop around or something! Be proactive, Piper!
- “Nina was a bitch. Nobody expected anything better from her.” -How many times do you think Nina’s been called a bitch this season? It’s got to be pretty high for someone who has been dead for a few weeks.
- Noah and Audrey giving each other resting creep face was cute.
- Mr. Branson is still under suspicion, in case you cared. And Noah gets his fingerprint with an app. Alright.
- Emma: “What if my friend is capable of murder?” Maggie: “Grab your jacket. We’re going out.” -Wow, Maggie. Way to parent.
In this new clip from Joel Edgerton’s The Gift (read our review), Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall receive yet another unwanted present that appears nice in nature – but it’s creepy as it welcomes them home…
The Gift is in theaters via new distribution company, STX, this Friday.
“Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?“
IFC Midnight and BoulderLight Pictures spreads the infection with this new one-sheet for Contracted: Phase II, opening in Theaters, On Demand and Digital September 4th, 2015.
“Phase II follows the story of Samantha as she suffers from a mysterious and degenerative disease. Picking up directly where the previous film left off, Phase II follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with Samantha, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but the world as we know it.”
This one is to be directed by Josh Forbes with a screenplay by Craig Walendziak. It will star Matt Mercer, Peter Cilella, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown, Laurel Vail, Alice Macdonald, Anna Lore and Suzanne Voss.
I’m always harping on bad CGI because it’s equally impossible to spot good use of technology.
It’s easy to point out all of the flaws when a filmmaker poorly utilizes computer graphics because ti stands out like a sore thumb. But, there’s a lot of phenomenal CGI used in films that none of us could possibly spot with the naked eye, even if we were to freeze frame a shot.
With the bloat of angry-fisted CGI haters, the below video defends the use with examples – showing beautiful accents to water and fire to the creation of full cities and even Iron Man’s suit.
You’ll be blown away by what is actually computer generated in films you though carried a heft of practical effects. Here’s the video that shows how quality CGI can really enhance a movie.
Talk about this below. Were you “wowed”?
A few weeks ago, I posted a very interesting fan theory created by YouTuber RangarRox about the strange character of “The Red God” that is mentioned throughout Silent Hill 3. Now, this theory goes one step further by analyzing the identity of “The Yellow God”, the other piece of the Silent Hill puzzle.
Once again, it’s a fascinating concept and it still blows me away how much went into the creation of the Silent Hill mythos. It’s either that or how far the fans will dig to ensure things make sense. Either way, it’s awesome and I love seeing this passion!
Radius-TWC set their intense thriller Goodnight Mommy, a horror thriller that premiered at the Venice Film Festival, for release on September 11th.
Now, the official one-sheet comes in from the pic that stars real-life twins Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz.
Austrian directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala helmed the movie, which “takes place in an isolated home and centers on a pair of twins whose mother returns home from the hospital. But with a bandaged up face and off-liter behavior, the twins begin to think that perhaps this isn’t their mother after all.”
Susanne Wuest also stars in Goodnight Mommy.
Bruce McDonald’s Hellions will have its Canadian premiere at the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Internation Film Festival in the fest’s Vanguard section.
Back in March we told you that IFC Midnight acquired U.S. rights to Pontypool director Bruce McDonald’s Hellions (read our review), which made its world premiere in the “Park City at Midnight” section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
“Hellions takes place on Halloween night in the town of Waterford, the so-called Pumpkin Capital of the World. Hidden among the trick-or-treaters, a group of masked demonic beings roam the town and come upon Dora, a teenager home alone for the night. Cut off from the outside world and under siege in her isolated home, Dora will need to defend both her body and soul from the relentless evil beings known as hellions.”
The film, with a screenplay by Pascal Trottier, stars Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson, Peter DaCunha and Luke Bilyk. The film was produced by Frank Siracusa and Paul Lenart.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.
Filming began last week in Georgia on Siren, our non-found-footage adaptation/spinoff to David Bruckner’s short film “Amateur Night,” one of the segments featured in the Sundance hit V/H/S.
The biggest question surrounding the production is whether or not Hannah Fierman would reprise her role as the “I like you” demon, Lily. Well, our friends at AICN broke the news this morning that she will indeed be seducing and devouring more flesh!
In Siren, a bachelor party becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities.
Gregg Bishop is directing the film. He most recently helmed the magician story in VHS Viral, but landed on our radar with his astounding indies The Other Side and Dance of the Dead.
Slated to premiere on Chiller in 2016, Siren is written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. David Bruckner will be executive producing.
Kevin Bacon, who got his start in Sean Cunningham’s Friday the 13th, is one of my all time favorite actors.
For one, he doesn’t take himself too serious – proof is in his hilarious Twitter avatar, and the viral video “Free the Bacon,” in which he campaigns for more male nudity in films. He’s also an incredible presence on screen – just wait until you see him in Cop Car, where he plays a shady police officer trying to track his police car down from two kids who stole it.
Many forget that Bacon’s career spans an astounding 35+ years, and one of the highlights is the 1990 dessert-based horror Tremors, a film that Bacon once said was the low point in his career.
In a new interview through the book “Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors”, Bacon is asked about Tremors, which leads to a series of incredible revelations.
With the 25th anniversary looming, Bacon has actually thought a lot about it stating that he resisted the film and was “pleasantly surprised” by it. The interesting bit came when he stated that he has “a real dream right now to reboot it, and to see the character 25 years down the line…to see what that guy may have become.”
“It’s a beautiful looking movie,” he added, “it really is a good film.”
Obviously, this is the 25th anniversary, so he couldn’t star in the forthcoming sequel, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, arriving this October through Universal Home Entertainment. But, maybe it performs well enough that big Universal takes a stab at bringing his character make in a reboot/sequel (you know, the new cool) in which his characters battles the worms once again?
“Universal doesn’t seem to be interested, so it’s moot.”
Watch the full interview below in which he also shares an incredible story about sleepwalking during the shoot in Lone Pines, CA.
Universal and Legendary Pictures released a new international one-sheet for Guillermo del Toro’s long-awaited gothic horror Crimson Peak.
The new haunter stars Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
“When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.”
Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, in theaters October 6, 2015, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro & Matthew Robbins.
The horror genre isn’t just for us anymore, and this is why AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is one of the biggest shows on television.
But before “The Walking Dead,” I was dreaming of a horror series that could last more than one season before it got canceled. Based on Robert Kirkman’s incredible comic, “The Walking Dead” shambled onto cable in 2010, creating epic buzz that would turn the zombie series into a household name.
And while tens of millions of “fans” will tune into the sixth season of “The Walking Dead” this October, I will not. A huge fan of the comics, I’ve found the series to be a bore, with the fantasization of the zombie apocalypse not translating well to the big screen. Why? It’s probably a mix of the cheap sets, weak characters (and their arcs), and unrealistic Georgia setting. I stopped watching midway through the third season and never regretted it for a second.
It’s always bugged me that, next to “Preacher,” all I ever wanted was a “Walking Dead” television show. Yet, there I was deleting it off the list of programs I subscribed to. I understand a lot of you guys really enjoy it, which is why I restrain myself from jabbing at it as much as humanly possible. Still, I had to express my distate for the wasted potential, especially when AMC announced a spinoff.
Yes, while “The Walking Dead” continues to break ratings records, AMC’s set to premiere a series spinoff, “Fear the Walking Dead,” on August 23rd.
My biggest fear was that the execs, showrunners and filmmakers behind “The Walking Dead” would attempt to reproduce and replicate the show, only in a different setting. “Fear the Walking Dead” had instant meaning for this life-long horror fan. If it isn’t broken, why fix it, right? Well, even though the show is a home run for ratings, it’s a mess. And I desperately wanted it to be fixed.
While it’s impossible to tell how the latter episodes will be (Season One consists of 6 episodes), the pilot presentation of “Fear the Walking Dead” is dragging its feet in the right direction.
The biggest difference between “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” is huge – no, massive.
While most people will point out the difference in scope – being that “Fear” takes place in an overpopulated Los Angeles, as opposed to the barren fields of Georgia – the biggest change is that “Fear” focuses on characters and family, while “Walking Dead” put way too much emphasis on the zombies and how cool the KNB-created undead effects would be (they were clearly trying to make us happy and lost focus of what makes a television series great).
“Fear the Walking Dead” feels very modern with a strong female lead and culturally diverse cast. The new series is led by the superior Kim Dickens, who is a stronger actor and has a more realized character than anyone in the first three seasons of “The Walking Dead” (sans Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of ‘Shane’). Dickens plays Madison Clark, a guidence counseler who is pushing through life as a windowed mother, and parent to a drug addict. Her son, Nick (Frank Dillane, pictured above, who is a literal scene-stealer), is the first person on the series exposed to the zombie outbreak, and it’s implied that the cause could be drug related. There’s a really fun arc in the pilot, that riffs on the 2013 Evil Dead, in which Nick isn’t sure what he saw was real, and is convinced it may be a hallucination caused by a bad drug. His confrontation with his dealer is fucking intense, and leads to one helluva finale that sets the rules, and drops the gravity of the situation on the characters like an atom bomb.
Something that really caught my attention in the pilot was the extreme sense of normalcy, which is a device used to lay the believabilty on thick. I basked in it. The one problem, though, is that this causes an extreme lack of urgency, especially since the characters are all scoffing at the news of a potential outbreak. Still, it’s laying the groundwork for several seasons, and knowing how hard the filmmakers are pushing in on the believability makes my nipples hard. There’s still 5 more episodes to build on that sense of urgency, especially after what happens in the pilot’s final moments.
What I can take away from the first 60-minutes of “Fear the Walking Dead” is that it’s aiming to be rich in characters, with Frank Dillane stealing the show (his addiction/affliction is literally the perfect character device). The Los Angeles-based setting is a ideal launching point to deliver on a massive scope. And, more importantly, the writers have written off any promise of explaining the cause of the undead rising. “Fear the Walking Dead” isn’t about the zombies, as stated above, and that’s exactly the fresh start this franchise needs.
Click on over to our sister site, Villain Smash, to catch the first full trailers for Fox’s R-rated Deadpool, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the title character.
The trailers deliver on its promise to be an ass-kickin’, smart-mouthed good time that’s loaded with excellent comic book violence. One is red-band, which means is extra juicy.
Directed by Tim Miller and penned by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Zombieland), the film stars Ryan Reynolds as ‘Wade Wilson/Deadpool’, Morena Baccarin as ‘Vanessa Carlyle/Copycat’, Ed Skrein as ‘Francis/Ajax’, Gina Carano as ‘Angel Dust’, T.J. Miller as ‘Weasel’, Brianna Hildebrand as ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’, and Andre Tricoteux as ‘Colossus’.
“Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, ‘Deadpool’ tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”
Deadpool blasts into theaters on February 12, 2016.
A new clip from Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno depicts a primal tribe deep within the Peruvian Amazon hunting down their prey and knocking them up. What horrors await them when they awake?
Heading deep into The Green Inferno with Lorenza Izzo are Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton, who star in the pic that “follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.
Dark and primitive customs still rule the Amazon jungle: cannibalism and other mind, body and soul-destroying rituals. Trapped in the village, these high-tech modern-world students experience the ultimate in primal barbaric terror, suffering unspeakable acts of violence in an intense and chilling rituals reserved only for the most threatening intruders.”
In theaters September 25th, we reviewed The Green Inferno out of the World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Sep. 2013.
This week: Zombi U no longer just for U, hands-on with Rare Replay, reviews of MI: Rogue Nation, Vacation, and more!
We now have the first teaser trailer for David Keating’s Cherry Tree, which celebrated its World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on July 25th.
Keating, who directed the 2010 Hammer Film Wake Wood, is behind this new horror pic starring Naomi Battrick, Patrick Gibson, Sam Hazeldine, and Leah McNamara.
“Faith’s world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her field hockey coach, Faith finds a compassionate spirit and much-needed mother figure. Little does she know that Sissy is the head of a centuries-old witches’ coven that uses the fruit of an ancient cherry tree in a secret ritual that restores life to the dead and dying. Offering to cure her father in exchange for a child, Sissy strikes a bargain with Faith, who suddenly finds herself pregnant with a baby that’s growing at an alarming rate. But with the clock to the child’s birth ticking down and the true intention of Sissy’s plans for humanity becoming more apparent, Faith and her father must stand together in order to save both their lives.“
RLJ Entertainment has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western Bone Tomahawk, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (Tombstone, Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”), Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”), Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”), and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge).
“When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy.”
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media (Dark Was the Night, Some Kind of Hate) and executive produced by the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects) and David Gilbrey (Red vs. Dead).