With regard to Spirit World Films' Creature Feature, Dread Central will be bringing you exclusive on-the-set coverage from Atlanta. This is SWF’s fifth feature in less than three years, their last two films, Realm of Souls and Buried Cain, having both been picked up for global distribution.
Spirit World is the brainchild of three talented indie trendsetters: Chase Smith, Lance Paul and Edward Boss. These Southerners are turning the game upside down on what the true meaning of indie global films are.
With films budgeted at less than 20k, their combined multi “hat-wearing” skills are proving that you don’t need a giant budget nor a Hollywood soundstage to create cult classics.
Over the next four weeks Spirit World will be giving us a glimpse of what goes into making movies on the fly, including exclusive first looks at the monsters soon to be taking over your theaters. Creature Feature is comprised of four short vignettes and one overall story that connects them all, similar to classics such as Creepshow and Trick 'r Treat.
Do clowns scare you? Have you ever looked at a scarecrow and wondered, "What if?" Are zombies or naked witches your thing? Or what about a good ole classic such as a werewolf? Have you ever heard of Gentleman “Springed Heel” Jack? If not, you will come October 2015!
The Creation of the Creature Feature
Coming out of their last drama, Buried Cain, the boys were wanting to get back to their roots and film another horror film. When they approach a new story they always pull from what scares them or what moves them to theaters for their favorite genre, Horror. Creature Feature is the love child of Lance and Chase after wetting themselves in The Conjuring last October and the three of them watching Trick 'r Treat only about 100 times. They wanted to create something that paid respect to not only the vignette way of telling a creepy story but also to the monster movies of there drive-in past. They also wanted to leave their own mark on the monsters living in our imaginations. That’s why when you see the zombie or the werewolf he won’t be your usual walking dead or howl at the moon regular.
“Having such a great reverence and nostalgia for old monster movies and slasher films that I grew up on, I wanted to create something that would not only bring back those great memories for myself but also conjure up those same feelings inside the viewer of how it felt to watch those movies for the first time -without your parents knowing of course -while also taking it in a new direction for the younger generation...” Chase Smith (Writer, Director, Creator)
Once they had their idea planned they then went about the approach of figuring out how to make their creation stand alone and set a milestone. One thing about indie film making is that no matter the size of your crew you will always end up wearing many hats. Luckily for Spirit World, Partner Lance Paul had worked as a comic book/storyboard artist when he first came out to Hollywood. Adding this to the feature in their eyes just seemed like it should have always been there. I mean even the best horror movies have their roots in the Penny Dreadfuls of the early 1920’s and Marvel/DC’s Creep and Monster comics of the 50’s. Using the comic approach during editing and through scenes also added something to the feel of their budget (which all indie film makers want) but also allowed them to create amazing effects and save money.
“Everyone has seen a monster change.... But have they seen him start as live action human then change over the page of a comic and then freeze-frame back as the live action monster...” Lance Paul (Monster concept designer, Actor, Creator)
It also allowed them to add to the Creature Feature brand. By combining the same art panels and comic book covers from the movie, this allowed them to create a tag along graphic novel coming out later next year also. Which is something else your usual indie horror movie doesn’t consider.
Adding the killer clown to their vignettes was a given from day one. Growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s as child horror fans meant being introduced to such horror (and maybe a bit cheesy) classics like puppeteer turned director Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Clowns from Outer Space or Stephen Kings’ Penny Wise in IT. Both Chase and Lance wanted to take that same effect those clowns had on them as children but bring a more realistic and terrifying approach to modern filmgoers.
No one knows this more than the poor babysitter in the start of Creature Feature just trying to make a few dollars and hook up with her boyfriend one fateful Halloween night. Unfortunately for her, she takes the wrong job watching some kids with clown issues. Through out the night she is dealing with two little girls, horror movie fans themselves, crying about creepy clown nightmares. Of course the babysitter chalks it down to their father’s weird obsession with clown statues, but is that all it is?
Early in the process of development Chase and Lance got together to take a little from all of their favorite clowns and then add their own take on it. While researching clown makeup for the initial concept designs, Lance used a lot of the early clown designs from the 50’s. Especially an old black and white cereal commercial that featured a creepy clown promoting sugary cereal, just what should be selling it. Using the concepts and then meeting with their talented SFX makeup artist/Fabricator Alex-Michael Petty ("The Walking Dead") they were really able to bring their demented clown to life. Through this short vignette you will be able to see two forms of the clown, one as the sad “lifelike” clown statue and as he turns into full Creature Clown.
Playing the role took some casting effort on their part. Finding an actor willing to go through two different makeup visual effect processes plus find one with the talent to really pull off the role was daunting for them.
“Some of the best acting you will see, are the actors that convey through facial emotions not words...” Lance Paul
Luckily Atlanta is full of a wealth of talent and they were able to find a convincing actor in the form of Michael Steigler. Once Creature Feature is released I’m sure Michael’s clown will be added to some of the creepiest Clowns to scare on the silver screen. Enjoy these first glimpses of the talent coming out of Atlanta with Spirit World Films. Stay tuned for next week as we get a glimpse into the Zombie and more in-depth expo on behind the camera true indie horror style!
Chase Smith directs. Libby Blanton, Tenille Houston, Stacia Hitt, Lance Paul, Stephanie Davis, and Jason Vail star.
Creature Feature is comprised of five interwoven tales of terror that occur one foggy Halloween night in Georgia. A babysitter learns a new appreciation for fine art and a hard lesson about the consequences of being irresponsible... and naughty! A group of college kids stumble on the mother of all scarecrows. Two teenagers are forced to steal from the wrong cantankerous old hermit who has been known to occasionally howl at the moon. A murdered father comes back for vengeance against his gold-digging wife and traitorous children. All of this Halloween fun is made possible by a London gentleman known only as... "Jack."
There is a way to guarantee the success of anything that waves the horror flag... One simple word... “banned.” In 1992 this seal of disapproval led me, and countless other horror junkies, running to the video store to snag a copy of Night Trap, which is still fully available in Canada.
The former minds behind Night Trap are hoping to send us back into its world of depravity, as far as 1992 standards go, by initiating a Kickstarter campaign to re-master Night Trap. So far the project has garnered $7,339 of its $330,000 goal.
IGN reported that the high-definition elements of the game have already been transferred. The game was shot on 35mm film so it must simply be transitioned to a modern format, rather than be subject to extensive upscaling.
Night Trap is an interactive movie that follows a group of teens set for a weekend of fun in an isolated house. The player must protect them by watching over said house, through a series of security cameras, to save the teens from the game’s countless, “blood sucking creatures.” How do you do that? By utilizing the many traps at your disposal.
Should Night Trap reach its financial goal, it would be released on PC, Mac, Xbox and PlayStation. No word was given as to which Xbox and PlayStation consoles, however.
You can donate to Night Trap’s Kickstarter campaign here.
We caught up last week with writer Jeff Buhler, who provided us with updates on his scripted remakes of The Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount.
Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium, said of the script he penned of the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment with director James Foley attached to helm, “The script has been finished for some time.”
“Foley’s enthusiasm is very high, and he’s coming to this project with a lot of ideas,” he expounded.
“From what I understand, when he was up for this job, he basically told [executive producer] Mickey Lidell that if they hired a different director, he would murder them. That’s the level of enthusiasm we are talking about.”
As for casting, “They are going after A-list names at present, and I think that there will be casting news imminently. They are pushing really hard to make it a really solid project.”
Regarding Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge series, the new film will be produced by Sam Raimi along with Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake, and Nathan Kahane executive produce.
Of the status of both films, Buhler stated, “Both projects are looking very promising for a 2015 start. These things change on a dime, but there's a lot of momentum with both titles."
Buhler then stated with a chuckle, “I’m ‘remake guy’.”
“It’s funny because I never really thought of this as either a career strategy or as an artistic strategy, but what’s emerging having worked on The Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, and now just starting Pet Sematary is that my approach is to respect the original but to find something original and fresh within that world; allow the project to evolve a little bit; and update the characters to a place where it fits into a new world where we understand it, identify with it, and it’s effective,” he said.
“It’s not like you are erasing the originals from the pantheon of horror films [by making a remake],” continued Buhler. “I understand that [as fans] we all feel a sense of ownership of the movies that we love so when someone comes in and starts tinkering with that stuff, it feels like you are being violated, but I ask the fans of the genre to sit back and relax until the movies come out, and check them out, to see if there’s something new in there that inspires you and that brings a new experience to watching that story. I honestly feel that with all three of these projects we’ll bring something to fans that they weren’t expecting and that they’ll find exciting and that they won’t feel that the original films have been exploited in any way.”
“Look, I feel the same way, and when I get a phone call that’s, ‘Hey, we are doing this remake,’ my initial reaction is, ‘Oh shit, really?’ But if there’s a way to tell that story through some modern context in today’s world and I can find that thing that clicks in that way, then I know in my heart it’s going to be fine.”
For more on the Pet Sematary remake, see our previous interview with Buhler here.
There’s something so off-putting about the suburbs. The freshly mown grass, the flower beds, and oh yeah, zombies! The setting for some of David Lynch’s finest work is no longer hiding a dark secret; it has full-on Plants vs. Zombies warfare on display for all to see...
And it's in the form of the new Suburbination DLC. Best of all, it’s free.
The game's developers released a new trailer highlighting the features of the new chloroform vs. undead battle. Creative director Justin Wiebe explains the DLC’s map, entitled Crash Course, is “a dessert style suburbia on one side of the map and a golf course on the other side.” With a zombie horde crash landing right in the middle.
The Suburbination game mode will break down into teams battling for control of three areas of the map to attain a state of “suburbination.” Once the state is achieved, players will start earning a sizable amount of coins. Suburbination will also feature the fan-created Plasma Pea Shooter, a cosmic blue version of the game’s Pea Shooter character.
With each version of the game there must also be a new boss. Gamers who find themselves inside Suburbination will come face to morbid face with the master vampire, Baron Von Bats, a tricky Victorian vampire who utilizes dodge and warping techniques to vanquish any who oppose him. The DLC also features the Bling Pack, which offers shiny customization options to add to your horticultural heroes. Finally, the time of diamond mustaches has arrived.
No word has been given on a release date for the DLC, but Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is available now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 and is arriving on both PlayStation consoles August 19th.
Heading our way September 2nd is Maplecroft, the first book in the new "The Borden Dispatches" series from award-winning author Cherie Priest. It offers an inventive and daring take on the story of Lizzie Borden.
Maplecroft casts the infamous axe swinger not as a murderer, but as a hero struggling to save the world from an evil that lives in the ocean depths off the shores of Massachusetts. Think Lizzie Borden with elements from H.P. Lovecraft... how can you go wrong?
Priest made a name for herself in 2009 with Boneshaker, an ingenious mix of alternate history and zombie fiction that heralded the rebirth of steampunk. Hammer acquired the rights back in November 2011, but there hasn't been an update since the initial announcement. We'll keep our eyes open for more on that as well as future "Dispatches."
"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one..."
The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.
This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.
THR reports that Grammy Hall of Famer Patti LaBelle has booked a four-episode stint on the anthology series “American Horror Story” from “Glee” co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
Season four of the series, subtitled “Freak Show,” will focus on the last American freak show and be set in Jupiter, Fla., in the 1950s, with Jessica Lange in the lead role.
The Emmy winner will portray a German expat managing one of the last remaining freak shows in the country.
Returning stars set for “Freak Show” include Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters, among others, as well as “AHS” newcomers Michael Chiklis, The Hunger Games‘ Wes Bentley, “Fargo’s” John Carroll Lynch and The Normal Heart‘s Finn Wittrock. Chiklis is playing Bassett’s husband and Bates’ ex-husband.
LaBelle will play a local townie who begins to unravel the deadly secrets of Twisty the clown killer, the mother of Sidibe’s character.
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Avant-garde doom band Obake have surprised and delighted metal fans by announcing their return, which will be ushered in by a new album this October by the name of Mutations (to be released by Rare Noise Records). Featuring Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (vocals, piano, electronics), Eraldo Bernocchi (guitar, electronics), Balazs Pandi (drums) and Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree (bass), the group will also be touring Europe this fall, although no official dates have been confirmed.
The band has also released a stream of a new track entitled “Seven Rotten Globes”, which you can listen to below. It’s an ominous slab of doom that is absolutely crushing while still being dynamically fascinating.
Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris has landed a pivotal role in HBO’s “Westworld,” the cabler’s adaptation of the sci-fi hit, THR has learned, while Variety reports The Box‘s James Marsden is set to play Teddy Flood, a mysterious new arrival to a small frontier town. Teddy quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver — while his pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey. Harris (The Hours, Pollock, The Truman Show, Apollo 13) will star as ‘The Man in Black’ (see below), described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man.
Eddie Rouse has also been cast for the role of Kissy, a laconic American-Indian who deals cards and contraband from the town saloon.
Inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature film, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.
They join a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Kyle Bornheimer and more.
Tuesday morning the Toronto International Film Festival added 7 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated 2014 lineup. Audiences can expect a robust slate of international titles and diverse genres representing works from around the globe – but one stands out more than the others.
Henry Hobson’s zombie film, Maggie, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator), Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Signs and Final Girl) and Joely Richardson, will have its World Premiere next month!
“A Midwestern farmer stays by the side of his beloved teenage daughter even as she slowly turns into a cannibalistic zombie, in this daring, genre-bending debut feature.”
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.
John Romero, co-founder of famed developer id Software, designer on games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, and the guy who’s largely credited with coining the term “deathmatch” has announced he’s working on a number of new games, with one of them being a brand new first person shooter. Romero made the big reveal during an episode of the Joystiq podcast, where he said “I haven’t made a shooter since 2000. So I’m basically starting to work on another one.”
Romero’s last shooter was Daikatana, which released to middling reviews back in 2000 and has a legacy that largely revolves around the infamous claim that with it, Romero would make us his bitch. There certainly isn’t a shortage of shooters out there right now, but even still, I’m looking forward to seeing what Romero has in store for us.
During E3 2014 PlayStation reps said that a lot of the fan mail they receive is to request one thing: more zombies. Well, PlayStation responded, and the PS4 will receive two zombie games in 2015. And that’s just the ones that have already been announced.
But now the PS Vita is getting in on the act as The Hungry Horde was just announced for the handheld device. What makes The Hungry Horde so different from other zombie games is gamers will get a chance to be the zombies.
Players will “lead a horde of zombies on a manic mission to expand the ranks of the undead and destroy humanity.”
Little is known of the gameplay, but it appears your main goal is to chase down fresh humans to turn into zombies and expand your horde. To break up the action, the trailer does promise “seriously addictive mini-games,” providing a bit of variety to your time as the undead.
The Hungry Horde also offers customization options so you can select how your undead army will look before you unleash the zombie virus on their healthy, human flesh.
Hardcore outfit Beartooth has released an official video for their track “The Lines”, which comes from their debut album Disgusting. The video, which was directed by Drew Russ, can be seen below.
The band has also announced a headline tour that will take place this October and will see support come from Vanna, Sirens & Sailors, Sylar, and Alive Like Me. Afterwords, the band will take a week off before hitting the road again, this time touring with Piece The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens.
All tour dates can be seen below.
Headline tour dates:
10/03 Chicago, IL – The Beat Kitchen
10/05 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck Bar
10/06 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (Upstairs)
10/07 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
10/08 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
10/09 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
10/10 Richmond, VA – The Canal Club
10/11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater
10/12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
10/14 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
10/15 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
10/17 Houston, TX – Walters
10/18 Dallas, TX – The Door
10/19 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
10/21 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
10/22 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
10/23 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
10/24 Sacramento, CA – Assembly Music Hall
10/26 Murray, UT – Murray Theater
10/28 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater
10/30 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
10/31 Columbus, OH – The Basement
With Sleeping with Sirens and Pierce the Veil:
11/05 –Fresno CA – Woodward Park Amphitheater
11/07 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theatre
11/08 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
11/09 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
11/1 Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavillion
11/13 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
11/14 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
11/15 North Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB Myrtle Beach, VA
11/16 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11/19 Lancaster, PA – Freedom Hall
11/20 Toms River, NJ – Pine Belt Arena
11/20 Albany, NY – Washington Avenue Armory
11/22 Hartford, CT – The Webster
11/24 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/25 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
11/29 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/30 Plymouth, MI – Compuware Arena
12/01 Clive, IA- Flags Event Center
12/03 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/05 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
12/6 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel
For another year, Sheffield's Showroom Cinema will play host to the horror jamboree that is Celluloid Screams from October 24 to 26. Now we have word on the festival's opening film, which is... *drum roll* – Astron-6's hotly anticipated The Editor!
From the Press Release
Celluloid Screams is pleased to announce the opening film of the festival’s 2014 edition will be ‘The Editor’, the highly anticipated new film from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6. The makers of ‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Manborg’ return with their own unique take on the Italian giallo, starring genre icons Udo Kier, Lawrence Harvey and Tristan Risk, which will officially open Celluloid Screams 2014 on Friday 24th October.
Astron-6 co-founders Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney will attend the festival as special guests to present ‘The Editor’ and also a retrospective screening of Astron-6 short films, both of which will be followed by Q&As.
Celluloid Screams Festival Director Robert Nevitt said: “Anyone who has attended Celluloid Screams in the past will know that we have an ongoing obsession with Astron-6, and we’re extremely pleased to be opening our 2014 edition with their most ambitious film to date. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Adam, Matt and Conor in person to the festival to showcase their extraordinary body of work.”
Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival returns to Showroom Cinema for its sixth edition from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014, with a weekend packed full of premieres, previews, special guests and more. After a successful debut in 2013, the Celluloid Screams All-nighter returns this year on Saturday 25th October, this time with four slabs of sci-fi horror goodness. Full details of this and the rest of our exciting 2014 programme will be announced on Friday 5th September, when festival weekend passes and tickets go on sale.
You can keep an eye out for the full programme details and ticket purchasing links at the Celluloid Screams website. Don't forget to follow @Sheffhorrorfest on Twitter and check them out at the official Celluloid Screams Facebook page also!
The Editor Synopsis
A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.
Note to game developers: setting children on fire will get you a Mature rating. It would seem the folks at the ESRB saw The Evil Within’s abundance of impalement, dismemberment, mutilated bodies, exposed organs, copious amounts of blood, and a flashback scene where kids are being burned alive as something that should be kept from the innocent eyes of anyone under 17. I can’t say I’m surprised. After my hands-on time with it back in May, I saw enough in the first five minutes to warrant an M rating.
Even still, their rundown of the game’s more violent bits is a fun read.
This is a survival-horror action game in which players assume the role of a police detective investigating murders at an insane asylum. As players investigate and explore the mysterious environments, they use knives, pistols, shotguns, and explosives to kill human-like creatures and monsters. The frenetic combat is accompanied by screams of pain and realistic gunfire. Some attacks result in impalement and dismemberment/decapitation, with large blood-splatter effects; some environments also depict blood-splattered floors and mutilated bodies with exposed organs/viscera. Cutscenes also depict intense acts of violence: a flashback of children being burned alive; a character decapitated by a guillotine; a man set ablaze while bound to a chair. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in the dialogue.
The Evil Within is scheduled to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Kano, but that might change with Mortal Kombat X, which has done a fine job at improving him. Like every other fighter, Kano will come with three different variations — Cutthroat, Cybernetic, and Commando — which offer unique play styles. I’m not particularly skilled at fighting games, so I’ll probably end up using the Cybertnetic variation to attack from afar. Yeah, I’m that guy.
Mortal Kombat X is scheduled to arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015.
Shocking news is coming out of California today as legendary comedian Robin Williams has passed on at the age of 63. A pop culture icon in every conceivable way, Williams will forever be remembered for the millions of laughs he brought to the world... but there were a couple of screams as well.
In addition to his comedic stylings Williams never starred in a true horror movie, but he did flirt with the genre for sure in movies like Dead Again, Insomnia, and One Hour Photo that latter of which was absolutely chilling.
Suicide is suspected but as of yet unconfirmed.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times and took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Robin's friends, family, and constituents. Thank you for all of the laughs and smiles you've given the world, Robin. It's a true shame that the world couldn't do the same for you. Hopefully now you have found peace. God bless you.
Ahead of its debut at Gamescom later this week, Deep Silver has released the first ever gameplay footage from Dead Island 2, which is now in the hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. The trailer really drives home the new direction, which is set firmly in over-the-top action and carnage, both of which can be unleashed with the game’s assortment of crazy weaponry. I’m really digging this, it looks like this series has finally found an area where it shines.
Dead Island 2 is scheduled to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Tragic news has hit the web as it’s being reported that Oscar-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams has passed away at the age of 63. There is no cause of death being reported, although a message from his publicist hints that it may have been suicide.
Williams’ publicist has stated:
Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.
Williams’ career has spanned nearly four decades, with appearances in film and TV as well as live comedy shows. He was known to horror fans for his roles in 2002′s One Hour Photo and Insomnia.
A .PDF posted by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division has been found and corroborates the news. It can be viewed here.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this terrible time of loss.
Over the last few weeks, Sony has been teasing a game that is almost definitely Supermassive Games’ long dormant teen slasher game Until Dawn. With the latest teaser, titled “Watch Horror Reinvented”, Sony has gone from ominous teasing to making bold promises.
Hopefully they can deliver.
We’ll find out when the game is revealed tomorrow, August 12, at 18:00 BST (10am PST / 1pm EST).
With Gamescom just around the corner, Deep Silver has released a fresh batch of screenshots from the upcoming Yager-developed Dead Island 2. The game looks colorful and the zombies look super nasty, so I’m on board. Seriously, the detail in the faces is just fantastic, it really makes me want to take a boat propeller to those glassy, dead eyes. How about you?