Remember when those kids played Jumanji that one time and all those CGI monkeys went berserk? Remember when those kids played Zathura and no one saw that movie? Well I dare those kids to play HARUM SKARUM.
Below is the first ad for a board game you should not be playing. Really, don’t. And especially don’t let your kids get their rotten paws on it. Someone named Blackmagic Rollercoaster was suckered into filming the ad. Where’s he now? No one’s heard of him again.
A dirty black box arrives in the mail. Inside you find a HARUM SKARUM set – a collection of homemade masks, trinkets, little weapons, maybe some fireworks, and a deck of cards that dare the players to commit worse and worse stunts (“Take a photo of yourself, looking murdered. Send it to the last person you called”). No two sets are exactly alike. Each player dons a mask and lies, cheats, steals, and burns as many bridges as possible in effort to take away the other players’ masks.
Where is this going? Is it just a board game? I doubt it. We get plugs for maybe/kinda/almost film projects all the time. Tell me this video for a board game called HARUM SKARUM doesn’t wet your whistle more than all of those combined. Keep you eyes peeled for more on this glorious multimedia/damning project from Blackmagic Rollercoaster.
The rape-revenge film is a bit of a controversial sub-genre. On the one hand, it depicts graphic sequences of rape, one of the most horrific acts that can be committed, and can be seen as exploitative. On the other, it depicts graphic scenes of torture, usually at the hands of the person who has been raped, which also turns people off. Either way, rape-revenge films are an important part of the horror genre. With I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine (review) coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray last week, we thought we would take a look at the hallmarks of the rape-revenge sub-genre and have chosen one film from each decade from the past 60 years.
If you’re just tuning in, that on-rails expansion Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is official, it will require a PlayStation VR headset to play, and it’s coming to the PS4 when it’s good and ready.
That reveal video didn’t show too much, mostly because the screen was hogged by an enthusiastic Simon Harris, executive producer at Supermassive Games, so here’s a brief playthrough from IGN to help make up the difference.
Between this and that mystery project, Supermassive sure is keeping busy. Out of curiosity, who here is planning on getting a VR headset, and have you picked a side yet? I’m leaning toward the PlayStation VR, but the Oculus Rift would work just as well when I use it to become Cyclops.
Halloween is a special time for us horror fans, but imagine if you could be teleported into one of your favorite horror movies that happen to take place on Halloween night (I know it’s farfetched, but humor me). Would you really want to? We’ve put a list together of some of the worst Halloween nights from various horror films that you would never want to attend!
We’ve teamed up with dark electronic pop band Squid Lid to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Shark Club”, which comes from their upcoming album Tackle Box. The video reminds me of those crazy sci-fi rave parties you’d see in 80’s and 90’s movies. They were wildly colorful but also rather decrepit and featured a ton of UV-activated paint. It’s got that whole “cyberpunk” thing down pat!
The band explains to BD:
This video portrays a lab experiment’s journey thru modification and the visions she experiences of past lab experiments, onlooking creeper clients, and the monstrous internal struggle that materializes inside herself in order to preserve her identity and sanity. This is an abstract commentary on the need in some people to push the envelope of their own body modification and master their own evolution. It continues the motto of the band itself : show yourself, wear a mask.
Tackle Box comes out this Saturday. Pre-order your copy via Bandcamp.
Paramount Pictures is hoping to get you to jump out of your seat in this exclusive scare video for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in limited theaters October 30th.
Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.”
Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont all star.
Horror-influenced electronic rock group Zombi have released a music video for their track “Diffraction Zone”, which you can see below. Utilizing a wide variety of slimy and disgusting horror movie clips, the video is perfect for the Halloween season and for grossing out your grandmother if she’s the type of person who gives out butterscotch candies to trick or treaters. Seriously grandma, stop doing that!
“Diffraction Zone” comes from the band’s new album Shape Shift, which came out two weeks ago via Relapse Records. You can pick up a copy via Bandcamp.
Hold onto your butts, because I have a bevy of new Friday the 13th: The Game details from yesterday’s Reddit AMA that should give you a much clearer picture of what Gun Media and Illfonic are looking to accomplish with Jason’s return to video games.
The spotlight has been directed almost exclusively on the game’s 7-on-1 asymmetrical multiplayer mode, leaving the single-player to fly almost completely under the radar — until now.
What we learned this week about the game’s solo offering is that it will feature “references to some of the very intense moments from the films as well as brand new hand-crafted scenarios that we’ve designed along with Sean S. Cunningham, Kane Hodder and Tom Savini to give you the best Friday the 13th experience possible,” and that it will star a “wide variety of characters from the films.”
As for the size of the world, the Camp Crystal Lake environment is the only one that’s in there right now, but that could change depending on how successful that Kickstarter campaign is.
“Right now, we’ve got one map that is one medium sized open world area of Camp Crystal Lake. We have stretch goals to include more parts of the game, can’t wait to reveal them as we get further along on the Stretch Goals. We might even have a few other locations from the film series.”
Speaking of which, even if the crowdfunding campaign fails to raise the $700k it needs by Friday, November 13 — that’d be impressive, seeing as it’s raised $553k already with 15 days left — it won’t necessarily mean the end of Friday the 13th: The Game. Gun Media promises to “do whatever it takes to make sure it gets made. It won’t be as big, it won’t be as epic, but it will be made and we will make it as fun as possible!”
Lots of folks have asked me what the gameplay will be like, specifically in regard to what the camp counselors can do to keep Jason from ventilating their abdomen with his machete.
“We’ll be giving you a chance to call the cops by repairing a phone box,” explains Gun Media. “We’ll offer ways to tackle Jason head on and survive through the night! We will not have daytime, its all happening at night. We’re looking at sleeping bags as being a hiding place. Jason will have an ability to find you with a mechanic. Finding good hiding spots will make it more difficult for him to find you, a sleeping bag is a good example. The thing is, if he finds you…well, you know the rest.”
And yes, you can defeat Jason.
“You can either defeat Jason (very hard/unlikely), find a vehicle and repair it to escape from Camp Crystal Lake or find and repair the phone line to call the cops and survive until they show up (you’ll also have to reach them.)”
Just make sure you stick together until you’re surrounded by an entire department’s worth of police officers, because “Everyone can live and die independently of each other. You are entirely responsible for your own survival. Working with/against/ others or working by yourself all has pros/cons.” So make sure you split up immediately, because that will confuse Jason’s machete.
We may soon be seeing some of this in action, as Gun also hinted at some new gameplay footage that will be coming “very, very soon.”
Friday the 13th: The Game developer Illfonic is taking character progression seriously by rewarding players with “bonuses for particular tasks. A bit of that comes with your creativity during play, of course.” Each character class will have their own ability tree that gradually gets unlocked by accumulating XP, just like in an RPG.
Once you’ve chosen your character and outfitted them to your liking, that means it’s time to pit them agains the big J.V. Multiplayer rounds usually last between 10-20 minutes, and while that can obviously change based on player skill, that should give you a good idea of what kind of a time investment will be required to play it.
If you’ve played a multiplayer game in the last decade or so, you’re aware of the surplus of dicks we have to deal with in any game that can be played online. Gun and Illfonic are aware of this too, and they’re taking precautions.
“We’ve done a lot of work with hacking on games so we have plans there but don’t discuss our plans with security to the public for obvious reasons, as far as other game specific issue we will have a strong support system waiting to deal with troublesome players.” If only we could send Kane Hodder to every dickhead’s house in a full Jason ensemble complete with a real machete. He doesn’t have to use the machete, but he doesn’t not have to either.
The team hopes to get a public beta on consoles — it’s only been confirmed for PC so far — so everyone can have a chance to play Friday the 13th: The Game before its release next fall. Whether or not that happens is dependent on Microsoft and Sony, so keep your fingers crossed.
And finally, what about life after Friday the 13th: The Game? Gun is interested in supporting the game with DLC and possibly even a sequel, but when a Redditor referenced the game’s original title — Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, implying it’d be the first of multiple volumes — and what that might mean for their next project, to which Gun responded with a cheeky “We did say we were Volume 1 for a reason!”
Make of that what you will.
When you think about it, Boy Scouts are some of the most adept people at surviving any kind of horror movie situation. An Eagle Scout has to earn 21 merit badges in specified areas of expertise, some of which are keys to survival in life-or-death situations. With Paramount Picture’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse coming out this weekend, we thought we would take a look at some of the badges that would be most beneficial to have in order to survive a zombie apocalypse!
The gorgeous Natalie Dormer – who you can see in “Game Of Thrones” and the upcoming The Forest – has been set to star in In Darkness, a psychological revenge thriller directed by Anthony Byrne from a script co-written by Dormer and Byrne, says Deadline.
“The pic centers on a blind musician (Dormer) who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. As she becomes embroiled in this violent and murky world, it appears she is out of her depth — until we realize she has been following her own path of revenge for some time.
Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin co-star.
XYZ Films has just acquired international sales rights and will present the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market next week.
Production is set to start early next year.
“Hemlock Grove, The Final Chapter” begins streaming Friday, October 23 at 12:01am PT exclusively on Netflix.
As I stated before, I stopped watched after the first few episodes in the debut season, but after the first clip, featuring Famke Janssen sucking blood out of a dude chained in a bathroom, and the last one in which some sort of creature it “lovingly” killed in what looks like a wood-chipper, I’m wondering what the fuck I’m missing? I may have to binge the entire series…
The Eli Roth-produced “Hemlock Grove” is a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider, Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.
WE tv has just released the first trailer for the Eli Roth-produced and directed “South of Hell,” which will air as a true programming event – rolling out all seven episodes of the supernatural thriller in order in a Black Friday Binge, beginning at 6 pm ET/PT on Friday, November 27. All episodes of the series will premiere back-to-back as the suspense and drama unfolds and escalates over seven intense hours. At the conclusion of the binge, the entire series will be available on VOD, download to own and TVE platforms.
“Charleston, South Carolina is an elusive city with many faces and the perfect home for Maria Abascal (Mena Suvari, “Chicago Fire”), a stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-hire. Alongside her brother, David (Zachary Booth, “Keep the Lights On”), she is skilled and fearless in her pursuit of the demons that live in others. Like those that she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her.“
The cast also includes: Bill Irwin (CSI) as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein (V/H/S) as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker (Meet the Browns) as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria; Paulina Singer (How to Make It In America) as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero) as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez (Dexter) as Tetra, a spiritual informant.
In addition to Eli Roth, an array of respected directors shepherded individual episodes of “South of Hell,” including Ti West (House of the Devil, The Sacrament), Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who, Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf) and Jeremiah Chechik (Helix, Reign).
We’ve teamed up with metal band After Me, The Flood to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Down the Rabbit Hole”. This is the first taste of new material from the band since their 2012 album Still Searching. Still untitled, their new album was recorded earlier this year.
The video has a strangely Southern Gothic feel to it. Stained glass windows are pierced by evening’s golden sunlight and dust motes float heavily while two women, one that gets covered in blood and one that has a very witch-like presence about her, slowly make their way through the house.
Check it out below and let us know your thoughts!
Angle Media’s Robbie Grantham and Scott Strickland explain:
We’ve worked with After Me, The Flood multiple times on a few projects in the past, so we were really able to hit the ground running when they contacted us to create their latest music video. We went back and forth over phone calls and texts for weeks before filming started, trying to really flesh out the concept of the video into something memorable. We knew that they wanted something dark and ominous, but wanted to keep it vague and leave viewers with a feeling of mystery and unease while watching the video. We’re absolutely thrilled that the music video is premiering here and hope that everyone enjoys it!
The Hitcher actress Jennifer Jason Leigh has joined the ever growing cast of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. She joins the confirmed cast of Kyle MacLachlan, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Amanda Seyfried, and Peter Sarsgaard.
While there are rumors that many of the original cast will be returning to reprise their roles, Michael Ontkean, who played Sheriff Harry S. Truman, has confirmed he won’t be coming back.
The third season of the cult murder mystery show is being directed by co-creator David Lynch, who co-wrote the series with co-creator Mark Frost.
Halloween is fast approaching, and that means grocery stores are stocking their candy shelves with plenty of candy. Not all candies are as beloved as the Hershey’s Kiss though. Some “candies” are reviled by children (and adults) everywhere yet are still given out by sadists who hate children. Here are some of the 10 worst candies given out on Halloween!
There’s a bit in Condemned 2 where you have to fight a lady clown in an elevator that’s inside of a burning building. I mention it because the lady clown wielded one of my favorite weapons in the game — a circular saw on a stick — and now, the lollisaw has made its way to Bloodborne by way of the upcoming The Old Hunters expansion that was revealed last month.
This trailer for Bloodborne: The Old Hunters, in which we see the lollisaw in all its glory, comes to us from the city of love and croissants, where the sixth annual Paris Games Week convention is in full force until November 1.
The Old Hunters is expected to hit the PS4 on November 24 for $19.99. The DLC will also come bundled in the Bloodborne Game of the Year Edition that’s only been announced for Europe.
Sony provided Bloody Disgusting with a new clip from Freaks of Nature, opening in select theaters October 30th.
Robbie Pickering’s horror comedy takes place in the town of Dillford where humans, vampires and zombies were all living in peace… until the alien apocalypse arrived. Now three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – have to team up to figure out how to get rid of the visitors.
The clip shows the hilarious Keegan-Michael Key – of “Key and Peele” – who completely loses it when a student asks for a grade change. Key is a vampire teacher, apparently, who gets made when there’s no more blood in the coffee pot, and they’re all out of donuts.
The full cast includes Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem, Joan Cusack, Bob Odenkirk, Keegan-Michael Key, Ed Westwick, Patton Oswalt, and even Vanessa Hudgens and Denis Leary!
In ‘Freaks of Nature,’ we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.
A trailer for Takashi Miike’s supernatural horror film Over Your Dead Body has been released and can be seen below. The movie will be coming to home video via Scream Factory (pre-order) and digital platforms on January 5th.
“Taking its cue from the art of Kabuki, the terrifying tale unfolds within the walls of a theatre where a troupe of players are in rehearsals for a production of Yotsuya Kaidan, a 200-year-old tale of murder, betrayal, and phantasmagorical vengeance — and where life comes to imitate art in ultimately shocking ways.”
You can read Chris’ review, which calls it, “…haunting, graphic, gruesome and beautiful all at once.”
Writer/director Guillermo del Toro has tweeted that he has turned in the script and budget for Pacific Rim 2, although that doesn’t mean we’re going to be seeing the movie anytime soon.
Del Toro writes:
PACIFIC RIM 2: Budget and script went in. No answers yet. If anything happens, I will post. If nothing happens, I will just keep rambling.
Although there are strong rumors saying that the sequel to the 2013 sci-fi action film won’t happen, del Toro did promise that he would turn in a script, leaving the choice to the studios. Whether or not the apocalypse will be cancelled a second time is now in their hands.
There are two types of “American Horror Story” episodes. The first type jumps from plot to plot to plot and gives so much information that you either get lost or get bored. The second type is more of a fluff episode. It boasts very little plot development and exists mainly for thrills or tone setting (or an actor’s vanity). How Murphy hasn’t learned to balance these things in one episode is beyond me, but I digress. Last night’s episode, “Devil’s Night,” was the second type of episode; next to zero plot development but a ton of fun.
“Devil’s Night” is a who’s who of serial killers. This is an idea I can definitely get behind. Every Halloween, James March holds a ghostly, murderous dinner party with some of the most notorious serial killers of our time. Regardless of the episode’s camp or exploitation, it’s just a really fun idea. I also love the postulation that March was the one to give all these killers tips on how to be a better at their, umm, craft. From what I’ve seen of these killers in various documentaries and such, the actors did a fairly awesome job of portraying them and I wish like hell we could have seen more of them.
But here’s what I really loved about “Devil’s Night”: the idea that a hotel is the sum of all its past guests. One of the reasons a hotel was chosen as the “spooky” setting for this season lies in the fact that we have little control over what happened, will happen, or could happen in our hotel—even more frighteningly, our own personal hotel room—when we make the choice to stay there. In reality, hotels are creepy or gross because they are the sum of the current guests and shoddy cleaning. But what the show has done is turn these very realistic phobias into extreme and supernatural ones. Which makes for some kickass entertainment. Plain and simple.
Before I go on my Chloe Sevigny/Gaga rant, I must praise Even Peters once more for being so perfect at everything he does. As far as the main cast is concerned, Peters has the lion’s share of moxie. He plays the time period of his character to perfection, his gusto is frightening, and every time his façade betrays him and we catch a glimpse of the pure evil underneath the well-fitted suit and perfectly manicured mustache, I’m in awe. Peters was made to play March. And I truly believe he will save this season.
I can’t figure out how to segue into my dislike of Sevigny or her character so I’ll just jump right in. I really, REALLY dislike Sevigny and her stupid ass character, Alex. At the end of “mommy” last week, Alex finally runs into her missing son at the Hotel. I expected big things from that plotline this week. Instead, I’m thinking to myself, why doesn’t she take her son, missing for two years, to the hospital? Why doesn’t she turn the hotel and its owners in to the police for holding her son? Why in HELL doesn’t she tell her husband? I understand that we are asked to suspend quite a bit of disbelief for shows in general, especially horror shows, and double especially for Murphy’s shows. In light of that, there should be some basic beliefs we shouldn’t have to suspend and basically Alex blew through all of them last night. Instead of asking any appropriate people any appropriate questions about her son, she goes straight to the woman who took him and decides (in what couldn’t have been more than a few hours of deliberation) to suck her blood…suck the blood of a stranger…a stranger who ADMITS to kidnapping her son. She does this literally before even talking to her husband just once about what’s going on. That’s poorly plotted. Lots of bad writing decisions being made right there. There’s just no excuse for that kind of laziness in a show that is five years old.
Luckily that part of the episode was pretty minor. Overall, I really enjoyed “Devil’s Night” for exactly what it was supposed to be: a throwback to infamous killers. The mood and tone were sexy and dangerous, the guest appearances (both actors and historical characters) were thrilling and for the most part, the acting was really good. I felt like, for once, the pacing was spot on. Which is not something you’ll hear me say often about an “American Horror Story” episode. I’ll give Murphy this: his “AHS” Halloween episodes are usually pretty awesome.
Mare Winningham simply blew my mind. She makes my hands tremble with how perfect she plays her role. I also really liked that she had a past beyond March and that is had to do with the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders. It was a nice little easter egg, but also utterly heartbreaking.
I was skeptical about “AHS” bringing in an adaptation of Aileen Wuornos, as I’ve always seen her as a victim as well as a killer, but I dug it. Lily Rabe did a great job and it didn’t feel overly exploitive.
I want it to be revealed that both John and Alex have been heavily drugged this whole time and that’s the only reason they are not reacting like the reasonably smart, well-educated, and street-wise people that they’ve been set up to be.