Capcom has become exceedingly good at defying my expectations. For better or worse, they’ve turned being a fan of a series, like Resident Evil, into and exciting and often unpredictable thing. Umbrella Corps is a fantastic example of this, because it’s absolutely the last thing I would’ve expected to see after the steps they’ve made to bring the franchise back to its roots in horror.
I don’t even mean that in a bad way. It’s just unusual.
In celebration of its 600th issue, the fine folks at Dengeki PlayStation sat down with a handful of Japanese game developers to chat about all things video games. I don’t know what they asked the other devs, but when it was Capcom’s turn, the questions they had queued up for Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata could not have been more perfect.
The gradual shift away from horror has been a point of contention for some time now, and Capcom is, for the most part, aware of it. More than that, Kawata’s response gives the impression that they’re working on remedying it.
“Since there’s been more spinoff titles, I can see how it can be perceived in such a way,” explains Kawata. “And of course I believe that we should produce titles that bring out the horror. I’m thinking about it and also preparing for it.” It’s clearly more than a “perceived” change, as anyone who’s played the last three games in the main series can attest, and it’s not at all exclusive to the mixed bag of spin-offs we’ve seen over the years.
If Kawata says he’s bringing out the horror, I’m going to choose to believe him.
My favorite thing about Dengeki’s Q&A session with Capcom doesn’t have anything to do with the long-awaited reveal of Resident Evil 7 — Kawata wants us to “stay tuned”, as they’re not quite ready to talk about it — but whether or not there are currently any plans to remaster the short-lived Outbreak spin-off series.
“The hurdle is high, but we’d like to respond to as much demand as possible,” says Kawata. A few months ago I would’ve seen that as a non-answer, but they’re obviously listening to the community now. If they weren’t, we would not be getting a Resident Evil 2 remake. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Outbreak games return, even if it’s not in the form of a full-fledged sequel. What about you?
A horror anthology roaring full speed straight out of Deutschland, German Angst is the latest in a growing resurgence of horror movies emerging from the European nation. Although the country is famous for its wave of German Expressionism which went on to influence tons of horror films (most famously Tim Burton’s earlier work) and is even responsible for the 1922 Bram Stoker’s Dracula adaptation Nosferatu, which many recognize as the first official horror film ever made, the genre was brought to a rigorous halt immediately following the second World War as a result of Nazi guilt being so heavily tied to horror films. Even to this day, horror films are difficult to make and distribute from Germany, with decades of remorse demanding dozens of comedies, and rejecting several based around darker subjects, for the fear that they may somehow be connected to the country’s sensitive past. However, promising filmmakers Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall, an Jorg Buttgereit are helping pave the way for genre filmmakers, as they push past censorship and red tape to bring their unique visions to the screen, and prove the importance of self-expression through their artistic skills.
A horror anthology divided into three parts, German Angst is a merciless, bleak, innovative look at the human condition by three men that have been raised in the aftermath of world wars, and doused in the guilt of their fathers. Perhaps this film is a gory masterpiece because the filmmakers behind it sought to push the envelope as far as they could when they were faced with so much resistance. Perhaps it goes back even farther than that, beyond the difficult studios, all the way to their childhood when they were judged harshly for not fitting in with German society as a result of being born elsewhere and moving to the country at a young age, or for fitting in too well, and being regarded as violent racists, despite the fact that they were too young to participate in the crimes they’re supposed to answer for. Regardless of the exact reasoning, one thing’s for sure: German Angst is the explosive, compelling, unforgiving hidden gem of Fantastic Fest 2015, and well worth watching, if not for its gut-punch impact alone.
Here are the segments listed as their own entities:
Final Girl by Jorg Buttgereit
She’s had enough. Torture and murder and torment have clouded her days, but now, it’s time for the cattle to take on the title of the butcher. With her father tied helplessly to his bed, and where the girl sits calmly on his belly, she’s prepared to bring the sharp scissors in her hand down upon his most prized possessions, in a gruesome act of revenge that boldly acts of declaration of her bloody rebirth. Director Jorge Buttgereit takes on a noteworthy look at vengeance with this brutal and unforgiving short, where the story opens in the third act, and plows full steam ahead. In this distinctive perception of payback, Buttgereit not only creates a story that sticks out with such intense visuals, but also provides a rare look at a woman on the path of retribution, where the audience understands that her actions are justified, but never actually sees her as the weak, hopeless victim — only the strong survivor.
Make A Wish by Michal Kosakowski
A deaf Polish couple plays in an abandoned building in Berlin, giggling and running and kissing in the empty old rooms. Their momentary bliss is roughly interrupted when a gang of thugs enter the building and begin harassing the pair, enacting upon these innocent lovers what has been passed down from the previous generation as an accepted form of prejudice in the form of violence, as history repeats itself in the most horrible way. Taught from the start to house an innate hatred of all Polish people, the German bullies resurrect the days of Nazi Germany viciously on these poor subjects, in the closed off confines of this dirty, dreary building, far away from anyone who would dare to step in and save them. Little do they know, but these attackers are about to feel the wrath of their own fists when their victims pull out a special medallion that turns the tables on their torture, and places the prey in the position of predator. In a brilliant display of the curse that comes with being born in the wrong place at the wrong time, director Kosakowski innovatively displays the behavior that stems from the leftover anger from a war that was so characterized by bloodshed, the ground is still stained with crimson. By using the supernatural power of an ancient object that allows people to switch bodies, he not only demonstrates the xenophobia that is still very much alive in German cities, but also forces the audience to root for the oppressor, proving that when placed in charge, power corrupts all people, even those who may have started with good intentions, or are just doomed to the fate of their family line.
Alraune by Andreas Marschall
Petrus is without a doubt Berlin’s best bottle photographer. While this may benefit him enormously financially, it hinders his relationship with Maya, his girlfriend who can’t help but feel that she comes second to his budding career. He loves her deeply, but can’t give her as much time as she demands, which is why when she storms off and leaves him, he decides to drown his sorrows in an online chat room. What starts out as innocent conversation eventually leads him down a dark path of sexual discovery, domination, and death, as Petrus learns first hand the price that comes with an addiction to pornographic, unrealistic expectations of women and sex.
Several months ago, we brought you the United States Map of Horror, which was created by Horror On Screen. Now they’re back but this time we’re going over the pond to Europe to see which horror films took place in each county therein!
Now, they full admit that through their research they were unable to find horror movies that took place in every European country. However, there are more than enough films on this list to make it well worth having been created. In fact, it makes me want to revisit several of these films just to see the scenery and how they utilize the local culture as part of the atmosphere, if at all.
What films would you add to this list and, at the same time, which of these really stand out to you as being some of the best that the genre has to offer?
Many of you might have noticed that there is something missing from Netflix’s streaming version of Curse of Chucky, the 2013 slasher horror that brought back our favorite wisecracking murderous doll. If you finish the movie and let the credits run, you’re not going to see a post credits scene which sets up the movie for what could be an incredibly fun and entertaining sequel, one that brings everything full circle.
However, there’s an explanation for this: the Netflix version of the film is the R-rated cut while the post credits scene only appears with the unrated version. So, don’t take it personally or think that Netflix has it out for you.
That being said, the scene is available to be seen below, although it is a pretty massive spoiler if a sequel is indeed made!
There have been so many public changes to the plans surrounding Ridley Scott’s Alien/Prometheus sequels that it’s starting to make my head spin and the only thing that’s going to be coming out of my chest is puke.
Prometheus, which was originally to bridge as a prequel directly into Alien, was expanded by Damon Lindelof, and ended with Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and David’s android head (Michael Fassbender) taking off for the Engineers’ home planet to make them answer for their crimes against humanity. We know they’ll be back, but what else is planned for this massive new universe?
In an interview with Awards Campaign, Scott confirms a March start date while also revealing a huge story arc for the sequel.
“It’s going to be its own separate thing because they are going to the planet of the Engineers and they are going to see what happened there. It was a disaster,” Scott reveals. “And they will be in that alien craft that takes them there, but with a new group that’s incoming, a new group of travelers in the beginning of the first act.”
Who are they new travelers? Different alien beings? More humans from Earth who Weyland sent as backup? I guess we’ll find out more soon enough.
And for those of you who are worried that this “trilogy” won’t make it to the eventual Alien bridge, Scott can put you at ease.
“There is an evolution to this one so if we can get something down I don’t not see how we go [forward without a third].”
Obviously, Fox holds the key to completing the circle, but Scott’s power in Hollywood is near the top of the list. He can pretty much do whatever he wants…
As for the fans, there’s nothing we can do. With that said, what do you want out of a Prometheus sequel? The fact that it’s now titled Alien: Paradise Lost, I think it’s safe to assume the Engineers’ home planet used to be paradise and is now destroyed by their own creation – you know, another metaphor for our own planet.
The film is slated for release on May 30, 2017.
Readers in the Illinois area will want to head to MB Financial Park this month to experience one of the best haunts in the area.
The acclaimed interactive horror experience “Disturbia: Screams in the Park” has returned to the basement level of the parking garage at MB Financial Park (5501 Park Place)!
The spine-tingling attraction will remain open through Sunday, Nov. 1. Tickets are on sale now.
The haunt features 20,000 square feet of terror with more than 35 rooms where guests determine their own fate based on the choices they make while traversing the inescapable halls of the haunt. New additions to the haunt for 2015 include an unnerving insane asylum managed by murderous clowns who are killing for laughs, along with sinister caverns of darkness. Guests will travel through a maze of underworld passages, unable to rely on their sense of sight to aid them in their escape. As guests reach the end of the bone-chilling caverns, the sum of all their fears will be there to greet them.
“Disturbia: Screams in the Park” is a product of Joseph and Mike Pantano. The attraction’s highly interactive nature and high quality settings help distinguish it from other haunts in the Chicago area. In its debut year, “Disturbia: Screams in the Park” was ranked third by the Chicago Tribune and Haunted Illinois in their lists of top Chicago-area haunted houses.
Tickets and More Information:
“Disturbia: Screams in the Park” is an indoor environment that operates rain or shine. General admission tickets are $25 per person. VIP tickets, which allow ticketholders faster access and less wait time for the haunt, are also available for $45 per person. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at www.grouptix.net. Visitors are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.disturbiascreams.com. Tickets can also be purchased on-site.
A minimum age of 13 is recommended for the haunt and parental discretion is advised. The haunt is open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and from 7 p.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Below are the days of operation:
– October 2 – 4
– October 9 – 11
– October 15 – 18
– October 21 – 25
– October 27 – November 1
Parking is free with validation from the haunted house ticket booth. After parking in the MB Financial Park parking garage, guests can follow signage directing them to the main elevators located in the middle of the parking garage and take the elevators to “LL” to descend into the underground world of “Disturbia: Screams in the Park.”
“Disturbia: Screams in the Park” guests can have even more Halloween fun with Loews Chicago O’Hare’s “Spooktacular Suites” hotel package. Guests can start their night with some tricks, including two tickets to Disturbia: Screams in the Park, and then unwind after the horror with treats including one in-room spooky movie and trick-or-treat candy. The Halloween overnight package also includes breakfast for two at Loews Chicago O’Hare’s Fresco 21. Pricing starts at $129 per night. For more information, or to book a “Spooktacular Suites” overnight package, visit www.loewshotels.com or call 847-544-5300.
We’ve teamed up with progressive metal band Pseudo/Sentai to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere of “Classic Tastes of Xenocide”, the 11th track on their upcoming album Bansheeface.
The track is a dissonant syncopation, a near carnival of sounds and melodies that culminates in a carousel of oddities and repetitive messaging. It’s almost like some odd A Clockwork Orange situation.
The band explains:
Humans regard themselves as absolute predators.We do not live with a fear of being manufactured prey. “Classic Tactics of Xenocide” is set in a world where our food chain equals have decided to annihilate us in response to a perceived action, one that we ourselves didn’t even commit. There is little left to do but detach ourselves, escape from the situation and witness it through a safety lens until they finally come to get us. ‘Enjoy being you while you still can.
Bansheeface comes out on October 16th. Pre-order your copy via Bandcamp.
RLJ Entertainment just released the HD trailer and series of imagery from Caliber Media’s Western, Bone Tomahawk, in theaters, VOD and iTunes October 23, 2015.
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).
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the edgy Canadian T.V. series “24 Hour Rental” from Reel One Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The 13 half-hour episodes will premiere October 30, 2015 exclusively on XLrator Media’s MACABRE Collection on Hulu before going to other platforms in 2016.
“24 Hour Rental” follows former Mafia boss Tracker (Romano Orzari), who having barely avoided early retirement in a shallow grave, now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes, from fencing jewelry to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation, all in hopes of returning to power.
“24 Hour Rental” was created by Frank Massa, directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), co-written by Al Kratina and Mihalka, and stars Romano Orzari (Turbo Kid), Adam Kenneth Wilson, Aaron Berg, Vlasta Vrana, Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). It was produced by Reel One Entertainment, Kim Yu and Neil Bregman and executive produced by Tom Berry, George Mihalka and Eris Salvatori.
In addition to “24 Hour Rental”, the XLrator Media’s MACABRE collection on Hulu will add three new genre films in October: Poker Night starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver and Beau Mirchoff, Feed the Gods and Strange Blood.
Universes are all the rage in Hollywood, which is why it should come as no surprise that there are now plans to expand the one surrounding The Terminator.
The James Cameron-created franchise has spawned several sequels and a television series, but fanfare appears to be diminishing (proof is in the disappointing U.S. box office of only $90 million).
While initially described as “on hold,” the Terminator is once again rising from the grave to spout it’s famous line, “I’ll be back.”
TheWrap recently held a conference in which Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg responded to reports that the Terminator franchise was “on hold.”
“I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting,” she explained in regards to the company’s plans to pursue a big-screen trilogy as well as a new TV series announced in late 2013.
“At Skydance, when we talk movies, we talk universes, even more than franchises,” Goldberg said about continuing the sci-fi saga across platforms. “So the idea of a ‘Terminator’ TV show fits into that universe. All the steps have to be taken in unison.”
Genysis only made $90 million here in the States, but pulled in an impressive $350 million overseas. Goldberg explains how international numbers are more important these days (take a look at the James Bond films for a perfect example).
“Happily, we live in the world where the domestic number had a level of importance 10 or 15 years ago — I’m not saying it’s not important, it is — but we have to play to a worldwide market,” she stated. “In terms of Terminator, the worldwide market paid attention, but we’re not taking the domestic number lightly.”
The company plans to use “data and research to do a worldwide study and really talk to audiences about what they loved, and what maybe didn’t work for them, so that the next we take with the franchise is the right one.”
Cameron’s The Terminator was forward thinking and revolutionary, while the idea behind Genysis was so generic that it revolved around a “cloud” that had to wait for its activation time and date. If they want to know what we love, it’s unique, new ideas with refreshing filmmakers who take chances.
Shit, I would love to find out that Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy were assassinated by Terminators. That’s already more interesting than the previous two films…
L. Gustavo Cooper’s newest film June (review) is the story of a 9-year-old orphan girl who shares her body with Aer, an ancient supernatural being set on destroying mankind. The film, which stars Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien and Victoria Pratt, is now available on DVD and VOD platforms. In honor of the film’s release Cooper took some time to answer a few questions for Bloody Disgusting.
Bloody Disgusting: I interviewed you about a year ago now when The Devil Incarnate had come out. You said then that June would be leaps and bounds from that first film and I think that’s true as June shows a lot of progress as a director. Was there any major differences from making The Devil Incarnate to making June?
L. Gustavo Cooper: JUNE was definitely a stepping stone for me. Everything from the sound design, cinematography, to the locations were much larger in scale. As I’m sure you know, it takes a team. I had great support from producers (Duane A. Sikes, Gregor and Jacquie Hapsburg and team Raven Banner). We came to JUNE trying to convey a message while entertaining. Solitude, fear, and the internal struggle to be loved were in many ways a big part of why this film was for me “leaps and bounds” from the last.
BD: I’m sensing a bit of a theme here. You go from a devil baby to a movie about a girl who is essentially possessed by a supernatural being. What’s the inspiration behind these crazy kids?
LGC: I find it fascinating to try to envision the world from a child’s perspective. They’ve not been shaped into evil beings, they’re not jaded by society, everything is new! I think every child is just searching for answers and everyone can relate to that. Kennedy Brice screamed that to me. The relationship with her foster mother (Victoria Pratt) and the love they shared for one another was very important in this for me. I think they did such an amazing job in accomplishing that.
BD: The music in June is fantastic. It gives off a bit of a John Carpenter vibe. How large of a role did you play in the music selection and was there something specific you were going for?
LGC: The music was definitely a throwback to that world. Sean and Julliette Beavan (who actually plays the priestess) did such an amazing job with the score. The idea was to create this emotional but energetic tone through the film, something that guided the story. I think they nailed it. I am very happy with the score and all the work they did with the film.
BD: I know you have a birthday coming up, so happy birthday. I believe you mentioned that you like to watch Poltergeist for your birthday. Did you see the remake and if so what did you think?
LGC: I have not. I still gotta do that. Love Sam Rockwell!
BD: What’s next after June? Do you already have your next project in place?
LGC: I have a couple irons in the fire. Some announcements are coming soon!
U.S. network A&E has acquired the period mystery crime drama mini-series “The Frankenstein Chronicles,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Sean Bean, pictured, says Variety.
The six-episode show has been created by director and writer Benjamin Ross (“The Young Poisoner’s Handbook”) and writer Barry Langford (“Torte Bluma”).
“The show is a re-imagining of the Frankenstein story set in 19th-century London. After a successful operation by the Thames River Police to nab a gang of opium smugglers, a child’s corpse is discovered. Inspector John Marlott (Bean) is horrified to discover that it’s not actually a child, but a grotesque assembly of human body parts. We follow Marlott on the hunt for the killer behind this abomination, taking him into the dark corners of Georgian London, an underworld of prostitution, drug smuggling, bodysnatching, murder for profit and other vices.”
“‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ uniquely merges classic elements from both the crime and horror genres, which pairs perfectly with A&E’s growing scripted slate,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive VP of programming for A&E.
The show is executive produced by Tracey Scoffield (“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight”) and Frank Doelger (“Game of Thrones”), and produced by David Tanner for Rainmark Films.
This isn’t 100% confirmed yet but it’s being reported by multiple outlets, including TVShowsOnDVD that the first nine seasons of the sci-fi thriller series “The X-Files” are coming to Blu-Ray in a stunning box set! This is further evidenced by a Canadian Amazon page that allows for pre-orders, although they don’t say when it will be released.
However, the above site says that the box set will be coming out on December 8th. Box art for the set can be seen below.
“Now for the first time, all nine exhilarating, groundbreaking seasons of The X-Files, along with special features, can be yours to own on Blu-ray! Although they began as reluctant partners, FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully (Golden Globe winners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson) ultimately form a powerful bond as they struggle to unravel deadly conspiracies and solve paranormal mysteries.“
After last year’s game-changer of a finale, it was unclear how iZombie was going to move forward. Now that the second season of the CW’s fantastic series has premiered, it’s all becoming clear now. “Grumpy Old Liv” wasn’t the best episode iZombie has put out since its series premiere back in March, but it set up a lot of interesting plot lines for the rest of the season.
When we last left Liv, she had been shunned by her roommate Peyton and her ex-fiancé Major after they learned she was a zombie, and her brother Evan had just suffered potentially fatal injuries in an explosion at the Meat Cute. Now, three months later, he predicament isn’t much better. Evan was given a blood transfusion by one of the doctors with O negative blood after Liv refused to donate hers, leaving her ostracized from her family. Major still wants nothing to do with her and Ravi hasn’t been able to replicate the cure she used on Blaine and Major three months prior. Needless to say, life is tough for Liv.
Clive is still in the dark about Liv’s zombie-ness, and he is still trying to solve the murder of the Meat Cute massacre, with Major as his prime suspect. This is a plot line that could get old really quickly, as it would be easier if Liv just told Clive the truth. It doesn’t seem like that will happen since Vaughn Du Clark (an always welcome Steven Weber) is now using that to blackmail Major to kill zombies for him. That was a nice twist for iZombie to pull though, and the internal conflict Major will be facing all season should prove compelling to watch. His arc was definitely the most interesting aspect of the episode, and it will be interesting to see how his predicament plays out in future episodes.
As a side effect of Ravi’s cure, Major is able to detect zombie’s when they are close by. His hair stands on end and his heart races. This is a trait shared by Blaine who, in one of the episode’s funnier moments, detects Liv standing behind him in the funeral home he now runs. David Anders was one of the most interesting aspects of last season, so it’s nice to see that Blaine hasn’t turned over a new leaf. He’s still the sneaky, vile Blaine we all love to hate.
The big twist came with the reveal at the end of Vaughn Du Clark’s second-in-command Gilda (Leanne Lapp) is actually Liv’s new roommate. I confess my jaw actually dropped when that reveal came (bravo iZombie!), and it makes Du Clark’s acquisition of Liv’s phone conversations much more plausible. Liv was able to make some progress towards happiness in this episode, but iZombie just ensured that things will not be getting easier for her. Lapp, who only made a brief appearance last year (at least I think she was only in one scene in the finale) conveys the appropriate sense of menace. Is it possible she could be more dangerous than Du Clark?
As per usual with iZombie, the case of the week wasn’t particularly interesting, though it was nice to instill sympathy for the murderer, who only killed the old curmudgeon Wendell because he thought he had killed his dog. It was devastating to watch him say goodbye to his Cocker Spaniel. The old man’s brain gave Liv some funny (and some racist) lines, and McIver sold every single one. It’s a pity she’ll never get an Emmy nomination because of the type of show iZombie is, but she sure does deserve some recognition.
“Grumpy Old Liv” was a strong start to iZombie’s second season. We didn’t get to see Peyton (is Aly Michalka ever going to become a series regular?), but it set up some fantastic plot lines for the rest of the season. Welcome back, iZombie!
- Welcome to Bloody-Disgusting’s coverage of Season 2 of iZombie. It’s good to be back!
- Chapter Titles of the Week: For Eva and Evan, Amen; Half Man, Half Machine; Heavy Medal; Impersonal Training; Dead Giveaway; Poker in the Rear; Behind Closed Drawers. I declare “Poker in the Rear” the winner. It’s just funny.
- Brain Power of the Week: Cantankerous Old Man Abilities and Racism!
- “Well that’s just a simple case of bros before h….ex-fiancés.” -Oh Ravi, how I’ve missed you.
- There are now Shaun of the Dead-like quick cuts to show how Liv cooks her brains. This week: Spaghetti and Brainballs
- “He’s a teenager. Not a bear. Pretend you got a pair and speak up son!” -Liv’s old-man brain to Byron
- “I just learned I’ve been pre-approved for a Best Buy card.” -Blaine, accounting for the important things in life.
- “Good God, Lemon, patience!” -This is definitely a reference to 30 Rock, right?
- “Did they find the guy who did that to your hair or is he still at large?” -Liv, again.
- “As we suspected, you have a dog. That’s just a little game we play called ‘Does the person we’re questioning have a dog?'” -McIver’s delivery of this one was simply perfect.
October has made its way back to us, just as it always has around this time of year. You can tell it’s arrived when the local Dollar Stores you barely noticed before look as if they’ve been possessed by the spirit of Halloween itself — or whatever the commercial equivalent of that might be.
Enduring the hilariously bad music that fills every goddamn one of these stores despite having absolutely nothing to do with the holiday that summoned them is as much of a tradition as groaning at the cheesy posters that plaster their windows. You know, the ones that show goofy-looking people who are clearly only half-committed to pretending to be okay with the fact that they’re a full-grown adult dressed like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
We live in a world where the frightening majority of haunted attractions will suck for everyone over the age of six and that’s why finding a great one feels like you’ve just been given a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in a neighborhood where everyone exclusively hands out Necco wafers.
Anyone can take a stranger’s money before dragging them into a dark room to make them scream. It takes more than a superficial understanding of what’s scary to make something special, and that’s exactly what the folks behind Hysteria at Connor’s Farm have achieved with their sprawling rural tribute to the best of the major holidays — that qualifier is there now that I’ve discovered Bolas de Fuego, in which the citizens of El Salvador celebrate volcanoes by hurling balls of fire into the sky.
Located just north of Danvers, Massachusetts, Connor’s Farm is another of those increasingly common “scream parks” where multiple Halloween-themed attractions accumulate in one place in order to reap maximum monetary gain from our shattered psyches.
Unlike the vast majority of the scream parks I’ve visited, Connor’s Farm offers more variety in their attractions. I got there at 9pm, leaving just enough time to conquer the flashlight maze and haunted farm. Skipping the zombie paintball was a tough decision, but it’s a sacrifice I had to make so that I could become who I was always meant to be.
For thirty glorious minutes, I was the indigenous man-fiend of the Connor’s corn maze.
The maze is meant to be more of a family affair, but I was far too busy hunting innocent maze-dwellers like a famished Velociraptor to care. It’s not lit so as to encourage you to navigate its strategically paved paths with the flashlight you’re given at its entrance. I shed those societal guidelines the moment I became the new me, eschewing lighted paths for darkness and a predator’s instinct.
Sure, I took a few cobs of corn to the face. Am I okay with that? Fuck yeah I am. Next question?
Also, the maze itself is themed, apparently, though I didn’t learn that until after the fact.
Now about that haunted farm. For starters, as haunt aficionados may already be aware, the average haunt tends to house roughly 15 minutes of scares. Connor’s Farm doubles that.
The last thing I’d want to do is go into specifics, as that would ruin the surprise. However, I will say that this haunt may have a set or two that will look familiar if you’ve seen any of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre flicks or that one good Silent Hill movie.
That’s not to say Connor’s Farm rips its sets right out of the movies, it’s more subtle than that.
Continuing that comparison to movies is the general quality of the sets, several of which I could easily picture recreated on a Hollywood sound stage. They’re aided by the genuine 17th century cemetery and swamp that border the farm, as well as the general feeling of unease that settles in if you’ve spent far too much of your life in loud, busy cities. There’s something sinister about corn stalks, like every one of them is hiding a secret. Corn secrets.
Growing up in Kansas City, MO, I was always a short drive from some of the best haunts in the country. I spent a not-insignificant portion of my childhood inside The Beast’s disorienting rooms and roaming the five-stories that make up the now 40 year-old behemoth that is The Edge of Hell.
I didn’t know it at the time, but these dazzling haunts were ruining me. The bar had been raised high enough that could only be reached by a dozen or so haunts scattered all across the country. So when I say I found a stellar haunted house in a sea of pumpkins and corn bathed in spooky lighting and Rob Zombie tunes, you know I’m saying that with a very serious look on my face.
Seriously, if you live anywhere near Danvers, Massachusetts, make the trip. It’ll be worth it.
You can learn more about Hysteria at Connor’s Farm by visiting its website.
“She won’t use lotion! She wants us to suffer!”
Holy. Fucking. Shit. This faux trailer for the supernatural horror film Handjob Cabin is goddamn hilarious! Obviously, it has to be stated from the beginning that this isn’t a real movie nor is it going to be. But that doesn’t stop it from being amazing.
The crew over at Nice Piece have whipped up this trailer about a ghost whose method of attack is, well…a rough handjob. No, I’m not kidding. Written, edited, and directed by Bennet Silverman, the trailer stars Owen Benjamin, Jenna Willis, and Nicole Shipley.
I have to say, keeping it as a trailer is a brilliant move. If this were to become a real movie, the gag would get old before the movie was even halfway finished. Rather, by making it a 3 minute trailer, you can put one joke after another and keep the humor fresh.
Watch it below and comment your favorite quote from the trailer!
The upcoming limited series event that is the 10th season of “The X-Files” has received an official poster that appeared at MIPCOM and its tagline is a riff on the familiar slogan we’ve heard since the beginning of the show back in 1993, stating “The Truth is Still Out There“. The rest of the poster shows an “X” created by the light of the moon and some kind of UFO. The light hovers above David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. A lo-res image of the poster can be seen below, courtesy of Twitter.
The return of “The X-Files” comes thirteen years after the original series run and brings us six brand new episodes from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, mixing stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s mythology. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are re-inhabiting their roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner.
Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong.
In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee. The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”
“The X-Files” returns on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 10pm EST and once again the following night at 8pm EST.
Alamo Drafthouse has teamed up with Firestone Walker to create the “Crimson Peak Ale“, which is named after the upcoming Guillermo del Toro gothic horror romance film. The limited-batch brew is available in stores and on taps this month, including all Alamo Drafthouse locations.
Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder, explains, “Guillermo del Toro is one of the most imaginative filmmakers working today, and the release of the gothic romance Crimson Peak is definitely cause for celebration.” He excitedly continues, “Firestone Walker is one of the best breweries in the nation. So we jumped at the chance to collaborate on a beer to mark this occasion with something special.”
Direct from the official press release:
Perfect for the early fall season, “Crimson Peak” is a light-bodied ale that derives its refreshingly tart taste and striking red color from an unusual ingredient: hibiscus flowers. In fact, the ale incorporates massive amounts of them-more than 200 pounds.
In addition to the brew, Alamo collaborated with Mondo to create a beautiful pint glass that features original artwork by Guy Davis. Below is a photo of the glass and ale from our own Trace Thurman, who caught a screening of the film at Fantastic Fest (review coming soon).
A trailer for the upcoming Showtime documentary Why Horror? has been released and shows small interview segments with John Carpenter, Eli Roth, and George A. Romero. The documentary follows Tal Zimerman as he tries to understand the rise of horror, why people enjoy it, and what it has to offer to society.
The synopsis of Why Horror? reads:
Documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he travels around the world to understand why people thrive on blood and gore, and meets with the genre’s leading filmmakers, writers, actors and psychologists to discover how horror is portrayed in different cultures.
Why Horror? premieres Friday, October 30th on Showtime.
People are still wondering why Konami cancelled the insanely hyped survival horror game Silent Hills, which would have been worked on by Hideo Kojima, Junji Ito, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus. It seemed like the ultimate team that would’ve resulted in the ultimate game, one that would set a precedent for all other survival horror games to come.
Alas, as we know, it wasn’t meant to be. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want some answers. And that’s why our own Thomas Alexander asked del Toro about what the experience of working on Silent Hills was like, to which he was explained:
It was curious.
We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs. Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I’ve seen in games that came after, like ‘The Last of Us’, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction.
The thing with Kojima and ‘Silent Hills’ is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular.
We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it’s not happening. When you ask about how things operate, that makes no fucking sense at all that that game is not happening.
Makes no fucking sense at all. That’s the randomness that I was talking about.
I’m not sure if they mean “devices” as in actual physical objects that would interact with the player or specific game mechanics that haven’t been done before. Either way, it sounds fascinating and I would’ve loved to have seen what it would’ve been like.
Alexander’s full interview with del Toro will be going up on our site tomorrow afternoon.