This week: We review the “Resident Evil HD Remaster,” discuss what’s up with “Dying Light” having no review copies, and much more!
Anonymous notes, a jump rope, an overgrown yard, a crumpled piece of tinfoil, a baseball bat and a drill guide a group of individuals towards violence, sexual perversion and an inevitable encounter with Red Luck.
Bloody Disgusting has your exclusive first look at the trailer for “Red Luck,” an official Slamdance Film Festival experimental shorts selection.
“Red Luck: is described as a weird hybrid experimental horror/thriller/fantasy/cult/genre film that begins, “As sunny day comes to an end, a handful of seemingly disparate characters converge in this surreal psychosexual thriller. Something bad is blowing in the wind and it’s not a good day to go out looking for love. Weeds are growing, the sun is setting…and Red Luck is coming.”
Check out the exclusive trailer premiere to go along with a handful of stills, animated goes and the one-sheet.
A few weeks ago, developer Playism Games revealed NightCry (formerly known to us as Project Scissors) through an eerie live-action trailer, directed by Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On, The Grudge). The game has some serious names attached to it, including Clock Tower series creator Hifumi Kono and Pyramid Head creator Masahiro Ito.
NightCry is a spiritual successor to the long-dormant Clock Tower series that returns the series to its roots in 3D point-and-click adventure style gameplay. Like so many other passion projects, Playism will require a substantial amount of funds to realize it.
If they’re successful in raising $300,000, the game will come to mobile and PC, with other platforms potentially to follow.
There’s just something about this exclusive clip from Enter the Dangerous Mind that makes us uncomfortable thanks to a nasty case of the shivers. Will it have the same effect on you?
Variance will be releasing the psychological thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind in theaters and on iTunes February 6, 2015.
Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed (Twilight, Thirteen), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Scott Bakula, and Jason Priestley star. Youssef Delara and Victor Teran direct.
Enter the mind of Jim (Jake Hoffman) – a socially awkward EDM musician with a traumatic past, a tenuous grip on reality, and voices in his head. When he meets Wendy (Nikki Reed), he thinks he might finally have a shot at happiness. But as long-buried memories begin to stir and his crush turns into obsession, Jim finds himself looking into a violent abyss… and he won’t be going alone.
Pulsating with raw energy and an intense electronic soundtrack, Enter the Dangerous Mind is a pitch-black psychological thriller that doesn’t let off the gas for a second as it twists to its shocking conclusion.
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Having its World Premiere tonight at the Sundance Film Festival, we landed the first look at Turbo Kid, helmed by Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell.
What we learned from said clip is that the movie is actually incredibly bloody and violent, something we had been told from insiders. Now we have our proof!
“In a post-apocalyptic future, The Kid, an orphaned outcast, meets a mysterious girl. They become friends until Zeus, the sadistic leader of the Wasteland, kidnaps her. The Kid must face his fears, and journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl.”
It stars Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Aaron Jeffery, and Edwin Wright.
SUNDANCE SCREENING TIMES:
Monday, January 26, 11:59pm
Egyptian Theatre, Park City
328 Main St., Park City, UT
Tuesday, January 27, 9:30 p.m. – TURBO27RN
Redstone Cinema 1, Park City
6030 Market St.,, Park City, UT
Thursday, January 29, noon – TURBO29YD
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1800 Park Ave., Park City, UT
Saturday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. – TURBO31WE
Tower Theatre, Salt Lake City
876 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, UT
When Robotoki re-revealed their zombie survival game Human Element earlier this month, what we saw in its bombastic new trailer (see below) shared little resemblance to what was originally planned to be a horror game. It’s clear that at some point, its direction was refocused to cater to a wider audience. That move, it would seem, has caused quite a bit of trouble for the developer.
In a statement sent to Joystiq, Robotoki founder Robert Bowling confirmed that their decision to turn Human Element into a “premium” game had led to a falling out with its original publisher, Nexon. When Bowling was unable to find a way to replace those lost funds, the studio was forced to close.
“We were actively negotiating a new publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I was unable to continue to self-fund development until a deal was finalized,” said Bowling.
It’s too bad. I’m not too enthusiastic about the new look, but Human Element still showed promise. Hopefully they’ll be able to find a new publishing deal soon.
Before developer Quantic Dream blurred the lines between video games and movies with their acclaimed serial killer thriller Heavy Rain, they made a little game called Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. It was a moderately ridiculous paranormal thriller that went overlooked by many folks, including myself. If you missed it back in 2005, a recent Amazon listing seems to have prematurely revealed a second chance for us to soak up its bizarre brand of chills.
According to the listing, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered will take a page out of 343′s Halo remasters by letting players switch between the original game and the remastered version, complete with controller support, in-game textures that have been meticulously recreated in HD for mobile and desktop” and all of the original cut-scenes, uncensored and uncut.
If we’re lucky, it will also come with an option to disable all those QTEs.
The $10 remaster is slated to release on January 29 for PC.
You’d have to be a right bag of dicks to not be able to appreciate how good this month has been for horror games, and I can’t think of a better chaser than the survival horror ghost ship scavenger hunt, Monstrum. The game brings the spooky scavenger hunt concept to a monster-infested ghost ship that changes every time you play.
Team Junkfish is slaving away over their overheated computers to make sure Monstrum hits Steam Early Access this Thursday (Jan 29). To celebrate its imminent arrival, they’ve gifted us with this brand new trailer.
I spent some time with its latest demo as a part of our 13 Days of Horror series last October. Watch it scare the f**k out of me in the video below!
To celebrate the release of Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse, the fast-paced throwback to the kind of old-school Spielberg action we all grew up on – coming to UK DVD 2nd February 2015 – we have a copy to give away courtesy of Studiocanal.
Think The Goonies meets Jurassic Park, or Indiana Jones with a Lord of the Rings twist. Fast-paced, gripping, but most of all fun, Ragnarok is ridiculously entertaining. And, as a bonus extra, it’ll help Marvel fans swot up on Viking mythology ahead of Thor: Ragnarok. So, exciting AND educational… what more could movie fans want?
“Ragnarok is the closest you’re going to get to a new Steven Spielberg movie in the manner of Jurassic Park or Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Sound on Sight.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “UK RAGNAROK” and including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS before the competition closing date of February 9. We’ll take care of the rest.
The film is available to order on Amazon now! Look for our review soon.
Titled Gåten Ragnarok in its native Norwegian, the film is directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist and Sofia Helin.
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic “man knows little” written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.
When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.
Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers. Good luck!
The makers of the upcoming indie sci-fi horror game The Hum have just announced a prequel game called The Hum: Abductions, which they plan on releasing later this year for PC, Mac and PS4. I was worried we wouldn’t be seeing more from this game when its crowdfunding campaign failed to pick up steam last September, but it seems those worries were unnecessary.
Abductions follows “Holly Sanders, a mother and wife, who is living hard days since her husband’s mysterious vanishing, months ago. Lonely and disturbed, with her little son Dan as her only company, Holly will uncover the past and present events of the Sanders family, while facing a terrifying approaching revelation.”
The game will come with Oculus Rift support, they’re also working on bringing it to Linux.
Famed horror director John Carpenter has been building up his album Lost Themes for a few months now. The 9-track album is a collection of brand new music that evokes the classic stylings of Carpenter’s films, such as Halloween, Escape From New York, Assault On Precinct 13, and more.
Lost Themes was all about having fun. It can be both great and bad to score over images, which is what I’m used to. Here there were no pressures. No actors asking me what they’re supposed to do. No crew waiting. No cutting room to go to. No release pending. It’s just fun. And I couldn’t have a better set-up at my house, where I depended on (collaborators) Cody (Carpenter, of the band Ludrium) and Daniel (Davies, who wrote the songs for I, Frankenstein) to bring me ideas as we began improvising. The plan was to make my music more complete and fuller, because we had unlimited tracks. I wasn’t dealing with just analogue anymore. It’s a brand new world. And there was nothing in any of our heads when we started other than to make it moody.
The album is now available to stream in full via NPR.
Rodney Ascher’s (Room 277) new film, The Nightmare, will be having its premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, and right now we have the first clip from the flick. Dig it!
The Nightmare is a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. Victims of this scary malady often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to disturbing sights and sounds.
Speaking as someone who has experienced this… let me tell you… it’s VERY, VERY scary. Dig on the clip!
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The claws are out and spells are being cast. Watching companies bid on The Witch at Sundance is akin to seeing Boris Karloff and Vincent Price go at it in The Raven. Well… maybe not that exciting.
According to Variety A24 is expected to buy the horror drama The Witch for $1.5 million. Several distributors, including Radius-TWC, expressed interest in the supernatural film set in 17th-century New England. The movie premieres on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival.
Robert Eggers directs the film, which has been described as a cross between The Crucible and The Shining. Anya Taylor-Joy stars.
New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.
Honestly, I don’t remember a time when we weren’t talking about a sequel to the 2008 Bryan Bertino film The Strangers. Hard to believe it’s been that long, but it sounds as if the wait is nearly over.
The Wrap is reporting that The Strangers 2 is finally moving forward after spending several years in development. Marcel Langenegger is in negotiations to direct the sequel this spring.
Ben Ketai (Chosen) is the newest writer on the sequel, which follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their final bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers — Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl, and Dollface.
The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the masked killers take new pleasure in tormenting their victims in this twisted sequel that picks up where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.
The original production of The Crow was said to be cursed and resulted in the tragic death of its star, Brandon Lee. Fans were then cursed with a string of ridiculously bad sequels. Now, with a remake on the horizon, it seems as if the idea of just getting the project off the ground is… well… cursed.
The Wrap reports that Relativity and director Corin Hardy are searching for a new star for The Crow reboot, as Luke Evans has officially exited the project to pursue other projects.
Evans was poised to play Eric Draven when F. Javier Gutierrez was attached to direct The Crow, but production was delayed, and with no new start date in sight, Evans was forced to pass and move on.
He made statements to that effect in December during press rounds for The Hobbit, but there was always the hope that Relativity could convince him to stick around as it scrambled to find a new filmmaker after Gutierrez left to direct Rings for Paramount.
Hardy signed on in early December but has been busy with post-production on his feature debut The Hallow, which premieres at Sundance this week. Now that Evans has officially parted ways with the project, Hardy will have the opportunity to put together his own vision for the film.
With Sundance 2015 currently under way, things have been steadily going bump in the night. Especially for Eli Roth, who hit the ground running with two announcements that horror fans have been waiting for.
First, the news via IndieWire is that the headaches surrounding The Green Inferno‘s long delayed release are about to come to an end. “Here’s the thing: Everyone is working to resolve it. Open Road has been amazing through this entire process. I really love them, they’ve been great. Even with whatever situation World View is going through, everyone is working together to find the best, cleanest, most positive resolution and get the film out in the widest release possible. I think realistically it would be in the August to September range.”
Moving on to his newer project, Knock Knock, Roth dropped a trailer on Facebook for fans to dig on. Keanu Reeves stars alongside Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. Check it out below.
Evan Webber (Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife; his two wonderful kids; and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.
The two young women (Izzo, De Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.
//Post by Eli Roth.
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A huge part of why I love horror movies is that they’re just so damn fun! I enjoy being scared. I enjoy the way the filmmakers try to create an immersive atmosphere, one that tries to convince me that what I’m seeing is possible, that the shadows in my house, the dark corners, are really traps that hold unspeakable terrors.
Part of the way this is done is that the villain has to be engaging, enthralling, and just downright awesome to watch! We all know how exciting Freddy Krueger is, with his quips and sadistically dark sense of humor. Then there’s Jason Voorhees and how entertaining it is to watch him stalk and slaughter off a bunch of jerk teenagers that, in some way, kinda deserve their fate. Or what about the Alien Queen and her massive, terrifying frame?
So let’s take a few minutes to showcase some of the entertaining horror baddies, the ones that make us cheer or, at the very least, eat our popcorn with a giant grin across our face.
Alfred Hitchcock once said “It is very difficult, very painful, and it takes a very, very long time to kill a man.” According to the trailer for Blood Simple, anyway. Regardless, it’s an appropriate quote to have in mind going into Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s feature debut Body. Set on Christmas Eve, this compact thriller details the emotional fallout an accidental murder has on three friends who were only looking for a good time. This is why everyone should be with their families on Christmas Eve, you guys. So no one gets killed.
Our main protagonist here is Holly (played by Helen Rogers of V/H/S and The Sacrament), who’s spending Christmas Eve with her old friends Mel (Lauren Molina) and Cali (Alexandra Turshen). When smoking weed and playing Scrabble at Mel’s house gets boring, they decide to go party in a vacant mansion belonging to Cali’s uncle. Vacant is what she tells them anyway.
Quickly into their night of lavish debauchery, a man (Larry Fessenden!) enters the house. Alarmed, one of the girls accidentally knocks him down a long flight of stairs. Believing him to be dead, the three girls argue over what to do – call the cops? Say it was self-defense? Just get the hell outta there? But the most important questions of all, is the guy really dead?
How each girl reacts displays their true personality. Before the killing, we get to see them riff off of each other and clown around. Early on it’s easy to see that Cali is the wild card, the one who wants to have fun by any means necessary. Mel’s the reserved one and Holly is the most level-headed of the three. The girls play off of each other very well, which establishes a nice shared history without having to dish it to us with bland exposition. Too many horror flicks fail to do so, handing us a group of kids who don’t seem like they would hang out together if they had guns pointed at their heads. So having this camaraderie between the three girls shine early on in the film adds just enough weight to make the stakes feel high later on.
Following the killing, the girls’ relationship begins to unravel as they’re forced to deal with one disturbingly resilient corpse. A series of bitter squabbles brings to light how they really feel about each other and hot damn does the venom fly. The tension builds up nicely, with each macabre scheme and argument chipping away at the girls’ bond. When there’s nothing left to hold them together, Body climaxes in a beautiful moment of rage, resentment, and sweet, sweet comeuppance.
There are some hiccups along the way. Body is only 75 minutes, but it takes a long time to really get cranking. The partying montages could’ve been trimmed a bit to make way for more tense one later on. I don’t mind watching Helen Rogers dance in slow motion, don’t get me wrong. I just wish the thrills in this thriller arrived earlier. During the Scrabble and weed session at Mel’s house, some dialogue comes off really awkward. I’m not sure if that’s intentional, since the girls may have not seen in each other for a while, but it screws with the flow of things.
Once Body starts to build momentum, however, it remains tightly wound and as sharp as a Fessenden’s hairstyle. Morbidly entertaining and emotionally honest, Body is one helluva debut for Dan Berk and Robert Olsen. Keep their asses on your radar.
Body had its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival on Jan. 25.
It Follows is this year’s The Babadook, and that’s both a blessing and a curse.
The blessing is that It Follows is a tramendous horror acheivement, while the curse is, well, now it’s overhyped. The biggest difference between Babadook and It Follows, though, is that the latter is a modern genre masterpiece.
Following up Mike Pereira’s rave review isn’t going to be an easy task, so we’ll keep this simple…
How’s this for a quick sell: It Follows is as if David Robert Mitchell directed the Halloween remake (only Michael Myers is a succubus), and then added elements from films like The Ring and A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Jay (played by Maika Monroe, who is absolutely fantastic) has a pretty weird date, one that ends in some hot car sex. Instead of cuddling, her new hubby knocks her out, and takes her to an abandoned structure. There, she awakens tied to a wheelchair (see the above image). Her capturer is forcing Jay (along with the audience) to be introduced to “It”, while also sharing the “rules”. This kid was infected with a curse (like The Ring), and now he has passed it into? onto Jay. “It” is coming. “It” won’t stop following Jay until she’s dead, or until she passes the curse onto someone else. From here, things play out a bit like Halloween, as “It” stalks her, but also more like Elm Street where the “crazy” protagonist must convince his/her friends that they aren’t headed to the looney bin.
Simply put, It Follows becomes a shared nightmare.
While most filmmakers would try and give homage to their favorite horror films (yawn), Mitchell evokes the emotion, aesthetic and vibe of the classics, while injecting his own personailty into it. In essense, he’s furthering the genre.
There’s a bit of gore, here and there, but mostly it will make the viewer’s skin crawl. And even though the film is riddled with serious inconsistencies and plot holes (it’s best to just experience it and not think too much about it), It Follows is easily one of the most suspensful and scary movies in recent memory.
It Follows is classical horror, and deserves to be sculpted into the Mount Rushmore of horror alongside other greats.
Starring Vincent Martella, Jennifer LaPorte, Julia Aks
Directed by Michael Steves
Everyone remembers their first love: the hand-holding, the awkward glances, the first kiss… and the decapitations. More importantly, it’s the knowledge that your primary crush won’t leave your side, even if they turn into a soul-sucking amorous leech that burrows in deeper than a wood tick into the levels of one’s dermis.
Such is the case with director Michael Steves’ teen-love-gone-wrong Clinger, which should encourage sufficient distance between two youngins when a courtin’. (Sorry to get all “Beverly Hillbillies” on you, but it needed to be said.)
Fern Petersen (LaPorte) is your common high school teen: good at school, readying for her chance to attend MIT come graduation-time, and delicately balancing the scales between her future and her new boyfriend, Robert Klingher (Martella), a baby-faced adolescent who best resembles one of those cute little puppies that will follow its master everywhere, all the time, relentlessly.
While his feelings for Fern are pure and innocent, his incessant presence can be viewed as a nuisance. We’ve got it all on display here: the little gifts, the song he writes for her, and that 1000-yard stare with googly eyes he gives her when right in her face. Torn between the thought of a long-standing relationship with him, therefore impeding her college career, Fern opts for a plan to give Robert the boot, and on the night before she can utter those dreadful severing words, a horrifying accident befalls him and he loses his head… literally, not figuratively.
Well, good old Robert is now in the past-tense; yet, he isn’t ready to leave his love’s side. Yep, Robert is back in paranormal form but doesn’t know it. Stuck in limbo between the living and the dead, his residence is at the local cemetery with dozens of other wayward souls, forcing him to question his own mortality. Fern’s situation seems dour, and without the help of her spaced-out parents (Debbie Rochon and Jeffrey Bean) or her jobless sister (Aks), who is a budding sock-puppet entrepreneur, she turns to maybe the only person who can be of some assistance: her track coach, Valeria (Alicia Monet Caldwell), who doubles as a paranormal investigator/medium of sorts. Robert’s end-goal is to murder Fern so that they can spend eternity together, whether she approves of it or not, and now it’s up to her and Valeria to stop Robert and his newly-assembled band of undead entities from bringing her back to his grave for a very tedious afterlife.
Unfortunately, the presentation is one that can seem a little confusing – while easy to follow, the movie doesn’t seem to pick a direction in which to go. We’ve got all the goofy humor and stereotypes of an MTV-styled teen angst comedy/drama with a smattering of gore and language that would prevent it from being shown all-out on regular cable, and although some performances are within passable levels, others drag it down to the sub-levels of flat-out annoyance. Peterson stands out in the lead role as she conveys both the teenage student that’s fairly adjusted and the grieving (and regretful) ex-girlfriend. Martella also shows a subtle comedic side as the pestering boyfriend, but the overacted displays of Fern’s sister and track coach are not only unfunny, but hard to pass off as characters that you wouldn’t want to shove into a deep, dark hole for all days, never to be heard from again.
When all was said and done, Clinger will prove to amuse the lightest of horror/comedy fans with its moments of casual laughter and vanilla gore, but for the rest of you genre aficionados, I’d request an order of protection against this adhesive specter.