Film Adaptation Planned for Nicholas Pekearo's Posthumously Published The Wolfman

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:44

Exactly seven years ago, NYC auxiliary police officer Nicholas Pekearo and his partner, Yevgeniy Marshalik, were shot and killed in the line of duty. At the time Pekearo was just getting his footing as a novelist, and now his posthumously published The Wolfman is heading to the big screen.

Per Deadline, Macmillan Entertainment and Everest Entertainment Group are developing a feature film from The Wolfman, a novel written by Nicholas Pekearo in 2008 and published by Tor Books in 2009.

The story tells of a lost soul who happens to be a werewolf. He struggles with his affliction until he decides to focus on the bad guys who deserve it, including a serial killer preying on young girls.

Pekearo, a crime and comic book buff, was shot six times by the crazed gunman who also killed his partner. Both were unarmed. For more info on what transpired, check out this story in the New York Times from March 16, 2007.

Macmillan Entertainment is the film and TV arm of Macmillan Publishers. Its head, Brendan Deneen, and Everest Entertainment Group’s Sean Davis are working closely with Pekearo’s mother, Iola Latman, to shape the werewolf story for the screen. Davis also runs the management company The Phoenix Organization.

“I read The Wolfman shortly after its release and couldn’t get the character of Marlowe Higgins and the world Pekearo created out of my head,” Davis said. “This is not your typical werewolf piece, and I was amazed by how much new territory he uncovered in this first novel. I have high hopes for this as it seems there is now finally a market for pieces like this, seeing the success of brilliant limited series such as 'True Detective,' and audiences now have a hunger for out of the box anti-heroes. In talking with those around him while he was alive, it was Nicholas’ hope to see this turned into a series, whether it was film or television, taking a similar journey to the one Bruce Banner did in The Incredible Hulk. Having died a hero’s death trying to protect people while chasing down a madman while he was unarmed, I hope Nicholas’ voice as a writer finally gets the attention it deserves and the journey he started with Marlowe continues.”

The book's synopsis follows; look for more on the adaptation as it comes.

Synopsis:
Marlowe Higgins has had a hard life. Since being dishonorably discharged after a tour in Vietnam, he's been in and out of prison, moving from town to town, going wherever the wind takes him. He can’t stay in one place too long--every full moon he kills someone.

Marlowe Higgins is a werewolf. For years he struggled with his affliction, until he found a way to use this unfortunate curse for good--he only kills really bad people. Settling at last in the small town of Evelyn, Higgins works at a local restaurant and even has a friend, Daniel Pearce, one of Evelyn's two police detectives.

One night everything changes. It turns out Marlowe Higgins isn’t the only monster lurking in the area. A fiendish serial killer, known as the Rose Killer, is brutally murdering young girls all around the county. Higgins targets the killer as his next victim, but on the night of the full moon, things go drastically wrong...

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New 'Yaiba' Screenshots Showcase A Massive Boss Battle

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 19:12

I’m not sure what it is for real, but to me, the boss that takes up a majority of the screen-time in these new Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z screens looks like a living — and extremely pissed off — Mayan temple. I’m sure Yaiba will use his cyborg ninja skills to make ribbons of it, but it’s no less impressive.

Also, colors. Take note, developers: they exist, and they’re wonderful to look at.

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z arrives on March 18 for Xbox 360 and PS3, with PC following on March 21.

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All Roads Lead to Terminus in this New Preview of The Walking Dead Episode 4.14 - The Grove

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:36

While recent episodes of "The Walking Dead" have divided horror fans, the general public's love for the series shows no signs of slowing down, and AMC has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming Episode 4.14, "The Grove," which you can watch right here.

If you're also a wrestling fan, be sure to check out "Talking Dead" afterwards as WWE Champion CM Punk will be joining Yvette Nicole Brown of NBC’s “Community” on the discussion panel led by Chris Hardwick.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.

The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.

"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.14 - "The Grove" (airs 3/16/14)
After finding an idyllic place to establish a new shelter, the group starts to question whether it is possible to go back to the way things were. Written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Michael Satrazemis.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.



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[Crowd Source This!] Lee Hardcastle's 'Spook Train'!!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:31

Indie Claymation extraordinary, Lee Hardcastle, who made a name for himself winning the ABCs of Death competition with “T is for Toilet,” is taking to Crowd-sourcing to get his first major project financed.

Spook Train 3D is described as “the world’s first feature length claysplotation.”

Three kids discover the remains of the legendary Spook Train, they’re about to experience why it was shut down by a moral panic. It’s a dark ride with an even darker sense of humor.

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[TV] Next On "The Walking Dead": New Trailer for "The Grove"!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:23

AMC has shared a brand new trailer for this weekend’s “The Walking Dead.”

In Episode 4.14, “The Grove,” “After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to the way they used to be.

Episode 14 is set to air on Sunday night, March 16 at 8pm central time on AMC.

Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.

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The Man Comes Around in this New The Quiet Ones Clip

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:17

The hairs on your arm will stand up. At the terror in each sip and in each sup. Will you partake of that last offered cup? Or disappear into the potter's ground? When the man comes around.

The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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This 'June,' Supernatural Evil Destroys Earth...

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 18:17

Coming off The Pact, Casper Van Dien, pictured below, best known for his role in Starship Troopers, has joined “The Walking Dead’s” Addy Miller, above, in the supernatural thriller June, shooting later the month in Louisiana, reports Variety.

Death Valley‘s Victoria Pratt, Eddie Jemison, Theodora Greece and Lance Nichols have also been cast.

“The Walking Dead’s” Kennedy Brice also stars as “a 9-year-old orphan who shares her body with an ancient supernatural being whose mission is to destroy mankind to allow nature to prevail on earth.

L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Sharon Y. Cobb. Gregor Habsburg (Hellbenders), Jacquelyn Frisco (Tell-Tale) and Duane A. Sikes will produce with Raven Banner Entertainment partners Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 126: In Flames "Like You Better Dead"

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 17:30

This week’s Twisted Music Video comes from Swedish melodic death metal masters In Flames and it’s for “Like You Better Dead”, which comes from their 2004 album Soundtrack To Your Escape. The video features a rather unpleasant looking teddy bear that wanders through a decrepit insane asylum that has some rather unpleasant residents. Check it out below!


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"The Man" Haunts First 'The Quiet Ones' Clip!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:36

Haunting theaters April 25, the first clip from Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones introduces “the man,” who seemingly “makes things happen. We’ve also added a pair of brand new stills…

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke, pictured above, all star.

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Place Your Order with this First Clip from The Double

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:23

With black comedy The Double arriving in the UK on April 4th from StudioCanal (it hits Stateside a month later from Magnolia), the first clip from the film has arrived. Check it out, and expect more soon!

The Double is directed by Richard Ayoade, who co-wrote the script with Avi Korine based on a Fyodor Dostoevsky novella.

It stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role along with Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy Considine.

For more info visit The Double on Facebook.

Synopsis:
Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives.

Physically, James and Simon are dead ringers. Yet, in temperament, James is everything Simon is not: personable, spontaneous, assertive, and desirable. When James begins to take over Simon’s life, he is forced to act.

Jesse Eisenberg’s fantastic double performance is bolstered by a cast of seasoned character actors who bring Simon James’ gloomy retro world to life. Directed with a deftly comic hand and assured visual technique by Richard Ayoade, The Double is a stylish black comedy with acerbic wit to spare.




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International Trailer Welcomes You to the Candy House

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:05

Terror has found a new home, and it's the Candy House. Here's the international trailer debut for the new film from Seed 2 director Marcel Walz, which is presented by Uwe Boll.

Candy House stars Annika Strauss (Seed 2, La Petite Mort 2), Alex Anasuya (Daimonion), Morad Azzaaoui, Martin Semmelrogge (The Boat), Selin Deveci, Manfred Münichsdorfer, and Stephanie Voit.

It's produced by Laser Paradise/Matador Film with cinematography by Stefan Svahn.

Synopsis:
Welcome to Candy House.

What started as a beautiful family reunion soon turns into a bloody nightmare. Who's going to survive the Candy House?

Enjoy a few stills along with the Candy House trailer and poster, and look for more soon!

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6 Million Gamers Have Braved 'The Last Of Us'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:38

Naughty Dog announced today that The Last of Us has surpassed a remarkable six million sold. That’s impressive for any game, but it’s doubly so for a title that’s only currently available on one platform (PS3, for now). The developer will be chatting about “some of the techniques and process that went into making The Last of Us” at a presentation at GDC next week.

In related news, it was recently confirmed that Sony is moving forward with a movie adaptation. It will be produced by Sam Raimi, with a script penned by the game’s creative director, Neil Druckman. Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra, as well as game director Bruce Straley will serve as “creative architects.”

If you haven’t played its single-player expansion, Left Behind, you can get a taste of it below.

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More Casting News for TNT's Proof

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34

With talk of resurrections, out-of-body experiences, and hauntings, TNT's "Proof" pilot has piqued our interest so we're continuing to keep an eye on it. Up today is some more casting news in the form of Terminator 2: Judgment Day's Joe Morton.

As we already knew, TNT's Kyra Sedgwick-produced "Proof" will star Jennifer Beals as Dr. Kathryn Russo, a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter.

Dr. Russo is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

Per TV Guide, Morton ("Scandal," "Eureka," "The Good Wife") will play Dr. Charles Russell, the serious, dry, and intimidating head of Kathryn's hospital, who is hard-pressed to control the maverick surgeon but appreciates her abilities and commitment.

"Proof" is written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves. Sedgwick ("The Closer") exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin, and Graves.

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[SXSW '14 Interview] Tobe Hooper Shares A Truly Disgusting Tale From The Set Of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:15

40 years ago director Tobe Hooper and screenwriter Kim Henkel gave us one of the all-time great horror movies with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. If you haven’t seen it, I have no earthly idea why you’re on this site.

Dark Sky held an anniversary screening of the film at SXSW, but what made it truly special is the restoration this film has gone under. The original 16MM prints have been digitally transferred and color corrected in a new 4K transfer. The audio has been remixed in 7.1. By all accounts it is gorgeous. Even for a film as grimy and gritty as we know TCM to be.

But it turns out there were some truly stomach churning moments onset that had nothing to do with what ended up in front of the camera. Filming conditions are often brutal, especially when you’re dealing with extreme heat or cold (TCM endured the former), but this story is extra… pungent. I’ll let Mr. Hooper take it from here…

The last day of shooting went on for like 26 or 27 hours. Maybe even longer because I had to shoot an actor out. And it was the last prosthetic job on Old Granpa, and he was melting. The lights were so damn strong that the bones [they were using as props] started cooking. So every time I’d say cut everyone would run to the window and puke, throw up. A doctor had to come out and administer dramamine to help settle people’s stomachs.

This family was into death art, it was a hobby. And we needed animals. The city pound had done their due for the month and they came out with a dump truck, I was in the house I didn’t even know it has happening. Anyway they pulled up about 20 meters from the house and dumped about 500 lbs of dead animals out front. I came out and looked at it and realized it was over the line, that a domestic animal is like a child so seeing all those dead cats and dogs would ruin the movie. So I said, “get rid of these.” And then I went back inside and I was shooting.

The house was tinted because we were shooting the dinner table scene, which takes place at night but we were shooting part of it in the day. But when I told them to get rid of it, someone got 5 gallons of gasoline and poured it over all of those dead animals and set fire to them. I guess they were thinking that they were going to disappear or go up into ashes. The house was bad enough with the bones cooking and everyone throwing up, but then all of this smoke [from burning fur and flesh] started coming in through the house. That’s when everyone really started losing it.

So yeah, there you have it. Be glad you weren’t on set that day.

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New Clips Lead You Further into The Den

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:14

Today marks the limited theatrical and VOD release of Zach Donahue's The Den (review), which takes you on a trip to the dark side of modern technology.

If you're not yet sold on giving the flick a VOD rental, check out a trio of brand spankin' new clips below, which should whet your appetite for voyeuristic violence!

The films stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.










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New Featurette Takes You Behind the Scenes of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy

Dread Central - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:09

Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve re-team for Enemy (review), which is currently available exclusively on DirecTV, and right now we have yet another behind-the-scenes featurette for you cats!

You can also find the film in limited theatres starting today, March 14th.

Written by Javier Gullón and based on a novel by José Saramago, the film also stars Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini.

Synopsis
ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal), who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife, Helen (Gadon), and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. The film is a haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity, where in the end only one man will survive.




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[Ghosts Of Gaming Past] A Review Of 'Resident Evil 2'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:41

Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy

Resident Evil was not a total and complete surprise for the gaming public, in that it built on a stable of smaller, less ambitious and marketable games, but for the most part the hit that became a franchise knocked everyone sideways. It was a creepy, small, and moody bit of entertainment, a stake in the ground signifying that gaming was shifting to a more adult perspective.

Resident Evil 2 is interesting in part because of the weird path it took to release. A near-completed version of the game (now known as Resident Evil 1.5) was scrapped after an initial build was not up to the standards of the creator Shinji Mikami, and a redesign of the core experience was ordered. Some elements (like the police station) remained intact while others (the sidekicks) were altered or edited out completely. Such revamps are not atypical in the gaming industry, but they also do not bode particularly well for the final released version. Still, despite these concerns, RE2 was an out-and-out hit and became one of the best-selling games in history, as well as cementing the legacy of Resident Evil.

And Resident Evil 2 isn’t just ambitious by the standards of the series. It is ambitious by any metric applied to video game sequels. It grows the world, the fiction, and the gameplay in new and interesting ways, all while capturing the claustrophobia and weirdness that made the first game stand out. The question remains: does it hold up after all these years?

This time around, the zombie outbreak isn’t contained within a mansion on the hill. It has spread through Raccoon City with no sign of slowing down. Umbrella’s tampering with the human genome has had catastrophic results, and once again players assume the role of the uninitiated newcomer, here to contend with the zombie outbreak. People can choose between Leon Kennedy (for his first day on the job with the RCPD) or Claire Redfield (who is looking for her older brother, Chris), and though the game is only shades different for each character, the way the mirrored experiences reveal new story and areas gives players reasons to play and replay the game.

In fact, this two-disc beast offers both an A and B scenario for each player, and finishing the game with one means picking up the other character for a different experience. Completely beating the game is akin to playing it through four times, which says a lot in favor of its value. The game’s breadth dwarfs the previous entry’s by comparison without straying too far from what made it great.

Another note on story: even though the Resident Evil franchise is commonly referred to as survival horror, RE2 goes great lengths to explain how it is also a work of soft sci-fi. There are enough secret labs, robot arms, and experiments gone wrong to satisfy more than just the people jumping at monster closets. Furthermore, the latter portions of the game feel more in tune with Aliens than the ‘of the Living Dead’ universe.

It’s difficult to assess the sequel to Resident Evil without discussing its relationship to the first game, which had some problems: the dialogue was bad, the graphics were blocky, and the controls were somewhat unwieldy. The dialogue is still kind of clunky, but less so than in Resident Evil. (There are no ‘Jill Sandwich’ embarrassments here.) The voice acting is far better than the original’s, and the game is graphically superior is well. The textures are still blocky, but the graphics, overall, are much more refined this time around.

With the controls, improvement comes down mostly to the tank controls. It could be that I replayed both games within a week of one another, but Resident Evil 2 handles so much better than the first, and I was less likely to sprint into the arms of an oncoming enemy. Additionally, the auto-aim of the first game has been replaced with a free aiming system that, though largely superior, still feels awkward, especially from a distance. It is imprecise and even if it doesn’t matter all that much in a corridor with a single zombie, happening upon a powerful foe can be disastrous if the aiming isn’t performed correctly.

The puzzles that seemed almost on par with being in a haunted mansion really stretch the reality of the fiction in a police station, Resident Evil 2 uses a lot of the same puzzle types. You will continue to push statues and place medallions on fountains to unlock doors. (Who knew that a police station would have so many hidden passageways?)

There is still a sense of esoteric clunkiness to them, however, so it may take a few go-rounds to be able to solve each one. You’ll also spend the majority of your time traipsing back and forth across the landscape to find minuscule items, like jewels and chess piece-shaped plugs, but the game is far less opaque in denoting what exactly players need to find in order to solve the puzzles. It’s an improvement that still carries with it a ‘more of the same’ familiarity on level with the first game.

Players familiar with later games will recognize plenty of the key players in this volume: Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, William Birkin, and Ada Wong, most notably. These are really a few of the central figures in the whole fiction’s sordid and winding history, so it’s neat to see the inception of their storylines. Not only do a variety of NPCs appear, but RE2 takes a dramatic step in allowing players to commandeer and test drive them throughout the game. It is an unusual but surprisingly refreshing idea for a game that can feel plodding when players are left alone for too long.

But we don’t (necessarily) come to Resident Evil for the characters, do we? We come for the monsters, and RE2 improves upon the original’s scattershot and wide-ranging host of baddies. There are arguably fewer monster types, but they are utilized in much more interesting ways. For instance, zombies are a bit smarter, and the zombie lunge this time is a lot more insidious and harmful, so sneaking around the undead is not easily accomplished.

Moreover, the Licker, a dangerous, vicious addition to the monster gallery, provides a counter to slow, lumbering members of the undead at the heart of the universe, and though the first game seemed to be none too discriminating with regard to enemies, RE2 at least focuses its attention on a few key monster while also including the bizarre creatures associated with the Umbrella experiments. You’ll see upright plant creatures and oversized spiders, along with the Tyrant-type super-zombies, and since the enemies never really change locations or respawn, strategically clearing out high-traffic areas makes for a pretty smooth gaming experience.

This game is longer but not necessarily harder, and for those who, like me, could never seem to find a conveniently-placed safe room in the first game (except for the one underneath the stairs on the first floor), the save ribbons are more plentiful and save rooms more conveniently located, so there’s less of a chance that players will wander into a room with a boss without having recently saved.

Players will wind through the station and descend into a futuristic lab, and as the game reaches its final climax, it becomes clear that the development team learned plenty from the pitfalls of the original entry. To put a finer point on it, Resident Evil 2 not only gives a satisfying backstory to the Big Bad of the game but also teases his ultimate arrival through some memorable sequences, whereas in the first game, Tyrant’s entrance was preceded by literally minutes of ham-handed exposition about the nature of Umbrella and so forth. This, to me, is the great metaphor about the difference between the two and why the second game is superior.

Ultimately, Resident Evil 2 is a longer, more refined version of the first game, but with some great additions. It works to underline what made RE1 so cool. And even though Resident Evil established the franchise, Resident Evil 2 is where the series really hits its stride. The game plays well, looks cool, sounds creepy, and gives you plenty of playtime for your dollar, so have at it. You’ll not regret the decision.

The Final Word: Like with my recommendation for the first game, only pick up the PS1 version if you’re looking for the genuine experience. Otherwise, grab one of the many up-res versions of the game, and it will play similarly but will look substantially better.

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Lacuna Coil Stroll Through The Graveyard In New Lyric Video

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 14:00

Italian rockers Lacuna Coil have released a lyric video for a new single “Die And Rise”, which comes from their upcoming album Broken Crown Halo (out April 1st via Century Media Records). The lyric video flies through CGI gravestones as the lyrics appear in an appropriately gothic font. You can watch the video below.

I’ll be honest and say that I miss the Lacuna Coil of old. I remember blasting Comalies and Unleashed Memories and loving every second. Now it just seems forced. It doesn’t have the excitement or the edge that I used to hear.

Pre-order Broken Crown Halo via iTunes.


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[Exclusive] Dream With 'The Sandman: Overture' Statue From DC Collectibles

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:53

While we eagerly await the second issue of Neil Gaiman’s return to “The Sandman” series, DC Collectibles and Bloody-disgusting are proud to reveal the 11.25” tall “Overture” Dream statues, sculpted by Dave Cortes. There are two versions of the statue, the regular edition, and the Limited Edition Patina Statue, of which only 100 will be manufactured, each including a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Neil Gaiman.

Both “The Sandman: Overture” statues are slated for a September 2014 release, so keep your open, and, until then, sweet dreams.

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE Statue
Sculpted by Dave Cortes
Measures approximately 11.25” tall
On sale September 2014
$149.95

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE Limited Edition Patina Statue
Extremely limited version of 100 includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Neil Gaiman
Sculpted by Dave Cortes
Measures approximately 11.25” tall
On sale September 2014
$299.95

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[Indie Horror Spotlight] This Gorgeous Horror Game Was Made By A One-Man Team

bloody disgusting - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 13:34

I’ve played my fair share of horror games crafted by one-person teams, but none of them have looked this good. Thanks to a talented designer and the CryEngine that powers it, The Cursed Forest has visuals that are on par with a AAA game. If graphics don’t matter to you, it’s also a well-crafted, and thoroughly eerie, atmospheric horror game where you’re stalked through a forest by… something.

See this game in action after the break.

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