Principal photography has begun on New Line Cinema’s Annabelle 2, with Lights Out‘s David F. Sandberg helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters.
In Annabelle 2, “Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.”
The full cast includes Stephanie Sigman (pictured above in Spectre), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave), Lulu Wilson (upcoming Ouija 2, Deliver Us from Evil), Philippa Anne Coulthard (After the Dark), Grace Fulton (Badland), Lou Lou Safran (The Choice), Samara Lee (Fox Catcher, The Last Witch Hunter), Tayler Buck in her feature film debut, with Anthony LaPaglia (TV’s Without a Trace) and Miranda Otto (Showtime’s Homeland, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy).
Sandberg directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Annabelle.
Filming is taking place in Los Angeles.
The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on The Conjuring movies.
Collaborating with Sandberg behind-the-scenes from his Lights Out team are production designer Jennifer Spence and editor Michel Aller, joined by director of photography Maxime Alexandre (The Other Side of the Door) and costume designer Leah Butler (Paranormal Activity 3 & 4).
Annabelle 2 is slated for release on May 19, 2017.
It’s odd that a genre like science fiction would have so much trouble capturing our imaginations, when its imaginative by its nature. It covers some objectively awesome topics, from our always evolving technology to space travel and impossible encounters with extraterrestrial beings. Its fascinating, mind-bending stuff.
Sci-fi has always struggled to deliver hit franchises at the same frantic pace as the competition, with their apocalyptic wastelands populated by hordes of the undead, isolated mansions haunted by restless spirits and elaborate traps built by clever sociopaths. And yet, the genre has only managed to produce a handful of short-lived hits in series like Doom and Dead Space — their relative rarity offset by the disproportionately greater impact these games often have on the rest of the horror genre.
This woefully underappreciated genre has enjoyed a small resurgence in the last few years — particularly among indie developers — led by Alien: Isolation, SOMA, Stasis, Duskers and the ongoing revival of System Shock that have been working to pave the way for a new wave of exceptional-looking sci-fi horror games, starting with…
Phantaruk is likely to be the first game on this list to come out. Or it might not, since none of the following titles have been given firm release dates as I write this. Polish developer Polyslash has spent more than two years building the game and the gargantuan spaceship in which it takes place.
Why We’re Excited: There’s real potential in its narrative and the themes it boldly tackles, like transhumanism and existentialism.
Release Date: August 2016 (PC, Mac, Linux)
NYVYE Studios’ beautiful horror game P.A.M.E.L.A. may be the most visually stunning game on this list, in part, because of its bold use of color. The environments remind me of the splashes of color that made the environments in Mirror’s Edge so delightful to look at, only the city of Eden appears to take place much further into the future. That name is horribly misleading, by the way, as the word ‘Eden’ is rarely conjures images of failed dystopian worlds infested by humanoid creatures.
Did I mention the Halo-inspired plasma sword, because P.A.M.E.L.A. has that too.
Why We’re Excited: The enemies we’ve seen (so far) haven’t looked particularly original, but the vivid world they inhabit more than makes up for that. Eden is neon nightmare eye candy, and I’m itching to spend some time in it.
Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC)
The Brotherhood is expanding on the frightening world they first realized in the isometric horror game Stasis, which also happens to serve as the foundation for its latest standalone chapter, Cayne. The game revolves around Hadley, a new mother who wakes up in a seemingly abandoned medical facility that’s been turned into a crime scene. It’ll take about as long as a feature-length film to finish, and it benefits from the Unity 5 engine — Stasis used Unity 4 — so fans can expect an even prettier old-school adventure game when it releases later this year.
Why We’re Excited: It’s reminiscent of Dead Space, which its developer has confirmed to be a source of inspiration for it, and it’s a standalone expansion, so you don’t need to own Stasis to play it.
Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC, Mac)
Aliens haven’t been very scary for a long time, and that’s just wrong. It’s also why I’m thrilled that The Hum: Abductions — one of our most anticipated VR horror games — is a game that’ll eventually exist, because those wee grey bastards and their goofy jellyfish ships are going DOWN. Start sneezing into loaded squirt guns, just in case movies got something right about their weakness, and keep a close eye on your loved ones. No one is who they seem…
Why We’re Excited: It stars classic “grey man” aliens, big heads and all. I can’t even remember the last game about the horrors of an extraterrestrial invasion… Prey, maybe?
Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC, Mac, PS4)
A lack of updates on a game that was announced years ago can mean just about anything, but it’s rarely a good thing. And yet, just when I’m ready to give up on Lunar Software, they usually resurface with another look at their ridiculously scary-looking first-person horror game Routine. It’s been in development for a long time, and though absolutely normal for a team of three to have some difficulties overcoming the myriad obstacles of first-time games development, when it is ready to release, I hope the studio will be able to build up the hype this promising game has lost since its initial unveiling four years ago.
Why We’re Excited: Routine is heavily influenced by the roguelike genre, which can be seen in Lunar Software’s decision to get rid of the HUD, make death permanent, and offer no way to heal yourself should you happen to encounter of the horrors that lurks in that abandoned moon base.
Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC)
Bloober Team could’ve pursued an array of projects after the surprise success of their psychedelic horror game Layers of Fear, but they’ve decided to return to our favorite genre with the cerebral thriller Observer. The game was only revealed at E3 a few weeks ago, so details are scarce, but its first trailer had enough style and unease in its scant 36-second running-time to make a lasting impression.
Why We’re Excited: As much as I enjoyed Layers of Fear, it’s clear Bloober is a developer that’s willing to do something different. They’re experimental and different, and we could always use more horror games that favor strong storytelling over buckets of core.
Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC)
I am deeply impressed with how Night Dive Studios has handled the rights to the System Shock franchise. In just three years, the company has been strategic in their efforts to revive the beloved series. They eased into it with the well-made remaster System Shock: Enhanced Edition that renewed interest in the somewhat obscure survival horror series and laid the foundation for a more comprehensive remake of in next year’s System Shock reboot.
Night Dive turned to Kickstarter yesterday, seeking $900,000 — a third of which it’s managed to raise in its first 24 hours.
Why We’re Excited: Horror classics get remastered all the time. Remakes like System Shock are exceedingly rare things that deserve our support. And more importantly, there’s an entire generation of gamers who never got to experience this thrilling series, and this remake aims to remedy that.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC, XBO – Possibly Mac, Linux)
The System Shock reboot is a lot for a relatively modest-sized studio like Night Dive to handle, so it’s up to their partners at Underworld Ascendant developer Otherside Entertainment to take the reins on the first real sequel the series has seen in nearly two decades. Voice actress Terri Brosius will return to reprise her role as the rogue AI SHODAN, as will key members of the teams behind the first two games, including concept artist Robb Waters, who’s responsible for the villain’s new look (in the banner above).
Why We’re Excited: It’s a sequel to one of gaming’s most influential franchises that’s been co-developed by several of the developers of the first two System Shock games.
Release Date: TBA (TBA)
We haven’t learned much of anything since Death Stranding was unveiled at E3 earlier this month, but we know it originated from Kojima’s canned concept for Silent Hills and that it’ll star Norman Reedus.
Why We’re Excited: It has Hideo Kojima, Norman Reedus, and one of the strangest trailers I’ve ever seen. Excited doesn’t accurately describe how I feel about it — I’m curious more than anything.
Release Date: TBA (PS4, PC)
So, which of these sci-fi horror games are you most looking forward to?
Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) still has people ranting and raving. He brought emotion, rage, and a ferocity to the role that’s never been done in terms of live action adaptations.
In an interview with Awards Daily, Bernthal explains that The Punisher we witnessed in the second season of “Daredevil” isn’t even his final form*.
I think when you’re talking about characters like these, the way they fight, what’s motivating the fight is very important. Beating someone up to drag them into jail is different than someone who is exercising his rage on people. The Frank Castle you find in this story is not The Punisher. He’s reeling from the loss of his family. He’s driven by rage and is on a singular mission to find these people who took his family from him, and do it as brutally as possible.
Remember, The Punisher is a vigilante who goes after criminals that somehow evade the justice system. He is ruthless and doesn’t give second chances. Considering we only saw him in his character arc’s infancy, I’m guessing that Bernthal has a very exciting path set up when it comes to his own show.
Still, that show is itself in infant stages. “We are going to do a show with him next year. I’m really excited about that. We’ll have to see,” Bernthal explains.
To give you a taste of just how vicious The Punisher is, check out this clip from “Daredevil” which proves that Netflix is doing things right.
*I’m on that dank meme kick today, apparently.
Gangsta rapper Ice-T has always been one to push boundaries, as evidenced by his band Body Count, which released its first album in 1992 and has since released an additional four. Oh, and that includes a three year hiatus. This year, the group has announced that they signed to Century Media Records and will be releasing their sixth studio album Bloodlust in 2017.
The group has seen its fair share of controversy. Their first album Body Count originally featured a track titled “Cop Killer”, which was the subject of so much discussion and criticism that Ice-T took the song off the record, although not before people like Charlton Heston and even President George H.W. Bush chimed in regarding the topic.
Sadly, Body Count has also seen tragedy in the form of the loss of three members over the years. First, was the passing of drummer Beatmaster V in 1996, who died leukemia. Then, bassist Mooseman died in 2001 in a random drive-by shooting. Lastly, guitarist D-Roc died in 2004 from lymphoma.
Through all the tragedy, the band soldiered on and, as mentioned above, signed a worldwide deal with Century Media. The group will be once again working with producer Will Putney (Upon a Burning Body, Miss May I), who worked on their previous album Manslaughter.
Ice-T explains, “With our last album ‘Manslaughter’, we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact.”
To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band recently hosted a Periscope event where they livestreamed a cover performance of Slayer’s infamous track “Raining Blood”. And you know what? They fucking killed it! The band sounded tight and crisp while Ice-T nails that signature Tom Araya syncopated vocal style while at the same time introducing some swagger into the mix.
Fast forward to about 4:40-ish to get to the action and see for yourself.
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) June 22, 2016
German director Christian Alvart first broke out with the stylish and twisted serial killer procedural Antibodies. The success of that film was enough for America to take note and the filmmaker was quickly attached to a number of Hollywood films, two of which – the deep space horror film Pandorum and supernatural thriller Case 39 – were released the same year, 2009.
Despite both those films being largely great genre pieces (Pandorum particularly), neither were considered hits at the domestic box office and Alvart’s American career was suddenly stymied.
Similar to the trajectory of Nicolas Winding Refn following his own disappointing first American film, Fear X, Alvart retreated back to Europe where he kept working in his native Germany directing a number of hit films including the true-crime thriller Bank Lady and the action film Tschiller: Off Duty.
Alvart’s production company, Syrreal Entertainment, has also been successfully inking deals with various funding partners to produce genre pictures. The latest of these is with China, considered the most important and fastest growing foreign market in the world at the moment (the last I heard had 15 new movie screens a day being erected there). Jiabo Culture has partnered to produce Alvart’s next directorial effort, an ambitious fantasy adventure film, The Fox Mission.
The official synopsis is as follows:
A nine-tailed blue fox is sent from the Spirit Mountain to the human world to kill the evil emperor.
Said to be steeped in Chinese mythology, Alvart will shoot the film in both Beijing and Berlin this autumn.
Besides The Fox Mission, Syrreal Entertainment will release the science fiction thriller SUM1 (directed by Christian Pasquariello) starring Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon later this year.
Jesse Custer used the Word of God to command a second season of “Preacher”.
Just yesterday I begged you guys to watch this Thursday’s “Preacher” marathon in fear of AMC canceling the series after a weak start. It appears they don’t even give two shits about the ratings, and thus will move forward with an expanded second season anyways. God bless AMC.
AMC made the announced Wednesday that it has renewed its cinematic and critically acclaimed supernatural series “Preacher” for an expanded 13-episode second season, slated for 2017. For those curious, it is currently averaging 3.3 million viewers per episode, including 1.9 million adults 25-54.
“‘Preacher’ is a special television program and we’re eager to share with fans the rest of this wild first season and, now, an expanded second season,” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “What Sam, Seth, Evan and the entire creative team have achieved in bringing Garth Ennis’ graphic novel to the screen is extraordinary. We look forward to more time with these unforgettable characters be it in Heaven, Hell, Texas or beyond.”
This Thursday night, AMC will air a “Preacher” catch-up/DVR marathon of the first five episodes of the current season, starting at 9:00 p.m. and running through 2:35 a.m. Friday morning. The sixth episode appears on AMC this Sunday in the show’s regular timeslot at 9:00 p.m.
“Based on the popular cult comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher” is a supernatural and darkly comedic drama that follows a Texas preacher named Jesse Custer who is inhabited by a mysterious entity called Genesis that gives him the power to make people do whatever he commands. Once this power attracts the attention of two mysterious angels, Fiore and DeBlanc, Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip, and an Irish vampire named Cassidy are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.”
“Preacher” was developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“This is The End,” “Superbad,” “Neighbors”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).
The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sheriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.
The other day, both John Squires and myself were tweeting about the latest trailer for Luke Scott’s Morgan. Admittedly, his tweet became a series of small conversations about the state of trailers but we both had the same feeling: the second trailer gave away far too much. You can see for yourself as I’ve put both side-by-side below.
It’s not a new trend for trailers to give away far more than they should. Just look at the trailer for Friday the 13th, which was a literal count of each death. However, what makes these spoiler-y trailers so much worse is the advent of social media, where the clip can then be circulated and thoughts can be levied to far wider audiences.
For example, when I saw a trailer in my youth (pre-widely available or even usable internet days), I could talk about it with my friends and that’s really about it. We’re talking a small circle of people (I wasn’t the most popular kid in elementary and middle school) and it didn’t go much further than that.
However, now I can tweet my thoughts to nearly 2,500 people who can hit ‘Retweet’ to their followers with a single click of a button. The ease with which spoilers and information can be shared is astonishing. That’s why your Facebook feed is inundated with people saying things along the lines of, “I’m going to be missing tonight’s episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, so it looks like I’m not going on Facebook until I watch it.” We’ve created a system where the information that people imbibe is out of their control, which has its positives and negatives.
Coming back to the point, horror trailers are guilty of sharing too much, which ruins the purpose of seeing the movie. When I go, I want to be shocked. I want to be terrified. I want to feel unsafe in what’s coming, not certain of impending events.
Last year, Trace wrote about how spoilerific the trailer for The Lazarus Effect was (as well as spoiler-y trailers in general), which gave away a key death. This year, the title for that offender goes to Don’t Breathe.
There are four main characters in that movie and the trailer shows one of them being killed. That death should’ve been a traumatic event to be experienced in the moment. Instead, we got it in a bite-sized trailer, so we experience a bite-size emotion. We will now enter the movie knowing of that character’s fate, so why should we allow ourselves to invest any emotion into that person? The fact is we shouldn’t and that immediately harms the movie as a whole.
The studio I guess doesn’t agree with that concept because they made the death one of the main focuses of their trailer AND they put chunks of the 3rd act sequence (from what I’ve heard) at the end of the trailer, essentially showing us segments of acts 1, 2, and 3. At that point, why do we care about seeing the movie? We’ve been shown enough that we can put together the pieces on our own.
Remember the trailer for Quarantine? Or how about Carrie or Last House on the Left? Each of these trailers had a serious problem of giving away the ending. And when I’m talking about the ending, two of the three showed the final sequences of the movie while one revealed multiple points of the climax.
Coming back to Morgan the first teaser was haunting and mysterious. It used audio to create an unsettling clip that showed almost nothing besides empty rooms and stark hallways. The full trailer however gave nearly everything away. It showed what Morgan looks like, what makes her “special”, exciting events, and created a narrative from which we can with almost near pinpoint accuracy guess what’s going to happen and who’s going to die.
This problem doesn’t just fall in the horror world. Batman v Superman was built up to be a battle between two superhero icons. Then they released a trailer that showed them team up to battle Doomsday. The whole title is now defunct because we know that they’re not against each other. Instead, we’re waiting for them to stop bickering and get to the part where things get interesting.
In closing, let me show you the trailer for Insidious, which I feel is an example of a great trailer from recent years. It barely shows any of the scares and when it does it’s in sharp and fast flashes, too quick for us to fully absorb what we’re seeing. Additionally, the line “It’s not the house that’s haunted…it’s your son,” is fantastic. It takes the haunted house theory and upends it, making the movie far more interesting because this is a concept that hasn’t really been done before. It intrigues and excites without revealing much of what makes the movie so damn fascinating and eerie.
Hollywood, there’s a serious problem with giving away too much in trailers. Instead, we need more teasers. If a trailer is two and a half minutes and a movie has a 90-minute runtime, then the trailer accounts for showing us nearly 3% of the film. That is too much. We need 1% but that amount should hook us and make us drool for more, not giving us enough of the meal that we pass on dessert.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie is hailed as one of the great horror films of its era, one that stunned critics and has since become one of the household names of the genre. Sissy Spacek’s portrayal of the titular character earned her an Academy Award nod for Best Actress, an award she won from the National Society of Film Critics.
Now, that horror is coming to home video in a deluxe 40th anniversary edition from Scream! Factory and it’s a doozy! Including a 4k scan from the original negative, three hours of interviews and featurettes, and a ton of additional features, this is the definitive edition of King’s masterpiece.
At the center of the terror is Carrie (Spacek), a high school loner with no confidence, no friends… and no idea about the extent of her secret powers of telekinesis. But when her psychotic mother and sadistic classmates finally go too far, the once-shy teen becomes an unrestrained, vengeance-seeking powerhouse who, with the help of her “special gift,” causes all hell to break loose in a famed cinematic frenzy of blood, fire and brimstone!
Carrie will be released on October 11th.
NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Negative
NEW Interviews With Writer Lawrence D. Cohen, Editor Paul Hirsch, Actors Piper Laurie, P.J. Soles, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley, William Katt, Edie McClurg, Casting Director Harriet B. Helberg And Director Of Photography Mario Tosi
NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – Revisiting The Film’s Original Locations
Acting Carrie – Interviews With Actors Sissy Spacek, Amy Irving, Betty Buckley, Nancy Allen, William Katt, Piper Laurie, Priscilla Pointer and P.J. Soles And Art Director Jack Fisk And Director Brian De Palma
Visualizing Carrie – Interviews With Brian De Palma, Jack Fisk, Lawrence D. Cohen, Paul Hirsch
A Look At “Carrie: The Musical”
Original Theatrical Trailer
Carrie Franchise Trailer Gallery
Still Gallery – Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos
Stephen King And The Evolution Of Carrie Text Gallery
DELUXE EDITION ALSO INCLUDES
The collector’s edition Blu-Ray with slipcover
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Nat Marsh
A second slipcover — made exclusively for this promotion — featuring newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
A limited edition 18″ x 24″ poster of the newly-designed art from artist Joel Robinson
Early shipping to arrive three weeks before the national street date
If you didn’t snatch up the Deluxe Edition of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which is being released by Shout! Factory subsidiary Scream Factory in September, you really missed out! You can still pre-order the Collector’s Edition though, so never fear! Scream Factory gives loving Blu-Ray released to horror films of all types (both mainstream and cult) and usually loads them with special features. While their cause is a noble one, there are still a bunch of horror films we would love to see get the Scream Factory treatment (including quite a few that haven’t even seen a Blu-Ray release yet). Here are 13 of those films!Foreign Horror Martyrs
Pascal Laugier’s controversial film Martyrs hasn’t even seen a Blu-Ray release in America yet. You can buy the Region B/2 Blu-Ray on Amazon, but if you live in North America it won’t play unless you have a Region Free Blu-Ray player. And even then, the special features amount to a making of documentary and interviews with Laugier and the special effects artist. This fantastic film deserves a better Blu-Ray treatment and certainly deserves an American release.Inside
Arguably the best film to come out of the New French Extremity movement, it’s perplexing that Inside has yet to see a Blu-Ray release in the states yet. Honestly, it would be great to get a box set of all of the films from the movement, but obtaining all of the rights might prove to be a bit of a chore. Still, the lack of a proper Blu-Ray release for the film that is essentially every pregnant woman’s worst nightmare is puzzling. Let’s get it done Scream Factory![REC] Franchise
Let’s just pretend [REC] 4: Apocalypse never happened, alright? I mean, they don’t have to put it in a [REC] box set. Oh fine, they can leave it in. As long as [REC] and [REC] 2 get a release I’ll be happy. They are two of the best found footage films ever created (and definitely two of the best zombie films ever made) and deserve some Blu-Ray love.80s Horror Critters
Does anyone else own that DVD with all four Critters films on one disc? It’s awesome, right? Seriously though, why aren’t these films on Blu-Ray yet? Sure, Critters 3 and Critters 4: In Space are subpar sequels, but those first two are on point.Hellraiser
Hellraiser had a pretty good release from Anchor Bay in 2009 that is now out of print. The Midnight Madness edition from Image Entertainment, which was released two years later, removed all of the special features. Now is the perfect time for Scream Factory to snatch up the film and give its Blu-Ray release a makeover. It would also be nice if they released a Hellraiser box set similar to the one Anchor Bay and Scream Factory did for the Halloween franchise two years ago, but maybe that’s asking for too much.Demons
C’mon! It’s Lamberto Bava, and you’re going to give it a barebones Blu-Ray release (albeit with perfect audio and video transfers)? Demons deserves better than that. Scream Factory, if you released it as a double feature with Demons 2 (and get some new special features for each one) I’ll love you forever.90s Horror Candyman
How has Bernard Rose’s seminal horror film (which I am admittedly not crazy about, but I do see the appeal) not made it to Blu-Ray yet? After Hellraiser, it’s the most famous film adaptation of Clive Barker’s work. Scream Factory already released the sequel, but they haven’t been able to snag the licensing rights for the original yet. It’s such a shame.Dead Alive
Fun fact: the VHS cover for this movie used to scare the crap out of me when I roamed Blockbuster as a kid. Anyway, Peter Jackson’s gory comedy was released on Blu-Ray back in 2011 with so-so video and audio and just a theatrical trailer in the special features. Where is the Peter Jackson commentary? I want an answer! If anyone can make that happen, it’s Scream Factory.Event Horizon
Event Horizon already saw a pretty decent Blu-Ray release, but there was apparently a lot of footage left on the cutting room floor with tons of horrifying imagery. Methinks Scream Factory and Paul W.S. Anderson need to meet up and put together a Director’s Cut…The Faculty
Honestly, I just want a cast commentary on this. You’ll laugh, but one of my favorite commentaries is the cast commentary of the 2002 Scooby-Doo movie. They’re just so fun to listen to! I feel like the cast of The Faculty would have the same chemistry. Just imagine feeling like you’re sitting in a room with Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Clea DuVall, Jordana Brewster, Usher and Laura Harris. Better yet, have one Student Commentary with those actors and one Faculty Commentary with Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Patrick and Jon Stewart. You can’t tell me that wouldn’t be awesome. The current Blu-Ray release of the film doesn’t have any extras so there’s nowhere to go but up!Recent Horror Slither
Why in the Hell is James Gunn’s masterful creature feature Slither not out on Blu-Ray yet (at least, once again, not in America)? You would think that after Gunn’s rise to fame after Guardians of the Galaxy some studio would have rushed to get this Blu-Ray released. Maybe the awful box office numbers are giving them pause. Either way, it deserves to see a proper Blu-Ray release.Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
One of the most meta horror movies of all time saw a disappointing Blu-Ray release in 2009, when the format was still relatively new. Eight years later and a re-issue seems to be in order, especially considering the fact that there were no extra features included on that release. A sequel to the cult favorite has been talked about for some time. A new Blu-Ray loaded with special features courtesy of Scream Factory could certainly reignite talk of a much-needed sequel.The Poughkeepsie Tapes
For God’s sake will someone release this movie already? If you were able to catch it when it received an extremely brief release on DirecTV in 2014 and felt disappointed, it’s understandable. The film was completed in 2007 (I still remember seeing the posters in the AMC Theaters I was working at at the time) and almost no film will live up to expectations that were in place that long. It’s by no means a terrible film, though. While some of the interview sequences come off as incredibly cheesy, the tapes themselves are terrifying. Could Scream Factory be the one to finally let The Poughkeepsie Tapes see the light of day? I certainly hope so.
Many of these films are relatively mainstream, and Scream Factory has an affinity for releasing lesser-known horror films with cult followings as well. Which horror films, mainstream or otherwise, do you want to see get the Scream Factory treatment? Let us know in the comments below!
Jan Švankmajer is a filmmaker that many of us either know of or have seen movies that were influenced by his works. A master of surrealism and stop motion, movies like Little Otik and Alice have astounded and bedazzled audiences while his shorts have influenced household names like Terry Gilliam and the Quay Brothers.
Right now, the Czech filmmaker is raising funds for what will be his final movie, Insects. The film will be made with his longtime producing partner Jaromír Kallista.
“A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They’ve met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations…”
Below is a video of esteemed director Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade II, Pacific Rim) talking about the importance of Švankmajer and of helping fund this film.
You can support Švankmajer’s campaign via Indiegogo.
We announced last week that Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Digital will be releasing In The Deep on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand August 2.
Originally titled 47 Meters Down, the new shark thriller is directed by Johannes Roberts hot off his The Other Side of The Door.
The shark thriller ups the ante on The Shallows by adding an additional shark – and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us,” A Walk To Remember), with Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Yani Gellman (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Young And The Restless”), and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises).
“In The Deep dives into a world of two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) who become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong. When the cable attaching the observation cage to the boat breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and, worst of all, blood thirsty, great white sharks.”
A movie that we’re extremely excited for is Adam Wingard’s The Woods, which Brad called “A new beginning for horror films.” Written by Simon Barrett, the duo who brought us segments in BD’s own V/H/S and its sequel are back with a movie that looks like it will usher in terror like we haven’t felt or seen in a long time.
The movie will, “…involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone,” and will star James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson.
Earlier today, EW revealed a new poster for the film, which you can see below. Using only red, white, and black, the image shows leafless trees puncturing the sky, which is bright blood red. The tagline promises that, “There is something evil hiding in The Woods.”
The site also revealed that the film will make its first public screening at the San Diego Comic Con on July 22nd. The film opens wide on September 16th.
The Woods is produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest).
The Seventh Sign from director Carl Schultz is a very interesting movie. There are some gorgeous shots, some great acting – especially from a young Demi Moore in one of her earlier starring roles and it’s fairly suspenseful. Unfortunately the ending is a bit of a bummer and the movie kind of jumps all over the place.
Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who along with her lawyer husband Russell (Michael Biehn), is expecting her first child. We don’t get all the details, but we find out pretty quickly that she’s been pregnant before but something happened that resulted in her losing the baby. Given her past experiences she’s understandably concerned for her child and is trying to do all she can to make sure she protects the baby until she gives birth. Unfortunately for Moore there is a lot she has to protect her baby from. As Abby reaches the later stages of her pregnancy signs of the apocalypse begin appearing and along with them come Father Lucci (Peter Friedman) and a mysterious figure (Jürgen Prochnow) who seems to be the cause. Lucci has plans to save the day and stop this figure (I think) while Abby ends up stuck in the middle of sorts.
Lucci’s whole deal is kind of weird. The movie starts with a town freezing in the Middle East and people seem to think this means certain doom is on the way. Lucci though, he’s like “Nah, technology, probably.” That’s a little weird, right? He’s a man of the church, shouldn’t he be all about spotting the doom?
I am not a religious person and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t know much about the Bible and what it says. If you were to quiz me on it I would surely fail. What that means is there are probably lots of references and imagery that relates directly to the Bible within The Seventh Sign that meant nothing to me and just went over my head. Either that or I made my own meaning with what I saw. My point is that despite there being a heavy religious context within The Seventh Sign you don’t actually need to be religious to enjoy the movie, but maybe it’s easier to understand if you are? Because I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a lot of parts that didn’t make sense.
There’s all these things going on around the world – multiple earthquakes, rivers of blood and so on – and yet not one seems to be talking about any of it. I understand this isn’t a disaster movie but the world seems to be coming to an end so I kind of expect people to be doing whatever they can to survive. Instead everyone is acting pretty normal. I’m not sure there should be mass panic exactly, at least not from the jump, but these crazy events happening so close together should be acknowledged, right? I would think some red flags are being raised.
A lot of what happens doesn’t particularly make a lot of sense. Like there are Hebrew code letters that seem to pop up just before something terrible happens and we get the idea that they factor into it all, but never the details. There are lots of little things like this throughout the film. Different things are hinted at but never fully explained or explored. Maybe that’s the idea and it’s supposed to be left for you to figure out and draw your own conclusions.
So while the movie isn’t the clearest linear story, it is enjoyable in large part due to the performance from Moore. She has a ton of energy and natural charm. There’s no question when watching this movie that she’s a star. Even when the movie is moving through it’s weird, confusing moments you’re hooked because Moore is pulling you in. She’ll do anything to protect her baby and you want to watch her do so.
The Seventh Sign is a gorgeous looking movie. Juan Ruiz Anchía serves as the DP and just like he did a number of times before this film and a number of times since, he provides some wonderful photography. There’s one scene in particular that stands out to me. Abby is in a church after following the mysterious Prochnow and she begins to experience some pain in her stomach. She tries to leave the church and stumbles down and as she does so she looks up and there’s this bright blue light shining down at her. This is fairly brief but it’s an excellent shot.
The Seventh Sign is now out on Blu-ray from Australia’s Via Vision Entertainment. You have to import (JB Hi-Fi has it available) this but it’s the only Blu-ray currently available for the film and it is REGION FREE. And it’s a nice looking Blu-ray. It hasn’t been overly touched up digitally or anything like that, so you do have a few scenes where you can see the spots of imperfection from the film but with that you also retain the detail. As I’ve said before, I’m no expert when it comes to breaking down picture quality, but I know when something looks good to me and this looks good. The downside is this is a bare bones release, so if you were looking for some special features regarding The Seventh Sign you’re not going to find those here. Still this is the only Blu-ray release available in the world and it looks good and that’s what really counts.
There are better biblical thrillers than The Seventh Sign – Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen quickly jump to mind as less clunky, more coherent stories. With that said I think there’s enough to enjoy that makes The Seventh Sign worth a watch. Yeah it’s kind of all over the place and then quickly tries to tie everything together at the end, but you’ve got Moore leading the way and she’s worth the price of admission.
The Seventh Sign is now available on Blu-ray from Via Vision Entertainment.
For an episode titled “Dawn of the Dead,” there sure wasn’t a lot of death. I said in my review last week that I would riot if an episode titled “Dawn of the Dead” didn’t feature a high body count, and here I am rioting. It’s a cool idea to name episodes of Scream after famous horror movies (in case you hadn’t caught on to season 2’s gimmick by now), but at least make them thematically relevant to the plot of the episode. All of the other episode titles made sense, but unless the title is referring to people finally realizing that Jake is dead, the title “Dawn of the Dead” doesn’t apply here. That being said, it was actually a pretty fun bottle episode of the series that essentially served as a place-setting episode for the rest of the season. That bottle episode I was jonesing for last week was delivered this week, and the results were mostly great.
After last week’s Carrie-esque finale, Sheriff Acosta decides to lock down the school and puts all of the students in the library. Shockingly, his deputies aren’t very good at ensuring no one leaves said library (seriously, kids were just strolling in and out of there) and Acosta is proving to be the worst sheriff Lakewood has probably ever had. After letting Kieran off the hook for bringing a gun to school(!) he then takes Maggie off the case for revealing privileged information to Brooke before using Jake’s lifeless hand to unlock his phone. Isn’t that considered tampering with the body or something? Get it together Acosta! Miguel did get in some good zingers on Brooke’s dad this week though, which nearly made up for his ineptness.
Once again, Brooke is seeing the most evolution as a character this week (though Emma nearly gave her a run for her money). Though she has limited screen time, she makes the most of her scenes, effectively moving through the five stages of grief in just a few hours. It’s a little silly but what about Scream isn’t silly? Young sells it and her final moment in the pool (see below) was heartbreaking to watch. We’ll have to wait and see the long-term effects Jake’s death has on her, but one would hope it steels her instead of breaks her.
Someone who refuses to be broken is Emma. I’ve come down on Willa Fitzgerald a lot in the past but she is really making a strong impression this season. After a few episodes of PTSD Emma, we are finally starting to see glimpses of a smart, strong Emma who is on a mission. Dare I say that she is starting to remind me of Sidney Prescott? Emma lying to Acosta about her encounter with the killer was the first time she had truly made anything resembling an intelligent decision, and it was a triumph for the show. Better late than never, right? She was even bold enough to break things off with Kieran, which everyone should back her on. Kieran still fails to make any sort of an impression on the show. Eli, who has been around for two or three episodes, feels like more of a character than Kieran at this point. So we can thank the killer for putting Jake’s phone in Emma’s purse.
Emma’s altercation with Haley, while amusing, came a little out of the blue. Other than the opening scene of the season and one other stairwell run-in with Audrey, Scream hasn’t exactly done much to show us why she is so antagonistic towards Emma. This lack of development on the show’s part made her bitchery towards Emma feel out of place. Who is this girl? Why should we care? It’s the same problem the show has had with Zoe and establishing her as a character. After the catfight, Ms. Lang locks Emma in her office, so that she can come out of her panic attack. She is all about breaking teacher-student boundaries, isn’t she? Oh well, at least Emma knows there’s a new killer now.
Audrey’s adventures through the school led straight to an encounter with Gustavo (I still refuse to call him ‘Stavo) after she saw him once again drawing bloody pictures of the Lakewood Six Five. Why was Gustavo working on his pictures in the middle of a murder investigation where all of the other students could see what he was doing? Because plot, I guess. The kid isn’t very smart, and watching Audrey call him out on his bullshit was a real treat. Unfortunately for Audrey, Noah finally (finally!) caught on to her bullshit and pickpocketed her phone only to look through it and see all of her texts with the killer, including that GIF of her in the storage unit. This terrible subplot will hopefully be coming to an end in the next one or two episodes, as Noah is going to have to confront her about the whole “pulling pins off of Jake’s corpse” thing.
Despite there being no body count whatsoever this week, “Dawn of the Dead” was a strong bottle episode of the series that closed out the first act of the season. Now let’s kill someone next week, okay?
- In case you didn’t notice, Scream was moved from it’s 11/10c Monday night time slot to Tuesdays at 10/9c. If ratings don’t improve I’m 99% positive we won’t get a third season. Tell your friends to watch the show you guys!
- Just an FYI: five days have passed in the Scream season 2 timeline.
- Zoe who?
- Upcoming titles include: “Jeepers Creepers,” “Let the Right One In,” “Village of the Damned,” “The Orphanage,” “The Vanishing” (I’m stoked to see how this one ends. If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know why), and “Heavenly Creatures.”
- “One man’s creep is another man’s-” “Creep.”
- “So, I found Jake Fitzgerald just like you asked.” -This line almost won me over on Acosta.
- “No. You’d never drop a body in front of your daughter. A freezer in the garage? Now that’s more your style.” -This line did win me over on Acosta.
- Once again, all Gustavo did this week was deliver creepy stares before getting beat up. I’m sure Santiago Segura is a fine actor, but Scream is doing him no favors. Give him something to work with show.
- If you listen to podcasts and enjoy Scream, check out the Los Angeles-based “Do You Like Scary Podcasts?” podcast, hosted by Kaitlin Reilly and John Padden. The episodes run longer than a single episode of Scream, but it’s a pretty great listen. They like the show but also understand how silly the whole thing is. Thumbs up!
- Alas, there was no Brooke bitch face this week, so here is a GIF for you all to use when you’re upset (like perhaps when Scream inevitably gets cancelled):
An update will bring a new photo mode for taking in-game screenshots and the option to center the weapon placement for those looking for a more traditional Doom experience when Bethesda starts rolling it out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 30. The features will be joined in the coming months by a series of content updates the publisher first announced at E3 earlier this month.
This should give you an idea of what the classic weapon placement will look like. A complete rundown of what’s coming later this week can be found over here.
Between this nifty homage to the classics and the upcoming ‘Doom 4 Doom’ PC mod that’ll bring the reboot’s arsenal to the first two Doom games on July 18, it’s sort of fascinating how this series has handled its identity crisis. That’s no easy feat, as we’ve seen time and time again in Resident Evil and Silent Hill, among others.
Much of the content the company has detailed has focused on the multiplayer half of id Software’s acclaimed reboot of the decades-old series, some of it free, some of it paid. In July, a handful of game modes will be made available free-of-charge, followed by the arrival of the Unto the Evil DLC that’ll bring three maps, equipment and personalization options.
Virtual reality is looking to change video games in some profound ways over the next few years, and it’s the horror genre that’s positioned to benefit the most as the tech gradually finds mainstream acceptance. The immersion and atmosphere these games require is made considerably more effective when experienced in VR, and a growing number of developers are taking notice.
This VR game based on the Japanese horror film Ringu (The Ring) isn’t official, it’s more of a fan-made proof of concept that also makes a fantastic argument for a developer to make a more “official” stab at adapting the dormant franchise. Created by Japanese designer Tatsunori Ishibashi, this game isn’t at all interested in having us flee from an angry Sadako.
No, that’s too obvious. In this game, you are Sadako.
— たつのる (@tatsunoru) June 21, 2016
I’m sure we can all agree that this obviously needs to happen.
While I have you, you might want to have a look at another video we covered recently that further proves how The Ring and virtual reality were meant for each other. And don’t forget, Rings hits theaters on October 28.
The first game to come out of Telltale’s new publishing label has finally arrived. It’s been nearly three years since 7 Days to Die released on Steam — where it’s currently $9.99 (60% off) thanks to the ongoing Summer Sale — and now the open-world zombie survival game has joined the PS4 and Xbox One. Its $29.99 price tag comes with some neat benefits, like split-screen co-op and the new “Blood Moon” community events, as well as the promise of more to come in the near future, starting with additional multiplayer modes.
The game hasn’t had a perfect launch, with multiple reports of various technical issues that are being squashed right now. One of the more common problems has to do with the local co-op feature, that might be easy to fix:
A number of people have been having problems with split screen, mostly because there doesn’t seem to be a direct prompt for it. Please try the following steps:
Plug in / connect second controller
Sign in as guest or second player on second controller
This should have the game pop up in split screen for you.
If you have issues, you should report them here.
Make yourself comfortable, hacker. Stay a while.
SHODAN has returned, and she’s brought us gifts. The System Shock remake has finally arrived on Kickstarter where Night Dive Studios hopes to raise $900,000 by July 28. The studio has even released a pre-alpha demo on the game’s crowdfunding page that you can play right away.
If its crowdfunding efforts pan out, System Shock will release in late 2017 for PC and Xbox One. Whether or not it will come to other platforms will depend on how successful it is. The first stretch goal ($1.1M) will add support for Mac and Linux, but there aren’t currently any plans to bring it to the PlayStation 4.
This reboot has been a long time coming. System Shock is a true survival horror classic with a legacy that’s lasted more than two decades and spawned the acclaimed BioShock series, a spiritual successor created by Irrational Games, the developer of System Shock 2. Irrational even paid tribute to their very first game in BioShock Infinite, which featured a ‘1999 Mode’ inspired by the year the game released.
The timing couldn’t be better, as we’ve seen a growing number of horror games that have eschewed the genre’s heavy reliance on unnecessarily cheap scares, excessive gore, harmful stereotypes, and recycled enemies in favor of more thoughtful storytelling, complex characters and deeply personal and even taboo themes.
System Shock laid the ground work for the horror genre as we know it today. It really couldn’t have found a better home then Night Dive Studios, which promises to “keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved while giving today’s gamers the modern look and feel expected from a great game.”
Below you’ll find a sample of the game’s original soundtrack. Night Dive has been working with the Videri String Quartet, with the ultimate goal of enlisting Prague’s FILMharmonic Orchestra to record the score.
In February of this year, synthwave artist Carpenter Brut released a music video for the track “Turbo Killer”. Directed by Seth Ickerman, I hailed it as, “…quite possibly one of the coolest music videos ever“, having been blown away by the grindhouse sci-fi/horror car chase that took place on screen. But how was that video made? What kind of work went into creating something so visually arresting and engaging?
Well, a behind-the-scenes clip has just been released and shows a great deal of the work that went into creating just such a video. To say that there’s a lot going on is an understatement, to put it mildly. There’s a lot of wizardry going on to create the fantastic illusion we’re presented with and it’s fascinating to see everyone come together to create “Turbo Killer”.