We’ve teamed up with composer Jesper Kyd to bring you two exclusive tracks from the soundtrack to State of Decay Year One: Survival Edition. The game itself came out last week while the soundtrack itself comes out tomorrow. The music is sublimely beautiful but has an air of sinister intention lurking behind.
Kyd is a BAFTA-award winning composer behind some of the biggest games in history, including the Assassin’s Creed and Borderlands games as well as the Hitman games, to mention only a few.
The game’s synopsis reads:
The end is here. Life as you know it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents. The open, sandbox world develops in real-time, shaped by your actions, dynamically generating content based on your choices and the ever-increasing zombie threat.
State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition brings the smash-hit zombie-survival-fantasy game to Xbox One and PC on Steam. Beautifully remastered in 1080p, it includes State of Decay, “Lifeline” and “Breakdown” Add-Ons, along with new weapons, vehicles, gameplay and Achievements.
The OST drops tomorrow on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more.
More casting news has arrived for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day sequel as according to Deadline Sela Ward (“CSI: NY”) has been elected President of the United States in the film, which is just revving up production in New Mexico.
She joins the previously announced Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Brent Spiner, Vivica Fox, Judd Hirsch, Jessie Usher, Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joey King, and Maika Monroe in the film.
Director Roland Emmerich will return to helm the film. Independence Day 2 is set for release on June 24, 2016 — almost exactly 20 years from when the first film hit theaters on July 3, 1996. Dean Devlin, Emmerich and Harald Kloser are producing. James A. Woods and Nicolas Wright wrote the most recent draft.
Starring Siegfried Peters, Steven Yvette, Yatoya Toy, Age Wilson
Directed by Rodney Ascher
Full disclosure: I walked out of Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, an exploration into the many conspiracy theories surround The Shining and the people that believe them. Its legitimately interesting – if exceptionally bizarre – material was mired in a profoundly misguided approach that makes it feel more like a long YouTube video than an actual documentary. Despite this, I was interested in his follow-up, The Nightmare, an exploration of the phenomenon known as sleep paralysis told through the eyes of eight people who have experienced it. Unlike Room 237, I didn’t walk out The Nightmare, though I did find the experiences related by the film’s subjects to be far more tolerable than this pseudo-doc that elicits more unintentional laughter than legitimate scares.
This is troubling because sleep paralysis is truly one of the most terrifying things anyone can experience in their lifetime. I’ve fallen victim to the “old hag” once, though my episode was relatively tame when compared to those told in the film, as a little bit of buzzing and the inability to move for about fifteen seconds was all my brain could muster. Through a mix of face-to-face interviews and reenactments, we’re taken through a jumbled journey of discovery as the eight subjects recount how they first experienced the phenomenon, its development and impact on their lives, and what they believe is causing it. Their situations are varied yet similar; Ascher’s goal is, in part, to highlight how real people experience and rationalize what is little more than a sleeping disorder, albeit one that isn’t fully understood.
In this he succeeds, with the film forgoing almost any mention of the science behind sleep paralysis in favor of personal stories that suggests the similarities might not be all that coincidental. The subjects take us through a typical episode, the sounds, images, and feelings recounted in terrifying detail, with Ascher occasionally popping in to ask them questions. One man, whose first episode allegedly occurred when he was barely two years old, relates how every night he would be visited by alien-like creatures with glowing skin reminiscent of television static; another tells of how she once fell victim to two giant black blobs that floated toward her while she lay in her bed, unable to move. For them, certainly a frightening ordeal, but the film interprets them in such a way that its players become unintentional comedic fodder rather than unfortunate victims.
It’s in these recreations where Ascher seeks to blend the elements of a horror film with that of a traditional documentary. Featuring cheesy animated sequences and laughable voiceovers, these reenactments highlight the images and situations with so little care and respect that it makes you think the whole thing is an elaborate joke designed to poke fun at the subjects. They’re all punctuated by infrequent jump scares and audio stings that are, perhaps a little too ironically, scarier than the stuff that’s actually supposed to be scary. But it’s not just the lack of frights that drags the film down; it still could have been an interesting documentary without being a scary one. Instead, by allowing the reenactments to dominate the already too similar ordeals, it just becomes repetitive.
Notably absent from the film are experiences from anyone beyond the Americas and the UK. Given how pervasive sleep paralysis is among dozens of cultures around the world, each with their own fascinating mythology and spiritual or philosophical explanations for why it occurs, it’s a wonder why he didn’t choose from a more diverse sample of sufferers to explore this. Rather than accept the science associated with sleep paralysis, most of the film’s subjects come to a conclusion that is deeply rooted in religion or philosophy. Imagine how powerful – and educational – this would be if Ascher explored the phenomenon as experienced by those from other cultures! Instead we get the same thing told ad nauseam, their experiences blending into a mess of ineffectual imagery. Every culture has its own idea of what causes sleep paralysis, and by utilizing eight incredibly similar people from mostly similar backgrounds, The Nightmare misses out on the chance to dig deeper into how this phenomenon transcends cultures and religions into a seemingly shared experience.
As such, The Nightmare represents an incredibly myopic viewpoint of a truly global phenomenon. Sleep paralysis has a rich and diverse mythology, its effects plaguing people and cultures all around the world, but beyond a few brief mentions, the film barely scratches the surface. Instead we’re treated to the bare minimum: a stripped down and anemic vision of something that is anything but. Those who regularly experience sleep paralysis might better relate to the material and thus appreciate the slipshod visual representations of these episodes, but I don’t, and I didn’t. It’s not scary, it’s not informative, and worst of all, reverence for the subject matter and its sufferers is almost non-existent.
Out of all the movie genres in existence, the horror genre arguably has the most famous and memorable scores out there. From Halloween’s terrifying piano tune (which would evolve into a synth score), to Goblin’s thrilling score from Suspiria, us horror fans really have a treasure trove of music to select from. With the release of It Follows a few weeks ago, its score has been the subject of many on online discussion. It made me realize that scores don’t seem to be perceived as important as they used to be (though they clearly are, if It Follows is any indication). I am by no means a musical expert, but the following five scores are ones that I feel deserve a place next to the best ones (or at least deserve more credit than they’ve been given).
The indie horror juggernaut known as It Follows (review) has gotten ANOTHER Funny or Die video, this one starring the film’s Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, and more. Check it out along with the original gag video right here.
One of the best-reviewed films of the year (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) has also been bolstered by strong word of mouth with audiences hitting the multiplex in droves during its theatrical rollout.
It Follows was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and features an up-and-coming ensemble cast that includes Maika Monroe (The Guest, The Fifth Wave) in the lead role.Just Calling To Say ‘It Follows’ with Maika Monroe from Funny Or Die What Follows After Watching ‘It Follows’ – watch more funny videos
Monroe plays 19-year-old Jay, who, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions. She can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
We’ve lost count which number TV spot this is for the remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1983 classic Poltergeist, but does it matter? They’re almost here! The haunting begins on May 22, 2015.
In Poltergeist, which is to be released in 3D, Jared Harris plays Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.” Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, and Jane Adams also star. Gil Kenan directs.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (producer) reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.
Trailer numero tres for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s massive earthquake flick, San Andreas, has cracked open the Interwebs, and we have it for you right here, right on the fault line.
Brad Peyton directed the action thriller for New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures. The screenplay is by Carlton Cuse, story by Andre Fabrizio & Jeremy Passmore.
The film also stars Carla Gugino (Night at the Museum, “Entourage”), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, “True Detective”), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (“Home and Away”), Art Parkinson (“Game of Thrones”), and Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man).
Look for San Andreas in both 3D and 2D formats on Friday, May 29, 2015.
To learn more, visit the official San Andreas website.
After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. And when they think the worst may be over… it’s just getting started.
The Scream Factory (how we love them!) has just released the first details regarding the upcoming Blu-ray double feature of GhostHouse and Witchery. Read on for artwork and details.
From the Press Release:
Clown dolls. Witches. Hasselhoff. What more could you want? Prepare yourself for one of the most bizarre double bills imaginable with GhostHouse and Witchery! Released in Italy as part of the infamous La Casa series, these two highly unusual horror films come to Blu-ray on June 30, 2015, from Scream Factory.
Your tour of terror begins with GhostHouse, in which a group of visitors to a seemingly deserted home find themselves tormented by demonic spirits – including one particularly freaky little girl and her creepy clown companion. Soon our hapless heroes find themselves powerless to conquer the evil of the GhostHouse – where death holds the mortgage, and if you move in… there’ll be Hell to pay!
Then, a new address brings new frights as the immortal David Hasselhoff and The Exorcist’s Linda Blair turn up the terror in Witchery. When a terrible storm leaves a motley assortment of people stranded on an island resort, they soon find they have more to worry about than not packing rain gear! A horrible witch unleashes her wrath on the unwanted visitors – and no one is safe from her unquenchable thirst for death!
GhostHouse. Witchery. A duplex of doom, brought to you on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.
- Theatrical trailers
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Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Some Kind of Hate is fresh off a debut at this past weekend’s Stanley Film Festival, and we’ve already gotten word that it’s been acquired for North American distribution. So read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Image Entertainment, an RLJE Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all North American rights to the Caliber Media-produced horror film SOME KIND OF HATE. The buzz-worthy film made its world debut at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer from a script by Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw (The Dismantling), SOME KIND OF HATE stars Ronen Rubenstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “Ant Farm”), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho). Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer for the Image brands, made the announcement today.
“SOME KIND OF HATE has an amazing story that takes audiences for a ride,” said Ward. “We’re thrilled to bring this film to audiences at large after its incredible debut at the Stanley Film Festival.”
SOME KIND OF HATE tells the story of a troubled teen who’s subjected to severe bullying. He accidentally conjures Moira Karp, a teenage girl pushed to commit suicide by bullies years ago. Moira is now a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of gruesome retribution. But when she goes too far, Lincoln must prevent her from spiraling out of control in this passionate and vividly violent take on the supernatural slasher.
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, Amanda Mortimer, and Gabriella Revilla Lugo, the deal was negotiated by Caliber’s Sonnier and Heller on behalf of the filmmakers and Ward on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment.
Sun Choke, which just premiered at this past weekend’s Stanley Film Festival, has a trio of strong female leads; and this new set of characters posters from the film introduces you to all three of them.
Ben Cresciman’s Sun Choke follows Janie’s quest to recover from a psychological break under the intense care of her lifelong nanny. After developing an obsession with another young woman, Janie strays off the path to recovery, forcing all three women into a struggle for control.
Playing Janie is Sarah Hagan, best known for supporting roles on “Freaks and Geeks” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Barbara Crampton — a horror veteran with credits from Re-Animator and From Beyond to the recent You’re Next and Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem — portrays the caretaker (Irma), while the upcoming Kickboxer remake’s Sara Malakul Lane plays Janie’s friend, Savannah.
The ladies’ co-stars include William Nicol, Evan Jones, Joe Nieves, and Jim Boeven. Producers are Georg Kallert, Peter J. Nieves, and Rob Schroeder.
Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. She begins to veer off the road to recovery when she develops an obsession with a young woman to whom she feels an inexplicable yet profound connection. The obsession turns increasingly invasive and wedges all three women into an ever-tightening – and progressively terrifying – struggle for control. Will Janie pull herself back from the precipice of insanity? Or go over head-first, taking anyone nearby down with her?
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Arnold Schwarzenegger has posted a clip from the upcoming zombie horror/drama Maggie on his Facebook page and it is soaked in emotional weight. The clip, which you can watch below, shows Schwarzenegger approaching two zombies, who appear to have been teens or younger that turned, that were originally coming after his daughter. As he approaches them with an axe, the clip ends, leaving us wondering what happens next.
However, what I gleaned from this was that every action bears consequence. You can see in Schwarzenegger’s eyes and how he speaks that the thought of killing these two zombies is abhorrent, that it will haunt him if he goes through with it.
“Fear, panic, and paranoia pit neighbor against neighbor. Families are ripped apart as loved ones are forced into quarantine. Authorities attempt to maintain control over communities teaming with violence. But with droves of new victims each day, it’s a losing battle for those citizens uninfected by the zombie outbreak. In Henry Hobson’s debut feature, Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) locates his missing teenage daughter Maggie (Abigail Breslin) at the local hospital and insists on bringing her home to care for Maggie himself. With her “disease” progressing quickly, manifesting in increasingly disturbing ways, Wade shuns the warnings of his wife and friends—risking infection from the overpoweringly ravenous Maggie.”
Maggie, which stars Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin as the title character, hits theaters and VOD on May 8th.
Make sure to read our review here.
To celebrate May the 4th, Detroit electronic wizard Celldweller has released a sick cover/interpretation of “The Imperial March”, the sinister theme that always hinted at bad tidings in the Star Wars universe.
The Detroit-based artist, who also co-founded and owns his own record label, FiXT, has written music for an array of films, television shows, and video games such as: The X-Men Trilogy, Iron Man 3, Spider Man 2 & 3, Dead Rising 2, Assassin’s Creed II, and more. His music has been streamed over 100 million times across various platforms.
Head below to stream the track and to download it for free!
In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice…
After debuting at the SXSW Midnighters, Dark Sky is set to release Ted Geoghegan’s debut feature, We Are Still Here, which stars everyone’s favorite Barbara Crampton Re-Animator, You’re Next), as well as Andrew Sensenig (Upstream Color), Lisa Marie (Ed Wood), and Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead). It will open in limited theaters and VOD on June 5, 2015.
Check out the poster and trailer below.
“After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti (Barbara Crampton and Andrew Sensenig) relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple (Larry Fessenden and Lisa Marie) to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.
They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.
An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, ‘We Are Still Here’ is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.”
Thanks to Fabien M. we have the first ever stills for Éric Hannezo’s French remake of Mario Bava’s 1974 crime thriller Rabid Dogs!
François Arnaud, Virginie Ledoyen, and Lambert Wilson star in the film that begins after a bank job goes horribly wrong, and three desperate criminals take a young woman, father and child hostage that sets off a frantic and violent road trip that not all of them will survive.
There’s no word on a distributor, yet, although the film will be for sale at the upcoming Cannes market where we were able to acquire these stills.
I love the colorful nature of these shots, and the iconic imagery. It’s hard to judge a movie just based on photography, but I’ll be damned if I’m not already excited.
We recognize that there are plenty of incredible comics competing for your cash, but there can be only one HORROR COMIC OF THE WEEK. This week, the honored editor’s choice designation belongs to the revealing “Nailbiter” #12 from Image Comics.
“Nailbiter” has been the high water mark for horror comics for the last year, and to celebrate Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson are giving readers the closest thing to answers since the series began with #12. After Finch’s scary interrogation of Warren last issue, things have been on edge. The story is reaching a tipping point, what exactly is happening in Buckaroo and what the hell makes a serial killer?
The answers start to come this month. “Nailbiter” crafts another must read issue with a smart mix of tension and reveals. This is the month that pushes the comic into brand new territory as a new antagonistic force emerges that threatens to be more dangerous to Finch than anything that came before. It’s damn good reading, and it can be yours this Wednesday.
Image Entertainment, an RLJE Entertainment brand, has acquired all North American rights to the Caliber Media-produced horror film, Some Kind of Hate, Bloody Disgusting learned.
“Some Kind of Hate tells the story of a troubled teen who’s subjected to severe bullying. He accidentally conjures Moira Karp, a teenage girl pushed to commit suicide by bullies years ago. Moira is now a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of gruesome retribution. But when she goes too far, Lincoln must prevent her from spiraling out of control in this passionate and vividly violent take on the supernatural slasher.”
The buzz-worthy film made its world debut at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer, from a script by Mortimer and novelist Brian DeLeeuw (The Dismantling), Some Kind of Hate stars Ronen Rubenstein (It Felt Like Love), Sierra McCormick (Disney’s “Ant Farm”), Grace Phipps (Fright Night, Disney’s Teen Beach Movie), Spencer Breslin (The Happening, The Kid), Lexi Atkins (The Boy Next Door, Zombeavers), Noah Segan (Looper), and Michael Polish (The Astronaut Farmer, Twin Falls Idaho).
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, Amanda Mortimer, and Gabriella Revilla Lugo, the deal was negotiated by Caliber’s Sonnier and Heller on behalf of the filmmakers and Ward on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment.
I’m no longer upset about the inevitable train wreck that is going to be the rebooted Universal Monster franchise. How can I be when everything I would want in a reboot is already happening on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful”. After last year’s compelling season finale, “Penny Dreadful” instantly became one of my most anticipated Summer returns. Delightedly, “Fresh Hell” doesn’t wait around to address major cliffhangers and get right into telling the tragically beautiful stories of our characters.
Josh Hartnett and Eva Green continue to dazzle in their performances, being the main focus in the return. For the first time in years, the art of possession has unlocked the secret to being scary again. This season promises to dive further into the black arts and sorcery which implies some serious Devil interaction from Green as well as our “big bad” for the season, Madame Kali (Helen McCory) who’s back as the leader of a vicious coven. Opposite Green is Hartnett’s lonesome werewolf, Ethan Chandler. The final scene of last year’s season finale revealed what most already knew to be true, Chandler on the brink of a classic looking werewolf transformation. While dealing with his own inner demon, Chandler confides in Vanessa revealing to here that he has “black outs” and doesn’t remember things but that he usually wakes up covered in blood. Whether that means he actually doesn’t know he is a werewolf or not remains to be seen.
Our other returning characters aren’t finding themselves much better on the other side of town. Harry Treadway’s portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein continues to pull from the Universal and Hammer incarnations by combining Peter Cushing’s scientific and proper demeanor with Colin Clive’s energy and madness. I was excited to have the Bride of Frankenstein teased. Billie Piper’s performance as the doomed Brona Croft was the stand out for me last season and the idea of having her as the focus character for one of my favorite entries in the original Monster’s line up is exciting. The show writers seem to be taking the idea of “Bride” in a very literal sense however so I predict an even more tumultuous relationship forming between creator and child.
In historical interest, the introduction of a Waxworks museum is not only a nice homage to House of Wax but also very telling of the time period. 56 years before “Fresh Hell” opens, a wax museum by the name of Madame Tussaud’s opened up in London and would go on to become one of the most famous wax houses of the 20th century. Of course, the Waxworks portrayed isn’t Madame Tussaud’s but in addition to being historically relevant the inclusion of it also made me realize the characters are in many was could be molded into exhibits themselves. Using Europe’s rich culture has made the city into a character in its own right. The stark white snowscape of winter blends right into the drab slums of London town.
I’ll leave you with this, last season there was a lot of Egyptian mythology and iconography surrounding the vampires. This season seems to be shifting gears in ancient beliefs by introducing a character by the name of Hecate, who in Greek mythology is a goddess of sorcery and necromancy. Unless that just happens to be her name, which I doubt, it implies we could see more Greek mythology incorporated in later episodes.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron, $40 for Batman: Arkham Knight‘s season pass, the “Fight of the Century,” Yooka-Laylee, and more!
Mortal Kombat X is about to get a much-needed injection of spooky scary with the Jason Voorhees Bundle, which will be available tomorrow if you have the Kombat Pack, or on May 12 for everyone else. For $7.99, you’ll get a playable Jason Voorhees and the Horror Pack, which includes Vampiress Mileena, Kraken Reptile and Pharaoh Ermac skins.
Jason and the Horror Pack can also be purchased separately for $4.99 and $3.99, respectively.
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer debut for Franck Khalfoun’s techno-thriller i-LIVED, which stars Jeremiah Watkins!
XLrator Media will be releasing i-LIVED in limited theaters on July 3rd and on VOD on July 7th.
“Josh Fosse is a 20-something guy whose life is going nowhere. His girl left, his rent is late, and he lacks a real job. He is trying to make it as an app reviewer online and decides to review a self help app called i-Lived for fun. He’s signs on and immediately his life turns around. He meets the girl of his dreams and he gets a job offer he can’t refuse. Convinced it’s him and not the app, he signs out… and loses everything. He signs on again but this time the terms are different, the app is asking him to do things that are out of his moral comfort zone… but essential to becoming the success the app tells him he can be.“
Khalfoun directed the incredible remake of Maniac, starring Elijah Wood, as well as the forthcoming Amityville sequel for Dimension Films. He also helmed P2 for director-turned-producer Alex Aja.
“I wanted to find a concept where I could tell a story using all of the technology available on a smart phone and immerse the user into a story in an innovative way,” Khalfoun told us last year. “I thought if I could center the plot around an app, use the camera on the phone to shoot parts of it, and connect the audience through the phone while they are watching the movie then the device would become a tool for storytelling rather than an annoying distraction.”