The Alien franchise is my favorite thing ever. This means I would love to surround myself with all the collectibles ever released. But this also doesn’t mean I’d allow myself to get ripped off.
Figures.com writes about a mysterious “Alien Xenomorph soft-vinyl figure” that comes with a transparent vinyl dome (an egg out of a vending machine?), and a disturbing $50 price tag.
This $50 “collectible” is only 4″ tall, too. But if you want to waste your money, you can nab one Thursday, October 2nd, 12noon PST at super7store.com.
Am I missing something?
A better way to spend your money is to nab the entire Blu-ray anthology for only $40. Just saying’…
Sion Sono is a madman and had directed some incredible films over the past few years. Remember Cold Fish? Yup. How about Suicide Club? Yeah, that’s the same Sono!
Next up in his infinite madness is the Drafthouse Films release of Why Don’t You Play In Hell, hitting theaters on November 7.
The film begins when “an amateur production crew and a Yakuza boss as they attempt to make a movie amid the decade-long war between two rival crime lords.”
Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, and Shin’ichi Tsutsumi star.
Check out the official U.S. poster below.
In UK cinemas October 29, here’s the international trailer with some new images from The Vicious Brothers’ upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial (read our review), arriving in the States on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st.
“Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than they ever thought possible.“
Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).
Archaeologists in Northern Turkey, who have been researching Tokat Castle, believe that they have found the dungeon that held Prince Vlad III, the inspiration for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” for 12 years. The dungeon was found when secret tunnels were revealed during a restoration project.
“The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels,” Archaeologist Ibrahim Çetin states. “It is very mysterious. It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here.”
Prince Vlad III, also known as Vlad The Impaler, was held hostage in this dungeon in the early 15th century after being captured by Ottoman Turks. He later reclaimed his throne and is said to have died in battle against the Turks in 1476.
Read the entire article over at IBT.
What lurks under the big top? Find out when the Freak Show comes to town October 8th.
Here’s a dope new one-sheet for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, which turns a man into the big top!
The fourth season begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.
“A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
Sony Pictures will battle the supernatural of the funny bone.
The studio has acquired Ghost Cop in a competitive situation from the writing team of Matt Bass and Teddy Bressman, explains TheWrap.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project is described as “a new twist on the buddy cop comedy.”
Thankfully as to not confuse fans of Bill Cosby’s Ghost Dad, the project is currently untitled, though it sold under the working title of Ghost Cop.
David Alpert and Julian Rosenberg will produce for Circle of Confusion (“The Walking Dead”), whose Matt Smith will executive produce.
Legendary Entertainment and Sony-owned Crackle have set Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children) to star in zombie chopper Dead Rising: Watchtower, the first project out of Legendary’s Digital Media division, says Deadline.
“As in the vidgame, ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.”
Leprechaun: Origins helmer and VFX veteran Zach Lipovsky is directing Dead Rising from a script by Tim Carter, based on the bestselling Capcom franchise that’s spawned two sequels and sold 7.6 million copies worldwide to date.
Filming is set to begin tomorrow in Vancouver.
Get ready for worlds to collide like never before!
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes you to the center of the battle between apes and humans with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on December 2 and on Digital HD November 11.
Gary Oldman, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell star in this thrilling next chapter of The Planet of the Apes.
“It is 2026, and humanity has been pushed to near extinction by a deadly virus. When a group of survivors desperate to find a new source of power travel into the woods near San Francisco, they discover a highly evolved community of intelligent apes led by Caesar (Andy Serkis). The two species form a fragile peace but dissention grows and the groups find themselves hurtling toward all-out war.”
With approximately two hours of special features, the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray will make a perfect holiday gift for any action film fans. The Blu-ray is jam-packed with behind-the-scenes footage and deleted scenes, including intimate interviews with Andy Serkis on how he masterfully created Caesar and inside looks at the secrets of the relationship between man and apes.
For an even more immersive experience in the world of the apes, fans have to get the “Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection.” Witness the battle for world domination between ape and man with both Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Blu-ray and Digital HD on December 2. The collection comes in a limited-edition, fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint, designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film. This must-own set includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and more than 5 hours of special features.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● 4 Galleries
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 3D BLU-RAY and BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
● Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
● Journey to Dawn
● Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
● Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
● The World of Dawn
● The Ape Community
● Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
● Weta and Dawn
● The Fight for a New Dawn
● Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
● 4 Galleries
PLANET OF THE APES: CAESAR’S WARRIOR COLLECTION CONTENTS
● Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on 3D BLU-RAY, BLU-RAY and DIGITAL HD
● Dawn of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ Journey to Dawn
○ Andy Serkis: Rediscovering Caesar
○ Humans and Apes: The Cast of Dawn
○ The World of Dawn
○ The Ape Community
○ Move Like an Ape: An Artist s Artist’s Medium
○ Weta and Dawn
○ The Fight for a New Dawn
○ Audio Commentary by Matt Reeves
○ 4 Galleries
● Rise of the Planet of the Apes on BLU-RAY, DVD and DIGITAL HD
● Rise of the Planet of the Apes BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
○ 11 Deleted Scenes
○ The Genius of Andy Serkis
○ Scene Breakdown
○ A New Generation of Apes
○ Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries
○ The Great Apes
○ Mythology of the Apes
○ Weta and Dawn
○ Composing the Score with Patrick Doyle
○ Audio Commentaries by Director and Writers
○ Character Concept Art Gallery
Look out Hollywood, you might not be “fresh enough”!
Re-Animator: The Musical has announced that it will be back for a Halloween run this October at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood, CA. The show will run October 17th through November 2nd, Fridays through Sundays at 8pm. There will also be preview shows on October 10th through 12th. Admission is $25 with the previews being $20. Tickets can be purchased here.
Head below for a lengthy description of the event, including details on cast and crew.
Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.
And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, Dr. Hill is still able to take his curtain call with his head tucked underneath his arm.
Also returning from the original cast are (in alphabetical order) Cynthia Carle, Brian Gillespie, Marlon Grace, and Liesel Hanson playing an assortment of doctors, nurses, and rampaging zombies.
New to the cast and Los Angeles are Darren Ritchie (veteran of five Broadway shows, including “Dracula” and “Little Shop of Horrors”) as Dan Cain, the handsome young medical student (and West’s hapless roommate) in love with the dean’s beautiful daughter, now played by vivacious newcomer Jessica Howell (recently on Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”). Ken Hudson Campbell, familiar to many for saving the world with Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” plays the doomed Dean of the medical school whom West transforms into a mindless zombie.
Stuart Gordon, the director and co-writer of “H.P. Lovecraft’s Re-Animator,” the cult film on which the musical is based, has joined his fearless producing partner Dean Schramm to prove that anything that can be done in a movie can be a hundred times more astonishing live on stage. Gordon spent fifteen years as the founder and artistic director of the Organic Theater of Chicago, where he co-created the original production of “Bleacher Bums,” and produced and directed the world premiere of David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.” Gordon recently co-created and directed the long-running and critically acclaimed ”Nevermore” with “Re-Animator” film star Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe that is now touring the country.
Mark Nutter is composer and lyricist and his cheerfully disturbing songs have been compared to Tom Lehrer. His previous stage credits include the international hit “The Bicycle Men”; “Christmas Smackdown” (created with the equally demented Cynthia Carle): and “Wild Men.” He’s also known for his work on “3rd Rock From the Sun” and “Saturday Night Live.” His CD “Twisted Songs for Twisted Sophisticates” has been banned from the airwaves.
Special effects are from by the same team that created them for the “Re-Animator” movie: Tony Doublin, John Naulin, and John Beuchler. They all won LA Critics’ and LA Weekly Awards for their mind-boggling illusions. And the blood will flow so freely that the first row will be once again designated as a “splash zone” – so bring your raincoats!
Laura Fine Hawkes, who designed the almost-as-bloody “Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Taper, will provide the creepy sets, Joe Kucharski the moldering costumes and Jeff Ravitz the cadaverous lighting. Stage manager Michael Lemek will be the master of the mayhem.
“Re-Animator™ the Musical” was developed and premiered at the Steve Allen Theater under the artistic direction of Amit Itelman who also founded Trepany House.
Around this time every year, gamers gather in and around Earls Court in London for the annual gaming celebration known as EGX. This year’s event wrapped up on Sunday, but not before Deep Silver could spend some time showing off the Yager-developed Dead Island 2. This demo does a fine a job of showing off the boundless satisfaction that comes from mercilessly obliterating hordes of zombies with handcrafted weapons.
This game needs to hurry up and arrive so I can make me an electrified sledgehammer — which I will name Mjölnir — so I can finally become Thor. I’m already prepared, I even have my cape. Okay, sure, the cape is really just a blanket I tied around my neck, but it’ll do.
Dead Island 2 arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.
That’s a lot of ass shaking…
Mastodon have released an official music video for their track “The Motherload”, which comes from their latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun. The video, which was directed by Adult Swim’s Jonathan Rej & Thomas Bingham, depicts several biblical scenes that are interrupted by women twerking, finishing off with an epic twerk-off.
As per usual, Mastodon have released a video that is aimed to be fun and entertaining. This time, it’s also a bit satirical in nature, commenting on the fact that over-sexualization is rampant, invading everything it sees fit. Personally, I got a kick out of it!
Sega has released the eighth video in a series of vignettes for the upcoming survival horror game Alien: Isolation, which releases next week. For those keeping count, this video will mark the eighth time we’ve watched Amanda Ripley endure a horrific deaths. This video isn’t too different from the rest, just swap out that frighteningly intelligent alien for a gaggle of bright-eyed androids.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Growing up in Suburbia meant I never got the tree house I so desperately wanted when I was younger. That’s not to say I don’t still want a tree house. My desire hasn’t changed, but my tastes sure have. If I were offered a tree house today, it’d need to look like a makeshift tree shack a child uses to escape their parents and more like this. I want those cannibals to see it towering above the treeline and whisper “That’s where Adam, the Lizard King resides,” before fleeing in fear.
Earlier this month, The Forest evolved yet again with an update that introduced numerous bug fixes, tree houses, lizard armor that’s now visible when worn and new woodland critters to kill, eat, wear and/or mount on your wall as trophies.
I say “earlier this month” because it’s ambiguous and hints at my being very late in reporting on this. Sorry about that. Hey, at least that means there is even less of a wait for the next update, which I desperately hope will finally add the co-op they promised us prior to its release in May.
Here’s the full list of changes and additions:
Version 0.07 Changelog:
Rock holder blueprint added
Moveable log holder blueprint added
Mid sized cabin blueprint added
Tree house blueprint added
Working door added to custom build doorway
Male version of skinny mutant added
New animal added: Tortoise
New animal added: Racoons!
Animal numbers will go down over time if you kill a lot of them. Will eventually slowly repopulate
Different animal types now stay around specific parts of world
Weapon balancing, all weapons will be slower when holding an item in left hand (Lighter, walkman etc) faster when held with both hands.
More accurate weapon collider sizes, small axe smaller, stick bigger etc
You can now catch rabbits and place them into the rabbit cage
Better previous weapon switching system
Improved blueprint placement, items will now turn red and be unplaceable if intersecting trees
New rock attack animation, more powerful, uses more stamina
Cave’s now only contain blue skinned enemies and distorted mutants
Better combat theme
Better lake theme
Fixed peaceful mode (was accidentally broken in last update)
Further improved enemy pacing over time, fixed bug that could cause enemies to vanish over time
Energy now replenishes faster when sitting on bench
More small props added
Switching weapons whilst holding molotov will no longer cause it to drop
Sound effects added for adding sticks/logs and rocks to storage
Whoosh sound added when items moved around inventory
Fixed molotov pieces bouncing around causing fire to move in strange ways
Fire now scales with amount of fuel
Plants now burn for longer
Trees will tumble over if burnt now and added new burning material with embers
Tree leaves will now burn away correctly when on fire
Energy bar now flashes when playing music to make clear that your stamina is getting a boost
Crafting info pages unlocked in survival book (rough, missing lots of items)
Fixed bug where you could get infinite flares by dropping flare gun and picking it up again
Fixed bug where day count could change when entering/exiting caves
Fixed yellow axe mesh not visible when equipped
Terrain texture and shape improvements
Fires can now cook an unlimited amount of items, food will be placed at random location on fire
Fixed bug where you could sometimes get infinite sticks/rocks in inventory
Arrows should now work more effectively against enemies
Visible lizard skin armour!
I’m still having trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that Alien: Isolation is just over a week away. It looks terrifying, and much of that stems from the alarmingly intelligent antagonist xenomorph that hunts poor Ripley — along with a few other baddies — with the determination that only a perfectly evolved hunter could possess. Visuals also play an important role, but it’s clear Isolation is no slouch in that area — at least not on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Anyone who’s planning on grabbing the last-gen version knows the game they’ll be playing will look inferior to its current-gen siblings, but will that graphical sacrifice be substantial enough to have any real negative impact on it?
Video Gamer spotted some screenshots that had been republished from a Russian forum by the fan site AVP Galaxy. They’re supposedly from the PS3 version of the game, and while there’s certainly a noticeable difference, they’re not too bad.
Honestly, while I can appreciate a gorgeous-looking video game as much as the next guy, I’m more interested in whether or not the last-gen versions of Alien: Isolation will have any impact on the incredibly complex AI of its alien antagonist.
I’ve reached out to SEGA to see if they’d be willing to confirm or deny their legitimacy. Until I hear back, it goes without saying that because these aren’t official — though they look legit — we’ll have to wait and see.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
I can’t say with any real certainty that we’ll ever see another F.E.A.R. sequel, but at least we’re getting something. That something is Aeria Games’ free-to-play installment in the long-running horror shooter series called F.E.A.R. Online, which they’ve just confirmed will be joining October’s already very impressive arsenal of horror releases.
They also revealed the minimum and recommended specs for the game. Between F.E.A.R. Online, Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within, Dying Light, and the inevitable release of specs for the torrent of other horror games we have on the way, I’ll eventually have to find out what all this means.
OS: Windows XP SP2
Processor: Pentium IV 3.2GHz
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 6600GT 512MB
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Sound Support
OS: Windows 7 (32bit/64bit)
Processor: Dual Core 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce 8600GT 1GB
Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Sound Support
Oh, and if you’d like to get in on the beta, you can register here.
It’s nothing but good news for the developer of the 2D indie horror game Noct. Last week, their crowdfunding campaign ended after raising $36,363 (CAD) — well over it’s modest $22,000 goal. A few days later, the game was greenlit on Steam.
As for what this unusual game is all about, a synopsis on its Kickstarter page calls it a 2D top-down multiplayer survival horror game set in a post-apocalyptic world that features arcade style combat and elements of survival RPGs.
Noct looks the way it does because the entire game is played through the camera of a thermal imaging satellite. It will also feature procedurally generated levels, so you’ll never know when that big ass spider thing will go full Kool-Aid Man and bust through a wall to impregnate you with its mutant spiderling babies. Or something like that.
I’m not sure how this uniquely stylish horror game managed to fly under my radar for so long, but now that I’m aware of it, I’ll be keeping a close eye on it from now on. It’s currently planned to release on PC and Mac, with a Linux version also in the works. No word on a console release.
I’d say that roughly 99% of the time, The Forest is a terrifying game. You’re alone on an unfamiliar island that’s brimming with cannibal tribes people — and assorted Silent Hill-esque creatures — leaving it up to you to survive. Creativity, strategy, and resourcefulness are all required in order to survive. But as horrific as its world is, the fact that it’s still very much a work in progress means there are all sorts of hilarious bugs you’ll likely come across.
I’ve gone through the archive of screenshots taken from the community. These aren’t official, but they’re all great in different ways. Enjoy.
And finally, a screen no one wants to see…
You can find more screens and footage captured by the community over here.
Lili Simmons (pictured below; “True Detective”, “Banshee”) joins as the female lead, with David Arquette (pictured above; Scream, The Tripper), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1,000 Corpses), Kathryn Morris (“Cold Case”), and Evan Jonigkeit (“Girls”) also set to star in the Caliber Media production of writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s brutally violent Western Bone Tomahawk, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.
In Bone Tomahawk, “four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.”
Simmons will play “Samantha O’Dwyer”, the de facto doctor of Bright Hope and the dedicated wife to Patrick Wilson’s “Arthur O’Dwyer.” Arquette and Haig play a couple of filthy brigands whose actions set off a string of violent repercussions. Morris will play the wife to Kurt Russell’s “Sheriff Hunt” and Jonigkeit will play a young deputy sheriff.
Sean Young (Blade Runner), Geno Segers (“Banshee”), Fred Melamed (A SERIOUS MAN), James Tolkan (Top Gun), Raw Leiba (The Heat), Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys), Zahn McClarnon (“Longmire”), David Midthunder, Jay Tavare, Gray Wolf Herrara, Robert Mukes, and Brandon Molale round out the cast.
These performers join the previously announced castings of Russell, Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins.
There are a lot of video game franchises that I’d like to see adapted into LEGO sets, but after seeing this incredibly impressive creation by Iain Heath (aka Ochre Jelly), Doom has just climbed its way to the top of that list. This is just fantastic, and I don’t even mind that it’s infinitely superior to anything I made during the thousands of hours I undoubtedly spent messing around with those colorful bricks.
For more of Iain’s work, including more pictures like the ones above, check him out on Flickr.
If it’s Halloween it must be Saw.
We announced last month that Saw would be getting a limited theatrical re-release for this coming Halloween. Now, just hours after releasing a blood-red one-sheet to commemorate the film’s 10th anniversary, we also have the re-release trailer! Make your choice: will you be seeing Saw in theaters again?
The film will open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.
Saw was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer, with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.
The film, which was released over Halloween weekend on October 29, 2004, was produced by Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, and Mark Burg.