Fortissimo Films’ sales trailer for Dennis Bartok’s English-language horror, P.O.V., leaked online ahead of Cannes.
“P.O.V follows the story of Dana Milgrom, a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body. While recovering, she becomes convinced that an evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her – and she may not be the only target.”
The Descent‘s Shauna Macdonald stars in Bartok’s directorial debut, which was shot in Ireland and various locations around the UK. Steve Wall and Ross Noble also star.
I love the set up, that Macdonald’s character is trapped in bed and watching herself be haunted by the ghost of someone named “Nails.” I think that they need a change of title, though, as P.O.V. makes me think it’s just another meta found-footage film. It’s clearly something way better.
Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell produced through their Ireland-based, horror production outfit Fantastic Films along with Jan Doense and Herman Slagter of The Netherlands-based, genre-specific, House of Netherhorror.
Heading into Cannes is Geoff Redknap’s unique thriller, The Unseen, starring Aden Young, Camille Sullivan, Julia Sarah Stone, and Ben Cotton.
In the film, “A man, who years earlier mysteriously abandoned his family and isolated himself in a small northern town, returns for one last chance to reconnect with his troubled daughter. When she goes missing, he risks everything to find her, including exposing the fact that he is becoming invisible.”
We have the first ever stills to go along with the Cannes sales trailer, thanks to Fabien M.
Geoff Redknap worked as a make-up effects artist, before turning to writing and directing. His short,The Auburn Hills Breakdown played at festivals worldwide. Geoff’s feature script, Hangfire was a finalist in the 2012 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition and won the Golden Feather Award at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
The great Willem Dafoe (John Wick, Antichrist) has joined Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which was filmed last July at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest.
Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘s Tommy Wirkola directed the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by SND, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
“Set in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.”
Rapace plays all seven sisters, who are named after the days of the week.
Close plays the fierce head of the Child Allocation Bureau, Nicolette Cayman.
New additional cast includes Marwan Kenzari (Accused, Reckless), Christian Rubeck (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki).
The script was written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted).
[H/T] ScreenDaily and Fabien M.
The 1986 sci-fi action/horror film Aliens is one of the greatest sequels to ever grace the silver screen, if not one of the greatest movies ever made. The mix of stunning practical FX with amazing characters and outright thrilling segments has made it a must-see film for pretty much…everyone! But just because the movie is practically flawless doesn’t mean it isn’t ripe for parody every once in a while. And when it comes to poking fun at popular titles, there’s few shows that do it better than Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken“!
Remember in Aliens when Ripley and Hicks enter an elevator only to have a xenomorph try to catch a ride with them? Well, the below segment follows that moment only it sees the aftermath from the perspective of the alien, who finds out the hard way that its acid blood can make for a very long and painful fall! Check it out down yonder and enjoy a good laugh!
E.L. Katz, who broke out in a big way with his excellent thriller Cheap Thrills, is heading to Cannes with Small Crimes, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Small Crimes is written by Katz and Macon Blair (Green Room, Blue Ruin), and is to be produced by, get this, David Lancaster (Drive, Nightcrawler, Whiplash).
That’s quite the team.
Based on dave Zeltserman’s eponymous novel, “After serving time for the attempted murder of a District Attorney, disgraced former cop Joe Denton returns home looking for redemption. An embarrassment to his parents, abandoned by his ex-wife, it seems as if things can’t get much worse. But then Joe nds himself trapped in the mess he left behind, in the cross re between a crooked sheriff, the vengeful DA, and a ma a kingpin who knows too much.
Delightfully suspenseful, blackly comic, Small Crimes follows Joe’s desperate and misguided attempts to extract himself from this nightmare, only to dig himself into a deeper — and bloodier — hole.”
Katz also directed the phenomenal opening sequence to ABC’s of Death 2, and is helming an episode of MTV’s “Scream.”
The cast is to be revealed at Cannes. Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
Channeling Hellraiser and A Nightmare On Elm Street comes Bed of the Dead, from the minds behind Bite.
In the film, “Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one.”
Bed of the Dead was written and directed by Jeff Maher and produced by Black Fawn Films in association with Breakthrough Entertainment.
Colin Price, Alyssa King, and Gwen Cumyn star.
Here’s the sales art, courtesy of Breakthrough and Bloody reader Fabien M.
Thanks to Fabien M. we have the first ever images from the Franco-Belgian co-production movie Grave, also selling at Cannes under the title Raw.
In the film, “Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions when her true self begins to emerge…”
Julia Ducournau directs Grave, which stars Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas, and Bouli Lanners.
Below are some of the first ever stills that really pique my interest.
From cowering in fear to tough as nails, here’s a brand new look at The Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo in Beyond Skyline, the sequel to Colin and Greg Strause’s Skyline that’s directed this time by Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Iron Man 2. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.
Grillo stars in the film as a detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship.
The full cast includes Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell, Devil), Jonny Weston (Under the Bed, Project Almanac), Iko Uwais, Callan Mulvey, Antonio Fargas, Pamelyn Chee, Yayan Ruhian, Jacob Vargas, Valentine Payen, Betty Gabriel, Jack Chausse, and Kevin O’Donnell.
The sequel’s storyline allegedly takes place at the same time the first one did.
Hydraulx Entertainment is behind Beyond Skyline, and do some seriously badass effects work.
[H/T] Fabien M.
The ending of a film can make or break it.This is especially true for horror films. When they utilize twist endings to shock the audience, it can be a bit of a double-edged sword. The eight films below are films whose twists really came out of nowhere. Did you see any of them coming? We think not!***SPOILERS Aplenty Below*** April Fool’s Day
Not surprisingly, April Fool’s Day wasn’t that successful when it was initially released. People were none to pleased that the slasher film they thought they were seeing turned out to not be a slasher film at all, but one big April Fool’s Day prank! Surprise! No one actually dies in the film. Interestingly enough, the film was actually never intended to be a horror film, but the studio wanted to market it as one. April Fool’s Day is actually a fairly clever film (that just celebrated its 30th anniversary) that is a ton of fun. Plus, you’ve got to laugh at the fact that a bunch of horror fans were duped in 1986.Saw
By now, the Saw franchise has become a bit of a joke, especially with the dismal Saw: The Final Chapter concluding the franchise (though Saw VI is actually one of the better sequels). That being said, if you were one of the lucky ones who saw Saw when it first hit theaters in October of 2004, you know how shocking that ending was. No one, and I mean no one expected Jigsaw to be the “corpse” on the floor. It was one of the most jaw-dropping moments in horror movie history.
MVD Entertainment Group Presents
In Select Theaters May 6th
And DVD June 28th
With Star Wars back in full force thanks to The Force Awakens, Rogue One and the slew of other movies lined up it comes as no surprise that we’re starting to see more documentaries on the beloved franchise. I Am Your Father previously took a look at David Prowse and now ELSTREE 1976 will expand on that film by taking a look at not only Prowse but some of the other lesser known but still very important actors from the franchise.
This looks fascinating. I’m big on any documentary that explores film and it’s even better when looking at one of the franchises most responsible for shaping the landscape of cinema as we know it today.
ELSTREE 1976 explores the lives of the actors and extras behind one of the most celebrated Science Fiction films in cinematic history, Star Wars.
From the man behind film’s most iconic villain, to the actor whose character was completely cut from the final film, the documentary delves into the eccentric community these individuals have formed and how the Star Wars franchise – which spans five decades from A New Hope to The Force Awakens – continues to impact their lives decades later.
Many of the minor characters were merely part of the set design, but eventually gained recognition as the Star Wars universe expanded into books, comics, etc. Fans learned the history of masked characters like Boba Fett and Greedo, but the sci-fi blockbuster also had a lasting impact on the people inside the costumes.
Not all of the interviewees had minor roles in the series however. For example, David Prowse, whose six-foot-eight bulk filled out Darth Vader’s suit and provided the menacing movements of film’s most iconic villain, wouldn’t be recognized on the street by all but the most ardent Star Wars fans. In the final cut of the movie, his face and voice were replaced by Sebastian Shaw and James Earl Jones, respectively. Others got to work on what would become the biggest movie of all time, but saw their characters cut entirely from the finished film.
The movie will start a US theatrical run on May 6th in select cities including Los Angeles and New York City. For the full list of theaters and ticket information, check http://filmrise.com/elstree-1976
For many people, their introduction to J-horror was the Sam Raimi-produced 2004 flick The Grudge, which was directed by Takashi Shimizu, the creator of the original Ju-On series that the remake was based on. Here they met Kayako and Toshio, two very eerie ghosts who have some serious bags under their eyes and are in desperate need of some sunlight.
But when these specters aren’t lurking over your bed or hiding under your sheets, it turns out that the mother/son duo are all about doing everything a normal, living family like to do. They go to the park, eat meals, and just spend some quality time with each other. Well, that’s at least according to the amazing Instagram account that follows the pair through their daily shenanigans!
Check out several examples below and thanks to the awesome folk over at Rocketnews24 for finding this!
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Pitch Black is back, just as the prophecy foretold.
On July 7, 2011, I published what may very well be the finest 1,256 words I’ve ever written. It was a love letter review of an elusive new flavor of Dew inspired by the woefully underappreciated black grape and infused with the essence of Halloween. That Dew was Mountain Dew Pitch Black.
This is the first soda to earn my fear and my respect. I fear it because of what it did to me one crisp autumn morning back in 2012. It was a Wednesday I’ll never forget. My very own Pitch Black Wednesday.
The day before the horrific incident, an exceptional friend of mine had gifted me two twelve packs of the tasty beverage, earning a place in my heart forever and ever. I plowed through half the cans in no time at all, then, it happened. I had to pee super bad. Like, Jim Carrey in a dog-shaped van bad.
I made it to the bathroom with minimal seepage, like a professional adult, and proceeded to hastily uncoil the beast so I could begin. It didn’t take long for me to realize he was spitting out a sickly green sewage water that lacked the subtle luminescence and warm amber hues I usually see. I came frighteningly close to being traumatized for life that day had I not acted fast and sought answers on Google.
I’m better now, but I am still pretty shaken up about it.
The reason I’m telling you this is so you can better understand what this supremely satisfying soda means to me, as well as what it could mean to you, if you open the still-functioning (for now) arteries of your heart to it.
Mountain Dew Pitch Black is as much a proprietary blend of chemicals and sugar designed by a team of scientists wearing Dew branded lab coats as you and I are people-shaped skin bags filled with meat. It’s so much more than the sum of its parts, just like us. It’s what I imagine Charlie Sheen’s tiger blood tastes like, only better. It’s so delicious, thousands of black grapes willingly volunteer themselves to be drained of their precious juices so they can be reborn as the greatest of mankind’s carbonated inventions.
Prince even dedicated an album to it! Surely you’re sold by now.
You can find out for yourself whether or not Pitch Black is for you by visiting a beverage retailer of your choosing and giving it a try. Go ahead, taste it. Come on, put it in your mouth, you know you want to. Everyone else is, so you should to unless you want to be weird and die alone. What have you got to lose, besides your health or whatever?
Pitch Black is only here for a limited time, unless we enlist Lady Democracy to keep it here until the end of time. As much as I like Baja Blast, it can fuck off back to Taco Bell. There can only be one, and unless that one is Keanu Reeves, it better be Mountain Dew Pitch Black.
Unfortunately, it’s an insanely tight race, with only 1% — one goddamn percent — separating the two. I’m not saying everyone who votes for Baja Blast should die in a fire, but you should vote for Pitch Black.
Veteran action director Simon West, who has been developing The Blob for what feels like an eternity, has been set to helm War Wolf, with shooting set for Italy in November, Variety writes.
“War Wolf is set in 1356, after decades of relentless war between the French and English armies, with English solider Earl Hugo awarded the castle of his enemy, the French assassin Mauchet. But in the walls of the castle and the lands that surround it, someone has reawakened the Loup de Guerre, the ferocious War Wolf of French legend and the nightmarish creature is now on a killing spree.”
Producers are Ileen Maisel, Lawrence Elman and Jib Polhemus. West will direct from a script by Andy Briggs and Paul Finch.
Finch, author of the “Heck” crime novels, is currently working on a novelization of the project.
The special effects makeup and costuming for the project will be created by Dave Elsey and Lou Elsey, co-founders of the Igor Studios. The Elseys have worked on Mission: Impossible, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Wolves, for which Dave Elsey won an Academy Award.
West’s directing credits include Con Air, The Expendables 2 and The Mechanic.
Fortitude International will launch international sales in Cannes. War Wolf is the first in a planned franchise of films under a partnership between West, Fortitude International and Amber Entertainment centered around the magical world of the Loup de Guerre.
Frank Grillo, best known for his role in The Purge: Anarchy and the upcoming The Purge: Election Year and Beyond Skyline, will star in Wolf in the Wild for Awesomeness Films, Variety reports out of Cannes.
“The film centers on a young man who is taken in by his best friend’s family after his grandmother dies. Life initially seems idyllic, until he stumbles upon proof that his adopted father may be a violent criminal.”
Tonally, the film is meant to be a mixture of Disturbia and Rear Window.
“I’m excited to be working with Awesomeness on a script that is a throwback to suspense thrillers I love,” said Grillo.
Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries”) will co-star. Greg Plotkin (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) is on board to direct from a screenplay by Mark Mavrothalasitis and Will Frank. Awesomeness chief Brian Robbins and Awesomeness Films head Matt Kaplan are producing.
RLJ/Image Entertainment has released a trailer for the June 7th DVD and Digital release of Monsterland, starring Josh LaCasse, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“The Last Ship,” “Girls”), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist, Helter Skelter), Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills, Deadgirl), and John Franklin (Children of the Corn).
The shorts are directed by Graham Denman, Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Robert Mclean, The McCoubrey Brothers, Cory Norman, John Skipp, and Frank J. Sudol.
“Amidst a bloody backdrop of chaos and carnage, one panicked, lowly survivor of the Monster Apocalypse takes shelter in a movie theater to buy himself a few extra moments of precious life. Little does he know, he’s taken a flying leap out of the frying pan and smack dab into the fires of hell by attending the last movie marathon he’ll ever see.
Welcome to Monsterland! A terrifying place where savage beasts, carnivorous creatures, and grotesque abominations are the new normal; and the human race is now at the bottom of the food chain.”
After the critical acclaim that was bestowed upon David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, many were left wondering what the next film would be. Well, now information has come out and it seems that Mitchell is going the noir route with Under the Silver Lake, which has confirmed Andrew Garfield as the star, according to Deadline.
The film is a modern crime thriller and will be set in Los Angeles. Michael De Luca, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Adele Romanski will all be acting as producers. The film will be offered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Synapse Films Presents
Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow
Coming to Blu-ray July 12, 2016
When it comes to horror anthologies, which are making a bit of a resurgence these days, Creepshow has always been amongst the best. It may even be my favorite horror anthology, though I’d actually have to think about this before I fully make that claim. The film brought together a few horror icons, most notably George Romero and Stephen King, and now that’s to Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures we’ll get to take a look at just how Creepshow came about in the soon to be released Blu-ray, Just Desserts: The Making of Creepshow!
The Never Before Told Story Behind the 80s Horror Classic Comes to Blu-ray This July with JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” from Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures!
For years, fans have been clamoring for the definite word on the making of George A. Romero’s classic 1982 horror anthology CREEPSHOW, the first of his many big screen collaborations with best-selling novelist Stephen King. Now 34 years later, Synapse Films and Red Shirt Pictures join forces to bring this terrifyingly entertaining story to life in JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW”, a special edition Blu-ray release documenting one of the greatest horror films ever made!
In 1982, Author Stephen King, and Director George A. Romero collaborated on a feature-film tribute to the popular, and often controversial, EC comics of the 1950s. Told through five terrifying tales of terror, CREEPSHOW was a hit with critics and audiences alike, and has become a venerated horror classic over the past three decades since its release. With an all-star cast, and featuring gruesome and groundbreaking creature and make-up effects by genre legend Tom Savini, CREEPSHOW stands as a horrific and often hilarious tribute to the stories that helped influence (and corrupt) a generation of writers and filmmakers, and now the tales behind the creation of this chilling masterpiece can finally be told!
JUST DESSERTS: THE MAKING OF “CREEPSHOW” is filled with rare behind-the-scenes footage, photographs and other exciting memorabilia. Featuring over a dozen interviews, including George A. Romero, Tom Savini, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Harris, Tom Atkins and many others, this Special Edition Blu-ray also contains hours of additional supplemental materials. These are the terrifying stories behind the film that promised you, “The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have BEING SCARED!”
-Audio Commentary with Director & Editor Michael Felsher
-Audio Commentary featuring interviews with Actor John Amplas, Property Master Bruce Alan Miller, and Make-Up Effects Assistant Darryl Ferrucci
-Creepshow Days – An interview with Director of Photography Director Michael Gornick
-Extended Interview Segments with George A. Romero, Tom Savini, and Bernie Wrightson
-Behind The Screams – A compilation of on-set video footage from Tom Savini
-Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with Sean Clark
-Scream Greats Volume One: Tom Savini, Master of Horror Effects with Optional Audio Commentary with Tom Savini
-Vintage 1982 Evening Magazine Segment shot on the set of the film, featuring rare cast & crew interviews
-Behind-The-Scenes of CREEPSHOW Photo Gallery
NOT RATED 2007 90 MINS. COLOR
Video: High Definition 1080p Widescreen (1.78 :1) Presentation / AVC Codec / Region Free
Audio: DTS HD-MA English 2.0 Original Stereo
Back in July, we posted that NECA was planning on releasing an action figure for “Chop-Top”, Bill Moseley’s character from Tobe Hooper’s 1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. The sequel originally confused horror fans upon release as its tone and style were markedly different from the first film, injecting humor, inanity, and color in ways that gave it an almost completely different feel. And Chop-Top was one of the big examples of this shift, ultimately becoming a beloved character that has created his own cult status.
Now, NECA has pulled back the curtain, revealing the retro “Chop-Top” doll in all of its glory (yes, he even comes with his wire hanger and removable wig).
It’s the 30th anniversary of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2,’ and we’re marking the occasion with the first appearance of Chop Top in our retro clothed action figure line!
From the 1986 film, Leatherface’s sadistic brother Chop Top stands 8” tall and is dressed in intricately detailed and tailored fabric clothing similar to the iconic toy lines of the 1970s. He’s fully poseable and comes complete with tons of accessories: wire hanger, razor, lighter, hammer, removable wig and removable glasses. Blister packaging with resealable protective clamshell features new custom artwork created by fan-favorite illustrator Jason Edmiston just for this release!
I find it interesting that Universal Pictures is focusing on two new monster universes, instead of one. The impact of one failure in Hollywood is the apocalypse, so either one Universal Monster movie failing or the forthcoming adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire doing the same could create shock waves felt through the entire studio. Or, maybe they could be seen as backup for the other?
Whatever the case, Universal is all-in on monsters. While their shared universe is taking over the box office over the next few years, starting with The Mummy, the studio is continuing forth with their latest take on Rice’s Interview With the Vampire.
Josh Boone has just shared a completed screenplay for that he’s co-written with Jill Killington.
Look, here’s proof.
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Now, what’s important here are two things. First, it’s dated April 2016, which means they just turned the draft in. The conclusion to make is that Universal still wants to bring Lestat back to theaters.
The bigger piece of news that most sites have completely missed is that the cover page states: “Based on the novels ‘Interview With the Vampire’ and ‘The Vampire Lestat,'” Yes, the new adaptation combines both stories, which is sort of brilliant considering the lack of character development in “Interview.”
The new movies are being developed as The Vampire Chronicles, and at one time had Robert Downey Jr. targeted as the new Lestat.
It was acquired by Universal Pictures for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci on board to produce.
The 2014 deal included the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief”. Other novels in the series include the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”
An earlier version of the story, “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in 1994. Rice’s “Queen of the Damned,” also part of “The Vampire Chronicles,” starred Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend in 2002.
Universal has already announced that they are bringing the The Mummy, which stars Tom Cruise, to us in June of 2017 and The Invisible Man, which stars Johnny Depp, in April 2018. But now they’re giving us yet another classic monster tale on February 15th, 2019, with plans for The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, and Dracula on the way, too.
Competing monster franchises at one studio? What did we do to deserve this?!
The Lovecraftian video game curse, if there ever was one, seems to have finally been broken. For a decade, game developers struggled to tell their own stories based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, from Headfirst’s Call of Cthulhu trilogy, to Guillermo del Toro’s InSANE, and Senscape’s adaptation of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, it gradually became clear to the few of us who were paying attention that the Old Ones didn’t want it to be so.
And sure, you could ignore the obviously sinister force that connects these unfortunate events by placing the blame on the poor sales of Dark Corners of the Earth, the closure of THQ — or GDT’s penchant for prematurely announcing his upcoming projects — or the general lack of interest in most of these games until after they were canned. Yeah, you could do that.
It doesn’t matter now, because at some point last year, the curse dissipated. Some say it dissolved naturally, but my theory is that From Software vanquished it by showing the Elder Gods what a great Lovecraftian horror game can look like with Bloodborne.
Let’s hope these games don’t disappoint, because Cthulhu might blanket our world in endless night if they do.
Edge of Nowhere is a video game adaptation of Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness designed for the Oculus Rift by the makers of Ratchet & Clank. It’s one of our most anticipated VR horror games, mostly due to its stunning visuals, smart use of VR — it’s played from the third-person perspective, rather than FPP, so we don’t get ill — and the generally accepted truth that Insomniac knows how to build games that are enormously entertaining to play.
I think I can speak for Cthulhu and Co. that June really cannot come soon enough.
Release Date: June 3 (Oculus Rift)
The horror adventure game Asylum has been delayed enough times to qualify as vaporware, had Senscape not resurfaced in January to confirm it’s 100% guaranteed to arrive this year. I’m going to choose to believe them, because the other option is too depressing a fate to contemplate for a game as promising as this.
The connection Asylum has to the works of H.P. Lovecraft don’t seem to be quite as obvious as the games with Cthulhu or Madness in their titles. It’s more of a thematic tether that marinates the mood and atmosphere in the creeping dread that permeates so many of his works. It also features one of the largest virtual buildings ever created for a video game, with about 100 rooms to explore while you work your way through its ~15 hour story campaign.
Release Date: Summer 2016 (PC)
Unlike the other games on this list, Giant Sparrow’s first-person adventure game What Remains of Edith Finch doesn’t have a singular story to tell — it has many. It’s a collection of short stories from The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow that revolve around a cursed family in Washington state, as each story focusing on the life and death of a specific member of the family.
With multiple perspectives and a timeline that spans an entire century — one story takes place in the 1900s, another in the present day — Edith Finch is a narratively ambitious game that explores the “vast and unknowable world around us.”
Release Date: Fall 2016 (PS4)
Moons of Madness is a first-person psychological horror game that promises to take a hard science fiction approach to its outer space setting. It’s being developed by the casual mobile game developer Rock Pocket Games, which recently confirmed it’ll have little “in common with SOMA, even less with Alien and even less with Doom.” I wonder what games, if any, it does have something in common with?
Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC)
After receiving considerable acclaim for their Amnesia mod Penumbra: Necrologue, CounterCurrent Games recently unveiled their plans to return to our favorite genre with the first-person survival horror game The Diary of Arthur Gilman. Unlike their previous work, this will be a standalone release with an intriguing mystery at its core and a branching narrative with multiple endings.
Release Date: TBA 2016 (PC, Linux)
In terms of scale, The Sinking City from Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares is one of the grandest. Set in 1920s New England, this open-world horror game follows a private investigator who’s been tasked with finding out why the city of Oakmont, Massachusetts is gradually succumbing to an almost supernatural flooding. Solving the mystery that’s consuming the city may be the only way to save it from descending into madness. That, or arm floaties.
Release Date: Fall 2016 (PC, PS4, XBO)
The Call of Cthulhu name brings up a mixed bag of feels. It conjures memories of late-night playthroughs of Dark Corners of the Earth, as well as the wave of disappointment that came when its sequels were canned.
The studio that’s bringing Call of Cthulhu back for an official video game adaptation of Chaosium’s pen & paper RPG is Cyanide Studios (Blood Bowl, Styx) and their collaborative partner Focus Home Interactive. And this time, the Elder Gods tomfoolery will mix elements from RPGs, psychological horror, stealth, and investigation games. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until 2017 to partake in it.
Release Date: TBA 2017 (PC, PS4, XBO)
Which Lovecraftian horror game are you looking forward to the most?