April Fools isn’t something I’ve celebrated here for two long years. It feels good to be back, and I don’t only mean that because I have a paltry 17 hours left to be apologetically silly with stories about easy targets like Uwe Boll. This is the one day you shouldn’t take what you see on the Internet too seriously, since much of it will be comprised of jokes, parodies, satires and my least favorite, the fake news stories.
The talented folks at Rebellion have done something magical with the undead hordes and assorted skeletons that populate the Zombie Army Trilogy. I don’t think I could love this video for the Zombie Army THRILLogy unless it was a real thing.
I’d play that. I’ve never been particularly adept at rhythm games, but I think my problem is that I’ve been exclusively playing against the living. A ghoul could never hope to beat me. I never thought I’d say it, but horaaay for rigor mortis!
The Zombie Army Trilogy is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
I have some good news, and I have some bad news. It’s been my experience that most people choose the bad news first because no matter how bad it is, you still have something good to look forward to. So here’s the good news. Capcom has more Resident Evil remasters in development, and they’re coming soon. The bad news is while the oft-requested Resident Evil 2 remaster is among them, we won’t be seeing it anytime soon.
A few days ago I passed Capcom president Haruhiro Tsujimoto in the wood and screws aisle of a Home Depot. I didn’t immediately recognize him because I was having trouble seeing anything over all the buckets I was carrying, but when I did, my journalist instinct took over and I asked if he could A some of my Q’s. Before I could begin, Tsujimoto told me no one is doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge anymore, so I sat them next to a crate of wrenches, fishing lures and sandpaper so we could begin.
“We know exactly what our fans want,” Tsujimoto whispered into my ear. I was so busy admiring Home Depot’s abundance of competitively priced workman’s boots and transmission fluids that I didn’t see him walk up to me. “This is why we’ve kept an ear close to our community, because we want to deliver the Resident Evil experience our community hungers for.”
That’s when he told me everything. The meaning to life, the coordinates for the hidden treasure chest he saved up back in his pirate days, and, of course, Capcom’s two-year plan.
Coming in 2015 is a remaster of Resident Evil 0, now with 200% more leaches. It will be followed by a re-release of Resident Evil 3 that he promises will look better on modern TVs than it did on CRT televisions back in the day. Bringing 2015 to a close will be a current-gen port of Resident Evil 4, now with added support for PS4 and Xbox One, but little else.
Next year is where it gets really exciting. Kicking off the year is the Resident Evil 5: Even Golder Edition. The only difference is they’ve edited out Chris Redfield for that boulder punching scene in the volcano, and replaced him with Goku from Dragon Ball Z. Next up is more Resident Evil 4, which Capcom plans to drop on whichever platform they feel like bringing it to at the time.
Oh yeah, then we get Resident Evil 2 HD. I wasn’t able get a straight answer from Tsujimoto about a release date for RE2, but he did give me a somewhat nebulous 2016-2018 release window.
“We’ve thought about it for a long time, and we’ve decided that bringing the Resident Evil franchise back to its roots in survival horror is going to take a crazy amount of work, so rather than waste our time and yours with something like Resident Evil 7, we’re just going to keep doing this remaster thing.”
“We may even revisit that Operation Raccoon City game that no one liked, because you’re probably going to buy that,” Tsujimoto added. When I asked him about any plans they might have to return to the Outbreak series, he had disappeared.
At some point in the near or distant future, pre-orders will be available wherever it is that pre-orders are sold. Should you run into any trouble, just tell them Adam sent you. That got me into a Burger King once. They even let me seat myself.
Remember all those horror games you didn’t play even though they looked great, because they came first, or sometimes even exclusively, to the Wii? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. Lots of horror fans had to deal with this when the demand for Nintendo’s insanely popular console was at its highest, because that was when some publishers came up with the underdeveloped idea of making horror games for it.
To understand why they did it, all you need to do is ignore the Wii’s target demographic — casual gamers, families, kids — and the alarming number of third party games that failed because most Wii owners wanted something with Mario in the title. It took a long time to realize that “Wii owner” and “horror enthusiast” are labels that can rarely be used to describe the same person.
Dooming these mostly fantastic games to a life of neglect and layers upon layers of dust as people forgot they existed because they were too busy playing whatever game Nintendo just released was clearly a mistake. It’s also one that they’re looking to fix with the just-announced Spooky Scary Shooty collection for PS4 and Xbox One.
Referred internally by the codename “Wow, We Done Goofed”, this bundle includes remastered versions of several horror shooters, including Dead Space: Extraction, House of the Dead: Overkill, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles and ZombiU.
A few of these titles would eventually make their way to other platforms only to get overlooked again, but I did overhear a conversation between myself and the roommate of someone who once saw games industry analyst Michael Pachter on TV who claimed to have inside knowledge that it probably won’t happen again.
I decided to ask Ubisoft why ZombiU — a Wii U exclusive — was also included in the bundle, and one of their representatives got to me just as my pinky was hovering above the Publish button. For Ubisoft, the decision to include ZombiU was an easy one to make. “Our decision to publish the game as a Wii U exclusive was super dumb. We hope this will bring our fanboys community one step closer to forgiving us.”
The bundle arrives tomorrow, April 2, for the PS4 and Xbox One.
When it comes to Germany’s least accomplished director, the only thing that people hate more than his movies is Uwe Boll himself. He’s been churning out awful movies for years, yet somehow, the highlights of his career include films like House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark and three goddamn BloodRayne films. If you’re wondering just how in the hell BloodRayne managed to get two sequels, it has everything to do with Uwe Boll.
The most impressive thing about Boll’s career is how adamantly he’s defended it. He even invited critics who weren’t fans of his films to engage in a few rounds of fisticuffs with him. He’s obviously an intelligent guy. An idiot wouldn’t have known to hide their inability to construct coherent thoughts with the threat of imminent violence. That’s something a jackass would do, but not an idiot.
I had been wanting to sit down and chat with the director since he first started ruining good horror franchises, my only hesitation was my deep lack of respect and admiration I have for Boll’s work. Curiosity eventually got the best of me, so I went about summoning him by speaking his name five times into a dirty bathroom mirror to get some answers.
“Slater’s a big star and he’s been in the business a long time. He’s always in a good mood and easygoing but he takes his character very seriously,” Boll explained after the fissure that summoned him had finally closed, muffling the screams of countless tormented souls.
Looking into his dead eyes, I knew I’d have to draw upon my 36 years of hard-hitting, investigative journalism. I swished my hair to let him know I meant business, than I met his gaze and asked my first question.
He looked at me like a child who had just been given approval to stay up an hour past their bedtime, then he added, “I think the Matrix effect is over-used and I don’t do it anymore.” He paused for a few moments after that to give me time to let that thought simmer before he continued, saying “Interview with a Vampire was lots of sex, so I’m not sure.”
I started wondering whether I should take out the Boll removal spray I had purchased because it was on sale at Walmart or wait for him to give me something useful when Boll finally broke. “Who am I kidding? I am so fucking bad at this.”
I was so distracted by his Interview with a Vampire comment and if it meant I should suggest he watch the first four seasons of True Blood — I wouldn’t wish the other three on my worst enemies, not even Uwe Boll — so it took me a few beats to register his sudden admission.
“I’m terrible at this. Unless you count Sandalen porn, I’ve never even seen a movie.” he then turned to a corner of the room where he must’ve thought I was hiding a camera to say “If you’re a fan of one of the games I’ve ruined, I’m so sorry for being such a talentless, narcissistic dickhead.”
I had my answer, so I sprayed Boll directly in the eyes, yelled “VETAI GLEI KISTARRH ME’LAH!” and watched as he melted into nothingness.
The 80′s were a glorious time of hairspray, colorful costumes and music we’re forced to label as “classics” just because they’re old. I was born in time to catch the final two years of the decade, and they must’ve been crazy, because I don’t remember any of it.
I suppose I could relive that era by enduring an 80′s movie marathon, but I’d almost definitely just end up re-watching The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead, because if there’s one truth about that decade, it’s that it was an amazing time to be a horror fan.
I’m nearly a full month late in finding out about this, but I can’t find any stories that mentioned it, so I figured I’d share this with you, even if it is old and almost definitely irrelevant.
When Thor Chris Hemsworth hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” last month, he starred in a skit that was set in a spaceship run by a chicken. Like, a literal chicken. It has feathers and everything. But before the poultry gets its screen-time, we’re treated to a subtle Dead Space cameo.
If you look closely at the emblems that have been stitched onto the crew outfits you may recognize the symbol as the same one that represents the Church of Unitology from the Dead Space series. You may also recognize it as the source of every bad thing that happens in those games.
I know this sounds very much like an April Fools prank, so here’s some proof.
Thanks, Reddit user 0ptimisticZombie!
If you’re going to perpetuate an April Fools’ joke that has been going on for the past several years, why not perpetuate it yourself? That’s what Puscifer, the side project of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, did by “releasing leaked Tool music”, which they claim needs to be spread like herpes. Oh, and the release date of said leaked music? “3-32-2015″. Nailed it.
The funny thing is that I could honestly see Tool putting something like this as an interlude on an album, if they went back to a more AEnima-styled album. Imagine if this track came up and suddenly, just like “Intermission” leading into “Jimmy”, it got really sinister and dark. I’d be completely okay with that.
The nifty thing about developer Erin Reynolds’ psychological horror game Nevermind is that it’s primary objective isn’t to scare players, but rather, to try and help them solve a problem. Because while roughly 100% of humans suffer from some amount of stress and/or anxiety, we have yet to come up with an effective solution that doesn’t require medication or ridiculous amounts of money.
In an effort to help people cope with these negative feelings in an easier way, Reynolds has developed a psychological horror game that uses biofeedback to monitor a player’s stress level. The more overwhelmed they gets, the more difficult the game becomes.
Eventually, progress is only possible until after the player has calmed down. This is the concept that Nevermind was built on, and if it works, it could be the first in a new wave of horror games that aim to help people in real ways.
I’m glad this game hasn’t gotten lost in dreaded development limbo. Its first crowdfunding effort raised $130k. An impressive achievement, but it didn’t quite reach the $250k Reynolds needed. Its second campaign was successful, raising just over its more modest $75k goal.
For more info on Nevermind, I recommend you take a look at its official website.
Just how crazy is the final season of NBC’s “Hannibal” going to be? Well, what if I told you that Guillermo del Toro – best known for Blade 2, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone, Pan’s Labyrinth and even Pacific Rim – was directing one of the final three episodes?
According to Fashion & Style, De Laurentiis Company’s April newsletter arrived a bit early, and with it, the names of the directors helming the final three episodes of Season 3 of “Hannibal”.
“Shooting back-to-back, the last three episodes of the season are being directed by Guillermo del Toro, Guillermo Navarro, and Michael Rymer.”
Navarro, meanwhile, directed several Season 1 episodes of “Hannibal,” and worked with del Toro on several of his films. Rymer is also a “Hannibal” alum, directing a handful of episodes (including the penultimate Season 2 episode).
Created by Bryan Fuller and produced by the Dino De Laurentiis Company, the series stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson.
“Hannibal” returns June 4, 2015.
Here’s some previously reported casting news to look forward to:
Richard Armitage was recently cast to portray serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a “The Tooth Fairy.” Rutina Wesley, of “True Blood,” signed on for the role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who is Dolarhyde’s last chance at humanity.
“True Detective” villain Glenn Fleshler portrays Cordell, the attentive and creepy doctor in Season 3, they explain. A character from Thomas Harris’ “Hannibal” novels, Cordell cares for the disfigured Mason Verger.
The show also replaced “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Pitt with Joe Anderson for Verger’s role.
Zachary Quinto will appear in at least one episode go “Hannibal” as a patient of Bedelia (Gillian Anderson).
Sad news via PNJ that actor Robert Z’Dar, the massive man with the gigantic chin best known for the cult film series Maniac Cop, died Monday night in Pensacola after being hospitalized when he came to town to appear at Pensacon, according to his long-time manager and friend Jim Decker.
Born Robert J. Zdarsky, the 6-foot-2 actor was featured in more than 121 films, including cult classics like the first three Maniac Cop films, Soultaker, The Final Sanction and Samurai Cop (the sequel to which Z’Dar had been set to join immediately after Pensacon). He also enjoyed roles in mainstream hits such as “Tango & Cash” and TV roles on “Growing Pains” and the 1990 series “The Flash.”
Instantly recognizable for his large face and jutting jaw, his fanbase grew when two of his films, Soultaker and Future War, were lampooned on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” A staple on the convention scene, he appeared at both of Pensacon’s shows.
Decker said Z’Dar was hospitalized after suffering chest pains during Pensacon, and was on the mend before going into cardiac arrest Monday night.
“We talked every day,” Decker said. “We’ve been together through thick and thin. He was the first actor I took on in my career as an agent. We spent many weekends on the road together and a lot of time enjoying each other’s company. I miss him dearly.”
Decker said that Z’Dar, who was 64, is survived by a brother, Billy Zdarsky, and a nephew, Matthew. He said those who would like to send condolences could do so through his email, email@example.com.
After the success of the U.S. Godzilla remake, Toho announced they were developing a brand new Japanese Godzilla film of their own.
In the first “Domestic Godzilla” since the 2004 Godzilla Final Wars, Toho Company Ltd. will be producing an all-new Godzilla film to be released in 2016.
Making the rounds from all sorts of various sites comes the below teaser image that show Godzilla’s footprint, with news that Anno Hideaki is the film’s writer and supervising director, with Anno Hideaki directing the pic.
In addition, Skreeonk shares a translation via Anime News Network in which they are taking Godzilla in a “nightmare” direction.
Higuchi entered the film industry when he worked on the 1984 Godzilla film, so he remarked with delight on directing the new Godzilla film, “Finally, the time has come.” He added, “Playtime is over,” and acknowledged the pressure on him. Still, he vowed, “Next year, I will deliver the greatest and worst nightmare to everyone.”
TOHO unveiled an image (pictured below) of the foot of its new Godzilla on Wednesday. According to Cinema Today, the foot is indicative of the new Godzilla being the tallest one yet, towering over the 108-meter-tall (about 355-foot-tall) incarnation in Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures’ 2014 Hollywood film. The setting of TOHO‘s new Godzilla flm is Japan.
Anno is now writing the new Godzilla film’s screenplay. Filming begins this fall, and TOHO will release the film in theaters next summer.
No, that’s not a screencap from Shadow of the Colossus, it’s from Resident Evil Revelations 2. The game received a free update today that finally lets owners of every version of the game to enjoy its addictive Raid mode online, either with a friend in a private game, or with a stranger via matchmaking. The update also makes the “Code Red” stages considerably more challenging.
The most exciting feature this update brings with it is support for Capcom’s RE.NET service which they’ll be using to hold weekly events. The first two events go live on April 1, and the one I’m most anticipating is the “Invasion of the Huge Creatures No. 1″ event, which comes with the description, “Large creatures are stomping over the horizon! Unload all your ammo to stop them in their tracks!”
That’s the plan. I’m going to go full Wander on those big ass beasts. I may even climb all the way up their freakishly large legs just so I can stab them right in the dick.
I hate that I still don’t have any good, or even meaningful, news to share with you today regarding the fate of Silent Hills.
This story doesn’t offer much, but it’s something.
To recap, about two weeks ago, Konami started getting rid of Kojima Productions’ entire online presence. Their branding was removed from the promotional art for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, its website and Twitter are gone, and even the studio itself was turned into Konami Los Angeles. As for Hideo Kojima, he’s a contract worker now, and his contract with Konami ends this December. So while The Phantom Pain shouldn’t be too impacted by this, the outlook for Silent Hills is decidedly bleak.
Bleak, but it isn’t dead yet.
“Yet” may be the key word there, because I feel like if the game was still on track, we would’ve heard something by now. We haven’t, and it may be awhile before we do. Konami hadn’t even acknowledged the game until today, and this hardly counts.
GameSpot recently noticed a change on the P.T./Silent Hills website, which used to have the Kojima Productions logo in the bottom-left corner next to the FOX engine logo. Now, the engine logo sits there, alone and surrounded by darkness.
This could just be another step in their plan to wipe Kojima Productions from existence, or it could mean they’re making room for the logo of a new developer that’s taking the reigns on it. It could be a good thing. I mean, why would Konami bother doing anything but shut down the website for a game they (may have) canned? Maybe they’re waiting to explain the situation until after they find a developer to replace Kojima.
Whatever it is, seriously Konami, throw us a fucking bone already.
I’m usually against exclusives, but I may need to set aside my distaste for them when Batman: Arkham Knight flies down from the heavens this summer, because the PlayStation exclusive Scarecrow Nightmare Missions look like delicious insanity. The Scarecrow was arguably the best thing about Arkham Asylum, which I loved, so it’s good to see him again. I missed that sweet, misunderstood man and his Freddy Krueger syringe glove.
In related news, Sony recently unveiled a limited edition Steel Grey PS4 console that comes with a stylish Arkham Knight faceplate and a matching controller. The console will soon be available for pre-order on Amazon and UK retailer GAME for $450. This might be a good time to remind you that I’m not above accepting gifts from readers, and my birthday is July 11.
Batman: Arkham Knight arrives on June 23 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
In addition to the incredible full trailer debut for Focus Features Insidious: Chapter 3, an insanely creepy new one-sheet has been released. I love how dark and gloomy it is, and how you can clearly see someone watching over a sleeping young girl. It’s super chilling stuff. The other new poster, on the other hand, is trash (so sick of the eye coming out of a mouth gimmick) – thankfully it’s international.
Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, directs the third film. Bloody Disgusting was invited to the set and saw a lot of cool stuff.
“This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.“
The full cast of Insidious Chapter 3 includes Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms) starring alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.
Focus Features will release Insidious: Chapter 3 domestically nationwide on June 5, 2015.
When a young couple embarks on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in a place that few people would choose to visit, in the stunning new horror film From the Dark.
From the director of the acclaimed Stitches(!), it will be available on VOD and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films on April 14, 2015.
While his previous films blended dark, deranged humor with thrills, Conor McMahon’s new film, an original production from genre specialists Dark Sky Films, is said to be pure, relentless horror that never lets viewers catch their breath.
Check out the trailer below!
“Sarah (Niamh Algar, Vikings, The Light of Day) and Mark (Stephen Cromwell, The Legend of Longwood, Red Rock) are traveling through rural Ireland when car trouble strikes. The couple must head out on foot to find any sign of civilization. Eventually they come upon a lonely house – but the man inside is wounded, and when they try to help him, he attacks. Sarah and Mark manage to escape but soon they are confronted by something even worse.
A sinister being has awakened from a thousand-year sleep and it has set its sights on the stranded young couple. Deep within the dark bog, the two are faced with an unimaginable evil, but they soon realize that there may be one thing that can stop the creature: light. As the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and Sarah and Mark find themselves in a fight for their lives where a gas lamp or even just the illumination of a single match may be the only thing that can save them.“
Rendezvous & Severin Films are proud to present the Blu-ray release party for Jess Franco’s iconic cult classics, Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed In Ecstasy.
Join the party at the Hyperion Tavern in Los Angeles on Friday, April 10th for a FREE screening of Vampyros Lesbos (starring the lovely Ms. Soledad Miranda) at 8PM.
In typical Rendezvous fashion, they will have a ton of surprises and exclusives.
Immediately following the film, they’re hosting a wonderful crew of guest DJ’s…all Rendezvous fam, including Todd Gilchrist, Trevor Baade of Jacknife Records & Tapes, and the much-anticipated return of Heru Avenger (a.k.a. John Basil of BAAST).
Finally, resident Rendezvous film archivist, Jim Branscome, will be screening a TWO and a half hour highlight reel showcasing the work of Jess Franco.
$5 Beers. Cash only. FREE entry.
Come early for FREE buttons, mixtapes, zines, etc. (while supplies last)
8PM – Jess Franco’s VAMPYROS LESBOS (West Germany/Spain, 1971)
DJ’s immediately following the film (approximately 9:30PM)
Special guest DJs:
Trevor Baade (Jacknife Records & Tapes, LA)
Heru Avenger (BAAST, Luv N’ Haight)
George Ben Sun
Resident film librarian and visual artist: Jim Branscome
TWC-RADiUS’ It Follows was a pretty big deal at the box office last weekend.
For those worried they’ll never get to see it in a theater, prepare to get excited.
Bloody Disgusting has been informed that RADiUS and Dimension are further expanding their smash success It Follows into 1,655 theaters as of Friday, April 3rd.
One of the best-reviewed films of the year (95% on Rotten Tomatoes) has also been bolstered by strong word of mouth with audiences coming in droves – exemplified by its Top Five box office performance this past weekend.
Directed by David Robert Mitchell, “Maika 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.”
For those who have seen it, read what the director had to say about the finale.
As we keep pushing on you: I gave It Follows a perfect score, calling it “a classical horror masterpiece.” Mike Pereira referred to as a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.
UK pop songwriter Brandon Flowers has released a great music video for his super catchy song “Can’t Deny My Love” and it’ll appeal to fans of classic creepy stories. The video, which stars Evan Rachel Wood and Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs), is basically a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story “Young Goodman Brown”, with Flowers as the main character.
This video shows Flowers leaving his wife (Wood) and venturing into the dark night on some strange journey. As he travels, he runs across an old man (Butler) who offers him a serpent-shaped staff, which is refused. He continues on and runs across a Satanic ritual, whereupon he sees his wife as the main focus of the rite. She floats in the air and he finds himself cornered only to suddenly wake up, thinking that everything is a dream. However…is it?
“Can’t Deny My Love” comes from Flowers’ upcoming album The Desired Effect, which comes out on May 18th.
Fox Home Entertainment has dated the first season of Guillermo del Toro’s “The Strain” for June 9, 2015, in a special Collector’s Edition.
Experience the first season of TV’s hottest, most blood-curdling sci-fi series – from Executive Producers – Writers Guillermo Del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan – along with behind-the-scenes special features that explore the story’s journey from bestselling novel to hit show.
“When a freak virus kills most of the passengers on an airplane, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. The only way to stop the terrifying disease is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature whose evil intent seems more powerful than any force on Earth – in this chilling series that also stars Mía Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin.“
● In the Beginning
● A Novel Approach
● He Is Here
● Setrakian’s Lair
● Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
● Deleted Scenes