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Hey You Guys, Jill Valentine is Cosplaying as Herself

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 14:11

Resident Evil cosplay came full circle earlier this week when actor Julia Voth decided to bring a certain S.T.A.R.S. officer to life. This may be the pinnacle of Jill Valentine cosplay, folks. Voth, as you may already know, is the real human being who portrayed Capcom’s leading lady in the GameCube remake of the original Resident Evil.

I believe what we’re witnessing here is a genuine Ouroboros. It’s not the same Uroboros that Wesker kept droning on about until he took a rocket to the face, but I’ll take Voth’s Valentine over a legion of leech monsters any day. Have a look at her in the gallery below.

The idea came from a fan who asked Voth to cosplay as the character she helped make iconic, even going so far as to give her a custom S.T.A.R.S beret. “I got to harness her energy and finally embody who I felt she was,” Voth told IGN.

In just a few weeks, we’ll be getting a double dose of old school survival horror when the Resident Evil 0 remaster arrives on January 19, along with the Origins Collection. Head over here for every horror game that’s expected this month.

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David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Video is Deeply Unsettling

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 14:03

Iconic musician David Bowie has released a stunning video for his track “Lazarus”, which comes from the upcoming album Blackstar. Featuring David Lynch-esque visuals, the video, which was directed by Johan Renck, shows Bowie laying in bed wearing eye restraints that have buttons sewn on where the eyes should be. Then, it shows him dancing in a very odd pattern before showing him at a desk writing something unknown to us viewers, all while moving with wildly exaggerated motions.

The music itself is fantastic. It’s got this seductively erotic and pulsating groove that creates a sensation of yearning and longing. It’s one of those songs that you want to hear over and over, letting it envelop and drown you in its emotions.

Blackstar comes out tomorrow and can be pre-ordered via iTunes.

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‘The Conjuring 2’: Terrifying First Trailer Materializes!

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 14:03

The full trailer for James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 has materialized right before our eyes, and holy shit is it scary!

In the sequel to the smash hit, “Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to 1977 England to help single mom Peggy Hodgson and her four children, particularly daughter Janet (played by Madison Wolfe).

This teaser trailer is long, and frightening, and full of insane shit that has me convinced this is going to be one of the most terrifying movies ever made. Enough talk, watch, WATCH!

In theaters June 10, 2016, The Conjuring 2 said to open with The Amityville Horror case. After, the sequel will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.

[Related Post] James Wan Aims The Conjuring 2 at the Skeptics

Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”) as the single mom, with newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (“Roy”); Franka Potente (“The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).

In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey and Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.

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Jim Jones Cult the Focus of Jake Gyllenhaal’s New Anthology Series

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:54

Jake Gyllenhaal’s production company Nine Stories Prods. is developing an anthology series from A+E Studios for A&E Network, reports Variety.

The limited series will explore major American cult personas, and the first season is planned to revolve around the terrifying Jim Jones story, which we’ve detailed here with an accompanying documentary.

The Jim Jones story — which would set the stage for the inaugural season, should the project get greenlit — would focus on his cult, The Peoples Temple of the Disciples of Christ, and chronicle Jones’ path from social leader to deranged spiritual dictator to a group of followers who eventually were involved in the biggest single loss of American life in a deliberate act until the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. The Jones-led California-based congregation made headlines, shocking the world, when the group moved to Guyana where they created the eponymous infamous Jonestown commune, which in 1978, was the site of the mass murder and suicide via apparent cyanide poisoning, organized by Jones. The event left more than 900 people dead, including over 300 children, U.S. congressman Leo Ryan and many journalists.

Gyllenhaal’s development project was announced by Elaine Frontain Bryant, exec vice president and head of programming for A&E at the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif.

Gyllenhaal is attached as an exec producer, along with his Nine Stories producing partner Riva Marker.

Ti West’s The Sacrament was inspired by the Jim Jones-led massacre.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Nabs an Emmy Winner

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:51

Emmy Winner Bradley Whitford, pictured above right in Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods, has signed on as co-lead in Get Out, directed by “Key & Peele” co-creator and co-star Jordan Peele, reports Deadline.

The horror-thriller centers on a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate.

Whitford will star along with Catherine Keener, Allison Williams, Daniel Kaluuya, Caleb Landry Jones and Lil Rel Howery.

Peele is directing from his own script.

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Megadeth Stream Title Track From Upcoming Album ‘Dystopia’

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:46

Thrash metal titans Megadeth have released a stream of “Dystopia”, the title track from their upcoming 15th studio album. You can listen to the song below.

We have a review coming for Dystopia courtesy of our own Mr. Disgusting. Talking about the title track, he calls it, “…an epic album highlight.” The review is coming the week of the album’s release, so keep your eyes peeled and your necks relaxed for maximum head banging!

Megadeth will be touring in support of their new album Dystopia, which comes out January 22nd, 2016. All dates can be seen below.

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TNT Revives ‘Tales From the Crypt’ in New Horror Block!

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:12

While there are a few films that got me into horror, nothing had a greater impact than HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt,” their anthology television series, hosted by the Crypt Keeper, adapted from various EC Comics stories.

While we still don’t have Blu-ray or HD releases of the series that ran from 1989-96, and spawned two movies, TNT is looking at reviving the franchise with horror maestro M. Night Shyamalan – yes, the director best known for The Sixth Sense and the more recent The Visit and “Wayward Pines” (both of which were awesome).

TNT has ordered a two-hour horror block curated by Shyamalan and led by “Tales From the Crypt,” reports TheWrap.

What exactly does this mean? Well, here’s some info.

While details about the programming block are scarce, the two hours are set to consist of short- and long-form storytelling. The “Tales From the Crypt” segment will be based on the original and feature new stories — all exec produced by Shyamalan and his Binding Edge Pictures partner, Ashwin Rajan. The night is expected to include such elements as “Tales” stories, a serialized one-hour anthology that could potentially be several episodes at the end of a season as well as other yet-to-be determined content.

Set to launch in the fall, TNT is expected to announce additional series to be featured in the horror block in the coming months!

“I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with Kevin Reilly, Sarah Aubrey and the entire TNT team in this unique endeavor. To be part of such a beloved brand like ‘Tales From the Crypt,’ something I grew up watching, and to also have the chance to push the boundaries of genre television as a whole, is an inspiring opportunity that I can’t wait to dive into,” stated Shyamalan.

The TNT entry marks the latest incarnation of horror anthology “Tales”. The series originated as a 1950s EC Comics series created by William Gaines. In addition to Shyamalan and Rajan, James D. Stern (Looper, Freeheld) will exec produce via his Endgame Entertainment. Aloris Entertainment’s John Santilli (The English Teacher) and Dan McKinnon (Missing William) will also executive produce. The original comics spawned multiple seasons of the cult classic for HBO and became a worldwide brand.

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Rob Zombie Will Release Uncut Version of ’31’!

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 13:10

Yesterday we brought news that Rob Zombie’s upcoming horror film 31 received an R-rating after being hit with the dreaded NC-17 not once but twice. Many people saw it as a victory of horror triumphing but that’s not how things work. Zombie himself stated that edits would need to be made to try and fit the MPAAs strict guidelines, which means we wouldn’t get to see his ultimate vision.

However, when it comes to home video, that’s another story entirely. Zombie today unveiled the poster for 31 on his Facebook page, which obviously drew a lot of attention and praise. But one user asked a very important question: “Will we ever see Zombie cuts of the movies you have had to cut down to get an R Rating?

Thankfully, Zombie responded and made it very clear that we’ll be seeing the uncut version of 31 on DVD, which I’m assuming also includes Blu-ray (why wouldn’t it?).

We should remember that Zombie’s “director’s cut” editions of both Halloween and H2 were drastically different films from their theatrical releases. Seeing an uncut version of 31 could mean a totally different viewing experience, which is always something to look forward to! It’s just a shame that we won’t get to see the uncut version on the big screen…

In 31, “Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.

31, which makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and even Meg Foster.

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Chloë Grace Moritz On the Run in ‘The 5th Wave’ Image Gallery

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:33

Is anyone even aware that the sci-fi action/thriller The 5th Wave, which follows Chloë Grace Moritz as Cassie on her journeys after a devastating alien attack, is hitting theaters on January 22nd? I swear nobody is talking about it, and I rarely see any advertising for it.

Anyways, we have a bunch of images from the film that’s based upon the young adult novel by Rick Yancey.

In the new film The 5th Wave, four waves of increasingly deadly attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Against a backdrop of fear and distrust, Cassie (Moritz) is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. As she prepares for the inevitable and lethal 5th wave, Cassie teams up with a young man who may become her final hope – if she can only trust him.

The 5th Wave stars Chloë Grace-Moretz (Carrie), Liev Schreiber (Scream 2), Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe (It Follows), Maria Bello (The Dark), and Ron Livingston (The Conjuring).

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This 4K ‘Haunted Mansion’ Ride-through is Like Being AT Disney World!

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 12:10

Going on vacation is expensive, and some of us aren’t lucky enough to live in California, Florida, Japan, or even Paris.

The next best – and depressing – thing that can be done is watching videos on YouTube. It’s nothing like physically experiencing a ride, which all have their own unique scents and emotional peaks, but it’s better than nothing, I suppose.

Sometimes I like to browse YouTube for ride-throughs of attractions in other countries because, well, I’m never going. It’s cool to see what’s unique and different to another land, but again, it’s not even close to the real thing.

But things are changing. Technology is evolving. Everything is always getting better. Take 4 and 5K for example. Videos look nasty, especially if you have the correct television or monitor.

I just got a 4K computer screen and the first test was watching this excellent new video taken by SoCal Attractions 360.

What you’ll experience below is a 4K ride-through of Walt Disney World’s “Haunted Mansion” attraction in low light. While there’s no Hat Ghost here, you’re still going to witness the best video ever taken inside the ride, which boast 999 happy haunts.

Seriously, this video is insane, and is so damn good that on a large enough screen you may actually feel as if you’re on the ride. I can’t wait to see what it will look like in 5K, not to mention all of the other attractions to to hit the web in super high resolution. Oh 2016, how I love you.

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[Blu-ray Review] ‘The Complete Lady Snowblood’ Gets Much Deserved Criterion Treatment

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:32

For pretty much as long as I can remember Criterion has been the gold standard when it comes to home video entertainment. They release the best of the best across a wide variety of film genres, emphasis on wide variety. This is important because I still know a handful of people who have a very specific idea of what type of films Criterion releases. They picture the label only releasing artsy, pretentious films. Fortunately these people are just a bit misinformed.

If you know somebody that feels this way, I recommend showing them The Complete Lady Snowblood from Criterion. The films star Meiko Kaji and were directed by Toshiya Fujita, adapted from a manga of the same name.

Lady Snowblood

In 1873 a married couple and their young son are arriving in their new town. The husband (Masaaki Daimon) is the new elementary school teacher and he’s eager to get started. Just as they are entering the town they are attacked by four criminals – Kitahama Okono (Sanae Nakahara), Takemura Banzō (Noboru Nakaya), Shokei Tokuichi (Takeo Chii) and Tsukamoto Gishirō (Eiji Okada). Okono holds the wife, Sayo (Miyoko Akaza), down as the three men killer her husband and son. They then rape Sayo.

When everything is all said and done, Tokuichi takes Sayo away with and forces her to work for him. Sayo waits for the right moment and then kills Tokuichi with a knife. This ends up getting Sayo thrown in jail. Once there she sleeps with a prison guard in an attempt to get pregnant. Her plan is to have a baby who can grow up and seek vengeance in her name…and it works. Sayo gives birth to a girl named Yuki and then shortly after passes away in prison. Yuki is set to live and train with a priest named Dōkai (Kō Nishimura).

As Yuki grows up she becomes Lady Snowblood (Meiko Kaji) and dedicates her life to seek the remaining three criminals who attacked her mother.

Lady Snowblood was a huge influence on Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series and it’s easy to see why. There are a number of similarities between the two film franchises. Both are told out of sequence, Lady Snowblood jumps back and forth from before she is born to her current journey. Both films are revenge films shot out of sequence. Tarantino borrowed some visuals; most notably I’d say are some of the snowfall sequences. The character of O-Ren Ishii in Kill Bill is actually based off Lady Snowblood and her battle with the bride takes place in a setting that is almost entirely pulled from Lady Snowblood.  And obviously there is the theme song, song by Kaji, which Tarantino used.

It’s very easy to see why a movie like this would resonate with a young Tarantino. On the most basic level, Lady Snowblood is freakin’ awesome! From the opening frame to the final shot, it’s just a complete blast. I still can’t believe how much blood is in this movie. Limbs are chopped off, people are halved and blood is constantly spraying everywhere in nice healthy streams. Hey, this is my kind of movie!

From a technical standpoint the film is beautiful. What probably stands out the most is the cinematography of Masaki Tamura. The movie looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the snowy landscapes and the way Tamura captured them on film. My favorite show is from inside the prison looking out the window and we see the snow falling down with a red backdrop. It’s breathtaking.

Rating: 5/5

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance

The sequel to Lady Snowblood opens with Yuki (Kaji, reprising her role) being surrounded and attacked by a ton of police. She kills a number of them before finally realizing there are too many for even her to take on and she gives up. Yuki is arrested and sentenced to hang but right before her sentenced is to be executed she is saved by the head of the Secret Police Kikui Seishiro (Shin Kishida).

Kikui is aware of Yuki’s past and wants to use her special skills to help serve the government. He enlists her as a spy to infiltrate the home of Tokunaga Ransui (Juzo Itami), an anarchist who is seen as an enemy of the state. Yuki is advised that Tokunaga has a critical document that could bring down the government. Yuki’s job is to retrieve that document, but once she spends time with Tokunaga she is unsure as to which side is the good side.

Love Song of Vengeance isn’t nearly as good as the first film. That’s not to say it’s bad because it’s certainly not. It does, however, lack some of the fun of the first film. In Lady Snowblood there is a good balance of introducing us to Yuki and her backstory while making sure the film gets going right away. In Long Song of Vengeance things take a little longer to pick up.

Maybe it was just the political stuff that I didn’t find as interesting but personally I see Lady Snowblood as a hired assassin. I don’t really care that much to see her spend time trying to find some important document. I want to see her assassinating and this time around it took longer to get to that point.

All that being said the film is still very good and entertaining, just in a different way. Tamura is back once again shooting gorgeous landscapes and Kaji is still kick-ass. Things are just toned down a smidge.

Rating: 3.5/5

Criterion has released both films together in one wonderful set. The films are both on one disc, but given the space availability on Blu-rays that’s more than enough room to not have to cram the films on. Transfers on booth films are stunning, which is very important for movies that rely heavily on strong, vivid visuals like these. Not a lot of special features but you do get to brand new interviews. The first is with Kazuo Koikie, the creator of the Lady Snowblood magna, and the second is with Norio Osada, the man who adapted the magna into screenplays. Combined these are just over 30 minutes and give you a bit of insight on the creation of this great character.

Criterion has never steered me wrong before and this is another fantastic release from them. I really can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t get this.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

The Complete Lady Snowblood is now available on Blu-ray from Criterion.

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[Podcast] Whatever – January 7th, 2016 – “A Look Ahead … and Behind”

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:31

Happy New Year! This week: What we’re looking forward to in 2016, a Sonic 3 mystery solved, and retro games galore!

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Whacked Out ‘High-Rise’ Trailer Goes Full Bret Easton Ellis!

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:22

Welcome to the high life…

The new trailer for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is here and it’s quite the throw-back.

While the film takes place in 1976 (the perfect choice in music takes cues from Talking Heads and Pink Floyd), visually I feel like what Wheatley has delivered is something similar to a 1980’s Bret Easton Ellis adaptation, like Less Than Zero or American Psycho.

While our own Kalyn wasn’t a fan (read our review), I can’t help but be excited by this dark, twisted and fucking insane trailer featuring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Crimson Peak), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”).

From the director of Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England, “1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the elevators fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea.

While we wait for a U.S. date, it opens in the UK on March 16th.

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HIGH-RISE poster courtesy of StudioCanal

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Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Poster Welcomes You to Hell (Sundance ’16)

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 11:04

Rob Zombie welcomes you to Hell.

The shock-rocker-turned-director has shared the official festival poster for 31, his Halloween-themed slasher that initially received an NC-17 before finally getting the much-needed R-rating from the dreaded MPAA for “strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.”

This morning Zombie celebrated the rating, and the upcoming Sundance Film Festival premiere, with a look at the film’s one-sheet that’s a collage of all the zany characters we’ll see in the film, played by Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and even Meg Foster.

In 31, “Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.

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[Review] ‘Anger of the Dead’ Inspires Anger With Its Dense Characters and Mindless Script

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:44

Anger of the Dead comes to us courtesy of Uncork’d Entertainment, a distribution company that has given us such gems like Krampus: The Reckoning, The Ouija Exorcism and Patrick: Evil Awakens (Okay, that last one is actually pretty decent). It tells the familiar story of a small group of people attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse. Oh yeah, and it was produced by Uwe Boll.

That last part should tell you everything you need to know about Anger of the Dead, as it is a poorly-scripted and poorly-acted slog of a film that should satisfy only the most hardcore of zombie fans.

Alice (Roberta Sparta) is taking care of her toddler daughter when she receives a frantic call from her husband warning her not to leave the house. Little does she know that her daughter has opened the front door and let in a zombie. Some mayhem ensues and Alice teams up with Stephen (Marius Bizau) before the film flashes forward four months and they have had enough time to become seasoned zombie fighters. Meanwhile Rooker (Aaron Stielstra), a truly loathsome character (at one point he threatens to sic his “racist and pedophile friends” on someone), is attempting to locate the unnamed female Prisoner, a young woman whom he was holding hostage that somehow escaped his clutches.

There are a slew of problems present in Anger of the Dead, the worst of which is the aforementioned script. For example, there is a groan-inducing monologue in which Rooker compares a disloyal henchman to Pinocchio and proceeds to explain to him in detail who Pinocchio is and how his comparison is apt. There are also a plethora of plot contrivances. From a character leaving himself wide open to zombie attacks by sitting in his parked car with the windows open to another character who had previously been willing to shoot a friend for getting bit suddenly wanting to keep another infected until the moment when they turn. There are enough nonsensical moments in Anger of the Dead to make your head spin and to attempt to list them here would be a seemingly endless task.

Side-by-side comparison of the one-sheets for Anger of the Dead and season four of The Walking Dead.

What Anger of the Dead truly suffers from is issues with its tone. Everything on screen plays as silly while the actors are all doing their best to deliver lines in the most melodramatic ways. Had the film just gone the Sharknado route and played it all for laughs, it would have been a better film. Unfortunately the film takes itself so seriously that it makes a joke of its entire 84 minutes.

It’s not all bad though. The makeup effects are well done by Carlo Diamantini, even if the zombies look more like vampires from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (see above). Francesco Picone, adapting his short film of the same name, is actually quite a talented director. He chooses to film about 95% of the film in daylight and it works in his favor. The film isn’t gorgeous by any means, but it looks a lot better than you would expect something like this to. Cinematographer Mirco Sgarzi’s should also receive credit for this. These factors make Anger of the Dead somewhat watchable, as it is a competently made film.

Anger of the Dead might entertain those who are desperately in need of a zombie fix before The Walking Dead returns in February, but all others should stay away. It is nothing more than a cheap way to cash in on the buzz surrounding AMC’s popular series (the opening credits of the film are a near-replica of the credits of that show, music and all). This is depressing, since zombie films can be so much better than this. Anger of the Dead just isn’t up for the task.

Anger of the Dead opens theatrically in NY and LA on January 8th before its DVD release on February 2nd.

Score: 1.5/5 Skulls
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This ‘Dying Light’ Mod Was Inevitable

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 01:15

The unpredictable nature of video games leaves little room for certainty. Anything can happen. A promising title might get cancelled, a sure bet might become a spectacular flop, and I might get around to playing every game in my Steam library.

Because the Internet is an untamable beast with a penchant for combining things to humorous and/or magical effect, and Dying Light has made it incredibly easy for us to do what what we want with the game, it was only a matter of time until someone combined it with the game that paved the way so we could show off to our friends online with sick 360-degree backflip somersaults.

If you ever doubted that Dying Light and Mirror’s Edge were meant to be, Steam user Elimina (via Kotaku) has definitive proof that the two pair nicely with each other.

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‘Outlast 2’ Takes Up Arms in New Image

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 00:06

Red Barrels really hit the ground running with their viscerally frightening video game debut, which, incidentally, involved a considerable amount of cardio. The just-announced Outlast 2 only recently began to slowly reveal itself to us, but it’s a safe bet the sequel won’t stray very far from what worked so well the first time around.

Of the many promising horror games we have to look forward to in the coming year, this may be the game that’s the most interested in pleasing gorehounds. To say Outlast was liberal with its gore is like saying Michael Myers is sort of interested in masks. Saying the game used gore like it was going out of style would be a more accurate way of describing it.

As much as I enjoy ruminating over the troubling revelations that slow-burn horror games like SOMA often leave me with, that style of horror game can’t satisfy my desire to be thrown from my seat by a sudden scare when I make the mistake of lingering too long so I can take in all the gruesome details of what’s probably a human meat closet.

Outlast 2 hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One this fall.

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‘Last Year’ Concept Artist Tackles ‘Aliens’ and Those Who Hunt Them

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 22:28

Derek Zabrocki is an exceptionally talented concept artist with a passion for the horror and sci-fi genres. His work often blends the two, as you can see in this sampling of his portfolio, with some of it appearing in the Aliens vs. Predator board game, Magic: The Gathering, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, and the crowdfunded teen stab ’em up Last Year.

Supermassive’s spooky sleeper hit Until Dawn set an incredibly high bar for future slasher games, like Friday the 13th: The Game and Last Year, which are both expected to arrive this fall.

The connection between these two games runs deep than the obvious, as they’re both asymmetrical multiplayer games — 7v1 and 5v1, respectively — that revolve around a group of stereotypical teens who must work together to survive against a masked murderer.

Last Year is headed to PC, while Friday the 13th is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Head over here for more crowdfunded horror games!

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‘Damien’ Trailer Gives Visual Reference to ‘The Omen’!

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 20:45

Just a few hours ago we told you that “Bates Motel” returns March 7 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the debut of “Damien” at 10 p.m. ET.

Now, we have the first full trailer for the series that welcomes home Damien Thorn, played by Bradley James. What’s cool is that it’s literally a sequel to The Omen film franchise, as shown in the above screencap.

The ten-episode “Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

Barbara Hershey co-stars as Ann Rutledge, the world’s most powerful woman, who has been tasked with making sure Damien fulfills his destiny. Omid Abtahi portrays Amani Golkar, a close colleague of Damien’s whose fierce loyalty will be tested when he realizes who his brother-in-arms actually is. Meganlyn Echikunwoke plays Simone Baptiste, a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when tragedy unexpectedly strikes.

Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”) acts as showrunner.

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Trailer courtesy of Deadline and A&E.

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‘The Conjuring 2’ Images Appear in Lieu of Trailer Tease!

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 19:29

Now that a teaser promises a full trailer tomorrow, we now have some images, courtesy of Heyuguys, from James Wan’s The Conjuring 2, in which paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to 1977 England to help single mom Peggy Hodgson and her four children, particularly daughter Janet (played by Madison Wolfe).

“The haunting that afflicted the Hodgson family is probably one of the most documented paranormal cases in the world,” director Wan recently told EW, who visited the Enfield borough of London where the supernatural activity took place.

The Conjuring sequel, in theaters June 10, 2016, is said to open with The Amityville Horror case. After, the sequel will tell of the infamous “Enfield Poltergeist,” which took place at a council house in Brimsdown village, borough of Enfield, England during the late 1970s.

[Related Post] James Wan Aims The Conjuring 2 at the Skeptics

Rounding out the cast are Frances O’Connor (“The Missing”) as the single mom, with newcomers Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh as her children; Maria Doyle Kennedy (“Orphan Black”); Simon Delaney (“Roy”); Franka Potente (“The Bridge”); and Simon McBurney (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).

In addition to directing the film, Wan wrote the screenplay with Carey Hayes & Chad Hayes, and David Leslie Johnson.

In the below image you’ll see two crucial players. “Seated around the kitchen table are Simon McBurney and Frances O’Connor as paranormal investigator Maurice Grosse and matriarch of the besieged family Peggy Hodgson respectively,” explains the site.

THE CONJURING 2 | image via Warner Bros.

THE CONJURING 2 | image via Warner Bros.

THE CONJURING 2 | image via Warner Bros.

THE CONJURING 2 | image via Warner Bros.

THE CONJURING 2 | image via Warner Bros.

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