Since its debut last week, folks can’t seem to get enough of Silent Hills. For me, it signals a potential renaissance for AAA survival horror, which — thanks to games like this, The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation, and (potentially) Resident Evil — is showing signs of returning to the glorious years of the early 2000s. Indie horror is flourishing, and it looks like that’s benefiting the AAA space as well as more game makers are realizing there’s an audience out there for more visceral scares.
For others, the demo is something to be picked apart and examined. It’s already inspired a torrent of reaction videos and fan theories as we try to mine the limited information available for any new details. Even the demo’s supporting cast, a sink-dwelling aborted baby creature, is real now.
Continuing this trend is an unexpected mash-up that uses the Silent Hills teaser’s first person perspective and injects it with some of The Stanley Parable.
If you haven’t played The Stanley Parable, it’s a little hard to explain it in a way that does it justice. On the surface, it’s a very simplistic first person story-driven game where your every action and decision is commented on by a narrator — voiced by the lovely Kevan Brighting. It’s also an incredibly effective and often hilarious parody of modern video game design. If you’d like to check it out, you can grab the game for $15 on Steam.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.
Starring “Dexter’s” Julia Stiles, Underworld‘s Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.
Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation.
Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.
As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.
Rob Zombie’s a pretty polarizing director in the horror world. Folks seem to either love or loathe his films. For those on the love side of the fence, many argue that The Devil’s Rejects is his best film. It’s gained one helluva cult following over the years but seeing another film with Otis, Captain Spauling, and Baby is rather unlikely.
(SPOILER) Though they met their maker during the grisly climax, Zombie stated in an interview included in the Fangoria Legends issue that he’d love to revisit the characters again if he had the chance:
“I’ve always thought I’d like to make another movie, because I love the characters, and I have an idea I think is solid for a third one – an idea that would make sense. The problem is, I don’t own the characters now. They’re owned by Lionsgate, and they just don’t have any desire to do anything. So it isn’t me not doing it because I don’t want to; I don’t have the ability to get it done.”
You can pick up the Fangoria Legends Presents Rob Zombie issue on their website.
Of all the horror art I’ve featured here over the last few years, this may be the strangest. It’s the work of Alejandro D’Marco, an artist based in Argentina. His work is dark and surreal — it reminds me of every time I’ve woken up from a weird or nightmarish dream only to gradually forget what it was that woke me. His work is like the ghost of that dream or nightmare, and I find it strangely delightful.
For more of Alejandro’s work, check out his gallery.
Universal and Legendary Pictures is preparing us for their found-footage trip to hell with this brand new NSFW red band trailer for As Above, So Below!
In theaters August 29, the pic is from the filmmakers behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devils. It was directed by John Erick Dowdle and co-written with his brother Drew.
“Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, “As Above, So Below” reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.“
Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman and Edwin Hodge star.
Watch a pair of clips here:
It’s the start of another fantastic week and we’re here to bring you some awesome tunes to make it even more badass! This time on BD Playlist, comic editor Zac has four artists for you to check out that he’s been obsessing over. Check out the list down yonder and then let us know what you’re listening to these days!
Miracle Fortress – Was I the Wave?
I was only 19 when I saw Think About Life in a small venue in my hometown of Charlottetown, PEI. The show had such energy and was engaging unlike any other performance I had experienced up until that point in my life. Sadly, they didn’t have much in terms of recorded music. Years later, a friend from Montreal showed me the new project from Think About Life’s frontman, Miracle Fortress. I love the hooky indie pop feel, and the whimsical droned out vocals, it gives me something I never knew I was missing. Now it’s a daily listen.
From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigoot. Here’s the first trailer and it actually looks pretty damn awesome. I’m all for Bigfoot raging in found footage form! I also like that it looks like the polar opposite of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek (our review) from earlier this year.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
AMC just shared a second 10-second teaser for the return of “The Walking Dead”, set to premiere Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m., which feels straight out of Eli Roth’s Hostel.
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were left handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.
“Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”
There will be no pilot as Lifetime has given a straight-to-series order to “Damien,” a thriller from Glen Mazzara based on the 1976 horror pic The Omen, reports Variety.
The series picks up from the movie’s storyline by focusing on the adult life of Damien Thorn as he realizes he is the Antichrist.
The cabler has ordered six episodes from Fox Television Studios targeted to air early next year. Mazzara, the drama vet and former “Walking Dead” showrunner, Ross Fineman and Pancho Mansfield are exec producers.
“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime exec VP and g.m. Rob Sharenow.
The original pic, directed by Richard Donner, starred Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens. It spawned three sequels and a 2006 remake of the original starring Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles.
A quick casting news update as “White Collar’s” Matt Bomer, pictured, will appear in one episode FX’s fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” set to premiere Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
In addition to the release of Horns this Halloween, the Alex Aja-produced The Pyramid (formerly Site 146) is opening in theaters December 5, 2014 via 20th Century Fox.
Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick, which now has an official poster.
In it, “A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.”
Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman all star.
Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon wrote this script.
Get ready, get steady, and go! Tomorrow, Waxwork Records will launch pre-orders for their upcoming Friday The 13th vinyl reissue. There are multiple variants, so get ready to snag this the moment it goes live!
LP details include a heavyweight old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with satin finish housing the restored and remastered score pressed onto 180 gram vinyl. Exclusive liner notes from composer Harry Manfredini and director Sean Cunningham have been contributed to this release. Inserted into each gatefold jacket will be a heavyweight art print illustrated by Jacqui Oakley. The full gatefold art has been created by Jay Shaw. This LP marks the first time the complete Friday the 13th original film score has been released on vinyl.
More details below.
Vinyl details include:
- Limited edition blood filled vinyl limited to 100 units and one per customer.
- Woodland Green with Blood Splatter vinyl
- Crystal Lake Murky Green and Blood 2 color split
- Crystal Lake Murky Green
On September 9th, Swedish melodic metal pioneers In Flames will be releasing Siren Charms, their 11th studio album (pre-order). The band has been going strong for over two decades, helping build and define a beloved genre of metal that has influenced countless bands for years.
In celebration of this upcoming release, the band has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting to make this week In Flames Week! Each day will see a member of the band describing the most memorable moment of recording Siren Charms and we’re kicking it off with guitarist Niclas Engelin! Head below to see him talk about the moment that stands out for him!
In Flames will be co-headling the “Communion Of Sirens” tour alongside fellow Swedish band Opeth. Tour dates are below and tickets can be found here.
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Tour dates with Opeth:
12/3 – Riviera Theater | Chicago, IL
12/4 – Mill City Nights | Minneapolis, MN
12/5 – Sokol Auditorium | Omaha, NE
12/6 – Ogden Theater | Denver, CO
12/8 – Warfield | San Francisco, CA
12/9 – Palladium | Los Angeles, CA
12/10 – The Marquee Theater | Tempe, AZ
12/12 – Warehouse Live | Houston, TX
12/13 – Gas Monkey Live | Dallas, TX
12/15 – Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA
12/17 – Electric Factory | Philadelphia, PA
12/18 – Terminal 5 | New York, N.Y.
12/19 – Palladium | Worcester, MA
12/20 – Metropolis | Montreal, QC
12/21 – Koolhaus | Toronto, ONT
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“For Services Rendered” really dived into the core of Herr Eichorst and gave us the best hour of television yet. The Strain finally feels more focused and driven as characters either make the decision to live, or become part of the horde.
Richard Sammal is a beast as Thomas Eichorst. He spends this week really digging into his scenes. We get to see the depths of his madness and just how driven he is to the cause. His flashback scenes with a young Abraham prove to be a highlight, as the writers decided to give us a moment of vulnerability to the immortal bastard and in doing so, highlight what motivates the man to alley with the strigoi.
But more of that in a minute as for now we’re getting the bookends on a few major storylines. I don’t imagine we’ll see more of Kent’s wife, after the truth is revealed that he’s a piece of shit, she leaves him in the dirt to focus on helping captain hairpiece… I mean Doctor Ephraim Goodweather on the quest to raise awareness about the outbreak. I don’t really understand his motivation.
Which is turning out to be key in this series. As the episodes pass we’re coming to learn more about what makes Abraham so dedicated to fighting off this incursion. He was at one time complicit in this insanity, perhaps out of necessity or naivety, but now he has to pay for his sins. He made the master’s coffin and he must live with that everyday. I adored this reveal as it really helps the burden on the old man’s shoulders.
Whereas Eph has a ruined life, a tarnished reputation, and broken relationships so it’s tough to figure out what motivates the man. He seems driven to raise awareness that he was right about vampires, but as society continues to fall into shambles around him perhaps he needs to remove his head from his ass and start fighting back instead of giving a shit about his reputation. I suppose you could say he’s motivated by the safety of the public, and wants to find the root of the outbreak, but I’m just not buying it.
Gus’ storyline is heading down a predictable path, but one that still proves very interesting now that he’s trapped in a cell with his buddy as he turns. This is going to be a messy conclusion and one that I can’t wait to see unfold.
Then we have the ending. I was honestly so done with the Lawyer mom storyline. I couldn’t have cared where it went, and I just wanted it to end. Or at least so I thought. Because holy hell. The sequence in the house with her in hot pursuit of her children was chilling. The mirrors everywhere reflecting back her distorted image were a nice touch, and how she crawled around on all fours was really something. But, the resolution in the final minutes was really where my excitement hit the roof.
We’ve seen this before. Hell, we’ve even seen it in a Del Toro film, but I was still excited to see Vampires fighting back against their own kind. I was blown away, and intrigued. They look almost feral, whereas Eichorst is in complete control. It begs the question as to how the virus takes hold, and just what type of person can fight back against it. This team of Vamp assassins was the wonderful cherry on top of a wonderfully paced episode. The entire thing wasn’t that rooted in horror, but the opening scene and closing scene more than made up for it, at least for me.
- Got all the Battlestar Galactica feels when I saw Galen start up the episode. It’s a real shame he was eliminated so quickly.
- Richard Sammel’s use of “Jew” was totally spine chilling, couldn’t help but shudder every time.
- For those of you that read the books: I wasn’t expecting THAT character to even make it into season one. I’m super excited, but don’t know what to think.
- We’ve got a second season, which gives me faith that The Strain may yet find it’s legs and become consistently amazing.
What did you think of “For Services Rendered” ?
We’re fans of posting terrifying, horrific art around here but we have to admit that most of that comes in the form of paintings, digital artwork, unique poster designs, and the such. It’s rare that we dive into the world of sculptures, statues, or the like. But today that’s going to change, starting with Cameron Stalheim.
Steinheim’s work has a tortured air about it, reminding me of the work of Clive Barker. From “Carnage”, a work that changes based upon which side you look at it to the terrifying “Caged” because, well… f*ck spiders, Stalheim evokes fear and pain.
Check out a gallery of his work below.
UPDATE: The band has confirmed all of the information. We have updated the information to show the correct release date. The album can also be pre-ordered here. Also added are tour dates for the band’s fall tour with Korn and King 810.
While an official press release hasn’t yet been released, it appears that iTunes has unveiled the album artwork, track list, and release date for Slipknot‘s upcoming studio album.
Featuring 14 tracks, plus two bonus tracks for a deluxe edition, the new album is supposedly entitled .5: The Gray Chapter and will be released October 21st via Roadrunner Records. The album artwork can be seen below.
The band released a new track yesterday called “The Devil In I”, which you can stream below.
4. The Devil In I
10. The One That Kills the Least
12. Be Prepared For Hell
13. The Negative One
14. If Rain Is What You Want
15. Override (Bonus Track)
16. The Burden (Bonus Track)
10/25 San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
10/26 San Bernardino, CA – Knotfest
“Prepare For Hell” tour dates with Korn and King 810:
10/29 El Paso, TX – Paso County Coliseum
10/31 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
11/01 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
11/02 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
11/04 Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
11/05 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/06 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
11/08 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center
11/09 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford Premiere Center
11/11 Denver, CO – Denver Coliseum
11/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Arena
11/21 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
11/22 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
11/23 Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/25 Moline, IL – iWireless Center
11/26 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11/28 Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
11/29 Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
11/30 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
12/02 Reading, PA – Santander Arena
12/03 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
12/05 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
12/06 East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
12/07 Boston, MA – Paul E. Tsongas Arena
It is my belief that there are some things that we should never be brought to reality. If I had to make a list, that weird living aborted baby creature from the Silent Hills demo would be somewhere near the top. I don’t even know how one would go about recreating it, but someone has, and the future of humanity rests precariously in that thing’s fleshy, underdeveloped hands.
This is where you take your loved ones somewhere safe, because I have a feeling this thing will eventually destroy us all.
It is with sadness that we write of the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, who died just days before his 91st birthday. Attenborough suffered a stroke five years ago that left him in a coma for several days and confined him to a wheelchair since.
Attenborough portrayed the role of John Hammond in the first two Jurassic Park films as well as Judge Arthur Conan in 10 Little Indians, and also directed the 1978 horror/thriller Magic, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Burgess Meredith. He also won two Academy Awards for 1982′s Gandhi.
Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. He will be sorely missed.
In a sea of unnecessary sequels, remakes, and unoriginal story lines, there are still gems in horror that spark the imagination and worm their way under the skin. It’s movies that make us scared to go into a dark room, to walk down a hallway full of wide open doors, to come up from the basement without running up the stairs, that bring us joy and wonder.
Several times there are movies that are promised that fill our hearts and minds with wonder that such a thought might even be considered. But those promises go unfulfilled and we’re left with a yearning that can never be satisfied.
With that in mind, I want to bring four movies that I’m still wishing would happen. Check out my list and then let me know what movies you wish would come to fruition!
Report by Kris Manfredini:
Comic Con has taken over this weekend! Driving down River Road you’ll feel the traffic but you’ll also see lots and lots of people dressed up! You’ll see Batman and Superman walking down the streets together. Tons of Dr. Whos and many, many others! But Freddy Kruger, Sam, and Michael Myers even wanted to join in on the fun! Jason was also there.
So this weekend, just like every other weekend, comics and horror comes together. “Incredible Hulk’s” Lou Ferringo was there as was “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus. Up and coming (and beautiful) star Sara Underwood was there and was right next to the Queen of Halloween, Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson. I got the honor of talking with Elvira and she wanted me to let you all know that to help with your preparations for Halloween, she has a vinyl coming out on Oct. 7th. Released on Third Man Records on a 7 inch Purple Vinyl record, Elvira will be singing two songs written by Fred Schneider of B-52’s fame, on the A-side titled, (appropriately?) “My Two Big Pumpkins” and on the B Side, “13 Nights of Halloween.” I’ll be looking forward to hearing those this Halloween.
The vendors were top notch as well. From comic books, to rare collectibles to lots and lots of art work.
But the highlight for me, as with all shows like this, are the ones dressed up! They add to atmosphere, add even more excitement and buzz to the already crazed frenzy, and gives plenty of fans a great photos and memories.
I even met a couple with their 3 kids, one being a little baby. When asked how old, they answered 2 weeks old and felt the need to explain that they wanted to come but could not find a sitter. Just think how jealous that baby is going to be when he finds out he was at Wizard World Comic Con 2014 but doesn’t remember it! If you are looking for something to do the rest of Sunday, August 24th in Chicago, check out Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephan’s Convention Center. Guaranteed a great time and will have something for everyone.
And I FOUND HIM…