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[TV Review] “iZombie” Episode 2.05: ‘Love & Basketball’

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 09:58

Liv and Major took the spotlight on iZombie this week, in an episode that felt a little bit like a filler episode, but still provided plenty of entertaining moments throughout to keep you interested.

The reunion of Liv and Major is something that iZombie has been teasing ever since the show premiered back in March, and yet it was still a surprise last week when they kissed. That being said, it was incredibly refreshing when Major finally (finally!) told Liv that he didn’t care about her zombie-ism. He just wanted to be with her because she makes him a better person.

This is the most apparent when he lies to Gilda about the humanity factor of the people on the list of potential zombies she gave him, so that will undoubtedly come back to bite him in the ass. He also flushes his remaining utopium down the toilet. While it is great that we didn’t have to sit through a whole season of Major hiding his drug addiction, it did seem a little too quick of a downward spiral for the character. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad that he’s back to normal and is focused on Liv, but I didn’t completely buy the transition.

Speaking of utopium, Ravi sort of had a breakthrough with some tainted utopium that Scott Eberhard’s twin brother (whom you may remember from episode 11 of season 1) brought by. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to be making any progress with the cure, since he had to witness the rather gruesome death of drug dealer Gabriel from last week. This leads to what may have been one of the best scenes iZombie has ever done: an expertly choreographed “fight” between Ravi and Blaine as they scrambled the get the remaining amount of the tainted utopium. Of course, there is no way Ravi can realistically create another cure, otherwise Liv would be a regular ol’ human again and the show wouldn’t be called iZombie (though that would be sort of clever, wouldn’t it?).

Clive is getting brought into the fold more than ever now. iZombie has not benefited from keeping Clive in the dark about Liv’s secret, and Clive has come off as rather daft in recent episodes because  he has not once questioned Liv’s constantly changing personalities. Hopefully Suzuki’s widow bringing him a tupperware of brain that she found in her late husbands freezer (and Bozzio mentioning that astronaut Alan York’s hair was found in the Meat Cute drain) will give him a little nudge to finally discover the zombie epidemic overtaking Seattle. Until then, if we can get more moments between him and Bozzio then iZombie will be all the better for it. Their chemistry is great and they are a treat to watch together.

The mystery of the week revolved around a basketball coach who moonlit as a night watchman getting shot in the heart while on duty one night. Essentially, this was just another “wrong place, wrong time”  murder, with Mike (the coach) being collateral damage for a man who murdered his bookie.

These mysteries of the week have crippled iZombie since the show began. The show has a strong one every now and then, but it is at its best when the mystery plays second fiddle (or is absent altogether). Rob Thomas’ other show, Veronica Mars also worked on a semi-procedural format, but the mysteries on that show were more compelling than the ones iZombie has been dishing out. They don’t all have to be home runs, but there haven’t been any good ones this season so far.

“Love & Basketball” was an alright episode of iZombie, which by iZombie standards means that it was a better-than-average episode of television. There were plenty of fun moments peppered throughout the episode to keep you interested, but it wasn’t a particularly standout episode for the series. Now that Major and Liv are a team again, it will be fun to see where the show goes next.

Random Notes

  • Chapter Titles of the Week: Make Out the Zombie; Hot or Not?; Smells Like Teen Spirit; Fists of Fury; Tainted Love; Rats from a Slinging Ship; He Who Dealt It, Melted.
  • Brain Recipe of the Week: Brain Omelette!
  • I’m not going to lie, everything about sports bores me. From the sports themselves to the “team” environment to shouts of “hustle,” I just hate it. So I’m probably not the best person to judge Liv’s personality this week.
  • I just noticed that Gabriel was played by Yani Gellman, aka douchebag Paolo Valisari from The Lizzie McGuire Movie, a movie that I unabashedly love. This bit of trivia made me smile.
  • “Shot through the heart…and who’s to blame?” – Ravi, on discovering Mike’s corpse.
  • Liv faking trying to get a vision when Clive came in before she had eaten Mike’s brain was hilarious.
  • “It’s like watching my mother trying to refold a map.” -Gilda, who is quickly becoming my favorite TV bitch.
  • “We can watch Hoosiers.” -Liv, to Major. I hate Hoosiers, but my mom always wanted my sister and I to watch it, so this line made me guffaw.
  • Liv let it slip to Gilda that she made out with Major. Uh oh!
  • Clive beating up RJ’s dad for child abuse, while absolutely warranted, was a little out of character for Clive. Methinks this hints at something terrible that happened in his past.
  • No Peyton this week? Sad face.
  • iZombie brings gambling back next week. I’m not incredibly enthused, but the title of the episode is “Max Wager,” so I am a little intrigued.

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Corin Hardy is Back to Let ‘The Crow’ Fly!

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:46

Okay, this is more of an emotional rollercoaster than Ross and Rachel.

Just over a month ago, we reported that Relativity Media was filing for bankruptcy and that The Crow producer Edward J. Pressman filed an objection to allowing the film to be used as a potential asset for a studio sale. Well, it appears as if that objection has worked out as Relativity has announced that the remake of the 1994 dark action/thriller is going to be their first post-bankruptcy production, as reported by The Warp.

A big part of this announcement comes in the form of director Corin Hardy signing a holding deal. Hardy nearly left the film when it was possible that it would move to a different studio, thereby affecting the production and theatrical run. Hardy is coming off the recent success of the critically acclaimed horror film The Hallow and is regarded by Pressman as, “…a key creative element.

Many people have been attached as the lead role of Eric Draven, such as Bradley Cooper, Luke Evans, and Jack Huston, although all have since moved on since the film has been through such a tumultuous history. The original was directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City).

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Patrick Lussier’s ‘Hellraiser’ Would Have Been a Prequel!

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:15

“It’s Uncle Frank! Come here, damn you, I want to touch you.”

Those who listened to Joe Lynch and Adam Greens’s “The Movie Crypt” podcast entered hell with filmmaker Patrick Lussier.

Lussier discussed his plans for a Hellraiser remake that he had been working on with Todd Farmer for The Weinstein Company.

Those familiar with Clive Barker’s remarkable 1987 indie Hellraiser remember that the central antagonist wasn’t actually Pinhead and the Cenobites but “Uncle” Frank (Sean Chapman). The film open with Frank receiving Lemarchand’s box and opening it in his attic. When his brother and wife move in, a drop of blood releases him from Hell, sending the Cenobites after him.

Lussier and Farmer’s idea was to tell the story of Frank seeking out the box, which would bring some adventure to the Hellraiser franchise, and reveal the (new) origins of Pinhead.

“We wanted to make another movie with [William] Fichtner,” revealed Lussier, who directed the actor in Drive Angry.

“The idea essentially was that we never see the story of Frank getting the box. So imagine if Frank is actually the darkest version of Jack Bauer (from “24”) and Nicolas Cage from National Treasure. It would have been the evil National Treasure story.”

He continues: “In the beginning [Frank] is going to get the box, and he’s in Shanghai. He gets caught and they hold him down and they hammer these fucking nails into his head, but he gets free and kills everyone. But he does get the box which is being held by this guy who looks like he’s all bloated and has been ripped apart by the Cenobites. Frank steals the box and then… bad things happen.”

In this prequel/remake, Fichtner becomes the new Pinhead for the younger generation.

I absolutely love this idea because the Hellraiser franchise became way too much about Pinhead instead of focusing on the box and the concept of Hell, like the first four films.

Clive Barker was never involved in their take as he had been developing a remake of his own.

The Hellraiser franchise is quite literally in Hell. The Weinstein Company must continue to make films in order to retain the rights. If they can’t get a fresh and reinvigorating interpretation off the ground they will eventually half-ass a sequel, like Víctor García’s Hellraiser: Revelations, and repeat indefinitely. The irony of its tortured existence.

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is easily one of my favorite horror films, and the first four are all filled with such sweet, sweet suffering. I’d give my flesh for Dimension to put some heart and soul into bringing my nightmares back to theaters.

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“Twin Peaks” May Have to Premiere in 2017

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 22:37

Update: Peter Sarsgaard has confirmed that he will not be appearing in “Twin Peaks”.

Sad news for those who were expecting to see Showtime’s third season of “Twin Peaks” in 2016. CBS corporate chief Leslie Moonves has stated that the limited series won’t be hitting the airwaves until 2017. CBS owns Showtime, so this announcement basically comes from one of the main bosses. According to Variety, Moonves explains that the network might use it, “…as a property that will likely drive subscriptions of Showtime’s newly launched standalone broadband offering.”

The original announcement came last year and was met with an explosion of interest and excitement from fans of David Lynch, who is confirmed to be directing all episodes of the revival. The original 2016 premiere date gave Laura Palmer’s statement, “I’ll see you again in 25 years“, which is also exactly 25 years after the original series ended, a strange sense of prophetical forethought.

However, a disagreement between Lynch and Showtime surrounding the budget needed to make the new season not only a reality but something that is on the same level as the original meant that production had to be pushed back.

Filming is currently happening in Washington with Kyle MacLachlan, Balthazar Getty, Robert Knepper, Amanda Seyfried, and Jennifer Jason Leigh all confirmed to appear.

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CBS Bringing Zombie Detective Novel “Dead Mann Walking” to TV

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 22:22

Stefan Petrucha’s best-selling novel “Dead Mann Walking” is being adapted into a CBS TV show written by “Continuum” creator Simon Barry, according to THR. Barry’s “Continuum” just finished a four season run in October, so he’s cleared to focus on this adaptation.

The synopsis for the book reads

“After Hessius Mann was convicted of his wife’s murder, suppressed evidence came to light and the verdict was overturned-too bad he was already executed. But thanks to the miracles of modern science Hessius was brought back to life. Sort of.

Now that he’s joined the ranks of Fort Hammer’s pulse-challenged population, Hessius attempts to make a “living” as a private investigator. But when a missing persons case leads to a few zombies cut to pieces, Hessius starts thinking that someone’s giving him the run-around-and it’s not like he’s in any condition to make a quick getaway…”

I gotta tell ya, I’m rather intrigued by this! I have a soft spot in my heart for film noir-esque private detective stories (I loved reading Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer” stories and playing the first two Max Payne games), so this sounds like it’s right up my alley. I’ll definitely be checking this out!

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This is What a ‘Metroid’ Movie Would Look Like

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 21:59

There are certain game franchises that are just begging for a good film adaptation. Remember seven years ago when IGN and Rainfall Films pranked us all with a “trailer” for The Legend of Zelda? The game AND movie worlds collectively blew loads so massive, I’m surprised we didn’t impregnate the Earth. Alas, when the prank was revealed, it left a sting that has yet to heal.

Now, Rainfall is back with yet another video game adaptation, this time taking on Nintendo’s infamous sci-fi/adventure series Metroid. Starring Jessica Chobot as the popular ass kicking bounty hunter Samus Aran, Metroid: The Sky Calls is a short film that is incredibly well made, looks fantastic, and makes me wonder why producers aren’t tossing money at Rainfall to make these into feature length films.

Rainfall explains:
The classic Nintendo franchise, Metroid, envisioned through the lens of 60s-70s science fiction cinema such as ‘2001’, ‘Alien’, and ‘Solaris’: this was the concept for Rainfall’s most recent production. Instead of using a modern approach, a style was developed more in tune with the themes that inspired the first Metroid game in 1986: isolation, exploration, and the wonders of deep space.

Seriously, if you haven’t seen this yet then you need to give 10 minutes to it and just bask in the glory of what could be if the industry would take a risk and give talented people the chance to make magic happen.

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‘Evolve’ Gets Eight-Legged Freaky With New DLC

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 09:00

Every time I write about 2K’s asymmetrical multiplayer take on Monster Hunter, I get a little bit sad. I really wanted to like Evolve, but despite a concerted effort on my part, I’ve been unable to muster enough interest in its awesome concept to actually play it. I still want to want to play it, and that’s the problem. If only there was something I could focus on as a reason to stay away…

Enter the fifth monster to come to Evolve — the Gorgon.

I can sum up my feelings on this eight-legged freak with just one word: nope.

I respect the decision to use the grind house aesthetic for a trailer that’s about hunting down a two-story god-spider, but the only arachnids I’ll be seeing on my copy of Evolve will be the ones I murder with the game disc. The Gorgon DLC will be unlocked automatically on Nov 3 for season pass owners of the season pass. The rest of you can drop $9.99 for it.

Meanwhile, I’ll be sitting here dousing anything that moves with Raid while I chuck gas bombs into any and all crevices that look capable of hiding the enemy.

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New Teaser For “The X-Files” Really Plays Up The Conspiracy

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:46

A new teaser for Fox’s upcoming six-episode run of “The X-Files” has been released and it really amps up the alien conspiracy angle. I don’t know if this stuff is spoiler-y or if it amps up the intensity and mystery of the show but I know that I love it! It’s a delight to see something that obviously has a lot of love put behind it.

Additionally, a very cool poster has also been released that shows an x-ray of an alien skull. Give both a view below, if you want, and let us know your thoughts!

>The presumed dead Lone Gunmen – played by Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood – are set to return for an undisclosed arc. Robbie Amell (“The Flash”) and Lauren Ambrose (Psycho Beach Party) signed on as Agent Miller and Agent Einstein, respectively.

Mitch Pileggi returns as FBI Assistant Director Walter Skinner, while William B. Davis will be back as the iconic Cigarette-Smoking Man in the new short-stack order of 6-episodes. Joel McHale will play Tad O’Malley, a conservative news anchor who becomes an unlikely ally for Fox Mulder (Duchovny).

“The X-Files” will make its crash landing on FOX on January 24th, 2016.

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‘The Town of Light’ Aims to Illuminate What It’s Like Living With a Mental Illness

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:00

Asylums have become synonymous with haunted houses at this point, and that makes it exceedingly easy to write off another game that’s set in one. The problem is we’ve been trained to see them as frightening places where unspeakable acts are committed by or on damaged people. We’re okay with this because while they might’ve been normal once, whatever humanity they once had is gone and now they’re dangerous

In other words, we’ve turned mentally ill people into zombies.

This isn’t a speech, it’s just my way of explaining why I’m so interested in The Town of Light, because while it’s setting — a real asylum that once operated in Tuscany — may be woefully familiar to us, it’s not being used in the stereotypical way.

Set in the Volterra Psychiatric Asylum, The Town of Light gives us the chance to see through the eyes of one of its patients, a 16 year-old girl named Renèe who suffers from schizophrenia.

Italian developer is going to great lengths to give its familiar asylum setting an unfamiliar twist that’s grounded firmly in reality. That’s all it needs to do to stand out in a market that’s been saturated by games like Outlast and The Evil Within.

That’s not an attack, all I’m saying is the world is plenty scary without actual monsters.

The Town of Light arrives on February 26, 2016 exclusively for PC.

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Neill Blomkamp Exits His ‘Alien’ Sequel, For Now…

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:04

You know the saying, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

While we wish we were announcing something to celebrate this holiday weekend, we have some pretty disappointing news.

Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter to announced that his untitled Alien sequel, which would follow Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens, has been put on hold, indefinitely.

It’s not all that surprising considering Scott has been prepping to shoot his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Paradise Lost, early next year. This would mean that Blomkamp’s production would be pushed until after Scott could finish his Alien film, set for release in 2017. Furthermore, it would mean that Blomkamp wouldn’t be able to begin pre-production until mid-2017 at the earliest.

With that said, it’s sort of bizarre that Blomkamp is publicly announcing that he’s moving on to other projects.

Scott had revealed plans to do several Prometheus sequels, so why wouldn’t Blomkamp continue to develop and prepare his Alien in the meantime? This is all sort of telling and was foreshadowed a few months ago when we felt Blomkamp’s second Twitter campaign of images was a sign of desperation (he also did it again two weeks ago).

Twentieth Century Fox had announced Blomkamp’s involvement in the next Alien before Scott had decided what to do with his Prometheus sequels and before Blomkamp’s Chappie failed miserably at the box office. It could be that there’s been a lot of spinning wheels, for the fans’ sake, and that it has run its course. But this is all speculation.

We had reported back in August that Scott’s newly revived interest in the franchise had put a wrench in Blomkamp and FOX’s plans. I absolutely love Scott’s Prometheus (I know I’m in the minority) and am dying to see the full arc realized. It’s going to be such a wonderful fan moment when that franchise finally bridges with his original Alien film. It had felt as if Blomkamp was born to revive the franchise – and maybe he did, ironically, even if he’s no longer part of the plans – and it’s a bummer that he may never be able to realize his dream.

Whatever the case, we have several years of Alien sequels lined up, and now that Scott isn’t shying away from using Alien in the title, I expect more terror to ensue on the Engineers’ home planet.

alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley

— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015

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Play ‘Harum Skarum’…I Dare You.

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 19:25

Remember when those kids played Jumanji that one time and all those CGI monkeys went berserk? Remember when those kids played Zathura and no one saw that movie? Well I dare those kids to play HARUM SKARUM.

Below is the first ad for a board game you should not be playing. Really, don’t. And especially don’t let your kids get their rotten paws on it. Someone named Blackmagic Rollercoaster was suckered into filming the ad. Where’s he now? No one’s heard of him again.

A dirty black box arrives in the mail. Inside you find a HARUM SKARUM set – a collection of homemade masks, trinkets, little weapons, maybe some fireworks, and a deck of cards that dare the players to commit worse and worse stunts (“Take a photo of yourself, looking murdered. Send it to the last person you called”). No two sets are exactly alike. Each player dons a mask and lies, cheats, steals, and burns as many bridges as possible in effort to take away the other players’ masks.

Where is this going? Is it just a board game? I doubt it. We get plugs for maybe/kinda/almost film projects all the time. Tell me this video for a board game called HARUM SKARUM doesn’t wet your whistle more than all of those combined. Keep you eyes peeled for more on this glorious multimedia/damning project from Blackmagic Rollercoaster.


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6 Seminal Rape-Revenge Films From the Last Six Decades!

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 17:01

The rape-revenge film is a bit of a controversial sub-genre. On the one hand, it depicts graphic sequences of rape, one of the most horrific acts that can be committed, and can be seen as exploitative. On the other, it depicts graphic scenes of torture, usually at the hands of the person who has been raped, which also turns people off. Either way, rape-revenge films are an important part of the horror genre. With I Spit On Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine (review) coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray last week, we thought we would take a look at the hallmarks of the rape-revenge sub-genre and have chosen one film from each decade from the past 60 years.

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Six Minutes of ‘Until Dawn: Rush of Blood’

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 16:33

If you’re just tuning in, that on-rails expansion Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is official, it will require a PlayStation VR headset to play, and it’s coming to the PS4 when it’s good and ready.

That reveal video didn’t show too much, mostly because the screen was hogged by an enthusiastic Simon Harris, executive producer at Supermassive Games, so here’s a brief playthrough from IGN to help make up the difference.

Between this and that mystery project, Supermassive sure is keeping busy. Out of curiosity, who here is planning on getting a VR headset, and have you picked a side yet? I’m leaning toward the PlayStation VR, but the Oculus Rift would work just as well when I use it to become Cyclops.

Are You Getting a VR Headset?

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10 Horror Movie Halloween Nights You Do NOT Want to Attend

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 16:01

Halloween is a special time for us horror fans, but imagine if you could be teleported into one of your favorite horror movies that happen to take place on Halloween night (I know it’s farfetched, but humor me). Would you really want to? We’ve put a list together of some of the worst Halloween nights from various horror films that you would never want to attend!

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Squid Lid “Shark Club” Video Premiere [Exclusive]

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 16:00

We’ve teamed up with dark electronic pop band Squid Lid to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Shark Club”, which comes from their upcoming album Tackle Box. The video reminds me of those crazy sci-fi rave parties you’d see in 80’s and 90’s movies. They were wildly colorful but also rather decrepit and featured a ton of UV-activated paint. It’s got that whole “cyberpunk” thing down pat!

The band explains to BD:

This video portrays a lab experiment’s journey thru modification and the visions she experiences of past lab experiments, onlooking creeper clients, and the monstrous internal struggle that materializes inside herself in order to preserve her identity and sanity. This is an abstract commentary on the need in some people to push the envelope of their own body modification and master their own evolution. It continues the motto of the band itself : show yourself, wear a mask.

Tackle Box comes out this Saturday. Pre-order your copy via Bandcamp.

Squid Lid online:
Official Website

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‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse’ Clip Goes “BOO!” (Exclusive)

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 15:01

Paramount Pictures is hoping to get you to jump out of your seat in this exclusive scare video for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in limited theaters October 30th.

Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont all star.

Check out two other shocking clips, one in which a scout grabs hold of a zombie penis for support, the other in which a zombie sings Britney Spears.

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Zombi Release Horror Movie Packed Video for “Diffraction Zone”

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 15:00

Horror-influenced electronic rock group Zombi have released a music video for their track “Diffraction Zone”, which you can see below. Utilizing a wide variety of slimy and disgusting horror movie clips, the video is perfect for the Halloween season and for grossing out your grandmother if she’s the type of person who gives out butterscotch candies to trick or treaters. Seriously grandma, stop doing that!

“Diffraction Zone” comes from the band’s new album Shape Shift, which came out two weeks ago via Relapse Records. You can pick up a copy via Bandcamp.

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Here’s a TON of New ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Details!

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 14:59

Hold onto your butts, because I have a bevy of new Friday the 13th: The Game details from yesterday’s Reddit AMA that should give you a much clearer picture of what Gun Media and Illfonic are looking to accomplish with Jason’s return to video games.

The spotlight has been directed almost exclusively on the game’s 7-on-1 asymmetrical multiplayer mode, leaving the single-player to fly almost completely under the radar — until now.

What we learned this week about the game’s solo offering is that it will feature “references to some of the very intense moments from the films as well as brand new hand-crafted scenarios that we’ve designed along with Sean S. Cunningham, Kane Hodder and Tom Savini to give you the best Friday the 13th experience possible,” and that it will star a “wide variety of characters from the films.”

As for the size of the world, the Camp Crystal Lake environment is the only one that’s in there right now, but that could change depending on how successful that Kickstarter campaign is.

“Right now, we’ve got one map that is one medium sized open world area of Camp Crystal Lake. We have stretch goals to include more parts of the game, can’t wait to reveal them as we get further along on the Stretch Goals. We might even have a few other locations from the film series.”

Speaking of which, even if the crowdfunding campaign fails to raise the $700k it needs by Friday, November 13 — that’d be impressive, seeing as it’s raised $553k already with 15 days left — it won’t necessarily mean the end of Friday the 13th: The Game. Gun Media promises to “do whatever it takes to make sure it gets made. It won’t be as big, it won’t be as epic, but it will be made and we will make it as fun as possible!”

Lots of folks have asked me what the gameplay will be like, specifically in regard to what the camp counselors can do to keep Jason from ventilating their abdomen with his machete.

“We’ll be giving you a chance to call the cops by repairing a phone box,” explains Gun Media. “We’ll offer ways to tackle Jason head on and survive through the night! We will not have daytime, its all happening at night. We’re looking at sleeping bags as being a hiding place. Jason will have an ability to find you with a mechanic. Finding good hiding spots will make it more difficult for him to find you, a sleeping bag is a good example. The thing is, if he finds you…well, you know the rest.”

And yes, you can defeat Jason.

“You can either defeat Jason (very hard/unlikely), find a vehicle and repair it to escape from Camp Crystal Lake or find and repair the phone line to call the cops and survive until they show up (you’ll also have to reach them.)”

Just make sure you stick together until you’re surrounded by an entire department’s worth of police officers, because “Everyone can live and die independently of each other. You are entirely responsible for your own survival. Working with/against/ others or working by yourself all has pros/cons.” So make sure you split up immediately, because that will confuse Jason’s machete.

We may soon be seeing some of this in action, as Gun also hinted at some new gameplay footage that will be coming “very, very soon.”

Friday the 13th: The Game developer Illfonic is taking character progression seriously by rewarding players with “bonuses for particular tasks. A bit of that comes with your creativity during play, of course.” Each character class will have their own ability tree that gradually gets unlocked by accumulating XP, just like in an RPG.

Once you’ve chosen your character and outfitted them to your liking, that means it’s time to pit them agains the big J.V. Multiplayer rounds usually last between 10-20 minutes, and while that can obviously change based on player skill, that should give you a good idea of what kind of a time investment will be required to play it.

15 minute-long matches is about in line with the majority of asymmetrical multiplayer indie horror games, including Damned, The Flock, and Depth.

If you’ve played a multiplayer game in the last decade or so, you’re aware of the surplus of dicks we have to deal with in any game that can be played online. Gun and Illfonic are aware of this too, and they’re taking precautions.

“We’ve done a lot of work with hacking on games so we have plans there but don’t discuss our plans with security to the public for obvious reasons, as far as other game specific issue we will have a strong support system waiting to deal with troublesome players.” If only we could send Kane Hodder to every dickhead’s house in a full Jason ensemble complete with a real machete. He doesn’t have to use the machete, but he doesn’t not have to either.

The team hopes to get a public beta on consoles — it’s only been confirmed for PC so far — so everyone can have a chance to play Friday the 13th: The Game before its release next fall. Whether or not that happens is dependent on Microsoft and Sony, so keep your fingers crossed.

And finally, what about life after Friday the 13th: The Game? Gun is interested in supporting the game with DLC and possibly even a sequel, but when a Redditor referenced the game’s original title — Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, implying it’d be the first of multiple volumes — and what that might mean for their next project, to which Gun responded with a cheeky “We did say we were Volume 1 for a reason!”

Make of that what you will.

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Boy Scout Badges To Help You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 14:01

When you think about it, Boy Scouts are some of the most adept people at surviving any kind of horror movie situation. An Eagle Scout has to earn 21 merit badges in specified areas of expertise, some of which are keys to survival in life-or-death situations. With Paramount Picture’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse coming out this weekend, we thought we would take a look at some of the badges that would be most beneficial to have in order to survive a zombie apocalypse!

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Blind Vengeance for Natalie Dormer ‘In Darkness’

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 13:58

The gorgeous Natalie Dormer – who you can see in “Game Of Thrones” and the upcoming The Forest – has been set to star in In Darkness, a psychological revenge thriller directed by Anthony Byrne from a script co-written by Dormer and Byrne, says Deadline.

The pic centers on a blind musician (Dormer) who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. As she becomes embroiled in this violent and murky world, it appears she is out of her depth — until we realize she has been following her own path of revenge for some time.

Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin co-star.

XYZ Films has just acquired international sales rights and will present the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market next week.

Production is set to start early next year.

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