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Armies Clash in “Age of Ultron Vs Marvel Zombies”

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 16:06

In the southern wastes of Battleworld, a never ending battle rages on. Two unholy factions of cold machines and rotting zombies wage war for supremacy. Today, their conflict reaches another level of horror in your new look AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1! Eisner award winning writer James Robinson and critically acclaimed artist Steve Pugh take you beyond the Shield – and show you a new reason to fear! Here, on the far side of Battleworld’s impenetrable barrier, all hope is lost.

These festering wastes on the border between two domains are where the genocidal robotic armies of Ultron fight the endless hordes of flesh-eating corpses. Pity those poor souls trapped between these unstoppable forces, for their demise is definitely assured! Will you choose death by the super powered living dead? Or by an unending army of indestructible, undefeatable robots? One thing is for certain, neither demise will be quick or painless!

 

The Vision, Wonder Man, Jim Hammond, and more brave these apocalyptic hellscapes in search of sanctuary, and for survival. Can they make it out alive? One thing is for certain, whoever wins – we lose. Don’t miss the explosive first issue of AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 on sale this June!

 

AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 (APR150721)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by STEVE PUGH
Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
Variant Covers by ROCK-HE KIM (APR150722)

And SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150725)

MAOS Variant by NATHAN FOX (APR150723)

Ant-Sized Variant by PAT BRODERICK (APR150724)

Blank Cover Also Available (APR150726)

FOC – 06/01/15, On-Sale – 06/24/15

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Stream Tiger Lab Vinyl’s ‘Wicked City’ OST Remaster

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:47

The full remastered soundtrack for Osamu Shoji‘s score to the 1987 horror anime Wicked City is available to stream below, courtesy of Noisey. The soundtrack is being released on vinyl via Tiger Lab Vinyl.

Tiger Lab Vinyl co-founder Jon Dobyns tells Noisey:

Anime scores have been just as important to my musical upbringing as any other genre or influential group. As a soundtrack fan and vinyl collector, I thought that I could re-introduce the fan base to film scores they have either forgotten about or never picked up on.” When asked why chose to focus his label on anime, he continued: “As more people become swept up by the revival, anime soundtracks haven’t really faded away. The market has always been strong, and that’s because the original scores have always played an integral part in anime. The anime fandom is already so strong — I think it’s the soundtrack revivalists that will be introduced to something new.

Osamu Shoji’s score is something we wanted to highlight on its own. Shoji’s work is unique with its 80s atmosphere, and, as someone recently mentioned to me, it’s “Twin Peaks”-esque gothic lounge. I don’t think people would have picked up on its greatness inside the mayhem that is Wicked City.

In addition to streaming the soundtrack, Noisey is also hosting an opportunity to win a subscription to Tiger Lab Vinyl, which includes Wicked City, three future releases, and a t-shirt. More information can be found at the above link.

You can pre-order Wicked City via the official Tiger Lab Vinyl webstore. The album will be released on July 14th.

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‘The Evil Within’s Final DLC Arrives Today

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:32

Shinji Mikami’s survival horror spookfest The Evil Within received its third and final bit of DLC today with the arrival of The Executioner. The nifty thing about this story expansion is it lets you don the blood-spattered man bib of the game’s second coolest monstrocity, the Keeper. Now we can live the dream I’m sure we all share of yelling “It’s hammer time!” as we bludgeon unsuspecting monsters into pulp with our spiky meat tenderizers.

The Executioner is available now for $4.99 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

You don’t need to play the first two story expansions — The Assignment (review) and The Consequence (review) — to enjoy The Executioner, but I’d still recommend checking them out first if you’d like to get the most out of this DLC.

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Stephen King’s Perfect Response to His ‘It’ Adaptation’s Potential Death…

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:21

This past Memorial Day ended with the sickening news that New Line Cinema had pulled the plug on It, the latest adaptation of the Stephen King novella.

Location scouting was under way with “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga taking the reigns, and Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) cast to play the villainous clown “Pennywise”.

And while the modern day take could be dead forever, King shared this uplifting thought that was just perfect.

“The remake of IT may be dead–or undead–but we’ll always have Tim Curry,” King stated on Twitter. “He’s still floating down in the sewers of Derry.”

Fukunaga’s vision for It was to create two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.

When Warner Bros. handed the film off to New Line, there were alleged budget cuts that would take It out of New York. The weak opening of the Poltergeist remake, which also heavily used a clown in their marketing, is also said to be one of the main reasons Pennywise will remain in the sewers.

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Vampire Mythology Caused By Disease?!

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:04

While there are many things associated with vampire lore, an interesting new article at the Liberty Voice supposes that the mythology behind vampires may not have come only from the excitable minds of Middle Age peasants. Instead, writes the site, a rare genetic disorder called porphyria might have started the tales, according to biochemist Dr. David H. Dolphin of the University of British Columbia and other scientists.

“Porphyria is a rare group of at least eight blood disorders. A patient is diagnosed with porphyria if any of the eight different enzymes that create porphyrin, a body chemical which transforms into heme (another chemical the body needs) when in contact with iron, are affected. A patient lacking in any one of the eight enzymes is not able to produce heme, which is responsible for items such as cell differentiation and protein synthesis. In people with porphyria, the build-up of unprocessed porphyrin and the overall lack of heme is what leads to the onset of symptoms. These can include severe, non-diagnosable stomach pain; additional discomfort in the chest, legs or back; vomiting; and diarrhea or constipation. A urine test is needed to provide a definitive diagnosis.

Porphyria is a chronic condition. There is no cure. However, symptoms can be managed. Porphyria flare-ups usually last a week or two, with symptoms decreasing as the attack draws to a close. The more care someone takes in managing their condition, the fewer flares they will likely experience.

Patients with this disease are highly sensitive to sunlight. Those who are able to go outside during the day must wear a high SPF sunscreen. Others must wait for cloudy days or nightfall to venture out. Therefore, many exhibit the paleness and nocturnal tendencies historically associated with vampires.

Bloodsucking behavior, which is typical of vampire myths, may have been a way for the porphyria patient to manage their disease. Today, a significant treatment is injecting man-made heme. In the Middle Ages, there was no way to create heme, so people were forced to drink blood.

This had an unintended side effect in some cases. The cause of porphyria is entirely genetic. People either acquire a disease-carrying gene from one of their parents or disease-carrying genes from both parents. Some people have what is called latent porphyria, in which they have the disease, but are not having symptoms. If someone with the latent form of porphyria allowed a relative to regularly blood-let them for the purposes of disease management, they were taking a great risk. Stress is one of the trigger mechanisms for a porphyria attack. Bloodletting is stressful to the body and might cause a person with latent porphyria to become a person with the active form.

This may explain why the myths incorporated the fact that if someone was bitten, they would also become a vampire. This was not a supernatural event; it was due to a change in disease status. This occurred, not because of dark forces, but due to an asymptomatic person having inflicted too much stress on their body. The person desired to help a family member, using the only treatment available. Neither party may have comprehended the risks involved.

So, while the mythos expanded over the years – invisible in mirrors, allergic to garlic, etc – it’s hypothesized that it could be originally from the above disease. And Vlad the Impaler, well, he could still be one of the reasons vampires became so feared throughout the ages.

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Which Suicide Squad Member Are You?

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 15:00

While its release date is still over a year away, the hype train for the comic-to-film adaptation of Suicide Squad is chugging alone at near bullet train speeds. There was the shocked reaction to Leto’s “Joker” picture and then the full cast photo, which revealed Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, and the rest of the crew.

So with such a high interest in the film, and as a way for everyone to learn a bit more about the characters, I thought this quiz that asks “Which Suicide Squad Member Are You?” would be a great deal of fun!

I got “Enchantress”, whose description reads:

You are the Enchantress. There are dual forces battling for control inside you – an insatiable yearning to wreak havoc and destruction. You bend the forces of magic to your will and those foolish enough to try and stop you will learn that the calm side of you is losing it’s grip.

Take the quiz below and let us know who you got!

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Bruce Campbell Joins Upcoming Advanced Warfare’s ‘Supremacy’ DLC Cast

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 14:42

According to CharlieIntel, Bruce Campbell will be joining the cast of the upcoming Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare ‘Supremacy’ DLC. He will be a part of the Exo Zombies cast, which includes John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal.

Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio head at Sledgehammer Games, states:

This is not only the four new multiplayer maps, but the continuation of the popular Exo Zombies saga. We’re huge fans of Bruce Campbell, and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level.

The DLC will be available on June 2nd.

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See Danny Trejo As “The Regulator” In “From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2″

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 14:25

El Rey has shared an image of horror icon Danny Trejo in “From Dusk Till Daw“. Trejo will appear in season 2 as “The Regulator”, “…a horrifying agent of evil who is summoned to perform a deadly errand.” You can see the full image below.

Season two of the show:

…explores a new chapter in this supernatural crime saga that travels from Mexico to the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Season Two begins with our characters in their separate worlds – Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez) and Richie (Zane Holtz) are outside Houston, living like Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate (Madison Davenport) are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez (Jessie Garcia) is protecting his wife and young daughter in a Houston suburb. And Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama) and Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo-Hoo) emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.

Trejo has appeared in each From Dusk Till Dawn film as the character Razor Charlie.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2 returns to El Rey in late Summer 2015.

Photo credit: Ryan Green/Courtesy of El Rey Network and Miramax

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“Hannibal” Is Hunted In This New Promo

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:43

A new promo for the third season of “Hannibal” puts Dr. Lecter in the hot spot. Dr. Bedelia du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) promises him that he will be caught and that the plan has already been set in motion. What follows is a thrilling series of clips that ensure Hannibal should never feel safe as Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) pursue him with dogged determination.

The third season’s synopsis reads:

After the shocking events of the season two finale, Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe – accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) – sporting a new identity, but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) converge toward Hannibal again, each with their own motivations to catch him once and for all, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected way.

Hannibal returns to NBC on June 4th at 10pm EST.

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‘The Legend Of Conan’ Will Be Direct Sequel To Original 1982 Film

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:23

The 1982 fantasy/adventure Conan The Barbarian will see a new sequel in the form of The Legend Of Conan! On top of that, Conan portrayer Arnold Schwarzenegger has committed to the role, which aims to honor the original work of John Milius.

TheArnoldFans has interviewed two producers and Schwarzenegger about the upcoming project and what they say is incredibly exciting for the Conan fan in me!

One sad fact is that the new film won’t be graced with the music of composer Basil Poledouris, who passed away in 2006. His sweeping scores and epic orchestrations were a big part of the thrill and excitement of the film. In fact, when he was a composer on a film, you could almost be certain that his music would elevate each scene into something incredible.

Producer/co-writer Chris Morgan states:

Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian.

[John] Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. To make it worthy. And to expand on it in a truthful way that audiences will embrace. We’re very lucky that the architects of this new film — the writer, the producers, the studio and most of all, Arnold — who is Conan — are all first-generation fans who either worked on the film or who came along for the ride, cheering from their theater seats opening night. We plan nothing more than to immerse ourselves in the world Milius envisioned from Robert E. Howard’s unforgettable stories and Frank Frazetta’s stunning artwork. I can’t give specifics, but know we are honoring the locales, the religions and the traditions of the ’82 film.

Producer Frank Malmberg adds:

Our marching orders from the studio were to create a film worthy as a successor to the 1982 film, which was pretty brutal. To Conan it’s not about fancy sword moves; it’s about the fastest and most effective way of disposing of your enemy. A dance of death, maybe, at least primal. In my opinion, Conan is beloved because of his political incorrectness. He doesn’t think, he just acts. People can relate to the freshness of somebody who doesn’t give a damn about civilization — in fact, despises it. At the same time he is a magnificent fighter, leader and friend.

Schwarzenegger commented:

It is the greatest honor to be 67 years old and to still be asked to come back into all those franchises. Whether it is the Terminator movie or it is now Conan, it is fantastic! As a matter of fact, when I get back to Los Angeles, I’ll be getting the final script and then I will see it for the first time. But with Universal Pictures, I’ve tried to convince them now for 20 years to go back and continue with the Conan series and they were not as enthusiastic as I was. But then later, new management came in at Universal and they saw it entirely differently. They came to me right away and said they want to pick up the Conan series and to look at some writers and let’s get going on that. So we’ve been working on Conan and I’m really excited to be working on this – to do another Conan movie and hopefully it will be soon!

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Perturbator’s ‘Dangerous Days’ Being Pressed On Beautiful Picture Disc

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:01

The outstanding Perturbator album Dangerous Days is receiving a beautiful picture disc edition via Blood Music. The 2xLP, which goes up for pre-order this Friday, uses images from the album artwork, including a rare image from the comic book.

Only 100 copies will be pressed for the US and 150 for the rest of the world, so if you want one, you better keep a close eye on Blood Music this Friday at 10am EST.

Head below for the full specs as well as images of the vinyl itself.

Specs:
* Pressed from the same vinyl plates as the original “Dangerous Days” 2xLP pressing.
* Blood red vinyl base layer (as seen around the edges).
* Side D features rare artwork that only appeared previously inside the “Dangerous Days” comic book, which sold out on the first day of pre-orders upon the album’s initial sale.
* Heavyweight “gatefold” picture disc polybag.

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Tom Six Is Going to Try and Shock Us Again (Sigh.)

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:41

I’ve always supported Tom Six’s Human Centipede films, understanding exactly what his intent behind the shock value was. And because the first two films carried real social commentary to go along with a unique filmmaking style, they’re both winners in my book. But, with Human Centipede 3, it started to feel as if Six was forcing the issue, and instead of shocking with gore turned to being completely offensive. Even with a thin layer of social commentary it felt a bit hallow, and bordered on being actually racist and misogynistic. Furthermore, Human Centipede 3 looked like shit, and was a huge departure from Six’s beautifully shot predecessors. While I can look at all of this and get past it, following Six on Twitter has caused my stomach to church way more than any of his films were able to do. Not only does he retweet the worst of human beings, but he thinks he’s in some sort of “game” with the critics. And if he were to listen to the critics he would learn that he needs to reinvent himself, and push away from attempting to “shock” everyone. He’s become a one-trick pony who’s also becoming a parody of himself.

Seeing the many gloriously positive reactions of fans and the "professional" bad reviews I know I haven't lost my touch #Iwin #THC3

— Tom Six (@tom_six) May 23, 2015

During an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting, Six tells us what’s next, and it’s another attempt at shock-cinema.

“Again it will be a film that will explore the dark side. No romantic comedies for me,” said Six. “I am now in pre-production of The Onania Club, a very original, highly perverted black comedy that will shake up the world yet again.”

Previously, he had stated that the film will be “The most politically incorrect inhumane horror flick ever unleashed on mankind!,” also exclaiming that it will be worse than his centipedes.

Harking back to what I said earlier, I like Six’s work because there’s social commentary. But, with his third Human Centipede, the franchise started to fall into “mean-spirited” filmmaking, which I cannot tolerate. Knowing that Six is once again attempting to shock us all is just tiring, lame and sad. I can only hope there’s some actual substance behind his idea so it’s not just an hour-and-half of bad actors screaming obscenities like an 8-year-old trying to get his parents’ attention.

It’s time for Six to grow up.

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Watch Audiences React to ‘The Exorcist’!

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:30

Often hailed as “the scariest movie of all time,” the 1973 10-time Academy Award nominated film The Exorcist, which ended up winning two awards, is also perhaps one of the most famous and definitely one of the highest grossing horror titles. The film grossed over $440 million worldwide, which if adjusted for inflation would amount to nearly $2.35 billion!

Upon its release in 1973, theaters around the country were sold out for showings, leaving lines of people disappointed and waiting until the next available time. But for those who attended, they came out changed people. Their reactions, as well as a video showing the lines and another video that is basically a short documentary about the release of the film, can be seen below.

Personally, I never thought The Exorcist was that scary of a film, even though I genuinely love it. However, knowing that this is a Christian nation, I’m very much aware of why many would find it so chilling. I also appreciate everything that it’s done for the genre, such as the incredible FX work and the stellar writing.

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‘Burying the Ex’ Poster Gets Resurrected

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:49

Check out the official one-sheet for Gremlins, The Hole and The Howling director Joe Dante’s latest horror pic, Burying the Ex, which will be releasing on both UK and U.S. home video June 19th, 2015.

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The horror comedy stars Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene, and appears to be in the spirit of one of my all-time favs…Robert Zemeckis’ classic Death Becomes Her.

Dante previous directed The Hole, which is actually a really great children’s horror film.

Check out our report from the set here.

“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.

Check out a clip from the movie here.

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Where’s the Missing “American Horror Story: Hotel” Cast?

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:27

This weekend creator Ryan Murphy told “American Horror Story” fans that “Veronica Mars” fav Max Greenfield, pictured below, has joined the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

Murphy, also revealing that the season is to debut this coming October, says that Greenfield will appear “like you’ve never seen him,” and while he’s checking in to the hotel…he won’t be checking out.

Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, Lady Gaga, Chloë Sevigny, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer and Cheyenne Jackson have previously been cast.

As for the missing regulars, Vanity Fair explains:

Regular ‘American Horror Story’ player Emma Roberts is busy with Murphy’s other pulpy project ‘Scream Queens’ but has said she thinks she’ll be joining Season 5 “at the end.” Another regular, Denis O’Hare, says he hasn’t officially been asked back yet, but that he signed a two-year contract last season so could be called up at any moment.

‘American Horror Story’ favorite Frances Conroy will likely be too busy with Jason Reitman’s new series to join in the fun for Season 5 and there’s no word yet on Lily Rabe—though she hasn’t said no—but if she came back to the ‘American Horror Story’ fold, I’ve no doubt she’d bring her dancing moves”

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Filming will start in early July and is said to take place in modern day America.

Kristin Bell as Veronica and Max Greenfield as Leo. (Photo by Ron Jaffe/Warner Bros./Getty Images)

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Another Befuddling Live-Action ‘SOMA’ Teaser

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:48

Frictional Games has released another cryptic live-action video to get us all riled up for SOMA, their upcoming sci-fi horror game in which a man wakes up in the Matrix, only it’s not the Matrix because it’s an underwater lab and their are evil machines ruled by brain machines that used to be people? I think I now know what a stroke feels like.

Because Frictional wills it so, conspiracy theories have already started forming around this undeniably delicious nugget of news. Some say it’s hinting at a film adaptation, while others claim we can’t possibly know the truth yet because this is only part of the story. There’s also at least one guy who claims to be “too goddamn tired to follow all this crap.” If you think that last guy is an old fogey, watch some 90’s hacker movies, then go here and start rummaging through the ARG.

Back when SOMA was first announced — many years and forevers ago — its nebulous 2015 release window felt like a lifetime away. Now, here we are, halfway through 2015 and the game still doesn’t have a release date. Come on, Frictional! Don’t you want to give some downtrodden horror fans who are still mourning the loss of Silent Hills a bit of good news?

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‘DreadOut’ Standalone DLC Coming Later This Year

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:21

One of the freakier supernatural horror games I’ve played in some time is getting a standalone expansion titled DreadOut: Keepers of the Dark. Indonesian indie developer Digital Happiness made the announcement on their blog, while also confirming the DLC will arrive later this year.

Keepers of the Dark will introduce new ghosts — easily the most memorable thing about the original game — which will come with “their own specially designed battles.” That sounds like more boss fights. I’m game. The expansion will also add two new levels they had cut from DreadOut, as well as a third chapter that will center on Linda.

And if you haven’t played DreadOut, here’s something fun you can look forward to seeing, should you ever decide to give it a try.

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It’s Official, ‘Resident Evil Zero’ is Being Remastered

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 01:03

“Eek! Leeches!” is what I plan on saying when I play Resident Evil Zero for the first time in what has most certainly been a very long time.

We first heard of the possibility that RE0 would be next in line for a remaster back in January, just before the arrival of the HD RE1 remake that originally released on the GameCube in 2002, and now it’s official. The game, which serves as a prequel to the original Resident Evil, is being remastered for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Famitsu is reporting an early 2016 release for the Resident Evil Zero remaster, but that’s just for Japan. No word on other territories just yet.

Update: It’s confirmed! That early 2016 release date isn’t just for Japan!

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[Advance Review] “Harrow County” #3 Is Heartbreaking

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 18:25

“Harrow County” #3 builds off the previous issue’s reveal to offer the darkest look at human nature yet. Perhaps what could have been easily written off (but shouldn’t be – mind you) as a Southern Gothic comic builds to its most shocking moment this month. Emmy’s past horrors are nothing compared to what Cullen Bunn throws at her this issue.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn
ART BY: Tyler Crook

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 7th, 2015

Small towns – or rather isolated places tend to talk a lot about the people who reside within them. This creates a distinctly predatory environment where people are consumed for entertainment. It’s clear that Emmy is pursued because of what she can say. Words carry a lot of power against superstition and despite the ending of the last issue, this time around it’s human evil that poses the largest threat.

It would be easy to write off “Harrow County” as a typical monster filled affair. Here, though – in a world populated with unsightly horrors Bunn shows that man is the greatest monster of all. It’s a lesson that was present on almost every page of issue one. But, something that seems like an afterthought in issue two. This sleight of hand is a great tactic to show the reader the brutality of the world they’re in.

Emmy definitely shines through once again. This is mostly due to her perseverance in the face of danger. She continually gives echoes of any horror movies final girl. Yet, she’s about ten years younger than the average horror protagonist. It’s a unique and refreshing perspective that allows Harrow County to stand out.

Bunn layers his script with huge implications of the looming truth that has yet to be revealed. After the final page of this issue the reader has a much better sense of why Harrow County is such a fearful place. There are still plenty of questions left on the page. And really only half answers offered, but they are captivating in their emotional complexity. It’s an assurance that the story is in good hands from here on out. The script is afraid to linger in small moments to create something more than little girl versus monsters.

Now, Tyler Crook is becoming a quick standout for artist of the year on this book. Despite his insane process (which I’ll continue to praise until I’m dead) he manages to convey the most emotional moment of this issue with an irresistible simplicity. In a series known for grand and colorful displays of horror – Crook takes his talents and centers them on the human eye. He epitomizes the most horrific part of the issue around these “windows to the soul” and you feel it all. You can’t help but feel shivers up your spine in the climax of this issue. And, for an artist with his talents this reduction to a more complex human feature was not only needed but packs such a gut punch that his panels will linger with you for days after you close the final page.

With a narrative that only gets stronger with each separate issue “Harrow County” is easily the best horror comic on the stands. It reminds us what we’re scared of and it isn’t afraid to show us that even the most horrendous creatures can be beautiful.

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[Advance Review] “Harrow County” #2 Shows Beauty In Terror

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:53

Harrow County #2 continues to weave a chilling tale of Southern Gothic horror. Cullen Bunn manages to capture the youthful feeling of losing your innocence and empowers it. Emmy, is lost in a world she doesn’t understand, and instead of falling to pieces she’s determined to find out more. Even though this second issue is a touch more expositional than the last, Tyler Crook’s art is still jaw-dropping and the story is just as gripping.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn
ART BY: Tyler Crook

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: June 10th, 2015

Any horror enthusiast will tell you the same thing; good horror comes on strong out of the gate. But, great horror channels this initial taste with a slower more methodic descent into madness. The first issue of Harrow County certainly hits like a bazooka, throwing you into a world you can’t possibly explain in 22 pages. Luckily as Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook begin to build their world they don’t sacrifice horror. This tricky balance weighs heavily on Emmy’s shoulders.

Emmy’s reaction to the world around her is decidedly different than most girls who find a skin suit in the forest. Instead of running for her life she embraces the madness. Bunn gives a taste of this with her dreams in the first issue. Here, however she’s putting herself into action and doesn’t seem at all phased by the horror of Harrow County. Her adventurous demeanor is the biggest reason that this issue succeeds.

Bunn’s script is heavy on world building and under a different writer would perhaps buckle from the pressure. But Emmy’s characterization provides a fascinating lens on the script. She’s still scared of her father, scared of her nightmares, and the town around her. But she finds an odd friend in the skin suit – so to speak. She’s strong and she’s not going to succumb to the horrors around her.

Tyler Crook’s process on Harrow County is so painstaking that it’s almost impossible to fathom. But, every single page of this book is a masterwork. His lines are clean and concise. His watercolors provide a muddy tone of horror and his color choices really make everything leap from the page. So much of this book’s appeal comes from Crook’s art. He creates a world unlike anything put on the page before, and somehow makes it look easy.

Bunn and Crook have built a terribly threatening world that looks inviting and beautiful. The art is haunting and seductive. The visuals lure you in, and betray you in the final moment. It’s appealing because it’s so fun to read.

Emmy’s quest to learn more about her small community is painted with an alarming amount of unspeakable horrors but remains fun to experience because of the emotional investment left on the page. Harrow County is the finest example of modern horror comics. It’s decidedly beautiful horror, a genre we get less and less of with each passing day. Don’t miss it.

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