I’m crazy excited for the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but I’m also understandably a little frustrated I won’t be able to grab either console as soon as I would like. My therapist told me I shouldn’t bottle up these emotions, otherwise I’ll return to my dark place and black out, only to wake up three days later covered in pig’s blood (at least I think it’s pig’s blood) with odd, almost alien markings covering my entire body. Since I’d rather that didn’t happen to me again, I’m going to express my emotions the only way I know how, by writing to you.
All this week I’ve been celebrating the end of a wonderful console cycle with features covering the best horror games of this generation — from AAA blockbusters to smaller indie efforts — as well as a recent look back at some of the most disappointing games.
Since I’d rather not end this on a such a sour note, I’ve decided to extend this celebration with a look at some of this generation’s best horror-themed DLC and expansions — see my picks after the jump!
Resident Evil 5 was a pretty big deal for me. I had high hopes for it since it was following up Resident Evil 4, and in the months leading up to the game’s release I had written a bunch of features for the site I was writing for at the time writing about Resident Evil 5 as if it was the biggest thing to ever happen to video games. This glowing coverage led to my becoming friends with Capcom’s PR team, which invited me to their midnight launch party in San Francisco. The event was open to everyone, but I was allowed to interview some of the voice cast, including Roger Smith (Chris) and Karen Dyer (Sheva), as well as the game’s producer, Jun Takeuchi. That was a moderately big deal for someone who had only begun his “games journalist career” three months earlier.
Now, I enjoyed Resident Evil 5 a lot. I know some of you didn’t, but that wasn’t the case for me as I spent well over a hundred hours with a friend enjoying its hugely addictive co-op. That’s not to say I wasn’t disappointed by a few things, like the incredibly short campaign that can be completed in about three hours and the overall lack of scares, but that didn’t ruin it for me. Far from it. Capcom eventually threw their horror fans a bone with Lost in Nightmares, which followed Chris and Jill as they B&E’d their way into Spencer’s other mansion, a big house that happened to look eerily similar to the one where the original Resident Evil was set.
Lost in Nightmares is creepy, builds up the tension in that classic survival horror style, is brimming with fun nods to the original game and has some genuine scares, especially if you play it on the hardest difficulty where the radar is deactivated. If you feel burned by the series’ more action oriented direction, this is worth checking out.
I immediately fell in love with Undead Nightmare, even though I’m not the biggest fan of Red Dead Redemption. It’s a great game, it just isn’t for me. Red Dead Redemption felt too empty. Every time I tried to play it I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling of isolation, which eventually turned into boredom. Thankfully, this standalone horror-themed expansion is anything but that.
It’s humorous, in a self-aware sort of way, lengthy and manages to be different. Sure, it has zombies and yes, zombies are overdone, even in late 2010, but Undead Nightmare transformed a bright, spaghetti western into a scary post-apocalyptic, zombie-infested western that’s worth playing because it’s fantastic in every way. It also has a Unicorn.
I didn’t think it was possible, but when Infinity Ward turned all of Duty into the biggest gaming franchise of this console generation with Modern Warfare, Treyarch was the underdog. Every other year they’d give us a game that was solid, even though it never quite reached the level of quality of Infinity Ward’s next game released the following year. Since then, the tables have turned, with Treyarch giving us the superior Call of Duty experience as Infinity Ward rests on their laurels, churning out the same game every year.
Part of the reason for this switch is Treyarch isn’t afraid to be silly. They embrace silly. They’re willing to think outside the box, to get creative and take risks. The zombie mode introduced in World at War was brilliant and it immediately took off because it was unexpected. With each new entry they’ve expanded on it, making it bigger and better with each new Call of Duty. Black Ops II’s zombie mode is basically its own game at this point.
For me, the greatest thing they ever did came in the Escalation pack, which added a new map titled Call of the Dead. In it, you took on the role of one of four survivors — Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators) — as they battle a horde of the undead led by George A. Romero. It really can’t get any better than that.
On October 19, 2013, Varèse Sarabande Records hosted a special Halloween Concert Gala as part of their worldwide 35th anniversary celebration at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, CA. Conducted by Steven Allen Fox and performed by the Golden State Pops Orchestra, the concert featured some of Varèse Sarabande’s most terrifying releases from films including Psycho, Halloween, Ghostbusters, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. The concert included performances by award winning composers including Marco Beltrami, John Debney, Christopher Young, Brian Tyler, and Nathan Barr, with several surprise guests.
But the highlight of the night was a surprise performance of Christopher Young’s “Ghost Rider Theme”, which saw the concert joined by Philm, which features ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. You can watch video of the performance below.
If you’re a State of Decay fan who’s been patiently waiting for that DLC Undead Labs promised us a while back, you might not have to wait much longer. A trailer recently leaked out for Breakdown, the first expansion for the best zombie game of 2013. It introduces a few of the features Breakdown will add to the game, including a sandbox mode and new playable heroes, weapons and challenges.
No word on how much it will cost us or when we can expect it, but I’m hoping it arrives soon. I wouldn’t mind a reason to return to that fantastic game.
Announced this year at SDCC, IDW will be rebooting the genetically enhanced blue solider with an all new “Rogue Trooper” series. The book finally has a creative team in novelist Brian Ruckley and artist Alberto Ponticelli (“Frankenstein Agents of SHADE”). Rogue Trooper was one of 2000 AD’s hottest characters back in the day, and now that IDW has hold of Judge Dredd, you can probably expect a crossover heading your way.
Official Press Release:
San Diego, CA (November 10, 2013) – As announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the genetically modified G.I., Rogue Trooper is returning! Expanding the relationship started with the successful Judge Dredd series, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD will return to the frontlines of Nu-Earth and Rogue Trooper with an outstanding creative team!
After storming the world of fiction with his debut fantasy novel, Winterbirth, the first book in The Godless World Trilogy, Brian Ruckley will report for duty as the writer of the brand-new series. Joining Ruckley, and bringing his dynamic and monstrous style back to IDW, Alberto Ponticelli (Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths) will be handling the art for the series. In addition to the standout creative team, Rogue Trooper will feature covers by esteemed artists Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Slaine) and James Stokoe (Godzilla: Half-Century War, Orc Stain).
“Rogue Trooper is likely the most recognizable 2000 AD character not named Dredd, and it’s extremely exciting to have the opportunity to reintroduce the character to an all-new audience,” editor Denton J. Tipton says. “Brian and Alberto are longtime fans of the strip, and will bring a fresh spin on Nu-Earth while retaining a healthy respect for the original material. And with gripping covers by Glenn and James, the series is practically going to leap off the rack right into your face.”
On the war-torn world of Nu-Earth, Rogue Trooper trudges across the poisoned planet in search of answers and justice. Haunted by betrayal, Rogue Trooper accepts a mission that defies the war that has ravaged the stategically important location.
“As a kid, I read the original Rogue Trooper strip from its very beginning, and was fascinated by the brutal, strange world and striking characters it presented,” said Brian Ruckley, “to now get the chance to revisit and re-imagine all of that for a new audience, and do it alongside such amazingly talented folk as Alberto Ponticelli, is just crazily exciting.”
Co-created by Gerry Finley-Day and renowned artist Dave Gibbons in 1981 for 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper became a showcase for some of Britain’s top artistic talent. In addition to Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Brett Ewins, and Chris Weston have contributed art to the popular strip.
Beginning in 2014, Rogue Trooper will return to the comics page not only in this brand-new series, but additionally, IDW will begin re-producing the classic series from 2000 AD. Look for both in the coming year!
Complex has posted an extensive article with Spike Lee about the upcoming Oldboy remake, which hits theaters November 27th. Lee discusses how he looked at the Billboard Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop songs over the past 20 years and culled his selections from those lists as well as what song he feels his the best representation of Josh Brolin’s character Joe (“Hey Joe” by Jimi Hendrix). Head on below for the 147 track playlist (Spotify required to listen) and head on here for the full interview.
“Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.“
Variety has a new addition to the Jurassic Park “reboot” as Chris Pratt, pictured, is in early talks to star in Universal’s Jurassic World. Pratt, best known for his role on “Parks and Recreation”, is breaking out big time, especially after his performance in Zero Dark Thirty. Next up? How about James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy?!
Unfortunately, Pratt would take on the role originally intended for Josh Brolin. Discussions are very preliminary, as scheduling and salary discussions, which were the original deal breakers for Brolin, have not been discussed yet.
Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are also in talks to star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is directing the sci-fi adventure movie and also will co-write the script with Derek Connolly.
Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley will produce Jurassic World, which is set to begin filming early 2014.
The dinosaur reboot will hit theaters June 12, 2015.
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will write and produce the live-action adaptation of Mattel’s Monster High franchise for Universal Pictures, Variety reports.
Plot details are unknown, except that the film will be based on the doll franchise, popular with teen and tween girls, that centers on the perfectly imperfect teenage children of the world’s most famous monsters.
Schwartz and Savage will produce under their Fake Empire banner alongside Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who brought the project to the studio. Mattel’s Playground Productions is executive producing.
Phase 4 Films will be releasing Crave on VOD and in limited theaters on December 6, 2013.
Starring Josh Lawson (“House of Lies”, <>Anchorman 2), Emma Lung, Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”, Hellboy), Edward Furlong (Night of the Demons, T2), we now have the trailer for the Charles de Lauzirika-directed festival pic.
“A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour.“
Lionsgate released a third clip from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire that features the trainees prepping for battle.
The Francis Lawrence-directed sequel, in theaters November 22, “continues the story of Katniss Everdeen and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the The Hunger Games.”
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Maria Howell, and Sam Claflin all star.
IFC Midnight releases Eric England’s twisted horror film Contracted on Friday, November 22nd. Written and directed by England, the film stars Najarra Townsend, Matt Mercer, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Simon Barrett, Charlie Koontz, and Caroline Williams.
While it will be available on plenty of VOD outlets (including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Instant Video, GooglePlay, SundanceNow and more) for folks outside of reasonable driving distance to a theater, you should see it on the big screen if you get chance. And if you live in LA – there’s no excuse not to! We’ll be hosting a special screening on the 22nd at The Downtown Independent (251 S. Main St, Los Angeles, California 90012) at 10PM! I’ll be conducting a Q&A after the film with England and some of the cast! There will also be booze if you’re over 21. You can buy tickets HERE!
Check out an exclusive, nasty clip below! This sh*t is one of my biggest fears.
Kevin Smith has shared the first image from the Charlotte, North Carolina set of his now-filming Tusk. The pic displays newly cast Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez, who is wearing a joke(?) walrus costume.
The pic also star Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers, Live Free or Die Hard, A Case of You) and cult favorite Michael Parks (Red State, Django Unchained). Smith will direct his own script, which evolved from Episode 259 of his long-running podcast with Scott Mosier, the award-winning SModcast.
Tusk’s horror story “follows a podcaster who sets out to interview an eccentric, reclusive old seafarer, only to find himself a plaything in the gruesome plot of a deranged killer.“
Valiant have been hyping the release of ‘Unity’ #1 for months now with a fantastic marketing campaign. The company have been talking about the book, previewed it in the back of all their issues, and released countless teasers to coincide with the book’s release. The company’s marketing team even issued a press release revealing that the title’s first issue sales were in excess of 68,000 copies making it the one of the highest charting comic book series to launch in 2013. Now ‘Unity’ is here and it has the to sink or swim on the strength of its creative merits.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Doug Braithwaite
PUBLISHER: Valiant Comics
RELEASE: November 13th, 2013
“Unity” #1 is the perfect entry point for new readers into the Valiant universe. Writer Matt Kindt does a great job of framing the overall story of X-O Manowar verses the rest of the world, and connects it to humanity through a photographer covering the battle. From there we get to see the assembly of Valiant’s version of the Avengers as Toyo Harada enlists the help of Ninjak, the Eternal Warrior, and Livewire to bring down Aric of Dacia. Kindt is able to pull all the characters together from various titles in the Valiant universe without it feeling contrived. Seeing these characters together fighting to achieve a common goal of taking down X-O Manowar feels natural and the characters still retain their unique voice throughout. Kindt also does a great job of synching up each character’s unique voice and personality to what we’ve seen in other regular ongoing books.
Artist Doug Braithwaite has been one of comics most underrated talents and it’s great to see him being thrust into the spotlight here on “Unity”. His style is expressive and bold, but he knows his job is to compliment the story that Kindt has set up. Braithwaite beautifully illustrates the opening sequence of the book to show just the massive scale of the war with X-O Manowar and he does a great job at making it appear larger than life.
“Unity” #1 lives up the hype and delivers a strong first issue. Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the impending war between Toyo Harada’s team of misfits and X-O Manowar and you don’t want to miss a minute of this action.
If “guided-view native comic” sounds confusing, you’re not alone. Essentially, Valiant has teamed up with ComiXology to create a digital-only comic series done in 8-bit, video game style, art that utilizes “Guided View Native” technology (a fancy way of saying the panels move nicely on your digital device. If you’ve read any comic on ComiXology, you’ve experienced this “Guided View”).
Now that we’ve cleared that up, Valiant’s “8-Bit Adventure: Unity” #1 does look pretty damn awesome. It combines that classic video game feeling with comic storytelling, so it’s definitely worth checking out. The story is written by Ben McCool with art Donovan Santiago, who has been doing most of Valiant’s 8-bit variant covers that you’ve seen around.
Official Press Release:
November 13, 2013 – New York, NY – Comics and gaming fans prepare for a whole new level of Valiant 8-Bit greatness with the debut of Valiant’s first-ever digital-first Guided View Native comic – Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1. This all-new Valiant release is out now exclusively on comiXology – the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform available across iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8, and the Web at www.comixology.com.
Hot off the heels of Valiant’s best-selling 8-bit covers, Valiant is proud to debut its first 8-bit Guided View Native comic that has been created specifically for digital, showcasing comiXology’s unique digital-only storytelling experience. Written by acclaimed creator Ben McCool with art from Valiant 8-Bit superstar Donovan Santiago and fan-favorite penciller ChrisCross, Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1 is the first, full-length look inside the world of Valiant 8-Bit with an all-new adventure starring X-O Manowar, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and the rest of Valiant’s elite super-team, Unity!
“We’re excited to help bring Valiant’s first Guided View Native title to life and look forward to many more of their great stories to come,” said comiXology co-founder John D. Roberts. “It’s amazing to see the kinds of innovative comic story-telling the Guided View Native format has produced and Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1 brings us another stunning example of just that.”
“ComiXology’s Guided View Native format opens up a whole new horizon of storytelling possibilities,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “This is the next step in expanding Valiant’s incredibly successful 8-Bit initiative, and the Guided View Native process has allowed us to capture the best of what traditional comics and old school gaming have to offer for a one-of-a-kind reading experience unlike anything Valiant has attempted to date. Ben, Donovan, Chris and Assistant Editor Josh Johns have delivered something truly innovative here.”
Even the most dreaded team of heroes needs a training day. Before they take the fight to X-O Manowar in the pages of UNITY #1, Toyo Harada is launching his all-star squad of heavy hitters – Ninjak, Eternal Warrior, and Livewire – into the most intense, most unpredictable, most fantastic battle simulation ever undertaken. Can these inscrutable heroes survive a pixel-smashing fight through each of gaming’s greatest milestones? Find out today in Valiant 8-Bit Adventure: UNITY #1!
Also debuting the same day, don’t miss the landmark first issue of the Unity team’s battle against X-O Manowar in the pages of UNITY #1 – the hotly anticipated debut of Valiant’s latest ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite – on sale now at comiXology!
VALIANT 8-BIT ADVENTURE: UNITY #1
Written by BEN MCCOOL
Art by DONOVAN SANTIAGO with CHRISCROSS
Available Now on comiXology
With the recent release of the 10th annivesary of Lamb Of God‘s landmark album As The Palaces Burn (purchase via Amazon), the band has made available a hour plus documentary available to stream online via Qello, home to the largest streaming library of concert films and music documentaries. The documentary goes over the recording process for the album and features interviews with band members, producer Devin Townsend, and more. The film will only be available to view through November 25th, so don’t miss out on this chance to dive into the world of the band!
Director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th. Reinterpreting material for the screen is always tricky, but it becomes even more difficult when you move it from one country to another. It’s not the language barrier so much, that’s easy. The cultural divide is much more difficult to bridge. Still, it was a challenge that screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend) was eager to tackle. I recently sat down with Protosevich to talk about his approach to the material and how something as simple as the notion of revenge can change when shifting a story from one country to the next.
The film starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel Jackson, and James Ransone “is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucette (Josh Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.”
Check out the interview below!
Kieron Gillen’s revisionist look at Sparta continues this month in a more compelling issue than its debut. Due to a clarification of the narrative, the muddy exposition is out of the way and the story proper can begin.
“Three” is a historian’s dream. It’s a visual history of a place lost to time. Sparta doesn’t have much of its own memories in tact. The ramblings of those who opposed it fill our history books. So Gillen aims to tell a more robust history of the time and state. He succeeds admirably while also delivering a compelling story about slavery.
I wasn’t too sure of anything after I read the first issue of “Three.” A lot of groundwork was laid out, but there wasn’t a clear protagonist rising above the rest. Gillen treated readers to an interesting snapshot of history and didn’t even attempt to hold their hand. The results were a little disorienting albeit historically accurate.
The narrative becomes much more clear, and the title of the book makes a lot more sense. Gillen aims to tell a story about the reality of Sparta. What’s more is that he’s done an amazing amount of research to bring this area to life.
Ryan Kelly’s artwork shows Sparta at its peak. It was like looking into my classics textbooks from my undergrad. The visualization of the city seems spot on, and the character designs are more interesting and accurate than we’ve ever been treated too.
Kelly seems to really enjoy the pages that are soaked in blood, as he should. Here the book hits its full stride as the messy nature of combat translates through the art. Sword fighting was not elegant at this point in history. The Gladius was meant to tear flesh from bone, and make for quick deaths.
Kelly and Gillen give the reader something special in a book about Spartans. They give us civil dispute. That is to say that the Helots are done serving their masters and we get to see a lot of Spartans meet their end by the hand of less skilled warriors.
This is a fantastic device to show the strong society in a new light. The perspective of the disenfranchised is always more interesting within a powerful nation. Gillen seems to know this, and rides this detail to the bitter end. We’re given a fantastic tease as to where things are headed next, but the issue revels in the class dynamics it so powerfully establishes.
There are not many comics like “Three” it straddles the line between history and historical fiction. The interviews featured in the closing pages show the incredible amount of research that went into the book’s creation. I heartily recommend this series for any lovers of history, especially the classical age, as this is a look at Sparta unlike any other.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.
Geof Darrow’s ‘Shaolin Cowboy’ defies explanation. After the first issue I found myself joyously scratching my head as to where the narrative was heading in issue two. This month I have my answer, and it’s one of the boldest issues of a comic I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, I’m just not sure if it’s good for everyone.
I’m all for over the top action scenes. In fact I’ll be the first guy to pour over them meticulously and enjoy every bit of them after the dust has settled. But, I’ve never seen an issue of a comic entirely devoted to one smooth effort of execution.
This month Geof Darrow solidifies the insanity of ‘Shaolin Cowboy’ by giving an issue entirely centered around exactly that: one continuous action scene.
The titular cowboy finds himself lost in a sea of zombies. Surrounded on every side he does the only thing any of us would do, he picks up his long stick with chainsaws on either end and destroys everything around him.
Darrow’s incredibly detailed art makes this effort a total joy to look at. The cowboy starts to spin on page one, and by the end of the issue he’s still spinning within a circle of corpses. All the while though, we’re treated to an absolute symphony of death that communicates just how powerful the cowboy is.
The entire issue dizzies as you read it, because the motion never stops. Darrow finds new and exciting ways to cut bodies to pieces and the sheer insanity of the premise never lets up for a second. Every page is seemingly more detailed than the last and it’s almost impossible to fathom how Darrow planned this issue out.
Every single page save for the first consisted of two panels spread across two pages working as long horizontal splashes. It creates the feeling of being surrounded but also gives the insane chainsaw tool some room to move. Obviously the issue moves with nothing but the utmost pace, you have nothing standing in your way from blowing through this issue within about 30 seconds.
However, if you take your time and truly appreciate what every panel has to offer you’ll notice a intricately planned action scene with some of the best, most detailed art comics has to offer.
There’s not much more to say than that. Story is non-existent here. Pick this issue up and marvel at Darrow’s work, but don’t expect much more than a visual feast.
Rating: 3/5 Skulls.
All Out War continues in “The Walking Dead.” Rick and his forces push to make the first strike in an incredible issue that ratchets the pacing up to eleven. This is purely pulse pounding stuff that will have you contemplating the next move for everyone. Which is exactly why this year will be absolutely dizzying. Already things are moving faster than they ever have and there appears to be no end in sight.
This issue took me around five minutes to complete cover to cover. There isn’t much dialogue, and not a lot of time is wasted. The result is an issue that never stops moving for better or worse.
All Out War kicked off with a resounding success. Negan’s threat feels large and disastrous but for once Rick actually feels prepared. I’m starting to believe in his leadership again. He brilliantly plans and executes an attack using his knowledge of Negan and the world around them.
Kirkman shines here. As it is clear he is developing a whole new type of warfare. Zombie warfare. Something we’ve never seen before. He aims to give us a full-scale war between these camps within a world gone to shit. It’s totally admirable and it’s working really well.
Adlard’s pencils are on point yet again. He is able to capture the frenzied pace with relative ease. I’ve had my times where I haven’t been his biggest fan. His unclean, hard lines seem to be at home within the flurry of battle. His work shines brightest when he takes a step back. Showing us the grand scheme of the war, pulling out from the intimacy of the frame and showing us the lumbering legions of the undead. Adlard dances this fine line between Rick and the walkers, and in the end it all comes beautifully crashing together.
Small character moments rise to the top of the script. Kirkman makes sure to stop in briefly with all his major players. Showing how they react under stress and how they stick to a plan. Some are more interesting than others.
Negan’s reaction to the events is typical. He is cool, calm, and completely unhinged. It works wonders for his character, but also shows that his sense of confidence may be a little unfounded. As he is not ready or aware of what Rick has just done to him. Ezekiel has a nice moment here as well. Showing him amidst the battle in complete control. He’s a phenomenal character who has only just begun to develop.
So far this arc is truly unlike anything Kirkman has done before. Which is no easy feat after writing the same series for ten years. With any luck the fantastic pacing will keep up and we’ll be treated to a new gold standard of zombie story by years end.
Let the good times roll.
Rating: 4/5 Skulls.
In celebration of the upcoming release of the Dead Rising 3 OST, Capcom and Sumthing Else Music Works is giving away 10 tracks from the expanded 99-track version of the album, which comes out November 19th (order here). The soundtrack features 2.5 hours of music from composer Oleksa Lozowchuk as well as additional music by various artists such as Traz Damji, Sascha Dikiciyan, Brian Reitzell, Celldweller, Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Ashtar Command, and Dave Genn.
Snag your free tracks by heading over here.
Fans of director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) will be stoked to learn that Beware the Night, his Jerry Bruckheimer-produced supernatural thriller, is coming out almost a full six months early on July 2nd, 2014. Originally the film was pegged for January 2015, but it seems as though Screen Gems has high confidence that the piece can thrive in the more competitive summer environment. In short, they’re hoping it’s next year’s The Conjuring.
The film stars Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Sean Harris and Olivia Munn. It “centers around a New York street cop (Bana) who has put his faith in religion behind him but now finds himself targeted by the Devil in the form of possessed soldier (Harris).” Derrickson wrote the script with Paul Harris Boardman.
I spent some time on the set of the film over the summer and, while I can’t give any details for probably another 6 months, I’m very much looking forward to checking it out.