The entire first season of Telltale Game’s excellent episodic series The Walking Dead: The Game, as well as the 400 Days bonus episode that tied it into the second season are free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. They’ll stay that way until they’re swapped out for a new Games with Gold deal on October 31 for Xbox 360, or November 15 for Xbox One.
Xbox One owners can also grab Valiant Hearts while the Xbox 360 gets a dose of stealth action espionage with Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Thanks to Sonar Entertainment we have some really, really great unit photography from “South of Hell,” which WE tv will be rolling out all seven episodes of the supernatural thriller in order in a Black Friday Binge, beginning at 6 pm ET/PT on Friday, November 27.
All episodes of the series will premiere back-to-back as the suspense and drama unfolds and escalates over seven intense hours. At the conclusion of the binge, the entire series will be available on VOD, download to own and TVE platforms.
“Charleston, South Carolina is an elusive city with many faces and the perfect home for Maria Abascal (Mena Suvari, “Chicago Fire”), a stunning, 30-year-old demon-hunter-for-hire. Alongside her brother, David (Zachary Booth, “Keep the Lights On”), she is skilled and fearless in her pursuit of the demons that live in others. Like those that she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her.“
The cast also includes: Bill Irwin (CSI) as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein (V/H/S) as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker (Meet the Browns) as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria; Paulina Singer (How to Make It In America) as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero) as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez (Dexter) as Tetra, a spiritual informant.
In addition to Eli Roth, an array of respected directors shepherded individual episodes of “South of Hell,” including Ti West (House of the Devil, The Sacrament), Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who, Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf) and Jeremiah Chechik (Helix, Reign).
All images courtesy of Sonar Entertainment and WE tv.
IllFonic. Remember that name, because it belongs to a developer that’s about to make a rather large splash in the horror genre. This is the team behind the just-announced Friday the 13th: The Game, as well as a team-based shooter set in a zombie apocalypse by the name of Moving Hazard, which they’re co-developing with Psyop Games.
Set half a century after an apocalyptic plague has decimated humanity, leaving what’s left to fight over the few remaining resources by taking a page out of the Umbrella Corporation’s Guide to Zombie Weaponification, because people shouldn’t fight people when they can use zombies to fight people. It worked for Umbrella, until it didn’t, so why not?
The ghouls in Moving Hazard are more than slow-moving head-shaped targets on sticks, they’re “a dynamic part of the battleground which you must navigate, manipulate, and ultimately weaponize in order to defeat your human foes.” They’re more of an extension of the more traditional arsenal the game will also arm players with, so “in addition to having a selection of military-grade assault weapons at their disposal, players will also need to take advantage of technology specifically evolved to allow them to control the zombies that they encounter by attracting, repelling, sedating, angering, or booby-trapping them, as well as a wide variety of additional tactics.”
What I find interesting about this game is in how it balances its original ideas with staples of the genre, such as the traditional game modes that we’ve come to expect from these types of games. It will feature six multiplayer maps, specialized character classes, customizable loadouts, and a handful of game modes, like Team Deathmatch, Scavenger and King of the Hill, among others.
If a traditional competitive multiplayer doesn’t tickle your fancy, there will also be a single-player campaign and cooperative survival modes. Moving Hazard arrives on PC sometime next year.
There’s a lot of phony crap on eBay, but this one is funnier than the time the sexy sax man seduced Michael.
An eBay listing out of Australia has for sale a 19″x14″ poster of the 1987 “American Horror Film Movie” The Lost Boys. Printed on “High Quality Art Canvas”, for only $5.85 (plus $2 shipping!) you can own this gem that depicts, well, I have no fucking idea…
Actually, I do, as this gem was discovered via reddit, where one user recognized his brother and his friends who were dressed in cosplay for the 2014 Comic-Con.
This eBay user clearly had never seen Joel Schumacher’s actual film – featuring Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke McCarter, Alex Winter and company – before he/she stole the image for their own personal use. I can only hope the reddit user purchased one as a gag gift for his bro. All I know is that I’m dying of laughter, especially at the few comments that didn’t understand the goof.
After James Wan’s The Conjuring became one of the highest grossing horror movies ever, Warner Bros./New Line quickly spun off the franchise with Annabelle, which hit theaters one year ago.
Even though Annabelle wasn’t as critically acclaimed as Conjuring, it was a a box office monster ($246 million), so much so that scribe Gary Dauberman is returning for another sinister outing, says this tracking board.
On the other hand, their sources also confirm that Annabelle‘s director John Leonetti is unsurprisingly not returning as the search is on for a new director. The Conjuring helmer James Wan is once again producing, while Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada oversee for New Line.
Following the superb financial and critical reception to The Conjuring, a spinoff/prequel featuring the film’s creepy mascot – the possessed doll named Annabelle- was quickly rushed into production. Loosely based on a true story, the film follows a a couple who find that their vintage doll becomes the host for a malevolent entity after their house is broken into by a satanic cult.
James Wan is currently filming his The Conjuring sequel, slated for release next summer, which sets Annabelle 2 up for release in 2017. What other demonic tricks do the Warrens have in store for us? How far can New Line push this franchise?
When Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami returned to survival horror with The Evil Within, the game had a somewhat polarizing effect on fans of the genre. Even if you weren’t as enamored with it as I was, there’s no denying that it had a uniquely stylish cast of creatures, every one of which I wouldn’t mind seeing get tackled by talented cosplayers.
This is partly why I love this Leslie Withers cosplay so much, because he’s absolutely the last character I’d expect to see inspire brilliant cosplay like this.
Assuming the role of the mousy Withers is cosplayer Nero Hell, with make-up by Katrin Miralika and photography courtesy of Dokura-chan. You can find more of Nero’s work on his Tumblr.
Something about the 80’s and 90’s brought some really crazy yet awesome toys. In fact, I’m really not seeing toys of the same caliber, the same inventiveness, and the same batshit “What were you even thinking?” quality these days. It’s because of this void that I found myself recalling toys that I grew up with or wanting, the toys that seemingly made no sense and yet, at the same time, made all the sense in the world.
Below are five horror toys from the 80’s and 90’s that really stood out to me as being special. I’d love to see them make a comeback, even if most parents would probably say that they’re traumatizing their children. You know what? Fuck those people and fuck PC culture. I want my toys to scream and ooze! I want them to creep me out even if they’re just sitting on a shelf! I want toys that actually make me go “Wow!” Is that really too much to ask?Blurp Balls
Inception ain’t got NOTHIN’ on Blurp Balls! It’s a ball within a ball that shoots out when the larger ball is squeezed! Look at the above commercial and tell me that you don’t want one! That commercial was probably the bane of every parent’s existence during Saturday Morning Cartoons.Madballs
These things were so crazy and popular that they were turned into a cartoon series AND a video game! Just look at how gross the “sick series” is, especially the one that looks like you’re squeezing its brains out of its head. These are the perfect stress ball for any horror fan!Boglins
God, I remember how popular these were but also how it was damn near impossible to find them! It was like finding the holy grail when you stumbled across one in the toy store. For me, the real deal sealer was the box, which was a faux cage meant to “hold” the boglin in place. Such a nifty idea because that made the packaging part of the toy!Stretch Screamers Blisters
It’s Stretch Armstrong with a horror twist, so how can you go wrong? Look at how colorful the “blisters” get when squeezed! On top of being gruesome, it’s also rather pleasant to look at!My Pet Monster
Who wouldn’t want a large stuffed ogre-esque creature that had breakaway chained cuffs? Plus, it was large enough that you could use to stomp through your Lego towns and couch forts. What a perfect stuffed animal for causing chaos and then culminating in some harmless snuggling!
In August, indie developer Saibot Studios released the fourth chapter in their twisted Doorways series of horror games with the memorably titled Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh. That’s the sort of title I’d expect to see embossed on a Clive Barker novella, though I wouldn’t be surprised if the team behind it had drawn at least a modicum of inspiration from Barker’s work with how disturbing these games can often get.
The three acts that make up Holy Mountains of Flesh — The School, The Mansion and The Temple — are all connected by El Chacal, which serves as the game’s hub world. This “group of floating islands over fire and magma, in a desolated world of flames” is now something you can visit.
Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh is available now on Steam Early Access for $9.99.
Virtual reality is the future, at least as far as Capcom’s Development Division 1 — their in-house Resident Evil team — is concerned. In an Integrated Report published earlier this week, the company detailed their financial growth strategies and plans for the future, the latter of which will focus heavily on the VR tech that has yet to make its way to consumers.
The report gets interesting when Jun Takeuchi, head of the Resident Evil team, starts getting passionate about the tech.
“At present, we are focusing our energy on challenging the virtual reality (VR) game market,” writes Takeuchi. “In this terrifying world, you can twist and turn as you like, but there’s no escaping the creatures closing in on you…until you remove your VR headset and return to reality, that is.”
Virtual reality gear such as the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, which are coming from Oculus VR and Sony, respectively, could have a massive impact on the horror genre. It’s just a matter of time before we see the tech in future Resident Evil games.
The “Kitchen” demo Capcom used to show off their new virtual reality engine at E3 earlier this year traumatized some folks, but that was just the beginning.
“The response [to the “Kitchen” demo] was excellent. Currently, we are building a new game development engine able to support VR, which is the hottest market right now, while simultaneously developing titles for current game consoles. We have just set sail on our latest voyage.”
It’ll be interesting to see where this goes. What do you think?
Find out what happens when these unsuspecting people are invited to an open house, and end up experiencing “The Ghost Dimension”.
Paramount Pictures created the following viral video to promote Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters October 23, 2015.
What you’ll see is the original Paranormal Activity house in San Diego that’s been rigged to scare visitors who think they’re attending an open house.
Without any context, it’s not really that funny. I would have loved if the realtors told the guests something along the lines of, “This is the actual house that inspired Paranormal Activity,” so when crazy shit happens people believe it’s the real deal. Oh well, it’s still fun…
The chances of our ever seeing Zelda or Samus kick spectral ghost butt are fairly slim, so we’ll have to do with these unlockable costumes for Miu and Yuri in the upcoming Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. The game hits the Wii U later this month, and with Halloween just around the corner, it’s fitting that these ladies would dress up as two of gaming’s most iconic heroines, if only to keep their actual clothes from getting ruined. No amount of stain remover can save a tasteful blouse from a smattering of ectoplasm. Or so I’ve heard.
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water arrives on Oct 22 (NA) / Oct 30 (EU) only for Wii U.
All good things must come to an end. Savor every last drop of “Hemlock Grove, The Final Chapter,” streaming Friday, October 23 at 12:01am PT exclusively on Netflix.
We now have a juicy new clip from the Eli Roth-produced “Hemlock Grove,” a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.
The series stars Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), Freya Tingley, and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II).
You’ll never guess where the blood is coming from…
One of my favorite sub-genres is the one where a military or para-military group encounters a supernatural or otherworldly antagonist and must find a way to survive against something that their training didn’t prepare them for. Films like Aliens, Predator and even Dog Soldiers follow this formula, usually with entertaining results. Wind Walkers is another addition to this roster, albeit not the one we might have hoped for. With his new film, Russell Friedenberg succeeds in creating tension and atmosphere while failing to deliver a memorable experience.
Wind Walkers follows an ensemble cast of friends back from the army after a tour in the middle east. They find normal life hard to adapt to after the horrors witnessed abroad, especially after one of their colleagues is discovered to have gone AWOL. When they depart for a routine hunting trip in the Everglades, it becomes apparent that they are not alone in the wilderness, and that an ancient force is stalking them, possibly a malignant spirit of Native American folklore.
While the mythological elements and atmosphere are amazing, Friedenberg presents us with a muddled script and confusing narrative that almost completely overshadows the meaty subtext and character portrayals. Early scenes do a good job of setting the mood and capturing the viewer’s attention, but soon enough some baffling editing choices and lack of focus derail the experience. This is a film that is at its best when fully embracing supernatural horror and action that it unwisely chooses to leave only implied. The last act does a lot better in keeping you invested, but by then it is too late to save the rest.
Rudy Youngblood (of Apocalypto fame), Zane Holtz (one of the Gecko brothers in the new From Dusk Till Dawn series), J. LaRose Johnny Sequoyah and a few others star in this tense thriller, where it’s apparent from early on that no character is safe. Sadly, almost none of the characters are satisfactorily developed, leaving us with no one to root for. The script does not give the actors much to work with, resulting in hollow performances that could have been much better within a more focused story. LaRose was especially wasted here, having some of the best scenes but also very little to do in the grand scheme of things.
There is an overall lack of energy that permeates most of the film, even though there were some honestly well-directed moments. Native American mythology is ripe for the picking concerning possible movie monsters and thrilling situations, but Wind Walkers doesn’t even come close to using the full potential of these stories, preferring to stick to safe and familiar tropes, leaving us unsatisfied by the end.
Wind Walkers isn’t terrible, but it ends with so much unfulfilled potential that one can’t help but imagine how a few minor tweaks could have resulted in a profoundly improved and memorable experience. Some of the ideas presented here were actually very original, and none of the actors gave a bad performance. Some scenes towards the end were also refreshingly chilling, though the movie could have used more of them. Overall, this is a harmless movie; disappointing, but not a total failure.
Screening as part of the After Dark Film Festival’s “8 Films to Die For.”
If you’re a horror fan you know the name Larry Fessenden. In fact, you’re probably quite familiar. Actor, writer, producer, director, editor, cinematographer, you name it and Fessenden has done it. He’s been a staple in the horror community for as long as I can remember. On October 20, 2015 Scream Factory will honor Fessenden by releasing The Larry Fessenden Collection on Blu-ray.
This set will feature four films (No Telling, Habit, Wendigo, The Last Winer) from the multi-talented Fessenden and comes packed with bonus content.
Four tales of terror from multi-talented filmmaker Larry Fessenden – he’s a writer, a producer, a director and an actor. In this box set, he brings together four of his films, in HD for the first time, along with both brand-new and vintage bonus features including short films and music videos.
Bloody Disgusting has obtained an exclusive clip from the added bonus features. In this clip we get a behind the scenes look at Fessenden directing 1995’s Habit. It’s an interesting look at a true artist at work. This should hold you over until the collection hits shelves next week.
Porthos Films have released a first image from their debut feature Blood Money starring Klariza Clayton (Skins, House of Anubis), Ollie Barber (Skins), Scott Chambers (Chicken), and also introducing Nicholas Bourne and Sabrina Hansen.
A screenplay by 2013 Emmy winner Rosy Deacon, “the film centre’s around five friends living together in France following a botched art heist.”
Blood Money is Luke White’s directorial feature debut and is currently in post production, having shot this summer in on location in Normandy, France.
Porthos Films is a UK based feature film production company headed up by twin brothers Edward and Luke White.
“Is it 4:20? Cause you just got stoned!”
A new promo clip from Paramount’s Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse hits hard as one of the undead attack well-prepared scouts.
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.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will open in theaters October 30th, and as part of a new distribution deal, will arrive on home video and VOD within 17 days of the film nearing its theatrical exit.
Bloody Disgusting has a new look at Shut In, the latest horror thriller from team that brought you Delivery: The Beast Within, which will screen Sunday, October 18th at 4:15pm at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
In Shut In, “Beth Riesgraf stars as Anna, a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals breaks into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.“
The film also stars Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”) and Jack Kesy (FX’s “The Strain”).
Shut In is the debut feature from Adam Schindler, one half of LA based film collective Type AB, which was behind last year’s festival favorite Delivery: The Beast Within. That film also World Premiered at the LA Film Festival back in 2013, where it secured US distribution through Salient Media/Tribeca. TJ Cimfel and David White penned the screenplay.
Steven Schneider (WER, Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is producing with Jeff Rice (Lone Survivor), Lati Grobman (The Iceman) and Erik Olsen (The Book of Eli, Orphan). Executive producers are Christa Campbell (Texas Chainsaw 3D, Leatherface), Matthew Lamothe, Tommy Vlahopoulos, Brian Netto and Rob Van Norden.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to grab that gun over there so you can empty it into every demon you see. Just keep shooting until they resemble spilled plates of lasagna with teeth.
Bethesda opened up registrations for the Doom closed multiplayer alpha this week, and you can get in on it so long as you did the right thing and bought a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order by May 26, 2014. The alpha will offer a taste of the game’s Team Deathmatch mode, in which two teams of six fight on the industrial-themed Heatwave map.
The alpha will feature six different weapons and two equipment items — the Vortex Rifle, Super Shotgun, Repeater, Rocket Launcher, Static Cannon, Plasma Rifle, Personal Teleporter and Frag Grenade — as well as the chance to use the new Demon Rune to transform into the Revenant demon so you can “use your jetpack and dual rocket launchers to hunt down the other team for a limited time to either secure your team’s lead or mount a comeback.”
Just make sure you watch out for the Gauss Cannon, a crazy powerful gun that essentially serves as the anti-Revenant. Head over here to register.
Good, bad, I’m the one with the tickets…
Here’s a groovy promotion that’s going to make a lot of you jealous.
Bloody Disgusting has (1) PAIR of tickets to the red carpet premiere of “Ash vs Evil Dead,” Starz’s 10-episode series based on Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead franchise, which will take place at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA on October 28th @6:30PM PST.
One lucky Los Angeles-based reader and a guest of their choosing will join the cast and crew of “Ash vs Evil Dead” for a screening of the new series starring Bruce Campbell, and also enjoy a live outdoor performance by Iggy Pop!!
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Set to premiere on October 31st, in the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead”, “Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
Ash’s Value Stop co-workers are Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo), with the great Lucy Lawless appearing as Ruby.
Sam Raimi directed the “Ash vs Evil Dead” pilot that following the events of his The Evil Dead franchise, including Army of Darkness.
There’s so much more “Ash vs Evil Dead” goodies that can be found at this link.
Gothic horror films were hallmarks of 1930s-era Hollywood, but they’re not quite as common in recent years. Guillermo del Toro is hoping to bring Gothic horror (and romance) back in a big way with his new film Crimson Peak (my review), so we thought we’d take a look back at some of the best Gothic horror films Hollywood has put out recently (and by recently we mean the last 25 years).