The 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien is pretty much considered to be one of the pinnacles of the genre. The introduction of the Xenomorph and facehugger pretty much cemented the film as one of the most important and influential of its kind, even if some think it was a blatant ripoff.
Director Ridley Scott crafted a masterpiece, making a film that was serious and expertly designed. And newly surfaced storyboards that were drawn by Scott himself show just how detailed he got with his vision, making sure that every thought came forth in the final product. These storyboards can be seen below.
Scott is currently filming Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus.
Update: Pre-order information has been added.
Cadabra Records has announced that they will be releasing a spoken word vinyl of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “The Lurking Fear” with Andrew Leman, co-founder of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, providing the reading. The artwork, which you can see below, was done by Alan Brown.
The limited 12″ will be pressed in a run of 500 of which only 350 will be available for sale (100 are already pre-sold and 50 for personal label reasons) on July 8th. Pre-orders will go live Friday, June 3rd.
An excerpt from S. T. Joshi’s liner notes reads:
Reading Lovecraft can on occasion be a guilty pleasure. When we encounter a sentence like this from The Outsider – “It was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal, and detestable”- we are inclined to smile as well as to admire the verbal pyrotechnics that can create such a cascade of evocative adjectives. Especially in his earlier years, Lovecraft enjoyed experimenting with this kind of over-the-top horror, and the results are some of his most entertaining stories. The Lurking Fear is one of these.
Written in November 1922, it was the second of Lovecraft’s professionally published stories. Weird Tales, which was the haven for most of his later tales, would not be founded until March 1923; and Lovecraft – who was not even sure he wanted to be a “professional” writer, if that meant churning out hackwork according to market specifications – wrote The Lurking Fear in response to the pleas of a friend, George Julian Houtain, who wanted just such a blood-and-thunder narrative. Houtain had begun a semi-pro magazine (which Lovecraft later called a “vile rag”) entitled Home Brew, subtitled “America’s Zippiest Pocket Magazine.” Most people don’t know that Home Brew was a humor magazine, full of articles, sketches, limericks, and other matter poles apart from Lovecraft’s usual brand of supernatural horror.
From the official press release: “Dark ambient/industrial outfit, Theologian, backs up Leman’s conveyance of the awesome story, supplying an appropriately macabre and unsettling score.“
The horror short Blood Bath, which we wrote about earlier this year, has been released and can be watched below.
Starring Pandie Suicide (Ditch Day Massacre), Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramiriz from Marilyn Manson), Kimberly Ables Jindra (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and a special guest appearance from Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson, the short was written and produced by Suicide while being directed by Erik Boccio. It’s basically a twisted take on the crimes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of young women in an effort to maintain her youth and beauty.
Blood Bath features original music from Rob Patterson (Filter, Otep, ex-Korn) as well as an original track from 16-year-old singer/songwriter Poppy Jean Crawford. The makeup and FX were created by Laney Chantal (“Face Off”).
After a slight delay caused by some unforeseen technical difficulties, Krillbite Studio has gotten the Xbox One port of their popular indie horror game Among the Sleep back on track and ready for a release on Friday, June 3rd. If you haven’t played this one yet, it’s a first-person adventure game about a two year-old boy’s quest to find his missing mother.
It’s a gorgeous game that’s elevated considerably by a lovely art style that turns a normal, everyday home into a charming place until it’s twisted into something sinister by a child’s rampant imagination. The horrors are seen through the eyes of a frightened child, who unknowingly reshapes everything he sees into a nightmarish version of itself. It’s a clever use of a common video game aesthetic, much like Krillbite’s next game, Mosaic.
Still no update on the planned retail release of Among the Sleep, but we’ll probably hear about that soon. The game is currently available to download on PC and PS4, neither of which will have the exclusive pajama patterns that Xbox One owners will get next week. I’m going with the unicorn style, but I won’t judge you if you’re more fond of the bear pajamas.
I’m afraid I can’t say the same for those of you who choose to wear the Xbox branded pajamas. What is this, Baby Billboard Simulator 2016? No thanks!