With its release rapidly approaching, Bethesda has released a brand new trailer for The Evil Within that focuses on its impressive array of twisted, freakish and otherwise monstrous-looking creatures. The basic baddies are known as the Haunted, and after seeing their glowing eyes, deformed bodies and creative use of spikes and barbed wire as fashion accessories, I think the name fits.
As fashion-forward as they may be, I’m very much looking forward to setting each and every one of them on fire when The Evil Within arrives next week.
The Evil Within is slated to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
After coming to Steam Early Access last September, the indie multiplayer horror game Damned has finally reached a point where it’s ready for a full release. In it, a team of four survivors are pit against a player-controlled monster that’s tasked with hunting them throughout a procedurally generated environment. I still haven’t gotten around to playing it yet, but I’ve heard good things.
I may need to remedy that by including it among the 13 horror games we’ll be playing in our upcoming 13 Days of Horror series, which kicks off on October 19.
You can find Damned on Steam for $19.99, or you can grab a four-pack for $59.99.
After a painfully long wait, Alien: Isolation is less than a day away. Arguably one of the year’s most anticipated horror games, Alien: Isolation follows Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, as she finds herself being hunted by an especially nasty xenomorph — among a few other baddies. From what we’ve seen of it so far, the game looks sufficiently terrifying and entirely unlike the abysmal Aliens: Colonial Marines.
However, if you’re still on the fence about it, I’m currently hard at work on getting my review of it out as soon as I possibly can to help you decide if it’s worth your time.
Alien: Isolation hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Vertigo Comics have always come with a certain seal of quality you can’t find anywhere else. “Coffin Hill” continues the incredible tradition of overwhelming awesomeness. Buying one of their comics is an assurance that you’ll find adult themes dealt within a provocative narrative that just may make you rethink the way you relate to others.
So it’s with great pleasure that we offer up an Exclusive preview of “Coffin Hill” #12. Which goes on sale this Wednesday 10/08/14, and you’ll find a review that day, right here.
A Vertigo “Defy Covers” issue! Eve discovers the identity of the Ice Fisher and puts herself in the killer’s crosshairs! And she’s not the only one being hunted, as the sinister force that’s come to Coffin Hill stalks Nate, Bianca and Lacey. Before the night is over, somebody won’t make it out alive.
Art by: Inaki Miranda
Cover by: Dave Johnson
Written by: Caitlin Kittredge
I’m not exactly sure the source of the above image (although I discovered it here), but what you see is a piece of absolutely incredible art featuring Godzilla from this summer’s monster blockbuster.
The best thing about the image is Godzilla’s battle damage, which looks like something I’d expect to see in a “Wolverine” comic. These are also the kind of things that could have made the movie, directed by Gareth Edwards, even better. It reminds me of the scene in the 1988 Die Hard where John McClane runs through glass barefoot and has to wrap up his feet, limping badly through the rest of the film.
Anyways, this image is astounding and makes me wish the new film were better than it was. Fans of it, though, can now pick it up on home video.
20th Century Fox has preemptively bought the film rights to hot Frankfurt Book Fair title The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill for Steve Zaillian and Garrett Basch’s Film Rites to produce, writes Heat Vision.
The Dark Side is an elevated sci-fi noir story “set in a future where the moon is utilized as a penal colony, housing criminals, psychopaths and curious tourists alike. As an anarchic android begins wreaking havoc on the area, and bodies start turning up dead, an exiled detective arrives to investigate.”
The project is described as in the vein of Philip K. Dick, Avatar and Blade Runner.
Simon & Schuster just acquired worldwide rights to the novel and plans to publish the book in Spring 2015.
As we exclusively told you this summer, Universal Pictures is moving forward with a third The Purge
After the sequel The Purge: Anarchy surpassed the original film’s $91 million worldwide gross on its way to $110 million, Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes have now officially begun development on a third installment of the fright film, says Deadline.
James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first two, will write the third with an eye to direct his storyline about a land where one night of the year, murder is legal and terrible things happen those unlucky enough to not be locked up tight in their homes.
I’ve got some more perfect-for-Halloween music for you!
Newcastle-upon-Tyne artist Joseph Curwen has recently released a new album entitled Shunned House, which is pretty damn perfect if you want to create a sinister aural backdrop to your haunted house party. Keep in mind that this isn’t something you put on to groove to, this is something you put on because you want to scare the crap out of your friends and make them feel incredibly uncomfortable.
The two-track album is described as:
An incontrovertible array of facts pointed to some lingering influence in the shunned house, still operative through rare and unknown laws of atomic and electronic motion. The family had possessed an abnormal affinity for outer circles of entity – dark spheres which for normal folk hold only repulsion and terror.
Sounds pretty dark, eh? What else would you expect from someone who describes his music as “HP Lovecraft inspired Post-Rave Hauntology Rituals and Radiophonic Occult Synth Horror Soundtracks”. Yup, that’s a direct copy/paste.
Anyways, head on down to check out the music and leave your thoughts! Oh, and if you dig Shunned House, make sure you also check out Forest Night.
“Wear something black.”
A series of Flickr users started turning Fiona Goode (played by Jessica Lange) quotes from FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven” into inspirational posters!
You can check out a handful of these hilarious pieces of art below, otherwise…
“Don’t make me drop a house on you.”
hatchet, Hatchet II and Frozen director Adam Green has turned in his annual Halloween short film, “Happy Halloween”, which turns a Skype call into tricks and treats.
“A quick Skype call between a husband and wife on Halloween night takes a disturbingly dark turn in Adam Green and ArieScope Pictures’ 16th annual Halloween short film.”
The short stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men, Frozen, “The Following”) and Brea Grant (“Heroes,” “Dexter”).
“The Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan steps out in style for the season premiere of AMC’s hit television show at Universal Studios Hollywood and after party at the theme park’s Halloween Horror Nights maze, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line” where walkers awaits.
Read about our visit to Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood.
This year’s bone-chilling mazes will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.
“The Walking Dead” is set to return this Sunday on AMC.
Photo credit: David Sprague for Universal Studios Hollywood
Already out in the UK, Millennium has released the U.S. trailer for Before I Go to Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.
Directed by Rowan Joffe, the thriller opens in limited theaters on October 31st.
“ taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, “Before I Go to Sleep” is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life – as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).“
Here’s two new looks at Vin Diesel as 13th century Kaulder…
Diesel has shared two new looks at himself in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter, which is in production under the direction of The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner.
Diesel leads the fantasy actioner as an immortal witch hunter who teams with his natural enemy, a witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. Julie Engelbrecht plays the Witch Queen.
Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie also star.
Summit will release in 2015.
“Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including KAULDER (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–the last witch hunter. With the help of FATHER DOLAN, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is BELIAL, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of CHLOE, a goodhearted young witch, Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.”
From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot.
In this exclusive new image, two friends hit the basement cellar – maybe in an homage to The Evil Dead? – for sanctuary. Check out more new images here.
In the Sasquatch’s bold return to the big screen, “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
Photo Source: Lionsgate
2012’s The Pact turned out the be a pretty successful indie hit for writer-director Nicholas McCarthy. Rather than return for the sequel, he went on to make the AMAZING At The Devil’s Door. The Pact II was instead put in the hands of filmmakers Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, who together co-directed the fairly well-received Entrance. For the sequel, some of the first film’s actors have returned to continue the story of the Judas Killer, which is effectively expanded upon with some fresh faces. But while it has its (very) creepy moments, The Pact 2 lacks the original’s punch.
(SOME SPOILERS FOR THE ORIGINAL FILM FOLLOW)
Camilla Luddington (True Blood) stars as June Abbott, a woman who scrubs brains off the wall at her day job as a crime scene cleaner. On her off hours, she illustrates and spends nights alone while her cop boyfriend (Scott Michael Foster) works his beat. A couple weeks after the shooting of the Judas Killer (as seen in the first film), June begins having terrifyingly lucid dreams about Judas and her loved ones. Then when a copycat killer surfaces, June’s connection to the original Judas is slowly unraveled.
She eventually seeks out the aid of Annie Barlow (Caity Lotz returns!), who seeks out the aid of her psychic friend Stevie (Haley Hudson returns!). The band’s back together! Of seemingly zero help is an FBI agent played by Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Dr.). I love Fishcler, but his character here is kinda baffling. He’s supposed to be the socially awkward FBI loner, but he comes off more like a stiff dick than anything else. It’s a shame they didn’t develop him any further because Fischler’s range is stifled by the script. He’s unfortunately not given much to do here.
Just like the first film, we follow our protagonists as the try to unlock the mystery of these new murders while also delving into their families’ histories. They piece together clues (a record plays a major role) as June’s visions grow increasingly violent and a little too close to home. Some of the sequel’s most effective scenes are the creep show moments that harken back to the original. A shadow on the wall and the old bathroom mirror trick, for example, are pulled off really, really well. The original’s thick atmosphere of dread and unease is also nicely kept in tack, though a weird glaze over exterior shots gives The Pact II an almost Lifetime movie luster.
Remember in the first Pact, when Judas first crawled out from under the floor? That bit seriously gave me the willies like a real kick to the spine. A lot of moments in the first one had that effect on me. Aside from maybe a handful of scenes (including the two I mentioned), The Pact II ultimately fails to pack that same punch. It feels like Hallam and Horvath really went for it during the climactic twist, but the effect isn’t nearly as strong.
“The Master” proves to be a great summary for the many problems plaguing The Strain in its first season. While this episode certainly has highlights, it will mostly leave you feeling cold and alone. The premise put forward by the show has hardly been able to sustain, due to a lack of conviction and maintained by idiotic character decisions at every turn.
With 15 minutes to spare, our group of heroes descends on The Master’s lair in what should be an epic showdown. While the scene does have its merits, unconvincing acting and an underlying lack danger mar it. The heroes have seemingly won, and vanquish legions of vampires with relative ease.
So when it comes time for Abraham to face The Master, one would hope that this showdown would address the intense personal history of the characters and deepen the conflict, while pushing everything to a boiling point. Instead we were treated to a haphazard fight that relied heavily on Eph and Zack slowly smashing out windows to hurt the ancient vampire.
While I can only imagine this hulking creature must be a bitch to move, he should have probably posed a little more threat than was evident here. Seriously the Master just continues to recoil until Abraham smashes him through a large paned window, and stands over him like a 50’s action movie villain. He savors the moment for far too long, and guess what? The Master scurries away in a horribly realized CG scene that really shows the limitations of the budget. Seriously, anything would have been better than that horribly sluggish hulk moving into the sewer.
Elsewhere we finally have the Stonehart story going somewhere as Eldritch is healthy and spry enough to throw a woman off of a balcony with relative ease. He’s sinister and he’s now making a play for the entire city, oh wait, we already knew that and he’s doing nothing new. Everything here was relatively inconsequential other than a scene between Eldritch and Eichorst that shows Palmer as a desperate old fool who’s truly being lead by The Master.
Gus’ storyline actually proved the most interesting because it had a wealth of development. He met the ancient ones, and they were beautifully creepy and very well realized. Quinlan assures him that they are the key to defeating The Master and it certainly seems like the case.
Finally the episode ends with an awfully on the nose voiceover that encapsulates almost everything wrong with this first season of The Strain. It’s never quite assured in the intelligence of the audience, and finds itself pandering directly to the viewer instead of to the characters.
The next year must see a serious course correction for the narrative to actually have any weight. Luckily the world building is now out of the way, and with any luck the focus can be on the characters and the world of ruin that is New York City. Although I don’t remain too hopeful as this season was more uneven than any premiere season I’ve ever witnessed. There was a lot of promise in the middle, only to falter completely when it came to the landing.
Hopefully the year break will allow them to find a more convincing hair piece for Corey Stoll.
What did you think of “The Master?”
The demure, innocent Sabrina you know is gone. Make room for a much darker teenage witch and her world of terrors as imagined by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. This new horror-focused origin story for Sabrina Spellman is more than just a fun concept, it is one executed to near-perfection. Aguirre-Sacasa’s second go at Archie Comics horror is another triumph, and perhaps more delightful than his first. From the suspense-driven story to the elegant dreary art, “Sabrina” is essential Fall reading.
WRITTEN BY: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
ART BY: Robert Hack
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
RELEASE: October 8, 2014
REVIEWED BY: Lonnie Nadler
The creative team makes sure you know that this is a horror story from page one. It begins on Sabrina’s first birthday, October 31st, 1951, and introduces her father, Edward Spellman, as a great warlock “who has conjured his lord Satan, in the flesh, numerous times”. Sabrina has been promised to the witches, but her mother, a mere mortal, refuses to let go of her beloved blond baby. The result is a grim showdown between mother and father that establishes the witches in this world as dark, powerful beings, unafraid to perform wicked deeds.
The issue then jumps through time to highlight major events in Sabrina’s strange youth, her growing powers, and her dismay at her parents’ absence. Ultimately it settles in 1964, approaching Sabrina’s Sweet 16, on which the rest of the arc will focus. It is quick jump across those 16 years, and some story elements get a bit muddled, however, Aguirre-Sacasa packs in everything required of an origin story without getting wrapped up excessive detail. He gives only what is required to tell the story, and the result is a tight first issue that plants many mystery seeds that are bound to bloom further into the series.
Not unlike “Afterlife With Archie”, it is clear how much the writer and artist adore horror. This is a story from a team that has delved deep into the vaults of horror across all mediums. The little touches of abstract shadows, mentions of cannibalism, and a blood moon help to create consistent creepiness throughout the book. In addition, they address the metaphorical horrors of high school life that await Sabrina down the road. Threats approach Sabrina from all angles, showing that the creative team knows that the best horror is often built with empathic characters and the suspense of the unknown horrors that await them in the shadows.
Despite all the elements of horror and macabre in the script, the Aguirre-Sacasa and Hack do not forgo the essential elements of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. You still have Salem the talking cat, Aunts Zelda and Hilda, and, of course, the dreamy Harvey Kinkle. These familiar elements ensure that this is still an Archie comic, while also adding a sense of nostalgia to the story that compliments the 1960s timeline. There are several allusions to other characters in this version of Archie universe that are bound to crop up in later issues.
Robert Hack’s stunning Gothic art is an impeccable fit for Sabrina’s reinvention. His color palette encompasses the best and spookiest parts of Halloween. His pulpy work is confident, full of gloom, and, above all, beautiful. As good as Aguirre-Sacasa’s writing is, Hack uncovers the script to bring its full potential to the surface. He nails the tone, delivers scares with potency, and helps to build the mystery Aguirre-Sacasa has laid out. The final pages are chilling, reminiscent of the best of the classic “Eerie” and “Creepy” tales.
The creators take a self-reflexive approach here in that are aware they are tainting something that has been innocent for so long, and they use it to their advantage. They constantly play against expectation, while simultaneously keeping the important elements that make it feel familiar, like an old friend. Allowing Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa to build horror stories in the Archie universe is the best thing the publisher has done in years. It makes their comics important again.
As Aguirre-Sacasa states in his letter at the back of the issue, it would have been easy to spin a new Sabrina tale out of the “Afterlife with Archie” series, but in developing a completely new, dreary world, it is all the more impressive, satisfying, and devilish.
Editor’s Note: What you get here for $3.99 is more than worth it. A 28-page story, a letter from the creator, a classic “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” story reprinted, and a sketch gallery.
Another Monday, another BD Playlist! Today I’ll be taking the reins and bringing you a list of several albums/bands that I haven’t been able to put away for a little bit. Ranging from classic heavy metal to French cabaret to film soundtracks, this list represents just a scratch on the surface of my current musical tastes.
Check out my playlist and let me know yours in the comments!
GEICO is getting into the holiday spirit with their new commercial that takes a loving jab at our beloved genre.
Watch as horror movie characters make predictably poor decisions. The gold is when the slasher lifts up his mask and shakes his head in disbelief.
Horror movie cliches are always fun to point out, and even more fun to joke about… I still won’t be getting GEICO.
NBC released shared a new promo and comic poster for “Constantine,” the DC Comics/Warner Bros. TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan as the chain-smokin’ title character.
Set to debut October 24, the fantasy vehicle is “about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.”
Harold Perrineau Jr., Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford co-star. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer exec produce.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series. It has already been adapted into the 2005 feature film starring Keanu Reeves.