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Try To Scare The Pants Off Your Friends In 'Spectre'

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00

Remember when half-baked multiplayer modes were tacked on to great horror games in a ridiculous effort to sell more copies of the game? Condemned 2, Dead Space 2, Resident Evil 5 — the list is long and more than a little frustrating. Now a few creative indie developers are finding clever ways to weave multiplayer into their horror games with a purpose.

Spectre is one of those games, and after seeing it in action, it has my full attention. More after the jump.

Spectre reminds me a lot of the similarly themed indie horror game Damned, in that both games aim to make competitive multiplayer the main feature, rather than an afterthought.

According to its Kickstarter, Spectre brings asynchronous multiplayer challenges to virtual reality and allows players to assume the role of either the seekers or the Spectre. Up to four players explore perilous environments and together feel the terror of the being hunted. As a Seeker, your headlight is your weapon and your salvation in darkness. Your headlight is capable of emitting limited bursts of bright light which can incapacitate pursuing Spectres. As a Spectre, your goal is to pursue and drain the life from the Seekers. Spectres can lay traps, create illusions, make distant sounds, disorient Seekers, and transport themselves.”

The game is also being built with the Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni in mind.

If scaring your friends (or assorted strangers) sounds like your idea of a good time, you can support Spectre on Kickstarter, where it’s crowd-funding campaign is just under $4,000 shy of its modest $15,000 goal, and you can also follow it on Steam Greenlight.

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[BD Review] 'Wolf Creek 2' Insanely Fun, Yet Grimy and Vicious!!

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:20

Back in 2005, when Greg McLean delivered is Aussie slasher Wolf Creek to the Sundance Film Festival, horror fans were clamoring for ultra-violent cinema. With films like Jeepers Creepers, Wrong Turn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cabin Fever, Freddy vs. Jason, Saw and Hostel reeking havoc on box office competitors, it was clear that “hardcore” was what the people wanted. That didn’t last long as Hollywood turned to J-horror reboots, remakes, and then found-footage subgenres – all of which have since died. What is it that people want from horror these days? Well, it’s unclear as we’re in a transition stage, but what I can tell you is that anything fun is going to work with audiences. Nearly a decade since its festival premiere, McLean has returned to the Outback with slasher Mick Taylor (John Jarratt) and his hunting tools, this time taking genre fans on a blast of a blood-soaked ride that’s so incredibly fun that it taps into the spirit of the later A Nightmare on Elm Street sequels.

Wolf Creek felt like a torture film, sort of in the vein of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The sequel approaches the subgenre from a completely different direction, this time by moving the pace and delivering hilarious set pieces that will have the audience cheering (I was in tears laughing when Mick Taylor mows over a troop of kangaroo with a truck).

And speaking of Mick Taylor, McLean makes the bold choice to turn him into the film’s protagonist/anti-hero. The sequel isn’t actually told from the perspective of new backpackers, but instead from the psycho eyes of the Outback slasher. This is what brings the Elm Street qualities out, and injects Wolf Creek 2 with an insane amount of joy. While it’s still brutal as hell (Taylor cuts off the penis of one of his prey), this time McLean lets the audience enjoy themselves instead of feeling like they were punched in the gut.

What also propels the film to greatness is that John Jarratt delivers one of the best slasher performance in history, turning Mick Taylor into a maniacal, hilarious, and still terrifying mass murderer.

Wolf Creek 2 is the slasher horror fans have been dying for; it’s like Crocodile Dundee, High Tension, Texas Chain Saw and Elm Street all mixed into one insanely fun, yet dirty, grimy and vicious slasher massacre. Wear a raincoat because you will get wet…

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It's Up to Lionsgate to Make 'Blair Witch' Sequel...

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:19

Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s 1999 indie The Blair Witch Project was a game changer. It’s sequel, while disappointing at the time of release, has aged like fine wine.

While the groundbreaking first film was the first found-footage of its kind, the 2000 Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 went back to a traditional approach.

The duo have been talking trilogy since the release of Book of Shadows, although nothing has ever come into fruition.

With the recent popularity of found-footage, it’s sort of a shocker that a third film has never gone into production.

Lionsgate, who owns the rights to the franchise (through acquiring Artisan Entertainment), recently acquired Sanchez’ Exists out of the SXSW Film Festival. Reuniting Sanchez with Lionsgate provides hope that this franchise will live on, although it’s up to Lionsgate to pull the trigger.

You know, Lionsgate owns the property, so it’s obviously up to them right now,” Sanchez tells “We’ve been talking to them for the past four or five years about doing it, but there’s nothing really in the works right now with us. But I think you’re right and maybe just being back at Lionsgate will help move things forward on another Blair Witch movie.

Responding to talk about it being found-footage, Sanchez ends that notion: “That’s an observation I’ve talked to a lot of people about. There were other found-footage movies, but when Cloverfield did its thing there were a whole bunch of them afterward. I think a lot of people, including us, just didn’t know. We never imagined doing another Blair Witch found-footage movie. Our plan for the sequel is definitely not doing a found-footage movie. It took a while for people to just figure out what Blair had done; I’m not sure why. The film was so experimental and kind of came out of nowhere so people didn’t know what to think of it and weren’t sure if that style could be repeated.

The Blair Witch Project went on to make $250M worldwide at the box office.

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Our 5 Most Anticipated Upcoming Indie Horror Games!

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:00

I spent a good portion of my weekend gathering an epic list of thirty upcoming indie horror games you should have on your radar. Because it’s a long list and I value your time, I also came up with a ‘Top 5′ video that consists of my personal favorites. Every game on that list is worth your attention, but these five have me very anxious to get my hands on them.

Read on for my Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Horror Games, in no particular order.

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'Batman: Arkham Knight' Composer Talks The Music Of A Dark Hero

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:00

Game Informer has posted an interview with composer Nick Arundel about the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game, which will be coming out later this year. Arundel discusses the music of the previous games and how they influence new motifs as well as working with composer David Buckley (Blood Creek, The Number 23). You can watch the interview below.

Batman: Arkham Knight is the fourth game in the Batman: Arkham series, which began in 2009 with Batman: Arkham Asylum. Arkham Knight has a tentative release date of October 14, 2014 and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

I played the hell out of Asylum and City but didn’t get into Origins at all. Still, those two were enough to convince me that they are easily two of the greatest comic book games ever created. Were I to own a current gen console, I’d be all over this game!

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[T] Next On: "Bates Motel" Episode 2.05, "The Escape Artist"

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:43

After a slow start, last week’s “Bates Motel” ended with such a massive shocker that it altered the history of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

While I haven’t had a chance to catch last night’s episode, A&E has dragged me back in as I expect more surprises.

Here’s a look at next week’s Episode 2.05, “The Escape Artist,” airing March 31.

Norman (Freddie Highmore) trusts Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) with a family secret. Dylan (Max Thieriot) finds himself fighting for his life as Zane’s (Michael Eklund) war escalates. Meanwhile, Norma (Vera Farmiga) makes a deal with a mysterious man (Michael O’Neill) to help stop the bypass.

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H.R. Giger Behind-The-Scenes Working On 'Alien' (Random Cool)

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 03:00

I’ve always been a fan of 1979′s Alien, the Ridley Scott-directed film that introduced the world to the terrifying yet strangely beautiful xenomorph. It’s a fantastic film that horrifies with layer after layer of thick, claustrophobic atmosphere, compounded by a wonderful score (courtesy of Jerry Goldsmith).

But none of that would’ve been possible without the art direction and creature design of artist H.R. Giger, whose vision crafted a villain that still terrifies and entrances audiences.

Below you can see the man himself on the set of the film as he works on some of the most iconic moments and props.

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[Random Cool] "When The Lights Go Out 2" Art Gallery

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 19:57

Based on some of your favorite shows (i.e. “True Detective”), video games and movies (Ghostbusters), check out Brooklyn’s Bottleneck Art Gallery’s mind-blowing “When The Lights Go Out 2″ art show!

You can see a sample below, with all of the prints available right here. Feel free to buy me Mark Lone’s “he’s an ugly lil’ spud”, cool?

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See the Fully Operational 'Jurassic World'!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:30

The IBT discovered some Jurassic World concept art hiding within the online portfolio of Nathan Schroeder, an artist whose recent work includes Avengers Assemble, Star Trek and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Below you’ll see some images of a fully-operational dinosaur theme park, which will be operated by director Colin Trevorrow.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard will star, alongside Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins and BD Wong, who returns as Dr. Henry Wu, a scientist from the first film, adds the site. Trevorrow also put the kibosh on the Idris Elba rumor, joking that “The dinosaurs wouldn’t stand a chance.“

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'Prometheus' Sequel Will Be More 'Alien'-y!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 18:22

The second in a planned trilogy is finally gearing up for production…

TheWrap reports some exciting news Monday evening as 20th Century Fox has tapped veteran scribe Michael Green – who worked with Ridley Scott on a new Blade Runner – to rewrite Prometheus 2, originally penned by Jack Paglen (Transcendence).

Shooting is scheduled to begin this fall with a release of March 2016 in the cards. It currently doesn’t have an official title.

Prometheus served as an ‘unofficial’ prequel to Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi movie Alien, and the sequel that Green will write aims to be much more “alien-y” and in line with the terrifying tone of past films in the franchise, says the site.

Additionally, the sequel is expected to feature multiple ‘David’ androids, which means there will be more than one Michael Fassbender on screen at the same time, according to an individual familiar with the project.

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'Saints Row' Dev Pulled The Plug On A Next-Gen Post-Apocalyptic Western

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:43

This makes me sad.

Volition, the developer that continues to bring us the amazing Saints Row series was working on a next-gen open world post-apocalyptic Western, code-named Zeus. Before you get excited, it’s been canned. The sad news comes from a GDC panel last week, where Volition senior producer Greg Donovan gave us hope before promptly ripping it from our hands.

The reasoning behind the cancellation? They wanted to be responsible.

“Right or wrong, we know we could’ve made this game,” Donovan said. “But it would’ve taken too long. It wouldn’t have been the responsible thing to do.”

I think I can speak for all of us when I say screw responsibility — I want a next-gen open world post-apocalyptic Western from the makers of Saints Row!

Sadly, it’s not happening. Pity, because I’m sure it would’ve been fantastic. At the very least, Volition is currently working on a “top secret” game that is using some of the foundation set for Zeus. Hopefully we’ll hear more about that soon.

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[Random Cool] Big Kahuna Burger Commercial

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 17:25

That’s one tasty burger!

I pay for all sorts of ridiculous channels on my DirecTV, yet I don’t get El Rey. This sucks because I didn’t like the pilot of Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”. And even though I disliked it, I felt there was potential, and I do want to see where it goes. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until it’s on Netflix.

Those of you keeping up with the show can enjoy a nod to Mr. Tarantino with the on-screen debut of the commercial for “Big Kahuna Burger”, debuting in a brand new episode this Tuesday at 9pm on El Rey Network.

Based on the cult-classic film of the same name, “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.

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[TV] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Cast and Details

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:33

Earlier this afternoon show series creator Ryan Murphy announced “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as the title of FX’s latest anthology series.

Now, EW breaks news on returning cast, as well as story details.

The seres, returning this fall, is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.

Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.

Adds the site, Denis O’Hare and the gorgeous Emma Roberts are also in talks to return.

“Freak Show’s” 13 episodes will track this group as they do anything to keep their business around.

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[Interview] Fabian Rangel Jr Talks Kickstarter and Self Publishing in "Doc Unknown"

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 16:10

Fabian Rangel Jr is a pioneer in the world of independent comics having self-published the first volume of “Doc Unknown” on Comixology submit, he proves to be an inspiration for the little guy. Doc is a pulpy noir centered on the titular protagonist. He’s dynamically interesting as he defends a very strange city from every machination of pulp tradition you can think of creating a consistent and impressive indie title that oozes heart.

Recently Fabian took to Kickstarter to crowdfund a one shot that featured one the Doc Unknown’s main antagonist’s Boss Snake. After that campaign was a resounding success, Rangel and his artist Ryan Cody have taken to Kickstarter again to generate funding for Volume Two of Doc Unknown. The outcome was fully funding the project in a mere three days, but the effort didn’t come easy. It was the result of a tremendous amount of work.

So hit the jump to hear all about this insanely inspiring project. How to find an audience, how to publish an indie comic, and the best way to pursue crowd funding for a comic you’re passionate about.

Bloody Disgusting: Introduce Doc Unknown for the uninitiated.

Fabian Rangel JR: Doc Unknown is a supernatural action adventure series. Kind of like a cross between Batman The Animated Series and Hellboy. It introduces a new pulp hero and the city he defends where a lot of strange stuff happens on a nightly basis. The first volume introduces him, and the second volume is all about having fun in his world.

BD: Where did the inspiration for Doc Unknown come from?

FRJR: I had been making comics for three years and it was very financially draining. I wasn’t sure if I could keep it up. I decided to do one more, and I thought about what type of comic I wanted to do more than anything. I wanted to do a mashup of Batman: The Animated Series, Hellboy, and Planetary. Which are my three favorite things. It was all or nothing with Doc Unknown.

BD: And, the book oozes heart.

FRJR: I wanted to do something with all sorts of weird stuff. I made a list of things I wanted to see. I tossed as much crazy stuff in as I could think of. I didn’t want to get ridiculous. Like there are no nuns shooting machine guns, and zombies. I try to keep to things that still fit within this world.

BD: Why Kickstarter? Why Comics? Why Self-Publish?

FRJR: When I was 11-13 I first saw an issue of Thor at a convenience store. I had read mythology growing up so I had recognized Thor, and I was like “what, what’s this!?” I’d buy a comic every now and then, and then in middle school I had a teacher who told me I could write. I didn’t know that was a thing that not everybody could do. I started writing all the time. I told people I wanted to be a writer. But once high school came along, music took over. Throughout my twenties I was in bands, going on tour, putting out albums. When I was turning thirty that stopped and I still needed a creative outlet. I had got back into reading comics in 2003, so I tried writing comics. I always enjoyed writing, and comics were my favorite things to read. I just wanted to see if I could do it.

I got this job, and started to have a disposable income. So I hired artists. The first book I ever did was “Extinct.” Which was a werewolf comic that was published with 215 Ink. I self published the first two volumes of “Extinct” totally on my own in black and white. By the time the third one was about to be released, I had got it colored and submitted it to 215. They picked it up and I did two other books with them. I was still self-publishing little anthologies on the side. I was consistent with self-publishing. Doc Unknown is definitely the most popular thing I’ve done. Seeing Ryan draw my scripts is a total pleasure.

I didn’t think I could do a Kickstarter. With Doc Unknown it was perfect timing. We got the book on Comixology submit, number one came out in March which was when they launched submit. I saw more people adding me on Twitter and Facebook telling me they liked the book. I can’t quit my job and pay my bills because of the book but my fanbase definitely grew. Once volume one was all done I had the idea to do a Boss Snake kickstarter. We set the bare minimum, just to cover for art. I knew that if I could pull off Boss Snake then that’d be how I made comics in the future. Luckily it went to 300% funded. I still had money out of pocket cause I got carried away with stretch goals. Kickstarter is cool though, because there are people on there that I don’t even know. A whole group who just uses the site to fund things, it’s a preorder system that pays for the art.

BD: You don’t see yourself going to Publishers?

FRJR: That’s the first thing you do. The Pitch. If no one wants to do it, and you believe in the project go to Kickstarter. I did pitch Doc Unknown. I either got straight up rejected or straight up ignored. It was really surprising to me. Since I thought Doc Unknown was the home run. I believed that if I actually got it done there would be an audience there and I believe that turned out to be correct.

BD: How did the “Five Ghosts” backups happen?

FJR: I started reading “Five Ghosts” because I saw it in Previews and thought it looked cool. Plus the guy’s name is Fabian. I met Frank (Barbiere) at HeroesCon, he saw my name and recognized Doc Unknown. He had the first two issues, and we compared notes. We had a connection where we were both writing a pulp book. He had been doing comics for eight years, and talked about how hard it is. He had a really good year last year, and this year. Our common ground lead us to talking about a Doc Unknown ad in “Five Ghosts” and a couple hours later I suggested a backup and he was totally into it. I think fans of either book will like the other.

BD: What is it about pulpy noir that interests you the most?

FRJR: I feel like the stuff that happens in these books isn’t possible in 2014. The mystery aspect of our lives is taken away by technology. Something that happens in the 30’s and 40’s could have magic. I like to think that stuff like this could have happened back then. Now everything is explained, we now know there are no such thing as monsters in the traditional sense. I think that era is right on the verge of unreality and reality. World War Two has always been appealing to me, and prohibition era violence. It’s all real dark and happening in the shadows, which makes it really appealing to me.

BD: How far have you outlined Doc Unknown?

FRJR: Doc Unknown is completely outlined. When I first started the plan was four issues and that’d be it. When you read the first volume it ends but you can definitely see how there could be more. The Boss Snake one shot showed that we can keep this going. I thought “What can I realistically get away with?” I could write a hundred issues of Doc Unknown, I don’t think people will give a shit after issue 30. Right now, we have a thousand readers at best. So I think I can tell the story I want to tell, and have people support it at 12 issues. Kind of like a movie trilogy. Each volume will be four issues, and I’ve never done multiple volumes of a comic before. I really like series that end. I like Planetary because it ended, Y The Last Man, I love books with a definite beginning, middle, and end.

BD: Very few people pursue one project throughout multiple Kickstarters, and your key strength is building your audience.

FRJR: To fund the first four issues I ended up getting a loan from my bank, a loan from my retirement plan, actually two. Two maxed out credit cards, I hustled and found more ways to get money to get this book out on time. We did whatever we could to self publish under a bi-monthly schedule. Some big companies don’t even stick to something like that. I wanted to show the people reading my book we were a reliable team. I think that was one of the reasons our first Kickstarter was so successful. We delivered on time. With the exception of some of the international orders, everyone got their stuff in December. Three months later we’re back on Kickstarter, which was a gamble. I think we’ve shown that we know what we’re doing. We have a lot of repeat people funding us. But, we have a ton of people who are funding us at the level where they get the first volume. It makes me really happy.

BD: What can you tell me about Doc Unknown Volume Two?

FRJR: Volume Two is a little more comprised of standalone adventures. First up we’ve got the backups from “Five Ghosts.” Then Ryan (Cody) approached me. He has his own story he wrote and drew. He tried to sell himself to me, and he’s the other half. I totally trust him. He’s got a Batman Beyond type story in there, it’s really cool. We’re including Doc Unknown #5, that’s half the book. Then we have Doc Unknown and the Frequency of Fear. A 32 page issue that will show what he’s doing now and the lead up to volume three. Planting seeds and introduces a new villain who is a major threat for Doc. He’s a totally crazy guy who likes to destroy. I really stepped up the action. Then we conclude with Songs of the Forgotten. It’s definitely more influenced by stuff like Planetary. I’m having fun with new characters and different aspects of the story. All this leads up to volume three which will hopefully hit Kickstarter in the fall.

BD: You’ve been quite the pioneer when it comes to digital publishing, do you still do print copies of your books?

FRJR: I definitely still do print on demand. I’ve used various printers. When did the first volume, I’d print a few hundred of each issue and sell them at conventions or on my bigcartel site. Single issues self-published are really hard to make your money back. Digital has made Doc Unknown way more available to people. It’s more convenient. Trades sell way better though, it’s everything you need in one book, and it looks good on a bookshelf.

BD: What advice do you have for Indie Self-Publishers.

FRJR: Be prepared to lose money and face rejection. Try not to let it get to you. Realize you can do anything. Do something that makes you happy and most of all do you. Once you get a book together submit it to Comixology submit. As far as Kickstarter I would say wait. Until you have a couple books under your belt and have a bigger audience. You need to build an audience where you can pull something like that off. Be reliable, do what you say your going to do.

You can find the kickstarter for Doc Unknown Volume 2 here.
Check it out and throw it your hard earned cash. The campaign may have been funded in three days but it can still use all the support anyone is willing to give it.

You’ll be able to find Fabian at Emerald City Comic Con at Table P1. Where you’ll be able to pick the first trade of Doc Unknown and the Boss Snake one shot.

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'Diablo III' In Development For Xbox One, Not Official Yet

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:38

When Blizzard announced their plans to bring Diablo III to PlayStation 4, many Xbox fans were left wondering whether or not it’d also make its way to Microsoft’s new console. It seems like a no-brainer, but it sounds like the situation is a wee bit more complicated than that.

Though the Ultimate Evil Edition — which bundles Diablo III with its Reaper of Souls expansion — has only been confirmed for PS4, Blizzard is working on an Xbox One version too. Whether or not it releases however, is up to a pending contract with Microsoft.

This news comes from a chat with VideoGamer, where producer Alex Mayberry said “we are developing for Xbox [One] and PS4 simultaneously.

“I don’t know where we are with Microsoft right now so I can’t really comment on what that contract looks like.” he added.

If own the PC or Mac version of Diablo III, I hope you’re preparing for the arrival of Reaper of Souls. It releases tomorrow!

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'October Faction' Makes Every Month Halloween!

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:27

Steve Niles and Damien Worm have been pairing up a lot recently on projects like “Monster & Madman”, their “In The Dark” short story, and now “October Faction”. The ongoing series from IDW Publishing follows the grim story of the Allan family and the patriarch, Frederick, a retired monster hunter. Niles says, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it”.

Looks like another hit horror series for Niles. No release date has been set, but you can take a gander at the nice teaser/cover art below.

From the press release:

San Diego, CA (March 21, 2014) – It is said that no two families are alike, but never has that been more true than in the case of the Allan family, the subject of Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s new IDW ongoing series, The October Faction.

“The lead character is Fredrick Allan, a retired monster hunter who is now teaching Monsters & Mythology while he hides from 30 years of enemies. His heyday was in the 70′s, so October Faction will flashback to those 70′s monster hunting days,” said series writer Niles, “The main thread is about this man who is trying to get to know his family for the first time ever. Unfortunately, while he has neglected his wife she’s become a pill-popping thrill-killer. His two children, just turned 19 and 20, are starting to piece together who their father is and also whether or not he is their real father.”

“After writing mini-series for the better part of 25 years, I am thrilled to be writing a monthly ongoing and all the more thrilled it’s with IDW,” added Niles, “October Faction will be Halloween every month if Damien and I have anything to say about it.”

Steve Niles is credited as one of the contemporary writers that brought horror comics back to prominence with works such as 30 Days of Night, which was also made into a major motion picture. He is currently collaborating with another horror legend, Bernie Wrightson on Frankenstein Alive! Alive! and Damien Worm on Monster & Madman, both from IDW.

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'Edge of Tomorrow' Has a Trailer for New Trailer

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:21

Tomorrow, at the beach, we meet… over and over again.

Village Roadshow and Warner Bros. Pictures shared this short teaser trailer for the new full trailer of Edge of Tomorrow, repeating itself over and over tomorrow.

The initial teaser already looked crazy awesome, with both Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt starring in the pic that “unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.

Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

The international cast also includes Bill Paxton (Aliens, HBO’s “Big Love), Brendan Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1), Noah Taylor (Lawless), Kick Gurry (Australian TV’s “Tangle), Dragomir Mrsic (Snabba Cash II), Charlotte Riley (World Without End), Jonas Armstrong (BBC TV’s “Robin Hood), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block), Masayoshi Haneda (Emperor) and Tony Way (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Liman is directing Edge of Tomorrow from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

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[Exclusive] Preview: Steve Niles & Damien Worm's 'In The Dark' Short

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:58

This April sees the release of the hotly anticipated anthology, “In The Dark,” put together by horror aficionado Rachel Deering who toiled for many sleepless nights to bring her dream project to life. You best preorder this before Rachel curses you (order code FEB140452). Seriously, I think she might be a witch. The book will be printed and distributed by IDW Publishing.

“In The Dark” boasts an incredible lineup of creators, all delivering their unique spin on the horror genre. Check out the full list of contributors below. We’ve also got an exclusive look Steve Niles and Damien Worm’s short tale, “When The Rain Comes”.

A message from Rachel Deering:

PLEASE get to your LCS and put in an order for your copy of In the Dark. Pre-order numbers are insanely important!

— Rachel Deering (@racheldeering) March 19, 2014

The Writers:
SCOTT SNYDER – Batman, American Vampire, The Wake
STEVE NILES – 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society
JUSTIN JORDAN – Luther Strode, Shadowman, New Guardians
CULLEN BUNN – The Sixth Gun, Helheim, Deadpool
PAUL TOBIN – Colder, Conan, Bandette
DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI – Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Birds of Prey
TOM TAYLOR – Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars, Batman
TIM SEELEY – Hack/Slash, Revival, The Occultist
MARGUERITE BENNETT – Batman, Lobo, Batgirl
BRIAN KEENE – The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol, Masters of the Universe
CHRISTOPHER SEBELA – Ghost, High Crimes, Captain Marvel
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, Sandman Mystery Theatre
JAMES TYNION IV – Batman, Red Hood, Talon
SEAN E. WILLIAMS – Fairest, Artful Daggers
JODY LEHEUP – Uncanny X-Force, Quantum and Woody, Strange Tales
ED BRISSON – Comeback, Sheltered, Secret Avengers
MIKE OLIVERI – Deadliest of the Species, The Pack, 4×4
NATE SOUTHARD – Down, Lights Out, Scavengers

The Artists:
DECLAN SHALVEY – Deadpool, Conan, Venom
TRADD MOORE – Luther Strode, Deadpool, Batman
DALIBOR TALAJIC – Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Tomb of Dracula, Dexter
TYLER JENKINS – Peter Panzerfaust
DAMIEN WORM – Monster & Madman
ANDY BELANGER – Swamp Thing, Kill Shakespeare, Black Church
ROBERT WILSON IV – Knuckleheads, Like A Virus
MATTHEW DOW SMITH – Hellboy, Dr. Who, October Girl
MARC LAMING – Planet of the Apes, The Activity, King’s Watch
CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE – Super 8, True Grit, Porcelain
DOUGLAS HOLGATE – Case Files 13, Flight, Zinc Alloy
BRIAN LEVEL – X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Brothers James
CHRISTIAN DIBARI – Anathema, Sebastian Hawks, Ghost Cop
MIKE HENDERSON – Masks & Mobsters, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man
MACK CHATER – Ubisoft, Earp, Ashes
ALISON SAMPSON – Outlaw Territory, Spera, Porcelain
JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER – Fubar, Imaginary Drugs
DREW MOSS – The Colonized, Baku, Zombies vs. Robots
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT – Halloween Legion, Zeke Deadwood
DAVID JAMES COLE – Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Dragonlance
ERYK DONOVAN -Super Mario Bros. 2, Dust
TADD GALUSHA – The Backwoods

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Check This Band Out: M. Akers

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:57

It’s Monday and I want to give you some music to tide you over for the rest of the week. That’s why I’m bringing your Pullman, WA by way of Detroit, MI horror synth artist M. Akers. Full of analog electronic goodness, these tracks are sure to tickle the fancy of fans of Goblin, John Carpenter, and similar. Below are streams of A History Of Arson as well as the unused score for La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte (roughly translated as Poison Sting Of The Night).

Head on down to enjoy!

A History Of Arson by M. Akers

Unused Score For "La Puntura Velenosa Delle Notte" by M. Akers

M. Akers online:
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The Horror FPS Game 'Betrayer' Arrived On Steam Today

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:43

The atmospheric first person shooter game Betrayer has left Steam Early Access today in favor of something a little more official. From Blackpowder Games, a brand new studio comprised of former Monolith devs (FEAR, Condemned), Betrayer takes us to a big open world brimming with horrors.

This is a game that doesn’t hold your hand. Like Dark Souls, it offers some guidance but leaves the learning up to you. I’ve spent a few hours with it already, you can expect my review in the very near future. Until then, why don’t you enjoy this launch trailer.

You can grab Betrayer on Steam for $17.99 (10% off).

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