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Lots of Demonic Happenings In This ‘The Chosen’ Clip (Exclusive)

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:57

Opening Friday, July 24th in select theaters and on Vimeo and On Demand is The Chosen, which stars YouTube sensation Kian Lawley.

“The Chosen is a supernatural thriller starring Kian Lawley, Mykayla Sohn, Elizabeth Keener, Angelica Chitwood. When a child-stealing demon attaches itself to a little girl (Mykayla Sohn), her family is thrust into a battle against time in order to save the girl and send the demon back to hell.

Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at the film, which reveals a possessed little girl that causes horrific things to happen around here.

You’ll find the trailer and ticket packages over at the official website.

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‘The Ouija Exorcism’ Nabbed By Uncork’d Entertainment (Exclusive)

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:47

Even before picture lock, buzzworthy horror flick The Ouija Exorcism from up and coming filmmaker Nick Slatkin has found a home with Uncork’d Entertainment, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.

Ben Morrison (“NCIS”), Michael Palladino (“The Amateur”), and Laura Kirchner (Antidote 15) help make up the cast, which Justin Jones produced.

Film begins in 1985 where a celebrated exorcist has trapped a horrific demon inside an Ouija board. Thinking the board to be a game, his son played without obeying the rules, and let the demon loose. In order to save his son, the exorcist sent him far away until the demon could be destroyed. Thirty years later, and after his death, his grandson finds the board and makes the same mistake his father did. Now the evil is back and roaming the earth to terrorize those responsible for its imprisonment.

Here’s an exclusive first look at The Ouija Exorcism.

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Artsploitation Has Serious’German Angst’

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:14

Paris-based Reel Suspects has sold North American rights to non-stock horror triptych German Angst to Raymond Murray’s Artsploitation Films, reports Variety.

Described by Artsploitation as “mystical and disturbing,” triptych, which sees its North American premiere at Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival on July 18, will then continue its festival run. A DVD/Blu-ray and VOD release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016

The project brings three maverick German directors together for a trio of urban nightmares in a fascinating horror anthology – and present a new vision of the genre.

German Angst is an extreme-horror collaboration between Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Der Todesking), Andreas Marchall (Tears of Kali, Masks) and Michael Kosakowoski (Zero Killed) that leads you into the dark alleyways of contemporary Berlin in stories of love, sex and death.

The first episode, Jörg Buttgereit’s “Final Girl”, tells the story of a young girl who lives alone with her guinea pig in a rundown apartment in Berlin. But is she really alone? In the bedroom lies a man, bound and gagged…

In the episode “Alraune” by Andreas Marschall, a young man stumbles upon a secret sex club in Berlin’s nightlife that promises the ultimate sexual frontier experience by using a drug made from the roots of the legendary Mandragora plant. But the ecstatic experiences have horrific side effects…

“Make A Wish” by Michal Kosakowski is a disturbing fable in which a deaf-mute couple of Polish origin are attacked by a sadistic Neo-Nazi gang. In possession of a powerful amulet, the couple try to turn the tables on their assailants and wreak a terrible revenge, albeit paying a heavy price.

German Angst celebrates the return of cult director Jörg Buttgereit after a twenty-year absence from horror filmmaking, while Andreas Marschall continues his exploration of a dark underworld embossed by lust, sex and the psyche and Michal Kosakowski confronts us with violence in all levels of society today, and throws the viewer’s preconceptions back on themselves.

Whether a hardcore horror fan or a newcomer to the genre, film lovers everywhere can look forward to a terrifying visual feast.

For more information, visit the official website.

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[TV Review] “Scream” Episode 1.03: ‘Wanna Play A Game?’

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:00

This is the episode of Scream I’ve been waiting for. It was the most Scream-y out of all of the episodes so far, the season’s central arc sped along at a much faster pace than I anticipated and the climax of the episode featured the death of a character I (and hopefully most of you) cared about. This is what I wanted the pilot to be. Better late than never!

If any of you watched Harper’s Island (and you really should), you’ll remember that that series started very similarly to Scream: extremely soapy with some bad acting and a cast of seemingly unlikable characters. This makes sense, since series creator Jill E. Blotevogel was a writer on Harper’s Island. It wasn’t until “Thwack” (episode 5 in a 13-episode season) that things picked up by killing off a major character and every realized that there was a killer on the island. As more people were killed off, we were able to spend time with the other characters and some of those unlikable characters actually became likable. “Wanna Play A Game?” was Scream’s “Thwack.”

“Wanna Play A Game” featured a ton of forward momentum. Emma confronted her mother about her past and she told all of her friends about the killer calling her. There were also literal character pairings, with Mr. Branson teaming everyone up to do a scene from some artistic medium (making way for plenty of pop culture references). Not much came out of it (other than a near-sex scene between Riley and Noah), so it was a little disappointing that better character moments didn’t sprout from those pairings.

That scene between Riley and Noah certainly helped to escalate the horror of watching Riley slowly bleed out from having her femoral artery severed. The entire last 15-minute segment was much better than the scene that opened the pilot. While it wasn’t perfect, it inspired a lot of confidence that the show is finding its footing. Maybe I’m just dense, but I want’s expecting the show to actually kill Riley. I was expecting another fake-out. Touché Scream, you got me. Noah’s closing monologue from the pilot actually came true.

What was so great about this scene is that it was actually suspenseful, and it hit home because Riley is one of the few legitimately likable characters on the show. This could pose a problem since we are left with a handful of characters who are still not that relatable, which means it might be a while before another death has as much of an impact as Riley’s, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Don’t let all of my praise fool you. The episode still had its issues, but they were minimal. Brooke’s relationship with Mr. Branson is still icky, but I’m betting we’ll be losing him sooner rather than later. It was amusing to see her mess with him by hiding a sexy picture of herself in the classroom, but as amusing as it may be, I still can’t get behind the relationship.

The weakest part of the episode (and the area that Scream still has the most work to do) was everything involving Will and Jake. It was abruptly revealed that they had a secret business with Tyler and Nina. Will wants the business shut down but Jake wants to keep making money. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a snooze this particular sub-plot is. I can only assume that it will play a part in the main arc, which may or may not be a bad thing. Jake can’t get killed fast enough.

“Wanna Play A Game?” was Scream’s strongest episode yet, and featured a death that shows the series is not messing around. Hopefully it can keep the momentum going over the course of the next seven episodes!

Random Notes

  • Spot The Pop Culture References: The McRib, The Fault In Our Stars, Fifty Shades of Grey, Wild Things, X-Files, The Exorcist, Game of Thrones, Viral Video of Bobcat Catching a Shark, The Last Of Us.
  • If some of you still hate the show, be aware that I am grading the show on its own terms (meaning: as a soapy teen drama). So while this episode receives 4 skulls, it’s not like I’m saying it’s in the same league as, say, a 4-skull episode of Hannibal
  • Noah’s damn violin theme music is back, but is relegated to the opening scene, thank God.
  • Piper is also in that opening scene, but just barely. Hopefully she gets more screen time in future episodes, because that entire bit felt pretty useless.
  • Emma twirls her hair when something is bothering her. I’m guessing that will come back in the future?
  • When Riley an Noah were about to have sex last week, Noah raced off “like the McRib was back.” I chuckled at that.
  • I love how Emma’s phone ring is an actual 90s telephone ring.
  • The killer’s voice has received some criticism in the comments, but I actually kind of like it.
  • “Riley, I would do it. I would. But Tyler knows I would totally set him up.” -I just love Brooke’s honesty.
  • I’m really going to miss Brianne Tju as Riley, but Scream’s IMDB page credits her for 6 episodes, se we might see more of her in flashbacks.
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We Scored the “Ash vs Evil Dead” Trailer In HD!

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:59

I have been so annoyed with the quality of releases out of the Comic-Con. Thankfully, the good people at Starz shared with us not only hi-res imagery from “Ash vs Evil Dead,” but now a full HD version of the trailer featuring Bruce Campbell as the goofball antihero Ash alongside fellow Value Shop employees Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo).

In addition, we took some fresh HD screencaps from the below trailer that debuted at won the Comic-Con this past weekend. Enjoy!

In the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead” series premiering this fall, “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 vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!

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“Fear the Walking Dead” Poster Shoots Hoops!

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:34

My worlds keep colliding as horror and basketball keep crossing paths. My weird month continues as the new “Fear the Walking Dead” poster shows some kids shooting hoops during a Los Angeles sunset. In the background, danger shuffles in.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.

“Fear the Walking Dead” stars Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”) as Madison, Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”) as Travis, Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) as Nick and Alycia Debnam-Carey (Into the Storm) as Alicia. Also joining the cast as series regulars are Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange is the New Black”) as Liza and Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2: Terminal) as Ofelia.

The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes. The second season will air in 2016.

Watch the trailer here.

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‘Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh’ New Details

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 09:00

In a new developer diary released by developer Saibot Studios, director Tobias Rusjan had some new details to share regarding the release of their next game, Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh. This will be the final chapter in the Doorways series, and they’re treating it as such by making the game in the more powerful Unity 5 engine. The benefits of that transition can be very easily seen in the few seconds of footage we see in the video.

Rusjan also teased a partnership with independent film director Andres Borghi. What form that collaboration will take is left unanswered, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it results in a promotional short similar to what Tripwire did with Killing Floor: Uncovered.

Holy Mountains of Flesh will release “soon” on Steam Early Access. The build will include the first of its three chapters, with the other two to follow later on as free updates. They’re aiming for a full release on Steam by the end of the year.

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Kino Lorber Announces August Releases

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 22:07

Earlier this week Kino Lorber announced their August release lineup and a few titles may very well be of interest to Bloody Disgusting readers.

The Rain Killer

Coming to DVD on August 11, 2015 in part of the Kino Lorber/Scorpion Releasing partnership is director Ken Stein’s 1990 thriller The Rain Killer. The Rain Killer stars Ray Sharkey, Michael Chiklis, Maria Ford, David Beecroft and Robert Miano.

Synopsis:

Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Wiseguy) plays Detective Vince Capra of the LAPD whose job it is to discover the identity of a serial killer who has been murdering rich single ladies when the rain falls. He gets help from his partner (Michael Chiklis: The Commish, The Shield) and an all business FBI agent (David Beecroft), but the case is tough, especially when all the clues get washed away. There are several twisting turns in this film that will keep the viewer guessing as to who the killer is, and when they find out who the killer is, the next question is: Who will be the next victim? Also starring Maria Ford (Naked Obsession, Stripped To Kill 2), and wonderfully shot by two-time Academy Award winner Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List).

Special Features:

Original Theatrical Trailer

 

Patch Town

Also coming to DVD on August 11 is Patch Town, from director Craig Goodwill and starring Zoie Palmer, Julian Richings and Scott Thompson. This movie is labeled as an adventure/comedy/fantasy film, but judging from the trailer and synopsis it appears to be pretty dark. Patch Town looks like a scary movie aimed towards kids and families which I think is often. Growing up I felt like we had these type of movies all the time, but in lately there hasn’t been many good scary movies made for kids. Joe Dante’s The Hole from a few years back is the best recent example I can think of, so Patch Town could make for a very welcome addition.

Synopsis:

In Patch Town’s dark modern fairy tale, newborn babies are plucked from cabbage patches, turned into plastic dolls, and sold as playthings in a nightmarish, oppressive society. Jon (Rob Ramsay), a discontented factory worker slaving away on a baby-harvesting production line, uncovers a secret from his past that sends him searching for his long-lost mother (Zoie Palmer). As Jon embarks on his journey with his loving wife Mary (Stephanie Pitsiladis), the sinister Child Catcher (Julian Richings) and his diminutive beet-munching henchman (Ken Hall) throw a wrench into his plans. An eye-popping fantasy-adventure, quirky comedy, and rousing musical rolled into one, Patch Town “combines Soviet-era iconography, Eastern European folklore and Western consumer-culture critique with a dash of song and dance” (Peter Debruge, Variety).

Special Features:

Patch Town (the Award-winning short film that inspired the feature), Interview with the Director, Outtakes, Trailer, 5.1 Surround

 

Play Motel

Coming a couple weeks later on August 25 to both blu-ray and DVD is the sleazy Italian flick Play Motel, from director Mario Gariazzo. This release comes through Kino Lorber, courtesy of RARO Video, who have released a number of great Italian movies over the years.

Synopsis:

A milestone production from Mario Gariazzo, notorious for his tasteless sexploitation epics such as The Sexorcist /LOssessa. Assembling here one of the world’s finest trash film collectives and eschewing all correct agendas, the director punctuates his fleshy tapestry with incredibly sleazy imagery involving Marina Hedmann/Frajese and Patrizia Di Rossi/Webley, the sluttiest actresses in Italian cinema. At the garishly lit Play Motel, these two warhorses and other bleached blondes are first seen being secretly photographed while having kinky sex. As the film serves also as a giallo, they are later stabbed to death by an assassin dressed in black. Conveying a sense of mad comedy, this inexhaustible supply of indignities and leopard skin underwear should be sought out at all costs.

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David Fincher And Trent Reznor Working On ‘Fight Club’ Rock Opera

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:03

And the weird keeps on getting weirder…

Entertainment reporter Jeff Goldsmith took to Twitter recently to state that Chuck Palahniuk told him that a rock opera version of the 1999 black comedy drama Fight Club is in the works and that it’s being developed by David Fincher, who directed the film, and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels). It’s said to be, “…an enhanced version of the film!

This was originally strongly hinted at in an interview with Palahniuk earlier this year but it seems that the project is on more solid ground and will be moving forward.

Nothing has yet been confirmed but there are rumors the rock opera will focus on the events in Fight Club and not on anything before or after, including the comic book sequel.

So @chuckpalahniuk told me he's working with David Fincher & @trent_reznor to do a #FightClub rock opera – an enhanced version of the film!

— Jeff Goldsmith (@yogoldsmith) July 11, 2015

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‘Cooties’ Red Band Clip Beats Up a Zombie Child!

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:11

Lionsgate Premiere has sent us the first official clip from Cooties, and it’s a doozy. The hilarious red band clip drops us in the middle of a zombie attack where an undead child attempts to chomp on Elijah Wood’s face.

Patrick Cooper called the film a “relentless riot.” We also reviewed the film out of last year’s Sundance Film Festival before the ending was reshot.

From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.

[Related Post] Interview: ‘Cooties’ Cast and Crew Talk Killing Kids, Reshooting the Ending, and Vindication for Teachers!

The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.

The Sundance hit Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.

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In Defense of ‘DOOM’ (2005)

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:09

I’m about to try really hard to convince you that there is actual value to the universally panned Doom movie you probably only remember for those five minutes of first person carnage in the final act that are still objectively awesome to this day. There’s substance here that’s gone overlooked for too long, so I’m going to do exactly what Dwayne Johnson told me to do when he visited me last night in a dream I had after watching too much “Ballers”.

I’m going to open your eyes to just how entertaining this movie really is.

When I’m through, you’ll wonder why it wasn’t showered with awards. Forget them, we can remedy that right now. As Bloody Disgusting’s games editor — or the guy you non-gaming types might refer to as the guy who should really stick to writing about games because his taste in movies sucks — I’m awarding Doom our first ever BFG Award for Being Fucking Great.

All right, let’s do this.

For those keeping count, this is the third video game adaptation I’ve defended in our In Defense of… series. Each time I’ve assumed there’s nothing but hate for these films I like, but a majority of you seemed to enjoy Resident Evil and Silent Hill, so it’ll be interesting to see what reactions I get with this one.

Not enough people appreciate this quirky amalgam of 90’s space marine goodness and delicious B-movie cheese, or the filmmakers’ comical attempts to get us to take what’s going on on-screen seriously enough for it to be frightening. Much like watching a Michael Bay production, the secret to enjoying this movie is that you can never think about what’s going on.

Doom makes no effort to explain really anything. Its shameless abuse of scientific and military jargon gets delivered by dead-eyed actors who very clearly already received their paycheck. It wants you to leave your brain outside the Hellgate so it won’t get embarrassed when you spend more time thinking about what’s happening than the screenwriter did when they wrote it, possibly after being inspired by a SyFy movie marathon.

If any of that sounds like criticism, you haven’t been paying attention.

This is a movie that’s based on a game made in 1993, before developers discovered they could put stories in their games. Doom has had a monumental impact on video games, and specifically the genre of first person shooters. This series did for the FPS genre what Resident Evil did for survival horror or what Call of Duty did for the universally hated concept of annual releases, and it accomplished that while relying exclusively on its gameplay mechanics.

Doom, as a franchise, has never been known for its thoughtful characters or for particularly rich storytelling. It might’ve been capable of that, had id Software not prioritized making an addictive and rewarding gameplay experience over everything else. That’s partly why the original game has retained much of its charm to this day, because it’s still fun to play two decades (and change) after its release.

This is why I don’t understand some of the complaints about the movie. This movie is Doom, plain and simple. It’s unapologetic in its stubborn adherence to video game staples. It even goes so far as to end with a boss fight.

Doom is the video game equivalent of a run-on sentence where the words have been replaced with a labyrinthine network of rooms filled with demons and everything you could ever want to use against them. It’s a seemingly endless barrage of action with very little filler, because there’s no time for crap like character development when the legions of Hell are pouring into our world so they can cut down our brightest minds only to reanimate them as mindless ghouls.

Demons are assholes, and Doom treats them as such by turning their surprisingly tender monster bodies into a receptacle for lead, or whatever ammunition is made out of in 2046.

That essence is front and center here. It’s obvious the filmmakers wanted to make something that more closely resembled the games, but that would’ve required the sacrificing of roughly 90% of the dialogue to make room for soldier stuff, and Dwayne Johnson might not have been able to memorize all those complicated hand gestures military types use to issue orders.

Getting rid of the script would’ve been a tough sell anyway, and non-gamers wouldn’t know enough to appreciate how much closer that would’ve brought the film to the games. See, the games are like the stream of consciousness of a 12 year-old who’s just powered through The Avengers and all the candy that’s ever been or ever will be. They’re loud and obnoxious, but undeniably entertaining.

This movie tried to appeal to non-gamers and in doing so, it had to find a way to form a recognizable movie structure around a premise that might literally be impossible to take seriously. It tries to get us to care about the fates of its cast of unlikable characters, the majority of whom are introduced just so they can be torn apart later on by whatever the fuck this thing is supposed to be.

A team of professionally trained artists were told to design a frightening demon face, and that is what they came up with. That creature looks like something you might expect to find growing inside a haunted Easy-Bake Oven.

There’s no excuse for dull monster designs, so I won’t even bother.

That’s the one thing that really can’t be forgiven here. The characters are awful so as to maximize the feeling of satisfaction you’ll get when it’s their turn to die horribly. The dialogue is paced so it ties the scenes together and carries us quickly between them, unburdened by filler. This movie is an accurate depiction of the games, even if we’d rather not admit it.

And then there’s the glorious scene I mentioned earlier.

That scene is silly, gory, bombastic and very, very fun. It’s our reward for enduring the crap they had to cram in there in order to call it a movie. This is one of the most accurate live-action adaptations of a game ever, and aside from Silent Hill, it’s the closest Hollywood has ever come to bringing the magic of the games to the big screen, and I love it.

What do you think of the Doom movie?

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‘Dead Island 2′ May Be in Trouble

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:16

I officially have no idea what’s going on with Dead Island 2. After replacing series creator Techland for Spec Ops: The Line developer YAGER, Deep Silver has just announced they’ve parted ways with YAGER. Seems like an odd decision, especially since the footage we’ve been privy to so far has been mostly well-received, but what’s really worrisome is that the announcement doesn’t mention any plans for moving forward.

As of right now, it looks as if the sequel may have found itself in limbo.

“With Dead Island 2, Deep Silver has always been dedicated to delivering the sequel that Dead Island fans deserve. After careful consideration, today we announce the decision to part ways with development partner YAGER. We will continue working towards bringing our vision of Dead Island 2 to life, and we will share further information at a later stage.”

This may be the cause of its recent delay into 2016.

I’d rather not leave you with such an ominous statement, so here’s our Dead Island 2 wish list and a trailer-sized helping of slaughter and sunshine.

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Naughty Dog Had Low Expectations for ‘The Last of Us’

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:41

Take away the glamor that’s often associated with it and video game developers have a very tough job. There aren’t many fields where you can invest millions of dollars and several years creating something only to have people shit on it the moment it’s released to the world. I’ll spend a few hours on an article and get bummed when it flops; I can’t imagine how the folks at Naughty Dog felt when they were deep into realizing The Last of Us with no real idea of how it would be received.

Naughty Dog has been more consistent than most in delivering visually stunning, story-driven games with memorable characters and rewarding gameplay. A post-apocalyptic survival game with their uniquely cinematic flair and attention to detail would almost certainly be a success, right?

“Quite the opposite,” revealed co-director Bruce Straley in a recent round table discussion with several of the game’s creators. “We thought it was going to tank.”

“The joke we would say throughout production was that ‘This game is the downfall of Naughty Dog,'” added creative director Neil Druckmann. The team was so worried about how the world would react to The Last of Us that some thought it might ruin their well-deserved reputation as one of the industry’s most respected developers.

Surprisingly, the source of their worries didn’t have much to do with the idea that they might let down fans who have come to expect great things from them, or the hype that Sony spent considerable time building leading up to its release. Instead, it had a lot to do with the challenge of making its many systems work well together.

“A big part of it was on the mechanical side,” explained lead level designer Anthony Newman. “It wasn’t coming together. So it was really a a set of really lucky breaks in terms of gameplay decisions we made that really made everything fall into place and turned it into a fun game.”

The realization that they might have something special on their hands didn’t come until development was wrapping up, some time before it would become unofficial bookend release for the PS3, inspire a live-action movie, possible sequel and PS4 remaster.

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Real Life Horror: F.W. Murnau’s Head Stolen From Grave

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:13

Extremely bizarre news is coming out of Germany as Variety is stating that the grave of Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau has been desecrated and his head reportedly stolen. The director, who died in 1931 in a car accident, was buried in a family plot in a cemetery in Stahnsdorf, Germany, near Berlin.

The site writes, “…grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body. The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed. Spiegel Online said some wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.

Murnau’s Nosferatu, which was released in 1922, was an unlicensed film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous novel “Dracula“, which has since become one of the most famous vampire stories.

No further details have been released.

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Watch This Extremely Unsettling Soundtrack Preview For ‘The Vatican Tapes’ (Exclusive)

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:45

Coming to theaters on July 24th is the new exorcism film The Vatican Tapes, which stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar. The film tells the story of 27-year-old Angela Holmes and the horrible circumstances that seem to follow her, disastrously and, sometimes fatally, affecting those around her.

In anticipation of this film, we have an exclusive sneak peek at the soundtrack, which was composed by one of my favorite horror composers, Joseph Bishara. The video below uses unsettling scenes of nature, the camera jittering over abandoned and dying flora. The music infects and infests its way into your soul, its dissonance befitting of some demonic entity.

Directed by Mark Neveldine, The Vatican Tapes synopsis reads:

[The film] follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

The soundtrack hits Apple Music this Friday, July 17th.

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Don’t Fret, Konami Isn’t Going After Your Copy of ‘P.T’

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:52

The Internet is experiencing a fresh wave of panic after rumors started circulating on various blogs and on social media that Konami is going after installed copies of the P.T. demo they had removed from the PlayStation Store earlier this year. A company spokesperson has confirmed to VG247 that those reports are untrue, so if you have P.T. installed right now, it’s safe.

That’s not to say they wouldn’t do such a thing. The problem is it isn’t possible. Sony does not allow publishers to remove content that’s been installed. However, if you happen to delete it yourself, you will not be able to download it again.

The fact that this would gain any traction in the first place is a little sad, but if this year has proven anything, it’s that Konami is entirely capable of making decisions that aren’t at all in the best interests of, or even resemble what their fans clearly want.

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Premature Announcement: MTV’s “Scream” Season 2

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:33

Contrary to the San Diego Comic-Con “announcement”, a rep for MTV has contacted us to clarify that they have yet to announce a second season. It doesn’t mean an announcement isn’t looming, but it’s definitely concerning they’re making an effort to shut down any assertion that it has been picked up.

Other news that broke at the Con was that Bella Thorne will somehow return to “Scream,” while MTV also released the below Comic-Con trailer that delivers the gory goods. If you missed the previous “super tease” that looks at the weeks ahead, click here.

The cast of “Scream” includes Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch.

In “Scream,” “After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.

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Follow The Descent Of Madness With ‘The Boy’ Trailer

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:29

Coming to select theaters and VOD on August 18th is the psychological thriller The Boy, which follows 9-year-old sociopath Ted Henley (played by newcomer Jared Breeze) and his fascination with death. The film is based upon Clay McLeod Chapman’s novel “Miss Corpus“.

The synopsis reads:

It’s the summer of 1989. Nine-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of The Mtn. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted’s mother left, John has drifted into despondency—becoming a living ghost, haunting the motel—leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship – setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis. The Boy is a chilling, intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath’s growing fascination with death

The film is co-written and directed by Craig William Macneill and co-written by McLeod Chapman. It was produced under Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision. It stars Jared Breeze, Rainn Wilson, David Morse, Mike Vogel, Bill Sage, and Zuleikha Robinson.

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‘Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival’ Posters Flip Heaven and Hell (Exclusive)

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:24

Where is your heaven hiding?

After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’s Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise.

This afternoon Bloody Disgusting scored to exclusive one-sheets for Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, in which Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose. The posters flip Heaven and Hell on their heads, literally.

Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival stars Victoriandustrial rocker Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), heavy metal hotties the Butcher Babies, Chantal Claret (Morningwood), Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy), Briana Evigan (Step Up franchise), Brea Grant (Heroes), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), J Larose (Insidious), Mighty Mike Murga (Mini Kiss), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Adam Pascal (Rent), rap icon Tech N9ne, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Marc Senter (The Lost), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera).

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Terrance Zdunich with music & lyrics by Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is produced by Execution Style Entertainment and Cleopatra Music & Films.

For tickets and information on Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, visit http://www.TheDevilsCarnival.com.

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SPOILER: Dan Aykroyd’s Role In ‘Ghostbusters’ Revealed

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:03

With a lot of news and publicity coming out about Paul Feig’s upcoming remake of Ghostbusters, there have been a lot of questions about the supposed cameo from original Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray Stantz in the original two films. Well, according to Indie Revolver, his cameo has now been brought to full light.

Update: Sony has reps contacting sites asking for this information to be pulled in order to save the surprise for fans. Hard to argue that. You snooze you lose, guys!

And there you have it. That’s what Paul Feig is doing with Aykroyd for the new film. Is it a nice nod to the originals? Sure. Is it clever? I guess so. Is it a waste of talent and opportunity? Absolutely.

I really hope they do something unique and original with this. The Ghostbusters universe is so ripe for interesting and engaging stories.

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