I didn’t play either of the first two Doom games until long after their release, but when I did it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the series. There’s something about mowing down hordes of demons and zombies with badass, over-the-top weaponry that appeals to me. I’m sure you understand. I also enjoy getting behind-the-scenes looks at some of my favorite games, seeing how they’re made. It’s one of the reasons why I am in love with art books.
Some Doom II monster models were recently posted on Reddit, and they’re all very cool. I’m especially digging the Arachnotron.
If you really need to get that Doom fix, I suggest you check out the Brutal Doom mod that updates the first two Doom games with modern shooter mechanics and an extra coat of gore. The mod will see a new update soon that will up the brutal factor from 10 to 12, with roughly 200% more giblets and severed limbs.
Remember that amazing monster art that was so good I called it some of the best monster art I’ve seen in a long time? Well, because this world has no shortage of ridiculously talented artists with delightfully twisted imaginations, I just found another talented soul who’s capable of creating some crazy good creatures that look like they were Human Centipede-ed from the flaming ass of hell right into Clive Barker’s mouth, who then proceeded to make them even scarier.
Oh, and everything below is the work of Finnish artist Otto Lehtonen. He’s 19, in case you need help feeling bad about yourself.
For more of Otto’s work, check out his gallery.
Another huge story broke late last night that’s keeping me from enjoying the beautiful weather outside (I do it for you!).
Saturday night hosted the San Diego Comic-Con panel for FX’s “American Horror Story” where they revealed the entire cast for the fourth season of FX’s anthology series. Here’s who’s joining the “Freak Show”, courtesy of EW:
Kathy Bates and Evan Peters will be playing Ethel and Jimmy Darling. Joining them will be Angela Bassett’s Desiree Dupree, Michael Chiklis as Dell Toledo, Sarah Paulson in the dual role of conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler, and Emma Roberts as Maggie (no last name as of yet). Finally, series staple Jessica Lange will be playing a character is named Elsa Mars. Chiklis is playing Bates’ husband…and Bassett’s ex-husband.
They also add that one of this year’s core villains will be played by John Carroll Lynch, pictured below, the great everyguy-psychopath character actor. One of Lynch’s best-known performances came as the possible serial killer Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac; executive producer Tim Minear described the tone of “Freak Show” as “Douglas Sirk meets Zodiac.” Minear also said he will rivaled season one’s Rubber Man, Asylum’s Bloody Face and Coven’s Minotaur, calling the character one that will “scare the shit out of you,” THR added.
Watch for the show’s return this fall.
Back on Friday Sam Raimi broke the news out of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con that he’s been developing a television series based on his The Evil Dead franchise.
He also explained on the “The Last of Us” panel that he and his brother Ivan, along with Bruce Campbell, are currently writing the “Evil Dead” series.
Late last night some mega news hit while I was fast asleep recharging from yet another massive news outing. Campbell responded to a fan, via Twitter, confirming that the intentions are for him to star in said series.
The Fede Alvarez-directed Evil Dead remake, which hit theaters in April of 2013, bowed well for Columbia Pictures earning close to $100M worldwide. Said remake is rumored to actually be the third sequel – following The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness – which would eventually tie into the original trilogy. At the end of the movie, they teased Campbell’s return as Ash (below) – does this mean Campbell will play Ash in the new series? Probably. Will it tie into the movie? Hopefully. Will we see another movie? I’d bet on it.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
Are you sick of The Last of Us news yet? Between the upcoming live-action film adaptation — which might star Arya Friggin’ Stark as Ellie — the announcement of even more multiplayer DLC coming later this year and a live performance of the game to celebrate the arrival of the Remastered version on PS4 — this has been a busy week for fans of Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece.
Speaking of The Last of Us Remastered, one of the game’s more intriguing features is a special Photo Mode, which allows players to freeze the game at any time by pressing down on the left joystick. This gives you the time to frame the perfect shot before sharing it with the rest of the world.
Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told
“One of the things that we wanted to include was the share mode, especially after we saw the reaction for the inFamous photo mode,” Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer told Eurogamer. The feature is still being tweaked — probably the reason why it’s arriving in a patch — but they want to make it something that players actually want to use.
The Last of Us has a certain cinematic flair, so I imagine lots of folks taking advantage of this feature.
In related news, sometimes retail copies of certain games get shipped out early. The folks who received their copies of The Last of Us Remastered are reporting that the game has a gargantuan 50GB install. That’s a lot of bytes.
The Last of Us Remastered releases on the PS4 on July 29.
You guys like shaky cam movies, right? Good, because a teaser for the upcoming Zack Snyder directed Batman vs. Superman has made its way online. It’s mostly made up of glowing eyes and man-geeks losing their damn minds, but if the latter doesn’t bother you this is definitely worth checking out. You may want to act fast, because I don’t see this teaser remaining online for long.
Assuming you catch this before it’s taken down, what do you think?
In news I’m sure no one saw coming, Telltale Games president Kevin Bruner and The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman dropped a bomb earlier today on unsuspecting Comic Con attendees. It’s payload? The confirmation that Telltale’s fantastic episodic series The Walking Dead: the Game has been greenlit for a third season.
We still don’t know how the current season will end, but things aren’t looking too good for Clem and friends. If you missed it, you can (and should!) check out my spoiler free review of the fourth episode below.
The second season will likely conclude either in September or October with the fifth and last episode, titled No Going Back.
If there’s one thing I can say about Australian indie developer Dylan Browne, the one-man team behind the sci-fi horror game Caffeine, is that he does not give up easily. Back in May, Browne launched an Indiegogo campaign, which only managed to raise about $3,200 of its hopeful $80,000 goal. A few months later, Browne returned with another crowdfunding campaign — this time on Kickstarter — that saw essentially the same results after raising $4,000 of its $70,000 goal.
This is where most folks would’ve seriously considered giving up, but not Browne. Content to see his horror game come to fruition, Browne has gone and launched a third crowdfunding effort where his first failed. And now, I do believe it has a significantly better chance at being successful.
The biggest change is the revised funding goal, which has been lowered substantially to a more modest $5,000. I played its demo back in April and really enjoyed the look of it. There wasn’t much in the way of plot or scares, but that’s the nature of ‘proof of concept’ demos.
If funded, Caffeine is now planned to come to PC, Mac, Linux and PlayStation 4. PS4 support was a stretch goal in the earlier campaigns, so including it among the main platforms was a smart idea.
The vibrant, futuristic art style is great, but I’m a fan of the premise, too. Caffeine follows a young boy — played by you — who finds himself alone on a caffeine mining vessel in outer space. Because this is a horror game, he’s totally not alone, though your guess is as good as mine as to what it is that’s stalking the poor kid. Of the numerous trailers that have steadily trickled out over the last three months, the only glimpse we’ve been given was of a shadowy humanoid figure, and I’m pretty sure that was just a placeholder.
If all of the above tickles your fancy, you can support the game here.
Checking in to your worst nightmare.
Guests of the Four Points Sheraton Downtown and DoubleTree San Diego hotels will have special, bloody Wrong Turn 6 door hangars on their doors this weekend, Bloody Disgusting is told. Fans who tweet out a picture of the hangers (using the hashtag #WT6) can come to the Fox booth #4229 and receive their exclusive Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort teaser poster, as shown below.
Wrong Turn 6 will be directed by Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev, and will release this Halloween.
“A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially and awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he’s never known. Soon, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.”
Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett star.
Legendary Pictures concluded their San Diego Comic-Con panel with footage that everyone expected to be from Jurassic World. However, the footage was actually a surprise announcement – they’re already hard at work on new King Kong film entitled Skull Island!
The island, named for the skull-like rock formations, first appeared in the 1933 King Kong.
Legendary revealed that the film will hit theaters November 4, 2016, and allegedly will feature Kong in some capacity (there were multiple apes featured in the footage). Fans of the King will recall that Skull Island is loaded with primitive creatures and could lead to some epic battles. May we even se Godzilla?
Guillermo del Toro, who was on hand to show Crimson Peak footage, is already rumored to be directing.
Although unconfirmed, this isn’t related to Peter Jackson’s King Kong reboot from 2005.
The big story is that Legendary is clearly building up to a massive battle between King Kong and Godzilla. Who would win?
Epic Pictures Group has announced a September 9 DVD/VOD release for the creature feature, Killer Mermaid (Nymph), from Apocalypse of the Dead director Milan Todorovic, Bloody Disgusting learned.
“The story tells the tale of two young women who go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned fortress.”
Nymph stars screen legend Franco Nero (Tarantino’s Django Unchained), Kristina Klebe (Halloween, Proxy), and Natalie Burn (The Expendables 2).
If anything, Nymph looks like a dark cross between Piranha, Sint (Saint) and Thale.
As a follow up to our San Diego Comic-Con coverage from yesterday on what we know so far about the forthcoming third season of “Bates Motel”, some footage from the show’s panel has been released that shows the star’s hilarious faux audition tapes!
As Debi Moore writes, so far the best TV news out of SDCC is that Kenny Johnson will be reprising his role as Norma’s brother, Caleb, as a series regular. Be sure to hit the above link if you haven’t already to learn more about what’s ahead.
Season 3 of “Bates Motel,” from Universal Television, is slated to air in early 2015.
Monarch, which was created in 1946 to study Godzilla after several attempts to destroy him with atomic “tests” failed, confirm that Godzilla is not alone.
It was revealed during a short “classified video” at the Legendary Pictures panel that Godzilla 2 will feature new threats, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah!
Gareth Edwards is confirmed to direct and will get back to business after he completes Star Wars. Thus, don’t expect this to happen for a few years from now. That gives them a lot of time to figure out how to do it correctly (note to filmmakers: watch Jurassic Park).
Following their APC from the hit sci-fi film Aliens, Hollywood Collectibles Group will unleash the Caterpillar P-5000, better known as the Power Loader, reports Figures out of the San Diego COmic-Con.
The statue on display at Comic-Con is said to be MASSIVE, cast in 1/4th scale! Attendees at the ongoing Con can get their badges scanned for a chance to win one, too.
Another cool Aliens replica shown was the M56 Smart Gun, the powerful heavy support weapon wielded by Drake and Vasquez in the movie, says the site.
NECA is also set to release a Power Loader with their new Ellen Ripley action figures. We’re hoping they reveal by the end of the Con.
Zack Snyder just blew the lid off of Hall H moments ago by bringing out Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck (In full leather daddy mode), and Gal Gadot for “Batman v Superman.” He teased he didn’t have any footage and offered a photo of Wonder Woman.
Not one for hyperbole, Snyder followed this up by saying he had a little something to show. The lights dimmed the audience was treated to the first teaser.
I’m going to take Slash Film’s description, as those dudes are iron clad.
The short teaser opens with Batman in a full armor suit from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Glowing eyes, very mechanical, it’s pouring rain He pulls down a lever on something and we realize it’s the Bat Signal. It has the new Batman logo (reminiscent of the one from Miller’s comic). The camera slowly pans up to reveal the signal projected in the air but right in the middle of it: Superman. He’s illuminated in the sky amongst the pouring rain with his red glowing eyes. Cut back to Batman, staring right back at Superman with his blue glowing eyes and we cut to the logo.
Sounds like a pretty fantastic rendering of Frank Miller’s famous comic that redefined Batman as a brooding badass. My problem remains to be addressed, Snyder is all style and zero substance. Let’s see if his actual story can trump the visuals when the movie hits.
Out of all the Tim Burton properties to be launched into a comic series “Edward Scissorhands” proves a little perplexing. However, the dark fairy tale offers a grim and beautiful world that is rather intoxicating especially explored through the lens of comic books. It’s been a while since I’ve checked out the film but I remember loving it as a child and really being chilled to my core with some of the surreal imagery.
So IDW has recognized the potential of the premise and has chosen to explore it in a new ongoing comic book series.
It fittingly launches in October.
Just in time for Halloween, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products are proud to announce the first in a number of new projects together, with the first ever Edward Scissorhands comic book series. The long overdue all-new adventures begin in October, with New York Times best-selling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time) on writing duties and Drew Rausch (Haunted Mansion) lending his delightfully spooky style to the interior art. Rounding out the creative team will be acclaimed Locke & Key artist Gabriel Rodriguez, who will provide a stunning and suitably creepy cover for the debut issue.
“Edward Scissorhands is one of those dream projects that only pop up once in a lifetime, so any new story set in its universe demands to be treated with love and reverence,” said IDW Editor Sarah Gaydos. “We’ve found a team in Drew and Kate, along with a crew of top cover artists who are not only exceptionally worthy of the task, but are bringing something completely fresh and relevant to the table.”
The 1990 cult-classic film from auteur Tim Burton,Edward Scissorhands ends with the heroine of the story, an aged Kim being asked by her granddaughter, “How do you know he’s still alive?” to which she answers, “I don’t know. Not for sure. But I believe he is.” In the comic book event of fall 2014, IDW Publishing revisits this modern classic two decades after the end of film to finally answer that question.
“I’m overwhelmed with excitement to be writing Edward Scissorhands. As a former (and lifelong) teen goth, few things are as close to my heart as Tim Burton’s cult classics,” said series writer Kath Leth. “We’re taking the story forward in time and telling a bit of a girl detective story—one of my favourite genres—a bit closer to modern times but still with that eerie, anachronistic touch. It’s a bit creepy, a bit scary, but always full of wonder. Drew and I have so much love for the film, and we like to think it shows. Keep your eyes peeled for easter eggs and plenty of spirals…”
Kim’s granddaughter, Meg, grows up with Edward Scissorhands only being a legend, a bedtime story. But when weird things start to happen in her sleepy little town, it reawakens her curiously and she decides to search out for the mysterious Edward Scissorhands.
“I keep having to remind myself that this is happening—but if there was ever a team made for telling the further tales of Edward Scissorhands, it has to be Kate and I,” said series artist Drew Rausch. “No—seriously, IDW just built us a few months ago from some parts they had lying around. It’s been a little weird. We’re still getting the hang of all this “living” stuff but we promise to deliver a story that’s just as perfectly timeless, chilling and heartwarming as the original—cross our cookie hearts!”
In a weird and unexpected development IDW and BOOM! have announced a Planet of the Apes and Star Trek crossover. It’s fantastic news since this is the first time that IDW has partnered with another publisher to release a series. IDW will officially release the ground breaking title which is launching at the perfect point as both series are experiencing a renaissance thanks to their reboots.
I’m surprised the worlds have never crossed over before and it completely makes sense that Kirk and his crew would land on the Planet of the Apes. The films explore the tough moral issues that made Trek such a household name and a thoughtful series would make a great contribution to their history as amazing comic book titles. This is one to watch, as the men behind the fantastic Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover are penning the scripts. We’ll find out if the crossover feels natural once the title launches.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.
IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek,licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apesfilm.
“Planet of the Apes and Star Trek are groundbreaking science-fiction properties and both deal with many of the same social issues and themes,” says Greg Goldstein IDW President & Chief Operating Officer. “A crossover between the two is a natural and long overdue.”
“Before I could read comic books as a child, I could watch science fiction on my television. My dad used to wake me up way past my bedtime to watch Star Trek in syndication—it came on after the nightly news—and I took a Planet of the Apes lunchbox with me to kindergarten every day,” says BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie. “Suffice to say, teaming up these two titans of science fiction on the page in a way that they probably will never meet each other on the silver screen is a huge moment for me personally and emotionally.”
The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trekscribes Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation 2) and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.
“With the Klingons secretly backing a renegade gorilla general in a coup for control of Ape City, Captain Kirk finds himself in the uncomfortable position of having to help out Dr. Zaius’ orangutans,” explains David Tipton. “Taylor won’t be happy with that!”
“What an epic pairing! I’m so excited to see Taylor, Kirk…and those damned dirty apes…in our upcoming comic,” says IDW editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re eager to team up these exciting creative forces to bring this to life.”
20th Century Fox gave Yahoo! the latest theatrical one-sheet for The Maze Runner, based on the best-selling Young Adult novel by James Dashner.
The previously released trailer looks like a cross between Lord of the Flies, “Lost” and Hunger Games. I’m also intrigued by the tease of creatures outside of the gates…
“When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.”
Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen star in the film, which is directed by Wes Ball.
Dashner has penned four entries in the “Maze Runner” series to date, with “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” serving as sequels and “The Kill Order” acting as a prequel.
The Maze Runner will open in the States on September 19, and in UK cinemas October 24.
Let me preface this article by saying that I’m not a drummer. I’m a guitarist and have been for almost two decades. So my knowledge of the intricacies and little flairs that drummers do often times gets lost on me. But I still listen very carefully and still appreciate a drummer who takes a song and gives it something special rhythmically. That’s why I wanted to put together a list of five drummers that I feel are doing amazing things but seem to be overlooked by other lists. So, head on below to check out my personal choices!
Alaya – David Jacob Robison
It’s not easy being able to come up with a groove when the music doesn’t always revolve around 4/4. And yet Robison nails it pretty much every time, creating a fierce rhythm section that bolsters some incredibly infectious music.
Also, dem ghost notes… Unf…
Natalie Dormer [Cressida], Mahershala Ali [Boggs], Evan Ross [Messalla], Elden Henson [Pollux], and Wes Chatham [Castor] appeared yesterday to premiere The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser trailer on the Galaxy Tab S to fans in the Capitol Gallery at the Samsung Galaxy Experience.
Also at The Capitol Gallery, fans had the opportunity to participate in a variety of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 activities including having their portrait taken in President Snow’s chair with holograms of Peeta & Johanna and picking up a limited edition Mockingjay pin.
Check out some on-site photos, courtesy of Lionsgate, after the press release.
Lionsgate, a premier next generation global content leader, and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, have teamed up on the next installment of the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The collaboration will launch with all fans getting a sneak peek of the film’s first official teaser trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, exclusively on Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab® S ahead of its online release.
In a first-of-its-kind experience, fans will have the opportunity to preview the highly-anticipated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer on the Galaxy Tab S at an exclusive premiere in San Diego during Comic-Con on Friday, July 25. For those outside San Diego, beginning Saturday, July 26, fans can visit participating Samsung Experience Shops within Best Buy locations nationwide throughout the weekend to preview the trailer. Samsung will also provide visitors that view the trailer at Samsung Experience Shops one complimentary ticket to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters worldwide on November 21, while supplies last.
Additionally, owners of select Galaxy devices* will have the opportunity to download the all-new Hunger Games Movie Pack App, via Google Play™ for access to exclusive content from The Hunger Games franchise.
“We’re giving our consumers the unique experience to premiere the official trailer ofThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I on our new Galaxy Tab S,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Together with Lionsgate, we will give Samsung Galaxy owners access to experience The Hunger Games franchise like never before.”
“We’re thrilled to be partnering onMockingjay 1 with a company that has the global stature of Samsung and whose innovative technologies touch every aspect of consumers’ lives around the world,” said Paula Kupfer, SVP of Consumer Products & Licensing at Lionsgate. “They are a perfect fit with our franchise, and together we envision unlimited opportunities for expanding the world of The Hunger Games in exciting and visionary ways.”
During San Diego Comic-Con:
On Friday, July 25 at 12:00pm PT, cast members from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will introduce the trailer on the Galaxy Tab S in the Capitol Gallery located in the Samsung Galaxy Experience in San Diego (in the Hard Rock Hotel, corner of 5th and L Streets).
Nationwide at Best Buy:
Fans outside the San Diego area can also get an exclusive preview of the first officialThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1trailer beginning on Saturday, July 26 and extending through Sunday, July 27 by visiting Samsung Experience Shops inside select Best Buy locations. While supplies last, visitors will receive one complimentary pass to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it opens in theaters November 21.
The Hunger Games Movie Pack App:
As part of the collaboration, The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on select Samsung devices* beginning July 28, via Google Play. The app will give Galaxy owners access to exclusive Hunger Gamescontent, including scripts, book excerpts, video clips and more.
Galaxy Tab S owners will have the opportunity to download the first twoHunger Games films for free, in addition to receiving all the exclusive content through the app. Samsung will continue to deliver exclusive Hunger Games content to Galaxy owners through the app leading up to the film’s premiere on November 21. *
Samsung, Galaxy, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Tab are all registered trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
*The Hunger Games Movie Pack App will be available to download for free on the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S4 starting July 28.
*Limit to 200,000 downloads per movie. Available through December 31, 2014.