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Review: “Clive Barker’s Next Testament” #11

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:11

An action-packed installment, “Next Testament” #11  lets loose its dark imagination and never holds back. This is an adrenaline shot to the system. With its mix of shocking scares and twisted black humor, the “Next Testament” series never disappoints.

 

WRITTEN BY: Clive Barker and Mark Miller

ART BY: Haemi Jang

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 16, 2013

Reviewed By: Jorge Solis

The final battle between good and evil takes place inside the Roman Colosseum, where gladiators once fought to the death. While the all-powerful Wick changes the world to fit his image, Tristan and fiancée, Elspeth, have finally reached their destination in Providence. After searching through an endless library, the lovebirds find the right  text and speak the cursed words to awaken the Devil and the Holy Ghost. Is the Devil fighting to save humanity enough to stop Wick?

You can tell Clive Barker and co-writer, Mark Miller, are having a lot of fun in this penultimate issue. This is their chance to throw away logic and character development, and just let the action speak for itself. When hearing Barker’s commentary about the making of his movies, “Hellraiser” and “Lord of Illusions,” there is always talk about constraints with the budget. But not this time, because there no limitations to what you can do in the comic book realm. This is what two creative writers can do when they let their imagination run wild.

This story is about the Devil, the good guy, trying to save the day from the bad guy, Wick. The dialogue is sparse but that’s why each line is so memorable. Tristan and Elspeth aren’t in the forefront, but that’s a good thing. This is really 22 pages of thrilling nonstop action and you just want more.   

Artist Haemi Jang  depicts Wick, the Devil and the Holy Ghost as three giants in a no-holds-barred boxing match. The three behemoths start their battle in the middle of the Roman Colosseum. Jang illustrates the massive destruction as each supreme being uses their powers against each other. In the climatic pages, Jang antes up the action by taking the fight to outer-space.

Because there is very little dialogue, Jang focuses more physical poses and character design with the Devil’s horns and two sharp fangs in his mouth does volumes for tension. A lot of attention is put into their facial expressions after each giant gets hit in the face. The last page is definitely a jaw-dropping shocker. 

If you love action, you’re going to love “Next Testament” #11. I cannot wait for the exciting conclusion.

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[Interview] Jason Blum On ‘The Purge: Anarchy’, ‘Paranormal Activity 5′, ‘In a Valley of Violence’ and a Possible ‘Purge’ Prequel!

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:00

I last spoke with Jason Blum back in March at SXSW (interview here) but the guy is so busy with so many projects I never feel like we have enough time during our interviews.  Case in point, the interview below. I was just getting warmed up when our time ended, but I think you’ll enjoy it anyway.  While the focal point of  the piece is very much The Purge: Anarchy (which happens to be a fun sequel and gives audiences what they really want out of the concept), we talked about a number of his upcoming films including In a Valley of Violence and the impending Creep franchise.

Check it out below. The Purge: Anarchy comes out this Friday, July 18th.

This feels like the biggest Blumhouse movie yet. 

It’s like Transformers for us!

What’s it like pulling a movie of this size off for you? It’s looks huge but you’re known for lower budgets. 

By Hollywood standards it’s incredibly cheap, but by Blumhouse standards it was a tentpole. But I think as our model has developed I’m a little bit less sociopathic with budgets on our sequels.  With new movies where we are experimenting and trying new things, we keep them low. But if it’s a sequel to something that worked, they can go a bit higher. Especially something like The Purge where people really wanted to see what was happening outside. There’s no way to show that for 15 cents. You have to spend a little bit of money to get that kind of scope. We went bigger on Insidious Chapter 2 as well.

The politics of the film are interesting. I feel like it wears them on its sleeve. A lot of movies hide more behind their allegory, but these have a bold point of view. 

I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do that. You have to have some kind of point of view. You have to give the audience something to talk about and react either against or for. You would be surprised though, at the responses. In a lot of ways people bring their own politics to it. I just heard people think this is what happens if Democrats control the White House, for instance. But the point of the movie is to start a dialogue. And my goal first and foremost is to make an entertaining movie that people want to see.

You’ve also got Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence coming up. Which is in Santa Fe shooting on actual film. 

It’s coming together great. I’m going back to Santa Fe tomorrow to visit them, I’ve been there a couple of times. And it is true, much to my dismay and deep, intense protest he won the war shooting on film. It’ll be the only movie I hope we ever shoot on film. I think shooting a film today is almost like shooting on Black and White. The labs are closing, technology has moved on and its much more expensive. I would much rather spend that money on an extra day of shooting.

I’m hearing rumors of a Paranormal Activity reboot in 2016? Are those right or wrong? 

A reboot? No. We’re going to see Paranormal Activity 5 in 2016.

There’s a strong resistance element in this movie. Would you follow that in The Purge 3?

I’d like to. But I also think it would be really cool to do a Purge about year one. A prequel. What was the first Purge like? What was it like the first time the law went into effect?

You could see everyone being all tentative, “can I kill this guy?”

And we can bring Ethan back to life, which I’d love to do. But these are just my personal things I’d like to do. I’d definitely like to make another one.

I loved Creep and you’ve now got two more of those films on the way. How are they coming along?

They’re coming along great. We actually have the stories for both of them and we’re going to do them back to back. They’re coming along great.

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John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ Storyboard Comparisons!

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:33

Completely under appreciated upon its release in 1982, John Carpenter’s The Thing is a frightening and visually stunning creature feature that’s easily one of the most beloved horror films of all time.

Proof is in the constant breakdowns of the film by genre fans across the globe. The latest comes courtesy of Vashi Nedomansky on his blog VashiVisuals in which he takes Michael Ploog and Mentor Huebner’s storyboards and places them next to footage from Carpenter’s final film, with DP work by Dean Cundey.

The detail and artistry of Ploog’s work up front, allowed the crew to have clear and defined goals on those frigid shooting days in both Alaska and Canada.

To demonstrate this point…I’ve taken two scenes from THE THING and laid down the storyboards next to the shots in the final edit of the film. The video below examines the discovery of the alien spaceship and the transformation of Norris in the shocking scene that still haunts me today. Just like Hitchcock worked with Saul Bass to create the famous shower scene in Psycho…Ploog crafted beautiful storyboards for Carpenter so that the time on set was best utilized to tell the story. Be it pencil to paper or an iPad app…filmmakers can share the envisionment of the worlds they are creating by using storyboards.

Check out this incredible 5-minute video below and then make tonight all about revisiting The Thing on home video.

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Michael Biehn Gets Revenge In the ‘Hidden In the Woods’ Trailer

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:05

We’re still awaiting release news for Patricio Valladares’ English-language remake of his Chilean horror film Hidden In the Woods, which now has another teaser trailer.

In the film, “Ana and Anny, two sisters whom have been raised in isolation under the atrocity of drug dealing and the incestuous obsession of their grim father. When they, tired of the abuse, call the police, he kills two officers and is put in jail. Free from their father, the girls now will have to escape from Tío Costello, the local drug lord trying to recover a large amount of drugs hidden in the woods.

Michael Biehn, Mark Burnham, Jennifer Blanc, William Forsythe, Richard Gunn, Caitlin Keats, Matthew Alan, Mark Gantt, Cheryl Hawker, Greg Ingram, Evie Louise Thompson, Grace Powell, Larry Carroll, Nick Nicholson, Jeremy JD Norton, Rebecca Torellas, Nick Bateman, and Cody Hackman star.

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Images of ‘The Dead 2′ Come Shambling In

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:59

Two years ago, filmmakers Howard J. Ford and Jon Ford took international audiences on a journey through a zombie-infected African veldt with The Dead. The Ford Brothers have now raised the survival stakes to new dramatic heights with the September 16th Blu-ray and DVD release of The Dead 2, which we now have cover art and images for.

A ship docks fresh from Somalia which contains one infected worker that passes unnoticed into the very heart of India’s overpopulated bustling streets, setting off an unstoppable chain of events. Meanwhile, American turbine engineer Nicholas Burton (Joseph Millson; Casino Royale) is working in the stark yet tranquil Indian countryside when he receives a call from his love Ishani, a local girl who lives on the outskirts of the slums of Mumbai and who has hidden their relationship from her tradition-minded father. She reveals she is now pregnant and scared for her life as chaos and terror have taken ahold of the cities as the dead return to life and attack the living. Nicholas has to battle his way across their 300 mile landscape filled with flesh-eating – and infectious – undead. With the help of young street kid Javed, he has to rely on his wits and sheer brute force to try and save them all, as the clock ticks off the minutes before the last flight out of a living hell…

Bonus features on The Dead 2 Blu-ray and DVD include The Making of The Dead 2 and deleted scenes.

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The 1980′s “Twilight Zone” Coming to DVD!

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:48

Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, announces the release of “The Twilight Zone: The Complete ‘80s Series,” available on DVD August 26, 2014.

Travel into the fifth dimension once again with THE TWILIGHT ZONE, testing the limits of reality and exploring the mysteries of the universe. Airing from 1985 to 1989, this critically acclaimed anthology series carried on the legacy of the original Rod Serling program and attracted a brand new audience of fans.

The series features major stars – including Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few – in compelling tales of intrigue by such noted writers and filmmakers as Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clarke, George R.R. Martin, Wes Craven, William Friedkin and so many more!

This collection contains all three seasons from the classic ’80s TV series.

Special features include a photo gallery, an exclusive Wes Craven video interview as well as over a dozen audio commentaries by the creative forces behind the show.

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[Fantasia '14] ‘The Drownsman’ Gets a Festival Trailer

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:43

How long can you hold your breath?

The Facebook for the indie The Drownsman just shared the new festival trailer for the pic starring Antisocial‘s Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, and Clare Bastable. Ry Barrett plays the title character.

Gearing up for a Fantasia premiere, the Chad Archibald-directed horror begins, “After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her but, her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison’s four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.

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‘Sinister 2′ Begins Filming In Chicago Next Month

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:39

Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Mike A.’ just caught wind of an article in the Chicago Tribune that reports Sinister 2 will film entirely in the Chicago area for one month beginning in August, according to a spokesman for Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind the horror film.

Ciaran Foy, who directed the incredible 2012 film Citadel, has been tapped to direct Sinister 2 for Blumhouse. Scott Derrickson, who helmed the first installment, penned the script with his co-writer on the first film, C. Robert Cargill.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but an ad on Simon Casting’s Facebook page stated “We’re looking for girls, ages 8-12, who speak Norwegian for a role in a horror feature film. … The project begins shooting in mid-August in Chicago.” Says the site, the Illinois Film Office’s Betsy Steinberg confirmed the ad is for Sinister 2.

The first film starred Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer who finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.

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The Contortionist Release Beautiful, Heavy Single “Language I: Intuition”

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:00

Progressive rock/metal act The Contortionist are gearing up for the release of their upcoming album Language, which drops September 16th via eOne Music. It will be the first album with new vocalist Michael Lessard.

Lessard states:

I’m beyond happy to share this album with people! The experience and result are something I’m proud to have been a part of. I think this album will show how we’ve all progressed as writers and players.

The band has released “Language I: Intuition”, the first single from the upcoming album and half of the album’s title track.

Guitarist Cameron Maynard states, “Conceptually, the song highlights the intuitive nature that stems from the creative process itself

Listen to the wonderful track below.

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Check This Band Out: Jill Tracy

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:00

You best believe that I listen to you readers when you suggest something for me to check out. In the last “Check This Band Out” entry, which recommended The Parlour Trick, ‘markajacoby’ recommended that I check out Jill Tracy, stating, “She’s been doing this for years and is phenomenal. If you like this check her out because not only is her music great, she has one of the most haunting voices out there!” Well, you sold me!

Based in San Francisco, Tracy is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical style is very cinematic in nature (check out her score for F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu here). She herself stated in an interview, speaking of the “Eye Of The Beholder” episode of The Twilight Zone:

How fantastic that a story could evoke such emotion and response essentially revealing so little. I abide by that in my approach to music. It’s the breath, the spaces between the notes and the arrangements that make the work come alive. The soul lives in the silence.

She continues, stating:

…mood can be solely conjured by music. Someone’s at a carnival, and it’s supposed to be happy, but then suddenly the music changes and gives it a sense of dread.

Head below to hear some of her fantastic music.

The Bittersweet Constrain by JILL TRACY

Diabolical Streak by JILL TRACY

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What Would Seinfeld Do During ‘The Purge’?

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:37

What would you do if The Purge was real? More importantly, what would Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer do? That’s the question answered last night at Los Angeles’ Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where a brilliant-sounding show called “Seinfeld: The Purge” was staged.

From the UCB Theater website:

What is the deal with The Purge? Find out in this brand new episode of “Seinfeld”! All crime is legal for twelve hours, but Jerry just wants to spend a quiet Purge inside. Meanwhile George tries to Purge a friend, Elaine considers the benefits of a “Purge-Break Up” and Kramer gets a soda machine.

Seinfeld is pretty much my favorite thing in the world, so I’m really hoping somebody filmed this show. I love how even during the most deadly night of the year, Kramer finds something ridiculous to buy for his apartment (think he put the soda machine next to the hot tub?).

Did any BD readers over in L.A. check it out?

“Seinfeld: The Purge” was written by John Ford and directed by Justin Donaldson and I need it in my life right now.

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Horror Short Story: ‘Untitled’

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:57

Don’t you hate it when you can’t sleep? When your mind refuses to shut off, it just keeps going and going. It’s like an endurance test, to see how long you can lie awake in bed before you finally give up and go watch TV. Tonight’s that kind of night for me, but instead of turning to television, I decided to seek out some creepy stories. You all seemed to enjoy that last one, so here’s another.

Untitled, written by ZebraWater

Seeing the people you’ve killed is a really good way to ruin a good night’s sleep. I just returned from Afghanistan not too long ago. Eight weeks to be exact.

Yes. Three.

You know what question I’m answering. Two men and a kid. In all honesty, it should have been four. When we were clearing a building I saw a pile of rags on the ground, I kicked it out of the way and with some meaty thuds the object rolled across the floor and began crying. The mother ran over and picked up her baby. The look in her eyes. I’ve seen the eyes of men who genuinely wanted to kill me. But her’s, her’s were ones that didn’t want me to die. They wanted me to suffer.

Contact left, two males.

I hear yelling in two different languages. All I heard in English was “drop the knife.”

All I heard in whatever language they speak were threats.

The knife was still in hand. Inhale. Two in the chest, one in the head. Exhale. Inhale. Two in the chest, one in the head. Exhale. We detain the mother. I walk over to examine the bodies. The man with the knife only had one in the chest. Where is the other round?

I look behind him. I see a kid. No more than twelve. Dead. Hole in his throat. I got the jugular. There was more blood than kid. In the kid’s hand was a sandy .38 caliber revolver. I still haven’t inhaled…

The night before was the last night I slept. Ever since that mission I had been under a lot of stressful investigations. People questioning if I saw the kid, jesus, if I AIMED for the kid.

Long story short, I’m clear. That’s all that matters right? I get to go home and enjoy my fat, American restaurants. I get to see my family. My pregnant wife. I get to look into her eyes. I wish there was a way I could see her eyes without her seeing mine. I don’t want her to see what I did. After eight weeks of no eye contact, there seems to be a strain on our relationship.

I glue my ass to the computer chair and let the room bathe in the blue computer light. My eyes hurt. I spend most of my time on Reddit, Youtube, Pornhub. I deleted my Facebook. Solitude and anonymity is the one thing I seek most now. After 89 hours of no sleep, my wife convinced me to go to the doctor.

A new drug. No-REM-No-Problem. I didn’t know if it was the motto or the drug, but the doctor assured me it’s a drug.

“Trust the name!” was the motto.

I started taking No-REM and this is where things start getting crazy. I pop two pills before dinner and I’m golden. I sleep like it was an olympic event. I constantly have the same dream and occasionally wake up in places I didn’t fall asleep. It became a party joke.

“Sometimes I’ll wake up and my husband will be asleep in the bathtub and sometimes he’ll just be lounging around in the garden next to the tool shed!”

Everyone laughs. But if I told them the dream that preludes it. No one would laugh. No one laughs at the slaughter of a twelve-year-old boy. The only problem with this No-REM is I can’t wake up. I HAVE to watch this dream. When it becomes too much, I wake up outside of my bed.

Eventually two pills stopped working. I had to upgrade to three. Then four. Then I started having the day dreams. I don’t mean I stared off into space or anything like that. I mean I was seeing shit. Sometimes I would hear the baby I kicked in the distance. Sometimes I would see the eyes of the mother when it got real dark. The one place I could never look, though, was the mirror.

I would see a much happier version of myself, grinning ear-to-ear. At first I thought it was actually me. I thought I was actually happy. But then I him… me, pull out a box-cutter and slash at the arms. When I looked down, there would be nothing. Other times I would brand myself. Sometimes I would cut a little bit of skin off and flush it down the toilet. My other self always told me to wear long sleeves. That he didn’t want anyone to see his scars. I listened to him.

For weeks I tried to stay out of a mirrors gaze until I saw my wife crying. She was looking at the mirror and she said he keeps cutting himself. I asked her who, but she didn’t hear me. I screamed it, still, she just kept staring into the mirror. I looked in with her, maybe she saw what I saw.

It was the same dopple-ganger. But, This time he was not smiling. He had a cartoonish frown on his face. One you would have to REALLY try to make. Before I knew it he was cutting her throat open with the same box- cutter. As soon as I saw the blood pour out I woke up in the garden next to the shed again. This medication was getting too out of hand. I got in my car and floored it to the hospital, halfway their I noticed I was in the same clothes I wore yesterday, which was strange because I always woke up in pajamas.

After rushing to the hospital and being extremely rude to people I convinced the doctor to see me right away. I tell him everything and the next words he spoke made my heart so audible in my head I would have thought it was behind my ears.

“John, you’re in the control group. No-REM should have had no effect on you because it’s sugar…”

My mouth was dry, I couldn’t even drizzle out a word. I looked down at my arms and instantly felt pain shooting up and down. I rolled up my sleeves and saw the brands. The cuts. The piece of skin I flushed away. I hear the doctor say something along the lines of “Oh, sweet Christ…”

I scramble for my phone and scroll down to my wife’s name. I try calling it. No answer.

Yes. In the shed.

That’s the answer to the question I know you want to ask.

This story was republished from Reddit.

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What Horror Movie Icon(s) Would You Like to See in ‘Mortal Kombat X’?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 21:34

Just before E3, after months of anticipation, rumors, and leaked posters — we were finally gifted with a look at Mortal Kombat X. Outside of some distracting music, the trailer — which you can watch below — successfully managed to get the hype train rolling for what promises to be one of the goriest and most viscerally satisfying fighting games since, well, Mortal Kombat 9.

The game looks great, but one thing I’m very eager to see is the steady trickling of guest fighters we’ll see following its release. If you look back at the last Mortal Kombat, the bar was set pretty high with the addition of Freddy Krueger.

Granted, it wasn’t the version of Freddy we all wanted, but it was a neat nod to our favorite genre nonetheless.

When asked about the possibility of guest fighters from outside of the Mortal Kombat universe appearing in the game, series creator Ed Boon all-but confirmed that it will happen.

“Freddy Krueger was the most downloaded character in Mortal Kombat 9,” Boon told Polygon. “Scorpion was the guest character in Injustice, and he was the most downloaded character in that game. It’s working out for us, and I’d be surprised if we ignored those numbers.”

Boon also confirmed that no superheroes will be among the guest fighters.

“I’d be hard-pressed to have a DC character as a downloadable character in Mortal Kombat X,” Boon said. “The main reason is, I have no desire to cut Batman’s head off. I have no desire to kill Superman.”

Horror movies are a obviously fine source of fighters for NetherRealm to borrow from, and not one of them have been known to shy away from copious amounts of gore. So with that in mind, what horror movie icon(s) would you like to see make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X?

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Coroner’s Van Malfunctions, Jettisons Corpse Onto Busy Road

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:46

Picture this: It’s a Friday. You’re on your lunch break. It’s a gorgeous day, with an ideal combination of ample sunlight that’s kept cool by a continuous breeze. You’re in your car, the windows are rolled down, and you’re bobbing your head to your favorite tunes. Maybe you took a detour at a Starbucks and are sipping on a venti vanilla bean frappuccino, maybe you didn’t.

Everything’s perfect, the weekend is just around the corner. Then, without warning, a corpse strapped to a gurney is jettisoned from the big white van in front of you.

Even though you’re in mid sip, struggling to evade the chunk of ice that’s trying its best to keep your straw from delivering that delicious Starbucks nectar to your eager tummy — because even the all-knowing Starbucks baristas make mistakes — you narrowly escape the gurney and the expired human that’s strapped to it.

“Phew, that was close” you say to yourself. Then, a dragon- err, no, this isn’t storytime.

Flourishes aside, this exact scenario was experienced by some folks on a busy Pennsylvania road this past Friday when the rear doors on a coroner’s van malfunctioned, releasing its macabre contents onto the road.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, this happened next to a shopping mall, making it very possible that one or more of the unsuspecting drivers behind the van had stopped at Starbucks.

Plenty of passersby saw it happen, including Jerry Bradley, who posted on his Facebook, saying “Just when I thought I’ve seen everything. That’s a dead body on a stretcher that launched out of the back of a coroner’s vehicle in Feasterville.”

Now, because I’m strange and have a coffee-obsessed gremlin residing in the part of my brain that should house my morality, when I first read this news I immediately thought of how cool it would’ve been to be behind the coroner’s van when it happened.

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New ‘Fatal Frame’ to be Revealed This Week!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:57

Back in April, we were teased with the news of a new Fatal Frame. The announcement was paltry on details, but publisher Koei Tecmo games will be remedying that very soon with a NicoNico stream this Thursday, where they’ll be celebrating the beloved survival horror series as well as showing off the next game. The stream will also cover the manga series and the upcoming live-action film, which is slated to haunt theaters in Japan on September 26.

So far, all we know about the next Fatal Frame is it’s coming exclusively to the Wii U.

The stream kicks off on July 17 at 1:30 PM in Japan, or 9:30 PM on July 16 if you reside on the west coast (12:30 AM on the east coast).

While you wait, you should consider burning a few minutes with our Fatal Frame V wish list.

And, because I’m curious, which Fatal Frame is your favorite?

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Concept Art From Rob Zombie’s ’31′

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:39

It’s Halloween night in Rob Zombie’s forthcoming horror flick, 31, which he’s already beginning to tease on his Facebook page.

Check out one of many production drawings from the film, courtesy of Alex Horley, which teases some masked terror to come.

Zombie promises that lots of news is coming soon, so get ready for some casting announcements.

All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea, it’s something new,” Zombie teased last month. “It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now, I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything.

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Chinese Couple Sells Children to Fund Gaming Habits

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 19:22

In news that will make you cringe, a young, unwed couple in China are in jail for selling two of their kids to fund their gaming habits. According to the mother, the first child, a baby boy, was the result of an unplanned pregnancy. He was sold, along with his sibling, to traffickers from Fujian to alleviate the financial burden of raising kids — and so the couple could use the money to purchase virtual items for an unnamed free-to-play video game.

“[The father] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes,” the mother explained in an interview. According to her, the father never had any intention of supporting the boy, so they made the decision to sell him. Because, clearly, that’s the only option.

Then, when she got pregnant again, they did it again. It wasn’t until they sold the second child when the kids’ grandfather turned the couple in to the authorities.

It’s no secret that child trafficking is a massive problem in China, where it is illegal. Unfortunately, horrible stories like this are way more common than they should ever be, as awful people sell their kids to other families, gangs, and even street peddlers.

The couple is now awaiting trial.

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‘Deadman’s Cross’ Gets a Dose of ‘Resident Evil’

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:18

If you’re unfamiliar with it, Deadman’s Cross is Square Enix’s zombie-themed mobile shooter and card collecting game that also happens to be ridiculously popular. Our very own T. Blake Braddy had a chat with producer Shinichi Tatsuke back in April, where they discussed the game’s goal of being the ultimate zombie card game.

Seeing as the Resident Evil franchise is one of the most popular zombie-themed franchise out there — despite its recent stumblings — pairing the two really is a no-brainer (sorry).

This crossover brings a hefty dose of new content to Deadman’s Cross, including an explorable Raccoon City that’s brimming with monsters and collectible Deadmen cards that should be familiar to fans of Resident Evil. There are also special items, like herbs and permits. If you own the game, you can enjoy all this content, for free, from now to July 27.

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Watch Henry Thomas’ Epic ‘E.T.’ Audition!

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 18:04

Being both a writer and producer, I’ve been blessed to be part of the casting process of a movie – I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it is, especially for an indie film. But it doesn’t take expert eyes to recognize talent like this.

Released by Universal Pictures in Sweden, below is footage of Henry Thomas auditioning for the role of Elliot in Steven Spielberg’s E.T..

You can hear Spielberg in the background giving Thomas direction, explaining to him what his character’s mindset would be.

Then, someone else off-screen lazily reads off lines from the screenplay that sound as if they’re a work in progress (or the delivery is just awful). Being that this is who young Thomas had to react to makes the video all the more magical.

Behold Thomas’ conviction followed by an emotional explosion. It’s powerful stuff from such a young actor. I can only imagine what he used to get motivated – possibly he was thinking about his dog dying or maybe he wanted the job so bad that he thought about being rejected by one Steven Spielberg? Whatever the case may be, prepare to be transported to planet awesome and enjoy the end when Spielberg quickly exclaims, “You got the job!

Note: I’m not an extra features kinda guy, so I couldn’t tell you if the following footage is on any of the domestic releases.

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Return to Rapture in this Art of ‘BioShock’ Video

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 17:50

There’s no denying how beautiful the underwater city of Rapture is. It’s a haunting look at the potential, both good and bad, of unrestricted science and technology. Without boundaries, humans are capable of some truly remarkable, and disturbing, things. I’ve always been a big fan of video game concept art, especially when the game looks as good as BioShock does. In this video, we get a look at game that defined a console generation. Enjoy.

Oh, and there are some spoilers here, but if you haven’t played BioShock yet, I’m afraid I’ll have to curse you with an itch that your arms will be too short to scratch.

Categories: Horror News