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Steam Summer Sale Day 7: Half Off Clem

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 21:31

None of today’s deals are particularly exciting for horror fans — not to say they aren’t exciting, because BioShock Infinite is very much worth $7.49 — but there are a few flash deals and community picked sales that are of note if you’re looking to grow your collection of horror games.

The following deals won’t last long, but for the next seven hours you can grab How to Survive for $2.24 (85% off), Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season Two for $12.49 (50% off), and Gone Home for $2.99 (85% off). Gone Home isn’t a horror game, but it is one that I think everyone should play, so I had to give it a mention.

For these deals and a myriad others, check out Steam.

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Leigh Whannell Reveals New ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Cast Member

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:19

Leigh Whannell tweeted that The Grey‘s Dermot Mulroney, pictured, will star in Insidious: Chapter 3.

The third film will be directed and written by Whannell, who penned all three films.

Focus Features, which acquired the rights to release Insidious: Chapter 3 from FilmDistrict, plans to bring the film to U.S. theaters on April 3, 2015.

ason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, which produced both Insidious films, is producing the next installment along with Oren Peli and James Wan. Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman, and Entertainment One’s Xavier Marchand are executive producing.

Principal photography of the movie is scheduled to start next month on July 7th.

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Shane Black’s ‘Predator’ Will Be a Sequel

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 18:14

It was announced yesterday that Shane Black, the venerable screenwriter behind Lethal Weapon and writer-director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3, will co-writing and directing a reboot of Predator for Twentieth Century Fox.

Collider quickly jumped on the case and was able to clarify that this Predator, also penned by Monster Squad‘s Fred Dekker, will actually be a sequel.

While the initial report said that Black’s new ‘Predator’ film would be a reboot, Black tells us that he and Dekker see the project as definitely not a reboot, “As far as Fred and I are concerned anyway,” Black said, adding “Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, noting that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing ‘Predator’ mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” He went on to say that Dekker, who’s writing the screenplay, is “perfect” for the project, adding the two had a blast writing the screenplay for ‘The Monster Squad’ together.

Even if it’s a sequel I wouldn’t be shocked if FOX releases it under the title Predator or with a modern spin – The Predator.

CELEBRATE.

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‘Dead Awake’ a Sleep Paralysis Horror Pic From ‘Final Destination’ Creator!! (Exclusive)

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:36

Incendiary Features, an Austin-based production company led by producer James LaMarr and director Phillip Guzman, has just purchased the rights to Dead Awake, the new sleep paralysis project by Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick, sources exclusively tell Bloody Disgusting. We’re told it was purchased in a six-figure deal.

The screenplay follows a young woman, investigating a mysterious death in her family, who must fight to save herself and her friends from an ancient evil that stalks its victims through the real-life phenomena of sleep paralysis.

Guzman is set to direct with production slated for this fall in central Texas.

Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon in which people, either when falling asleep or wakening, temporarily experience an inability to move. It is a transition state between wakefulness and rest characterized by complete muscle atonia (muscle weakness). It can occur at sleep onset or upon awakening, and it is often associated with terrifying visions, such as an intruder in the room, to which one is unable to react due to paralysis. – Wiki

Sleep paralysis is a terrifying and universal phenomenon with a rich mythology that dates back to biblical times,” Reddick tells us. “It’s an original and mature horror story. I know Phillip’s directing style and strong vision will give people nightmares for years to come. He adds: “This script has been a passion project for a long time.

Guzman adds: “I am thrilled about making a horror film that has never been done. Once I read Jeffrey’s skillfully crafted story, I made it my personal mission to make this movie. It’s a serious tale based on a chilling actual condition, but still has all the excitement and scares you’d expect from a genre picture.

LaMarr promises that the film will feature a “strong female character that anchors this movie.

Another interesting note out of Wiki is that the original definition of sleep paralysis was codified by Samuel Johnson in his A Dictionary of the English Language as nightmare, a term that evolved into our modern definition. Such sleep paralysis was widely considered the work of demons, and more specifically incubi, which were thought to sit on the chests of sleepers.

Photo source: Wiki

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Posters Ask, “Why Do You ‘Purge’ “?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:17

IMP Awards shared a series of posters that ask, “Why do you purge?”

Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy hits theaters July 18th and stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

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Paragon Picks Up ‘Mall’ From Linkin Park’s Joseph Hahn

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:09

Deadline reports that Paragon Pictures has picked up North American rights to Linkin Park bandmate Joseph Hahn’s feature helming debut Mall, which stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Cameron Monaghan, Peter Stormare, and James Frecheville in the story of five disaffected suburbanites whose lives come together at a shopping mall following a seemingly random shooting.

Hahn serves as beat master for Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park and directed dozens of their music videos prior to making his feature debut. D’Onofrio, Joe Vinciguerra, and Sam Bisbee adapted the script from Eric Bogosian’s 2001 novel of the same name. Mall is produced by D’Onofrio alongside Sam Maydew for Silver Lining Entertainment. Hahn most recently directed the music video for “New Divide,” the Linkin Park track that appears in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the band’s latest music video for “Until It’s Gone” from their current album The Hunting Party.

Paragon is planning to release Mall this fall after Hahn hits the road on Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour this summer.

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Fans Remake the ‘Dead Island 2′ Trailer in ‘GTA V’

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:44

Ever since the first Dead Island trailer went viral, the series has proved to be popular fodder for fan remakes, reinterpretations, and spoofs. This trend looks to be extending to the trailer for the latest game in the series, which Deep Silver debuted at E3 earlier this month. In this video, some fans manage the impressive feat of recreating the reveal trailer, in full, in Grand Theft Auto V.

Once you’re through with this, you should consider checking out the canal chase scene from Terminator, which was also recently remade in GTA V.

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New ‘Killing Floor 2′ Video Details the “Specimens”

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:14

Developer Tripwire Interactive has released a new video for their upcoming cooperative horror shooter Killing Floor 2, and this time it focuses on the creatures we’ll be pumping full of lead when the game arrives. It’s been a month since the long-anticipated sequel was revealed, along with details on an exciting — and apparently, incredibly advanced — gore system that Tripwire hopes will take the visceral thrill of mowing down a couple hundred mutants with a few friends to the next level.

Killing Floor 2 doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s currently only planned to come to PC.

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[Video Interview] Olivia Munn On ‘Deliver Us From Evil’!

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:00

Writer/director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) sees his new, ambitious horror film Deliver Us From Evil hit theaters on July 2nd. While I was able to speak with most of the film’s leads during my set visit, Olivia Munn (“The Newsroom”, Magic Mike) didn’t happen to be shooting that day. So I was definitely excited to speak with her about the film for the first time last weekend in Los Angeles.

Munn is quote good in the film, taking on the type role that a lot of other movies and actresses have reduced to one dimension and creating a full-fledged character out if it.

Check out the interview below!

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The Gorgeous Looking ‘Cuphead’ Uses Live Original Jazz For The Soundtrack

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 14:16

Coming in 2015 to Steam and Xbox One will be the beautiful looking game Cuphead, which is heavily, heavily influenced by the cartoon’s of the 1930′s. Utilizing hand drawn frames that are entirely inked, the game also makes use of live, original jazz recordings.

Cuphead is a single player or co-op run and gun platformer, heavily focused on boss battles.

Head on below for a trailer that has be seriously considering buying an Xbox One!

Music composed by Kristofer Maddigan
featuring:
Benjamin Hognestad, Piano
Phill Albert, Bass
Kris Maddigan, Drums

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[Remember This?] Original ‘Saw’ Trailer Ushers In a New Horror Era

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:00

In October we’ll be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s Saw, which was put into wide theatrical release on October 29th, 2004. To me this is hugely significant since the film, along with Hostel four months later, helped usher in a new era of horror.

Some people call it “Torture Porn”, but Mr. Disgusting and I don’t think torture porn actually exists. It’s true that a lot of these films were markedly more brutal than their mainstream predecessors, but to call them porn implies that we’re just patiently wading through the movie to get to the money shots (the kills, in this case). That’s not the case. If anything, I’d argue that some of the sh*ttier slasher movies fill the porn model more fittingly. Films where we’re tolerating flat, poorly acted characters just waiting for the brief moments of pleasure when they’re dispatched. If we’re talking about intent, that’s porn. Saw and Hostel had plenty of interesting ideas and ambition that outstripped the lazy retreads that were littering the landscape and they were unfairly punished with that term.

In the case of Saw, it’s interesting to see how this new wave of horror was initially marketed to the public. Show them too much and they’re turned off, show them too little and you never gain their interest in the first place. I actually think the trailer does a nice job of setting up both Jigsaw’s modus operandi and the queasy concept of sawing through your own foot. It places the focus on the film’s innovative concept, the acknowledgement of which single handedly dispels the notion of “torture porn.”

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‘The Descent’ Meets ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ in ‘The Forest’

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:12

Indie developer Endnight Games’ horror debut The Forest has been on my radar for some time. For the unfamiliar, it’s a deeply unsettling horror game set in a forested island on which your plane has recently made a crash landing. Unfortunately, this particular island is home to a ridiculously xenophobic tribe of indigenous mutant cannibals.

Now that I think about it, The Forest is so much more than The Descent meets Cannibal Holocaust; there’s also a bit of Silent Hill and Minecraft mixed in there too. It’s horrifying — watch me (try to) play it below.

If you’d like to brave The Forest yourself, you can grab it now on Steam for $14.99.

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BD Playlist: Adam Vol. 1

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:00

Today brings you yet another list of music recommendations from us, the BD staff! Today we bring you several songs from our lovely video game editor Adam! He’s got a more mellow taste than myself or Brad, although I’m fully going to brag and say that I got him into Sohn. Yup, that was all me!

Below you can see several tracks that Adam’s all about! Make sure to tell him what you think in the comments!

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

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“The Strain” is a Perfect Modern Horror Comic

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:34

Great horror has an element of the supernatural that cannot be avoided. With it comes a long history of those who have fought and lost against the force causing terror. It’s part and parcel of telling a horrifying story, it makes the threat larger than the current situation, and much more threatening. The “beast” is eternal, it has won before and it will win again. That’s just terrifying to think about. With the “The Strain” it’s vampires, we’ve seen them a thousand times before, and we know their history, or at least we think we do. Since the comic takes the element of the supernatural and combines it with another core element of terror.

It combines history with a modern paranoia, something society is already deathly afraid of, and cannot come to terms with. Something that already governs how people act, and puts their behavior in chains. This something is the the disease or viral pandemic. Every year without fail some new viral outbreak grips the nation into obsessively sterilizing their hands, boiling water, and thoroughly cooking fish.

It’s an invisible threat that cannot be easily defeated. It prays on the young, the old, and the weak without fail by turning the host’s body against itself. Of course, the fear is that the virus will target the fully developed human form. So what if an eternal virus was powerful enough to target the youthful and vibrant members of society?

Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan pondered this question in their phenomenal trilogy of novels, and David Lapham and Mike Huddleston championed it for comics. Together these men created a comic that perfectly blends the supernatural with modern paranoia. “The Strain” can’t possibly be escaped or avoided. It’s brilliant and ancient.

David Lapham takes the pure cream of the story and adapts it into eleven pulse pounding issues. Mike Huddleston makes dynamic and volatile creatures whose lashing tongues cut the page like an ex-acto knife. The comic thrives in darkness, and creates a deeply troubling read that systematically dashes hope away from the reader. The modern security blanket of science does little to comfort us in the world of “The Strain.” And the creeping sense of dread typically found in horror comics is replaced with ticking clock for humanity. This isn’t about survival, it’s about hope, or rather the loss of hope.

And hope is a funny thing in horror.

The incredible Steven King says it best in Different Seasons: “Let me tell you something my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” Hope isn’t a great tool, it’s actually quite damning, and as Lapham and Huddleston dash it from the pages, the narrative gains some steam that other horror comics fail to take notice of. The darkness of “The Strain” is grounded with real world science. It’s not like other fantastical horror comics. Every moment on the page has one foot in reality so when all is lost, and hope cannot possibly exist, the characters react accordingly.

Luckily with Dr. Epharim Goodweather at the center of the story things feel a little more under control. The mass hysteria of what’s happening is still beyond measure but Eph tries his best to poke and prod at the legend of the vampire with science rather than cut it down. He represents the failed hope of humanity, and the source of modern paranoia.

While Abraham Setrakian represents the untrustworthy and legendary supernatural element of the terror in the story. He does everything he can to spread his message of dread, and sows the seeds of doubt. There is no hope for Abraham, but he pushes forward all the same. Aiming to rally together a force for good before its too late. He’s from the old world, he knows horrors outside the realm of science, and he must spread the word of fear.

This is the fear that humanity’s own bodies will now turn against them thanks to a microscopic terror. Science allows us to understand it, but not to defeat it. “The Strain” cuts this fear into something more dangerous than “The Walking Dead.” It’s inescapable, unpredictable, and ancient. The force behind it is far from the reaches of our own understanding.

Viral fear grips people on a daily basis. We’re constantly governed by it as a species and science is the church we pray to. But with “The Strain” science betrays us. It can’t make sense of vampires. People go insane, and the weakened spirit allows disease to spread with ease.

The instants of pure terror come from the idea of The Strain rather than the vampires themselves. There is nothing more chilling that watching a group of CDC scientists try to make sense of how an entire load of passengers on a flight have suddenly died. Huddleston keeps to the shadows to isolate you, and Lapham’s script makes you feel in danger at all times. Even as we build to the vampires, there are scenes where scientists try to explain something that defies explanation. The more they poke the less they know. Empty bodies in the morgue are filled with more than riddles, they are filled with a sense of uncanny dread that arrives with the empty plane and doesn’t let up until the final page.

See? Totally not scary.

Those moments hold more in them than the real root of the evil in the story. Yet, “The Strain” taps into man’s fantastical obsession with it’s own demise in a visceral and modern way. There is always this haunting sensation that something as small as a cell could undo humanity, but when that cell morphs us into ancient horrors the fear becomes much more real and terrifying.

We should have the tools to defeat it. Viral means science but it can only explain the epidemic. Supernatural forces cannot be cured, they defy logic in a world where such has become unacceptable. We can only watch and dissect our own demise, but we’re hopeless to stop it.

Hope is a pesky thing in horror. Any time it’s introduced I can’t help but roll my eyes. Yet, Lapham and Hiddleston make an interesting choice in “The Strain.” They don’t deal with hope, their story is about the demise of hope. There isn’t a single page in this dark comic that doesn’t get under your skin thanks to Huddleston. He makes the world dark and uninviting, and even in the lighter scenes there is a sense of dread with the characters thanks to Lapham’s script. The one thing that often gives us understanding and hope is used to take it all away. Science isn’t comfort, it’s confirmation of our own helplessness.

Just read the comic to see how hope is systematically dashed away. Society crumbles and chaos erupts in the streets. Our modern church is disbanded and without the comfort of our strongest tool we’re left to making the most of our own dwindling mortality. It’s tough shit, but an haunting and incredible read.

THE STRAIN VOLUME 1 HC

When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Centers for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event—an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness. Collects issues #1-#11.

The hardcover hits July 9th. Don’t be foolish and miss it.

Check it out now before FX’s television adaptation hits the screen. This version allows you to have an incredible visual realization of the entire story and will simply put your anticipation at fever pitch for July 13th.

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Deadly Auction In New ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:21

Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy hits theaters July 18th and it looks to be a bigger and better take on the concept than last year’s film. This new trailer is fairly similar to the last one, but plays up the rich vs. poor angle a bit more by expanding on the auction we glimpsed earlier. There’s definitely some social satire here, which I can get behind.

Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also star.

Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).

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“Fartzenegger ” A Gas-Filled Arnold Schwarzenegger Compilation!

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:19

When it comes to humor I have no range, which means that toilet humor still makes me giggle like an 8-year-old.

It came to my attention that the A href=”” target=”blank”>DistractotronChannel YouTube channel edited together a hilarious compilation of footage featuring the great Arnold Schwarzenegger. What they’ve cooked up – presumably after a night at Taco Bell – is the disgusting “Fartzenegger”. Watch as Arnie lets it loose in scenes from all of his big summer blockbusters.

The summer heat is on, in his pants.

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[EXCLUSIVE Preview] Undertow #6

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:42

“Undertow” is easily one of the best new series launched from Image this year. It’s a tale of class division, of escaping your past, and never really being able to leave your home. Yet, more than all of that it’s a deeply engaging exploration into unknown worlds, accompanied by incredibly captivated art by Artyom Trakhanov. Every issue is relentlessly paced and threatens to have readers tear the book in half over the mounting tension. Issue #5 is about to hit the stands this Wednesday, and we hear at Bloody-Disgusting have an exclusive look at “Undertow” #6. If you dig this teaser art make sure to run out to your local comic shop and preorder the final issue now. Comics live and die by their numbers, and “Undertow” must rise above the rest if we want to see this incredibly talented team continue to work.

Here’s what series writer, Steve Orlando had to say about these pages:

UNDERTOW is excited to welcome Yaroslav Astapeev to close out our initial miniseries with an exciting visit to the Atlantis, from the backstreets to the ballrooms. Yaroslav brought a unique, moody style to the undersea metropolis, first seen in his pin-up in Issue 5, and now with Issue 6 he imagines the Atlantean infrastructure in a new, haunting way. Artyom and I could not be happier to have Yaroslav help us create a new vision for our first extended look at downtown Azu City, the heart of Atlantean culture. UNDERTOW has always been about showing people something fresh, aggressive and new, and with this stinger scene, Yaroslav has done something truly wonderful.    In UNDERTOW Issue 6, it’s time to find out how the other half lives.

FOC for #6 is 6/30, Cover A – MAY140741, Cover B – MAY140742

FOC for #6 is 6/30, Cover A – MAY140741, Cover B – MAY140742

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Trailer Debut Plays ‘The Midnight Game’ (Exclusive)

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:40

With games, as with life, sometimes it’s play or be played. But beware when it’s play or be prey…

On August 12th Anchor Bay Entertainment dares you to join…The Midnight Game. An official selection at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show Film Festival and SF Indie fest’s Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival, The Midnight Game promises a new whole spin on the games people play.

Take a peak inside the game with our exclusive trailer premiere below!

In this eerie chiller inspired by true events, Olstead stars as a partying teen whose friends decide to perform an ancient pagan ritual found online called ‘The Midnight Game’: Candles are lit. A drop of blood is spilled. Your worst fear is confessed and an entity is summoned. But if the rules are not followed exactly, punishment is promised. Tonight, the game is not being taken seriously. A demonic horror has been unleashed, and now, even daylight cannot stop the nightmares that may destroy them all. Are you ready for the arrival of “The Midnight Man?”

With a cast including Guy Wilson (“Breaking Bad”), Renee Olstead (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Shelby Young (“American Horror Story”), Valentina de Angelis (Bereavement) and Spencer Daniels (Star Trek), the rules are simple because there’s only one: survive!

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[TV] Morgan Freeman Answers: ‘Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?’

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:11

Science Channel’s Emmy-nominated hit series “Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman” is back for a mind-bending fifth season.

The series that has broken ratings records for the network delivers eight all-new episodes that will provoke and inspire viewers to think beyond the boundaries of what they know. Covering such controversial topics as could poverty be genetic, how to crush a superpower and exploring the possibility of a zombie apocalypse, this season guarantees to break down the walls of conventional television to investigate the puzzles that captivate us all.

The world premiere takes on the horror genre with ‘Is a Zombie Apocalypse Possible?’ (airing Wednesday, June 25 at 10PM ET/PT).

It is a nightmare that has stalked us for centuries: hordes of human beings transformed into mindless, cannibalistic monsters. Could this civilization-ending nightmare become reality? Scientists have discovered pathogens that turn insects into the walking dead. New strains of viruses are attacking humans every day. Mathematicians have calculated the likelihood of surviving a zombie virus outbreak: they’re not hopeful. Now neuroscientists are discovering how easy it is for us to lose conscious control of our bodies. Are we at risk of becoming puppets? And if we are already in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, would we know it?

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Trailer For Vietnamese Haunter ‘Hollow’

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:08

In international theaters July 19 is Hollow (Đoạt Hồn), a Vietnamese horror film that looks insanely promising.

Directed by Ham Tran, we now have an English-subbed trailer to haunt you.

A 6-year-old girl falls into a river and drowns. One week later, her uncle, a police captain, travels to a remote village to claim her corpse, only to find that the girl is very much alive. He brings her home, but does not tell her parents that she was found dead. Strange things begin to happen as her family discovers that she is possessed.

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