Australian dark synth group The Night Terrors were recently commissioned to compose an album using the southern hemisphere’s largest grand pipe organ. The result is Pavor Nocturnus, an album that will be released this Halloween via Twisted Nerve Australia (pre-order here).
A composition for Grand Organ, Theremin, analogue electronics and percussion is an inferno of haunting Theremin-led post-prog and dark cosmic dance. Quiet drops of sepulchral voltage and cacophonous whirls of intricate acoustic phenomena intermingle to prise open the maddening space between sentience and expiration. The Night Terrors create a euphorically terrifying dream sequence, just perfect for Halloween. Their most frightening and beautiful recording to date.
Below is a video of their track “Megafauna”, which showcases just how massively large the pipe organ is. Seriously, it’s a monstrosity, a looming piece of pipes and machinery that evokes some truly spine-tingling sounds.
The band also conducted a short interview with Noisey.
Valve recently gave Steam a snazzy new look and a number of new features, including Curators. Curators were introduced to solve a problem that always reared its big, ugly head every time you visit Steam with the intention of buying a game, but with no specific title in mind.
Sifting through its intimidating database that’s practically brimming with video games of wildly inconsistent qualities can be a daunting task for anyone.
That’s why I’m doing the grunt work for you.
In order to save you a little time, I’ve established an official Bloody Disgusting Curator page that you should most definitely follow, because doing so will get you an ever-growing list of the greatest, scariest, most creative, unique and otherwise unforgettable AAA and indie horror games on Steam.
Once you’ve followed our Curator page, I’d also like to invite your to join our brand new Steam group. I hear it’s what all the cool kids are doing.
We don’t yet offer laminated membership badges, but joining may lead to some interesting conversations with like-minded, horror-loving folks like me and the rest of the BD crowd. I’ve even started a forum so you can recommend horror games for me to play on our YouTube channel.
See you on Steam!
Insidious‘ Patrick Wilson, pictured above, and “Lost” vet Matthew Fox, below, have signed on to star opposite Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins in Caliber Media’s ultraviolent Western Bone Tomahawk, THR says.
“Bone Tomahawk revolves around four men attempting to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.”
Wilson will play Arthur O’Dwyer, a cowboy whose rise to the foreman position of a cattle outfit is interrupted by an unfortunate accident that reshapes his life in unforeseen ways. Fox will play John Brooder, whose dark inclinations have put him and his polished weapons at the very edge of the western frontier.
S. Craig Zahler is directing from a screenplay he wrote.
Everyone from “Games of Thrones” is getting major roles, and now the new Queen, Natalie Dormer, has been set to star in Patient Zero, the Screen Gems action thriller that Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct from a script written by Mike Le.
“Patient Zero focuses on an unprecedented global pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species. An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt for Patient Zero and hope for a cure.”
Explains Deadline, Dormer has been building feature credits that include The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, Rush and Captain America: The First Avenger.
The Babadook is knocking at your door, opening here in the States on November 28. Now, a U.S. trailer has been released that hopes to complete with the frightening UK trailers. This movie looks insane! Will you let the Babadook in?
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review).
In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
Bizarrely similar to a scene in The Babadook, this new clip from Asmodexia, the feature debut of Marc Carrete (short films “Mal cuerpo” and “Castidermia”), shows the film’s demon child.
IFC Midnight has slated it for release on VOD September 26. Asmodexia unspools over five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.
“Eloy de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.”
The PS3 and Xbox 360 may be standing on the precipice of becoming just another chapter in the history of this exciting world of bytes and sprites, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more games coming to the aging platforms. Yesterday was a particularly good day to be a horror fan who owns a last-gen console, as it brought with it both Slender: The Arrival (PS3 and Xbox 360) and the Anna: Extended Edition (Xbox 360).
Get your parkas and boots ready, because the post-apocalyptic survival sim The Long Dark has hit Steam Early Access. For $20, players can freely explore the game’s highly-anticipated “Survival Sandbox” mode, which allows players a glimpse into what the team at Hinterland Games has in mind for the full, upcoming release.
The Long Dark takes place in what the team calls a “post-digital” world and pushes players to survive in the extreme cold of the Canadian wilderness, kind of like a brutal, heavily-stylized Jack London short story.
Bush pilot Will Mackenzie has to make an emergency landing in a vast, excruciatingly cold landscape. A “geomagnetic disaster” has occurred, knocking out all forms of power and rendering communication as humanity knows it entirely moot, including all form of electricity.
Being in the Northern Wilderness without supplies and environmentally-appropriate threads, players must find immediate and resourceful methods for short-term (and eventually, long-term) survival. Intrepid gamers can wander the rocky, snow-covered landscape in search of food, warmth, and protection, and it never becomes dull. The art style is provocative and subtly done, truly one of the best-looking games I’ve played all year.
The Long Dark isn’t merely a walk in the woods, however, because it maintains a pretty rigorous set of statistics as well. The gauges, statistics, and meters keep players on their toes, pushing them to keep moving, foraging in the unforgiving environment for items to stave off hunger, thirst, exhaustion, and cold, among other things. Get too low on any one of those elements, and Will reminds you that it might be a good idea to pack it in and start a fire or take a nap (which is how the game saves).
The game has no traditional HUD, but tapping Tab brings up a user display that presents information for the various elements mentioned above, and then some. Not only is the player’s level of cold charted, but the changing weather conditions are also on exhibition to cause added anxiety. If you’re as panicky a survivalist as I am, then all the information can easily be reduced to “Welp, I guess I’m dying again, aren’t I?”
Story Mode will introduce some actual narrative elements, but playing in the Sandbox is just that, a largely free experience. Every time players die — and it will take some time to learn the systems well enough to get beyond the first day — they are placed in a new area of the map, at a different time of day. Once, I found myself in the woods in the middle of the night.
Surrounded by wolves, without a lamp.
As someone who writes about video games on a semi-regular basis, I find it generally very difficult to endorse an incomplete game, but The Long Dark’s Sandbox mode is well worth the $20 point of entry, not to mention the fact that the team only plans on being in Early Access for 2-3 months, depending on the community’s feedback.
It’s a beautiful, lush environment, and the mechanics make traveling about and trying not to die plenty of fun.
Also, the game will be changing quite a bit, and Hinterland Studios says explicitly that the price point will likely increase once the game is out of Alpha. The game is available for Mac and PC.
Since its release five long years ago, Valve’s addictive co-op shooter Left 4 Dead 2 has been censored and rated MA15+, once Australia’s highest rating for a video game. Under the new system, the game has had its silly censorship removed and it’s been given a new rating of R18+ — the ESRB equivalent of an M (Mature) rating.
If you’re an Aussie who’s been waiting for your fine country to get with the times, you can grab the uncensored version of the game on the Steam store. If you already own a copy, Valve has a free patch available to restore Left 4 Dead 2 to its gory glory.
For the curious, below you’ll find a video that highlights the changes between the original and censored version of the game.
I honestly don’t know where people get their creative ideas. Honestly, I’m quite often just as impressed by someone’s ingenuity and “out of the box” thinking as I am by the end product of their endeavors.
That’s what it’s like with Tumblr user jbetcom, who takes iconic album covers over the years and animates them, giving them an additional layer of depth and charm.
Below is a small gallery of covers from bands like Cannibal Corpse, Nightwish, Metallica, Korn, Public Enemy, and more! Click the link above to see even more covers.
Warning: Since these are GIFs, it might take a while to load them all.
In news that will have many of us violent video game veterans go duh, a new study published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture has confirmed — again — that there is no correlation between the rate of consumption of video games and the number of crimes in the United States. So even though Grand Theft Auto V sold about a trillion copies, it’s monumental success didn’t inspire a bunch of folks to leave the safety of their homes to embrace a life of crime.
The study was conducted by researchers at Villanova University and Rutgers University. After analyzing actual facts, their findings are as follows…
“Finding that a young man who committed a violent crime also played a popular video game, such as Call of Duty, Halo, or Grand Theft Auto, is as pointless as pointing out that the criminal also wore socks.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself, though, for some reason, I always assumed socks were banned in prisons. Don’t they like putting bars of soap in them so they can beat their fellow inmates with them, or do I watch too many movies?
If you prefer your facts a wee bit more in-depth, here’s something for your mind to chew on:
“Annual trends in video game sales for the past 33 years were unrelated to violent crime both concurrently and up to four years later. Unexpectedly, monthly sales of video games were related to concurrent decreases in aggravated assaults and were unrelated to homicides.”
So not only are video games not leading people to bludgeon the elderly for their spare change, they may be keeping those who are inclined to partake in activities like that indoors.
“Searches for violent video game walkthroughs and guides were also related to decreases in aggravated assaults and homicides two months later. Finally, homicides tended to decrease in the months following the release of popular M-rated violent video games.”
In related news, the study did find a sore lack of sweet ass foliage in video games*.
*I made that up.
For the full report, head on over to GameSpot.
Okay, so I’m a day late with this. The Anna: Extended Edition actually arrived on Xbox 360 yesterday. Sorry about that. Honestly, this game fell off my radar after I tried (and failed) to immerse myself in the game when it released on Steam last April. I had to shut it off when I realized I was spending way more time looking for whatever it was I was supposed to do than I was having fun.
That’s not to say it’s a bad game — it just isn’t for me. It’s still incredibly creepy and comes with some solid scares. If this is what you need to prepare yourself mentally for the horrors waiting in October or are simply looking for a reason to dust off your aging Xbox 360, at $10, this is worth checking out.
Baltimore, Maryland progressive post metal collective Drewsif Stalin’s Musical Endeavors has released a horror-heavy video for their new track “Nightfall”, which features loads of fake blood and some damn solid practical FX, especially for being an indie production.
I’ve always had a love for horror movies and music, so I figured why not combine the two? After lots of fake blood, real sweat and (non-existent) tears, the moment has arrived!
Nightfall is here!
The video can be seen below and is also available for free download (below or through Bandcamp).
Even if, gaming gods forbid, Fatal Frame V: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden never leaves Japan, I still feel like talking about it. I mean, imports are a possibility, as the series’ fans have already proven passionate enough to localize the similarly Japan-exclusive Fatal Frame IV. I hope we don’t need to resort to it, but if we do, we will. So with that in mind, here are some screenshots from the next game, which releases on the Wii U later this month.
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have released an official music video for “Kill Or Become”, their latest single from A Skeletal Domain, which came out two weeks ago (iTunes). The video shows the band performing in a small shack while additional footage shows a man taking out zombies with a chainsaw. It’s pretty much exactly what you’d think of when you’re expecting a Cannibal Corpse music video.
Michael Myers is taking October and making it his bitch. Again.
SpectiCast has partnered with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween, back to theaters worldwide beginning October 1, 2014, with select screenings available through October 31st!
The full theater list can be found at here.
For the first time ever, the digitally restored and re-mastered print, created under the supervision of the world renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey, will be seen on big screens around the world. In the film, villain, Michael Myers has spent the last 15 years locked away inside a sanitarium under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis. On October 30, 1978, Myers escapes and makes his way back home to Haddonfield, turning a night of tricks and treats into something much more sinister for three young women, including Laurie Strode, the breakout role for Jamie Lee Curtis. Dr. Loomis is their only hope, but will he find his shadow-dwelling patient in time?
“We are delighted to work with SpectiCast to bring this restored and re-mastered version of Halloween to movie screens,” says producer Malek Akkad. “We are excited for fans across the globe to experience this film like never before.”
Halloween 1978 will be appearing on more than 500 screens at select theaters in over twelve countries around the world.
For more information, visit HalloweenMovies.com.
Let’s get one thing out of the way, “The Amazing Spiderman 2″ should have ended about five minutes in. It is one of the most awful cinematic experiences I’ve ever had the pain of living through. I’m a fan of the source material, and I was never one of the people who was against the idea of a reboot. In the world of superhero comics reboots happen pretty frequently.
But the illogical script in this film was just so beyond comprehension I can’t even fathom how it made it past test audiences. Seriously. Electro commits to becoming a villain because Spiderman can’t remember his name. Luckily the fine folks at How it should have Ended have taken notice with this terrible film. If it had ended like this, I would have loved this movie.
Eat. Prey. Kill.
Described as a unique blend between Saw and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Sitges will be hosting the premiere of Starve.
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive poster premiere…
“While researching an urban legend on feral children, three friends find themselves trapped in an abandoned high school where they are starved for the purpose of entertainment and revenge by a sadistic psychopath.”
Directed by Griff Furst, the film stars Bobby Campo, Mariah Bonner, Dave Davis, and Copper Huckabee.
Sitges will screen the film on October 3 @20:00, Brigadoon.
Bloody Disgusting is teaming up with the masters of technical metal, Wretched, to offer fans the chance celebrate Halloween in style. We have (3) autographed Wretched t-shirts (available in sizes S-L), (3) autographed copies of their latest album, Cannibal, and (1) head and intestine prop from their music video for “Cranial Infestation”, also signed by the band. Below is the entry form and all the details on how you can be one of three winners to score a package!
You can snag Cannibal and other Wretched merch via Victory Records.
There will be 3 winners in total:
-1 grand prize winner will receive an autographed Wretched t-shirt, copy of Cannibal, and head/intestine prop from “Cranial Infestation”
-2 winners will receive an autographed Wretched t-shirt and copy of Cannibal
SEE PHOTOS BELOW FOR PRIZING
When was the last time you saw this much gore on screen?
Available on iTunes and On Demand September 30th from Tribeca Film is the insanely gory indie The Demon’s Rook.
“Chaos descends upon a quiet town when Roscoe, the pupil of a wizard monk from an ancient race of demons, unknowingly opens a portal that allows an unspeakable evil to travel freely into our world. When three grisly beasts cross into our dimension, the living are possessed and the dead rise to destroy everything in their path. Armed with demons’ magic, Roscoe is the only fighting chance to put an end to their eternal path of destruction. ”
Check out this exclusive clip from the ode to the DIY creature-feature classics of the 1980’s.