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'The Forest' Enters Steam Early Access On May 22

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 22:49

Easily one of the scariest looking indie horror games of 2014 is The Forest, a game that resembles the video game offspring of Cannibal Holocaust and The Descent. It looks horrifying, and while I’ve been ridiculously excited to get my hands on it since day one, each new trailer they’ve released since then has only amped up that excitement. If you feel the same way, you’ll be happy to hear that it will be hitting Steam Early Access on May 22nd.

Mark your calendars, folks. One of our most anticipated horror games of 2014 just took a step closer to an official release date. Let’s celebrate with a new trailer.

For more of The Forest, follow it on Steam Greenlight.

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'Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent' Review: Best Of The Worst

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 21:14

Written by Jason Nawara, @JasonNawara

This is it, the fourth and final “Lost Chapter” from the saga of Los Perdidos. It’s a bittersweet end to what has been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs. If you’ve followed my reviews of the first three Dead Rising 3 DLC packs, you know this is the part where I tell you that I loved the base retail release, but I’ve largely loathed this DLC. In fact, this has been some of the worst post-release content I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing. Mostly because it’s overpriced and lazy, but we’ll get into that in more detail in my review of The Last Agent.

The final of the ‘Lost Chapters’, thankfully, is one of the best. Unfortunately, that isn’t saying much, and it’s too little, too late. I had high expectations for this add-on content when it was first revealed, as there’s plenty of cool ways to continue the adventures and exploits of Nick Ramos and friends, but the half-baked missions and lack of effort into forwarding the mythos left me running from point A and point B once again, with nothing but crumbs of plot left for me to feed on.

It’s a total bummer too, because the plot of The Last Agent is one of the best yet. I’ll try to remain as spoiler-free as possible for those of you that want to pay for this overpriced season pass, but let it be known that you are ZDC agent Richard Park, one of the good guys. You know how those ZDC agents were vilified? He’s one of the clean ones, and he’s out here to save those in need and kick some zombie ass with his host of new weapons and cool ZDC vehicle.

The weapons in this DLC are pretty neat and the ZDC tank is one of the more clever vehicles in the game. You shoot a cannon that freezes the zombies then you can run them over and shatter them into little pieces of frozen zombie giblets with little effort. This was hugely satisfying, but in the end, you’re still just driving from one objective to the next like you have been for the last 30-60 hours (who knows?) and what makes it worse is if you’re at level 50, you’re not gaining any more XP. I hate this.

The mission structure is beyond tired. While the act of killing zombies in hundreds of different ways takes a while to get old, all of ZDC agent Richard Park’s quests are merely “go here, bring me X” or “go here with me so we can get X.” It truly is boring at this point, and it’s disheartening how little Capcom seemed to care about such an important franchise for them.

While the patch before the dropping of this suite of DLC really, truly improved Dead Rising 3 on a technical level, there’s still a weird and unforgivable amount of bugs months after release. Pop up is prevalent to an alarming degree, especially if you are driving at fast speeds, some button combinations are too squishy and unresponsive, and spoken dialogue is difficult to hear which is just another slap in the face of those who are here for more plot, because they like Dead Rising (like me).

Yes, I know it’s ridiculous to be into the plot of Dead Rising 3, but I am, because at this point at level 50, it’s all I got going for me, and The Last Agent has some legitimate cool things going for it as far as tying into the base plot… But I can’t hear half the dialogue. I hate this.

This encapsulates entirely into the fact that the Lost Chapters are overpriced as hell. It’s like one of those survivors in a post-apocalyptic wasteland who is selling his wares at ridiculous prices because he can. We get it, there isn’t much out for the new systems, but each one of these chapters can very realistically be completed in an hour or two (three if you’re a major completist), so let’s call it 8 hours total for this $30 season pass – that’s just way too much considering the content is rehashed in the extreme.

If there were more cut-scenes, dialogue you could here, and marginal effort in creating missions that had more than fetching as the mechanic, you’d have something that might be worth the near $8 an hour you paid for it (at least).

The Final Word: The Last Agent is the kid who gets a trophy for effort. It’s the best of what’s probably been the worst DLC suite I’ve ever played. This episode doesn’t make up for the rest, but it has cool new collectibles and isn’t quite as soul-crushing as the previous chapters, mostly because the interlocking with the main game is fun and something Capcom seriously should have invested more time into.

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New 'Godzilla' Poster Stomps Through Town!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:43

I know you already read my Set Visit this morning, but since it’s hitting theaters May 16, Warner Bros. Pictures is really ramping up the hype for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. This newest splash comes in the form of a poster that again highlights the size of the big guy.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

The film, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Richard T. Jones, is an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time when the surface of the Earth was over ten times more radioactive that it is today. Godzilla can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen, but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, “Gojira” was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S. Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from an ancient foe forces him to reappear.

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Metallica Release Studio Demo Of New Song "Lords Of Summer"

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 20:20

Heavy metal legends Metallica have released a “garage demo” version of their new track “Lords Of Summer”, which saw its debut this past weekend when the band played it live in Bogota, Columbia. This is the first new track from the band’s since 2008′s Death Magnetic (putting aside 2011′s Lulu). The band is supposedly hard at work on a new studio album, which will be their 10th. There are rumors that it might be released late this year although an early 2015 release date is more likely.

Head below for the studio demo.

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Watch Us Play: 'Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut'

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:32

After braving the horrors of R’lyeh, our resident Scotsman, Kevin, has moved on to a indie game that’s both a wonderful love letter to the survival horror genre and a pretty fantastic horror game in its own right. We’re of course talking about Jasper Byrne’s Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut, which also happens to be free for PS Plus members this month.

Video by Kevin Kennedy, @thekevmiester

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Elizabeth Looks Rough In These 'Burial At Sea' Screens

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:12

A fresh batch of screenshots from the second — and final — chapter in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea made its way online, and the usually somewhat tidy Elizabeth is looking a bit frowzy. I don’t mean any offense, only to say that she looks like she’s been through some stuff. What that stuff could be is something we’ll have to wait to find out when episode two releases next week. Read on for the screenshots!

Burial At Sea is scheduled to conclude on March 25 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.

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Fresh 'The Raid 2' Image Gallery Is a Bloodbath of Action!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:09

In addition to the 77 images we already shared, here’s a fresh image gallery for Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, in theaters March 28 from Sony Classics.

Ryan Daley was a huge fan out of Sundance.

Picking up right where the first film ends The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.

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Rock Out to the 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Image Gallery

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:57

Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska, is easily one of my favorite films of the year. And with each passing day I find myself craving to see it more and more. In fact, I’m starting to think this could be my favorite genre film of 2014. It’s going to be tough to beat.

Open in theaters April 11, Sony Pictures Classics shared with us a massive image gallery, finally, to go along with the romantic poster. Don’t expect a blood bath; what you’ll see is more of a moody vampire film that I’d go as far as to call “hipster horror.” Still, it’s awesome.

Ryan Daley liked, but didn’t love the film. Evan Dickson more so agreed with me.

Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

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[Blu-ray Review] 'The Slumber Party Massacre' Gets Sharp New Transfer...

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:31

…but how is it a feminist slasher?

The Slumber Party Massacre is a satirical slasher about some girls at a sleepover being killed off by a guy with a reliable power drill. It goes through all the motions of every typical ’80s slasher, but for some reason it’s been frequently interpreted as a “feminist slasher.” I never understood this reading of the film, since it includes as much gratuitous nudity and girls sucking at basketball as any other entry in the genre. I dig its moments of satire, but much of those aspects get lost in its overall genericness. Some of the shots (the locker room scene especially) even seemed overtly blatant about being gratuitous, like the female director was simultaneously giving audiences what they expected while showing us what misogynist pricks we are.

Thankfully, the new Scream Factory Blu-ray clears up some of these questions for me. It turns out the gratuitous nudity was required under the watchful eye (and wallet) of Roger Corman. According to director Amy Holden Jones (Beethoven), the Corman banner demanded a certain amount of T&A within the first act of the film to keep bros’ asses in the seats.

That completely explains away the juvenile ass pans in the locker room (and I honestly admire her “fuck you, here!” approach), but I still don’t get the feminist readings of this flaccid slasher. The killer’s weapon is a not-so-subtle phallic symbol, I get it. So why not turn it on him in the end to subvert that big ol’ drill dick? There may be some subtext at play, but whatever connotation there is never gets fully developed. If Slumber Party Massacre was directed by a man, chances are it would be read as misogynistic.

The story follows bouncy high school student Trish (Michele Michaels), whose parents have left town for the weekend. She takes advantage of their absence to hold a slumber party with her teammates from the basketball team. Also invited is a new girl from school, Valerie (Robin Stille), who declines after overhearing some nasty murmurings about her from the other girls.

Shortly after we’re introduced to Trish, the killer’s identity is revealed. This completely drains the suspense from the film before the audience can even begin to start accusing any of the characters. Once it’s set up that there’s an escaped convict on the loose with a huge drill targeting women, the rest of the movie is simply setting up situations for them to be slaughtered. And most of these scenarios involve them being in their underwear.

Even when you look at Slumber Party Massacre as a straight up slasher with no intended feminist leanings, it’s still a drag. There are a few decent set pieces put into play during the titular sleepover, which lead to some fun moments, but the bulk of the story plays out by the book. The film simply brings nothing interesting to the table and loses all tension within its first act. At times the satire does shine through, particularly in one scene where two girls are ambushed in a bedroom by the killer – there’s no way they wouldn’t have heard him lugging that impressive drill in. Overall though it’s a drab slasher that no one should be losing sleep over.

At least fans of the film can revel in the impressive video presentation from Scream Factory’s new 1080p transfer. This brand new transfer was sourced from the original camera negative and it’s a clear step up from the former DVD release. The DTS-HD Master Audio is presented in a mono that suits the film perfectly fine.

“Sleepless Nights: The Making of The Slumber Party Massacre” is an edited down version of a longer doc about all three SPM films. It’s about 23 minutes long and features interviews with many of the principal players. This is where I learned about Amy Holden Jones’ requirements under Corman.

The interview with Rigg Kennedy, who plays the killer, is pretty fun. He talks about his method acting (that creeped out the girls) and his performance art.

The commentary track featuring Jones and actors Michael Villella and Debra Del Liso has also been carried over from the DVD release.

If you’re already a fan of the film, this Blu-ray upgrade is a must-own for the fantastic transfer alone. But if you’re new to the film, you’re better off renting it.

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[Album Review] Alaya 'Thrones'

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:30

Chicago-based melodic tech metal band Alaya have been on my radar since late 2012 when the video for “Inside” was released as a promotion for the band’s signing to Basick Records. While the video isn’t much more than a performance clip, it was the music that pulled me in, a thrilling mix of aggressive riffs combined with stellar vocals. I replayed the track over and over, soaking it in and building up my anticipation levels for their, at the time, soon to be released debut album Thrones. However, fate is a cruel mistress and the album release date was pushed back…indefinitely.

However, that wait is over and Thrones is out, ready for the world to hear it. Seeing as how I’ve had the band on my ‘Most Anticipated Album’ list (twice), I wanted to weigh in with my thoughts. Was this wait worth it or did I build the band up to unattainable heights that could simply not be reached? Find out below!

The album opens with the aforementioned “Inside”, which is inspired by the French film of the same name. Much like the film, it’s a dark, heavy track with moments of beauty that go against standard conventions, weaving and twisting through its odd time signatures, creating a sense of uncertainty. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a perfect opening track, giving a taste of everything that the rest of the album will provide.

Each song offers something different enough from the others. Consider the differences between “Haunted Pt. 1″, which has wonderful acoustics and cinematic overtones, the title track “Thrones”, which bears some alt-rock approaches, “Screaming Still” and its almost lullaby-esque intro and Muse-like atmosphere, and “Sleep”, a track that showcases guitarist/vocalist Evan Graham Dunn’s more than capable guitarwork. These examples only give a brief taste of how every track has its own style, its own voice and yet they clearly come from the same source.

“Poor Gloria”, which drummer David Jacob Robison claims as being “…one of the darker songs on the album…”, has a deliciously melancholic atmosphere with strong syncopation. And through all this darkness, there are small rays of hope that peek through the clouds, making this a truly dynamic song.

Attention needs to be given to each member as they all prove that they are musicians to be feared. Robison deftly tackles the drums, creating toe-tapping and head-nodding rhythyms while bassist Michael Brandt Rinkenberger creates a solid foundation. As mentioned above, Dunn’s guitarwork is something to be feared and his vocals match that. But with all of their expertise, it’s the fact that they write so well as a cohesive unit that stands out.

The Final Word: If you haven’t guessed yet, I love this album. Alaya are a fascinating group in that they bring in the best elements of the current melodic tech-metal surge, combine it with fantastic instrumental proficiency, and then merge it all into a very accessible end result. I’ve been waiting for Thrones for over a year and a half. The wait was well worth it.

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New 'Reaper Of Souls' Trailer Offers A Myriad Reasons To Return To 'Diablo III'

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:27

Can you feel that? That cold weight on your shoulder, a sudden heaviness? I’m sorry to break it to you, but that’s Death, my friend. He’s coming for all of us. Reaper of Souls is just a few days away, and it is packing some serious content. A bunch of new locations and enemies, a Crusader class, Adventure Mode, Bounties, a revamped Paragon system — this expansion offers more than a few reasons to return to Diablo III.

If you’re still not sold on it, this new trailer ought to do the trick. More after the break.

Reaper of Souls arrives on PC and Mac on March 25.

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Krillbite Working To Bring 'Among The Sleep' To PS4, Xbox One

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:07

If you prefer to do your gaming on consoles, and specifically those of the next-gen variety, I have some good news for you. Krillbite Studio has confirmed they’re working on bringing their extremely exciting indie horror game Among the Sleep — one of our most anticipated horror games of 2014 — to the PS4 and Xbox One. They’re currently only in talks with Sony, but their plan is to take it to Microsoft’s console as well.

Good thing, too. A game as unique as this deserves the largest possible audience.

The news comes from an interview with Polygon. They sat down with Martin Mathiesen Kvale, the man who is responsible for the game’s fantastic sound design. It’s an interesting read, I highly recommend you check it out.

I’d also suggest you watch the latest trailer for Among the Sleep. You can find it below.

Among the Sleep is slated to arrive sometime later this year on PC (for now).

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It's Alucard's Turn To Kick Demon Butt In This New 'Revelations' Trailer

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 16:47

With the arrival of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2′s first DLC less than a week away, Konami has released a new trailer to help prepare us for its arrival. Revelations will follow fan-favorite Alucard as he uses his unique arsenal of weapons and abilities to kick mountains of monster butts. Hopefully, developer MercurySteam will use this as an opportunity to make up for the disappointing main game. Trailer after the jump.

Revelations releases on March 25.

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Help Pick the 'Joy Ride 3: Road Kill' Fan Favorite Cover Art (Exclusive)!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:11

Rusty Nail, the vengeful trucker with a penchant for pain, slams terror into overdrive in this all-new UNRATED chapter of Joy Ride!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment takes road rage to an all new level with Joy Ride 3: Road Kill, arriving on Digital HD June 3 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 17.

Bloody Disgusting is once again getting the help of our readers to choose the fan favorite cover art for this third hellish installment in the bloody series that finds director Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines) in the driver’s seat for another deadly detour.

The nightmare begins when a group of young street racers take a desolate shortcut on their way to the Road Rally 1000. But a chance encounter with Rusty soon turns deadly as he stalks, taunts, and tortures his next victims with deranged delight. It’s a full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal chill ride packed with killer twists and turns!

Check out the 3 options below, then head to the Bloody Disgusting Facebook page page and “like” your favorite to vote!

Starring Ken Kirzinger (Freddy vs. Jason) as the infamous Rusty Nail, the Joy Ride 3: Road Kill Blu-ray and DVD is loaded with extra features including a variety of deleted scenes, featurettes, behind-the-scenes content, and a gruesome unrated version of the film. They include: Pre-Vis Sequences, Road Rage: The Blood, Sweat and Gears of Joy Ride 3, Riding Shotgun with Declan: Director’s DIE-aries, Finding Large Marge and Audio Commentary.

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'The Quiet Ones' Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Haunting theaters April 25, Buzzfeed scored an engaging behind-the-scenes featurette for The Quiet Ones, which shares interviews and on-set footage.

From the producers behind Let Me In and The Woman in Black, “A university student (Sam Claflin) and some classmates are recruited to carry out a private experiment — to create a poltergeist. Their subject: an alluring, but dangerously disturbed young woman (Olivia Cooke). Their quest: to explore the dark energy that her damaged psyche might manifest. As the experiment unravels along with their sanity, the rogue PHD students are soon confronted with a terrifying reality: they have triggered an unspeakable force with a power beyond all explanation.

Inspired by true events, The Quiet Ones is directed by John Pogue from a screenplay by Craig Rosenberg and Oren Moverman and John Pogue, and based on a screenplay by Tom de Ville.

Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Erin Richards, Rory Fleck-Byrne, and “Bates Motel’s” Olivia Cooke all star.

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'The Expedition' Images Reveal Dinosaurs in the Amazon! (Exclusive)

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:06

Dinosaurs have ben discovered deep in the Amazon jungle, and Bloody Disgusting has proof!

Directed by Adam Spinks from a screenplay by Spinks and Ben Loyd Holmes, we have an exclusive image gallery for The Expedition, which discovers that the Triassic period from 231 million years ago is still booming in the jungle!

Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team lead by a respected Professor embark on an expedition to protect vulnerable and endangered species. After a series of strange events their superstitious guides abandon them and the team choose to remain deep in the jungle, dedicated to the project… but as night falls in the camp they begin to realize that all is not as it seems, and that they are in the hunting ground of a predator…. one they never could have expected.

Ben Loyd Holmes also stars with Sarah Mac, Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, Rebecca Kiser, Ernesto Cantu, Ross O’Hennessy, Simon Burbage and Dolores Reynals.

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[Exclusive] Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn't Want To Relive

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Some horror films are great for parties because they’re perfect for commentary, mockery, jump scares, visual gags, and more. Some horror movies are meant to be watched and savored, each scene something offering something that requires attention to every microscopic detail so that a great discussion can be had afterwards. And then there are the horror films that are truly horrific, the ones that make you sit back and question what you’ve just seen.

Bassist/vocalist Christopher Cruz of New York based post-black metal band So Hideous decided that since his style of music had that kind of impact, that soul crushing darkness, that he would put together a list of his Top 5 Horror Movies I Wouldn’t Want To Relive along with some notable mentions. Having seen each of these films (and it’s a great list), I can agree that they are not for the faint of heart. If you have any amount of empathy in you, these films will have an emotional impact that can last for a long time. Head below to read the list but be warned of spoilers!

Make sure to pre-order the band’s upcoming album Last Poem First Light here. The album comes out April 29th via Prosthetic Records.

Last Poem/First Light by So Hideous

Christopher Cruz:
There are quite a few movies that resonate with me as being something I would not want to “relive.” When narrowing down this list, I thought to myself “what films are difficult for me to revisit and left me with a depressed “need to watch a comedy” feeling?” and I came up with these 5 films. Enjoy:
5. Kairo
Translated as “Pulse”, Kairo is without a doubt one of the creepiest films I’ve ever seen. The entire film is so eerie and everyone in the film seems like they are at the point of completely giving up. After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another’s computer keeps showing strange, ghostly images. Just wait for the “walking down the hallway scene”.
4. Seven
“WHATS IN THE BOX!?” What more is there to say?
3. Martyrs
I have a serious love/hate relationship with this movie. The beginning of this film has a supernatural element, which is excellent and the rest of the film is 45 minutes of a woman being beaten and tortured. The whole concept of the film is overreaching in concept (trying to contact the “other side”) but the journey there is brutality depressing as you live through this woman’s tortured last moments.

2. Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s ladder is not only an incredible film, but it has been the inspiration for various different franchises such as Silent Hill and Twisted Metal. The duality of reality that Jacob Singer has to go through between his happy life with his family and the hallucinations with suffering of cheating with another women and seeing horrifying images makes for a truly cerebral horror movie.

1. The Mist
A So Hideous trolling favorite. Stephen King and Frank Darabont came together to make a zombie-esque Alien invasion film, a mixture that would work for just about any horrorholic. This film was pretty standard from the beginning, supporting cast used for gore, religious bitch that creates mob mentality… However the ending of this film is what threw a wrench in the gears. David (played by Thomas Jane) is driving through the mist, eventually, they run out of gas and pull over to the side of the road, disheartened that they haven’t seen any other survivors. While David’s son is sleeping, the four adults discuss their fate, deciding that there is no point in going any further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots the three adults and his son to spare them violent death by the creatures, all to be saved by the military.
Honorable Mentions:
Serbian Film

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Review: “The White Suits” # 2

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:40

Lethal and visceral “The White Suits” feels like a whisky soaked love letter to violent international crime movies. The pages flow with a certain strangeness that Toby Cypress seems to revel in. His style is all over the book. The use of loose paneling and fast scratchy coloring compliments Frank Barbiere’s fever dream of a narrative. It all comes together to create an engaging momentum that still doesn’t concern itself with making too much sense.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Toby Cypress
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 19th, 2014

Prizrak has clearly seen some shit. The White Suits have torn through his psyche, and surely he was once one of them. What our plucky FBI Agent, Sarah, hopes to get from him is anyone’s guess. Yet, the two push forward to take on the unstoppable force that is The White Suits.

The disjointed narrative and art style lend to the Prizrak’s plight. If that seems like a negative, it’s totally not. This is a book that seems to plunge itself into the depths of a broken man against insurmountable odds, who fears what he may have been. The mythical White Suits cut through the pages just like they do their enemies.

Cypress is a little more subdued than the debut issue. It helps to convey some forward momentum that the story needs. Outside of the action his wild style can rest on his fantastic character designs and helps the script push the exposition out while still remaining visually engaging.

The use of only black, white, and red really helps certain elements of his style pop. The darkness of this book speaks just as much as its white counterparts, and the hand drawn sound effects lend to a visceral and gritty feeling in the action scenes. There is something about the oblong character designs, with the long limbs, the extended angles and the hard backgrounds that is irresistible.

Things actually end up moving extremely quickly in the later half of the issue. Barbiere wastes no time attempting to payoff the plot points he sets up only pages ago, and he does so in a pulse pounding race to the final page. When you finally get to the end, you’ll feel like you hit a wall and were forced to stop dead. You’ll want to keep flipping but there is no more fun to be had this month.

There really isn’t anything quite like “The White Suits” out there today. It is wholly unique and reading it provides a dynamically different experience than most comics. It’s wild, sketchy, and completely untethered. Yet, its moved along with brisk dialogue and larger than life criminal violence that never lets you catch your breath. You’ll still be trying to piece it all together by the time the last page hits but the mysteries brought on by the bigger picture should have you coming back next month.

Rating: 4/5 Skulls

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Review: “Five Ghosts” # 10

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:31

“Five Ghosts” does what it does best this month. It provides an action packed adventure, which further deepens its world, characters, and ideas while looking beautiful. The whole thing reads like silk. The main protagonist is noticeably absent throughout the bulk of the issue but that somehow doesn’t stumble writer Frank Barbiere for even a moment. Come away to a strange island and join “Five Ghosts” for some giant crabs, stay for the mysterious witch.

WRITTEN BY: Frank J Barbiere
ART BY: Chris Mooneyham
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: March 19th, 2014

This comic exists in a league of its own. The storytelling is conveyed with such confidence that the larger world outside of the pages feels fully developed. The series has an incredible voice that manages to be unique and still drip with tribute. It never feels strained and it always feels unpredictable. Which is basically the highest praise I can give to a comic. If you can continue to surprise me, I’ll be back month after month.

So yet again, “Five Ghosts” surprises me. I find Fabian Grey to be magnetic, almost irresistible. His powers notwithstanding, he’s an enterprising and confident hero who is motivated for the wrong reasons. So extracting this magnetic force should create a lull in the book. Instead, it deepens the mystery.

We’re finally given some time to meet Sinbad (as she calls herself.) She has a dreamstone, and we learn what happens when dreamstones get too close. It’s not pretty, and it’s overwhelmingly ominous. Barbiere weaves the narrative around disorientation and makes Fabian all the more important by removing him. The action is still present, and the supernatural is everywhere. In fact we get a supercharged jolt of it with the introduction of a new character whose sure to mix shit up in all the wrong ways.

Chris Mooneyham and Lauren Affe are a match made in heaven. Their work compliments each other so well that the pulpy, washed out but colorful look to the paper has come to define the book as much as the characters. Mooneyham finds fantastic ways to keep the action exciting and overwhelming. The looming beasts at the beginning of the issue are only rivaled by the ship-destroying climax of the script. Everything is communicated with polish and poise.

It’s hard for me to find a fault in an issue like this. The voice is carefree, the action is heavy, and the implications for the future are far-reaching. The particulars of this book are made with such confidence that you could easily believe lifelong comics pros were behind everything. Instead it’s the commitment to creating a unique and developed world with complex characters that wins out over everything else. At the end of the day “Five Ghosts” exists in an endlessly complicated world that is communicated with relative ease. It’s not an easy task, but it sure looks that way.

Rating 4.5/5 Skulls.

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'The Sacrament' Stars Diagnosed with 'Dementia'

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:29

Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz’ BoulderLight Pictures, who produced Contracted, begins production next week in Los Angeles on Dementia, which is said to be in the vein of Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Mike Testin, cinematographer of Contracted, will direct Dementia, “about an elderly war veteran who is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse after finding out he has been diagnosed with Dementia, only to find that she harbors a sinister secret.

Gene Jones, who can be seen as the Father in Ti West’s The Sacrament, pictured above, stars with A.J. Bowen (pictured below; You’re Next, The Sacrament), Kristina Klebe (Proxy, Halloween), Marc Senter (Red, White, and Blue, The Lost), and newcomer Hassie Harrison.

The script was penned by Blood List writer Meredith Berg (Faceless).

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