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[E3 2014] Feast Your Eyes On This New ‘Dragon Age: Inquisition’ Trailer

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 21:25

Every time I see more of Dragon Age: Inquisition, I can feel my anticipation rising for it. It looks like a follow-up to Skyrim, complete with epic battles with ancient dragons and gorgeous, expansive vistas to explore. October really cannot come soon enough.

In related news, if you’re planning on grabbing Inquisition for Xbox, Microsoft has scored a deal that will see “premiere content” — whatever that may mean — come exclusively to the platform.

Dragon Age: Inquisition releases on October 7 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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Clip Creeps In From Magnet’s ‘Honeymoon’

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 19:20

Magnet Releasing will release Honeymoon (read our review) on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, Bloody Disgusting learned.

We also landed the first clip from Leigh Janiak’s festival fav that stars Rose Leslie (“Game of Thrones”), Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”), Ben Huber and Hanna Brown.

Newlyweds Paul and Bea want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moments quickly disappears when strange events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to torn them apart.

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Indie Horror ‘U55 – End of the Line’ Surpasses Funding Goal

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:53

The indie horror game U55 – End of the Line has surpassed its €32,000 goal on the crowdfunding site Funded By Me with an impressive €43,094 raised. U55 aims to take a page or two out of H.P. Lovecraft’s works, and specifically from the Cthulhu mythology. The game uses an episodic format and will be comprised of nine 45 minute-long episodes, along with three mysterious “bonus” episodes.

U55 made our list of the 30 most anticipated upcoming indie horror games for a reason, and that reason is readily apparent in the below trailer. This game looks terrifying.

For more on U55 – End of the Line, follow it on Steam Greenlight.

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[E3 2014] ‘The Last of Us’ Monsters Invade ‘Diablo III’ On PS3/PS4

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 18:17

You look like you could use a Diablo III / The Last of Us crossover. Oh, I’m spot on, am I? Well, it’s a good thing this is totally happening. When Diablo III makes its way to PS4 later this year, it will come with an exclusive dungeon that will be brimming with enemies taken straight out of The Last of Us. I’m not sure I understand it, but I’m also not sure I need to, because it’s awesome either way. Those Clickers destroyed me when I was playing as Joel, but the next time I see them I’ll be able to return the favor as a level 60 something Monk.

Go ahead and cry your fungus tears, Clickers, I won’t be granting you any mercy!

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[E3 2014] Jaw-Dropping ‘Bloodborne’ Screens Emerge

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:59

Last night, we got our first look at Bloodborne, a horror fantasy RPG from the makers of the Dark Souls series. If you didn’t immediately lose your mind following its announcement, then you and I aren’t on the same page, because this game looks spectacular. Literally. We have two new screens from the upcoming game that you can enjoy below. They look like concept art, but no, that’s what the actual game looks like.

We also have some new details on the game, courtesy of Famitsu and translated by NeoGAF. For starters, much like the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne will feature character customization, some sort of online functionality, both melee and long-range weapons, and apparently, the game has been “designed to feel like a life or death struggle.”

We also have a quote from visionary director Hidetaka Miyazaki:

“Creating Bloodborne as a completely new game on the new PlayStation 4 hardware has allowed us to really push the envelope in myriad ways. That being said, in more ways than one, it also very much retains our distinct, signature style. As has been at the core of our development philosophy since Demon’s Souls, we make true games for people who love games. Please watch for more to come on Bloodborne, and thank you very much for your support.”

Bloodborne is slated to release exclusively on the PS4 in 2015.

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[E3 2014] ‘Alien: Isolation’ Trailer Introduces a New Enemy

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:32

Until today, we’ve really only seen the main baddie in Alien: Isolation, but SEGA’s been clear that a lone xenomorph won’t be the only thing that’s hunting poor Amanda Ripley. Apparently, Amanda’s being hunted by androids now, too. Androids with creepy, soulless glowing eyes. Enjoy the latest trailer below, and if you like, let me know what you’re thinking of E3 so far.

Alien: Isolation will release on October 7 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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[E3 2014] New ‘The Evil Within’ Footage Details Upgrade System

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:14

When I had the chance to play The Evil Within last month, there was one feature that was still left in relative mystery: the upgrade system. Scattered about the game’s environments is this green goop, which can be collected and used to improve Sebastian’s abilities. It also drops from slain enemies, and it’s not all that clear how Sebastian goes about collecting that. Maybe he has a straw concealed in that amazing vest of his.

You can see the upgrade system in action in the video below, and if you missed my hands-on preview, my mom said it’s a decent read.

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[TV] “Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear” Trailer

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:12

On Friday, July 11 @ 9pm, Chiller presents the next installment in its Chilling Visions anthology film series, Chilling Visions: 5 States of Fear. The film comprises five shorts inspired by five basic human fears, with each short set in a specific location across five different U.S. states. 5 States follows 2013′s inaugural installment, Chilling Visions: 5 Senses of Fear, which included a film by critically-acclaimed young director Emily Hagins.

The five short films are:

- Ego Death (“Sandy”) Written & Directed by Brett Simmons Produced By, Brett Simmons, Andrew Ducote, Kellen Moore for Brett Simmons Productions
- Separation (“The Trouble With Dad”) Directed by Glenn McQuaid Written by Glenn McQuaid & Clay McLeod Chapman Produced By, Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix
- Mutilation (“Tick Warning”) Written & Directed by John Poliquin Produced By Dan De Filippo, Dave Marken for Pipeline Entertainment
- Extinction (“Ghost Daughter”) Written & Directed by Zao Wang Produced By Zao Wang, Andrew K. Li for Chilling Coastline, LLC
- Loss of Autonomy (“The Caregiver”) Written & Directed by Graham Reznick Produced By Larry Fessenden, Jennifer Wexler for Glass Eye Pix

5 States of Fear is produced by Andrew Gernhard, Zach O’Brien and Colin Theys for Synthetic Cinema International.

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Now ‘Marilyn Monroe’ Is a ‘Zombie Hunter’

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:07

After winning two awards (Best Horror Film & Best Make-Up) for Lazarus: Day of The Living Dead at the New York City International Film Festival, writer/producer/director Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus, EP: The Emerging Past, Monster Man, Mr. Hush) and his producing partner David M. Parks (Lazarus, EP: The Emerging Past) are releasing the first teasers of their next project the horror/thriller/action film Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter.

Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter will be directed by Churchill from a script he is writing with horror author Joe Knetter and will star model, actress and scream queen Sarah French as the iconic blonde bomb-shell turned zombie slayer.

Churchill stated that his inspiration for Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter was “the concept of this incredible Hollywood icon as a cool samurai sword-wielding, kick-ass assassin summoned by our President to be humanities’ last hope against zombie domination just toyed with me, and I needed to get it out of my head, onto paper and on the screen. The film is going to be a straight-up horror-thriller.” He adds the film will be “very much an old-school summer event movie… Kill Bill meets ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’

Principal photography is slated to take place in Hollywood, California late 2014.

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Ruthless Pictures Has Indie ‘Phobia’

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:58

Ruthless Pictures has picked up North American rights to the psychological thriller Phobia, written by Matthew Barnes and Rory Abel, produced by Elias (Gut) and Mike Aransky (London Betty), and directed by Rory Abel.

The film follows an agoraphobic man trapped in his own home and plagued by a malevolent spirit.

Leading the cast are Michael Jefferson (Sheer), Emma Dubery (Plague Town), Sarah Schoofs (Gut), Peter Gregus (The Producers), with a special appearance by scream queen Debbie Rochon.

Ruthless Pictures is also in post production on Damien Leone’s creature-clash Frankenstein vs. the Mummy and the alien abduction thriller The Device, directed by Jeremy Berg (The Invoking).

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Yet Another Slender Man Attack…

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:55

Last week we told you about a tragic murder attempt in which two pre-teens stabbed their friends nearly to death in the name of a fiction creature named “Slender Man”.

Just days later it happened again, this time with a teen putting on a white mask and stabbing her mother.

WLWT out of Cincinnati reports that a Hamilton County mother says her daughter’s attacking her with a knife could have been a result of the fictional horror character Slender Man.

Eric Knudsen (“Victor Surge”) of the Something Awful forum created the Slender Man as a meme back in 2009. Explains Wiki, it is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit. Stories of the Slender Man commonly feature him stalking, abducting, or traumatizing people, particularly children

“She had her hood up and had her hands covered with her sleeves and the mask,” the mother said.

She said her 13-year-old daughter was obsessed with the fictional character Slender Man.

“She was someone else during that attack,” the mother said.

Her daughter allegedly attacked her with a knife in the kitchen of their home.

The daughter is in the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

The mother said her daughter has mental health issues but that she never imagined anything like this would happen.

“I came home one night from work and she was in the kitchen waiting for me and she was wearing a mask, a white mask,” she said.

The mother said her daughter’s writings and drawings have always been dark. They referenced demons, being insane and falling into darkness.

“(She) mentioned playing a role. (I) got the feeling she was playing a role. It didn’t feel like her at all,” the mother said.

The mother said that after hearing about the two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbing their friend to please Slender Man, she thinks her daughter was under the same influence.

“We found things that she had written and she made reference to Slender Man. She also made references to killing,” the mother said. “She even created a world for Slender Man in the game mine craft.”

Slender Man stories often feature him stalking or traumatizing people.

“We do have to police what they do and what they read,” the mother said.

The girl is facing charges as a juvenile. Her family has not allowed to discuss the case with her but her mother said she told other people that she does not remember the attack.

Her mother was treated for minor injuries in the attack, including cuts on her neck and face and a puncture wound on her back.

You can a video report on the attack over at WLWT.

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How ‘Jurassic Park’ Changed Movies Forever

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:46

Academy Originals has shared their latest episode of “Moments That Changed The Movies,” this time focusing on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

The video takes a look back at the 1993 classic, the groundbreaking decision to create digital dinosaurs, and the impact it had on the future of movies. What it doesn’t speak to is that Spielberg has talked about doing the dinos in stop-motion or as inflatables (an example would be the “King Kong” rides at Universal Studios). You can learn even more about that on the film’s home video extra features; it’s really cool stuff.

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First ook At Dark Comedy ‘The Legend of Barney Thomson’

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:39

Myriad Pictures announced Tuesday that principal photography has begun in the UK on the darkly humorous The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly titled The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson), which marks the directorial debut of actor Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later).

The film will star two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks, Nanny McPhee series, Harry Potter franchise, Sense and Sensibility), Ray Winstone (Noah, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Departed, Hugo), and Carlyle, who will play the title role. The script is based on a widely popular series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, and was adapted for the screen by BAFTA award-winner Colin McLaren (Donkeys) and Richard Cowan. Myriad Pictures is handling worldwide sales on the film.

In The Legend of Barney Thomson, Carlyle plays the title character, a downtrodden Glaswegian barber who inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, with both absurd and macabre consequences. Complicating matters further, Barney’s formidable mother Cemolina (Thompson) cheerfully emasculates him at every turn, causing a bloody and comedic chain of events. While Barney clumsily tries to cover his tracks, Glasgow police inspector Holdall (Winstone) fights his own battles within his inept homicide department as he tries to solve the crime of the century. A black comedy of errors unfolds as the police try to capture the murderer at large.

New additions to the Barney Thomson cast are Brian Pettifer (Vanity Fair, Donkeys, Amadeus), Sir Tom Courtney (Quartet, The Golden Compass) Martin Compston (Filth, the Disappearance of Alice Creed), James Cosmo (Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia, Trainspotting), Ashley Jensen (The Lobster, How to Train Your Dragon), as well as Kevin Guthrie (Sunshine on Leith) and Stephen McCole (Rushmore, The Acid House).

Also joining the production in a key role is Academy Award winning prosthetic makeup designer Mark Coulier (Harry Potter franchise, The Iron Lady, X Men First Class). He will provide the prosthetic makeup for the cast. Fabian Wagner (TV’s “Sherlock,” “Game of Thrones,” Frankenstein) will serve as the director of photography on the film, and Ross Dempster (art director of Godzilla, 50/50, and 2012) will serve as production designer.

The Legend of Barney Thomson is currently shooting in and around the Glasgow area.

Photo Credit: Graeme Hunter

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First Look At Dimension’s Supernatural ‘Regression’

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 16:36

Academy award winner Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others) has wrapped principal photography on Regression, a press release tells Bloody.

Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight, Training Day) and Emma Watson (Noah, Harry Potter) star in the film. Regression sees the return of Amenábar to genre, where he previously had great success with Dimension Films’ The Others, which grossed over $200 million worldwide.

Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

Regression also stars David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) , Dale Dickey (Winter´s Bone, True Blood), Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

TWC-Dimension will distribute the film in the United States.

Photo Credit: Jan Thijs

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[E3 2014] ‘Doom 4′ Teaser Trailer!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:54

Our patience has finally paid off; the first trailer for the long-anticipated Doom 4 is here. Bethesda has finally released the first teaser trailer for a game that’s been teasing us for nearly a decade now. It offers a fantastically creepy — and sadly, all CG — look at the classic Cyberdemon monster that should be more than a little familiar to fans of the series. If you want more, you can either watch the teaser over and over again, or you can wait for QuakeCon 2014, which kicks off on July 17.

Check it out below. And by the way, if you’d like access to the Doom beta, it comes packaged with Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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(ROTR ’14) Gemini Syndrome Video Interview

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:00

We had the chance to catch up with alt-hard rock band Gemini Syndrome at this year’s Rock On The Range festival. In this exclusive video interview, we find out about the delay from their debut album Lux‘s announcement to its release, the status of a new album, the heavy usage of symbolism within the band’s music, and, my personal favorite question, which horror director they would get to write and direct their next music video if they could! Check it all out below!

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[TV] “Hannibal’s” Season Finale Set Up Third Act

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:11

I always wondered why, if the series wasn’t getting great ratings, NBC decided to give us a third season of “Hannibal”? Frankly, as long as I get to see Will Graham and Hannibal go at it for one more round, it doesn’t really matter to me. Still, it felt like such a gift that it would be nice to know…

Our friends at Collider had the opportunity to sit down with Hugh Dancy, who plays Will Graham in the television adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novels. The reporting is fantastic as they really dig deep into the plans for Season 2, the finale, and the setup for the potential third season.

Dancy reveals that Season 2 came together so rapidly that they hadn’t really planned the second half of the season until they broke for the holidays – this is why the second half is exponentially better.

I think it fully came into shape for Bryan about half-way through the season. He had so little time to prepare the full season that he pretty much approached the first seven episodes as a separate entity. When we broke over the Christmas holiday, I spoke to Bryan and that was when he told me, “Look, I think we’re gonna have Hannibal cut you open.” At that point, I wasn’t clear about the full extent of the carnage for the other characters, but I knew that he was going to cut me open, as he does in Red Dragon, the novel. And I thought, “Okay, great.”

At that point, I realized that the emotional arc of the show, for the second half, was geared towards that cutting. It was not just a horrible, nasty, “Oh, no, my guts are falling out,” but it was a type of consummation that was like and embrace and a connection between the two of them. So, that was what I clung onto. It had to be horrific, also because it was the peak of their romance, in a way. Bryan really laid it all out there. I don’t know if part of him was thinking about coming back for a third season. But to be fair, I’ve had that feeling all the way through, that he’s constantly just throwing it all out there. The number of characters that either meet a very gruesome end, or at least get shot in the head in the second season, there’s never a sense that Bryan is trying to hold something back. He’s very generous in his storytelling.

He also explains that he has no doubt that Will survives the gruesome attack, referencing Harris’ source material being worked from. What I love is that he sees the three seasons as three acts, with the forthcoming season setting up a big finale.

No, I was confident that Will would survive. Of all the characters that are bleeding out in that house, Will is the only one who we know from Thomas Harris’ novel that that actually happened to in the source material, and he comes back from it. And I just know that the story between the two of them isn’t finished. At the very least, there’s a third act there. We know that Hannibal has to be behind bars, at some point, and we know that Will has to get him there. It wouldn’t make sense, any other way. So, I feel like I have a few more months in me.

There’s a bunch of juicy details over in the full interview. Personally, I hope they end it with this forthcoming third season. I’d love to see this three act series that has a clear and defined beginning, middle and end. The thought of that is just, so, mmmmmm…

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‘Hannibal’ Composer Brian Reitzell Streams New Solo Album

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:00

Composer Brian Reitzell is quickly becoming a huge name in the music world. His work on NBC’s Hannibal brings amazing texture and terror to the series and he brought an icy fear with his compositions for 2007′s 30 Days Of Night. He also composed the newly released Watch Dogs, which will be released by Invada Records on July 28th (more information here).

Now Reitzell is striking out into an area that few composers seem to tread: his own solo album. Below is a stream of the upcoming album Auto Music, courtesy of NY Times. The album comes out next Tuesday and is available for pre-order through iTunes.

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“The Walking Dead” Could Survive 12 Seasons

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:55

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” – the adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s awesome Image comic series – is entering its fifth season this coming October. For any series to make it this far, and to syndication, is quite a feat. The cable zombie series is one of the most popular shows on television, and with no end it sight AMC is drooling for more. Even with a planned spinoff series, the cabler is planning to take “The Walking Dead” as far as 12 season. That’s heading into “The X-Files” territory (they had nine and two movies).

“The Walking Dead” producer David Alpert spoke at the ‘Produced By’ panel at the PGA this past weekend, where he shocked audiences with plans of 12 seasons, Indiewire reported.

“I happen to love working from source material, specifically because we have a pretty good idea of what season 10 is gonna be. We know where season 11 and 12…we have benchmarks and milestones for those seasons if we’re lucky enough to get there.”

This news would run “The Walking Dead” all the way until 2021. That hurts my head just saying aloud.

Andrew Lincoln responded to the news this morning…

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[BD Review] ‘Willow Creek’ Breathes Life Into Found Footage & Bigfoot!

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:46

Bobcat Goldthwait’s new film Willow Creek is a marvel. It’s a found footage movie, a somewhat tarnished word in genre films nowadays, that actually manages to be scary, suspenseful, and innovative. It’s no surprise, however, when considering what a provocative filmmaker Bobcat* has proven himself to be over the years. Whether it’s a movie about oral sex on a dog (Sleeping Dogs Lie), Robin Williams cashing in on the autoerotic asphyxiation death of his son (World’s Greatest Dad) or a terminally ill man gleefully murdering repugnant symbols of the U.S. (God Bless America), the filmmaker has consistently pushed the constraints of the black comedy into darker depths. When it was announced he’d be taking on Bigfoot in a found footage movie, the only thing to expect was the unexpected.

And that’s exactly what Bobcat has delivered with Willow Creek, a movie that not only manages to be a genuine scare, but also an endearing ode to Bigfoot mythology and the colorful characters who embrace the alleged beast. Bobcat is a self-proclaimed Bigfoot enthusiast and it shows in the film. He’s not laughing at the real-life citizens of Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capitol of the world, as they tell their personal yarns about the creature (or sing about it). This love of the subject matter elevates the film’s realism and its suspense later on.

Our guides through Bigfoot country are Jim (Bryce Johnson) and Kelly (Alexie Gilmore), a young couple who travel to Willow Creek so Jim can feed his lifelong love of the Bigfoot myth. For the first half of the film, Jim interviews locals (presumably for an amateur documentary) while Kelly begrudgingly goes along for the ride. She scoffs at the legend every chance she gets, though she must find something endearing in Jim’s love of it, or else she wouldn’t be tagging along. The locals they meet are a mix of the charmingly bizarre and shockingly normal, but whether they believe in Bigfoot or not, there’s no doubting this town takes the legend very seriously.

The suspense kicks in during the second half, when Jim and Kelly head deep into the surrounding forest in search of the spot where Roger Patterson and Rob Gimlin captured their infamous Bigfoot footage back in 1967 – 18 seconds of film that have sparked nearly 50 years of debate. The manner in which Bobcat builds up suspense is the very definition of slow-burn. During a nearly 20-minute long static take, the couple is terrorized in their tent in the middle of the night by god-knows-what. This remarkable sequence has some of the most effective sound design in a horror flick I’ve experienced in a while. I think everyone should go into this movie fresh as possible, so I won’t give any more details about the aural barrage that goes down. It is a brilliant and downright creepy sequence though.

What also helps makes Willow Creek so suspenseful in parts is that Jim and Kelly are incredibly likable. After spending the first half of the movie listening to their (believable) patter and talk about their aspirations, we want them to survive the night. One of the biggest problems in horror nowadays is the unlikable characters with absolutely no chemistry that we’re supposed to root for just because they’re getting killed (hey, just like in that other Bigfoot found footage movie Happy Camp that came out recently!). Spending the time to make us care about this couple is one of the wisest choices Bobcat made.

The suspense and atmosphere of dread lead up to an abrupt climax that is going to confuse the pants off of many. It reminded me of Enemy‘s sudden ending, a recent example of how to leave an audience wondering what the hell they just saw while also changing how they think about the movie. Willow Creek‘s closing minute baffled me as well, but after a quick Google search, I was satisfied to learn how it fits into the larger Bigfoot mythology. The ending, however, is a bit too abrupt for my tastes. After building up such a cool landscape with fun characters, to have it end as quickly as it did was kind of disappointing. The insane ending is wholly amazing, I just wish they had spent more time getting there.

Willow Creek proves that the life hasn’t been completely drained from found footage. It’s mix of charismatic characters, real Bigfoot lore, and atmospheric suspense (that sound design!) creates one helluva entertaining and scary ride. In my opinion Bobcat can take on any genre in any form after this one.

* In writing, the standard approach is to typically write out someone’s whole name first, then when you refer to them again, just use their surname. But it’s way too hard not to refer to the dude as just “Bobcat.”

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