From director Joel Soisson (Pulse 2: Afterlife, Pulse 3, Children of the Corn: Genesis ) comes another horror offering, Darknet, which follows an American tourist in Bangkok whom encounters a mysterious group of web performers harboring a terrible secret.
IFC Midnight will be releasing August 22 in limited theaters day-and-date with VOD.
“A young American backpacker, Allie (Tammin Sursok), falls in with a mysterious group of ex-pats living in Bangkok who perform on a provocative interactive website called “Cam2Cam.” The seductive allure of Bangkok along with the strange sexual magnetism of the group’s leader, Marit, turn Allie’s world inside out. In a city where foreigners come to re-invent themselves, Allie learns, too late, that nothing is what it seems”
Ben Wiggins, Sarah Bonrepaux, and Jade Tailor star.
The first time we heard from The Hum, it was through an extraordinarily creepy bit of gameplay footage where some guy, likely the main character, was trying his best to remain undetected by an alien force that was patrolling a decimated urban landscape that looked borderline post-apocalyptic. We don’t get many survival horror games with alien abduction themes, so The Hum immediately caught my attention.
In this trailer, we’re introduced to the game’s story. It sounds like some alien dicks — not alien genitalia, but rather aliens who are dicks — have come to our fair and wonderful planet to stir things up. Maybe they’re using us as a food source. It looks like they’re starving.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, sent us the following exclusive clip from All Cheerleaders Die (read our review), available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22, 2014. The clip takes us early in the film, before disaster stokes, but shows how The Craft-inspired the film is.
Co-Directed and Co-Written by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (Brawler, The Lost), the film stars Caitlin Stasey (CW’s “Reign”), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Showtime’s “Hung”), Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink and Tom Williamson.
“Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look… and some unusual new appetites.“
Indie developer Team Junkfish has announced they’re postponing the release of their horror game Monstrum to January 2015 to ensure it’s the best game it can be. “This is not something that we have taken lightly, but truth be told we do not feel that Monstrum will be at a level that we as developers, or you as players, will be happy with for our original release date.” Junkfish wrote in a statement announcing the delay.
“We have had a lot of feedback from the people who we have shown it to, and are incredibly grateful and happy for the support people have given Monstrum so far in its early stage. As such it is up to the team to make sure that the game is as good as it can be, albeit a little late.”
So we’ll have to wait a bit longer, but it sounds like the delay will only benefit the game. Until then, I might suggest you burn the time watching me play through the game’s demo. I’m no math wizard, but you could probably cram a few thousand viewings between here and January.
The weekend is over and it’s back to the daily grind for the vast majority of us. Something that always helps me get through the week is some new music, something to listen to that will pass the time but add something fresh, new, and exciting. With thanks to Mr. Disgusting, I now precisely that!
Below is a short playlist compiled by Mr. D, which tackles 80′s pop, modern electronica, and some industrial. Head on below to get some new tunes!
Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Moving to the next fest is Among the Living, the latest French horror entry from Inside and Livide‘s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.
Looking like a mix of Stand By Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and It, we have new images and an official French poster for the horror set to screen at this month’s Fantasia Film Festival. We’ve also re-added the film’s international trailer.
Hopefully we get to see this soon, and not have wait an eternity like we are for the underrated Livide.
World Premiering at the ongoing SXSW Film Festival, “Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another… They are going to meet Klarence…”
Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle (Inside) all star.
Last week, SEGA revealed some very neat DLC for Alien: Isolation that’s very much worth getting excited over. The cast of the original Alien will be returning in two bonus missions — Crew Expendable and Last Survivor — that will take place on the Nostromo during the events in the first film. To the chagrin of many Alien fans, the DLC was originally revealed as a free upgrade to those who preordered it.
If you were planning on forcing yourself to head on over to your nearest games retailer to embark on the fruitless task of preordering a game, I’m happy to announce that you can stay indoors, where it’s safe and no one wants to take advantage of you.
As we expected, the DLC will be a timed preorder exclusive. SEGA plans on making it available to everyone sometime after the game ships this October, likely for a fee. As someone who’s wholly against preordering games, I’m okay with that.
Alien: Isolation will release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
Every week we cover what we hope to be the best comics of the week on Wednesday, but for a lot of you that’s far too late. You’ve hit the shop and you’ve got your stack by lunchtime. So now we’re going to hit you ahead of time and show you what we think are the best offerings of the week. This way you can leave the shop Wednesday knowing you have a real winner in your pile, or at the very least grab something before it sells out.
DARK ENGINE #1
Ryan Burton and John Bivens are not fucking around. They want a female unstoppable force like Conan, but with a hint of Lovecraft and time travel. I’ve already had the pleasure of looking at the interior pages for the issue and I can tell you that Biven’s art is the right kind of visceral to showcase this unstoppable force, and the narrative leaves lots of intrigue. This is one you’ll want to grab before selling out, these dudes may be relative unknowns, but after this week that’s all going to change.
BLACK MARKET #1
This should be a no brainer. Frank Barbiere has proven to be a safe bet when it comes to comics. His storytelling is captivating and expertly paced. He blends real character drama with a huge premise. While Victor Santos has is one of the best stylized cartoonists out there. I can’t think of a better team to tell the story of “Black Market” which see’s superhero blood trading in the shadiest alleys. We’ve already reviewed it and loved it. Our own Brent Hirose had this to say. “A well crafted story that finds compelling material in well traveled territory, “Black Market” is the real deal. Buy it now.”
THE SQUIDDER #1
Ben Templesmith hasn’t had a creator owned comic in quite some time, and never anything like this. “The Squidder” follows an old solider’s return from war, and is written and drawn by Templesmith himself. The project was recently kickstarted and funded within twenty four hours, now we get to see the excellent fruits of Ben’s labour, and they are absolutely haunting and delicious.
This is something so rare and special. Here we have a Buffy The Vampire Slayer story written by Spike himself. It’s a tale involving the vampire with a soul that takes place during season seven of the show, and is actually WRITTEN BY JAMES MARSTERS. You can probably hear our own Shadowjayd’s squeals of excitement from here. This is an opportunity unlike any other, and for a Buffy fan this is the must own comic of the week.
Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy
The Fall is, at its core, science fiction. Combining narrative aspects of Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick, this genre-bending 2D action-platformer asks players to stalk the corridors of a rusted, broken, darkly beautiful environment to solve a variety of challenging puzzles. It is primarily a point-and-click adventure game with occasional combat to fill out this very tightly-written, well-conceived experience.
However, even though it exists largely by standing on the shoulders of various science fiction tropes – future dystopia, robot laws – it also feels distinctly horrific. The ghastly imagery is more reminiscent of, say, Dead Space or Alien than something more traditionally sci-fi. Alien creatures explode into gooey messes when shot, human corpses get ripped to pieces, and the accumulated garbage of a world long forgotten is perpetually visible.
The Fall does not condescend to the audience, nor does it pretend to be anything it is not. What it is is a beautiful, puzzle-driven sci-fi experience, using its relatively small size in order to tell a story with a surprising amount of restraint and subtlety. The puzzles can be overly tough, at times, but the reward for playing is well worth the strained brain cells you’ll have to use to get through it.
As such, players must work their way through several levels as A.R.I.D., an artificially intelligent combat suit. She must find medical attention for the injured, comatose human inside her before he perishes, which isn’t so easy, considering the only remnants of humanity appear to be dilapidated buildings, malfunctioning computers, and other robots. To exacerbate the problem, humans treated robots like slaves when they were around, so to be able to save “her human,” she must find increasingly clever ways to subvert the protocol to keep robots in line and under strict obeisance.
At the risk of spoiling puzzles, I won’t reveal anything too specific, but A.R.I.D.’s mission takes her through abandoned facilities, dank corridors, and surreal future towns. Players will explore small areas, using specific clues to solve puzzles and unlock new levels. The game’s main mechanic requires players to use a flashlight to find clues and use, combine, or change them in a variety of ways. It’s Monkey Island meets Dead Space.
And speaking of Dead Space, it must be mentioned that parts of the The Fall bear striking resemblances to other games. A.R.I.D. is a space suit with a glowing face a la Isaac Clarke’s very own suit, though comparisons to Dead Space end there. The surroundings make me recall Limbo, down to the stark dark / light contrast between foreground and background. A.R.I.D.’s voice is reminiscent of GLaDOS’s, though only in its mechanized tonality, and another distinct section gives off a very Fallout 3 kind of vibe.
And yet, The Fall never once invites the criticism of creative laziness. It is a game with an overall aesthetic its own, despite faint homages, and the story and environment reveal depth that makes the world feel thoroughly fleshed out. Similarly, the writing never telegraphs too much, allowing players to mentally fill narrative gaps through exploration.
Visually, The Fall looks fantastic. The character models are well-designed and distinct but also simple in a beneficial way. It seems as though the devs managed to find visual as well as narrative ways to keep everything lean and understated, and it works to the game’s benefit.
The control scheme takes some getting used to, but it is an interesting and different approach. Players use the right thumbstick to activate a flashlight to search for clues, which appear in the form of a magnifying glass prompt. That feels somewhat cumbersome, but eventually it becomes like second nature, not entirely unlike its more traditional point-and-click counterparts.
On the path through the game, A.R.I.D. doesn’t only have to rely on her flashlight and wits to game the system-in-shambles. At the outset, A.R.I.D.’s “Operating Parameters” (abilities) are all damaged and non-functioning, and players unlock them over the course of the journey, which adds mechanical depth to what could have become a tedious experience, if left untouched. Had the game been mere puzzle solving or item combining to unlock new areas, it would have been uninspiring, indeed.
Ninety percent of the player’s time will be spent tracking and backtracking to solve puzzles, so despite the ominous tone and bleak surroundings, The Fall is not combat-heavy. You won’t be mowing down countless scores of humans or robots, so be prepared for the quiet, contemplative satire this game puts forth. The puzzles themselves are subtle (read: difficult), and solving them will require some pretty nonlinear thinking.
It isn’t so much a flaw – the puzzles are internally consistent – as it is a sticking point. The game is best when the puzzle’s answers kind of come freely to the player, and though exploration is one of the most alluring features of The Fall, traipsing back and forth over the same few screens can get frustrating over time. If, like me, you’re not versed in how to solve these kinds of puzzles, then you’ll probably end up spending way more time trekking back and forth than is absolutely necessary.
Other than that, any real problems with the game might come from misinterpreting the sometimes confusing syntax or diction of the clues. For example, one of the actions players can choose is so underutilized that I nearly couldn’t solve a puzzle for overlooking it. I happened to misread a very specific word in one of the clues, which caused me to search for a computer terminal that didn’t exist. That sort of thing can be frustrating, but so long as you’re ready for it, I suppose it’s not really problematic.
Over the Moon Games paints a fairly bleak picture of the future, but one that shines with the confident simplicity of its execution. There is not an ounce of wasted fat in The Fall, and the story arcs tightly over the course of its 4-5 hour playtime, satisfying without being intentionally sparse. Some backstory is layered into minor journal entries, and the world itself – even though it is dark – casts a meaningful light onto the universe players enter upon booting up the game.
The Final Word: The Fall is well worth its price tag. It is well-paced, subtly written, and visually appealing, not to mention the fact that the game has two episodes left in its three act structure, so there’s more to come. It doesn’t seem to be chasing any particular trend, and it is confident in the story it is trying to tell. Even though the Steam Summer Sale has ended, players could do way worse than picking up The Fall, available for Mac, PC, and Linux.
Strand Releasing announced today an August 29 release for Amer directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s giallo-inspired The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (read our review).
Described as a Giallo-inspired sexual horror-thriller, Tears turns on Dan (Klaus Tange) who returns to his Brussels home from a business trip and finds out his wife, Edwige (Ursula Bedena), has gone missing somewhere in his Art Nouveau-styled apartment building.
Described as a “highly original erotic thriller with a bloody and taut fantasia of suspense that leaves the viewer entranced,” the official trailer – jam-packed with wondrous colors – has been added below.
YouTube user Chris Hebert sent us a link to yet another super cut inspired by Sean S. Cunningham 1980 Friday the 13th, and its iconic slasher Jason Voorhees (who first sliced and diced in the 1981 sequel).
The Vancouver BC TV & film editor shares his “Friday the 13th Supercut: Jason’s Paramount Kills,” which we’ve embedded below.
Pinnacle Films released an Australian one-sheet for Predestination, starring Ethan Hawke.
Playing the Fantasia Film Festival, the film opens overseas on August 28.
Undead and Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig direct the thriller, based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert Heinlein.
Starring Sinister‘s Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor, “Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.“
Is this the face of the Devil?
Hopefully this offers a clue to when we’ll see the film here in the States as Empire shared the first teaser poster for the October 31 UK release of Horns.
“In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.”
Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner and James Remar.
Bloody Disgusting’s Mike Pereira was a huge fan – read his review here – calling it “an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy.”
RADiUS-TWC acquired the film for release here in the States, so expect it to be released in a similar fashion to Snowpierceer.
The situation just got deadly (yeah, they went there)…
Attack Entertainment is releasing Jersey Shore Massacre in limited theaters on August 22.
Written and directed by Paul Tarnopol, below is the theatrical one-sheet and stack of images from the pic starring Danielle Dallacco, Sal Governale, Richard Christy, Bigfoot and Ron Jeremy
In the horror comedy, “A typical weekend down the shore takes a bizarre turn in the New Jersey Pine Barrens as six girls and five obnoxious fist-pumpers become the unsuspecting targets of a deranged killer.”
Are there people who will actually see this in theaters? Seriously?
Parody music artist Weird Al has released a music video for this track “Tacky”, which is a parody of Pharrell‘s hit song “Happy”. All done in a one-shot take, the video is a comedian showcase, with appearances from Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, all singing along and dancing in their own way. You can watch the video below.
Weird Al will be releasing eight videos total, one every day starting today. You can keep up with the video releases by following Al’s Twitter.
UK doom band Electric Wizard has released a stream of their new track “I Am Nothing”, which comes from their upcoming 8th LP Time To Die (out September 30th via Spinefarm Records).
Singer/guitarist Jus Oborn states:
 was the year I became a metal-head. It was heavy shit for real – there was no way you were ever going to get a decent job. So I became a Satanist, I dug up a grave, I got into tape trading, I had a one-man noise/black/death metal band called Regurgitated Guts, and there were loads of documentaries on TV warning us not to listen to the devil’s music…
You can listen to “I Am Nothing” below (courtesy of Noisey.
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man (read our review) this summer.
The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.
From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.
“Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town’s water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape.”
Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
With the trailer set to premiere during the San Diego Comic-Con, EW landed the below first look at “The Walking Dead” Season 5.
The entire cast and crew will be on hand in Hall H on Friday, July 25th from 12:20pm-1:20pm, where the trailer will initially debut.
Panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott Gimple, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero and Executive Producer David Alpert.
An autograph session will be held later at booth #4237 that same day from 1:50-2:50pm.
The airplane lands, you and your family get your luggage and the rental car, and head to the hotel. After checking in, you rush to be the first in line for the newly opened Jurassic World. After paying your $120 a person (John Hammond always envisioned the park as affordable, you see), you and the fam speed-walk towards the entrance and have your tickets scanned. Upon entry you’re all handed a park map/brochure that details all of the park’s services, events and attractions. Below is that brochure, being used in Universal Pictures’ now-filming Jurassic Park sequel!
Easily one of the coolest prop image leaks in a long time, Twitter user @jurassicp2k15 shared a breakdown of said brochure that details all of the fun you’ll be having in Jurassic World come June 12, 2015.
Beware of spoilers as there’s all sorts of information like a tease that Jimmy Fallon hosts an instructional video for the Gyrosphere interactive ride!
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Jake Johnson all star.
I would do just about anything to get my hands on one of these…
Novel adaption ‘Mark of Kane’ gets new teaser poster ahead of Fantasia Market
Ahead of the Fantasia Frontieres Co-Production Market, a new teaser poster has just been released for Mark of Kane, the feature-film adaption of New York Times bestselling-author Michael Prescott’s horror novel “Kane” (originally published as Douglas Borton).
The poster is by prolific designer Omar Hauksson (The Raid 1 & 2, Proxy, Stage Fright, Resolution).
“Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly-unstoppable evil, or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Mark of Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.“
Mark of Kane is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia Film Festival’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney and Justin McConnell. Whitney and McConnell also co-produce, along with Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly-respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken), and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.