Will Fatal Frame V release outside of Japan? It’s a possibility, but it’s also not looking good. I feel like they would have mentioned it by now, if that was something they were planning on doing. So for the time being, all we can do is hope Nintendo will realize the market is as hungry as it will ever be for the unique flavor of horror that is Fatal Frame and give it an international release.
It’s been at least five years since I last played a Fatal Frame game. Long enough that I’d consider buying a Wii U. It doesn’t help that this game looks fantastic.
After we’re done giggling at that awkward codename — Project Scissors? Really? — let’s talk about the fact that the survival horror classic Clock Tower is getting a spiritual successor. Now, before you get too excited, I will have to let the air out of your sails, because this game is only coming to mobile devices (specifically iOS, Android and Vita). If you’re still with me, the team behind it should be reason enough to get you adequately excited for this surprise reveal.
For starters, it’s a collaborative project between Hifumi Kono (director of the first two Clock Tower games), Masahiro Ito (formerly of Team Silent, where he came up with the design for Pyramid Head while working on the first three Silent Hill games), and renowned Japanese director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On, The Grudge). That’s some top-tier talent right there.
Here’s what it’ll be about:
“The game’s setting is aboard a luxurious cruise liner in the middle of the ocean. As the ship sails across the deep blue ocean, a series of gruesome and mysterious murders begins to take place, including those of the ship’s crew. Soon the ocean liner is crippled and adrift at sea, and has become an inescapable trap for the passengers. As a passenger of the ship, the player will be tasked with solving the murder mystery to ensure their own survival as well as the rest of the ‘innocent’ passengers.”
If this doesn’t excite you, there’s always that fan-made Clock Tower remake to look forward to.
If you haven’t played any of the Dementium games, the series is basically a love letter to 90s era survival horror. Previously a Nintendo DS exclusive, Dementium II was “remastered” for PC last year. If you’ve been left wondering where the series is headed next, I have a feeling we’ll be hearing from it soon. I say this because it was recently confirmed, via a tweet from Renegade Kid studio director Jools Watsham, that the rights to the series have returned to the developer. It sounds like we may have another sequel on the way.
“I am ecstatic to announce that Renegade Kid now has the rights to create Dementium sequels!” Watsham said on Twitter.
It’s my belief that we can never have too many horror games, and that goes doubly so for the Nintendo DS. I hope Renegade Kid will give that platform some much-needed love.
How about you — what would you like to see from this old school survival horror franchise?
Forgive the video quality, this is an older video.
Cullen Bunn has been the go to man for comic book horror for the last year, and he shows now signs of letting up. Luckily we’re in touch with the people who represent him here at Bloody-Disgusting. A few weeks ago we announced the debut of his new Vertigo Series WOLF MOON, and today we’ve got the exclusive preview of “The Empty Man” #4 from BOOM! Studios. A series that we called “exactly the kind of mind-fuck horror I’m interested in reading and its being done perfectly. “
THE EMPTY MAN #4
Author: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Synopsis: After circling around the truth, Langford and Jensen have finally discovered Markoff’s trail. The bad news? It leads right into the horrific nightmare world of Patient Zero’s psyche.
In the latest trailer for Alien: Isolation we’re introduced to its Survivor Mode. This mode is their way of extending the life of the game, as it drops Ripley into an environment from the campaign, gives her a few things to do (find X items, etc.), a time limit, and motivation to do well via a score that’s posted on the leaderboard following a successful run.
Alien: Isolation will ship with only one Survivor Mode map. If you want the rest, you’ll have to pay for them. Sega will be adding to it through five DLC packs they hope to have out by March.
The first pack comes with three Survivor maps, a new playable character and what sounds like multiple new enemy types. It arrives on Oct 28.
Alien: Isolation is scheduled to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
The wait is over. The latest chapter in the episodic indie horror game Doorways is out, and if it’s anything like the first two chapters then it’ll be as strange as it is scary. Doorways: The Underworld follows special agent Thomas Foster, who’s been tasked with hunting down a runaway psychopath. I think this is another case of the hunter becoming the hunted.
Doorways: The Underworld can be found on Steam for $8.99 (10% off). On Sept 24 it’s price will return to normal ($9.99).
Waxwork Records has announced that they will be releasing the soundtrack to 2007′s fantastic anthology horror film Trick ‘R Treat, which was composed by Douglas Pipes, on vinyl. No details have been released aside from the album cover art, which was done by Francesco Francavilla. You can see the artwork below.
— Waxwork Records (@waxworkrecords) September 20, 2014
Reviewed by Jay Hawkinson
If you’ve seen the first ABCs of Death (2012) then you know what to expect from ABCs of Death 2 (2014), which had its world premiere at the ongoing Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. Applying the same format, a horror-tinged short film for each letter of the alphabet done by a different director, ABCs of Death 2 is a tighter, more consistent follow-up that is less the mixed bag of the first film and a hell of a lot more fun. Sick, twisted fun.
Kicking off with “A for Amateur,” directed by E.L. Katz (Cheap Thrills), the dark humorous tone is established. His short was also an audience favorite, which is saying a lot with the level of quality on display; pulsating music over the glossy, gross underbelly of Los Angeles, Katz maneuvers an assassin in for the kill. However, things don’t go as planned leading to a rather unexpected and hilarious outcome.
The bar is set high from the beginning. Framed within a grim children’s book (the opening credits sequence is a delight, watching animated teachers slice off body parts of their pupils), this loose anthology of sorts follows that lead, in which nearly all the directing teams step up to the task. From killer animals to beheadings gone wrong and home invasion, ABCs of Death 2 covers a lot of ground without ever reducing to the toilet humor found in the first installment (which apparently was one of the ‘new’ mandates thrown down by producer Ant Timpson, “No more fart jokes”).
Clearly, these directors accepted that challenge and rose above it. The contest winner, “M is for Masticate,” directed by Robert Boocheck, was viewable online and yet works even better on the big screen. The letter Y, by VFX artist and first time director Soichi Umezawa, was a late entry after another director dropped out. Older by a few years, this creative short still fit in perfectly with the rest and is another standout.
Other highlights include the segment by Bruno Samper and Kristina Buozyte, the writing and directing team behind Vanishing Waves (2012), a previous festival darling, and Jerome Sable (Stage Fright) turns in a wicked “get what you deserve, Brodude” short for the letter V. The man behind Astron 6, Steven Kostanski, doesn’t disappoint with another audience favorite that’s basically a toy commercial that becomes reality. Directors Jim Hosking and Chris Nash each file comical, yet grotesque segments about becoming someone you’re not. They couldn’t be more different in approach but both are unforgettable.
Like the initial ABCs of Death movie, plenty of festival favorite directors are included, but give a hat tip to producer Tim League & Co. for the international flavor. From Canada to Israel, Lithuania to Spain and more, distinct voices and countries are represented. Not every segment is a knockout but there are easily more hits here than misses. Whether you saw the first movie or not, ABCs of Death 2 brings something new to the table that makes it worth seeing.
Surprising no one, a third film is teased at in the end credits…
Sergey Kuzentsov’s debut novel from Titan Publishing Butterfly Skin, hits on September 23rd, and to celebrate the release of this chilling serial killer story, we have the author himself here to give us a list of his top 13 serial killer films. In Butterfly Skin, Moscow is plagued with a series of gruesome murders. Ksenia, an ambitious young editor in the news department of a small but influential online journal decides to track down the serial killer, devising an elaborate website to entrap him and thereby boost her company’s profile. She soon realises, however, that her obsession with the psychopath reflects something more deeply disturbing: her own unconscious mixture of horror and fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.
Through his riveting plot and singular characters, Sergey Kuznetsov explores the sometimes pathological fallout resulting from our instant connectivity in the emerging world of emails, facebook, twitter, and other forms of electronic “intimacy.” The novel has enjoyed a cult following in Russia.
I couldn’t be more overjoyed to share this with you, so without further adieu, here it is:
Many years ago I used to be a movie critic, so when I wrote my novel Butterfly Skin, a story about violence, love and mass-media, by force of habit I referred to many movies. The most important for me were Aliens and Last Tango in Paris, however my characters mostly spoke about serial killers movies — because of the issues and the plot of the novel. While there were Hollywood movies such as Natural Born Killers and Silence of the Lambs, I later realized that my favorite serial killer films were from areas outside the English-language. So, I’m glad to introduce the readers of Bloody Disgusting my personal list of the top 13 serial killers films which need subtitles for the US audience.
Sony’s Screen Gems has bought Mike Scannell’s horror-thriller Scarecrow with horror specialist Unbroken Pictures producing, Variety reports.
“Scannell’s spec script, set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.”
Bryan Bertino, who directed 2008’s The Strangers, and Adrienne Biddle are producing through their Unbroken Pictures banner.
Unbroken is currently in pre-production on There Are Monsters with Atlas and Bertino directing from his own script.
It’s also developing supernatural horror movie February with Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts attached and supernatural thriller Stephanie with Blumhouse and The Gotham Group with Akiva Goldsman directing.
We feature a lot of metal videos on the Twisted Music Video Of The Week series, so this week we’re going into a different genre, one that’s a little more relaxing. That’s why we’re featuring “hazy dream pop” duo Phantogram and their video for “Don’t Move”, which is shot almost like a Dario Argento film, using beautiful and colorful lighting (a lá Suspiria) along with dreamlike vignettes to create an atmospheric and haunting video.
I remember a few months ago when I was sent a press release describing a one-woman Danish metal band by the name of Myrkur. Now, even without my belief that women are underrepresented in metal, that alone would’ve been enough to pique my interest. But upon hearing the track, “Nattens Barn”, I was immediately hooked not by the personnel but by the music itself.
Much like Russian Circles‘ Memorial, there was a cold beauty about the song, calling to mind an endless horizon of glaciers, majestic yet dangerous.
And that was my mindset upon entering Myrkur, my opportunity to hear the full album in one journey.
The album opens innocently enough with “Ravnens Banner”, ethereal vocals that call to mind a choir in a medieval church, light streaming through stained glass windows. It all comes crashing down in a moment as the black metal aspect of the album takes over, drums punching through the mix of hazy, raspy distorted guitars. The track ends by combining the beauty and the rage that were previously separate.
“Frosne Vind”, the next track, sounds like it is a reimagining of “Greensleeves”, creating a lovely waltz that once again showcases the glorious vocal harmonies that this album thrives off of.
These two tracks embody the spirit of the album, some tracks focusing on metal while others focus on acoustic tones.
The atmosphere and images that kept coming to mind as I listened to Myrkur were those of foggy forests, ancient stone castles, winter nights where snowflakes swirled and danced in the moonlight.
While the album is beautiful and ofttimes wondrous, it feels like it never reaches its full potential. I can hear the hunger in this music but the bite wasn’t as fierce as I wanted. A little more risk, a little more daring, and the songs would’ve been stunners, aural journeys that took one’s breath away.
Additionally, a journey is meant to have valleys and peaks, each offering something memorable and unique that stands out as a cherished memory. While Myrkur tries to offer that kind of journey, it falters in creating those stand out moments, instead creating an album where it’s easy to recall certain parts of a song but mistake it for being in a different track.
The Final Word: Myrkur is an example of how metal, in its rawest, most passionate state, can often be unbelievably beautiful. Still, it is unpolished and the songs are difficult to discern one from another. And yet, even with the flaws I mentioned, I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the world of Myrkur.
The Weinstein Company – or Dimension Films – or TWC-Dimention have just pulled the plug on two major horror releases that were slated for later this year, early next.
The James Wan-produced Demonic, starring Maria Bello, Scott Mechlowicz, Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Cody Horn, was to release in December of this year. It has been pulled from the schedule. In it, a police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts. Wan is the director behind The Conjuring, Saw and Insidious.
The more surprising pull is that of Amityville: The Awakening, the new official Amityville Horror sequel that was slated for January 2, 2015. The film, directed by Maniac‘s Franck Khalfoun, already had a trailer and started to gain heavy PR. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.
“Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.”
No word on if and when these dates will be rescheduled. This is a massive blow to the horror genre heading into the fourth quarter.
I strongly disliked Tommy Wirkola’s zombie homage Dead Snow when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival all those years ago. I was even shocked that a sequel was to go into production, especially considering Wirkola had reached Hollywood rock stardom with his Hansel and Gretel. Yet, here we are, with Well Go USA Entertainment releasing Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (read Ryan Daley’s review) on VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 10, 2014.
The trailers have been incredible (see below), and I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. I was able to catch an early press screening of the film, and am beyond excited to report that Dead Snow 2 is fantastic. It’s wickedly entertaining, super funny, and jam-packed with gore. I can’t recommend it enough, which is why I’m pumped to share this exclusive clip that gives just a small taste of the film’s tone: it’s serious, big, and funny. But this is nothing, I swear, check it out on October 10…
“Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battallion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.“
The film is a sequel to Tommy Wirkola’s Sundance hit Dead Snow, which got him the Hollywood gig Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters.
Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Martin Starr, Ørjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, and Jocelyn DeBoer star.
The latest “American Horror Story: Freak Show” teaser swings with frights! FX is set to debut the fourth season on October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
It begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952.
“A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
AMC a new trailer for the fifth season of “The Walking Dead”, which premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
Season Four of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.
Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…Who do they become?
It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
XLrator Media has released today – in limited theaters, VOD and iTunes – the highly anticipated The Scribbler, an adaptation of the 2006 popular graphic novel by Daniel Schaffer.
Schaffer, who also penned the screenplay, caught up with Bloody Disgusting to discuss his favorite graphic novel adaptations, which include The Crow to Ghost World.
“The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” she’s haunted by a thought… what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?”
Dan Schaffer’s 5 Favorite Graphic Novel Adaptations:
1. GHOST WORLD. This is my favourite adaptation of any graphic novel because it captures perfectly the melancholic vibe that runs through the blue toned art and deceptively simple panel spacing of Dan Clowes’ book. The characters move through a desolate, directionless limbo between their pasts and their futures and this is expertly translated to the screen by way of a brilliant soundtrack and lead actors who perform with a kind of permanent thousand-yard-stare, like they want to look to the future but can’t see past the moment. I don’t know if it was a wonderful accident or all by design but, either way, it’s a great adaptation.
2. THE CROW. The film’s still great even though it’s looking a bit dated now. O’Barr’s book has a purity that you don’t find in any mainstream comic and, in a rare case of Hollywood integrity, the filmmakers seemed to respect that. Here’s a guy with a pen exorcising his demons, coming to terms with loss, and somehow producing this wonderful story. The film could have ignored all that but, for the most part, it preserved the book’s soul and, through Brandon Lee’s perfectly tuned performance, ended up being much more than the sum of its parts, just like the comic.
3. OLD BOY. If Park Chan-wook is filming your graphic novel adaptation then you’ve struck gold! He’s one of the cleverest filmmakers on the planet and OLD BOY in particular is not only a remarkable film for any genre, it’s also a lesson in complex, intelligent and committed filmmaking that all directors could learn from.
4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. Cronenberg changed a handful of details from the John Wagner/Vince Locke graphic novel in his adaptation but he’s always been pretty respectful of his source material – COSMOPOLIS is virtually word for word from Delillo’s novel and NAKED LUNCH is, well, that was unfilmable but he still managed to do something remarkable by getting inside Burroughs’ head. Cronenberg’s a smart guy so if he’s got his fingers all over your work you know that you’re in safe hands and the result going to be something intelligent and not a dumb mess of movie clichés.
5. DREDD. I grew up reading 2000AD, it’s why I got into comics. This film is on the list even though I hated it the first time I saw it. I thought it was a by-the-numbers, two dimensional, video game movie with no soul. But it got stuck in my head so I watched it again to find out why and ended up pulling a complete U-turn. Second time around I thought it was a genius piece of slick, simple, linear storytelling. And I’ve watched it a couple more times since then so figure that out. The two leads were perfect and Lena Headey always rocks. Somebody make a sequel.
While Universal Pictures secretly develops out their new Universal Monsters franchise, some news sneakily appeared in an article over at Deadline.
Noah Hawley, who shared the Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries for hatching the FX television transfer of “Fargo,” is separately scripting an untitled project at Universal that will be part of that studio’s classic monster franchise push.
No word on which monster will be revitalized on screen, although Uni is working hard on their reboot of The Mummy.
I want to see Van Helsing built up as an awesome character – and to have it all come together in one final Avengers-style epic.
We have an exclusive new clip from the widely successful “Z Nation,” airing again tonight on Syfy. In it, you’ll see a zombie baby that gets his fill of gore. This series seriously looks awesome!
Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russel Hodgkingson and Keith Allan star.
“ ‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.“
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Swedish metal band Amon Amarth to bring you the exclusive N. American premiere of the “Deceiver Of The Gods” video! The video features clips from the upcoming film, Northmen – A Viking Saga, which stars Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, and features Johan Hegg as Valli. The film is set to be released this Autumn. More information can be found here.
Northmen – A Viking Saga‘s synopsis:
In the 9th century a group of Vikings, commanded by captain Asbjörn, is approaching Britain, aiming to plunder the rich monasteries in the north of the island. But their ship gets caught in a storm and is smashed to pieces on the rocks off the coast of Scotland, the only part of Britain without any Viking settlements. When Inghean, daughter of the Scottish King Dunchaid, by chance falls into Viking hands, they see the opportunity for demanding a large ransom. King Dunchaid immediately sets his “wolfpack” – a group of mercenaries well known for their savagery – on them. The Northmen with their hostage now have to force their way through the rough highlands, where they meet the brave and mysterious Christian monk Conall. Having the wolfpack close on their heels, a desperate race against time begins. A battle over life and death…
The video’s track comes from the band’s latest album Deceiver Of The Gods, which came out June 2013 and has generated critical acclaim. You can purchase Deceiver Of The Gods physically via Metal Blade or digitally via iTunes.
Tour dates w/Sabaton, Skeletonwitch:
09/25 Riverside, CA Riverside Municipal Auditorium
09/26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
09/27 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
09/29 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
09/30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
10/01 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
10/03 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
10/04 Calgary, AB Flames Central
10/05 Saskatoon, SK Louis’ Pub
10/06 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick
10/07 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
10/10 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
10/11 Montreal, QC Metropolis
10/12 Quebec City, QC Imperial
10/14 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
10/15 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
10/17 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
10/18 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
10/19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
10/21 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
10/22 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theater
10/24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
10/25 Jacksonville, FL Freebird
10/26 Birmingham, AL Iron City
10/27 New Orleans, LA The Civic
10/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
10/30 Joliet, IL Mojoes
10/31 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
11/01 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
11/02 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
11/04 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Street
11/05 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
11/07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/08 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
11/09 Tucson, AZ Club XS
11/16 Tokyo, JP Knotfest 2014