Ubisoft is doing a wonderful job with their next extraordinarily ambitious open-world game, the post-apocalyptic shooter RPG The Division. In this lovely — albeit mildly depressing — CG trailer for The Division, we get to see how the world was affected by the virus that turned it into the desolate free-for-all we witnessed in the footage that was revealed earlier today.
The Division is scheduled to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2015.
Ubisoft kicked off their pre-E3 media briefing today with the opening five minutes of Far Cry 4. It looks absolutely stunning, though I wouldn’t expect anything less from the team that made the ridiculously gorgeous Far Cry 3. It also gives us a better look at the game’s resident bad guy. This guy has big, Vaas-sized shoes to fill, but I don’t think he’ll have much trouble doing that.
Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, is set in an imaginary Iranian underworld with elements of neo-noir and spaghetti Western. It was the opening-night film at the New Directors/New Films event in New York.
Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.
Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for the film in October, followed by a digital and home media release early next year. It plans to partner with Vice Media for promotion and social-media outreach campaigns.
Sony Online Entertainment has released a new trailer for their DayZ clone H1Z1 that should speak to anyone who’s befriended another player online only to relish in stabbing them in the back so you can steal their precious cargo. It’s a dick move, and one that I’ve been on the receiving end of more than once. It also makes these games unpredictable, since there essentially aren’t any rules.
It’s the wild west, only with more zombies and clunky animations.
We know there will be multiple playable monsters in Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock’s upcoming 4-on-1 shooter Evolve, but they’ve kept all but the fire-breathing T-Rex looking guy secret until now. Today, a new monster was revealed, and he looks delightfully Cthulhu-esque. I’m not sure how all this is explained story-wise, but after seeing this guy in action, I’m not sure I care.
Evolve is slated to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 21.
After closing out its 2013 run in Southern California with a record-breaking night for a stand-alone haunted house event in the United States, “Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare” returns for its second year and will make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in the Phoenix, Arizona metro region for select nights from September 19-November 1.
The September 19 opening night will feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie himself.
“Great American Nightmare” is a fully immersive haunted house experience featuring three attractions based on Rob Zombie’s own horror films: “The Lords Of Salem In Total Black Out,” “Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D,” and The Devil’s Rejects.
The shocking–and sometimes disturbing–attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.
At “Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare”, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions:
The Lords of Salem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction–based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film–is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the darkness, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as visitors attempt to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
Captain Spaulding’s Clown School In 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming or crying.
The Devil’s Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn’t afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.
In addition, the Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will feature freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games and vendors each night.
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Friday The 13th of June at 10:00 AM PT at GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 20-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities.
Tickets for opening night (September 19) include the Rob Zombie concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at the official website. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert and a VIP-only bar.
“Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare” will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 19 and November 1:
September 19, 20, 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).
“Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare” is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman and Andy Gould.
WestWorld Of Scottsdale is located at 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, AZ, in the Phoenix metro region.
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is presented by 98 KUPD in Phoenix.
Nothing is as strong as family.
Paramount sent us really cool street posters for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the latest incarnation of our favorite comic book characters hitting theaters in 3-D August 8.
There’s also a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles takeover in Austin, TX. You can view Mike Johnston’s original “TMNT”-inspired artwork and mural at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery in Austin.
“The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.“
I’m surprised it’s taken this long for me to discover White Night, but I am fully aware of it now and it looks very exciting. For the unfamiliar, the game is heavily inspired by old school survival horror — specifically Alone in the Dark — as well as German Expressionism and the works of Alfred Hitchcock. It’s set in the early thirties and follows a man who stumbles upon an abandoned mansion, unaware of the horrors lurking within.
I’m digging the setting, the music, and that simplistic, high contrast art style makes the shadows look tangible. This is definitely one to watch.
Films Distribution has released a new English-language trailer for Goal of the Dead, the zombie soccer bloodbath helmed by Benjamin Rocher and Thierry Poiraud.
The two-part film centers around a French Olympic football team who visits a small village in Northern France to play a crucial game in the run-up to the World Cup. But as the Apocalypse looms, an epidemic quickly spreads and transforms the players, spectators and inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.
“Saturday, the 18th of January 2012. A quarter of an hour before the match. An hour before the Apocalypse. In a small village in the north-east of France, Caplongue, lays a nuclear power plant, an industrialized agriculture and a church lower than its unemployment rate but also, the football team, which managed to reach the 1/32nd French Final Cup with a lot of courage and talent. The village is all the more jubilating at the idea of receiving the Paris Olympic, a top league club with famous footballers.For the Paris Olympic, it’s the opposite. The team mustn’t lose. This match, which was supposed to be a formality, has become of paramount importance. Between Paris and Caplongue, there is more than 250kms. It’s a match that opposes the rural to the urban world, the amateurs to the professionals, a province town to the capital, the poor to the rich. While the amateurs give a rough ride to the professionals, an epidemic instantly transforms the players, the spectators and the inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.”
Last year we told you about Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing. It promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!
Monday afternoon we landed an insane official trailer for the pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects via Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis. There’s tons of gooey goodness that looks straight out of Alien and The Thing. This indie looks like a potential instant classic!
Gillis wrote and directed, and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. produced the film.
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.
Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.”
EA decided to show a little more of Star Wars Battlefront at their pre-E3 press conference earlier today. The game is still a ways off, but it seems as if they’re taking their newfound responsibility for the franchise very seriously. Battlefront really cannot come soon enough.
Star Wars Battlefront is currently planned for a spring 2015 release.
Ubisoft is investing a lot into the idea that open-world games are the future. Both Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs have paid off big time for them, so the push isn’t all that surprising. One of their more ambitious upcoming open-world games is The Division, a post-apocalyptic shooter that was revealed at last year’s E3.
The Division follows a squad of agents who are trying to bring order to a chaotic New York City after a pandemic is released on Black Friday, killing much of the population. Enjoy some new gameplay footage below.
The next game from developer Playdead looks every bit as dark and artistic as I would expect from the makers of Limbo. It’s called Inside, and while details on it are scarce right now, it looks like it’s another atmospheric 2.5D side-scroller. It’s taking a few pages from Limbo’s book, only this time we’re being transported to an oppressive and dystopian future, rather than a bleak, colorless forest.
Apparently, it’s been in development for four years now, ever since Limbo released back in 2010. Unfortunately, it likely won’t arrive until 2015.
We’re back with more Rock On The Range 2014 coverage, this time bringing you an exclusive video interview with Kill Devil Hill Johnny Kelly (ex-Type O Negative). In the interview we discussed how the band has perhaps the most musical history of any ROTR act, the status on a new album, and the evolution of rock and metal over the years, along with more. Check it out below!
In last week’s Remake vs. Remake segment I pitted Dawn of the Dead (2004) against the much maligned Fright Night (2011). While I don’t dislike that version of Fright Night as much as I used to, there’s no doubt that Zack Snyder (aided by James Gunn’s script) trounced it thoroughly in this bracket with his take on Romero’s 1978 masterpiece.
Singing my many praises of Dawn, I forgot to mention that one of the reasons I feel the movie works so well is that it largely abandons the structure, tone and characters of the original film. It doesn’t try to compete on that playing field, instead taking the basic premise – zombies in a mall – and doing its own thing with it.
But what happens when you pit the Dawn of the Dead remake against Chuck Russell’s now classic 1988 take on The Blob? You have bracket of riches. Like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing in 1982, The Blob was a commercial dud. Also like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing, it has subsequently gone on to be celebrated and is now many fans’ favorite installment in the franchise (or “ongoing IP exploration”, if you will).
While I greatly enjoy Dawn of the Dead, I think The Blob is a movie I could probably watch 20 times a year. Russell and his co-writer Frank Darabont were hot off A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and it turns out that that (admittedly very good) film was just a dry run for what they’d be able to pull off with The Blob. Not only does the film have some of the most intensely entertaining and inventive kill sequences of the 80′s, it strikes a pitch perfect tone. Seriously, this is a horror movie that it actually feels good to watch!
The setting is perfect, Arborville might be in my list of the top 10 fictional places I’d like to live. The characters are smart (enough) and the plot chugs along quickly without ever sacrificing detail or atmosphere. The film has a fantastic sense of humor that is perfectly juggled, never bogging down the scarier elements. Even the stinger at the end contains a nice sociopolitical element. The movie also isn’t afraid to kill off perfectly decent, lovable characters with some of the most outstanding gore effects of its time.
At the end of the day, I still love Dawn of the Dead but The Blob might be one of only three remakes in my top 20 horror movies of all time. It’s hard to compete with that. Blob wins… for now.
How about you?
The long rumored third entry in the Crackdown franchise has just been made official, though we don’t have much in terms of details right now, outside of its being an Xbox One exclusive. Microsoft finally gave in and revealed the game today during their pre-E3 media briefing, and it looks like they’re trying to bring the series back to its roots in cel-shaded gang domination.
The second game wasn’t particularly memorable, but the first is very much a classic. I remember it was one of the first open-world games I was truly excited about. Yes, I was one of those sad souls who spent countless hours collecting all of those orbs.
Everyone’s favorite raider of tombs will be returning in Rise of the Tomb Raider, a direct sequel to the 2013 reboot. In its reveal trailer, which you can find below, Lara Croft is seen struggling to cope following the aftermath of the events in Tomb Raider. As of last August, the game was already “well into development,” and now it’s slated to release in late 2015.
If you missed the reboot, don’t fret, as Crystal Dynamics recently brought a remastered version called the Definitive Edition to PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year. It’s definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already.
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to thriller A Good Marriage, adapted from Stephen King’s short story from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars,” says Variety.
King wrote the screenplay and Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang.
Screen Media plans to distribute the film in early October — the start of the Halloween season — with a nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.
LaPaglia and Allen portray a married couple with the wife discovering the horrifying stranger inside her husband while he’s away on a business trip — ending a good marriage.
Joe Hill’s “Wraith” is gearing to wrap up this Wednesday and the world of comics will be a lonely place without a book by this chilling master of horror. However, you can rest easy knowing that Bloody-Disgusting has an advanced and exclusive preview of the final issue!
Wraith #7 (of 7)
Joe Hill (w) • Charles P. Wilson III (a & c)
Epilogue: “Phantoms.” You have worked the big grift your whole life, conning a fortune off the rubes and always on the run from enemies, shadows, and phantoms. But no one outruns the Wraith… not with Charlie Manx behind the wheel.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
- Spinning out of the NY Times Bestselling novel NOS4A2
- Written by NOS4A2 author/Locke & Key scribe Joe Hill!
- Variant cover by painter David Stoupakis!
- Special series-ending incentive cover by Gabriel Rodriguez
Frank Grillo is going to help you survive the night…
I’ve gone from a cynic to major supporter of Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy, in theaters June 20th.
It always bothered me that a bunch of idiots found themselves stranded in the middle of a purge, thanks to a broken down car; it’s a stupid set up, in my opinion (why would you even risk going outside?).
A new TV Spot trailer changes the focal point and protagonist displaying Frank Grillo as an ass-kicking vigilante badass who takes to the streets to protect the innocent. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about!!!
Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, and Keith Stanfield also star.
Returning alongside writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to produce the next chapter of the thriller are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers), Brad Fuller (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street).