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‘Neverending Nightmares’ Brings Real Psychological Horror This Month

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:56

We finally have a solid release date for Neverending Nightmares, a crowdfunded psychological horror game that was inspired by developer Matt Gilgenbach’s battle with mental illness — specifically depression and OCD. It’s also another crowdfunding success story, as Gilgenbach managed to raise over $106k to fund its development last September.

Neverending Nightmares will release on PC and Ouya on Sept 26, almost exactly a year after its Kickstarter campaign ended.

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Leaked ‘Sinister 2′ Set Photos

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:59

Barry Lee Caldwell, script supervisor on Sinister 2, leaked out two photos from the set out of Chicago.

One of the pics, clearly taken off the monitor, shows two kids, covered in blood, creepily standing around a bed. Bloody tipster ‘Mike A.’ also alerted us to the Facebook page for Sinister 2 extras that lead to clues of a “messy” scene shot on September 2nd and a need for classic cars from the 1960s. “There was also mentioning of a grain silo, a diner, electrocution, and a Lutheran Church” said Mike, who added: “Something tells me we’ll be getting some Children of the Corn nods in this one.

James Ransone will return to his Sinister role with the beautiful Shannyn Sossamon (“Wayward Pines”). Real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan also star.

“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Sossamon) and her 9-year-old twin sons (Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death. James Ransone, who portrayed the concerned sheriff’s deputy in Sinister, will be reprising his character in Sinister 2.“

Ciaran Foy (Citadel) is directing from a script by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.

Focus will unleash Mr Boogie on August 21, 2015.

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Our 5 Favorite Haunted House Games!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:00

It’s impossible not to love a haunted house. I dare you to even try it. Go ahead, walk into one and try not to have a good time. You won’t be able to fight off all that anxious glee, it’s best to just let it wash over you. The same goes for haunted house games, which tend to involve the confinement of a player in a single area — not necessarily a house, it could be an apartment or even a spaceship — that’s filled with horrors.

In a way, haunted house games are superior to actual haunted houses, because unlike the real thing, which takes place in public, these games can be enjoyed without putting your pride in any sort of danger. So when something jumps out at you causing you to emit a sound you didn’t think was humanly possible, it’s okay, because there’s no one around to make fun of you.

Now lock your door, turn off the lights and try your best to ignore the scraping sound at your window, because it’s time to take a look at five of the greatest haunted house games ever.

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival Announces First 10 Titles!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:54

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2014! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all have their Toronto, Canadian, North American or World Theatrical Premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 9th Annual Edition this October 16-24, 2014 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Preview all 10 trailers of the announced films at the Youtube Playlist below. Scroll on further down this page for more info on the films.

HELLMOUTH (Canada) World Premiere
From the twisted mind of writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes a stunning, spectacular ode to classic horror and fantasy. HELLMOUTH tells the tale of gravekeeper Charlie Baker, (WATCHMEN’s Stephen McHattie) assigned to tend to a mysterious cemetery. Charlie’s routine journey to his new place of employment turns out to be a dark and fantastic voyage through a Gothic landscape, filled with demonic forces, and a life-altering encounter with a beautiful woman he must try to rescue from the bowels of hell.

THE BABADOOK (AUSTRALIA) Toronto Premiere
In the scary new horror hit from Australia, single mother Amelia must battle with her son Samuel’s fear of a monster lurking in their house. After a creepy pop-up book called Mister Babadook is found on the doorstep, Samuel begins to sense a sinister presence, and strange things begin to happen around the house. Amelia is at first dismissive, but then begins to question whether THE BABADOOK is a figment of Samuel’s troubled imagination or whether there might be something genuinely evil lurking in their midst.

PREDESTINATION (AUSTRALIA) Toronto Premiere
Based on a story by acclaimed sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein (STARSHIP TROOPERS), the Spierig Brothers (DAYBREAKERS, UNDEAD) direct Ethan Hawke (GATTACA, TRAINING DAY) in this riveting sci-fi thriller in the mold of LOOPER and MINORITY REPORT about a Temporal Agent, tasked with traveling through time to stop crimes before they’re committed. On his final assignment, the agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time, the elusive Fizzle Bomber, determined to unleash mass destruction upon New York City, and who somehow always seems to be one step ahead of the Temporal Agency.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD (NORWAY) Toronto Premiere
The gruesome army of awakened Nazi Zombies from fan favourite DEAD SNOW once again return to terrorize the Norwegian countryside! In this crowd-pleasing zombie action comedy follow-up, Martin, the sole survivor of the first movie, must join forces with an American zombie hunter (cult favourite FREAKS AND GEEKS’ Martin Starr) and a reanimated squad of dead Russians if he is to try to defeat the undead Nazi horde and their evil commander! Trailer NSFW Poster

WOLVES (USA/CANADA) North American Premiere
In this coming of age werewolf action movie from David Hayter (writer of X-MEN, X-MEN 2), Lucas Till (XMEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) plays Cayden Richards, a high school senior who awakens one day to find his parents brutally murdered and his body transforming into a wild, savage wolf. In search of the truth behind his animalistic tendencies, Cayden heads to the small town of Lupine Ridge, only to find himself caught between an ongoing war between two opposing werewolf clans, led by Jason Momoa (GAME OF THRONES) and Stephen McHattie (WATCHMEN). As the past begins to reveal itself, so does Cayden’s power to put an end to the savage violence around him and within him.

OPEN WINDOWS (SPAIN/USA) Toronto Premiere
In the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW comes this gripping cyber-thriller from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) that exposes a terrifying dark side to internet voyeurism. When an unwitting celebrity fan-site operator (LORD OF THE RINGS’ Elijah Wood) is persuaded by a mysterious caller to hack into the personal webcam of a movie actress he idolizes (Sasha Grey), he finds himself not only uncovering a dark and sinister plot, but also trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse with a psychopath.

ZOMBEAVERS (USA) Toronto Premiere
From the producers of CABIN FEVER, THE HANGOVER, and AMERICAN PIE comes ZOMBEAVERS, a crowd-pleasing zombie comedy co-starring Cortney Palm (SUSHI GIRL) that delivers exactly what you’d want from its title and more! A group of college kids’ weekend of sex and debauchery at a riverside cabin turns gruesome when they find themselves menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. Riding the line between scary, sexy, and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the blood-thirsty undead beaver horde!

SUBURBAN GOTHIC (USA) Toronto Premiere
Richard Bates Jr. follows up his acclaimed horror film EXCISION with a supernatural comedy about an unemployed graduate (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Matthew Gray Gubler) who returns to his small-town family home, only to encounter a vengeful ghost and a mystery that must be solved before everyone’s lives are lost. A spooktacular treat of a movie, SUBURBAN GOTHIC features an endearingly quirky script with numerous fan favourites in scene-stealing supporting roles, including Kat Dennings (THOR), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS), Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR) and John Waters (PINK FLAMINGOS).

TIME LAPSE (USA) Toronto Premiere
In this award-winning new sci-fi thriller, three friends, including Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH) discover a mysterious machine in an abandoned apartment that seems to print photos taken 24 hours into their future. The trio conspire to use the device for personal gain, but it’s not long before the images start to reveal a disturbing and dangerous chain of events they must somehow try to avert before it’s too late. Co-stars John Rhys-Davies (INDIANA JONES TRILOGY).

ABCS OF DEATH 2 (USA/New Zealand/Canada/Israel/Japan) Canadian Premiere
Get ready to gasp, laugh, shriek and cheer at this latest anthology of 26 short tales, each punctuated by a different shocking, wickedly entertaining death. Completely one-upping its predecessor, ABCS OF DEATH 2 is packed with outstanding thrills, chills and kills, brought to you by some of the acclaimed film-making talents behind fan favourites CUBE (Vincenzo Natali), AMERICAN MARY (The Soska Twins), BIG BAD WOLVES (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado), MANBORG (Steven Kostanski), ROOM 237 (Rodney Ascher), INSIDE (Alexandre Bustillo) and JUAN OF THE DEAD (Alejandro Brugues), just to name but a few!

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13 MGM/Fox Horror Films Get Artistic New Releases For Halloween! (Exclusive)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:48

Just in time for Halloween, Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment re-release 13 cult classic horror films on Blu-ray and DVD September 9. Each iconic movie will be decked out with an all-new, limited-edition artist-rendered faceplate by Skuzzles.

Major retailers – including Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada and Walmart Canada – will be carrying the product on Blu-ray for only $7-8, with a DVD running only $5-7.

In addition to this exclusive news, Bloody Disgusting has your first look at the absolutely stunning art from films including:

-The Amityville Horror (1979)
-Carrie (1976)
-Child’s Play (1988)
-Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
-Jeepers Creepers (2001)
-Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)
- The Last House on the Left (1972)
-The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
-Teen Wolf (1985)
-Species (1995)
-Misery (1990)
-The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

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Indie Horror ‘Pathologic’ Raises $160k in First Week

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:35

Indie developer Ice-Pick Lodge is looking to return to the game that put them on the map seven years ago. Following its release in 2005, Pathologic flew under the radar for most despite plenty of glowing reviews that praised its atmosphere and creative use of psychological horror. Unlike many other cult classics, Pathologic is being given a second chance. To make it happen, the studio has once again returned to Kickstarter.

This isn’t the first time Ice-Pick has turned to crowdfunding to get a game made. Their last project, the quirky horror game Knock-Knock, raised over $41,000 in 2012.

With the Pathologic reboot, the studio wants to raise $250,000 to help bring it to PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The amount sounds ambitious, but the campaign has already accrued over $167,000 in its first five days. Unless the donations slow down considerably, this game is happening.

To learn more about Pathologic, feel free to check it out on Kickstarter.

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[TV Review] “The Strain”: Episode 1.09, ‘The Disappeared’

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:24

“The Disappeared” represents a lot of what’s wrong with The Strain’s first season. It’s a bothersome step to the left in terms of character, plot, and exposition. The moments of horror are genuinely terrifying but fail to elevate the episode past the point of mediocre.

The obvious issue in this episode is the heavy focus on Eph’s relationship with his son. The actor playing Zack is bothersome in his performance. I just really wish TV would stay away from child actors, since this is a constant reminder that one of the supposed strongest relationships in the show is so terrible.

Speaking of terrible why the hell would our group of heroes decide to slpit up this week after the hell they lived through last week. It defies all logic and pushes the show into a more make believe world where people don’t seem to react to the world around them.

Hell most of the dialogue is atrociously referencing exposition this week. With most characters dumbfounded and reacting to the chaos of the city around them like it’s something completely normal.

The flashbacks are the only saving grace of the week. They push to add even more to Abraham and Eichorst’s relationship and push the overall conflict of the series in an even more interesting direction. There were a couple reveals inside that added a great deal of complexity to the time in the concentration camp. And the scenes with The Master were terrifying. The immense stature of that creature makes any scene he’s in dominate you.

Everything with Vasily and the hacker girl felt forced bordering on unnecessary. I didn’t quite understand the motivation for having those scenes between them. Especially when the vampire came into her house and she just looked at him with wide eyes. Jesus woman, you just say legions of these things descend upon a gas station. It defies logic.

Which is the biggest problem with “The Disappeared.”  Everything defies logic. Nothing has consequence and everything just feels like it’s stalling to carry us into next week. Don’t even get me started on the sex scene between Nora and Eph. I thought it was profoundly useless and completely out of place. But I digress.

The show was hitting it’s stride only to take a maddening detour in what could be the worst episode of the series. Everything really chugged along this week and barely held my attention. I wanted new developments, I wanted more conflict, and I wanted that insane action from last week. Instead I waited forty minutes for the one scene between The Master and Eichorst.

Let’s hope next week is better.

Stray Thoughts:

-       The bread truck is a amazing set. I just love seeing Abraham take himself so seriously surrounding by loaves of bread.

-       Nora’s mother is the worst, and the feeble attempt at comedy with her as so groan inducing.

-       Are we really to believe anything that our characters did this week, Jesus Christ, these are supposed professionals and they’re acting worse than sexed up teen archetypes from 80’s slashers.

What did you think of “The Disappeared” ?

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5 Questions With Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:00

When one thinks of legendary horror punk band The Misfits, it’s hard to think of their music without thinking of guitarist Doyle Von Frankenstein, the brooding, monstrous behemoth who wields a vicious spiked axe that emits forth demonic riffs.

Right now, Doyle is on the road touring in support of his solo album Abominator, which you can snag on iTunes.

I was fortunate enough to get a chance to talk with this legend and asked him five questions. They may be short, but his answers cut right to the point, leaving no room for misunderstanding.

Check out our exclusive interview below!

Bloody-Disgusting: Do you find anything terrifying in horror movies anymore?

No. Nothing. I’ve seen it all.

BD: What in horror still inspires you musically?

Movie soundtracks. I find that when I watch horror movies I pay attention more to the music and then I have to watch the fucking movie again to pay attenion to it.

BD: What’s been the biggest change in music that you’ve seen over the years?

People stealing music like a bunch of cocksuckers.

BD: What keeps you going?

I love music, man. That’s why.

BD: What’s next?

We’re gonna book some more shows. We’ve got another record in the can. We’ve got to do the drums because our drummer left us two hours before everybody was getting on the jet from fucking LA. We get word from the manager that he decided not to show, so we got Tiny [Biuso] and he came in on an hour’s notice, got on the plane, flew in, jet lagged, and learned four songs. Dropped him off at the studio the next day for 6-8 hours with myself, learned another four, went through a bunch of Misfits songs he happened to know, and we’re just killing it now!

Remaining Doyle tour dates:
9/8 – Spokane, WA @ The Hop
9/9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
9/10 – Denver, OR @ The Roxy
9/11 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
9/12 – Crest Hill, IL @ Bada Brew
9/14 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
9/15 – Lakewood, OH @ The Foundry

Doyle online:
Facebook
Official Website
Instagram
Twitter

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‘Nightcrawler,’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Getting Huge Festival Buzz

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:56

A film we have not covered here on Bloody Disgusting is Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, which stars Donnie Darko fav Jake Gyllenhaal as a self-made journalist in a very dark and violent social commentary on the “American Dream.”

The buzz out of the Toronto International Film Festival is that not only is the film right up Bloody Disgusting’s alley, but that Gyllenhaal could be in the running for an Oscar.

We caught wind of the hype and wanted to push it on over to you. Open Road is releasing in theaters October 31, so maybe it truly is the perfect movie for Halloween night?

“Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

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Xbox Head: ‘Alan Wake’ Sequel Needs to Come From Remedy

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:39

Ever since Remedy revealed their Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break last May, people can’t stop asking them about Alan Wake 2. While the game isn’t currently in development, Remedy has said in the past that they’re still very interested in returning to Alan Wake when it feels right, and possibly through a crowdfunding campaign.

When asked for an update on the sequel, Xbox head Phil Spencer said on Twitter that [Remedy] is pretty busy with [Quantum Break] right now. I think any future [Alan Wake] would have to be a Remedy game.”

I can’t imagine another developer taking the reigns on this series, even if it means we’ll have less of a wait for Alan Wake 2. As badly as many of us want to return to that charming blend of Twin Peaks and The Twilight Zone, I’m willing to wait for Remedy to get around to it.

Oh, and when our favorite writer returns, he better be joined by Mr. Scratch.

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‘Resident Evil: Revelations 2′ Will Be Playable at Sony’s TGS Booth

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:04

I usually don’t get that excited for Tokyo Game Show, especially for what it’s become in recent years. This year’s event is threatening to change that, as it’s shaping up to be something special.

Following Konami’s recent confirmation that Silent Hills will be at the event in some capacity, Sony has revealed their TGS line-up, all of which will be playable on the show floor. Some of the standouts include Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Bloodborne, The Evil Within and The Order: 1886. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on any of those games, but I’m super bummed I won’t be able to get my anxious, sweaty hands on Revelations 2.

TGS runs from September 18-21. You can find Sony’s full line-up below.

PlayStation 4

Minecraft: PlayStation 4 Edition
Astrebreed
One Upon Light
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign
EA Sports UFC
FIFA 15
Resident Evil Revelations 2
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years War & Nightmare
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
Omega Quintet
Bloodborne
Destiny
Driveclub
The Order: 1886
The Playroom
LittleBigPlanet 3
Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
Disgaea 5
Dragon Ball Xenoverse
The Evil Within
The Lego Movie Videogame

Vita

Airship Q
Minecraft Vita
TorqueL
Deemo: The Last Rehearsal
OlliOlli
Samurai Warriors Chronicles 3
Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu 2014
Chaos Rings 3
Deadman’s Cross
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
Phantasy Star Nova
Murasaki Baby
The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki 2
God Eater 2: Rage Burst
Gundam Breaker 2

PlayStation 3

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix
Tales of Zestiria

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‘Resident Evil 5′, ‘Dead Rising 2′ and ‘Off the Record’ Are Moving to Steamworks

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:56

Early next year, the PC versions of Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will transition from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks. Capcom confirmed their plans to replace Microsoft’s dying games service with the more accessible Steamworks platform on their Unity blog.

“With the global popularity of the Steamworks platform, we’ve seen high demand from fans to bring these highly requested titles to this platform. Moving to Steamworks will allow more fans across the world to enjoy these games.”

If you already own one or more of these games, they’ll automatically be moved to Steamworks when the transition happens. You won’t have to do a thing.

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Twins Brings Terror In ‘Goodnight Mommy’

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:17

Radius has picked up the North American rights to Goodnight Mommy, a horror thriller that premiered at the Venice Film Festival, writes Heat Vision.

Austrian directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala helmed the creepy movie, which “takes place in an isolated home and centers on a pair of twins whose mother returns home from the hospital. But with a bandaged up face and off-liter behavior, the twins begin to think that perhaps this isn’t their mother after all.

Real-life twins Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz star as does Susanne Wuest.

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[TV] Open Wide For the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Art!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:14

In addition to the extended trailer and first episode details, FX released this absolutely gorgeous poster art for “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

In Episode 4.01, “Monsters Among Us,” written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and directed by Ryan Murphy:

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort’ Teaser Takes You On a Gory Trip! (Exclusive)

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:01

Check in for the most gory trip of your life!

Three Fingers, Saw Tooth and One Eye are looking for some new blood, and the hillbilly horror franchise will get that with a new director behind Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Helmed by Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev, the sixth Wrong Turn arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD October 21, Bloody Disgusting exclusively learned.

We also exclusively have the first teaser trailer that goes on the hunt for new blood with the legendary hillbillies!

The terrifying franchise continues to thrive as one of the longest running horror series in recent history, and the sixth installment promises to bring more blood and guts than ever before.

The unrelenting terror starts when an emotionally troubled young man, Danny, inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past. A trip to the peaceful resort quickly transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree, as Danny’s friends are brutally murdered one by one. Danny discovers that Three Finger and his flesh-eating kin are to blame, but the chilling surprises they have in store for him have only just begun. Danny ultimately learns that he has an unthinkable connection to the clan of hillbilly cannibals, but now that he knows the shocking truth, he will face an even more horrifying choice.

Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett star.

The Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with tasty special features that will have you hungry for even more gore this Halloween. Check out a behind the scenes look at the dangerous Hobb Springs hotel, and learn how Danny really became part of the cannibals’ bloodline.

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BD Playlist: Jonny Vol. 4

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:00

Has the weekend really ended? Dammit… Oh well, the silver lining is that I get to share some sweet tunes with you all!

For this week’s BD Playlist, I’m mostly heading into the past, with one release from the 90′s, one from the early 2000′s, and one that defies the past and came out only a few months ago.

Check out my selections and let me know what you’re listening to in the comments!

Sneaker Pimps – Becoming X

I don’t know what brought this 90′s trip hop album back from the past but I’m sure glad for whatever that reason might be. This album is relaxing with dashes of sexiness that make it simply irresistible.

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Yoshiaki Hirabayashi On What to Expect From the ‘Resident Evil’ HD Remake

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:00

Between the announcement of a remastered Resident Evil remake and a sequel to Revelations — both due early next year — this is a fine time to be a fan of one of gaming’s oldest horror franchises. We had the opportunity to briefly pick the brain of Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Producer on the HD remake to see what we can expect from the game.

BD: How much of a straight-up remake will the Resident Evil Remake HD be? Will it be along the same lines as the Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition, in terms its improving upon the base game, or is there more to it?

The goal of this new edition of Resident Evil is to allow players to enjoy the thrills of the original GameCube version with improved visuals and sound. In that sense, I would describe it as similar to the recent PC version of RE4. We’ve taken the game apart and adjusted all the assets one by one to ensure high quality improvements to the visual and auditory experience.

BD: Could you give us a rundown of its major features?

The game will be available for download on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC in early 2015. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions display in 720p, while the PS4 and Xbox One iterations output in 1080p. The framerate is set to 30FPS. Resolution and frame rate info for the PC version will be discussed at a later date.

As you know, the original game output a 4:3 aspect ratio, but we’re enabling this new version to play in 16:9 as well. In that mode, the screen scrolls up and down as needed in relation to the character’s movement and location.

BD: We know the game will include an option to play it with an updated control scheme or the original “tank-like” layout – are there any other features that will be added to entice veterans of the series?

For starters, there is the new control scheme option that allows players to take more direct control over the characters. Neither control scheme offers any advantage or disadvantage and which one you prefer largely boils down to a matter of taste. You can switch between the two control schemes in real time, so players who may be having difficulty with one method can try the other as the mood strikes. We have also added widescreen compatibility and remastered the audio to 5.1 standards.

BD: For those who played the GameCube REmake, will this edition get any new content that wasn’t in the GC version? Stuff like new areas, weapons, puzzles, etc.

The original GameCube version of the game is so good that we wanted to stay true to the core content. There aren’t any new enemies or story additions for that reason. However, the widescreen compatibility, new control scheme, and other features certainly bring something new to the table.

BD: How many achievements/trophies are we looking at? The HD ports of Resident Evil 4 and Code: Veronica each had 12, but Revelations had 50 – which end of the spectrum will this game land on?

The volume of achievements is much closer to what Resident Evil Revelations had to offer. We’re trying really hard to offer compelling and challenging achievements for this title.

BD: Has a price point been determined yet?

This is still TBD. Obviously, we’ll let you know as soon as we’re able to confirm.

BD: Are there any plans to integrate ResidentEvil.net support so fans can unlock exclusive concept art or in-game items as they do with Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil Revelations?

This is still TBD. We’ll let you know as soon as we’re able to confirm more details.

BD: Many fans see this as an important step in returning Resident Evil to its roots in survival horror; has this game (or will it) influence the path the next Resident Evil takes in terms of it’s being more action or horror oriented?

I’m focused on this title for now so I can’t really see into the future to see what effect this title may or may not have on future developments of the series. What I can say is that the survival horror element has always been and will doubtless continue to be a hugely important element to the series.

I think the audience of RE fans has grown a great deal since this title initially debuted. This remastered version should provide a great opportunity for users to relive the horror that spawned the series.

We’d like to thank Yoshiaki Hirabayashi for taking the time to chat with us. The new-and-improved Resident Evil REmake is slated to release early next year, alongside Resident Evil Revelations 2.

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‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Imagery, Size Charts!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:18

From concept art to size charts, Protagonist Pictures released new imagery from the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ (Godzilla) hit indie, Monsters, in UK cinemas on September 26.

Tom Green took over directorial duties for Edwards, with Joe Dempsie, Johnny Harris and Sofia Boutella starring in Monsters: Dark Continent.

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide.

Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all.

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[TV] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Premiere Synopsis!

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:12

In addition to the extended trailer, FX shared with us the official plot synopsis for the debut episode of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.

In Episode 4.01, “Monsters Among Us,” written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, and directed by Ryan Murphy:

One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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‘Blackburn’ Teaser Has ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Vibe

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:10

Raven Banner has shared the first Texas Chainsaw-esque teaser trailer for Lauro Chartrand’s Blackburn.

A forest fire and rockslide leave five bickering college friends trapped in a small Alaskan ghost-town with a horrifying history. When they seek refuge inside an abandoned mine they must band together to survive as the angry inhabitants slaughter the friends one-by-one.

Calum Worthy, Emilie Ullerup, Sarah Lind, Zack Peladeau, Alexander Calvert, Brandi Alexander, Maja Aro, Lochlyn Munro, Brad Loree and Ken Kirzinger all star.

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