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‘In the Deep’ Ups the Ante With TWO Sharks! (Poster)

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 11:01

We announced last week that Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment and Starz Digital will be releasing In The Deep on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand August 2.

Originally titled 47 Meters Down, the new shark thriller is directed by Johannes Roberts hot off his The Other Side of The Door.

The shark thriller ups the ante on The Shallows by adding an additional shark – and Mandy Moore (“This Is Us,” A Walk To Remember), with Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Yani Gellman (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Young And The Restless”), and Matthew Modine (Full Metal JacketThe Dark Knight Rises).

“In The Deep dives into a world of two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) who become trapped at the bottom of the ocean when a diving expedition to observe sharks goes horribly wrong. When the cable attaching the observation cage to the boat breaks and the cage sinks to the bottom of the ocean, the sisters must figure out a way to get back to safety battling injuries, lack of oxygen, and, worst of all, blood thirsty, great white sharks.

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The Sky is Bleeding in This Poster For ‘The Woods’

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 10:54

A movie that we’re extremely excited for is Adam Wingard’s The Woods, which Brad called “A new beginning for horror films.” Written by Simon Barrett, the duo who brought us segments in BD’s own V/H/S and its sequel are back with a movie that looks like it will usher in terror like we haven’t felt or seen in a long time.

The movie will, “…involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone,” and will star James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson.

Earlier today, EW revealed a new poster for the film, which you can see below. Using only red, white, and black, the image shows leafless trees puncturing the sky, which is bright blood red. The tagline promises that, “There is something evil hiding in The Woods.”

The site also revealed that the film will make its first public screening at the San Diego Comic Con on July 22nd. The film opens wide on September 16th.

The Woods is produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest).

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[Blu-ray Review] Demi Moore Fights for Her Unborn Baby in ‘The Seventh Sign’

Wed, 06/29/2016 - 09:35

The Seventh Sign from director Carl Schultz is a very interesting movie. There are some gorgeous shots, some great acting – especially from a young Demi Moore in one of her earlier starring roles and it’s fairly suspenseful. Unfortunately the ending is a bit of a bummer and the movie kind of jumps all over the place.

Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who along with her lawyer husband Russell (Michael Biehn), is expecting her first child. We don’t get all the details, but we find out pretty quickly that she’s been pregnant before but something happened that resulted in her losing the baby. Given her past experiences she’s understandably concerned for her child and is trying to do all she can to make sure she protects the baby until she gives birth. Unfortunately for Moore there is a lot she has to protect her baby from. As Abby reaches the later stages of her pregnancy signs of the apocalypse begin appearing and along with them come Father Lucci (Peter Friedman) and a mysterious figure (Jürgen Prochnow) who seems to be the cause. Lucci has plans to save the day and stop this figure (I think) while Abby ends up stuck in the middle of sorts.

Lucci’s whole deal is kind of weird. The movie starts with a town freezing in the Middle East and people seem to think this means certain doom is on the way. Lucci though, he’s like “Nah, technology, probably.” That’s a little weird, right? He’s a man of the church, shouldn’t he be all about spotting the doom?

I am not a religious person and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t know much about the Bible and what it says. If you were to quiz me on it I would surely fail. What that means is there are probably lots of references and imagery that relates directly to the Bible within The Seventh Sign that meant nothing to me and just went over my head. Either that or I made my own meaning with what I saw. My point is that despite there being a heavy religious context within The Seventh Sign you don’t actually need to be religious to enjoy the movie, but maybe it’s easier to understand if you are? Because I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a lot of parts that didn’t make sense.

There’s all these things going on around the world – multiple earthquakes, rivers of blood and so on – and yet not one seems to be talking about any of it. I understand this isn’t a disaster movie but the world seems to be coming to an end so I kind of expect people to be doing whatever they can to survive. Instead everyone is acting pretty normal. I’m not sure there should be mass panic exactly, at least not from the jump, but these crazy events happening so close together should be acknowledged, right? I would think some red flags are being raised.

A lot of what happens doesn’t particularly make a lot of sense. Like there are Hebrew code letters that seem to pop up just before something terrible happens and we get the idea that they factor into it all, but never the details. There are lots of little things like this throughout the film. Different things are hinted at but never fully explained or explored. Maybe that’s the idea and it’s supposed to be left for you to figure out and draw your own conclusions.

So while the movie isn’t the clearest linear story, it is enjoyable in large part due to the performance from Moore. She has a ton of energy and natural charm. There’s no question when watching this movie that she’s a star. Even when the movie is moving through it’s weird, confusing moments you’re hooked because Moore is pulling you in. She’ll do anything to protect her baby and you want to watch her do so.

The Seventh Sign is a gorgeous looking movie. Juan Ruiz Anchía serves as the DP and just like he did a number of times before this film and a number of times since, he provides some wonderful photography. There’s one scene in particular that stands out to me. Abby is in a church after following the mysterious Prochnow and she begins to experience some pain in her stomach. She tries to leave the church and stumbles down and as she does so she looks up and there’s this bright blue light shining down at her. This is fairly brief but it’s an excellent shot.

The Seventh Sign is now out on Blu-ray from Australia’s Via Vision Entertainment. You have to import (JB Hi-Fi has it available) this but it’s the only Blu-ray currently available for the film and it is REGION FREE. And it’s a nice looking Blu-ray. It hasn’t been overly touched up digitally or anything like that, so you do have a few scenes where you can see the spots of imperfection from the film but with that you also retain the detail. As I’ve said before, I’m no expert when it comes to breaking down picture quality, but I know when something looks good to me and this looks good. The downside is this is  a bare bones release, so if you were looking for some special features regarding The Seventh Sign you’re not going to find those here. Still this is the only Blu-ray release available in the world and it looks good and that’s what really counts.

There are better biblical thrillers than The Seventh Sign – Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen quickly jump to mind as less clunky, more coherent stories. With that said I think there’s enough to enjoy that makes The Seventh Sign worth a watch. Yeah it’s kind of all over the place and then quickly tries to tie everything together at the end, but you’ve got Moore leading the way and she’s worth the price of admission.

The Seventh Sign is now available on Blu-ray from Via Vision Entertainment.

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[TV Review] “Scream” Episode 2.05: ‘Dawn of the Dead’

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 22:01

For an episode titled “Dawn of the Dead,” there sure wasn’t a lot of death. I said in my review last week that I would riot if an episode titled “Dawn of the Dead” didn’t feature a high body count, and here I am rioting. It’s a cool idea to name episodes of Scream after famous horror movies (in case you hadn’t caught on to season 2’s gimmick by now), but at least make them thematically relevant to the plot of the episode. All of the other episode titles made sense, but unless the title is referring to people finally realizing that Jake is dead, the title “Dawn of the Dead” doesn’t apply here. That being said, it was actually a pretty fun bottle episode of the series that essentially served as a place-setting episode for the rest of the season. That bottle episode I was jonesing for last week was delivered this week, and the results were mostly great.

After last week’s Carrie-esque finale, Sheriff Acosta decides to lock down the school and puts all of the students in the library. Shockingly, his deputies aren’t very good at ensuring no one leaves said library (seriously, kids were just strolling in and out of there) and Acosta is proving to be the worst sheriff Lakewood has probably ever had. After letting Kieran off the hook for bringing a gun to school(!) he then takes Maggie off the case for revealing privileged information to Brooke before using Jake’s lifeless hand to unlock his phone. Isn’t that considered tampering with the body or something? Get it together Acosta! Miguel did get in some good zingers on Brooke’s dad this week though, which nearly made up for his ineptness.

Once again, Brooke is seeing the most evolution as a character this week (though Emma nearly gave her a run for her money). Though she has limited screen time, she makes the most of her scenes, effectively moving through the five stages of grief in just a few hours. It’s a little silly but what about Scream isn’t silly? Young sells it and her final moment in the pool (see below) was heartbreaking to watch. We’ll have to wait and see the long-term effects Jake’s death has on her, but one would hope it steels her instead of breaks her.

Someone who refuses to be broken is Emma. I’ve come down on Willa Fitzgerald a lot in the past but she is really making a strong impression this season. After a few episodes of PTSD Emma, we are finally starting to see glimpses of a smart, strong Emma who is on a mission. Dare I say that she is starting to remind me of Sidney Prescott? Emma lying to Acosta about her encounter with the killer was the first time she had truly made anything resembling an intelligent decision, and it was a triumph for the show. Better late than never, right? She was even bold enough to break things off with Kieran, which everyone should back her on. Kieran still fails to make any sort of an impression on the show. Eli, who has been around for two or three episodes, feels like more of a character than Kieran at this point. So we can thank the killer for putting Jake’s phone in Emma’s purse.

Emma’s altercation with Haley, while amusing, came a little out of the blue. Other than the opening scene of the season and one other stairwell run-in with Audrey, Scream hasn’t exactly done much to show us why she is so antagonistic towards Emma. This lack of development on the show’s part made her bitchery towards Emma feel out of place. Who is this girl? Why should we care? It’s the same problem the show has had with Zoe and establishing her as a character. After the catfight, Ms. Lang locks Emma in her office, so that she can come out of her panic attack. She is all about breaking teacher-student boundaries, isn’t she? Oh well, at least Emma knows there’s a new killer now.

Audrey’s adventures through the school led straight to an encounter with Gustavo (I still refuse to call him ‘Stavo) after she saw him once again drawing bloody pictures of the Lakewood Six Five. Why was Gustavo working on his pictures in the middle of a murder investigation where all of the other students could see what he was doing? Because plot, I guess. The kid isn’t very smart, and watching Audrey call him out on his bullshit was a real treat. Unfortunately for Audrey, Noah finally (finally!) caught on to her bullshit and pickpocketed her phone only to look through it and see all of her texts with the killer, including that GIF of her in the storage unit. This terrible subplot will hopefully be coming to an end in the next one or two episodes, as Noah is going to have to confront her about the whole “pulling pins off of Jake’s corpse” thing.

Despite there being no body count whatsoever this week, “Dawn of the Dead” was a strong bottle episode of the series that closed out the first act of the season. Now let’s kill someone next week, okay?

Random Notes

  • In case you didn’t notice, Scream was moved from it’s 11/10c Monday night time slot to Tuesdays at 10/9c. If ratings don’t improve I’m 99% positive we won’t get a third season. Tell your friends to watch the show you guys!
  • Just an FYI: five days have passed in the Scream season 2 timeline.
  • Zoe who?
  • Upcoming titles include: “Jeepers Creepers,” “Let the Right One In,” “Village of the Damned,” “The Orphanage,” “The Vanishing” (I’m stoked to see how this one ends. If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know why), and “Heavenly Creatures.”
  • “One man’s creep is another man’s-” “Creep.”
  • “So, I found Jake Fitzgerald just like you asked.” -This line almost won me over on Acosta.
  • “No. You’d never drop a body in front of your daughter. A freezer in the garage? Now that’s more your style.” -This line did win me over on Acosta.
  • Once again, all Gustavo did this week was deliver creepy stares before getting beat up. I’m sure Santiago Segura is a fine actor, but Scream is doing him no favors. Give him something to work with show.
  • If you listen to podcasts and enjoy Scream, check out the Los Angeles-based “Do You Like Scary Podcasts?” podcast, hosted by Kaitlin Reilly and John Padden. The episodes run longer than a single episode of Scream, but it’s a pretty great listen. They like the show but also understand how silly the whole thing is. Thumbs up!
  • Alas, there was no Brooke bitch face this week, so here is a GIF for you all to use when you’re upset (like perhaps when Scream inevitably gets cancelled):

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New Features Are Coming to ‘Doom’ This Week

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 21:15

An update will bring a new photo mode for taking in-game screenshots and the option to center the weapon placement for those looking for a more traditional Doom experience when Bethesda starts rolling it out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on June 30. The features will be joined in the coming months by a series of content updates the publisher first announced at E3 earlier this month.

This should give you an idea of what the classic weapon placement will look like. A complete rundown of what’s coming later this week can be found over here.

Between this nifty homage to the classics and the upcoming ‘Doom 4 Doom’ PC mod that’ll bring the reboot’s arsenal to the first two Doom games on July 18, it’s sort of fascinating how this series has handled its identity crisis. That’s no easy feat, as we’ve seen time and time again in Resident Evil and Silent Hill, among others.

Much of the content the company has detailed has focused on the multiplayer half of id Software’s acclaimed reboot of the decades-old series, some of it free, some of it paid. In July, a handful of game modes will be made available free-of-charge, followed by the arrival of the Unto the Evil DLC that’ll bring three maps, equipment and personalization options.

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This Proves ‘The Ring’ Would Make a Great VR Game

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 20:00

Virtual reality is looking to change video games in some profound ways over the next few years, and it’s the horror genre that’s positioned to benefit the most as the tech gradually finds mainstream acceptance. The immersion and atmosphere these games require is made considerably more effective when experienced in VR, and a growing number of developers are taking notice.

This VR game based on the Japanese horror film Ringu (The Ring) isn’t official, it’s more of a fan-made proof of concept that also makes a fantastic argument for a developer to make a more “official” stab at adapting the dormant franchise. Created by Japanese designer Tatsunori Ishibashi, this game isn’t at all interested in having us flee from an angry Sadako.

No, that’s too obvious. In this game, you are Sadako.


— たつのる (@tatsunoru) June 21, 2016

I’m sure we can all agree that this obviously needs to happen.

While I have you, you might want to have a look at another video we covered recently that further proves how The Ring and virtual reality were meant for each other. And don’t forget, Rings hits theaters on October 28.

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The Apocalypse is Nigh in the ‘7 Days to Die’ Launch Trailer

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 18:57

The first game to come out of Telltale’s new publishing label has finally arrived. It’s been nearly three years since 7 Days to Die released on Steam — where it’s currently $9.99 (60% off) thanks to the ongoing Summer Sale — and now the open-world zombie survival game has joined the PS4 and Xbox One. Its $29.99 price tag comes with some neat benefits, like split-screen co-op and the new “Blood Moon” community events, as well as the promise of more to come in the near future, starting with additional multiplayer modes.

The game hasn’t had a perfect launch, with multiple reports of various technical issues that are being squashed right now. One of the more common problems has to do with the local co-op feature, that might be easy to fix:

A number of people have been having problems with split screen, mostly because there doesn’t seem to be a direct prompt for it. Please try the following steps:

Start Singleplayer

Plug in / connect second controller

Sign in as guest or second player on second controller

Hit start.

This should have the game pop up in split screen for you.

If you have issues, you should report them here.

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A Survival Horror Classic Returns in ‘System Shock’

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 17:52

Make yourself comfortable, hacker. Stay a while.

SHODAN has returned, and she’s brought us gifts. The System Shock remake has finally arrived on Kickstarter where Night Dive Studios hopes to raise $900,000 by July 28. The studio has even released a pre-alpha demo on the game’s crowdfunding page that you can play right away.

If its crowdfunding efforts pan out, System Shock will release in late 2017 for PC and Xbox One. Whether or not it will come to other platforms will depend on how successful it is. The first stretch goal ($1.1M) will add support for Mac and Linux, but there aren’t currently any plans to bring it to the PlayStation 4.

This reboot has been a long time coming. System Shock is a true survival horror classic with a legacy that’s lasted more than two decades and spawned the acclaimed BioShock series, a spiritual successor created by Irrational Games, the developer of System Shock 2. Irrational even paid tribute to their very first game in BioShock Infinite, which featured a ‘1999 Mode’ inspired by the year the game released.

The timing couldn’t be better, as we’ve seen a growing number of horror games that have eschewed the genre’s heavy reliance on unnecessarily cheap scares, excessive gore, harmful stereotypes, and recycled enemies in favor of more thoughtful storytelling, complex characters and deeply personal and even taboo themes.

System Shock laid the ground work for the horror genre as we know it today. It really couldn’t have found a better home then Night Dive Studios, which promises to “keep the new game true to the classic experience, keeping all the things you loved while giving today’s gamers the modern look and feel expected from a great game.”

Below you’ll find a sample of the game’s original soundtrack. Night Dive has been working with the Videri String Quartet, with the ultimate goal of enlisting Prague’s FILMharmonic Orchestra to record the score.

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Go Behind-the-Scenes of Carpenter Brut’s “Turbo Killer”

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 17:30

In February of this year, synthwave artist Carpenter Brut released a music video for the track “Turbo Killer”. Directed by Seth Ickerman, I hailed it as, “…quite possibly one of the coolest music videos ever“, having been blown away by the grindhouse sci-fi/horror car chase that took place on screen. But how was that video made? What kind of work went into creating something so visually arresting and engaging?

Well, a behind-the-scenes clip has just been released and shows a great deal of the work that went into creating just such a video. To say that there’s a lot going on is an understatement, to put it mildly. There’s a lot of wizardry going on to create the fantastic illusion we’re presented with and it’s fascinating to see everyone come together to create “Turbo Killer”.

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