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‘H1Z1’ Dev Offer Refunds Over ‘Pay-to-Win’ Accusations

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:26

The launch for zombie-themed survival sim H1Z1 has been a rough one. The game, which features players in an open world attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse, is a product of the team at Sony Online Entertainment, whose first foray into this specific genre type has been met with an overwhelming amount of hype. People want to see what a company with the heft of SOE would accomplish in the post-apocalypse.

The first casualty in the game’s release were the servers, brought down by the normal issues that accompany almost every online-heavy game released in the last few years. The problem was exacerbated by the presence of the streaming community — some donning H1Z1 t-shirts — sitting around, utterly unable of making it into the game itself.

The team worked overnight to get the game stable, even though some major server issues were still occurring the next afternoon. (Note: I experienced long wait times but no real gameplay issues upon logging in to a server.)

Then, on Saturday, what will probably end up being deemed “AirDropGate” (or something similar) happened, creating further complications during the H1Z1 rollout. When it was revealed (mostly through Reddit) that the game featured in-game microtransactions above and beyond the purchase price, and gamers were furious. Reddit user Gravitasnotincluded posted a screencap of streamer awildwatermelonappears receiving loot from an airdrop, and the internet lost its collective mind.

This “pay-to-win” strategy, as some are calling it, contradicts an earlier statement by SOE’s President John Smedley, who claimed players would not be able to spend money to beat the game:

“We will NOT be selling Guns, Ammo, Food, Water… i.e. That’s kind of the whole game and it would suck in our opinion if we did that.”


Refunds – if you are upset about the airdrop P2W issue and want a refund email bwilcox@soe.sony.com and we will take care of you

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) January 16, 2015

The furor over that contradiction became such an issue that SOE is now offering refunds over the debacle. There are very specific requirements to get your money back, and according to Smedley’s Twitter feed, Steam is cooperating throughout the weekend. As of Sunday morning, Smedley claims via Twitter that “.5% of the people who have bought are taking us up on the refund.”


.5% of the people that have bought are taking us up on the refund.

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) January 17, 2015

Smedley and SOE’s Adam Clegg have also messaged that SOE will be changing the airdrops in a variety of ways to make them less of a sure thing. Rather than have users pay for definite, tangible guns and supplies in-game, they will pay for a sort of supplies opportunity. In other words, there might be weapons, ammo, and other items in the airdrop, or you might come up with bupkis.

Additionally, the airdrops will apparently draw attention to you or your party, which will further increase the tension in deciding whether or not to buy the potential lifeline.

Clegg himself goes on to explain the specific percentages in these airdrops in an impromptu post on the /r/H1Z1 subreddit. Judging from the new parameters, they appear to be far more restrictive than game-breaking in nature, and the team also claims to be figuring out other ways of making the airdrops challenging.

The issue is further complicated by the fact that Smedley has apparently mentioned microtransactions and used them in previous streams. There is also another Reddit post in which Smedley floats the idea to the community, which appears to be receptive to it, though the specifics are not totally detailed.

And, to be fair, it should be noted that H1Z1 is still in Early Access and that anyone worried about massive changes coming to the game should perhaps hold off on purchasing it until the game itself becomes more stable, if not finished.

However, the messaging regarding any sort of in-game monetization model has not been clear, which is partly to blame for the response from users. We will be covering the story as it develops.

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‘Resident Evil Revelations 2′ Delayed for Extra Polish

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:22

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be making its episodic debut a week later than originally planned — see revised release dates below — to allow for some additional fine-tuning. For consolation, I suggest you let the Resident Evil HD remaster therapize you when it arrives tomorrow.

The good news is the bad news wasn’t all that bad, and we have some spooky monster footage, courtesy of the lovely folks at Capcom who only want the best for us.

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Which Freddy Kill Is Your Favorite?

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 16:00

I’ve recently been rewatching the Nightmare On Elm Street series and it’s a blast! From the early films where they actively tried to be scary to the later films that got insanely comical, these films are serious amounts of fun and it’s almost entirely thanks to Robert Englund and his performance as Freddy Kruger, one of the greatest and most infamous killers in horror history.

So I figured, now is as good a time as any other to ask you which Freddy Kruger kill is your favorite?

Head on in for a few of mine and then let me know in the comments which stands out as your top dream slaughter!

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“The X-Files” Will Return With Mulder and Scully!

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:58

Fox has announced that due to the popularity of “24′”s return to air that they plan on bringing back another series: “The X-Files”. This was confirmed by Fox TV Group chairman Gary Newman, who says that they’re in talks to bring back Chris Carter’s supernatural drama.

However, fellow chairman Dana Walden stated that they are in the logistics phase, basically seeing when everyone can line up for this return. That means they’re waiting on Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson, who is currently set to appear in Season 3 of NBC’s “Hannibal”.

So, right now there is no confirmed date but it sounds likes Fox wants to do this the right way and bring back everyone and everything that made the show so special and something that the fans love.

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[TV] Meet All of the “Scream Queens”!

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:44

Variety writes that Fox has revealed the stars of “Scream Queens,” its new comedy-horror anthology series: “Glee” star Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello (“True Blood,” Magic Mike XXL), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (pictured in Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (“Akeela and the Bee,” “Masters of Sex”).

The series hails from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto, the executive producers of “Glee” and “American Horror Story.”

Grammy Award nominee Ariana Grande will guest-star in a recurring role.

Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”) were previously announced in starring roles in the limited series.

The first installment in the new anthology series revolves around a college campus rocked by a series of murders.

Fox has ordered 15 one-hour episodes of the series, which is scheduled to begin production in the spring and will premiere next fall.

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[Advanced Comic Book Review] “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” #11

Sat, 01/17/2015 - 18:26

Dark Horse Comics’ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10” starts 2015 sans the wonderful Rebekah Isaacs, but introduces a new artistic vision and style courtesy of Megan Levens, who makes her BtVS debut in “Love Dares You” Part One. This three-issue arc welcomes the return of Nicholas Brendon, who rejoins Christos Gage to co-write another disarmingly fun installment that successfully balances its underlying drama with an uneven mix of gags, guts, and fluffy kitten goodness.

WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon

ART BY: Megan Levens

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: January 21, 2015

Reviewed by ShadowJayd

Gage and Brendon continually demonstrate their strong ability to evaluate and fuel audience intrigue by scripting fully entertaining and well thought-out narratives that successfully hold the readers’ attention.  “Love Dares You” Part One is a good example of this. With a masterful control of pacing and comedic timing, this issue steps away from examining the various moral and political responsibilities involved in overseeing the new rules of magic; focusing, instead, on the characters’ love lives, as well as the ambiguous motivations behind the Sculptor’s mysterious evil plans.

As this arc appears to deal heavily in matters of the heart—and given Rebekah Isaacs’ wonderful couples variant—it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see past characters return in hopes of rekindling old flames, or to expect the inevitable story developments in regards to Spuffy and Dander. And while there seems to be this natural inclination to steer the narrative in a specifically monotonous direction where certain characters (e.g. Xander and Dawn) are concerned, Gage and Brendon make up for it by managing to incorporate some unanticipated elements into a fresh and engaging script that is at times somber, but frequently amusing. So, as the Scoobies deal with their personal doubts, insecurities, and magically stimulated self-discoveries, the secrets that Dark Horse teases are not so much revealed as they are confirmed; but a major transformation occurs for one of the characters that is delightfully unexpected.

In terms of the artwork, “Madame Frankenstein’s” Megan Levens joins the creative team with an artistic style that is vastly different than Isaacs’, but still a nice fit within Gage and Brendon’s light narrative. Without sacrificing her distinguishable style, Levens is able to capture the characters’ likeness to an impressive extent. And due to her seemingly natural ability to draw incredibly expressive features, she effectively illustrates the varying degrees of emotion detailed in the script, onto the characters’ faces perfectly. Her bold and sharp lines add to this gift quite intensely. Dan Jackson provides his usual rich palette of colours to the interiors, further enhancing both script and Levens’ art. And though I prefer her black and white pencil and ink sketches instead, both artists seem to complement each other rather well; their collaborative highlight is a fabulous throwback to Season 6’s “Life Serial”. But I imagine some fans will disagree once they get a load of the final page.

Overall, “Buffy Season 10” has been a consistently good ride and a brilliantly developed series so far; an accomplishment that can only be attributed to Gage and the rest of the creative team’s successful collaborative work. Be sure to pick up “Love Dares You”Part One when it hits shelves next week. It’s Buffy’s birthday after all.

REVIEWER: ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, began writing for Bloody-Disgusting in July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or praising comic book artists in her art column, Visions of Horror.

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[TV Review] “Constantine”: Episode 1.09, ‘The Saint of Last Resorts Part 2’

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 22:00

“The Saint of Last Resorts: Part Two” highlights the absolute best and worst of Constantine. It’s not hard to digest that our greasy hero will find his way out of the horror that had befallen him before the winter break that much is clear. But, the convenient plot somehow removes all sense of danger by thrusting John back into the status quo we’ve seen eight times before.

The John Constantine I know is in a constant state of decay. There is something about the character that is attracted to darkness. He can’t resist inflicting pain on himself in a misguided effort to balance the universe. And, in a moment of writing clarity that team behind “The Saint of Last Resorts: Part Two” understand that core part of John’s character.

What they don’t understand is the longstanding state of decay. By the time the credits roll you’ll find a John Constantine who’s arguably learned nothing, a supporting cast who somehow despite all odds performed something previously thought impossible, and the ramifications of the week’s events wiped clean for next Friday.

I know that’s the nature of the show as it was designed. Despite this, I can’t help but feel a little shortchanged by just how messy everything began this week and how quickly it was all tied up. Take Zed’s predicament for example. At the top of the episode she’s locked in the back of a van with a dead body on her way back to her “father.” Within 5 minutes she’s out of the van, on the run, and on her way to Mexico… wait what?

She arrives in Mexico to find out John is locked in prison, for killing five gang members. Which consequently was one of the best scenes this series has ever pulled off. Seeing John wake up with a severed arm beside him only for the camera to pull out and display a grisly masterpiece of death was brilliant.

The situation in the jail was desperate. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the demon to take hold again. While I did enjoy the scene where John let loose in the mess hall, it felt like they blew their effects budget when they shied away from the carnage.

So the episode progressed to a point where Anne-Marie is convinced to help John because Zed reveals Constantine’s conversations with Manny. This I buy, utterly and completely. Manny’s inclusion here was perfectly balanced and the more we see of this character the better. But, here Anne-Marie was given her chance at redemption, by trying to do what she failed to do with John at Newcastle.

Constantine works best within a state of utter dread. There can be comic relief (like the moment with Chas finding his unique way into the jail – that million dollar smile) but it should be a brief reprieve from the darkness. Instead we get a complete reprieve from the darkness. Anne-Marie and Constantine are given personal salvation.

I didn’t buy the immediate believe in yourself moment for the exorcism to work. Perhaps we don’t know enough about Anne-Marie but I just didn’t feel the moment from Matt Ryan either. In fact he seemed to be having the best time as a fucked up demonic version of himself. Which I welcome, wouldn’t it be something for Constantine to be the rising darkness himself? Wouldn’t that put our hero in a provocative place going into the backend of the season. It would also give us much more depth to the supporting players.

Even here, without John behind the wheel of the episode Chas and Zed didn’t have much to do. I can’t be bothered to watch characters that seem to have no personal motivation of their own. I know they were devoted to their friend and know the risks of letting him loose, but not even once did they have their own reasons implied.

Perhaps I’m pulling too hard at the threads of this show. I just want it to be better, and I know it can be better. If we look to Arrow or even The Flash you can see the supporting players flourishing over time, and a sense of progression in the overall story. I felt like tonight started so strong, and by the end moved us right back to where we were before the winter break. I still enjoy the show immensely, but I want it to grow.

 

 

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Your Picks for the Best & Worst Horror Games of 2014!

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 20:00

Our sixth annual FEAR Awards is just about over. I asked what you considered to be the best and worst horror games of the year, and more of you answered than ever before. Now that the votes are in and democracy has again been achieved, all that’s left for us to do is scour over the results. Every one of these games won or lost by the votes given to or kept from them by you, the community that makes Bloody Disgusting the #1 site for all things spooky scary.

I’m sure most of you have skipped this opener and are already half-way through the winners, so I’m going to shut my face right up and let you look over this year’s winners.

Top Three:
The Evil Within (1st)
Outlast: Whistleblower (2nd)
Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (3rd)

Top Three:
P.T. (Silent Hills) (1st)
Five Nights at Freddy’s (2nd)
Outlast: Whistleblower (3rd)

Top Three:
Five Nights at Freddy’s – Freddy Fazbear (1st)
Outlast: Whistleblower – The Groom (2nd)
Alien: Isolation – The Alien (3rd)

Top Three:
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls (1st)
Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition (2nd)
Dark Souls II (3rd)

Top Three:
Five Nights at Freddy’s (1st)
P.T. (Silent Hills) (2nd)
Among the Sleep (3rd)

Top Three:
Outlast: Whistleblower (1st)
The Last of Us: Left Behind (2nd)
Alien: Isolation – Last Survivor (3rd)

Top Three:
Five Nights at Freddy’s (1st)
The Evil Within (2nd)
The Forest (3rd)

Top Three:
F.E.A.R. Online (1st)
Escape Dead Island (2nd)
Daylight (3rd)

Top Three:
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (1st)
The Forest (2nd)
Among the Sleep (3rd)

Top Three:
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 (1st)
The Evil Within (2nd)
P.T. (Silent Hills) (3rd)

That’s it. I have no more polls for you to click on, you’re free to relax. The FEAR Awards will return to its year-long slumber, I may sleep until noon just for the hell of it, and we’ll continue our journey into a mysterious new year. If you have any thoughts on this year’s batch of winners, feel free to share them with us in the comments!

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[TV] New “Walking Dead” Series Will Be “Startlingly Different”

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:50

Regular Bloody readers know two things about me regarding “The Walking Dead”…I absolutely love the Image comic series, yet can’t stand AMC’s show. I understand that a lot of you guys really, really like it, so I’m not going to rain on the parade, but what I will say is that I am now officially intrigued by the forthcoming companion series.

EW caught up with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman who is finally talking about the spinoff, codenamed “Cobalt”. What he says is exactly what I wanted to hear. But before we get to that, here’s a very vague description of the arc.

“I will say that this is going to be a show about family,” says Kirkman. “But it’s going to be a show about a different type of family that we haven’t explored in The Walking Dead thus far. So what we’re trying to do with The Walking Dead spinoff is keep the story as familiar as possible for people that love The Walking Dead, so you’ll get the kind of things that you expect from a Walking Dead story. But, at the same time, we’ll want to tell these stories in a completely different way with completely different people in a completely different setting that’s going to make for a fundamentally different show.

I think the look and feel of The Walking Dead spinoff is going to be startlingly different.”

This is exactly what I wanted to hear. I wanted to love “The Walking Dead” more than anything in the world. And its success should be celebrated as it has opened so many doors for horror-themed television. But, frankly, it’s not good. Now, what I love about the above quote is that it feels as if he’s speaking to the fans, which means he’s forewarning them that they shouldn’t expect the same old song and dance. The show is so popular that, by no means, does he need to convince the haters to tune in when it airs later this year. Thus, I can only conclude that he’s been honest and forthcoming in the interview, which means that the new companion series deserves a real chance.

This fresh approach makes me think that it’s possible that Kirkman and the producing team have learned from years of mistakes. We can only hope that this new series is going to be an incredible (or, for fans of “The Walking Dead”, even better) experience.

Kirkman eludes to this as well, stating that it’s a new beginning, even for viewers.

“We want it to be a new show that can stand on its own… You could watch The Walking Dead spinoff if you’ve never watched an episode of The Walking Dead and get a really great, rich, fulfilling experience out of it. It has to be a show that can stand on its own. I think that’s what we’ve accomplished, and we start filming in a couple of days.

“I’m really excited.”

He’s excited? Feel these nipples!

Per Deadline: The untitled “Walking Dead” spinoff, code name “Cobalt,” takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted in the blockbuster mothership series but in a different location (Los Angeles). It revolves around a divorced teacher (Curtis) and a guidance counselor (Dickens), who are working together and are in a relationship. The counselor has two children from a previous marriage, played by Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey. She looks like the girl next door but has a darkness to her, a troubled past that will come back to haunt her.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 170: Sterbhaus “Absolutely Do Not Die!”

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:30

I don’t know about you all, but today is a great day for me! I’ve got a long weekend ahead, this week has been kind to me, and things are generally looking up!

So to continue my good mood, I’m bringing you a rather ridiculous yet high energy video from Stockholm’s Sterbhaus: “Absolutely Do Not Die!” The video, directed by Martin Strandberg, shows four punk guys wearing raven masks drugging and boozing it up and acting like public nuisances. However, their lack of sobriety is ultimately the undoing of one of them.

Check it out below!

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Every. Single. ‘[REC]‘ Death In 15 Seconds!

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:24

Before you check out Magnet Releasing’s [REC]4: Apocalypse, now on various VOD platforms, revisit the first two films in this awesome 15-second long Instagram post.

Every bloody, gory, and dark death from Ángela’s battle with the infected from #REC and #REC2 in the #InstaDeathGram. See more in #REC4, now on iTunes, On Demand, and in Theatres.

[REC]4 was directed by Jaume Balagueró, co-director of the first two films who returns for the climax of the series.

“Several hours have passed since the terrible events that ravaged the old building in Barcelona. After the chaos of the first few moments, the army decided to intervene and an elite group of soldiers infiltrated the building in order to plant detonators and put an end to this nightmare once and for all. The mission is a success; quick and precise. Angela Vidal, the young television reporter who entered the building with the fireman just hours before, manages to make it out alive. But what they don’t know is that she hasn’t made it out of the building alone; within her she carries the seed of the strange infection. She is to be taken to a provisional quarantine facility, a high-security installation where she will have to stay in isolation for several days. A perfect location for the virus to be reborn in all its splendor. It will take on new and even more deadly forms, setting the scene for horrors we could only have imagined, before finally revealing its true nature. The apocalypse has just begun…”

Every bloody, gory, and dark death from Ángela’s battle with the infected from #REC and #REC2 in the #InstaDeathGram. See more in #REC4, now on iTunes, On Demand, and in Theatres.

A video posted by Magnet Releasing (@magnetreleasing) on Jan 16, 2015 at 1:51pm PST

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‘The Babadook’ Comes Knockin’ On Scream Factory’s Door

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:42

According to a pre-order page on Amazon, the scariest movie of 2014, The Babadook (review, review), will be releasing on home video through IFC and Scream Factory on April 14th!

“We are working with IFC Midnight on the release,” the company confirmed on their official Twitter account. “No details at this time. Expect an official, bigger announcement soon.”

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

“Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.

His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”

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‘Gremlins’ Reboot “Ran Out of Steam”

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:36

Two years after it was revealed that Seth Grahame-Smith and producing partner David Katzenberg were developing a remake to Joe Dante’s classic Gremlins, it sounds as if the project is officially dead.

In a new interview with EW, Grahame-Smith explains that the project never came into fruition, and now all parties involved have moved onto other things.

“It was a completely different cast of characters, but acknowledging the events of the first two movies…I think we just ran out of steam. It’s one of those things where everybody got busy doing other things. It’s something I would love to come back to, but right now Steven’s making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy. We’re all taking a five-minute break on that.”

I found it interesting that he mentions Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin produced the first two Gremlins, and Chris Columbus, who penned the original, as it would have been awesome to have them both actively involved.

It’s also interesting that he acknowledges that the new film would have referenced the 1984 classic, which is the studios new way of remaking a film without calling it a reboot. Still, the Gremlins world is a wonderful one, and we could really use their mayhem back on the big screen.

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Exclusive Comic Preview: The October Faction #4

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:58

Steve Niles may be the master of comic book horror. He’s honed his skills to expertly tell stories that have been creeping down people’s spines for some time now, but he hasn’t had an ongoing comic for some time. He seemed much more comfortable with miniseries but that time has now passed with “The October Faction” he returns home to IDW for the ongoing adventures of a monster hunting family.

Damien Worm has the surreal style of Ben Templesmith but has incredible page composition that allows everything to flow with near perfect pacing.

The October Faction #4

Steve Niles (w) • Damien Worm (a & c)

Werewolves, robots, and dead men, oh my! Merle Cope’s plans to destroy the Allan family have been stopped cold, but now what to do with the body? Geoff and Vivian find out how messy the family business truly is, while Robot Face learns the terrible secret about his origin!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

 

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Exclusive Comic Preview: Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges #1

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:28

I’m often really excited to share exclusive previews with you, dear comic readers. But today is extra special since IDW Publishing slipped us a preview of their forthcoming “Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges” #1. IDW has been making great strides to publish incredible material with the Judge Dredd license and next week they will rerelease one of the bastard’s best stories. If you don’t know the name Judge Death then you can’t miss this!

Brian Bolland’s work is incomparable. Seriously, its worth the cover price alone.

Judge Dredd Classics: The Dark Judges #1 (of 5)—SPOTLIGHT

John Wagner, Alan Grant (w) • Brian Bolland (a) • Darick Robertson (c)

His name is Judge Death and in his eyes all life is crime! Together with his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis, the super-fiend from Deadworld is determined to end all life in Mega-City One once and for all! This compilation features classic Judge Death tales from the pages of 2000 AD, including his stunning debut story by co-creators John Wagner and Brian Bolland.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:

  • Presenting “The Dark Judges” saga with all-new colors!
  • New covers by artist Darick Robertson(Transmetropolitan)!
  • Each issue will have a special cover by Sam Shearon, featuring one of the Dark Judges. Up first:  Judge Death! 

 

 

 

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‘The Ring’ Reboot, ‘Rings,’ Infects First Viewer!

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:26

The latest tape has been discovered, and allegedly it’s a reboot.

TheWrap is reporting that casting is underway on Rings, which is the latest installment in The Ring franchise.

“Rings” is also the name of the short – directed by TCM 2 and TMNTs’ Jonathan Liebesman – that accompanied the purchase of The Ring 2 on home video in 2005.

Italian actress Matilda Lutz, pictured below, has been cast as the female lead in F. Javier Gutierrez’s horror movie Rings, says the site.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing the horror film, which will once again feature Samara and a deadly video tape, though Rings will feature a fresh young cast rather than Naomi Watts.

Aviva Goldsman, David Loucka and Jacon Aaron Estes all had a hand in writing the script, which is based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki.

The Ring was the incredibly 2002 remake of the J-horror classic, Ringu, which starred Naomi Watts as a woman uncovering the mystery behind a haunted VHS tape. It also served as some inspiration behind V/H/S.

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[TV] ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Pushed To Summer 2015

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:14

While previous seasons of ‘Hannibal’ have debuted amongst the cold embrace of late winter or early spring, this summer will see the return of the gore soaked gothic drama. NBC network entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt confirmed Friday.

Presumably because Will and Hannibal will have a hot oil wrestling match in the bright hot sun, of course this will be the rematch of the summer. But more likely is that NBC wants to bring the show to a place where low ratings are a-okay, and to offer you a special kind of existential dread to serve with your pitcher of sangria. “It’s a show we love, it’s critically acclaimed, we love it,” NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “And we also love summer. We have exciting plans for summer.”

One can’t argue with exciting plans. I anticipate ‘Hannibal’ doing much better in the summer. With a devoted fanbase and less competition for ratings we may yet get a season four.

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Exclusive Comic Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #6

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:15

With next week’s “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #6 marking the end of the anthology series one can’t help but feel a little melancholic. I’m sure the stellar team at BOOM! Studios have something else planned for the next chapter of Barker’s universe, but as it stands right now “Bestiary” has been my favorite chapter because its been comprised of many small chapters. Most notable of which see Pinhead as the victim of torture rather than the purveyor of it.

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #6 (of 6) Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Authors: Christopher Sebela, Ben Meares, & Mark Miller
Artists: Matt Battaglia, Peter Bergting, & Carlos Magno
Cover Artists: A: Conor Nolan  B: Matt Battaglia INCV
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: The final chapter of this Hellraiser anthology arrives with perhaps its most shocking stories, as Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters) teams up with Matt Battaglia for a tale of a hoarder unlike any you’ve seen on reality TV. Also, Ben Meares and Peter Bergting (Baltimore) show us a scientist racing to crack the secrets of the puzzle box, and in the finale of “The Hunted,” Pinhead comes face to face with those who want to steal his pins.

 

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More ‘Everly’ Stills? Thanks Russia!

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:49

Thanks to the Russian release, we now have even more new images (over 80!) from Radius-TWC’s Everly (watch the trailer), available on iTunes and On Demand January 23, 2015 and in limited theaters February 27, 2015.

Wrong Turn 2 and Knights of Badassdom‘s Joe Lynch directs the tale of a woman (played by Salma Hayek) forced to take arms against a sea of assassins dispatched by her mob boss ex-husband.

Thanks to Bloody regular Fabien M.

Togo Igawa, Masashi Fujimoto and Hiroyuki Watanabe round out the key cast.

“It’s Christmas time, but all is not well in the world of Everly (Salma Hayek). A call girl by trade, Everly has turned against her gangster boss Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe) and become a police informant. In response, Taiko has put out a hit on Everly and her family. Soon, every criminal in town wants to cash in. Everly’s survival instincts quickly kick in as she matches wits and firepower with Taiko and a seemingly endless stream of killers.”

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Invada UK To Release ‘Ex-Machina’ Soundtrack

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:03

Invada UK will be releasing the soundtrack to the upcoming sci-fi/thriller Ex-Machina, which was composed by Geoff Barrow (Portishead) and Ben Salisbury). The two had previously worked together to create a score for Dredd, which went unused. It was later released as Drokk: Music Inspired By Mega-City One.

Ex-Machina is the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the man behind 28 Days Later and Sunshine. It stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander, who portrays a robot built to test the boundaries between humans and machines. It will be released April 10th in the US.

Barrow states:

It’s been great for Ben and me to be working with Alex Garland again and hopefully we have written the kind of score an intense sci-fi thriller like this needs.

Salisbury adds:

We wanted to slightly get away from the type of soundtrack album that is just a direct copy of the film’s score – often leading to a huge tracklist with lots of short cues. Instead, we’ve tried to put together an album of fuller length tracks and a structure that mirrors the film in some way. Saying that, all our music from the film is in there somewhere.

Invada will be releasing it on LP and CD while Universal will release it digitally. A bonus LP disc will be released that will feature unused cues.

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