Here’s a very special Saturday treat, courtesy of Bloody reader “Nostromo89″.
Being that Ridley Scott and Prometheus has been in our news quite a bit as of late, he wanted to share with us the very, very, very first ever teaser trailer for Scott’s Alien.
It’s something that a lot of you may not have seen, and featured the voice talents of the great Percy Rodriguez (Jaws). Even for the late 70′s, the edit by Twentieth Century Fox makes the film look truly frightening (which it is). Check it out below!
In the 1979 film, “The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bio-form has joined them.”
It starred Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, and Veronica Cartwright.
Columbia Pictures hasn’t given up on Ghostbusters III, yet, and have set their sights on another in-house director to take the reigns for Ivan Reitman, who stepped out of the director’s chair after the passing of Harold Ramis.
Says TheWrap, Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is being considered to direct Ghostbusters III for Sony, for whom he directed Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, though that project isn’t heading into production nearly as soon.
I’d welcome Fleischer with open arms, especially because Zombieland carries a similarly fun tone to Ghostbusters, and even more so because he’s worked with Bill Murray (maybe he can convince him to return?)
Ultimately, though, it sounds as if the project really has been put on the back-burner, unfortunately, and it looks as if this “merry-go-round” will continue to twirl. Any rumored cast names should be swept under the rug as the “reboot” button has clearly been pushed.
I know what you’re thinking. Watch Dogs? Horror? Yeah right, Adam, you stupid bastard. But before you pick up your pitchforks and light your torches, allow me a few paragraphs to explain myself. By the way, what is this, the 1600s? Who uses pitchforks anymore?
For the most part, Watch Dogs is Grand Theft Auto mixed with a liberal helping of Refn’s Drive. It’s a solid action-packed open world game that lets you do pretty much whatever you want, including using your smooth hackery to track down a creepy ass serial killer who’s roaming the streets of Chicago, murdering people and leaving their bodies in eerie, remote locations. And did I mention the blood markings? Yeah, there are those too.
There are six bodies Aiden will need to find, scattered about the city’s most isolated locales, from lighthouses to abandoned trains cars. Once they’ve all been found, a super secret — okay, not that secret — bonus mission will unlock that lets you take this psychopath down.
It’s an incredibly small piece of an otherwise massive game that has no real ties to our favorite genre, but it stood out to me so I thought I’d mention it.
Oh, and you’ll find these missions by hunting down the missing persons investigation missions (the magnifying glass icons) on the world map. Trust me, they’re worth it.
Last week I took a quick break from the movies section to review Diploid Love, the new Brody Dalle (formerly of The Distillers and Spinnerette) record. It wasn’t an assignment, just one of those albums that came along that I happened to get really into so figured I’d share my enthusiasm.
Last night I caught Dalle’s show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. I was unsure what I’d be getting, the American punk stylings of The Distillers or the more melodic, slightly ethereal, aesthetic of her new record. The answer, it turned out, was a perfect blend of both. Opening with “Rat Race” and “Don’t Mess With Me,” it was clear that her voice was as strong as ever and that her new band featured capable musicians who could not only play the material, but elevate it to a deafeningly loud arena-polished level (often a rarity in punk music).
All was well and good for those first two numbers and then the band launched into “I Am a Revenant” from The Distillers’ Sing Sing Death House at which point the crowd, for lack of a better expression, went f*cking apesh*t. I’ve lived in LA for nine years and have gone to my fair share of shows and it’s usually industry types and heavily affected hipsters just standing there with their arms folded. While there was some of that here around the periphery, this was the first time I’ve seen an actual pit break out in years. Dalle and her band kept up the pace with Coral Fang’s “Die on a Rope” and successfully peppered in material from Diploid Love among their older hits throughout the evening.
The energy never flagged during the set. While fans naturally saved their most rapturous responses for the familiar older material, the new stuff went over incredibly well. The evening’s most powerful moment came during Diploid Love’s closer, “Parties For Prostitutes.” The lone slow number in a deafening set, it showcased Dalle’s voice as the loudest, most powerful instrument onstage. Her new material may be less propulsive, but it’s heads and tails more melodic with a wider palette of emotion. It was refreshing to see something like “Prostitutes” pulled off with both volume and nuance.
In punk rock fashion the show ended almost exactly an hour after it began, defiantly and without an encore (but with a confetti cannon blast). None was needed. Dalle got on, made her point and got off – adhering to one of the oldest showbiz axioms “leave them wanting more.”
Brody Dalle heads out on a North American tour with Queens of the Stone Age next month. Get there early. You can buy Diploid Love on iTunes. Thanks to Raymond Lew for the pic!
It’s clear that developer Ready at Dawn is pushing The Order: 1886′s cinematic aspirations and unique narrative over everything else, as almost everything we’ve seen of the game so far has been comprised of cinematics and CG trailers. In the latest video, game director Dana Jan discusses the studio’s focus on the game’s story, as well as developing for the PS4 and how the new tech helps them in creating characters that are believable.
The Order: 1886 releases exclusively on the PS4 in early 2015.
This video isn’t new, but I missed it the first time around, and it’s just too good not to share. It’s a music video for a song titled Sympathy for Slender Man, and boy, does it make me feel bad for the poor guy. Or, at least it does for a little bit, then I remember that one time I was lost in a forest and he wouldn’t leave me alone.
I get it, dude. You’re looking for prey friends, I’m just not looking for that kind of relationship right now. Also, I think you’re uber creepy.
In case you haven’t heard, this may very well be the best month ever for horror fans, at least as far as video games are concerned. We’ve seen a record number of new games get released, and now we can add two more to the list: The Forest and The Stomping Land. The former is brimming with murderous indigenous peoples and weird, Silent Hill-esque monsters and the other has dinosaurs. What more could you want?
Now, it’s worth mentioning that neither of these games are official, full releases. Both games are currently in Steam Early Access, so they’re largely unfinished. I haven’t been able to spend any time with The Stomping Land yet, but The Forest has some technical issues — many of which will likely get fixed in future patches (the first is scheduled to arrive in about two weeks).
Those problems aside, The Forest is a deeply unnerving game with serious potential.
I can’t think of many things that are quite as unsettling as desperately trying to scavenge for building materials as the sun sets so you can build a shelter only to look to the horizon and see half a dozen cannibals watching you. Also, there’s this:
So, apparently, I suck at #TheForest. I got my base camp set up, then I was swiftly massacred by a guy with a flashlight on his head.
— Adam Dodd (@BabyColada) May 31, 2014
I did not last very long my first time, but that’s normal, right?
If you’re unfamiliar with either game, I’ve included trailers for each below.
You can grab The Forest here.
You can grab The Stomping Land here.
Sony is releasing something a bit special ahead of the July 2 release of Deliver Us From Evil, which is allegedly based on the accounts of a real NYPD sergeant, Ralph Sarchie, who spent many years on the force while assisting with exorcisms in his spare time.
The NY Post shared the following clip from a forthcoming 15-minute documentary about Sarchie, where he talks about his real-life experiences investigating demonic possessions. Says the site, te worked in the company of a breakaway Catholic priest who split with the church over exorcisms.
Sarchie, who wrote a 2001 book about his demon-chasing career called “Beware the Night,” says he assisted at more than 20 such rituals, and investigated more than 50 spooky cases in all. He and his crew would typically roam a spirit-infested house to spread holy water, incense and holy oil, then pray in unison.
The documentary-thriller which will be released in advance of Deliver Us From Evil.
Co-penned by Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival deputy director Mike Hostench comes Asmodexia, the feature debut of Marc Carrete (short films “Mal cuerpo” and “Castidermia”).
The film was acquired today by IFC Midnight for release on VOD later this year.
“Asmodexia unspools over five days in the lives of an exorcist and his granddaughter, working in the Barcelona area.
Carrete also co-wrote the screenplay.
“Eloy de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading fast, especially among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental patients, and drug addicts. There is also a mysterious cult following them, making it more difficult to help those in need. Each exorcism is tougher than the one before, and every battle with Evil reveals a piece of young Alba’s forgotten past – an enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.”
That Project Beast rumor from earlier this month just became a wee bit more credible. Though still not official, this leaked gameplay footage shows off 20 glorious seconds of what looks very much like a From Software game. We’ll likely get confirmation on it at E3 in a few weeks, so until then, I suggest you try your best not to get too excited over it. I’ll be doing the same.
In news we all saw coming, Telltale has confirmed they’re currently working on bringing the first two seasons of The Walking Dead: The Game, including the bridge episode 400 Days, as well as the first season of The Wolf Among Us to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year. No word on price or when we can expect them to arrive, but I assume it’ll be late 2014.
Craving some steamy human-on-zombie action? Of course you are, and developer Undead Labs knows this. That’s why they’ve released their State of Decay: Lifeline expansion a full month earlier than expected. Because they know what happens when the gamer hordes go too long without a new zombie game to devour. It isn’t pretty.
For the uninitiated, Lifeline is the second expansion for the zombie survival game State of Decay — this time around we get to experience the initial outbreaks that caused the zombie apocalypse from the military’s perspective as they struggle to contain the situation.
If you have the base game and $6.99 in disposable income, you can grab Lifeline now on PC and XBLA. You can also check out its debut trailer below.
“A child shouldn’t have to go through this.”
Wise words from a teddy bear. They’re also spot-on for the situation Among the Sleep’s two year-old protagonist finds himself in, as he’s forced to endure a number of horrors that are both imagined and very real in one of the most original — and refreshing — horror games I’ve played in some time.
Since its unveiling back in early 2012, I’ve been more than a little anxious to get my hands on developer Krillbite Studio’s debut, the toddler-horror indie game Among the Sleep. After the wild success of Frictional Games’ Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Mark Hadley’s Slender: The Eight Pages, which threw players into unfamiliar environments where they’re unarmed and being chased, an increasing number of developers have adopted similar approaches with their games.
Among the Sleep is a culmination of this trend, as it’s a horror game you experience from the perspective of a two year-old child. When danger approaches, your only option is to flee or quickly seek a hiding spot. You’re entirely defenseless, and it actually makes sense. Not being able to fight back feels more natural in this game than it has in most other horror games with similar play-styles.
For example, while my love for Outlast is no secret, there’s no reason why you can’t grab something to defend yourself. It’s done on purpose to make the game scarier, but it does so with the hope that you’ll be too terrified to notice this glaring issue.
This is also the second crowdfunded horror game to release this month. Sadly, DreadOut didn’t do as good a job at filling that Fatal Frame shaped hole in many of our hearts.
In a small way, that puts added pressure on Krillbite, because while it’s easy for the gaming community — and specifically those who donate to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo — to overlook one sub-par crowdfunded horror game, two in a row may affect the genre’s chances at seeing more success stories like these in the future.
Krillbite does a wonderful job in immediately developing a bond between the child and his mother — a theme that permeates much of the game’s story, as well as the child’s singular goal of doing everything he can to reach her. The same goes for the relationship between the child and his stuffed bear, Teddy, whose role in the story becomes more significant later on in the game.
There’s a lot to love about this game, but my favorite are the environments. Krillbite has a supremely talented team of artists, as I realized pretty early on in the game that one of the strongest driving forces that kept me from ever putting down the controller — yes, PC Master Race, I played it with a controller — was its gorgeous art style.
Seeing the world through the eyes of a child isn’t something we often get to experience in video games. Even an environment as mundane as an average looking home with an interior you’d expect to see in any suburban household is presented in such a unique way. Among the Sleep has no shortage of gorgeous environments to explore, but even the most familiar ones are taken to another level entirely by the wise decision to use exaggerated shapes and vibrant colors.
More than that, playing as a two year-old offers a number of clever ways to traverse those environments. Unfortunately, interacting with this beautiful world can sometimes prove to be a little frustrating.
This is an indie game that started out as student project, so for those reasons, I went in willing to overlook a certain lack of polish. Visually, it’s as close to flawless as I’ve seen from a developer’s first attempt. That aside, this game did raise a quarter of a million dollars, so that forgiveness has a limit. A majority of the problems I encountered stemmed from the occasionally awkward controls and the fact that it sometimes took me multiple attempts to get the kid to do what I needed him to. Responsiveness is a problem, especially when you have a monster closing in on the rubber heels of your footed pajamas.
I also noticed a few audio issues, including background tracks, which would sometimes switch to another track without a transition. The mixing is a little rough, but the soundtrack and quality voice acting more than make up for it.
In terms of what you’ll be doing in Among the Sleep, much of it revolves around walking or crawling — the latter is faster — around fantastical worlds that range from exaggerated realism to surrealism, to full-on nightmarish landscapes. The monsters play a pivotal role in two of the levels, but they’re hardly the focus. You’ll be chased, and it’ll be intense, but most of the time you’ll be exploring and soaking up this amazing world.
The objectives are simpler than I would’ve liked, but a two year-old child shouldn’t be expected to have the problem-solving skills required to solve puzzles you would expect to find in games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill. I did however, like how children’s toys, like the one where you put blocks of various shapes in colors through their corresponding holes, were used for puzzles. That tied the fantasy into the reality in a very neat way.
However, it does result in a series of fetch quests, with a few chase levels, a bit of platforming, and the odd puzzle sprinkled on for added flavor (and variety). Among the Sleep may not feed your brain, but it has all the eye candy you could ever want.
Overall, this is a great game. It’s also a brave game, with uncommon characters, a dazzling art style, and a fantastic, emotional story. The only real complaint I can understand being an issue is the game’s running time. I beat it in two hours, and I tend to roam in my games. I was given review code, so I didn’t have to throw down $19.99 for it, but even if I had the experience would have been worth it. Even still, I think $14.99 would be a price tag that better fits the amount of content it offers.
The Final Word: Among the Sleep is a must-play for any fan of the genre, so long as you can overlook its handful of technical annoyances — almost all of which can be easily remedied with a patch — and immerse yourself in this game’s beautifully realized world.
You readers love werewolves? Let’s have some werewolves! It’s time to bring out Warbeast‘s video for their track “Blood Moon”, which tells the tale of, “..Gnmange’, a tormented Werewolf, and his need to Exist…“. It’s bloody, it’s violent, and it’s all set to some pure, old school thrash metal. It’s Friday, so let the beast out!
“Blood Moon” comes from the band’s 2013 album Destroy, which you can snag on iTunes.
Paramount Pictures’ now-filming Scouts vs. Zombies has been dated for a retreat on March 13, 2015, sources tell Bloody Disgusting. The film fills in the slot originally filled by Friday the 13th, which moved to November.
The film is being directed by Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones‘ Christopher Landon in Los Angeles.
Tye Sheridan (Dark Places), Logan Miller (Night Moves), and newcomer Joey Morgan are three scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak. Rounding out the cast is Sarah Dumont (Don Jon) as Denise, David Koechner (Anchorman, Cheap Thrills) as Scout Leader Rogers, Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show) as Ms. Fielder, Halston Sage (Neighbors) as Kendall, and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Stuck In Love) as Jeff.
The “official” one-sheet was just revealed for The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister director Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil, which seemed to be released in a reaction to this poster leaking. Frankly, I prefer the leaked art as it’s not so busy. The new one is distracting and has a gazillion words on it. It’s also nothing I’d even consider hanging on my wall.
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Joel McHale, and Sean Harris, “New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.”
Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014 via Sony Screen Gems.
Screaming isn’t going to save you…
Cabin Fever and Hostel director Eli Roth returns this fall with The Green Inferno, his cannibal horror that heads deep into the Amazon with Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Daryl Sabara and Kirby Bliss Blanton.
“The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who from New York City travel to the Amazon to protect a dying tribe, but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they saved.“!
The trailer, shared below, really gives you a sense of the film’s set up and horrifying consequences. Just watching the footage is enough to induce a panic attack.
I hope to be one of the first sacrificed on September 5!
Breaking news this Friday afternoon as fans of Pamela and Jason Voorhees are going to have to wait six months longer than originally thought for Friday the 13th.
Sources tell Bloody Disgusting that the Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes-produced re-remake will now hit theaters on November 13, 2015, a heavy shift from the original March date.
David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) is in talks to retell the Voorhees family story, although he’s yet to be confirmed.
It will not be a found-footage reboot. With that said, what do you guys want to see in the next F13?
If you’re not a fan of Australian progressive rock band Karnivool, then I find myself hurting on the inside. Their mix of odd time signatures, intricate and sublime melodies, and phenomenal lyrics and vocals put them, at least in my mind, on the same level as bands like Tool and Porcupine Tree. Each release has also seen them grow and evolve, from the hard rock-heavy Themata to the more progressive minded Sound Awake to their most recent release, the artistic masterpiece Asymmetry.
To get a flavor of their music, the band went into the Australian radio station triple J to perform a mellowed out acoustic version of their current single “We Are”. It’s a wonderful rendition and I loved every second of it. Give it a watch below!
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Mastodon have had a long career that has seen each album bring them more acclaim and popularity. While just a few years ago they were unknown to many metal fans they have since exploded, sharing stages with some of the biggest names in the genre, becoming themselves an act to admire and aspire towards.
And now they have the chance to prove themselves once again as titans of modern metal with their latest album Once More ‘Round The Sun, which follows 2011′s fantastic release The Hunter. But does this release showcase their gargantuan strengths or does it falter, crumbling and collapsing across the land? Find out below!
The album opens with “Tread Lightly”, easing the listener in with twanging, psychedelic 12-string guitars, very much influenced by Oriental or Middle Eastern styles. What was hypnotic quickly turns into a monstrous beast of pure adrenalized rock. Huge and expansive, the song utilizes strong vocal harmonies and and shred-tastic guitar solo to create a perfect opening track, one that outlines precisely what people are going to be in store for.
“The Motherload” moves a bit faster and makes use of crazy guitar effects while maintaining an attitude that will get crowds entirely riled up at concerts. Meanwhile, the title track “Once More ‘Round The Sun” sounds like a mash of Mastodon with Foo Fighters, further solidifying the knowledge that these guys are embracing and flaunting their love of rock.
A personal favorite of mine was “Chimes At Midnight”, which features vicious and badass riffing, becoming a menacingly heavy track. It is followed by “Asleep In The Deep”, a strangely romantic – in a gothic way – track that reminded me of Tod Browning’s Dracula. “Aunt Lisa” opens with a riff that will put a smile on the face of any fan of King Crimson but then takes a sharp, Faith No More-esque turn by having cheerleader chants of “Hey! Ho! Let’s fucking go! Hey! Ho! Let’s get up and rock and roll!”
The following two tracks, “Ember City” and “Halloween”, have some truly entertaining usages of panning and auditory space. The former has an opening guitar riff that I immediately fell in love with while the latter gets angry and heavy.
The closer, “Diamond In The Witch House”, opens with an acoustic, hearkening back to the opening of the album. Then it becomes menacingly methodical, plodding almost like some militaristic march. It closes Once More ‘Round The Sun on a dark, morose note.
By the end of the album, I felt like I had listened to something that was carefully and thoughtfully pored over. Each song flows consistently into the next, creating a dynamic musical journey that thrills, terrifies, and excites. In short, Once More ‘Round The Sun is an absolute joy to listen to.
The Final Word: Mastodon has constantly and consistently grown into a new beast with each release and Once More ‘Round The Sun is no exception to that rule. While the band may no longer sound like some massive prehistoric colossal beast thundering and lumbering its way across the landscape, they have instead evolved into a far more deadly and clever creature, one that is conniving and vicious, thirsting for blood. For those of you who fear this change, I assure you that they still have that giant beast nestled deep within their breast, pumping the same blood that you’ve loved from the very beginning.