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[TV] The "Salem" Watches Are Behind It All!

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 12:43

The largest promo for WGN America “Salem” declares that the witches are behind it all…

I’m seriously looking forward to “Salem’s” April 20 premiere!

On an expansive set reflecting volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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[TV] Meet the New "Constantine"!

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 12:39

NBC’s DC Comics adaptation “Constantine” has found its leading man as THR writes that “Criminal Minds” alum Matt Ryan is near a deal to star in the drama based on the “Hellblazer” graphic novels.

‘Constantine’ centers on master of the occult John Constantine, who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

John is described as a working-class Londoner with deadpan humor who is a mysterious conman and occult detective
haunted by the recent loss of a young girl’s soul. No stranger to the dark underworld that exists parallel to our own, Constantine has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. He’s taught himself spells, rituals, curses and conjuring, but the one person he most wishes to see — his mother, who died giving birth to him — remains out of reach, at least so far. When Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance.

“Dexter’s” Daniel Cerone will pen the script with Batman Begins‘ David Goyer attached to executive produce. Neill Marshall (“Game of Thrones”, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday) will direct the pilot for the Warner Bros. Television drama.

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[TV] New "Penny Dreadful" Video Production Blog: The Artisans

Sat, 02/22/2014 - 12:36

Check out a new production blog from thew set of Showtime’s psychosexual horror series “Penny Dreadful,” which is set to debut on May 11.

The production team takes us deeper into the process of creating the world of Penny Dreadful. See how scripts are transformed into magnificent sets, and the details involved in creating Victorian era London for the series.

The show is said to feature some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.

Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Dalton will be playing African explorer “Sir Malcolm,” while Carney has snapped up Dorian Gray. Hartnett will play the role of “Ethan Chandler,” a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green will play “Vanessa Ives,” a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. Treadaway will be assembled as “Victor Frankenstein.”

Oscar-nominee Logan created and wrote the series with the first two episodes to be helmed by The Orphanage and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona.

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'Knock Knock.' Who's There? Eli Roth's Next Movie!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:54

Hot off the sale of his Green Inferno, pictured below, acquired by Open Road for release this summer, horror icon Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has locked in his next directing gig.

TheWrap reports that Roth is set to reteam with his Aftershock co-writers on the horror movie Knock Knock.

Roth will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeda. Roth will also produce with Colleen Camp (Squirrels to the Nuts).

The story follows two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.

Knock Knock, which is budgeted under $10 million, is scheduled to start production in April.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 123: Blockhead "The Music Scene"

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:30

Mutha flipping’ Friday is upon us! You know what? I’m beyond stoked for this weekend! I’ve got two parties I’ve got to go to including a friends birthday party as well as a gathering to plan out a bachelor party. I’m gonna be hanging out with friends pretty much nonstop, which is great because I need to unplug and unwind from the internet and social media life! I can’t let all these electronic gizmos run my life, you know what I mean?

However, it seems like every single creature in Blockhead‘s “The Music Scene” is not taking this advice and, as a matter of fact, going the complete opposite way. Everything seems to taken over entirely by television and electronics to the point that it leaves them an husk empty husk. Honestly, the video is one of the trippiest things I’ve seen in a while. Who needs drugs when you have this? Give it a watch below and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Make sure to pick up The Music Scene via iTunes.


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Full Specs and Release For Lovecraftian 'Dead Shadows'

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:06

This spring, brace yourself for more high octane sci-fi terror and apocalyptic alien & zombie mayhem!

On April 29 SCREAM FACTORY will unleash Dead Shadows on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a large cult following in France, Japan and U.K and a festival favorite at the 2012 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Dead Shadows is said to be “a wildly entertaining thriller that combines heart-racing suspense, sci-fi action and alien terror with plenty of jaw-dropping surprises.”

Special Features: Making-Of Special Effects Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Interview With Director David Cholewa, Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer

Produced and directed by French Filmmaker David Cholewa, Dead Shaows, starring Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon and Rurik Sallé, “tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the Halley’s comet could be seen from earth.

Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around.

As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world.

In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?

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[BD Review] Rural Thriller 'The Invoking' Offers Up Tight Suspense and NO Cliches!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:01

The Invoking originally went by the name “Sader Ridge,” which is a way better title in my book. Names of places are more interesting to me than just adding “-ing” to a verb. After watching the movie, the title they rolled with makes sense, but I can’t help but figure they changed it because of The Conjuring‘s success. Anyway, The Invoking turned out to be a solid indie that’s more like a straight up thriller than horror. On the surface the concept anticipates a cabin in the woods kinda slasher, but there are only a few moments of slashing. That’s probably why they didn’t call it “The Slashing.” If you can get past some of the actors (excluding two amazing ones), the film has some moments of bona fide suspense and a nice sense of atmosphere, all while gloriously avoiding cliches!

Sam Harris (Trin Miller) has just inherited a house and a nice piece of land from her recently deceased aunt out in the sticks. She brings along three friends to check it out with her. Well, two friends and one ex-boyfriend who inexplicably gets to hang out with these decent people. I’m talking about Mark (Brandon Anthony), who’s an opportunistic self-centered prick. I don’t understand why Sam or her friends Roman (Josh Truax) and Caitlin (Andi Norris) would EVER hang out with this jerk.

When they arrive at Sader Ridge, they’re greeted by the young groundskeeper Eric (D’Angelo Midili), whose motivations for wanting to help Sam get to know the property are eerily vague. As she spends more time in the house and on the surrounding land, Sam begins to come unhinged. She’s plagued by waking nightmares of brutality and whispers of her forgotten past. Before losing her grip on reality, she’s forced to confront these images to figure out what dark family secrets have been kept from her.

The whole story of Sam’s family is really engaging and even after it’s clear what happened there on the property, The Invoking still does a great job of maintaining suspense until the credits roll. There’s nothing particularly inventive, but the film’s greatest strength is its avoidance of cliches. There are no ghosts or maniacs out in these woods, just some horrible, repressed memories threatening to consume Sam. The whole theme of memory is explored really well, in fact. The approach, in short, is really attractive once you dive into the film.

The biggest drawback of the film is the acting. I know it’s an indie and all that, but most of the dialogue is delivered in such a stiff, machine-like manner that it really drags the film down. None of the exchanges between characters sound natural. There are some exceptions. Trin Miller is fantastic as Sam. She runs the gamut of emotions throughout the film, which would be a challenge for any actor, veteran or not, but she nails it. Keep an eye on her. Then there’s D’Angelo Midili, who plays Eric with an incredible amount of restraint. We’re never quite sure if he has Sam’s best intentions in mind or whether he’s just a complete psycho. Midili keeps us on our toes by presenting layers of menace, sympathy, and kindness, all presented in a believable manner. He never goes over the top. The guy simply plays a great creep.

The Invoking is a great ride with some well-crafted suspense and two kick ass actors that carry the whole damn film. It’s available now on DVD and I think it’s seriously worthy of a rent.

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First Look At Matthew Fox In 'Welcome to Harmony'!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:58

Thanks to a tip by ‘EM’ to Aullidos we have the first stills from Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Welcome to Harmony, his sophomore effort now filming in Budapest!

Matthew Fox (World War Z, “Lost”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) star with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Nine years after an infection turns most of the humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

Leading the production is Vaca Films (Cell 211, Kidnapped) and Ombra Films (Mindscape).

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ISIS Gearing Up To Reissue Third Album 'Panopticon'

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:00

Post metal band ISIS are gearing up to release their third album Panopticon on April 29th via Ipecac Recordings. The album originally came out in 2004 and was highly acclaimed by many outlets. This is the second reissue for the band as last year saw the reissue of Celestial, their first album.

Guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner comments, “After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be. Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.

Drummer Aaron Harris adds, “I got the check disk from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time. When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the re-master. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that re-masters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this re-master, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.

Listen to “In Fiction” below.


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'Master Reboot' Invades The PS3's Soul Cloud On March 4

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:38

The PS3 exclusive indie horror game Master Reboot is exciting for a number of reasons. For one, it’s colorful. No liberal use of browns and greys here, no sir. It also has a trippy story set in a vibrantly realized world. I’m not sure I entirely understand it — something about Soul Clouds, which generate explorable structures that house your soul when you die — but my feeble mind’s inability to wrap itself around the concept only makes this game more intriguing.

It was expected to arrive this month, but now we’re looking at a March 4 release date. Trailer and screens after the jump.

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Review: “God is Dead” # 7

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:30

“God is Dead” begins anew. The second coming has laid waste to the planet and a strange new status quo has been established around the one “true” God, Gaia. The world is torn asunder and new beliefs have polluted minds. Mike Costa’s script provides a somber post script to the events of the first arc that hints at the salvation of humanity.


WRITTEN BY: Mike Costa
ART BY: Jaun Frigeri
PUBLISHER: Avatar Press
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 19, 2014

The events of “God is Dead” have been enormous and far-reaching. It is no surprise that the planet is literally destroyed and that the minds of those who survived latched onto the one God that rose from the dust. The length of Gaia’s rule isn’t clear from the script, but it seems she has held the world for quite some time.

Science is dead, most of society has been destroyed, and worship rules over all. It’s a blind devotion to the very thing that destroyed the world. A strange concept that Costa makes easy is that if we fear these beings are believe in their power we won’t reject them. Conventional wisdom suggests humanity would fight and resist but Costa makes a case for blind faith.

Frigeri’s art is more on the subtle side for this month. Usually the action within this book is bombastic and features buckets of gore being drenched over city-scapes, but here the art lingers in the ruin of what’s left. We’re treated to the decadence of Gaia’s liar, and wildlife reclaiming the lost continent of Australia. When the gore does come back Frigeri handles it expertly, and really shines when it comes to the higher concepts introduced by the concept of “Dreamtime.”

The concepts pondered by “God is Dead” show much deeper roots here than I could have fathomed. It’s a beautiful extension of the questions left over from the first arc combined with a radical new set of things to deal with. I’m not sure how Gaia will be dealt with but it is clear her rule is problematic.

Costa dares to toy with the concept of what makes a God and in doing so exposes a lot of truths about the trends in human nature. We’d like to believe that we’d hold onto science no matter what happens but primal fear and divine salvation hold a lot of weight in the back of everyone’s mind. What’s more is you see that these pillars of belief actually father a certain comfort level with disarray. No one is trying to rebuild, everyone is more concerned with spreading the word.

The birth of a new religion in a devastated world isn’t a solution but a plight. It makes people comfortable with the shitty state of everything and offers a half assed solution to pain, Costa is working hard to fight against that faith, but I’m not sure if he’ll ultimately be successful, science is our only hope.

Rating: 3.5/5 Skulls.

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2K Confirms 'BioShock' Will Continue Without Irrational

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:06

Earlier this week, Irrational Games studio head Ken Levine shared the surprising news that the developer behind the BioShock series would be closing its doors so he could pursue a more creative endeavor within 2K. This left many BioShock fans, myself included, asking “Would you kindly shed some light on the series’ future?”

While 2K doesn’t have much to say about the Vita game, announced back in 2011, they do have something to say about the series as a whole.

When asked for a comment on the future of BioShock, a 2K rep told Game Informer “BioShock is one of our most beloved and critically acclaimed franchises, and we are indebted to Ken and the talented team at Irrational Games for their contributions to the series with BioShock and BioShock Infinite; the latter being one of the most decorated games of 2013.”

“The BioShock universe remains a rich creative canvas for many untold stories, and we look forward to exploring the next BioShock experience.” the rep continued.

The news that 2K isn’t dropping a franchise that’s been largely met with near-universal critical acclaim and fantastic sales shouldn’t be all that surprising, but it’s good to hear nonetheless.

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Terror Blazes In 'Burn The Orphanage' This May!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:01

Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman continue their rather bizarre miniseries, “Burn The Orphanage”, but we expect nothing less from these creators. “Reign of Terror” follows Rock and his clan of street fighters as they return to their home only to find it razed by robots. It captures the violence and fun of classic fighting games for Super NES/Sega, and if you played those growing up, this series will blow you away.

Look for “Burn the Orphanage: Reign of Terror” #1 in shops on May 7.

Official Press Release:

Daniel Freedman (Undying Love) and Sina Grace (THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, NOT MY BAG) are at it again! The original blow-up hit miniseries about revenge and action is now an all-new monthly Image Comics series called BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR..

Rock finally returns home, only to find his city under siege. And you won’t believe who is the cause of all the chaos.

“We tested our fans with the oversized and sprawling chapters in Born to Lose, so Reign of Terror should feel like an unlocked level of absolute fun,” said Grace. “The gang is back together and we are glad to have them on their home turf, working with and against some familiar faces.”

REIGN OF TERROR moves readers into the the next phase of BURN THE ORPHANAGE. While Rock and his team of street fighters have gone on a lot of adventures together, they’ve never faced such overwhelming odds. “Friendships and allegiances will be tested as our heroes are put through a gauntlet of new and old foes, betrayal, and oversized robot mayhem,” said Freedman. “Reign of Terror is exciting because it’s the first in a series of longer form story arcs we have ready to tell. BURN THE ORPHANAGE is only just getting started.”

Rock will be taking back his city in BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR #1, which arrives in stores on on 5/7 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140488. Cover B by Andy Belanger can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAR140489.

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Review: 'Undertow' #1

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:51

“Undertow” is billed as a “new pulp monster series” but it’s clear very early on in this first issue that it’s indeed a very shrewd look at our current socio-politic climate skillfully disguised as a pulp monster series. This is a statement comic that’s mixed with a spoonful of kickass sugar.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Orlando

ART BY: Artyom Trakhanov
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: February 19, 2014

The first issue of “Undertow” kicks off mid-action, dropping us in the middle of a battle between the militia of Atlantis and a rebellion. Atlantis is a world superpower—bloated, greedy, lots of first-world problems. Sound familiar? Orlando himself described his version of Atlantis as “fat and rich, an enormous metropolis driven by self interest and materialism.” So when Redum Anshargal, the leader of the Rebellion offers a young Atlantean, Ukinni Alal, the chance to join him and fight the corruption of Atlantis, Ukinni’s leaves his cushy existence behind.

The Rebellion lives aboard a watertight city barge called The Deliverer. They are currently on the hunt for an Amphibian in order to find a way to breathe air on land (they are confined to water helmets when not under water). In their minds, this is the way to complete freedom. It’s clear that this is a setup for a much larger problem and probably a realization that what they thought was freedom was only a start.

Initially it appears that “Undertow” is set in a prehistoric world, before caveman developed into Man. But upon further consideration, it’s quite possible that “Undertow” is set in the present or even future, and it’s an alternate reality in which Man never came to be. Atlantis is the evolved culture, and humanity is still nothing more than uncivilized beasts.

This comic flawlessly showcases an interesting juxtaposition of a high fantasy world we are completely unfamiliar with and a way of life we are immersed in. Orlando takes familiar aspects of our 21st century life like war, rebellions, and terrorism and mixes them with staples of the Millennial Generation. Things like overbearing parents, over privileged children, impossible political and career expectations, and even sneaking alcohol from your parent’s stash to get blotto on the weekends, to create a hyper-real existence that makes this fantasy realm feel eerie in its authenticity.

I’m impressed with Orlando’s ability to leave so many aspects uncertain without the reader feeling lost. For example, I’m not entirely sure whether or not the Rebellion is a good or bad thing. And it is not totally clear if Redum Anshargal has pure motives. Is he a hero? Antihero? Villain? While I am leaning toward Antihero, part of me feels like the rug could be pulled out from underneath us at any moment.

Intended to be a somewhat exaggerated mirror of our modern life and our modern consolations, “Undertow” definitely sets out to make the reader think. But it also sets out to entertain. This is a brilliantly crafted and illustrated comic. The pacing is quick but relentless and the characters are extremely multifaceted. Aside from any agenda, the comic stands strong on its own as a dystopian fantasy adventure.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Here's Your (Updated) 2014 Video Game Release Schedule

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:50

We’re less than a month into 2014 so this list is very much a work in progress, but if you need to get a better idea of the games of 2014, maybe so you know how much cash you’ll need to save up to afford them (spoiler: a lot), then after the break you’ll find everything you need to prepare for the upcoming next-gen insanity.

Much of the list is made up of games we expect to see later this year, they’re just without official release dates. I’ve included them anyway, and I’ll update this post when that changes.

January

Don’t Starve (PS4) – January 7
Tiny Brains (PS3) – January 7
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PC) – January 9
Wii Fit U (Wii U) – January 10
Nidhogg – January 13
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD (360, PS3, PC) – January 14
The Banner Saga (PC) – January 14
KickBeat (PC) – January 20
OlliOlli (Vita) – January 21
Dead Rising 3 – Operation Broken Eagle – January 21
Deus Ex: The Fall (Android) – January 22
Broken Age: Act I (PC) – January 28
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (360, PS3) – January 28
Rekoil (PC) – January 28
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – January 28
The Castle Doctrine (PC) – January 29
Rekoil: Liberator (360) – January 29
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PC, Mac, Linux) – January 30
Rymdkapsel (PC) – January 30

February

Fable Anniversary (360) – February 4
Outlast (PS4) – February 5
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 2 – Smoke and Mirrors (PS3, 360, PC, Mac) – February 5
Bravely Default (3DS) – February 7
The Lego Movie Videogame (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, 360, PS3, 3DS, Vita, PC) – February 7
DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (Vita) – February 11
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (360, PS3) – February 11
One Piece: Romance Dawn (3DS) – February 11
Toukiden: The Age of Demons (Vita) – February 11
The Last of Us – Left Behind (PS3) – February 14
Earth Defense Force 2025 (360, PS3) – February 18
Ragnarok Odyssey Ace (PS3, Vita) – February 18
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) – February 21
Basement Crawl – February 25
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 (360, PS3) – February 25
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (Xbox One, 360, PC) – February 25
Rayman Legends (Xbox One, PS4) – February 25
Tales of Symphonia HD Collection (PS3) – February 25
Thief (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3, PC) – February 25
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy (3DS) – February 28

March

Master Reboot (PS3) – March 4
South Park: The Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC) – March 4
ObsCure (PC, via Steam) – March 7
ObsCure: The Aftermath (PC, via Steam)- March 7
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) – March 11
Dark Souls II (360, PS3) – March 11
Titanfall (Xbox One, 360, PC) – March 11
Yoshi’s New Island (3DS) – March 14
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z (360, PS3) – March 18
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, Vita) – March 18
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) – March 18
Infamous: Second Son (PS4) – March 21
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3) – March 25
BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 (PC, 360, PS3) – March 25
Diablo III – Reaper of Souls (PC, Mac) – March 25
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3) – March 25

April

The Elder Scrolls Online (PC, Mac) – April 4
Daylight (PC, PS4) – April 8
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (3DS, Vita) – April 15

May

Wolfenstein: The New Order (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) – May 20

June

Murdered: Soul Suspect (PC, Xbox One, PS4) – TBA June
The Elder Scrolls Online (Xbox One, PS4) – TBA June

July

August

The Evil Within (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) – August 26

September

Destiny (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3) – September 9

October

November

December

TBA 2014

Alien: Isolation (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
Bayonetta (Wii U)
Below (Xbox One)
Binding of Isaac: Rebirth (PC, PS4, Vita)
D4 (Xbox One)
Deep Down (PS4)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
Dying Light (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
Evolve (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Fortnite (PC)
Halo 5 (TBA)
Mad Max (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
Metal Gear Solid V: Phantom Pain (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
Minecraft (Xbox One, PS4)
Project Spark (PC, Xbox One, 360)
Quantum Break (Xbox One)
Rime (PS4)
Sunset Overdrive (Xbox One)
Smash Bros Wii U (Wii U)
Tales From the Borderlands (TBA)
Telltale’s Game of Thrones (TBA)
Telltale’s The Walking Dead (All Year)
The Crew (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
The Order: 1886 (PS4)
The Sims 4 (PC)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Tom Clancy’s The Division (PC, Xbox One, PS4)
Uncharted (PS4)
Until Dawn (TBA)
Untitled Call of Duty (TBA)
Watch Dogs (PC, Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
X (Wii U)

A Sneak Peek At 2015…

Kodoku (PS4, Vita)
SOMA (PC, PS4)

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Review: 'Ash and the Army of Darkness' #4

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:48

In the fourth installment of Niles and Calero’s “Ash and the Army of Darkness” series, we find ourselves traversing very familiar territory… in more ways than one. The setting, the objects, the horror tropes, and the characters are all straight from the film series. Making this the first issue of the series that’s unable to truly stand alone as a comic, acting more as a supplement to the third film in Raimi’s classic Evil Dead series, Army of Darkness.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles

ART BY: Dennis Calero

PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: February 19, 2014

When I say it’s familiar, well, yea… of course it is. It’s a spin-off. But it’s familiar in a way that the past three issues weren’t, it’s closer to a regurgitation of the film Army of Darkness as opposed to a continuation. For example, we find ourselves in the woods where Ash originally found the graveyard of Deadites and the Necronomicon. In addition to being back in the same place, we are also following a similar plot line. Ash is looking for the Necronomicon amongst the grave-filled woods in order to retrieve the Book of the Dead and save the land from an army of Deadites.

While there are a few differences this time around—Sheila joins Ash in the woods, there are 6 books of the dead instead of 3, and the Deadites aren’t attacking straight out the gate—the premise is no longer able to stand on its own. In order to fully understand what is happening in the sparse panels and appreciate the increasingly thinning plot of issue #4, you really need to have seen the films.

Among many of the classic tropes reused in the comic is that awesomely terrifying fast motion zoom from the films. You know, the one that’s accompanied by the vrooooooooom sound indicating that something evil is headed straight for Ash and it’s headed there fast. I found that Calero did a mighty fine job of recreating this motion in still panels. I was immediately thrown back into the warm, cozy familiarity of Evil Dead and felt a real grip of fear for the first time in 4 issues.

We also see a few other recognizable images from the film series like hands shooting out of graves and even Deadite Ash. As a fan of the films, it’s a lot of fun to relive and it gives me a little more of something I have always loved. But if I take myself out of the mindset of an Evil Dead buff, I wonder if these tropes would matter much to the common audience? Which in turn makes me wonder if Niles, Calero, and Dynamite ever set out to accomplish that feat in the first place?

Ultimately it comes down to this: “Ash and the Army of Darkness” is a fun supplement to the films. It’s a great read if you have a working knowledge of the Evil Dead mythology. If not, if you’ve never seen Bruce Campbell work his Ash-magic, you’re going to feel lost. You’ll feel like the wallflower at the cool kids’ party, the person who is sitting outside of the inside joke. And like I said, I’m not sure that’s a bad thing because I am not sure the creators set out to include everyone from the beginning.

3/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

Categories: Horror News

BOOM! Adapts Novel / Concept Album 'Clockwork Angels'

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:41

BOOM! Studios will be adapting “Clockwork Angels”, which is both a bestselling novel from Kevin J. Anderson and a concept album from the Canadian prog rock group, RUSH. The comic book will be written by RUSH’s own Neil Peart along with Anderson, with artwork from Nick Robles.

The comic/novel/album tells the story of Owen Hardy, a man who escapes the fate that has been laid out for him in a steampunk world where everyone’s life is controlled by The Watchmaker. Look for issue #1 on March 19.

Official Press Release:

February 21, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the March debut of CLOCKWORK ANGELS, a new limited series based on author Kevin J. Anderson’s New York Times bestselling novel and legendary rock band Rush’s concept album of the same name. Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart and Anderson, along with interior artist Nick Robles and cover artist Hugh Syme, create the steampunk world of Albion in comic book form for the first time.

“Rush is one of our all-time favorite rock bands here in the office, so we immediately jumped at the chance to work on CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The icing on the cake is that author Kevin J. Anderson is somebody we’ve always wanted to work with, so this is an all-around thrill. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Peart have brought us a breathtaking story that illustrator Nick Robles has beautifully visualized.”

WHY WE LOVE IT: Rush’s CLOCKWORK ANGELS is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of CLOCKWORK ANGELS to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart’s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson’s skilled storytelling.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?

CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1 arrives in comic shops on March 19th, the four-year anniversary of the album’s initial announcement by the band members, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN140981. The first issue will ship with two variant covers including a subscription cover and a retailer incentive. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

ECW Press will release the paperback version of Kevin J. Anderson’s bestselling CLOCKWORK ANGELS novel (ISBN: 978-1-77041-156-2, $14.95) in May.

Categories: Horror News

'Rise Of The Magi' Heads Your Way On FCBD 2014

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:30

Image Comics has a new new dark fantasy series from Marc Silvestri titled “Rise of the Magi”, and the story will kick off with a #0 issue on Free Comic Book Day 2014. The book follows Asa Stonethrow as he tries to hunt down the person who stole the powerful black sphere that contains all the magic in the world. Unfortunately, the mysterious Magi are released, and now it’s up to the wizards and warriors to stop them.

Official Press Release:

The world as we know it is at risk because the world we don’t see—the one that makes ours possible—is on the brink of destruction. From Top Cow Productions, Image Comics founder and partner Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, WITCHBLADE, CYBER FORCE) and artist Sumeyye Kesgin present a new ongoing fantasy adventure series set in both the worlds—magical and mundane—in which we live.

A small black sphere contains all the magic that exists—past, present, and future. Without it, two worlds would not survive. But someone has done the unimaginable: stolen a piece of the sphere and fled from the world of magic into the world of man.

Now only the very common Asa Stonethrow can find him. Asa thought saving two worlds was great enough a burden… until he meets a girl.

“The unfamiliar, the uncomfortable, and the things that scare us are what make us grow as people,” said Silvestri. “It’s safe then to say that in Rise of the Magi, Asa and a cast of characters both strange and familiar, will be doing a lot of growing.”

The Magi are awake and they are legion, and only seven magicians, sorcerers, thieves, and killers can stop them. But as Asa will soon find out that there truly is no honor among thieves.

RISE OF THE MAGI #0 will be available on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY on May 2 for readers looking for a head start on all the action. The adventure continues in RISE OF THE MAGI #1, which will be available on May 21 for $3.50.

Cover A with art by Marc Silvestri can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140483. Cover B with art by Stjepan Sejic can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140484. Cover C with art by Sumeyye Kesgin can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR140485. Cover D (retail incentive) with art by Marc Silvestri will be available to pre-order with Diamond Code MAR140486.

Categories: Horror News

New Clip Goes 'Buck Wild'!

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:12

Bloody Disgusting has a new clip from Millennium Entertainment’s “zom-com,” Buck Wild.

Directed by Tyler Glodt (The Eves), the outrageous comedy stars Matthew Albrecht (The Artist), Mark Ford (The Eves), Meg Cionni (The Fear Chamber) and Joe Stevens (True Grit, FX’x “Justified”). Buck Wild will be available for early digital download and On Demand February 18 before heading to Blu-Ray and DVD on March 18.

“Buck Wild is a tongue-in-cheek adventure that turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out! Craig Thompson’s idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig’s cousin appears to be on the verge of a murderous rampage, while a rapidly spreading Chupacabra virus is transforming locals into the undead. After taking drastic measures to protect themselves, the boys must put aside their differences to survive an insidious hillbilly gang and impending zombie melee. Things are about to get Buck Wild!

Categories: Horror News

[Exclusive] Stream And Download Varien's "Bring Me Their Bones"

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with producer/composer Varien to bring you an exclusive first listen to a dark, evil new track entitled “Bring Me Their Bones”. But not only can you give it a listen, you can also download it for free! I’d try to describe it, but Varien did it far better than I ever could, saying, “This is a track heavily inspired by horror movie soundtracks and the sound design behind them. I wanted to set the stage of a cult in the woods practicing ancient black magick and just aim for the most brutal, dark sound possible.” Head down below to give it a listen!

Varien is hard at work on his debut album, which has no determined release date as yet. However, you can pick up Varien’s compilation album Pick Your Poison Volume 2 via FiXT.

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