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[TV] First Look at “High Moon,” From the “Hannibal” Showrunner

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:52

From Bryan Fuller, who is behind the success that is “Hannibal,” comes the Syfy sci-fi horror “High Moon”.

TVLine shared the first four minutes of the new feature, which was cut from a pilot that was originally passed on by Syfy.

An adaptation of John Christopher’s 1969 young adult sci-fi novel The Lotus Caves, the project — penned by Jim Danger Gray (Pushing Daisies) — is set in a future in which the countries of Earth have established colonies to mine the moon’s resources. However, chaos erupts after a new life form is discovered.

The cast includes “Parenthood‘s” Jonathan Tucker, “Easy A‘s: Jake Sandvig and “24‘s” Chris Diamantopoulos.

You can watch the entire pilot on Sept. 15 at 9/8c on Syfy.

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Jack the Ripper’s Identity Revealed After More Than a Century!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 14:25

It is one of the longest lasting mysteries in the serial killer world. Five woman were brutally murdered over the course of Autumn in 1888 in London’s Whitechapel district. The killer would come to be known as the infamous Jack The Ripper, his identity never determined. Until now.

Using modern forensic science, Dr. Jari Louhelainen, a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Helsinki in Finland, found that there were two types of DNA on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper’s victims. There was hers and there was also DNA that is reportedly from the killer.

The shawl was purchased by Russell Edwards, a businessman, who enlisted Dr. Louhelainen to analyze it. Dr. Louhelainen then compared the DNA to the DNA of Eddowes descendants as well as the suspects in the murder investigation. This is how he came to find the Ripper’s identification: Aaron Kosminski, a Polish-born hairdresser who lived in Whitechapel and was ultimately committed to an asylum.

The Ripper’s case has drawn the fascination of artists, writers, and filmmakers throughout the years. Films such as A Study In Terror and From Hell tackled the topic.

The full process by which this information was recovered can be found at Daily Mail.

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[TIFF '14 Review] Ryan Reynolds’ Incredible Turn In the Ambitious ‘The Voices’ Is a Must-See!

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:55

I’ve always been drawn to dark comedies, in particular; how they can take sinister, morbid subject matters and give them a dash of humorous air to contrast against. More specifically, comedy and horror have always gone hand in hand. The very best (An American Werewolf in London and The Return of the Living Dead) can be funny and scary in equal measures. In the case of The Voices, the dark comedy is the perfect dwelling for its central character and his fractured state of mind.

The Voices is about Jerry Hickfang (Ryan Reynolds), an unusual but happy-go-lucky shipping clerk. Outside of work, his world consists of his two pets…that just happen to talk. The dog is the positive reinforcement and the cat is anything but. Things start to go sour once Jerry stops taking his prescribed anti-psychotics. After the accidental death of his lovely co-worker he’s be crushing on, the affable Jerry’s mental state quickly begins to deteriorate and things start to grow increasingly more disturbed.

Director Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) does a fantastic job reflecting Jerry’s outlook on life via the film’s aesthetic. The Voices establishes itself from the get-go as dark comedy on the lighter and quirky end, much like a John Waters film. Jerry’s sunny disposition is represented via a bright, colorful visual palate. Soon as the harsh reality of Jerry’s torment is revealed to himself and onto the viewer, the look bluntly reflects that, courtesy of Director of Photography Maxime Alexandre (High Tension, as well as the Maniac and The Hills Have Eyes remakes). When the film’s tone turns dark, boy does it ever! It feels all the more startling because Satrapi effectively lures the viewer in with the first half’s charming disposition. The vibrant, likable cast which includes Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Ella Smith greatly assist in creating such an inviting place to spend your time in.

Without a doubt though, Ryan Reynolds’ high wire act of a performance is the film’s centerpiece. He valiantly goes above and beyond the call of duty to convey Satrapi’s highly audacious tonal shifts. He not only plays the lead character but also voices the animals. Despite the increasingly horrible acts Jerry commits, I somehow pitied him and his inner struggle. This character brilliantly showcases Reynolds’ skills as both a comedic actor and his underrated dramatic chops. The genuine depth and complexity he displays through Jerry helps ground the material, much like Christian Bale did in American Psycho. Dark comedies have a way of sometimes being trumped by the filmmakers’ indulges in style over substance which often gives them an air of superficiality. Thankfully that isn’t quite the case here.

As Jerry’s sanity crumbles, unfortunately so does the film’s. The third act continues to play with the contrasting tones to a far higher volume and it’s a mess. Satrapi can’t seem to decide what to settle on and if this schizophrenic nature was her intention, it’s commendable but just doesn’t work. I won’t even begin to delve into the ill-advised musical number (unmemorable tune at that) which left many viewers leaving the cinema scratching their heads all the more. The only thing that keeps us watching is Reynolds, who despite these issues, is still mesmerizing to the very end.

Flaws aside, The Voices is an audacious, unique dark comedy that makes too many interesting decisions for me to dismiss it entirely. Even at its most problematic, the film’s still very much watchable. We’ve seen many films in the past play with tone, yet I feel that Satrapi takes it to some bold, new areas for filmgoers. Again, I can’t praise Reynolds’ performance enough. It proves that Reynolds is far better than his career’s current sour streak, a reminder of what he’s capable of when given something of substance to chew on. Hopefully the sky is the limit from now on. At the very least, it’ll keep me revisiting this unusual film from time to time.

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Claire Redfield and Co-op Confirmed for ‘Resident Evil: Revelations 2′

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 21:53

As if we needed another reason to be pumped for Resident Evil: Revelations 2, UK gaming magazine GamesMaster has offered quite a few more that should go a long way in pleasing longtime fans of the series. GamesMaster had the chance to sit down with Revelations 2 producer Michiteru Okabeto for a feature that will appear in their November issue.

Last week, we noticed some similarities between the prison island that serves as the setting for Revelations 2 and Rockfort Island from Code: Veronica.

We still don’t have closure on that, but even if they aren’t the same island there’s still going to be some Code: Veronica in the game. According to GamesMaster, Revelations 2 will star Claire Redfield as the lead. Apparently, Claire has become a “seasoned veteran” since we last saw her. It will also feature Moira Burton, the daughter of gun aficionado Barry Burton, in a supporting role.

The feature also confirms that Revelations 2 will take place between the events in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, and it will feature single-player and co-op. The first Revelations had both too, but the co-op was restricted to its Raid Mode. If the co-op extends to the campaign, I hope Capcom takes inspiration from Dead Space 3, which smartly didn’t burden players with an AI companion if they chose to go it alone.

The issue also touched on the game’s enemies, called the “Afflicted”. It sounds like Revelations 2 will continue the series’ trend of introducing another twist on the classic zombie type with each new game. Hopefully they’ll be as terrifying as the stuff the T-Abyss virus created. Below you’ll find our first look at what looks like a basic baddie below.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.

In related news, next week we’ll be celebrating gaming’s biggest horror franchise with our first ever Resident Evil Week. It’s going to be a good time.

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Pack a Jill Sandwich, Next Week is ‘Resident Evil’ Week!

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 18:00

This past January, the original Silent Hill turned 15. Because we like to go big here on Bloody Disgusting, to commemorate the anniversary we held a week-long celebration of all things Silent Hill. You all seemed to enjoy it, so I started planning a similar event for the other franchise genre fans are likely to pick when asked what their favorite horror series is: Resident Evil. All I needed was the perfect time kick it off. Now, I do believe that time has come.

Unless you’ve been living under a particularly sizable rock, you may have noticed the steady trickling of some gargantuan Resident Evil headlines. First, Capcom announced an HD re-release of the Resident Evil REmake that graced the GameCube back in 2002. The following day it was revealed the franchise may be dipping its toe into the warm waters of television with an Arklay TV series from Mance Media.

As if all that wasn’t enough, earlier this month, Capcom announced Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which the company plans on releasing in early 2015, alongside the HD remake.

If you were under a rock — first off, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make light of your situation — don’t fret, as we’re about to run in and Chris Redfield that thing right off of you with our first ever Resident Evil Week! This means we’ll have five days worth of content to honor the most iconic horror game franchise of all time, and it all starts on Monday.

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[Exclusive] First Look At Dark Horse’s “CREEPY” 50th Anniversary!

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 13:30

Fifty years is a long time. As far as exclusives go, I’m beside myself for this one. We’ve got a first look for you at the cover and interior of the upcoming 50th anniversary issue of “Creepy.” The book doesn’t hit shelves until the first week of October, but get your first taste of terror right here, right now.

CREEPY #18 (50th Anni. issue) On sale Oct. 8th.  Cover: Dustin Nguyen (Batman Eternal) Frontispiece: Arthur Baltazar (Itty Bitty Hellboy) The Executor: Script by Fred Van Lente (Conan the Avenger, Archer and Armstrong) Art by Alison Sampson (Genesis) Weird, supernatural goings on surrounding the death of Edgar Allen Poe and the posthumous editing and publishing of his work. Over the River to Charlie Script by Corrina Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Planet of the Apes) Art by Drew Moss (In the Dark)   Young girls are haunted throughout their childhood by a hanged man who’s taken up residence in their dollhouse.   Keeping Up with the Creepys: Script and art by Peter Bagge (Hate) Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie’s attempts to outdo each other with their classic rides escalates into neighborhood-destroying hilarity. The Man Who Walked Through Walls: Script by Dan Braun (Creepy consulting editor) A man who discovers a way to become intangible takes his revenge on the neighbors who have wronged him. Gallery: Kevin Ferrera (Dead Rider) Kelley Jones (Batman) Eric Powell (The Goon) Pete Woods (Terminator Salvation) Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man

 

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Infect Raccoon City to Unlock Additional Content in the ‘Resident Evil HD REmake’

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 21:53

Capcom is giving Resident Evil fans a chance to unlock additional content in the upcoming Resident Evil HD REmake through a special Contagion mini-game. It can really only be considered a game on the most superficial level, since there isn’t much you can do, but there’s a point to it. Every time someone registers here, a meter is filled. Once that meter reaches 100%, Capcom will reward everyone who participated with special content in the upcoming HD REmake.

We don’t know what the content is, but I imagine they’ll shed some light on that when enough people sign up. At the time of this writing, the meter has reached 34%, meaning we’re a third of the way through “infecting Raccoon City.”

The Resident Evil HD REmake is slated to release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.

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‘Depth’ Pits Man Against Shark This November

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 21:12

Humanity’s war with the scariest thing to come from the ocean since its scarier, older sibling claimed dominance of it back when dinosaurs still walked the Earth will heat up with the release of the competitive multiplayer horror game Depth. Its underwater arena and teams of combatants — consisting of a team of divers and another of sharks, each player-controlled — makes Depth unlike the myriad other multiplayer games we have to choose from, and that’s what has me most excited for it.

That and the aforementioned team of sharks. I’ve wanted to play a game where I could be Jaws since I first picked up a controller, and Depth is likely to be as close as I ever come to getting that.

Depth releases on PC (through Steam) this November.

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Paramount Dates Next Two ‘Terminator’ Films!

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 21:10

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in the new Terminator film, Terminator Genisys, which Paramount Pictures will release on July 1, 2015.

Before that even hit theaters, the studio is already committed to two sequels, locking in the original planned trilogy. Dates set this Friday evening are the sequel on May 19, 2017, with the third film hitting on June 29, 2018. It looks to me as if they’re going to shoot the next two back-to-back!

Alan Taylor shot the newest film in New Orleans. It stars Emilia Clarke (as Sarah Conner), Jai Courtney (as Kyle Reese) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (as a T-800), with Jason Clarke, Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Arrives in April, Goro Announced As Pre-order Bonus

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:04

Whip out your calendars, folks! Netherrealm has finally narrowed down the nebulous “2015″ release window for Mortal Kombat X. The game will arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on April 14, 2015. If you prefer to guarantee your copy, they’ve also revealed Goro as the exclusive pre-order bonus fighter for all retailers.

Whoever made the smart decision not to force us to choose between multiple different retailer exclusives gets four giant thumbs up.

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Aphex Twin Releases First Single From New Album

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:30

Electronic legend Aphex Twin has released the first single off his upcoming album SYRO, which comes out September 22nd via Bleep Records (pre-order here. You can listen to the track down yonder.

I was going to write the song title in the headline, but making “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” fit is not exactly an easy task, I assure you.

SYRO is Aphex Twin’s first album in 2001′s Druqks.

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