Catfish duo Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who also helmed Paranormal Activity 3 and 4, as well as the upcoming Presto/Nerve starring Dave Franco, have finished the Blumhouse production Viral.
Starring Sofia Black D’Elia and Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies, Crazy Stupid Love), Bloody Disgusting has the first ever image, thanks to ‘Fabien M.’
Penned by Barbara Marshall, “Struggling after a recent family tragedy, teenager Emma Drakeford begins a video documentary about her life for a school project. Her life is turned upside down as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town, turning her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Quarantined with her family, Emma believes they are out of harm’s way but when the contagion finally infiltrates their home Emma and her family are faced with an impossible decision – if someone you love becomes a threat, do you kill them in cold blood or save them at the risk of your own life? From the executive producer of ‘Cloverfield’ comes a terrifying new twist on the monster movie that is the first in a trilogy.“
The Daily Mail has posted several photos from the set of DC’s upcoming anti-hero film Suicide Squad. The photos reveal many of the cast members in their outfits, as well as several shots of Harley Quinn, who is played by Margot Robbie. The photos can be seen at the above link.
Quinn is known as the accomplice and girlfriend of the supervillain The Joker, and first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. She is also extremely close friends with Poison Ivy.
Also featured in the film are Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Echantress (Cara Delevingne), with Deathstroke, King Shark, and Plastique also said to appearing in the film.
The film opens on August 5th, 2016.
“Sons Of The Devil” follows one man’s discovery of familial ties to a cult. Announced at Image Expo by creators Brian Buccellato (Detective Comics, Injustice) and artist Toni Infante, SONS OF THE DEVIL launches on May 27. Image Comics is pleased to reveal early artwork (not for the faint of heart) for the chilling new series.
SONS OF THE DEVIL is a dark look at a blue collar 25-year-old orphan who learns he is the son of a cult leader. Akin to True Detective and The Following, SONS OF THE DEVIL is an exploration into the dark side of human psychology. It’s a grounded take on cults that balances the real world with the supernatural. It’s gritty, character-driven, and tonally lays somewhere between SOUTHERN BASTARDS and NAILBITER. Watch the trailer for the new series here.
SONS OF THE DEVIL #1 hits stores on May 27. Cover A (Infante) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150481. Cover B (Francis Manapul) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150482. Cover C (Paolo Rivera) can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150483. The final order cut-off deadline for retailers is today, May 4.
Vanity Fair has posted photos, taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, from the set of the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, showing off characters such as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and more. The gallery can be seen below with more photos at the above link.
The film also stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega, Peter Mayhem, Andy Serkis, and Domhnall Gleeson.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams (Cloverfield) and is also co-written by Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back). The film sees the return of composer John Williams. It comes out December 18th, 2015.
Funny or Die keeps making horrible It Follows spoofs, but this one actually features the return of Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Daniel Zovatto in a faux sequel that plays more like a epilogue that isn’t funny, at all.
The spoof is entitled “Just Calling To Say It Follows“, and goes from character to character as they warn of a sex demon, the same one that follows them in the indie feature making huge waves in its limited theatrical run through TWC-Radius.
The site asks you to vote if it’s funny or not, I think this one needs to die.
Uli Edel’s Pay the Ghost, which stars Nicolas Cage as a hard-working NYU English professor bucking for tenure when his 8-year-old son mysteriously vanishes from a Halloween day parade, is heading to Cannes.
Bloody Disgusting has landed the first ever still from the film, thanks to our regular tipster Fabien M.
“Almost a year after his young son suddenly disappeared from his side during a Halloween parade in New York City, Mike Cole (Nicolas Cage) is inexplicably haunted by terrifying visions of his son and begins to sense his presence in frightening ways. Sparked to action, MIKE reunites with his estranged wife KRISTEN and together they uncover a string of terrifying clues while desperately searching for their son. They soon discover that every Halloween a vicious and vengeful ghost surfaces to abduct children and if they don’t recover their son within a short window of time, he will be lost to the spirit world forever.”
Sarah Wayne Callies and Veronica Ferres also star with Saw II, III and IV‘s Lyriq Bent.
This first shot from Pay the Ghost is pretty impressive, no?!
YouTuber Muted Vocal has taken five iconic horror themes and transposed them from minor to major keys, resulting in a very strange bit of music. Who would’ve thought that Freddy Krueger’s theme from A Nightmare On Elm St. could’ve sounded so jovial? Or that The X-Files would sound like some kind of Christian rock ballad? But what’s best is that Halloween sounds like something that Coldplay would put out.
Listen to the tracks below and hopefully Muted Vocal will make this into a running series because they’re great!
If ever there was a game that could inspire some truly freaky cosplay, it’s The Evil Within. It’s practically begging for some talented cosplayers to tackle its cast of its genuinely frightening monsters, and tackle them they have. Just last month we were treated to some fantastic Laura-in-a-tub cosplay, and today, we have even more.
Three cosplayers teamed up to create this scene, in which Sebastian and his partner Joseph are about to be bludgeoned with the Keeper’s comically oversized meat tenderizer.
The new TV Spot for Poltergeist already knows what scares you, and it looks like an upgraded version Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s classic haunter.
In theaters May 22nd from Fox and MGM, Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern take, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
Raimi reimagines and contemporizes the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is invaded by angry spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Filmax (the [REC] franchise, Summer Camp) has shared with Bloody Disgusting several clips (they’re not in English, unfortunately) from Sweet Home, which has Rafa Martinez at the helm. It will open in Spain on May 8th, 2015, while a U.S. date has yet to be set.
The English-language Sweet Home is described as a realistic and claustrophobic film that keeps track of the scariest side.
Here’s a translation of the film’s synopsis: “The plot is situated in a daily environment: a couple decides to spend a romantic evening in a floor of a semi-abandoned building that slip because she works as a consultant for the council house and got the keys. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building…and they have become the new target.“
Ingrid Garcia Jonsson (Beautiful Youth) stars with Bruno Sevilla (Mindscape).
Martinez co-wrote the screenplay with Teresa of Rosendo and Ángel Agudo.
Embankment to sell international on Sophie Cookson horror Hush, says ScreenDaily.
The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.
Sophie Cookson, riding high on the success of global hit Kingsman: The Secret Service (pictured), “plays a young woman who runs a ghostbusting racket with her sibling. When the pair investigate a haunted foster home where a sadistic killer used to operate, they uncover a far more terrifying supernatural force.”
Iceland’s Olaf de Fleur will direct Hush and Sigma’s Brian Coffey and Thruline’s Danny Sherman produce. Coffey produced The Legend Of Barney Thomson and Citadel.
Ben Ketai, whose credits include The Forest and The Strangers 2, adapted the screenplay from a novella by EM Blomqvist. Eva Konstantopoulos made script revisions.
Principal photography is set to kick off in October in Scotland.
A kinetic tale of loneliness and madness, Stanley Film Festival World Premiere Sun Choke explores the psychotic break of a young girl and the bizarre holistic treatment her manipulative caretaker subjects her to. Ben Cresciman’s film is equal parts fever dream and bold horror that splashes crimson blood on the freshly washed sheets. Anchored by two solid roles in which genre icon Barbara Crampton and Sarah Hagan (Freaks and Geeks) both shatter any misconceptions you may have about them, the film is a divisive, hypnotic tale of female psychosis.
Something happened in Janie’s (Hagan) past to spark a violent breakdown. Ever since, she’s been left in the care of her live-in nanny Irma (Crampton), who keeps Janie isolated in a minimalistic secluded house. There she undergoes questionable treatments to help her reassemble her fractured psyche. As things progress, Janie is granted leave, if only for a few hours. During one leave, she is drawn to a beautiful stranger named Savannah (Sara Malakul Lane) and begins to follow her. Each leave sees Janie’s obsession with Savannah grow increasingly intrusive, culminating in a wickedly tense and nicely ambiguous third act that will leave many heads reeling.
Crampton takes a wicked turn here as the nanny/holistic healer whose intentions may be more sinister than bringing normalcy into Janie’s life. There’s a danger in the air every time she’s on screen. Sara Malakul Lane does a terrific job as the woman who genuinely means well, even towards her stalker. The scenes she shares with Hagan get gut-wrenching at times.
But here it’s Hagan that shines. She does an impressive job expressing the abstruse character of Janie – an emotional hodge-podge of mental issues and lethal ticks. Cresciman gives us a handful of brief flashbacks that contain sparks of murder and possible rape – though none of these are fully explained. Are they just dreams that Janie has? Why isn’t she being given proper treatment or simply thrown in a psyche ward? This ambiguity will make Sun Choke divisive for viewers, but for those that dig the vagueness, Sun Choke is a tremendously engaging work.
I need to know what the age cap is on Five Nights at Freddy’s themed birthday parties, because this home-made recreation of the eponymous pizza joint makes me want one something fierce. What’s most impressive is the attention to detail that can be seen here, from the clay recreation of Freddy Fazbear’s head to the subtle in-joke that is the branding on those paper towels.
Lionsgate Premiere released a new still from Cooties, which opened this past weekend’s Stanley Film Festival.
From the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into little killer savages, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (The Office), and Alison Pill (The Newsroom) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
The Sundance hit Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand.
As the market for augmented reality games (ARGs) continues to grow, so does the number of games that are aiming to use this exciting new genre in ways that terrify us. The latest to catch my eye is something called Night Terrors, and what makes this game particularly intriguing is what it aims to do. That is, transforming your home into a haunted house.
Gone are the days that required blood sacrifices and costly summoning rituals to conjure angry spirits. Soon, you’ll be able to accomplish this with an app. Take a look.
Night Terrors is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, where its developer hopes to raise $70,000. As I’m writing this, it’s about a third of the way there with 36 days left in the campaign.
Aside from filling your home, or wherever you happen to be when you open the app, into a virtual haunting ground, this developer wants to dethrone Amnesia as the scariest game ever. According to some words I found on their crowdfunding campaign, they’re planning on achieving this by creating a uniquely personal horror experience with a storyline that revolves around you. There’s no avatar to serve as a pillowy barrier between you and whatever horrors they’ve come up with.
This sounds like my kind of game. I’ll need to verify that it won’t be populating my apartment with clowns first, but once I know Pennywise isn’t waiting for me in my bathroom, I imagine this app could be quite a lot of fun.
Almost immediately after Konami announced they had officially cancelled the hugely anticipated Silent Hills, one fan turned to the popular online petition site Change.org to see if the gaming community would come together to help revive it. The petition Yauheni started a week ago has already accrued over 71,000 signatures, just a few thousand short of its 75,000 goal.
Whether or not it gets the attention of Konami or Guillermo Del Toro remains to be seen, but either way, it’s nice to see folks coming together to right a wrong.
It’s rare for a franchise like Silent Hill, which has steadily been fading into obscurity for over a decade now, to have a chance of being relevant again. That’s exactly what Silent Hills would’ve been, had Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro been able to realize it further than an incredible demo and two teaser trailers. If there’s a chance we can bring it back, however small that chance may be, it’s worth it.
I highly recommend you sign this petition, because even if Konami really has a future in mind for Silent Hill — and they’ve said they do plan to continue the series — a future without Silent Hills is a difficult one to get excited for.
A brand new month can only mean one thing, and that’s another handy release schedule so you know exactly what to expect. The deluge of horror gaming goodness we’ve been enjoying since January lightens up considerably this month, but that’s a good thing, because it means you’ll have precious extra time to finish some of the numerous spooky scary video games that arrived in April.
Let’s take a look at what’s ahead of us in May.Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Two months ago, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It’s not a horror game in the traditional sense, but it will dip its toe into the franchise’s roots in the supernatural and the occult. So look out for zombies.
Release Date: May 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)Mortal Kombat X – Jason Voorhees
I spent some of my weekend roaming the Krypt in Mortal Kombat X in an effort to unlock all of its secrets. The fact that I’m still playing, and enjoying, this game should be a testament to how great it is. I might not be able to play on a difficulty higher than Normal without getting my ass handed to me, but that’s only because I don’t have the right tool.
Next week will see the addition of Jason Voorhees to its roster, and I suspect that lovable killing machine is the exact right tool I need to send my opponents packing.
Release Date: May 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)The Last of Us: Left Behind
The Last of Us’ excellent solo chapter, Left Behind, will soon be available as a standalone game. So if you’re like me and you never played it, your excuses for not doing so are about to run out. Some of it runs concurrently with the events in the main game, but I’ve heard the best parts come when it dives into the past. If you’re a fan of Ellie, you won’t want to miss this.
Release Date: May 12 (PS3, PS4)Quadrant: Chapter One
The makers of the indie horror game Quadrant had to push back the release window for its first chapter, which is tentatively scheduled to hit Steam later this month. Here’s to hoping they were able to remedy those technical issues.
Release Date: TBA May (Steam Early Access)
Unarguably the best addition to Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed horror game The Last of Us was its Ellie-centric story expansion, Left Behind. The solo chapter originally required the main game to play, but that changes this month when the expansion is made available, again, as a $9.99 standalone release on both the PS3 and PS4 starting May 12.
I’m a little ashamed to admit I never played Left Behind, despite hearing such overwhelmingly positive things about it. If you have played it, what’d you think? And please, no spoilers!
Remember Kodoku? It’s an intensely strange-looking horror game that’s coming from Carnivore Studio. The game looks delightfully bizarre, thanks in no small part to its penchant for outlandish monster designs which include pigs and scorpions with human faces. So basically all the things you might expect to see on a particularly nightmarish acid trip.
Kodoku has been quietly transforming into the kind of weird horror game I’d desperately like to play. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but when it does arrive, it’ll come to the PS4 and Vita.
It’s been awhile since we last heard from the upcoming sci-fi indie horror game Caffeine. The game has endured a rocky development fraught with poorly conceived trailers and multiple failed crowdfunding attempts. That might’ve buried some games, but not this one. Caffeine recently added the Xbox One to its platform support, alongside the previously announced PC version.
A new trailer for the game recently surfaced showing off some new footage of the labyrinthine series of futuristic, marshmallowy corridors. I’m still waiting for something genuinely frightening to happen in one of these videos, and, unfortunately, it looks like I’ll need to keep waiting.