Meet “Damien” In the Teaser For A&E’s ‘The Omen’ Series!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 09:08

Promo for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” follow up or the first teaser to A&E’s The Omen series? You decide…

A&E gives us our first look at “Damien,” a direct sequel to the 1976 The Omen that follows Damien Thorn (played by Bradley James) as an adult dealing with his dark past. The trailer flashes a mysterious look at the title character, along with his watchdog that has shaded of The Exorcist. For a teaser, it’s pretty rad.

The ten-episode ‘Damien’ follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

“Damien” is being written and executively produced by Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”).

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‘Alien: Isolation’ Continues to Sell Well, But Sega’s Not Impressed

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 22:09

When a survival horror game like Alien: Isolation can move over 2.1 million copies in its first six months, that’s an achievement that’s worth celebrating. It has the brand recognition going for it, sure, but it was also a non-sequel that had to follow a string of shitty Aliens games that had released before it. So realistically, that’s a good number, especially since that means its sales have doubled since the end of January.

It’s too bad Sega doesn’t see it that way. In an earnings report the publisher shared on Monday, Alien: Isolation and Sonic Boom were singled out as the biggest disappointments even though the former was the best-selling title of the half dozen whose performance was detailed.

Over two million in sales should be enough to get a sequel green-lit. The last of Isolation’s announced DLC arrived in January, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we start hearing rumblings of a follow-up in the near future. The demand is certainly there, and Creative Assembly has already expressed interest in making a sequel.

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FOX Unleashes Hell With “Lucifer” Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:29

FOX has released a trailer for its upcoming show “Lucifer“, which is based off comic characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo. The show’s premise is that Lucifer Morningstar has become bored and complacent with Hell and decides to leave, instead becoming the owner of a Los Angeles nightclub by the name of Lux.

Lucifer, played by Tom Ellis, sees a young pop star gunned down outside of his club and feels the need to bring her killers to justice. He is joined by an LAPD homicide detective (Lauren German) and his best friend (Lesley-Ann Brandt).

The show’s executive producer is Jerry Bruckheimer and the pilot will be directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld).

A trailer and synopsis are below.

Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.

Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.

The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.

At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?

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“The Frankenstein Code” Trailer Released

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:19

FOX has unveiled a full trailer for its upcoming TV series “The Frankenstein Code“, which is a modern reimagining of the classic tale by Mary Shelley. The show follows a 75-year old man who is brutally murdered only to be brought back to life as a much younger man by two scientists.

Rob Kazinsky will play the main character, Jimmy Pritchard, with Dilshad Vadsaria and Adhir Kalyan playing the two scientists Mary and Otto Goodwin, respectively.

The trailer and a lengthy synopsis can be read below.

From executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”) comes THE FRANKENSTEIN CODE, a modern reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god.

Seventy-five-year-old JIMMY PRITCHARD (guest star Philip Baker Hall, “Modern Family,” “Magnolia”) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, Pritchard was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, some 15 unkind years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent DUVAL PRITCHARD (Tim DeKay, “White Collar”), one of his three children. But death is surprisingly short for Jimmy, who is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins MARY GOODWIN (Dilshad Vadsaria, “Revenge”) and her brother, OTTO (Adhir Kalyan, “Rules of Engagement”), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass.

Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities of which he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) is given a second chance at life. What will he do with it? Will he seek vengeance against those who killed him? Will he try to repair the damage he did to his family? Will he embrace a new sense of purpose or fall prey to old temptations?

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A Wish List for ‘Alan Wake 2′

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:11

Last month, Remedy decided to show off one of several Alan Wake 2 prototypes they made back in 2010 when the studio first started thinking about turning their supernatural thriller into a series. It’s a fascinating thing to watch since footage like that normally doesn’t leave the hands of its developer.

It was a rare glimpse into the pre-pre-production stage of a game that hadn’t even been greenlit. Unfortunately, it was also a reminder of what could’ve been, had Microsoft given it a chance.

Apparently, the folks at Microsoft aren’t familiar with the horror genre’s track record when it comes to the first sequel in a series. The history of this splendid genre is lousy with stellar sequels, most of which managed to outshine their predecessors. Remedy doesn’t even need to try, the hard part’s been done. Silent Hill 2, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, Dead Space 2, Resident Evil 2, Condemned 2: Bloodshot, Dino Crisis 2 and System Shock 2 have paved the way, all Alan Wake 2 needs to do is walk it.

Legend has it if you line up used copies of each of these games under a starless sky, Hideo Kojima will descend from an amber moon to reveal the formula for the perfect sequel.

Intrigued? Now forget those last two paragraphs because it’s time to get all up on this wish list.

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Trailer Released For FOX’s “Minority Report”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 19:06

FOX has released the first trailer for its upcoming show “Minority Report“, which is based off of the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi/crime film of the same name. The show, which stars Stark Sands and Meagan Good, will be paired with the Batman-universe show Gotham, which comes back this Fall.

In the 2002 film, “…a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, [and] an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.

The trailer can be seen below, along with a lengthy synopsis.

Based on the international blockbuster film by executive producer Steven Spielberg and the first of his films to be adapted for television, Minority Report follows the unlikely partnership between a man haunted by the future and a cop haunted by her past, as they race to stop the worst crimes of the year 2065 before they happen.

Set in Washington, D.C., it is 10 years after the demise of Precrime, a law enforcement agency tasked with identifying and eliminating criminals…before their crimes were committed. To carry out this brand of justice, the agency used three precogs – “precognitives” Dash, Arthur and Agatha – who were able to see the future. Now, in 2065, crime-solving is different, and justice leans more on sophisticated and trusted technology than on the instincts of the precogs.

Precog DASH (Stark Sands, “Inside Llewyn Davis”) – driven by his terrifying, but fragmented visions – now has returned in secret to help a brash, but shrewd, police detective, Lara Vega (Meagan Good, “Think Like A Man” franchise, “Californication”), attempt to stop the murders that he predicts.

As they navigate this future America, they will search for Dash’s missing twin brother, ARTHUR, and elude others who will stop at nothing to exploit their precog abilities. Also complicating matters is Dash and Arthur’s ingenious, but reclusive, foster sister, AGATHA (Laura Regan, “Mad Men,” “Unbreakable”), who just wants Dash to return home.

A drama of crime and conspiracy, this is a timeless story of connection: two lost souls, Dash and vega, who find friendship, purpose and redemption in each other.

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Official ‘Dark Was The Night’ Full Trailer Released

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:42

A full official trailer for the monster horror Dark Was The Night has been released, as well as a new theatrical one-sheet, both of which can be seen below. The film was directed by Jack Heller from a script by Tyler Hisel and stars Kevin Durand, Lukas Hass, Heath Freeman, Sabina Gadecki and Nick Damici.

The synopsis reads:

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

The film hits theaters July 24th.

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Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” Turned Into A Dr. Seuss Book

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:25

DrFaustsAu is at it again! The man who brought us these incredible horror/Dr. Seuss covers has now created a short story that uses the words of Nick Cave‘s “Red Right Hand” on top of Seuss-esque images.

“Red Right Hand” has been used throughout horror, appearing in the first three Scream films as well as Hellboy, The X-Files, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assisant, and more.

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Garth von Ahnen’s ‘Zombie Puns’ Are Delightfully Groan Worthy!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:14

Garth von Ahnen is, according to his website, “…a freelance graphic designer and amateur astronomer.” On top of that, he is also an artist who has created a series of adorably smart yet groan-inducing “zombie puns”, all of which take the infamous “Brains!” zombie call and change it slightly depending on what has exactly been zombified. For instance, a duo of hills with tunnels for mouths call out for “Trains!” Get the drift? Good, because there are eight others and they’re well worth taking a gander at!

Zombie Puns

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Mondo To Release ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ OST This Friday

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 16:43

Mondo has announced that they will be releasing a 2xLP of the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack this Friday. The music was composed by Junkie XL and I can assure you from having seen the film that it’s an exhilarating, blood pumping score, one that will get anyone excited!

Artwork for the soundtrack, which was designed by Boneface, can be seen below (courtesy of EW). The soundtrack goes on sale this Friday over at Mondo Tees.

Make sure to check out our 5 out of 5 skull review.

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James Caan Joins Haunted House Thriller ‘The Waiting’!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:40

Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content will partner on The Waiting, a thriller to be directed by Kasra Farahani, Bloody Disgusting learned.

And the cast, well, check this out: James Caan (The Godfather, Misery), Logan Miller (Scouts Vs Zobies) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows).

Mysterious events occur in The Waiting when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.

The Waiting was written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard.

“Mark and Jeff have crafted an excellent script that seamlessly combines elements of a riveting thriller and fascinating character study,” said co-founders of Star Thrower Entertainment Tim White and Trevor White. “This script, together with Kasra’s elegant vision and our compelling cast, makes The Waiting the type of filmmaker and talent driven project ideal for Star Thrower.”

Principal photography is set to begin this month in Los Angeles.

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Marilyn Manson Releases Video For “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:39

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has released an official music video for his song “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles”, which comes from his latest album The Pale Emperor (review). The video, which was directed by Francesco Carrozzini, stars Michael K. Williams (“Boardwalk Empire“) and shows Manson preaching to several people, like some sort of religious leader.

Manson will also be embarking on ‘The End Times’ tour with co-headliners Smashing Pumpkins. The tour kicks off early July and wraps up a month later.

‘The End Times’ Tour Dates:
7/7/2015 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
7/9/2015 Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10/2015 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
7/11/2015 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
7/13/2015 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15/2015 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16/2015 Houston, TX @ NRG Arena
7/18/2015 San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
7/19/2015 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live
7/20/2015 New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22/2015 Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24/2015 Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/25/2015 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26/2015 Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28/2015 Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29/2015 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31/2015 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1/2015 Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2/2015 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4/2015 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5/2015 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7/2015 Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8/2015 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

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Poster Heads ‘Into the Grizzly Maze’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:34

Previously known as Grizzly, Red Machine and Endangered, we recently broke the news that Saw V‘s David Hackl’s long-gestured film is now titled Into the Grizzly Maze, and will release in limited theaters this summer via Vertical Entertainment on June 26th, 2015.

Now, we have the new poster in high resolution!

Penned by Jack Reher, the film stars James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Billy Bob Thornton, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn, Adam Beach, Michaela McManus and Kelly Curran.

Dish already has the film available On Demand.

In the action thriller ‘Into the Grizzly Maze’, a deputy whose mission is protecting the threatened grizzly bear suddenly finds himself conflicted when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc on a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother, he enters the labyrinthian Grizzly Maze to track down his wife, who’s gone missing, before the bear does. As the body count mounts and an infamous bear hunter enters the fray determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life, no one is safe in the harsh Alaskan wilds.

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[SFF ’15 Review] ‘Shrew’s Nest’ Is Bloody, Bold, and Tragic

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:32

All I knew when I sat down for Shrew’s Nest was that it was produced by the always-interesting Álex de la Iglesia (Witching & Bitching, The Last Circus) and that the Stanley Festival folks had compared it to Misery. Well shit, that’s all I needed to hear. The debut feature of Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel, Shrew’s Nest is a wicked little film about family ties and the painful constraints of memory. What starts out as a devilish family drama between two sisters transforms into a mad grasp for desperate companionship on one side and straight up survival on the other.

Set sometime in the 1950s, the film centers around Montse (Macarena Gomez) who lives with her younger sister Hermana (Nadia de Santiago), who has just turned 18. The sisters’ morbid family history consists of a dead mother and a father who bounced after the funeral. Since then, Montse has suffered from crippling agoraphobia – one foot out of their apartment door and she’s ready to explode. Hermana, on the other hand, is ready for romance and to shake off the domineering constraints her sister has created.

But maybe Montse is ready for a flame of her own too. And maybe she’s willing to do something drastic to make someone love her. Montse’s slapdash scheme to nail down a lover is the catalyst for the vicious unraveling of her and Hermana’s relationship. The final half of Shrew’s Nest is as wildly suspenseful with a suffocating atmosphere that nearly chokes its audience out.

Some films try to lazily crank up the tension by making the affair inexplicably claustrophobic – condensing the story to a taught location with little explanation. Shrew’s Nest ain’t that lazy mother though. The film delivers one of the most organic takes on claustrophobia in recent memory – giving a thorough and wholly believable explanation for Montse’s agoraphobia. She can’t leave the apartment, so the whole shebang takes place within its cramped walls.

What really sells the drama is Macarena Gomez and Nadia de Santiago’s performances. These two lady leads are passionately versatile as they run a 90 minute marathon of emotions that ranges from sincerely empathetic to bat out of infierno. Montse is a deeply multi-dimensional villain that viewers will find themselves inadvertently rooting for from time to time – only to be disgusted with her the next second. It’s these kind of emotional layers that make Shrew’s Nest a massive step above the rest.

It’s a mesmerizing, sinister drama to watch play out – the audience bares witness as a seemingly nurturing environment absolutely loses its mind in a fury of violence. All the while, Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel show themselves to be masters of their craft – from the brutal imagery to the depth of character. It’s hard to comprehend that this is their first feature. It’s just so goddamn well crafted, well acted, and downright gripping.

Shrew’s Nest (aka Musarañas) is currently working the festival circuit. We’ll bring you release news as it comes along.

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‘Maggie,’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dated For Home Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:29

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back and better than ever in the post-apocalyptic story, Maggie (read our review), arriving on Digital HD June 30th and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The film is currently available via On Demand. Also starring Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Best Supporting Actress, Little Miss Sunshine) and Joely Richardson (TV’s “Nip/Tuck,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Maggie follows the outbreak of a deadly zombie virus that sweeps the nation.

As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade’s (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie’s condition worsens, Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus.

Maggie comes featuring bonus materials including a “making of” featurette, an audio commentary with the director, a deleted scene and cast and crew interviews.

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New “Scream” Trailer Murders An Entire Party!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:01

Time to party!

These MTV celebs are dying to see MTV’s new TV series, “Scream,” which premieres June 30th on MTV!

In regards to the new Ghostface mask, check out what we discovered in the trailer!

What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.

[Related Article: Wes Craven Shocker: Reveals He Should Have Left Freddy Krueger’s “Look” Alone!]

Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch star.

Music by Rilo Kiley “It Just Is”

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Mick Garris Interviews David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, & John Landis

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 14:01

We’re going to head into the past here, specifically the early 80’s, for an amazing interview with horror filmmakers John Landis (An American Werewolf In London), John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween), and David Cronenberg (The Brood, Scanners), which was conducted by Mick Garris (“Masters Of Horror,” Critters 2, “The Shining” miniseries). The full 25+ minute interview goes over a wide range of topics and is incredibly fascinating, not only for horror fans but fans of film in general!

The clip was recently found by Uproxx and has less than 9,000 views at the time me writing this. It’s really a stellar clip, one that shows each of these directors in their natural state, playfully answering Garris’ questions and swapping stories with one another.

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[5 Skull TV Review] “Penny Dreadful” Ep 2.2, Baby Guts…Need I Say More?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:27

You don’t need to remind me of my sins. Just don’t forget yours. ~Caliban

I think “Verbis Diablo” is my favorite “Penny Dreadful” episode of both seasons so far. The development in this episode was so rich but (as it has happened in the past with many shows) when they try to fit in too much character development, things get muddied. But such is not the case with this one. It was beautifully plotted and paced to perfection. In addition it had my heart vacillating between shock-induced hummingbird beats and melting into a pool of gooey love for (some) of characters.

Speaking of such characters. I’m about to make an incredibly bold statement here, especially since it’s only been one episode, but I think that Caliban (now John Clare) and Brona (now Lily) might be my favorite live action Monster and Bride…ever. All last season, I was wondering what Brona’s arc would be. I knew she wasn’t just a love interest for Ethan because they didn’t spend enough time developing their relationship. And I knew she’d probably stick around because…well…frankly, Showtime made a character poster for her. So there needed to be another reason she was a part of the cast. And this, this is perfect. It’s been one episode of her being Lily and already she has added a grand new element in both the lives of Caliban and Victor.

But uh oh. I foresee some serious conflict in the future in two ways: Victor’s finally created the perfect creature and now he can’t have her. This has been his life’s work and now that he’s succeeded, he must let go. The second issue I see arising, and I may be reading into it a little too much, is that I’m fairly certain Victor and Lily will develop feelings for each other and that’s not just a problem where Caliban is concerned but Ethan as well. All this to say: Bravo, “Penny Dreadful” for adding such a complicated and unique element to the story of Frankenstein.

I must also thank the writers for the conversation between Ives and Caliban. It was the one time in last night’s episode that I could NOT keep myself from smiling (okay, aside from all the little smiles that Ethan and Lyle’s flirtatious banter brought me). What a beautiful, thoughtful, and stunning introduction for those two characters. The juxtaposition of the scene is stark and striking. Surrounded by the ill and the poor in a dark and dank cavern, yet the two of them seem to be surrounded in light with the lovely and profound words they speak to each other. And their chemistry is exquisite, not in a sexual way, but it’s as if they have an immediate understanding of each other’s true nature. And when Ives closes out their magnificent first meeting with the compliment to his eyes…no words.

Let’s get to the meat (kind of in a literal way…) of the episode. Evelyn Poole. She is quickly becoming my favorite character. Not only does she bathe in blood but she’s also the sassiest, silver-tongued, I-get-what-I-want-so-fuck-off Bitch Witch around. I absolutely adore her. I could watch an entire episode of just her. But it’s not just her character that is wonderful; it’s what her character is adding to the dynamic of the cast and plot. She hasn’t had a chance yet to do too much damage to our crew. But she will. And it’s going to be bad. And I utterly cannot wait. (Yes, I know you all want me to talk about the dolls and the baby heart…give it a minute).

Okay, minute over. The ending…THAT END! My hand literally involuntarily flew to my slack jaw. Who could have seen that coming? No one. That’s who. The dolls, eh, whatever. Dolls are no longer creepy to me, like clowns…is anyone still afraid of clowns? But when dolls are stuffed with human baby hearts…still not creepy but demented and terribly sad. Now that we know what she does with these dolls (or I guess I’m assuming she does something nefarious to the person the doll looks like ::cough cough:: Ives ::cough cough::) it’s incredible to see how many lives she has most likely ruined because dayummmm…that room had SO many dolls. Not to mention how many babies she has killed.

GAH! This episode was so good I could go on forever.

Random Reflections:

How adorable are Ethan and Lyle? Ethan is such a charmer and Lyle has no shame.

I can’t help thinking of this misfit, ragtag crew of occult purveyors as Scooby-Doo and Gang.

“Sad old sodomite in too much rouge in a flamboyant wig.” Seriously, that witch cuts like a knife.

I just want to see Ives smile again. Who’s with me on that?

I really appreciated the story Ethan told Lyle in the archives about the wolves. His obvious emotion was more telling than his actual words. They are definitely taking their time developing his character and good for them. Slow burn is wonderful when done correctly.

Did I hear correctly? The name of the one survivor of the Tavern massacre, was his name Mr. Ripper?

Angelique No-Last-Name did not impress me. It could be my issue with incredibly bold people, I find them daunting, but eh. Hopefully something fun comes of that. However, in this episode, just from what I’ve seen so far, Dorian and Angelique bore me. They’re just two beautiful things who enjoy way too much hedonism. Let’s hope our lovely new lady of the night (that was a brothel, right?) adds some dimension to Dorian’s story because he needs some facets.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section! Remember, I have such wonderful swag from Showtime and I’m still looking for profound and thoughtful commenters to share with!

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It’s Not a Lake; It’s Art Inspired by ‘Alan Wake’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:00

I’ve featured the work of a variety of artists here on Bloody Disgusting over the years, because most artists could use the exposure, and because sometimes, horror art can even be inspirational. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten the idea for an article or a video after spending some time looking through the galleries of artists like Chris Cold. Seeing what creative people are capable of can be an effective way to motivate oneself to actually make something.

Today, the goal is different. Below you’ll find the works of a handful of artists, as opposed to just one. The theme that ties them all together is the mutual love for Alan Wake these artists share. So while this is still a celebration of horror art, it’s more of a tribute to Remedy’s cult series.

Visit kopfstoff’s gallery

Visit InvisibleRainArt’s gallery

Visit VelvetRue’s gallery

Visit dagreenpillow’s gallery

Visit Lanachestnut’s gallery

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‘Uncanny Valley’ Review: Pixeljunk Nightmares

bloody disgusting - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 09:00

It has become increasingly difficult to get excited about games featuring pixelart. Making a game seem like it could have been released on the NES is nothing new and hasn’t been for some time now. At some point, devs will make retro games based on retro games mimicking retro games, and the universe will collapse in upon itself.

Scrolling through the front page of Steam will usually yield a stomach-turning number of NES-like or SNES-like games, complete with a chiptune soundtrack and some vague resemblance to the games of yore.

And yet, uniquely entertaining games like Axiom Verge transcend mere nostalgia porn and make interesting use of mechanical and story limitations for effect. They are few and far between, but they usually possess some hook beyond a certain graphical style.

Uncanny Valley represents an attempt at transcendence. Produced by Cowardly Creations, the game touts itself as survival horror with action / adventure elements.

If Uncanny Valley can be compared to the original survival horror game, Resident Evil, then it is due to the utter simplicity of its aims. A pixelated throwback in many ways, the game features simple mechanics, straightforward puzzles, and plain writing. Unlike the above-mentioned RE, however, it does not punish the player with tank controls, improbable-to-impossible puzzles, and a frustrating save system. However, a unique premise does not manage to save what is ultimately a game too small in scope for its grand ambitions.

With its endlessly creepy score and somber-yet-detached mood, Uncanny Valley is one of the most identifiably horror games of recent memory. It’s sort of a bargain basement Silent Hill, and I mean that in the best possible way. It’s got some kind of weird and (for lack of a better word) “indie” limitations, but this is not a game merely reaching for the lowest common denominator.

In Uncanny Valley, players take on the role of Tom, a security guard at a facility in an uninhabited town. His coworker is a rotund jerk, and the facility Tom guards contains secret and off-limits areas, so a mystery is built not just into the story but into the world, as well.

Nightmares of being homeless (or at least tattered and dirty) plague Tom’s nights, creating a sense of a split world, one in which Tom is a listless vagabond in search of, well, something, and one in which he is a listless working stiff uncovering the mystery of his ostensible ghost town. There are walking shadows and empty buildings, and the constant hum of silence is almost too much to bear.

However, the selling point for this game is undoubtedly its branching story, which ultimately leads to one of several possible endings, like a Choose Your Own Adventure tale. Miss something in your playthrough, and the game doesn’t overtly penalize you. The ending may change slightly, but the game itself continues on, with the player none the wiser.

For example, there is no real fail state that drags you back to a checkpoint. If you completely botch a puzzle or manage to get yourself “killed” — it’s weird — you won’t have to replay that section. Instead, you’ll just continue on as if nothing had happened. Or maybe you won’t, but the game knows, and it subtly changes to reflect your gameplay choices.

The art style lies somewhere in the valley between Lone Survivor and Gunpoint. Though at first glance it appears to be yet another pixelart game, it’s way more complicated than that. The character models are well-designed, as is the world, and an amount of care has been placed into world-building. Granted, it’s a very small world, and the rooms are sometimes repetitive-looking, so it’s not perfect, but the way the game uses scale and space is kind of interesting.

The basic mechanics are — at best — rudimentary. You’ll pick up a few items and use them elsewhere, and in any other game the dearth of things to “do” would be a net negative, but for this particular gaming experience, it kind of works. It’s not about the puzzles, per se, because the game is funneling players into a different possible outcome.

Logically, that feels sort of weird for me. If the puzzle is merely a filtering device for the next section of the game and where you, as the player, stand within it, then how much do the puzzles and outcomes matter in and of themselves? I can’t even come down completely on the consequences-based system, however, because even bigger budget games use these tactics to move story forward. I have to say it does work here.

Kind of. And that’s what I can’t quite get over. The game is just long enough and just varied enough to be interesting, but not interesting enough to make it an automatic recommendation.

The most problematic aspect of Uncanny Valley is its adherence to the idea that replay value is one of the game’s biggest draws. The first playthrough is a relatively short experience, but the number of endings is meant to pull players back in so they can see what else could happen.

However, I found myself almost entirely without a desire to see the rest of the game once I had finished it. There’s a chance you will play the game a second, third, or maybe fourth time in order to experience the different endings, but if you, like me, felt satisfied after the first playthrough, the desire to replay it just plummets.

In that way it is kind of like Heavy Rain. Most people only played through once, and even if they googled the other endings, they largely felt satisfied with how their game ended up. On a much smaller scale, Uncanny Valley works much the same way. Since the playthroughs are much shorter, it is conceivable to dash back through to make different choices, but the experience seems depleted in a way, if you do that.

Overall, Uncanny Valley is a weird thing. It has a lot going for it that is somewhat unique. The subject matter is grim, and the music is appropriate in tone. The story is intentionally vague, and in some ways that’s a very cool aspect of what the game is trying to accomplish. I only wish the writing were a little more sophisticated. The lack of coherent writing and interesting (or at least unique) characters plays heavily into the feeling that this game could be more than it is.

It doesn’t quite work all the way for me, but there’s plenty here that is intriguing on a base story level to draw in plenty of gamers. It feels like part of a great game. Maybe with some time and tweaking, it could become a whole one.

The Final Word: For ten bucks, Uncanny Valley is by no means the worst way you could spend your money on Steam, and the confusion of picking through its many bizarre layers might be enough to tip the balance in the player’s favor, but I can’t wholly recommend it.

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