Infinitap Games is bringing an enhanced version of Matt Gilgenbach’s 2014 horror game Neverending Nightmares to the PS4 and PS Vita on May 3 in North America and May 4 in Europe. Inspired by its creator’s battle with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, this surreal is about as psychological as psychological horror can get.
“Through eliciting feelings of darkness and despair and drawing on strong metaphorical undertones, I’m seeking to express my feelings of struggling with mental illness through the game,” explains Gilgenbach in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “While the story isn’t autobiographical, the feelings in the game very much are. Everything in the game was designed to recreate the feelings and thoughts I experienced at my darkest point in my mental health struggles.”
It’s a very personal project that also works as a satisfying and often very frightening horror game. It’s an easy one to recommend, especially with the various upgrades that have been made since the PC release. Neverending Nightmares targets 1080p/60fps on PS4, 60fps on the Vita, and features an improved branching narrative and cross-buy support, all for for $14.99. They’re also giving PlayStation Plus members a 20% discount for the first two weeks following its release.
In this exclusive clip from Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) uncovers a freshly sacrificed body that sets her off to investigate a mysterious cult.
“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”
Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.
Earlier this week we told you that Paramount hopes Rings, their long-gestured sequel to The Ring and The Ring Two, will become an annual Halloween event.
Gore Verbinski’s 2002 The Ring, starring Naomi Watts as a journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it, was a remake of Hideo Nakata’s Japanese Ringu (1998). I still consider it to be one of the scariest and most unnerving horror films ever made.
And while The Ring was one of the most successful horror films ever here in the States, the Ringu franchise was also huge in its native land. It started the “J-horror” craze, and is responsible for the birth of the 2000 made-for-TV movie Ju-On, which would also get a U.S. remake in 2004 (the film was produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House, and its success is one of the reasons we never saw Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason) under the moniker The Grudge.
While both franchises centered around a curse and feature a super scary evil spirit, they were inherently different stories, but had equal the spooks. I’m unsure which is bigger, but there are way more sequels to Ju-On than that of Ringu.
We’re pretty excited for Rings to reignite the franchise here in the States this coming October, but there’s a primer coming out of Japan on June 18th.
As previously reported, after a brilliant April Fool’s Day joke went viral, Kadokawa and NBCUniversal Japan have joined forces for the ultimate J-horror battle: Sadako vs Kayako.
Grotesque director Koji Shiraishi is behind the camera with Mizuki Yamamoto caught in the middle of the two battling horror icons.
We’ve already seen a teaser trailer, but now have a full-length version to go along with a handful of awesome screengrabs.
It looks as if both stories are seemingly separated, at least until the two spirits come across the same victim in the final shot (it reminds me of Monica Keena’s scene in Freddy vs. Jason). The coolest shot is that of Kayako being choked by Sadako’s famous hair, although the trailer loses its power with an awful Japanese pop song playing over much of the footage.
Ju-On: The Final, billed as the final Ju-On, opened in Japan last June, while Sam Raimi is producing a re-remake here in the States.
When they work together, the power of geeks knows no bounds. The official Dark Souls board game took only three minutes to reach its £50,000 goal on Kickstarter. Three. Minutes. Not three weeks, not three days. Three minutes.
At the time of writing, the amount of money raised is £625,992, more than twelve times the original goal. Geeks are a force to be reckoned with.
The game can be played by up to four people at a time and will attempt to replicate the experience of the video games as closely as possible, albeit in board game form. Usually I’d encourage you to contribute some money yourself, but in this case they clearly don’t need it as the speed at which the money is flowing their way is just crazy! By the looks of it, their final two stretch goals will be reached later today.
From the Press Release:
Dark Souls™ – The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players set in the Dark Souls™ universe. Players choose from a number of core character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights.
Designed specifically for the Dark Souls™ universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay mechanics, with world-class miniatures faithful to the rich universe, this game delivers an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games.
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We have a new survival horror game to look forward to, and it involves the creators of Kholat.
Husk is a first-person collaborative effort that’s being co-developed for PC by UndeadScout and IMGN.PRO. It’s set in the fictional town of Shivercliff — a town I would absolutely move to, just to have Shivercliff in my address — which sort of sounds like some a tourist-eating Devil’s Triangle disguised as Bright Falls. See, there’s a page on the town’s website that opens with a vague tease of the possibility that something might keep you from leaving Shivercliff by calling it “a place you’ll never want to leave…” That sounds nice, you might say. That’s a town you might want to buy a gift shop snow globe from to remember it by, perhaps.
I recommend saving your $3.00, or whatever snow globes cost these days, because that ambiguity transforms into something sinister by the end, where Shivercliff becomes “a place you will not be able to leave.” Is the town cut off from the world somehow, like Silent Hill, or is its invitation for us to be the “next big plot twist” in the lives of its complex locals a euphemism for their inflicting violent murder upon us?
Find out when Husk releases, whenever that is! Until then, enjoy some screens.
Documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story to Explore the Life of the Man Who Became Jason Voorhees
He may be known to many as Jason Voorhees, but Kane Hodder has encompassed all manner of roles throughout his extensive career. The upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story will shed light on the life of the man who has become an icon of modern horror cinema.
From the Press Release:
Masterfully Macabre Entertainment (“MME”) is raising contributions for its latest documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story, through the rewards crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. This definitive and exclusive biographical documentary on horror icon Kane Hodder features co-stars and colleagues such as Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Danielle Harris, Sean S. Cunningham, Adam Green, Twiztid, and many others.
The campaign sets out to raise at least $50,000 to bring attention to the documentary, engage fans in a variety of events, donate funds to the Bothin Burn Center, and change the public perception from ‘burn victims’ to ‘burn survivors’. The Indiegogo campaign launches on Thursday, April 21, 2016, and runs for 33 days, ending on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
The Bothin Burn Center in San Francisco, CA, is not only responsible for bringing horror icon Kane Hodder back from the brink of death, but also saving countless lives since opening in 1967. As the first burn center in California, the Bothin Burn Center continuously innovates and treats burns from critical care through rehabilitation. “At the essence of it, we are helping these patients through the most traumatic experience they will have,” said Nurse Paula Fillari, Clinical Director of the Bothin Burn Center. “It’s our job to give the patients back their lives.”
Producer Andrew Barcello added, “As we’ve learned through making this documentary, those affected by burns want to be known as survivors, not merely victims. MME wants to aid in the efforts to further research and education to help those affected.”
In connection with the Indiegogo campaign, Masterfully Macabre Entertainment is announcing the “pull your heart-strings, then cut your head off” documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. This gripping documentary reveals the struggles and horrific experiences that encapsulate the complex life of Kane Hodder. It is the story of his dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada, to his adolescence on a small military island through his near-death burn accident and his ultimate rise to the unforgettable horror icon Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th movies and the upcoming Friday the 13th video game. With powerhouse performances in over 100 movies, Kane has killed more people on-screen with his hands than anyone in history. He further solidified his iconic killer status by becoming Victor Crowley in the cult classic Hatchet trilogy. “You will go from crying with Kane to being on the edge of your seat, and that’s what we love about it.” (Andrew Barcello, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)
The campaign offers staple crowdfunding perks such as Blu-rays, downloads, and merchandise but also features unique experiences like a day on the set with Kane to one-of-a-kind collectibles such as a video call with Kane, Kane writing a custom dating ad, or the “666 package.” Some of the more exclusive perks can only be redeemed by one super fan. Director Derek Dennis Herbert says, “I’m really excited about all the awesome perks we have; one of my favorites is the ‘Killer’s Cut’ edition, where Kane hacks your Blu-ray with a machete!”
Masterfully Macabre Entertainment was founded in Los Angeles, California, and is the brainchild of Derek Dennis Herbert and Andrew Thomas Barcello. MME is a horror production company focused on the niche market of documentaries profiling horror icons, unique feature horror films, and groundbreaking horror genre reality shows. “We want to bring cult phenomenon to mainstream audiences. Horror is in our blood; it’s a way of life, not just movies!” (Derek Dennis Herbert, Co-Founder of Masterfully Macabre Entertainment)
Are you missing your weekly dose of “The Walking Dead” now that the series’ sixth season has come to an end? Well, a new entry in the comic world of The Walking Dead has arrived, but it’s a bit different from what we’re used to…
As THR explains it, The Walking Dead: The Alien is the first installment not written by creator Robert Kirkman. Instead, the issue was written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga) and Marcos Martin — who founded digital distribution platform Panel Syndicate, which released the issue earlier this week. The price? Whatever you can afford!
The single issue reveals the fate of Rick Grimes’ younger brother, Jeff Grimes, who was first mentioned in the third issue of The Walking Dead.
“I’d been fascinated by the idea of Rick Grimes’ long-lost kid brother ever since he was first mentioned waaaaaay back in Walking Dead #3,” Vaughan wrote in the afterword of the issue.
The one-shot takes place in Barcelona — where Martin is from — and reveals that the apocalypse isn’t just happening in America.
“In the comics, we’ve stayed in the continental United States; we haven’t really ever explained what’s happened outside of it,” Kirkman said. “I used to joke that people are hanging out in Australia and they’re fine and it’s just the American continents that are all messed up — but that’s not the case.”
Hear more from Kirkman and Vaughn about The Walking Dead: The Alien in the below video from Skybound.
The Walking Dead: The Alien centers on Jeff Grimes, who wakes up in Barcelona and meets local girl Claudia, a museum curator, and their efforts to return to the States, where the American government is rumored to have found a way to contain the outbreak.
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If you’re a zombie fan and a comics fan, chances are pretty good you’re well aware of Deadworld, first published back in 1986 and considered by many to be the original zombie comic. Now, thanks to Caliber Comics and Executive Replicas, you’ll soon be able to place the first ever King Zombie in your collection of action figures.
Based on the long running classic Deadworld comic book series, this iconic figure is sure to not only please fans of the granddaddy of all zombie comics but worldwide horror fans in general. King Zombie – the sadistic, chain-smoking, Harley motorcycle-riding, intelligent zombie – is the main villain within Deadworld, who made his debut back in 1986 and continues on to this day. He is on a mission to take over the world, and he wants to control everyone… alive, dead, and undead.
- 12” Tall Fully Articulate Figure
- 2 Head Sculptures
- 6 Interchangeable hands
- Leather Biker Jacket
- Wood Axe
- 2 Pairs of Glasses
- 1 Cigarette
“This King Zombie figure perfectly complements the comic book series and our recent nationally launched soda beverage line Deadworld Zombie Soda,” commented Caliber Comic CEO Gary Reed.
The King Zombie figure is now available to pre-order from Executive Replicas for $135.00 with delivery scheduled for mid-July, 2016.
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So, how good is Mike Flanagan’s new film, Hush (review)? Good enough for Stephen King to get the word out about it, and he is damned right! The flick is available right now on Netflix, and you should make it your business to check it out!
Flanagan directs the film from a script he wrote with star Kate Siegel. John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan also star.
How good is HUSH? Up there with HALLOWEEN and–even more–WAIT UNTIL DARK. White knuckle time. On Netflix.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 21, 2016
In this heart-pounding thriller from acclaimed writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Before I Wake), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.
With the season finale of The Walking Dead: Michonne now just days away, we got our hands on the launch trailer, and man, it packs a punch.
From the Press Release:
Today we can share the all-new launch trailer for ‘What We Deserve,’ the third and final episode in The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries.
Episode 3: ‘What We Deserve’ will be available starting Tuesday, April 26th, on PC/Mac via the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
In ‘What We Deserve,’ feeling the weight of choices both recent and long ago, Michonne tries to protect an innocent family… but Norma and the vengeful Monroe crew are closing in. As reality shatters and the ghosts of the daughters she abandoned demand to be heard, your choices will determine who lives, who dies, and what redemption really means in a world gone to hell.
The miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”). Haunted by her past and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne across a three-episode miniseries event. Players will dive into the mind of Michonne to discover what took her away from Rick, Carl, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.
To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid, and GamesRadar and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.
The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.
The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Episode 3 – ‘What We Deserve’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood & Gore, and Strong Language by the ESRB.
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The European fantasy/horror film Tale of Tales was recently released on DirecTV and is getting a limited theatrical run tomorrow. But for those of you want a little sneak peek into the film, a new clip has been released and can be seen above.
“Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres and sorcerers. Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of “Gomorrah.” “Tale of Tales” is based on 3 spellbinding stories of magic and the macabre by 17th-century folklorist Giambattista Basile. It unleashes a barrage of mind-bogglingly gorgeous and fantastical imagery as it brings to life the (mis)adventures of 3 kings. In the kingdom of Darkwood, the King (John C. Reilly) and his Queen (Salma Hayek) attempt to conceive a child through very unusual means. Meanwhile, in Highhills, the none-too-bright monarch (Toby Jones) marries off his daughter to brutal ogre while developing a strange obsession with breeding a giant flea. The sex-obsessed crown of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel) is in for a shock when the woman he falls in love with is not quite what she seems. This intoxicating cinematic spectacle is full of surreal surprises, and a journey into the dark heart of fairy tales.”
Tale of Tales stars Selma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, and John C. Reilly. It was directed by Matteo Garrone and features music by Alexandre Desplat.
STX Entertainment has announced that they will be moving their horror film The Bye Bye Man once again. Originally, the movie was supposed to come out this October. Then the studio bumped it up to June 3rd, which delighted many excited viewers. However, the current move is sure to upset a few people as the new released date is December 9th, just in time for the holiday wave.
The studio did this because the June date put the film against the summer blockbuster Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, explains Deadline. The new date is wide open and doesn’t have any competition, as of yet.
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, when three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man’s existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate.”
Bye Bye Man stars Doug Jones, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Faye Dunaway and is directed by Stacy Title.
The status of Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 is something of a mystery. When announced, it was the hot ticket. Then, Ridley Scott decided to move forward with a sequel to Prometheus, a film now titled Alien: Covenant. That event seemingly brought the filming of Blomkamp’s Alien film to a grinding halt.
But now new news has been released and it comes directly from the mouth of Ellen Ripley herself, Sigourney Weaver.
Well, I *think* it is. Ridley asked Neill NOT to make our Alien til after Prometheus 2. He (Ridley) wanted his movie to shoot and be released first. But it’s an AMAZING script, and Neill and I are REALLY excited about doing it. We’re doing other things until we can get going on that. I’d be really surprised if we DIDN’T do it, because it’s such a great script, and we love working together. So, it’s just going to take a little bit longer to get out to you, but it’ll be worth the wait.
This information comes from Weaver’s appearance at VMware and the quote comes from Aggressive Comix.
Obviously, this is huge news as it means that Blomkamp’s Alien is still very much in the cards and not cancelled indefinitely as we previously thought. That being said, no concrete filming dates have been set nor is there an anticipated release date. All we can do is sit back and wait.
Some horror movies end with a question so big, they never fade away, instead becoming a mystery that the community will go above and beyond to try and solve. Horror is a big culprit of leaving us on a cliffhanger with questions unanswered. After all, sequels have to be made, right?
One of the big horror endings is John Carpenter’s The Thing, which leaves us observing the tense back-and-forth between Kurt Russell’s MacReady and Keith David’s Childs. Viewers have been trying to figure out if either one of them was a “thing” even since the movie first hit theaters and the topic still resonates with people.
YouTuber Zombater has created an interesting fan theory that takes a scene from the movie, one in which MacReady is playing chess against a computer, and used that as the foundation for an interesting take on the film’s ending. It posits that MacReady is free from the alien biological threat but that Childs may very well be the “thing” in human form.
Check it out above and let us know your thoughts on the ending to The Thing!
Evil exists. It genuinely does. We can try to laugh it off or undermine it, but evil very much exists and is constantly all around all of us. It is said the average human will walk by three serial killers in their lifetime. Just that fact alone should open your eyes to the evil in the world. All I am saying is that if there is a spiritual war going on right now in the world, maybe the bad guy is winning. Maybe the big-bad is getting closer and closer than any of us have ever imagined. It is with that thought in mind I offer you a slow and guided journey through six chilling portrayals of Satan in cinema, the one place that dares show us what the “beast” may actually look like and how it would potentially sound.
If you are easily scared or overly spiritual, I do not recommend reading this list, as it is said he can smell weak people from miles away. I would hate for this piece to be an “in” for him, so do not read on if you are not spiritually strong.
Just kidding. It’s just an article. Read on, regardless.
Also please note the lack of “Black Phillip” from The Witch was intentional, as we never see his final form.
Okay, read on my little lambs, read on… But beware of spoilers!Tim Curry as The Darkness in Legend
Start with the best, and this Ridley Scott film easily has the best cinematic Satan ever put on film. Exactly how a child’s mind would imagine the Devil, Darkness is bright red, with MASSIVE, onyx horns branching out from either side of his skull. His voice sounds like it comes from belly of hell, itself, deep and overpowering. Dark and unforgettable, like Satan should be.
But Darkness was more than that. Tim Curry transformed so much for this role. You cannot see him or hear him, which is the mark of an unforgettable performance.
Hell (pun intended), I would put this performance up there with Ledger’s Joker. It is THAT haunting and unforgettable, and sets a great tone for the rest of the list.Robert De Niro as The Devil in Angel Heart
For the few of you who may not know, let me warn you now. This 1987 movie starring Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro and Lisa Bonet (who was still a Cosby kid at the time) will all sorts of f*ck you up. I won’t spoil any of the twists or turns here, but will talk a bit about how eerily De Niro (yes, THAT De Niro) portrays Satan.
First off, gone are the obvious traits of the above mentioned devil, replaced by a man in a suit who looks and sounds worldly. He has a heavy air of wisdom and darkness about him. Yet, he has long, well kept hair and is very well dressed. The only real clue early on are those sharp fingernails. Again, a small touch but one that works brilliantly here.
So if you think De Niro is scary in all his gangster movies, you should give him a shot as the Devil.
He is not a Satan you will soon forget.Viggo Mortensen as The Devil in Prophecy
Prophecy was a good movie with a good cast, though few seem to recognize that. Walken and Mortensen both standing out for their performances as fallen angels but it was Mortensen who stole the show as the Devil himself. He played a nice mix in between pure hellfire and self contained intensity.
Well dressed and well spoken (which seems to be a theme with Satan), what makes this performance so unforgettable is the exchange he has with Walken’s Gabriel before tearing out Walken’s heart and eating it.
Seriously, if you have not seen that scene, it just might be included in clip above.Jack Nicholson as The Devil in The Witches of Eastwick
Jack may play over the top sometimes, but people need to understand, sometimes over the top works. His role as Satan in The Witches of Eastwick was a perfect example of a performance where larger than life and over the top were necessary.
Though the movie centers around Satan’s attempted seduction of three women (who just so happen to be witches, who then put a spell on him, because movies), it is Jack who shines with the above scene being a perfect example. “Or did he do it to us ON PURPOSE???!!!” Classic Jack and one of celluloid Satan’s best lines.
A scary Devil but also damn if he is not funny and spot on. I feel like this Devil should have a podcast. I would listen.Al Pacino as the Devil in The Devil’s Advocate
Where many actors go for subtle when they portray the angel of darkness, Pacino goes the other way. He starts out like a successful “every man”, but across the course of the movie his true intent (and origin) become more and more obvious.
What makes this performance stand out is, you can tell with most of the entries on this list that playing something so remarkably evil was, well, exhausting on them. Thing with Pacino is, he seems like he is eating it up. Having fun, if I may? Louder, more passionate, more convincing, more manipulative, and just overall more Pacino, if you have not seen this on-screen version of Lucifer, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
And man, that ending makes it even more worth it.Rosalinda Celentano as The Devil in The Passion of the Christ
As I was researching this list, I found a strange trend. Satan is very rarely portrayed as anything but a white man. Was a bit relieved to recall that the Devil was played by a woman in the extremely infamous The Passion of the Christ, by the ever-angry Mel Gibson. Whether he was making some sort of veiled statement with the choice or not, we have no idea, but cinematically, she worked very effectively.
From the lack of eyebrows to the weird, mutant, midget she carried (hey, no one said I was P.C), there was a deep, dark, unsettling energy to her that just brought everyone to a standstill the few times we got to see her on-screen (which wasn’t enough, frankly). But the Devil as a woman? That is something I can get 100% behind.
So who is YOUR favorite cinematic Satan (Peter Stormare?) Hit us up in comments and let us know. Enough good ideas and we will do a follow-up, written by Satan himself!
Ten years ago today, director Christophe Gans’ vision of Silent Hill came to theaters and presented us with what might very well be the most faithful video game-to-film adaptation ever churned out. While the film didn’t do insanely well, earning nearly $100 million against a $50 million budget, it was praised for its atmosphere, set design, and visuals, all of which are crucial when it comes to a Silent Hill title.
As many of you know, my love for the Silent Hill games is pretty high up there. I’ve played every game (except for Book of Memories and that’s because I don’t own a Vita) multiple times so that I could earn each ending. At one point, my collection of Silent Hill music in my iTunes library could be played from beginning to end, without any repeats, for several days. I could go on and on about my love of the series but I want to focus on Gans’ film for now because it really was a special moment for me the day it came out.
Ever since the first Silent Hill game came out in 1999, I’d been wanting a film adaptation. Something about the game and its story, no matter how convoluted and messy it got, seemed perfect for the silver screen. After all, here was a game that was inspired and influenced by the likes of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, and many more of horror’s greatest authors, all of whom I’d read many times in the years leading up to the game.
When the movie was announced, I was beyond excited. I was still young enough to have boundless enthusiasm and loads of wide-eyed optimism, especially when they stated that Gans was going to direct. Having been a big fan of Brotherhood of the Wolf, I felt like this was going to be a faithful recreation of the town that gave me so many delicious nightmares. And you know what? While not flawless, it gave me everything I could’ve wanted and more.
You see, for me I knew that doing a shot-for-shot recreation of the game was out of the question. What I wanted was a lot of practical FX (check), a creepy and exciting atmosphere (check), beautiful music (check), and an ending that was more in line with the game than some BS Hollywood nonsense (check). Yeah, some of the dialogue was kinda corny and the story a bit too nonsensical, but that’s what the game is all about. And while a few people complained about the runtime – which, at over two hours, is long for a movie of its kind – I saw it as more time to spend in that industrial nightmare.
I’m not saying this movie is perfect, because it’s clearly not. But I saw this movie twice on opening day and another two or three times before it left the theaters. I love this movie, I love this franchise, and I’m thrilled that there’s a chance for me to talk about the movie.
Just don’t expect anything like this from me when it comes to the sequel.
Telltale released a trailer earlier today for the imminent conclusion to the three-part miniseries The Walking Dead: Michonne. I hope you made all the right choices in the last two episodes, because it all ends with what could very well be one of the most intense episodes in the series so far. Even the title of the episode, ‘What We Deserve’, is an obvious tease of the very real possibility that it’s all going to come crashing down on Michonne next week.
What We Deserve releases April 26 for PC/Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and mobile.
Today marks the 27th anniversary of the release of Pet Sematary, the book-to-film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 horror novel. Starring Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, and Fred Gwynne, the Mary Lambert-directed picture performed strongly at the box office but was met with mixed reviews. It has since become a cult classic that draws in new viewers every year and still fascinates many.
Several years ago, filmmakers John Campopiano and Justin White decided to embark on a journey to create a documentary that went behind-the-scenes on Pet Sematary. And today, they’ve released a trailer, a poster, AND opened up pre-orders for the documentary, which has an official release currently set for October this year. The long-awaited documentary is finally going to be able to be seen by the masses.
Campopiano and White explain:
“When we first set out for Maine nearly six years ago we thought, at most, we would take some photographs of the filming locations from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and post them to social media. But upon that very first visit we knew that we had stumbled upon something special — stories, people, and places that had been barely documented for the extensive, global horror fan community. We knew within that first year that we needed to go back to Maine and continue to dig, not just to satisfy our own curiosities but also to try and bring an in-depth making of story about Pet Sematary to others who also share a deep appreciation for the film. Terror Films has stepped up and showcased a similar love for Pet Sematary but, more importantly, the belief that the stories, people, and places we’ve documented have significance and ought to be shared with anyone who has an interest in Pet Sematary, Stephen King, the horror genre, or film in general.”
The documentary features, “…interviews with Director Mary Lambert and the entire cast; including Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl Twins and many more. The film also features never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine, interviews with key crew, the town’s people and packed full of bonus features, including a fan appreciation sizzle reel, a personal interview with the documentary filmmakers and much, much more.”
If you want to order a copy, head on over to the Terror Films website to snag a copy.
Shocking news is hitting the internet as many sources are stating that Prince has passed away at age 57 at his home estate, just days after being released from the hospital for undisclosed health reasons, according to AP via BBC.
Born Prince Rogers Nelson, the musician/actor has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time. He recorded the mega hit albums 1999 and Purple Rain, the latter of which was also released as a rock musical that won an Academy Aware for Best Original Song. Prince also put together the soundtrack for Tim Burton’s 1989 superhero film Batman.
Prince’s last releases were 2015’s HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, which were both released in fall and winter of 2015.
We are incredibly saddened by this news. Rest in peace, Prince and thank you for your music.
We’ve met their victims and explored their hunting ground, and now it’s time to get acquainted the killers with the third Dead by Daylight developer diary. Unlike Last Year and Friday the 13th: The Game, Behaviour Interactive’s asymmetrical multiplayer stab ’em up will feature more than one bad guy, because it’s always good to have options.
Keeping with the game’s focus on making each match unpredictable for both sides, each killer will have a special skill — the Rick Taylor looking guy lays bear traps, for example — in addition to four unique perks, the first-person perspective and the rather nifty ability to “see” noises, like Daredevil.
Behaviour has also shared profiles for the four aspiring survivors, which you can find in the gallery below. Dead By Daylight releases this fall for PC.