This past month we’ve witnessed Alien: Isolation lead Amanda Ripley die ten horrific deaths. With the game’s release just a few short days away, the next time we see Ripley die will likely be when we’re playing the game. Now, because there were so many videos released over the last four weeks, there’s a good chance you may have missed one or more of them.
I’ve edited together a sort of “death compilation” that show off some of the many ways Ripley can die in Alien: Isolation. I know, that sounds creepy and weird, and maybe it is, but it also has a point. Consider this video a tool. Something to help improve your odds of survival.
Alien: Isolation hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7. Good luck.
— Adam Dodd (@BabyColada) October 5, 2014
Last October, nearly 400 developers came together for a 48 hour-long event called Asylum Jam. The goal of the event was to give game makers and horror enthusiasts the opportunity to make games that don’t rely on “asylums, psychiatric institutes, medical professionals or violent/antipathic/’insane’ patients as settings or triggers,” all of which have often abused, exaggerated or presented in stereotypical ways — even in otherwise fantastic games.
This year’s event runs from Oct 31 to Nov 2. They haven’t nailed down a venue yet, but when they do, you can be sure they’ll announce it on the official website.
I played through one of the games that came out of the first Asylum Jam as a part of our 13 Days of Horror series, which also happens to be returning this year. It’s a neat game that’s made even more impressive when you know it was made in just two days.
Even if you’re like me and can’t count yourself among the lucky few who were able to see it in person, I’m sure you remember that badass giant alien egg pod Sega made that served as an incredibly cool way to demo Alien: Isolation at games conventions. Public gaming events aren’t great places to demo a horror game, but Sega found a clever way to work around that.
In semi-related news, if you were wondering whether or not Sega has any more of those vignettes left, they’ve confirmed that video we got last Thursday was the last of them.
Alien: Isolation arrives on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.
If you were ever worried about getting the most bang for your buck with the upcoming open-world survival horror game Dying Light, this bit of news should put those worries to rest. According to a statement from the game’s producer, Tymon Smektala, in order to wring every ounce of content from its big, zombie-infested world, you’d have to spend in excess of 50 hours.
“The game is absolutely huge as it is, but to provide the ultimate zombie survival experience, we added an extra element of unpredictability to our nighttime gameplay,” says Smektala. “Online players can face the threat of a possible invasion of their game by the Night Hunter, an extremely powerful, human-controlled zombie mutation. These invasions are an inherent part of Dying Light, available on all platforms for all online players from day one.”
Below you’ll find the latest trailer for the game that sheds light on its pre-order exclusive “Be the Zombie” multiplayer mode.
Dying Light hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
Last year, I moved our annual 13 day-long pre-Halloween extravaganza to our YouTube channel, because I thought recording myself playing 13 horror games over 13 days leading up to the best holiday of the year would be fun. You folks seemed to enjoy it, so I’m happy to announce we’ll be doing it again this year! Want proof? Here’s a silly intro David and I made for it.
Horror. Genre. Slasher. Monsters. Zombies. Ghosts. Vampires. Werewolves. Possession. Exorcism. Creepies and the crawlies. These are things that I love and have always loved. When my partner Tom Owen and I founded Bloody-Disgusting.com in 2001, the site was born from a passion for these types of films and creative projects. Since then we’ve been on the front lines watching and admiring the modern evolution of independent filmmaking, gaming and digital content creation.
From Ti West to Adam Wingard, Bloody Disgusting has been leading the charge in discovering up and coming genre talent, and we have also bared witness to the ever-changing business model for these young filmmakers. Sure, it’s cheaper to make a genre film than say a movie like The Avengers, but does that mean it’s any less difficult?
We’ve built our brand based on the community experience, and are part of what we believe is a lifestyle (not just a mere obsession). Indiegogo is revolutionizing this communal experience, which is why Bloody Disgusting has for the first time decided to partner with a crowdfunding platform intent on discovering kickass new content so we can promote it and support it–something that we absolutely love doing.
To be Crystal-Lake clear, this isn’t just about film, it’s about music, it’s about gaming, it’s about art—it’s about Gwar Bars and Persian Vampire Westerns. Whoever you are, whatever you do: If you’re making something awesome, we want to help you birth those babies–get them funded, and then help get the word out.
We’ve been privileged to already partner with a number of amazing projects that will launch later this month on Indiegogo. We love ’em and we know you’ll love them too. What are they? Well, that would be ruining the surprise!
How will this work? Head here to apply to be part of the curated Bloody Disgusting partner page. Myself and the Bloody staff will personally vet each submission, and choose only the very best projects to support. We’ve built a keen eye for talent over the years, and we’re determined to only share and promote the projects and creators that not only we believe in, but also which we know you will believe in.
Here we are in the first days of October, our favorite time of year. So many things to do, so little time before the big day on the 31st. Things just got a little more interesting, and we’re incredibly excited by this collaboration with Indiegogo, to take next steps in the horrorverse together.
Signed with blood,
Brad Miska, aka “Mr. Disgusting”
Editor-in-Chief, Bloody Disgusting
You’ll see a lot of love for creepy toy movies coming from me, it’s one of my guiltiest pleasures. I own all Puppet Master movies, Child’s Play, and you can probably guess my favorite segment from Trilogy of Terror. So, though not technically a “killer toy” movie I was really excited to see Annabelle.
This review does contain minor spoilers, please be cautious when reading.
Annabelle is a prequel/spinoff from James Wan’s spectacular haunted house movie, The Conjuring. The conceit behind this is a film set in the past, it starts off in 1969, and tells us about the origin story of the doll in question. At the start Annabelle is a very normal doll, in spite of her horrific look, who is gifted to Mia from her husband John because she is a collector. One night while the young couple is asleep they hear screams from the neighbors and discover they have been murdered. Mia is attacked in the house by the female killer who was actually their neighbor’s estranged daughter, Annabelle. Apparently Annabelle joined a satanic cult and was coming back to her parents to kill them and hopefully summon some sort of demon. The police arrive and shoot Annabelle’s boyfriend as she locks herself in Mia’s doll room clutching the creepy doll in her arms and kills herself. Her blood drips into devil Polly Pocket’s eye and we see a cryptic symbol drawn in blood above her.
Let’s be clear on one thing here, and it’s important: JAMES WAN DID NOT DIRECT THIS MOVIE!
Not one minute of this film was directed by Wan who has pretty much solidified his horror status with The Conjuring and Saw. Instead it’s directed by John R. Leonetti who directed such delights as The Butterfly Effect 2 and Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. Leonetti also is a cinematographer by trade and has done a lot of work for Wan in the past, including Insidious and Dead Silence. Basically, Wan became good friends with Leonetti and threw him this movie to help him out after the cinematic disaster that was Butterfly Effect 2.
I realize that Annabelle was never meant to be a killer toy in the way Chucky or Blade were, which is sad because I could have gotten a lot more enjoyment from that. Instead we get a skeleton execution of an interesting and creepy idea. How do you make a movie with a doll that creepy and somehow manage to not make it scary in the least. Of course there are jump scares, the scariest of which being spoiled in the trailer, but they don’t even have near the effect caused in The Conjuring.
Annabelle is a very bland and generic take on a story like this. The leads, Annabelle (ironic) Wallis and Ward Horton certainly look the part of a middle class white couple living in the early 70s but other than that they don’t do much else to keep our attention. After a while they begin to just fade into the background, particularly Horton who conveniently is a Med School intern and is very rarely around for any of the demonic action that plagues Mia. Neither of them seem as nearly concerned as they should in life and both are far too easily taken in by the supernatural. If the characters believe it’s something spiritual right off the bat it robs the audience of scarier moments later on in the movie. Mia and John almost immediately agree it’s something evil and head straight to their priest.
The priest is just one of 3 characters in this film that go absolutely nowhere. At the beginning we meet him when he wants to take a picture of Mia and her new born baby. This would be a good, though clichéd, opportunity for a scare like the demon or ghost in the background, but nope. Just a weird thing this guy likes to do. And while we’re on the subject of the priest, he is extremely quick to agree with the couple that an exorcism must be performed on the doll. But if I remember right it took Regan’s mom months of tests and procedures before they decided to call in Father Merrin and this is about the same time period. I know because the early 70s are crammed down my eye sockets every 2 minutes. The movie even starts out with Mia watching news coverage on The Manson Family. I get it movie, we’re in the past and that would be great if the actual idea of a time period mattered but it doesn’t! It isn’t crucial to the plot, it could happen in any time, this one just so happens to fit into sequence with The Conjuring and Ed and Loraine Warren’s lives. Stop it with the references already, I kept expecting Don Draper to walk in.
My final gripe on Annabelle is its overly convenient plot devices. Mia and John just so happen to move next door to a couple whose daughter returns with a cult member and is just so happening to try and summon a demon and just so happens to conjure it into the world’s creepiest doll and on and on and on. There is even a character who falls under what Spike Lee famously termed “Magical Negro” who is sent to help out the white character because of their inside knowledge to what is going on. This archetype is both clichéd and insulting to audiences and filmmakers alike.
While Annabelle could have been a very creepy story with a lot of interesting mythology intertwined it instead gives us a mirage of potential. The best thing about Annabelle is it leaves off right as the story from The Conjuring begins. It sets it up perfectly to go into the next story about the nurses who had it, which means no sequel since we already were told that story!
Jonas Govaerts’ Cub (read our review), which has World Premiered at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival last month, screened tonight at Sitges before hitting the London Film Festival on the 14th.
With a Belgium release slated for Halloween October 29th, Bloody Disgusting has a quote-filled new one-sheet for the film that looks like the early years of Jason Voorhees.
“Cub is a horror adventure in which a young imaginative twelve-year-old boy named Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack, leaders Peter and Chris and quartermaster Yasmin. Once they enter the woods, Sam quickly feels something is not quite right. He soon stumbles upon a mysterious tree house and meets a shifty, masked feral-looking child. When Sam tries to warn his leaders, they ignore him: the boy often tells tall tales and Sam’s mysterious past which he refuses to talk about makes his leader Peter mistrust him. As Sam gets more and more isolated from the other scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them: the Feral Child, it turns out, is the helper of the Poacher, an evil psychopath, who has riddled the forest with ingenious traps and is intent on slaughtering the scouts… one by one…”
Shared on imgur is this incredible new Godzilla infographic featuring the various Godzilla monsters and his nemeses.
The large piece of art has all sorts of goodies, although it’s incomplete (no Mothra?!) Still, I love the size comparisons and tid-bits of info.
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake, which came out this summer, is now available on home video, with plans for a sequel set for 2018.
Which monster do you want to see in the second film?
An outrageous love letter to B-Movies, Horror fans, and Film Festivals, we thought there was no better way to close out Beyond Fest than with a movie that basically mirrors the experience of being at Beyond Fest itself! Albeit, with slightly more murder than your average night at the Egyptian.
The fledgling film department of the University of California, Berkeley has problems in gaining recognition, and film professor Mr. Davis has an idea how to overcome them… He and his students organize an all-night horror film festival to be held at Dreamland, an abandoned movie theater. Dr. Mnesyne, owner of film memorabilia, provides them with appropriate gimmicks for the films chosen for the festival. As the festival begins, a homicidal maniac stalks the theater blurring the lines between film and terrifying reality.
Secret Sixteen, headed by filmmaker and film collector Mike Williamson, presents cult films once a month at Jumpcut Cafe in Studio City on 16mm film for free. If you like Popcorn, you’ll love what’s being shown on glorious celluloid every month at Los Angeles’ best micro-cinema. Find Secret Sixteen and Jumpcut Cafe on Facebook and Twitter and join in the fun. Beyond Fest may have come to a close, but the cinema madness continues year round at Secret Sixteen and Jumpcut Cafe!
Now let’s grab a Schlitz, and enjoy the Reggae music filled horror show freak out that is Popcorn!
Like many of the adaptations of the horror master’s work, A Good Marriage, adapted by Stephen King from his novella and directed by Peter Askin, suffers from transition pains. Big ones. The films based on his work rarely manage to capture the sense of suburban dread his writing manages to invoke so effectively. Even when he writes the damn screenplay himself, the films hardly ever instill the same feelings that reading the stories can give you (I’d say Pet Sematary is the most successful). A Good Marriage is not only the worst adaptation of King’s work, it’s easily one of the dullest.
King was inspired to write A Good Marriage (which appears in the 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars”) by the BTK Killer, Dennis Radner. This seemingly normal guy was a pillar of the community and was happily married to his wife for nearly 30 years when it was revealed he was a brutal serial killer. How could she not know? Almost three decades, 10 victims, and his wife had no clue? Makes for one helluva jumping off point for a King story.
After an engaging and eerily shot opening sequence, A Good Marriage starts rolling out the cliches and long stretches of tedium. Anthony LaPaglia and Joan Allen star as Bob and Darcy, the two halves of the titular marriage. Bob is a successful accountant while Darcy manages their coin collecting and trading business from home. They live a peaceful existence in a quaint New England town (of course), but the area is soon rocked when a serial killer dubbed “Beadie” murders his 12th female victim.
Beadie’s M.O. is similar to the BTK’s. He brutally tortures the women before killing them. Afterwards, he mails their identification to the police with a note. Bob leaves for a business trip and as she’s cleaning, Darcy discovers a hidden stash of evidence damning her virtuous husband. Knowing that he’s the savage Beadie killer, Darcy’s mental stability begins to break down as she wonders how she could possibly confront him. Even scarier to think about, how can she protect their three children from dear old Bob?
This all sounds like a solid premise for a vicious psychological combat between Darcy and Bob. Instead, A Good Marriage loses steam shockingly fast and badly meanders to the point where I nearly lost interest in the film entirely. It repeatedly covers the same ground, spinning its wheels as it resets the tension every time King and Askin manage to build a hint of it up. The look of the film doesn’t help either. It resembles a Lifetime movie and Darcy and Bob’s house (where most of the film is shot) comes off painfully like a set. Thematically, it only flirts with the cold-bloodedness initially suggested.
As Bob, LaPaglia brings a nice duality to his performance. He’s sweet and husbandly when it’s called for and callous when Beadie comes out. Allen, on the other hand, coldly plays Darcy. While she’s supposed to be going through this powerful dilemma, she gives us no believable emotion to latch on to. She doesn’t seem too terribly determined to capture our sympathies.
A Good Marriage works far better on the page and maybe would’ve been more successful as a short film. It’s a horribly flat film and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a King adaptation so boring and deflated of thrills. There’s an attempt at a twist deep into the film, but by then it’s too little and WAY too late. This one’s a total bummer.
Here’s the official image gallery for Universal Pictures Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella in theaters October 10.
In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.“
Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.
Now on VOD platforms, check out 26 stills from the 26 shorts of Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films’ ABCs of Death 2, also set for a theatrical run on Haloween.
You’ll see all sorts of maniacal madness from beheadings to all sorts of insane creatures. It looks like a genre fan’s wet dream.
“ABC’s of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.“
FULL DIRECTOR LIST:
Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, DAY OF THE BEAST)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Marcus Dunstan (THE COLLECTION)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)
Have you seen 2012′s Maniac, the fantastic remake of the 1980 stalker horror flick? If not, you’re seriously missing out. It’s gory, it’s incredibly well crafted, and it features a stunning score that will haunt you for days.
The reason I bring up that movie is because when I watched “Liberator”, the new Better Left Unsaid video, I got that kinda feel from it. The video shows a man taking photos of a deceased woman as he poses her for several different vignettes.
Drummer Brent Terry told Revolver:
We wanted to move away from the digital, high definition, extremely clean, and cinematic style videos that we have created in the past. We intentionally made the video focus on the lyrics, with not even a single member of the band appearing in it. We truly wanted the listener to ‘view’ what the song was about. Words are always open for interpretation, but video on the other hand tells a different story.
Head on below to check out this video and definitely leave some recommendations for what should go up next week!
Better Left Unsaid will be releasing a collection of three albums entitled The Reissues, which comes out October 14th (pre-order here).
Goth rock duo The Long Losts have released their debut full length album Scary Songs To Play In The Dark earlier this week. The album features, “10 creepy tales and tunes to chill your bones and keep you up all night…dancing!”
The album cover is a total nod to the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark book series while the song titles are all references to horror films or characters in the horror universe, such as Trick R Treat‘s Sam or Lily of The Munsters.
Check out the album below.
See No Evil 2, which features star wrestler Kane as “Jacob Goodnight”, a psychopath that goes on a killing spree, will be available on Digital HD and Video On Demand Friday, October 17th, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on Tuesday, October 21st.
Starring Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet II), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason), Greyston Holt (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Chelan Simmons (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Kaj Eriksen and Lee Majdoub, from the pic directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), we now have the first batch of official imagery that shows the aforementioned stars hoping to survive a night decimated by Jacob Goodnight.
“A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.“
DVD and Blu-ray special features will include: “Twisted Twins (Soska Sisters)” featurette, “Autopsy: Dissecting the Kills” featurette and “Kane’s Goodnight: An Icon Reborn” featurette
Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead.
Screen Media Films’ A Good Marriage, adapted from Stephen King’s short story from the collection “Full Dark, No Stars,” is now on VOD and in limited theaters.
Bloody Disgusting has two exclusive clips, one that best extremely vicious in bed.
King wrote the screenplay and Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang.
“When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.“
From Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez, Exists pits a group of twenty-somethings against the legendary Bigfoot. The above image teases your first look at the legendary beast, with even more stills shared below.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.“
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
Exists hits theaters and iTunes on October 24.
NBC released a massive batch of first look images from the pilot presentation of “Constantine,” the DC Comics/Warner Bros. TV adaptation starring Matt Ryan as the chain-smokin’ title character.
Set to debut October 24, the fantasy vehicle is “about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.”
Harold Perrineau Jr., Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford co-star. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer exec produce.
The project is based on the “Hellblazer” comic book series. It has already been adapted into the 2005 feature film starring Keanu Reeves.
Relapse Records has come through for fans of punk/metal/doom/sludge/whatever by offering up a free 26-track sampler that features such bands as Myrkur, Iron Reagan, Nothing, Ringworm, Obituary, and many more. For free, you really can’t go wrong! So get on below and check out the sampler and then head over to Bandcamp to snag your free download.