As the market for augmented reality games (ARGs) continues to grow, so does the number of games that are aiming to use this exciting new genre in ways that terrify us. The latest to catch my eye is something called Night Terrors, and what makes this game particularly intriguing is what it aims to do. That is, transforming your home into a haunted house.
Gone are the days that required blood sacrifices and costly summoning rituals to conjure angry spirits. Soon, you’ll be able to accomplish this with an app. Take a look.
Night Terrors is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, where its developer hopes to raise $70,000. As I’m writing this, it’s about a third of the way there with 36 days left in the campaign.
Aside from filling your home, or wherever you happen to be when you open the app, into a virtual haunting ground, this developer wants to dethrone Amnesia as the scariest game ever. According to some words I found on their crowdfunding campaign, they’re planning on achieving this by creating a uniquely personal horror experience with a storyline that revolves around you. There’s no avatar to serve as a pillowy barrier between you and whatever horrors they’ve come up with.
This sounds like my kind of game. I’ll need to verify that it won’t be populating my apartment with clowns first, but once I know Pennywise isn’t waiting for me in my bathroom, I imagine this app could be quite a lot of fun.
Almost immediately after Konami announced they had officially cancelled the hugely anticipated Silent Hills, one fan turned to the popular online petition site Change.org to see if the gaming community would come together to help revive it. The petition Yauheni started a week ago has already accrued over 71,000 signatures, just a few thousand short of its 75,000 goal.
Whether or not it gets the attention of Konami or Guillermo Del Toro remains to be seen, but either way, it’s nice to see folks coming together to right a wrong.
It’s rare for a franchise like Silent Hill, which has steadily been fading into obscurity for over a decade now, to have a chance of being relevant again. That’s exactly what Silent Hills would’ve been, had Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro been able to realize it further than an incredible demo and two teaser trailers. If there’s a chance we can bring it back, however small that chance may be, it’s worth it.
I highly recommend you sign this petition, because even if Konami really has a future in mind for Silent Hill — and they’ve said they do plan to continue the series — a future without Silent Hills is a difficult one to get excited for.
A brand new month can only mean one thing, and that’s another handy release schedule so you know exactly what to expect. The deluge of horror gaming goodness we’ve been enjoying since January lightens up considerably this month, but that’s a good thing, because it means you’ll have precious extra time to finish some of the numerous spooky scary video games that arrived in April.
Let’s take a look at what’s ahead of us in May.Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Two months ago, Bethesda announced Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It’s not a horror game in the traditional sense, but it will dip its toe into the franchise’s roots in the supernatural and the occult. So look out for zombies.
Release Date: May 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)Mortal Kombat X – Jason Voorhees
I spent some of my weekend roaming the Krypt in Mortal Kombat X in an effort to unlock all of its secrets. The fact that I’m still playing, and enjoying, this game should be a testament to how great it is. I might not be able to play on a difficulty higher than Normal without getting my ass handed to me, but that’s only because I don’t have the right tool.
Next week will see the addition of Jason Voorhees to its roster, and I suspect that lovable killing machine is the exact right tool I need to send my opponents packing.
Release Date: May 5 (PC, PS4, XBO)The Last of Us: Left Behind
The Last of Us’ excellent solo chapter, Left Behind, will soon be available as a standalone game. So if you’re like me and you never played it, your excuses for not doing so are about to run out. Some of it runs concurrently with the events in the main game, but I’ve heard the best parts come when it dives into the past. If you’re a fan of Ellie, you won’t want to miss this.
Release Date: May 12 (PS3, PS4)Quadrant: Chapter One
The makers of the indie horror game Quadrant had to push back the release window for its first chapter, which is tentatively scheduled to hit Steam later this month. Here’s to hoping they were able to remedy those technical issues.
Release Date: TBA May (Steam Early Access)
Unarguably the best addition to Naughty Dog’s critically acclaimed horror game The Last of Us was its Ellie-centric story expansion, Left Behind. The solo chapter originally required the main game to play, but that changes this month when the expansion is made available, again, as a $9.99 standalone release on both the PS3 and PS4 starting May 12.
I’m a little ashamed to admit I never played Left Behind, despite hearing such overwhelmingly positive things about it. If you have played it, what’d you think? And please, no spoilers!
Remember Kodoku? It’s an intensely strange-looking horror game that’s coming from Carnivore Studio. The game looks delightfully bizarre, thanks in no small part to its penchant for outlandish monster designs which include pigs and scorpions with human faces. So basically all the things you might expect to see on a particularly nightmarish acid trip.
Kodoku has been quietly transforming into the kind of weird horror game I’d desperately like to play. It doesn’t have a release date yet, but when it does arrive, it’ll come to the PS4 and Vita.
It’s been awhile since we last heard from the upcoming sci-fi indie horror game Caffeine. The game has endured a rocky development fraught with poorly conceived trailers and multiple failed crowdfunding attempts. That might’ve buried some games, but not this one. Caffeine recently added the Xbox One to its platform support, alongside the previously announced PC version.
A new trailer for the game recently surfaced showing off some new footage of the labyrinthine series of futuristic, marshmallowy corridors. I’m still waiting for something genuinely frightening to happen in one of these videos, and, unfortunately, it looks like I’ll need to keep waiting.
A couple weeks ago I listed some horror games we could all look forward to getting our hands on this year. That list, it seems, was premature, as Yager’s open-world zombie survival game Dead Island 2 has officially been delayed into 2016.
“We have always set ourselves a big goal for Dead Island 2: to create the sequel that takes Dead Island to the next level,” the developer explained in a tweet on the game’s official Twitter. “We have been looking at the game long and hard, and we have decided we didn’t reach that goal we set out to achieve quite yet.”
So for now, Yager will be solely focused on taking the game “to the next level.”
Task Force X has been assembled…for a group photo!
David Ayer, the writer and director of the upcoming DC anti-superhero film Suicide Squad, just tweeted out the first ever cast photo in full costume, as well as a solo shot of Will Smith as Deadshot!
In addition to Deadshot with his mask on, the biggest takeaway from the group photo is our first ever look at Joker’s popular accomplice, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who looks killer! Also featured in the film are Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Echantress (Cara Delevingne), with Deathstroke, King Shark, and Plastique also said to appearing in the film.
For those who don’t know much about Suicide Squad, they’re a group of supervillains who do the “dirty” jobs for the government in exchange for reduced prison time, etc. It’s a really cool concept that’s bode well for the DC comics and various spinoffs. The biggest question is as to how Jared Leto’s Joker comes into play, being that he’s not part of the “Squad”. I’m guessing that maybe he’s the villain to the villains? Or, there’re rumors he plays a sort of Hannibal Lecter role similar to that in Silence of the Lambs.
The Dirty Dozen of superhero films opens on August 5th, 2016.
Seeing a movie at home can be a wonderful experience. You don’t have to worry about people talking through the whole thing, or the sound of someone stuffing their face and crinkling their candy bag, or seeing a cellphone illuminate half the theater with the blaze of a thousand suns. At home YOU get to control how you enjoy a movie, whether it’s for background noise or you devoting yourself entirely to the story in front of you.
But sometimes there are films that just play out better on the big screen. Whether it’s seeing the story in a larger-than-life way or hearing the sounds on a system that you will never (and should never) own. Seeing a movie in theaters can sometimes also create memories that last for a very long time, the experience adding to the enjoyment more than you thought possible.
So, with that, I want to tackle some of the films that make you appreciate going to theaters. Ahead are several of my personal favorites and then you should tell me yours in the comments!
It’s pretty much a given that Jar Jar Binks is the most hated character in the Star Wars universe. Hell, it’s possible he’s one of the most hated characters in cinema! So when murdockmotion edited Binks into the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he pretty much took one of the most hyped movies of this year and ruined it in the most ridiculous way possible.
Honestly, the editing is rather flawless at points (shaky at others, to be certain), with Binks looking like he naturally fits into the scenes, as terrifying of a concept as that is. Still, this video elicited as many chuckles from me as it did groans when I remembered just how much I despised Jar Jar.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes out December 18th, 2015.
Filmmaker Rodney Ascher is on some next level shit. His previous film Room 237 used clips, interviews, and more to create a fascinating patchwork documentary exploring the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. His latest doc The Nightmare takes a similar approach as it looks at the terrifying phenomena of sleep paralysis. The film cuts between unsettling anecdotes told by sufferers of paralysis and dreamy, downright horrifying reenactments of their worst nights under the sheets. I’ll say this right now, the film is genuinely terrifying.
Not just a series of nighttime yarns set to visceral reenactments, The Nightmare also does a great job examining the phenomena and investigating the ins and outs of why it happens and, most interestingly, why people hallucinate the same shadow people when it happens. Ascher doesn’t include any serious medical studies of the occurrences – only flirting with details about the electrical connections in our brain that do their thing while we sleep.
In the Q&A following the film, Ascher explained that he wasn’t really interested in the medical studies regarding sleep paralysis – that’s not the story he wanted to tell. He’s much more interested in the philosophical and religious implications of why the hell this happens to people. By having 8 people tell their stories, Ascher presents an illuminating and intimate look at a condition that can literally ruin lives and change peoples’ perceptions of reality.
Unlike in Room 237, Ascher films his interview subjects as they detail their experiences with sleep paralysis. These aren’t regular talking head segments though – these moments possess a powerfully eerie tone that seamlessly carries over to the reenactments. Some of them are held in dark childhood bedrooms and houses, where the subjects first experienced sleep paralysis, which adds incredible weight to their stories.
Oftentimes the transition between the subject’s story and the reenactment is marked by a slow pan, and holy shit once that pan happened, I had to prepare myself. For anyone who’s ever experienced intense sleep paralysis, the reenactments are honestly like reliving them. I’ve only lightly suffered from the phenomena, I’d say from age 15 to 25. Listening to these subjects and watching these reenactments was both comforting and terrifying. It’s comforting to know that you’re not alone and that these people (and literally thousands around the world) have experienced “the nightmare”. And it’s fucking terrifying to relive them on the big screen.
Although the 8 subjects come from many different backgrounds and locations – from the Midwest to London- their recollections share many common images like the shadow men, the man in the hat, the voices, etc.. They begin to overlap and it truly is fascinating that these diverse people from all over have experienced the same thing, with varying degrees of horror. Ascher also shows how this experience has only been loosely documented throughout history in every corner of the globe.
As if the subject’s anecdotes weren’t terrifying enough, the reenactments turn The Nightmare into an honest to god horror movie. There are some jump scares, but that makes sense considering when sleep paralysis hits and retreats, it feels like getting punched. The real terror is drawn from listening to the subjects tell their story as we watch the reenactments play out. It’s incredibly effective and provocative work. “It’s like the darkness is alive,” says one subject. And The Nightmare brings that horror to life.
As someone who experienced sleep paralysis for a solid decade, The Nightmare is the documentary I’ve always wanted to see, but never really wanted to see. It dug up a lot of skeletons, brought up a lot of questions, and did so in a chilling manner most straight-forward horror movies fail to achieve.
A few hours ago I was sent an article with an “update” about Scream 5.
The update was a story that referenced old articles about the sequel, without links, and treated them as fresh news/sources. With two seconds of effort, I found the old editorials and learned they’re from last summer. Old news to say the least.
I hoped it would blow over, but sites are now picking up the story as if there’s “movement” of a fifth Scream.
There isn’t, at least according to my source inside of Dimension. With MTV’s “Scream” series set to premiere this summer, who knows what that could do to reinvigorate the franchise that nearly ended with a feud between franchise director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson (they kissed and made up right after). Williamson has said he has the fifth planned with a sixth already in his mind…
With that said, the 2011 Scream 4 underperformed, not even topping $40M (the production budget) here in the States. It did, however, make close to $100M worldwide. Harvey Weinstein said in 2013 that he personally would love to “end the franchise” with a fifth and final film. So, it is only a matter of time.
Let’s at least use this wasted post for a value discussion: what do you want from the fifth film, if it were to ever come into fruition?
On May 15th, George Miller returns to the universe he created with Max Max: Fury Road, which stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy as the title character. The movie has, in my opinion, been hyped enough with some phenomenal trailers. However, Warner Bros. has decided that they want to sway any non-believers by releasing several clips from the film as well as behind-the-scenes footage and B-roll. The total length of everything combined? Nearly 20 minutes of Mad Max goodness.
Personally, I’m not going to watch a single one of these clips. As I mentioned with the final trailer, I’ve already seen enough to know that I absolutely have to see the movie. I’m not going to spoil anything else for myself by watching any more. I want the film to be full of surprises and I’m willing to wait with baited breath rather than take little nibbles here and there.
We’re gonna head into the desert for this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week by showcasing “Blood In My Eyes” from pop punk rockers Sum 41. Now, believe it or not, the video is a rather demented piece of work, with overtones of I Spit On Your Grave.
The basic story is that a hitchhiker is picked up by a rather creepy looking gentleman. After getting in the car, he beats her senseless, takes her into the middle of the desert, and strips her down to her underwear. She wakes up bloody and confused, only to find the house where the man lives. She remembers that he raped her and she decides to take matters into her own hands.
The song comes from the band’s last album Screaming Bloody Murder. Head on down to check out the video!
According to Deadline, Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) has signed on as one of the main characters in the upcoming thriller A Man In The Dark, which is being written and directed by Fede Alvarez.
According to the site:
The plot follows a trio of young thieves who see the home of a reclusive, blind millionaire as an easy target. After breaking in, they discover the mark is actually a dangerous psychopath who begins hunting them one by one.
The film will be produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who were also the team behind Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead remake. The script is written by Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues.
George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead is arguably one of the greatest zombie movies ever created. Far more than just a bunch of zombies eating people, it’s a strong commentary on commercialism and human nature, putting the actions of people who are in a terrifying situation under a microscope lens.
The majority of the film took place in the Monroeville Mall, which has changed rather dramatically over the years due to remodeling and updates in technology. But one piece that hasn’t changed is the iconic short bridge that rests between some lovely vegetation. But that might change unless our voices are heard.
A petition that hopes to save this bridge explains:
One of the few staples that still remains from Dawn of the Dead, the bridge, is due to be demolished and scrapped in just a matter of days. It’s not been disclosed to us what day that will be, so the need to act fast is of the utmost importance.
As the situation currently stands, the removal is already set in motion. If the bridge is demolished, it will then become property of the demolition company. It may be re-purposed or simply tossed out.
If we can garner enough signatures, we would like to house the bridge in a facility where fans can continue to visit it for years to come. Kevin Kriess has agreed to make it a permanent part of The Living Dead Museum in Evans City, PA. Our goal is for the demolition company to take it apart with care and turn it over to the Living Dead Museum to be reassembled.
You can sign the petition here.
Co-directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s debut feature Cooties made some waves at last year’s Sundance and was picked up by Lionsgate, who generously gave the filmmakers more time (and money) to shoot a new ending. This brand new cut premiered as the opening night film of the 2015 Stanley Film Festival and holy hell what a way to kick off the festivities. Horror comedies are a tough package sometimes, but the creative team behind Cooties, which includes Leigh Whannell and Glee creator Ian Brennan, have crafted a thrilling and satisfying satire.
After a truly nauseating title sequence that’s sure to turn some viewers into vegetarians, we’re introduced to Clint (Elijah Wood), whose dreams of being a novelist have landed him back at his mother’s house in Chicken Fort, Illinois. I wouldn’t call Clint a “failed” writer – his eyes sparkle when he talks about his book about a possessed boat – just maybe a naïve one. Wood is great as this sort of enthusiastic loser and as the film plays out his transformation into a would-be hero is entertaining to watch.
Clint’s first day as a substitute teacher at Chicken Fort Elementary starts off innocently enough. Well, not really. Someone writes “Eat a Cock” on the windshield of his Prius before he can get out of it and the other teachers are not so welcoming. They’re all Midwestern caricatures, but the actors embody the shit out of them, making them feel fresh.
Clint tries to rekindle the flame with his childhood sweetheart Lucy (Alison Pill), only to find she’s dating the off-putting gym teacher Wade (Rainn Wilson). The love triangle here makes up the film’s emotional core. Also making up the teacher’s lounge is the militant conservative Rebekkah (Nasim Pedrad) and closeted homosexual art teacher Tracy (Jack McBrayer). While each of the cast takes turn punching our funny bones (Wilson’s talent for improvisation is on full display), it’s Mr. Leigh Whannell who comes out of left field, delivering a truly bizarre and hysterical performance. He plays Doug, a seemingly socially inept teacher with a bizarre disposition. Before and after the shit hits the fan, Whannell consistently dips in and out of frame and just kills. I’m not sure what his comedy background is but ay caramba does he steal the show in Cooties.
A tainted chicken nugget is what causes a virus to spread amongst Fort Chicken Elementary’s students, turning them into rabid, bloodthirsty terrors. Once the virus begins to spread, Cooties takes off at an utterly frantic pace and plays out much like you’d expect. There are loads of clever moments, like showing how pre-virus all the kids pop Adderall and can’t look away from the phones. Without shoving it our face, the film does have something important to say about schoolteachers and how they’re treated in this country. Rainn Wilson in particular has a piercing line that sums up the selfless attitude teachers must possess to pretty much babysit a room of kids every day.
Cooties is a ridiculously entertaining film that nails both the horror and comedy aspects to an unyielding degree. It’s grisly scares one moment and hysterical the next – and it’s all satisfying.
Lionsgate will be releasing Cooties on September 18.
Shout! Factory! is set to distribute The Editor, which Patrick Cooper calls a hilarious giallo homage and instant cult classic, in the U.S.,Bloody Disgusting learned.
Directed and produced by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, this stylish, giallo-inspired horror comedy premiered with critical praise at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1.
“A hilarious send-up of classic giallo cinema, The Editor spins the twisted tale of a once-prolific film editor who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders haunting a seedy 1970s film studio. Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he’s had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he’s been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learns the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.”
Paz de la Huerta (Boardwalk Empire), Samantha Hill (Bad Meat), Laurence R. Harvey (The ABCs of Death 2), Adam Brooks (Manborg), Matthew Kennedy (Father’s Day), Conor Sweeney (The ABCs of Death 2), Tristan Risk (Dark Continents) and Udo Kier (Borgia, Blade) star in this absurdist throwback to the Italian Giallo.
In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive U.S. distribution rights to The Editor, including broadcast, digital, home entertainment and theatrical for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this movie on a variety of entertainment distribution platforms and in all packaged media through Shout’s genre label and horror entertainment brand, Scream Factory.
Set to World Premiere at the upcoming Stanley Film Festival (full lineup here) is the Ben Cresciman-directed psychological thriller Sun Choke, which screens Saturday May 2 in Estes Park, CO.
Bloody Disgusting has landed an exclusive look at a series of Sun Choke character posters featuring “Freaks and Geeks” fav Sarah Hagan, You’re Next‘s Barbara Crampton and Sara Malakul Lane.
In the film, which we’ll be reviewing soon, “Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.”
Watch the Sun Choke trailer by clicking here.
STANLEY FILM FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Saturday, May 2, 5:00pm at the Concert Hall in Estes Park, CO **WORLD PREMIERE**
Sunday, May 3, 1:30pm at the Historic Park Theater in Estes Park, CO
The summer blockbuster season is beginning this weekend with the release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. In this sea of exciting and thrilling releases, two titles have been getting a lot of love from us on BD: Jurassic World and Mad Max: Fury Road.
To get you even more excited for these two releases, the former of which comes out June 12th and the latter on May 15th, we’ve got two featurettes that appeared on Arrow In The Head.
The first featurette is for Jurassic World and the site states that you’ll, “…see interviews with many of the film’s principals, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg.” The second one is for Mad Max: Fury Road and focuses on director George Miller.
Check ’em out below.