We finally have our first real look at the upcoming indie horror game Kholat, and thanks to the wonders of Unreal Engine 4, it is looking good. The game is named after Siberia’s “Death Mountain”, where nine students lost their lives on a hiking trip in 1959. I included the incident in my list of creepy real places horror games should visit because of the unsettling mystery surrounding the tragedy. To this day, we still don’t know what caused the group’s untimely deaths.
Kholat aims to explore this real mystery in what looks like a very cold game. The incident is tragic, but it’s our love of the unknown that also makes it ripe for creative interpretation. It really is a fantastic setting for a horror game, and everyone can appreciate a horrifying tale that — unlike most films that claim they are based on almost nothing — really is “based on a true story”.
There’s not much to glean in terms of how the game will play, but I’m really digging the music in this trailer. I hope it’s original.
Kholat is scheduled to arrive on PC later this year.
TheWrap is reporting that The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone is in early talks to stake a claim on the new Lestat movie for Universal Pictures.
Boone is being eyed to both write and direct.
Rather than a remake of “Interview With the Vampire,” the new film is expected to draw from the second and third books in Rice’s series — “The Vampire Lestat” and “The Queen of the Damned” — and will likely be faithful to the source material.
Lestat de Lioncourt was played by Tom Cruise in Neil Jordan’s star-studded 1994 adaptation of “Interview With the Vampire,” though the character will be recast.
A few years back, Universal acquired the rights to author Anne Rice’s novels in “The Vampire Chronicles” series and set Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer to produce along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Universal and Imagine will have an entire body of existing and future novels in Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” series, including the adapted screenplay for “Tale of the Body Thief,” written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice.
Other novels in the series include “Interview with the Vampire” and the upcoming “Prince Lestat.”
Producers John Wells and Arnold Kopelson are bringing the 1997 feature The Devil’s Advocate to television as a potential series, reports Deadline.
The legal drama with a supernatural twist, from Warner Bros. TV, has landed at NBC with what they hear is already getting a pilot commitment!
Written by Matt Venne (“Bag of Bones,” The Exorcism Of Molly Harley), “the series centers on a public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the Devil himself.”
In the 1997 movie, produced by Oscar winner Kopelson for Warner Bros., the young lawyer was played by Keanu Reeves, with Al Pacino playing his boss. The film, based on Andrew Neiderman’s novel of the same name, was directed by Taylor Hackford, with Charlize Theron co-starring. It grossed $153 million dollars on a $57 million budget.
With the Saw franchise over and done with — at least temporarily — many horror fans have been looking for something to satiate our boundless appetites for torture porn. This probably won’t fill that need, but it may help tide you over until we hear more from the series’ inevitable return. Elsa Rhae is an artist who’s brought us some truly fantastic body paintings inspired by stuff geeks can relate to.
Her latest work continues that by conjuring Billy the Puppet from the Saw films.
The only thing I can think of that would make this better is if Rhae rode in on a tricycle.
Adam has decided to grace us with another BD Playlist, a chance for him to share some of his current favorite tracks. Below are five picks, two of which I can guarantee are inspired by the recent announcement of Silent Hills. So, without further ado, head on below to see some of Adam’s musical tastes, complete with handpicked tracks!
Matt Corby – Resolution EP
Well it’s official. After many stops and starts that included one of the longest development processes for one of their films, the House of Ideas has finally put Ant Man in front of the camera. Marvel sent out a full press release today marking the beginning of principal photography in San Francisco and as I sit here I’m not entirely sure how to feel. This time last year we were almost certain Guardians of the Galaxy couldn’t possibly keep the magic alive for Marvel Studios.
But Ant Man still feels a little tenuous. I’m really not sure how I feel about Payton Reed in the director’s seat, especially after one of the most visually gifted and dynamic directors in modern cinema, Edgar Wright walked off the project thanks to differences with the script. Yet, we have some stunning casting in Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym so I’m definitely hooked into the project, and let’s all be honest we’ll be seeing this bad boy post Avengers: Age of Ultron.
I’m just not sure if it’ll make the boatloads of cash, previous Marvel Studios efforts have. I guess we’ll find out next July.
For now the official plot synopsis that Marvel sent out today seems quite tantalizing:
Set for release in the United States on July 17, 2015, the film is directed by Peyton Reed (“Bring it On,” “The Break-Up”) and stars Paul Rudd (“I Love You Man,” “Role Models”) as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, and Michael Douglas (“Behind The Candelabra,” “Wall Street”) as his mentor Dr. Hank Pym and Evangeline Lilly (“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lost”) as Hope Van Dyne, daughter of Hank Pym…
Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1962, Marvel’s “Ant-Man” continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in Marvel’s “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Oops I lied, still a bunch of stuff we already knew. In any event, I eagerly await those first set photos, and a little more information about how Yellojacket (Corey Stoll) fits into all this.
Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”).
The miniseries event “Rosemary’s Baby” premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The “Rosemary’s Baby” Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes – “Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary’s Baby” and “Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design”. We have an exclusive look at the “Fear is Born” featurette below!
Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, “Rosemary’s Baby” features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO’s “The Wire”). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only).
“Set in present-day France, Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple that escapes New York and moves to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse – an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city. Problem is, it comes with a haunted past, and an immeasurable price.“
You look like you could use another P.T. demo reaction video. Thankfully, Konami has us covered. First, saw what happens when you sit some older Japanese women down with the freaky demo — spoiler: it’s hilarious — and now we get to see what happens when some younger Japanese women spend some time with it — spoiler: it involves lots of screaming.
For the unfamiliar, the P.T. demo is actually a very clever reveal of Silent Hills. The game will be a collaborative project between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro that stars Norman Reedus and likely won’t release until 2016. Gamescom brought us some major horror headlines last week, but this one easily took the show.
If you’d like to play the demo yourself, you can grab it now (it’s free) on the PlayStation Store.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Minecraft, and I’d like to think that some of the stuff I’ve created is pretty neat. Any confidence I might’ve had in my past work always immediately goes out the window when I see stuff like this. A few months ago I made a sweet ass boat, but while I was busy spending way too much time trying to figure out how to get the sails just right, laztheripper is recreating entire sections from Diablo II. A substantial portion of the first act is finished, with the other four in varying states of completion.
Speaking of Diablo, the Ultimate Evil Edition is slated to release on last and current-gen consoles tomorrow. If you’re on the fence about it, you can check out my review.
Filmax (the [REC] franchise, Summer Camp) provided Bloody Disgusting with the first images from their now-filming Sweet Home, with Rafa Martinez at the helm.
Sweet Home is described as a realistic and claustrophobic film that keeps track of the scariest side. Principal photography wraps on August 22 in Barcelona.
Here’s a translation of the film’s plot: “The plot is situated in a daily environment: a couple decides to spend a romantic evening in a floor of a semi-abandoned building that slip because she works as a consultant for the council house and got the keys. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building…and they have become the new target.“
Ingrid Garcia Jonsson (Beautiful Youth) stars with Bruno Sevilla (Mindscape).
Martinez co-wrote the screenplay with Teresa of Rosendo and Ángel Agudo.
The English language Sweet Home is produced by Julio Fernandez.
Someone has finally made a custom PC case that’s worthy of overthrowing the human race. Inspired by the malevolent AI SHODAN from the long-dormant System Shock series, this one-of-a-kind PC is emblazoned with the incredibly judgmental face of everyone’s favorite rogue AI. The attention to detail here is just ridiculous, but we mustn’t overlook the possibility that this case is too genuine, enough so that it becomes sentient and hurtles the world into a Terminator 2: Judgment Day type of situation. I refuse to die before I get my hands on Silent Hills.
The creation you can see below is the work of Tom. Tom’s a fan of the series, so last September he decided to design a custom case that accurately represented his love for the games.
Tom even made a making-of video, which you can find below.
In related news, I just realized that System Shock 2 turned 15 on August 11 and I forgot to mention it. So as a sort of belated celebration, once you think you’ve spent enough time ogling over the lovely stuff above, you should consider checking out this artist rendering of the greatest scene in the series. And feel free to share your favorite moments from either game in the comments below.
Inspired by actual events, the thriller The Quiet Ones (read our review) is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on August 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The supernatural story is also available TODAY, two weeks earlier on Digital HD.
The film stars Jared Harris (TV’s “Mad Men”), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards (Open Grave), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Vampire Academy) and Olivia Cooke (TV’s “Bates Motel”).
We have an exclusive featurette clip that features Olivia Cooke and the producers discussing her work on the latest from Hammer Films.
“When a crazed university professor (Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help…and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected.“
The Quiet Ones Blu-ray exclusive material includes the “Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones” featurette that takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the unforgettable thriller as well as the “Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects” featurette. The Blu-ray and DVD both include audio commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes and a gag reel.
The Film4 FrightFest is returning for its 15th year, and just unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens.
Bloody scored the first look trailer for Luke Hyams’ Xmoor, which will World Premiere.
Out of the UK, the film stars Melia Kreiling, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar, Olivia Popica and James Lecky.
“With their sights set on a £25,000 reward promoted by a local newspaper, American documentarians Georgia and Matt head to Exmoor in North Devon to film the fabled beast supposedly slinking through the remote terrain. Is the creature a leopard, a panther, a family pet crossbreed, an imaginary predator? Setting up a forest camp with an old acquaintance harbouring his own dark secrets, the trio fix 42 cameras to the trees and rocks, linked back to a computer nerve centre where nothing should go unnoticed as they take turns to night watch. But then they discover some putrefying body parts all neatly tied up… then some more. And before long they realise they are in the lair of a beast right enough, but certainly not one of the four-legged variety. For they have discovered a serial killer’s playground and are soon to become his most wanted prey.”
After a 3+ year battle over release rights, distributor Wild Eye Releasing has picked up U.S. rights to the long-awaited, award-winning, true crime shocker My Name is ‘A’ by Anonymous (retitled Alyssa: Portrait of a Teen Killer for VOD, PPV, Cable) from controversial director Shane Ryan (“Amateur Porn Star Killer” and the upcoming “The Owl in Echo Park”). Written and directed by Ryan, My Name is ‘A’ by Anonymous stars Katie Marsh, Demi Baumann, Teona Dolnikova, Alex Damiano and Kaliya Skye. Ryan Nicholson (“Live Feed,” “Hanger,” “Gutterballs”) along with Alisha Rayne and actor Kevin Gage (Michael Mann’s “Heat”) produced the film.
Told through a blend of found footage, documentary style, first-person and classical cinematography, the film is the inspired-by-true-story of Alyssa Bustamante, the 15 year old girl accused of stabbing, strangling, and slicing the throat of her 9 year old neighbor in what news and court case described as a ‘thrill killing.’ The film which has left festival crowds “haunted” and “shaken” and hailed by critics as a “Brutal, heartbreaking masterpiece…” shocker “My Name Is ‘A’ By Anonymous” recently completed its festival run coveting numerous awards including “Best Art House Film” at the Pollygrind Film Festival. Wild Eye will release the complete, uncensored version this fall.
My Name is ‘A’ by Anonymous is set to be released on DVD September 23, 2014 and soon after on PPV under Alyssa: Portrait of a Teen Killer. The DVD includes two additional cuts of the film.
Circus Road has released the first teaser for their L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer). It stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie) and the voice of Andy Dick.
The film is, “a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous, “L.A. Slasher” explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent – purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.”
L.A. Slasher also has an interesting Facebook page composed in the stalker-y voice of the film’s villain.
Many thought the fire that destroyed the windmill destroyed the monster as well…they were wrong!
Following the success of their Universal Monsters Frankenstein, Mezco opens their laboratory door and reveals the “Son of Frankenstein” limited edition figure.
This 9″ scale Frankenstein boasts ten points of articulation and is covered with scars from his assembly. Perfectly capturing the iconic look of the classic film, the monster wears a genuine simulated fur tunic with cloth sleeves. He stands atop his signature boots, towering over other figures.
Only 500 of this exclusive “Son of Frankenstein” figure are available worldwide, so get yours before the villagers do!
This Mezco New York Comic Con Exclusive is a Limited Edition. A select number of collector’s items will be available online beginning August 22nd.
The vampire genre is making a comeback as of late, and Fantastic Fest is hosting the U.S. premier of Norway, a new and unique vampire film out of Greece.
“The year is 1984. Zano (Vangelis Mourikis) —a vampire who must dance to keep his heart beating—arrives in Athens, Greece to meet his friend Jimmy (Yannis Bostantzoglou). While waiting for Jimmy, Zano ends up at a dive bar called Disco Zardoz. He meets a prostitute (Alexia Kaltsiki) and a Norwegian dope dealer named Peter (Daniel Bolda). Zano and his new friend go on an adventure that leads them to the bowels of the earth.”
We now have an English-subbed trailer that takes you into the underworld of Norway’s vamp scene. It sort of reminds me of the 1983 The Hunger, starring David Bowie.
From the team behind Dogtooth, Yiannis Veslemes writes and directs.
Why you need to watch Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking The Shining at this year’s Film4 FrightFest?
Screening on Sunday 24th August at 6:10pm, the Film4 FrightFest crowd are being treated to the extended version of this masterpiece which is not available to own in the UK!
What’s more, Kubrick’s former producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan will be in attendance giving an invaluable insight into the mind of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. You cannot miss this once in a lifetime opportunity! Get your tickets here!
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings, dreamlike tracking shots and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. The Shining is the director’s epic tale of a man in a snowbound hotel descending into murderous delusions. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson (“Heeeere’s Johnny!”) stars as Jack Torrance, who’s come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife (Shelley Duvall) and son (Danny Lloyd).
Never one to shy away from the taboo, Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s new film Moebius contains scenes of castration, masturbation with a rock, incest, rape, penis eating, and (on a lighter note) infidelity. I know what you’re thinking, “Finally! A movie I can relate to!”
Kim’s last film, the familial revenge film Pieta, contained many of these same grotesque elements (a toe gets eaten instead of a penis), but presented them in a stark, serious manner. Moebius is more of a darkly perverse comedy, as long as you have a darkly perverse sense of humor, that is. Miraculously, these gruesomeness of the plot manages to add up to something much lighter than Pieta. Maybe “lighter” isn’t the right word when so many provocative images are flashing before our eyes. Images that Moebius depends entirely upon because there’s absolutely no dialogue.
It wasn’t until about the 20-minute mark when I realizes there hadn’t been any dialogue. I figured Kim is a big fan of The Mechanic (the Charles Bronson one, not the Statham remake) and wanted to toy around with a wordless first act. But besides some screams of pain and pleasure, not a word is spoken in Moebius and it works very well in an impressive display of acting and nuances.
The first five or so minutes is a good gauge to tell whether you’re going to be down with the rest of the film. When Mother (Lee Eun-Woo) snaps over Father’s (Cho Jae-Hyun) infidelity, she attempts to castrate him. He fights her off, so she goes for the next best thing: her Son’s penis. In complete shock, her Son (Seo Young-ju) watches in horror as Mother eats his penis and takes off into the night.
Like I said, it’s a comedy.
From there, Kim takes his story into even more extreme and ugly places. That’s where the humor resides. You can’t watch a castrated young man masturbate by rubbing a rock on his foot and take it seriously (I hope not, at least). Kim treats the material with an almost farcical touch. He knows how ridiculous this stuff is and as Son and Father explore different paths to getting off without a penis, it progressively gets more drastically absurd.
That being said, Kim does treat his themes in a considerate manner. Avenues like atonement, masculinity, sexual desire, and, most blatantly, Oedipal love are explored in a sincere way. The film wears it Greek tragedy concerns on its sleeve. It doesn’t always work, particularly during the climax when Mother returns for one last dysfunctional reunion. And for all of its graphic moments, the Young Woman that Father sleeps with is treated the most unpleasantly, in a way that turned my stomach a bit.
Moebius is a really difficult film to like. If it doesn’t make you want to vomit, hopefully it overcomes you with the blunt power of its storytelling. Certainly Kim’s most deliberately shocking film, Moebius also displays the auteur’s ability to masterfully tell a story while balancing his themes with extreme stuff like, uh, penis eating.
If you’re the type of gamer who lives for the thrill of collecting every achievement and/or trophy in a game, this news ought to be very exciting. We finally have the full list of achievements — and trophies, seeing as they’re essentially one and the same — for Alien: Isolation.
They come courtesy of Xbox Achievements, and unless Creative Assembly is hiding some especially intriguing cheevos among the secrets, the selection here is typical of most other games. There are no surprises or cryptic bits to discuss, but this list does make the game feel more official — at least for me.
Awake – Completed “Closing the Book” (10)
Welcome to Sevastopol – Completed “Welcome to Sevastopol” (10)
A Hunt Begins Completed “Encounters” (10)
You Shouldn’t Be There. – Completed “Seegson Communications” (10)
How Do You Feel? – Completed “The Quarantine” (10)
Caught in the Trap – Completed “The Outbreak” (10)
An Outpost of Progress – Completed “Seegson Synthetics” (10)
Shock to the System – Used the stun baton (10)
Bait – Completed “The Trap” (10)
Hazard Containment – Completed “Hazard Containment” (10)
A Synthetic Solution – Completed “A Synthetic Solution” (10)
Consultation – Completed “Consultation” (10)
Survivor – Completed the game on the hardest difficulty setting (100)
Ripley, Signing Off – Completed the game on any difficulty setting (50)
The Missing – Collected an ID tag (10)
The Taken – Collected all ID tags (40)
Archivist – Collected all Nostromo logs (40)
Light ‘em Up – Used the flamethrower (10)
Just out of Reach – Contacted your team and escaped Comms without being attacked by an android (40)
Use With Caution… – Used the shotgun (10)
Every Bullet Counts – Used the revolver (10)
Self Defense – Killed 10 humans (10)
Not a Scratch – Escaped from android combat without taking damage (20)
A Perfect Organism – Encountered the Alien in Sevastopol for the first time (10)
She’s in the Vents… – Used the vent system 20 times (20)
I Admire its Purity – Detected 30 targets with the motion tracker (20)
Build to Survive – Constructed an item (5)
Mercy or Prudence? – Completed the game without killing any humans (50)
Seegson Security Bypass – Performed 10 successful hacks (10)
Seegson Systems Expert – Completed 10 minigames successfully (10)
Power Games – Accessed 10 different rewire points (10)
A True Engineer – Constructed one of each craftable item (20)
A Record of Disaster – Collected an archive log (10)
Voices of Sevastopol – Collected 100 archive logs (40)
Fault Detected – Killed an Android (20)
Throwing the Switch – Completed “The Descent” (10)
The Message – Completed “The Message” (10)
Hide. Run. Survive. – Completed “The Quarantine” without being killed by the Alien (40)
Transmission – Completed “Transmission” (10)
One Shot – Completed the game without dying (7) (100)
Free the Torrens – Completed “Desolation” (10)
End of the Hunt – Completed “Tomorrow, Together” (10)
This Should Work – Used the bolt gun (10)
My Turn Now – Killed an android using only the maintenance jack (40)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (20)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (20)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (5)
Secret Achievement – Continue playing to unlock this secret achievement. (10)
Alien: Isolation releases on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.