I’m surprised it’s taken this long for me to discover White Night, but I am fully aware of it now and it looks very exciting. For the unfamiliar, the game is heavily inspired by old school survival horror — specifically Alone in the Dark — as well as German Expressionism and the works of Alfred Hitchcock. It’s set in the early thirties and follows a man who stumbles upon an abandoned mansion, unaware of the horrors lurking within.
I’m digging the setting, the music, and that simplistic, high contrast art style makes the shadows look tangible. This is definitely one to watch.
The coming Friday the 13th zombie cheerleaders are unleashed upon the world in Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die (review), and today we have a list of theatres which will be running the flick! Is your city included? Read on to find out!
The film, which begin airing on VOD May 8th, will be in the following theaters June 13th:
The high school-set comedy horror-thriller was written and directed by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me). It was produced by Andrew van den Houten (Funeral Kings, The Woman) and Robert Tonino (The Woman, In the Family) for Modernciné and stars Caitlin Stasey (“Reign,” Tomorrow When the War Began), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (“Hung”), and Brooke Butler and introduces Tom Williamson. Executive producing is Arrien Schiltkamp.
Teenage outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey; I, Frankenstein) is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school's elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst, and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes, and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look… and some unusual new appetites.
"Sexy, campy, funny, subversive, angsty, and most importantly fun" (The Hollywood Reporter), ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE is a rebellious horror-comedy that redefines the genre.
We've been talking about the film adaptation of Stephen King's novella A Good Marriage (from Full Dark No Stars) since 2012 and now years later we can finally start talking distribution!
According to Variety Screen Media Films have acquired the North American rights to the film, and plans to distribute it in early October — the start of the Halloween season — with a nationwide theatrical release accompanied by a day-and-date VOD platform release.
King wrote the screenplay for the movie, which was financed by independent equity. Paradigm is handling domestic rights, while Atlas International is selling foreign rights. Askin, who directed the 2007 documentary about the Hollywood Blacklist and McCarthyism titled Trumbo, produced with his Reno Productions partner Will Battersby. Directed by Peter Askin, A Good Marriage stars Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang, Kristen Connolly, and Theo Stockman.
King’s story centers on a woman named Darcy (Allen) who discovers the sinister and gruesome double life that her husband of 25 years (LaPaglia) and father of their two children has been living. She must now decide how far she is willing to go to maintain the marriage. Lang plays a retired investigator from the Maine Attorney General’s office who is obsessed with solving the husband's possible crimes.
Back in May of 2013 we told you about Harbinger Down, a tense, claustrophobic creature film that will feature only practical animatronic and makeup effects. We've followed the movie through every phase including a successful crowd funding campaign. Today the hard work and faith pays off!
Alec Gillis wrote and directed the flick with ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. producing. Lance Henriksen, Matt Winston, Camille Balsamo, and Giovonnie Samuels star.
A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation. Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.
Films Distribution has released a new English-language trailer for Goal of the Dead, the zombie soccer bloodbath helmed by Benjamin Rocher and Thierry Poiraud.
The two-part film centers around a French Olympic football team who visits a small village in Northern France to play a crucial game in the run-up to the World Cup. But as the Apocalypse looms, an epidemic quickly spreads and transforms the players, spectators and inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.
“Saturday, the 18th of January 2012. A quarter of an hour before the match. An hour before the Apocalypse. In a small village in the north-east of France, Caplongue, lays a nuclear power plant, an industrialized agriculture and a church lower than its unemployment rate but also, the football team, which managed to reach the 1/32nd French Final Cup with a lot of courage and talent. The village is all the more jubilating at the idea of receiving the Paris Olympic, a top league club with famous footballers.For the Paris Olympic, it’s the opposite. The team mustn’t lose. This match, which was supposed to be a formality, has become of paramount importance. Between Paris and Caplongue, there is more than 250kms. It’s a match that opposes the rural to the urban world, the amateurs to the professionals, a province town to the capital, the poor to the rich. While the amateurs give a rough ride to the professionals, an epidemic instantly transforms the players, the spectators and the inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.”
Are you caught up on Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"? With how jam-packed our weekend TV viewing is, we're still a few episodes behind, but if you're ready to look ahead, here are several new stills, a pair of clips, and a preview of Episode 1.06, " What Death Can Join Together."
A profoundly unsettling new saga, "Penny Dreadful" completely reinvents literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, who are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star.
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"Penny Dreadful" Episode 1.06 - "What Death Can Join Together" (airs 6/15/14)
Vanessa's latest vision leads Sir Malcolm, Ethan, and Sembene to explore a plague ship in search of Mina. Meanwhile, Van Helsing reveals to Dr. Frankenstein more details about the creature that has taken Mina. Later, Vanessa's night with Dorian unlocks something dark within her.
Don't forget you can still enter DREAD20 when checking out from Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" store to receive 20% off all "Penny Dreadful" merchandise. The code is valid through December 31, 2014!
Last year we told you about Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing. It promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!
Monday afternoon we landed an insane official trailer for the pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects via Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis. There’s tons of gooey goodness that looks straight out of Alien and The Thing. This indie looks like a potential instant classic!
Gillis wrote and directed, and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. produced the film.
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.
Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.”
Just when the audience was breathing hot and heavy at the burden of ecstasy that was the Microsoft press conference at this year’s E3, the team behind The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt took the stage.
The definite peak in the excitement was for the purpose of debuting a new gameplay trailer from their upcoming title, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, which showed off the game’s protagonist, Geralt, on a hunt for a griffon.
We saw some of Geralt’s special abilities as he was able to heighten his senses to locate his prey. In a very promising next-gen touch, after being hit with a crossbow bolt, the Griffon retreated but left a trail of blood which the player can use to track it. Aside from showing gamers that this will be a true next-gen experience, any excuse to make a game bloodier is a good one.
A very promising feature of the trailer was the realistic combat. I noticed how, during a brief skirmish with enemies, they were stunned and stumbled after each blow by Geralt’s heavy bastard sword… a bastard indeed.
The press conference was a showcase of amazing graphics, and Microsoft really appears to be pushing the pace in regard to this field. In a show of graphic ultra fidelity, The Witcher 3 stood out amongst all other titles. Look for this game to quickly be awarded greatest graphics of all time!
EA decided to show a little more of Star Wars Battlefront at their pre-E3 press conference earlier today. The game is still a ways off, but it seems as if they’re taking their newfound responsibility for the franchise very seriously. Battlefront really cannot come soon enough.
Star Wars Battlefront is currently planned for a spring 2015 release.
The second the climbing axe came out, I got an inkling. By the time I saw the crosshair on a bow, I was screaming, “Oh god, let this be a new Tomb Raider!” My screams of the unholy have been answered as Crystal Dynamics has announced its latest soon to be mega hit, Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The game will pick up where the reissued Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition left off as the trailer shows Lara attempting to pick up the pieces of her life after her horrible encounter with the island cultists.
The developers promise the game will take place across multiple hostile locations. After an outpouring of outrage from fans, the series will return to setting Tomb Raider in its trademark tombs that brought the franchise to fame in the first place.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is coming off of the franchise's very strong showing in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and already looks to be a must play.
Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available during the holiday season of 2015.
Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to the Hugo Award winning, best-selling science fiction novel Spin by Robert Charles Wilson with the goal of developing it into an event TV series. Read on for the details.
The deal marks one of the first project commitments under Dawn Olmstead, who recently joined Universal Cable Productions as Executive Vice President, Development, and underscores the caliber of genre content and compelling stories in development.
Additionally, the studio has signed Bits and Pieces Pictures' Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure,” Quiz Show) and Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang (Beginners, Rabbit Hole) to produce, rounding out its growing slate of powerhouse auspices.
"Spin is beloved in the sci-fi world for its dynamic characters and engaging storylines. We’re excited to bring this masterpiece to life with Rob Morrow and the team at Olympus Pictures," said Olmstead.
Spin follows three childhood friends who, while playing one night, witness the stars in the sky mysteriously vanish. NASA probes reveal a black energy barrier has surrounded the earth and time is traveling a billion times faster outside of the barrier. Civilization learns that it has a limited time left before the sun expands and consumes the planet. As the children grow, they go their separate ways trying to save the world from annihilation, but with time running out, will their friendship and mankind survive?
"I picked up Spin as a holiday read with the notion of reading something for pleasure and instantly knew it had epic zeitgeist appeal," said Morrow. "This is a giant fascinating ride that is wholly entertaining, portentous, and will speak to all generations worldwide. I'm thrilled to team up with friend Leslie Urdang and everyone at Universal Cable Productions."
Look for more soon!
One night in October when he was ten years old, Tyler Dupree stood in his back yard and watched the stars go out. They all flared into brilliance at once, then disappeared, replaced by a flat, empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.
The effect is worldwide. The sun is now a featureless disk—a heat source, rather than an astronomical object. The moon is gone, but tides remain. Not only have the world's artificial satellites fallen out of orbit, their recovered remains are pitted and aged, as though they'd been in space far longer than their known lifespans. As Tyler, Jason, and Diane grow up, a space probe reveals a bizarre truth: The barrier is artificial, generated by huge alien artifacts. Time is passing faster outside the barrier than inside—more than a hundred million years per year on Earth. At this rate, the death throes of the sun are only about forty years in our future.
Jason, now a promising young scientist, devotes his life to working against this slow-moving apocalypse. Diane throws herself into hedonism, marrying a sinister cult leader who's forged a new religion out of the fears of the masses.
Earth sends terraforming machines to Mars to let the onrush of time do its work, turning the planet green. Next they send humans... and immediately get back an emissary with thousands of years of stories to tell about the settling of Mars. Then Earth's probes reveal that an identical barrier has appeared around Mars. Jason, desperate, seeds near space with self-replicating machines that will scatter copies of themselves outward from the sun—and report back on what they find.
Life on Earth is about to get much, much stranger.
Ubisoft is investing a lot into the idea that open-world games are the future. Both Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs have paid off big time for them, so the push isn’t all that surprising. One of their more ambitious upcoming open-world games is The Division, a post-apocalyptic shooter that was revealed at last year’s E3.
The Division follows a squad of agents who are trying to bring order to a chaotic New York City after a pandemic is released on Black Friday, killing much of the population. Enjoy some new gameplay footage below.
This year Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is back for its second season, and the event looks to be bigger, better, and more badass than ever. Read on for all the details, which are sure to give a serious pants bulge to all fans of Zombie's films!
From the Press Release
After closing out its 2013 run in Southern California with a record-breaking night for a stand-alone haunted house event in the United States, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare--the ultimate Halloween horror event--returns for its second year and will make its debut at WestWorld Of Scottsdale in the Phoenix, Arizona, metro region for select nights from September 19-November 1.
The September 19 opening night will feature a special one-night-only concert with groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie himself.
"The first year was such a blast. I am thrilled to be able to take the Great American Nightmare to a new city this year," said Zombie. "My only goal is to make it even sicker than last year."
Great American Nightmare is a fully immersive haunted house experience featuring three attractions based on Rob Zombie’s own horror films: The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out, Captain Spaulding’s Clown School in 3D, and The Devil’s Rejects.
The shocking--and sometimes disturbing--attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make patrons scream with fright and laughter.
At Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, patrons will sequentially enter three different attractions:
The Lords of Salem in Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction--based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords of Salem independent horror film--is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the darkness, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as visitors attempt to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
Captain Spaulding’s Clown School in 3D: This irreverent school of pure terror is a hallucinogenic trip through the mind of Captain Spaulding (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects). Startle after startle will thoroughly frighten the bravest patrons, who won’t know if they should be laughing, screaming, or crying.
The Devil’s Rejects: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family takes to the road to escape a vengeful police force that isn't afraid of being as ruthless as its target. Guests will become part of the state troopers’ search and destroy mission against the Firefly family, who are wanted for over 75 homicides and disappearances.
In addition, the Great American Nightmare’s Bloody Boulevard will feature freak shows, musical entertainment, roaming characters, themed food and beverages, games, and vendors each night.
Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare go on sale Friday, the 13th of June, at 10:00 AM PT at GreatAmericanNightmare.com, with prices starting at only $25 for September 20-November 1. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions and the Bloody Boulevard activities.
Tickets for opening night (September 19) include the Rob Zombie concert and will be available starting at only $45. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available for purchase at GreatAmericanNightmare.com. All VIP packages include a commemorative t-shirt and quicker access to the haunted attractions than general admission. Some packages also include a designated viewing area for the concert and a VIP-only bar.
“We’re excited to be bringing Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare to WestWorld of Scottsdale,” says Great American Nightmare producer Steve Kopelman. He continues, “While we really appreciate the tremendous support we received in Southern California, we felt it was our responsibility to bring the terror to as many different people and markets as possible. Great American Nightmare 2014 will build upon the foundation established last year and promises to bebigger and bloodier.”
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will celebrate the Halloween season on the following dates between September 19 and November 1:
September: 19, 20, 26, 27
October: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
Hours for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will be 7:00 PM until midnight (Fridays and Saturdays) and 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM (Thursdays and Sundays).
Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare is a creative collaboration between master of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman. The event is produced by Rob Zombie, Steve Kopelman, and Andy Gould.
WestWorld of Scottsdale is located at 16601 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, AZ, in the Phoenix metro region.
Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is presented by 98 KUPD in Phoenix.
The next game from developer Playdead looks every bit as dark and artistic as I would expect from the makers of Limbo. It’s called Inside, and while details on it are scarce right now, it looks like it’s another atmospheric 2.5D side-scroller. It’s taking a few pages from Limbo’s book, only this time we’re being transported to an oppressive and dystopian future, rather than a bleak, colorless forest.
Apparently, it’s been in development for four years now, ever since Limbo released back in 2010. Unfortunately, it likely won’t arrive until 2015.
We’re back with more Rock On The Range 2014 coverage, this time bringing you an exclusive video interview with Kill Devil Hill Johnny Kelly (ex-Type O Negative). In the interview we discussed how the band has perhaps the most musical history of any ROTR act, the status on a new album, and the evolution of rock and metal over the years, along with more. Check it out below!
In last week’s Remake vs. Remake segment I pitted Dawn of the Dead (2004) against the much maligned Fright Night (2011). While I don’t dislike that version of Fright Night as much as I used to, there’s no doubt that Zack Snyder (aided by James Gunn’s script) trounced it thoroughly in this bracket with his take on Romero’s 1978 masterpiece.
Singing my many praises of Dawn, I forgot to mention that one of the reasons I feel the movie works so well is that it largely abandons the structure, tone and characters of the original film. It doesn’t try to compete on that playing field, instead taking the basic premise – zombies in a mall – and doing its own thing with it.
But what happens when you pit the Dawn of the Dead remake against Chuck Russell’s now classic 1988 take on The Blob? You have bracket of riches. Like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing in 1982, The Blob was a commercial dud. Also like John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing, it has subsequently gone on to be celebrated and is now many fans’ favorite installment in the franchise (or “ongoing IP exploration”, if you will).
While I greatly enjoy Dawn of the Dead, I think The Blob is a movie I could probably watch 20 times a year. Russell and his co-writer Frank Darabont were hot off A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and it turns out that that (admittedly very good) film was just a dry run for what they’d be able to pull off with The Blob. Not only does the film have some of the most intensely entertaining and inventive kill sequences of the 80′s, it strikes a pitch perfect tone. Seriously, this is a horror movie that it actually feels good to watch!
The setting is perfect, Arborville might be in my list of the top 10 fictional places I’d like to live. The characters are smart (enough) and the plot chugs along quickly without ever sacrificing detail or atmosphere. The film has a fantastic sense of humor that is perfectly juggled, never bogging down the scarier elements. Even the stinger at the end contains a nice sociopolitical element. The movie also isn’t afraid to kill off perfectly decent, lovable characters with some of the most outstanding gore effects of its time.
At the end of the day, I still love Dawn of the Dead but The Blob might be one of only three remakes in my top 20 horror movies of all time. It’s hard to compete with that. Blob wins… for now.
How about you?
The long rumored third entry in the Crackdown franchise has just been made official, though we don’t have much in terms of details right now, outside of its being an Xbox One exclusive. Microsoft finally gave in and revealed the game today during their pre-E3 media briefing, and it looks like they’re trying to bring the series back to its roots in cel-shaded gang domination.
The second game wasn’t particularly memorable, but the first is very much a classic. I remember it was one of the first open-world games I was truly excited about. Yes, I was one of those sad souls who spent countless hours collecting all of those orbs.
As the hatch opens and the vastness of the dead calm of space is revealed, the serenity of it all is so overwhelming. But this is Master Chief, and he’s carrying a spacemine. This was the precursor to a massive explosion in the trailer unleashed by Microsoft during their E3 press conference for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Microsoft’s powerhouse event was anchored by the announcement of this upcoming cornerstone of the Xbox One lineupm which is to be in your hungry hands on November 11, 2014, for just $59.99.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remix and next-gen update of Halo titles one to four, all seamlessly integrated into one game.
Just when things couldn't get any better, Dan Ayad took the stage and had some major news.
Coupling the advantage of having all four Halo games on one disc with the diminutive attention span of the Twitter generation, players will be able to make a play list of favorites from all four Halo titles. This will allow you to play your favorite moments during the history of the franchise while skipping anything you feel isn't worth a second look.
The other landmark news delivered by Ayad was that the signature multiplayer from Halo 2 will be available in its original form in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
What is very big contextually about the announcement is that Microsoft has answered back to the problems they have been having of operating at the graphical level of Sony’s PS4: Halo: The Master Chief Collection will run at full 1080P in a glorious 60 frames per second.
And the news just wouldn’t stop, Halo 5: Guardians will be in beta later this year.
The first trailer from the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE Superstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, is here along with some release news! Look for it on Digital HD and Video On Demand on August 26th and then Blu-ray and DVD on September 30th via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
From the Press Release
WWE Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl stars in Leprechaun: Origins, a brand new take on the horror franchise Leprechaun, reinventing the cult favorite and terrifying a new generation.
The film will be available on Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View on August 26th and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on September 30th. Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
The Blu-ray and DVD include two behind-the-scenes featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town's chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher), and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town's residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon the friends will find that one of Ireland's most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
Everyone’s favorite raider of tombs will be returning in Rise of the Tomb Raider, a direct sequel to the 2013 reboot. In its reveal trailer, which you can find below, Lara Croft is seen struggling to cope following the aftermath of the events in Tomb Raider. As of last August, the game was already “well into development,” and now it’s slated to release in late 2015.
If you missed the reboot, don’t fret, as Crystal Dynamics recently brought a remastered version called the Definitive Edition to PS4 and Xbox One earlier this year. It’s definitely worth checking out, if you haven’t already.