Like Tyler Perry or not, this poster is awesome.
Lionsgate has spoofed John Carpenter’s Halloween poster, creases and all, for Perry’s upcoming Boo! A Madea Halloween.
October 21st is the night SHE came home!
“Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”
Bella Thorne, Jimmy Tatro, Diamond White, Kian Lawley, and Yousef Erakat also star in this “comedy” that at least looks like Perry’s in on the joke.
I will reserve judgment until I see the first trailer this week.
The Alien franchise is my all-time favorite, which places me in a weird spot when it comes to the next installments.
What should I want to see more, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien, which would create a new path following the events of James Cameron’s Aliens, or Ridley Scott’s now-filming Alien: Covenant, the Prometheus sequel that’s building a bridge to his 1979 seminal classic, Alien?
I think I’d have to go with the latter, especially since Blomkamp’s work has been of constant disappointment (Elysium, Chappie) since his District 9 broke him onto the scene.
But forget what I want for a second. Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley in Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, is all-in on Blomkamp’s sequel, which would chart a new course that avoid the events in Alien3 and Resurrection. This isn’t too surprising considering she starred in Chappie, which proves that Blomkamp an actor friendly director that warrants repeat collaborations.
Weaver’s support of Blomkamp is what lit a fire under FOX’s ass to hire the filmmaker to develop the next Alien, although this happened before Chappie‘s disappointing release. It also caught the attention of Scott, who decided that his Prometheus sequel was more important, and thus moved forward with his newly-titled Alien: Covenant. Having the creator of the franchise back onboard was clearly more important than continuing the story of Ripley with a director whose track record was sinking quicker than the Titanic. That’s why FOX put Blomkamp’s vision “on hold,” although it’s likely dead.
Even though FOX has moved on, Weaver has not, and continues to support Blomkamp’s defunct project for one major reason: it offers an ending to Ripley’s nightmare.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver told EW. “The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”
Weaver has been clamoring for an Alien 5 for years, which she hoped would take Ripley to the Xenomorph home planet to “destroy them all.” Too bad it looks as if scheduling issues will send this project into the depths of space where nobody can hear it scream. James Cameron’s Avatar could put the nail in the coffin:
“Fox asked us to delay so Ridley could shoot his [second] ‘Prometheus’ movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of ‘Avatars’ to do and Neill has ‘The Gone World,’ so we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”
Blomkamp had been working on the project for a year, which means there is a screenplay ready to go. But at some point Cameron is going to begin filming several Avatar sequels that will kill Weaver’s time. I don’t think there’s any reason to think we’ll see this project happen, and need to accept the fact that Ripley’s conclusion is that of a clone who mothered a half human, half Xenomorph birthed by the Queen.
Reaffirming multiple reports, Blomkamp’s Alien will redirect the story from the third and fourth installments, David Fincher’s Alien3 1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997).
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver says. “It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.”
Maybe we’ll learn more at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel that reunites the Aliens crew for the 30th anniversary.
Drafthouse Films and MVD Entertainment have announced the upcoming home video release of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on August 16th.
After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film, which the New York Times calls “a testament to the transporting power of movie love.” They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece.
Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece in what IGN has dubbed “the Boyhood of fan movies.” Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic, in “a triumphant, feel-good documentary of the highest caliber that dares you to dream” (Cut Print Film).
Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon’s critically-acclaimed documentary (Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a 93% rating and an Audience Score of 92%) premiered at SXSW in 2015 and enjoyed a healthy festival campaign before it’s debut in theaters and On Demand. At the same time, film subjects Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala embarked on the multi-city Follow Your Dreams Tour (co-sponsored by Drafthouse Films, Fatboy, Roadtrippers and Last Exit to Nowhere), presenting Skousen and Coon’s film alongside their rarely-screened Adaptation, which will continue into September.
Special features include more than four hours on bonus content such as dual audio commentary tracks (with Skousen & Coon as well as Strompolos & Zala), deleted scenes from the documentary, outtakes from the Adaptation, Q&A footage from the Adaptation’s 2003 premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, a photo booklet featuring storyboard art from the Adaptation and a free HD digital copy of the film.
Most of us aren’t properly equipped to wander about post-apocalyptic Pripyat. You could risk a visit, but I’d recommend you bring Radscorpion repellent and something to protect your fragile DNA from being devastated by the invisible pockets of radiation that have taken up residence in Ukraine’s most infamous ghost town three decades after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster forced the sudden evacuation of its original inhabitants.
Your other option is to give the Chernobyl VR Project a try. Developed by The Farm 51, this virtual reality title combines gaming with educational and movie narrative software to give players the unique opportunity to go on a virtual tour of both Chernobyl and Pripyat without the risk of being eaten alive by Ghouls.
Better yet, a portion of the sales will be donated to various charities that support victims of the Chernobyl disaster, including 10% of Bronze edition sales, 30% of the Silver edition, and 60% of the Hall of Fame edition. The Chernobyl VR Project released earlier this month on the Oculus Rift, followed by the HTC Vive in August.
This week’s episode of Scream delivered an actual chase scene! Sure, it was only about 30 seconds, but I’ll take it! It was actually cleverly done and there was actual suspense. Who would have thought they would have almost killed Ms. Lang right when they revealed her true motive for being so inappropriately chummy with her students (she’s writing a book…might it be called The Lakewood Murders?)? If she does die then the reveal is essentially meaningless (unless she wakes up at a very inopportune time in a couple of episodes), but we did get a fun school hallway chase scene out of it. And hey, at least Branson’s dead, right? Everything else in the episode was kind of a snooze, but that’s the name of the game in a table-setting episode.
The cold open showcased Eli just walking around someone’s house and eating breakfast. Turns out, that’s how he likes to get away from the real world (They’re called video games, Eli. Buy some). While this cements Eli’s status as a very bad dating prospect for Emma, it also keeps him interesting, which is more than can be said about Kieran, who is unfortunately relegated to first the concerned and then the jealous boyfriend in his limited screen time. We did get to learn why he was so protective of Emma (his stepdad died right after they got into a huge fight). Still (and this will make me sound like an asshole), that’s nowhere near as compelling as whatever is going on inside Eli’s head.
Eli’s little addiction brings him and Emma to a model home where the killer has just so happened to stash the bodies of Branson and (I think) the motel concierge. It did seem like too big of a coincidence since there is no way the killer would know that Eli was planning on taking Emma there, but suspension of disbelief is pretty much required in a show like Scream. Plus, if it weren’t for that and the fire that the killer started around the house, their entire arc this episode would have been a dud.
Another budding relationship is the one between Noah and Zoe. After their pseudo break-up two episodes ago, Zoe makes another move and it leads to the most uncomfortable first date ever. While watching Noah get condom assistance from the world’s most straightforward saleswoman only to have his first sexual experience interrupted by Audrey (who refused to leave the room even after realizing what she had done) was humorous, his relationship with Zoe just isn’t that riveting. We haven’t spent enough time with Zoe to really care about her. All she really has going for her is her involvement with Noah, and even that is a stretch. She dropped a tidbit of information about why she wasn’t around last season, but the show didn’t give it enough mystery to make you want to find out what happened. That’s not a good thing.
Brooke was sidelined a bit this week, leaving Audrey to do all the heavy-lifting with their scenes. It was nice to see Brooke freaking out a little bit after her kidnapping of Branson last week and also to see her go to Audrey of all people for help, but it put her in a damsel in distress role that is disheartening to see after she rose to the occasion last week. Speaking of Audrey, she’s still focused on hiding her not-malicious-at-all secret (I thought we were making progress after last week, show), which is becoming a real chore to sit through. Seeing her grow closer to Brooke is a good use of the show’s time though, so their scenes were a delight to watch.
“Let the Right One In” was one of Scream‘s weaker episodes of the season, but that is typical for episodes that fall in the middle of the season (it’s not an excuse, but it’s expected). None of the Zoe/Noah scenes were particularly captivating and we are still suffering through Audrey keeping her secret from everyone but Noah. It was great that we added to the body count (3rd death in 7 episodes, in case you were wondering), it wasn’t enough to save the episode from mediocrity.
- We’re in the last half of the season, so it’s time to start predicting the killer. My money is on Gustavo, who was mysteriously absent this week. Maybe his graphic novel is just a cover because the killer wouldn’t be drawing bloody pictures of the Lakewood Six, or would he?
- I’ve given Scream a lot of shit recently for using horror movies as episode titles that don’t fit into the theme of the episode, and sometimes I’m just wrong. The good people at What the Flick?! have discovered why last week’s episode was called “Jeepers Creepers.” I can’t believe I didn’t put that together! Thanks to Frank Fox for sending that my way.
- Acosta finds a picture in the barn of Emma with a stranger whose face has been scratched out. Who is this stranger? Maggie doesn’t explicitly say it’s her dad so maybe it’s someone else?
- “You went full Hard Candy on Branson and left him chained to a bed?” -Usually the pop culture references on this show feel shoehorned in, but this one felt natural.
- “I feel like a pretty big fan of the bodies near me right now.” -NOAH. Stop. Just, stop.
- “Let’s at least narrow down the size. Now, are you a big boy?” -I guffawed when the pharmacy clerk said this. GUFFAWED.
- “Don’t worry, he’s not handsy anymore.”
- “Are ya here, ya dick????”
- “One of the teachers fell. It’s awful!”
- “Someone better be dead. Wait, is someone dead?”
- We’re returning to the carnival in next week’s episode (titled “Village of the Damned”). Let’s hope we get a great set piece out of it after last week’s episode botched the setting.
- Brooke didn’t really give us any good face this week, but Kieran gave us this priceless gem:
Midweek M-M-M-Madness is back on Steam and it’s brought with it a hefty discount on the entire Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise. All four entries in Scott Cawthon’s wildly popular series of indie horror games can be purchased together for just $8.49, or individually for less than $3 each.
If you’d rather get your jump scare fix on consoles, Cawthon confirmed back in May that the series is being remade by a third party developer, though no release date has been given.
We also have the Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location spin-off to look forward to (or not) when it startles PC and mobile this fall.
Alyssa Sutherland (Don’t Look Up), who plays Queen Aslaug on “Vikings”, has joined the cast of Spike TV’s upcoming TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Mist“. She will play Eve Cunningham, “…a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past.”
The show, “…tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”
The last we heard of this series, which will be getting 10 one-hour episodes, was that Adam Bernstein will be directing the premiere episode.
“The Mist” goes into production this summer and will air in 2017.
Update: I just spoke with Michael Dougherty and I can confirm that this is NOT from ‘Trick ‘r Treat 2’. However, I will be able to speak about what it’s from once the embargo I’m currently under has lifted.
Earlier today, director Michael Dougherty posted a photo from set of what appears to be Trick ‘r Treat 2, the sequel to the 2007 anthology horror film that introduced the world to “Sam”, the adorable yet incredibly vicious and violent trick-or-treater who enforces the rules of Halloween with deadly efficiency. The caption also reads 110 days with a hashtag for “Halloween”, although I would be amazed if they managed to release the film by that time.
Now, this photo may be an old behind-the-scenes photo from the original film but Dougherty’s Twitter bio also states that his next film is the sequel, so this strongly suggests that filming is happening as this is being written.
In the original film:
“Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.”
While none of this is confirmed, it’d be incredible to get another Michael Dougherty film! And who can resist the thought of Sam making his comeback?!
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) July 12, 2016
A new poster for 31 features Richard Brake as ‘Doom-Head,’ who Rob Zombie says “runs a perfect game of death and misery.”
Our own Fred Topel reviewed the film, calling it, “…a harrowing ordeal…”
Zombie has been fighting to have this movie released to the public for a long time. He went through a strong crowdfunding campaign only to be hit twice with the dreaded NC-17 rating, which would’ve severely restricted the viewing potential. After some edits, it got dropped to an R-rating, but Zombie assures we’ll see an uncut version. The new edit still bears all the earmarks of a Rob Zombie film, as it features, “…strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.”
31, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Golden Globe Nominee Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle,” A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
The film is going to be released on VOD platforms on September 16th and in limited theaters on October 21st via Saban Films.
Earlier this year, we reported that usual funnyman Danny McBride (Hot Rod) had joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. The response was, well…let’s just say that there was a lot of skepticism surrounding this casting decision.
However, as many people noted, Brett and Parker in Alien were charmingly funny but without making it a comedy. They were genuine, they were true to themselves, and they added a little bit of light in an otherwise grim story. And after the loss of Brett, Parker became a totally different person, one that was serious, focused, and obviously in pain.
Additionally, we can’t forget that comedian Paul Reiser was in Aliens and he brought forth no comedy whatsoever. Instead, he was a perfect slimy corporate scumbag that deserved every hateful emotion lobbed his way.
So while McBride’s presence may seem strange, it’s not all that surprising once you think about it. And in a recent interview with HitFix, McBride addressed the concerns that he was in the script as some sort of a joker by saying, “This shit is dark. There is no comic relief in this at all. This is a dark horror movie.”
We’ll know for sure when Alien: Covenant hits theaters on August 4th, 2017.
From IFC Midnight comes the U.S poster for Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil.
In Let’s Be Evil, “Three chaperones are hired to supervise an advanced learning program for gifted children, who wear Augmented Reality Glasses to assist in their education. Contained within a secure, underground facility, events quickly spiral out of control.”
Let’s Be Evil was written by Martin Owen with story by Elizabeth Morris and Owen, based on an original idea by Jonathan Willis. It stars Elizabeth Morris, Elliot James Langridge, Kara Tointon and Isabelle Allen and was produced by Jonathan Willis.
The film made its world premiere at January’s Slamdance Film Festival.
Let’s Be Evil will open in select theaters and will be available on VOD and the usual digital platforms on August 5, 2016.
The recently announced Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn board game from Space Goat Play blew away all expectations when its Kickstarter hit its goal in seemingly no time at all. As of this post going live, the page has right around 3,200 backers and over $240,000 committed to making it a reality, which allowed it to break five stretch goals and even necessitated a few more being added.
Personally, I’m really excited by the prospect of an official Evil Dead II board game. Hanging out with friends is great but if the same activities are done over and over, it can begin to feel a little stale and even potentially somewhat boring. Having different options keeps things fresh and entertaining for everyone and this board game is perfect for all my horror-loving pals!
Now, I know just how busy the Space Goat people must be with the explosive popularity of their Kickstarter, so color me amazed and very excited to get a chance to do an interview with media coordinator JD Boucher and game designer Taylor Smith!
The duo discuss their thoughts on the success of the Kickstarter, the future of the game, the challenges of making it a reality, and more below!
Lastly, they were kind enough to provide us with some exclusive images from the game. These include 2-D turnarounds of the upcoming Deadite player figures and the complete board! Enjoy!
First of all, congratulations on the already successful Kickstarter! It’s amazing and rather fantastic that for a board game based on ‘Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn’, you were funded within 24 hours! And as of now, you’re about to hit nearly a quarter of a million dollars! At this rate, you’re going to run out of stretch goals! Did you anticipate such a reaction?
JD: Actually, we were funded in just under 8 hours and we were not expecting just quickly we were funded! We were a little blindsided by just how popular it was. We knew Evil Dead fans were out there, but we had no idea how excited they’d be for the board game! We’re just thankful that so many people are as excited and passionate about the game as we are.
The movie is considered one of the great classics of horror. Was there any sort of concern or worry about doing the film justice with your board game adaptation?
TAYLOR: We’ve been making these Evil Dead 2 comics for about a year and a half and have really been digging through the lore for all our stories. There’s a lot of love for the movie here in the office. Events and items in the game are pulled straight from the movie. I’ve just been watching it on repeat with a notebook. Our artist on the game board, Dave Youkovich, is a huge fan too and kept the movie going while working, picking up every little detail for the cabin. There’s always a worry when working with such a beloved property, but we’re confident it’s something the fans will enjoy.
JD: Taylor has actually been playing the movie on repeat in order to get every possible item and scenario he could from it. I’m sure at this point he could recite most of it. Dave also deserves an honorary degree in Evil Dead 2 at this point as well. Our team is just super dedicated to bringing the Evil Dead 2 experience to life in a game. I think the only way we could be closer is if we could send out Bruce Campbell himself out with every box.
Talk to me about the gameplay itself and why you decided to go the route of “tile and miniatures”. What other game styles were considered, if any, before you settled on this one?
TAYLOR: My very first thought was to make a “cooperative until it’s not” game. I know I needed the cabin as the main board and players needed to work together, but occasionally get possessed and try to kill each other. My design philosophy was to make an accessible game that was easy to quickly get into. There are a ton of events that happen throughout the game that makes playing it like a procedurally generated Evil Dead movie. The backers have been wonderful in suggesting more game modes, so we’ll be adding variants in addition to our original plan.
I know that Space Goat has been doing the ‘Evil Dead II’ comics for a while. What was it like going from creating new stories for Ash to finding a way to faithfully recreate the ‘Evil Dead II’ film experience as a board game?
TAYLOR: The comics are great because we can explore the setting, characters, and world in a way the movies could never have the screentime to do. They’re all about building something fun and new on an existing foundation. The board game on the other hand is about returning to that source material and exploring the nooks and crannies as much as possible. We can benefit from the interactivity of board games by letting fans run through the cabin themselves, fight deadites, and dual wield a shotgun-chainsaw combo. It’s an exciting new direction: exploring inward instead of outward.
The film is a great representation of how one can mix horror and comedy with great effect. What kinds of challenges were there in trying to make sure that players would not only feel fear but also have a blast throughout the experience?
TAYLOR: Fear is particularly tough to generate in a board game experience; horror games have stiff competition in building the same atmosphere as horror movies. The board game is designed to escalate in intensity as it goes—more enemies spawn, more friends turn evil, and the stakes get higher. True to good survival horror, there’s a worry whether or not you’ll be able to make it out the other side. Of course, the comedy couldn’t be left out; I borrowed that right from the movie. Events are inspired by classic moments and lines from Evil Dead 2: fight against your own severed hand, get laughed at by a taxidermy head, all sorts of fun stuff!
From the images that are on the Kickstarter, it appears that the game takes place mainly in the cabin. However, the movie also went into the woods and even up to the mangled remains of the bridge. Will players be able to venture outside of the cabin? Hell, could there be expansions that allow players to back in time a lá ‘Army of Darkness’?
TAYLOR: You bet! Our core game takes place in the cabin and the surrounding woods, including the crashed Oldsmobile and the work shed. Players will need to keep scrambling in and out, to and from all these places as they try to fight off evil. Expansions are planned around the comic book series we have: Beyond Dead By Dawn takes place in hell, so you’ll get to go there; Cradle of the Damned takes place in the mirror dimension, so that’s another place to explore. For licensing reasons, we have to tiptoe around Army of Darkness itself, but definitely expect some portal-related mayhem.
Speaking of expansions, many board/card games remain relevant and even gain popularity because of various add-ons. Are there any plans in the works to keep breathing life into ‘Evil Dead 2: The Official Board Game’ after its release?
TAYLOR: In addition to the expansions mentioned above, I’m pretty excited about the mini-expansions we have planned around our “Revenge of” characters. For example, Revenge of the Martians (based on War of the Worlds) would come with a Martian tripod figure and extra tiles for inside the ship where characters get abducted to during play. These will hopefully all unlock during this campaign because I want to make them right away! The comic-based expansions will be much more intensive, with a bunch of new figures, cards, tiles, all that. They should totally change and refresh the whole game.
JD: At this point the “Revenge of Hitler” mini-expansion has already unlocked for all deluxe versions of the game. We know how fun it is to punch Nazis, and so now we have a game mode just centered around beating up Hitler! But all of these Revenge of expansions will be Kickstarter Exclusive, so you’ll have to back the campaign now so you don’t miss out.
Now that you know for a fact the game is officially Kickstarted, what’s next on your mind? Is this the main focus for the foreseeable future or do you have another game/idea that you think might be great to start working on?
TAYLOR: I’ve signed a few too many NDAs to talk about how excited I am coming back from the Licensing Expo a few weeks ago. Board games for our own properties and few carefully selected properties we’re really passionate about are in the future. Immediately after the campaign is over, I’m probably going to sleep. I have fond memories of what sleep was…
JD: I’m pretty sure sleep is that thing that people who don’t run Kickstarters do, but I’m not sure.
Sony is moving quickly on their remake of Flatliners, which is being directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
Bloody Disgusting can confirm Sony’s plan to dabble in death on August 18, 2017.
Kiefer Sutherland (Mirrors, The Lost Boys), who played Nelson in the 1990 sci-fi/thriller of the same name, has committed to joining the upcoming remake that also stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemens.
The original film follows a group of medical students who purposefully die and bring each other back to life so as to study “near death” experiences. It was released in 1990 and starred Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Julia Roberts.
It is being produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas and will go into production in Toronto in the coming days.
Some parts of a film are so tied into our memories that it’s impossible to see them in real life and not immediately flash back to a scene or a specific moment. How many times have you seen something that suddenly made you think of a movie? I know that it happens to me all the time. Let’s say that this ability is a skill so that we can put it to the test!
Below are 10 images that show two objects which are meant to represent a specific horror film. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to go through all of them and figure out which movies they are?
I got 10 out of 10, so game on! Best of luck to everyone and let us know in the comments how you did!
Night Dive Studios’ long overdue remake of the hugely influential 1994 sci-fi horror game System Shock is well on its way to becoming the genre’s biggest crowdfunding success story. As I write this, its wildly popular Kickstarter campaign is about $50k from its $900k goal, and three full weeks to get there. That’s impressive. For some perspective, System Shock raised more cash in one week than Friday the 13th: The Game did in four.
I suspect System Shock will only need a couple more days to hit its initial target, then it’s all about those stretch goals. Here are the stretch goals we’re privy to (there are four others, but they’re currently hidden):
$1.1M — Support for Mac, Linux and Razer Chroma
$1.2M — Additional localization for French, Italian, German and Spanish
$1.3M — New crew members to meet, audio logs to discover and areas to explore in the Citadel station
$1.4M — Add vending machines, weapon crafting/upgrading, mini-games, puzzles and a “true” RPG character progression system
$1.5M — A full orchestral score
$1.7M — An additional scenario and more detailed death cinematics
$1.9M — Remix the original System Shock OST as a bonus for backers who donate at least $30
It looks like we’re not alone in counting the System Shock remake among our most anticipated sci-fi horror games. Have a look at the game’s HUD — a work in progress — in the gallery below.
Night Dive is celebrating the game’s success on Kickstarter with a giveaway, the details of which you can read about here. The System Shock remake is a part of the studio’s ongoing efforts to revive the beloved franchise, which started with a remaster of the original last September, followed by the remake in 2017, and finally, an actual sequel in System Shock 3, developed by Otherside Entertainment.
When I attended Halloween Horror Nights back in 2014, the coolest attraction was hands down the Halloween-themed Michael Myers haunt. This year, at both the Orlando and Hollywood locations, that attraction is getting a direct sequel in the form of Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield, and we’ve got the scoop today.
Other confirmed 2016 haunts include The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Exorcist.
From the Press Release:
Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series “Halloween.”
The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer Michael Myers as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.
At both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Myers returns in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield – a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated “Halloween” maze. It will begin with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in a horrifying finale.
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. To purchase tickets and find out more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.
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Available for free with a subscription, the awesome sounding flick Hellweek has just made its way onto Amazon Prime. You’ll find the full details right here!
From the Press Release:
SGL Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of classic horror slasher HELLWEEK on Amazon Prime Movies. It can be watched for free with a subscription, and non-subscribers can rent or buy the film. SGL also has plans to re-release HELLWEEK as a special fullscreen edition DVD in early 2017.
Directed by Eddie Lengyel (Scarred, Voodoo Rising), the film stars Rob Jaeger, Karen Fox, Robyn Griggs, Michael Reddy, Breanne Racano, Greg Jackson, Alex Ratcheson, Steve Thomlin, Eric Matyjasic, Shane Clark, Michelene Pancoe, Rob Purcell, April Needham, Robert S. Miller, Michael Braddock, Roger Conners, and Don Kilrain.
Rush Week turns unexpectedly hellish when a band of sadistic masked, homicidal maniacs holed up in an abandoned warehouse wreak havoc on a bunch of not-so-innocent college kids. Wanting to ensure the new pledges prove they’re worthy, fraternity president J.J. sends them to a deserted warehouse rumored to be inhabited by demonic squatters. But the hazing takes on a sadistic tone when the tales turn out to be true. Now the pledges find themselves in a fight for their lives.
Snapchat, known for popularizing the often creepy “Face Swap,” has partnered with Sony for a Ghostbusters-themed filter that we’re having a lot of fun with right about now. It allows you to either become a Ghostbuster or get slimed by Slimer, and it’s the first ever filter that utilizes both the front- and rear-facing cameras on your phone.
From the Press Release:
For the first time ever, Snapchatters can use both the front and rear cameras of their phones with a new type of lens as millions of users become true Ghostbusters on the popular digital platform. Using the front camera on your smartphone, you can “Bust” ghosts. By switching to the rear camera, users can “Slime” unsuspecting friends or themselves.
Sony Pictures is the first brand partner to use this new kind of lens on Snapchat, taking full advantage of the fact that smartphones come equipped today with front- and rear-facing cameras. Sponsored lenses allow brands to take part in the communication between Snapchatters in the most interactive and personal way. Lenses are a creative, dynamic, and fun extension for Snapchatters to make the most out of their selfies. They offer users the opportunity to add a selection of real-time visual effects and sounds to their photos.
With the Ghostbusters lenses, the iconic music from the movie will play in the background as Snapchatters can choose between wearing a proton pack and becoming a genuine Ghostbuster or getting doused with green slime by a playful apparition.
“Whether its dog ears or flower crowns, face swapping or alien eyes, Snapchat’s popular portfolio of lenses are highly engaging pieces of content that fans truly love,” said Elias Plishner, Executive Vice President of Digital Marketing for Sony Pictures. “We are very excited to be the first ever partner to introduce this new type of lens to the market. These lenses are fun and creative extensions of Ghostbusters, and we think Snapchatters will have a great time using them.”
Try it out, let us know what you think, and send us your slime-covered selfies!
Ghostbusters will begin haunting the big screen on July 15, 2016. Directed by Paul Feig and written by Feig and Katie Dippold, Ghostbusters 2016 is based on the 1984 film of the same name written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are our new paranormal investigators along with their loyal secretary Chris Hemsworth. Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan, Cecily Strong, and Charles Dance also star. Cameos will include the original film’s stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts plus Ozzy Osbourne and more.
Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living. Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.
With over 20 million players worldwide, Magic: The Gathering remains one of the most popular trading card games around today.
Later this month a new horror-themed set of Magic products called Eldritch Moon will be coming our way. The series has always been known for its incredible artwork, and not only does this look beautiful, but it seems like it will take the series to the darkest places that it’s ever been.
The world of Innistrad has been descending into madness for some time now; from cultists to cathars, no mind is safe. Even angels have fallen prey. [The angel] Avacyn herself went mad, transforming from protector to monster and wreaking unimaginable devastation upon even the most faithful in her church. Then she was destroyed. With its angelic protector gone, Innistrad was exposed to overwhelming forces of darkness and evil.
Now, the few on the plane who have not yet lost their minds are left to wonder if this is the end. As the world tilts off balance, beginning its final descent, the people pray for anything or anyone powerful enough, good enough, to stand in Avacyn’s place, to protect them from the maddening darkness.
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From the producers of When Animals Dream and Only God Forgives, director Ali Abassi’s Danish/Swedish Gothic chiller Shelley has been favorably compared to Rosemary’s Baby, which is more than enough to pique our interest. The film, an official selection at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, will have its North American premiere at Fantasia.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below.
Cosmina Stratan and Ellen Dorrit Petersen star.
A housekeeper finds a new job in an isolated house in the middle of wilderness. Once there, the two owners ask her to carry their child.
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