No surprise here. Dark Horse will be ushering the Whedonverse into its tenth season in 2014, continuing the regular “Buffy” title as well as “Angel & Faith”. Writers Christos Gage and Victor Gischler will also be returning. “Buffy” Season 10 will be another big 30 issue run. Hit the jump for more details.
Official Press Release:
New York NY – Announced at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is bringing the Whedonverse into it’s tenth season with the help of fan favorite authors, Christos Gage and Victor Gischler.
“In Buffy, Season 10 is going to be about bringing friendships back together, while in Angel & Faith, relationships are shattered. Magic is starting to come back into the world, but in some surprising ways, like that vampire we saw standing in the sunlight at the end of Season 9,” says Editor in Chief Scott Allie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 is slated for 30 issues, written by Christos Gage and illustrated by Rebekah Issacs, with covers by long time series artist, Steve Morris.
“The Buffyverse community has been wonderfully welcoming to Rebekah and me. It’s a tremendous honor for Joss and Dark Horse to trust us with their flagship book, and we are going to do all we can to be worthy of that trust. It’s a new season, with new rules…but hopefully the same blend of love, action, horror, humor and creativity that’s made Buffy and her Scoobies part of all our families. We hope you’ll join us for the ride,” states Christos Gage
Angel & Faith is also slated for a 30 issue run, written by Victor Gischler and illustrated by Will Conrad, with covers by Scott Fischer.
“I was proud and privileged to have a small part in season nine, and I can’t express how grateful I am to have an expanded role in season ten. Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains an iconic television show, and the Dark Horse comics continue that great tradition. I plan on having a lot of fun.” Says Angel & Faith series writer Victor Gischler
“I’m very happy that our Angel & Faith artist has hopped over to Buffy, allowing our Buffy artist to jump over to Serenity. And to make the game of musical chairs complete, the guy who draw the first two Serenity miniseries is back in the loop, taking over Angel & Faith. These are all artists Joss and the writers and I are comfortable working with, and who are cozy with these characters, so it’s nice to shake things up a bit while having a lot of confidence in what these artists can do. And I’m so happy to have Will back,” adds Scott Allie.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 hits stands March 19th and Angel & Faith Season 10 #1 is on sale April 2nd in comic shops everywhere!
For more information, catch the exclusive interview on Comic Book Resources!
Wayforward, the studio that brought us the experimental Vita-exclusive Silent Hill: Book of Memories recently revealed the concept for a more traditional take on the series during a Twitch livestream that, unfortunately, didn’t make it further than a prototype.
The fully playable tech demo, which was designed for the Nintendo DS, featured James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2 trapped in a room. It’s a little rough — the demo was built in just a few weeks — and it’s limited to a single room, but visually, it actually looks pretty impressive. Read on for the video.
Demo footage begins at around the 8:30 mark.
The idea of switching between the classic over-the-shoulder view and a first person perspective by using the bottom screen and stylus to look around and interact with the environment sounds pretty neat. However, Wayforward realized that would double the work load — by fully modeling and texturing every environment — for a feature players would only use part of the time. Bummer.
We probably won’t ever see one, but I love the idea of a Silent Hill for the DS — how about you?
How do you top your scariest novel? If you’re Stephen King, penning a sequel to The Shining 35 years later, you don’t even try. Doctor Sleep (September 24; Scribner) essentially abandons the single-setting haunts of the Overlook Hotel, instead sending a middle-aged Daniel Torrance out into the world to use his powers of “the shining” to make the world a better place. As a psychological thriller, Doctor Sleep is as good as it gets, a truly satisfying beach read. But it disappoints as a literary follow-up to King’s most haunting novel. Replacing the ghostly scares with psychic skirmishes and hot clairvoyant action, Doctor Sleep occasionally feels like an 1980’s TV series about a telepath hitching across the country solving mysteries.
Picking up in 1981, the sequel has Danny and a limping Wendy still recovering from the harrowing events at the Overlook Hotel, which was destroyed after the boiler explosion. Those more familiar with Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film than the original novel may be surprised to find Dick Hallorann alive and kicking, still serving as a sage mentor to a pre-adolescent Danny. Revisiting the events and characters from the Overlook serves as a scolding reminder from King that The Shining was a book first and a movie second, and don’t you ever forget it.
With his callback quota finally met, King is content to move on with his plot. Dan Torrance––now a quasi-hobo using hardcore alcoholism to quell “the shining”––hits rock bottom after cleaning out the purse of a coke-addled single mom. He finds salvation in a small town in New Hampshire where he cleans up, dries out, and makes some new friends using his special powers. But just when things are looking up for poor Dan, he’s contacted by Abra, a young clairvoyant girl on the run from the True Knot, a cult of immortal telepaths who hunt down children with “the shining” in order to drain them of all power.
The strength of Doctor Sleep lies in King’s vivid depictions of mental gamesmanship as Abra and the leader of the True Knot, Rose the Hat, square off in a handful of psychic smack-downs. Not since The Dead Zone have psychic powers been so lovingly explored and detailed. But despite cameo appearances by Mrs. Massey and Horace Derwent, Doctor Sleep lacks the haunting tone and setting of its predecessor, instead adopting the slick rhythyms of a well-tuned thriller. It’s still a fine novel, but superfans of The Shining should go into Doctor Sleep knowing they’re in for an entirely different bag of bones.
Some devour every morsel they can about the upcoming season of "The Walking Dead" while others avoid spoilers at all costs. If you fall in the latter category, you should probably skip this story. For the rest of you, shamble on in...
We've finally learned what the "non-human/non-zombie" threat is that our survivors will be facing in Season 4.
Ever since this past summer's San Diego Comic-Con roundtables, we've been puzzling over the “new threat” being introduced this season. We were told that since you can't stab it in the face like a zombie or reason with it like a person, it could very well be the “most deadly” thing Rick, Daryl, and the others have faced yet. Well, in a recent TV Guide interview, series creator Robert Kirkman (pictured) shed a bit of light on things.ONCE AGAIN... SPOILER ALERT!
Kirkman told the Guide, "Mother Nature is rearing it's [sic] ugly head at a time when we're completely incapable of combating it. This new threat is this Spanish flu-type sickness that is ravaging these people. That's really wrecking things for them. Aside from having The Governor (David Morrissey) looming on the horizon or any other kind of human threat that is out there, or zombies — which is something they're always fighting — they've also got to deal with this thing, which is possibly more deadly than anything they've faced yet."
New showrunner Scott Gimple adds, "As far [as] within the prison, there's a threat that doesn't come from the outside world; it comes from within the prison." But lest you think that's all they'll have to contend with, Gimple teases, "We have a whole panel of threats this season. A virtual smorgasbord of threats."
As for whether or not the influx of newcomers could also endanger our core group, Kirkman says, "It's kind of a Catch-22 in that having more people around you makes you safer, but maintaining that new pocket of civilization is difficult. You're always going to be running low on resources. Also, each person brings with them their own unique challenge. So it is possible that they let somebody into this prison, or somebody snuck into this prison, that shouldn't be there so there's another threat on the horizon."
We already know most of what else Gimple and Kirkman had to say, but there are a few new tidbits like whether or not Season 4 will contain any flashbacks and what Rick will be up to this year - including more on both his farming and his fathering activities (he may be retired, but, Gimple promises, "Zombies putting their hands up and backing away will not be happening") - so be sure to hit the link at the bottom of the page. And tune in on Sunday - let's help keep this little "zombie show" the #1 series on TV!
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.01, "30 Days Without an Accident" (10/13/13) - SEASON 4 PREMIERE
Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil? Written by Scott Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero.
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A naked serial killer is terrorizing Los Angeles, murdering a plethora of beautiful young women. But now he’s targeting Charles Bronson’s daughter, and Bronson has a snub-nosed revolver targeting the psycho-sexual slasher...
The two are due to collide sometime around 10 to Midnight.
The most important lesson to be learned from watching any Charles Bronson movie is that you do not ever want to murder, rape, or stalk a member of his family. Even if the movie isn’t titled Death Wish, the moment you harm a member of the Bronson brood, you might as well start a countdown clock as to when he is going to find you and put a bullet through your head (or blow you up).
While the 1983 Charles Bronson vehicle 10 to Midnight is regarded more as an action thriller by most, it really does have a sleazy rough edge to it that practically puts it in grindhouse horror territory. How much it revels in gory slasher violence and gratuitous T&A in the midst of the bloodbaths wasn’t lost on the late Roger Ebert, who opened his scathingly negative review of the film with the following line:
This is a scummy little sewer of a movie, a cesspool that lingers sadistically on shots of a killer terrifying and killing helpless women, and then is shameless enough to end with an appeal to law and order.
More like another great offering from Cannon Films.
Bruce Scott’s “Look at Me” was the perfect title track for a film about a serial killer who strips naked before stabbing women to death given how the lyrics sound as if they were written from a creepy stalker’s perspective. The song could have been used as the killer’s defense at trial if he lived long enough to see the inside of a courtroom. What did I tell you about messing with Charles Bronson’s family?
[BD Caption Contest] Win A Limited Edition Governor's Head Aquarium "Walking Dead" Season 3 Blu-ray Set!!!
You know that awesome Season 3 Blu-ray set of “The Walking Dead“? The one with the Governor’s aquarium full of walker heads? Here, let me refresh your memory with this video.
Courtesy of Zombified (check out their site – it’s cool), we’re giving one away! All you have to do is participate in one of our historic caption contests to seal the deal!! Detailed rules can be found below – but the most important thing is to make sure that your caption (you’ll post it in the comments) is short enough to appear as a meme on the below picture. We’ll publish it on the site when you win!
Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” premieres Sunday, October 13th on AMC at 9PM.
1. We pick a still from a movie. You head to the comments section and submit your best one-liners, zingers, pathos riddled couplets etc… In this week’s case you have to do is come up with a caption for the pic! It can be from the POV of one of the characters, or a comment on it as a whole!
2. You can enter as many times as you like and submit as many captions as you want, but each caption must be in a separate comment. Otherwise it will be too hard to tell where one caption ends and the other begins. Your entries can be posted anytime after the still is announced – just be sure to check that I haven’t announced that the contest is closed in the comments (you don’t want to submit your winning zinger after we’ve picked the winner). Also any racist, sexist, homophobic or generally hateful jokes will be disqualified. You don’t have to be insanely PC – just use your best judgement. Try and keep it brief! It has to fit on the photo now!
3. We pick the winner and announce them and their winning caption when the next photo in the contest is posted. We will address you by your BD Infected name. You can then DM me your US mailing address (no PO boxes) and I will send you your prize in a timely manner (i.e. you should have it in a couple of weeks). You must be a US resident to receive your prize!
One of the best things about this time of year is Halloween attractions. Whether it be Universal's Hollywood Horror Nights or your favorite local haunt, it's always a great time. The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is one of the best, and we have the scoop on their opening night!
Dark Harbor runs on select dates from now until November 2. For tickets and more visit the official Queen Mary's Dark Harbor website, "like" The Queen Mary on Facebook and follow The Queen Mary on Twitter (@TheQueenMary).
From the Opening Night Press Release
On Thursday, October 3, The Queen Mary unleashed a myriad of frightening beasts, ghosts and circus freaks for the annual Dark Harbor event. The first night of the scare fest attracted thousands of attendees and set the tone for 16 additional Dark Harbor dates. As night fell, the interior and exterior of the ship bustled with spirit characters that included the elusive Scary Mary, the rotting Captain, and the newest member of the blood-curdling cast of spooks, The Ringmaster.
The Ringmaster captivated the crowds with wicked charm, weaving in and out of the deadliest show on earth. Dark Harbor’s centrally located pavilion featured ghastly creatures that haunted maze entrances and attractions. The outdoor stage hosted music by The Rhythm Coffin and beats courtesy of DJ Abel. Next to the stage the Rock-O-Plane Ferris wheel spun passengers into a frenzy, while the mechanical monster below dared guests to survive eight seconds of its deadly ride. The Dark Harbor zip line gave adventure lovers an opportunity to take their excitement to another level by experiencing the haunted carnival while flying through air. Grotesque creatures were brimming below the wire that provided a view of the Haunted Hookah Lounge, food and bar vendors and the looming Queen Mary ship. Opening night celebrity spotting included Jesse Heiman, Shar Jackson, and Barbra Alyn Woods—with her shrieking family in tow.
New to the lineup of mazes for 2013 was Circus. The Ringmaster summoned sideshow freaks to gather under a dome filled with twisting tunnels, unexpected circus scares, and an enveloping entrance. Mazes Deadrise and Hellfire lead guests through meandering hallways that funneled directly into the ship. Submerged filled the ocean liner with screams as people experienced the legends and lore of the grand vessel first hand, most notably in the pool room that reminded guests how Scary Mary came to her end. The new Freak Show spectacles provided another layer of disturbingly wonderful fright, where Headless Hannah, the Human Crab, and more shocking freaks were held captive behind their pyrotechnic gates. Dark Harbor celebrates the haunted history of The Queen Mary and provides an authentic atmosphere perfect for unnerving willing thrill seekers.
Dark Harbor is open this weekend, October 12-13, and then October 17-20, October 24-27, and October 31-November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets start at just $20.
Special events include:
October 12: The Rhythm Coffin / DJ Dennis Owens
October 13: Gay Night / Drag show hosted by Jewels Long Beach
October 17: Pixi Kill / DJ Dennis Owens
October 18: Fart Barf / DJ Dennis Owens
October 19: 99.1 KGGI Night
October 20: Move / DJ Dennis Owens
October 24: DJ Dennis Owens
October 25: Slant / DJ Abel
October 27: The Black Latern / DJ Abel
October 31: Costume Contest / Drag Show / Trick or Treating / DJ Manny Lehman
November 1: Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with DJ Abel / Costumes encouraged
It’s Saturday, and since the weekend usually can’t be relied upon to produce any real news, I like to fill the gaps with fun stuff, like these three incredible fan-made videos inspired by Half-Life, Portal and Mortal Kombat. They’re all pretty great, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide which is best. Feel free to let me know which film you most enjoyed in the comments!
Wait a second. I have three fan-made videos and one of them is related to Half-Life? Did I just confirm Half-Life 3? I think I did! You heard it here first, folks!
Anyway, this video, dubbed Half-Life: Raise the Bar — that will make sense in a minute — serves as a prequel of sorts to the original Half-Life. It’s an origin story for what would soon become one of the most iconic alien-fighting duos of all time: Gordon Freeman and his crowbar. Grab some popcorn, crank up the volume and enjoy.
In the first thirty seconds of this amazing fan-made Portal short, there’s baking and cake! What more could you want? This film is actually moderately creepy, it sort of has a Resident Evil vibe to it.
In this intensely badass fan-made Mortal Kombat video, which I think is far more entertaining than the whole of MK: Legacy II, Scorpion and Noob Saibot face off in an epic fight where only one will make it out alive. Who gets the fatality? Watch it and find out!
A special sneak preview of Troma’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 will be shown at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival on November 9th, and its director, legendary auteur Lloyd Kaufman, will be honored with an award the following day.
From the Press Release:
40-Year-old Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 (review), directed by Lloyd Kaufman, will be held at Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday, November 9th, at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street.
Kaufman will be present for a Q&A following the event and will be honored with the festival’s Dedication to Excellence in Independent Filmmaking Award on Sunday, November 10th. Previous recipients of the award include Debbie Rochon and Roy Frumkes. Admission is only $8.00.
At Kaufman’s request, all proceeds from this exclusive preview will be donated to the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center (NACC), a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit organization in Niagara Falls, where much of Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 was shot. Kaufman says, “I am delighted to express my appreciation to the NACC and to return the generosity of the loving Niagara/Buffalo citizens that do so much to support independent art and Troma.”
“This is a coup for our festival,” says Buffalo Dreams co-director Gregory Lamberson. “Lloyd created The Toxic Avenger, a seminal film which has influenced a whole generation of mainstream filmmakers from Tarantino to Eli Roth to James Gunn. Genre fans are now waiting to see Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 in order to discover what happens next in Tromaville. We get to preview the film and honor Lloyd Kaufman the same weekend.”
Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Volume 1 will begin U.S. theater distribution in January 2014. It is a hilarious, thoughtful sci-fi "Event Film" with themes ripped straight from today's headlines: the contamination and degradation of the world's food supply, rampant bullying, LGBTQ love triumphing over prejudice and violence. The film is a revisiting of Troma's 1986 cult Class of Nuke 'Em High.
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival will show over 80 movies from around the world Friday, November 8th-Thursday, November 14th. Visit BuffaloDreamsFilmFest.com for additional information.
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn took some time off from the many projects she's producing, directing, and/or acting in to return to hosting duties for the horror-themed talk show “Scared Stiff,” and her latest guest was Tara Buck from HBO’s "True Blood." You can watch the episode right here.
Buck also stars in Nicholas McCarthy’s horror film Home and Blanc-Biehn's directorial debut feature, The Night Visitor.
“I had the opportunity to work with Tara on The Night Visitor, and I think she is a tremendously gifted actress,” says Blanc-Biehn. “Since we started the show, we’ve been extremely lucky to have had a series of talented guests come on ‘Scared Stiff’ and discuss their experiences – from spooky to silly – that shaped their journey.”
"Scared Stiff" delves into the things that scare – and inspire – the most creative minds in the horror community. More than just a talk show, each monthly episode is a freewheeling conversation driven by Blanc-Biehn’s sassy, energetic interview style, genuine passion for the genre, and live chat contributions from the horror community. You may be shocked by what you learn!
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Apparently based on the Death Cab for Cutie song of the same name, I Will Follow You Into the Dark is one sappy sack of shit. It’s got more going for it than most low-budget horror flicks – like above-average production values – but never manages to really engage or live up to the challenging ideas it presents. The film attempts to address faith, grief, and a ride-or-die romance against the backdrop of a haunted apartment building. Unfortunately, it’s bogged down by a few aspects – the most glaring being its poor script and star Mischa Barton.
The former teen star plays Sophia Monet, a woman stuck in an extended period of grief after her parents die six months apart. That’s enough to screw anyone up, but Sophia gets an epic case of the blues that makes her stay inside with the curtains closed for most her waking hours. In a rare trip outside her home one day, she meets Adam (Ryan Eggold). He’s the opposite of Sophia – an extrovert who seems to have a perpetual grin wiped across his handsome face. The two hit it off and Adam’s influence helps Sophia come outta her shell. Then one night he disappears, leaving behind a trail of blood.
Adam happens to live in a haunted apartment building that used to be an institution of some kind. Legend says many of the patients simply vanished and the top floor is still off limits. That’s where detective Sophia believes Adam has been taken. Along with two of her friends and Adam’s roommate, Sophia ventures to the restricted top floor. This is where it turns into a bland haunted house movie. Prior to this point, the film plays out like a bland romance.
There are a few cheap jump scares thrown in to let you know it’s still a horror flick, and one interesting story note that I don’t believe they really fleshed out good enough. We’re led to believe that Sophia is being targeted by malevolent spirits for some reason – it’s just never explained why. Or how come these spirits live in Adam’s apartment building. I don’t think I missed anything, so why deliberately force a convoluted plot?
Sophia goes through a lot of shit in the film and Barton doesn’t really have the chops for it. She delivers most of her lines in a painfully conscious manner that doesn’t sound the least bit natural. Her expressions seem to peak in the “look confused” area. The scenes she shares with Ryan Eggold aren’t as bad, since his talent manages to distract us from Barton’s “duhhh” face. I don’t wanna be too mean – in short I just didn’t buy Barton in the role. Nobody suffering from grief has hair that perfect.
Using a preposterous method we’ve seen in other horror/sci-fi films before, Sophia pursues Adam into the titular darkness. Ho boy, this is a sugary ending. The sentiment is nice, but certainly not earned. IWFYITD barely grazes the surfaces of the issues it wishes to deal with. It sports some very nice production value and one sequence on the top floor is pretty intense (nice use of flashlights), but the film never believably pulls off horror or romance. The tone and atmosphere are all over the place, then become overdone when attempting to focus on a genre. Writer/director Mark Edward Robinson tries to stuff a lot into his film, but it’s an insipid, predictable feast that’s ultimately flavorless.
I Will Follow You Into the Dark opens in limited release October 11.
With Christian Ackerman’s supernatural short The Summoners set for its world premiere Monday, October 14, at 9:45pm at Screamfest LA, read on for our exclusive chat with the filmmaker, and have a look at some stills!
Produced by Tony E. Valenzuela and Brett Annese from a script by Ackerman and Chuck Foster, The Summoners stars Trista Robinson (The Human Race), Wendy McColm and Erin McIntosh as three high school girls who join in a secret game of summoning spirits for the thrill of being possessed.
Speaking with director Ackerman (whose award-winning short Hell’s Belles we debuted on Dread Central last year; see it here), he told us of the beginnings of The Summoners, “My writing partner, Chuck, and I had been kicking around an idea for a supernatural short, trying to find a way to transcend the norms. Once we came up with the idea of purposefully getting possessed for the fun of it, we knew it was an attention grabber and easy to pitch. Luckily, the producers, Tony E. Valenzuela and Brett Annese at BlackBoxTV, agreed, and they fast-tracked it!”
Having shot the film in one day in Los Angeles, Ackerman recalled of the shoot, “About ten hours into shooting a five-and-a-half-page script, we were only about halfway done. It was a mad scramble to get the final few pages done in which we had fights, stunts, and a girl suspended in mid-air, all with the location rented for only that day. If I didn't get it all, the entire film would have fallen apart. Luckily, the crew stuck it out, the location let us stay a bit longer and we got what we needed.”
”We ended up editing on Final Cut Pro 7, the last good version of that program,” said Ackerman of post-production on The Summoners, “but it doesn't read footage shot on the Red, so going back to master the raw footage for a DCP proved to be a logistical nightmare. This will be the last film I cut on FCP. It’s time to move on!”
As for the current status of the intended feature version of Hell’s Belles, “The script is making the festival and contest rounds right now,” he stated. “We placed in the top ten percent of the Austin Film Festival out of 8,600 scripts and in the finals of the New Orleans Horror Film Festival, the New York Screenplay Contest, and the Hollywood Screenplay Contest, and it won Best Screenplay at Zedfest. Chuck [Foster] and I are now pushing to find representation and producers willing to fund it!”
Regarding his thoughts as they pertain to the Screamfest selection of The Summoners, Ackerman stated, “Since I'm such a big fan of Screamfest, I've wanted to have a film play there for a long time. It's quite an honor for The Summoners to be included! I'm really looking forward to seeing what directions filmmakers are taking horror in this year. I plan on using my festival pass until it's worn out!”
For more on Screamfest, which runs October 8th to the 17th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601), visit Screamfest's website, "like" Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.
New York Comic Con 2013: Dark Horse Announces New Series Bad Blood and The Witcher Video Game Tie-In
New York Comic Con is in full swing, and Dark Horse Comics has already announced several new projects, two of which caught our horror-loving eyes: Jonathan Maberry's new series Bad Blood and The Witcher, based on the games by CD Projekt RED.
Dark Horse is set to publish a new creator-owned series from Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry (Ghost Road Blues)—Bad Blood! With art by the Eisner Award–winning Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., The Sixth Gun), this five-issue miniseries promises a vampire tale with an unlikely hero.
Being bitten by a vampire pissed him off, but seeing his best friend brutally slaughtered started a war. Trick Croft was an average college student—sort of—until vampires attacked. Then he found out his blood was poison to the bloodsuckers. And Trick will do anything to eradicate them.
“Bad Blood tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire. As punishment, the vampires begin slaughtering everyone Trick loves. So he goes hunting for the vamps to try to destroy them,” writer Jonathan Maberry explains. “His only superpower? The chemo drugs in his system are deadly to the undead. His only ally? A heroin-addicted Goth chick. Bad Blood brings the pain in a downbeat tale of heartbreak, loss, and courage.”
Bad Blood #1 (of 5) is on sale January 1, 2014, in comic shops everywhere!
From Paul Tobin, the Eisner Award-winning writer of Bandette, with art by Joe Querio (Lobster Johnson, B.P.R.D.) and covers by Dave Johnson (100 Bullets), comes a riveting comic based on The Witcher, a critically acclaimed series of dark fantasy RPGs with a character-driven, nonlinear story set in a gritty living world and inspired by a series of extremely popular novels that have been translated into nineteen languages. The comic series introduces a new adventure featuring Geralt of Rivia—a witcher, one of the few remaining monster hunters.
“We’re very happy to be working with Dark Horse Comics, which is one of the biggest and most interesting comic book publishing houses in the world. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that, for many of us, the Dark Horse logo has near legendary status, standing for classic stories such as Hellboy or Usagi Yojimbo. We’re very happy to be once again expanding the Witcher universe,” said Adam Badowski, head of studio for CD Projekt RED.
Traveling near the edge of the Black Forest, in the land of the Angren, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed man whose dead and murderous wife resides in an eerie mansion known as the House of Glass, a place of endless rooms where horror waits around every corner. Geralt will have to use all his witcher prowess to solve the manor’s mystery and survive.
“We’re very excited to work with CD Projekt RED on The Witcher. With the rich world they have created, and an enthralling central character like Geralt, we feel The Witcher is ripe to tell a compelling story through comics,” said Nick McWhorter, director of custom programs at Dark Horse Comics.
With the two Witcher games already available, fans can get to know Geralt even before the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2014 on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Witcher games have collectively earned over 270 awards and sold more than five million copies worldwide.
The Witcher #1 will be available for purchase on March 19, 2014, in comic shops everywhere!
Written by T. Blake Braddy, @blakebraddy
On the surface, Neverending Nightmares appears to be a standard, exploration-based horror game, one influenced heavily by the art style of Edward Gorey. In a dreary, black-and-white world, a disoriented protagonist walks along picture-lined hallways, descends into dank, opaque basements, and wanders through blood-spattered rooms, only to be transported, at the height of tension, to the bed where the player begins the game.
It is a series of overlapping nightmares – hence, the title – and horror fans will have plenty to delve with regard to the game’s dread-inducing tone.
In fact, people who come to the game for the art style and the horror will have nothing to complain about, says game creator Matt Gilgenbach. “I like the idea that, on the surface, it’s just a horror game, and people can enjoy it, and if they just want a horror experience, then that’s fine.”
And the surface is impressive. Neverending Nightmares feels almost like a picture book written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Shel Silverstein in one of his darker moods, and because the indie marketplace is pretty crowded these days – especially with horror games – having a look that set it apart was one of Gilgenbach’s early design decisions. “I wanted to be able to point to a screenshot of our game and have it look different and have people get really excited about it,” he said, adding, “so it actually didn’t take me much time to realize that Edward Gorey’s art style would be a great fit for the type of game we wanted to do.”
But game creator Matt Gilgenbach wants players to see well below the surface of the art style and the mechanics, to see the underlying themes. “I’d like to give everything levels and more meaning,” he said, “so those people who give some thought to it and really explore it and want to understand it will have extra content and will hopefully learn something.”
What Gilgenbach aims to give the audience is not a super-minute set of codes (a la Fez) but a surreal glimpse into the experiences of someone dealing with severe depression and OCD. (Gilgenbach suffered a serious case a little over a decade ago.)
The themes about depression and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are not hidden within the game, but neither do they take center stage. And yet, Neverending Nightmares is clearly the work of a man who is working through his issues, and wandering in and out of darkness or stumbling onto horrific and unforgettable scenes of gore are clearly manifestations of Gilgenbach’s major struggle.
How does one create a horror game that both expresses some pretty deep-seated anxieties about the bleakness of life without then settling into standard horror-cliche fare?
The answer? Very carefully.
One of the difficulties, he has found, was developing a horror game that avoided throwing gallons of blood at the screen for the sake of shocking the audience but also having it authentically portray the sorts of issues he’s faced with his condition. Due to one aspect of his OCD, Gilgenbach experiences intrusive thoughts of extreme violence – usually involving some form of self-mutilation – and though he wanted to keep the graphic violence and gore to a minimum, he also knew that at certain points they needed to be featured in the game. He said, “I felt like I couldn’t be true to the themes of the game and true to my experience without adding in some of those disturbing images.”
With regard to mechanics, Neverending Nightmares will focus primarily on evasion as a major means for dealing with enemies, though there will be some inevitable combat, also. He cites both Amnesia: The Dark Descent and early Silent Hill games as touchstones for thinking about vulnerability and evasion as major tactical decisions, though his game will attempt to also use the environment as a way of keeping players off-balance. “It’s a very difficult line to tread,” Gilgenbach said, “just because we don’t want it to be frustrating, we don’t you to be genuinely lost and not be able to progress, but we want to try to evoke that tension of ‘Where do I go? What am I going to run into?’”
Since the game is still being developed, there is still plenty to be added to the game, and, therefore, plenty to expect out of the game before its late 2014 scheduled release date. Gilgenbach and his collaborators want to design the scenarios to focus on more closely aligning the player’s experience with the inconsistency and surreality that usually occur within a nightmare. Since nightmares themselves obviously can change environments or meanings and disorient the dreamer, then so, too, should a game about nightmares.
Gilgenbach is also toying with the idea of individualizing the scenarios to keep players on their toes. “One of the things I’m also trying to play with is every scenario having its own feeling, whether it’s mostly real or completely unreal and then sort of adjust the knob there, just so people can’t get comfortable,” he said.
Neverending Nightmares reached its Kickstarter funding goal on August 27 and is currently on Steam Greenlight, where players can download the demo for free. Interested parties can also still support the game through PayPal donations on the main site, neverendingnightmares.com.
And as far as crowdfunding goes, Gilgenbach takes a fairly positive view of his experiences with it, hoping the added feedback will have a positive impact on the game: “Especially because of my mental illness, I obsess over little things, so now I sort of have these people checking up on the game, and I think it will keep me focused on the important things, and I can always ask the backers what they think is important.”
We're neck deep in New York Comic Con, but our longest day is over, filled with interviews with folks from Legendary Comics, Big Ass Spider!, and "Robot Chicken," wrapping up with Oldboy. For the latter we have new footage descriptions and a trio of special NYCC stills.
We'll be back soon with more in-depth information from our interviews with Oldboy stars Pom Klementieff, who lost a toenail while doing battle on the set, and Michael Imperioli, who promised us that violence has a very important place in this film, and screenwriter Mark Protosevich, who assured us this incarnation of Oldboy will retain a level of intensity moviegoers won't soon forget... so just give it a chance, won't ya? In the meantime we figured we'd unload about the three excellent clips we caught at the show.
The film's PR reps passed around a laptop for us to watch two clips we were told were exclusive to us in that room. The place was noisy, the picture was small, and there were six of us watching so bear with me. Suffice to say, mother fuckin' SPOILER WARNING. Continue at your own peril.
Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) turns up at Chucky's, a dimly lit bar run by his longtime friend who also happens to be one of the last people to see him before the disappearance. Chucky (Michael Imperioli) doesn't recognize him at first but then welcomes him in, still uneasy. Chucky asks what he could have done to deserve what happened to him. Joe's phone rings, and an image titled "The Invisible Man" pops up. Joe answers, hesitant, and is greeted by the voice of the film's central villain, Adrian Pryce (Sharlto Copley). I heard very little of this last bit, but Pryce says some evil things to Joe and shakes him up.
We are in Chucky's bar again, and Joe is at a stool while the bar is populated with normal folks. Joe gets a call from Pryce again but this time realizes he is in the room. The second he sees him on the phone, he grabs a weapon and rushes toward him, only to be quickly manhandled and beaten down by Pryce's female bodyguard, Haeng-Bok (Pom Klementieff). She's quick to act and brutal in her execution. Joe is on the ground in seconds.
This one was shown during the panel with a little intro from Josh Brolin brandishing a cardboard looking hammer he waved around with no small amount of amusement as he thanked the fans at NYCC for their support and hoped they'd like what they were about to see. Trust me when I say NO ONE was prepared for what they were about to see.
A bearded man arrives to pick up a large order of food from a busy Asian restaurant. Joe Doucett is watching. As the man leaves, Joe is in pursuit. As he speeds off in a black SUV, Joe snatches a hammer from a woman in an alley and steals a delivery bike to follow. Soon after, the car reaches its destination and Joe slips in, unnoticed. Joe takes out the first guard with barely a sound and confronts the bearded man in a freight elevator, sending his hammer crashing through his skull with a quick eruption of CG blood. A man looks over to the elevator camera monitor and sees Joe, whose face is shielded by all the food packages. The young guard tells him to drop the food on the table and Joe does so in a casual manner, then walks over to the guard and seems to stare into his face for a moment before burying the claw of the hammer in his skull. The motion was so forceful, it takes a little wiggle to get it back out.
Soon after, we see Chaney (Sam Jackson) sitting before a wall of monitors, all with prisoners like Joe. He says, "Feeding time for the animals," and then he gets aggravated that the person who seemingly is to be doing the feeding has not arrived. He goes to check on the situation and is taken down by Joe. In the next scene we see Chaney is flat on his back. He angrily demands to be let free so they can fight man to man. Joe's answer is to draw a dotted line on his neck. Chaney suggests he think about what he's doing, prompting the badass response we know so well from the trailer: "I've been thinking about this for 20 years." Then we get to see what happens next. Joe hovers over and goes to work. The act he is committing seems strenuous and Chaney is certainly not enjoying it, but you quickly realize it must not be something to cause a quick death as Chaney's voice remains loud and strong. As Joe pulls back, we see he has not used his tiny box cutter to saw off Chaney's head like I thought he would, but instead has cut a sliver from his neck. Joe then cuts a second sliver and puts it methodically into a nearby wastebasket. The size of the cut-out, in and of itself, is unnerving. Chaney suggests if Joe stops now, Joe might be able to get out of there alive. Joe seems amused by this and replies he'll stop when he can pull off Chaney's head with his bare hands.
This new version of Oldboy promises to follow the manga more closely than the original with as much character-driving dialogue as there is frantic, sudden, brutal violence. I, personally, can't wait to see how this turns out!
Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley, Oldboy was directed by Spike Lee from a script by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell, Thor). The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison, and Nathan Kahane. It arrives in theatres on Wednesday, November 27th.
OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of Joe Doucett, a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.
Universal Home Entertainment’s Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise,is out now everywhere! Curse of Chucky reunites franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner as Chucky returns to horrify viewers in an all-new, unrated chapter of the blood-soaked suspense saga.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares, check out this awesome Chucky Megamix!
Mike Realm has taken all 6 Chucky movies – including Child’s Play 1-3, Bride of Chucky, Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky – and created a “bloody” good mash up!
Written and directed by Mancini, Curse of Chucky finds a family imperiled by the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares – determined to finish a job that was started long ago. The film stars Fiona Dourif (The Master, “True Blood“), A Martinez (“Longmire,” “General Hospital“), Danielle Bisutti (Get Smart, “CSI: Miami“) and Brennan Elliott (“Flight 93,” Double Jeopardy), with Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings) once again providing the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray.
“He’s back! From the filmmakers that brought you Chucky comes the terrifying return of the pint-sized doll possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer. When a mysterious package arrives at the house of Nica (Fiona Dourif, “True Blood“), she doesn’t give it much thought. However, after her mother’s mysterious death, Nica begins to suspect that the talking, red-haired doll her visiting niece has been playing with may be the key to the ensuing bloodshed and chaos. The return of America’s favorite toy, voiced again by Brad Dourif, is unrated and full of more blood-splattered thrills and chills.”
Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray:
· Living Doll: Bringing Chucky to Life: Featuring the award-winning work of animatronics company Alterian, this featurette shows the pain-staking detail involved with bringing Chucky to life and the army of people behind the process.
· Voodoo Doll: The Chucky Legacy: More than six films and a quarter of a century, Chucky, the possessed Good Guys doll, has been the playmate we love to hate. This featurette looks at why we’re still frightened by the red haired terror and recalls some favorite moments from the previous films.
· Storyboard Comparisons
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features:
· Deleted Scenes
· Gag Reel
· Playing with Dolls: The Making of Curse of Chucky: From scripting, to casting to shooting, this featurette proves that playing with dolls is definitely not child’s play! Follow the cast and crew of Curse of Chucky as they bring the newest and scariest chapter in the series to the screen.
· Feature Commentary with Director Don Mancini, Puppeteer Tony Gardner and Star Fiona Dourif
The Last Stand beauty Genesis Rodriguez, pictured, is in final negotiations for the female lead in Kevin Smith’s horror pic Tusk, says Variety, who also has more on the plot details.
“The story follows a podcaster who sets out to interview an eccentric, reclusive old seafarer, only to find himself a plaything in the gruesome plot of a deranged killer.”
Smith will write and direct, with Justin Long and Michael Parks also starring.
Demarest Films will finance and produce. Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson will produce alongside Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s Smodcast Pictures banner. Demarest’s David Greathouse and Jennifer Schwalbach are exec producers.
Production is set to start next month.
Cassadaga starts with that old tale of a kid lopping off his penis with a pair of scissors due to the fact that his mother has issues with him dressing up in women’s clothing. From here we enter into a story that has so many different directional plot points, that following it becomes a task. It is a shame, too, because many of the ideas presented could have made a phenomenal film, yet throwing them all into one pot makes for a jumbled piece of storytelling.
Lily (Kelen Coleman) is a post lingual deaf woman – which is to say she lost her hearing after she learned to speak – so her speech is perfectly normal. The fact Lily she can’t hear is hard to detect in the story – due to the fact that most deaf people presented in film have either a different phonetic matter of speaking or they have a tell tale sign of always using sign language, etc. Lily’s deafness is not fully shown until well into the movie when she actually tells another character that she is deaf. There are a few clues along the way, and it could have actually been explained prior to this, though I was unable to pick up on it. Being deaf doesn’t really come into play in the movie at all. Yes, Lily and her friends go to a psychic to contact Lily’s sister that has passed away – and yes, Lily “hears” the ghost of a murdered woman call out to her – but the fact that Lily can’t hear really doesn’t matter. There is never a revolutionary turn of events as result of it. Also, Lily is an artist that teaches painting to children in some sort of therapeutic manner so they can empower themselves. After being haunted by the murdered woman, Lily begins painting clues as to where her body is. All of this painting still has no pay off in the movie and is another ill fitting piece of the puzzle.
When Lily moves to Cassadaga, she immediately meets a young lady in her class whose father, Mike (Kevin Alejandro aka Lafayette’s boyfriend from “True Blood”), is divorced. Obviously Lily and Mike hook up, and the connection to the daughter – whom she originally thinks is her little sister who is killed at the beginning of the movie – is lost. While Mike tries to help Lily with her haunting, we fall into another aimless plot point as this love story doesn’t really go anywhere. Mike even shows up at Lily’s house towards the end of the movie and states that his ex wife has filed an emergency order to keep their daughter away from Mike because of Lily’s being haunted by the dead woman isn’t real but a form of schizophrenia. That would actually be more entertaining than what is presented.
Remember penis boy from the opening sequence? Well, of course he’s the killer. You are kept guessing as to who he really is. Could he be the weird son of the lady Lily is staying with? That guy is always looking at porn on the internet and diddling himself with the door open. Probably the most underused part of the storyline, that is the most interesting, is that killer guy. “Geppetto”, according to the description of the film, is playing with a marionette at the beginning of the film and actually turns his victims into marionettes by sawing apart bones and fixing them together with metal sockets. Why? We are not given explanation, and chance encounters with the killer are brief as he is usually screaming at his victims or lying on the ground crying. I simply didn’t understand it and the visuals of these human puppets could have been so much more powerful.
Cassadaga has multiple points of potential, however, we end up with a story that is like a puppet with multiple puppeteers that simply cannot work in sync with each other.
Victoria Justice, pictured, has been cast in the pilot for MTV’s “Eye Candy” reports Variety.
“The Nickelodeon alum will play Lindy, a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.”
Casting marks Justice’s first since wrapping “Victorious” on Nick and pursuing her music career.
“Eye Candy,” written by Emmy Grinwis, is based on a novel by the same name by R.L. Stine. Twilight helmer Catherine Hardwicke is on board to direct and exec produce the drama.
Jason Blum is exec producing with his shingle Blumhouse Prods., alongside Yvonne Bernard and Beth Elise Hawk.
Director Patricio Valladares released the new poster for her Hidden in the Woods, which sells Michael Biehn’s rugged face to audiences.
“Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.”
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci and Hackybox Pictures. The film’s co-stars include MMA fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning (“Sons of Anarchy,” The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, “True Blood”), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops), and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”) along with Caitlin Keats (Broken English, Kill Bill Volume 2, Treachery), Mark Gantt (The Night Visitor, Among Friends), Evie Louise Thompson (The Call, Heebie Jeebies), Nick Bateman (Hobo With a Shotgun), Cody Hackman (Tapped), Grace Powell (Jacob), Larry Carroll (Dark Horse, Jacob), Cheryl Hawker (“My Name Is Earl”), and Greg Ingram (Machete).