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80’s Slasher Film Inspired ‘Sanitarium Massacre’ Represents Everything I Love About Indie Horror Games

There really aren’t enough slasher games. We’ve seen a few, like Manhunt, Naughty Bear, and the upcoming Until Dawn — or if you want to go way back I suppose you could also include games based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Halloween — but the slasher subgenre that’s so prevalent in films has never managed to find an audience in video games. For some reason, it seems many people don’t find the idea of hunting down and murdering innocents as intriguing as I do. This is why I love indie games, because nothing is off limits.

Pig Farmer Games is looking to satisfy this niche with Sanitarium Massacre, an indie horror game that promises to give us the glorious opportunity to step into the shoes of a guy who looks alarmingly similar to Michael Myers so we can get real stab-happy on people who probably don’t deserve it. More, including a deliciously Grindhouse-esque trailer, after the break.

In 1978, the same year Michael Myers decided he wasn’t a fan of babysitters, a serial killer (you) was caught by the police and locked in an asylum. Because he’s a serial killer, he eventually escapes and angrily starts to murder everything that’s unfortunate enough to get in his way. It’s a stealth game, so you’ll be stalking the hospital staff from the shadows and if anyone notices you you’ll need to end them before they call the police. I’m especially fond of how he walks toward his prey. Serial killers don’t run, they walk, and that makes everything so much creepier.

There will also be special DVD and VHS video modes that sound like filters to give it that genuine, crusty old rental look.

Sanitarium Massacre releases next year on PC, and you can be damn sure I’ll be playing this when it comes out. I so desperately need to get my stab on (please don’t examine that statement too closely). If you like what you see, you should definitely check out the developer’s website.

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  • Blood-Sicles

    Yes, 1000 times yes! I love the VHS-quality voices. This will be played an un-Godly amount of times on my PC when it releases.

  • chris99x

    Lol, that sounds fun. I remember a similar game called “Campfire” was announced forever ago, but never materialized. Indie’s the way to go.

  • purplek

    DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUDE! This is the most exciting video game I’ve seen since Bioshock Infinite. I’m a HUGE GTA fan, but I could gladly skip that game for this one. So legit. Too bad I’m not a PC gamer : (

  • ThunderDragoon

    Holy shit, that looks amazing! If ever there was a game I thought was made just for me, this would be it. Holy… damn… I can’t even! So can’t fucking wait to play this!

  • divisionbell

    Oh hell yes!!! This is the kind of game I want. I think the last one I enjoyed was Manhunt. Always thought they needed a multiplayer Friday the 13th game. Where one player is jason and the other players are counselors at the camp who have to fight off jason and survive the night.


  • VictorCrowley

    “the slasher subgenre that’s so prevalent in films has never managed to find an audience in video games”

    Because no major developer ever made one worth a sh*t.

    Personally, I enjoy Friday the 13th on the NES, but most everyone I know along with most people on the net hated it. Same with Nightmare On Elm Street on NES. Poorly developed game just to cash in on the franchise’s popularity.

    With today’s generation pc’s/consoles and all the possibilities there, I can’t understand for the life of me why no one has taken the time to make a badass Friday, Nightmare, Halloween, or Texas Chainsaw game.

    If done properly, such as making a scary, suspenseful atmosphere similar to Doom or Fatal Frame, it would be huge. Whether the player gets to play the slasher or the would-be victims, I would soak it up.

  • um clocktower says hello

    • Adam Dodd

      Could you tell Clock Tower I said hi back, and maybe also ask it where Clock Tower 4 is? Thanks!

      • chris99x

        Haunting Ground suddenly feels sad.

  • chris99x

    Just a heads up, you can play a demo for Halloween 3D at the official site. Apparently Sanitarium Massacre is the same game, with changes made to separate it from the Halloween franchise.

    Reminds me a lot of the similar Friday the 13th game awhile back, which unfortunately never materialized into anything worth playing. Seems this is a major improvement, but looks like it has quite a ways to go.

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