The year’s biggest gaming expo is just around the corner — June 11-13 — and while we won’t be there in person, you can guarantee we’ll be covering it from the safety of our homes (I hate wearing pants, so it all works out) just as we’ve done in the past. This year is going to be the biggest yet, as Microsoft and Sony unveil more of their upcoming consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively. Now, usually, this is where TJ and I would write up our predictions, but this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of guessing what the headlines will be that escape from the event, we’re going to discuss what we’d like to see. More after the break.
In an interview with The Gauntlet, Wayne Static has announced that Static-X is officially over once again. The group had reformed last year for the “Noise Revolution Tour” after the band’s hiatus in 2009 but the tour was cut short due to Static developing a hernia that required medical procedures.
Static explains, “I ended up developing this really bad hernia throughout the tour. And it kept getting worse and worse. It was from touring. I’m getting older and I guess I was pushing myself too hard; we were doing six shows in a row and all that kind of thing. I had a hernia belt on and I was shoving crap in there, trying to keep my guts from pushing out on stage. It was just getting worse and worse and worse, and it just got to the point where I couldn’t do it anymore, so I had to cancel the tour. And then I asked Tony if we could take a break on the deal. Obviously, if I’m not working, how am I supposed to pay him? I don’t shit money; I am not made out of money. So he pretty much told me to fuck off. He’s, like, ‘Boohoohoo, you have a hernia. Sorry. Give me my money.’ I told him, ‘Dude, give me a few months off to recuperate, and then we’ll start up the deal again.’ ‘Cause I wanted to keep touring. But he wouldn’t do it. Apparently, he was really pissed off because I said in some interviews that Static-X were never, like, all gret buddies and friends and all that kind of stuff, and we never hung out. So he told me, like, ‘Since you said we’re not friends, then why should I help you out?’ I’m, like, ‘Who gives a fuck? It’s business, dude.’ And that’s the truth — we weren’t friends; we never hung out. And there’s nothing wrong with that; there’s a lot of bands like that.”
He continues, “So that’s pretty much the end of it. Tony wouldn’t give me the break. I had to go have my surgery and take my time off, and he wouldn’t give me the break, so the deal lapsed, the deal’s done, Static-X is done. The end. No more Static-X.”
The full interview can be seen here. READ MORE
For the first time since Con Air, Nicolas Cage (Adaptation) and John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine) are sharing the screen in Voltage Pictures’ thriller The Frozen Ground. The new trailer looks ok, despite the intro. I’m not averse to these intros – I’m just not sure what good they do. Is there some kind of market research behind this persistent trend? We’ve also got a look at a 2nd poster that only has one image of Nic Cage this time.
In the film, “Alaskan detective Glenn Flothe (Cage) sets out to end the murderous rampage of Robert Hansen (Cusack), a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years. As the bodies of street girls start to add up in Anchorage, fear strikes a chord with the public. Risking his life, Detective Flothe goes on a personal manhunt to find the killer before the next body surfaces. When a seventeen year old escapee reveals key information about the case, Flothe is finally able to trail the killer. But will he catch him in time to save the next victim?”
Vanessa Hudgens, Radha Mitchell, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also star. Check it out below. We’ve also got a 2nd poster to gander at. READ MORE
I hope you’ve adequately prepared yourself for what is destined to become the biggest E3 in nearly a decade. After enduring the longest console generation in the history of this wonderful industry, my body is ready — it aches — for some new consoles. I’m looking forward to seeing what the PlayStation 4 looks like, and I’m especially excited to see what Microsoft does to improve their image. Fifteen exclusives is a damn good start, but it’ll require a lot more than that.
The pre-E3 press conferences, an annual tradition, are set in stone and you can be sure I’ll be here all day on Monday to report on all of the exciting news that will come out of the event. I refuse to sleep until every one of you has had your fill of gaming news. Conference schedule after the break.
Boston based indie developer Avidly Wild Games is working on a game that brings together The Binding of Isaac and Diablo, with a Tim Burton-esque art style. It looks incredible, even though I’m already positive it’ll be one of those games I never finish. I’ve been playing survival horror games my whole life, so I can appreciate a difficult game, but this one looks particularly unforgiving. With that said, I’ll totally still sink countless hours into it, as I’ve done with Dark Souls, FTL and The Binding of Isaac — all fantastic games I’ve never finished.
Its art style is reminiscent of Don’t Starve, and its setting — an intensely creepy Gothic orphanage — is the kind of location I wouldn’t mind exploring more often in horror games. Read on to see it in action.
Undead Labs’ post-apocalyptic XBLA title State of Decay, which released on June 5th, has already sold over a quarter of a million copies. On their blog, the developer thanked their fans, saying “This was you. We did not have an ad budget. We didn’t have a physical copy to load onto shelves, no worldwide multimedia push, no studio reputation with millions of followers. All we had was what we believed was a great game and a great community. And make no mistake, a solid game is not enough, not in 2013. Plenty of great games wither away in obscurity. This train got rolling because you got out and pushed.”
This success is well deserved, and it’s especially good news as it all-but-confirms that Undead Labs will bring us the mysterious game they hinted at back when State of Decay was known as Class3, the more ambitious follow-up title known as Class4.
This Saturday morning we’re heading back to 1999 when the band Korn made an appearance on Comedy Central’s “South Park.”
Airing October 27 was episode 03.10 “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”.
In the episode, “Korn comes to South Park for a Halloween gig and learns of the boys problems with the 5th graders at South Park Elementary. Korn agrees to help the boys get revenge on the mean 5th graders all in a spooky “Scooby-Doo” rip off.”
In this episode, Cartman’s mother receives an Antonio Banderas Blowup Doll, and Kenny’s costume is a replica of ED-209 from RoboCop.
Watch as the band vitalizes their “Korn powers” below! READ MORE
Movieweb caught up with Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters producer Adam McKay, who talked about Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, which he promises will be insane, even though it’ll “probably” be PG-13. Okaaay?
Like it or not, the Gary Sanchez production, directed by Tommy Wirkola, and released by Paramount Pictures, performed extraordinarily well for an R-rated horror film. Thus far, it’s surpassed $225M worldwide, and is doing gangbusters on home video. With a $50M production market, as well as P&A, if the film had been PG-13 it would have been massive. Here’s where the story continues…
“I’m really excited about the second one. Because he [Wirkola] didn’t steer the behemoth off the road on the first one,” says McKay. “You are going to get to see even more slack on his leash with the second one. He is really going to get to roam free on this. I’ve already started to hear some of the ideas he is working on, and its pretty insane. This could be one of those instances where the sequel does go further than the first one.
“The funny thing is…I think Paramount regrets it,” McKay continues referencing the film’s R-rating. “I think they are worried that they left some money on the table with that one. There is some discussion about how we’re gong to handle that with the second one…”
We’re a horror site and ratings are a huge deal, but it should be noted that studios are in the business of making money. An R-rating really does hurt a film, but my perspective has always that the film should be what it needs to be to be great. So, forcing a PG-13 to make a buck doesn’t make me happy. Not at all… READ MORE
Jon Wright’s horror comedy Grabbers (read our review) is finally getting released here in the States.
IFC has unloaded the U.S. trailer and illustrated one-sheet for the film’s July 19 theatrical and VOD release. The Lovecraftian poster is a joke on the film’s plot, in which the town’s people are saved by alcohol.
“On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…and head to the pub.” READ MORE
What a gross way to end the week. There are no smiles here, just negativity…
First, Variety reports that actress Shannon Richardson, who has appeared on AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Vampire Diaries,” was arrested Friday afternoon in connection with ricin-laced letters sent to President Obama and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. NBC News first reported the arrest. News comes two weeks after Richardson had reached out to authorities claiming her husband, Nathan Richardson, had sent the letters. Nathan, an army veteran, has since been questioned by the FBI. Shannon recently contacted authorities claiming she had found suspicious materials in her refrigerator that could be connected to the letters but investigators are now saying she was the one who sent the letters. “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns,” the message sent to Bloomberg read, according to NBC New York. “Anyone who wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.” Richardson is currently at federal court in Texas awaiting arraignment.
In other news, AP reports that Richard Ramirez, pictured above, the demonic serial killer known as the “Night Stalker” who left satanic signs at murder scenes and mutilated victims’ bodies during a reign of terror in the 1980s, died early Friday in a hospital, a prison official said. Ramirez, 53, had been taken from San Quentin’s death row to a hospital where authorities said he died of liver failure. Prison officials said they could not release further details on the cause of death, citing federal patient privacy laws. Ramirez had been housed on death row for decades and was awaiting execution, even though it has been years since anyone has been put to death in California. At his first court appearance, Ramirez raised a hand with a pentagram drawn on it and yelled, “Hail, Satan.” His marathon trial, which ended in 1989, was a horror show in which jurors heard about one dead victim’s eyes being gouged out and another’s head being nearly severed. Courtroom observers wept when survivors of some of the attacks testified.
Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders that terrorized Southern California in 1984 and 1985 as well as charges of rape, sodomy, oral copulation, burglary and attempted murder. Read the entire story at AP.
J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith produce a series that’s a surprisingly natural amalgamation of the horror, occult, supernatural, and noir genres. Delivering another successful issue of “Ten Grand” for Joe’s Comics, critic speculations about the probability of a superior follow-up prove to be unwarranted. READ MORE
Hickman continues his excellent science fiction, western series in another riveting and massive issue that doesn’t fail to excite. “East of West” really amps up this month, as it finally becomes clear what is happening. Hickman’s story takes some quick developments within the first couple of pages to show us an impending conflict. He also takes some time to allow us to get to know our protagonist better, and still gives us some incredible action beats. READ MORE
I’ve been feeling a tad under the weather as of late, which sucks because the worst time to get sick is the weekend. Alas, what can you do? I’m not one to trust those medical types, so I think I need a guy who is wearing a plague mask to come and check up on me. Y’know, give me some strange concoction that is most likely going to do absolutely nothing but harm me even more, pray over me while I suffer (yeah, thanks for that), and even put random animals on me.
Or I could just be talking about this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week “Breakup Songs”, which comes from San Francisco rockers Deerhoof‘s album of the same name (iTunes). Head on below to watch this exorcism-turned-dance-party! READ MORE
Last month, Capcom unveiled their DLC plans for Resident Evil: Revelations, which recently made its way to the big bad world of consoles. Today, they’ve given us a look at two characters you’ll soon be able to pay to unlock in the game’s Raid mode. The first is Rachel Ooze, an oozified version of Rachel who stars in one of the creepier parts of the game, and Lady Hunk, which… doesn’t really require much explanation.
In related news, the title of my autobiography will be Lady Hunk. Look for it on not a single store shelf later this summer.
V/H/S/2 just hit VOD!! You can find the iTunes and Apple TV link here. Other outlets carrying it should also include Amazon (link link here), AT&T UVerse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Google Play, Playstation 3, Sudden Link, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, VUDU and Xbox Zune. Look around! There’s also a theatrical rollout set for July 12th. Today we have a featurette that features video interviews with most of the film’s directors.
In the film directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Jason Eisener and Timo Tjahjanto, “Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods. The screens crackle and pop endlessly with monochrome vistas of static—white noise permeating the brain and fogging concentration. But you must fight the urge to relax: this is no mere movie night. Those obsolete spools contain more than just magnetic tape. They are imprinted with the very soul of evil.”
Be sure to write your review Here!! READ MORE
Ready for some bad news? Good, because if you’re planning on getting and Xbox One, I have lots of it.
Seeing the near-unanimous confusion surrounding their next console, Microsoft decided to clarify their position on trading in used games, loaning games to friends, the always-on Kinect and the Xbox One’s required Internet connection. Sounds good, right? From a PR perspective, yes. Because now we know. Unfortuantely, the news is essentially all bad.
We’re giving away passes for the Bloody Disgusting’s upcoming psychological horror/thriller The Haunting of Helena, which opens on Friday, June 21st in Los Angeles, NYC, San Diego, Phoenix and Columbus. One pair of tickets is available to winners in aforementioned each market! (Good for opening weekend shows only.)
And for those who can’t see the movie in theaters, you can still win one of three The Haunting of Helena theatrical posters we’re giving away— and catch The Haunting of Helena when it premieres on cable VOD & digital streaming on June 18th.
TO ENTER to win the tickets and/or the posters, send an email to [email protected] with your FULL NAME and ADDRESS (no P.O. Boxes; U.S. only). Please include in the subject header: BLOODY DIGUSTING/HELENA.
Contest ends on Sunday, June 16th. Winners will be notified by Monday, June 17th. READ MORE
Yes, Garrett, I did miss you. If you ever go away for that long again, I will destroy you.
The long awaited and often rumored Thief reboot will be at E3, and if Eidos knows what’s good for them they’ll make sure their E3 presence includes some actual gameplay. Even without in-game footage, it’s always nice to see more Garrett, with his thief-y voice and badass composite bow. I’m sure the game will suck countless hours from my life when it releases on next-gen consoles in 2014. Until then, might I offer you a CG trailer? Check it out after the break.
Telltale games has been teasing something related to their episodic series based on The Walking Dead. I figured it’d be related to the mysterious project they’re working on to keep us busy until the second season kicks off this fall. If a recent update to The Walking Dead: The Game on Steam proves true, it looks like that’s exactly what they’re teasing.
A recent update on the game’s Steam page reads Walking Dead 400 Days DLC. Add to this the handful of Vine videos Telltale has been posting on their Twitter lately — you can watch them after the jump — and it looks like we may be getting another much needed dose of The Walking Dead very soon.
We’ve got our hands on a new “The Walking Dead” video that gives an inside look at producers Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Denise Huth’s plans for the fourth season.
Season four of “The Walking Dead” returns to AMC in October of this year.
The cast and crew began production on May 6. READ MORE
Director Steven C. Miller’s Under the Bed is pretty much the opposite of the V/H/S movies. Hewing closer to a slow burn (with a dash of Amblin), this creature feature dips its toes into 80′s horror films (with a bit of added angst). And now Shock’s received a massive batch of official stills, which can be viewed by clicking the below still. Also check out the trailer and official art inside.
Opening July 19 from XLRator Media, “Every child knows about the monster under the bed—Neal Hausman’s mistake was trying to fight it. Neal (Jonny Weston, Chasing Mavericks) has returned from a two-year exile following his tragic attempt to defeat the monster, only to find his father ticking ever closer to a breakdown, a new stepmother who fears him, and his little brother Paul (Gattlin Griffith, Green Lantern, Changeling), terrorized by the same monster. While Neal and Paul work together to try and fight the nocturnal menace, their parents are taking desperate measures to get the family back to normal. With no support from their parents, the brothers have nothing to rely on but each other, and courage beyond belief.”
Jonny Weston, Gattlin Griffith, Peter Holden, Musetta Vander and Kelcie Stranahan star.
The film was penned by Eric Stolze who wrote the upcoming Late Phases. READ MORE
When we last wrote about Not Safe For Work, the new thriller from Captain America director Joe Johnston starring Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Eloise Mumford, it was February of 1012. From there I assumed they were off to the races, but the project sort of fell of the radar a bit.
Yesterday producer Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) told The LA Times, ““Some of my movies work, and some of them don’t,” Blum said. “I want to be able to say to the studio, ‘We missed, let’s go to VOD.” That quote is preceded by mention of NSFW forgoing a theatrical release in favor of the VOD model.
I reached out to Blum for clarification this morning and he said that he wasn’t addressing the quality of any film in particular, just whether one of his movies would work as a wide release. Moreover, in the above quote he was talking about his model and preference of options rather than directly addressing any specific movie or the quality of the film. And, for the record, he “thinks its great.”
Brit scribes Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair) wroteNSFW, which “follows a young paralegal trapped in an office with a killer on a secret mission to destroy files and anyone that stands in his path.”
Meanwhile, The Purge, another co-production between Blumhouse and Universal, opened last night to $3.4 Million in midnight shows alone, which is a higher number than its production budget.
A couple weeks ago, the makers of Dead Island unvieled Dying Light, a next-gen horror game where you’re outrunning the undead. It sounded familiar to anyone who’s played Techland’s other zombie game, and while there are definite similarities, I have to say, I am extremely pumped for this game. If the Mirror’s Edge style parkour running system they promised us plays out anything like what we see in this CG trailer — picking up a wrench at full sprint and using it to crack a zombie’ss skull without breaking stride looks particularly badass — than my body is so ready for this. Trailer after the jump.
Zombie Studios, the makers of the Saw video game series, have been hard at work on their next project, a horror game called Daylight. It’s following in the footsteps of recent horror hits like Slender and Amnesia by throwing you into a procedurally generated world — so each time you play is a different experience — and you’re being hunted by something. It looked scary enough to make our list of upcoming games that look absolutely terrifying, and this new trailer only helps to solidify its creep factor.