By Amanda Tullos.
The road. It can mean many things to different people and for some, it’s a way of escaping or it’s a pathway to the future. For others, the road is a deadly place full of the unknown. The “road movie” is the perfect element in horror because it’s a terrifying character in and of itself. The following are a list of the best road movies in the genre. READ MORE
Today’s a special day. A couple weeks ago, completely out of the blue, I was sent an excellent feature by a fellow games writer named Joe Donnelly, who currently resides at Beefjack. Tropes are all too prevalent in our favorite genre, but most of the following have flown under my radar until Mr. Donnelly sought them out and brought them into the light.
Read on for the 10 most overlooked horror game tropes!
A cool image popped up in my newsfeed that compares different horror or horror-esque characters with different genres of metal. Different characters include Hellraiser‘s Pinhead, The Crow‘s Eric Draven, Clash Of The Titan‘s Hades, and more.
Several of them seem pretty spot on (Pinhead and Dracula definitely work) but some of these really make me think that genre-defining is going WAY too far. “Depressive Suicidal Black Metal”? “National Socialist Black Metal”? “Raw Black Metal”? What’s that, black metal that wasn’t cooked long enough?
Head on down to check out the image and leave your thoughts on which characters would be good with which types of metal genres! Don’t ask me why but I have a weird feeling that Jason would really dig listening to some Pantera. READ MORE
Vertigo has been reviving classic anthologies over the past few years, and this Wednesday, October 2nd, sees the resurrection of “The Witching Hour”. The anthology celebrates the supernatural with nine new witch tales, written and illustrated by some of the biggest names in comics.
“The Witching Hour” anthology was originally published between 1969 and 1978, as hosted by the three witches, who would later become important characters in the Vertigo Universe in books like “The Sandman” and “House of Mystery”. Below, we’ve got an exclusive preview of “The Witching Hour” #1, courtesy of Vertigo Comics. READ MORE
Insidious: Chapter 2 (my review here) cleaned up at the box office this weekend. Not in the expected “it’ll make 20 million” way (which still have been a big win), but in a “holy sh*t it made like 40 million” way.
With James Wan taking the helm of Universal’s gigantic Fast and Furious franchise (he’s currently filming Fast 7), I figured it would be fun to take a look back at the films that got him there. Even with the great Conjuring and Insidious franchise making huge returns on their initial investments (not to mention ) it hasn’t always been a straight line to the top. It almost never is in Hollywood.
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Bloody-Disgusting writers Farah Al-Hakkak (ShadowJayd) and Lonnie Nadler (Lonmonster) are back with more weekly commentary on the best horror artists and artwork that comics industry has to offer. Because there is still a severe lack of appreciation for comic book artists today, we felt that something should be done to remedy that. So, every Friday, there will be a new Visions of Horror art column posted in BD’s comics section, specifically profiling pieces that have made an impact on the industry, in order to show how significant art is in influencing a generation of people.
This week features the award winning artist Bernie Wrightson, and his critically acclaimed edition of Mary Shelley’s 18th century Gothic novel, “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus”, one of the most influential pieces of horror fiction. “Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein” reprints Shelley’s 1831 edition, featuring seven years’ worth of meticulously rendered pen and ink illustrations to accompany her writing. READ MORE
Do any of you live in Wheat Ridge, Colorado? If so, I’m gonna need you to head on over to Drum City Guitarland and buy me a guitar. Now, I can’t pay you back. However, I’ll love you forever and ever (ask Adam Dodd about this kind of love. It’s magical).
Coming back to the issue at hand, Drum City Guitarland has in there possession a few remaining Schecter licensed horror guitars that are simply badass. Their guitars with The Wolfman, Frankenstein, and The Mummy are sold out but the Dawn Of The Dead and House of 1,000 Corpses models are still available at a paltry price of $2,999 each (I want the Dawn of the Dead one). Head on below to see a gallery of these guitars. READ MORE
Comic-Con just released Day 2 of their massive 2013 schedule, and it’s a bit more heavy on the horror than Day 1 (Thursday, July 18) is.
We’ll have breakdowns of the Saturday and Sunday schedules soon, but for now, here’s what Friday, July 19 has to offer. READ MORE
Out today from Titan Books is “Deadbeat – Makes You Stronger”, the first in a brand-new series of horror detective novels by author Guy Adams. The book follows Max and Tom who witness a group of grave robbers stealing a coffin. The kicker? The body inside is still breathing. “Deadbeat” sounds like a buddy-cop style paranormal tale and we’ve got a nice little excerpt from chapter 1 below. READ MORE
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
Back in the early 1950s, horror and crime comics were largely regarded as morally distasteful, and were thought to be responsible for errant behaviour in youth culture. Many took issue with the subject matter, claiming it was too gruesome and violent for children. The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted a study that “proved” how horror comics were in part responsible for the misbehaviour of youth during the time (not the post-war environment). As many of you know, the accusations toward the comics industry eventually lead to The Comics Code Authority in 1955 which imposed harsh guidelines on horror comic publisher. After the Code, comics lost a lot of steam. This is something the comics industry never fully recovered from.
While snooping around on YouTube, I came across this “Confidential File” report from 1955, which was supposed to educate parents on the negative effects that horror and crime comics have on children. It’s filled with hilarious reenactments, false interviews, and great one-liners like, “When I was a boy… we never spend an afternoon like this. Reading”. But the sad truth is that many who saw this report took it as fact and it helped to tarnish the reputation of horror comics forever. It not only goes to show the power of the media, but how easily blame can be misdirected. READ MORE
There’s no shortage of exciting horror games coming out over the next year or so, with one of the more highly anticipated titles being the freshly unveiled The Evil Within. We know a good deal about it, even though it’s still a ways off. We know it’s the first game by Tango Gameworks, helmed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. We know it’s coming to current and next-gen consoles sometime next year, courtesy of Bethesda, and that it sounds terrifying. More after the break.
I hope you’re ready for even more scary shorts, because I have three for you, and they were all made by lovely Bloody Disgusting readers like yourself. After the break we have a twisted torture short, a wildly over-the-top (and wonderful) horror parody, and a Halloween film that makes me ache for October to get here. Grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, crank up the volume and check them out!
It hasn’t even been a week since the official unveiling of Mikami’s The Evil Within and it sounds like Bethesda may have another horror game in the works, but shhh, this one’s still a secret.
A new multi-platform title called Endless Summer was recently rated MA 15+ by the Australian Classification Board for “strong horror themes and violence.” I suppose there’s a chance it’s a code name for The Evil Within, though knowing what we do about the game, I’m having trouble believing that. What do you think this could be?
As soon as I heard that James Tynion IV’s “The Eighth Seal” was described as “Rosemary’s Baby meets The West Wing“, I knew it was something I had to check out. James Tynion IV has been tearing it up at DC Comics over the past few months, writing titles such as “Talon” and “Red Hood and the Outlaws”, and now he’s got a new horror series at Thrillbent that you can read absolutely free of charge.
If you’ve read any of Tynion IV’s work, it’s obvious that he has a deep love for horror, but with “The Eighth Seal”, he’s finally exploring the genre in the fullest. James sat down to chat with Bloody-disgusting about his new series, why you should check out Thrillbent, and his love for horror. Read the interview below and check out the first chapter of “The Eighth Seal”. READ MORE
Titan Books has just released a brand new book that outlines the life of one of film’s greatest cult icons, Peter Cushing. If you’re a hound for classic horror cinema, you know Cushing from his roles as Baron Frankenstein and Doctor Van Helsing in the films from the Hammer house of horror. Cushing’s other star roles consisted of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, and Grand Moff Tarkin. Author David Miller has written a guide to Cushing’s career and you can check out a brief excerpt and a bunch of images below. READ MORE
An interesting bit of semi-news floating around today that’s exciting, even if it’s likely to never happen, is the possibility of Robert Downey Jr. making a horror film. “Making” as in writing, directing and starring in it. This all comes to light in a GQ cover story that’s been making the rounds today. While more mainstream sites have been citing the piece’s indications that Downey is looking to retire from his role as Iron Man, there’s another nugget of info that’s of far greater interest to you BD readers.
Downey spoke to GQ about writing before adding, “And I want to direct — I think I’d do a pretty good job.” This is where we think his mind is turning to horror, “Nobody has cornered Halloween as a market since Halloween. I will say only this: I am a Village Voice reporter on the run.”
Now, here’s where it gets tricky. I love Downey but he says a LOT of stuff all the time. He riffs constantly and is the master of non-sequiters and coded semi-secrecy. For all I know, he just told the GQ guy in “Downey-speak” he wanted to re-launch the space program. Still, if taken at face value, it would seem that there is some interest in the genre. Of course, even if he’s serious this isn’t even in development yet, so it may fall apart before it even has a chance to fall apart.
But still, it’s nice to hope, right?
It’s all conjecture, but judging by the images Climax Studios — the dev behind Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories — has been trickling out via their Facebook page, it looks like their next game may be of the horror persuasion… and maybe set in a dollhouse. I can see it, dollhouses are creepy.
Now, it’s “unannounced” so for all we know this could be a post-apocalyptic Barbie adventure game. It has a nebulous ’2013′ release window, so my guess is they’re waiting to announce it at E3, but I could be wrong, the reveal could be a ways off. Check out some images (not sure if they’re screenshots, promotional art, concept art, or none of the above) after the jump.
NARR8 is a new digital comic/interactive novel company on the rise, doing their best to re-define the reader experience. Although they offer tremendous variety in titles, some of their most predominant works are their interactive horror novels “Fear Hunters” and “The Secret City” from “Midian” Studios. What’s interesting about these digital tales is how they utilize a new medium to create a terrifying atmosphere for the reader, including interactive pages, haunting soundscapes, and subtle animation.
The head of “Midian” Studios, Vasily “Midianin” Melnik, took the time to chat with Bloody-disgusting about the process behind creating interactive horror novels, the future of the medium, his love for the genre, and plenty more. READ MORE
Danny! and Tim are back with two steamy* tales of alien abduction, mind control, and forced probing: Dark Skies vs Communion! Both films involve families besieged by other-worldly visitors, but with very different outcomes. Which one will come out on top, the modern CGI wonders of Dark Skies or Christopher Walken’s uncontrolled outburst of Communion? Tune in to DOUBLE MURDER to find out!!!
*Not “steamy” like sexy, but “steamy” like a pile of shit. READ MORE
Today we’re going to take a break from horror art so we can take a gander at something a little more real. Joshua Hoffine is a photographer with a unique eye for the macabre. His photos are equal parts beautiful and grotesque, and looking through his gallery I can’t help but get the feeling that he really hates kids. Me too. You can see some of his work after the jump. Apparently, you can take photos without awkwardly placed, blurry thumbs taking up half the picture. I learn something new every day.
I didn’t have enough room in the headline for this article’s subtitle, which is And Remember When “They Were All The Same Person” Was A Twist? This whole thing has been buzzing around in my head since a recent argument regarding the ending to Haute Tension, which I found sort of ridiculous. It’s the standard “The Protagonist Is Insane And Actually The Killer” (aka “The Split Personality” twist). But I have to say it got me thinking that this trope actually doesn’t bug me as much as the other two, since it usually says more about the characters at hand.
Still, I’m not sure what happened to our brains over the past 14 years, but you can’t call something a twist if everyone knows it’s coming. I feel like horror needs to widen its bag of tricks beyond the “they were dead”, the “split personality” and “the protag is crazy” tropes which seem to be the only three ploys in regular use for filmmakers seeking to pull the rug out from under their audience.
The “dead” thing worked for The Sixth Sense, and it sort of worked two years later with The Others. It also worked in 1962′s Carnival Of Souls. But we’ve seen it employed at least twice more recently in Passengers and The Devil’s Ground. I’m not denigrating those films necessarily, but it should probably end there. Similarly the “split ” angle didn’t even quite work in Identity and it certainly didn’t work in The Ward. It was sort of used in Shutter Island as well, but it worked there because it was actually source of catharsis for its character.
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The team behind NeverDead and Sniper Elite are definitely working on a horror game, but now I’m not as certain it will be related to Sniper Elite. The first teaser made it look like this mysterious project could be horror themed DLC for Sniper Elite V2, and now they’ve released a second teaser that has definite Freddy Krueger vibes. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m certainly intrigued. Watch the teaser after the break.
Rebellion Developments, the studio behind NeverDead and Sniper Elite V2, teased an announcement of their next project earlier today. It looks to be of the horror persuasion and its logo all but guarantees it has something to do with Sniper Elite. I’m guessing this is zombie DLC for Sniper Elite V2, or potentially even a standalone expansion à la Infamous 2′s Festival of Blood or Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare, but we won’t know for sure until they officially announce it next month (on Valentine’s Day, strangely enough). The ambiguous synopsis doesn’t shed much light either, “One man is utterly alone amidst the chaos of war. But there are worse things to fear than bombs and bullets here…”
Interestingly, the dev also wrote “PC fans will soon get the chance to discover for themselves just what is in store for those brave enough to venture into the ‘Totraum’.” This means that at least for now, this will be a PC exclusive. I’m getting strong zombie vibes from this tease, but we already have so many of those already, so hopefully they surprise us all by announcing a demon game, or something. Check out the teaser after the jump.