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.
This week Pet Sock takes on Mama. READ MORE
Watch out for the February issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, because ONM is teasing a brand new horror game reveal in it. “Are you scared? You should be… World Exclusive! The first look at a stunning new game.” it teases. There’s also a picture — which I have for you after the jump — that looks like a shadow of a person (ghost!) standing between a bunch of… gizmos. Not sure what’s going on there. Could it be Acid Ghost, that mysterious new IP that surfaced around E3 last year? The gizmos in the picture could be the interior or engine room of a ship, and that’s where the game was supposed to take place. Let’s all speculate after the break!
With over 150 million sold, Sony’s PlayStation 2 is the most successful home gaming console of all time. It launched on March 4, 2000, and during the twelve years that followed it brought us video games that defined, or redefined, their respective genres. The PS2 also hosted the latter half of the golden era of the survival horror genre (late 90′s – early 00′s), which birthed amazing horror games like Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2, Half-Life, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, Siren, and so much more. For many horror fans, including myself, the PS2 was the console of choice for horror.
Some of my fondest gaming memories came from PS2 games, but like all good things, it’s come to an end. Let’s celebrate the end of such a stellar console by voting on the best horror games that released on it. More after the jump.
Puzzle platformer They Breathe isn’t your average horror game. Indie dev The Working Parts has taken a unique approach to the horror genre by placing you in the shoes, or… feet, rather, of a lone frog. The game is all about exploration and survival, and the latter revolves around a continuous need for oxygen, which is a treasured resource in this ecosystem. You’ll explore the depths of a flooded forest that hides many dangerous secrets, and there’s a meaning behind it all, though you’ll have to play it to discover what that is. There won’t be anyone to hold your hands here — or the frog equivalent of hands, anyway.
It looks like a strange game, and good thing too, because I like strange. You can grab the demo on Desura, or the full game on XBLA’s Indie store. They’re also working on getting the game released on Steam Greenlight, though for that to happen they’re going to need your vote.
You all are mad talented. I received numerous film submissions after my horror short focused Boredom Bytes from Bloody Disgusting readers, who apparently peruse film sites by day, only to don their director robes at night so they can craft sickeningly awesome short films. Check out the first three I received after the break!
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist for Metallica, released a 13-minute video where he discusses his book Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection (Amazon). In the video, Kirk shows off many of his prized horror pieces, including life-size statues, original movie posters, props, decorations, toys, and much, much more. As a horror fan, it’s basically eye candy/porn every second of the video. Check it out below!
Also, make sure to check out our exclusive interview with Kirk here. READ MORE
The kind folks over at Arcana are spreading some holiday cheer, offering up the first chapter from their acclaimed horror graphic novel, The Evil Tree, for free. The publisher is feeling particularly jolly this Holiday Season, by also offering the entire trade at at 25% discount through their online store (promo code “ARCANAWINTER”).
The original graphic novel is written by Erik Hendrix with art from Daniel Thollin. It follows the story of Misha and her friends who venture into the woods to escape their busy city life. When they arrive at their desolate cabin in the woods, they uncover the startling secrets from the past owners, waking their ill-fated spirits. Taking cues from films like Evil Dead and The Others, “The Evil Tree” tells a splendid winter ghost story. After the break, you can find the links to the first free chapter and a special holiday teaser image from artist Daniel Thollin. READ MORE
Destructoid community blogger FrankHowley has done something no one else has before: create a short horror film using the Wii U. It’s called The Blair Wii U Project, and it’s in the style of, well, The Blair Witch Project. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scream, and when the credits roll, you’ll ask for more. Or maybe none of that will happen, but it’s still a good watch. Now turn off the lights, lock the doors, crank up the volume, and click that adorable little Read More link to check it out.
It’s been a while since we had a new Boredom Bytes, but boy oh boy, is this a special one. They’re not necessarily related to video games, but I found three amazing horror shorts that are definitely worth your time. After the jump I have a film about a town that takes the problem of babysitter murderers very seriously, why you shouldn’t suck your thumb (this was news to me), and an intensely creepy thirty second short that’s as fun to watch as it is wholly unnerving. Check them out!
Out in stores now, Vertigo Comic’s Ghosts #1 contains a batch of incredibly memorable short stories in the Halloween-themed anthology (Review here). First off, the Rowland and Paine Detective Agency, from Neil Gaiman’s Dead Boy Detectives, returns once more in Toby Litt/Mark Buckingham’s “Run Ragged.” In a brand new case, Charles and Edwin, kid gumshoes, are on the search for a missing cat, who just happens to be a ghost. The anthology also includes the Paul Pope/David Lapham’s sci-fi extravaganza, “Treasure Lost.” In their ultimate space heist, pirates aboard the Ghost Ship are planning to steal the riches of the wealthy Steven Clan.
Bloody Disgusting sat down with Paul Pope, Mark Buckingham, and Toby Litt to discuss their entries in “Ghosts” #1 and what it means to create a unique ghost story in sequencial art. Check out the interviews after the break. READ MORE
Enola is a mystery horror game for the PC. My best guess for a baby factor, Myst meets Amnesia. Which is an awesome combo. In Enola, like in many games you awaken not knowing who and where you are. You search the island you wake up on for clues, solve puzzles, while trying to find out who you are and how to escape. You can buy the game for $2.50 down from the usual 10 dollars for a limited time from GamersGate. The game is not yet finished, it is in Alpha. However purchasing the game in alpha allows you to play it now in its unfinished state, and you get access to all future updates. Screens, info, and video past the break.