We’re back from vacation. The 40oz. Of Horror Podcast was absent last week, but with good reason — Chad was MIA while visiting Eli Roth’s Goretorium. Is it worth the cost of admission? Chad has the answer.
Are Netflix original series worthy of marathon viewings? Chad and James go toe-to-toe and duke it out over original on-demand television — what is your opinion?
In WTF News, we talk about a company who will mail your enemies… well, something brown and smelly. And of course we have tons of horror news to catch you up.
Also, we must apologize for the drunken shitshow that was last episode. If you were drinking along, sorry for your hangover.
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In this episode, Adam and David explore a bizarre and terrifying world, where they learn to embrace their inner child and break free from the shackles of their crib in search of their mum. For the unfamiliar, Among the Sleep is an indie horror game developed by Krillbite Studio. Yesterday, their Kickstarter campaign successfully reached its funding goal with about three days to spare. Now they’re working toward achieving a handful of stretch goals that include Oculus Rift support (basic support is already happening, this would be for more advanced functionality) and commentary tracks.
If the idea of a toddler sized Adam climbing dresser shelves so he can reach a doorknob sounds appealing — and really, why wouldn’t it — you should definitely watch me play this alpha.
After playing last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Katie Aselton‘s Black Rock was acquired by LD Entertainment (The Collection) for a theatrical run. Here’s a new clip from the thriller starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson and Will Bouvier.
In the thriller opening in theaters May 17, “Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.”
I hopped on the phone with Aselton last week to talk about the transition from directing drama to horror and what it was like performing out in the elements with her co-stars. We also discussed how and why the film became partially funded through Kickstarter Check it out below! READ MORE
The critically acclaimed GameCube survival horror title Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is getting a sequel (sort of), and it looks amazing. It’s being developed by Precursor Games, a start-up helmed by Silicon Knights founder Denis Dyack, and will be released in an episodic format — much like Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead.
Not long after Shadow of the Eternals was announced Precursor launched a crowd-funding campaign on their website to fund the first episode. Now, they’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to run alongside it and help get them the whopping $1.5 million they’ll require to develop the episode. Backers who supported the game through their website will be rewarded with an exclusive “Whateley Expose,” a digital collection of materials containing lore, manuscripts and clues.”
We promised to try and bring you guys a few more crowdsourced projects that we thin you’d dig – well, this one promises to deliver the gore on an Academy Award winning scale (see who is involved here)!
In the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics, Alien and The Thing, Harbinger Down promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!
The pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects, is coming from Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis.
Gillis will write and direct and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. will produce. Their company, Amalgamated Dynamics, will create the kind of Oscar caliber Creature Effects for which they are known. READ MORE
Gearing up for Pacific Rim? Well, there’s another giant monster vs. giant robot story that’s also causing some ruckus called “Kill All Monsters”. The comic book comes from the minds of Michael May (writer for Robot 6) and artist Jason Copland (“Murder Book”) and their shared love for massive monsters. The Kickstarter campaign is almost over, but there’s still time to give a last minute pledge. The first volume follows the Kill Team as they travel to Europe to investigate rumors of another group of monster fighters. Unfortunately for them, they run into the biggest, badest monsters yet. READ MORE
Hello, my name is Adam, and I like wandering around cemeteries.
I know it’s weird, but Boon Hill looks like it was designed with weirdos like me in mind. According to its Kickstarter page it’s a “graveyard simulator, a story of epitaphs, a tale of ghosts that haunt, a game with no goal.” It also happens to have two of our very own behind it — Matthew Ritter and Hayden Dingman — so if this sounds like something you wouldn’t mind sinking some time in I recommend supporting its Kickstarter campaign.
With so many promising games on the way, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of indie horror. One of the more unique games is Among the Sleep — a horror game that you play from the perspective of a child, wandering about an empty house at night. I’m excited for it, and it looks like the Kickstarter community is too, as its campaign has only been live for a few hours and it has already collected over $19k. That’s impressive. Check out its Kickstarter video, after the break.
Matt Cohen has taken to Kickstarter in search of funds to help complete the development of the first expansion for his indie horror game, dubbed Paranormal: The Town. It takes the randomized horror out of the house and into a small town, which according to the feature list has been inspired by Silent Hill. “If you like Silent Hill, you should be excited-that’s where we’re taking some inspiration from.” You have my attention.
So far, The Town brings with it a high school, graveyard and bar, but they plan on announcing more areas on the game’s Kickstarter page. It’s only a few days into its two month-long campaign and it’s already received a little over one third of its modest $3,000 goal. If you’d like to learn more, I have a Kickstarter video waiting for you after the jump.
The PlayStation and next Xbox may be grabbing most of the headlines right now, but the Ouya — the crowdfunded Android console that raised an impressive $8.5 million on Kickstarter last summer — is arriving before both. The console will cost a cool $99.99 and come first to Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. The console will bring with it a rather large launch lineup that includes 104 games, as well as entertainment apps like XBMC and Flixter.
Stevan Mena’s debut feature film Malevolence was a surprise hit when it was released theatrically and on DVD. Written, co-produced and directed by Stevan, Malevolence told the shocking but enthralling story of masked serial killer Martin Bristol, whose story hit a nerve with horror fans and mainstream audiences all over the world. Intended as the second act of a sprawling trilogy, fans were rewarded in 2011 when Stevan explored the origins of Martin’s tragic creation with Bereavement starring Michael Biehn and Alexandra Daddario. Now, the final suspenseful chapter is about to be told…but they need your help.
Mena Films announced today the launch of their Kickstarter page to start production of Malevolence 3. Once again, Stevan Mena is writing, directing and producing, along with longtime co-producer Tim Bristol and producer/actor Brian O’Halloran (Clerks). Through Kickstarter, fans can contribute funds towards commencing principal photography – even pre-ordering the Blu-ray/DVD! In addition, fans who commit targeted minimum pledge amounts will be eligible for exclusive incentives including signed scripts, tickets to the premiere party, a Skype session with the cast and filmmakers – and a chance to appear in the film! The Malevolence 3 Kickstarter page can be found here.
“In Malevolence 3, Martin Bristol returns to where it all began: the home from which he was kidnapped. But he is not the boy who disappeared over 10 years ago. Tortured and abused at the hands of his psychotic captor, Graham Sutter, Martin is damaged beyond repair. Lurking in the shadows of suburbia, he stalks and kills without remorse, picking his victims at random – or are they? Special Agent William Perkins follows Martin’s trail of terror, desperate to capture him before he kills again. Martin’s family, mourning his disappearance for over 10 years, is informed not only that he is alive, but that he is responsible for the wave of murder sweeping through their town. Will they be able to reunite with their long lost son before it’s too late, or will Perkins have to use excessive force to bring him down?” READ MORE
There’s a new horror comic project on Kickstarter that is boasting a crazy list of contributing authors. The project comes from Evil Jester Press and they are looking to create a throwback series of horror comics in the vein of classic titles such as “Creepy,” “Eerie,” and “Tales from the Crypt”.
The all-star line up of contributors, includes: Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, William F. Nolan, Ramsey Campbell, Gary Braunbeck, Joe McKinney, and plenty others. Check out the promo video after the jump and head to their donation page for more details. READ MORE
Mini Comics Included is now up on Kickstarter asking for your help. Creators Tim Seeley, Steve Seeley, and Michael Moreci get nostalgic on us, and attempt to bring back the fun we had as kids playing with toys and reading comics. The team is hoping to produce brand new mini-comics as well as limited edition toys that throwback to properties such as “He-Man”, “Toth”, and “G.I. Joe”. The rewards you can “back” are pretty amazing, ranging from original sketches to advice on writing. Hit the jump for more details. READ MORE
Indie horror projects Alas Vegas and Asylum each successfully reached their funding goals a few days ago. That means we can look forward to Asylum’s creepy, Lovecraftian horror — something we just don’t get enough of in video games these days — and the mind-bending horror RPG that is Alas Vegas when they release later this year.
Astral Projection has always fascinated me. I have friends who swear by it, saying they’ve experienced it before through vivid dreams and out-of-body experiences. Whether or not you believe it’s possible in the real world, there’s no denying how fantastic a feature it could be in a video game. I’m surprised it isn’t something that’s been used more often, but at least there’s one game that’s taking full advantage of it, and that’s the indie horror puzzle title Whispering Willows. It’s grim and atmospheric, while still being quirky and colorful, and its focus on storytelling and puzzle-solving should satisfy survival horror fans. Learn more about it after the break.
The Kickstarter synopsis for Alas Vegas describes it as “an RPG miniseries about amnesia, sin, horror and gambling.” If that doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps the fact that it’s a self-described “weird-horror” RPG that’s being co-developed by indie designer James Wallis and John Coulthart, an artist who’s well known for his art based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft, might. Let’s start with this new genre weird-horror, shall we? What constitutes a weird-horror game? Could this be the first of its kind? A subgenre in horror similar to survival horror or action horror? I hope so.
It’s “Ocean’s Eleven directed by David Lynch. Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas by way of Dante’s Inferno.” the developer says. Players begin their adventure digging out of a shallow grave in the desert. You’re naked. You have amnesia. Your only hope is to walk toward the bright neon glow on the horizon, the glow of a “nightmarish incarnation of a famous casino city.” Welcome to Alas Vegas.
When I was young I had a massive collection of Legos, and one of the stories I liked to play out was all about zombies. I’d build a small town with survivors trapped inside, even going so far as to barricade the windows and doors, and surrounding each of the buildings was a horde of the undead. It was so much fun, so you can understand my despair when I had to pause my game the other day so I could go to work. ROAM is an ambitious indie horror game that promises to let me do all of the above, only in delicious video game form.
Essentially, it’s a survival game. Your goal is to survive against the undead, and to do this you’ll need to scavenge supplies so you can build and fortify a base to hold out in. More after the break.
Homesick isn’t your typical horror game, but the staples of the genre are definitely there. You play as a caretaker of an abandoned building, and your goal is to figure out who and where you are. You’ll solve puzzles to unlock new areas of the building as you try and figure out what’s going on. As if the loneliness and focus on puzzle-solving weren’t enough, you’re also plagued by recurring nightmares.
Homesick shares some similarities to Dear Esther, in that it’s an atmospheric, story-driven experience that doesn’t rely on cheap scares, combat, or gore. It also looks beautiful, and if the music in the trailers are any indication, I may need to add this game’s soundtrack to my collection. More after the jump!
The long-in-development survival horror adventure game Asylum recently made its way to Steam where it eventually received enough support from the community to get greenlit. Now that the team behind it is entering the final stretch of development, they’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of many groups before them in asking for extra funds on Kickstarter. As a fan of Lovecraft, creepy abandoned mental institutions, and Scratches — Asylum designer Agustín Cordes’ previous game — this title has been on my radar for some time now. If you’re a fan of survival horror, adventure games, or a combination of the two, this is one of the more exciting games coming out in the near future.
If you’re interested in supporting the game, I suggest watching their pitch first, I’ve even made it super easy to do so by embedding it after the jump. Even if you’re not interested, I still recommend watching it if only to watch Cordes sing to and gently massage an angry asylum in an attempt to calm it. It’s definitely one of the more entertaining Kickstarter pitches I’ve seen.
Flesh of White is being Kickstarted right now, already having surpassed it’s $2000 goal with 16 days left. Written by Erica J. Heflin and illustrated by Amanda Rachels, “Flesh of White” tells of a mother who must protect her albino infant who becomes the target of a local witch doctor. You can snag a digital copy for only $5.00, so it’s worth checking out! READ MORE
How does a gaming console the size of a USB thumb drive sound? Good? How about one that you can plug directly into your TV’s HDMI port (it outputs at 1080p), costs roughly as much as a limited edition of a video game ($79), and uses an open Android platform so developers can self-publish their games? Sounds pretty great, right? I agree. After the Ouya’s insanely successful Kickstarter campaign, it was only a matter of time before someone else used the platform to get their console idea out into the world. This time it’s the GameStick, a tiny gaming console that promises another revolution in the living room. It’s intriguing, that’s for sure. More after the break.
Being pitched as Deadwood meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Pariah, Missouri is an original horror/western graphic novel written by Andres Salazar and penciled by Jose Luis Pescador. The book takes place just prior to the Civil War, following the strange paranormal drama that ensues in the town of Pariah, Missouri. Horror western mashups are the next big thing, mark my words.
“Pariah, Missouri” is currently being funded at Kickstarter, having already reached its goal with another 18 days to go. There are loads of goodies to be found in the pledges, so check it out. There’s even a 20-page preview for free on the page. Below you can take a look at the promo video, some preview art work, and more. READ MORE
Electro punk rock band Mindless Self Indulgence has released a new song entitled “It Just Gets Worse”, which comes from their 13th as-of-yet-untitled studio album. The song was released as a gift to fans for continuing to fund their Kickstarter for their new album. The goal of $150,000 has been reached, so I’m assuming that this release was their way of saying, “Thank you.”
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I friggen love Kickstarter. It helps bring to life many things that otherwise may never see the light of day. One of those things is a game by the name of The Last Door. It’s a pixelated point and click horror adventure you’ll be able to play for free on the PC so long as it gets finished. You can play some teaser game play right now over at TheLastDoor.com to get an idea of what you’re in for. Past the break for more info and a trailer.