To quote a famous TV duo from the 90s, “Nobody has any balls anymore.”
Okay, while that may not be entirely true, it does feel like a lot of directors, both indie and established, don’t exactly take many risks when it comes to certain projects. Too often nowadays it seems like every other film derives it’s plot from genre clichés that when piled up, make the film look, well, derivative and tired. With The Demented, writer/director Christopher Roosevelt enlisted the help of Steven Monroe (director of the I Spit On Your Grave remake and it’s sequel) to hopefully inject some fresh ideas into a film that boils down to the old “college kids traveling together to a remote locale for the weekend” trope.
Although he generally works with big time publishers, author Stephen King released his newest novel Joyland (June 4) through boutique publisher Hard Case Crime, and reading the book, it’s easy to see why. Far from the epic, time-jumping scope of 11/22/63, Joyland is a “boutique” sort of novel––quaint and nostalgic and unapologetically trite, like a knick-knack on your gramma’s mantle.
It’s the summer of 1973. After 21-year-old Devlin Jones is dumped by his girlfriend, he finds a strange solace in his new employment at Joyland, a North Carolina amusement park. After a strange premonition inspires him to stay on through the autumn, he unravels a cold case carnival murder mystery and bags a foxy single mom. And that’s about it. It’s very basic stuff by King standards, but the prolific author expertly employs carnival lingo and a “gather ‘round the campfire fire” tone to keep the pages cranking. At this stage in his career, it’s almost wicked how effortlessly the veteran can roll out a story.
From the opening pages, the first person voice is unmistakably King’s. Relying on old tropes like precognitive tweeners and repeated mantras (“I wore the fur”), he’s the same old cat he’s always been, but with even more ‘70s references. In fact, Joyland may serve as a more interesting novel to those readers familiar with King’s entire body of work, and can compare it to early stuff, like, say Rage (written when King was in his early 20s and now out of print). There’s a vast difference between the manic, angry fervor of King writing as a 21-year-old and the doe-eyed nostalgia he exudes as an old man reflecting on being 21. In more ways than one, King is an author who has come full circle.
It’s no secret that the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany is probably the largest metal festival in the world. Drawing in tens of thousands of people from across the globe, this festival brings some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal as well as showing the more underground, extreme acts that people would otherwise have no chance to see.
Now, the 2013 incarnation of this extremely popular festival is officially sold out. Let me rephrase that in a way that should have a mind-blowing effect on you: Wacken Open Air has sold 75,000 tickets almost one year in advance. There is one set price for tickets ($140) and they are sold on a first come, first served basis for the Aug 1st – 3rd festival. Without knowing the full line up for the show, people have spent $140 plus fees and postage. It’s unbelievable but it also says that Wacken is doing something right. They have been selling out the festival for several years now and it looks like there is no sign of them stopping.
Below is a list of bands that are so far confirmed to play at the show (a TON more will be added over the next months, so keep an eye out at the official website to stay up-to-date) READ MORE
Below you’ll find Don Allen‘s video review for Chris Witherspoon’s Rage, which stars Audrey Walker, Rick Crawford and Chris Witherspoon. In addition, we’ve also added Brad McHargue’s written review here. He wasn’t a fan…
“A thirty something man who lives in a suburb just outside of Portland says goodbye to his beautiful and loving wife and heads into town. There he unintentionally provokes the wrath of a mysterious motorcyclist. The confrontation between the two, sets in motion a day long battle. Beginning in the form of harmless taunts then quickly escalating into something more serious and then into something unimaginable.” READ MORE
It isn’t a secret that Mac computers get the dick as far as video game releases are concerned. But a lucky few get squeezed through. Some take longer than others, but RAGE: Campaign Edition is now available for Mac users worldwide. Lucky you, you’ll have access to the sewer missions I missed out on because I didn’t buy the DLC or pre-order the game. You buy, now?
La Brea Pictures is wrapping up post production on its first feature film, Tii Ricks’ slasher homage Rage: Midsummer’s Eve. Tii Ricks’ new horror movie, which is set in the Finnish Artic Circle, during a time of year when the sun never sets. Kind of like a reverse 30 Days of Night.
“ ‘Rage’ is a film honoring all the great horror features I have seen in my childhood: ‘Halloween,’ ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘Friday The 13th’ are all films that I have grown up with and which I secretly watched way before I was supposed to see them. This film is a tribute to all of those films.“, said Ricks.
Hit the jump to check out the first teaser and poster for the film! READ MORE
If you can actually make it through September finishing all the games coming out next month, then you can pick yourself up RAGE on it’s October 4th release date for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.
RAGE has been on my radar for a little over 3 years already, when I saw some screenshots from 2008′s E3. It’s been a slow burn with game info and assets, and that sucks. Video game cock teasing at its best. Well the game has come along more beautifully than I could have ever imagined. I must say a lot of these games are starting to look alike though.
Borderlands, Rage, Fallout, etc. They all have the same look, familiarish stories. At the end of the day I don’t really care, because the games usually turn out to be incredible. So keep up the good work! RAGE comes out October 4th for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. I’ll definitely be picking it up, so long as I’m done with, Dead Island, Gears 3, Rise Of Nightmares, The Silent Hill Collection, blah blah blah. READ MORE
Did you hear? Rage is coming out in just a few short months (Oct 4) and while that’s damn exciting, fans of id Software’s other series are clamoring for some news regarding Doom 4. Obviously, they don’t want to take any of the spotlight away from Rage, but we were supposed to hear something about Doom 4 at last year’s Quake Con, then we were told we might get some details at this year’s event, but Quake Con 2011 closed up yesterday and there was still no news. Well, sort of.
When pressed about when they are planning on slathering a coat of Doom 4 on fans’ eager faces, id Software’s co-owner and CEO Todd Hollenshead had this to say about the long awaited sequel. Oh, well, this is awkward. You see, you’re actually going to have to click the ‘read more’ button to see what Todd had to say. Yeah… this is like when you get a coffee at Starbucks, take a sip, and realize the barista forgot to tell you to click the read more button to see Todd’s quote. I hate it when that happens. READ MORE
My girlfriend hates when I say I’m all jazzed about something. Well I’m happy to report that I’m completed jazzed about RAGE, and that I have buried her in the backyard. Moving on to more important matters, this RAGE trailer looks excellent. Check it out below. With iD and Bethesda behind the game I have my RAGE bar set extremely high. Could this be the best 1st person shooter/rpg of all time? Doubt it.
RAGE has been in the works for going on at least 3 years now. But honestly it looks like it’s going to be worth the brutal wait. iD Software (Doom, Wolfenstein, Quake) has been working on the game with Bethesda to publish. With those 2 powerhouses there is almost no doubt in my mind that the game with be a gem. If you head past the break you can see some excellent new screens that will leave you wanting to play the game immediately.
RAGE is looking at a September 13th release for the PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. READ MORE
It’s tough to follow up the stellar trailer Dead Island had, but if anyone can take it on it would be id, the guys behind the Doom and Quake franchises. Their newest game, Rage, is an open-world/racing/action/adventure/shooter hybrid that promises lots of jaw dropping moments and gorgeous environments. The following trailer showcases much of the latter.
Rage gets all up in your grill on September 13th, for the PC, Mac, Xbox 360, PS3 and iOS devices. READ MORE
‘Rage’ is the Artery/Razor & Tie debut album by Atlanta, GA so-called ‘’party death metal’’ band Attila. From this description I came into reviewing this album hoping to hear some music that made me want to head bang a bit, grab a few beers, etc… Y’know, get into the mood to party and rock out, right? Well, I’ll say this: I bobbed my head along for a few sections, but… Well, read on.
RAGE has been in the works now for a couple years, and we really don’t see much in the way of news. And I don’t have any news right now! But a few new screen shots past the break.
RAGE is a sometime in the near future post apocalyptic first person shooter. However, the game will also introduce a racing element. The game has been pushed back several times, and is now looking at a 2011 release on the PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Mac, and Linux. READ MORE
A thirty something man who lives in a suburb just outside of Portland says goodbye to his beautiful and loving wife and heads into town. There he unintentionally provokes the wrath of a mysterious motorcyclist. The confrontation between the two, sets in motion a day long battle. Beginning in the form of harmless taunts then quickly escalating into something more serious and then into something unimaginable.
Fronz, singer of the Atlanta, Georgia party metal band Attila sent over a list of his Top 10 horror films. Check it out after the jump to see if your favorite is on the list!
Attila has a new album, ‘Rage’, coming out May 11th and they are on a constant touring schedule for the next several months in support of this album. Some of the bands they are touring with include Dr. Acula, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Sky Eats Airplane, Sleeping With Sirens, Blind Witness, A Hero A Fake, and more. You can check them out at their Official MySpace HERE.
Electronic Arts and id Software are hooking up to bring the game Rage to life. The game will be coming out for the PC, Mac, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is going to be a whole new take on 1st person shooters, where you will have a world to explore, and a vehicle to do it in. So far it seems like the game will be fairly free roaming, but still give you direction on where you’ll be able to go.
New RAGE info for everyone, it will be released for the PC, Mac, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. No confirmed release date, id software and E.A. have partnered up to bring this game to life. You may know id Software because of the Doom series. The game is going to be a first person shooter, but that looks like that’s all they are saying right now, and looks like they are going to reveal more at Quake-Con 2008. I’ll keep you updated if anything else flows in. READ MORE