Undead Labs’ hugely ambitious open world RPG State of Decay is one of the more exciting zombie games on the horizon. They’re really going all out with this post-apocalyptic arcade title, packing more content into it than most full retail releases.
A GameStop listing obtained by IGN could narrow reveals a June 5 release date and reveals a moderately high — for an arcade title — price tag of $20, or 1600 MSP. The developer’s community director Sanya Weathers clarified the listing in the State of Decay forums, saying June 5 is their goal, but they won’t be able to provide a solid date until the game passes certification. As for the price, I wouldn’t be all that surprised if it did cost $20, knowing how much content it offers.
We finally get a full length trailer for V/H/S/2 and it’s worth the wait! As someone who really liked most of the original film, I’ve got no problem telling you that V/H/S/2 is much, much better. It’s tighter, shorter, leaner and a rock solid viewing experience. It’s also gory, chaotic and fun as hell – which this trailer certainly represents!
Acquired by Magnet Releasing out of Sundance as S-VHS, V/H/S/2 will be arriving on VOD platforms June 6 with a theatrical rollout set for July 12. 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.
From the demented minds that brought you last year’s V/H/S comes V/H/S/2, an all-new anthology of dread, madness, and gore. This follow-up ventures even further down the demented path blazed by its predecessor, discovering new and terrifying territory in the genre. This is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic. The result is the rarest of all tapes—a second generation with no loss of quality.”
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Marlon Wayans’ A Haunted House, which spoofed Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside, made $40 Million at the US Box Office and seems to be doing fairly well on home video. So, needless to say, Open Road’s A Haunted House 2 is still right on track. In fact, they now have a release date. March 28, 2014. I didn’t care for the first film, so here’s hoping for some improvement.
We don’t know much about the sequel yet, but I spoke with Wayans last week and he confirmed what Essence Atkins will indeed be returning, seeing as she’s this franchise’s “Katie.”
A Haunted House 2 will be financed and produced by IM Global’s genre label Octane and will shoot this summer. READ MORE
Watch Dogs was easily the most exciting announcement to come out of E3 last year, but it also felt so far away. Today that changes, as Ubisoft has revealed a launch date alongside a brand new trailer. What attracted me to this game — outside of the fact that everything else that came out of the event was decidedly “been there, done that” — was how intriguing its concept was.
It’s an open world game set in the modern day, so the setting isn’t exactly unique, but the ability to hack into and control the environment around you is a nice addition. It also looks gorgeous, though that isn’t all that surprising seeing as it’s also coming to next-gen consoles.
Rodrigo Gudino’s The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, will hit DVD and digital download on July 30, 2013. The DVD will also feature audio commentary with Director Rodrigo Gudiño, a Making of Featurette, Mercan Dede featurette, poster and photo gallery and The Facts In the Case of Mister Hollow Short Film.
The film stars Aaron Poole (Small Town Murder Songs, Gangster Exchange), with Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Richings (X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Wrong Turn, Cube), Stephen Eric McIntyre (High Life, Fear X, The Lookout), Genie award winner Charlotte Sullivan (Population 436, Defendor, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster) and cult television icon Mitch Markowitz (“The Hilarious House of Frightenstein”) rounding out the cast.
“The film centers on an antiques collector who inherits a house from his estranged mother only to discover that she had been living in a shrine devoted to a mysterious cult of angels. As night falls, he comes to suspect that his mother’s oppressive spirit still lingers within her home and is using items in the house – especially the statues of angels – to contact him with an urgent message. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh will feature a strikingly original narrative technique that glimpses into what the psychology of spirits.”
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Universal Pictures’ Dracula, which will be directed by Gary Shore and start shooting shortly, now has a release date of August 8, 2014. Luke Evans (The Raven) stars and, on the heels of this date, we can expect to start seing a bunch of casting info come our way soon.
“The script tells of a young prince who, when the lives of his wife and child are put in danger by a bloodthirsty sultan, risks his soul to save them, and in the process becomes the first vampire.”
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless wrote the latest draft of the script and Michael De Luca will produce through his Michael De Luca Prods. banner.
IFC Films will release Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio, starring Toby Jones and Tonia Sotiropoulou, on June 14th on various VOD Platforms. Mr. Disgusting hated this movie more than he normally hates things.
Acquired out of the fests by IFC Films, the pic is “Set in 1976: Gilderoy is hired to orchestrate the sound mix for the latest film by Italian horror maestro, Santini. As time and realities shift, Gilderoy is lost in a spiral of sonic and personal mayhem, and has to confront his own demons in order to stay afloat.”
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Indie horror hit Cry of Fear was among the first batch of titles to be greenlit by the Steam community, and now its developer has given us a release date. It’s coming soon — like, next week soon. Like, April 24th soon. That doesn’t give me much time to go out and grab a couple pairs of Depends, but I’ll manage.
The best part? It’s a free standalone! The first part probably doesn’t require any explanation — it means you won’t have to drop any cash to play it — and the “standalone” bit means you won’t need to own Half-Life to access it. Who here thinks they’re brave enough to get their Cry of Fear on next week?
I tried to watch the fifth season of “True Blood”, I really did. I like Jessica… I like.. that’s about it. Still, I know a lot of you guys dig it. So mark your calendars for May 21st which is when the whole shebang hits Blu-ray and DVD (Blu-ray with HBO Select* $79.98, DVD $59.99 and Digital Download. Both sets include the full 12-episode season along with extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content.
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James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 will be coming out a week earlier than its planned September 20th release date. FilmDistrict will now release the haunter on Friday, September 13th. Wan’s other summer effort, The Conjuring hits two months earlier on July 19th.
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor, Jocelin Donahue and Danielle Bisutti all star.
I recently spent some time on the set of the film and can’t wait to report what I saw with you.
If you dug Dark Skies then your wait until it hits home video is coming to an end. It arrives on DVD and Blu-ray (with DVD and Ultraviolet) on May 28th. Special features include feature commentary with Writer/Director Scott Stewart, Producer Jason Blum, Executive Producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Editor Peter Gvozdas as well as alternate and deleted scenes from the film.
The supernatural thriller directed by Scott Charles Stewart “Follows a young family living in the suburbs. As husband and wife Daniel and Lacey Barret witness an escalating series of disturbing events involving their family, their safe and peaceful home quickly unravels. When it becomes clear that the Barret family is being targeted by an unimaginably terrifying and deadly force, Daniel and Lacey take matters in their own hands to solve the mystery of what is after their family.”
The film stars Josh Hamilton, Keri Russel and J.K. Simmons. Head inside for the (small-ish) box art. READ MORE
13 years after the original Ring movie, Sadako returned to the big screen in Japan in Sadako 3D. Now the film is headed to US DVD, Blu-ray and VOD/digital markets on June 8th.
In the film, “Sadako waits, a vicious spirit, hungry for blood and souls. What began as a haunted videotape, passed from hand to cursed hand all those years ago in THE RING, has only gotten easier to find. Sadako waits. And it’s not just on tape anymore. At a local high school, there is a rumor about an online video of someone committing suicide. If it were only a prank, or the work of a deranged artist in town, the students wouldn’t be killing themselves after watching it, would they? The police would have a theory about the quickly-growing body count? And what about the woman in white with long hair? Sadako is always hungry. And she’s no longer alone.”
For those of you keeping tally, there have been four Japanese films based on Koji Suzuki’s popular Ring series including Ringu, Rasen, Ringu 2, and Ringu 0: Birthday. Then there are the little known Japanese TV Series: “Ring: The Final Chapter” (12 Episodes) and it’s sequel “Rasen” (13 Episodes). And then there’s the Korean remake The Ring Virus alongside the two U.S. remakes.
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Director Jon Wright’s Tremors influenced Irish horror comedy Grabbers has been on our radar for a while now, but only today did it receive a release date. IFC Films will release on July 19 under the IFC Midnight banner in select theaters and on cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Zune, PlayStation, SundanceNow.com and other digital VOD outlets Grabbers stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey in a film that takes to “a sleepy Irish fishing village that’s forced to fend off a blood-sucking sea creature.” The new international trailer has now hit featuring new looks at the film’s creature. IFC acquired the film out of Sundance 18 months ago.
Ryan Daley said this about the Sundance Film Festival selection: “I liked the hell out Grabbers, but if it had revealed its monster just a little less often, and been just a little more menacing in its approach, it could have transcended mere likeability on the way to horror greatness.” Read his entire review here.
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When Deadly Premonition was released it almost instantly became a cult hit. With a 20 dollar price tag and many, many hours of gameplay, the game couldn’t be touched. Coming out on April 30th exclusively for the Playstation 3 is the Deadly Premonition: Directors Cut. If you pre-order it you will receive some downloadable content for the game. Time to dust of the ol’ blu-ray player. Details on the game’s new and updated features past the break.
Between the sun and its emphasis on “outside activities,” summer isn’t one of my favorite seasons. I prefer to be indoors, with something between me and that massive ball of fire and death that looms ominously in the sky above us. It’s a good thing Capcom has gamers like me in mind. Earlier today Capcom confirmed Lost Planet 3 will come to the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 on June 25 in North America and in Europe on June 28. That means I can stay inside and squash alien bugs with my giant mech feet. You know what pairs well with an announcement like this? How about a brand new trailer. Check it out after the jump.
Artyom was set to resume his post-apocalyptic journey this month, but that was before Metro: Last Light was delayed and its publisher THQ went under. It didn’t go without a home for very long, as it was purchased by Dead Island publisher Deep Silver last month for a cool $5.8MM. Now, Artyom will be returning on May 14th in the States and everywhere else on May 17th. The additional development time will go toward giving it some extra polish and optimization.
Lucky Bastard, a found-footage flick set in the porn industry has been rated NC-17 and, if their press release is any indicator, they’re over the moon about it. When life gives you lemons, I suppose. The film was directed by Robert Nathan, produced by horror veteran Jim Wynorski (Return of the Swamp Thing, Chopping Mall) and edited by Hellraiser II director Tony Randel.
“The story centers on Mike (Don McManus), who runs the Lucky Bastard website; Dave (Jay Paulson), a young fan given a chance to have sex with a porn actress; and Ashley Saint (Betsy Rue), the porn star who reluctantly agrees to participate in the website’s “have sex with a porn star” contest. In the end, everyone gets more than they bargained for when the seemingly mild-mannered Dave is irrevocably transformed by his experience. When, as Ashley predicted, Dave becomes humiliated, his personality is transformed and he seeks revenge on his tormentors. In this world, where everyone is safe within its borders, an outsider poses the ultimate danger.”
Check out the trailer inside. Lucky Bastard opens April 5, 2013, at Vintage Cinemas’ Los Feliz 3 Cinemas, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. READ MORE
Rumors have been making their way around the vast and knowledgeable Internet about a possibly delay for the highly anticipated post-apocalyptic survival game The Last of Us for over a week. Mercifully, Neil Druckmann, lead game designer at Naughty Dog took to the PlayStation Blog to offer some confirmation on the rumors. “As a team we pride ourselves on setting a very high quality bar for every aspect of our games — gameplay, story, art, design, technology and more,” Druckmann said. “We want to make sure The Last of Us raises that bar even further — or ourselves, and most importantly, our fans.” Now PlayStation 3 owners can look forward to kicking some fungal zombie ass on June 14th.
Looks like Activision wants to move out of the busy week of March 26th by moving the release date for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game a week earlier to March 19th. Survival Instinct Wii U release date is unaffected, as it will still come on the 26th. I’m a little surprised it didn’t go the other way, because from the gameplay footage and screenshots we’ve seen so far it looks like the game could benefit from some extra development time. Pre-order details after the jump.
Open Road will release Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills on September 13th. In addition to Danny Trejo the film stars Lady Gaga, Vanessa Hudgens, Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, William Sadler, Edward James Olmos, Charlie Sheen, Elise Avellan, Electra Avellan and Alexa Vega.
The sequel finds the titular ex-federale (Trejo) recruited by the U.S. government to stop a terrorist named Mendez the Madman, who happens to be Mexico’s leading cartel dealer. Gibson is set to co-star as Luther Voz, a cunning arms dealer and death merchant who aims to spread war across the planet by launching a nuclear missile. Heard will play a manipulative assassin code-named Miss San Antonio. Pic co-stars Demian Bichir and Charlie Sheen as the U.S. president. The first film was based on Rodriguez’ faux trailer included in Dimension Films’ 2007 Grindhouse.
If you just recently got pregnant, you might have to wait for DVD.
It would seem Activision and Terminal Reality’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct is further along than I would’ve expected. The game’s release date was announced today via a brief video — you can watch it below — that stars brothers Daryl and Merle Dixon. I hope you’ve been saving up, because the already crowded month of March just got even busier. Survival Instinct will release on March 26th, a week after Gears of War: Judgment and the same day as Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel and BioShock Infinite. You probably can’t hear it where you are, but my wallet is weeping right now.
DayZ was supposed to release late last year. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but the dev team has a good reason for the delay: they wanted to make the game even better. The developer posted an update on their blog, saying “Put simply, DayZ Standalone isn’t here because we had the chance to go from making a game that was just the mod improved slightly, packaged simply, and sold – to actually redeveloping the engine and making the game the way we all dreamed it could be. This blew any initial plans we had dictated to pieces.” More after the jump.
Millenium/Nu Image’s Spiders 3D will be released on select screens on February 8, 2013 in 3D. The theatrical cut will be rated PG-13 with a running time of 89 minutes. The film will also be released the same day via VOD platforms
nationwide in 2D.
In the film, “following the crash of a derelict Soviet space station into a Manhattan subway tunnel, a new species of spider is discovered in the wreckage. But when the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions, an average NYC subway worker (Patrick Muldoon) is forced to step up in order to save his family and all of New York from the destructive giant spiders wreaking havoc throughout the city.”
Directed by Tibor Takacs (The Gate, Ice Spiders), Spiders 3D also stars Christa Campbell, Jon Mack, William Hope and Sydney Sweeney. Head inside to check it out! READ MORE
I hope you haven’t preemptively called in sick the week of February 26 so you could take the time to really immerse yourself in the gorgeous floating city of Columbia, because BioShock Infinite has officially been delayed a month. Irrational will be using that extra month to give the game the extra spit and polish it will need to live up to fans’ (and my own) lofty expectations for it. February was already a cluttered month, so I’m glad the goods are being spread out, even if it’s just a little bit. Still releasing in February are Dead Space 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Crysis 3, and Aliens: Colonial Marines, so yeah, there’s still plenty to look forward to.