*Updated with first official images out of the AMF!
Fact: Evil kids are scary, which is why I love films like The Bad Seed, The Exorcist, The Omen and more recently The Children.
Filmax, the company behind the [REC] franchise, is giving birth to a demonic kid of their own.
Starring Starring Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie and Marcia Perez is Childish Games, which is now in post-production under the direction of Antonio Chavarrías from his own screenplay.
“Daniel receives an unexpected, and unwanted, visit from a friend who he hasn’t seen since his childhood. His friend is obsessed with his daughter and insists that Daniel has to meet her. Daniel does his best to get rid of him and tries to forget the incident. That same night his friend commits suicide.
Laura, Daniel’s wife, suggests they go to his friend’s funeral. There they meet his daughter, a little girl, barely seven years old, who since the death of her father has been taken into foster care. Laura convinces all parties that the best thing is for the little girl to go and stay with them.
But the little girl’s presence in the house starts to have an adverse effect on the couple when fears and memories which Daniel thought he had long since buried start to come creeping back inside his head. The same obsessions and fears that took the life of his friend start to take control of Daniel. A growing sense of isolation engulfs Daniel in the house, which until the arrival of the little girl, he had thought belonged to him.” READ MORE
If you haven’t played Mortal Kombat yet then you should. I’ve heard it’s pretty good, in fact, I’ve heard it’s a bloodbath to remember. Most people seem to agree that the series has finally returned to what made the series great in the first place, and that’s buckets of gore, sick fatalities, and excessive violence (and not to mention a ton of content). While speaking to MCVUK, president of WB Interactive Martin Tremblay gave out some pretty impressive news.
Bringing the series back to its roots turned out to be a pretty fantastic idea since Mortal Kombat is on the verge of passing the 3 million sold mark. Tremblay continued by saying “With the launch of Mortal Kombat, we have already paid for the acquisition of the Midway assets, and we are just beginning to leverage this acquisition with much more to come.” That’s good news for fans because now that the series has proven itself to be a bloody cash cow that means the inevitable sequel will get more resources so it’ll be even better. READ MORE
Runic Games, the minds behind the dungeon crawler RPG Torchlight have just announced that their game has officially passed the coveted million sold mark, across all three platforms (PC, Mac, XBLA). This game certainly deserves the success, I praised its gorgeous hand drawn visuals and tight dungeon crawling gameplayin my review, and since then it’s sucked about 30 hours of my life from me. That’s a long time to be playing an arcade game.
A boost in sales was undoubtedly caused by Torchlight’s Deal of the Week promotion on Xbox Live as well as its 4th of July sale on Steam. Really people, if you haven’t taken the time to play this game you owe it to yourself to do so, if only to get warmed up for its upcoming sequel. READ MORE
Dead Space 2 looks to have one-upped its predecessor it every way. It was scarier, had more action, looked amazing, was received better critically and now it’s officially outsold the original by a very wide margin. One could even go so far as to say it strategically dismembered all expectations! HA! Thank you, thank you, I’m here all night – try the shrimp puffs, they’re delicious. While revealing the sales for their newest releases, EA let the world know that Dragon Age 2, Dead Space 2 and Crysis 2 have all passed the highly sought after 2 million sales mark. Well, I suppose any number above a million is highly sought after, but that’s beside the point.
EA continued their shameless number dropping by saying sales for Dead Space 2 are 40% higher than sales of the original over a similar time span. This means a third game is all but certain since great critical reception and big sales almost always equals another game. But before we dig in to a potential third game, how about giving us Dead Space 2 fans some more DLC? Because one just isn’t enough. READ MORE
The first game wasn’t much of a commercial success, despite near unanimous critical acclaim. It broke the million sales mark by the end of 2008 but that was far below EA’s expectations for the game. Dead Space 2 however, looks to be selling quite well (and it’s well deserved.), as the game has sold sold twice as many copies as its predecessor did in roughly the same time frame. That’s good news for horror fans since a game that manages to retain much of its roots in survival horror and be successful critically and commercially is a very good sign for the genre. Plus, it means a sequel (which was teased at the end of Dead Space 2) is almost guaranteed.
Who here is already on their second playthrough? I’m on my third, working toward getting the achievement for completing Zealot difficulty before I take a stab at Hard Core. So if you hear a loud sobbing you’ll know it’s just Dead Space taking away my will to live, but I want that foamy finger. Dead Space 2 will give me the finger. READ MORE
We all know those people who seem to have seen every movie and T.V. show, played every video game, and read every book and comic out there (where do they find the time?), and trying to shop for them can make for a frustrating experience. That being said, there are always those off-the-wall items that even the most well-versed horror fanatics haven’t yet gotten their hands on, and that’s where the “Toys & Merchandise” section of B-D’s Black Friday Chopping List comes in. Along with the latest in toys and decorative figurines, you’ll also find such oddities as specialized license plates, zombie-themed Zippo lighters, and even real embalmed mice made into Christmas tree ornaments. Seriously.
From kick-ass boxed sets to classics put out for the first time on DVD or Blu-ray, 2010 has been a pretty damn good year for horror releases on home video, and in the following “Film & TV” section of B-D’s Black Friday Chopping List we’ve selected a few of the best ones to come out in time for the holiday season. The wide variety of titles included here – from hit T.V. shows about hunky vampires, to a bizarre Japanese film about…well, what exactly?, to the Blu-ray boxed set to top all Blu-ray boxed sets – should cover practically any horror-loving fiend on your list. As for your grandmother, it might be best just to buy her a sensible blouse at JC Penney and call it a day.
There’s nothing that says “the holidays” quite like remaining sedentary for hours on end, and in that spirit Bloody-Disgusting has put together a list of the best, recent horror-themed video games to satisfy every hardcore gamer on your holiday shopping list. On the console front we have a slew of sequels and reboots to whet the appetite (sounds kinda like the movie industry, no?), while for mobile devices we’ve cherry-picked the best-reviewed titles to give you a better idea of how to spend that hard-earned…um, dollar ninety-nine on the people you love. Better yet, just by `em for yourself.
There’s something for every horror fan on your gift list in the “books & comics” section of B-D’s 2010 Black Friday Chopping list – from lovers of great poster art to rabid aficionados of indie comic books; from those who tend to engage in thought-provoking academic-minded discussions on the nature of the genre to those who just enjoy taking in as much grotesque, depraved imagery as they can get their hands on, this should prove a great guide for anyone scratching their heads over what to buy for one of those odd people who enjoy, um…whatchamacalit? Oh, yeah. Reading.