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Mark Duplass and Blumhouse Making 'Creep' a Trilogy!!

I loved Creep when I saw it at SXSW. Director Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass (who directed Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home with his brother Jay) knocked it out of the park with a movie that starts as a comedy but then slowly and steadily descends into true horror.

Now comes word that Blumhouse and Radius TWC are going to shoot two sequels to the film, turning it into a trilogy. Having seen Creep, I definitely think this could work. It nicely sets itself up for a “further adventures” type of scenario without feeling forced. Per the press release, “Radius is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Duplass Brothers and Blumhouse Productions on a ‘Creep’ trilogy after the film’s highly praised and fear inducing SXSW premiere.

In the film from Insidious and Sinister producer Jason Blum, “Looking for work, Aaron (Patrick Brice) comes across a cryptic online ad: ‘$1,000 for the day. Filming service. Discretion is appreciated.’ Low on cash and full of naiveté he drives to a cabin in a remote mountain town where he meets Josef (Mark Duplass), his cinematic subject for the day. Josef is sincere and the project seems heartfelt, so Aaron begins to film. But as the day goes on, it becomes clear that Josef may not be who he says.”

Creep will be out later this year from RADIUS-TWC. READ MORE

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6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them! Vol. 3

Every so often, a beloved horror franchise loses its way. This could happen for a myriad reasons, but sometimes the solution is a fresh perspective. It might not work 100% of the time — as Silent Hill can attest — but it’s rarely a bad idea to see where someone else can take a series. After the break I’ve come up with a list of six games, all of which deserve to see a sequel, and I’ve paired them with six talented developers who I feel could offer a fresh take on the game or franchise.

Read on for my list 6 Horror Games And The Studios That Should Make Them!
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'Dishonored' Sequel Leaked, Reveal Coming At E3 2014

Forget Thief, the stealth genre may have a new king. Released last October by developer Arkane Studios, Dishonored was a brilliantly realized stealth action game that proved there’s still plenty of room for innovation in the genre. I wouldn’t have predicted a sequel reveal anytime soon, but that may very well be the case here. If this leaked off-screen photo of a slide from a behind closed doors presentation is real, an announcement may come as soon as E3. I’d also like to know what that “Darkness of Tyvia” bit means, because Google isn’t proving very helpful.

I called Dishonored “delicious” in my review of the game, saying it “mixes elements from some of the best games of the action and stealth genres while successfully bringing plenty of ingenious ideas of its own.” If you haven’t played it already, this is very much a game worth experiencing.
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There's A 50/50 Chance 'The Last Of Us' Will Get A Sequel

In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Naughty Dog Creative Director Neil Druckmann was asked what the chances are that The Last of Us will see a sequel. His answer? “Right now I’d say it’s 50/50.” Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, it looks like this is something they’re still considering.

The Last of Us gets a lot of love here on Bloody Disgusting. The game received a rare perfect score in Vikki’s review, and we even included it in our list of the last generation’s greatest games. It’s a beautiful and often emotional game that you won’t soon forget. With that said, I don’t think it needs a sequel.

How about you? Is The Last of Us 2 something you would like to see, or is this better as a one-off experience?
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5 Questions With Yvonne Strahovski From 'I, Frankenstein'!

Yvonne Strahovski (“Chuck”, “Dexter”) has a major role as a scientist working on reviving the dead in Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein, which will be released through Lionsgate this Friday, January 24, 2014.

In the film, The 200-year-old Adam is played by Aaron Eckhart. Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy and Miranda Otto also star.”200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind.

I recently caught up with Strahovski to talk about her approach her character’s more analytical side and the biggest challenge of shooting such an action heavy film. Check it out below! READ MORE

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5 Questions With Danny Trejo From 'Machete Kills'!!

Machete Kills, the sequel to the hugely successful original film from cult director Robert Rodriguez. Machete Kills arrives on home video today in a Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD,& Digital HD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

In the film, “Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action- packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.”

I recently hopped on the phone with Trejo to get his thoughts on Machete Kills and its planned sequel, Machete Kills Again… In Space! READ MORE

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Jason Might Not Be In The New 'Friday The 13th'?!

Before you get too freaked out, I suspect Jason will be in the film. It’s just that his absence is at the very least a possibility.

A few months back we reported that Paramount is releasing Friday the 13th (2015) on March 13, 2015. We’ve heard a lot about a potential found footage angle (which I oppose) and we know that Platinum Dunes is producing the film for Paramount. READ MORE

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Why A Found Footage 'Friday The 13th' Is A Bad Idea

Last week we learned that Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures’ new Friday the 13th is opening in theaters on March 13, 2015. F13 is by far my favorite horror franchise, so to say I’m a huge fan would be something of an understatement. A few months ago I hosted an 8 hour marathon for free just so I could see 400 fans of the series in one place and feel their collective excitement for it. Yet, for the first time in my life I’m not looking forward to a new Jason outing. Why? Because the rumors of a potential found footage angle continue to persist. And I’ll continue to be nervous as long as they do. READ MORE

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BREAKING: Jason Voorhees Will Return On 'Friday the 13th'!

Breaking news Tuesday evening as sources tell Bloody Disgusting that Paramount Pictures’ new Friday the 13th is taking the first Friday the 13th spot of 2015, opening in theaters March 13, 2015.

No word yet on writers, if Derek Mears will return as Jason Voorhees, or what version of the sequel they will use. There are rumors of a potential found footage angle that Paramount might be pursuing.

While there are no official confirmations regarding exactly what form the sequel will come in, Platinum Dunes is rumored to be returning to produce. We hope to have confirmation on that soon. The 2009 Friday the 13th remake, directed by Marcus Nispel, made $90M worldwide. In it, “A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.READ MORE

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Will The New 'Friday The 13th' Be Found Footage? It's Not Certain... Yet

Back in June we reported that Platinum Dunes, the production company behind the 2009 remake, is partnering with Paramount for a followup to their version Friday The 13th.

While Sean S. Cunningham reported last month that the follow-up would not be a direct sequel to the remake (an installment I personally really like), there’s a lot of talk today on the web about the potential for this installment to be found footage. We’ve been hearing rumblings about this here at BD for a while, from multiple sources at different times. And while it’s true that the idea is being considered… nothing is written in stone. It’s all talk right now. And since it’s all talk… perhaps the conversation will change?

Hey, I understand the impulse – it’s a good way to make a movie that will have a great return on investment. Low budget, brand name, do the math. Personally, as a fan, I don’t feel this is the right way to go. Friday The 13th 2009 still made money with a $91 Million worldwide gross and subsequent Blu-ray/DVD sales on a (reported) $19 Million budget (though I hear it could have been closer to 30).

Personally, I feel like traditional photography is the only way to go on these things. Half the reason I go to an F13 is for that nostalgic kick of seeing teens killed in an idyllic, peaceful setting. That all goes away with POV. My two cents would be to suggest making the thing at a safe budget of $10-$15 million and really knocking it out of the park by giving the fans what they want. And I’m not sure the fans want this.

As fans of Friday The 13th what do YOU want? READ MORE

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5 Things I Want In The Next 'Elm Street' (If It Ever Happens)!!

While I really liked Platinum Dunes’ Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday The 13th remakes (especially the latter), it’s no secret that their 2010 version of A Nightmare On Elm Street was a frustrating experience for most fans. They seem to know it too, I’ve seen video interviews where partner Brad Fuller hints at misgivings he has with the film. And with a $63 million domestic haul and a $115 million worldwide take at the box office (before making some additional coin on home video) that puts it at least on the precipice of breaking even – I’d say that fan and critical reception is one of the reasons why we haven’t heard talk of a sequel.

I imagine it’s a very tricky franchise to get right and even if those glaring script issues from the 2010 version had been fixed I think the producers would have still been facing an uphill battle. Freddy is a complex villain, and the fact the films deal with a visual representation of the dream world makes them even more complex. It’s gotta be difficult striking the right tonal balance between fantastical and frightening, which is probably why not many films in the original Elm Street franchise were able to do it either.

While I’m not sure exactly how the rights issues tangle out on this one, it would be nice to see Freddy on the big screen again. Here are a few ideas to help that along. READ MORE

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Free Screening of 'Riddick' in Orlando!

Live in Orlando, FL? B-D has got your chance to check out the latest Vin Diesel sci-fi outing, Riddick, for FREE before it hits theatres (IMAX too!) on Friday, September 6. The Official B-D Podcast’s own David Harley, Tex Massacre and Horror Guy Keenan have been supplied with passes, good for 2 people each, for an advanced screening of Riddick at Regal Waterford Lakes on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30 PM. Check past the break for your chance to win! READ MORE

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[Video Interview] Lily Collins, Jamie Bower And Kevin Zegers On 'Mortal Instruments' And The Upcoming Sequel 'City Of Ashes!'

In theaters August 21st is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which stars Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower and Kevin Zegers in a rather unusual magical love triangle. I interviewed the trio last week in Los Angeles about the film and its upcoming sequel, City Of Ashes.

In the film, “When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…” Kevin Durand, Robert Maillet, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Godfrey Gao, Kevin Zegers, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Jemima West also star. READ MORE

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6 Cancelled Horror Games That Could've Been Amazing!

Cancelled games. It’s a sad fact that they’re a thing. The developer might get shut down, its ambitions may outreach their available resources, they might even decide to move on to another project — whatever the cause, over the years we’ve seen a lot of horror games get canned. Some probably won’t be missed. Others certainly will. This list is dedicated to a handful of horror games that had definite potential before they were scrapped.

No, Guillermo Del Toro’s inSANE isn’t among them. I’m trying to keep an ember of hope alive for that promising horror game, despite numerous signs pointing to its seeming transition to the dreaded development limbo.

Read on for my list of six cancelled horror games that could’ve been amazing!
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Next-Gen 'Tomb Raider' Sequel "Well Into Development"

This news is about as surprising as the recent revelation that we’ll soon be seeing another Mortal Kombat, but it’s good news, and I like covering good news, so I’m all for chatting about another Tomb Raider game and the myriad ways we can look forward to seeing Lara Craft die.

I’ve played a lot of mature video games in my days, but there were some deaths in the last game that made me super uncomfortable. One thing’s for certain, I will never go white water rafting again. River’s are super dangerous, man.
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Surprise! There's Another 'Mortal Kombat' In The Works

The last Mortal Kombat managed to reinvigorate the franchise by returning it to its roots, and that decision to bring back buckets of blood and assorted viscera made the game a huge success. I’m not a fan of fighting games — mostly because I’m dreadful at them — but that didn’t keep me from sinking an inordinate amount of time in it.

With the success of the game, the Legacy web series and the upcoming film, the Mortal Kombat franchise is bigger than ever. It should probably come as no surprise that there’s another game in the works. Details after the break.
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'V/H/S/2' Is In Theaters Today!!!

If you haven’t seen V/H/S/2 yet, you’re getting a pretty great opportunity. Of course it’s still on VOD services like iTunes (link here), Amazon, AT&T UVerse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Google Play, Playstation 3, Sudden Link, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, VUDU and Xbox Zune.

BUT, this movie plays great with a crowd! There’s nothing quite like being in a crowded room full of people freaking out when the shit hits the fan in the “Safe Haven” segment.

If you’re in one of the cities below, check it out! READ MORE

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'ZombiU' Not Profitable For Ubisoft, Sequel Scrapped

The innovative — if uneven — Wii U launch title ZombiU was a brutal and unforgiving survival horror game that actually managed to find a novel way to use the console’s GamePad controller. Unfortunately, it seems creative new IPs that show a lot of promise aren’t enough to get Ubisoft to green-light a sequel, despite a report back in May that they had an early sequel prototype in development. It looks like those plans have been scrapped.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed an interesting fact about the game earlier today. Apparently, it made no money. It didn’t even come close to profitable. It looks like ZombiU is destined to become a cult hit, instead of the start of a new series. That’s disappointing.
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[Special Report] Back To Pitch Black On The Set Of 'Riddick'!!! PART ONE!

Back in March of 2012 I visited the Montreal set of Riddick, the third film in the Pitch Black franchise, for a few days. I wound up with so much material there was no way I could fit it all into one article, so I’m breaking it up into several pieces. In this first look at Riddick, I chose to focus on the overall tone of the film, how it got here and some key information from director David Twohy and star Vin Diesel. I also touch on some other major players like Katee Sackhoff, Mathew Nable and Jordi Molla. We also found out that there are TWO additional sequels planned for the film.

In theaters September 6, “Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Head below for PART ONE of my Riddick set visit!! READ MORE

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[E3 2013] This 'Bayonetta 2' Trailer May Cause Seizures

I loved Bayonetta for its stylish visuals and extremely polished combat. The story and characters, not so much. Earlier this morning, Nintendo unveiled a new trailer for Bayonetta 2, which will be coming exclusively to the Wii U (Nintendo is publishing it) for a nebulous 2014 release. In the trailer, witches wearing tight fitted clothes battle demons and giant purple dragons in a dazzling display of aerobatics. It’s flashy, over-the-top, and looks insanely fun. More after the break.
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11 Things We Want From The New 'Friday The 13th' Movie!!!

Last week it was announced that Paramount had regained the rights to the Friday The 13th franchise, and they have a five year window to make things happen. I’m not sure if this means that the rights will expire if they don’t make a movie in the next five years (deals like this are common) or if they simply have five years to make as many of these suckers as they can. If the latter is the case, and if their initial foray is lucrative enough, they can certainly get four out there if they follow the “one a year” release pattern from the 80′s.

It’s too late for them to make one in time for December 13th of this year, so I imagine that they’ll be aiming for the next available date – June 13th, 2014 – which gives them some time to get it right. While I genuinely dug the 2009 remake (and wouldn’t at all mind getting that rumored Shannon/Swift snowbound sequel), there are some ground rules we need to establish before moving forward in order to ensure we get the best F13 possible.

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[E3 2013] Six Gorgeous Minutes Of 'Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2' Footage

Technically, E3 doesn’t kick off until next week. That isn’t keeping us from getting tons pre-E3 goodness for several exciting games, including Wolfenstein: The New Order, Hellraid, and now, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Konami was generous enough to provide six action-packed minutes from the upcoming sequel, which will conclude the LoS saga this winter. Does that mean the next 3D Castlevania game will be radically different? Maybe. Read on for the new trailer.
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Funding Campaign For 'Eternal Darkness' Sequel Suspended

Developer Precursor Games has temporarily suspended both of their crowd-funding campaigns for the spiritual successor to Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Shadow of the Eternals. Despite over a decade’s worth of fans asking Silicon Knights for a sequel, the campaign’s success didn’t look very likely. They’re planning on refunding everyone who donated to the campaign held on their website (those who invested in the Kickstarter won’t be charged anything). Precursor plans on continuing work on the game so they can return with “a host of a new exciting opportunities” in a few weeks.

Read on for a message from Precursor CEO Paul Caporicci as to why they made this decision.
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[Interview] Jason Blum Talks 'The Purge', 'Sinister 2', 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown' And Low Budget Freedom

Writer/Director James DeMonaco’s Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes-produced The Purge stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield and hits theaters tomorrow, June 7th.

In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

I recently hopped on the phone with producer Jason Blum (Sinister, Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2, Paranormal Activity 1-5, The Lords Of Salem, Dark Skies, The Bay) to chat about the political reaction to the film and the balancing act of dealing with a big idea in a small setting. We also talk about the creative reasons behind keeping budgets down and whether or not Sinister 2 will continue the Insidious Chapter 2 trend of feeling a little bigger. Finally, we get a few words about his partnering with Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) for the meta-remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

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