It’s no secret that I’m super pumped for Shadow Shifters’ upcoming Slenderman inspired indie horror game Huntsman: The Orphanage. It’s creepy, atmospheric, and brings with it a unique twist on the Slenderman subgenre that doesn’t revolve around collecting pages. It also has a mesmerizing Scottish caretaker that I’d very much like to have read me bedtime stories every night until the Huntsman comes and takes me away.
Earlier today Valve announced the fifth batch of titles that have been greenlit on Steam, including Huntsman: The Orphanage, Organ Trail: Director’s Cut, and several others you can find after the break. The team behind Huntsman are currently working on getting a playable demo that should be out soon.
This month on Double Murder, in which two movies enter but only one movie leaves, Danny! and Tim review two Guillermo del Toro produced films: Mama (2013) vs The Orphanage (2007). Both films deal with kids, moms, and ghosts, and both films mix children’s fantasy with horror; a trademark of del Toro. Tune in to find out which one of these films is best forgotten and which you should go out and see immediately (if you haven’t already). The guys also discuss the origins of Casper The “Friendly” Ghost, sorcery, swords, vengeance, t-shirts, and mistakes in past episodes. Why are you still reading this!? LISTEN TO DOUBLE MURDER NOW!!! READ MORE
Jasper Croad is the caretaker at the Grimhaven Orphanage where twelve orphans mysteriously disappeared back in 1897. Understandably, this has had a pretty significant impact on the man’s psyche, as he holds himself responsible for the children’s disappearance. The orphans were taken by the Huntsman, a creature that shares some of the traits of the Slenderman in that he has a mean sense of style and enjoys taking things that don’t belong to him.
Huntsman: The Orphanage is one of the more promising takes on the budding Slenderman subgenre. One of the things I enjoy most about these games is they don’t rely on blood, gore, and violence to be scary. Don’t get me wrong, I love those things too, but it’s nice to get a brief reprieve from all that. Listen to Croad’s story after the break!
Per Screen Daily, Spain’s Rodar y Rodar Films (The Orphanage, Julia’s Eyes, The Body) just announced a giant slate of upcoming films. A few of these are horror so let’s get cracking! The Body director Oriol Paulo’s A Hollow Man, “is a thriller set in a small village in which unexplainable crimes occur.” The Sign, “a psychological thriller about a woman who tries to escape a past crime” is also due to come out in 2016.
But perhaps of greatest interest to you is the fact that we’ll be getting a remake of The Orphanage. The site says they’ll be working on a “new international version of ‘The Orphanage’ from JA Bayona”, so I’m not sure if that’s merely an acknowledgement that he directed the first film or an announcement that he’ll be directing the remake.
Rodar y Rodar is also going forward with remakes of Guillem Morales’ Julia’s Eyes and The Uninvited Guest as well as a remake of Paulo’s The Body.
Basically, if it’s horror and wasn’t in English – it will be soon.
Yes, Huntsman: The Orphanage is another Slenderman inspired video game. Now before you write it off as another game in a growing list of indie horror titles that aim to capitalize on Slendy’s recent surge in popularity, you should know that this one looks amazing. For starters, it won’t have guns or gore, which I’m very happy to see in this era of quad-wielding and strategic dismemberment. So far, it’s the only Slenderman game I’ve seen that doesn’t actually feature Slenderman — instead its antagonist is a similar supernatural being called the Huntsman.
I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure Slendy and the Huntsman are related. I base this theory on the fact that they both partake in the intensely creepy hobby of abducting people, and also because they each share a dapper sense of style. If I’m going to be abducted, I want the thing that whisks me away to some horrible torture realm to be well dressed.
Huntsman is among the top ten games on Steam Greenlight right now, so if you’d like to see it greenlit, I suggest voting for it here. More after the break!
With New Line Cinema set on The Mothman Prophecies and Arlington Road director Mark Pellington to get begind the camera for The Orphanage, the Guillermo del Toro produced remake of the Spanish-language ghost tale El Orfanato, the studio is now looking for their leading lady.
Bloody Disgusting has it on good authority that New Line has had talks with Amy Adams to star as “Laura”, a woman who takes over the orphanage where she was raised, to open a home for disabled children. Then her young son begins to play with the same imaginary friend who terrorized her when she was a child. Adams is a 3-times Academy Award nominee having starred in Enchanted, Doubt and The Fighter. She will soon be seen in Man of Steel and The Muppets Movie. To be clear, talks have taken place, but that does NOT mean she is signed to star.
Larry Fessenden penned the screenplay with Sergio Sanchez.
New Line’s been developing The Orphanage since 2007.