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Zombi Confirmed For Xbox One, PS4, and PC



I’ve reported twice now on rumors surrounding the potential release of Ubisoft’s ZombiU on non-Nintendo current-gen consoles, with my most recent piece regarding a possible leak on a PS4 rendition. Today we raise our cups to the serfs toiling endlessly in the rumor mills as Ubisoft has officially confirmed that ZombiU will be seeing a release not only on Xbox One and PS4, but also on PC. Re-titled “Zombi,” we can expect it to hit digital shelves on the shockingly quick date of August 18th.

Check out the new trailer:

According to an official Ubisoft blog post, optimized graphics and performance isn’t all we are in store for. Several minor tweaks were implemented to make the game feel more natural on the non-WiiU consoles. Along with the field of view being slightly pulled back, producer Hélène Henry says, “It’s mostly small technical improvements on what was already there—the faster load times and the small changes to controls. In fact, a lot of time was spent getting the controls mapped as intuitively as possible to keep the original atmosphere.”

Players of the original will recognize that the control scheme comment is due to ZombiU relying heavily on the WiiU’s gamepad functionality. Managing your inventory required actually looking down into your bag/onto the gamepad screen, which didn’t pause the game. Several of the mini-games were gamepad mapped, requiring you to look up at the screen from time to time to see if a zombie was creeping up behind you. Even checking your map required you to look down. This break in vision led to some really tense moments, and for many was the most memorable part of the game. How they maintained that is a key concern.

“We kept the central idea that you’re always vulnerable,” Henry states, directly addressing these fears. “Rummaging in the backpack still doesn’t pause the game. We’ve added a dedicated button to access the backpack, which lets players see their full inventory and assign shortcut keys.” Furthermore, the minimap will “disappear when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling.” That part leaves me a bit skeptical, as it can be difficult to automate when a player needs a minimap. It’s a lofty promise, and I’m interested to see how it is implemented.


Gameplay-wise, changes seem minimal, but there will be two new melee weapons. While the cricket bat was the only melee weapon in the original, a new shovel and nail bat will diversify your bludgeoning options. The shovel offers longer range and a sweeping attack, capable of hitting more than one zombie at a time. The nail bat also offers some sweep but focuses on dealing devastating critical hits. It isn’t too much change but will offer some fun new stuff for fans of the original.

The biggest letdown is that the local multiplayer component will be removed. It would have been almost impossible to implement without the gamepad (aside from a tablet app tie-in?), as the mode required one player to spawn the zombies using the gamepad while the other defended areas using a remote. It is always concerning to see a remake released with fewer features than the original. It must have been a hard call, and I do respect their decision to focus on the single-player experience.

All in all, I am interested to see how Zombi pans out. As much as I liked the title, you can’t deny that much of its appeal was a “gimmick” factor. The control scheme was unique, allowing for a gameplay style and elements impossible on more conventional consoles. As a game itself, many regarded it as mediocre, but as an experience it was quite memorable. Now the game must stand alone, stripped down to the conventions we have all become accustom to, and see if it can strut its stuff with the best of them. With options like Dying Light on the market, I really don’t know how well it will stack up.

No word yet on the price, but I’m sure it will be able to find moderate success as a budget digital title in the currently starved market. Check in when it comes out for our full treatment.


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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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