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Ju-On The Grudge Video Game (click for larger image)For fans of the Ju-on franchise, or The Grudge as it is known here, the date of October 13th cannot arrive soon enough. Why’s that, you ask? Because that’s when XSEED Games is dropping Ju-On: The Grudge on us for the Nintendo Wii. Recently our resident gaming guru Mr. Dark sat down for a quick Q&A with Project Manager Makoto Chida to get you guys the skinny.

DC: Tell us a little bit about the game.

MC: JU-ON: The Grudge –Haunted House Simulator- is a game where you use the Wii remote as a flashlight and you as a player get to move freely to explore haunted areas. You’ll need to find clues and items to get through each stage and try to overcome the curse to be free.

DC: We understand that the player takes on the roles of various family members as they move through a mansion. How is gameplay handled? Can the different family members die, or is the switch just used to see different elements of the story?

MC: The game doesn’t take place only in a mansion and each family member will be set in certain situations. The sister follows her dog into an abandoned warehouse, mother is a patient at a hospital, father is a security guard at an office building, etc. With each character you try to free yourself from the curse by figuring out what to do to move forward.

DC: Where does the game sit in the mythos and timeline of the film series, if at all? Do you take the roles of characters from the films, or entirely new characters?

MC: There’s really no solid timeline as to where this game stands in the JU-ON world. As long as the Saeki house still exists, it could be placed any time. The characters you will be playing have no relation with the film. It’s an entirely new family that gets caught in this unfortunate curse of grudge.

DC: It’s been said that Shimizu-san is overseeing the project. What’s the exact role he plays? Is he writing and composing/directing scenes and scares, or just approving the game design?

MC: Shimizu-san is overseeing the project as a supervisor. Every week or so he would come in and check out the progress of the game and give advice on the movement of the ghosts and how to scare the users so it’s consistent with the JU-ON world.

DC: The multiplayer aspect of the game is surprising, given the game’s style. Can you elaborate on how that mode will work?

MC: We wanted to make this game into a title where a group of people can enjoy together so the multiplayer mode is not a typical split screen as we are used to. Selecting multiplayer, when the second player presses the 2P Wii remote button a random scare element will pop up on the screen and can scare the main player who is playing the game.

DC: The game was developed for and released in Japan, how do you think it will translate for North American audiences? Were there any changes made for the NA release?

MC: It is true that the North American audience is more familiar with “The Grudge” by Sony Pictures. However, The Grudge was a remake of “JU-ON: The Grudge” and the game takes place in the JU-ON world but to another family, we’re certain that the horror will translate just fine.

DC: Is this part of a planned series, or is this a stand-alone fear experience?

MC: We would love to expand on this idea and make it into a series though nothing solid has been discussed about it yet.

DC: Do you know if Shimizu-san plans to make any original games not based on his films?

MC: I’ll have to ask him next time but he was really curious on how video game development works and enjoyed working on the game JU-ON.

DC: Our traditional final question: what’s your favorite horror movie? (Other than Ju-On!)

MC: This will probably have to be Pet Semetery. I remember it was probably one of the first horror movies that I saw. I haven’t seen the movie since that first time as a child but I still remember it being frightening. I should probably watch it again, don’t you think?

Big thanks to Makoto Chida for taking the time to chat. For more check out our hands-on Ju-On article here. Pre-order your copy below.

On to the new screenshots!

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

Ju-On The Grudge Video Game: New Screens (click for larger image)

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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