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Lovecraft-Inspired Game Phantasmal: City of Darkness Awakens on Steam

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What is it with all the Lovecraft-inspired games coming our way recently? Well, I sure ain’t complaining. The latest is Phantasmal: City of Darkness, which has just made its way onto Steam after spending some time in Early Access. It’s a procedurally generated horror game which promises to change and evolve with every playthrough, so you never feel as though you’re experiencing the same thing twice.

As if the horrific creatures hunting you weren’t enough to drive you insane, Hollywood lighting expert Brian Bell also worked on its visual design, so expect it to look incredible.

Buy it by April 21st for a 20% discount.

From the Press Release:
Experience terror that is never the same twice with Phantasmal, a Lovecraftian survival horror that evolves every time you play!

You will need to face off against lurking, otherworldly horrors in the perilous, run-down Kowloon Walled City before its destruction in the early 90s. You are fragile. Not just physically, but mentally as well. The grotesque creatures will challenge your very sanity, and losing your mind can be a fate worse than death!

The odds are stacked steeply against you, but you can prevail through sheer cunning. You must scavenge for resources carefully, sneak past and distract your enemies. If you are caught, you can fight back, but don’t expect to live for very long.

The environment has been carefully crafted by none other than Brian Bell, critically acclaimed lighting lead of several Hollywood movies, including Riddick, Life of Pi, and Ring 2.

Key Features:

  • Fear the Unknown: Every ramshackle, disgusting room and corridor is uniquely generated. Battle your anxiety as you’ll never know what comes next!
  • Don’t Go Insane: Facing terrifying creatures and skulking in the suffocating darkness will erode your sanity until you can no longer tell the difference between reality and illusion!
  • Tread Softly: Every fight you have could be your last. Sneak past and distract your enemies as much as possible.
  • Light, Both an Ally and Enemy: Every asset to survivability has a price. Use light sources wisely – you’ll need them to restore your sanity, but you’ll risk being seen!
  • Scavenge to Survive: Scrounge the environment for anything you can use: from firecrackers and flares through to wooden boards and metal pipes. Guns are rare, but if you find one, remember that every bit of noise you make will attract more creatures and eventually much, much worse!

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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New Interactive Xenomorph Game Launches This Alien Day

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Alien Day is rapidly approaching on April 26th and today we have news that a new first-of-its-kind interactive survival game is on its way via 20th Century Fox.

The game invites players to experience the intensity and imminent threats of Alien individually, or up to three players in collaborative gameplay and is called Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator. It’s a turned-based survival game that simulates a Weyland-Yutani Space Colony in security lockdown.

Weyland-Yutani is inviting civilians to participate in an open Beta test of “The Offworld Colony Simulator” – an advanced system that simulates security breach scenarios in non-terrestrial colonies. Those that participate in the Open Beta will help teach the system’s AI to accurately simulate human behavior in the face of otherworldly dangers.

Utilizing the Amazon Alexa service, players need to collect items, solve puzzles and explore unmarked territories to successfully move through the colony, unlock sectors, and avoid capture in a Xenomorph-infested space colony.

If you can’t wait until Alien Day, get a head start with the Weyland-Yutani Career Placement Test – a multi-question aptitude test to determine if applicants have what it takes for a role at the interplanetary Weyland-Yutani organization. Complemented with a sweepstakes, the test launches for fans on April 23 at AlienUniverse.com.

The game launches exclusively on Amazon Alexa Devices & Alienuniverse.com one minute prior to Alien Day at 11:59 PM ET on April 25th.

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Jurassic World 2 Gets Yet Another Poster – and Funko Pop Figures!

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Jesus, please us, enough with these Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster, amirite? I’m just kidding (I’m not) but seriously today we have yet another poster for the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World… Plus new Funko figures!

The Funko Pop figures will hit this summer, coinciding with the film’s June 22 US release date and include Chris Pratt’s Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, Blue the Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, Indoraptor, Owen with Blue (Target exclusive), and a 10″ super-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex (Target exclusive).

You can check out the new poster to the right and pics of the Funko line below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) from a script written by Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films. Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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