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Naughty Bear Developers Speak Out on the Stuffing Shredding Mayhem to Come!

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With the release of Naughty Bear just around the corner, we had the opportunity to sit down with creative director David Osbourne and lead game designer and scriptwriter Ash Pannel, and if you were excited for this game before, wait until you read about what these guys have in store for us.

We drew inspiration for Naughty Bear from many different places. When it comes to the mood and overall tone of the game, we were definitely shooting for that Seventies style BBC children’s programming feel,” say the duo. “You know, with that wholesome feel and the narrator telling the kids what they’re going to see today mixed with a juxtaposition of a hatred of cutesy toyline stuff. Obviously we borrowed from a lot of horror influences, but if there’s one movie we liken our game to, we like to use Falling Down, which is about a guy who just one day snaps.”

Judging by all the nightmare videos (see below), some really cool things lie ahead; but the question beckoned … would we get to play through these nightmare parodies?

“The nightmare sequences were set up to give the audience the point of view of how the other bears think of Naughty. You won’t play through those sequences in the game; however, you’ll run across plenty of things and references that you may find familiar and a bevy of new things to discover as well. You’ll see a lot of similarities to said sequences, but you will not play through them exactly as they are. We used those parodies to set up for the consumer exactly what kind of character they’ll be playing as in the game.

That being said, we wondered exactly what kind of mayhem we can expect out of the game.

Osbourne and Pannel continue, “Other than fighting bare-paw or with weapons, there are over seventy interactive items that can be used to kill the other bears in one way or another. If you want to get a really good score, you’re going to need to find these things and use them. For instance, you may come across a particular type of bear that is cowardly and he’ll run away from you, which is something that’s quite different than other games. When you chase him down, you might find him hiding in a closet or something like that, at which point the player can then decide whether to kill or scare him in the closet; and then once you’ve done that, you can go into the closet yourself, and then you can leap out and scare or kill another bear from there.”

“Intimidation is a really massive part of the game. It’s not just about what you can do in the environment; that’s just a fraction of the game. You can smash stuff, break windows, wreck their vehicles, and things like that; but the majority of the points that you will earn in the game come from the ability of the other bears to witness what you’ve done. It’s always very naughty to kill a bear, obviously, but to get five other bears to witness you kill a bear, that’s five times as naughty. In addition to smashing things, you can also disable them so that when other bears come across them, they become a little confused. It goes even deeper than that, though. When a bear is fleeing to try and leave the level, they may want to grab a car, and when they get to that car and find that you’ve smashed it, that will really freak them out. The will start to trip and fall when they get freaked out and things like that. It isn’t just about killing the other bears; it’s about pushing them and pushing them until they go crazy. Our game has a feature in which you can push the other bears to the point that they will kill themselves.

Scaring other bears to the point at which they commit suicide? SOLD! Look for Naughty Bear in stores on June 29th.


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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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American Psycho Meets Creep – Strawberry Flavored Plastic Review

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Starring Aidan Bristow, Nicholas Urda, Andres Montejo

Directed by Colin Bemis


Recently I wrote up an article here on Dread Central which was basically an open letter to anyone who was listening called “I Miss Found Footage.” Well, it seems like someone WAS listening, as I was then sent the link to an all-new found footage film called Strawberry Flavored Plastic from first-time writer-director Colin Bemis.

The film follows the “still-at-large crimes of Noel, a repentant, classy and charming serial killer loose in the suburbs of New York.” Basically, you could think of the flick as American Psycho meets Mark Duplass and Partick Brice’s Creep. That, or you could think of it as “Man Bites Dog in color!” However you choose to label Colin Bemis’ psychological thriller, just make sure you check out the film once it hits in the future.

As I alluded to above, the film is basically a found footage version of American Psycho. But that said, the film sports a twist on the charming serial killer subgenre that I have yet to see play out in any of the above-mentioned classics. I’m not going to go into spoiler territory here, but I will say that the film introduces an element to the tale that spins it into much more of a character drama than a straight horror film. Not that there is anything wrong with that!

Truth be told, the film’s turn from serial killer flick into a layered character study might have been its kiss of death, but this slight genre switch is rendered a minor issue as the film’s central narcissistic antagonist is played by Aidan Bristow. Bristow is an actor you may not have heard of before this review, but you will hear his name more and more over the years to come, I promise. The guy gives (no pun intended) a killer performance as the film’s resident serial killer Noel Rose, and time after time surprised me with how chilling, charming, or downright vulnerable he chose to play any given scene.

Bristow’s performance is, in the end, the major element the film has going for it. But that said, as a fan of found footage, I was smiling ear to ear at first-time director Colin Bemis’ understanding of what makes a found footage suspense sequence work.

In Strawberry Flavored Plastic director Colin Bemis is confident and content to allow full emotional scenes to play out with the camera directed at nothing more than a character’s knees. Why is this so important? Because it keeps the reality of the film going. Too many found footage directors would focus on the actors’ faces during such emotional scenes – no matter how contrived the camera angle was. In this film, however, Bemis favors the reality that says, “If you were really in this emotional state and holding a camera, you would let it drop to your side.” I agree, and it is small touches like that which make the film feel authentic and thus – once the shite hits the fan – all the scarier.

On the dull side of the kitchen knife, the film does feel a bit long even given it’s short running time, and there doesn’t seem too much in the way of visceral horror to be found within. Again, graphic blood and gore aren’t a must in a fright flick, but a tad more of the old ultra-violence would have gone a long way in selling our main psychopath’s insanity and unpredictability. But all the same, the film does feature a rather shocking sequence where our main baddie performs a brutal home invasion/murder that puts this film firmly in the realm of horror. In fact, the particular POV home invasion scene I’m talking about holds about as much horror as you’ll ever wish to witness.

In the end, Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic is a must-see for fans of found footage and serial killer studies such as American Pyscho, Creep, and Man Bites Dog. I recommend giving it a watch once it premieres. If only to be able to point to Aidan Bristow in the near future and tell all your friends that you watched (one of) his first movies.

Until then, check out the film’s trailer HERE, and follow the movie on Facebook.

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Lead actor Aidan Bristow turns in a star-making performance in Colin Bemis’ Strawberry Flavored Plastic, a found footage film that plays out like Man Bites Dog in Color before introducing a new element to the charming-serial-killer subgenre and becoming more character study than a straight horror. Think American Psycho meets Creep.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 148 – Inside (2017 Remake)

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We’ve all heard the old saying, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well, I’m here to tell you that’s only partially true. It seems there is a third certainty that had been omitted from the original quote, “It is certain, if you enjoy a movie, at some point someone will remake that movie.” Now is the time when one of my favorite movies gets reimagined, “for an American audience”.

In the late 2000’s an explosion of “French extreme” horror films was released. Martyrs and or High Tension can often be found on any number of lists of the “most fucked up horror movies ever”. Unfortunately, the vastly superior Inside is often forgotten (as well as Frontier(s), but that’s a whole ‘nother rant). Now, ten years after it’s initial release, Inside has been Americanized. Don’t worry, we watched it so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Mommy says you’re not dead. Is that true? It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 148!

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