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Recently we had a chance to sit down with both Jamie Cheng – Founder of Klei Entertainment, co-creator of Shank and Jeff Agala – Creative Director at Klei Entertainment, co-creator of Shank to get the scoop on what you can expect from the upcoming title for the Xbox Live Arcade as well as the PlayStation Network. Get ready for a taste of the mayhem to come.

“With Shank we tried to develop a more mature feel for the game,” says Agala. “So we went back to all of the comic books I used to read as a kid, especially the work of Jack Kirby (X-Men, The Hulk), who was a big inspiration for the look of Shank. He was our main source for kind of getting that nice mature feel. We also referenced a lot of the old pulp movies from the Seventies as well as the more recent stuff that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have been doing like From Dusk Till Dawn, etc. We wanted to capture both the violence and the playfulness that those movies had.”

“A lot of painstaking work went into animating the characters in our game,” Agala adds. “For it to look good in 2D every single transition from one pose to another had to be animated by hand. We actually had to build several custom tools to make sure that it would all come together in the end.

“We spent a lot of time making sure that the animation wouldn’t come at the expense of the gameplay,” says Cheng. “The first few months of development was spent basically just moving Shank around to make sure that everything looks and plays great. In the end we were adamant that these elements complement each other rather than having it be a trade-off.”

“Shank is a more mature and gritty game than other properties that have that stylized look to them,” Agala continues. “That’s what’s going to differentiate it from the pack of similar looking games out there. I was doing a lot of children’s properties for a while, and I really wanted to stray from that. Knowing that this was going to be a very violent game, we wanted to get away from that super cartoony look. We took it to the point where there’s so much detail onscreen that it almost looks like an animated graphic novel. In the end that was our ultimate goal.”

Shank tells a classic betrayal story directed through a sophisticated cinematic lens with addictive action gameplay found in classic 2D side-scrolling games.

Look for Shank on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network available for download on August 24th and August 25th, respectively. Check out some new concept artwork below.

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is available to subscribe to on iTunes and Stitcher.

Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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The Saw Chapter Comes to Dead By Daylight January 23!



Time to play a game of Dead by Daylight! We told you last week that none other than Jigsaw would be coming to the hit PC and console game, and today we have a brand new trailer for you detailing what to expect when the hardest working corpse in cinema history gets digitized for an all-new adventure.

Let’s Play a Game… The Pig is here to create a whole new version of hell for all Survivors. Mentored by Jigsaw, she comes carrying Reverse Bear Traps into the Realm of the Entity. So if you’re gonna play, you have to accept that the stakes are high. The SAW Chapter comes with a New Killer (The Pig), a new Survivor (David Tapp), and a new Map (Gideon Meat Plant).

Jigsaw joins the previously released original killers alongside Freddy Krueger 2010, Michael Myers, and Leatherface.

For more info:
WEBSITE: www.deadbydaylight.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/deadbybhvr
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/DeadByDaylight/
STEAM: http://store.steampowered.com/app/700280

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