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Last night Dread Central took part in a sneak preview of David Jaffe’s upcoming Twisted Metal game for the PS3 console during Sony PlayStation’s pre-E3 event. Let me preface my experiences with the game itself by saying that I am not much of a gamer. I’m a button-smasher by nature (grew up playing arcade games) so I wasn’t sure if I’d even be able to get the hang of it.

Dread Central Brings You a Sneak Peek at New the Latest Twisted Metal Game I sat out the first play session in one of the new Twisted Metal worlds Jaffe called Sun Springs, which is modeled somewhat after a pleasant looking California town. All that pleasantness went away once everyone’s fingers hit their controllers because the worlds that Jaffe and company have created here are meant for destruction, and Sun Springs soon became filled with piles of rubble and smoke.

When Jaffe explained the second environment we’d be playing that night – Black Rock Arena – it sounded like something too good to miss for me. The arena concept itself is a throwback to the Suicide Slides in the second Twisted Metal game, but things have been amped up since that incarnation was released in 1996.

Part of the fun of the Black Rock Arena is the team co-op involved; you share lives in order to destroy the opposing team, and when you’re not looking out for your opposing team to come and give you a beat-down, there’s wrecking balls swinging through, spikes randomly popping up, electrically-charged areas you must soldier through, and a driving landscape that changes every lap. It’s like Death Race times ten, but now you can actually set fire to the audience in the arena.

Being one of the few girls playing last night, I was immediately freaked out that my inability to use a lot of the complicated co-op tools or manage all the different weapons would scream “newbie” to my fellow players, but once I got the controller in my hand and set off, I didn’t care. I was ready to blow some shit up. And boy, did I ever.

The graphics in the newest Twisted Metal are beyond sick. Everything in the arena was so eye-catching, I had to remind myself I was playing a game and wasn’t there to take in the sights. And even though I definitely got my ass handed to me and had no real idea of how to do a lot of the weapon combinations Jaffe had briefed us on earlier, I totally didn’t care. Twisted Metal was still balls-out fun, and destruction and mayhem have never looked so good.

During the preview night Jaffe also unveiled two vehicles: the Juggernaut (if you think the semis in Maximum Overdrive were intimidating, you haven’t seen anything yet) and Axle (not the character though), a demented Oreo cookie-looking vehicle that offers players a deadly 360-degree concussion attack to destroy your opponents.

The last presentation Jaffe made of the night was for the “Nuke” mode in Harbor City, which he said was the mode he was “most terrified of but most excited for”, and there’s a lot to absorb with the mode. There are innings, and each team assembled has a goal of trying to take down the other team’s statue. While doing that, you’re blowing up oil trucks and gas stations, launching missiles, and dragging (and eventually launching) opposing team members alike. Far too much for my noob brain to pick up, but I eagerly watched the others players take their turns at what can be called a very twisted version of “Capture the Flag.”

Undoubtedly, Jaffe and his team have put their blood, sweat, and tears into the newest Twisted Metal, and it was remarkable to see its evolution since the last game ten years ago (Jaffe showed us the graphics side-by-side, and it was almost startling to see the differences). Fans of the franchise will be elated at the leaps and bounds made by this latest game, and for those who may have never played Twisted Metal before, I guarantee you’ll immediately fall right into Sweet Tooth’s demented world.

Look for our exclusive in-depth video interviews with Jaffe coming soon, and make sure to check out Twisted Metal when it’s released on October 4, 2011. In the meantime check out our sights and sounds video below from Sony PlayStation’s sneak preview night.

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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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