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There’s a Creepy Game Happening Online and We Need Your Help to Solve it!

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All right, readers, we’re putting out a call for your aid as we’ve found a rather interesting and DEFINITELY horror-themed ARG (alternate reality game) that progresses one level after another and, well…to be honest, we got stuck.

It all started when we found these weird QR codes at the San Diego Comic-Con. When scanned, the code led to the website mindgggames.xyz. From there, the rules were laid out, which were (basically) as follows:

1) There’s a prize at the end of the game. Whether that’s for the first person, multiple people, or everyone, we don’t know and can’t say with any certainty.
2) Apparently people have to play alone and can’t share answers with each other. To that we say, “LOL.”
3) Whenever you find a clue that ends with “.html,” you’re not supposed to leave that in. You just take the clue sans the “.html” part and add it to the end of the original website.
4) You can seek assistance from search engines and other online tools.

We decided to dive deeper into the rabbit hole to see what this game had to offer and realized that we’re not going to be able to get very far without YOUR help. So, what we’re asking is this: Help figure out how to solve the levels, and then leaves us a comment below with your solution so that others can see how to progress to the next stage. What we’ll then do is update this post with the solution and who figured it out so that you get the proper credit! With everyone’s help, I figure we can solve this in a few days, max!

Now, if you want to go from the beginning, click on the link above and venture into the game for yourself. However, if you want some help, we’ve got the answers figured out for the first few levels and will share them below this creepy photo. It’s up to you if you want the help or not!

Here’s how to solve the first page. We’re told, “If you dare…Find me in the dark.” Considering the entire page’s background is black (and also there’s that weird gap between rules 3 and 4), I decided to try the simplest idea and highlight the entire page. That revealed a line between those two rules, which simply states, “welcome2mynightmare.html.

As the rules explain, what you then do is grab “welcome2mynightmare” and add it to the end of the original URL, which gives you this address. On that page is an embedded YouTube clip along with a link to download the video.

The video that downloads comes with the filename “The Ram Signs A War On The Full Red Moon,” and the video suggests that there is an anagram at work here. Now, there’s an “@” symbol in the word “anagram” in the video, and since I don’t see Twitter being spelled in that filename, it’s easy to surmise “Instagram.” That took out several letters but not enough for me to figure it out entirely. That’s when I remembered something completely random but strange enough to try.

Remember when Mick Gordon’s Doom OST came out and people found the numbers “666” in the audio files using a spectrogram? I said, “What the hell?” and gave it a shot with the video audio. Lo and behold, I was right! Check it out:

“Follow @MurderHeathens on Instagram” is a perfect anagram of “The Ram Signs A War On The Full Red Moon.” It’s here where we find out that this ARG is a game created by the people behind the upcoming film The Monster Project, which Epic Pictures Group is putting out (full disclosure: Dread and Epic are affiliated). The Instagram links to their official website and also says that people can DM them for help, should they need it.

As for the coordinates? Well, I looked them up and found they’re to a random corner in Los Angeles. I had a pal venture out and snap the following photographs for me:

Scanning that QR code leads to this website: www.mindgggames.xyz/heiscoming. On that page is a screenshot of a cellphone dial pad. When you hover your cursor over it (or if you download it), you’ll see that the filename is “demonfaces.” By turning the letters into the appropriate digits, you get the following phone number: (336) 663-2237.

Calling that number offers a pre-recorded message that gives you the next website: www.mindgggames.xyz/ko. Here, you’ll see a strange board with letters, characters, and the words “Yes” and “No” written at the top. It’s here that I got stuck and didn’t know how to progress.

So, if you know how to move on from here, let us know in the comments so we can move forward together!

UPDATE #1:

DC user John Bonham figured out that you have to click on “KO” in order to proceed. Doing so loads a new screen where the “KO” has now changed to “KK”. That led DC user Taylor to substitute the “KO” at the end of the URL with “KK”, creating yet another pathway. By continuing this method, a string of characters that spelled the word “KOKKURI” was found, which led users to a new video.

What stood out about this page was that unlike the prior video page, this one had an instruction to watch it on YouTube. By doing so and reading the video’s description, we see a new clue, “subscribe.html”, as figured out by DC user Brad, who helped figure out the next set of levels. By placing that at the end of the URL, we reach a page with a picture of a door. The filename is “Knock Knock” and below the picture it reads, “The answer does not include punctuation.” So, let’s swap out “subscribe” with “whosthere”. Doing so reloaded the page with the same image, only something seemed different. Now we are told to “Look closely“.

The answer appears as hello.html. Swapping out “whosthere” for “hello”, we reach a new video with instructions below, including a download link. When you download the file, the filename is “theanswerisviralsmile.mp4”, so we can now change “hello” to “viralsmile”, which loads a new video. In THAT video, we see the five-digit number “81817”, which is the next URL code. That takes us to a page with a pentagram symbol on an image, an image that bears the filename “silenteye/v1k-ings.io.jpg”.

DC user Hans Krake converted that string into a URL, which is a program that helps find hidden messages in images.

And that is where we’re currently stuck at. Any ideas?

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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.

SYNOPSIS:
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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