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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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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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