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The Horrors of Fantasia 07: Day 1

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The Horrors of Fantasia!It’s that time of the year again; Fantasia where we put our health, our sanity, our relationships and our livelihood, on the line to bring you, dedicated Dread Central reader, the up to the minute happenings of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival!

It’s impossible to pick highlights this early, since Fantasia is all about subverting expectations and finding your favorite new film amongst a horde of movies you would never have otherwise seen. That said, what will we be seeing that horror hounds care about this year?

We’ll be there for the first screening of the finished theatrical cut of Hatchet, and will tell you if the “old school” remained intact after the MPAA imposed cuts. We’re all hoping the latest Ketchum adaptation The Girl Next Door follows in the faithful footsteps of Chris Sivertson’s The Lost, which screened at last year’s festival. Larry Fessenden’s Wendigo follow up, The Last Winter, aims to make environmental collapse a tangible menace. Sion Sono is sure to shock audiences with what is looking like the ultimate icky hair movie, Exte: Hair Extensions. David Arquette kills more hippies than bad acid ever did in his flower power massacre, The Tripper. The 80’s come back in big way with Robert Kurtzman’s extremely gooey, angry mutant flick, The Rage. Uwe Boll pushes the boundaries of bad taste and bad filmmaking with his hilariously off-color Postal. Jeremy Kasten unveils his Wizard of Gore remake, as fans of Crispin Glover, and Suicide Girls rejoice. Splatmeister Fred Vogel shows us his softer side with The Redsin Tower. Picking up Vogel’s faux snuff reins, J.T. Petty makes us ponder our horror infatuation with S&Man. And I haven’t even mentioned that there’s not one, not two, but three new Takashi Miike films screening this year: Big Bang Love: Juvenille A, Sun Scarred and Zebraman. None appear to be horror, but with Miike, you just never know. Lastly, Mitch has assured us that Right at Your Door, 13 Beloeved, Mulberry Street and The Signal are all going to knock our horror loving socks off. And, oh, by the way, nearly all the films I just listed will be screened with their respective directors in attendance.

Tonight we’ll be seeing The Signal and Flight of the Living Dead, so check back later for opening weekend coverage. McCannibal starts the coverage off right with his review of the opening night movie Perfect Creature (review). Try to contain your jealousy … Or get off your ass and come to Montreal and check out the madness that is Fantasia for yourself!

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Michael C. Hall Buried in Stephen King’s Pet Sematary

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Now here’s an audio book we can REALLY get behind! Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will be narrating the first ever unabridged recording of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Sometime’s audio is better!

Readers have been asking for this audiobook for a very long time,” Stephen King said in a statement. “I know the listening experience will be worth the wait with Michael as narrator.

We’re thrilled to finally bring Pet Sematary to King’s audiobook fans,” Simon & Schuster Audio president and publisher Chris Lynch added. “Michael C. Hall is a perfect match for this timeless story, which has long deserved an unabridged production.

The unabridged audiobook of Pet Sematary will be released by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 27. Speaking of Hall… you know he would make a pretty friggin’ good casting choice to play Victor Pascow in the upcoming Pet Sematary remake. Just sayin’.

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Saw-inspired Game Play With Me Sets a Trap on Steam

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Saw fans have a lot to be happy about right now. In addition to Jigsaw being teased for Dead by Daylight, a new Saw-themed game called Play With Me has launched on Steam, and although it’s not officially connected with the franchise in any way, developer Airem promised that they created a videogame which looks and plays as though it were made by Jigsaw himself. As you can tell from the trailer and screenshots, the production values and overall quality of Play With Me appear to be considerably higher than most other indie horror games released on Steam, and you’ll probably be very happy to see that Airem took the time and effort to create stylized hand drawn environments rather than using purchased assets from the Unity Store.

The killer behind the sinister traps in Play With Me is known as the Illusion, with the player taking control of investigative journalist Robert Hawk as he tries to fight his way through a series of sick and twisted obstacles created by the lunatic. The voice acting in the trailer was a little cheesy, although we see at 1:09 that the player will be tasked with using a kitchen knife to cut open a dead body (presumably to retrieve an item hidden in the cadaver’s stomach), which is not an image you’ll be forgetting anytime soon.

IQ Publishing are offering a 15% discount off Play With Me for those who purchase the game before January 24, so Saw fans might want to mark that deadline in their calendars and purchase it from Steam before the time is up. After all, it can’t be worse than Konami’s awful official Saw videogames.

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New God of War Story Trailer Calls to You

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This morning, Sony unleashed a new trailer for God of War 4, the upcoming continuation of the story of Kratos. Full of rich, vibrant, and epic imagery, the trailer expands on the dynamics we’ll be seeing at play in this game, mainly the struggle of Kratos being a father and choosing how, and when, to reveal his Godliness to his son, Atreus. All of this takes place as they embark on a journey to fulfill the last wishes of Kratos’ late wife, who wished for her ashes to be spread in a distant location.

Directed by Cory Barlog, God of War 4 will be the first entry in the franchise to not feature Terrence C. Carson as the voice of Kratos. Rather, that responsibility has now fallen upon Christopher Judge (Dead Space: Aftermath, Reaper), who also provided the motion capture for the character.

A Playstation 4 exclusive, God of War 4 will be coming to the console on April 20 this year.

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Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

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