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October 27th isn’t just the date of the new season of “Stranger Things” or the release of Jigsaw, it’s also when Urn, the new album from Australian progressive metal band Ne Obliviscaris, comes out. Featuring six tracks that total to over 45 minutes of music, Ne Obliviscaris is a prime example of epic music. Even when their tracks don’t run over 10 minutes, there is an atmosphere their music evokes that makes the listener feel like they’re on an amazing, unpredictable journey.

To celebrate their upcoming album and how epic it is, we got vocalist Xenoyr to share his Top 10 Epic Horror Films, a list that includes a wide variety of classic horror titles that each, in their own way, take viewers on horrifying journeys. Some of the films may be contained to a single locations while others venture into the stars but all of them feel like they’re part of a greater mythology, which makes them all the more daunting yet alluring.

You can pre-order Urn through Season of Mist.


The Shining (1980)

Stephen King + Stanley Kubrick = psychologically messed up, intelligent, cold, and ominous. I don’t think any other movie has been quite able to portray that complete sense of isolation and suspense like this movie…but whenever I hear the line, “Here’s Johnny” though, I remember that fucking dance song by Hocus Pocus – one way to ruin a great movie moment.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 remake)

The first psychological horror movie I watched as a child which really affected me, I sat there thinking about it for hours afterwards. The concept is more terrifying than a world of zombies, because at least you know where your enemies are…and for me, it holds one of the most disturbing noises in the horror history, those that have seen it will know what I’m talking about.


Alien (1979)

The first installment of the Alien franchise will always have a place in my heart, it was dark, gritty, brilliantly acted, suffocating, intense and stylish all at the same time. I have to give a massive nod to the mind of HR Giger (bless his beautifully, twisted mind) who’s visual stamp made it what it was, and which each following Alien movie has to thank him for. It’s perfectly paced, and doesn’t fall into the trap of revealing everything too early.


Event Horizon (1997)

Anything that involves a black hole and the idea of being transported to Hell, has me interested. It has an almost Alien feel and a gritty Hellraiser edge, centered around an eerie, tense atmosphere, reminiscent of The Shining. I’ve always thought it was a highly under-rated film, granted some of the science may be questionable but that’s what science fiction is. I’m not sure if it’s intentional but there’s a particular scene which reminded me of a Bosch Renaissance painting, twisted limbs in some bizarre, bloody orgy… it’s intense.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

I grew up reading old literature classics, and fell in love with the story, so to see it come to life in film, was something special. With book-to-movie adaptions they tend to be disappointing but because of how this was written originally, and adapted, the movie could explore things a little more aesthetically. It had cleverly and purposefully created sets like in old movies and used thoughtful filming techniques rather computer generated effects. It takes the time visually also to tip the hat to 1922’s Nosferatu. It’s horrific in subject, but has a romantic depth which pulls people in…and as a movie, it stands the test of time, both visually and as a great story. As side note though; my only real gripe was the wooden acting of Keanu Reeves and to an extent Winona Ryder, but Gary Oldman makes up for it, as Dracula he shows how brilliant an actor he truly is.


The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Most would class it as a psychological thriller, however arguably I think it crosses too many borders with horror to be classed just a thriller. Its horrific in content (more so psychologically), and visually creepy…some of the film is actually quite fucked up, in a cannibalistic genius sort of way. Without question, the star of the film is Anthony Hopkins, he’s elegant yet brutal and cold…and delivers one of the best movie lines, “Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?”


Evil Dead II (1987)

As a child, I remember watching this with my brother after our parents had gone to bed. Being very young, curious and probably stupid, at the time we thought, “it’s just a movie…”, and from memory, regretted it afterwards. I think the most disturbing thing about the film was not knowing whether to laugh or freak out, as it was not only scary (at the time), but also very humorous. Bruce Campbell was instantly likable and had some of the cheesiest moments in horror history, but that’s part of the movie’s charm.


Interview with the Vampire (1994)

Most vampire enthusiasts will have this in their top lists, I think the romanticism and poetic nature of it gives it a depth that not many darker movies have. It was grand aesthetically, brilliantly imaginative (I wish Anne Rice didn’t wander so much afterwards), well acted, violent, sad, and ultimately, quite philosophical. An epic movie in most ways, and enough to forgive the differences from the book.


The Orphanage (2007)

This would be what I’d call a beautiful horror movie. People may raise an eyebrow at this choice, but for me what was epic about it was the depth and emotion it portrayed. Granted it’s probably going to be for people with decent attention spans but it’s well developed, the score is haunting, it’s chilling in ‘The Shining’ way, it’s creepy as it elegant, and it’s crushingly sad. I left the cinema feeling both inspired and devastated.


The Blob (1988 remake)

What can I say, I watched it as a child, and I’ve never looked at sinks and jelly the same way since…It easily contains one of the most brutal ways to die. It was a very solid remake, it wasn’t stylised, but it was well acted, raw, unnerving, and it wasn’t afraid to kill off children…


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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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