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There were lots of huge horror-themed video games on display at this year’s E3 that have been covered here relentlessly: Twisted Metal, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, Rise of Nightmares, just to name a few. In celebration of the dark days ahead, we figured we’d show a little love to the other games that made a big buzz along with some of the lesser known ones you should keep an eye out for.

NeverDead (Konami) – Directed by Shinta Nojiri, NeverDead follows the story of Bryce Boltzmann, a wisecracking demon hunter who was cursed with immortality 500 years earlier by a demon king. Along with a private investigator named Arcadia, Bryce spends his time hunting demons for money and revenge while trying to stop a demonic invasion that has ravaged the city.

The Horror Video Game Highlights of E3

I saw this game in a private demo with Nojiri himself (watch this space for an upcoming exclusive interview), and he had some interesting things to say about some of Bryce’s characteristics. If Bryce’s arms are dismembered, said arms can still fire the gun it’s holding and he can also detach his own head for “spinning head” attacks … cool, right?! Bryce also has the ability to manipulate the environment (like making floors or walls collapse) to destroy enemies. If you or Arcadia dies, you go back to the last checkpoint to try again. Both characters are playable.

Pretty interesting game, and while I find it to be horrorific, Nojiri finds it to be more in the fantasy genre. Hrm.

NeverDead features 4-player co-op and competitive modes. Set for release sometime this fall for Xbox 360 and PS3.


Rage (Bethesda Softworks) – As a member from an Ark (a world-wide movement which took scientists and other significant people and froze them underground in cryo-pods so they could rebuild Earth), the player comes to realize that his Ark has malfunctioned and that he is the only survivor.

Ooh …

The Horror Video Game Highlights of E3

Rage has two multi-player modes: Combat Rally and Legends of the Wasteland. Combat Rally utilizes up to six players who compete in a free-for-all match inside an arena made for vehicles in order to snatch up rally points around the arena while killing your opponents and stealing their points. Legends of the Wasteland is made of two-player bonus co-op missions based on stories that you hear during the single-player campaign.

Rage is set for release this October 4th (US)/October 7th (EU) and will be available for PC, Mac, PS3 and Xbox 360 with iOS being available November 18th.


The Darkness II (2K Games) – Darkness II takes place two years after the events of the first game. According to the game’s wiki, “He (Jackie Estacado) has been unable to shake the thoughts of his dead girlfriend Jenny since he contained his supernatural powers, and now the Darkness ‘wants out’. A sudden, unprovoked attack on Jackie’s life heralds the start of a full-scale mob war, which has clearly been orchestrated by some outside force. The assassination attempt reawakens the Darkness, sending Jackie on a mission to discover the mystery of the attack and motivations of the Darkness itself. This quest brings Jackie into confrontation with The Crippled Man, a mysterious figure who knows what the Darkness is and wants the power for himself. The Crippled Man is the head of a mysterious organization known as the Brotherhood, formed hundreds of years ago for the sole purpose of destroying the Darkness once and for all.

The Horror Video Game Highlights of E3

If you’ve played the first game, you’ll be familiar with the HUD and gameplay, but be on the lookout for a new feature known as “quad wielding“, which allows Jackie to use his darkness powers while shooting guns at the same time. You’ll also have a sidekick “darkling” that can fire guns AND can interact with items like workers’ drills to attack enemies. Jackie can also interact with the environment and, unlike in the first game, can now use his weapons and darkness abilities IN PUBLIC.

The Darkness II is set for release on October 4th and will be available for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3


Silent Hill: Downpour (Konami) – Silent Hill: Downpour follows prisoner Murphy Pendleton, who finds himself stranded in Silent Hill after the prison transport he’s on goes off the road, and the plot’s events take place in the southeastern region of Silent Hill (which has never been explored in previous games in the series); the plot will be unrelated to previous installments.

The Horror Video Game Highlights of E3

Players will only be able to carry one weapon at a time and these weapons may break. Downpour will feature puzzle difficulty selections while side-quests have the ability to change depending on the player’s play style. Buildings featured in previous installments of the series will be excluded while the element of water will be holding a prominent role.

Eyebrows have been raised as this is the FIRST game in the series NOT composed by Akira Yamaoka, and vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has also opted not to return with composer Daniel Licht (“Dexter”) picking up the reins and Korn performing the game’s main theme song. Only time will tell on this one.

Silent Hill: Downpour is slated for release later this year and will be available for the PS3 and Xbox 360


Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (Capcom) – This third-person shooter takes place during the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and is a reinterpretation of the events that occurred in the original games, changing certain facts in the series. There are six playable characters in the game: Vector (recon expert with cloaking ability); Spectre (sharpshooter); Beltway (explosives expert); Four-Eyes (scientist); Lupo (assault class/team leader; and Bertha (medic). Along with single-player, RE: RC will also include four-player co-op, pitting USS against US Spec Ops. Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is slated for release later this year and will be available for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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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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