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Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle Coming from Slayaway Camp Creators; Exclusive: Developer Jason Kapalka Speaks!

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There’s no doubt that Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game (review) has won our hearts, but then again so did Blue Wizard Digital’s Slayaway Camp (review). Now a new game from the indie dev is on its way to bring us the best of both worlds!

That’s right, kids, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is on its way from Blue Wizard Digital and we caught up with the studio’s Jason Kapalka to get the scoop! Read on for the skinny and look for Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle early 2018, initially on mobile.

I was pretty nervous when we pitched the idea of a Friday the 13th puzzle game in the vein of Slayaway Camp to Sean Cunningham,” Blue Wizard’s Jason Kapalka tells us exclusively. “I love the F13 films, but our game concept takes some pretty big liberties. We really couldn’t go the route the Gun Media game did, with absolute photorealistic accuracy to the existing movies. So we were getting pretty wild with new environment concepts. I don’t want to give away too much, but we sent Jason to a ski resort and a beach club for a starter. We definitely pick up some stuff later on with Uber Jason in space, and after that… well, then it gets REALLY different.

Though Sean said he’d never seen Jason portrayed like this before, he was really supportive of even our craziest ideas. We’ll start showing some of those off as we get closer to completion…

Kapalka continues, “It was pretty amazing to get the opportunity to work on anything Friday the 13th related. I was 10 for my first Friday the 13th. I had a reputation for telling ghost stories around the fire at Camp Boysdale, but this year was different: all the kids were talking about the new horror movie being advertised on TV. I foolishly claimed that I had sneaked into a theater to see it, and of course everyone demanded that I “tell the story” that night. I wouldn’t actually see the film for years, but I went ahead with my best improv slasher story. “And after the last horrible death, they closed the camp. But they reopened it years later… after changing the name… to CAMP BOYSDALE!” A flashlight picked out a hatchet embedded in a nearby stump, and two dozen pre-teen campers freaked in unison.

When we were working on Plants vs Zombies at PopCap, we did have a similar challenge in making horror-film characters colorful and, well, cute and approachable. But you can only go so far in making Jason Voorhees “cute.” I spoke to Derek Mears, who played Jason in the Friday the 13th remake in 2009, about what you could get away with. He felt that it was essential that Jason always remained a badass and be taken seriously, even if he was surrounded by comical characters or events. So, though we are in a more cartoony mode, we’re careful not to ever make Jason “silly.” And as with Slayaway Camp, there’s no shortage of blood or creatively disgusting murder scenes.

For more information, check out the official Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle website.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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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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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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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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