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Appreciation Campaigns Roll Out for Dark SummonerThe online monster battle game Dark Summoner, which is available for iOS devices, is rolling out eight special appreciation campaigns for its dedicated players. The campaigns will offer gamers the ability to acquire special awards, limited time packs and much more.

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Ateam Inc., a leading mobile application developer, is excited to announce the roll-out of fan appreciation campaigns across the globe on behalf Dark Summoner. As a token of gratitude to the dedicated players that populate this awesome game, a total of eight special campaigns – known collectively as the Spring Bonanza – is scheduled to be held. One campaign, the Spring Bonanza Login Stamp Campaign, offers players special item rewards simply for logging into the game each day of the campaign period. Another campaign offers a limited time Dark Summon X 11 pack that guarantees at least one powerful monster and features three brand-new Rank AA and Rank AAA monsters. All of these cool new additions are now available for a limited time only. Players are encouraged to take advantage of this great chance to fortify their Battle Formations with superior AAA monsters!

Spring Bonanza Campaign Details

  • 1. Summoner Lotto: Get tickets with Dark Summons and other unique Summons
    Held: April 25 (Thu.) 3:00 a.m. ET – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    Players have a chance to win prizes using lottery tickets they can earn through several methods. One ticket is given to every player each day they log in during the campaign period, and more can be obtained by performing certain in-game Summons including Dark Summons. Prize winners will be decided by a random drawing which will be held after the event period has ended.

  • 2. Spring Bonanza Login Stamp Campaign: Get items just for logging in
    Held: April 26 (Fri.) 2:00 a.m. ET – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    Players will be given items simply for logging in each day of the campaign period.

  • 3. Limited-Time Dark Summon X 11 Pack: Guarantees at least one elite monster
    Available: April 25 (Thu.) 3:00 a.m. ET – May 1 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    This special pack of Dark Summons guarantees players will receive at least one powerful monster with a Battle Point cost of 25 or more.
  • 4. Battle Challenge: A chance for those who battle hard to reap the rewards
    First Half Held: April 26 (Fri.) 2:00 a.m. ET – May 1 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    Second Half Held: May 1 (Wed.) 2:00 a.m. – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    This Battle Challenge will be the first that follows a new format splitting the event into two halves. The Second Half will contain an elite course only available to players that gather a certain amount of Victory Points in the First Half. The rewards for the elite course dwarf those on offer for the regular course in the Second Half, giving players extra incentive to test their mettle against fellow Summoners!
  • 5. Three new Rank AAA monsters and three new Rank AA monsters added to Dark Summons
    Available From: April 25 (Thu.) 3:00 a.m. ET
    Three all-new elite Rank AAA monsters and powerful Rank AA monsters will be available for players to obtain through Dark Summons.
  • 6. New Cypher monsters and exclusive monsters from past events appear in Dark Summons
    Available: May 1 (Wed.) 3:00 a.m. ET – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    New Rank A, Rank AA, and Rank AAA Cypher monsters will be available in Dark Summons and Dark Summon X 11 packs. Further, several monsters that were exclusive rewards from past events will also be added to Dark Summons and Dark Summon X 11 packs during the campaign period.
  • 7. Half-Price Sacrifice Campaign
    Held: April 26 (Fri.) 2:00 a.m. ET – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    The amount of Gold required for Sacrifices will be cut in half during the campaign period.

  • 8. Ebon Chests return for a limited time

    Available: May 1 (Wed.) 3:00 a.m. ET – May 8 (Wed.) 1:59 a.m. ET
    A pack containing Energy Potions and other useful items will be on sale for 25% off during the campaign period.

    NEW “Relica” System
    The fun is geared to ramp up even more in the near future with the upcoming release of “Relica” items for gamers to collect as they play! Relica are unique in-game accessories that come in the form of necklaces, gauntlets, and armlets that players can equip to gain certain bonuses. In turn, theses bonuses – such as the “Attack Up,” – grant boosts to the stats of monsters in the player’s formation. Details on how to get and use Relica will be revealed soon, so stay tuned! Ateam is working hard and plans on periodically adding new features, special campaigns, and more to continue to enrich the Dark Summoner experience and provide the best possible game to smartphone users around the world.

    About Dark Summoner
    Dark Summoner is a dark fantasy-themed online monster battle game that has garnered high acclaim and popularity in Japan and many other countries across the globe. Players assemble and command a custom army of monsters to take on challenging missions and defeat powerful bosses. When assembling their armies, players must summon monsters, raise them into more powerful creatures, and find the strongest monster combinations to dominate their enemies. Player-versus-player battles and Raid missions are both featured in the game, allowing players to choose how they interact with fellow Summoners. Included in the game are over 1,500 monsters featuring original artwork created specifically for Dark Summoner by many artists renowned internationally. Dark Summoner offers players a chance to team up with fearsome monsters to take on formidable opponents!

    To learn more, visit the official Dark Summoner App page.

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    Fearsome Facts – Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

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    Sir Christopher Lee returned to portray the charismatic count of Transylvania in Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) for the first time since taking on the iconic role in 1958’s Horror of Dracula – an eight year absence. 

    And while Lee endured a love/hate relationship playing the Carpathian Count over the years, the actor reluctantly tackled the role a total of 10 times for the Silver Screen. Three of those performances came outside of the purview of Hammer Horror, but this list is dedicated to the first Hammer Dracula sequel to feature the return of Christopher Lee in the lead role.

    Now, here are 5 Things You May Not Know About Dracula: Prince of Darkness.

    5. Dracula: Speechless

    Dialogue never played a crucial part in Christopher Lee’s portrayals as Count Dracula, but this film is the epitome of that contentious notion. Lee doesn’t utter a single word during Dracula: Prince of Darkness’ 90 minutes of run time. In interviews over the years, Lee said that he was so unhappy with his lines that he protested and refused to say them during the filming process. “Because I had read the script and refused to say any of the lines,” Lee said in an interview at the University College of Dublin.

    However, screenwriter Jimmy Sangster insisted that the original script was written without any dialogue for Dracula. There was even a theory that circulated for a time which postulated that Hammer could not afford Lee’s growing salary, so the studio decided to limit the Count’s screen time. Did this lead to the demise of Dracula’s dialogue? Regardless of whom you want to believe, Dracula is the strong, silent type in Prince of Darkness. 

    4. Double Duty for Drac

    Hammer Film Productions doubled down, so to speak, on the production and post-production aspects of Dracula: Prince of Darkness. First, the studio filmed the vampire flick back-to-back with another project titled Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966). In doing so, Hammer used many of the same sets, actors – including Francis Matthews and Suzan Farmer – and crew members to shoot both motion pictures.

    Second, Dracula: Prince of Darkness was featured in a double billing alongside the film The Plague of the Zombies (1966) when it screened in London. Insert cheesy cliche: “Double your pleasure, double your fun with Doublemint Gum.” 

    3. Stunt Double Nearly Drowned

    Dracula: Prince of Darkness introduced a new weakness in the wicked baddie, but it nearly cost a stuntman his life. During the film, it was revealed that running water could destroy Dracula. Wait, what? Apparently, leaving the faucets on at night not only prevents frozen pipes, but blood-sucking vampires, too.

    All kidding aside, it was during the climactic battle scene in which Christopher Lee’s stunt double almost succumb to the icy waters on set. Stuntman Eddie Powell stepped in as the Count during that pivotal moment, as Dracula slipped into the watery grave, but Powell was trapped under the water himself and almost died.

    2. Lee Loathed What Hammer Did to Stoker’s Character

    Christopher Lee’s return to Hammer’s Dracula franchise was a stroke of genius on the part of producers, but Lee was more than a little reticent when it came to initially voicing his dislike for playing the iconic role. As mentioned above, a lot of speculation swirled around the lack of dialogue given to Lee in the Prince of Darkness script. And if you don’t count the opening flashback sequence, which revisits the ending of Horror of Dracula (1958), Count Dracula doesn’t appear on screen until the 45-minute mark of the film.

    Dracula’s lack of character, and presence, began to affect Lee particularly when it came to signing on to play the character in the three films following Prince of Darkness. Indeed, the lack of meaningful character development led to Lee initially turning down Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970) and Scars of Dracula (1970). Lee said in countless interviews that he never got to play the real version of Count Dracula created by Bram Stoker, at least via Hammer Studios. This was a true disappointment to the late actor.

    But Hammer guilt Lee into taking on the role over and over again, because the studio claimed to have already sold the aforementioned films to the United States with Lee’s name attached to the projects. Hammer informed Lee that if he didn’t return the company would have to lay off many of their workers. The tactic worked, since Lee was friends with many of the Dracula crew members. Fortunately for fans, Lee kept coming back for blood.

    1. Faux Pas

    Outside of the character of Dracula only appearing on screen for the last half of the movie, Dracula: Prince of Darkness had even more pressing issues that unfortunately survived all the way to the final cut of the film. One of the most appalling of these occurrences happens during the picture’s climatic confrontation. Watch the skies above Dracula and you will see the trail of a jet-engine plane staining the sky.

    Another faux pas occurs in this same sequence when Dracula succumbs to the icy waters. Watch closely as the camera’s long shot clearly reveals the pivots holding the ice up underneath Chris Lee. Finally, watch the dead girl who is being carried during the opening funeral sequence. She is clearly breathing and quite heavily at that.

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    Which Dracula: Prince of Darkness moments did you find the most interesting? Were there any obscure facts you would have enjoyed seeing make our list? Sound off on social media!

     

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    Desolation Review – The Joy of Being Rescued and All the Surprises That Come With It

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    Starring Raymond J. Barry, Brock Kelly, Dominik Garcia-Lorido

    Directed by David Moscow


    It’s those random, once-in-a-lifetime encounters that only a select few get the chance to experience: when we as regular participants in this wonderful thing known as The Rat Race, stumble across a soul that we’ve only witnessed on the big screen. I’m talking about a celebrity encounter, and while some of the masses will chalk the experience up as nothing more than a passing moment, others hold it to a much larger interior scale…then you REALLY get to know the person, and that’s when things get interesting.

    Director David Moscow’s thriller, Desolation follows shy hotel employee Katie (Lorido) and her “fortuitous” brush with Hollywood pretty-boy Jay (Kelly) during one of his stops – the two hit it off, and together they begin a sort of whirlwind-romance that takes her away from her job and drops her in the heart of Los Angeles at the apartment building he resides in. You can clearly see that she has been a woman who’s suffered some emotional trauma in her past, and this golden boy just happens to gallop in on his steed and sweep her off of her feet, essentially rescuing her from a life of mundane activity. She gets the full-blown treatment: a revamped wardrobe, plenty of lovin’, and generally the life she’s wanted for some time.

    Things return to a bit of normalcy when Jay has to return to work, leaving Katie to spread out at his place, but something clearly isn’t kosher with this joint. With its odd inhabitants (a very creepy priest played by Raymond J. Barry), even more bizarre occurrences, and when one scared young woman cannot even rely on the protection from the local police, it all adds up to a series of red flags that would have even the strongest of psyches crying for their mothers. What Moscow does with this movie is give it just enough swerves so that it keeps your skull churning, but doesn’t overdo its potential to conclusively surprise you, and that’s what makes the film an entertaining watch.

    While Lorido more than holds her ground with her portrayal of a woman who has been hurt in the past, and is attempting to place her faith in a new relationship, it’s Barry that comes out on top here. His performance as Father Bill is the kind of stuff that wouldn’t exactly chill you to the bone, but he’s definitely not a man of the cloth that you’d want to be stuck behind closed doors with – generally unsettling. As I mentioned earlier, the plot twists are well-placed, and keep things fresh just when you think you’ve got your junior private investigator badge all shined up. Desolation is well-worth a look, and really has kicked off 2018 in a promising fashion – let’s see what the other 11 months will feed us beasts.

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    Got your eye on that shining movie star or starlet? Better make sure it’s what you really want in life – you know what they say about curiosity.

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    Carnivore: Werewolf of London Howls on VOD

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    Joining the ranks of The Curse of the Werewolf, An American Werewolf in London, The Company of Wolves, and Dog Soldiers, Carnivore: Werewolf of London is the latest in a long series of fantastic British werewolf movies. Directed by Knights of the Damned’s Simon Wells, the film focuses on a couple trying to save their relationship by taking a vacation in a remote cottage, but rekindling their old flame soon proves to be the least of their worries as they learn that something with lots of fur and lots of teeth is waiting for them in the surrounding woods.

    Carnivore: Werewolf of London stars Ben Loyd-Holmes, Atlanta Johnson, Gregory Cox, Molly Ruskin, and Ethan Ruskin, and is available to purchase now on Google Play, Amazon Video, iTunes, and Vudu, although it doesn’t appear to have received a physical release as of yet.

    More information about Carnivore: Werewolf of London is available on the film’s official Facebook account, along with a ton of production photos.

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