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#SDCC 2013: Hands-On with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2While at Comic-Con, I had the luxury of stopping by the Konami suite to get my hot little hands on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2… and it was good. Read on for my impressions and much more!

This latest edition to the franchise sees Gabriel Belmont a.k.a. Dracula (voiced by the returning Robert Carlyle) resurrected once again in a weakened state, yearning to be set free from this “life.” This time around, he has to reacquire his powers and make a pact with Death in order to defeat Satan, also returned to kickstart his revenge of being defeated centuries before by bringing the apocalypse and laying waste to the land. If Drac can defeat the Devil, he gets his promise of eternal rest.

NOW, to the meat of the matter… the gameplay itself.

While utilizing the demo’s tutorial, I quickly learned not only how to drain my enemies of their very lives but how to wield the mighty “Void Sword” and switch back and forth from that to the “Blood Whip” and “Chaos Claw” which, for lack of a better term, destroys shields (that sound like breaking plates) and scratches the holy fuck out of any enemy in your path.

As with most games, the running/jumping/climbing trees elements can sometimes be frustrating and troublesome but being able to hit the trigger to illuminate the navigational helps even the greenest of gamers traverse the nooks and crannies without much problem. And the moveable camera is (pardon the pun) a godsend in this open world fighter.

The demo led me to battle a HUGE golden double-fisted sword-wielding big boss known as the Golden Paladin and he is NO SHIT. But before I could get to HIM, I had to deal with his minions while keeping balance on a giant mecha controlled by GP as well as avoiding being hit with giant arrows he would loose upon me when the moment suited him, which was when I was either surrounded or traversing the sides of the castle trying to get to him.

And JUST as I was ready to do battle with GP, the demo ended. (BOO)

Having had little experience with the Castlevania franchise (I know, I suck), I was immediately enamored with not only the story but how the game played as well; those who want a lot of ass-kicking and evisceration in their gameplay, I’m pretty sure you’re gonna be more than happy with what Konami’s bringing to the table. Plus the ability to play as Dracula for the first time is the icing on the Castlevania cake.

Not to mention the game is BEAUTIFUL to look at and (so far) flows as smooth as, well, blood.

And good news for you PC gamers: Konami has said that the first Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be coming to Steam (for the first time EVER) this August 27th, and not only will the full original game be available, the add-on content (Reverie and Resurrection) will be there, too!

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will emerge for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC this winter, so sharpen your fangs and get ready for battle.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

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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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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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