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Bioshock (click to see it bigger!)If being the spiritual successor to what many still call the scariest game ever made wasn’t enough, Bioshock had to take home a lot of “Best of E3” awards on top of it. This was all well and good for the people lucky enough to see it behind closed doors, but for anyone shut out like me, the game remained this promising sounding title that we’d only seen a paltry few screens of.

IGN has been lucky enough to get its hands on over ten minutes of footage from the game, taken from the Xbox 360 version (the game is also heading to PC and PlayStation 3) and focuses mostly on the graphics and artificial intelligence, while detailing a little bit of its backstory.

For anyone not keeping tabs, Bioshock is set in a secret underwater civilization that was built in the late Forties as a Utopia for the elite. The smartest of the smart lived there, and quickly their work in genetic research far surpassed what people were doing on the surface above. They discovered something called “Adam,” which enabled them to reshape their own DNA to give them new and improved skills and abilities. This became the currency for the civilization, and as greed and excessive modification swept through the civilization, like many others, it fell.

Your character discovers this place, which is no longer civilized but still populated, after your plane crashes in the ocean near its secret entrance. It’s the only place for you to go, so you go there, presumably to try and find safe passage back to land and to perhaps uncover its secrets while there.

Bioshock (click to see it bigger!)Technically the game isn’t doing anything particularly new or notable, but artistically the combination of submariner environments mixed with a late Forties style of décor and architecture is a strikingly different direction than most games.

They want you to feel like the ocean is trying to break in and drown you, and judging from the video, they’ve made great strides in that direction.

The twisted creatures that dwell there, though, do not all necessarily want to kill you on sight. Two such types were the “big daddies” and the “little sisters”. The little sisters are thin, frail, and gaunt-looking little girls who go about harvesting and reprocessing Adam from dead bodie, by extracting it with a nasty looking syringe and then injecting it into themselves.

The big daddies’ job is to protect and escort the little sisters. These slow moving brutes wear diving suits, and their heavy metal boats make for a very recognizable sound. So long as you leave the little sisters alone, they’ll ignore you. Get too close and they’ll push you away. Persist and they’ll resort to more extreme measures.

Irrational Games really wants you to feel like these creatures are living, breathing things, and as such they’re set up to just go about their business dynamically. You’ll be able to choose whether to engage, avoid, or to try and enlist the help of these and other people (if you can still call them that) as you play through the game, and it’s just one facet of what is being touted as a very open-ended experience.

Bioshock (click to see it bigger!)Little is shown of the skill system (based around Adam of course) and what abilities you’ll be able to discover and upgrade, and very little of the story is being shown either. But artistically, the design, animation, and imagination of this game are amazing, and the AI is looking very interesting.

All things staying on course, we should have a very deep and scary experience to look forward to when 2K Games release the game next year. If you’re interested in taking a look for yourself (and I recommend it), you can do so on IGN. People on dial-up modems need not apply.

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Grindhouse’s Planet Terror Score Hits Vinyl

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Grindhouse’s Planet Terror soundtrack hits on vinyl for the first time this Saturday via Varese Sarabande. The LP is pressed on opaque white vinyl and limited to 2,000 copies.

Rose McGowan sings on three tracks exclusive to this soundtrack with the majority of the score composed by Robert Rodriguez with contributions from Graeme Revell, (The Crow, Sin City), Chingon and Nouvelle Vague.

Are you excited about own this score on vinyl? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and starred Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton, Jeff Fahey, Michael Biehn, Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, and Bruce Willis.

The score will be hitting vinyl for the first time ever on Record Store Day April 21.

Synopsis:

An ordinary evening in a small Texas town becomes a grisly nightmare when a horde of flesh-eating zombies goes on the prowl. Cherry (Rose McGowan), a go-go dancer, and Wray (Freddy Rodriguez), her ex-lover, band together with other survivors in a no-holds-barred effort to escape the carnage. The odds become a bit more even when Cherry, who lost her leg to a hungry ghoul, gets a machine-gun appendage and lets the bullets fly.

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#Brainwaves Episode 85: Eileen Dietz – The Exorcist and More! LISTEN NOW!

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While watching The Exorcist growing up, there were several moments in the film that scared the hell out of me. Nearly all of them involved a pale white face we’d only see for seconds at a time. The face of evil. The made-up face of Eileen Dietz.

Last night Eileen joined us on Brainwaves to talk about her career, working with the legendary Dick Smith, and of course the film that shattered 100 psyches. You can listen to the entire episode right now!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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Let’s Talk About the Future of Friday the 13th

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C.J. Graham

While we all sit around and wait for rights issues and what not to resolve so we can get another entry in the Friday the 13th series, maybe we should just keep looking ahead ourselves and asking any and everyone what they think the should lie in the future.

Well, Daily Dead agrees and recently had a talk with C.J. Gramham (Jason from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives) about just that, and he had some interesting thoughts.

I don’t get into the politics,” Graham said. “But as an arm to a quarterback, looking at the series, I’m hoping that in the future—when they may go ahead and start shooting one, two, or three of them—they do it sequentially, utilizing the same Jason and similarities between the directors and the writers, so the scripts have some continuity.”

He continues: “I also think they should definitely rebuild the iconic image of Jason into something that nobody has ever seen because it’s ready for that consistency, similar to the Harry Potter series. There was a formula that started, they stayed with the formula, they stayed true to the formula, and look at what it’s become.”

What do you think of C.J. Graham’s ideas about the future of the Friday the 13th series? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

Years ago, Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) killed infamous hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees (C.J. Graham), and the intensity of the experience has landed him in a mental institution. To end his torment and achieve a level of closure, Tommy escapes from the hospital and heads to the graveyard where Jason is buried, intending to dig up the body and cremate it. But, before this total annihilation can occur, a freak electrical accident resurrects Jason from the dead, and the terror begins anew.

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