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E3 2008: Project Origin & Fallout 3 Trailers



Project Origin trailer!It’s E3 week, which means tons of gaming news. I’ll be back later today and tomorrow with any horror centric news from the big three’s press conferences. Microsoft is up first today with its press conference, and then tomorrow Nintendo and Sony unveil their future plans.

Games expected to be shown in greater detail include Fallout 3, Resident Evil 5, Siren: Blood Curse, Silent Hill 5, Project Origin (the sequel to F.E.A.R.), Fatal Frame 4, Ghostbusters, Left 4 Dead and last but not least, Dead Space. Hopefully there’ll be a number of surprises along the way, but let’s get things rolling with some new trailers.

First up is Project Origin from Monolith Software and WB Games. Monolith stand as one of the most reliable developers of first person shooters out there with a steady output of great games. Other studios may put out better games, but no other team gives us great games as regularly as Monolith. For the last couple of years they’ve been serving up slices of horror goodness, namely F.E.A.R., Condemned, and Condemned 2: Bloodshot.

The original “>F.E.A.R. (review) was an intense action game with best in class enemy AI. Incredible firefights in tight spaces, interspersed with all kinds of scary and horrific goings-on, were the order of the day, and unsurprisingly for a game so well received, Project Origin (coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3) looks to build on those strong foundations while carrying on the story.

The game puts you in the shoes of a new soldier. No longer the nameless point man, you’re now “Beckett” and he’s part of the team seemingly trying to put a stop to Armachem’s actions by taking out the president of Armachem.

Alma is again present here in both her child and adult form… the graphics look improved on just about every level, and the atmosphere seems to have greatly benefited from the ruined environments. There are also a few monsters here, something you didn’t really run into in the original F.E.A.R., and based on the designs on show that have a real Eighties feel to them, I’m pretty optimistic about the addition.

Fallout 3 teaser!Up next is a teaser for Fallout 3 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Fallout 3 is a game that hasn’t really been covered here with it sort of slipping under my radar. The Fallout series, for anyone that hasn’t played it, is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the result of one of those wars that everyone lost.

Survivors live in shelters scattered across the world known as vaults, but very occasionally they will be forced to venture outside in order to gain important supplies. Outside waits another breed of survivor, creatures hideously mutated by a biological weapon used as a first method of attack before everything went nuclear, and the radiation hasn’t helped any.

Though set in the future, the Fallout series is well known for its sense of humor which is mostly based on the nuclear paranoia in the Fifties and the ‘Duck and Cover’ style educational materials.

The first two Fallout games were isometric turn based RPGs; Fallout 3 represents a big change for the series. This one is in full 3D in a large open world. You still have a team of sorts, though it is now limited to Dogmeat (your loyal dog) and one other person. The game can be played in first or third person, and combat is similar to Mass Effect in that it is real time, but you can pause the game and issue a series of commands which will be carried out once the game is un-paused.

Expect to see much more on Fallout 3 later in the week as the game is shown off at E3, but in the meantime, enjoy this short teaser trailer.


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Before We Vanish Review – A Quirky and Original Take on Alien Invasions



Starring Masami Nagasawa, Ryûhei Matsuda, Hiroki Hasegawa

Written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

During the J-horror rampage of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Kairo (aka Pulse). A dark, depressing, and morose tale of ghosts that use the internet to spread across the world, the film’s almost suffocatingly gloomy atmosphere pervaded across every frame of the film. Because of my love of this film, I was eager to see the director’s upcoming movie Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (aka Before We Vanish), which follows three aliens who recently arrived on Earth and are preparing to bring about an alien invasion that will wipe humanity from the face of the planet. Imagine my surprise when the film turned out to be barely a horror title but was instead a quirky and surreal dramedy that tugged at my heartstrings.

Admittedly, I was thrown completely for a loop as the film begins with a scene that feels perfectly at home in a horror film. Akira (Tsunematsu), a teenage girl, goes home and we enter moments later to blood splashed on the walls and floor and bodies strewn about. However, the disturbing visuals are spun around as the young girl walks down a highway, her clothes and face streaked with blood, Yusuke Hayashi’s music taking on a lighthearted, almost jaunty attitude. From there, we learn of the other two aliens (yes, she’s an alien and it’s not a secret or a twist, so no spoilers there): Amano (Takasugi), who is a young man that convinces a sleazy reporter, Sakurai (Hasegawa), of his true form and tasks Sakurai with being his guide, and Shinji (Matsuda), the estranged husband of Narumi (Nagasawa).

What sets these aliens, and their mission, apart from other invasion thrillers is their means of gathering information. They’re not interested in meeting leaders nor do they capture people for nefarious experimentations. Rather, they steal “concepts” from the minds of people, such as “family”, “possession”, or “pest”. Once these concepts are taken, the victim no longer has that value in their mind, freed from its constraints.

While this may seem like a form of brainwashing, Kurosawa instead plays with the idea that maybe knowing too much is what holds us back from true happiness. A man obsessed with staking claim to his family home learns to see the world outside of its walls when “possession” is no longer a part of his life. A touchy boss enters a state of child-like glee after “work” has been taken. That being said, there are other victims who are left as little more than husks.

Overly long at 130 minutes, the film does take its time showing the differences between the aliens and their individual behaviors. Amano and Akira are casually ruthless, willing to do whatever it takes to send a beacon to begin the alien invasion, no matter how many must die along the way, while Shinji is the curious and almost open-minded one, whose personal journey finds him at one point asking a priest to envision and describe “love”, a concept that is so individualistic and personal that it can’t be taken, much less fathomed, by this alien being. While many of these scenes are necessary, they could have easily been edited down to shave 10-15 minutes, making the film flow a bit more smoothly.

While the film begins on a dark note, there is a scene in the third act that is so pure and moving that tears immediately filled my eyes and I choked up a little. It’s a moment of both sacrifice and understanding, one that brings a recurring thread in the story full circle.

With every passing minute, Before We Vanish makes it clear that it’s much more horror-adjacent than horror. An alien invasion thriller with ultimate stakes, it will certainly have appeal to genre fans. That being said, those who go in expecting action, violence, and terror will certainly be disappointed. But those whose mind is a bit more open to a wider range of possibilities will find a delightful story that attempts to find out what it means to be human, even if we have to learn the lesson from an alien.

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Before We Vanish is a beautiful, wonderful tale that explores what it means to be human when faced with the threat of extinction.

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Director Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 Could Be His Next Film



I don’t know if you ever bothered to see the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, but if you missed out, you should make time for the stellar flick.

I kept putting the film off myself, but then when I finally peeped the Groundhog Day-style shenanigans contained within, I was a fan signed, sealed, and delivered D.O.A.

It is with this in mind I’m excited to share the news that Edge of Tomorrow 2 just might be director Doug Liman’s next film! Recently the director spoke with Collider and dropped some new info on the possible sequel.

“We’re just working on the script…,” Liman said. “[We’re no longer working on scheduling issues]; now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have [a] story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”

So when he was asked if the film could be his next flick, he said: “It could be. It has the possibility of being my next film.”

Good enough for me!

You can check out the trailer for the original film out again below; and for your own good, if you’ve been passing on the film for the last few years, give it a shot tonight. You will not be disappointed.

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight — and his death — over and over again. However, Cage’s fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

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Ash Faces His Greatest Challenge Yet in the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Trailer: Parenthood!



The first trailer for the third season of STARZ’s incredible horror comedy series “Ash vs Evil Dead” has been released and it’s full of balls to the wall Evil Dead goodness! You’ve got creepy dolls, obscene amounts of gore, vicious iPhone cases, and a Deadite that just so happens to be as tall as a building! Oh, and you’re also introduced to Ash’s daughter, Sandy? Mandy? Oh, yeah! Brandy! You can watch the trailer below. Thanks IGN!

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three premieres on Starz on Sunday, February 25th.

Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long-lost daughter who’s been entrusted to his care. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. But evil will learn to never get in between a papa bear and his cub.

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