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With the Xbox 360 Resident Evil 5 demo hitting Japan earlier this week, naturally some effort was put into getting our hands on it sooner rather than later, and now we can report back on how the game is looking and how well the demo plays.

Resident Evil 5 Hands-on!

First things first. The graphics are every bit as good as they’ve looked in the screenshots and videos. There’s an incredible amount of detail everywhere you look, and the only complaint I can level at the demo is how static objects you can’t interact with can be.

Resident Evil 5 (click for larger image)The demo features two areas from early on in the game, both pretty similar in style. Anyone who has been watching videos of the game will recognize them both as areas that have been pretty heavily shown off already. You have a marketplace where Chris and Sheva get besieged by villagers and a hulking brute brandishing a massive hammer, and a shanty town where Chris and Sheva will have to split up to progress and ultimately fight a guy wielding a chainsaw.

The game plays very much like Resident Evil 4 at first glance, no bad thing in itself, but here’s a heads up for anyone expecting the core gameplay to have been advanced in any major way: The default controls in the demo are set up very like Gears of War. Left trigger aims, right trigger fires while aiming. The A button is run. You move with the left stick, aim with the right. When your character is stationary, you can strafe back and forth, and while running, of course you can turn and run-and-gun.

Where they are markedly different is that you cannot shoot while not aiming, and you cannot move at all while aiming. If you’re coming from Gears of War, that’s going to be pretty hard to get used to, but if you’re coming from RE4, it shouldn’t be a major surprise.

Resident Evil 5 (click for larger image)The classic RE4 controls are still available as control type A, and you can play with those in the demo too. Even though using them prevents you from strafing, it doesn’t really make a big difference, and speaking personally at least, they just felt right.

The main differences are that you are now either playing with a computer controlled partner at all times or playing with a friend in split screen or online, and you can no longer perform any actions while the game is paused. In the past you could heal, change weapon, check the map, etc., at any time and the game would freeze while this was going on. With RE5 having such a co-op focus, that is out the window and makes a huge difference.

The intensity you’d feel when facing a large number of opponents was one of the things that made RE4 so good, and this small change only increases it.

Having a second player or a computer controlled partner certainly doesn’t make the game any less scary either. Based on the demo it seems that they’ve increased the enemy numbers quite substantially. The second level forces you to split up at one point and gives you the option at another to have one player boosted up onto a rooftop to lay covering fire for the other player.

Resident Evil 5 (click for larger image)With Sheva being the lighter of the two characters and Chris being the stronger, you don’t choose who does which part. Sheva can’t boost Chris onto a roof or throw him over a large gap. Aside from that, though, the characters seem to be essentially the same in terms of abilities (although they do have custom melee animations much as each character in RE4 did).

Sheva is left-handed and so is switched to the right-hand side of the screen. It takes a little getting used to, but it actually makes it easier to cover a room or aim through a doorway since each character’s blind spot is reversed.

When one of you gets grabbed, the other can melee them off of you, and since some melee attacks leave an enemy stunned, you can have some fun double-teaming the crazed villagers.

If anything RE5 at this point seems more challenging even when playing with a friend, and due to Sheva not being so smart in single player, really seems more challenging in single player.

Sheva does fairly well in single player, but you don’t have the same opportunities to try more advanced tactics like one of you running diversion while the other snipes from afar, and if you’re a fan of the melee attacks, she’ll often shoot an enemy you’re about to melee before you get there, knocking him out of the stunned state.

Resident Evil 5 (click for larger image)You can swap items back and forth, and handily, if you stand next to each other while one of you heals, the one healing item will heal both of you.

The demo is a short taste of the game that lets you get a basic understanding of the controls and the combat. In co-op it feels brilliant, different and challenging, while really making you feel reliant on your teammate in much the same way that Left 4 Dead does so brilliantly. In single player it feels like RE4 with a competent sidekick, but one that doesn’t really add to the depth of the game and occasionally can feel like a bit of a liability (though obviously much more capable than the defenseless Ashley).

How the game shapes up as a single player title … there’s some cause for concern at this point, but based on this small taste my expectations for how fun this game is going to be with a friend have definitely increased.

The full version is currently slated for March next year on Xbox 360 and PS3 (pre-order your copy below), and this demo should be released in the US soon.

Ryan “Plagiarize” Acheson

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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