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The Evil Within 2 Review

15 October 2017 10:23 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

I arrived at Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within about two years after its release, having grown tired of survival horror and the staleness of the genre as a whole. However, when I finally settled in for a playthrough, I couldn’t let it go. Roughly fifteen hours later, I’d guided embattled hero Detective Sebastian Castellanos through a series of terrifying encounters and remarkably freaky scenarios inside one of the most hellish mental hospitals in video game history. It was a grueling experience, complete with sweaty hands and muffled screams, but it reminded me of why, exactly, I’d spent so much time with Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and their ilk over the years.

Naturally, I had high expectations for The Evil Within 2, especially considering the team responsible for the first outing — writer and Troma vet Trent Haaga, in particular — was returning for yet another horrifying go-around. Thankfully, the »

- Todd Rigney

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Interview with the Creative Team Behind the Surreal Scares of The Evil Within 2

14 October 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This past summer, I was invited to Dallas for the annual QuakeCon gaming celebration, and while there, I entered the haunted city of Union in an immersive demo for the new video game The Evil Within 2. After surviving the demo, I had the chance to sit down with some of the creative team from The Evil Within 2, including Tango Gameworks Studio Director Shinji Mikami (also known for his work on the Resident Evil video game series), Game Director John Johanas, and Writer Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills, Deadgirl).

Continue reading to learn about expanding the world of the 2014 game, bringing back Sebastian Castellanos as a main character, and the emotional journey behind the surreal scares of the sequel, which is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

So, how did you all get involved with The Evil Within 2?

Shinji Mikami: Well, at first, when we finished making The Evil Within, »

- Jonathan James

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Mayhem Film Festival reveals full line-up for 13th edition

5 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Mayhem Film Festival is proud to announce the full line-up of its 2017 edition (see attached and below), which will take place at Broadway, Nottingham on 12-15 October. The festival showcases the best features and short films in horror, sci-fi and cult cinema, through premieres, previews, guested screenings and special events each year.

As previously announced, Benjamin Barfoot’s Double Date will open the festival on Thursday 12 October and will be followed by a Q&A with guests yet to be revealed. Director Simeon Halligan will present his film Habit and will be joined on stage by producer Rachel Richardson-Jones and lead actor Elliot Langridge. Dick Maas (AmsterdamnedSaint) will also attend the festival to present the UK Premiere of Prey, the ferociously funny tale of a man-eating lion terrorising Amsterdam. The cast for the live stage reading of unmade Hammer script, Zeppelin v Pterodactyls, the centrepiece of the festival’s last day, »

- Kat Hughes

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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

1 September 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin, »

- Phil Wheat

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Trent Haaga Discusses His Role as Writer on The Evil Within 2

29 August 2017 9:12 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of the most ambitious and celebrated survival horror games in recent memory is 2014’s The Evil Within, which was developed by Tango Gameworks and designed by survival horror icon Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil). Generally loved by critics, the game… Continue Reading →

The post Trent Haaga Discusses His Role as Writer on The Evil Within 2 appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Jonathan Barkan

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‘Bad Match’ Trailer Warns of Falling in Love at First Swipe

28 August 2017 7:59 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping right with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-ScottNoureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here’s the first trailer that warns of falling in love at first swipe. In the film, […] »

- Brad Miska

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Frightfest 2017: ’68 Kill’ Review

25 August 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Matthew Gray Gubler, AnnaLynne McCord, Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson | Written and Directed by Trent Haaga

Seemingly inhabiting the same universe as Cheap Thrills, the film he co-wrote with David Chirchirillo, 68 Kill, Trent Haaga’s second feature as director (his first being Chop) is a similar deep-dive into the fringes of American society – an underbelly that walks the fine line between morality and depravity. A world where people will do anything for money. Or so it would seem.

Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak, the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord and her rather extreme mood swings. So when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. »

- Phil Wheat

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First Look at ‘Cheap Thrills’ Writer’s ‘Bad Match’

22 August 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Cheap Thrills co-writer David Chirchirillo is swiping left with his directorial debut Bad Match, a new indie production from BoulderLight Pictures (Contracted) and MM2 Entertainment. Starring Lili Simmons (Bone Tomahawk), Jack Cutmore-ScottNoureen DeWulf, Trent Haaga (Deadgirl, 68 Kill, Chop), and Chase Williamson (The Guest, John Dies at the End, SiREN), here are some first images from the […] »

- Brad Miska

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Fantasia 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga and Matthew Gray Gubler on 68 Kill, Death, Love, Sex and Biting

17 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Pictured above is AnnaLynne McCord as Liza.] Trent Haaga has a new film out produced by Snowfort Pictures -- 68 Kill -- but he’s been in the gore and exploitation biz for a while now, with his earliest professional beginnings at Troma. Creative people often have a myriad of interests, and Haaga is no exception. He’s written several screenplays, most notably for Cheap Thrills (directed by Evan Katz, and also produced by Snowfort) and Deadgirl, but moonlights as an actor, too. Similarly, the cheerful Matthew Gubler is a popular actor, most known for his role on Criminal Minds, and he’s directed some episodes and a few shorts, as well. So, what happens when you mix the talents of Haaga, Gubler, Snowfort, AnnaLynne McCord, Alicia Boe, Shelia Vand,...

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Frightfest 2017 Interview: Trent Haaga talks ’68 Kill’

16 August 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

In his latest FrightFest 2017 interview, host Stuart Wright talks to 68 Kill writer/director Trent Haaga about his film, which has its European Premiere at this years Frightfest on Friday 25th August.

Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler, star of ‘Criminal Minds’) is a hapless nice guy who pumps sewage for a living and is completely infatuated with his out-of-control girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). Realizing she wants a better life outside of their trailer park, Liza informs the besotted Chip of her plan to prosperity: jack the $68,000 currently residing in her sugar daddy’s safe and take off together for greener pastures outside of Louisiana. But when their robbery attempt goes crazily wrong, she shows her true, off-kilter colours to her beloved, complicating both their relationship and Chip’s own upstanding sense of morality.

The Horror Channel Frightfest takes place August 24th – 28th 2017 at both the Empire Cinema and Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square. »

- Phil Wheat

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Images & Alternate Poster for Trent Haaga’s Film Adaptation of Bryan Smith’s 68 Kill

9 August 2017 12:42 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Nobody writes quite like horror author Bryan Smith, and Trent Haaga recently brought one of Smith's novels, 68 Kill, to life on screen in a film that's now out in theaters and on VOD platforms from IFC Midnight. If you haven't seen it yet or you're looking for some memorable moments to reflect upon, we have a set of stills and an alternate poster for the movie.

"Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak—the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord; her rather extreme mood swings —so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. But when what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: 68 Kill, Sex, Drugs, Violence, White Trash

3 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Matthew Gray Gubler's Chip has a really hard time with women in Trent Haaga's scumbags-on-parade exploitationer, 68 Kill. The story revolves around a white trash heist of $68,000 initiated by Chip's emasculating, maniacal girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord), who uses her feminine wiles to induce her man into becoming an accessory to all manner of heinous crimes in the name of financial freedom. Chip pretty quickly realizes that his girlfriend is far more out of control than he knew after watching her trade sex for rent with their unpleasant landlord. All the while she assures him that it's for the best, simultaneously digging him deeper and deeper into her horrendously twisted plans. Eventually Chip draws the line when he discovers that Liza's predilections for mania and...

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'68 Kill': Film Review

2 August 2017 8:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Writer-director Trent Haaga’s long tenure at shlock-oriented Troma Pictures serves him well for his sophomore feature that features enough grotesque sex and violence for a dozen B-movies. This tale of a hapless everyman led on a dangerous criminal path by his sociopathic, sexy girlfriend is so outrageously lurid and over-the-top that it practically demands to be seen only at midnight. A film which clearly and desperately aspires for cult status, 68 Kill will undoubtedly have its fans, but they won’t be people you’ll want to have over for dinner.

That the central character, Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler), works for a »

- Frank Scheck

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’68 Kill’ Art and Images Highlight Film’s Release

1 August 2017 11:44 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, which had its world premiere at last month’s SXSW Film Festival, releases this Friday, August 4th, on VOD, On Demand and at the IFC Center in NYC and the Arena Cinelounge Sunset in Hollywood with Haaga and star AnneLynne McCord in person for the 7:05pm show this Friday. We now have some new imagery and an alternate poster for the […] »

- Brad Miska

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August 2017 VOD Releases Include Alien: Covenant, 68 Kill, Bushwick, The Transfiguration

1 August 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Happy August, everyone! The arrival of a new month means that we have a brand new crop of Digital and VOD releases to look forward to (plus, we’re now even closer to Halloween!), and there are a handful of movies that should keep you busy throughout the entire month.

Things kick off this week with Alien: Covenant arriving on August 1st, alongside Bender, Wtf!, and Alien: Reign of Man. On August 4th, Trent Haaga’s southern fried crime caper 68 Kill makes its digital debut, and just a few days later, both Cut Shoot Kill and Three Tears on the Bloodstained Flesh arrive on VOD.

August 18th looks to be a busy day with three different titles coming home—Dave Made a Maze, The Ice Cream Truck and The Monster Project—and the month’s VOD and digital releases are rounded out with Bushwick on August 25th, Stasis on August 28th, »

- Heather Wixson

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Exclusive ’68 Kill’ Clip Reveals Annalynne McCord is a Killer

31 July 2017 10:16 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

IFC Midnight has slated Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, which had its world premiere at last month’s SXSW Film Festival, to land in theaters and on VOD August 4th. We now have an exclusive clip from the film that begins when a man’s weakness gets him into a world of trouble when he agrees to help his girlfriend steal $68,000. […] »

- Brad Miska

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Fantasia 2017: 68 Kill Review: Dir. Trent Haaga (2017)

30 July 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

68 Kill Review: A young man finds his life in tatters after agreeing to help his girlfriend steal from her sugar daddy in the despicably dark and deadly 68 Kill. 68 Kill Review

Hollywood and society is obsessed with fitting everything, including movies, into boxes. This sadly means that if a film doesn’t easily slot into one of those boxes, most distributors / studios pass on it. Thankfully though there are occasionally people out there that take the risk on what is different and our reward is films such as 68 Kill. The film is comprised with elements of thriller, black comedy, road movie, action, horror, crime and romance stitched together, the result a break-neck pace, insane thrill ride. It might not fit into a neat little box, but it will entertain and enthral all who watch it.

68 Kill Review

Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) stars as 68 Kill‘s hapless hero, Chip. Chip is a blue collar worker, »

- Kat Hughes

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Official Trailer & Poster for Trent Haaga’s Film Adaptation of Bryan Smith’s 68 Kill

18 July 2017 8:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Based on Bryan Smith's novel of the same name, Trent Haaga's 68 Kill comes to life on screen later this summer, and to help hold fans over until its release, IFC Midnight recently released a trailer for the film that you can watch right now.

"Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead the most glamorous life, but he’s got one thing going for him: he’s head over heels infatuated with his girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne McCord). He’s more than willing to overlook her wild streak—the fact that she’s hooking up with their landlord; her rather extreme mood swings —so when she proposes a plot to steal $68,000, he goes along with the plan. But when what was supposed to be a simple heist turns into an off-the-rails, blood-spattered crime spree, Chip learns the hard way just how deranged the love of his life really is. »

- Derek Anderson

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First Trailer for Indie Crime Comedy '68 Kill' with AnnaLynne McCord

13 July 2017 10:24 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Deranged human beings doing awful things." IFC Midnight has revealed a trailer for a film titled 68 Kill, a crime comedy from actor/director Trent Haaga. The quotes in this trailer seem to describe it better than anything else: "a white-trash, punk-rock, blood-soaked romp" and "brilliantly, utterly insane." The film stars Matthew Gray Gubler as Chip, and AnnaLynne McCord as his girlfriend, who comes up with a plan to rip off her rich sugar daddy. Of course, everything falls apart and Chip tries to straighten things out but ends up on a wild ride. The cast includes Alisha Boe, Sheila Vand, Sam Eidson, Michael Beasley, James Moses Black, David Maldonado, Ajay Mehta, Hallie Grace Bradley, and Lucy Faust. This definitely looks insane, like something to watch late on a weekend after you've had a few beers with friends. Here's the official trailer (+ two posters) for Trent Haaga's 68 Kill, direct from »

- Alex Billington

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’68 Kill’ Trailer Will Draw Blood for $68,000

11 July 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

IFC Midnight has slated Trent Haaga’s 68 Kill, which had its world premiere at last month’s SXSW Film Festival, to land in theaters and on VOD August 4th. We now have the trailer for the film that begins when a man’s weakness gets him into a world of trouble when he agrees to help his girlfriend steal $68,000. Our […] »

- Brad Miska

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