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Konami is introducing the gaming world to Bryce Boltzmann, a demon hunter with the inability to die, on January 31, 2012 in Neverdead (PlayStation3, Xbox360). As the just-released trailer shows, Bryce is equal parts Ash from Evil Dead and Monty Python character, tossing out one-liners as his body is decimated time and again in pursuit of survival and the eradication of demonic beasts. You can lose a limb, and even be reduced to a rolling head…but fear not, as the gory gameplay continues.
Description (source: Konami):
Over 500 years have passed since a mortal named Bryce Boltzmann endured a life-altering tragedy at the hands of Astaroth, the Demon King. His wife murdered, left defeated and rendered immortal, he now moves through life without aspirations other than where he will find his next drink. Lending a hand to the clandestine group, the National Anti-Demon Agency(Nada), he pursues redemption through the extermination »
Universal released a new 30th anniversary edition of Halloween II on Blu-ray, but fans were upset that Universal had made changes to the opening credits and removed the name of producer Moustapha Akkad. After a number of complaints, it appears that Universal has listened and is offering replacement discs.
“Dear ‘Halloween II’ Blu-ray Owner,
We’re happy to let you know that revised ‘Halloween II’ Blu-ray discs are now available. For information on receiving a replacement, please let us know your mailing address and daytime telephone number.
If you’re interested in a replacement, you can visit Universal’s contact page: http://www.universalstudiosentertainment.com/contact-us.php »
- Jonathan James
Universal Home Entertainment is answering complaints that surrounded its September Blu-ray release of Rick Rosenthal's Halloween II . If you recall, fans noticed the Blu-ray's print of the film was distinctly lacking the title card of late producer Moustapha Akkad (more on that right here ). A Shock reader going by the name "Hitchhiking Ghost" informed us that Uhe is alerting those who bought the disc - and contacted them - that a revised edition is available. Here is the e-mail that is going out to purchasers: Dear "Halloween II" Blu-ray Owner, We're happy to let you know that revised "Halloween II" Blu-ray discs are now available. For information on receiving a replacement, please let us know your mailing address and daytime telephone »
And who says that making some noise doesn't get anywhere? Back in September we reported that Universal had released Halloween II on Blu-ray with Moustapha Akkad’s name sinfully omitted from the film's opening credits. Fans were in an outrage. Universal listened.
Those of you who wrote in to their official Contact Us page to complain have begun to get back the following e-mail:
Dear "Halloween II" Blu-ray Owner,
We're happy to let you know that revised "Halloween II" Blu-ray discs are now available. For information on receiving a replacement, please let us know your mailing address and daytime telephone number.
Want yours replaced? Make sure you hit up that above link and let them know. Thanks to DC reader Erik Van Sant for the heads-up!
Now then! Time to celebrate like only we can ... with our trusty Impromptu Rapid Irish Jig of Joy and Mirth™ video! »
- Uncle Creepy
"Heroes," "Dexter" and Halloween II star Brea Granthas launched an official blog to support her directorial debut, Best Friends Forever, which officially went behind cameras this morning. She developed the project with Vera Miao, and both will star. The film is a dark comedy and sci-fi horror film, combining equal parts buddy film, road trip and nuclear apocalypse story, but with girls. "Harriet, the perpetual but unsuccessful optimist, has finally figured out how to take her passion for comics and turn it into a responsible life. But when she and Reba, her seemingly devil-may-care best friend, hit the road to deliver her to grad school in Austin, TX and her new life, an impending nuclear apocalypse endangers even the best friendships and best-laid plans." The pic is shot on Super 16mm on location in Los Angeles and the great state of Texas. »
In Hollywood there is nothing more terrifying than an original idea. It’s a fear born from the unknown, fear that audiences won’t get it, fear that it won’t do ‘good business.’ For nervous studio executives, both the movie franchise and the remake are a reassuring comfort blanket. These are movies that already have a guaranteed audience and producers can relax in the knowledge that the same idea has made money before.
Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) is in the rare position of being both a franchise movie and a direct remake of John Carpenter’s 1978 classic. That Zombie’s film raked in a massive $30.6 million on its opening weekend is hardly surprising. Nor should it be surprising that the film is a mess – lacking originality, insight, and, worst of all, scares. The sequel released in 2009 is even worse.
But fans of the original have little reason to complain. »
- Tom Fallows
There’s no shortage of horror sequels.
In fact, it’s probably the only genre in which the sheer amount of endless sequels outweigh originals.
But while many horror sequels often deserve thier reputations of being poor cash-ins which rehash and recycle the same scares of previous entries, there’s also many out there which have had an unfair reputation over the years. Despite being pretty decent films in their own right, they’re forever shadowed by the legacy of the first film or tainted by fan expectations.
Here’s my personal pick of 10 oft-dismissed horror films which are actually rather good.
Psycho II (1983)
Few sequels have attracted as much scorn as Psycho II, which had the nerve to follow up Hitchcock’s iconic classic. But while the mere idea of following up Psycho is fraught with danger, Psycho II is actually an enjoyable and effective thriller which manages to »
- Stephen Leigh
As October draws to a close and golden brown leaves pile up underneath skeletal trees like bodies in a zombie apocalypse, there’s one movie that is guaranteed to be on any self-respecting horror fan’s list of essential fright flicks - John Carpenter's classic Halloween (1978). To celebrate another anniversary of this horror classic, Shadowlocked presents the ultimate guide to all things Michael Myers with a comprehensive A to Z look at this iconic movie. No tricks, just treats.
A is for Akkad
Producer Moustapha Akkad didn’t originally have much interest in the original Halloween movie, seeing it as an investment vehicle rather than a creative endeavor, and was initially reluctant to put up the $320,000 budget. However, after John Carpenter described the movie almost shot-for-shot and declared that he didn’t want a director’s fee (though he did, wisely, retain rights to ten percent of the film »
It's the last week of October which means one thing: Halloween-related movie features! The fine folks at Slant Magazine posted a big'un yesterday, "The 25 Best Horror Films of the Aughts." You've got to go to to their site to see the whole list, obviously, but here's their Top 5.
It's a very interesting list with some very strong writing, a welcome and all-too-rare sight in this sort of article. I haven't seen every movie that made the cut, including two in the top five (numbers five and three, if you're curious), so I can't knock all of Slant's choices. And even if I had and therefore I could, this sort of thing is totally subjective. And, really, that's what you want from this sort of list. You want to see what a »
- Matt Singer
The movies teach us many wise things. Chief amongst them: if you need medical attention, avoid every place we're about to talk about...
We’ve all been there. You fall asleep in a seedy motel room only to wake in a sinister medical facility, discovering not only that you have been nocturnally abducted, but also that the baby you were hitherto carrying has been exchanged for a nasty-looking surgical wound nestled neatly below your navel.
This everyday occurrence befalls Tabrett Bethell in The Clinic, the Australian shock-horror that is out now on DVD. And taking its unorthodox medical practice as inspiration, here’s a selection of other medical facilities from the movies that you wouldn’t like to find yourself in.
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Jack Nicholson’s McMurphy chose the secure unit over a jail term thinking it was the easy option. Wrong.
Nurse Ratched’s »
0:00 - Intro 10:20 - Headlines: Woman Sues Over Drive Trailer, Werner Herzog to Play Villain in One Shot, Disney to Re-Release Four More Movies in 3D, Tower Heist to Get Comcast VOD Release 33:45 - Review: The Ides of March 56:00 - Review: Real Steel 1:21:45 - Trailer Trash: Young Adult 1:26:55 - Other Stuff We Watched: Catching Hell, The Real Rocky, Halloween II, Blood Feast, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Innocents, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Black Sunday aka The Mask of Satan, Black Sabbath, The Blair Witch Project, The Living Corpse aka Dracula in Pakistan, Horror of Dracula, The Lion King, The Beaver, The Company Men, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Miracle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Submarine, Mimic, George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2:23:00 - Junk Mail: Supporting Filmmakers You Like, »
by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
Directed By: Tommy Lee Wallace
Written By: Tommy Lee Wallace
Happy Halloween, Silver Shamrock! Halloween 3: Season of the Witch is probably one of the most underrated Halloween movies and, by a large margin, an underrated known horror film overall! It deserves a good review since when it was released, it was a box office flop and panned by Michael Myers’ enthusiasts.
Could it be Carpenter’s original intent was a new Halloween story per year? It was but die hard fans wouldn’t let that direction be realized. Thus we eventually got crap fests like Halloween Resurrection with Tyra Banks and Busta Rhymes. (Oh yeah, this series went there.) After seeing all the subsequent sequels, I would have preferred Carpenter’s anthology vision of this series.
The story is about a man named Cochran, »
September and October usually give horror freaks plenty of reason to rejoice and one of the big ones this year was a few blu-ray debuts of catalog titles that companies like Universal, and Lionsgate were hanging onto. We’ve got the information on 2 recent blu ray releases you might have missed (Halloween II and Mimic). Interestingly, they both have something in common: studio meddling, one in a good way, one in a bad way. First up, from Universal, we have the details on a highly controversial 30th Anniversary blu-ray release of 1981’s Halloween II on September 13th. This particular »
The original is a classic icon of horror cinema. The sequel is less of a classic, but it’s entertaining enough to engage viewers. Released today on DVD, well in time for Halloween itself, read on for our review…
It’s still Halloween night 1978 and Michael Myers has stuck around the neighbourhood, despite being gunned down by Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence) six times! Discovering that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been taken to the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, he follows her there, leaving a path of death and destruction in his wake. Could there actually be a reason why Michael is really after her…
Halloween II is a solid sequel to John Carpenter’s original masterpiece, if not a fantastic one. The unsettling atmosphere and suspenseful tone carry over from the first film, meaning that this sequel is almost as engaging and creepy as the original. The majority of the »
- Stuart Cummins
When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events of the first film, or more accurately, starting during the last few minutes of the first film, Halloween II follows an injured Laurie Strode to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, where no amount of ambulance drivers, doctors, or nurses can keep her safe from the relentless Michael Myers. Killer Scene I’ve always found the first two Halloween films to be masterful examples of understated horror. In »
- Robert Fure
Have you ever wanted to go on a killing spree like Chucky from Child's Play? Here is your chance in the new Chucky video game. Chucky the video game will be an adaption of the 1980's Chucky franchise and will be released by TIKGames. From all the information we can gather the game will be available on the Playstation 3 and X-Box. There is no official release date but the game is expected to be released in the Autumn of 2011. Information from an advertisement that was in the Halloween II Blu-ray: "Fans have been asking for a Chucky game for years, and soon gamers around the »
Shock Waves mixes things up a bit this week as it welcomes Brian Collins on as a guest host. Shock Till You Drop's Ryan Turek, FEARnet's Lawrence Raffel and Collins review the Korean 3D monster flick Sector 7 and Dream Home , analyze what went wrong with that Halloween II Blu-ray release and reminisce about Terror in the Aisles . Also, Fantastic Fest is just around the corner, so Turek gets on the phone to chat with festival programmer Tim League to offer a preview of what's to come. And last, but not least, the team talk about horror on TV. What works and what doesn't? What used to work but doesn't hold up? Buffy ? Supernatural ? The X-Files ? Listen below, or, download this episode at: Podcast Powered By »
by Jason Lees, MoreHorror.com
I should start off this review by saying that I really am a big fan of the first Laid To Rest. Something about Rob Hall’s little indie slasher flick struck a chord with me. It was this out of the way movie that had somehow assembled this amazing cast. As I watched it, I remember falling in love with the premise and every character, so much that I was getting pissed when they were killed off, but at the same time, I Loved how they were getting offed. The first Laid To Rest sits proudly on my dvd shelf as something I like to pull down and share with friends who have never heard of it.
So, it’s fair to say, that my expectations going in to Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2 were pretty damn high. From here on out, you should keep »
Emerging in April 1981, two and a half years after Halloween and less than one year after Friday the 13th jump-started the slasher movie craze in earnest, Bloody Birthday faced stiff competition in theaters, with Eyes of a Stranger, The Funhouse, The Burning, Final Exam, Just Before Dawn, Happy Birthday to Me, and sequels Friday the 13th Part 2 and Halloween II all staking claims to young audiences that year. Yes, it was a glorious time to be a horror fan! Bloody Birthday borrows its ingredients liberally from the hastily-developed slasher movie cookbook, but it owes its inspiration just as much to Village of the Damned and any number of other "killer kid" flicks. It's a movie that takes full advantage of the freedoms »
It’s a tough time to bask in nostalgia. Between the already notorious (and unwanted) changes to the as-of-yet-to-be-released Star Wars saga collections to a much less publicized edit on Universal’s Halloween II Blu-ray, old school fans are certainly getting the shaft when it comes to reliving childhood favorites in glorious high definition.
If you haven’t followed Twitter incessantly or trawled the right message boards, you might be wondering what chicanery Universal pulled with the anticipated 1080p version of Halloween II. It’s a significant alteration to the opening credits which sees the exclusion of one of the franchise’s most prominent names: Moustpha Akkad (see below).
Yes, the late Mr. Akkad’s name has been edited out of Halloween II’s opening credits, only to be replaced with a far more jarring Universal, an McA Company, Presents title card that couldn’t even be bothered to match »
- Masked Slasher
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