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Today at the UK's Insomnia Expo developers from Domino took the stage to reveal some new gameplay footage and discuss their upcoming multiplayer shooter Red Awakening.
The slasher film genre has been repeatedly touted as the game’s main influence, and Domino gave gamers a closer look at how by discussing the character archetypes found in the game. Red Awakening will feature character clichés that are largely borrowed from the 80’s slice ’em up films that are still popular today.
Gamers can expect to see the jock, the cheerleader, and, as a developer put it, “a nerdy Asian girl.” Red Awakening will also feature some of horror’s trademark settings from a high school to an amusement park and even a Siberian outpost inspired by John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing.
Developers also revealed that the game will feature several modes; on display at Insomnia was the You Only Live Thrice mode, »
- Scott Dell
Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here. The Taiga Cordillera is a big and lonely place along the top half of Canada. The northernmost part is even sparser with a population that caps off under a hundred souls, but it’s here where perhaps the greatest archaeological find of the century has been discovered. At least that’s what the on-site team believes and the reason why Peter Olsen (Michael Dickson) has arrived at this godforsaken place by helicopter. They’ve uncovered what looks to be the top of a stone monument belonging to a culture with no previous record of being in this part of the world. Olsen and the team debate the validity of the find, play poker and make plans for the fame in their future, but their celebration is short-lived. The group’s pet cat is murdered and splayed out like a sacrifice before the stone »
- Rob Hunter
I read and owned something like 55-60 Goosebumps books growing up. I probably would have only made it though a few of them, though, had the stories been as jacked up as these classic horror films that have been reimagined as books from R.L. Stine’s popular children's book series. The covers and blurbs from designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and writer Jude Deluca do a perfect job of making these stories seem much tamer than they really are.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out the many more covers they’ve created on their Tumblr, If It Were Stine. They also reimagine modern horror films and TV shows, and even model video games on the choose-your-own-adventure-type books from the Goosebumps series.
By the time the television series based on these books came out, I had already outgrown them. I »
- Eli Reyes
As tempting as it is to go with out gut reaction when watching a film, it’s hard to truly know how good it actually is without a bit of time. It takes numerous rewatches and distance from the hype of release to truly get a measured view on a movie and quite often your opinions will change.
Just look at Avatar. At the end of 2009 it was hard not get swept up in the hype surrounding James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A few years on, it may still be the biggest film of all time (unadjusted for inflation – those 3D glasses added a lot), but outside of that bubble of release its hard to muster the same enthusiasm for what is a good-looking retelling of a well-worn story.
- Alex Leadbeater
Our non-interactive, non-cutting edge letters page is back! Here's the latest selection...
So: our first attempts at a letters page didn't go too badly. We're carrying on, then. You're stuck with it. And here is the latest selection.
Again, with apologies to the many letters we've not been able to feature - we will try and keep these to the length of a magazine letters page - here's what you've been writing in to us about.
Find out how to join in the, er, fun yourself down at the bottom...
Den Of Geek & Den Of Geek
I have a query which may not be quite exciting enough for the Letters Page but an answer by email would be appreciated.
Essentially, I was wondering what the differences were between Den Of Geek Us and the normal Den Of Geek website. Are the same articles run on both sites? I presume »
There are few horror films as endlessly awesome as John Carpenter's The Thing, and I personally never tire of hearing and learning new things about the gruesome masterpiece. If you feel the same way, then read on because you're going to dig this video!
Courtesy of the website VashiVisuals comes a 5-minute long video that puts artist Michael Ploog's original storyboards side-by-side with the iconic Dean Cundey-lensed scenes and images from the film that we all know and love, showcasing just how faithful the finished product was to those rough sketches.
Two scenes in particular are highlighted in the video, those being the discovery of the alien spaceship and the gory transformation of Norris. The storyboards themselves are nothing new, but the video presentation shows them off in a way we've never seen before, serving as a fascinating insight into the filmmaking process.
Check out the comparison video below, »
- John Squires
John Carpenter was once among Hollywood’s most prolific filmmakers. But the man who brought us such genre classics as Halloween, The Thing, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 has only made one movie in the past 13 years—2010’s psychological thriller The Ward—and hasn’t troubled the box office in a big way since 1998’s James Woods-starring Vampires. (And Carpenter, 66, doesn’t sound like he’s in any rush to get back behind the camera: “I worked really hard for more years than I’d like to count, but now I can pick and choose things, »
- Clark Collis
When John Carpenter’s remake of “The Thing” was released 32 years ago, critics were mixed on the horror film – Roger Ebert gave it 2 1/2 stars – and North American audiences, still head over heels in love with Steven Spielberg’s tale of a nicer alien visitor – “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” – largely ignored Carpenter’s film. Thankfully, time has been kind to “The Thing” and it’s now rightfully regarded as a horror classic which has inspired Vashi Nedomansky to create a video showcasing the origins of the frightening images in the film. Lasting nearly five minutes long, the video is a side-by-side comparison of artist Michael Plogg’s storyboards and the final film. Two sequences are singled out for comparison, the crew’s discovery of the alien spacecraft in the ice and the iconic defibrillation scene. There’s few extra beats in the final version of the latter sequence, but the storyboards and film are still virtually identical. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Edited by Adam Cook
Above: a new digital anthology on Hong Kong Cinema is available online from Film Comment. The Summer issue of the magazine is out now too. Also relevant: Tony Leung is set to star in Wong Kar-Wai's next film. "Gas food lodging: The best job in the world has its downside": in an unusual blog entry, David Bordwell expounds on "the indignities of film festivals." It's still months away from release, but we're dying of anticipation for Michael Mann's Cyber. The La Times has a brief report from Bejiing, featuring some words from the director himself.
Above: speaking of films we can't wait to see, here's the new trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl. One from last week that slipped through its Noteworthy is Laura Legge's magnificent ode to subtitles for 3:am Magazine, "long Pause, romantic music, silence".
Our pal Girish Shambu has »
On Thursday 17th July Grimmfest will conclude its John Carpenter season with the classic 1980's horror film 'The Thing'. Following hugely popular screenings of 'They Live', 'Escape From New York' and 'Big Trouble In Little China' the chance to see what is without doubt one of the most influential and popular horror films of all time is certain to attract the biggest audience yet. In anticipation of this stunning finale we sat down with Greg Walker, one of the team behind the growing Grimmfest empire, to find out why Carpenter was an obvious choice when choosing to hold a season of classic films. »
This summer in the UK has been "John Carpenter Season" thanks to Manchester's Grimm Up North, and it's coming to a terrifying close this week with a special screening of The Thing at The Dancehouse that includes an exclusive video intro from the horror master himself.
They'll also have some amazing prizes like a large framed unique edition print of the official "John Carpenter Season" poster plus 3-month subscriptions to Starburst Magazine. The doors open at 7.30 pm this Thursday, 17 July, and the film starts at 8.00 pm.
The Dancehouse Theatre is located at 10 Oxford Road in Manchester. Click here for tickets - you can even select your seat in advance! But you better hurry because they're going fast.
“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.”
The Thing follows a group of scientists at an Arctic research station who discover »
- Debi Moore
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
10. Instruments »
Written by Justin Jordan
Art by Kyle Strahm
Published by Image Comics
Imagine what the world could have ended up as if John Carpenter’s The Thing got out of Antarctica, but a small segment of the population was immune to it. That’s the basic premise of Spread. Sure, the Spread is easier to kill, but it’s every bit as gruesome as to look at as The Thing, and spreads with alarming rapidity. Justin Jordan wrote that one of his inspirations was to tell a story set after an apocalypse, which puts this story right in the vein of The Walking Dead.
At some point, a violent organism known as the Spread effectively demolished civilization. The organism resembles a sort of protoplasm that takes various grotesque shapes and can infect human beings to create more of it. A small percentage of human beings were naturally immune, and »
- Zeb Larson
On tap right now to help you get through your Tuesday are three clips from Walter Hill's backwoods masterpiece Southern Comfort, which is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD from the lovable sickos from at the Shout! Factory. Check them out!
Southern Comfort Release Details
Shout! Factory brings you the 1981 thriller Southern Comfort on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring a new high definition transfer, with bonus features including a theatrical trailer, stills gallery, and ‘The Making of Southern Comfort.’
From Walter Hill, the director of The Warriors and 48 Hrs., comes this gut-wrenching tale of backwoods terror that "draws you into the eerily beautiful Louisiana bayou...then has you running for your life" (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)! Keith Carradine (The Duellists) and Powers Boothe (Sin City, The Avengers) lead a "first-rate ensemble" (Newsweek) in this "exciting, arresting, and tautly told suspenser" (Variety).
Nine National Guardsmen enter the Louisiana swamp for routine training, »
- Steve Barton
The question of the existence of extraterrestrial life has long been a mystery plaguing the human race. While many continue to be fascinated by this question, film offers us some answers. In film, aliens are often portrayed as monstrous animals, creatures that thrive on basic instinct and kill for the sake of killing. This vicious take on otherworldly beings has been the basis of many science fiction-horror movies over the decades. Ever since H.G. Welles’ novel War of the Worlds, fictional accounts of aliens taking over the world and destroying humanity has been an extremely popular premise for many entertainment mediums.
To explore the history of malevolent aliens on film, one must start with such 1950s classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Blob. These films used the alien monster as a metaphor for paranoia. This was a time in which the atomic bomb was a threat »
- Randall Unger
In contrast to Howard Hawks' trim and efficient The Thing from Another World released in 1951, John Carpenter's 1982 remake is an effects-heavy affair that generates most of its suspense from the startling permutations of Rob Bottin's alien make-ups. Kurt Russell delivers another squint-eyed, Clint Eastwood-inspired performance and he's helped by a supporting cast (including Wilfred Brimley and Richard Dysart) that give convincingly anxiety-ridden turns. Ennio Morricone provides an eerie score (though Carpenter was compelled to add a few musical passages of his own to the soundtrack).
The post The Thing ’82 appeared first on Trailers From Hell.
- TFH Team
Like a long-lost childhood friend returning after years in the wilderness, Kurt Russell is finally back on leading man duties in new heist caper The Art of the Steal. To celebrate the perennially-mulleted icon's return to the big screen, here's a look at five of his classic roles...
Elvis Presley - Elvis (1979)
Made just two years after the American icon's tragic demise and therefore placed under intense scrutiny by a still-devastated public, John Carpenter's TV movie Elvis managed to win over those suspicious minds with a terrific portrayal of the hip-shaking star by the Emmy-nominated Russell.
Such an iconic, identifiable, and effectively deified figure was never going to be a simple task to imitate - just look at the casting issues over Freddie Mercury in the planned biopic. It speaks volumes for Russell's versatility that he donned the blue suede shoes with such assurance to deliver a rousing performance »
It’s Friday the 13th and a full moon tonight so we let the crazies loose and are bring back one of our favorite staff posts, The Thirteen! If you aren’t familiar with The Thirteen, it was initially conceived to be a Top 13 list of films about a certain topic. Sadly, we started it last September and it fell by the wayside. Read our past two posts:
13 Songs Used in Films That Take On a Haunting Feeling
13 Female Villains & Anti-Heroes in Film
contribution by Jeremy Jones
A young boy sees his dad abducted by some unseen force. Three years later a meteor hits in the middle of the woods and brings something icky. Written, directed and scored by Harry Bromley Davenport, Xtro is a demented labor of love. The first twenty minutes are the most chunk blowing worthy moments. Including perhaps the grossest thing ever, walking in on your parents having sex. »
- Andy Triefenbach
With its icy mountain backdrop and emphasis on using practical effects, Harbinger Down no doubt conjures memories of John Carpenter’s The Thing. The film’s new trailer features a creature that would send familiar chills down the spines of R. J. MacReady and company: an organism that infects humans before undergoing nightmare-inducing mutations.
The feature directorial and writing debut of veteran Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis (Aliens, The Monster Squad, Starship Troopers), Harbinger Down stars genre legend Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark, Pumpkinhead) and Matt Winston (Little Miss Sunshine, A.I. Artificial Intelligence), and it’s slated for release sometime soon. In addition to the trailer, we have the synopsis and two posters for you to check out:
“A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship »
- Derek Anderson
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