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Alien: Isolation (2014) Video Game Review

15 hours ago | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

The mouths of gamers and Alien fans everywhere were left sour after the rather lacklustre Aliens: Colonial Marines so when a new game was announced with Sega yet again behind the curtain, some folks started to panic yet another disaster was around the corner.

Sega, with developer Creative Assembly, sought to go back to the original 1979 film and recreate that sense of horror and dread in an original storyline that would take place 15 years after the events of that film and follow Amanda Ripley, Ellen’s daughter, as she too comes into contact with the dreaded creature.

The end result for Alien: Isolation is probably one of the finest survival horror experiences in gaming I’ve had in years, as it’s relentlessly tense, rarely gives you a moment of peace and is often challenging.

As a fan of the Alien film series, »

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Back to the Future hoverboard sells for £26,000 at auction

21 October 2014 2:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marty McFly's iconic hoverboard has sold for £26,000 at a London auction.

The device eventually went for £26,700, nearly doubling its estimate of £15,000 at the Vue cinema in London's Westfield shopping centre.

The pink hoverboard featured in 1989's Back to the Future Part II, after Marty (Michael J Fox) and Doc (Christopher Lloyd) travelled from 1985 to 2015.

Other items that went under the hammer include the biker scout helmet from Return of the Jedi for £20,400 and the Spectre underwater tow sled from Thunderball for £24,000.

The auction collected over £1 million from the selected film props on offer.

The most expensive item sold was Sigourney Weaver's flamethrower from Alien, which sold for £30,000.

On the other end of the spectrum, a 'one sheet' poster from Aliens sold for just £48. »

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Marty McFly’s Hoverboard Sells For £26,000 At UK Auction

21 October 2014 1:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Marty McFly’s famous hoverboard, seen in the 1989 movie Back To The Future Part II, has sold for a whopping £26,000 at a UK auction, nearly double what it was expected to fetch.

The  iconic prop actually sold for £26,700 – almost doubling its original estimate of £15,000 while the biker scout helmet from Star Wars, Return Of The Jedi, went for £20,400 and the Spectre underwater tow sled from Thunderball sold for £24,000.

In all the auction, at the Vue cinema in London’s Westfield shopping centre, collected over £1 million from the host of film props on offer. The most expensive item to go under the hammer was Sigourney Weaver’s Flamethrower from Alien which sold for £30,000 but with a catalogue to suit all budgets, the least expensive item sold was a ‘one sheet’ poster from Aliens which went for just £48.

The auction was conduced by respected house Prop Store in association with Vue Cinemas. »

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Terminator and Aliens Art by Liam Brazier

17 October 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Artist Liam Brazier spent some of his valuable time creating a couple of pieces of art paying homage to two of James Cameron's greatest achievements… Aliens and The Terminator. One thing Cameron was so good at with his films and stories is making the main antagonist a female badass. The illustrations will be a part of the "Imagined Worlds" art show being hosted by the Hero Complex Gallery. I'm sure we'll start seeing more art from that art show in the near future. 

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The path to The Evil Within

15 October 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

To mark the launch of The Evil Within, we follow creator Shinji Mikami's path from survival horror godfather to the present...

Shinji Mikami is considered the godfather of horror videogames. Indeed, it was he who coined the term survival horror for his seminal 1996 PlayStation title Biohazard - known outside Japan as Resident Evil. Although at heart an action adventure title, survival horror turned out to be the perfect descriptor. The survival aspect referring to management of resources, so you couldn't just go in guns blazing. Your limited inventory forcing you to decide whether to carry the mansion key or the acid rounds. And the horror element referring to being trapped in a single location with the undead - and worse.

Resident Evil set the template for Mikami's horror titles. An elite trained squad faces and is promptly humbled by creatures that are the result of experimentation gone wrong. It's quite an unusual format, »

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How can Terminator: Genisys succeed?

15 October 2014 3:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It's got a daft name, and the last Terminator film wasn't exactly a resounding success. So how can Terminator: Genisys win us round?

I've been a huge fan of the Terminator franchise ever since I watched the first film at a shockingly young age. It's fair to say that, being the wee boy I was on my first few viewings, I struggled to understand everything I was seeing, but something about the film connected with me enough to keep me coming back again and again. As I grew up, I started to recognise the film's strengths: the compelling storytelling, amazing action (robots! lasers!), and likeable characters, to name just a few.

By the time Terminator 2: Judgment Day rolled around, I'd watched the original film many times, and fallen deeply in love with it. The sequel blew me away, and was also my first introduction to the horrors of nuclear »

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How James Cameron Saved Guillermo del Toro's Father From Mexican Kidnappers

14 October 2014 6:17 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

James Cameron.s reputation as one of the fiercest directors in movie history has been widely publicized, but Guillermo del Toro will always revere the infamous filmmaker after it was revealed that, like one of the heroes that are usually central figures in his films, the Titanic filmmaker saved his father from a perilous situation. Rather than featuring a T-800 or a hoard of Aliens though, this tale revolves around Mexican kidnappers instead. According to Uproxx, during the troubled production of Mimic, Guillermo del Toro learned that his father, Federico del Toro, had been kidnapped off the streets of his Mexican hometown, Guadalajara. Obviously this immediately overshadowed any problems he was having with his sci-fi horror. But there was another issue. Guillermo del Toro had put all of the money that he had into Mimic, and the rest of his family didn.t have anywhere near amount that was required »

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Watch: Unintentionally Hilarious Alternate Ending To 'Titanic'

14 October 2014 7:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Director James Cameron has never had a problem with exotic alien planets, car chases, killer mercenaries from the future or anything of that sort. He’s inarguably one of the biggest and most successful directors of all time, having made some of the most lavish, spectacle-heavy blockbusters of the modern era (“Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “True Lies” and um, “Avatar”, just to name a few). It is instead small, intimate moments and honest-to-goodness human connection that he seems to have more trouble with (or perhaps less interest in). It’s a thought entertained by a segment of the American moviegoing public in 1997, when we all sat in a theatre at the end of “Titanic,” wondering why Rose (Kate Winslet) couldn’t just… scoot over a little bit to make room for her dying love Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) before he fell to the bottom of the freezing ocean deep, never to return. »

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‘Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow’ Blu-ray Review

11 October 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh, Dragomir Mrsic, Charlotte Riley | Written by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth | Directed by Doug Liman

Anybody who has played computer games (and who hasn’t?) knows how useful the restart option is, or the more annoying forced respawn from death.  To die at a tricky part of the level and just be able to restart at a checkpoint or recently saved position helps you adapt your strategy and retry what you did wrong, till you finally make it past that tough part and reach the end of the level.  This is exactly what Tom Cruise has the ability to do in Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.

Tom Cruise plays Major William Cage, an arrogant PR man for the human war machine fighting against the alien invasion that has overtaken most of Europe. »

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Bigfoot Saturdays: ‘Abominable’ and the Fluidity of Myth

11 October 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

[Continued from Part 1]

Take two of why I wanted to write about Bigfoot: Bigfoot has an uncommon amount of myth malleability.

This is related, of course, to his unknowability; the strokes of his mythology are broad and vague, so he can be made and molded to slip into essentially any story vaguely set neat a forest. There are very few parameters that must be set and even fewer rules that must be abided by or addressed in order for that character to work successfully in a piece of art. Certainly, as before, many monsters can be said to exhibit aspects of this elasticity, but again Bigfoot finds his unknowability to be crucial to his difference and uniqueness. Bigfoot exists essentially without context. His being is not defined, and as such he exhibits no strong predilection or resistance to changes. An empty vessel never overflows when water is placed inside, and it has no reaction to substances it holds. »

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Alien: Isolation Review

11 October 2014 12:43 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When it comes to movies that video games ape the most for content, a lot is owed to James Cameron’s film Aliens, giving us the timeless set up of space marines vs. deadly creatures from another world. Even though the trope has become one of the most overused in the medium, the backlash didn’t fully begin until Aliens: Colonial Marines released to terrible reviews and considerable controversy. Years later, Creative Assembly and Sega have teamed up to give fans Alien: Isolation and hopefully find their way back into our hearts again.

By changing gears and taking inspiration from Ridley Scott’s original film Alien and focusing on the tension of being hunted by a lone and extremely deadly Xenomorph, Alien: Isolation delivers as the best game to ever be based on the franchise. However, it also manages to be an incredibly flawed title that stretches »

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'Alien: Isolation' delivers suspense, but not without annoyance

8 October 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Alien: Isolation is a slow burn. Most Alien games have mimicked James Cameron’s action-packed Aliens sequel (often to disastrous effect, as with last year’s Alien: Colonial Marines), but Isolation is slavishly devoted to Ridley Scott’s quieter, more terrifying 1979 original, which informs nearly every aspect of the game. Set 15 years after the first film, Isolation follows engineer Amanda Ripley as she seeks information on her missing mother, Alien heroine Ellen Ripley. Much like the film, the game takes its time to get going, allowing you to soak in the rich atmosphere. Developer Creative Assembly has painstakingly »

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‘Alien Isolation:’ The Horror Game That Could Have Been Ridley Scott’s Sequel

7 October 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Sometimes I’m not sure what’s scarier: the implacably murderous Alien in Ridley Scott’s film, or the fact that the groundbreaking science-fiction movie debuted 35 years ago. Yikes!

To celebrate, of sorts, Fox and Sega have collaborated on Alien Isolation, a videogame debuting today that lovingly recreates the grungy, lived-in look of the original movie alongside plenty of creepy jolts and chills of its own. It’s all plunked down in a new setting that would be a fantastic sequel (hint, hint) were Sir Ridley ever to be so disposed. If you can handle the game’s gut-churning suspense, it’s available for PCs and Sony and Microsoft videogame consoles of the two most recent generations. I highly recommend it for those with durable stomach linings and an inclination to have the bejeezus scared out of them.

It’s part of a gamer genre called “survival horror,” and that »

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[Comic Execution] 10/3 – Aliens, Justice Inc, And Then Emily Was Gone

3 October 2014 6:28 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

This site is gonna be changing soon, getting a whole new look. It’s a big deal, as it hasn’t done so since I first started reading it two years ago, probably more than that though. But Comic Execution won’t change. I like this format too much. While I’d certainly like to expand my coverage of comics at Destroy The Brain, I think we’re lacking in general coverage as is, so until we have a bit more in the way of contributors, don’t expect much else besides the column and the occasional interview. I’d love to offer things like previews or contests but it’s proving difficult to get publishers to play ball. I really wanted to do a feature on the Alien/Prometheus/Predator crossover but Dark Horse never responded so instead I’m just doing basic reviews. Which is kind of nice »

- Chris Melkus

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Edgy Alien Poster Art by Joao Ruas

2 October 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Hollywood just doesn't make movies like Alien anymore. I didn't see Ridley Scott's Alien until after I saw James Cameron's Aliens. I was just as blown away by it, though, just in a completely different way. Aliens was more action-oriented, while Alien played out more like a horror movie. 

As a tribute to Alien, artist Joao Ruas created this very cool illustration featuring the terrifying Xenomorph that wreaks havoc on the crew of the Nostromo ship. The art is a private commission, and there is a regular and variant edition.

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Chiller Theatre Toy and Model Film Expo October 24 – 26, 2014

2 October 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

The Chiller Theatre Toy and Model Film Expo will be held at the Sheraton Parsippany in Parsippany, NJ on October 24 – 26, 2014.  The convention has an enormous list of guests to meet, including Yaphet Kotto from Alien, Robert Kerman from Cannibal Holocaust, Lisa Marie from Mars Attacks!, Mark Rolston from Aliens, Barbara Steele from Black Sunday, and Gerrit Graham from Phantom of the Paradise to name just a few.  Also headlining … Continue reading →

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Aliens

1 October 2014 4:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

20th Century Fox

Back in the mid-1980s movie goers hadn’t yet grown instantly skeptical of an impending sequel. There had been more than a few sequels by this point in time but the idea that they tended to end up as shameless cash-ins where the studios simply repeated what had come before – adhering to the false notion of “it if ain’t broke don’t fix it” – was yet to become a noticeable trait in popular culture.

That said, the news of a sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal horror-science fiction classic Alien made more than a few people nervous that the end result wouldn’t stand a chance of living up to the original. Scott’s movie had all but revolutionised the genre, delivering tension and shocks amidst a setting which oozed atmospheric production design just as the alien in question oozed acidic blood. Fortunately, James Cameron »

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Academy Science and Technology Council Adds Four Members

30 September 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Bailey, Gale Anne Hurd, John Knoll and Michael Tronick have accepted invitations to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, bringing the council’s membership to 25 for 2014-2015.

Bailey is a cinematographer with more than four decades behind the camera.  He joined the Academy in 1981 and is currently a governor representing cinematographers.  Bailey was elected to a vice president post this year.

See Also: Academy Unveils 21 Feats on Oscar’s Sci-Tech Short List

Hurd is producer and CEo of her own company, Valhalla Motion Pictures, with credits including films “Aliens” and “The Terminator” trilogy, as well as ‘The Walking Dead” on AMC.  A former Academy governor, Hurd has chaired the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Committee, Investment Committee, Producers Branch Executive Committee and Festival Grants Committee, and has been a member of the Producers Branch since 1987.

Knoll is currently the »

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Ridley Scott Says You Won’t See Any Aliens In Prometheus 2

24 September 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Currently hard at work doing post-production on Exodus: Gods And Kings, the biblical epic starring Christian Bale, Ridley Scott’s probably not heading off afterwards to a remote tropical island for a much-needed vacation. Nope, there’s no time for that. His crowded slate is brimming with a ton of exciting projects – The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2.

The first Prometheus, released in 2012 divided critics and fans on account of not being everything everyone wanted it to be! While there’s definitely moments that require deeper investigation to understand (the lack of brainpower in a couple of scientists), it’s not the disaster that so many xenomorph die-hards claim it is.

Speaking to Yahoo!, the British director gave an update on the status of the sequel to the Alien prequel. The most interesting tidbit negated rumours afloat since late last year, with regards to the status of the script. »

- Gem Seddon

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 2

14 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best. 

2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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