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The history of video adaptations is long and almost completely ugly, with nightmares like Silent Hill and Max Payne and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li vastly outweighing modest successes like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the Resident Evil franchise. But if anyone's gonna shake things up, it's Michael Fassbender, right? The star of Shame and X-Men: First Class might not be who you'd expect to shake up the video game adaptation racket, but as the star of the upcoming Assassin's Creed adaptation, he might be the hero we deserve after all. Now we know when this attempted rescue effort will happen-- updates at Box Office Mojo reveal that Assassin's Creed has set a release date of May 22, 2015, meaning it will arrive just a few weeks after The Avengers 2. In other updates, Ridley Scott's Exodus-- known otherwise as his Moses movie-- has set a release »
Adelaide Clemens has been gaining a fair amount of attention this year, first for her role in “Generation Um…” and now with the new horror/thriller “No One Lives.” The Australian actress has been steadily on the rise in the past couple of years, popping up in pictures like “Silent Hill: Revelation.” The actress recently has been bobbing and forth between independent and mainstream movies, making her face known to the general public. In “No One Lives” it she plays one of the killer’s victims who’s desperately trying to run away from the man who’s kept her in hiding for the past year. Now she’s found herself trapped in a house [ Read More ]
- Melissa Molina
Feature Aaron Birch 13 May 2013 - 06:20
From the Commodore 64 to the modern day, check out 35 of videogaming's best ever soundtracks (and listen to them here...)
Games are often praised for their amazing visuals, deep, complex gameplay and well-written narrative, but music is also a big part of the media. Just as it forms an essential part of any movie's atmosphere, games need the right soundtrack in order to fully immerse the player into the game world. A rousing audio track can stir the emotions, properly relay the heroic nature of a protagonist, or instil fear when needed.
Games soundtracks are, arguably, much more important than other media, as the player is the star, in full control of the action. Whilst music in movies is hugely important, in a game the audio doesn't just accompany the visuals, but has to pair up perfectly with the player's actions and the events onscreen »
As a gamer, I’ve pretty much given up hope that a truly great game-to-film adaptation will ever happen. We’ve had winks of cult greatness (Mortal Kombat), franchise-unfaithful lunacy (Resident Evil), and hollow renditions that got the look but missed the point (Silent Hill), but never the sort of software-to-cinema translations that we all truly long for.
There’s a tiny glimmer of hope, however, as a recent interview with Game Informer (and handily cited by Videogamer) revealed that master of horror John Carpenter would love to tackle adapting EA’s Dead Space to celluloid. Here’s what Carpenter had to say:
"I maintain that Dead Space would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something's on board. It's just great stuff.
"I would love to make Dead Space [into a film], I'll tell you that right now. »
- Carl Lyon
There is a small portion of our population that regards true and utter garbage as high art. Tommy Wiseau's The Room, quite possibly the worst movie ever put onto film, sells out every showing no matter where it plays, is a perfect example. The rock band Kiss, at the time one of the biggest rock acts in world, put out an experimental concept album called 'Music from the Elder' (it was based on a movie that was never filmed), which was quickly regarded as awful, sold less copies than any other Kiss album in history and was instrumental in the break up of the original band's lineup, yet has since found a strong following of fans, both in and out of the Kiss Army in the decades after its release.
In video games, there are tons of titles that are just terrible, or over-the-top weird, or so silly that »
As gamers we often long for franchises that stop producing games before we were happy to let them go. Whether it be because the story simply came to an end like in the case of Time Splitters, or because the series was no longer considered financially viable, resulting in some truly phenomenal game series having their flame blown out far too soon (such as Heavenly Sword or War of The Monsters). We mourn for these old loves of ours, desperately clinging to the hope that they may one day return despite knowing in our hearts that it will never happen.
If you’ve somehow got this far in life without having a series abandoned or, even worse, ‘revamped’ into something offensively rubbish (*cough* Dead Space 3 *cough*), I envy you. This is an industry where the ground-breaking get thrown on the rubbish heap and the undeserving reap in millions, so it »
- Charlie Oldfield
Defiance, Season 1: Episode 5 – “A Well Respected Man”
Directed by Michael Nankin
Airs Monday nights at 9 on SyFy
It was in my review of last week’s episode of Defiance that I suggested a StarCraft connection for this series. Maybe it’s because I played those games too much, but that Volge up there looks like it could be an accurate cross between a Protoss Zealot and a Zerg Hydralisk. In any case, the video game influence that you would expect this show to have shines through again in “A Well Respected Man” during a cat and mouse scene (albeit an imaginary one) that infuses a menace reserved for moments with the likes of Silent Hill‘s Pyramid Head or Resident Evil‘s Nemesis. Kenya can’t go toe-to-toe with a single Volge, even if they’re more vulnerable than either of those other entities. »
- Sean Colletti
Manborg was released to DVD this week by Dark Sky Films. Directed by Steven Kostanski, the movie has characters and a style straight out of a 90′s video game, and was inspired by his love of 80′s and 90′s genre films. I had a chance to interview Steven Kostanski, who told me about the challenges of getting this project finished, the movies that served as his inspiration, and his surprise that Manborg already has a cult following:
Thank you for taking the time to talk with Daily Dead. Can you tell our readers about your work in special makeup effects? Specifically, what have you done on Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, and Resident Evil: Retribution?
Steven Kostanski: I started working in prosthetic make-up effects right after graduating high school. I worked on lots of low budget horror movies and a few tv shows before moving out to Toronto where I »
- Jonathan James
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone) Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (Fox’s “House,” HBO’s “Six Feet Under”), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.
The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival to rave reviews in March, marks the feature film debut of Jessie McCormack, who directed from her own script.
McCormack is also a producer alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. The film is executive produced by Richard N. Gladstein (Finding Neverland, The Cider House Rules, The Bourne Identity). The deal was negotiated by Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers. ICM Partners represents Monaghan and Mitchell and is also »
- Michelle McCue
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan (Source Code, Gone Baby Gone), Radha Mitchell (Olympus Has Fallen, Silent Hill) and Michael Weston (House, Six Feet Under), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning.
Gus tells the story of Lizzie (Mitchell), who longs to start a family with her husband Peter, but is unable to conceive. Her best friend Andie (Monaghan), single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to give Lizzie the baby. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to be the child's father, and before he knows it Andie has moved into the guest room for the duration of her pregnancy. When Peter also invites his ne'er-do-well recovering-addict brother (Weston) to the house, hilarious chaos ensues, testing the limits of friendship, family and a marriage.
The film, »
Lightning Entertainment, the Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company, has acquired international rights to the hit South by Southwest Film Festival comedy, Gus , starring Michelle Monaghan ( Source Code , Gone Baby Gone ), Radha Mitchell ( Olympus Has Fallen , Silent Hill ) and Michael Weston (.House,. .Six Feet Under.), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning. Gus tells the story of Lizzie (Mitchell), who longs to start a family with her husband Peter, but is unable to conceive. Her best friend Andie (Monaghan), single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to give Lizzie the baby. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to be the child's father, and before he knows it Andie has moved into the guest room for the duration »
It is not too late to turn back now. Some of the glitches I am going to show you may slowly eat your soul until you are just an empty husk. Sure you may laugh at a few but that is purely the sound of your very human existence escaping from within you.
So, you are still here? Excellent. I hope to take as many of you down with me as I can.
Technology has always scared us because of the possible sentient qualities it could one day posses. Would they be shocked by how we use them just as tools? Angry, in fact? Would they build robots and send them back in time to kill our only hope in the future? What would games say if they could talk? What would they say to being houses of mayhem and violence that we poke and prode merely for our own amusement? »
- Patrick Dane
• There will be explosions, there will be bus jumps, there will be fridge-nukes. [Grantland]
• Channing Tatum turns 33 this week. Celebrate his passion year with a collection of his hottest pics. [BuzzSugar]
• Baymageddon: One man tries to survive an entire day of Michael Bay. [Film.com]
• What's this about Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver being in "The Avengers 2"? [ScreenCrush]
• These Marvel Cinematic Universe characters deserve their own "One-Shot" short film. [Splash Page]
• Disney vs. Regal and Cinemark means "Iron Man 3" might be missing from some theaters. Which, in turn, means it might make only a kajillion dollars instead of two kajillion. [Hypable]
• Buy Yoda's hut, you will. How much, it is? [Movoto]
• Kellan Lutz teaches us about the word "vibrate" on "Sesame Street." He sure does. [PopBytes]
• Here's proof that "Silent Hill" is really the sequel to "Kindergarten Cop." [BuzzFeed]
• Here's all of 1999 compressed into one 10-minute clip. »
- NextMovie Staff
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The forces of Hell have risen to the surface of the Earth to wreak unspeakable havoc on humanity, and it will take a real superhuman to save the world. Or at least Manborg - a spectacular creature of the future and the hero of Manborg, the cult favorite sci-fi/fantasy homage coming to select theaters and DVD on April 30, 2013, from Dark Sky Films. »
- Uncle Creepy
News 24 Apr 2013 - 08:45
Want to see some creepy shots from Bethesda's upcoming The Evil Within? Here you go then...
Bethesda's Shinji Mikami survival horror title, The Evil Within, was announced a few days ago, and already it's surging to the upper echelons of many most wanted lists. Billed as a 'pure survival horror' by the publisher, with Mikami stating he intends to return to the roots of the genre, it could give ailing Capcom and Konami series, Resident Evil and Silent Hill something to worry about.
The new game, as we previously reported, will run on id Tech 5 and will star protagonist Detective Sebastian Castellanos. He and some fellow law enforcers are dragging into a freakish, monster inhabited world after they arrive at the scene of a grizzly murder, and have to fight to survive the nightmare.
Using an over the shoulder view, much like Resident Evil's approach »
Heading at you like a speeding bullet to the head of some giant evil mutant beast are three new stills from Dark Sky Film's DVD release of Manborg. What the hell is Manborg, you ask? It's just a little flick that should be at the top of your must watch list!
The forces of Hell have risen to the surface of the Earth to wreak unspeakable havoc on humanity, and it will take a real superhuman to save the world. Or at least Manborg - a spectacular creature of the future and the hero of Manborg, the cult favorite sci-fi/fantasy homage coming to select theaters and DVD on April 30, 2013, from Dark Sky Films.
The armies of Hell have taken over the Earth, and all that stands in the way of the villainous Count Draculon and humanity's total extinction is a motley crew of misfits led by the mighty »
- Uncle Creepy
Heavy on atmosphere and creatures, light on detail, the first trailer for the new project from the "Resident Evil" creator would indicate that "The Evil Within" team has been paying a lot of attention to "Silent Hill."
It's not just the grimed-up institutional setting of the demonic-psychological nature of the threats, but also seemingly the focus on a snapshot of a woman (the possible source of our hero's trauma?). Who can say? With this tease and the game's title announcement last week, publisher Bethesda has kept quiet about the deep details on "The Evil Within."
"The Evil Within" will be released sometime in 2014.
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- Charles Webb
As the only brand-new movie in nationwide release, sci-fi adventure Oblivion easily took first place with an estimated $38.2 million. Unfortunately, overall box office was down around 19 percent from the same frame last year, and it now appears that April 2013 will wind up about even with April 2012.Oblivion's $38.2 million start ($5.5 million in IMAX) is the highest non-sequel debut for star Tom Cruise since 2005's War of the Worlds, and it's his fifth-best ever behind that movie and the first three Mission: Impossible outings. It was a bit higher than 2002's Minority Report ($35.7 million), though with ticket price inflation it likely had noticeably lower attendance. Oblivion's solid (but not spectacular) opening can be attributed at least in part to smart scheduling. Bracing for the Summer box office season, studios typically avoid releasing big-budget fare during the month of April; Universal Pictures, however, successfully stretched the calendar in April 2009 and 2011 with Fast and Furious »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I don’t know if you’ve noticed this already, but this is an incredibly exciting time to be a horror fan. There are more new horror releases now than there’s ever been. We’ve seen multiple entries in franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, as well as a slew of quality indie horror games from devs... Read More »
- Adam Dodd
Trailer Aaron Birch 20 Apr 2013 - 06:52
The mystery is revealed. The Evil Within is coming from Bethesda, and is all kinds of messed up...
After viral video teases and much speculation on what it all meant, Bethesda has revealed its next project, and as predicted by many is, indeed, a new project from Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami.
Called The Evil Within, the game will be a new survival horror title that Mikami hopes will return to true survival horror roots, and after watching the trailer, it's wholly apparent that this isn't going to be a watered down, middling horror title.
The trailer is a live action teaser that looks to take place in some sort of asylum. And, like all good asylums, it's filled with creepy hallways, strange creatures and a blood-soaked four-armed woman with a predilection for crawling along the walls.
"We're incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within. »
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