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Delve into Greek Mythology With New VR Game Theseus

Posted by David Gelmini on February 24, 2017

Those ancient Greeks sure knew how to tell stories. And while it seems unbelievable today that people actually believed in stories of a woman with a head of snakes for hair or a water monster with multiple heads (although most of today’s religious crowd would be worshiping the Greek gods had they been born at the time), you’ve still got to admit that their mythology has certainly survived the test of time.

So much so, in fact, that an all new VR video game about the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth from Italian studio Forge Reply. You play as Theseus (sadly not Tom Hardy this time) as you traverse the labyrinthine structure leading up to the inevitable battle with the bull-headed monster.

You can enjoy both a standard and interactive trailer for Theseus below.

Live the Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur Like Never Before – in Virtual Reality
MILAN, Italy (Feb. 16, 2017) – From the developers of Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf, Forge Reply presents another new interpretation of an immortal tale in Theseus .

Theseus is a dark and mature representation of the Greek myth of the Minotaur, designed specifically for Virtual Reality.

The 360 video works properly on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Opera on desktop computers – YouTube app on Android and iOS. For a more engaging experience, experience it with a Cardboard.

You wake up alone, stranded in a hostile, mysterious place. With Ariadne’s voice as your only guide, you explore alleys and chambers, venturing deep into the heart of the Labyrinth. In the distance, you can see a pillar of light. It shines in the darkness, beckoning you to go ever forward…

You have the chance to unveil the truth behind the Labyrinth, but soon you shall discover that you are not alone. The mighty Minotaur is the ruler of this world, and you are not a welcomed visitor.

Theseus features:

Theseus’ myth revisited in a fresh, innovative way

Story-driven action adventure with a dark tone

A cinematic approach to Virtual Reality

Face the Minotaur and fight his minions

Discover the truth behind your quest for survival

“Forge Reply is investing significant resources in the Virtual and Augmented Reality solutions for the business market. Theseus represents the logical next step and the first VR piece of content that the studio has developed for gamers and enthusiasts. Virtual Reality is the perfect platform for Theseus and the team is working hard to deliver an immersive and compelling experience.”

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Official Synopsis Released for The Originals Season Premiere Episode 4.01 – Gather Up the Killers

Posted by Debi Moore on February 23, 2017

Sure, it’s sad that “The Vampire Diaries” is ending its run in a few weeks, but on a happier note, “The Originals” is returning the very next Friday, March 17th, with Episode 4.01, “Gather Up the Killers.”

To help get you ready for it, The CW has released the ep’s official synopsis.

“The Originals” Episode 4.01 – “Gather Up the Killers” (airs 3/17/17; 8:00-9:00 PM)
FIVE YEARS LATER — On the fifth anniversary of Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) defeat, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is king of the city and welcomes the un-sired vampires to New Orleans, only to find they pose an unexpected threat to his rule, leading him to seek counsel from an unlikely source.

Meanwhile, as Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) closes in on the cure that will allow her to revive Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and the slumbering Mikaelsons, she faces a final task that will force her to make a ruthless decision.

Yusuf Gatewood and Riley Voelkel also star. Lance Anderson directed the episode written by Michael Russo and Michael Narducci.

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Horror Box Office – OPENING THIS WEEK: February 24, 2017

Posted by Steve Barton on February 23, 2017

Will you Get Out of your house and head to theaters this weekend? One thing’s for sure, if you choose not too there are PLENTY of things coming out in limited release and VOD!

Get Out
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

The Girl With All the Gifts
The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh-eating “hungries”. Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied, subjected to cruel experiments by biologist Dr. Caldwell. Despite having been infected with the zombie pathogen that has decimated the world, these children retain normal thoughts and emotions. And while still being subject to the craving for human flesh that marks the disease these second-generation “hungries” are able to think and feel making them a vital resource in the search for a cure. The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest. Melanie is special. She excels in the classroom, is inquisitive, imaginative and loves her favourite teacher Miss Justineau. When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau, Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

Drifter
A pair of outlaw brothers are held captive in a desolate town run by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor.

VooDoo
VOODOO tells the story of an innocent southern girl, Dani, vacationing in Los Angeles to evade her increasingly complicated life. Once Dani arrives in Los Angeles, she learns that trying to escape her past is not as easy as she had hoped.

Elle
A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

It Watches
Andre, recovering from a recent accident, agrees to help his friend Robert by taking over a house sitting job at a creepy home nestled in the hills above Los Angeles. As night comes, the house reveals its insidious nature as Andre begins hearing ominous sounds and experiencing strange occurrences throughout the house that lead him to believe he is not alone, and that someone, or something is in the house with him.

Creepy
Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki’s memory. She is the only surviving family member from the case. Meanwhile, Takakura and his wife Yasuko recently moved into a new home. Their neighbor, Nishino, has a sick wife and a young teen daughter. One day, the daughter, Mio, tells him that the man is not her father and she doesn’t know him at all.

Officer Downe
Based on the graphic novel, a police officer who can’t be stopped by death returns to the streets time and time again to fight crime.

Weekend Box Office

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Dark Water (2002) (Blu-ray/DVD)

Posted by Anthony Arrigo on February 23, 2017

Starring Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi

Directed by Hideo Nakata

Distributed by Arrow Video


Remember all that excitement around the early aughts, when J-Horror exploded into a phenomenon? Asia had been producing eerie, weird, and personal horror films for decades but the ease of dissemination via DVD – championed by the efforts of Tartan, when they were at their peak – ushered in a wave of foreign horror the likes of which hasn’t really been seen since. There were almost too many titles to keep up with, but films like Ringu (1998), Ju-On: The Grudge (2002), and Dark Water (2002) were among those singled out as particularly effective. The major studios were, of course, all-too-eager to remake the most popular titles for the U.S. market (where “subtitle” is generally a four-letter word) – nearly all of which turned out to be spectacularly bad. In some instances the original Japanese directors were brought in to helm their own remakes or remake-sequels and – shockingly (!) – the results were just as bad. The fad faded and J-Horror is on the backburner once more but now, fifteen or so years later, the impact of those most celebrated pictures has not lessened.

Dark Water is one that managed to slip by me all those years ago, though I did catch the Jennifer Connelly-led remake (most of it, at least) from 2005 and was thoroughly underwhelmed. Written and directed by Hideo Nakata, the man behind Ringu, the 2002 original tells the story of Yoshimi (Hitomi Kuroki) and her daughter, Ikuko (Rio Kanno), who have recently moved into a new, albeit rundown, apartment due to Yoshimi being in the midst of a nasty divorce from her workaholic husband. Ikuko’s father, who apparently showed little interest in his child prior to these proceedings, calls into question Yoshimi’s mental health citing issues she had years before Ikuko was born. Although she claims to be past those problems the divorce, child care, moving into a moldy unit, and beginning a new career are clearly taking a toll on her ability to function. Worse still, the apartment above hers is causing water to leak from the ceiling…

Yoshimi’s sanity is ready to snap, not only from being pulled in so many directions at once, but also because she has been catching glimpses of a young girl in a yellow raincoat as well as a child’s red toy bag that, despite being thrown away more than once, continues to reappear almost as if it’s taunting her. The mystery of the ubiquitous bag and child becomes clearer when Yoshimi learns of Mitsuko, a girl who went missing years ago. Not only did Mitsuko attend Ikuko’s school but Yoshimi also learns that she once lived in the same apartment building… in the unit right above her own.

Nakata manages to employ an atmosphere of dread, where Yoshimi and Ikuko exist in a bleak, rain-soaked corner of the world – it often feels as though they are the only two people in the entire building. The most impactful moments of the screenplay for me were those that played up Yoshimi’s isolation and her desperate attempt to “legitimize” herself by getting an apartment and taking on a new job because she has to look competent in the eyes of the divorce lawyers. Her husband may have been an absentee father but he has money and doesn’t play fair; Yoshimi has to be on point at all times. Now, as viewers we know some of what she is seeing and hearing can only be explained one way – it’s a ghost; however, she initially assumes these unexplained occurrences are the work of her soon-to-be-ex and, well, making assumptions like that known publicly isn’t the best way to retain credibility. The breaking down of Yoshimi gives this film a considerable emotional weight.

As for the actual ghost elements? Eh. Like every story of this sort, the puzzle pieces of the big reveal are doled out intermittently until we get to the super-soaked climax which features a complete “WTF?” moment that made me rethink the entire film until I realized the twist isn’t actually a twist at all. And to discuss this…

SPOILER ALERT FOR A 15-YEAR-OLD MOVIE

It is made clear during the second act that Mitsuko is likely behind the leaking and haunting of Yoshimi’s apartment, so her reveal later on is completely expected. If anything, it feels like it’s done too late. There comes a point after Mitsuko’s final, waterlogged appearance when she, Yoshimi, and Ikuko are all standing near each other – the former two inside an elevator while Ikuko is in the hallway. Yoshimi, instead of fleeing in fear, embraces Mitsuko as her own daughter, a torrent of water engulfs the building floor, and the two disappear into the elevator leaving Ikuko behind. But why? An allusion is made to Yoshimi having a life before her marriage and subsequent birth of Ikuko; a life that was fraught with mental problems. Initially, it seemed as though the twist might be that Yoshimi was Mitsuko’s mother who neglected her and “allowed” her to die; maybe some past tragedy she had blocked from her mind or something.

Nope, Yoshimi is apparently just tired of dealing with life and figures it would be better to live with a hobgoblin in a watery ghost world. After this sacrifice-of-sorts the film jumps ahead ten years to teenage Ikuko (Asami Mizukawa), who on a whim decides to visit her old apartment. There, she is greeted by the ghost of mom who says something about “always watching over her” before disappearing. All of the film’s mounting suspense gone, deflated by a whimper of an ending. Those expecting skin-tightening terror on the level of Ringu are going to be severely disappointed.

END OF SPOILERS

Dark Water wouldn’t crack my top fifteen J-Horror films but Nakata does deserve credit for his ability to imbue characters with a true sense of humanity. Yoshimi already has a full plate and Mitsuko’s haunting is the straw that broke this camel’s back – but it never feels properly connected to her story. Mitsuko’s presence is an unfortunate side effect of moving into that particular unit, nothing more. That lack of cohesion is what keeps Dark Water from being a great film.

For some inexplicable reason, Japanese studios do a notoriously poor job of preserving their films. Arrow Video, working with the best elements they were able to acquire, still isn’t able to do much to save the 1.85:1 1080p image, which is washed out and wholly unimpressive. This was shot on 35mm but the ugliness of the picture calls to memory something closer to bad digital photography. Colors are lacking in rich saturation, fine detail is often fuzzy and murky, grain appears too “noisy” and frequently looks clumpy, black levels are closer to grey… I can’t come up with many positives here. In terms of pure image detail and color reproduction this new Blu-ray likely beats out any prior DVD releases but otherwise this is weak in every regard.

The Japanese DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound track, thankfully, fares much better. There are plenty of immersive moments – rainfall, in particular, had me checking out my own window to see if a downpour just started – and the unnerving tones and eerie sound cues that creep from every corner of the room make for chilling ear candy. Dialogue sounds clear and balanced, not that it matters too much since 99% of viewers will be reading the English subtitles.

“Hideo Nakata: Ghosts, Rings, and Water” is a great sit-down interview with the director, who is happy to discuss his career in horror and what draws him to his subjects.

“Koji Suzuki: Family Terrors” is another interview, this time with one of Japan’s most celebrated horror authors.

“Junichiro Hayashi: Visualizing Horror” features the film’s director of photography discussing his methods and goals.

There are also a few legacy features included, too, such as a “Making-Of Featurette”, interviews with Hitomi Kuroki (Yoshimi), Asami Mizukawa (teenage Ikuko), and Shikao Suga (Composer). Additionally, expect to find a trailer, teaser, TV spots, and a booklet with photos, essays, and technical specs.

Special Features:

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • Brand new interview with director Hideo Nakata
  • Brand new interview with novelist Koji Suzuki
  • Brand new interview with cinematographer Junichiro Hayashi
  • Archive interview with actress Asami Mizukawa
  • Original ‘Making of’ documentary
  • Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • First pressing only: illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing by David Kalat, author of J-Horror: The Definitive Guide to The Ring, The Grudge and Beyond, and an examination of the American remake by writer and editor Michael Gingold

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Psychedelic Horror Film Amethyst Can Now Be Watched on Amazon Prime

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on February 23, 2017

The self-proclaimed “psychedelic horror adventure” Amethyst, which comes from director Jared Masters (Slink, Ballet of Blood), is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. Rent and purchase options are also available with a DVD release on the horizon.

According to the official press release, the picture “…was the Semi-Finalist this year at the Los Angeles CineFest and Winner at the UHD 4K Film Festival in South Korea.”

The film stars newcomer Grace Klich in the title role with Valerie Miller as Ember, Derrick Biedenback as The Centaur, and Masters playing The Nobleman.

Synopsis:
Trapped in a trip… The incredible true story of Amethyst, the girl who accidentally consumed a full vial of LSD on her 17th birthday and inevitably begins losing her mind. Follow along as this profound psychedelic adventure unfolds.

Consumed by a kaleidoscope of wonder, Amethyst discovers a whole new existence above ours, inhabited by female vampires, piccolo-playing eunuchs, romantic noblemen, river nymphs, mystical floating orbs, and a giant stone pyramid that may be her portal home.

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New Clip from We Go On Takes Us to the Death House

Posted by Debi Moore on February 23, 2017

Today’s the day when Shudder began streaming the film We Go On exclusively, and to celebrate the occasion, a new clip has arrived!

The film will hit Blu-ray and DVD in April, and we have more details on that as well.

We Go On Release Details:
After riveting festival audiences around the world, the chilling WE GO ON is coming to home video this spring. The critically acclaimed thriller debuts on Blu-ray and DVD on April 4, 2017, from Lightyear Entertainment through Momentum Pictures/Sony Home Entertainment. Special features on both formats include Directors’ Commentary.

The second feature film from YELLOWBRICKROAD creators Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, WE GO ON tells the story of one man’s quest to find out if there is more out there after we die.

Directed by Mitton and Holland from a screenplay by Mitton, WE GO ON stars Annette O’Toole (“Smallville,” SUPERMAN III), Clark Freeman (YELLOWBRICKROAD), John Glover (SCROOGED, GREMLINS 2, “Smallville”), Giovanna Zacarías (THE LEGEND OF ZORRO), Jay Dunn, and Laura Heisler (YELLOWBRICKROAD).

Synopsis:
Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom (Freeman) offers a cash reward to the first person who can show him a ghost, an angel, a demon – anything that can prove that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. Along with his fiercely protective mother (O’Toole), he embarks on an adventure that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.

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We Go On

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Get Your Beach Body Ready Because Another Piranha Film Is on the Way!

Posted by Jonathan Barkan on February 23, 2017

It’s been six years since Piranha 3DD, where we got a hefty dose of aquatic terror. Now it seems that IXFilm Group is making waters unsafe again with Piranha JPN: Summer of the Fish, as evidenced by the announcement on their website.

Now, the only information we have about the film is that it has a tentative release date of 2018 and it will be produced by Hisako Tsukuba, who was a producer on every Piranha film since the 1978 original under the name Chako van Leuwen. Additionally, this will be a Japanese production, and it seems like it will be set in Japan, if the IMDb page has anything to say about it.

Since 1978, there have been five Piranha films. The original was remade in 2010 from director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) while the 2012 sequel came from John Gulager (Feast, Children of the Corn: Runaway).

As we learn more about this production, we’ll let you know!

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Who Goes There Podcast: Episode 104 – Monster Brawl

Posted by Matt Smith on February 23, 2017

It’s all for you, Dion! It’s all for you! This week’s movie was chosen by Patreon haomie Dion Collins, a good kid with clearly great taste in podcasts.

If you would like a chance to pick which movie we review, become a subscriber at Patreon.com/whogoestherepodcast!

Ever wonder who would win in a fight between The Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster? Have you ever wanted to see a witch do a dropkick? Do you miss Jimmy Hart obnoxiously yelling while the voice of God does Mortal Kombat style voiceovers? No? Oh…well, then you probably wouldn’t like Monster Brawl. But you should download the episode anyway.

No, no, no, no. This isn’t right. This is nothing. This is shit! Where’s the impact? It’s just a goddamn buffalo… it’s just the goddamn Who Goes There Podcast Episode 104!

The Who Goes There Podcast is available to subscribe to on iTunes right here. Not an iTunes user? You can listen on our Dread Central page. Can’t get enough? We also do that social media shit. You’ll find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Twitch and YouTube.

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The Bye Bye Man Comes Home Unrated

Posted by Steve Barton on February 23, 2017

It was pretty obvious to anyone who saw The Bye Bye Man in theaters that the film was cut for a PG-13 rating. Thankfully, we’ll be able to see everything we missed when it comes home unrated on Blu-ray and DVD.

From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man. Directed by Stacy Title and starring Douglas Smith (Ouija) and Carrie Anne-Moss (The Matrix), see the chilling thriller that critics are calling “a paranormal thrill ride that will echo in your nightmares” (Elizabeth Rayne, Den of Geek).

Look for it in stores on April 25, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Synopsis:
When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: Don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control, making you see and do the most unspeakable acts committed by man. Is there a way to survive his possession?

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The Bye Bye Man

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SXSW 2017: I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore – Shit Goes Flying in New Clip!

Posted by Steve Barton on February 23, 2017

Playing as part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is Netflix’s I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore from writer and director by Macon Blair, who appears in Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room. On tap right now we have a couple of clips for you!

The film will be hitting the streaming service on February 24th.

Synopsis:
From the producers of Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women” and Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room” comes the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a nursing assistant suffering through a crisis of existential despair. But when her house is burglarized, Ruth discovers a renewed sense of purpose in tracking down the thieves. Accompanied by her obnoxious martial-arts-enthusiast neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood), they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.

I Dont Feel at Home in This World Anymore

I Dont Feel at Home in This World Anymore

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