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Stoked for 'Hatchet III?' Or are you just a fan of horror sequels in general? Well then this new episode of GeekNation's podcast 'Killer POV' is for you! Rob Galluzzo (FEARnet, Icons Of Fright), Rebekah McKendry (Fangoria) and Elric Kane (Inside Horror) welcome special guest BJ McDonnell (director of 'Hatchet 3') for the 15th episode of 'Killer POV' in which their topic of discussion is Horror Franchise Part 3's! Some of the obvious choices are all mentioned including 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors,' 'The Exorcist 3: Legion,' and 'Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch,' but what other surprising sequels come up in the conversation? Also, BJ opens up about the challenges of directing the upcoming anticipated sequel 'Hatchet 3,' how his friend Rob Zombie helped & influenced his filmmaking and what it was like working with genre stars we grew up watching. All this and more at the GeekNation website, or just listen via the embedded player below!
Licensed games are always an iffy discussion over here at FEARnet. For every game that does justice to its cinematic source material (Chronicles of Riddick, The Walking Dead: The Video Game), there is a seemingly endless supply of dubious cash-ins that use their cross-media inspiration to help push mediocre products (The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct). Sadly, this practice is nothing new, as horror movies’ inherently taboo nature made them prime for adaptation to the video game market even in the industry’s infancy. Let’s take a glaring look back at some of the earliest adaptations of movies to microchips…the Lost Licenses!
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Atari 2600)
Home video game consoles were still in their very first generation when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hit the Atari 2600. Tobe Hooper’s grimy classic offered plenty of gruesome scares and unsettling images that stuck with the viewer long after the last reel had finished, but something was definitely lost in translation on Atari’s woodgrained box. Players take up the bloodstained Stihl of Leatherface as he tromps back and forth across a field, looking to rend his victims for points. Sadly, the limited audiovisual capabilities of the Atari 2600 meant that we were controlling a very sad and dumpy Peanuts character that stabbed at his prey with a pulsing blue penis. Don’t believe me? Just check it out below.
Bonus points for trying to emulate that old “flash recharge” sound in the system’s sound chip, but the rest of it? Not even scraps worthy of sausage.
Halloween (Atari 2600)
John Carpenter’s iconic telling of the night he came home was adapted to the 2600 by a small company called Wizard Video in 1983. Wizard had fallen on hard financial times, and as a result sold many copies of their game without a printed label, opting instead for a hand-written title on a bit of masking tape.
The game seems to hold true to its source material: you play as Laurie Strode trying to get as many children out of the house before Michael Myers can reduce them to mangled minors. Every time the Shape comes on screen, Carpenter’s inimitable theme is played…ad nauseum. However, the game deserves some notoriety as Myers would gleefully decapitate Strode, leaving her headless body to run around spurting red pixels from its stump almost 10 years before Mortal Kombat had your parents and politicians alike losing their minds.
Friday the 13th (Nintendo Entertainment System)
The glory days of the NES are certainly viewed through rose-colored glasses. While that console generation gave us classic franchises that persist to this day (primarily first-party Nintendo franchises like Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid), there were still scads of terrible licensed titles to wade through. One company in particular, LJN, was especially notorious for putting out miserable adaptations of everything from Alien 3 to X-Men, using their sales-friendly licenses to overcome terrible gameplay.
Friday the 13thcertainly fit this miserable mold, taking the simple tale of a monstrous man-child in a hockey mask and making it…weird. You, as one of six camp counselors, had to try and rescue children from Jason Voorhees while fighting off enemies like wolves and zombies (no wonder they keep shutting down Camp Crystal Lake) and navigating the most incomprehensible map imaginable. When you finally faced your hockey-masked protagonist, he was a rather dapper purple-and-blue combination and absolutely huge (soon to be available action figure from NECA). It was a striking image and oddly exhilarating (this author may have a painting on his office wall of the game’s sprite), but it didn’t make up for the miserable game surrounding it.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Another 80’s horror franchise bastardized by LJN, A Nightmare on Elm Street took the plot device of the best film in the series (Dream Warriors, duh) and had players racing through environments trying to collect Freddy’s bones (which, strangely, all appeared to be tibias) and face off against the child-killer in his various forms.
While on initial glance the game is another cheap cash-in (I don’t remember all of those giant spiders and houseflies harassing poor Neil in the movie), some genuine care and thought was put into making the game more of a true NOES experience. You have an alertness meter, which can be refilled with coffee, which teleports you to the dream world when it is depleted, and your character becomes a superpowered Dream Warrior during many of the boss battles. It still wasn’t very good, but the effort was certainly far greater than LJN’s usual output.
With every season, Teen Wolfproves that it is growing up, and season three is no exception. We’ve seen the first two episodes; here are some things to look forward to in the new season.
The big-bad this season is a pack of alphas.
Sounds pretty tame, right? Derek is an alpha; Scott is an alpha. They don’t seem too scary. Well, these new alphas that roll into town are have a plot, and have a special skill that I don’t want to ruin for you. You will find out in the first few minutes of the season, and it will make you say “WTF?”
When animals attack...
The wildlife in Beacon Hills is going nuts. A deer attacks Alison and Lydia’s car. Birds carpet-bomb the school. The dogs and cats at the animal hospital kill themselves violently. Lydia’s little purse-dog, Prada, bites her ankle. Are they scared of the alphas... or is there something else in Beacon Hills?
We meet more of Derek’s family.
Uncle Peter is back, but we also meet someone we haven’t met before...
The boys get naked. A lot.
And for no reason. I lost track of how many times, but in two episodes it was at least a dozen times. Interestingly enough, the girls don’t get naked at all.
In last year’s disappointing season finale, the logical thing would have been for Jackson to die. He didn’t die, but he did leave the show a few months later. So rather than the thoroughly logical plan of just killing off Jackson, he spends his summer in London with Alison and Lydia and simply decides to stay.
Meanwhile, Derek is desperate to find Erica and Boyd. They have been missing for months and most everyone else has forgotten about them, but not Derek. We will find them in episode two, but neither are unscathed.
Teen Wolf starts its third season on June 3rd on MTV.
We've all seen plenty of zombie movies. And we've all seen plenty of demon movies. But have you ever seen a zemon movie? You are about to.
Dead Before Dawn 3D is the third film from director April Mullen and follows a group of college kids who unleash an ancient curse that creates a legion of half-zombies, half-demons - zemons.
FEARnet has your exclusive first look at Dead Before Dawn 3D, with the official trailer and a clip.
Official synopsis: Casper Galloway (Devon Bostick) and his college friends visit an occult shop run by Casper’s grandfather (Christopher Lloyd) and accidentally unleash an evil curse, causing people to kill themselves and turn in to Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. Armed with a slew of homemade weapons and a Winnebago, the college kids race through the night, killing Zemons and fighting time while frantically searching for a way to reverse the curse within 24 hours. As the Zemon army starts to overpower the team, Casper finds himself with no choice but to face his fears and become the unlikeliest of heroes.
Dead Before Dawn 3D will be available on VOD on August 2nd and in theaters September 6th.
Not only does Sightseers satisfy in a sly and very quick fashion, but it also stands as a testament to what you can pull off with no money, a few good ideas, a handful of talented people, and some really pretty locations. Whether or not Sightseers contains any deep or symbolic insights about the ironic nature of "the average idiot" is up to the viewer to decide. I do know it's quite a bit smarter than your average comedy/horror combination, but mostly I just really enjoyed the trip.
Hell is repetition.
I grew up in the 1980s, when serial killers stalking summer camps defined the horror genre: Friday the 13th, Sleepaway Camp, Cheerleader Camp, The Burning. So to me, the Great Horror Campout was a long time coming.
Billed as an “immersive experience,” the Great Horror Campout is a 12-hour, overnight “camping trip” that puts you in the middle of the horrors that lurk in the woods. I do not like camping and I do not like wilderness, so I doubt that I could make it through the actual event. When I was offered a preview of the experience in a climate-controlled warehouse, I jumped at the chance.
Myself and a half-dozen journalists were asked to meet in Griffith Park in the heart of Los Angeles - already a scary proposition. Griffith Park is a massive state park built into the mountain, so there are lots of winding, multi-layered roads, none of which have names. There are few signs and fewer street lamps, making it the perfect way to start a horror campout. (The actual campout will be held at Los Angeles State Historic Park.) A bus picks us up and starts the bumpy, winding trail out of the park. Actually, it could have been deeper into the park. We hadn’t been on the bus more than five minutes before we were “hijacked” by a trio of masked hillbillies. They threw burlap sacks on our heads and terrorized us with cans of air and hovering in our personal space. The leader of the hillbillies spent the rest of the trip barking out the rules and regulations to us. Between the bumpy ride and the muffling mask, I couldn’t hear anything he said.
We arrived at the warehouse of Ten Thirty One Productions, the people who created the Great Horror Campout (they also do the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride). Melissa Carbone, one of founders of Ten Thirty One gives us a rundown of what campers can expect before launching into the Hell Hunt.
The centerpiece of the Great Horror Campout is the Hell Hunt, an intense horror-themed scavenger hunt. Upon checkin, campers will receive a dossier which includes, among other things, a camp map and details on what you are looking for in the Hell Hunt. In order to complete the Hunt, you must collect five Level Three items, four Level Two items, and one Level One item (the most difficult to obtain). We got to hunt for a Level Two item, which required us to dig into the abdomen of a (prop) victim, through the goo and past the intestines, and actually snap off a rib from the rib cage. Other tasks may ask you to pull worms from severed heads, dig out items from piles of roadkill, or take place in a blood ritual.
But the hunt is not just playing in goo. You may need to work your way through a labyrinth while avoiding detection by chupacabras. You may be kidnapped by “creepers” in vans and dropped off at a remote location of the camp (with a “campground” of 32 acres, it could take you half the night to find your way back). You may be abducted and locked in a cage or the trunk of a car, and need to negotiate your way out with one or two of your hard-won Hunt items (with 11,600 items in play, you can always go back for more).
So let’s say scavenger hunts are not your thing. There is no shortage of other things to do at the Great Horror Campout. For starters, you are free to roam about the Hell Zone without taking place in the Hunt. There will also be an area called the Homestead, which sounds like playground for grownups: tight corridors set up like a junkyard that you can climb through while being chased by urban legend killers, like the man with the hook hand. You can try to nap in your tent, but there is no guarantee that you won’t be dragged out by a monster. For something a little tamer, you can roast marshmallows over a camp fire, or enjoy all-night horror movies. So far, some of the titles that will play include classics like Sleepaway Camp 2, the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th 3, and newer films Mama and Come Out and Play. More films will likely be added, and they will be screening trailers, shorts, and “other surprises” throughout the night.
During our preview, we also got to sample some of the food that will be served, buffet-style, in the mess hall. It was more than a step above typical “camp food” and included sausages cooked with peppers and onions, chili, and mac and cheese. (Fair warning: the website says there are vegan-appropriate options, but other than salad, I did not see any during our preview.) During dinner, campers will be greeted by the camp headmaster, who will give everyone the orientation that we got from masked hillbillies. The first rule of GHC is that the rules can change at any moment, so listen closely for the loudspeaker. The headmaster could announce a rule change at any time.
Of course, if you get overwhelmed at any time, you do have a safe phrase: “I want my mommy!”
The Great Horror Campout will have two dates: June 7th and June 8th. Your $149 ticket includes “sleeping” accommodations, dinner, continental breakfast, the Hell Hunt, movies, and marshmallows. For all the details and to buy your tickets, visit GreatHorrorCampout.com