Thursday, 31 October 2019

The Rotting Zombie's Round-up of Horror News for October - Halloween Edition

If all has gone well this news post should be going up on my favourite holiday of the year, obviously Halloween. The only downside of living with horror all year round is that it can be hard to do anything special, the amount of films I get sent for review, coupled with the limited free time I have means I don't have too much additional stuff planned. As for Halloween itself I am planning to go cinema with my bestie to watch Zombieland 2: Double Tap, and my stream some horror games to my poor neglected YouTube channel at the weekend. It turns out that didn't exactly happen, instead going for a spooky curry instead of the cinema, which shall now happen at the weekend.

Some video game news to begin with, starting with the late announcement of the fourth and final Zombies DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops IV. This new map is again actually a remake, this time it is Call of the Dead brought kicking and screaming into modern day with it this new version called Tag Der Toten. Gone is the George Romero boss zombie and the four celebrity characters, instead you now play as one of the four characters from the Black Ops II Zombies mode.
Back in the 90's there was a horror themed action game called MediEvil, and last Friday a remake of this came out. It is very faithful to the original making it quite nostalgic, though it suffers old fashioned issues such as a bad camera, and can be quite unforgiving due to the fact your health doesn't refill in between levels.
Finally, 1971 Project Helios is an upcoming turn based strategy game that combines modern warfare military tactics and close combat. It takes place in a frozen world where eight people (the characters you control) team up to find a missing scientist. On their journey they deal with raider attacks, investigate military headquarters, and infiltrate a anti-technological religious sect. I love this style of game despite being terrible at them, but it does look pretty.

Psychological horror film Anyone Home (previously Model Home) has recently been released by Gravitas Ventures. This stars Jasper Cole (The Rookie), Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) and Monique Gabriela Curnen (The Dark Knight), and is the first feature film from director Patrick Cunningham. In this horror a single mother (Curnen) moves into an unsold property in an empty development and soon get entangled with a creepy local voyeur (Cole).

Filmmaker David Axe (Shed) has a new film in development named Lection. This is a political thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world, and is about a mayor of a small town seeking to gain power. The cast includes Sanethia Dresch and Mike Amason in leading roles. There is currently an Indiegogo campaign running to help finish production and distribution of this that can be found here. With a description as good as 'a local election in a Mad Max-style universe' this may be one to watch out for.

Documenting the Witch Path (love the title) is a found footage horror from director Carl Sundstrom that Terror Films have acquired worldwide rights to. Inspired by actual events this follows three young documentary filmmakers (Nathaniel P. Erlandsson, Robin Franzen and Carl Sundstrom) who discover a path in the woods to a secluded lake named 'Witch Lake' where in the past those accused of witchcraft were drowned in. This award winning film was released on 11th October on a variety of VOD sites.
Talking of Terror Films, they and Global Digital Releasing are set to begin putting their films on Roku. Twenty one films have been selected including Hell House LLC, Patient Seven, and the documentary Untold and Unearthed: The Path to Pet Sematary.

Veronica Carlson (Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed) has signed on to play Dr. Whittingham in Anthony Calvitti's new short film Night of the Devil. Other cast members include Lauren LaVera (Terrifier 2, Clinton Road), Rachel Keefe (Vessel, Watchtower), George Williams (Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks), and Richard Lyntton (Creed). This movie is also to feature music by Cactus and Black Sabbath. The synopsis is that in 1978 four teens enter the woods the night before Halloween and come face to face with the Devil. For more information check out the Indiegogo campaign page here.

What seems surely like a post designed merely to drive traffic to a curtain shop website actually was pretty cool so I am going to mention it. Over on The Mill there is an article about iconic movie posters recreated out of felt. These include Alien, Jaws and The Silence of the Lambs, I have used the Jaws one as this months news header image, so the obligatory credit to The Mill Shop for the use of the image.

Music news now, first a pop/rock song called I Want Red. It is available to listen to on Spotify which I don't actually use. However if you want to check it out for yourself head here.
Lola Black has released the official music video for the cover of Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting (Vampire Song). Originally premiering on Dread Central this will become available via The Label Group/INgrooves Music Group on November 1st (Day of the Dead)

Minnesota based cinematic rock band Coyote Kid have released a concept album named Skeleton Man that is based on the dark world first revealed in the debut single Femme Fatale. This album contains 13 tracks and can be pre-ordered now. They have also created a treasure hunt that can be initiated by a secret code hidden in the album. Finding the treasure will result in free shows for life for the band, as well as a merch bundle.

I actually have plenty more news this month I have received in the half week since I wrote this news post, sadly I don't have the time to be able to add that on to October's news so it shall have to wait till the end of November.

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