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This Week in Gaming News: Minecraft Joins in with the Sony Bashing

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I’m baaaack! I’m sure, were E3 not taking up the collective consciousness of every serious gamer on the planet, that you’d have really missed not reading this article last week, but Goomba Stomp absolutely smashed its E3 coverage, so I’m certain you were all more than catered for. I wholeheartedly recommend you read John Cal McCormick’s ranking of the E3 pressers, because it’s as informative as it is absolutely hilarious. With E3 over for another year, the news has been trickling in a little slowly in its immediate aftermath, but there are still plenty of tasty morsels for your consumption below. Let’s tuck in, shall we?

‘Minecraft’ Pokes at Sony With Whatever That Axe Thing in ‘Minecraft’ is

I couldn’t give less of a tiny rat scrotum (and I’ve been saving them up for something that deserves it) about Minecraft. For me, it has that Harry Potter element to it; I’m 32 years-old and I’m way too lazy to invest any serious time in it, so I’ll just avoid the whole thing and deride it whenever it comes up in conversation. Minecraft is shite. So is Harry Potter. See?

What isn’t shite about Minecraft is its advertising campaign for cross-play between the Switch and Xbox One versions, that does some deliciously passive aggressive jabbing at Sony’s all-round cross-play shithousery. Nintendo of America joined in on Twitter with a response to Microsoft’s request for some Fortnite cross-play last week, with a reciprocal Minecraft cross-play invitation. This kind of corporate shenanigans – although produced and funded by big, evil bastards who probably pay someone to wipe their arse – is the exact kind of thing that gives me a snarky stiffy. The final step is Reggie punching Kaz Hirai in the dick at next year’s E3.

The dick punches are a whole lot more deliberate from good ol’ Joe Public on basically everything Sony tweets right now. They can’t even move for all the Twitter salt they’re getting. GamesRadar collated a whole bunch of tweets that were all under the hashtags #BlameSony and #NotForThePlayers and it’s getting a little ridiculous now, even if it is for the greater good. It can’t be denied that recent fan backlash has worked – just look at the Battlefront 2 loot box situation for proof of that – and, given that we’re talking about Sony deliberately infecting users’ Epic accounts to prevent them ever being used on other platforms to play the world’s biggest game, it will surely yield some sort of positive response soon.

Gaming News Minecraft Crossplay

Mmm, corporate bickering. Nom nom nom.

Sony’s current response to all this, however, isn’t anywhere close to positive. As per an interview with the BBC, the official line is currently: “With… more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.” Suppose you might as well keep up that Twitter salt a little longer then, folks.

Reggie Fils-Aime Has Ears That Can Hear

It’s everyone’s favourite exec line again! While I’m glad that all these rich, corporate gentlemen fully believe in the ergonomic stability of their collective cochlea to receive sound vibrations from fans, it sure would be nice if their stereocilia could convert those vibrations into nerve impulses and take them up to their brains to be interpreted into thoughts that give us the games we want. Yeah, you just learned about ears. Every day’s a school day.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime spoke to IGN at E3 and addressed a lot of the fan questions regarding where in the blue hell Mother 3, Animal Crossing, the core Pokémon RPG and Metroid Prime 4 were. While we all know the latter three will be arriving on Switch at some point, Mother 3 remains a bafflingly age-old saga of Nintendo indifference in response to fan outcry.

Gaming News Mother 3

This is seriously what all the fuss is about.

In case you’re not aware, the GBA title Mother 3 is the final entry in the HAL Laboratory RPG series, and is the sequel to Mother 2, which is known as Earthbound in the west. The title has never been released on anything outside of Japan, although it was re-released on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console in 2015, which probably hurts even more. It’s safe to say people want it. Hell, some schmucks are even writing a book about wanting it. The big question is, what did Reggie have to say to IGN about it?

“It’s interesting. I show up at the Belasco [theater, for the Smash Bros. Invitational] and one fan is saying ‘Hi, Reggie!’ and another is saying ‘where’s Mother 3?’

Again, we know, I know there’s a fan base for that title. All I could say is we’re aware. It’s something that we always think about in terms of where there are opportunities to reintroduce IP to fans, to do it in a way that builds new fans, we’re certainly aware. No promises, no commitments one way or the other, but we’re aware.”

Gaming News Mother 3 Reggie

“What did you say about my mother?!”

He’s aware, ok?! Leave him alone! In fairness to Nintendo, when they say they’re aware, they mostly pull through in the end – Metroid Prime 4 and core Pokémon coming to Switch are the most recent indicators of that. Mother 3 really doesn’t seem like much of a stretch at this point, but this is, of course, the folly of caring so much about the creations of other people; we are completely at their mercy regarding what we get, and when we get it. Just hang in there, yeah?

Shmups Will Soon be (Comfortably) Playable on Switch

Remember when I was getting all squishy about Ikaruga and Gunbird 2 coming to Switch? Well, they’re already here, and I think they’re both ruddy lovely games (I also bought Gunbird 1 and Strikers 1945 because I went overboard), with one pretty big caveat: the best way to play them in handheld mode is to flip the display vertically. Sounds like no big deal, right? Wrong, you stupid idiot; quit making such stupid assumptions.

Playing the Switch vertically in handheld mode is basically impossible. So far I’ve given myself a crick in my neck while balancing it on my thighs and staring downwards at it, and I’ve had to lean it against a pint glass full of water so I could play some co-op with a friend at work. Neither of these methods are good. At all. Fear not though, because Kickstarter exists!

Gaming News Switch Flip Grip

It’s like they took this right from my brain. Except they took it from their brain.

Fangamer has already designed, Kickstarted, and successfully funded the Flip Grip – an ingenious peripheral that allows you to comfortably and portably play the Switch in vertical mode. The pictures really are pretty self-explanatory, but it’s also important to note that the device doesn’t build an airtight seal around the console, so fan ventilation is still assured, and you won’t be able to plug the Switch in to charge, so overheating is not an issue (but running out of battery is).

The Kickstarter has already been funded with over two weeks to go, and the pricing is incredibly reasonable. It’s only $12 for one Flip Grip, which in my merry land of Blighty is less than a tenner. Spot on, old chap. You’ve got until July 9th to stick in your order for one, so off you go!

‘Valkyria Chronicles 4’ Gets Release Date and Trailer

The Valkyria Chronicles games are hugely under-appreciated, but the fourth instalment could potentially see the series gain some real fandom. The first game in military-based tactical RPG series was released ten years ago on the PS3, and its two sequels probably slipped right under most folks’ radar, as they were only released on the PS Vita. The latest entry, however, is going multi-platform and will release on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.

Gaming News Valkyria 4

4? What happened to 2 and 3? Oh, PS Vita happened.

We also don’t have that long to wait, as Sega announced a few days ago that the game will release on September 25th this year. If you were smart and savvy, you’d have picked up the original’s PS4 remaster when it was available for buttons and pocket lint in a recent Humble Bundle, but if not it’s available on PSN for $20, and is well worth investing in before the new game launches.

Nintendo fans really have no excuse not to love the game, as it’s basically a mix of Advance Wars and Battalion Wars, with the story-telling of a Fire Emblem game thrown in for good measure. As well as a release date, we also got a new trailer for the Switch game this week, so feast your peepers on that and get excited.

Criterion Founders Are Suffering from Burnout 

We all know EA doesn’t give a left bollock about Burnout or, indeed, you. Screw them, then, because Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry – founders of Criterion and the creators of Burnout – are here to fix that little issue under their new studio Three Fields Entertainment. The studio announced this week that they’re bringing two spiritual Burnout successors to the masses in the forms of Danger Zone 2, due out next month, and Dangerous Driving, coming this winter.

The original Danger Zone was very highly rated when it released back in May 2017, and the sequel is a significant step up from the first game with lots more driving including drifting and boosting, a variety of objectives, brand new vehicles and even more spectacular crashes,” according to a quote from Sperry to Eurogamer. Screenshots of the game have been released, featuring the UK’s M1 motorway and the road outside LAX Airport. Awesome.

Gaming News Dangerous Driving

Be assured, this is from the game and not an actual image of an LA cab driver.

Dangerous Driving is a competitive racing game, that reportedly features boosts, takedowns, and massive car crashes. According to Ward, “Dangerous Driving gets me back to making arcade racing, the kind of software I am most passionate about.” I, for one, am also passionate about arcade racing, so I can’t wait for both of these games to hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One later this year.

Now, I’m going to go play Danger Zone and Valkyria Chronicles, and I’ll see you next week.

Crotchety Englishman who spends hundreds of pounds on video game tattoos and Amiibo in equally wallet-crippling measure. Likes grammar a lot, but not as much as he likes ranting about the latest gaming news in his weekly column.

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    June 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    this is the Biggest news because i love minecraft game.
    thanks nice article

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Epic ‘Pokémon: Detective Pikachu’ Concept Art Shows Off Some Scrapped Ideas

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu did what seemed impossible even a few years ago: it brought the world of Pokémon to the big screen in a blend of live action and CG animation. Not only that, but it was actually good and arguably broke the curse of the video game movie adaptation. We see various Pokémon and different environments during the course of the film, but some concept art by the talented R.J Palmer- who worked on the film- shows off some of what the audience didn’t get to see.

R.J Palmer’s concept art depicts a ferocious battle between Charizard and Gyarados with Tim and Pikachu caught in the crossfire.

One of the most striking pieces from Palmer is of a battle between Gyarados and Charizard.  Whilst these Pokémon are used in the movie, it isn’t to the extent that we see in the image above. The Pokémon are battling it out in what appears to be the marketplace shown briefly in the film not long after Tim encounters Detective Pikachu. Gyarados stands menacingly tall and is surrounded by a surge of water. Charizard is equally large and breathes flame towards Gyarados whilst Tim and Pikachu stand helplessly in between them. The scene in the film occurs on a much smaller scale. The noticeable difference here is Charizard’s size. In the concept art, he is huge and almost on par with Gyarados whilst in the film he is much smaller and is easily overpowered by Gyarados’s water beam. A battle between two oversized Pokémon would have been fun to watch (not that the actual scene between Pikachu, Gyarados and Charizard wasn’t fun in the film) but I can understand the decision to make Charizard smaller in order to reflect the original character design.

An unused Charizard design shows how much bigger the Pokémon could have been.

Speaking of character design, some of Palmer’s unused concepts for other Pokémon can also be seen. A lot of his designs are interesting as they reflect real life creatures. For instance, a concept for Charizard shows a more reptilian style that almost looks like it could be a creature from the prehistoric era. As mentioned previously, he is also a lot bigger in the concept art which could have made for a more frightening version of Charizard.

Venusaur only appears in the background in the film but his concept art also shows a much larger and more realistic design

There is also some Venusaur concept art that has a similar oversized reptilian style, emphasising a more realistic design. This could have made for a fascinating take on the Pokémon world. Making the creatures more realistic would have brought more believability to them. However, I am personally glad that they went with designs that were true to their original design. Pokémon isn’t about realism, it is absolute fun and fantasy and the cuter and more absurd designs of the creatures emphasises the fictional world. That being said, Palmer’s designs are amazing and I hope that they are put to use in any future Pokémon films.

One of my personal favourites of R.J Palmer’s designs is this concept art for Arcanine, one of my absolute fave Pokémon. Though only appearing briefly in the film, the design is pretty much what we get in the finished film.

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and for digital download.

For more of R.J Palmer’s work, check out his links below.

Website: https://www.rj-palmer.com/

Store: https://rjpalmerstore.com/

ArtStation: https://www.artstation.com/arvalis

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arvalis

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rjpalmerartist/

DeviantArt: https://www.deviantart.com/arvalis

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Fantastic Fest: Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

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Austin, TX is currently flooding with filmmakers, horror nerds, and enough breakfast tacos to feed a small country as 2019’s Fantastic Fest begins. As the largest genre film festival in the US, many features and short films will be featured in a week-long celebration of horror, action, and science fiction. Below are five of the many films I most anticipate viewing:

1.) Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street
Directors: Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen

Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge is one of the most polarizing sequels in the iconic franchise due in part to its blatant homoerotic subtext. The film’s lead actor, Mark Patton, received overwhelming backlash after it was revealed that he was in fact a homosexual, causing him to leave Hollywood. Patton has returned to Elm Street to set the record straight and candidly discuss the making of the notorious film, as well as talk about his struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality.

2.) Knives and Skin
Director: Jennifer Reeder

A classic Lynchian story of a crime in a small-town girl gone missing, Knives and Skin subverts conventional high school tropes, delves into the seedy underbelly of suburban tranquility, and aims to solve a dark mystery…all with song and dance!

Knives Out

3.) Knives Out
Director: Rian Johnson

Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) revitalizes the whodunit in this widely hyped star-studded murder mystery. Featuring the likes of Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon and more, Johnson pays homage to Agatha Christie with an elegant story of unlikely suspects, red herrings, and a murder most foul.

Jojo Rabbit

4.) Jojo Rabbit
Director: Taika Waititi

Writer-director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) brings a dark satire parodying Adolf Hitler in the vain of Charlie Chaplin and Mel Brooks. Waititi himself will be portraying Hitler as a young boy’s eccentric and unorthodox imaginary friend in this unique coming-of-age story.

Color Out of Space

5.) Color Out of Space
Director: Richard Stanley

When you take an over-the-top eccentric actor with a cult following and have him star in an adaptation of a short story by an over-the-top eccentric author with a cult following, it’s bound to stir up some excitement. Nicholas Cage stars in this H.P. Lovecraft story about a man enduring the horrific aftermath of a meteorite crashing into Earth. 

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Introducing ‘Ring Fit Adventure,’ Nintendo’s Exercise Action Adventure for Switch

Nintendo’s “new experience” for Switch is ‘Ring Fit Adventure’, an unusual, ring-filled, and exercise-focused take on the action adventure genre

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Ring Fit Adventure

Last week, Nintendo teased a mysterious “new experience” for Switch. In our first report on it, we jokingly asked, “Why can’t this be an open world, motion-controlled yoga rhythm action game?”

It turns out that we weren’t too far from the truth.

Nintendo has now fully revealed this new experience to be Ring Fit Adventure, an exercise-focused title that “turns a typical adventure game on its head as players squat, press and flex their way through challenges designed for a wide range of body types and levels of fitness experience.” To make this unique exercise gameplay possible, players attach their Joy-con to the new Ring-con accessory, “a flexible electronic device that provides resistance, and uses the Joy-Con to respond to the player’s movements.”

Ring Fit Adventure is more than just another motion-controlled exercise game. Instead, it’s a full-fledged adventure, complete with a story, a world to explore, and RPG elements. Nick Chavez, Nintendo’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said that “Ring Fit Adventure combines gaming and physical activity in a way that incentivizes people to keep coming back for more, to further both the story and their own fitness goals.”

Beyond the adventure mode, there’s also plenty of other modes focused primarily on simple exercise. There’s sets of exercises tailored specifically to individual body parts, along with some general practice routines as well. There’s even a “Silent” mode, which emphasizes quieter movements to ensure that apartment-dwellers don’t drive all their downstairs neighbors insane.

Overall, it’s certainly an extremely unique project. Check it out in all of its active, exercise-filled glory in the full reveal trailer below.

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Fantastic Fest 2019 Announces the Third and Final Wave of Programming

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Fantastic Fest 2019 is just around the corner and a week before the doors open, the festival has revealed its third and final wave of programming.

Wave three brings a ton of exciting new titles including I Lost My Body, the award-winning film from director Jérémy Clapin, Jessica Hausner’s English-language debut Little Joe and Sea Fever which is being compared to such films as Alien to The Thing to last year’s Annihilation. In addition, they’ve added the World Premiere of Random Acts of Violence, We Summon the Darkness and the North American Premiere of Keep me Company.

The festival will also be honoring the career of Japanese maestro Takashi Miike with a lifetime achievement award and a special screening of The Happiness of the Katakuris. Check out the press release and full lineup below. You can find wave one here and wave two here.

Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

AUSTIN, TX — September 11, 2019 — Netflix brings the US Premiere of the much-lauded I LOST MY BODY to Fantastic Fest after an award winning debut at Cannes Critics Week. From director Jérémy Clapin, this singular tale of a severed hand trying to reunite with its owner is told in a striking hand-drawn animation style and won the Cristal award at the prestigious Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

“This has been a phenomenal year in terms of filmmaking, and we are proud to be hosting so many of the year’s best filmmakers in Austin,” says Evrim Ersoy, Fantastic Fest Creative Director. “Whether first-timers or alumni, we hope to share their work with our unique audience and to help elevate their voices within the festival world and with audiences at large.”

The festival will be honoring the career of Japanese maestro Takashi Miike with a lifetime achievement award and a special screening of THE HAPPINESS OF THE KATAKURIS. With over 100 films under his belt, Takashi Miike’s work has been regularly featured as part of the festival.

This year, Fantastic Fest alumni are bringing exceptional new projects to the festival. ALLÉLUIA filmmaker Fabrice du Welz returns to Austin with the North American Premiere of ADORATION, telling a story of young love gone wrong. Drafthouse Films alum Katrin Gebbe follows up her striking debut feature NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN with PELICAN BLOOD, where a mother realizes something may be very wrong with her adopted daughter. Finally, shorts filmmaker Ryan Spindell makes the jump to features with the World Premiere of his fast-paced anthology, THE MORTUARY COLLECTION.

One of the thrills of Fantastic Fest is the opportunity to see the beginning of a filmmaker’s career, and this year’s fest will feature a trio of stunning directorial debuts. In SAINT MAUD, a live-in nurse is determined to save the soul of her dying patient at any given cost. In HOMEWRECKER, polite friendship forces a young woman into a battle to the death with the growing insanity of her newly-made friend. Finally, in AMIGO, lifelong friends find their relationship turning toxic following a tragic and crippling accident.

The sea is the inspiration for a trio of films that inspire very different emotions. In SWEETHEART, a shipwrecked young woman discovers she might not be as alone as she thought. In SEA FEVER, the crew of a small shipping boat discovers their craft infected by an unknown organism. Lastly, in RIDE YOUR WAVE, a surf-obsessed young woman discovers that death might not be the final stop in her burgeoning romance with a handsome firefighter.

Fantastic Fest is known for its dedication to the horror genre, and this year’s lineup is especially strong with an array of fantastic premieres. In the World Premiere of RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, a comic book artist finds himself the inspiration for the grisly work of a serial killer. In the World Premiere of WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS, an after-party becomes deadly grounds for survival for a group of heavy metal fans. And in the North American Premiere of KEEP ME COMPANY, a romantic weekend getaway turns sinister with unusual occurrences at a rented house.

Cinephiles with a taste for the unusual will be delighted with a trio of titles that bend styles and genres to create something wholly unique. In LITTLE JOE, a scientific discovery threatens the entire future of mankind. WYRM concerns an alternative future where a shy, dinosaur-obsessed high-schooler struggles with a unique and unusual school requirement. And finally in NIGHT DRIVE a driver finds his boring evening becoming anything but when he picks up a young woman through a ride-share app in a glorious comedy of errors.

Alongside the usual vibrant and exciting shorts programming, Fantastic Fest 2019 brings a special focus to up-and-coming genre filmmakers from Mexico in a shorts block supported by Austin’s Consulate of Mexico titled MÉXICO FANTÁSTICO. The program opens with the disquieting thriller 9:40 starring Kristyan Ferrer (SIN NOMBRE), and proceeds with a selection of fantastic shorts that run the gamut in both genre and style, including the eerie folk-horror of THE WANDERING WITCH and disturbing sci-fi drama of THE ORIGINAL by Fantastic Fest alums Sofia Carrillo and Michelle Garza Cervera respectively.

Finally, live podcast recordings are back on The Highball stage at Fantastic Fest this year, with the return of Leonard Maltin’s Maltin on Movies, Doug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies, and April Wolfe’s Switchblade Sisters. This year brings new additions that include Horror Queers, The Horror and 5BY5 At The Movies.

Fantastic Fest 2019 – FINAL WAVE FILM LINEUP BELOW:

Adoration
France, Belgium, 2019North American Premiere, 98 minDirector – Fabrice du Welz

Paul lives with his mother on the grounds of a mental institution and has little contact with the outside world. When Gloria’s admitted, he’s immediately fascinated by her and events take an unexpected turn.

Amigo
Spain, 2019
World Premiere, 83 min
Director – Óscar Martín

After a serious car accident (for which he’s responsible), David decides to care for his best friend Javi at a remote house. It doesn’t take long until the animosity insidiously builds between them.

The Deeper You Dig
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 95 min
Directors – Toby Poser & John Adams (Co-director: Zelda Adams)

The creation of a family production team in upstate New York, this unsettling supernatural tale explores the aftermath of a roadside accident, bringing together a mother, her daughter, and a stranger in increasingly surreal circumstances.

HomeWrecker
Canada, 2019
International Premiere, 86 min
Director – Zach Gayne

Societal expectations create a pressure cooker in HOMEWRECKER, a darkly hilarious satire that plays like the best bonkers thriller Lifetime wishes they made.

I Lost My Body
France, 2019
US Premiere, 82 min
Director – Jérémy Clapin

A severed hand escapes from a laboratory and sets off on a series of adventures across Paris, determined to find its owner.

Jallikattu
India, 2019
US Premiere, 91 min|
Director – Lijo Jose Pellissery

The line between man and beast dissolves when a buffalo escapes slaughter in a sleepy South Indian village, leaving a trail of chaos and explosive machismo in its wake. It’s a landlocked JAWS, a bestial 2001, and a contemporary MAD MAX: FURY ROAD all rolled into one.

Keep Me Company
Portugal, 2019
North American Premiere, 82 min
Director – Gonçalo Almeida

Two lovers meet in a secluded country home to try to heal their relationship without distraction, but the property’s pool has other mysterious intentions.

Little Joe
Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, 2019
Sneak Preview, 105 min
Director – Jessica Hausner

A genetically modified scarlet flower has mood-enhancing antidepressant effects on its owners, which become increasingly alarming as its influence spreads in this body snatchers for the drugged-out millennium.

The Mortuary Collection
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 108 min
Director – Ryan Spindell

A young girl enters a secret room in a mortuary and learns the backstory of the mortician’s favorite deaths in this twisted anthology by Fantastic Fest alum Ryan Spindell.

Night Drive
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 82 min
Directors – Meghan Leon & Bradford Baruh

When Russell picks up an enigmatic young woman through a ride-share app, his boring evening perks up. But all bets are off after they hit a guy with the car in this charming comedy of errors.

The Other Lamb
Ireland, Belgium, USA, 2019
US Premiere, 97 min
Director – Malgorzata Szumowska

Selah lives with her mothers and sisters in a mysterious cult led by Shepherd. When she begins to question his teachings, it threatens to destroy the very nature of their existence.

Pelican Blood
Germany, Bulgaria, 2019
US Premiere, 121 min
Director – Katrin Gebbe

German acting treasure Nina Hoss headlines Katrin Gebbe’s (NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN) sophomore feature about a single mother who adopts — and won’t give up on — a troubled little girl with a horrific past.

Random Acts of Violence
Canada, 2019
World Premiere, 80 min
Director – Jay Baruchel

A comic book writer visits the town where a serial killer previously wreaked havoc, only to encounter a new series of murders that strangely mirror the deaths he created in his comics.

Ride Your Wave
Japan, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Director – Masaaki Yuasa

Surf-loving college student Hinako crosses paths with Minato, a handsome firefighter, but a tragedy will change all they know to be true.

Saint Maude
United Kingdom, 2019
US Premiere, 83 min
Director – Rose Glass

While caring for an attractive woman dying of cancer, devoutly religious nurse Maud develops an all-encompassing case of holy possession mixed with real-life obsession.

Sea Fever
Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, 2019
US Premiere, 91 min
Director – Neasa Hardiman

The crew aboard a West of Ireland fishing trawler marooned at sea fall victim to a gradually spreading parasite in their water supply.

Sweetheart
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 82 min
Director – J.D. Dillard

After a storm at sea leaves her stranded on a deserted island, Jenn gathers all her strength to find ways to survive. But when night falls, Jenn discovers that the island isn’t as deserted as she might have thought… or hoped.

We Summon the Darkness
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Marc Meyers

When Val, Beverly, and Alexis meet a group of fun-loving dudes in the parking lot of a heavy metal concert, they all decide to have an after-party, but it isn’t long before the group finds themselves fighting for their lives.

WYRM
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 106 min
Director – Christopher Winterbauer

In a strangely futuristic yet analog alternate universe, a lonely, dinosaur-obsessed youth struggles to complete a unique school requirement or risk being held back and enduring a lifetime of embarrassment.

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Prepare to Be Even More Creeped Out by Hideo Kojima’s ‘P.T.’

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A recently uncovered secret from Hideo Kojima’s P.T. (standing for playable teaser) revealed that the player is constantly being closely followed by the ghost known as Lisa, who is looming in the background of the game. Creepy right?

P.T. –– a collaboration between video game legend Hideo Kojima and film wizard Guillermo del Toro — was released back in 2014 and was intended to act as an interactive teaser for the game Silent Hills. Silent Hills was going to be the next installment in the Silent Hill horror game series, but unfortunately this never came to pass. A falling out between Kojima and publisher Konami led to the cancellation of Silent Hills. Fans of P.T. and the Silent Hill series were left disheartened by this decision due to the strong performance of P.T. and how promising it looked in terms of visuals, scares and story. The cancellation also led to P.T. being removed from the PlayStation Store, with any opportunity to download the game being lost. Only those who had already downloaded the teaser were able to play it and this led to even more intrigue on the hidden secrets concealed within the game. Indie developer Lance McDonald decided to delve further into the game and by using a camera hack, revealed the creepy ghost stalker.

The game itself focuses on a man attempting to escape from a freakish house with seemingly never-ending corridors. The player does have an encounter with Lisa in the game towards the end but they are also plagued by eerie noises and spooky shadows that approach from behind. McDonald’s discovery shows that Lisa is the culprit of all the hardships throughout, attaching herself to the player’s back as soon as they pick up the flashlight in the bathroom.

Check out Lance’s Twitter for more details on his creepy find as well as video clips if you really want to ramp up the nightmare fuel.

I wasn’t planning on sleeping tonight anyway.

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