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This Week in Gaming News: Some Developers Know, Some Developers Ask



Perhaps it’s the post-Gamescom fatigue I’m suffering, but this week was the first one since I started this column in which I hadn’t made a single note leading up to writing. Usually I’ve got an inbox full of emails sent to myself whenever something piques my interest during the week, and I’ll pick the most interesting of the bunch come the weekend, but this week I genuinely didn’t see anything overly major. Perhaps that’s because this week was more about game releases than news, I’m not sure. I have, of course, performed some last-minute research and found plenty of tasty morsels for your delectation, so slap on your bibs and quit banging the table with your spoon; dinner is ready.

Give Us Back Our Puddles!

Un-fucking-believable, am I right? Those absolute bastards at Insomniac STOLE puddles from us this week. Either that or they showed FAKE puddles in an E3 demo of Spider-Man a couple of years ago that are no longer in the full release of the game. This absolute disgrace of treachery and outright skulduggery was explained by the developer in response to the completely rational outcry from the ever-understanding gaming public that the graphics had definitely been downgraded to mug us all off.

Ah shit. I think my sarcasm machine just broke. I’ll try and get it fixed for the next story, just hang in there for now while I do some snark-free journalism for a few paragraphs.

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Precipitation is a bitch, yo.

Insomniac Games’ official Twitter provided probably the most succinct response possible with a tweet that, out of context, looks absolutely ridiculous. The tweet simply said “It’s just a change in puddle size, there’s no downgrade at all.” Mystery solved. Next story.

Oh wait, there’s more – Insomniac community manager James Stevenson, speaking to Gamesradar, also quelled any worries about further puddles by saying their removal “Definitely wasn’t [because of] performance, as we have spots with tons of puddles in the game with no performance issue.” You know, it’s moments like this where one truly feels vindicated for being a games writer. Spider-Man has bits with tons of puddles, just loads of ‘em, and it runs fine. The puddles will be there, Spidey will be swinging around without any performance issues and we can all just enjoy playing a video game. Oh, turns out my sarcasm machine wasn’t broken after all.

I also can’t finish this story without first giving kudos to Reddit user NINJAM7, whose comment on the above picture put everything into geographical perspective, when he said, “Clearly the water dried before release. Games take time to make.” Touché, you magnificent bastard, touché.

CD Projekt Red Hear You, but They’re Not Listening

Polish developers CD Projekt Red finally released their Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay to the public this week, and my word was it tantalizing. I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a game in years. It seems, however, that some people aren’t quite as excited as I am, as there’s been some backlash over the game’s first-person view. Personally, I think the immersion in the game’s incredible world would be hugely hampered without the first person view, and it’s pretty obvious that the game and its mechanics are heavily designed around seeing everything through the protagonist’s eyes. I’m not everybody though, so the developer had to respond to the negativity in an interview with dualshockers.

“We are firm in that decision. However, we’re very aware that a lot of people don’t like first-person, and there is a small number of people who can’t play first-person for a variety of reasons.”

According to the interview, the team are looking at ways to make the game more palatable for those who will struggle with the viewpoint – offering “difficulty and sensibility options” to make things less intense for the few that will struggle to adapt and enjoy the game fully as is. Obviously, this wouldn’t be the games industry if the customer didn’t decide en masse via social media that it knows best, but kudos to CDPR for telling them all to stick it in their inhaler and…inhale it. The developer has earned their stripes in showing they know how to build an open world and get the best out of it, and Cyberpunk 2077, for me, looks like it’ll only enhance that reputation. It can’t come soon enough.

SEGA is Asking the Easy Questions

Rather than telling the consumer what their decision is, SEGA has gone the opposite route this week, and has asked gamers, via a Yakuza Kiwami 2 feedback survey, if they want to see more of the series. The answer, unless you’re some kind of miserable, buzz-killing bastard, is “YES, NEVER STOP GIVING ME THE YAKUZA GOODNESS.” Obviously.

See, I may bring you the news to wash away (or sometimes enhance) the blues, but I didn’t actually realize that the PS4 remakes of Yakuza 3, 4 and 5 aren’t currently planned for outside of Japan. Now, I do actually own those three on PS3 but, you know…graphics and that. I want them all on the one machine, all in shiny full HD – surely we all do. And I want Yakuza 7, even though I’ve not even played 6 yet.

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Nothing says cool like a fist bump while holding darts. Nothing.

Perhaps it’s this kind of confliction that has seen SEGA understandably cautious about when and if they release the titles for the west, and the survey touches on that – asking how long players need in between releases. Which, personally, I find adorable. “Are you ready for the next one yet?” They would definitely be wise to stagger the releases a little more than they have with Yakuza 0, 6, Kiwami and Kiwami 2, as it’s becoming a little overwhelming to try and fit all these massive games around everything else in the games world, but they’re definitely in demand in the west.

The survey is still available here, so if you’re a fan of this brilliant series, then you need to go and make sure SEGA knows you are. Tell them you want more remakes, more new releases and more spinoffs. Just tell them you love the series (it’s one of the options). Do it for me. Do it for Kiryu.

EA Finally do a Good Thing Because of a Really Bad Thing

Ok, I’ll preface this by letting y’all know that I’m going to try and keep this a politics-free as possible. It probably won’t surprise any American readers that the British view of US gun laws is decidedly negative, and I find it overwhelmingly unfathomable just why this kind of thing keeps happening. The most recent example of some waste of semen destroying the lives of innocent people happened last week during a Madden tournament in Jacksonville.

It sent shockwaves around the entire world, but particularly that of the gaming sphere, as there really hadn’t been any incidents of this in regards to our beloved medium. This instance was actually just the world’s worst case of being a sore loser, as some despicable shit stain threw his toys of out the proverbial pram in horrific, murderous fashion. In the wake of this tragedy, EA have done more than send thoughts and prayers and are donating $1 million to the victims of the shooting.

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We shouldn’t need this, but well done EA for their response

Of course, money can never return the victims to their loved ones, but it’s a great gesture by the publisher once voted worst company in the world. The donation was made through a GoFundMe page that anyone can donate to right here. The company has also scheduled a Jacksonville Tribute Livestream for September 6th. EA CEO Andrew Wilson also released a statement to show support, condemn the horrific event and pay tribute to the competitors who lost their lives.

EA may suck massively as a games publisher but, as unfortunate as it is, tragedy seems to unite people more than almost anything else, so credit where it’s due – EA has done everything right here. Hopefully more can be done in future to make games events safer than they clearly were up to this point.

Street of Rage 4 is a Real Thing

Turns out if you really want something old to be redone again, get DotEmu involved with it. The company, probably most famous for their remaster of classic arcade sports title Windjammers, is now putting its publishing hand into the Streets of Rage honeypot, with this week’s announcement of a fourth entry in the series. It’s the first SoR title to be released in over two decades, and has left many people slightly unsure of what exactly we can expect.

The side-scrolling brawler genre is not one that has stood the test of time all that well. In fact, the best brawler released in the last decade, Scott Pilgrim gsdh dfghdfa, isn’t even available to purchase anymore. If there is one title sure to set nostalgia glands dripping, it’s Streets of Rage. Or Final Fight, but in this case it’s definitely Streets of Rage.

A trailer was released this week very much in the current style of how DotEmu does things, full of bright colours, hand-drawn cartoon art and decidedly not full of much in the way of gameplay footage. The small amount seen appears to be pretty much as you expect – a smooth and modernized cartoon-version of a classic title. SEGA, the original publishers of the franchise, are noticeably not involved at all – in case you hadn’t noticed the fact that they stopped caring about Streets of Rage decades ago – so it’ll be very interesting to see how this game feels.

DotEmu are already showing that they know how to reverse-engineer classic titles with Windjammers 2, and that game feels exactly right in terms of its relation to the original, so I have no doubt that Streets of Rage 4 will play well. Perhaps the deal-break is really whether a title like that has enough substance, and doesn’t look and sound too different to what veterans would want, to be relevant in 2018.

Right, that’ll do for this week. I’m off to keep preparing my Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 review and play retro games for this week’s Not Red E Podcast. Sorry for the delay in this week’s article, and I’ll see you in seve…six.

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



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.







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Fantastic Fest: Top 5 Most Anticipated Films



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



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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.’



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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