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This Week in Gaming News: I Don’t Care Too Much for Atoms, Atoms Can’t Buy Me Love



People say you shouldn’t bring your personal problems into work with you. Well, I’ve just sat and watched my beloved Tottenham Hotspur lose the North London Derby, so I feel like bringing all the pent-up rage inside me into this article – you know, just to keep it consistent with every other week. All I need is a once-revered developer unceremoniously fucking up a beloved gaming property to take my anger out on. Oh, wait…

That Just Ain’t My Bag, Bethesda

If you ever feel like you’ve made a mistake or let yourself down and you need some comfort to bring your spirits back up, just think yourself lucky that you’re not in any way responsible for Fallout 76. Unless, of course, you are responsible for Fallout 76, in which case I suggest you go and sit in the corner and think about what you’ve done, you little shit.

Last week I passed on the news that the game sold about as well as cream cakes at a bulimia convention, reviewed about as well as Mein Kampf (outside of 1940s Germany) and was more broken than…well, I was going to say Fallout 4, but considering a bunch of the broken code was directly copied and pasted from there straight into 76 (meaning the games have the exact same bug in them, because Bethesda don’t fix anything), let’s just say it’s as broken as Fallout 4. This week, you might as well renew your tickets for the Bethesda hate train, because things just keep going from bad to worse.

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I mean, this isn’t funny, but it’s almost so ridiculous and despicable that it’s funny. You get me?

Anyone rightly pissed off that they bought a broken, buggy, boring video game for $60 and saw it reduced to $40 almost immediately was outdone this week, as it was revealed that the contents of the $200 Power Armour Edition of the game were being falsely advertised as good when they were, in fact, shite. A post on Reddit compared the picture of the advertised canvas bag to the veritable garbage bag received instead.

Worse still, the customer service rep from the Bethesda Gear Helpdesk – when asked why a drastically worse product than advertised was received and what was going to be done about it – responded by saying that “the bag shown in the prototype was too expensive to make,” and that Bethesda “aren’t planning to do anything about this.” If you think you’re hearing a ripping sound, don’t worry – it’s just that bellend’s contract being torn up.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the next big meme: we aren’t planning to do anything about this.

Clearly this response is disgraceful and it enraged everyone in the world, so Bethesda needed to distance themselves from it and act quickly with an impressive gesture of goodwill to satiate, let’s be honest, the biggest fans who were willing to spend the most amount of money possible on arguably the developer’s worst ever game. I’ve kept you in suspense long enough, it’s time to reveal what that incredible gesture of goodwill was. Tie some string around the top of your socks, because they’re about to be blown off…

Oh wait, that’s right. 500 Atoms is a fucking piss-take. Of course! To those poor souls who are left saddled with a crappy bin bag as a result of an expensive lie from Bethesda, their recompense is $5 worth of in-game money. Which, of course, costs Bethesda absolutely nothing to give out. I’d find it funny that the in-game canvas bag that the real one was supposed to be modelled on costs 700 Atoms to buy, if it wasn’t so bloody tragic. Ok, maybe I do find it a little bit funny. What does 500 Atoms get you then? Apparently, a door and some flowers. Score one for the good guys!

Nintendo Finally Sees Sense Over Cents

Collective jaws dropped this week, as Nintendo actually did something smart with regards to the internet. Granted, it’s come after years of their bullshit, but we can finally rejoice at the death of the Nintendo Creators Program. Hooray; Nintendo hates its own fans a little bit less!

The scam of the century is thankfully to be taken out the back and shot, and its grave can be danced on by anyone wanting to make a living out of discussing, analysing, playing and celebrating Nintendo games on YouTube. I don’t want to give Nintendo any credit whatsoever, because killing something so egregious doesn’t excuse its previous existence, but it’s a pretty smart – or, at least, obvious – move to get rid of such a restrictive policy at a time when the world and his dog is going to want to stream the Switch’s biggest game of the year – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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It’s dead! Hooray!

For a brief historical recap (thanks to Eurogamer), here’s a chronological list detailing the pertinent points of the shitshow that was the NCP:

  • Nintendo tries to claim advertising revenue from people making videos using their content, even if those videos are purely critical discussion or hundred hour-long let’s plays.
  • In a failed attempt to be less twatty, Nintendo creates the NCP, where it will ‘share’ advertising revenue with YouTubers who sign up to the program – letting them keep 60% of the revenue, or 70% if they dedicate their entire channel to Nintendo coverage.
  • Of course, Google takes 40% of ad revenue on all YouTube videos anyway, so Nintendo are actually only letting YouTubers have 70% of the remaining overall 60%.
  • YouTubers who want to dedicate their entire channel to Nintendo are told to remove any non-Nintendo videos first.
  • YouTubers who don’t join the NCP simply have any Nintendo videos of theirs demonetized.
  • Nintendo goes on to completely restrict live streaming of their games.
Gaming News Nintendo Creators Program

The closure of the NPC comes right after the YouTube app appeared on Switch. Coincidence? Doubtful.

Nintendo’s official statement on the NCP’s closure is that it aims “to make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content,” and that they “will no longer ask creators to submit their videos to the NCP.” The NCP is set to close at the end of this month, and is hopefully a sign of Nintendo getting with the times and accepting that the free marketing of people playing your games on YouTube is better than them all calling you out for being greedy bastards and/or refusing to cover your games at all.

Switch Gives a Lot of Thanks

From one bit of positive news for Nintendo fans and YouTubers to a hugely positive bit of news for Nintendo themselves. The Thanksgiving weekend and all that Black Friday hubbub did them an absolute solid, with the console smashing records left and right.

According to their official statement (via Gamespot), the Switch “became the best-selling Nintendo console in US history,” for that specific holiday period and also had its “best-selling week ever in the US.” They noted that it was “the best seller for [all] video games during the full Black Friday to Cyber Monday time period.

Gaming News Nintendo Switch

Black Friday came a little too early for this bad boy, otherwise I might’ve been tempted to switch Switches.

Obviously, this kind of thing is to be expected during a holiday period that also features heavy discounts from all around the retail world, but considering the dry year the console has had in terms of truly must-have releases, it’s an impressive feat. It ensures the Switch picks up some much-needed steam in between the releases of Pokémon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Clever boys, eh?

It’s Not a Bird, It’s Not a Plane, And It’s Not Superman Either

Has there ever been a good Superman video game? In fact, name me one Superman video game that isn’t Superman 64 and you’re a…well, not better man than me, but you know more about terrible video games than I do anyway. For months now, it seemed that ol’ Kal-El would finally get some redemption in the video games medium, as Batman-saviours Rocksteady Games were strongly rumoured to be working on a title for the Caped Crusader.

Turns out they weren’t. Game Director and co-founder of Rocksteady Games Sefton Hill threw kryptonite all over those rumours with the below tweet.

The consensus – or the straw-clutching refusal to give up hope – of DC fans is that, while Rocksteady’s new game won’t be a Superman title, it will still incorporate Clark Kent without the glasses as a full Justice League game. While that would still be undeniably cool, the video games medium is one that is all too ready to remind its audience that if you want something enough, you’ll probably be strung along only to eventually have your hopes dashed. Expect that Aquaman movie tie-in to be announced on Friday 7th December then.

Give ‘Em the Boot Boxes

A few weeks ago, a BBC report revealed that the UK government’s Gambling Commission had found in a survey that “the number of children classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled…in the last two years.” That survey also “raised concerns that close to a million young people had been exposed to gambling through loot boxes in video games or on smartphone apps.

What could be seen as something of a throwaway add-on to the survey may have done more than first thought, as now the US and Australian governments are paying attention too. This week, US Senator Maggie Hassan implored Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simmons to investigate loot boxes. She believes that “given the seriousness of this issue…it is time for the FTC to investigate these mechanisms to ensure children are being adequately protected.” Good on her!

Loot boxes are a blight on modern gaming, and represent nothing but exploitation and corporate greed – we all know that. It’s frankly baffling how long the nefarious practice has been allowed to go on already, but of course, when any industry regulates itself, it doesn’t always do that much regulating. The ESRB clearly couldn’t give two tugs of a tiny tortoise todger if games rated 3+ have gambling mechanics in them, so it’s up to governments to think of the children. At long last, they might be about to do it. Even if they don’t do it for the children, loot boxes are terrible and we all hate them, so let’s just hope there are some disgruntled gamers in the FTC.

Right, I’m off to sulk about soccer for a bit longer (whilst calling it football). I hope all your sports teams win/won this weekend (unless that team is Arsenal or the Arizona Cardinals) and I’ll see you in seven.

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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