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Silent Hills P.T. The Movie

Home-made editing from the game Resident Evil: Revelations. Captured and edited by Nabil Ayari… and it’s better than most found footage movies. Check out more shorts over at GameBillStudio HERE


Summer Camp – The Slasher Game

You want Friday the 13th: The Videogame?, well Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp is basically that as it follows a gaggle of horny teen counselors who find themselves being hunted by some woods-dwelling psychopath, that would be you!

If you have the nagging feeling you’ve heard of this game before, you’re probably thinking about Splatter Camp, the other teen murder simulator from Babysitter Bloodbath (formerly Halloween) developer Pig Farmer Games. This isn’t Splatter Camp, this is Summer Camp.


Dead Island – FREE Digital Comic

Escape-Dead-Island_coverEscape Dead Island, the latest in the Dead Island video game series, we will at last learn just how the zombie outbreak began. The game is a third person survival mystery with a striking graphic design. Keeping with that tone, Deep Silver has partnered with Dark Horse Comics to release a three volume digital comic series set in the world of Dead Island.

In the Dead Island Digital Comic: “Death comes to California! Richard and Marco were two ordinary guys, until the zombie apocalypse gave them the chance to become true heroes . . . or at least rip the undead apart! Don’t miss the sidesplitting, gut-ripping digital-exclusive comic that ties directly into the Dead Island game universe!”

Download and preview the first volume of the Dead Island comic for free HERE
Or check out the full volume HERE

Each of the three volumes will run 16 pages long (48 pages in total) and will be available for FREE digitally via Dark Horse Digital. You can also read it on Amazon, on the Kobo Vox, the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet, Nook Color, the Kobo iOS app, and the Nook app for Android.


Dead Island – The Movie

Dead-Island_bannerZombie video game Dead Island is getting reanimated for the screen by Occupant Entertainment and publisher Deep Silver. The companies have pacted to package, produce, and finance a new film based on the bestselling vidgame played from the perspective of survivors fending off the undead on an island paradise.

Dead Island sold over 8 million units worldwide after its initial release, drawing huge viral buzz from a memorable teaser trailer depicting one family’s dream vacation gone horribly wrong, Memento-style. That video notched a whopping 1 million YouTube views in a day, won the Golden Lion in Cannes at the International Festival of Creativity, and caught Hollywood’s attention. (It even inspired its own live-action recreation.)

Lionsgate bought the rights in 2011 but the project stalled when production head Alli Shearmur left the studio the following year. When rights reverted back to the publisher, the company sealed a new deal with LA-based Occupant, the indie production and financing shingle that launched with 2006 genre slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane – one of the original bidders on the property.

Plenty of high-profile video game properties have been waylaid on the road to development, but the Dead Island delay means filmmakers now have more material to mine. A tongue-in-cheek video game sequel set in Venice Beach is heading to shelves next spring and its own teaser has racked up 10M views since debuting in June at E3 (below). Occupant and Deep Silver are hunting for a director with an innovative take based on either the first game or its sequel, or something in between. They’re fast-tracking the project for an early 2015 start and have their sights set on launching the title at Berlin or Cannes.

“Deep Silver has created a highly successful game franchise based on very cinematic, widely viewed and well received trailers, which provide a great template for launching a film franchise with a distinctive and commercial take on the zombie apocalypse,” said Occupant partners Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino. “We want to find the right filmmaker and present somewhat of an open canvas, to make something distinct and original that also appeals to and expands the core audience.” Marino and Kate Sharp will oversee for Occupant.

“The Dead Island universe offers a rich and unique setting that can expand beyond the pure gaming experience,” said Koch Media CEO Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. “We are very much looking forward to seeing Dead Island open up to new audiences and showing off the fun everybody at Deep Silver has with this brand.”

Occupant, meanwhile, is currently in production on horror thriller The Woods from director Corin Hardy. The company is also in production on the second season of its Emmy-nominated Hulu original series Behind The Mask. Deep Silver recently bought first-person shooter videogame franchise Homefront; its parent company Koch Media is a leading producer of digital entertainment and also operates a film distribution arm in Germany, the UK, and Italy.


Dead Island – Live Action Remake

You’ve seen the original reverse Dead Island trailer. I posted it over 2 years ago and can be viewed HERE. Now watch it in live action in this incredible shot for shot remake. Directed by BJ McDonnell.


Superior Firepower – The making of Aliens

In this behemoth of a documentary (3 hours) we get to see everything that went into making Aliens, from the construction of the APC to the Queen her slobbering self. The doc is packed with great information on the scripting, set building, and shooting of the film, so free up a block of your time and check it out.


Dead Rising 3 – Trailer


Batman & Superman Movie News

News fresh from Comic Con 2013: BURBANK, CA, July 20, 2013 – On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen.  The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution,Warner Bros. Pictures.

The current hit, “Man of Steel,” has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date, and climbing.  Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.  The new Batman has yet to be cast.

Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer, who will then pen the screenplay.  Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015.

Silverman stated, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first and he utterly gets this genre.  We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic Super Heroes to the screen in his own way.”   Kroll added, “We are thrilled to be back in business with Zack and his team on this next movie.  The success of ‘Man of Steel’ is a wonderful testament to the love and support that both fans and new audiences, worldwide, have for these characters.  We are very excited to see what Zack has in store for all of us.”

Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment, noted,“Superman and Batman together on the big screen is a dream come true for DC fans everywhere. All of us at DC Entertainment could not be more excited for Zack’s continuing vision for the DC Universe.”

Oh dear… I suppose it was inevitable, I just hope Snyder doesn’t ruin the great work done by Nolan.


Pacific Rim by my 7 Year Old Son *****

pacific-rim-poster-bannerPacific Rim is about giant monsters attacking earth. Different country’s create robots called Jaegers. The Jaegers must save the world from the monsters.The monsters are giant and the Jaegers are giant.
There are two pilots in the Jaegers. Two of the pilots look like they are General Zod’s soldiers from “Superman 2”
My favourite part was when the USA Jaeger grabbed a giant ship and smashed the ship on the monster. My other favourite part was when the Jaeger fist smashed through a huge building and it’s knuckle hit some metal balls on a desk and made the the sound “TING”.
I think it is Appropriate for ages 6 and over. I gave it 5 stars. (I enjoyed it more the second time around. The dialogue didn’t bother me as much, the set pieces were still incredible and I really enjoyed seeing the awe on my sons face at some of the battle scenes. He thought it was funny where it was meant to be, and spectacular pretty much throughout… I guess it’s far more kid friendly than I initially thought).

The Boxtrolls – Trailer

“Families come in all shapes and sizes.” A teaser for the next stop-motion animated feature from Laika, the studio behind Coraline and ParaNorman. Based on Alan Snow’s novel Here Be Monsters!The Boxtrolls follows a boy named Eggs (Game of Thrones’ Isaac Hempstead Wright) who’s raised by an unconventional family of underground-dwelling creatures who live in cardboard boxes. Ben Kingsley voices the villainous Archibald Snatcher, on a quest to exterminate the Boxtrolls. Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi co-direct the pic. Focus opens The Boxtrolls September 26, 2014.


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Doctor Who – Vivid Sydney

2ccya0je0az1000BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand and Vivid Sydney invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who for one night only!

The grand façade of the Customs House at Circular Quay will feature a visual feast of 3D-mapped projections of the Doctor and some of his greatest enemies, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, announced today.

0058-560-vivid-sydney-show-3-5190fd15The spectacular celebration of Doctor Who will be staged for fans as part of  Vivid Sydney, on Saturday, 1 June. The soundscape with the projections will feature music from the TV show including I am the Doctor and the iconic theme tune.

Developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June.

Destination NSW has collaborated with BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand to ensure local fans of Doctor Who can celebrate this major Anniversary through an evening of entertainment, featuring amazing light projections and a special cinema screening of two episodes from the series.

0058-560-vivid-sydney-show-2-5190fcf9“This collaboration sees Australian creative innovators, The Spinifex Group, working with the Doctor Who team to create projections that will deliver a worldwide unique birthday celebration for the shows legion of fans, and our own Vivid Sydney is the perfect environment for this experience,” Mr Stoner said.

Vivid Sydney
Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Sydney
Times: 6.50pm; 8.50pm, 10.50pm & 11.50pm


Zombieland: The TV show on amazon Prime

An Amazon Original series: Four survivors are killin’ zombies & searching for a place to call home. It’s Zombieland, the TV show. Has anyone seen this yet..?


Bad Guys… by Robert M. Ball

Awesome artwork depicting various ‘Bad Guys’ through the cinematic ages… by Robert M. Ball296038_425594624142877_290736491_n


Pacific Rim – Trailer

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes — a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) — who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.


World War Z – Official Trailer

Finally, after all the news of rewrites, set bust-ups and budget blow-outs, the trailer for World War Z is here… Brad Pitt stars in what will be the most mainstream zombie film ever. He plays a U.N. researcher determined to uncover the origins of a rampant zombie outbreak. The $180 million film reportedly ran into numerous problems, including an exploding budget, conflicts between producer/star Pitt and director Marc Forster, a script that went through a number of massive rewrites, and changing release dates… looks like it may have been worth the wait.


Monster Roll – Short Film by Dan Blank

Check out this short called Monster Roll; it has effects, it has style, it has that fantastical Asian giant monster element — except it’s about sushi chefs battling gigantic sea-monsters. The creators made Monster Roll hoping to demonstrate its potential for a feature.

Monster Roll from Dan Blank on Vimeo.


Dredd Motion Comic Prequel and Free APP

Finally going to see Dredd next week, meanwhile check out the Dredd Motion Comic Prequel… and download the free Dredd game for your iPhone or Android from the iTunes Store or Google Play.


Trailer – Dead Island: Riptide

The sequel to the Deep Silver and Techland zombie apocalypse survival game, Dead Island, is on the way.

Just like the first trailer for Dead Island, which took the internet by storm upon its release (so much so that it led to a battle to acquire the movie rights well before the game arrived (eventually optioned by Lionsgate), a beautiful and haunting cinematic kicks things off for the sequel, which is titled Dead Island: Riptide.

The trailer isn’t quite as good as the one we saw for the first game, but still, it’s an excellent trailer well worth watching. You can watch it below now.


Cockney’s vs. Zombies – Trailer

I wasn’t going to post it, but it’s such a guilty pleasure… laugh at and with: Cockney’s vs. Zombies.


The Walking Dead – Social Game on Facebook

Check out the Walking Dead Social Game online at Facebook.

While the third season of the hit TV show is currently filming in Atlanta, fans can step into the zombie-filled world to help fill in the void. The game, which was developed by Eyes Wide Games, challenges players to fight for their lives, help friends survive, and embark on adventures with characters and settings from the show. The social game, which blends elements of strategy and survival-horror, allows players to use combat, stealth, and trickery to stay alive and to complete missions in their quest to survive the apocalypse.

The game offers a stat system based on the characters’ attributes such as stamina, shooting accuracy, range of movement and vision. As players progress, they earn points based on skill, which increases these stats. This allows for players to customize the skill-set of the squad members.

AMC concluded the second season of The Walking Dead in March of 2012. The episode was viewed by a record-breaking 9 million viewers and the series reigns as the most watched drama series in basic cable for adults 18-34, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.


SCP Foundation – FREE Online Survival Game


SCP – Containment Breach is a free survival horror game based on the stories of The SCP Foundation. It’s currently in alpha stage of development. FREE 31mb download available HERE.


The Amazing Spider-Man: The Lizard Revealed

The Marc Webb directed reboot of the very recent trilogy claims to tell the untold story of Peter Parker, the nerd whose encounter with a radioactive spider turned him into an arachnid-like crime fighter.

In the new film, Dr. Curt Connors (played by Rhys Ifans) is an employee of Oscorp (the company owned by Norman Osborn, the villain in the first trilogy) and, as he reveals to Parker (this time played by Andrew Garfield), an old friend and co-worker of his father.

Dr. Connors has lost an arm, and desperately tries to synthesize the regenerative properties of reptiles into a formula that could help him grow back his lost limb, only to be turned into a sometimes-wild beast who loses all sense of right and wrong (somewhat like the Hulk).

As Ifans explains in this new video, Connors holds secrets about Parker’s father, who left him at an early age (thus leaving Peter to live with is Aunt May and Uncle Ben).


Dead Island Trailer – Zombie Short Film Week

This unbelievable Dead Island official trailer will change everything you thought you knew about video game advertising…permanently. Featuring tragically beautiful art direction, cinematography, graphics, music and storytelling, the Dead Island official trailer is more akin to an artistic masterpiece than a game commercial. In fact, its wildfire spread across the internet has had the unimaginable effect of prompting some users to respond that they were literally reduced to tears. Not what you’d expect from a trailer for a gory Zombie video game… Zombie short film week. Part 2.