Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dead Space 3 Teaser Trailer

There's a new teaser trailer for "Dead Space 3" that just came out yesterday, May 30, 2012, just 2 weeks before the big E3 event where many hope that EA plans to unveil more information about their upcoming  game.

The trailer is a "Dead Space 3" prequel motion comic/graphic novel short that introduces us to John Carver, an Earthgov Sergeant who is patrolling the colony planet Uxor when the Marker located there becomes active and starts to transform people into hideous Necromorphs.

Possible Zombie Outbreak? Or Mass Hysteria?

Since this idea is running rampant on the Internet right now and has gone totally viral, I thought that I'd chip in my two cents and set the record straight; mainly because mass hysteria is never a good thing, and we need to keep calm and carry on. In other words, I'm going to debunk the Miami Cannibal is a zombie myth so you can stop hoarding your gun ammo and boarding up the windows now. It's not the end of the world. The zombie apocalypse is not nigh. It's just another crazy day in paradise.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Top 13 Extreme Horror Movies

To further expand upon my definition of extreme horror movies I've put together a list of the top 13 extreme horror movies that aren't strictly torture porn. All of these movies have a plot, character development and emotional depth to a story that adds to the overall terror provided by the no-holds barred, renegade approach to filmmaking, where everything and anything occurs on-screen and the audience is forced to witness the entire bloody process of terrible mutilation, dismemberment, rape and even the most brutal of murders.  While some of these may shock you, all of them have a good amount of blood and gore, and most will definitely be nightmare fuel for days to come.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Reason Why the Silent Hill HD Collection is Broken

Well, the saga of the "Silent Hill HD Collection" debacle continues. Last month we received word that Konami was working with Hijinx Studios to fix the bugs that have made the "Silent HD Collection" all but unplayable.

Now we have the reason why there are bugs present in the supposedly up-dated HD versions of "Silent Hill 2" and "Silent Hill 3."

Apparently, Konami didn't keep the final versions of the game code for either games and Hijinx Studios used the beta versions (an unfinished version of the game code that still has bugs in it) of "Silent Hill 2" and "Silent Hill 3" to make the "Silent HD Collection."

The decision to create HD versions of video games without the final game codes has created a total nightmare of a monster scenario to fix including missing textures, frame rate issues and a whole mess of other bugs that now plague what were once near perfect survival horror games.

But hey, at least now I know why they changed some of the soundtracks in the new versions of Heather's dialog in "Silent Hill 3." It wasn't an artist choice to change the music, they lost the damn audio files.

The Hand of God Book Review

"My focus was always on God and his work for me. This was why I was always disconnected from those around me. Some would say I was a sociopath. They could be right, I suppose. I saw it as a gift. With the work God had chosen for me, I could not allow myself any emotional attachments. No telling who God would tell me to kill for His glory. I couldn’t let feelings get in the way." --The Hand of God

"The Hand of God"  is the unholy step-child of the Dresden Files and Father Dowling Mysteries, rolled up into one bloody package.

Pastor Charlie Sims is an inhuman monster (literally); a wolf in sheep's clothing posing as the head of a Pentecostal church in Texas whose favorite past-time is hunting down sinners and dragging them in his "special" church on his family's abandoned property and crucifying them. Life is pretty sweet for this Man of God serial killer, until the faith healer Bishop Hoover comes along and begins stirring things up, swaying Pastor Charlie's congregation against him by healing incurable diseases, regenerating lost limbs, oh yeah, and bringing people back from the dead and turning them into hideous demons that do his every bidding.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cassie Carnage's Horror Dictionary: Extreme Horror

The term Extreme Horror is a bit ambiguous and it means different things to different people. Merriam Webster Dictionary defines extreme as A. Existing in a very high degree B. Going to great or exaggerated lengths, or C. Exceeding the ordinary, usual, or expected.

After looking at a bunch of different lists online put together by movie buffs, I have found that many movies that are listed as extreme horror are actually fit in the Splatterpunk or torture porn category. To help define extreme horror I have come up with five elements that most, if not all extreme horror movies have in common.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Top 13 Psychological Horror Films

To further understand and get a better grasp on what makes a good psychological horror film, I've compiled a list of the best and scariest psychological horror movies I have ever seen. Some of these movies use monsters to create the overall mood of horror and dread, some only hint at the monster's existence and it's unclear if it is real or not, while others make you question the perceptions of the characters as the story unfolds. Some of these movies use elements of psychological horror, others may be considered psychological thrillers, but all of them explore the inner workings of our minds to scare us to death.

But be warned, these scary movies will stay with you for a lifetime.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cassie Carnage's Horror Dictionary: Psychological Horror

There are a lot of phrases and words used to describe  horror films. Most if not all of them are misunderstood and terribly misused on the Internet.

For instance, home invasion and torture porn movies have been given the label psychological horror by some well meaning, yet uninformed reviewers when it is clear that they are not, in actuality, psychological horror.

From  [Tribeca '12] What Sets ‘Replicas’ Apart From Other Home Invasion Films post by Bloody Disgusting's John Marrone:

Would you pull your own front tooth out with a pair of pliers? Of course not. But what if your child was tied to a chair, with a razor held to their face? Well – OK! Yes! That’s the sort of psychological horror that home-invasion films bring to the table. 

Sorry Mr. Marrone, but that is NOT psychological horror.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to Make Movie Monsters and Prosthetics: Stan Winston School of Character Arts

As an avid horror movie buff, I've always been curious as to how special effects artists make their monsters and create moving prosthetics, such as tails, tentacles and so on. Well, I just came across this really neat introductory video on the Stan Winston School website that shows just how it is done, and gives a list of items needed in order to make one. How cool is that?

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Let's Play Silent Hill Part 1

With the release of the digitally remastered HD editions of "Silent Hill 2" and "Silent Hill 3" for PS3 and "Silent Hill" available for purchase for PS3 on the PlayStation store, I suffered a fit of nostalgia and decided that I'd play my way through the first three installments of the Silent Hill franchise. I'll be starting at the beginning of the series with the original PlayStation game and will drag you with me on my descent through madness and down into the hellish landscape that is Silent Hill.