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It’s a huge weekend at the box office, as the final Marvel Studios film of 2017 is unleashed. How much will it dominate by? Here’s our prediction:
The hype is in overload mode for Thor: Ragnarok, which sees the return of Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Hiddleston to their beloved roles as Thor, Hulk, and Loki, respectively. Joing them are newcomers Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum. Directed by Taiki Waititi, Ragnarok has been getting absolutely outstanding reviews for its heavy comedic tone. It currently sits at 94% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, the best performing Thor film so far. At this point, the sky is the limit for this third Asgardian tale, and I’m feeling it’s going to perform on the higher end of the scale. Look for a first place debut for Thor: Ragnarok with $125 million.
Slayaway Camp Devs Sharpen Machetes on a Brand New ”Killer Puzzle”
From the makers of Slayaway Camp—the award-winning “Bloodiest Puzzle Game Ever”—comes an even more frightening puzzler starring one of horror’s most iconic killers. Now you can go behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees on his mission to murder unfortunate campers at Crystal Lake and beyond.
Players control Jason by sliding him around an isometric puzzle level to attack his victims, either directly with a variety of weapons, or indirectly, by frightening them into environmental hazards like campfires, bear traps, and woodchippers. Gruesome reflex-based “Kill Scenes” punctuate the puzzling as you progress through multiple episodes, from classic campgrounds to more exotic locations such as Manhattan, abandoned amusement parks, supermax prisons, beach resorts, outer space and more.
“I loved the balance of horror and humor the Blue Wizard guys brought to Slayaway Camp,” said Friday the 13th series creator Sean Cunningham, “and I’m thrilled to see their take on Friday the 13th.”
“Though it might surprise PopCap players, I’m a lifelong hardcore horror fan,” said Blue Wizard founder Jason Kapalka. “But it’s pretty hard to make a terrifying game on your phone! As with Plants vs Zombies, we’re taking a more playful, tongue-in-cheek approach than is usual for Friday the 13th, while still paying genuine tribute to all those classic films.”
F13: TPG will be initially released on iPhone and Android devices as a ”Free to Slay” title with optional purchases. “We’re sensitive to the concerns a lot of players have with free to play titles,” said Kapalka. “We’re definitely trying to avoid the more obnoxious money-grabs. They’ve promised to send Jason after us if it sucks.”
About Blue Wizard Digital
Blue Wizard Digital was started by Jason Kapalka, who previously co-founded PopCap Games (Bejeweled, Peggle, Plants vs Zombies). Their first game, Slayaway Camp, was released Halloween 2016 to critical acclaim on Steam, iOS, and Android platforms, followed by console release on Xbox One and PS4 this Halloween.
A horror icon returned to theaters this weekend, but couldn’t scare up a large audience. Here’s what went down:
As predicted, Jigsaw was number one at the box office this weekend, but after a seven year absence for theaters, the eighth entry in the SAW franchise could only muster up an estimated $16 million. What happened? An old dog with no new tricks for one thing. The specter of Stephen King’s It looming large over any new horror film, another. Throw in the origininality of Happy Death Day, which was released just a few weeks ago, and you’ve got a recipie for lack of interest. Luckily, the SAW films typically don’t cost much to make, so even if Jigsaw quickly peters out, it will likely end its run (just barely) in the black.
Hell comes to the DC universe, details on Twin Peaks on Blu-ray, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.
Hellboy comes to Injustice 2
This week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment revealed the first-ever gameplay trailer for Hellboy, Mike Mignola’s iconic Dark Horse comic book character and the final Fighter Pack #2 character to be added to the Injustice 2 roster. Beginning November 14, players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #2 will be able to play as the member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who has made monster disposal his specialty by using his trusty revolver and his Right Hand of Doom.
The Hellboy DLC will be available to all players and for purchase separately on November 21.
It’s the final, frightful weekend before Halloween, which means there’s really only going to be one big pick for horror fans looking to get their trick and treat on. But, how many people want to play the game? Here’s our prediction:
After a seven years absence from movie screens, the SAW franchise is back, this time under the name Jigsaw. For a series of Halloween seasons in a row, SAW was a right of passage for audiences, who flocked to see the latest contraptions Jigsaw would come up with to punish those he saw taking life for granted. However, by the 2010 release of SAW 3D, the franchise had run its course, and that seventh film was meant to be the last. But this being horror and Hollywood, you can’t keep a good bad guy down. Will absence make audience’s hearts grow founder? In all likelihood, yes. Word is that Jigsaw eschews the mythology of the series for the most part, which definitely became somewhat convoluted at the end. The season is also in need of a big bad, and Jigsaw the character certainly fits the bill. What could prove problematic is that Stranger Things 2 debuts on Netflix today, which could cut into a big chunk of Jigsaw’s core demo. Look for fans to welcome icon back with a first place debut, but with a soft start of $18 million.
31 Days of Horror: Enter the Stephen King Universe with Creepshow and The Dark Tower: The Art of the Film
2017 will go down as a massive year for the king of horror, Stephen King. A bestselling novel (Sleeping Beauties), multiples television shows (The Mist, Mr. Mercedes), film adaptations on both Netflix (1922, Gerald’s Game) and the big screen (It, The Dark Tower) – the list goes on and on. Here to add to it are two books tied in to the Stephen King Universe – one a blast from the past, the other a look at what should have been the beginning of a bright future.
Originally published back in 1982 at the same time as its cinematic release, the classic Stephen King graphic novel Creepshow has been reprinted for the first time in decades by Simon & Schuster. The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, as the artwork for Creepshow comes from the pencil of the great and now sadly gone Bernie Wrightson. The co-creator of Swamp Thing, and a regular illustrator of King’ work, including his contributions to King’s Cycle of the Werewolf, Wrightson died this year after a long and continuous battle with ill health. His influence on generations of artists has never been in doubt, and it’s wonderful to have his and King’s tribute to the EC comics of their youth readily available for a new generation of horror fans eager to dig in. The graphic novel features the five stories that made up the original film, which was directed by another master who left us this year, George A. Romero.
For those that were underwhelmed by Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-Earth with his Hobbit trilogy a few years ago, take solace in the fact that JRR Tolkien’s world of wizards, elves and rings continues to enjoy a stellar life in the gaming world.
Three years following the release of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Middle-Earth: Shadows of Mordor, Monolith and Warner Brothers Games have returned with the outstanding new game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.
As predicted, this week’s box office was led by a sequel to last year’s horror comedy hit. Here’s what went down:
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween was the pick for audiences this weekend, bringing in an estimated $21 million. While not a bad showing for a film that cost roughly $25 million to make, it’s worth nothing that the sequel’s debut is off about $7 million from the original’s from last year. Nothing alarming though, as this one will be in the black within days.
Get a taste of The Walking Dead, discover who wrote the score for 1922, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.
Watch the first 3 minutes of The Walking Dead
The wait is over. The new season of The Walking Dead premieres TONIGHT, but we’ve got the first three minutes ready for your eyes right now. Check out the video:
As get closer to October 31st, this weekend sees the release of lighter horror fare, that of a comedic nature, that should have no problem hitting the top of the box office. Here’s our prediction:
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween picks up where last year’s instalment left on, in that its opening on the same weekend and just in time for Halloween. Tyler Perry’s Madea character is a guaranteed draw, and absolutely critic proof. Boo! A Madea Halloween debut at number one last year, on its ways to making $75 domestically. Look for the sequel to debut on top as well, with $28 million.