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The week in horror: Outlast 3, Jodie Foster + more

News on a third Outlast, Jodie Foster returns to a defining role, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Outlast 3 updates and previous games to Switch

Outlast 2 was one of the scariest games I’ve played in a long time (you can read my review here), even if some fans didn’t enjoy it as much as the original. IN a facebook post this week, the game’s creator Red Band shared news on potential DLC, a third entry in the franchise, and the game being ported over to Nintendo Switch:

It’s time for a little status update from us.

First off, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have bought Outlast 2 and have been supporting the studio for more than 5 years now. Red Barrels was nothing more than a dream, but with a lot of blood, sweat and beers it has now become a small, fully independent studio with a kickass team who can work miracles.

We strive to create unique experiences and take risks. Hopefully, we’ll manage to entertain you for years to come.

About the future, many of you have been requesting a DLC. While the first Outlast was made with the idea of a DLC in mind, that was not the case for Outlast 2. We’ve considered many options, but none of them felt appropriate for a DLC. Outlast 2 was created to make you feel like a rat in a maze, without any knowledge of what’s outside the maze.

We will, at some point, make an Outlast 3 and answers will be given. You can also check out The Murkoff Account’s epilogue. It takes places right after the events of the second game and offers some insight into the events in the game. (https://redbarrelsgames.com/comic-books/)

Currently we’re working on something a lot of you have been asking for… It won’t be a sequel to Outlast or Outlast 2, but it will be a distinct experience set in the Outlast universe. We can’t say more right now, we first need to make sure we can make it work.

Like I mentioned, we strive to be risk-takers and this one is a pretty big challenge. If all goes well, we’ll soon be able to reveal more.

In the meantime, the Outlast franchise will be released on the Nintendo Switch during the first quarter of 2018.

Cheers!

The Red Barrels Team

New Mutants meets A Nightmare on Elm Street

As Josh Boone’s New Mutants continues its slow burn promos leading up to the film’s April 2018 release, check out this brief moment featuring the character of Cannonball, which features verbiage usually associated with A Nightmare on Elm Stree:

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Jodie Foster returns as Clarice Starling

While Jodie Foster may have passed on returning to her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling for Hannibal, she had no problems firing up her accent for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017: Movies on Blu-ray + 4K

Throughout 2017, lots of movies arrived for the writers of Biff Bam Pop! to take a look at, including several in 4K Blu-ray format. With the holidays here, there’s a good chance you might wind up with a 4K player or television, or be shopping for someone who is all up on the latest tech. On that note, here are reviews of some solid films (in our opinion) from the last year, and the format we watched them in.

The Harry Potter Movies in 4K: 2017 saw the entire collection of Harry Potter films released in 4K packages (complete with Blu-ray and digital copies). If you’re looking to introduce the franchise to your kids, or you simply grew up with the movies and want to have them in the best format possible, this the way to do it. The earlier films aren’t as “amazing” in 4K, just based on the fact that they’re older; however, when watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the Princess, she said it was as though they were “actually in the room with us.” A bold proclamation, methinks, and reason enough to invest in the films.

Dunkirk : Christopher Nolan’s masterful film should be seen on the big screen, in 70 mm. Nobody is going to argue about that fact. BUT, if you didn’t get a chance to have that experience during the film’s first run, and can’t make it out during its current rerelease, Dunkirk in 4K is absolutely the way to go. The package also comes with a standard Blu-ray and digital version, so you’re covered wherever you want to watch the battle go down.

mother!: Now, I know this one is going to be divisive, but I absolutely loved Darren Aronofsky’s mind-fuck of a movie. Go in looking at it as an allegory (I’m not going to spoil what the allegory is, mind you – Google it), and the film immediately makes a certain kind of sense. The performances from stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are both top-notch, and make the film well worth checking out just for that. BUT, for fans of dream-style, David Lynch inspired movie-making that doesn’t play by any rules except its own, mother! is going to be right up your alley. Yes, it goes absolutely bat-shit crazy in the final act, and you won’t believe your eyes, so if that doesn’t sound like fun, skip it. However, if you can go in with an open mind and willingness to take something of a psychedelic trip, mother! comes highly recommended. Read the rest of this entry

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to take all the money this weekend

It’s a massive weekend at the box office, as audiences are set for the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Just how much will this movie make? Here’s our prediction:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi returns us to the world of Luke, Leia, Rey and Kylo Ren, though this time its in the hands of director Rian Johnson. Word is the film is outstanding, an Empire Strikes Back for the next generation. 2015’s The Force Awakens debut with $247 million, but that was ten years after the end of the prequel trilogy and pent up desire for more films, so don’t expect The Last Jedi to reach that lofty number. It will do great business, though, there’s no question about that. Look for a first place debut with $220 million.

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And There Came a Day Unlike Any Other: The Fox/Disney Merger

While it has been out there in the geek ether (geether?) for a while now, the official word came down this morning that Disney shelled out a cool 52.4 BILLION dollars for FOX studios, home of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

Having caught my breath from a solid hour of geeking out and mapping out personal fan-fic scenarios uniting the characters of the two Marvel Cinematic Universes, I am now prepared to offer a short list of what I think are the five most exciting possibilities of the expanded MCU:

1. World War 2 Captain America and Wolverine

Storming the beach at Normandy side by side? Teaming up and taking down an entire Hydra unit? Maybe just Captain America being offended by the smell of Logan’s cigar… The possibilities range from the subtle to the sensational, but its a perfect way to map out a connection between the two characters. Let’s also not forget that this opens up a potential for Wolverine vs. Winter Soldier flashbacks and even Winter Soldier vs. Deadpool.

Whether its Hugh Jackman suiting up or a new, MCU proper casting for Wolverine, the stories here have my knuckles itching and “SNIKT” ringing in my ears. Read the rest of this entry

Golden Globes 2018: Where Are The Women Directors?

The Golden Globes nominations have been released, and if you’ve noticed something missing, you’re not alone.
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‘Coco’ has its final weekend on top of the box office

All was quiet this weekend, as it was the calm before the storm that The Last Jedi will bring next weekend. So here is your brief box office wrap-up report:

Coco was number one for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $18 million. The film has made $135 million so far, though it will likely top out slightly below $200 million in North America by the end of its run.

Justice League was in second place with $9.6 million. Wonder was in third place with $8.45 million, with the debuting The Disaster Audience grabbing the fourth spot with $6.43 million. Thor: Ragnarok closed things out in fifth place with $6.3 million, as it crossed the $300 million mark.  Read the rest of this entry

‘Somebody’s Darling’ Shows Promise, But Ultimately Falls Flat

Set in 2006, Somebody’s Darling takes place on a university campus and centers on a fraternity house that throws posh cocktail parties instead of keggers. The frat brothers put on an air of Southern sophistication, but it doesn’t take long before we see a darker underbelly to the house.
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Faves of 2017: WHIMM


For the past three years, Toronto’s WHIMM have brought the searing intensity of their live performances to stages across North America, honed through touring. Singer/guitarist Mounir Chami, bassist Andrew Matthews, and drummer Jonathan Pappo create ominous, emotionally charged avant-rock fusing spellbinding melodies with an urgency akin to 1980s anarcho-punk. WHIMM’s debut, A Stare Ajar, was released by Pleasence Records on October 27.
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‘Coco’ to lead another quiet weekend at the box office

It’s one more slow weekend at the box office, as we wait for the big one to hit theaters next weekend (hopefully sans yet another Death Star). So, in the interest of time, here’s a quick box office prediction entry.

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Look for Coco to continue to score with audiences in its third weekend in theaters. It will stay on top with $20 million.

Justice League will be in second place with $10 million. Wonder will be right behind it in third place with $9.5 million. Thor: Ragnarok will be in fourth place with $6 million, while Daddy’s Home 2 will round out the top five with $5.5 million.

The Disaster Artist is opening this weekend as well, but it won’t make it into the top five.

So, to recap, here are our predictions:

1) Coco – $20 million
2) Justice League – $10 million
3) Wonder – $9.5 million
4) Thor: Ragnarok – $6 million
5) Daddy’s Home 2 – $5.5 million

Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!

Faves of 2017: Writer and Director Izzy Lee


Izzy Lee has directed several award-winning short horror films, including Innsmouth (available to watch on Shudder); For a Good Time, Call; and Rites of Vengeance. She has also written several short stories for various anthologies. For more about her work, check out her website, Nihil Noctem Films.
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