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Evil Dead: The Game Cover Story – Raising Hell

Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games are targeting the asymmetrical horror genre for a battle between demons and survivors, but it’s quite different than other creature feature forays on the market. In Evil Dead: The Game, don’t expect to find the human heroes cowering in corners or attempting to flee – this 4v1 fear festival takes the fight directly to the forces of evil, hacking enemies in half and blowing them to pieces. In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead made a grisly splash onto the horror scene, featuring what’s become an almost formulaic setup: Five unfortunate friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a good time, and then, spoiler alert, good times are not had. The idyllic journey into the country turns into a bloody massacre, spurred on by an ancient evil book known as the Necronomicon. I remember I first saw the movie in a time when villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers fought for dominance over our grade-school nightmares. The film offered the terrifying simplicity of facing your friends after they become possessed undead. It gloried in the sheer, unflinching willingness to lean into the intimate, grim goriness of it all, and the experience left a strong impression. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that The Evil Dead wouldn’t have had the chance to thrive without horror maestro Stephen King’s praise. After seeing it out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, King wrote a rave review, leading to New Line Cinema picking the film up for distribution. The movie has gone down as a cult classic and had plenty of influence within the horrorsphere. But Bruce Campell’s portrayal of character Ash Williams has undeniably become the campy, comical face of the otherwise incredibly macabre franchise, infusing the gruesome themes and blood splatters with a hefty dose of comedic quips and one-liners. Multiple films followed the original, including Evil Dead 2 and the completely off-the-wall Army of Darkness, where Ash travels back to medieval times to fight the titular demonic forces. In more modern times, the series has had both a soft reboot and a TV series, with yet another film, Evil Dead Rise, scheduled to hit this year. And then, of course, there’s Saber Interactive’s upcoming game. Read more...
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    Christina Aguilera & Demi Lovato's 'Fall in Line' Is the Time's Up Anthem Pop Needs

    While the music industry as a whole is still yet to reckon with the recent Times Up movement in the way Hollywood has—see the baby steps made by streaming services—some artists are letting the music lead the way. Christina Aguilera takes a stand for women unwilling to step aside and stay quiet on the newly released “Fall in Line” with Demi Lovato.

    Over booming, soulful production, Xtina begins by sharing some wisdom with young women: “In this world, you are not beholden / You do not owe them / Your body and your soul.” The song grows in ferocity, as well as in its ambitious vocals, as Demi declares, “You’re more than flesh and bones” before two belt and harmonize throughout in a move that seems to solidify Lovato as an undeniable voice of her generation.

    And while the song lets both divas’ best qualities—those voices—shine, ultimately this track feels like Time’s Up anthem the music industry needed. The message of “Fall in Line” aims to empower women with knowledge and uplift them, instead of waiting for the industry or world to change for them. As its remains to be seen with artists and label execs with well-documented and known histories of violence and inappropriate conduct towards women, their business deals—some extremely lucrative, mind you—remain intact. Despite singing, “It’s just the way it is / And maybe it’s never gonna change,” Xtina and Demi aren’t sitting silently and follow that line up with, “But I got a mind to show my strength / And I got a right to speak my mind.” 

    “Fall in Line” is taken from Christina’s upcoming Liberation album, that’s been previewed by buzz tracks “Accelerate” and “Twice.” The two superstars will bring the song to life at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20, with an official video on the way too.

    While you wait for all that, take it back to a classic Christina x Fuse interview from 2010 during her fierce Bionic era:

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