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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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    Harley Quinn Renewed for a Third Season at HBO Max 

    Harley Quinn renewed for a third season at HBO Max

    Three months after the series concluded its 13-episode second season last June, HBO Max has decided to renew Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker and Dean Lorey’s popular adult-animated series for a third season. In a recent interview with , Halpern and Schumacker have confirmed that the series might make its return in late 2021.

    “That would be the earliest I could see,” Halpern. “I mean, maybe not, I don’t know… I think Jen Coyle, our head of animation could probably answer that a lot better.”

    “We were aiming for late 2021 all the way back in like the spring when there was first an inkling that a season three could be a reality,” Schumacker added. “These conversations that were happening that were sort of well above our pay grade have been going… it had been very extensive.”

    The series’ move from DC Universe to HBO Max comes as no surprise as fans have been anticipating this for quite some time. This renewal also comes with Warner Bros. official announcement that DC Universe will no longer be offering scripted original shows as it is set to be rebranded as a sole premium comic book service that will be called as DC Universe Infinite.

    The titular crazy beloved villain will be voiced by ‘s Kaley Cuoco. The voice cast also includes Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Joker, Ron Funches (Powerless) as King Shark, JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Frank the Plant, Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) as Sy Borgman, Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) as Queen of Fables, Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) as Lex Luthor, Natalie Morales (Bojack Horseman), Jim Rash (Mike Tyson Mysteries) as Riddler, Diedrich Bader (Veep) as Batman, Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep) as Dr. Psycho, Chris Meloni (Happy!) as Commissioner Gordon, Rahul Kohli (iZombie) as Scarecrow, Sanaa Lathan (The Twilight Zone) as Catwoman, Vanessa Marshall as Wonder Woman and Jacob Tremblay as Robin.

    The series will follow Harley Quinn‘s adventures after her break with the Joker. The story will focus on Harley along with Poison Ivy and other DC castoffs as they try to help each other in order to earn a seat at the biggest table in villainy: the Legion of the Doom. The first season ended on an exciting cliffhanger, with the story for the second chapter still being kept under wraps.

    Cuoco is also an executive producer on the series through her Yes, Norman Productions alongside Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker, and Dean Lorey.

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