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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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    The Talisman: Spielberg & Duffer Bros. Adapting Stephen King’s Novel Into a Series

    The Talisman: Spielberg & Duffer Bros. Adapting Stephen King's Novel Into a Series

    The Talisman: Spielberg & Duffer Bros. Adapting Stephen King’s Novel Right into a Series

    Stephen Peter and King Straub’s fantasy horror novel  The Talisman has been adapted right into a series with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg ( Saving Private Ryan , Schindler’s List , Jaws ) teaming up with the Emmy-nominated Duffer Brothers ( Stranger Things ) to finally make the project possible, based on the Hollywood Reporter. Mark and Ross Duffer will executive produce the series adaptation that’s being made by Netflix in colaboration with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Paramount Television.

    Spielberg acquired the screen rights to The Talisman 2 yrs prior to the book was published in 1984. The filmmaker has spent over 35 years wanting to obtain the whole story adapted right into a movie. Now, the tale of young Jack Sawyer is going to the tiny screen.

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    The Talisman follows a 12-year old boy named Jack Sawyer who cause on an epic road-trip quest to conserve his dying mother’s life. He could be searching for the Talisman, a robust relic that may not merely heal his mother but, as he learns, save the global world. Sawyer’s journey crisscrosses two realities: the America we realize and its own dangerous, fantasy-world twin, The Territories.

    Emmy nominee Curtis Gwinn will become writer and showrunner for the project. Gwinn worked as a writer and executive producer on the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things series for Netflix. His credits include Narcos also, The Leftovers , and The Walking Dead .

    Grab your copy of The Talisman here!

    The Duffer Brothers shall executive produce through their Monkey Massacre Productions. Spielberg will executive produce via Amblin Television alongside partners Darryl Justin and Frank Falvey. King and Paramount Television will executive produce also. Todd Cohen shall oversee the day-to-day development of the series for Amblin, alongside Spielberg, Frank, and Falvey.

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    King wrote a follow-up novel,  Black House , in 2001, which follows a now-adult Jack as a retired LA homicide detective attempting to solve a number of murders in a little Wisconsin town.

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