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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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    Biopic in the ongoing works on Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox

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    Biopic in the works on transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox

    A biopic on transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox is in the ongoing works at Mark Gordon Pictures. Being penned by T Allison and Cooper Glock-Cooper, the Fallon Fox biopic will dive into Fox hiding her identity as a trans woman before developing in 2013. It shall also cope with the abuse she received from the mixed fighting techinques community.

    “I’ve had an enjoyable experience so far dealing with the producers and writers bringing this story alive,” Fox said in a statement. “I am hoping this film sheds some light on the main topics trans athletes in sports. This story must be ever told now a lot more than.”

    Fox, who was simply nicknamed “The Queen of Swords,” had a controversial run in combat sports from 2011 until 2014. She ultimately went 5-1 as a specialist with brutal knockouts of Ericka Elisha and Newsome Helsper kickstarting her career. She tasted defeat as a result of Ashlee Evans-Smith eventually, who found a TKO victory in 2013. Fox would fight two more times, defeating Heather Tamikka and Bassett Brents.

    The Fallon Fox biopic may also cope with the controversy that her fights caused and the debate over in case a woman assigned male at birth will be able to fight in a women’s division in the activity. Among her most vocal critics was former Ultimate Fighting Champion wWE and titleholder star Ronda Rousey. “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still exactly the same bone structure a guy has,” Rousey told the brand new York Post in 2013.  “It’s an edge. I don’t think it’s fair.”  Current Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt Mitrione was also suspended from the UFC over statements he made at that time about Fox.

    “As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we realize inside our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the within out, than from the exterior looking in rather. We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to greatly help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen,” said the Coopers of the film.

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