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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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    Brian d’Arcy James, Mackenzie Astin, More Join Cast of HBO’s Love & Death

    The cast of HBO Max’s upcoming limited series Love and Death is growing, as Deadline is reporting that a handful of actors have joined the cast of the series.

    RELATED: Love & Death Photos: Elizabeth Olsen is Axe-Killer Candy Montgomery

    According to the report, Brian d’Arcy James, Olivia Applegate, Mackenzie Astin, Adam Cropper, and Bruce McGill have been cast. The handful of actors join a cast that already features the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Patrick Fugit, Lily Rabe, Keir Gilchrist, Elizabeth Marvel, Tom Pelphrey, and Krysten Ritter, making for a star-studded cast for the next series from Big Little Lies and The Undoing duo David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman.

    The report mentions that James will play Dr. Fred Fason, Applegate will portray Carol Crowder, Astin will play Tom O’Connell, Cropper will play Robert Udashen, and McGill is set to portray Judge Tom Ryan.

    Love and Death tells the true story of Texas woman Candy Montgomery, and her murder of Betty Gore in 1980. The series “will center around two church-going couples, enjoying small-town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe,” according to the synopsis of the series. It is based on the book titled Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs and a collection of articles from Texas Monthly (“Love & Death in Silicon Prairie,” Part I & II).

    The limited series will star Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision) as Candy Montgomery, Jesse Plemons (Jungle Cruise) as Allan Gore, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Betty Gore, Patrick Fugit (Outcast) as Pat Montgomery, Keir Gilchrist (Atypical) as Pastor Ron Adams, Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) as Pastor Jackie Ponder, and Tom Pelphrey (Ozark) as Don Crowder.

    RELATED: Krysten Ritter Joins Elizabeth Olsen in HBO Max’s Love and Death Miniseries

    Love and Death will be written and executive produced by David E. Kelley (The Undoing) through his David E. Kelly Productions banner, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Mad Men) set to direct. Executive producers are Glatter, Nicole Kidman, and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Scott Brown and Megan Creydt through Texas Monthly, Matthew Tinker, Michael Klick, and Helen Verno. Lionsgate will produce the limited series.

    Interestingly, Universal Content Productions is also currently developing a limited series based on Candy Montgomery, with Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Elisabeth Moss attached for the leading role.

    The post Brian d’Arcy James, Mackenzie Astin, More Join Cast of HBO’s Love & Death appeared first on ComingSoon.net.

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