Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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

    Photo Credit: Keith MillsBiopic in the works on transgender MMA fighter Fallon FoxA biopic on transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox is in the works at Mark Gordon Pictures. Being penned by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper, the Fallon Fox biopic will dive into Fox hiding her identity as a trans woman before coming out in 2013. It will also deal with the abuse she received from the mixed martial arts community.“I’ve had a great time so far working with the producers and writers bringing this story to life,” Fox said in a statement. “I hope this film sheds some light on the topic of trans athletes in sports. This story needs to be told now more than ever.”Fox, who was nicknamed “The Queen of Swords,” had a controversial run in combat sports from 2011 until 2014. She ultimately went 5-1 as a professional with brutal knockouts of Ericka Newsome and Elisha Helsper kickstarting her career. She eventually tasted defeat at the hands of Ashlee Evans-Smith, who picked up a TKO victory in 2013. Fox would fight two more times, defeating Heather Bassett and Tamikka Brents.The Fallon Fox biopic will also deal with the controversy that her fights caused and the debate over if a woman assigned male at birth should be able to fight in a women’s division in the sport. One of her most vocal critics was former Ultimate Fighting Champion titleholder and WWE star Ronda Rousey. “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has,” Rousey told the New York Post in 2013. “It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.” Current Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt Mitrione was also suspended from the UFC over statements he made at the time about Fox.“As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we know in our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the inside out, rather than from the outside looking in. We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen,” said the Coopers of the film.

    A Fistful of Dollars Series in the Works at Mark Gordon Pictures

    A Fistful of Dollars Series in the Works at Mark Gordon Pictures Deadline brings word that Mark Gordon Pictures is developing a TV series adaptation of A Fistful of Dollars, based on the 1964 spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Sergio Leone. RELATED: 10 Best Movies Scored by Ennio Morricone Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) is reportedly in talks to adapt the series for the small screen. According to the outlet, Mark Gordon Pictures has acquired the rights to the film as well as Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 movie Yojimbo, which A Fistful of Dollars was based on. Purchase your copy of A Fistful of Dollars here! A Fistful of Dollars tells the story of a wandering stranger, “The Man With No Name,” who comes to a town riddled with violence and uses wit and skill to trick the town’s competing gangs into destroying each other. The series will apparently pull from the original source material in a contemporary retelling of the story that launched Eastwood’s career. RELATED: Next Grey’s Anatomy Season Will Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic Earlier this year, Oscar-nominated producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan, Grey’s Anatomy) launched the new production company, Mark Gordon Pictures, which is backed by Entertainment One (eOne). Mark Gordon Pictures has an existing deal with the company to acquire, develop, and produce projects “spanning multiple genres and mediums.”

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