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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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    Midnight Pulp October Lineup Brings Halloween to Your Living Room

    Midnight Pulp October Lineup Brings Halloween to Your Living Room Midnight Pulp, the popular streaming channel for fans of horror, thriller and action programming, has unveiled a month-long, full-throttle lineup of classic films and TV series intended to have viewers sleeping with the lights on until Halloween passes. Each week in October will celebrate a different theme – Asian Horror, Giallo Week, J-Horror, Slashers and Indie Week. RELATED: 10 Great Weird Movies Available on Midnight Pulp Midnight Pulp, part of the growing DMR OTT Channels group, is available at www.midnightpulp.com, and as an app on popular mobile and connected TV devices, streaming all things strange and on demand. “With horror fans celebrating ‘Spooky Season’ all month long and sharing via the #31DaysOfHalloween hashtag, we’re thrilled to contribute Midnight Pulp’s strongest Halloween lineup yet,” says Midnight Pulp Channel Manager Matthew Kiernan. “We have a terrific mix of 30 horror films, from all-time classics to recent favs and indie discoveries, to help make this as happy a Halloween as possible, even if you can’t go out and celebrate.” Asian Horror Week (week of October 2nd) will feature Audition from director Takashi Miike, considered one of the greatest horror films ever made, as well as Ringu, Ringu O, Ringu 2, Ringu Spiral (the hit Japanese series that kicked off the J-Horror boom and was later adapted in the U.S. as The Ring) and Office (an official selection at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival). Giallo Week (week of October 9th) is led by Dario Argento’s masterpiece Deep Red, which was massively influential for both its terrifying set pieces and soundtrack by Goblin (which went on to become an enormous hit in Italy). Also featured this week are: Torso, Blood and Black Lace, Killer Nun, Strip Nude for Your Killer and The Bloodstained Butterfly. J-Horror Week (week of October 16th) will include Evil of Dracula, Lake of Dracula, The Vampire Doll, One Missed Call, One Missed Call 2 and One Missed Call: Final. Slashers Week (week of October 23rd) will feature Deadly Manor, Edge of the Axe, The Chill Factor, The Prey (1983), Halloween Night and Splatter University. Indies Week (week of October 30th) will wrap up the month with The Hills Have Eyes (Wes Craven’s 1977 survival horror classic), The Hills Have Eyes Part 2, Blood Tide, Dream No Evil, Horror Express and Kolobos. RELATED: 10 Great South Korean Movies Midnight Pulp is also available as a linear channel, included in the lineups of free streaming services Samsung TV Plus, STIRR and Plex. Throughout October, the above titles and more will be part of the schedule, culminating on October 31st, with a day-long J-Halloween marathon of classic Japanese horror films and TV series, such as: Hideo Nakata’s Ringu series and Dark Water; the early 70s Dracula trilogy Evil Of Dracula, Lake Of Dracula and The Vampire Doll, as well as episodes of The Complex and Ghost Theater.

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