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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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    NEON Unveils Trailer & Release Date for Documentary Totally Under Control

    NEON unveils trailer & release date for documentary Totally Under Control Just in time for the upcoming Presidential Election, NEON has unveiled the first trailer and premiere date for Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillingerand’s documentary Totally Under Control exploring the global pandemic across the country. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Trailer Promises Crazy Antics! Quietly shot over the past four months, the documentary explores that from July 15 to August 31, the American death toll from COVID-19 was at an average of 1,000 per day, double the number of lives lost on 9/11 every week, and is currently estimated at 190,000 deaths. On January 20, the US and South Korea both discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, nine months later, the novel virus has claimed the lives of almost 200,000 Americans and caused staggering economic damage, while inSouth Korea, there were no significant lockdowns and, in an urbanized population of 51 million, only 344 lives have been lost. The carelessly designed lockdowns and their long-lasting economic effects have led to massive job losses (23 million/14.7 percent in April), widespread hunger, dislocation and a runaway federal deficit.Had the federal government done its job properly — by following clear guidelines in place based on past pandemics — most of the death and destruction could have been avoided. While the current administration makes its claims for a job well done, the fact is that the US response to COVID-19 is one of the worst, with 4 percent of the world’s population and 21 percent of the deaths. Combining damning testimony from public health officials with investigative reporting, Gibney works to expose a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership. It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by the pandemic, but Totally Under Control looks to stand as the definitive account of the Trump administration’s incompetence, corruption and denial in the face of the global pandemic. Financially backed by multiple well-known teams including Stacey Offman and Richard Perello of Jigsaw Productions, frequent Jigssaw collaborators Alison Ellwod & Maiken Baird, Play/Action Pictures’ Jeffrey Lurie & Marie Therese Guirgis, Jeff Skoll & Diane Weyermann of Participant, Tom Quinn, Dan O’Meara & Jeff Deutchman of NEON and Andrew Morrison, Mark Lampert and Michael Sacks of Yellow Bear Films all executive producing. “With an extraordinary team of collaborators, I was compelled to mount this production when I saw the scale of incompetence and political corruption by the Trump Administration in the face of a global pandemic,” Gibney said in a statement. “Now we know that by Feb. 7, Trump knew that COVID was, in his words, ‘a deadly virus.’ But instead of working to protect the American people by containing the virus, the current administration was willfully blind to the growing contagion (‘it’s like a miracle; it will disappear,’ said Trump) in hopes that voters wouldn’t notice any problems until after the 2020 election. While the current administration tries to frame the situation as an unavoidable crisis, it is really closer to a crime of negligence. Weirdly enough, I don’t see this as a political film; it’s a film about incompetence and corruption that is totally out of control.” RELATED: Belushi Trailer: The Life of a Comedy Legend Explored in Showtime Doc Totally Under Control is set to debut on digital platforms and VOD on October 13, followed by its premiere on Hulu on October 20. ComingSoon.net recommends all readers comply with CDC guidelines and remain as isolated as possible during this urgent time. 

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