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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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    Madison Iseman & Sydney Sweeney on Blumhouse’s Nocturne

    CS Video: Madison Iseman & Sydney Sweeney on Blumhouse’s Nocturne ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with Nocturne stars Madison Iseman (Annabelle Comes Home, Jumanji: The Next Level) and Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) to discuss their roles in one of the four films of Amazon Prime Video’s partnership with Blumhouse entitled Welcome to the Blumhouse. Our interview can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: CS Video: The Lie Interview With Joey King & Mireille Enos Written and directed by Zu Quirke (Zugzwang, Ghosting), Nocturne centers on twin sisters Juliet and Vivian, both aspiring pianists in their final year at a music high school, with Juliet (Sweeney) struggling to shed the shadow cast over her by Vivian (Iseman)’s achievements and as her understudy. While Vivian flirts with the adulation of her tutors, cohorts and sexual conquests, Juliet happens upon the diary of a recently-diseased classmate with music inside, setting off a chain of disturbing events that will change both sister’s lives. Click here to watch Nocturne! The films showcase exciting up-and-coming talent, alongside established actors in exceptional and shocking new roles. Welcome to the Blumhouse launched in October, timed for the Halloween season, on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide. Amazon Prime Video have launched the initial slate of four films as double features starting with The Lie directed by acclaimed writer/director Veena Sud (The Killing, 7 Seconds) and Black Box directed by up-and-coming writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr. (Born with It), both premiering on October 6. Launching the following week on October 13 is Evil Eye, from talented young directors Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani (A Day’s Work, Jinn) and executive produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico, White Tiger), and Nocturne written and directed by filmmaker Zu Quirke (Zugzwang, Ghosting) making her feature film debut. The latter four films will launch in 2021. RELATED: CS Interview: Mamoudou Athie on Welcome to the Blumhouse’s Black Box All four films are now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video!

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