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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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    The Queen’s Gambit Trailer Features Anya Taylor-Joy as a Chess Genius

    The Queen’s Gambit Trailer Features Anya Taylor-Joy as a Chess Genius Netflix has released the full trailer for Scott Frank’s upcoming limited series adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit, featuring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) as her character deals with the consequences and pressures of being a female genius in a men-dominated chess world. This marks Taylor-Joy’s first major TV project as a lead after mostly starring in films and portraying supporting roles in shows such as Atlantis, The Miniaturist and Peaky Blinders. Check out the video in the player below along with the new key art! RELATED: The Haunting of Bly Manor Trailer Introduces a New Ghost Story Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, the limited series drama The Queen’s Gambit is a coming-of-age story that explores the true cost of genius. Abandoned and entrusted to a Kentucky orphanage in the late 1950s, a young Beth Harmon (Taylor-Joy)  discovers an astonishing talent for chess while developing an addiction to tranquilizers provided by the state as a sedative for the children. Haunted by her personal demons and fueled by a cocktail of narcotics and obsession, Beth transforms into an impressively skilled and glamorous outcast while determined to conquer the traditional boundaries established in the male-dominated world of competitive chess. Alongside Taylor-Joy, the cast for the series includes Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Maze Runner franchise), Moses Ingram, Harry Melling (The Old Guard) and Bill Camp (The Outsider). RELATED: Netflix Orders a Resident Evil TV Series From Supernatural EP The series is directed and co-written by two-time Academy Award nominee Scott Frank (A Walk Among The Tombstones) and executive produced by Frank, William Horberg and Allan Scott, who also co-created the series. The Queen’s Gambit is set to premiere on Netflix on October 23. 

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