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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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    Watched at Home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of September 24

    Watched at Home: Top 20 Streaming Films for the Week of September 24 Hey there, fellow Couch Potatoes! Get ready, because this week is nutty! Not only do we have a new No. 1, but a number of new titles popped up on The Digital Entertainment Group’s Top 20 Streaming Films. Let’s do this thing. RELATED: September 29 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Hello Jessica Chastain! The Academy Award nominated actress leapt all the way to the top of the chart with her black ops assassin flick Ava, successfully bumping Outlander: Season 5, last week’s champ, all the way down to No. 10. The first three seasons of Yellowstone also found some competition in the 2-3 spots they’ve occupied over the last several months as Katie Holmes/Josh Lucas drama The Secret: Dare to Dream jumped from No. 12 to No. 3. A little farther down the list, Emmy winner Schitt’s Creek: Season 6 made its debut in the Top 20 at No. 16 while the animated fairy tale Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarves took spot No. 15. Otherwise, Harry Potter: Complete 8-film Collection remained in the Top 10, as did The Tax Collector, while family favorite Hocus Pocus ascended two spots to No. 12 just in time for the month of October. 1 Ava (Vertical Entertainment, 2020)2 Yellowstone: S3 (Paramount)3 The Secret: Dare to Dream (Lionsgate)4 Yellowstone: S2 (Paramount)5 Yellowstone: S1 (Paramount)6 Alone (Magnolia Pictures, 2020)7 Rick and Morty: S4 (Warner)8 Harry Potter: Complete 8-film Coll. (Warner)9 The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)10 Outlander: S5 (Sony)11 Trolls World Tour (Universal)12 Hocus Pocus (Disney)13 RBG (Magnolia Pictures)14 On the Basis of Sex (Universal)15 Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Lionsgate)16 Schitt’s Creek: S6 (CBS)17 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)18 The King of Staten Island (Universal)19 Irresistible (Universal, 2020)20 Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

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