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12 Games To Look Out For In 2011

It seems that 2011 will be an excellent year for fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi when it comes to movies, but it seems that the world of video games also has a couple of upcoming titles that we sure could enjoy, as well. Below you’ll find 12 games that, if everything falls into place, will be released this year, which I think can be worth to look out for.

Silent Hill: Downpour (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

I’m convinced that Silent Hill: Downpour, the eighth installment in this outstanding horror series, is going to scare the pants off of me, as it storms out of the autumn darkness and into my PS3, this fall. In Silent Hill: Downpour, you’ll play Murphy Pendleton, an escaped prisoner, as you head into the unexplored southeastern part of Silent Hill, to get face to face with real horror and terror.

Fear 3 (Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Fear 3, set shortly after the last game released its fearsome grip around us, offers co-op, an evolved cover system and more scares, so be prepared for a breathtaking mix of action and horror, as the game his the shelves in May.

Diablo III (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X)

Given the time it has taken for Blizzard, to make Diablo III, we cannot expect anything less than sheer perfection, as we return to Sanctuary, to confront the evil warriors that are threatening the world. Sometime towards the end of the year you will be able to hack and slash your way through the game.

Shadows of the Damned (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

I have a feeling that this psychological horror game, from Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami’s Grasshopper, might end up to be something quite extraordinary. The story follows Garcia Hotspur who goes to hell to fight its evils in order to save his true love. Slated to descend into our consoles sometime this year.

Alice: Madness Returns (Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

In Madness Returns, taking place eleven years after the first game, Alice is still haunted by the traumatic memories of her parents’ deaths. After being released from Rutledge Asylum and into the care of a London psychiatrist, her hallucinations and internal conflict increases. Alice returns to Wonderland, in hopes of safety and comfort, only to find that evil has taken over, and she must protect its residents and herself from it. In short, think of it as Alice in Wonderland goes terrible wrong. Alice: Madness Returns is slated for release before summer, 2011.

Resistance 3 ( PlayStation 3)

In this sci-fi action game, you’ll travel the harrowing road from Oklahoma to New York City, encounter the remains of humanity, left in the aftermath of the brutal Chimeran invasion, along the way. You can tag along on the journey in the beginning of September, 2011.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (Microsoft Windows)

The sequel to the mature fantasy role-playing game “The Witcher”, based on the works of author Andrzej Sapkowski, contains a bigger and darker world, filled with chaotic political conspiracies and with an ambivalent relationship to morality. You will be able to step into its world on May 17, 2011.

Aliens: Colonial Marines (Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS)

In this game, which is much based on the movie Aliens, you step into the shoes of a Colonial Marine, to fight hordes of the dreadful and drooling aliens, either you do it single handed or let up to four friends help you, via the co-op mode. We’ll hopefuly be able to take on those sinister aliens sometime this fall.

Grey Matter ( Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360)

Jane Jensen, the one who gave us the marvelous Gabriel Knight series, gives us a straightforward point and click adventure. The game follows Samantha Everett, a magician and street performer, as well as Professor David Styles, an distinguished and mysterious neurobiologist. Is said to be released in February, 2011.

Sorcery (PlayStation 3)

An action adventure game, where your Move controller becomes a wand, as you take the role of a young sorcerer’s apprentice, who must learn to master the arcane arts, to defend her homeland from the evil that has enshrouded it. Sorcery will materialize in your PS3 in early April.

Jurassic Park: The Game (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X)

The game will have an original storyline, which is set both concurrently and after the plot of the original Jurassic Park movie, and it’s also said to fix some of the loose ends from the movie, as well. However, the most interesting about this third-person adventure game, is the nocturnal dinosaurs with glowing eyes, which are said to be included in it. Sometime this year we will be able to find out just how compelling they actually are.

Darkspore (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X)

Maxis takes it sweet and sugarcoated Spore and turns it into a dark, hack-and-slash role-playing game, placing you in alien worlds to fight the mutated forces of Darkspore, to save the galaxy. Clearly a truly powerful and engrossing title that will be available in March, 2011.

Now, since this list only holds a small fraction of all the quality games that will be unleashed this year, feel free to add the games you look forward to this year, in the comments below.

Insidious

I got tremendously excited as I watched this teaser, for the upcoming chiller Insidious, and heard the woman say, “It’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s your son!”. A downright scary line, which they should have used as a tag line on the poster instead of “The further you travel, the darker it gets.”

I actually like the storyline of Insidious, which revolves around a comatose boy whose body attracts evil entities, while his mind is trapped at a dark realm known as “The Further.” The fact that we have a haunted boy in this movie, instead of a haunted house or similar, gives the film a clear impression, I think.

More reasons to why you should have high hopes for Insidious, is because it’s directed by James Wan after a story penned by Leigh Whannell, the same ones who gave us the exceptional wicked Saw. Also on board, as a producer, we have Oren Peli, who produced and wrote Paranormal Activity, as well.

It think it’ll be exciting to see what kind of chilling ghost story these three promising names will give us on April 1, or what do you think?

Insidious teaser:


The poster for Insidious

Head Over to The Zombie Farm on Feb 11

On February 11 you can catch Ricardo Islas Zombie Farm (a.k.a. Macumba), a movie that mixes zombies and voodoo into an intriguing story, via video on demand. An interesting note about the movie, which was filmed in Lafayette, Louisiana, is that they made it in both English and Spanish at the same!

The story revolves around Ana Maria (Monika Munoz) a humble and beautiful young woman who visits Roque, a bluff healer, in hopes that he could give her something that will stop her husband from abusing her. When Roque tells her that his ‘magic’ cannot help her, Ana Maria turns to a voodoo priestess, who gives her a potion that, she says, will radical change her husband.

A little while later Ana Maria returns to Roque and claims that the potion she got from the voodoo priestess killed her husband and now he’ll not leave her alone, something that Roque cannot believe. However, when he gets another visitor, telling a similar story, he decides to help Ana Maria to investigate what’s really going on, before the whole town has turned into a zombie farm. The two also gets help from Pilar Franco, a young film maker, who wants to expose Roque’s scams in a documentary.

Check out the trailer and the ravishingly cool poster for The Zombie Farm below and see what you think about it.


The poster for The Zombie Farm

Zombie Farm will also be available on DVD on March 8, as well.

New Official Trailer for Scream 4

An official trailer for Scream 4 has been dropped on the net and I really like the cleverly amusing tone in it; especially the joke about the horror movie remakes that they pull toward the end. Check it out yourself below and see what you think about it.

In Scream 4, which is thought to be the first movie in a new trilogy, ten years have passed and Sidney Prescott, who has put her self back together much thanks to her writing, is once again visited by the Ghostface Killer.

What I like most about the Scream movies, are their satirical references to various horror movies and concept, something they have managed to do very well, without coming off as too cheesy or bland.

The screenwriter Kevin Williamson has said that Scream 4, will contain references to Asian ghost girls, manga, PG-13 horror flicks, Vampires, M. Night Shyamalan movies and even a bit of torture porn to top it all off, which sounds like a mix that you don’t want to miss on April 15 . . .

Stills of Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in The Roommate

Here we have a couple of new stills from the Danish director Christian E. Christiansen’s upcoming thriller The Roommate, starring Minka Kelly (The Kingdom), Leighton Meester (Date Night), and Cam Gigandet (Twilight).

In the movie Sara (Kelly), a college freshman, is randomly assigned to a dorm with Rebecca (Meester). The girls get along well and friendship arise between them. Even so, Sara soon finds herself in a deadly situation, as Rebecca becomes obsessed with her, trying to become her, and begins to target people in her life.

Although it appears that the plot has some uncanny similarities to Single White Female (1992), it’s not a remake, yet it feels like the movie could have been titled, SWF Goes to College, though. The Roommate will be released on February 4, and then we can find out exactly how similar it really is.

Stills of Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly in The Roommate:

Still from the thriller Roommate


Still from the thriller Roommate


Still from the thriller Roommate


Still from the thriller Roommate

Trailer and Poster for Bousman’s Mother’s Day

Finally I have found a trailer for Darren Lynn Bousman’s remake of Troma’s classic from the 80’s – Mother’s Day. Since it looks even better than I imagined it would, I’m now more excited to catch it as it hits the theaters on April 1 and that isn’t an April Fools joke!

The story revolves around three brothers, whom returns home after a failed bank robbery, only to find that their mother has lost the house in a foreclosure. When the brothers see that the new owners are celebrating an ill-timed birthday party, they decide to take them and their guests hostage.

When their mother, who will do absolutely anything to protect her children, arrives, the grave situation escalates into a cruel and bloody mayhem, for the hostages, who are struggling to make it through the night alive.

One reason to why you would want to see Mother’s Day is that Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle) plays the sadistic mother, which I think is a fantastic casting for that role and I’m sure that she’ll do a memorable performance with it.

The rest of the cast looks compelling as well, with actors like Jaime King (Sin City), Shawn Ashmore (Frozen), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood) and Patrick Flueger (Kill Theory).

Check out the trailer and the poster below and tell us if you think that Bousman’s remake will match the original or not.

Mother’s Day poster:

The poster for Mother's Day

Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood

This trailer for Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, features spectacular scenery and a few mystical elements, but it feels too cutting-edge and romantic, following the style of Twilight, to fit my view of this epic folk tale.

I had hoped that the movie would offer a more dreadful, rougher and cruder atmosphere, more in the line of the earlier versions of the fairy tale, rather than to loosely follow the modern adaptations of it.

Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood takes place in Daggerhorn, a medieval village haunted by a bloodthirsty werewolf. In the village we find Valerie (Amanda Seyfried), a beautiful young woman who falls in love with the orphan wood cutter Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), something that her parents are against since they have arranged for her to marry the wealthy lad Henry (Max Irons).

As Valerie and Peter, in fear of losing each other, plans to run way the werewolf breach the long-lasting truce with the villagers and under a blood red moon, the beast takes a human life – Valerie’s sister. Hungry for revenge, the people in the village send for the famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), in hopes that he can take down the beast for them.

Panic grips the village as more villagers are slain with each new moon Father Solomon reveals that the beast takes human form by day and that it could be anyone in the village. Soon Valerie discovers that she has an uncanny connection to the werewolf, which draws them together, making her both a suspect and bait . . .

I think this sounds more like a love drama, with a vicious werewolf thrown in, than a gritty suspenseful horror story. Nonetheless, there’s three reasons to why I will go and see this – Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried and a werewolf!

How about you, will you go and see Red Riding Hood as it howls into the theaters on March 2?

Solid X-Men: First Class Poster

The PR staff over at 20th Century Fox got kind of busy yesterday, starting to heave out various promo stuff on the net, such as set visits, official stills and a poster for their upcoming X-men sequel, X-Men: First Class.

I have had mixed feelings about this one, something that has changed after looking at the photo above featuring the cast, dressed up in their superhero costumes. First I thought I looked at a lineup from Star Trek, but then I spotted James McAvoy, which convinced me that the photo really depicted the cast from X-Men: First Class.

However, even if that particular still seems a bit lame, I’m confident that the director Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) with Kevin Bacon (Mystic River), James McAvoy (Wanted) and Michael Fassbender (300) has what it takes to steer this away from an embarrassing failure though. I guess that we will get a hint on which direction X-Men: First Class is heading, when the first trailer arrives, which I imagine will be any day now.

Anyway, I think that the first poster for X-Men: First Class looks promising though, giving a cool and strong impression, or what do you say about it?

The poster for X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class takes place in the 1960’s and depicts the story of how Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr became Professor X and Magneto, and what caused them to go from close friends to sworn rivals. The movie will blaze into our theaters on June 3, this summer.

Scream of The Banshee & 51 gets Their Own Premieres

Earlier this year After Dark Films and Syfy decided to work together to produce two feature movies, for Syfy’s Saturday Original Movie franchise. A couple months later the result of the cooperation emerged – the horror movie Scream of the Banshee, starring Lauren Holly (NCIS) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and the Sci-fi movie 51 with Bruce Boxleitner (TRON: Legacy) and Rachel Miner, who played Meg in three episodes of Supernatural.

Now After Dark Films reveals that the two movies are also slated to have their own theatrical release, sometime later this year; separate from the After Dark Originals festival, bawling into selected theaters on January 28 and the premiere on SyFy.

Courtney Solomon, the CEO of After Dark Films gave the following statement,

“We love our partnership with Syfy and look forward to expanding on this exciting line-up. Scream of the Banshee and 51, will be the first Syfy Saturday Original Movie to also get a theatrical release thru After Dark”

Check out this cool poster for 51 below before you head over to ogle on the spicy poster for Scream of the Banshee here.

Poster for the Sci-fi movie 51

Sharktopus Coming on DVD and Blu-ray

I belong to the crowd of people that find pleasure in watching Syfy’s humorous caricatures of horror, with their obscure monsters, logical loopholes and cheesy effects, since they always crack me up.

However, it’s those shamelessly funny and creative names that I admire above anything else, though. You can check out this list of Syfy’s Best Movie Titles at IGN to see what I mean!

Now one of Syfy’s highest rated creature ever, seen by over two million jaw dropping viewers as it aired in September will make its DVD and Blu-ray debut on March 15 – Sharktopus!

It’s hard not to bat an eyelid as you see this imaginative hybrid of shark and octopus, rise from the ocean to take a stroll on land using its tentacles! Something less surprising though, is that Eric Roberts stars in the movie.

The storyline follows Nathan Sands (Roberts), a genetic scientist that created Sharktopus, armed with problem-solving intelligence, as a super weapon for the U.S. Navy. Amazingly, during a training drill outside Mexico, Sharktopus’s control implants get damaged and the creature escapes to Puerto Vallarta, to munch on all the tasty bikini babes, jet-skiers and spring-breakers having a blast there.

It’s up to an odd group of a hotshot mercenary, an investigative reporter, and Sand’s daughter, skilled in biomechanics, to stop this nightmarish abomination from gobbling up all the tourists on the popular resort.

Sharktopus were directed by Declan O’Brien (Wrong Turn 3), after a story written by Mike MacLean, who have blessed the world with Dinocroc vs. Supergator and Road Raiders, as well. It was produced by Roger Corman, who also does a hilarious cameo in it.

Check out the trailer below, which I’m sure will stimulate your fantasy nerves a bit.

Sharktopus trailer:

Sharktopus makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut on March 15, 2011 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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