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PT Teases First Person Horror for Silent Hills

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The new installment into the massively successful Silent Hill franchise boasts an impressive roster of talent behind it’s creation. Movie directing royalty, Guillermo Del Toro is collaborating with video game genius, Hideo Kojima. If you don’t know of either of these visual masters, Del Toro is the man behind such work as Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth. If you know of his work you will already be aware that he has vast wells of experience in creating grotesque and fascinating monsters. Kojima was producer and writer of a raft of games in the Metal Gear Solid franchise, many of you will know that this means he is a veteran when it comes to the creation of cinematic, engaging video games.

The fact that Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead is onboard as lead actor is also not to be forgotten. It is interesting that they are going down this road with their voice actors, as often main characters are voiced by professional voice actors. Rarely is a famous actor who has already established themself in a big role on-screen appeared in the leading role of a video game. However this means only good things for Silent Hills, Reedus has secured a large fan base from his role as Daryl in The Walking Dead, a portion of which will follow his career to this game. Not to mention the fact that Reedus is a fantastic actor and used to the horror genre.

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A playable teaser or “PT” for short has been released on PS4 recently. Though I do not own a Playstation 4 the teaser is available in full on YouTube, I would recommend watching one of the videos with no commentary as it ruins the atmosphere.

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The demo itself is creepy and sinister, do not be mistaken about PT it is no simple jump fest, the Playable teaser for Silent Hills has an uncomfortable and sinister atmosphere. If you have a nervous disposition I would not recommend playing PT, it features not only jump scares but some truly upsetting imagery.

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The teaser doesn’t spoil anything for the final game, as it takes place entirely in the corridors of a house. Although, it does leave clues and hints toward the story of the final product. Radio broadcasts tell of terrible events that may be linked to the events of the new Silent Hill game, clues and puzzles are written on the very walls of the environment you explore. The first person aspect to the game definitely adds an extra depth to the game, making the player feel genuine terror at Del Toro and Kojima’s creations.

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‘Piggy’ Wins Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest

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Director, Carlota Pereda has a lot to be excited about today her gory coming-of-age film, Piggy just won Fantastic Fest’s Best Horror Film Award! The film is incredible and will have you cheering for the outsider and damning the bullies to their fates. It’s an incredibly endearing film that has as much heart as it does terror. It is really no to be missed.

The synopsis for Piggy goes like this:

With the summer sun beating down on her rural Spanish town, Sara hides away in her parent’s butcher shop. A teenager whose excess weight makes her the target of incessant bullying, she flees a clique of capricious girls who torment her at the town pool, only to stumble upon them being brutally kidnapped by a stranger, who drives off with them in his van. When the police begin asking questions, Sara keeps quiet. Intrigued by the stranger — an interest that’s mutual — she’s torn between revealing the truth and protecting the man who saved her.    

Piggy stars Laura Galán, Richard Holmes, Carmen Machi, Irene Ferreiro & Camielle Aguilar, with the special collaborations of Pilar Castro & Claudia Salas.

Don’t miss Piggy when it arrives on demand on October 14 and in Alamo Drafthouses on October 7.

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Creepy Smilers Caught on Camera at Major League Baseball Games

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The horror movie Smile is opening on Friday, and in a genius bit of marketing, the studio gave horror and baseball fans a creepy meta experience this past Friday.

On September 23, viewers of three Major League Baseball (MLB) games had people in the stands, near the cameras, who had disturbingly evil smiles across their faces, sometimes for innings at a time.

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Sports Illustrated reported on the story citing three games in which the grinning people appeared: Red Sox-Yankees, Mets-Athletics, and Cardinals-Dodgers.

The stunt was effective. Unnerved fans and viewers quickly went to social media and posted about the smilers, making the whole gag a success.

But sports fans weren’t the only ones creeped out by the grinning ghouls. During the live broadcast of Good Morning America, behind hosts Hoda Kotb and Al Roker, a scare actor could be seen with the same evil Cheshire grin watching them from the street window.

The Psychotic Smirk

This deceptively trustworthy facial expression is known as the Psychotic smirk according to tvtropes.com.

“The Psychotic Smirk is a favorite with Big Bads everywhere. There’s no need to broadcast just how dangerous they are – everyone’s got a pretty good idea already, but no one can prove it. The important thing is to smile with only one side of the mouth. Sometimes, it’s accompanied by a Finger Wag as if to say “Nice try, sucker” if the hero had attempted to defeat them.”

That concept might be behind the plot of Smile which follows Dr. Rose Cotter who after experiencing a traumatic event notices that people start to smile just before becoming murderously unhinged.

Sosie Bacon — Kevin Bacon’s daughter — portrays the troubled Cotter in the film and she says it was a tough role, and audiences aren’t ready.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t fully aware of how much this part would wear on me when I began the movie,” Bacon told Orange Magazine. “It’s physically demanding, because your body doesn’t understand the difference between acting and real life. But honestly, I don’t know that anything can prepare you for an experience like ‘Smile.’”

Smile opens in theaters on Friday, September 30.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ is Going All Out With a 3D Halloween Special

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back, y’all! For a huge 3D Halloween special that brings back Jonah and the Satellite of Love crew. The guys will be screening 1961’s The Mask 3D and holding a special costume contest where fans are invited to send in their own Halloween costumes.

If you are interested in submitting your costumes you have to do that by October 16. You can submit those costume photos RIGHT HERE.

The MST3K event description goes like this:

Join Jonah and the bots for the premiere of The Mask 3D, a 1961 horror film about a cursed skull mask, and the first time the crew of the Satellite of Love will be subjected to a 3D movie! Filmed in iconic anaglyph 3D, the episode will be viewable with any pair of red and blue 3D glasses. A non-3D version of the episode will also be available.

In order to watch the MST3K Halloween special, you need to tune into The Gizmoplex. It is available through iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and more.

The big MST3K event arives on October 28. For more information on how to watch the Halloween Special head over HERE.

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