This is Horror is a sampling of Horror Movies, Art, Fiction, and Gaming, and more. A little bit of everything to make the horror hound in you feel all fuzzy and warm. Or tingle with anticipation. Whatever works for you. Hope you enjoy!
New Releases: (Jan 27, 2017)
Synopsis: Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Starring: Ruby Rose, Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter
Watch the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter trailer here.
(This also appeared on This is Sci-Fi as it crosses that boundary a bit.)
In Theatres Already:
Synopsis: Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities, and must try and escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Watch the Split trailer here
Read a great review of Split.
Trailer to Watch:
Death Passage is an upcoming 2017 horror mystery film from Zero Media. It doesn’t have an official release date for the US yet, but you can watch the teaser trailer now.
Featured Horror Art
I saw this and knew instantly what I was going to share for This is Horror this week. (Normally I’m searching for 15+ minutes to find a good piece to share.) Isn’t this great?!
New Releases: For clarification purposes, from here on out, a book will be listed under “New Releases” if the first published edition of it (whether it be kindle, paperback, etc) was released less than 30 days ago.
Olivia is excited for university. She will be on her own, in a new place hopeful to meet new friends.On the night she moves in, she is taken off the street by two masked men. She is placed in a room which is little more than a cell. A pink cell. A room made for a doll. She is now part of their collection.
Four teenagers awaken in a scorched cornfield with no memory of how they got there. All they know is that there were five of them when they found the carcass of the mutilated cow.
Forty years later, Eric Devlin sends a cryptic email to the other three survivors: I remember everything.
Karl Doering has spent the majority of his life trying to understand what happened that night and learn the fate of his missing friend. He responds to the mysterious message and finds that Eric has killed himself in a decrepit barn, behind which is a cornfield filled with mutilated cattle.
When a local girl goes missing, Karl realizes that he and the other two survivors are her only hope. To find her they must confront repressed memories so traumatic they’d driven Eric to take his own life…and creatures straight out of their worst nightmares. – Goodreads
A collection of horror short stories by acclaimed author, journalist and movie-critic Kim Newman. This volume contains twenty-one stories featuring famous figures from Jack the Ripper to Frankenstein’s monster, and includes a brand-new, exclusive Anno Dracula story ‘Yokai Town: Anno Dracula 1899’. – Goodreads
New-To-You (and with a 3.75+ rating on Goodreads)
New Release Horror Games: (The pictures link to their Steam pages.)
The first big news is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
There have been various HD upgrades to the Resident Evil franchise but it’s been four years since a brand new title. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard looks to be going back to its horror roots after the action-fest that was Resident Evil 6. I’m curious to see how the first person perspective will play out. To my knowledge, it’s the only time Resident Evil has gone first-person mode in their main franchise games. There are a couple of one-off titles like the on-the-rails shooters but they’ve never gone first person mode in their main titles.
Horror of the Deep – Early Access
A narcotics police officer invades a logistics company, suspected of drug trafficking. Looking for evidence, he discovers an even greater secret, and his mission now and leave the place alive. iREC presents moments of tension, with an incredible atmosphere of terror.
Reviews: Mixed (I would like to add, however, that there are only nine reviews thus far)
Reviews: None at this time
Multiplayer game in an original universe full of despair, deaths, bloodthirsty creatures, anomalies, and paranormal activity. Players can explore the world, take missions and follow the main quest. Think you have survived? It is only the beginning.
Reviews: Very Positive
Call to 10
The main character wakes up in a terrible room with a camera attached to his head. He doesn’t remember anything, but instinct tells him to escape. You’ve been kidnapped by a maniac obsessed with the Saw film series. So the threat comes not only from the maniac but also from the traps he set up.
Greenwood: The Last Ritual
Greenwood The Last Ritual is an adventure game with isometric viewpoint where you will play as an envoy of Vatican. Use magic of pentagrams to break the Curse on the Valley. At the same time you will have to try to resist that Curse yourself and make it out alive.
Luci: Horror Story
Reviews: Mostly Positive
I’m including a couple of bonus additions down here. They’re not quite horror but they look really fun. Two of them are a bit sci-fi and one just looks adorably fun: She Remembered Caterpillars | Memoranda | Mainlining | Diluvion | Once Upon an All Hallows Eve
Horror Game Review: PRICE
《PRICE》 is a free puzzle game. Ivry woke up from a nightmare, finding himself in a weird chamber. He had to seek for truth as well as his sister Iva so as to escape from darkness and get out of terror.
Review: PRICE is a point & click puzzle-based game. The art style definitely has an anime flair to it and is really beautiful. The story is engaging and well-developed. It took me about 3-4 hours to finish but it does have a save function which really comes in handy. Some free-to-play games don’t have a save function, mostly because they’re usually pretty short.
There were a few minor flaws to it. Sometimes the translation was a bit rocky but nothing too bad. You could always get the gist of the sentence. Another (minor) grammatical error were action words not being separated from the rest of the speech text. An example: “I’m having a hard time huffing and puffing moving this.” The ‘huffing and puffing’ should be separated from the main speech part.
At times it can be hard to tell what exactly you’re supposed to do to progress but you can usually figure it out with a little trial and error.
Being a free-to-play it is worth the couple hours it takes to play it. The story alone, actually, is worth it.
Horror on the Web
- The Verge has an excellent article on where Shyamalan screws up with Split and mental illness.
- Cinemablend reports that there’s a new “perfect horror director” for Godzilla 2, and they’re seriously psyched about it.
- Tarred + Feathered had a cool list of 13 of Witchcraft Horror’s Most Iconic Heroines.
- There was some awesome advertising for the new Rings movie that would have made me run screaming.
- Inquisitr says these are the best horror movies to watch with a group of friends.
- I’ve never heard of The Barn before I read this review, but now I feel like I have to watch it.
- HollywoodReporter recently talked to Karyn Kusama, one of the 4 directors of XX, about females in horror.
- Wasps bother you? Then this piece of real horror will make you squirm.