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Twitchy Thumbs: Silent Hill (1999)

Silent Hill video game cover

The following is what would have been the first entry in an ongoing column about video games. However, since the site will no longer be updating after June 15th, only one entry was produced. We hope you enjoy!

Way back in 1999 when Silent Hill was released for the Playstation, videogaming was in the middle of a massive image shift. With the arrival and success of the Playstation in 1996 gaming was becoming mainstream and cool. It was no longer considered the past time of pasty kids with no friends or the hopelessly nerdy. Advances in technology enabled developers to add a cinematic sheen to their games for the first time and titles like Gran Turismo, Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid were leading the pack in this new cinematic approach. Even Hollywood was getting in on this blossoming medium, with the likes of Bruce Willis lending his likeness and voice to generic shoot em up Apocalypse. And in the midst of all this came Silent Hill. Initially seen as a rival to flagship horror franchise Resident Evil, it went on to become a big success in its own right and the years since have seen numerous sequels, spin-offs, merchandising, films and even a remake. The series even has its own iconic bogeyman in the hulking shape of Pyramid Head. But it all started with the first game, a relentless, nerve shredding nightmare.

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Doomsday Online Game

Doomsday Poster

In keeping with my editorial on balancing a love of the classics with an enthusiasm with future genre offerings, I thought I'd point out that Doomsday, the new apocalyptic thriller from Dog Soldiers and The Descent director Neil Marshall, coming out on March 14th. To promote the release, Universal has posted "Doomsday - Marauder Massacre", an online video game. You take the role of a commando in a shooting gallery style action game that's insanely difficult.(read more...)

"Castlevania" on the Big Screen

Director Sylvain White (Stomp the Yard) has signed a seven-figure deal to direct a big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series Castlevania. The film was originally under development with Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, AVP: Alien vs. Predator) attached to write and direct. Anderson will instead direct a remake of Death Race 2000, but he remains attached as the writer. He and White are expected to rewrite the script together. White grew up playing the Castlevania series. "Most of the vampire films have been present or set in the future, from 'Blade' to 'Underworld,' and I was attracted by the chance to make a dark, epic period movie that almost has an anime feel to it," White said. Rogue Pictures will co-finance the film and distribute it. The theatrical release is projected for late 2008.

Clive Barker and John Woo Team For New Horror Franchise

In other, similar news, Fangoria.com also reported that Clive Barker and Jon Woo are producing a new film and video game duo called Demonik. Fango stated that no one is quite sure of what the plot consists of, but the producer of Tiger Hill, the company behind Demonik, was quoted as saying that both film and the game will feature "the ultimate bad guy, wreaking havoc with a variety of innovative and spectacular powers and abilities." Barker was also quoted, saying that "you'll not only be witness to the genesis of a new villain, but you can play him. I find that to be an extremely interesting way to create a new and compelling franchise."

Ash Gets Groovy in "Evil Dead: Regeneration" Video Game

So a new Evil Dead game has been announced. That makes this the third time Ash (from the housewares section of S-Mart) will fight a horde of Deadites. When I first saw the news, I thought, "Oh, that's pretty cool." What I didn't know, at the time, however, is that the game also allows Ash the pleasure of teaming up with a 3-foot tall Deadite in an attempt to put a stop to Dr.(read more...)

Romero Talks About "Land of the Dead" and Zombie Video Game

The website known as Dark Universe has posted an interview with George Romero, as interrogated by gaming magazine Edge. In it, Romero says some interesting things about the new video game City of the Dead, which is based in his zombie universe, and talks briefly about his new film, the 4th in the Living Dead series, Land of the Dead. The interview is definitely worth a read if you even remotely like zombies, but then again, I didn't need to tell you that.(read more...)

Romero Involved in Living Dead Video Games

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