Author - Jennifer Paxton

Horror Rewind Halloween Attraction Announced in Los Angeles

October 6, 2017 – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings some their most terrifying horror films to life when HORROR REWIND arrives in Downtown Los Angeles the weekend of Friday the 13th. Taking place over the course of three nights, this immersive experience is produced by The Great Company in collaboration with the creators of premiere interactive horror theater Delusion.

In a secluded corner of the Arts District of Los Angeles, a deranged horror movie super fan, has created a living, breathing installation in homage to his four favorite films (THE FLY, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, 28 DAYS LATER and CARRIE). In tribute to these films, he has trapped innocent civilians inside and transformed them into demented and deformed monsters, forced to live-out his most terrifying celluloid nightmares.

For those who make it out alive, forget what your mother told you and stop by the ominous van parked outside. There you’ll be able to feed your own macabre obsessions and purchase any of 19 brand new Blu-rays featuring collectible packaging cover designs by acclaimed digital artist Orlando Arocena.  Limited edition posters of Arocena’s work will also be available as a gift with purchase while supplies last.

Fans can also purchase the full line-up of the Halloween faceplates from Arocena here: http://bit.ly/FoxHalloweenWM

Admission is free but ticketing is EXTREMELY limited and on a FIRST-COME-FIRST SERVE BASIS!

Guests must register in advance at HORRORREWIND.EVENTBRITE.COM to receive an appointment day and time.

A limited number of standby tickets will also be available via the above website.

WHEN: Friday, October 13 – Sunday, October 15
8pm – Midnight
WHERE: Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles
Exact location to be revealed upon confirmation of appointment.

Knott’s Scary Farm 2017 Review

Knott’s Scary Farm, the progenitor of theme park wide Halloween events, is back for 2017 with some new mazes as well as updates to its returning ones. Also, there are hints that old habits are coming back for the better! Should you attend this year’s Scary Farm? Read on to learn more.

Knott’s Scary Farm feels like an event in a sort of transition. When park management changed several years ago, the new boss laid out rules that Scary Farm decorations, facades, etc should not interfere with day operations. As a result, the park ended up moving four of its haunted houses to the backstage area which, no matter how they try to theme it, is just a big parking lot. Also gone were the in-ride haunted experiences found within the Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride. Before this, haunted houses were constructed in the park proper, which gave guests reasons to visit each of the park’s themed zones. Also, Scary Farm decorations and overlays were up during normal business hours, meaning that guests coming to visit the park during the day would be enticed into returning for the Scary Farm to see what it was all for (I know that’s one of the reasons my family started attending back in 1991).

There has been another change in park management, with new directives. The result is that this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm feels like a harbinger of great things to (hopefully) come next year! The decorations, facades, and overlays are starting to return. The Timber Mountain Log Ride now has an in-ride overlay which feels like a welcome return to the event’s roots. The park’s venerable Ghost Town zone has a slew of cobwebs and creepy crawlies attached to buildings and other things. The sheer number of cobwebs alone gives me goosebumps and was a great call by park designers! Next year, I hope to see even more of a return to yesteryear and that they bring those haunted houses from the backstage area into the park again. Also, we’d love to see a haunted experience in the Calico Mine Ride again.

Moving on to the Scary Farm’s new mazes, we have Pumpkin Eater and Dark Ride. Pumpkin Eater is a gruesome maze with lots of gory eye-candy. It puts guests on the trail of a dark and mysterious creature known as the Pumpkin Eater that terrorizes a small town. The maze looks great, has some terrific scares, and is a great addition to the Scary Farm lineup. Dark Ride sends guests through a broken down carnival dark ride that has been taken over by shunned circus performers and carnival workers. The maze does a great job of presenting its fictional dark ride to guests, even having a faux ride track, animatronics, and corny jump scares that one finds on the real thing. My only complaint, if you could call it that, was hoping that guests would actually get pushed around the maze in a ride car in the way that Jon Cooke, designer of the maze, was in the Scary Farm preview event – even if only a part of the way through.

The returning mazes all have something new about them – some gimmicks working better than others, so I wanted to start with the best of them: Trick or Treat: Lights Out. Remotely-controlled flashlights and lanterns have been a hit-or-miss technology in the haunted attractions industry. They are prone to interference, breakage, and the elements at large. Simply put: The usually don’t work! In the case of my walkthrough of Trick or Treat: Lights Out, it worked splendidly. They have turned the lights of the returning maze off and given each guest a remotely-controlled flashlight. Throughout the course of the maze, your light will flicker, change intensity, hue, and even vibrate for feedback! The technology has never been presented better than in this maze and it gave a whole new life to the experience. Of course, now the issue will be to see if the Scary Farm can properly maintain the lights if they want to use them again next year (or through the end of the run, for that matter).

Shadow Lands, which was one of my favorite mazes in 2016, is back with some new route changes, decor updates, and new creatures. There isn’t much more to say about Shadow Lands, save for the fact that it is still awesome in every way a haunted house can be awesome! Special Ops: Infected is back with some new set pieces, including a tank! The fast and furious zombie shooting haunted house has a leader board now so you can track your number of kills. It seems like the light guns are holding up well and I think it would be great to see this return again next year. Voodoo also returns and, this time, guests go through the maze backwards. It may seem a bit gimmicky but the reversal of the route does actually give Voodoo new life. It could probably go another year in reverse before needing replacement. Tooth Fairy, a maze in desperate need of replacement, returns with a new Tooth Fairy creature as well as some other new surprises near the end of the maze. It is still gruesome and scary but is showing its age. Paranormal Inc. is another maze which, while still fun, should probably be replaced next year. And, I don’t mean replaced completely – it would be cool to see them do a new maze in the next fictional episode of the Paranormal Inc series. Finally, Red Barn returns with its crew of redneck cannibal folk and is holding its own. It was launched in 2016, and still has something to offer guests in the way of scares.

The street zones have always been a big part of the Knott’s Scary Farm experience, and 2017 is a GREAT year for them. In Ghost Town Streets, the decorations are in full effect and the monsters are doing a great job – even on the always rocky first night of performance. I expect it will just get even better as they settle into their roles. The CarnEVIL area of the park has some new set pieces for the clowns to work with and the Dark Ride maze also gives them some material as they can assault the guests waiting to get inside. Camp Snoopy, known as The Hollow during the Scary Farm, is killing it thanks to its characters creating backstory. Last year, the witches of the Hollow began doing impromptu shows, fleshing out their backstories and adding a lot of flavor to the zone. This year, they have park-backing and special effects to work with as well! Fiesta de los Muertos is back, and does a great job given the brightness of the area and lack of fog to use as concealment. With the heart that the scare actors put into this zone, I hope park management will give them some new set pieces and decor next year instead of using the area to prop up a DJ stage and dance zone (who comes to the Scary Farm to dance?).

The in-ride overlay has returned for 2017 in the Timber Mountain Log Ride “Halloween Hootenanny”. The decorations stay up during the day, giving guests some fun Fall flavor, while the scares ramp up in the evening. In case I haven’t mentioned this enough in this review: In-ride overlays and haunt experiences are excellent and should be done more next year! Now we just need to get monsters back in the Calico Mine Ride!

Of course, no trip to Knott’s Scary Farm would be complete without taking in Elvira’s show! According to the Mistress of the Dark, this will be her final year at Knott’s Scary Farm, so be sure to check it out! As for her last show – how was it? It was a blast! Lots of yucks, dancing, and more. If you are a fan of Elvira or the Scary Farm, you need to make time to see it. Also returning is the park’s venerable stage show, The Hanging. This year’s show has a ton of material to pull from and manages, more or less, to walk the line between tasteless and funny. It’s not the strongest year I have seen for The Hanging, but definitely not the worst!

Overall, the 2017 Knott’s Scary Farm is terrific, and a bright harbinger of things to hopefully come to the park in 2018. If you like the log ride overlay, extra decorations, etc I urge you to grab someone working for the event during your visit and let them know. It is important to let park management know that these changes are the right course of action for the event. Knott’s Scary Farm runs on various days throughout October. You can find park and ticket information at its official website.

 

Buffy Gifting Suite Awaits New York Comic-Con Attendees

Los Angeles, CA (September 22, 2017) – The 20th Anniversary celebration of Buffy the Vampire Slayer continues with a one-of-a-kind fan experience during New York Comic-Con.  For years celebrities have been invited to gifting suites to fill up their bags with complimentary items, but this time Buffy’s loyal fandom will have the opportunity to do the same at the Buffy Fan Gifting Suite.  The New York City suite will be open for one day only on Friday, October 6th from 1 – 6 PM allowing attendees to choose a few items from a wide-assortment of Buffy merchandise – from apparel and accessories to games and brand new books – all for FREE!

Starting today, fans of the iconic series can select a gifting suite appointment time and find additional details by visiting BuffySlays.com – the new online shopping destination from 20th Century Fox Consumer Products showcasing exclusive Buffy merchandise. While registration for the Buffy Fan Gifting Suite is on a first come first serve basis, wait list information will be posted in the days ahead on the Buffy Facebook page. A New York Comic Con badge is not a requirement to access the gifting suite.

The Buffy Fan Gifting Suite will feature a wide variety of apparel, merchandise, and unique collectibles that have been released this year in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the iconic TV show.  Highlights below of participating partners with a selection of downloadable images here.

  • The gifting suite will feature a selection of exclusive Buffy merchandise from Fox Consumer Product’s all-new shopping portal, BuffySlays.com. Items currently available now for purchase include a Buffy varsity jacket, a selection of unique tees, mugs, blankets, notebooks, posters and more.
  • Releasing next month, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Official Grimoire: A Magickal History of Sunnydale (Insight Editions) is the first and only truly comprehensive collection of every magical moment from all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, humorously narrated by beloved resident witch Willow Rosenberg. Completely illustrated and annotated by the rest of the gang, this book of spells is a unique keepsake for fans of the Buffy-verse and an incredible celebration of the show’s twenty-year legacy. This grimoire from the baddest witch around will teach potential slayers and aspiring wiccans everything they’ll ever need to know about magic in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Buffy: Demons of the Hellmouth, from Titan Books, is a fully licensed guide to the vampires and other demons that flocked to the Sunnydale Hellmouth.  This in-universe illustrated guide is written by Rupert Giles, and also contains handwritten notes from Buffy and Willow.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse (Harper Design) is a comprehensive, authorized compendium of all things Buffy the Vampire Slayer, published in celebration of the revered show’s twentieth anniversary. Coming October 3rd, fans can discover Buffy’s world fully with this full-color A-to-Z encyclopedia that catalogs, explains, and cross-references every detail of the Buffyverse, from characters, locations, and weapons to episodes, demons, and recurring gags. Packed with content from the television show, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia is the first companion book that also includes key facts from the official canon comics and its spin-off show Angel—making this comprehensive volume the only truly complete guide to the entire Buffyverse. Lavishly produced and written by Buffy experts, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia is the authoritative source for fans, allowing them to indulge in the intricacies and nuances of the series as never before. With color stills and photography throughout, an eerie cover with special effects, and an incredible design that reflects the show’s aesthetics, this fully authorized companion is a must-have for all Buffy enthusiasts.
  • Funko, purveyor of pop culture and licensed-focused collectibles, will feature at the gifting suite their brand new Funko Rock Candy: Buffy the Vampire Slayer-Willow Collectible Figure, and Funko Rock Candy Vampire Slayer-Buffy Collectible Figure. Additionally, Funko’s New York Comic Con booth (#722) will offer an exclusive Buffy the Vampire Slayer Pop! 2-pack! (Buffy & Faith). Following NYCC, this 2-Pack will only be only available at BoxLunch stores and BoxLunch.com.  BoxLunch, a cause-driven pop-culture gift store, offers fans numerous Buffy items to purchase including apparel, accessories and collectibles. For every $10 spent in-store or online, BoxLunch helps provide a meal to a person in need through their partnership with Feeding America.*
  • The team of imaginative pop culture fanatics at Ripple Junction have locked themselves in the library and studied up on the last 20 years of fandom celebrating Buffy.  Ripple Junction has developed a full line of tees for young men and women available at major retail outlets, as well as ripplejunction.com and Amazon.com.
  • Releasing on October 3rd from Simon & Schuster, Buffy the Vampire Slayer 20 Years of Slaying: The Watcher’s Guide Authorized. A special hardcover collector’s edition of the authorized Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides, now with updated content from the cast and crew! Just in time for the show’s twentieth anniversary, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides have been compiled into one hardcover collector’s edition for the first time! Inside, you’ll find all the best content from Volumes 1–3 of the original Watcher’s Guides, as well as exclusive new content, including never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book (Dark Horse) – Enter the world of the Slayer, the Chosen One who wields the skill to fight vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness–  Favorite characters and moments from the beloved television series are represented in this delightful adult coloring book. Contains 45 black-and-white, detailed, and original illustrations.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Big Bads & Monsters Adult Coloring Book (Dark Horse) brings to life these ready-to-color pages filled with your favorite Big Bads and monsters in your own way in this follow-up to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Forty-five original black and white illustrations give you the Chosen One and all the Scoobies, and a rogues gallery of the very worst and most interesting vampires, demons, witches, and more, interspersed with elements of magic, a little humor, and the heart of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • From Jasco, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game where players must help Buffy The Vampire Slayer protect Sunnydale from the forces of evil in this fully cooperative board game.
  • Hot Topic, the retail destination for music and pop-culture inspired clothes and accessories, plus fashion apparel for girls and guys is celebrating 20 years of slaying. Hot Topic offers a wide selection of Buffy merchandise inspired by beloved characters from the show including Willow’s iconic pink, fuzzy sweater, tops featuring memorable quotes from the series, and more.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Vampyr Stationery Set includes a 192-page blank pocket journal, 20 blank notecards featuring iconic Buffy quotes, envelopes, and 20 Hellmouth sticker seals. Enclosed in a keepsake box designed to look like it came from Giles’ library, this special stationery set allows fans to share the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with their fellow Scoobies. (Insight Editions)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Vampyr Hardcover Ruled Journal includes a section of text adapted from the original Slayer Handbook before giving way to blank ruled pages. Atmospheric, engrossing, and designed with a dynamic in-universe aesthetic, this blank ruled journal invites readers to add their own story to the legacy of the Slayer. (Insight Editions)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sunnydale High Hardcover Ruled Journal is a finely crafted writing journal that includes a ribbon bookmark, elastic closure, inside back pocket for storage, and beautiful leatherette cover featuring the iconic emblem of Sunnydale High. (Insight Editions)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus Season 8 Vol 1 (Dark Horse) A New York Times bestseller! Series creator Joss Whedon brought Buffy the Vampire Slayerback to life with this comics-only follow-up to Season 7 of the television show. Aptly named Season 8, these comics are the official sequel to Buffy and continue where the live-action series left off with the Slayer, her friends, and their ongoing challenge to fight the forces of darkness. This oversized omnibus edition is one of two volumes that will contain the entirety of Season 8. Contains Buffy Season 8 Library Edition Volumes 1-2 (excluding sketchbook materials), all series covers (Buffy Season 8 #1-#20), the Willow one-shot Goddesses and Monsters, and the “Always Darkest” short from MySpace Dark Horse Presents #24.

About Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The series, created by Joss Whedon, premiered on the WB Network on March 10th, 1997. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the “Scooby Gang.”

About 20th Century Fox Consumer Products

20th Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of 20th Century Fox Film, 20th Century Fox Television and FX Networks, as well as third party lines.  The division is aligned with 20th Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content and 20th Century Fox Film, one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures throughout the world.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. BoxLunch guarantees a minimum of 5,000,000 meals (monetary equivalent of $500,000) to Feeding America and member food banks from Feb 2, 2017 to Jan 31, 2018. Meal claim valid as of 7/1/17 and subject to change. Feeding America – 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601, Tel: 800.771.2303

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights Opens with Red Carpet

Universal City, CA, September 15, 2017 – Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood got off to a terrifying start this evening as Hollywood celebrities paraded along the red carpet to celebrate Southern California’s most extreme Halloween event.

Halloween Horror Nights” dates are: September 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, October 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-29, 31 and November 2-4, 2017.

Attending celebrity guests included Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day), Israel Broussard (Happy Death Day), Tobin Bell (SAW franchise), Leigh Whannell (Insidious, SAW), Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Happy Death Day, Insidious, Get Out), Frank Grillo (The Purge:  Anarchy, The Purge: Election Year); Matthew Passmore (JIGSAW), Jennifer Tilly (Child’s Play), Tom Payne (“The Walking Dead”), Emily Kinney (“The Walking Dead”), Jabbawockeez,  Slash (Musician),  Christian Navarro (“13 Reasons Why”), Vanessa Hudgens (“Powerless”), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal”), Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”), Jordan Clarkson (LA Lakers, NBA Player), Lisa Edelstein (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), and John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights,” among others.

“Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. The popular event features a new slate of unrivaled film and television production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties.

Touting more mazes than ever, this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” lineup includes: The Shining,” inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s psychological thriller; “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series; “The Horrors of Blumhouse,” featuring iconic and unnerving moments from The Purge franchise, Sinister movies and upcoming Happy Death Day, inspired by prolific filmmaker Jason Blum’s blockbuster films; “Insidious: Beyond the Further,” based on Universal Pictures and Sony Picture’s upcoming supernatural thriller Insidious franchise including, Insidious: The Last Key; “Ash vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series; “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw,” inspired by the SAW film series and the upcoming series installment, JIGSAW; “Titans of Terror,” which unites slasher film villains, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface; and “The Walking Dead” attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series.

The all-new “Titans of Terror Tram: Hosted by Chucky” ratchets up the scares, transporting guests into a nightmare of carnage on the world-famous studio backlot, pitting guests against Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface and the infamous serial killer doll, Chucky. The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew also returns by popular demand.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out for all ticket options, including the all-new R.I.P. Tour, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket, the Frequent Fear Pass and must-have Front-of-Line ticket.  Guests electing to purchase the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

The ever popular Frequent Fear Pass allows fans, who just can’t get enough of “Halloween Horror Nights,” to visit multiple times throughout the run of the event.  The in-demand Front-of-Line ticket to “Halloween Horror Nights” is also available enabling guests to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, the all-new Terror Tram experience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop dance performance.

For updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter,Snapchat and Periscope; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Interactive Trailer

September 18, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today launched a NEW “Campaign That Never Forgets: Friend or Foe” bringing to life the videogame that never forgets, Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Beginning with an interactive live-action film directed by Neil Huxley (Avatar, Watchmen) and shot by Director of Photography, Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones), the “Campaign That Never Forgets” faithfully recreates the award-winning Nemesis System, driving viewers to make key story decisions during the siege of a fortress in Mordor.

Those decisions then result in a personal relationship with a specific Orc as a loyal ally or vengeful enemy, which will extend beyond the interactive trailer and follow viewers across the internet, emulating the gameplay experience created by the Nemesis System. In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players now have entirely new ways to journey through the dynamic world, with more choices and opportunities than ever before due to addition of Orc Followers. Whether spared, scarred, recruited or marked, every encounter will be remembered and help fuel the dynamics of society and conflict within Mordor, all brought to life through the expanded Nemesis System.

The interactive live-action film kicking off the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of War “Campaign That Never Forgets” can be viewed and shared at https://shadowofwar.com/.

Injustice 2 – Introducing Raiden Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released gameplay featuring the next character that will be available for download in the critically acclaimed Injustice 2: Raiden from the world renown Mortal Kombat franchise.  In addition to showcasing the eternal God of Thunder and protector of Earthrealm, the video showcases Black Lighting, a brand new Premiere Skin that accompanies the Raiden DLC.  Black Lightning has been added to the Ultimate Edition and Ultimate Pack.

Developed by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Red Hood and Sub-Zero available now.

For more information about Injustice 2 please visit www.injustice.com. Join the Injustice 2 conversation on Facebook (https://go.wbgames.com/Facebook), Twitter (https://go.wbgames.com/Twitter), and official forums (https://go.wbgames.com/Forums).

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Launches

GHENT, Belgium – Sept. 14, 2017 –  Divinity: Original Sin 2, the highly anticipated fantasy RPG from Larian Studios featuring deep, turn-based combat and an epic, branching story, has today launched on Steam and GOG! The game is available globally now for $44.99 at:

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/435150/

GOG: https://www.gog.com/game/divinity_original_sin_2

Check out the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTWTFX8qzPI&t=1s, as well as the new kickstarter video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/larianstudios/divinity-original-sin-2/posts/1988441

Divinity: Original Sin 2 gives players the freedom of a tabletop RPG, encouraging improvisation, and experimentation, and bending traditional video game rules. Players can go anywhere, talk to anyone, interact with everything, and overcome obstacles like in no other RPG.

Set one thousand years after the events of 2014’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed Divinity: Original Sin, Larian Studios has built upon all of the things that made the original a hit. This includes an expanded world, branching story, deeper turn-based combat, a classless character development system, 4-player co-op play, and epic amounts of fully voiced dialogue. The world of Rivellon is full of new lands to explore, both beautifully detailed and brutally dangerous.

New to Divinity: Original Sin 2 is Game Master Mode, an ambitious undertaking by Larian Studios that gives Game Masters the tools to create their own custom campaigns. A GM can create an entire campaign from the ground up, uploading their own world map and assets, editing battle and dungeon maps, scripting roleplaying scenarios with player response options, rolling virtual dice, and managing intense battles in real-time with up to four players. GMs can even upload and share their campaigns via Steam Workshop.

Brand new to the game, and an industry-first, Divinity: Original Sin 2 will feature a Discord integration. A player’s Discord profile will display detailed game status, progress, and game modes as they play. If co-op spots are available, players can post invites to play together in a Discord chat. Click “Join” on the invite in Discord to seamlessly launch the game and start playing together.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 features six unique origin characters with full-fledged backstories, personalities, and questline: Red Prince, a haughty but heroic lizard noble; Sebille, an elven assassin; Lohse, a possessed musician; Ifan ben-Mezd, a mercenary ex-soldier; Beast, a rebel-turned-pirate dwarf; and Fane, an undead member of the long-forgotten Eternal race.

Whether players choose an origin character or create one from scratch, Divinity: Original Sin 2’s classless character development system provides ample options, with over 200 base skills and spells (and that’s before Skill Crafting!). Players can create highly differentiated custom classes and character types to fit how they want to experience the game. Playing cooperatively with friends is also a key aspect of the Divinity: Original Sin series — Divinity: Original Sin 2 has doubled this, allowing for up to 4-player co-op. It also includes controller support and split-screen for two players on the same PC.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 was a successful Kickstarter campaign in August 2016, raising over $2 million from more than 40,000 backers. The first act of the game has been available via Steam Early Access and frequently updated since September 2016.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Announces Horror Made Here Special Event

September 13, 2017 – Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is expanding this Halloween with an all new immersive experience created especially for horror fans. For six nights only, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood: Horror Made Here will transform the famed backlot into a festival of frights, taking guests into the most spine-tingling moments from some of Hollywood’s greatest horror movies. As part of the expanded offerings, Horror Made Here will include the Neibolt House from the highly popular The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood, which is moving to the Warner Bros. Studio backlot for horror enthusiasts as part of this special event. In addition to the Neibolt house, each evening will also feature Halloween-themed activities, music, food trucks, chilling interactive dark walkthroughs, exclusive nighttime tours and a chance to “float” in the IT VR experience.

Horror Made Here will take place October 19 to 21 and 26 to 28 – six nights of fun-filled haunts and scares as guests walk through experiences from IT, The Conjuring and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Fans can get up close to Pennywise’s rickety circus wagon, sewer pipe and three doors of scare from New Line Cinema’s blockbuster film IT, as well as take a photo op with Elm Street’s infamous Freddy Krueger…if they dare.

Guests will also be able to tour Stage 48: Script to Screen for an up-close look at the original costumes, props and set pieces that contributed to many of the scariest moments in horror movies. Some of the most notable items in the collection include: The Valak, the Demon Nun costume and the zoetrope from The Conjuring 2; a recreation of Bee’s Bedroom and the Work Shed from Annabelle: Creation; and Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise costume, along with Georgie’s rain slicker, from IT.

Adventurous guests can take two different Studio Tour routes revealing behind the lens of some of the most memorable horror scenes captured for TV and movie screens as they explore the Radley Sanitarium from Pretty Little Liars, creep through the haunted Jungle backlot, and visit the sets of classic horror films like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Tickets are on sale now starting from $69 per person at wbstudiotour.com. The Horror Made Here experience is designed for guests 18 years of age and over. Valid ID will be required upon entry to the tour.

Okami HD Announced for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC

September 12, 2017 – The much loved and highly acclaimed BAFTA award-winning visual masterpiece Okami HD will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both physically and digitally and as a digital download for Windows PC across North America on December 12, 2017 for MSRP $19.99. Experience a tidal wave of colorful action by downloading the new trailer and assets from the press site here.

The original game, released to critical and consumer acclaim in 2006, was hailed as one of the most beautiful games ever created, and this latest release with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style is now even more breath-taking as the graphics have been updated to take advantage of modern high resolutions. Okami HD will be compatible with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro while featuring stunning 4K graphics on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and supported PC hardware.

In Okami HD players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world into a ruined wasteland. Players must use Amaterasu’s magical abilities and arsenal of items, attacks and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color. Along the way, Amaterasu will be called upon to help a cast of quirky and intriguing characters and defeat a bevy of brutal enemies to rid the land of Orochi’s curse.

Players will be able to choose between playing in a modern widescreen format or the original 2007 release’s 4:3 ratio. Interactive loading game screens from the original game are also included, allowing players to earn bonus demon fangs which can be traded for in-game items.