Author - Jerry Paxton

MCG Unveils Valor Gaming Phone Case

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2019 — Mobile Gaming Corps (MGC) introduces the Valor Gaming Case with Gaming Glass screen protector, a revolutionary accessory designed to significantly enhance the experience of gaming on a smart phone. MGC’s stylish new phone case is available now at www.mgcgaming.com.

Powerful performance

The MGC Valor Gaming Case is designed to provide a more immersive and dynamic mobile gaming experience in a slim and stylish case that provides the protection expected from a daily driver.

Featuring patent-pending technology, the MGC Valor Gaming Case delivers a new level of control and accuracy in massive mobile games like PUBG, Fortnite, Call of Duty and many more. Mappable buttons positioned at a natural position for the player’s trigger fingers deliver an extra 2 points of control, transforming mobile gaming into a more console-like experience. No longer limited to 2 thumbs, compatible games are amplified through MGC’s innovative integration with their customizable controls.

For years mobile gamers have been restricted to the use of their 2 thumbs, forced to sacrifice precious reaction time, or contort their hands into uncomfortable positions such as the “claw grip.” The only alternative is to use a bulky mobile controller, which is a cumbersome hassle for play on-the-go, or snap-on triggers, which create lag, block portions of the screen and often slide out of position during play. Both require gamers to carry around extra gear, and both must be removed before the phone can be used for everyday tasks.

Now with the MGC Valor Gaming Case, mobile gamers get what they’ve always wanted – a stylish accessory that protects and compliments the phone while offering a reliable and undeniable advantage in gameplay. The revolutionary technology delivers its impact while gaming, then disappears like magic when the phone is being used for other everyday functions.

Epic innovation

The human body is an electrical generator. The MGC Valor Gaming Case harnesses that electricity to power its technology. No extra battery or power drain from the phone is required. This means all of a phone’s battery life can be reserved for the things which users love most – gaming, texting, posting…and more gaming!

The MGC Valor Gaming Case is designed for gaming and built for protection. The back of the case is rubberized for added grip. Airflow vents and heat-sinking materials help to keep phones from overheating during intense gaming sessions. The included Gaming Glass screen protector delivers HD clarity with superior touch sensitivity in addition to its integrated gaming technology. The raised front-facing case edge protects the screen when placed on a flat surface, while the composite anti-shock materials helps to absorb damaging impact from drops. The MGC Gaming Case has the innovative technology to significantly improve gaming performance in a slim and stylish design that works perfectly as an every-day accessory.
Community-driven

Another first in the gaming industry from MGC is the MGC x PUBG Solos Showdown Tournament. Starting in January 2020, MGC will be hosting PUBG Mobile cash tournaments in partnership with gaming celebrity and industry leader Powerbang Gaming. Included with the purchase of every MGC Valor Gaming Case is an Elite Membership code which players can use to join an exclusive community with access to participate in online tournaments every week and win cash! Here they can show off their skills hosted live on-stream on Twitch.tv to gamers around the world, and win cash prizes from a weekly prize pool of $500 and a separate monthly prize pool of $5,000.00!

Unlike most gaming tournaments which are designed for teams of pro gamers only, the MGC Solos Showdown will be a king-of-the-hill style tournament open to all players, all over the world. As MGC co-founder Chris Mancini states, “we’re dropping the ‘players unknown’ back into the battlegrounds. Thanks to our partnership with Powerbang Gaming, the best won’t stay unknown for long!” For more information on the MGC x PUBG Solos Showdown, please visit https://www.mgcgaming.com/events.
Availability and pricing

The MGC Valor Gaming Case with the included Gaming Glass screen protector is available now for an SRP of $59.99 in 3 stylish colors at https://www.mgcgaming.com/.

WWE 2K20 Cover Athlete Roman Reigns Unveils 2K Tower Mode

August 22, 2019 – Experience never-before-seen footage and live action introductions with 2K Towers: Roman’s Reign

Now in its sophomore year for the franchise, WWE 2K20’s 2K Towers invites players to take a WWE Superstar or created MyPLAYER into one of several different towers, each with a unique gauntlet of matches that boast different challenges, match stipulations and player modifications.

WWE 2K20 will shine a spotlight on Roman Reigns, who shares the game cover with WWE Superstar Becky Lynch. In 2K Towers: Roman’s Reign, players will follow “The Big Dog” through his early days in WWE, including his time as a member of The Shield to his rivalries with Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Undertaker and more. Overall, players will compete in 16 matches and live out key chapters in Reigns’ impressive mark on WWE history, all while claiming championships and igniting the WWE Universe along the way. Every match includes a live action introduction from “The Big Dog” himself in exclusive, never-before-seen footage.

Check out the complete list of matches featured in 2K Towers: Roman’s Reign:

  • Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Team Hell No
  • Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton
  • Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan
  • Roman Reigns vs. Big Show
  • Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
  • Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus
  • Roman Reigns vs. Triple H
  • Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles
  • Roman Reigns vs. Rusev
  • Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  • Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker
  • Roman Reigns vs. John Cena
  • Roman Reigns vs. The Miz
  • Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe
  • Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
  • Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre

WWE 2K20 is available now for pre-order and is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2019 for the PlayStation4, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more information on WWE 2K20 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WWE2K20 or subscribe on YouTube.

Largest RazerStore to Open at LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas

SAN FRANCISCO – Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, has announced the Grand Opening of RazerStore Las Vegas (LV). This will be Razer’s largest global store to date and its second store in the U.S. after San Francisco. Razer’s retail expansion into Las Vegas will further electrify the esports and gaming scene in the city best known for sports and entertainment.

The RazerStore LV will be located at The LINQ Promenade, 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #L27, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109. It will open to gamers and the general public on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 12 p.m. PDT.

The street-level space at The LINQ Promenade provides the perfect solution for Razer to greet its game-loving guests. With nearly 22 million global visitors annually, the Promenade represents one of the busiest locations just off the Strip.

“It was totally natural for us to build our next retail presence in Las Vegas, where so many of our fans would be able to experience and enjoy our entire gaming ecosystem,” says Christine Cherel, Global Director of RazerStores. “Together with Caesars Entertainment, we have been scouting for the perfect spot for over a year – and now we have found it, right at the heart of one of the best places for entertainment in the world.”

RazerStore LV will serve to encourage and foster an avid gaming community. In collaboration with Razer partners and The LINQ Promenade, esports and gaming events will be organized weekly.

“The introduction of Razer to The LINQ Promenade will create an immersive destination for gamers at the heart of the Strip,” said Shaun Swanger, senior vice president of attractions, retail and leasing for Caesars Entertainment. “With the addition of Razer, The LINQ Promenade and Las Vegas continue to thrive as the global epicenter of tourism, technology and entertainment.”

A 2,400-square-foot gaming hangout

The new brand gallery and retail store will cover about 2,400 square feet over two levels. The centerpiece is a massive 16-HD-panel-display wall broadcasting interactive live streams and tournaments in full surround sound to onlookers inside and outside.

PC gamers can set new records playing the latest blockbuster titles on the award-winning Razer Blade gaming laptops, while console gamers can compete head-to-head in fighting games on Panthera Evo arcade sticks or Wolverine controllers. Mobile gamers can also relish in their gaming prowess on the 120-Hz display-powered Razer Phone 2.

Each floor will have different experience zones, allowing gamers to explore the full richness of the Razer ecosystem during their stay. The lower level features ten battlestations capable of hosting 5v5 gaming tournaments, as well as a Quartz Pink lair decked with the fan favorite pink gaming gear, and Razer Chroma lighting solutions from Nanoleaf and Philips Hue. Here, gamers will also find a dedicated Chroma room to deep-dive into the next level of gaming immersion. On the upper level mezzanine, streamers can pop into the Razer Streaming Lounge to start off an instant live stream to their fans.

Grand opening day – a huge party for gamers, by gamers

Opening day celebrations will include a live DJ performance, gaming competitions and attendance from major gaming influencers MissesMae, OpTic DI3SEL, AvaGG and Jericho. Thousands will have their shot at door prize entries and giveaways, as well as a first chance to play Xbox’s new Gears 5 in advance of its worldwide release on September 10th.

Razer opened its first U.S. RazerStore at the Westfield Mall in Downtown San Francisco in May 2016. Two more stores are located in Hong Kong and Taiwan. The RazerStore Las Vegas is the second U.S. location and the world’s biggest RazerStore to date.

For more information about the RazerStore Las Vegas, please visit:

https://www.razer.com/razerstores
https://www.caesars.com/linq/promenade/shopping

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan ‘Anthology’ Trailer

August 21, 2019 — BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Supermassive Games released a new teaser trailer for The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan, which illuminates both the title’s driving mysteries and its place within the larger anthological series.

Developed by Supermassive Games, the critically-acclaimed studio behind the cult-classic thriller Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of standalone cinematic horror games anchored by three common threads: an unprecedented amount of branching gameplay—even for a Supermassive title—that yields near-limitless replayability; 5 controllable characters (per game) who can all live and die based on the players’ choices; and The Curator, an omnipresent narrator-like figure who seems to know just a little bit too much about Supermassive’s horrifying new universe.

Man of Medan will serve as the maiden voyage for the anthology, offering players a bottomless ocean of chilling experiences to be braved either with a friend or—for the particularly daring—alone. The title is slated to set sail on August 30, 2019 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Steam® for PC.

Two Point Hospital – Close Encounters Announced

London, England – August 21, 2019 – SEGA® Europe Ltd. and Two Point Studios™ are delighted to announce that Two Point Hospital’s™ new expansion ‘Close Encounters’ is coming to Steam on 29 August 2019 for £6.99 and is available for pre-purchase now, with an early adopter discount of 10% until 2 September 2019. Players will also be able to buy the ‘Retro Items Pack’ from 29 August for £2.99, including 27 new in-game items. Check in on the latest news with Harrison Wolff as he reports (even more) unusual and suspicious activity in Two Point County:

In Two Point Hospital – Close Encounters, you’ll have to tackle a whole range of new administrative challenges and demonstrate your ability to build, cure and improve to achieve hospital management greatness. This time all sorts of alien species are there to help, or make things worse… In Close Encounters you’ll find three new unusual hospitals set in different locations, 34 new illnesses (including 11 visual illnesses), three new cure rooms, as well as new challenges, features and of course, you get to see them aliens. By the way, do us a favour and make sure to look after your cows.

In the south of Two Point County it was reported that aliens had crash-landed, but unfortunately there is no hard evidence of a UFO to prove this story. However, citizens all over the county are suddenly suffering from peculiar space illnesses, like Science Friction, Highly ill-Suited and Aller-Gs. The Two Point government is trying everything they can to cover up these sudden outbreaks by building a secret base to cure afflicted patients. But citizens have mysteriously gone missing… could it be alien abduction? To ensure the healthcare system of Two Point County thrives during these curious incidents, you’ll need to complete special objectives before storming towards Chasm 24, a mysterious top-secret underground facility with an unknown location – good luck with that one!

For more information about ‘The Retro Pack’ and all other things Two Point Hospital sign up for our Hospital Pass newsletter at www.twopointhospital.com where you will receive the coveted in-game item, the Golden Toilet. You can also follow the game on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. For more information about SEGA Europe, log on to www.sega.co.uk, follow us on Facebook or on Twitter.

Mist Survival Preview

Mist Survival puts players in the aftermath of a global catastrophe. A strange mist began appearing, turning normal people into ravenous monsters. Now you must venture out and live off the land for as long as possible. While the game is still in Early Access on Steam, if you were to tell me that a team of five people were developing Mist Survival, I would be surprised. However, finding out that there is only ONE person developing it has left me absolutely shocked. The level of polish and number of features in this game for a one-person development team is staggering.

As the game starts, you begin next to a lean-to shelter and given some basic supplies. After that, it is up to you as to where to go and what to do. While exploring the surrounding areas of Mist Survival, I discovered a host of weapons, consumables, and more. Mist Survival features a crafting system to build stuff from scavenged items. The game’s crafting system is detailed and, perhaps, a bit overwhelming at first – especially at the beginning of your survival journey, when you don’t have many inventory slots. At this point, you may be panicked about what to hold onto and what to leave behind. The secret is to find a nice place to call home for a while and unload your stuff there – preferably into a container of some kind. Only hold onto your weapons, some rations and water, then anything you need to build whatever it is you’re trying to build at the moment. As in most survival games, crafting bigger and more complex items takes time, and you’ll be scavenging for quite a while before making different kinds of crafting stations.

The threat of zombie attack is ever-present – although, they mostly come at night (and in the random bouts of mist that occur). Sure, there are some around in the daytime but they are usually relegated to structures. I recommend making a spear as soon as you can – it is so much better than trying to punch them. While the zombies tend to be the most prevalent threats in the game, there are also bandits to contend with. During the course of raiding these bandit bases, you can also rescue NPC’s that can perform tasks for you! I keep listing off features thinking how impressive it is that one person made all of it and is doing so better than many large-production survival games – but, I digress.

The biggest issues facing Mist Survival are new bugs that seem to be popping up with every patch the developer is putting out. Although, I must give huge kudos to the developer of the game as they are putting out a pretty steady stream of updates and, with this kind of motivation, I have no doubt that the developer will address as many bugs as they can.

Currently, Mist Survival is selling for a very reasonable $10.99 on Steam in Early Access.

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Available for Pre-Order

VANCOUVER – August 20, 2019 – Developer Piranha Games today announced that preorders for the upcoming MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, the classic series’ first single player campaign-focused entry in more than 17 years, are now available via the Epic Games store for $49.99 for the Standard Edition and $59.99 for the Deluxe Edition (https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/mechwarrior-5/home.) The title is set to launch on December 10th on PC.

The MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Standard Edition includes the full game download and PDF game manual while the Deluxe Edition adds a digital game manual, digital technical BattleTech manual, the game’s digital soundtrack and a digital 4k desktop pack. The digital game manual is a comprehensive breakdown of mechanics and features in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries while the digital technical manual contains awesome imagery and information about the equipment and ‘Mechs found in the game.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is modeled after the gameplay style from MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries, granting players the freedom to run their campaigns how they choose. In MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, pilots will build, manage, and guide their own mercenary unit through a multi-year campaign during the sprawling Third and Fourth Succession Wars enjoying by far the greatest amount of player freedom and choice compared to past titles.

Whether braving missions alone, alongside AI-controlled pilots, or with the help of up to three friends via co-op play, pilots will face complicated situations with no perfect solution as they choose which contracts to accept, where in the Inner Sphere to direct their attention, and how to balance repairs or upgrades with maintaining their unit’s precious resources.

To stay locked onto the latest MechWarrior news, visit the MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries (https://mw5mercs.com/) and MechWarrior Online (https://mwomercs.com/) websites, or follow Piranha Games on Twitter through @PiranhaGames (https://twitter.com/piranhagames) and @MechWarriorF2P (https://twitter.com/Mechwarriorf2p).

Poly Unveils RIG 700 Series Headphones

Cologne, Germany – August 20, 2019 – Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT), a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, today announced at Gamescom the addition of the RIG 700 series of wireless headsets to its award-winning RIG gaming line.

The newest addition to the RIG gaming line delivers a durable, precise and ultra-lightweight wireless gaming experience. With up to 12-hours of battery life, the RIG 700 Series is designed to endure an all-night raid or those intense competitive gaming sessions. The RIG 700 series is now available for Xbox One (HX), PlayStation (HS) and Windows PC (HD).

Available in a variety of new colors and patterns and equipped with a game/chat balance dial easily accessible on the earcup, players can perfect the precise audio levels that work for them. RIG 700 HX and HD versions feature Windows Sonic surround-sound to boost game audio the way game designers intended – giving them a competitive edge.

“Lightweight comfort and wireless design are two must-haves we consistently hear gamers are looking for in their favorite gaming headset,” said Corey Rosemond, Global Director, Marketing and Business Development at Poly. “Not only does RIG 700 Series answer that call, but it also brings competitive gamers the audio precision they crave, and endurance build that they need to rack-up their wins and get totally immersed in gameplay.”

RIG 700 Series, available in HX, HS and HD editions, includes performance-boosting features, such as:

  • Game/Chat Balance Dial: You’ll never have to choose between “too loud” and “too quiet.” Dial in the perfect balance for your play style
  • Adjustable Mic Monitoring: Hear exactly what your team hears, so the only times you’re yelling are when you’re winning
  • Up to 30 feet of Wireless Range: Step away from your game and stay connected with the fully dedicated wireless audio connection with the RIG 700 headset and wireless base
  • 40 mm Drivers with Bass Tubes: High-quality, full-range audio with substantial bass and articulated mid-range for high-frequency detail and auditory acuity
  • Removable Noise-canceling Mic: Let team members hear your game calls clearly and easily detach for solo sessions

“A 2019 survey conducted by IDC revealed that hardcore gamers are playing more than 15 hours per week,” said Lewis Ward, Research Director of gaming and VR/AR at IDC. “Which means headset comfort and ultra-lightweight design, in addition to premium audio, can be crucial in terms of helping these players stay focused, avoid fatigue and gain a competitive edge.”

Pricing and Availability

RIG 700 Series for use with Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC is available at Walmart in the US and at Argos in the UK. For more information on pricing and availability of RIG 700 Series, please visit:

Fantastic Fest 2019 Unveils Second Wave of Programming

AUSTIN, TX — August 20, 2019 — Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its second wave of programming, led by a closing night screening of writer-director Rian Johnson’s hotly anticipated new Lionsgate and MRC mystery KNIVES OUT. A tribute to the work of Agatha Christie, KNIVES OUT stars Daniel Craig as debonair Detective Benoit Blanc, sent to investigate the death of a renowned crime novelist played by Christopher Plummer. KNIVES OUT will be Fantastic Fest 2019’s closing night film with Johnson in attendance for a special presentation at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 26th.

“Rian Johnson is a consistently thrilling and brilliant director whose work has enthralled Fantastic Fest audiences for the past 15 years,” said Fantastic Fest Creative Director Evrim Ersoy. “The chance to close out the festival with his unique and ingenious murder mystery was too good an offer to pass up!”

Cannes Palme d’Or winner PARASITE will also play this year’s Fantastic Fest with director Bong Joon-ho (SNOWPIERCER, OKJA) in attendance. Reaping near-universal acclaim around the world, PARASITE is a darkly comic tale of two very different families who find their lives inexplicably intertwined.

A celebration of Mexican genre film
This year, Fantastic Fest celebrates the rich and varied history of Mexican genre film with a trio of rarely seen repertory titles, programmed in association with Mexico City’s Mórbido Film Fest. In THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M (MISTERIOS DE ULTRATUMBA), two doctors make an unholy bet to discover just what’s in the afterlife; in THE SHIP OF MONSTERS (LA NAVE DE LOS MONSTRUOS), two extraterrestrials traverse the universe collecting sample species to repopulate their planet resulting in the wildest spaceship ever with a wide array of characters from singing cowboys to Martian princes and other otherworldly beings starring none other than the brilliant Lorena Velázquez; and finally, TRAMPA INFERNAL (a.k.a. HELL’S TRAP) sees a group of young people go after a bear, only to find themselves terrorized by a crazed Vietnam vet in a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove, combining the best of slasher traditions with an incredible visual style and ‘80s fashions galore! A dedicated shorts program exploring up and coming young Mexican filmmakers will be presented as part of the program, as well, which will be announced at a later date.

Mórbido Film Fest’s head of programming Abraham Castillo Flores will give a lecture titled “The Mórbido Crypt’s Guide to Mexican Fantasy and Horror Cinema,” a co-presentation with The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, founded by film writer/programmer/producer Kier-La Janisse. The sidebar is also supported by Cine Las Americas, the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Fundación Televisa, Alameda Films, and Grupo Galindo.

Flores says: “As Mórbido continues its primal mission to promote Mexican fantasy and horror cinema throughout the world, we are proud to collaborate with Fantastic Fest to highlight three unique films that represent peculiar moments in our complex national film history.”

LGBTQ+ programming
Fantastic Fest shows its full (rainbow) colors with a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema, including the US Premiere of SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a documentary focusing on the journey Mark Patton’s life took from actor to activist after starring in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE, as well as a rep screening of that seminal title with the cast in attendance. There will be a very special presentation of Norman J. Warren’s PREY (1977), which focuses on the disintegration of a relationship amidst a very real alien threat. The sidebar wraps up with a screening of LYLE with director Stewart Thorndike in attendance, where the grief of a mother turns to abject paranoia when she suspects her neighbors of being part of a satanic cult.

“The two most unwavering pieces of my identity – my queerness and my love of horror – come together in some fascinating and unexpected ways over the course of film history,” says Fantastic Fest programmer Brian Kelley. “I can’t think of a better group of people to explore and celebrate some of the crazy, frequently daring and often challenging films that make up the universe of queer horror with than my Fantastic Fest family.”

Fantastic Fest’s LGBTQ+ sidebar is proudly sponsored by Shudder and co-presented by community partners aGLIFF and OUTsider, the Horror Queers podcast, and drag horror titans Peaches Christ and Louisianna Purchase, who along with Die Felicia will slay at an epic BYOW (Bring Your Own Wig) party in The Highball.

The witching hour arriveth at Fantastic Fest and with it brings titles that promise the audience all those forbidden sights that the daytime can’t handle. In the World Premiere of Joe Begos’ VFW, a group of veterans find themselves in a deadly showdown against a gang of punk mutants dead-set on killing them. Also from Begos is BLISS, where a creative mental block threatens to tip an artist into uncontrollable bloodbath in a very special 35mm screening. Seth Ickerman expands the unique vision of a neon sci-fi universe first presented within his astounding short TURBO KILLER and teams up once again with synth master Carpenter Brut in the North American premiere of BLOOD MACHINES. And Richard Stanley recruits the help of Nicolas Cage to explore just what mysteries THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE holds in an adaptation of the seminal Lovecraft story in the US premiere of the highly-anticipated title.

Science fiction and visions of the future are represented at the festival with a trio of titles that run the gamut of all fears. Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson return to the festival for the US Premiere of their newest fever-dream SYNCHRONIC starring Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan as a pair of paramedics in the throes of a losing battle against a brand new designer drug. Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots are a couple who find themselves moving into their dream house, only to discover a trap in Lorcan Finnegan’s Cannes hit VIVARIUM. And in a small town in 1950s New Mexico, a mysterious radio signal sends a pair of teenagers on an exciting journey to discover its source in the masterful debut THE VAST OF NIGHT from director Andrew Patterson.

Cinema itself is explored at Fantastic Fest with a duo of documentaries that focus on wildly varied subjects. Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet’s PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERS takes an extensive look at the great genius behind the visual effects of films such as ROBOCOP, STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK while IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS explores the history of kung fu cinema from 1960s Hong Kong through ‘70s 42nd Street and beyond with the help of experts, historians, kung fu stars and more! Prior to the festival, Alamo Drafthouse will be running a series to prep for the screening titled Fists of Iron, Wheels of Steel where Texas DJs will be live-scoring some of the most beloved Kung Fu classics, including MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE with DJ Jester the Filipino Fist, POLICE STORY with DJ Catwalk, and more!

The world at large is explored through a genre lens with films that take aim at topical subjects. In the US Premiere of Karl Markovics’ NOBADI, the unlikely friendship between an old German man and a migrant worker will show them the true horror of their existence, while the US Premiere of THE PLATFORM sees society use a very new and unique punishment for criminals and those in need. In ABOU LEILA, two men hunt for a vicious terrorist leader while trying to hide from the bloodstains in their soul, and in the US Premiere of Orçun Behram’s THE ANTENNA, a sinister government broadcast in Turkey corrupts the very nature of everything it touches.

Worldwide, weird and wonderful genre films return with a selection of titles that refuse to be categorized. In Martin Krejčí’s THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY, an unusual young man goes on a journey of discovery with a roster of eccentric characters in a film that mixes the best of fairy-tales and Czech magical realism. In VHYES, the discovery of a video camcorder leads a 12-year-old boy to create a unique time capsule. In PATRICK, a young man goes to extreme lengths to find his lost hammer in his father’s nudist colony. Finally, in BUTT BOY, a man discovers he has a fetish of the most extraordinary kind during a routine prostate examination.

More FF alumni return to the festival with new and exciting titles. Mickey Reece uses the cold backdrop of a New England winter to explore a homecoming of a very weird kind in the astounding CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER. In Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s THE LODGE, the relationship between two children and their stepmother gets strained to its murderous limit when the trio are trapped in a cabin. And Mattie Do explores the power of mistakes, choices, and consequences in the stunning and unique Laotian science-fiction exploration THE LONG WALK.

SECOND WAVE FILM LINEUP BELOW:

ABOU LEILA
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

THE ANTENNA
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

THE BLACK PIT OF DR. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

BLISS
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

BLOOD MACHINES
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, “Turbo Killer,” shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

BUTT BOY
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
In attendance – Director Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s BUTT BOY introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

COLOR OUT OF SPACE
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

IRON FISTS AND KUNG FU KICKS
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to THE MATRIX, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

KNIVES OUT
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes KNIVES OUT, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

THE LODGE
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after GOODNIGHT MOMMY stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

THE LONG WALK
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

LYLE
2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

NOBADI
Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

PARASITE
South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
In attendance – Director Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

PATRICK
Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

PHIL TIPPETT – MAD DREAMS AND MONSTERS
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary CREATURE DESIGNERS – THE FRANKENSTEIN COMPLEX, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

THE PLATFORM
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists THE PLATFORM, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

PREY
1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

THE SHIP OF MONSTERS
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

SYNCHRONIC
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

TRAMPA INFERNAL
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF WOLFBOY
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krejčí
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

THE VAST OF NIGHT 
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

VFW
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

VHYES
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

VIVARIUM
Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Disintegration Gamescom Announcement Trailer

New York, NY – August 19, 2019 – Private Division and V1 Interactive today revealed first details of the upcoming sci-fi shooter, Disintegration, which included a riveting single-player campaign, multiplayer featuring three distinct game modes, and a first glimpse at the game world. Disintegration will launch digitally for $49.99 on PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. The game is developed by V1 Interactive, an independent studio of about 30 industry veterans and new talent who have worked on titles such as Halo, Destiny, SOCOM US Navy Seals, and more. The team is being led by Marcus Lehto, co-creator of Halo and former creative director of Bungie.

In Disintegration, players will journey to the near future, when humankind is on the brink of extinction and turns to technology in their hope of survival. Through a process known as Integration, the human brain is removed and surgically encased into a robotic armature. A domineering enemy superpower known as the Rayonne emerges, driven mad by their newfound supremacy, and begin capturing what remains of humanity forcing them into robotic Integration.

“Disintegration is not your standard first-person shooter and it will challenge how you approach the battlespace,” said Marcus Lehto, President and Game Director at V1 Interactive. “You will explore a world forever changed by an ongoing global conflict. The only way to save life as we know it is by making strategic decisions in every firefight, both as an armed Gravcycle pilot and as the commander of your crew.”

“The game takes place in this beautiful world and has a story wrought with hardship and triumph. Both of these aspects could be the focal point of a single game, but V1 takes it one step further,” said Kari Toyama, Senior Producer at Private Division. “Not only does Disintegration bring an immersive game world and gripping narrative, the game delivers the ability to sit both within and above combat in a completely different way than anything else out there right now.”

Disintegration will feature a full single-player campaign where the player takes on the role of Romer Shoal, an expert in piloting a Gravcycle, a hovering quad-engine vehicle originally used for search and rescue missions that has been transformed into an armored chassis bristling with powerful weapons. Romer commands a small resistance force fighting to save what remains of humanity.

The game will also feature three different multiplayer game modes at launch, each with a variety of maps. These frantic team-based battles require smart coordination, utilizing ground units with individual abilities while simultaneously maximizing the destructive weapons on the Gravcycle. Players will choose from several Crews, each featuring a unique loadout and role in combat.

Fans excited to get their hands on Disintegration will be able to do so on the show floor at PAX West in Seattle, WA on August 30, 2019 through September 2, 2019.

Disintegration will be available in calendar year 2020, during Take-Two’s fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) digitally for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, and PC on Steam and other digital storefronts for $49.99. Disintegration is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, subscribe on YouTube, follow on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook, and visit www.disintegrationgame.com.