BY ANDREW PETERS
(Editor's Note: Horror Pop Culture is a weekly round-up of horror genre news, reviews and rumors)
This one sheet for the Patrick remake has been stirring up folks on the Interwebs, and you can kind of see why. This is a remake that slipped under just about everyone’s radar. The remake of the 1978 Richard Franklin film is directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood) and stars Richard E. Grant (Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow) and Sharni Vinson.
After killing his mother and her lover some years before, Patrick is the comatose patient in Room 15 of a remote, private psychiatric clinic run by the secretive Dr. Roget, who treats him as a guinea pig in his bizarre studies of life and death. When Kathy, a nurse who has recently separated from her boyfriend, begins working at the clinic, she is instructed to care for him. She is disturbed by Roget’s treatment of him and somehow feels that Patrick is trying to make a connection with her. When Kathy realizes that the lifeless murderer can communicate, she is shocked but compelled to prove her theory. Patrick has psychokinetic powers that he uses to talk to Kathy by transferring his thoughts to a computer. As Patrick’s communication becomes stronger, strange and terrifying events begin to occur. Patrick has feelings for Kathy, and his affection is about to manifest itself as a deadly, bloody obsession. (via Dread Central)
Robocop gets a new chief
Looks like Marianne Jean-Baptiste will be giving the orders as the Chief of Police in the Robocop remake. Very little else is known about her character at the time, but Robocop will take place in the year 2029 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is in charge of building robots that have been winning the U.S. wars, and now they want to bring this technology on their own turf. Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Without a Trace) joins Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugh Laurie and Jackie Earle Haley to name a few. (via Shock Til You Drop)
New poster for Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem
Any lucky duck attending the Toronto International Film Festival will get to see the premiere of Rob Zombie’s latest flick, as well as getting to see the second poster he's released (the first of which looks like a character from Lucio Fulci’s House By the Cemetery). This second poster features Sheri Moon Zombie looking quite spooky. The posters themselves look like old '60s posters, plain and simple, yet effective.
“Heidi (Mrs. Zombie), a blond rock chick, DJs at a local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the 'Big H Radio Team.' A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of the Lords. She assumes it's a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords' record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords' record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with his listeners. The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon, Heidi and her cohorts are far from the rock spectacle they're expecting. The original Lords of Salem are returning and they're out for blood.”
No release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted! (via Shock Til You Drop)
Dead Space 3 release date confirmed
Finally! The third entry in one of the most truly frightening video games series will be jumping out of the dark at you on Feb. 5, 2013 (at least here in the States). Be sure to pre-order the Limited Edition for access to the first two game bundles, "First Contact" and "Witness to the Truth." Check out the content that comes loaded in the Limited Edition as well as the trailer:
“First Contact” Bundle
• First Contact Suit: This unique EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity) suit was built by the SCAF (Sovereign Colonies Armed Forces) for encounters with "foreign entities.” It sports a flamboyant golden finish to provide protection from long-term space exposure and thick armor for… unspecified reasons. The suit was given the nickname "First Contact" by the scientists who made it.
• Negotiator Weapon: While technically classified by the SCAF as a "scientific instrument,” the gold-plated "Negotiator" is loaded with some surprisingly aggressive hardware. The overclocked, top-mounted Tesla Beam is capable of bursting a man-sized organism into several pieces with a single shot. The bottom-mounted Linegun appears to have been built with the sole purpose of cleanly dismembering organic tissue from a distance.
"Witness the Truth" Bundle
• Witness Suit: These insulated suits were worn by a SCAF deep dig team assigned to exhume the darkest secrets of Tau Volantis. Whatever they found locked deep in the ice changed them forever. When they emerged weeks later, they were covered head to toe in strange graffiti and claimed to be "Witnesses to the Truth.”
• Evangelizer Weapon: A modification of the standard AL-2 used by the Sovereign Colonies Legionaries, this version sports a souped-up AL-2g assault rifle on the top with an Emerson 2100 "Big Boy" tactical shotgun on the bottom. The surviving "Witnesses" of the SCAF deep dig team dubbed it the Evangelizer and decorated them top to bottom with strange symbols.
(via Dread Central)
New Resident Evil 6 Gameplay Video Showcases Jake
Wait a second, who? For those of you who saw the first trailer, Jake is a new character in the Resident Evil world and it’s no secret that he is the son of none other than Albert Wesker! Check out this video Capcom showed off at this years Gamescom. (via IGN)