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THE SCORE (68)

The Score (68)

For those of you who haven’t had the chance to catch up on the week’s leading horror gaming news, you’re in luck! Not only have we lovingly collected all that is worthy of note and wrapped in up in a pixelated parcel of goodness laid out for you below, but we also direct you to the results of this year’s “Asylum Jam” where you will find no fewer than fifty completely free horror games to play at your leisure. So if you were stuck for something to do this w…

Published on Saturday, November 15, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (117)

Under The Skin (117)

Welcome to Under The Skin, the only place on the internet where you’ll find all the week’s new horror trailers under one roof. Were you disappointed by recent CONJURING spinoff ANNABELLE? We know we were. But don’t let it deter you from PLAYING WITH DOLLS, as there’s still plenty of frightful fun to be had... ‘A wealthy voyeur uses his vast wealth to watch women die. He arranges to have a serial killer released from a prison for the criminally insane. The …

Published on Friday, November 14, 2014

THE MAKING OF ASYLUM

The Making of Asylum

Let’s imagine you were developing a highly anticipated horror game set amongst the halls of a creepy mental institute. Then let’s imagine you’d never heard of Asylum Jam and continued developing your game for years… and years… and years. Other than releasing the odd tech demo and new screenshots, how would you keep the impatient gamers interested as the development cycle approached five years? Simple, you’d release a making of video that not only highlight…

Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014

FRIGHTFUL FRIDAY

Frightful Friday

The working week is almost over and the weekend almost upon us – why not treat yourself to some top-notch free horror? Our friends at CatchMe KillMe have launched an ambitious new webseries, FRIGHTFUL FRIDAY, where they’re premiering a scary new short each Friday. Watch the first two below, then head over to their YouTube channel on Friday for the latest instalment.

Published on Thursday, November 13, 2014

FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2

Five Nights at Freddy's 2

It’s perhaps a tad too soon, but the follow-up to the original point-and-click jump scare fest is now available on Steam (for those of you yet to burn every teddy bear in the house…) The original worked due to its simple mechanics, claustrophobic atmosphere and plethora of terrifying mechanical children’s toys that when out of sight came alive and murdered you. We imagine not a lot has changed for the sequel…

Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

COTTAGE OF DOOM

Cottage Of Doom

Back in 2007 Alex May’s Cottage Of Doom rightfully nabbed first place at the TIGsource B-Games competition. With its simplistic arena shooter credentials, frantic pace, charming pixel art and nerve-wracking tactical defence mechanics it was a runaway winner. The setup is a familiar one to fans of the horror genre, in that the player is trapped in a cabin with only planks of wood and a handy shotgun to survive. And survive you must, against wave after unfor…

Published on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE SUMMER CAMP

Crystal Lake Summer Camp

There’s a list of questions I ask myself every day, questions of singular import to the horror gaming world. Questions I never expected to be answered (unless I fulfilled the ambition of a lifetime and answered them myself). Imagine my surprise, therefore, to find that three vital examples had been wiped off my list. Answered. Who’d have thought?

Published on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

ASYLUM JAM (1)

Asylum Jam (1)

To make up for the fact that we’ve not highlighted any fine examples of free horror gaming goodness during the last couple of days, we thought we’d make up for it by throwing no less than FIFTY free to play indie titles right at your bloody screen! That’s right, folks, thanks to the return of Asylum Jam (wherein developers are tasked with speedily developing a horror game where the one rule is you mustn’t use “asylums, psychiatric institutes, medical profe…

Published on Monday, November 10, 2014

WEIRD WEEK 161

Weird Week 161

Are you ready for your (mostly) regular weird news fix? Has last night’s hangover subsided enough for you to read about snakes emerging from toilets, four-acre-long spider webs, ghostly children, clown attacks, goats possessed by the devil, scientifically induced trips to “the other side”, Slender Man, Bigfoot and many more tales of the strange and unusual? If so we highly recommend another aspirin, a hot cup of coffee and, if you’re feeling peckish, perha…

Published on Sunday, November 9, 2014

THE SCORE (67)

The Score (67)

Halloween may have come and gone for another year but don’t believe for one second that it signifies an end to our horror gaming delights! Far from it, as developers rush to realise their pixelated nightmares for our gaming pleasure during the months where the thought of venturing outside into the cold, dark and wet world prompts feelings of dread. Proof in point, this month brings the release of the rather excellent (and suitably sick) Natural Selection 2…

Published on Saturday, November 8, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (116)

Under The Skin (116)

Halloween may be over for another year (only 51 weeks until the next one!), but here at Under The Skin we’re still dedicated to bringing you all the week’s new horror trailers, rounded up for your viewing pleasure. We have a bumper crop this week, so we’ll dive right in with THE PACK, a film about killer dogs. Does horror get any better than killer dogs? ‘THE PACK follows hardened farmer and devoted family man Adam Wilson, who is shocked to discover that t…

Published on Friday, November 7, 2014

RUFF

Ruff

Not to put too fine a point on it, we bloody loved 2012’s bonkers Bigfoot/aliens horror-sci-fi mashup EVIDENCE, directed by Howie Askins. Imagine our excitement, therefore, when we discovered that the director has made his latest short film, RUFF, free to view. Be warned, however – it’s strong stuff, not for the faint of heart (or those of you at work).

Published on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

REVIEW - DON'T BLINK

Review - Don't Blink

It’s sad to say, but horror films are rarely a pleasant surprise. A few manage to confound our expectations, but in the main they’re a disappointment (and I say this as a lifelong horror fanatic). They’re clichéd, repetitive and – more often than not – dumb as a bag of hammers. Given its oh-so conventional setup, I was expecting DON’T BLINK to be one of those films. Voice artist turned first time writer/director Travis Oates does little during the first ac…

Published on Monday, November 3, 2014

GRAVE SHIVERS

Grave Shivers

I’ve seen plenty of horror shorts in my time, and plenty of horror anthologies, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a short horror anthology. Taking its inspiration from the best of the ‘80s, writer/director Brent Sims’ GRAVE SHIVERS is a treat for any fan of the genre, and perfect Halloween viewing.

Published on Friday, October 31, 2014

UNDER THE SKIN (115)

Under The Skin (115)

Happy Halloween! It’s LaptopZombie’s favourite day of the year, and we’re celebrating with a bumper edition of Under The Skin, the internet’s premier (and only!) one-stop-shop for all the week’s new horror trailers. We love anything Bigfoot, which is why we’re all over writer/director Braden Croft’s FEED THE GODS. Find it On Demand 25 November. ‘After the death of their foster mother, brothers Will and Kris inherit a box that offers clues about their long-…

Published on Friday, October 31, 2014