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Metalosis Maligna
"Metalosis Maligna is a fictitious documentary about a spectacular yet chronically disabling disease which affects patients who have been fitted with medical implants. Sourcing from such implants a wild metal growth ultimately transforms human patients into mechanical looking constructions." If you're squeamish, particularly when it comes to surgery or prosthetics, this is NOT for you. Otherwise, it's a remarkably good piece of animation/effects work, wrapped in a remarkably straight documentary wrapper, that perhaps makes the effects-work even more effective.
design  video  fiction  film  horror  effects  medicine  bodyhorror 
march 2009 by infovore
The Season Of The Witch | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Who designs a character for gamers to never go near? Who spends the time to create the most terrifying creature imaginable, and doesn’t impose it on players? Well, clearly Valve. The temptation to have her be aggravated from great distances, to force her to attack when encountered, must have been there. But then she’d have lost her power. Her power comes from just sitting there. It’s that benign, ragged, vulnerable form. It’s the combination of singing and crying. Oh God, the singing *and* crying." John Walker examines the horror of Left 4 Dead's Witch. A little over-written perhaps, but he totally nails the fear the character instills, and the way you always notice her a split-second too late.
johnwalker  rockpapershotgun  left4dead  valve  games  design  mechanics  fear  horror 
november 2008 by infovore
Presentation | Thinking After Dark
"The international conference “Thinking After Dark: Welcome to the World of Horror Video Games” unites scholars who all study a corpus that has been left out up to now: horror video games. Considering the relatively slow progress of generic studies among the recent surge of academic interest towards video games, this event represents a major first step."
academic  academia  conference  horror  survival  games  criticism  survivalhorror 
november 2008 by infovore
The Video Nasty Project
"In 1984, the British Conservative government banned scores of horror films under the Video Recordings Act. ... They became known as Video Nasties. ... There are 73 Video Nasties in all, and I aim to watch them all."
film  videonasty  censorship  horror  exploitation 
april 2008 by infovore

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