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‘Assassin’s Creed Reflections’ Graphic Novel Review

20 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

Written by Ian Edginton | Art by Valeria Favoccia | Published by Titan Comics

Creatively, Assassin’s Creed is the gift that keeps on giving. Its core concept, of using the Animus to jump into any specific point of time, is essentially a free licence for creators to have fun. And they have, ever since the game first appeared in 2007. Renaissance Italy. Ancient Egypt. Victorian London. Anything goes. First the games reflected this richness, then later the comics. Titan Comics have put out several series that have all managed to take a different aspect of the mythology and run with it, relatively recently actually having the Templar’s star in their own books. Can you say ‘game changer’.

One of many.

It’s been ten years since that first game, and the creativity just gets better and better. What better way to celebrate than a special collection that features ‘untold’ stories of »

- Dean Fuller

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Interview: Jennifer Tilly & Don Mancini talk ‘Cult of Chucky’

20 October 2017 9:01 AM, PDT

Written and directed by Don Mancini, Cult of Chucky brings back original Child’s Play cast member Alex Vincent (Child’s Play, Wait Until Spring, Bandini) as Andy Barclay along with Jennifer Tilly (Curse of Chucky, Monsters, Inc.) as Chucky’s bloodthirsty bride, Tiffany and Fiona Dourif (Messenger, True Blood) as Nica with Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Halloween) returning as the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

Savagely funny and gratifyingly gruesome, the new DVD and Blu-ray of Cult of Chucky – released on October 23rd – includes exclusive bonus features that delve deeper into Chucky’s twisted universe and reveal how the filmmakers made the demented toy even more deranged. To celebrate the release we have a series of interviews with the cast and crew to share with you, our readers, this one »

- Phil Wheat

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‘South Park: The Fractured But Whole’ Review (Xbox One)

20 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Like most sequels, South Park: The Fractured But Whole clearly suffers from the usual questions about how closely it should follow in its predecessors footsteps, whilst still doing enough to justify itself as a standalone product. It answers these questions rather neatly, presenting players with an experience that is similar to 2014′s South Park: The Stick of Truth, but with a paradigm shift in focus and characterisation.

By channeling the childlike ability of its cast of characters to simply forget everything that happened in the first game within two minutes of opening,South Park: The Fractured But Whole effectively wipes the the slate clean for a new adventure in the constant, familiar town that we all know and love. Rather than the fantasy/Lord of the Rings theme of the first game, this sequel is built around the current popularity of superheroes and characters and it features »

- Matthew Smail

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‘Star Wars Battlefront 2′ – Single Player Trailer

20 October 2017 7:21 AM, PDT

Featuring new characters created by Motive in partnership with Lucasfilm, the Star Wars Battlefront II single player campaign will deliver a new exciting story to the Star Wars universe. Taking place in the 30 years between the destruction of Death Star II and through the rise of the First Order, the single player story introduces Iden Versio, the leader of Inferno Squad, an elite special forces unit of the Galactic Empire, who are equally lethal on the ground and in space. In addition to Iden, players will also encounter and play as other iconic Star

Wars heroes and villains like Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren during the campaign.

Ignite the inferno and burn the Rebellion to the ground in Star Wars Battlefront 2′s single-player campaign. Take on the role of Commander Iden Versio in a story following the destruction of the Death Star II and the death of the Emperor.

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- Phil Wheat

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New trailer & poster for ‘Jean Claude Van Johnson’

20 October 2017 6:41 AM, PDT

What if I told you that Jean-Claude Van Damme – yes, That Jean-Claude Van Damme – was, in fact, a secret agent? That his entire film career was built solely as a front for his black ops? Would you believe me? No? Well then that’s egg on your face because that’s what the Amazon series Jean Claude Van Johnson is about…

Jean Claude Van Johnson stars the legendary Jean-Claude Van Damme as the titular character, a global martial arts and film sensation, also operating under the simple alias of “Johnson” as the world’s most dangerous undercover operative. Unhappily retired, a chance encounter lures him back into the game, forcing him to confront the greatest enemy he’s ever faced.

Following the debut of the Jean Claude Van Johnson pilot last year, the series begins on Amazon Prime Video on December 15th.

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- Phil Wheat

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Interview: Tony Jopia talks ‘Cute Little Buggers’

20 October 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

With the upcoming worldwide release of the modern creature feature comedy Cute Little Buggers I was lucky enough to spend some time with the film’s director Tony Jopia to talk about his influences, bringing the bunnies to life and having fun on set.

How did first get in to filmmaking?

When I was 9 years old I was asked what I wanted to do at school. I remember seeing Airport 1975 (1974) and then not long after another film called the The Poseidon Adventure (1972). They both kind of set a firm seed in my mind that making moves is what I wanted to do. My father used to wake me up at midnight to watch all the creature feature movies that used to appear late at night. I had school the next day yet he would still wake me up at midnight and say, “Come and watch this”. It was the »

- Philip Rogers

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Competition: Win ‘Cult of Chucky’ on DVD

20 October 2017 5:01 AM, PDT

Fans of the world’s most demonic doll are in for another blood-spattered treat as Chucky continues his reign of terror behind the locked doors of an insane asylum in Cult of Chucky, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 23rd October 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The most terrifying unrated chapter yet of the Child’s Play saga reunites franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner with the iconic cast in a twisted tale of terror that will outstrip audiences’ wildest expectations.

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica (Dourif) is wrongly convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new group-therapy tool — a “Good Guy” doll — a string of grisly deaths plague the asylum and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy (Vincent), Chucky’s now-grownup nemesis from the original Child’s Play, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘The Shadow Man’ DVD Review

20 October 2017 4:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Sarah Jurgens, Nick Baillie, Adam Tomlinson, Rebecca Amzallag, Celest Chong, Alison Louder, Manuela Casinha | Written by Adam Tomlinson | Directed by Joshua Fraiman

Rachel Darwin (Sarah Jurgens) is a young, mother-to-be, haunted by nightmares. When she wakes, looming over her is the shadowy image of a dark man with a brimmed hat. Her hotshot lawyer of a husband, Scott (Nick Baillie), doesn’t believe in any of that supernatural nonsense. It’s sleep paralysis. It’s stress. It’s hallucinations. Rachel seeks group therapy, but she’s too weird, even for them. But she’s not too weird for William (Adam Tomlinson), who knows exactly what she’s going through and is even weirder than her. What is the shadow man? Is he the manifestations of a confused and troubled woman? Or is he an extra-dimensional cattle rustler looking to fatten up and eat human souls?

First off, let’s »

- Nik Holman

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Westeros comes to mobile with ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’

20 October 2017 3:21 AM, PDT

Warner Bros. and HBO have announced the worldwide launch of Game of Thrones: Conquest on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. Developed by Turbine and based on the award-winning HBO series, Game of Thrones: Conquest allows players to become a lord or lady in Westeros and define a strategy for conquering the Seven Kingdoms and claiming the Iron Throne.

Game of Thrones: Conquest is a mobile Mmo strategy game that gives players the opportunity to navigate the dangerous political landscape of Westeros while establishing their house, creating their sigil and raising their army to march against rivals. Players can sabotage their enemies from within or march with their friends & bannermen into war, and can expect to see some familiar faces from the show, including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Petyr Baelish and more.

From the press release:

Navigating Westeros won’t be simple, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle’ Dlc announced

20 October 2017 2:41 AM, PDT

Nis America have announced the first Dlc forTouhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle… The Koishi Komeiji Dlc adds her as a playable character, and also includes a new story and Bgm. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita will get the Dlc, along with themes, and avatars; whilst the Nintendo Switch will just receive the Koishi Komeiji character Dlc.

Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a bullet-hell battle game that takes place in the Touhou universe. Take control of one of nine Touhou characters and eliminate your opponent using bullet-hell patterns, melee attacks, or spell cards! Featuring ear-tingling beats for each character, you might just find yourself dancing while you play!

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- Phil Wheat

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365Flicks Podcast – Episode 91: ‘Micropubs’ director Danny Eycott

20 October 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Here’s the latest episode of the 365Flick podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on Libsyn, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

365Flicks Podcast – Episode 91 Indie Talk: Micropubs, The New Local w/director Danny Eycott

Director Danny Eycott comes on Indie Talk to speak to us about his IndieGoGo campaign to fund his first full feature length Documentary about the birth and rise of the now popular Micropub.First up we catch up on how we met Danny on the set of Tom Paton’s movie Black Site and his role on the flick… Then we get into the short movie Danny produced and has won a few awards at different festivals. Textual Relationship, We completely recommend this short its full as hell and 100% socially relevant. »

- Phil Wheat

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Digital Shorts: ‘Oxenfree’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

19 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Oxenfree, which has recently made its debut on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s rare for me to become emotionally attached to games, but I do love it when I do. This is almost always the result of strong characters, a good script and an immersive world filled with interesting interactions. Oxenfree doesn’t nail all of these things one hundred percent of the time, but it certainly did enough to make me stop and think about what was going on.

Not only is the story excellent and the script strong, the dialogue is completely natural. Characters talk over each other like real people do and when the player has an option to interact, it is usually »

- Matthew Smail

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Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ gets a new trailer & release date!

19 October 2017 9:21 AM, PDT

Netflix’s much-anticipated new series, Marvel’s The Punisher has got itself another trailer – and along with it confirmation that the series is launching globally on Netflix on November 17th!!!

They killed Frank Castle’s family to get to him. Now, the Punisher exacts his revenge…. After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The Punisher sees Jon Bernthal return as Frank Castle having already made an appearance as the character in Marvel’s Daredevil. The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, »

- Phil Wheat

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First trailer for ‘Death Race: Beyond Anarchy’ (aka Death Race 4)

19 October 2017 8:41 AM, PDT

It’s been four years since the release of the second sequel to the reboot/remake of Death RaceDeath Race: Inferno – and three since the fourth film was sneakily announced by it’s writer Tony Giglio on Twitter, but now Death Race 4, now retitled Death Race: Beyond Anarchy has got its first trailer!

Not to be confused with Roger Corman’s own remake of Death Race, entitled Death Race 2050 (which actually comes from the same production company, Universal 1440 Entertainment), Death Race: Beyond Anarchy sees the return of Danny Trejo as Goldberg and Frederick Koehler as Lists – both of whom appeared in Death Race 2 and Death Race: Inferno. Joining the Death Race family are Black SailsZach McGowan, Christine Marzano, Danny Glover, Lorina Kamburova and a number of homegrown talent from here in the UK: Cassie Clare, Nicholas Aaron, Lucy Aarden, Julian Seager, Lee Shone, Kellie Blaise »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Armed Response’ DVD Review

19 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Wesley Snipes, Seth Rollins, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Kyle Clements, Morgan Roberts, Eyas Younis, Mo Gallini, Mike Seal | Written by Matt Savelloni | Directed by John Stockwell

Another month, another Wesley Snipes film. He sure is on the comeback trail now right? Ok, maybe not, especially given that this, like Final Recall, has headed direct to DVD. To be fair though, the “another month, another…” could also apply to WWE studios, who seem to have gone back to churning out direct to market films much like when they first stepped into the world of film production. Following the usual standard of having one of the many WWE Superstars take a break from the wrestling ring and appear on-screen, Armed Response features the “Kingslayer” himself, Seth Rollins, in a supporting role – yes, a supporting role. Unlike ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, and hell, even »

- Phil Wheat

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It’s Kirby vs. Kirby in ‘Kirby Battle Royale’ on 3Ds

19 October 2017 7:21 AM, PDT

Challenge your friends and let battle commence! It’s time to find out who’s the toughest Kirby of them all, when Kirby Battle Royale releases in Europe on 3rd November, exclusively for Nintendo 3Ds.

A fast-paced 3D action game, Kirby Battle Royale sees players take on the role of Kirby and go head-to-head against other Kirbies. There are 10 different battle modes and 13 Kirby copy abilities to unlock, all of which can be enjoyed across online multiplayer, local multiplayer and a single-player Story Mode. The game also supports Download Play, so up to four players can battle it out using a single copy of the game. Each of the 10 varied battle modes is designed for four combatants, either in two-versus-two or every Kirby for himself.

A few of the battles you can expect to encounter: Battle Arena: Float like a butterfly and sting like a Kir-bee in this frantic four-way throwdown. »

- Phil Wheat

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New featurette for David Ayer’s Netflix film ‘Bright’

19 October 2017 6:41 AM, PDT

Netflix original film Bright comes from director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad), and stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a deadly, thought-to-be-forgotten relic, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle’ Review (PS4)

19 October 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

A spin-off from the Touhou Project, aka Project Shrine Maiden, franchise – originally a bullet-hell shmup series that now incorporates a myriad of media including over 16 video games across multiple formats, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a 3D fighting game that pits cute anime characters against each other in a bullet hell/beat ‘em-up hybrid that has become something of a trademark of the series (there have been 6 such games, so far, in the Touhou Project to date).

The series is set in Gensokyo, a fictional realm inhabited by humans and yokai (ghosts to us Westerners), and the main protagonist, Reimu Hakurei, is a shrine maiden who manages the border, fighting antagonistic yokai. The story of Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle sees Reimu’s time at the Hakurei Shrine interrupted by visitors to the shrine discussing rumors that a vampire is joining forces with the yokai to assault human beings. »

- Phil Wheat

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Interview: Brad and Fiona Dourif talk ‘Cult of Chucky’

19 October 2017 5:01 AM, PDT

Written and directed by Don Mancini, Cult of Chucky brings back original Child’s Play cast member Alex Vincent (Child’s Play, Wait Until Spring, Bandini) as Andy Barclay along with Jennifer Tilly (Curse of Chucky, Monsters, Inc.) as Chucky’s bloodthirsty bride, Tiffany and Fiona Dourif (Messenger, True Blood) as Nica with Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Halloween) returning as the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

Savagely funny and gratifyingly gruesome, the new DVD and Blu-ray of Cult of Chucky – released on October 23rd – includes exclusive bonus features that delve deeper into Chucky’s twisted universe and reveal how the filmmakers made the demented toy even more deranged. To celebrate the release we have a series of interviews with the cast and crew to share with you, our readers, this one »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #5′ Review

19 October 2017 4:01 AM, PDT

Written by Emma Beeby, Gordon Rennie | Art by Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Anderson Cabral | Published by Titan Comics

The previous four issues of this ‘event’ series have been good enough, but I still have this nagging feeling something is still missing. Don’t get me wrong, multiple Doctors is always fun. You could have multiple Doctors doing their laundry for twenty pages and I’d still read it. This year’s event though just lacks the structure of previous ones, and has felt to me more suited to have had the story told in their individual books, with stories crossing across books when required. The actual ‘team up’ element has been pretty minor, with the individual Doctor’s mainly having individual adventures loosely connected by the overall Void storyline. It still reads fine, of course, just not quite the book I was expecting.

Issue 5 is a bit different in a »

- Dean Fuller

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