Netflix’s The Silence Trailer & Poster: It’s NOT A Ripoff Of A Quiet Place

Netflix releases a trailer for The Silence. Based on Tim Lebbon’s 2015 novel, the horror adaption stars Kiernan Shipka and her Chilling Adventures of Sabrina co-star Miranda Otto. Directed by John R. Leonetti, The Silence follows a family who retreats to the woods during an apocalyptic event. Like John Krasinski’s 2018 mainstream hit A Quiet Place, which featured deaf actress Millicent Simmonds portraying a deaf character, Shipka’s character, Ally Andrews, is deaf.

Alongside Shipka and Otto, Stanley Tucci and John Corbett co-star in The Silence. The film was written by Carey Van Dyke and Shane Van Dyke, the latter of whom has written “mockbuster” films like Titanic II and Transmorphers: Fall of Man. During a recent interview, The Silence’s director, Leonetti, revealed that Shipka learned sign language for the Netflix film, and suggested that his lead actress had “an almost innate sense of what it’s like being a deaf person.” Understandably, The Silence has already received criticism from the deaf community.

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Today, Netflix released The Silence’s trailer. Early on, the clip bears a resemblance to Netflix’s 2018 film Bird Box, another post-apocalyptic horror story. In this case, however, Netflix offers a big baddie reveal in the trailer. After 30 seconds of characters whispering in a car, The Silence’s villains appear: flying creatures that hunt humans through sound. Visually, the clip includes the standard cliches: a wide metropolis shot, the suggestion that entire regions of America have been wiped out, and images of barren streets. By the second half, The Silence’s trailer picks up the pace as mysterious survivors are introduced, and they seemingly represent another threat to the Andrews family’s safety. Through clever audio design, which includes the repetitive statement “listen,” the trailer establishes a sense of psychological confusion as Shipka’s Ally tries to connect the dots. Check out The Silence’s trailer and poster below.

While the average Netflix subscriber may not be familiar with The Silence’s aforementioned screenwriters, the director is known for his collaborations with Australian filmmaker James Wan. The 62-year-old Leonetti directed the 2014 supernatural horror film Annabelle, co-produced by Wan, which was produced for $6.5 million and ultimately made $257 million at the box office. For most of Leonetti’s career, he’s worked as a cinematographer, with his feature debut being the 1991 franchise film Child’s Play 3. Since then, Leonetti has shot The Mask, The Scorpion King, Mortal Kombat, Insidious, and The Conjuring, to name a few notable Hollywood productions. He’s the brother of cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti, who is known for early ‘80s classics like Poltergeist and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, along with more recent films like the Farrelly brothers’ The Three Stooges and Dumb and Dumber To. 

Based on The Silence’s trailer, the film seems to be Netflix’s 2019 cash grab. With that said, the mix of a “mockbuster” writer and a director with a vast industry resume suggests there will be a few original surprises, and maybe some familiar gimmicks. We’ll find out when Netflix releases The Silence next month.

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The Silence premieres Wednesday April 10 on Netflix.

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2019-03-29 10:03:57

Q.V. Hough

Quiet Place 2: Cillian Murphy in Talks to Join Sequel

Cillian Murphy is in talks to join A Quiet Place 2. The first film in the series from actor-turned-director John Krasinski was something of a surprise smash hit, bringing in over $300 million on an astonishing $17 million budget. Since then, a sequel has been announced, with both Krasinski and co-star Emily Blunt returning.

A big part of the reason for A Quiet Place’s success was its highly unique concept, in which a family struggles to survive after the earth’s population has been decimated by a breed of alien creatures that hunt based on sound. Reduced to having to communicate by whispers and sign language, Krasinski’s character Lee Abbott and his pregnant wife Evelyn (Blunt) rig their rural home with numerous traps and precautions to safeguard their young family. With filming on the sequel reportedly set for this summer, casting rumors have begun to crop up and fans of the original are eager to see exactly who will be joining Krasinski and Blunt this time around.

Related: How A Quiet Place 2 Will Differ From Jaws & Alien Sequels

The latest name currently being circulated for the sequel according to THR is Cillian Murphy. The Irish star is reportedly in talks to join A Quiet Place 2 as a mysterious stranger who joins the Abbott family as they continue to struggle with life on a planet that has been drastically altered from its present state.

Should Murphy officially commit to the upcoming project, it will mark the sequel’s first confirmed new cast member. Previous reports have revealed that child actors Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe will return as the children of Lee and Evelyn, but to date there have been no brand new additions to the cast. As Krasinski – who once again took on scripting duties for the film – has previously mentioned, A Quiet Place 2 may be more open to explore the lives of other survivors beyond the Abbot family. If this is indeed the case, then the inclusion of Murphy could be reflective of the plot, by creating a potentially new hazard for the Abbott family to deal with. Should that be the case, Murphy is indeed an excellent choice to play a villain, with past experience as super villain The Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films.

Sequels to highly successful films are often fraught with risk. Not that all films aren’t filled with a great degree of uncertainty, but this characteristic is typically amplified when the characters and concepts are already familiar to audiences. After making such an impact with the first film, Krasinski definitely has his work cut out for him. The upside to all this, however, is that it is in fact, Krasinski who has once again written the screenplay and who will be returning to the director’s chair. All too often, problems arise when the mastermind behind a successful film’s sequel isn’t involved at any level beyond producing. With this in mind and the potential inclusion of a great actor like Cillian Murphy, A Quiet Place 2 could indeed make some serious noise.

More: The Best Horror Movies of 2018

Source: THR

2019-03-29 07:03:59

Mike Jones

10 Reasons Hogwarts Was Actually An Extremely Dangerous Place

Ah, Hogwarts — the magical place that every Harry Potter fan dreamt of going. Growing up with the books meant childishly hoping for an owl to arrive with a Hogwarts invitation letter, thinking of the hallways and classes and thinking of how enchanting it must be…

It’s kind of accurate.

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Sure, Hogwarts would probably be enchanting if it existed, but for a school… it also seemed incredibly dangerous. There were a number of things that made it deeply unsafe and yet, year after year, parents sent their children back. We have to ask — what were they thinking?

10 The Forbidden Forest

At the edge of the grounds was the Forbidden Forest. It was said to have harmless creatures such as unicorns, a little more dangerous beings such as centaurs, and basically everything all the way up to werewolves. In 1991, it was even home to Lord Voldemort for a while. Places don’t get much more dangerous than that.

And, to the school’s credit, it was mostly forbidden. Except when Harry, Malfoy, and Hermione were given a detention in the forest and had to go in there when something clearly dangerous was lurking. Which turned out to be Lord Voldemort. Er… good call, professors.

9 The Third Floor Corridor

In the very first book, the Sorcerer’s Stone was kept in Hogwarts. Which makes sense, as Hogwarts was apparently the hardest place to break into and the stone had to be kept safe from Voldemort, but there’s one issue with this: they put a three-headed dog in the corridor to guard it.

Yes, the door was locked. But if a first year student can unlock the door via magic, any student could. Literally any student could have gotten curious, wandered into the corridor, and had their face eaten off by Fluffy.

Some questionable planning there, Dumbledore!

8 The Chamber Of Secrets

Ah, finally. One that wasn’t necessarily the fault of the professors.

The only thing dangerous enough to make them consider closing Hogwarts was the Chamber of Secrets. Tom Riddle left his diary behind when he disappeared and a version of himself re-opened the Chamber, causing a basilisk to roam through the school and murder students. Considering looking it in the eye will paralyze a person and it can very easily kill… Yes, it’s understandable this made them consider closing the school.

Dumbledore also left in the middle of this fiasco because the Ministry told him to, which was not the greatest governmental move.

7 Care Of Magical Creatures

All of the lessons at Hogwarts have an element of danger to them, but none more so than Care of Magical Creatures. Especially when it was taught by Hagrid.

Yes, Hagrid is a gentle giant. Yes, Hagrid means well. But to put him in charge of supervising teenagers around dangerous creatures like Hippogriffs wasn’t just misguided, it was insane. Sure, it was Draco Malfoy’s own fault he got injured for not listening to instructions and being arrogant, but what teenager listens carefully? This class is set up to have accidents and as lovely as Hagrid is, he wasn’t exactly a competent teacher.

6 The Dementors

Another one that wasn’t necessarily the fault of the professors was when the Ministry of Magic stationed Dementors around the castle. In theory, this was necessary to catch Sirius Black.

In reality, they didn’t care whose soul they sucked out: they just seemed to be hungry.

They swarmed way too close to people and should have been removed immediately — in fact, they should never have been instated in the first place. They cause people to become unhinged in Azkaban, so mass murderer on the loose or no mass murderer, having them guard a school was one of the worst decisions the Ministry made in the series.

(And there were a lot of those.)

5 The Triwizard Tournament

In 1994, the Triwizard Tournament came to Hogwarts. It allowed students over the age of seventeen to participate in a series of tasks for the chance of winning one thousand galleons.

RELATED: 10 Rules About The Triwizard Tournament That Make No Sense

According to J.K. Rowling, this is the equivalent of five thousand British pounds — so less than four thousand US dollars. Is that worth life-threatening danger?

Harry was entered into the tournament at fourteen, and they allowed him to compete. Sure, Harry, you can complete these life-threatening tasks — but no, you can’t visit Hogsmeade without a permission slip from your abusive guardians.

4 The Staircases

A more minor one, but probably pretty dangerous nevertheless — the staircases that randomly change. What if a student was stepping from the floor onto one and twisted their ankle as the staircase violently began to move? What if they were returning from a class where Confundus Charms were being practiced on them and they didn’t have the best balance?

Rowena Ravenclaw, we applaud the creativity, but this was a bad idea.

3 Hermione’s Time Turner

At thirteen, Hermione Granger was given a Time Turner so she could take more classes.

We — what?

Time-bending is clearly a serious thing in the Potterverse, so to give a thirteen year old — no matter how smart — a Time Turner just seemed like a ludicrous decision from the usually sensible Minerva McGonagall. Hermione didn’t need those extra classes; she just wanted the extra credit. And even Harry and Ron started to notice something was up when her timetable had two classes scheduled at once.

2 Draco Malfoy

Draco Malfoy made the castle dangerous for everyone in 1996, when he joined the ranks of the Death Eaters and worked to break them into Hogwarts. He wasn’t necessarily evil and was definitely in way over his head, but he put every single student at risk that night and how the fatalities were not extraordinarily high is a miracle. He let some of the most dangerous, wanted witches and wizards into a school full of students and he was smart enough to successfully do it. He was no doubt a danger to everyone in Hogwarts, even if he later regretted his decisions.

1 Harry Himself

Harry didn’t mean to be an explosion waiting to go off, but he definitely was. With the darkest wizard in the world chasing him, there was no point where he wasn’t in danger or being hunted, and that meant that anywhere he was, anyone around him, was liable to be put in the same fatal danger. Having Harry at the school was necessary for his own protection, but it didn’t mean that Hogwarts wasn’t made exceedingly dangerous for the other students.

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2019-03-20 03:03:58

Staci Miller

Sherlock Holmes 3 Reportedly Takes Place in Old West San Francisco

A report suggests that Sherlock Holmes 3 will be set in San Francisco. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular genius detective and Jude Law as his ever-faithful assistant John Watson, Guy Ritchie’s 2009 take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character proved to be a smash at the box office. It also attracted positive reviews upon release for its more action-based approach to the Sherlock story, even if many fans preferred the small screen modernized version starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman that debuted the following year. Naturally, a sequel followed in the form of 2011’s A Game Of Shadows, and the follow-up continued the success of its predecessor.

Plans for a third Sherlock Holmes movie were confirmed to be underway as early as October 2011, but the project failed to move beyond the script-writing stage. While cast and crew always spoke positively regarding a third installment, nailing down the film’s story has seemingly remained the biggest stumbling block over the past 8 years. Finally, in 2018, Warner Bros. announced a December 2020 release date for Sherlock Holmes 3, however that has now been delayed by a further year.

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While progress on Sherlock Holmes 3 continues, albeit at an agonizingly slow place, firm details remain scarce. However, a new report from HN Entertainment claims that the threequel will be set in Old West-era San Francisco. The piece goes on to highlight that filming is also due to begin in January 2020.

Since this report comes via an unnamed source, the news has to be placed firmly into the rumor category for now and, given the amount of rewrites and revisions Sherlock Holmes 3 has been subject to, the American setting could perhaps have been part of an earlier draft. Assuming the news is accurate however, moving Holmes and Watson from London and Europe to the U.S. would certainly be a departure for Doyle’s character, but would arguably provide a little more scope for diversity within the trilogy, and offer a new angle on a franchise that has been interpreted over and over again onscreen.

As the report also points out, Doyle had several connections to the U.S. in his day, and even named William J. Burns the “American Sherlock.” As such, there would still be plenty of scope for Sherlock Holmes 3 to bear the influence of its creator, even within a Californian setting. Having said that, the move across the Atlantic may come with a risk of the film drifting too far into Western territory, which might not play well with Sherlock’s usual tone.

More: Jude Law Reveals First Sherlock Holmes 3 Story Details

Source: HN Entertainment

2019-03-17 12:03:16

Craig Elvy

A Quiet Place 2: Noah Jupe & Millicent Simmonds In Talks To Return

Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe are set to return for A Quiet Place 2 along with Emily Blunt. Paramount found a surprise hit last year with the release of the John Krasinski directed and led A Quiet Place. The semi-post-apocalyptic film took away sound to amplify the horror and thrills that silence can generate, especially when any sound immediately gets the attention of deadly monsters. The movie grossed over $340 million worldwide on a $17 million budget and the movie rode the financial and critical success all year to remain part of the awards conversation.

A sequel appeared likely to come thanks to this acclaim, and it only took a matter of weeks for Paramount and Platinum Dunes to confirm that A Quiet Place 2 was in the works. However, with the attention Krasinski received for both his performance and direction, it was not clear in what capacity he would return. It was eventually confirmed that he was helping write the script of the sequel and it was just recently confirmed that he will indeed direct.

Related: A Quiet Place 2 Reportedly Filming This Summer

The news of his return as director also came with word that his wife (both on screen and in real life) Emily Blunt will reprise her role as Evelyn Abbott, and she won’t be the only familiar face to return. THR reports that the two kids from A Quiet Place, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe, are also in talks to return as Regan and Marcus, respectively. If their deals close, then A Quiet Place 2 will focus on the Abbott family once more.

This is a welcomed development for A Quiet Place 2, as it would be odd (and possibly tragic) to have Blunt return as Evelyn but not be with her kids. A Quiet Place ended with the Abbott family together (minus Krasinski) defeating one of the creatures in the  basement of their farmhouse. They also figured out how to harm the creatures through high frequency sound, and were getting ready for an attack by a few others.

As somewhat unsurprising as it may be, the likelihood of the main cast returning for A Quiet Place 2 is a tad more interesting given Krasinski’s previous comments. He’s said that he is more interested in the world than focusing on the same family over and over, so a compromise in the story may have been struck. If Krasinski does want to explore the other nearby families, then the sequel could potentially focus on the Abbott family helping equip their neighbors with the necessary tools and knowledge to survive and defeat these creatures. This could make A Quiet Place 2 more of an ensemble piece with new cast members possibly set to join Blunt, Simmonds, and Jupe. Whatever the case may be, hopefully more details on A Quiet Place 2 will come soon.

MORE: Emily Blunt Knows ‘The Basics’ Of A Quiet Place 2

Source: THR

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2019-02-22 02:02:41

A Quiet Place 2 Reportedly Starts Filming This Summer

Production on A Quiet Place 2, the follow-up to Paramount’s post-apocalyptic horror/thriller A Quiet Place, is reportedly slated to begin this summer. A Quiet Place was a hit with moviegoers and critics alike, so it was no surprise when Paramount decided to move forward with a sequel. It is not currently known if anyone from the previous movie will return to star, but John Krasinski, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film, has been working on the script for its upcoming continuation. Now, it seems the project will move into production soon, as the film is expected to arrive in theaters next May.

A Quiet Place is set in a post-alien invaded world, where members of society struggle to live after the world is decimated by creatures hunting by sound. In order to stay alive, those who have survived are forced to suppress the use of sound to stay undetected by the creatures. Alongside Krasinski, the cast included Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward, and Leon Russom. The film focuses on the Abbott family and their efforts to stay alive, while also raising children during the apocalypse. Not much is known regarding what direction A Quiet Place 2 will take, but Krasinski stated that it could focus on a new group of survivors. While details regarding the plot are scarce, they should become more clear as the film nears production this summer.

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According to Production Weekly, filming will begin on A Quiet Place 2 this summer in upstate New York. For context, with the film expected to land in theaters early next year, the original film was also shot in New York with production lasting for nearly half a year. No specific date has been given for when filming will officially begin, but more information regarding the production on A Quiet Place 2 should arrive soon.

While Krasinski has remained tight-lipped about the follow-up, Blunt – his co-star and real-life wife – has stated she knows the basics for the film. Also, despite not sharing specific details, Krasinski has made it clear that A Quiet Place 2 won’t be a traditional sequel. In fact, Krasinski originally had no interest in revisiting the alien-invaded world, but Paramount managed to convince him to come back. The success of the first film had a lot to do with his involvement, so his return will hopefully lead to another successful chapter in the series.

A Quiet Place was a standout cinematic experience in 2018, so the sequel certainly has quite a lot to live up to. Whether or not it will answer questions pertaining to events leading up to the first film remains to be seen, but fans will no doubt be ripe with speculation in the months leading up to the reveal of any official plot details. As A Quiet Place 2 nears filming, more details for the film should begin to surface.

More: John Krasinski Would Love to Direct A Quiet Place 2 – But May Not

Source: Production Weekly

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2019-02-07 06:02:55

The Good Place Renewed For Season 4 At NBC

NBC renews critically acclaimed afterlife sitcom The Good Place for season 4, with four episodes of season 3 still left to hit the airwaves. If there’s one thing for sure about prolific TV producer Michael Schur, it’s that he knows how to craft a long-lasting sitcom. Schur created perhaps the most beloved comedy of the 2000s, The Office, in 2005, which lasted for nine seasons. He then created the nearly as treasured Parks and Recreation in 2009, which ran for seven seasons of its own. Schur also co-created FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2013, which soon jumps to NBC for its sixth season after being rescued from cancellation.

Schur’s most recent comedic creation is NBC’s The Good Place, which has been regularly showing up on “best TV show of the year” lists since its 2016 premiere. Fiercely creative, The Good Place made viewers heads spin with its season 1 ending twist. Instead of being mistakenly sent to The Good Place, lead character Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) – along with her friends Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) – were all actually trapped in The Bad Place, and were being tortured by Michael (Ted Danson), a demon they thought to be their heavenly guide.

Related: The Good Place Season 3 Review: Still One Of The Most Inventive Comedies On TV

Season 2 escalated the stakes nicely, even managing to transform Michael into a good guy out to help his former torture subjects reach the actual Good Place. In order to achieve that goal, the currently airing season 3 sent Eleanor’s group back to Earth, allowing them to relive their lives in a more heaven-worthy fashion. Of course, things took another left turn, casting doubt on whether The Good Place is even what they thought. Thankfully, fans will get to learn even more about the Good and Bad Places next fall. NBC has just renewed the series for season 4, as confirmed by TV Line.

One thing NBC hasn’t confirmed is how many episodes season 4 of The Good Place will consist of, although all prior seasons have run 13 episodes, making that the likely number of new installments Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, Michael, and the always helpful Janet (D’Arcy Carden) will participate in. Since season 3 isn’t over yet, it’s basically impossible to try and predict where Schur and his writing staff will take season 4.

Whatever ends up happening, one can bet that season 4 won’t be the same Good Place fans experienced in seasons 1, 2, or 3, as Schur seems intent on reinventing how the show works with each new season. That approach is a far cry from that taken by most successful shows, which tend to fall back on formula and be afraid to mess with what’s worked so far. It remains to be seen if The Good Place will last as long as Parks and Rec or The Office, but for now, everything is fine.

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The Good Place seasons 3 airs Thursdays on NBC.

Source: TV Line

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2018-12-04 03:12:38

How A Quiet Place 2 Won’t Be A Typical Sequel, According to John Krasinski

A Quiet Place director and star John Krasinski explained how he was convinced to return for A Quiet Place 2 and how it won’t be a traditional sequel. Initially there were no plans to return for a sequel, but Paramount managed to get Krasinski back in the writing position. The original film was a hit with fans and critics alike so it was no surprise when a sequel was announced, and A Quiet Place 2 is scheduled to be released in May 2020. It is not yet known whether any characters from the first film will return for the sequel, but that hasn’t stopped Krasinski from teasing how the follow-up will differ from the original.

A Quiet Place was set in a post-alien invasion society where every survivor has learned to live without making a sound. The film focuses on the Abbott family and how they have adapted to the unexpected change in the world. Krasinski Starred as the patriarch of the family, Lee Abbott. Alongside Krasinski was his real-life wife Emily Blunt, who starred as Evelyn Abbot, the matriarch of the family. Together, the couple were figuring out how to raise their children, played by Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds. It was only last month that Krasinski expressed his plans to pen A Quiet Place 2, but he more recently offered additional insight into why he decided to return.

Related: A Quiet Place’s Monsters & Ending Explained

During The Big Picture Podcast, Krasinski addressed how most sequels stick to a formula involving a certain villain, or hero and how he felt this was where most sequels fell down in quality. He continued on to explain his sequel will not be a retread the original, stating:

“Why I had this little idea that’s now gotten bigger is most sequels are about a villain returning or a hero returning, and you have to build this entire world around just the idea that I have a hero or a villain. That’s a lot, and I think that’s where a lot of sequels go wrong because as much as you love that hero or villain, the entire thing is fabricated just to make that person work. With A Quiet Place 2, we have the world. So it’s actually the world that’s built, it’s the idea that the rest of the world is going through this exact same experience. Are there other people that have to survive like this? It’s that idea of living through the set of circumstances, not again in the same way obviously, but exploring it more. You only got to do it intimately for a small amount of time, so what happens next?”

There were rumblings of the sequel possibly focusing on a different family in the Quiet Place universe and it seems that will ultimately be the route A Quiet Place 2 takes. In the original film, it was made clear that other survivors existed in the area around the Abbott family. That doesn’t mean the sequel will focus on one of those groups, but it does suggest there are a plethora of surviving groups around the nation trying to maneuver through the overtaken alien society. One thing is for certain if Krasinski’s character appears in the film: It will have to be in the form of a flashback or hallucination. Similar to the AMC TV show The Walking Dead – which also depicts a futuristic human society rebuilding after being destroyed by non-human enemies – Krasinski has penned a universe to explore, and that seems to be what will happen.

A Quiet Place was one of the better cinematic experiences from this year, and when a concrete story for the sequel is announced, it will definitely have fans talking. The original film introduced audiences to a world in turmoil, and now it seems the sequel will be exploring it even further, according to Krasinski. Of course, some may wish the sequel explored what happened before the world was invaded, allowing for the first film’s characters to return. But, even if the sequel focuses on a different set of people, that doesn’t eliminate a potential return for the Abbotts entirely.

Next: Everything We Learned About A Quiet Place From The Blu-ray

Source: The Big Picture Podcast

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Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

True Detective Season 3 Gets an Official Premiere Date & New Images

HBO has announced that True Detective season 3 will premiere early next year on Sunday, January 13. Nic Pizzolatto’s crime anthology series hasn’t been on the air since it wrapped its largely-derided second season in August 2015 and went on an extended break, in an effort (on the network’s part) to give the show’s creator more time to deliver a third installment that could better live up to the standard set by the series’ widely-celebrated freshman run. Judging by everything that we know about season 3 thus far, it seems that Pizzolatto is taking a back to basics approach with his latest crime narrative.

True Detective season 3, like season 1, takes place in the U.S. South (the Ozarks in Arkansas, to be exact) and explores a narrative that unfolds across multiple time periods (three, in this case). Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali stars in Pizzolatto’s new crime story as state police detective Wayne Hays, a fellow who (much like season 1 detectives Rust Cohle and Marty Hart before him) is haunted in the present by a case that he originally worked years earlier, back when he was a younger man. As Wayne puts it in the True Detective season 3 teaser trailer, “I want to know the whole story”.

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In addition to confirming the premiere date, HBO has released a handful of new images from True Detective season 3 that feature Ali with his costars Carmen Ejogo (the Fantastic Beasts movies) and Stephen Dorff (Somewhere). You can check them out in the space below.

Pizzolatto is once again the sole writer on True Detective season 3 (though he got an assist from Deadwood‘s David Milch on episode four) and further directed this season alongside Daniel Sackheim (Jack Ryan) and Jeremy Saulnier (Hold the Dark). However, even with so many of the same story elements as season 1 and equally strong acting talent, season 3 is still missing an important ingredient from the show’s first season – namely, Cary Fukunaga, who helmed all eight episodes and is generally credited for elevating the series in a high-art take on pulpy crime genre tropes.

Still, there’s a lot about True Detective season 3 that sounds promising on paper and it seems reasonable to assume that, if nothing else, this installment will be a step-up from the slow mess that was season 2. Moreover, for fans of Ali’s work in films like Moonlight (which he won his Oscar for) and his soulful performance as the villainous Cottonmouth from Netflix’s Luke Cage season 1, this new season of True Detective promises to showcase the actor’s powerful screen presence in a way that it never has been before.

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True Detective season 3 premieres January 13, 2019 on HBO.

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2018-10-11 01:10:23 – Sandy Schaefer