Welcome to the first installment of Riot Radar, a new weekly Friday column detailing new releases in music, movies and games for the upcoming week. Questions? Comments? Criticisms? Death threats? Let us know in the comments, via email or social media.
A somewhat slow week for home video after Riot Nerd favorite Mad Max Fury Road dropped last Tuesday, but we still have a couple of gems to choose from, including hilariously outdated Angelina Jolie techsploitation clusterfuck Hackers and David Bowie starring 80’s vampire flick The Hunger, directed by a young Tony Scott (True Romance, Man on Fire).
Sadly not an adaptation of Lucio Fulci’s spaghetti horror classic (you know, the one where the zombie fights the shark), well received WiiU launch title ZombiU gets a second (un)life as Zombi on PS4, PC and Xbox One. The game’s particular brand of first person survival horror skewed a little too realistic for my Resident Evil/House of the Dead bullshit loving ass but your mileage may vary.
Detroit, Michigan’s Battlecross unleash Rise To Power, their 3rd full length record after the well received one-two punch of instant modern thrash classics 2011’s Pursuit of Honor and 2013’s War of Will. Of course we’d be remiss not to mention the fact that Ghost’s Meliora finally drops on Friday, and on the groovier side of the doom rock coin, Austin, TX stoner favorites The Sword release their highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s Apocryphon, High Country.
The post-blockbuster season / late summer doldrums are in full effect at the multiplex, but a few releases this week have potential. Witness the further adventures of Ethan Hawke’s cardigan (probably not) in Sinister II, Homeland’s Rupert Friend dons the bald head and barcode in Hitman Agent 47, and Adventureland co-stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg re-team for Bourne meets Clerks slacker/secret agent action-comedy American Ultra.