1. One weird dystopian game has summed up my 2018 angst perfectly

A steady diet of horror films, Silent Hill and Stephen Kings has de-sensitized me to almost every scare a game can deliver, but something about the dystopian world of We Happy Few made me want to pop some valiums and retreat to a warm bubble bath. The open world adventure is as British as Yorkshire Pudding and bread sauce, and perfectly captures a heady cocktail of fear, xenophobia and fake news that’s all too familiar in the dumpster fire we’re calling 2018. The bitter story and surreal visuals won’t be for everyone, but if you enjoy humor that’s blacker than a goat called Philip you have to give it a try. Rachel Weber

What: We Happy Few
Where: PS4, Xbox One and PC
When: August 10


2. The Meg has just the right amount of shark-based stupid to combat all the world’s seriousness right now

Stayfem…sorry, Statham fighting a massive, murderous shark. These are the things dream movies are made of. The entire pitch for this new don’t-think-too-hard action flick is ‘what if Jaws but the shark was really big’, replacing the usual menacing fin in the water with a megalodon (hence The Meg). That’s a 59 ft prehistoric shark which, if you’re not up to speed on your cartilaginous fish, is nearly three times the size of a Great White. The general gist is the same though: Jason Statham and his team – including Rainn Wilson and Ruby Rose – set off to stop the Meg from eating too many people, while being juuust slow enough to make sure a few do get chewed along the way for entertainment purposes. The result is the kind of film that appears aware of good taste and sense but has decided it’ll have far more fun without them. You may not get to see Statham punch the shark, but The Meg is sufficiently aware of its own absurdity not to jump it. Leon Hurley

3. Can the Slender Man movie deliver something more frightening that the real life tragedy?

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