Back in the late ’90s/early ’00s Japanese horror was in full swing, and it’s been a while since the genre delivered a good scare. Well, prepare for more sleepless nights because two of J-horror’s most iconic evil entities will battle in the upcoming crossoverThe Ring vs. The Grudge. You can catch a glimpse of the pair in action in the first trailer, below.
Producers got the ball rolling on the movie after a fan-made trailer of the two villains Sadako and Kayako became a YouTube hit. The end result plays like the J-horror equivalent to the Nightmare on Elm Street/Friday The 13th crossover we had in 2000’sFreddy vs. Jason. Except in this case, both baddies have the same haircut and move rather slowly.
As this is an international trailer without subtitles it’s a bit tough to figure out the specifics of the plot. Based on previous films and cunning detective work, it looks like more meddlesome youngsters will meet grisly fates. What’s still up in the air is where the ‘vs’ comes in; will they squabble over victims? Or meet down a dark well/on a dark staircase and claw each other’s hair out? Either way, it still looks scary as hell.
The Ring vs. The Grudge currently has no U.S. or U.K. release date, but it’s scheduled to open in Japan as Sadako vs. Kayako on June 18.
YouTube launched a tool in 2012 that allowed uploaders to blur the faces of people in their videos. The Google-owned video sharing service described it as a first step in providing visual anonymity tools and today, they’ve taken the next step.
YouTube’s new custom blurring tool allows content creators to blur any object in their video. To give it a try, simply select the video you want to edit and choose Custom Blurring from the Blurring Effects tab of the Enhancements tool. From there, simply draw a box around whatever object(s) you want to blur.
The tool’s algorithms are smart enough to track the object and adjust the blur effect as an object moves around in the video. And at any time, you can move the blurred area manually, resize it and select when the blur should start and stop. Once complete, YouTube says you can save the changes as part of the original video or create a new copy with the edits.
Note that you’ll need to be using YouTube on the desktop to utilize the feature.
The enhanced blur tool will no doubt give users, especially the casual user, a bit more control over the content they upload. Professional or otherwise serious content creators, however, will likely get little use from it as they’re almost certainly using more powerful, standalone video editing software.