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Watch a Clock Tower-inspired short film from the director of The Grudge

Matt Leone has written about games for three decades, focusing on behind-the-scenes coverage of the industry, including books on Final Fantasy 7 and Street Fighter 2.

This past weekend, developer Nude Maker launched a Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming horror title NightCry, a spiritual successor to the Clock Tower series. And now to support that campaign, the team has released a short film that serves as a companion piece.

The short, which you can watch above, comes from Takashi Shimizu, who has previously directed horror films including the Ju-On series and The Grudge. He's one of many collaborators who have come together to work on the game, a list that also includes Silent Hill creature designer Masahiro Ito and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night composer Michiru Yamane.

In a story Polygon posted last week, NightCry director Hifumi Kono described Japan's game market as a challenging place to make original games. The former director of Clock Tower and Steel Battalion rounded up early funding for NightCry from friends and his savings, but said he only has enough to make the game for mobile and Vita at the moment. If the Kickstarter campaign succeeds, Nude Maker will also be able to make the game for PC.

For more on NightCry, check out Polygon's visit to Nude Maker's office in Tokyo.

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