Funcom's been playing it cagey with any information surrounding their (presumably) upcoming MMO The Secret World, but intel does trickle out. To wit: in an interview with PC Zone magazine (due out on Thursday), the developer mentions that the Japanese horror flick 'The Ring' was an inspiration for the project.
I've already assumed that there would be Lovecraftian elements involved, and while I wouldn't typify 'The Ring' as having those particular features (as the referring article does), it's definitely going to be dark indeed. In fact, it's not clear what, exactly, in 'The Ring' was the inspiration for TSW, but if they're able to capture even half of the dread that movie invokes, then I'm all for it.
And while I'm on the subject, I'm also in favor of not knowing well in advance every little nuance of gameplay, or not having access to tons of screenshots of the game under development. Sometimes, a little mystery goes a long way.