Harvard Library Home to at Least 3 Books Bound in Human Flesh

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:00

Libraries can be spooky places, man. That's just another reason to like them. A startling discovery has been made at the Harvard University as it turns out that three of its books are actually bound in human flesh!

Several years ago three books in Harvard's expansive library came under scrutiny for having strange looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh and in one case was home to skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive.

Using human skin to bind books became popular during the 17th century and the practice became known as Anthropodermic bibliopegy. Back then doctors and other medical professionals would use the flesh of cadavers that they had dissected to bind anatomical textbooks.

According to The Harvard Crimson, without extensive genetic testing, Harvard librarians still do not have the “foggiest notion” of how many volumes wrapped in human hide exist throughout the system, says Director of University Libraries Sidney Verba ’53. But they have identified three such volumes in the Langdell Law Library, Countway Library of Medicine, and the Houghton Collection. The three books range in content from medieval law to Roman poetry to French philosophy.

Accessible in the library’s Elihu Reading Room, the book, entitled Practicarum quaestionum circa leges regias... looks old but otherwise ordinary. Delicate, stiff, and with wrinkled edges, the skin’s coloring is a subdued yellow, with sporadic brown and black splotches like an old banana. The book’s 794th and final page includes an inscription in purple cursive:

“The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace.”

We all know what happens when books bound in human flesh fall into the hands of college kids. Somebody call Bruce Campbell, like yesterday! Preventive measures must be put in place before one can utter the phrase Klaatu barada nikto!

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Buy the Original 'Amityville Horror' House

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:49

Are you a super horror fan? Are you loaded? Well, you may want to look into real estate in New Jersey…

The owners of The Amityville Horror house – an iconic piece of scary movie history – have put it back on the market with a dropped asking price of $955,000, insisting it is because they are getting divorced and not because it is haunted, explains the Daily Mail.

The 10-room, colonial-style building was used for exteriors in the 1979 film and was first put on the market last year for $1.45million, then dropped to $1.35m.

Built in the 1920s, the New Jersey home is now being listed again just in time for Halloween, and despite the drop in asking price, the owners insist it is not haunted.

For the movie, a superstructure was built around the outside to make it look like the home in Amityville, New York, whose owners claimed was possessed by evil spirits.

The ‘real’ Amityville house at 112 Ocean Avenue was made famous on November 13, 1974, after police discovered six members of the DeFeo family – father, mother and four of their five children – all shot and killed execution style.
In December 1975, George and Kathy Lutz and Kathy’s three children then moved into the large Dutch Colonial style house.

The Lutzes’ reports of strange and horrific experiences was the basis of the book and film.

But after 28 days, the Lutzes left claiming to have been terrorized by paranormal phenomena while living there.

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Eric Roberts Sucks in Halloween Hell

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:45

Well, no, he doesn't suck in the bad sense. We're talking orally here as Eric Roberts will be starring as Dracula in the new project from the director of the 1988 film The Brain and 1981's Bloody Birthday, Edward Hunt. Read on for details.

Written and directed by Hunt, Halloween Hell star Roberts alongside Sam Aotaki, Evan Bittencourt, Lola Klimenteva, Steve Turner, Elizabeth Peterson, Paul Stanko and Andre L. Walker as the big badass demon you see below.

This marks Hunt's return to filmmaking, and we can't wait to see what he's got up his sleeve.

Plot details were not available at press time so you'll just have to make do with the fact that yes, Eric Fuckin' Roberts is playing Dracula and then dig on the aforementioned eye candy. You're welcome.

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'Martyrs' Remake Script Was "Spellbinding," Says Stamm

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:36

After the success of The Last Exorcism, director Daniel Stamm was tapped to remake Pascal Laugier’s deeply religious French horror Martyrs for Dimension Films.

Years later, it never came into fruition. Instead, Stamm got behind the camera for another remake, 13 Sins, which is now on all VOD platforms. In speaking with Movies, he says the Martyrs remake script was “spellbinding,” a “beautiful character study of how far you’ll go for an insane friend,” and “one of the best scripts I’ve read, probably ever.” So what happened?

..the French had done these 30 pages of just mind-numbing, repetitive violence, which is genius because it makes you feel the actual horror of that stuff, but there is no entertainment value,” says Stamm of the original film. “And so the Americans come in and go, ‘We have to spice this up and make it more entertaining,’ so suddenly it’s 30 pages of Saw that just didn’t work.

The American remake keeps both girls alive, whereas the French version kills one of the girls very early. If you keep both of them alive this gives you a really great chance to have this psychological play between them and the torturers. Everything was going great creatively, and then the call comes in. ‘The option ran out a week ago and the French producers now want so much money that we can’t make the movie.’

I think they’re now back to making the movie for like $1 million, really low budget, which I think you could almost do, it’s just there’s this philosophy in Hollywood that you can never go back budget-wise. As a filmmaker you are judged by that. And then there’s also this concept I was unaware of called plateauing, where if you’re a filmmaker who makes two movies in the same budget bracket, that becomes your thing. You are the guy for the $3 million movie, and then that’s all you do. And so my agents wouldn’t let me do the $1 million movie, because then that’s it for you, you’ll supposedly never get that bigger budget.

So, while the rights have switched hands (thankfully), it sounds as if the remake is still a go, just at a lower budget. Do you guys want to see this? I’m curious to see if the dark finale remains intact…

The 2009 film, which had shades of Rosemary’s Baby, followed Lucie, now 25 years old, who sets out to get revenge on the people who attacked and permanently scarred her when she was only 10 years old.

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See a Sneak Peek of the Being Human Series Finale Episode 4.13; New Farewell Cast Photo!

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:30

Got your Kleenex ready for the series finale of "Being Human" next week? We do, especially now that we've seen a clip from Episode 4.13, "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III." Check it out along with a new farewell cast photo!

Also, don't forget that Syfy is running a "Being Human" Season 4 marathon on Monday, April 7th, beginning at 8AM with Episode 4.02, "That Time of the Month," and culminating with Episode 4.12, "House Hunting," at 6PM.

"Being Human" stars Sam Witwer as Aidan, Meaghan Rath as Sally, Sam Huntington as Josh, and Kristen Hager as Nora.

"Being Human" Episode 4.13 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III" (airs 4/7/14; 9-10PM)
In the series finale, Sally makes a huge sacrifice to keep her vision of Aidan killing Josh from coming true, and that, in turn, changes Aidan's life forever as he fights to destroy the house's evil spirit. Meanwhile, Josh and Nora imagine their future roles as parents.

Related Story: There Goes the Neighborhood in these Stills from the Being Human Series Finale Episode 4.13

For more info visit "Being Human" on Syfy.com, join the Syfy Google+ circle, "like" "Being Human" on Facebook, and follow "Being Human" on Twitter.




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3 New Afflicted Clips Ready to Infect YOU!

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:15

Sharpen those fans, kids! On tap right now are a trio of new clips in promotion of the first feature film from Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Afflicted (review). Check 'em out and get down with the sickness.

CBS Films will release Afflicted in theaters and on various VOD outlets TODAY. Look for it on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, Cable On Demand, Playstation, and Xbox.

The film stars Lee, Prowse, and Baya Rehaz.

Synopsis
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

Learn more over on the official Afflicted website!










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[BD Review] 'Fractured' a Sexy Blend of Nightmarish Horror and Mystery!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:06

Fractured (the film formerly known as Schism) is a sexy blend of nightmarish horror and mystery that’s as consistently intriguing as it is disturbing. It takes a while for the film to build up steam as it piles up its clues and puzzles, but once it gets going Fractured delivers a haunting portrait of a normal guy trying to save his soul from damnation. Amnesia’s a bitch, man, especially when your former boss is a vicious human trafficker who’s prone to use his associates for target practice. Or just Vinnie Jones in general.

After awakening from an eight month-long coma, Dylan White (Callum Blue) has no memory of what put him in the hospital. He can’t remember his life before the past three years, in fact. Despite this mental fog, Dylan finds work as a cook in a Baton Rouge restaurant, starts dating a frisky girl, and is trying to lead a normal life. Then his violent past starts catching up with him in ways that’ll really fuck up a “normal life.” Sinister visions of blood-drenched women hammer his brain as he sleeps, works, and even when he’s at the damn convenient store. So much for normal.

Patterns start to appear in these visions and as Dylan starts to connect the dots, he’s led to old haunts where his former boss Quincy (Vinnie Jones) is still trafficking women under work conditions that clearly don’t meet OSHA standards. Jones plays his usual hard-ass geezer self, but he’s perfect at it so no complaints of typecasting here. Battling dark visions, Quincy, and amnesia, Dylan makes his way through the underworld – leaving behind a trail of gore and graphic sex. He meets a seductive femme fatale played by Nicole LaLiberte (Dexter) who drops clues for him in between bouts of booze-fueled kinky encounters.

Speaking of femme fatale, there’s a thick neo-noir vibe to Fractured. We follow a doomed hero as he travels through a world of perpetual night highlighted with neon and morally ambiguous characters. There’s also a jazzy soundtrack that cues brief moments of respite for Dylan. The cinematography is fantastic too and heightens the claustrophobic, menacing mood. The New Orleans backdrop offers up plenty of dark dives and shady corners for Dylan to get lost in as he stumbles towards his fate of either eternal damnation or salvation.

Fractured never wholly lets the audience in on its actual nature. Fantasy and reality hop in bed and have filthy sex until Dylan and the viewer have no clue what the hell to believe. Callum Blue, who many will probably know from Dead Like Me or Smallville, is an understated lead who strongly carries the film through its myriad of bizarre twists. There are a lot of ideas and genre elements at play here, and director/co-writer Adam Gierasch never loses control of the reins. If you enjoy a good mind-fuck, definitely check this one out.

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Don't Drink Lost Society's Beer Or They Will Stick A Machete In You

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:00

Finnish metal band Lost Society has released an official music video for the title track of their sophomore album Terror Hungry (out now via Nuclear Blast Records). The video shows the band rocking out in a skate park, some guys in full red body suits, and a lot of blood. Moral of the story? Don’t mess with someone and their beer. That’s just rude.


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Win Tickets to a Special San Diego Screening of Oculus!

Dread Central - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:00

The April 11th theatrical release of Oculus (review) is heading at us like a shrieking reaper with a massive chip on its shoulder, and if you're in the San Diego area, we have your chance to see the movie early and on us! Read on for details!

We will be giving away tickets for a special early screening of Oculus that will be taking place next Wednesday, APRIL 9, 2014, at the following location:

Regal Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18
10733 West View Parkway
San Diego, CA 92126

Showtime will be at 7PM, and all are welcome to line up early as the majority of the tickets are on a first-come/first-served basis. Winners should get there by 6:30 PM - NO LATER!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Synopsis
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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[BD Review] Revisiting the Found-Footage 'Afflicted'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:05

Since its world premiere at Toronto last September, we’ve had two very opposing reviews for CBS Films’ Afflicted, which is now in theaters and on VOD platforms.

In the film, two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

Mike Pereira says the film is well crafted, but would have made a better short. The Wolfman explained in his positive review that Afflicted is like a horror version of Chronicle. You can read either review by clicking the aforementioned links.

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Top 10 80's Horror Movies From The Amatory Murder (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:00

Brooklyn, NY goth rockers The Amatory Murder have just released their new album Exploiting Our Dreams. When I heard it I got a strong 80′s vibe from it, the electronic tinges reminiscent of that glorious era. So when I was told that vocalist Christian Peppas was a horror fanatic, I had to know his top 10 80′s horror movies. And he delivered in spades! Below is a list that covers pretty much some of the very best that the 80′s had to offer, from zombies to psychological to B-horror to supernatural, it’s got a little bit of everything! Check out the list and leave your favorites in the comments.

You can snag your copy of Exploiting Our Dreams for only $5 via Bandcamp.

Christian Peppas states, “It is my belief that the best horror movies were made from the 1930′s through the 1980′s; but there’s something about horror films from the 80′s that stand unchallenged by any other decade. Producers and directors hired more makeup and special effects artists to actually make props as opposed to relying on computer technology. Stop-motion animation was big, so art departments were much more hands-on and creative. Much of the time, these films were low-budget B movies; but for a kid like me that grew up when snoozers like Scream and Urban Legend were big, that actually added to the greatness. I think there’s something much cooler knowing that the puss spewing out of someone’s rubber neck is obviously corn starch. That being said, compressing my favorite 80′s horror movies into a Top 10 was a trying task and I know I’ll be kicking myself later on for forgetting things…

The Shining: I don’t even know where to begin. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and in my opinion one of Jack Nicholson’s best performances. This film has EVERYTHING: suspense, horror, action, great acting…such an amazing thriller. Kubrick was an absolute genius.

Poltergeist: I LOVE this movie. It’s so quotable and scared the crap out of me when I first saw it. The special effects are awesome–and that mirror scene is GROSS. “This house is clean!”

Return Of The Living Dead: This movie is just hilarious and campy. Also, I believe it’s one of the first zombie movies that focuses on eating the brains of the living. The scene with the two security guys in the beginning is the best.

The Evil Dead: I love over-the-top movies where the gore is obviously home-made and low budget and the acting is horrendous. I LOVE Bruce Campbell. This movie set a standard for me in terms of what I expect from a “horror” film.

Scanners: I love when horror and sci-fi mix and take themselves too seriously. Such is the case with Scanners. The end result always makes it great in a different way, and this film does not let you down.

The Evil Dead 2: More Evil Dead? YES! Another thing I love about these flicks is that you can put ‘em on and it’s blatantly obvious what period they were filmed in. Raimi needs to do more stuff like this.

The Stuff: C’mon, it’s called ‘The Stuff’. And people are obsessed with it. Again, another quotable and hokey movie that I will never get bored of. I love that horror movies from these period relied on actual, physical props for effect as opposed to CGI.

Cheerleader Camp (Bloody Pom Poms): This one has more of a cult following. It’s another one of those films that’s so bad it’s good. It was directed by John Quinn who now directs late night “movies” and “TV shows” on Cinemax. So yeah, there’s that.

Ghostbusters: Yeah, yeah yeah…I know it’s not technically a horror film. But let me tell you, this movie is probably what got me interested in horror movies in general. I used to beg my parents to bring me to the local video store and rent it for at least once a week. And don’t get me started on how awesome Ghostbusters 2 is…

Maniac Cop: More fine acting from horror movie icon Bruce Campbell. They really don’t make ridiculous thrillers like this anymore. It’s a cop who is a murderous maniac. ‘Nuff said.

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'The Veil' Hires More to Document Cult Activity

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 21:16

Deadline reports that Meegan Warner, pictured, has been cast in Universal’s horror pic The Veil.

She joins Jessica Alba, Thomas Jane and Lily Rabe in the horror pic about the lone survivor of a cult’s mass suicide who returns to the scene with a documentary film crew 30 years later. It sounds like it echoes V/H/S/2 and The Sacrament.

Warner will play Ann, one of the members of the documentary film crew led by Alba.

We’re told that Kyla Drew Simmons, Lenny Jacobson, Stacey Turner, and Chet Grissom also star.

Shooting begins this month.

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Three More Sign On for Jurassic World Action

Dread Central - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 21:15

And we end today's news day with some quick Jurassic World casting news as Judy Greer, Katie McGrath and Lauren Lapkus have closed deals to join the newest installment of Universal’s rampaging dinosaurs movie series. Read on for details.

Details for the characters were not revealed, but the trio will nicely balance out what so far has been a male-skewing cast which includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters June 12, 2015.

Look for more as it comes.

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'Jurassic World' Adds Three Females to Cast

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 20:07

Heat Vision got the late night scoop on three new female actresses joining the cast of Jurassic World.

Just off Carrie (pictured above), Judy Greer has closed a deal to join the cast of the newest installment of Universal’s rampaging dinosaurs movie series. Also boarding the movie are Katie McGrath (NBC’s “Dracula”) and Lauren Lapkus.

The cast already includes Bryce Dallas Howard as a corporate scientist who works at the park, while Chris Pratt is a dino-wrangler with a cowboy attitude.

Other actors on the roll call are Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Ifran Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio and B.D. Wong.

Universal has scheduled for a June 12, 2015, release.

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Los Angeles!! See 'Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III' On 35MM For The First Time!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:47

I’d bet money 99.9% of you haven’t seen Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III in a theater. I’d bet more money that even less of you have seen it on film. But BD alum Brian Collins is here to fix that shit as part of his HMAD branded series of midnight shows. Per Collins, the screening of this old school Viggo Mortensen joint is extra special. It’s “more than likely the first time it’s shown on 35mm since it’s aborted theatrical release in January of 1990, dumped with almost no advertising and a lot of bad press due to the recuts.

As always, tickets are a dirt cheap $8. There are whispers of special guests but, as always, it’s best to be surprised,

It all goes down this Saturday, April 5th at 11:59 PM at the New Beverly Cinema.

The theater is at 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90036, two blocks west of La Brea. You can get tickets here.

Poster by Jacopo Tenani.

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Pumpkinhead Being Resurrected as a Reboot

Dread Central - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:47

Around these parts we're HUGE fans of the Pumpkinhead creature, but judging from a cinematic standpoint, this big bad has gotten one raw deal after another. The original film was great, and its sequels got progressively more horrid one after the other.

Could this franchise get back on track? It sure couldn't do any worse!

The original Pumpkinhead was produced by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, headed up by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis went on to produce Hannibal and Red Dragon.

For the rest of the franchise, the Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA) headed up by Brad Krevoy took the reins and is now back to produce the rebooted series.

The ’88 film starred Lance Henriksen as a man who conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

While Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings is indeed bad, it's watchable in a for-shits-and-giggles kind of way. That being said, do yourselves a favor and avoid Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud like a scorching case of herpes.

Look for more on this as it comes.

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The Sentinel Remake on its Way! Awkward Masturbation Ensues!

Dread Central - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:32

If you're one of the few people who remember the genuinely frightening film The Sentinel, then you will be interested to know that a remake is on its way from Universal with Blumhouse Productions steering the ship!

According to The Tracking Board, Universal Pictures has turned to its in-house low-budget maven Jason Blum to get the planned remake of The Sentinel back on track.

The original, which was based on the book of the same name from author Jeffrey Konvitz, centers on a young woman who moves into a NYC apartment, only to discover that it may be the gateway to hell. The original film, which was directed by Michael Winner, was set to be remade by Universal back in 2003, but the studio struggled to find a way to get the project out of development hell.

In the film Winner turned to actual disfigured people to portray the minions of Hell. If that wasn't uncomfortable enough, behold a scene featuring Beverly D'Angelo masturbating furiously in front of her neighbor during tea time! Ah, the good old days!

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Original Producer Rebooting 'Pumpkinhead' Series!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:08

Effects legend Stan Winston could see his 1988 Pumpkinhead rebooted, according to The Tracking Board.

The original Pumpkinhead was produced by the De Laurentiis Entertainment Group headed up by Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis. De Laurentiis went on to produce Hannibal and Red Dragon. For the rest of the franchise, the Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA) headed up by Brad Krevoy took the reins and is now back to produce the rebooted series, explains the site.

The ’88 film starred Lance Henriksen as a man who conjures up a gigantic vengeance demon called Pumpkinhead to destroy the teenagers who accidentally killed his son.

The franchise also saw three horrendous sequels released over the years: Pumpkinhead II: Blood and Wings, Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes, and Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud. I guess a reboot is the way to go?

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'The Sentinel' Remake Opens Gateway to Hell

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 19:01

The Tracking Board is also reporting that Universal Pictures has turned to their in-house low-budget maven Jason Blum to steer their planned remake of the 1977 film The Sentinel back on track.

The original, which was based on the book of the same name from author Jeffrey Konvitz, centers on a young woman who moves into a NYC apartment, only to discover that it may be the gateway to hell.

The original film, which was directed by Michael Winner was set to be remade by Universal back in 2003, but the studio struggled to find a way to get the project out of development hell.

Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Purge) will produce alongside Kevin Misher and his Misher Films.

This project is currently out to writer/directors.

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Full Schedule Unveiled for The Stanley Film Festival

Dread Central - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 18:02

Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!

From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).

The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.

The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe (The People Vs. George Lucas), the film explores the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television, and literature as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. The film features footage taken at the 35th Starz Denver Film Festival's "George Romero's Zombie Town Hall Meeting."

FEATURE PRESENTATIONS:

The Babadook – Australia/2013 – (Director: Jennifer Kent, Featuring Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney ) – A break-out hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s terrifying debut about an unhinged child, his suffering mother and a sinister spectre that may or may not exist offers sophisticated scares and commanding tension.

Blood Glacier – Austria/2013 – (Director: Marvin Kren, Featuring Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack) – A group of scientists stationed in the German Alps discover a melting glacier that leaks a strange red liquid. When that liquid begins producing rapidly increasing biological monstrosities, all hope may be lost in this environmental chiller.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – Norway/Iceland/2014 – (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Featuring Vegar Hoel, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas) – In the follow up to his cult hit, director Tommy Wirkola brings back Colonel Herzog to lead his Nazi zombie army on their unholy quest. Although this time, a Russian battalion is wakened for the fight.

Doc of the Dead – USA/2014 – (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks, Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman)- Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, Doc of the Dead can help you prepare. This definitive guide to all things undead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture, to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

Housebound – New Zealand/2014 – (Director: Gerard Johnstone, Featuring Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru) -An unruly hooligan sentenced to house arrest at her childhood home must contend with her family, police-handlers and the spectral frights that may be haunting the property in this tautly written comedy-thriller.

Late Phases – USA/2014 – (Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Featuring Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda) -When a no-nonsense war vet moves into a secluded retirement community that’s fallen victim to a series of violent beast attacks, he vows to stop the creature once and for all. Stanley Film Festival alum Adrien Garcia Bogliano (Here Comes The Devil) returns with his English-Language debut.

Lesson Of The Evil – Japan/2012 – (Director: Takashi Miike, Featuring Ruth Sundell, Takayuki Yamada, Fumi Nikaidô) -The notorious and prolific Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer), one of the living legends of genre, tackles his most controversial subject matter yet in this story of a charismatic teacher with an extreme and violent plan to stop the rash of bullying at his school.

Moebius – South Korea/2013 – (Director: Kim Ki-duk Featuring Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo ) – Kim Ki-duk’s Freudian breakdown of the family unit sees a wife take revenge upon her adulterous husband by dismembering their son. And then things really take a turn to the extreme as the family falls into complete destruction.

Nothing Bad Can Happen – Germany/2013 – (Director: Katrin Gebbe, Featuring Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof) – Christian devotee Tore has his faith put to the ultimate test after moving in with a religious skeptic and his family. This tension building game of cruelty explores just how often one can turn the other cheek.

Open Windows – Spain/USA/2014 – (Director: Nacho Vigolando, Featuring Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell) – This year’s Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award co-recipient Elijah Wood stars in an otherworldly new thriller from cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Time Crimes). Extreme technical bravado and frenetic energy create the sensation of Rear Window for the digital age.

Ragnarok – Norway/2013 – (Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, Featuring Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd) – An archeologist obsessed with ancient Viking myth stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime in this good old fashioned creature feature adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

R100 – Japan/2013 – (Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Featuring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri) – Renowned cult director Hitoshi Matsumoto crafts a bizarre tale of a mysterious S&M club where dominatrixes can strike at any time and its participants can’t escape their leather clad relentlessness.

Rigor Mortis – Hong Kong/2013 – (Director: Juno Mak, Featuring Anthony Chan, Siu-hou Chin, Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng) – Produced by the director of the J-horror sensation series The Grudge comes a viscerally charged, beautifully realized and relentlessly surreal interpretation of traditional tales of supernatural forces guaranteed to attack the sense.

The Sacrament – USA/2013 – (Director: Ti West, Featuring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones) -Stanley Film Festival’s inaugural Visionary Award winner Eli Roth produces indie horror icon Ti West’s slow-burn take on the Jonestown Massacre, a smart blend of found-footage style with excellent performances that instill true fear.

Starry Eyes – USA/2014 – ( Directors: Dennis Widmeyer & Dennis Kölsch, Featuring Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy) – From the producers of Cheap Thrills and Jorodowsky’s Dune, struggling actress Sarah will give anything to land her dream role in cutthroat Hollywood. But when a storied production company gives her that chance, she learns the true cost of fame.

The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears – Belgium / France / Luxembourg/2013 – (Director: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Featuring Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew) -In this visual bounty of a thriller, a man searches for his wife through a kaleidoscope of stained glass windows, sliced flesh and sexual intrigue.

Witching and Bitching – Spain/2013 – (Director: Alex De La Iglesia, Featuring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang) – Cult director Alex De La Iglesia (The Last Circus) is in top form with this hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.

What We Do In The Shadows – New Zealand/2014 – (Directors: Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement, Featuring Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh) – Living with roommates can always pose quirky challenges. But when you’re a vampire cohabitating with your fellow kind for a few hundred years, things get a bit tricky. From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) comes a hilarious mockumentary of a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society.

Who Can Kill A Child? – Spain/1976 – (Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, Featuring Lewis Fiander, Prunella Ransome, Antonio Iranzo, Miguel Narros) – Presented by SpectreVision, in cooperation with Channel Z, this rarely seen Spanish horror finds an English couple vacationing on an island where the children are murdering all the adults.

SECRET SCREENING:

The Stanley Film festival presents a highly anticipated new film from a modern master of gore.

RETROSPECTIVES:

Eyes Wide Shut – USA/1999 – (Director: Stanley Kubrick, Featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Madison Eginton, Sydney Pollack, Jackie Sawiris) -Longtime Kubrick collaborator and Stanley Film Fest alum Leon Vitali presents a 15th anniversary screening in its European cut of the legendary auteur’s final haunting masterpiece.

The Fall of the House of Usher – France/USA/1928 – (Director: Jean Epstein, Featuring Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy, Fournez-Goffard) – Silent film with live score. Based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, this rarely seen macabre silent film continues the Festival’s tradition of live score accompaniment to horror of the past.

Gremlins -USA/1984 – (Director: Joe Dante, Featuring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman) – Channel Z and horror luminary Joe Dante present a 30th Anniversary screening of the great 80s classic about what happens to irresponsible little Mogwais who eat after midnight.

Sleepwalkers – USA/1992 – (Director: Mick Garris, Featuring Brian Krause, Mädchen Amick, Alice Krige, Jim Haynie, Ron Perlman, Cindy Pickett) – Mick Garris (“The Shining” and “The Stand” and “Masters of Horror”) presents his Stephen King penned cult favorite. A mother and son who are not what they seem move to a new town in order to feed.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – 40th Anniversary Restoration – USA/1974 – (Director: Tobe Hopper, Featuring Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail) -
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this beloved horror classic, MPI Media Group presents the original film restored from an all-new 4k scan authorized by director Tobe Hooper and featuring a dynamic new 7.1 surround sound mix.

FREE FAMILY SCREENING:

The Nightmare Before Christmas – USA/1993 – (Director: Henry Selick, Featuring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara) – Join Jack Skellington as he discovers the strange new world of Christmas Town. Preceded by Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!

SHORTS:

  • Shorts Program I

    JONATHAN’S CHEST, USA, directed by Christopher Radcliff: Everything changes one night for Alex, a troubled teenager, when he is visited by a boy claiming to be his brother — who disappeared years earlier.

    UNICORN BLOOD, Spain, directed by Alberto Vazquez: Two teddy-bears go hunting unicorns, for their tender flesh and delicious blueberry-flavoured blood which the bears need to stay cute-looking.

    ANIMALS I KILLED LAST SUMMER, Sweden, directed by Gustav Danielsson: A young boy kills small animals and his father can’t deal with it.

    GHOST TRAIN, Australia, directed by James Fleming and Kelly Hucker: An elderly man struggling to cope with his wife’s dementia is drawn into a macabre cabaret restaurant where he becomes enchanted by the lead actress.

    KEKASIH, USA/Malaysia, directed by Diffan Sina Norman: In pursuit of his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.

    BOX ROOM, Ireland, directed by Michael Lathrop: Behind Jerry’s bedroom wall he discovers a seductive alien creature with which he has sex, leading to a horrific outcome.

    FLESH, Colombia, directed by Carlos Gómez Salamanca: FLESH reveals the sacrifice of an animal during a countryside celebration in Colombia.

    THE OBVIOUS CHILD, UK, directed by Stephen Irwin: Somebody broke the girl’s parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.

  • Shorts Program II

    HERE BE MONSTERS, New Zealand, directed by Paul Glubb and Nic Gorman: He only has one chance to live the last day of his life. BASKIN, Turkey, directed by Can Evrenol: Four cops, go to hell.

    THE PRESENT, Taiwan, directed by Joe Hsieh: A hotel manager’s daughter falls for a married man at first sight. Rejected by the man, she embarks on a journey of revenge.

    THE GUEST, Canada, directed by Jovanka Vuckovic: In this existential thriller, a man must face the consequences of a mysterious bargain he has made.

    WHITE MORNING, UK, directed by Paul Barritt: Six naughty boys carry out an act of violence exploding into a visual investigation of the war machine the boys become. WAWD AHP, USA, directed by Steve Girard: A man raps in front of the mirror, cuts his head off and has sex with it. There is also a cartoon.

    ANGST, PISS & SHIT, Norway, directed by Fredrik S. Hana: A young couple that once shared a fascination for mass murder and torture, now resemble a sad and lifeless parody on relationships. PERFECT DRUG, Belgium, directed by Toon Aerts: A heist of strange chemical substances goes wrong when one of the thieves can’t resist drinking the glowing elixir.

  • Shorts before features

    STARRY EYES
    “THE MUCK”, USA, directed by Tony Wash: Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last… or so she thought!

    LATE PHASES
    “PAYADA PA’ SATAN”, Argentina, directed by Antonio Balseiro and Carlos Balseiro: A Gaucho lives peacefully in the countryside with his wife until one day they hear explosions and the earth starts to shake.

    NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
    “TOY STORY OF TERROR!”, USA, directed by Angus MacLane: From Disney*Pixar comes a spooky new tale featuring all of your favorite characters from the “Toy Story” films.

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