Let’s Eat Edition 1: Roasted Leg Of Lamb With Couscous (Inspired By Hannibal)

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:00

In my birthday post last year, I casually mentioned that I love cooking. But what I didn’t state was that I really, really enjoy cooking. I have fun with it. I almost feel like a mad scientist, a culinary Dr. Frankenstein in that I put whatever sounds good together and hope for a tasty result.

Recently, while watching an episode of Hannibal, I was inspired by a dish that he created (only click on that link if you’re caught up on the show). I know, it’s pretty morbid. But sometimes the most unsettling things can create something wonderful. Now, keep in mind that I have absolutely zero formal training. What I did was completely drawn upon from my own experiences with cooking and pretty deciding that I wanted to try something new and crazy.

So, with that in mind, I decided to tackle a roasted leg of lamb with some tricolor couscous as the main side. And since this recipe is inspired by something so ghoulish and macabre, I figured, “Why not share it with the BD audience?”

Below is my step-by-step guide for the meal. With it, you can host your own dinner party.

Ingredients:
Roasted leg of lamb:
One 3-4lb leg of lamb, deboned
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup dried apricots
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
Cooking twine
1-2 large banana leaves
3 cloves of garlic, finely sliced
8-10 small red potatoes cut into bite size chunks
Minced fresh chives

Spice rub:
Coarse sea salt
Whole peppercorns
Red pepper flakes
Cumin
Rosemary leaves

Couscous:
2 cups tricolor couscous
2.5 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 tbsp butter

Prepare the spice rub
I put all of my spices into a mortar and pestle and ground everything together into a fine rub. I opted to go a little light on the red pepper flakes as I didn’t want this to be a hot, spicy dish but instead I just wanted a little bit of warmth.

Prepare the lamb
1. Open up the deboned leg of lamb
2. Cut off any big chunks of fat but make sure to leave a little bit. Fat is where a lot of flavor resides and it will help this roast stay juicy and succulent
3. Sprinkle the spice rub liberally throughout the inside of the leg and then proceed to rub it in, making sure to get into the cracks and crevices
4. Mix the prunes, dried apricots, walnuts, and almonds in a bowl or bag and then place them in the middle of the opened lamb leg. The idea here is that the left and right parts of the leg will close over the mixture, creating a sweet, nutty center. If you want, you can sprinkle some of the garlic slices in the middle as well
5. Wrap the left and right parts of the meat over the center and then tie the whole leg up with cooking twine
6. Between the cooking twine make small, shallow incisions in the meat. Insert the garlic slices into these incisions
7. Wrap the roast in clean, freshly washed banana leaves (it’s okay if they’re a little wet). It’s okay to lightly tie the banana leaves with cooking twine so that it doesn’t fall open
8. Put the wrapped lamb leg into a roasting pan and then put that into the fridge to settle for at least an hour

Cooking the lamb roast:
1. Take the roast out of the fridge and let it get to room temperate (45 minutes to 1 hour)
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
3. While the oven is preheating, you can put the bite size potato chunks in the roasting pan around the lamb. Make sure to drizzle with olive oil so that you get a nice crisp to the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper
4. Put the lamb in the oven near the center
5. It takes about 15-20 minutes per pound, so a 3.5lb roast (which is what I had) took about an hour
6. When the lamb is done, take it out and place the whole thing (minus the potatoes) onto a serving platter. Cut off the banana leaves, exposing the lamb roast
7. Place the lamb roast on a very hot grill for a minute on each side. This will give the roast a really nice char on the outside
8. After taking the roast off the grill, leave it for 10 minutes to settle
9. Put the potatoes in a serving bowl and sprinkle with minced chives

Couscous:
1. Melt the butter in a sauce pot
2. Add the couscous and stir constantly, toasting the couscous (note: do NOT use a plastic stirrer, which is a mistake I made the first time I did this)
3. Once it’s browned a little and you have a rich, nutty smell, add the chicken stock
4. Bring to a boil, cover and then turn off the stove but leave the pot on the burner
5. Check after five minutes. It’s okay if there is a little bit of liquid left as you can stir it in while fluffing the couscous

Serve to friends or family along with a nice red wine. Make sure to pile the lamb, fruits and nuts on top of the couscous while putting the potatoes on the side for a beautiful presentation. For dessert, I poured each person a glass of blackberry mead. I got mine from Schramm’s.

If you’ve got some recipe ideas or want me to try and come up with something, let me know via Twitter below!


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Converge Release “All We Love We Leave Behind” Video

bloody disgusting - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 08:00

Hardcore legends Converge have released an official video for the title track of their 2012 album All We Love We Leave Behind. The video, which was built, shot and edited by Craig Murray, mixes animation with jarring edits and beautiful locations to create a dark, eerie story that definitely has some strong horror elements and ties. You can give it a looky-look below.

You can pick up the new album here.

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UK Readers: Win Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell on Blu-ray!

Dread Central - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 05:00

To celebrate the release of the Hammer classic Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell – coming to 2-disc DVD and single-disc Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK on 28 April – we have a copy to give away to one lucky horror fan!

The final feature film directed by the legendary Terence Fisher, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is a perfect, unusually gory and beautifully Gothic swan song for Hammer’s incarnation of Mary Shelley’s two accursed creations.

Featuring yet another standout performance by the brilliant Peter Cushing as the mad baron, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell is also notable for the pre-Star Wars pairing of the actors who would four years later reunite to play two of the most iconic villains in the cinematic galaxy – Darth Vader (David Prowse) and Grand Moff Tarkin (Cushing).

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply send us an e-mail to contests@dreadcentral.com, including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS. We'll take care of the rest!

Please note that his competition is open only to UK readers and will end at 12:01 UK time on Friday, May 2nd.

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‘Deadlight’ Now Free For Xbox Live Gold Subscribers

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:55

Xbox Live’s Game with Gold offering continues with Tequila Work’s 2.5D horror-themed puzzle platformer Deadlight. If you’re a Gold subscriber, you can grab it for free today until the end of April. TJ and I reviewed it when it released back in 2012, and decided it’s a decent game that “starts off strong but it also falls apart pretty quickly.”

Even if you’re on the fence about it, you can’t beat free.

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Visit the 60s with these Stills and Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.19 - Man on Fire

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 22:05

Next week's Episode 5.19 of "The Vampire Diaries," entitled "Man on Fire," includes some of what "TVD" does best: flashbacks! Not many are found in these photos and preview, but they do still bring some fun!

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.19 - "Man on Fire" (airs 4/24/14, 8-9pm)
FLASHBACK TO THE 1960s — Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to distract Elena (Nina Dobrev) from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon (Ian Somerhalder).

Meanwhile Bonnie (Kat Graham) does her best to be realistic about how the changes happening on the Other Side will affect her existence as the Anchor.

Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt (Zach Roerig) to admit it has gone missing.

Through flashbacks to election night 1960, Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) reveals to Elena, Stefan, and Bonnie that he has learned what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie (guest star Heather Hemmens); and then, with the unwilling help of Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), things take an ugly turn. Trying to calm Enzo down, Damon intervenes, but his words cause Enzo to make a desperate and dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan.

Finally, Markos (guest star Raffi Barsoumian) enlists Sloan’s (guest star Caitlin McHugh) help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Tyler (Michael Trevino) is forced to play a dangerous part in the ritual while witnessing the incredible power the Travelers now possess.

Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor & Matthew D’Ambrosio .

For more info visit "The Vampire Diaries" on CWTV.com, "like" "The Vampire Diaries" on Facebook, and follow "The Vampire Diaries" on Twitter.

CLICK "NEXT" FOR MORE PHOTOS AND A PREVIEW

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Elise Eberle Talks Playing Mercy in New 'Ask Salem' Video

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:54

Just a few more days stand between us and the witches of "Salem." Will they live up to our expectations? Here are a few more clues from series co-star Elise Eberle, who plays the "mysteriously afflicted" Mercy Lewis on WGN America's upcoming new show.

“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive

"Salem" Episode 1.01 - "The Vow" (airs 4/20/14)
John Alden returns from war to discover that the woman he left behind is now married to another man and that his hometown of Salem, Mass., is in the midst of a witch panic in the premiere of this supernatural drama.

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.

Keep your eyes on the "Salem" Facebook page for updates and more info.

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Unlucky 13 Images Check in for Aftermath

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:28

We told you about the new zombie flick Aftermath just a couple of days ago and now we have a bunch of images and even the artwork locked and loaded for ya! Read on for all the eye candy fit to snack on!

Directed by Peter Engert, the film also stars Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason.

Synopsis
When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air, and the greatest threat of all: the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.

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More Rape/Revenge In ‘I Spit On Your Grave 3′ (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:20

We broke the news on the first sequel to the remake, and now have received exclusive word out of Cannes that I Spit On Your Grave 3 is being pre-sold at the market.

At the time of this writing, CineTel Films has yet to hire a writer or director, but have committed to a third round of rape-revenge.

The third film, our sources tell us, will focus on a serial killer that uses a crisis hotline to target rapists. One of the counselor’s has a dark past, which sends Detectives sniffing in her direction — but is she the killer they’re looking for?

The 2010 Steven R. Monroe-directed I Spit on Your Grave was a shockingly good remake of the 1978 classic. Monroe rushed out a sequel last year that was a huge disappointment. I think tonally, horror fans don’t want hardcore torture right now. They’d be smart to play the third film tongue-in-cheek, like Nurse.

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Genre Stars Head to Paranormal Island

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:14

Thus far we've seen Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Entity, Paranormal Xperiment, and everything else you could think of. Next up is Paranormal Island, which would make a bitchin' show should it be hosted by the lingering specters of Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize!

We can dream, huh?

VMI Worldwide is heading to Cannes with Marty Murray's new flick Paranormal Island, starring Ben Elliott, Briana Evigan, Lance Henriksen, Randy Wayne, and Sarah Karges.

Synopsis
When three college kids take a summer job, it’s a chance of a lifetime to bartend at a bar in the middle of a lake. The bar has been around for over a hundred years and is presumed by many locals to be haunted after the owner killed himself many years before. Unfortunately, they miss the last boat off the island and are stuck trying to find a way off. As darkness falls, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they are hunted by the paranormal caretaker.

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19 More Two-Sentence Horror Stories To Send Chills Up Your Spine

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 21:00

Because our last posting of 21 Two-Sentence Horror Stories was so popular, we wanted to bring you 19 more similar style horror tales that will really tingle your spine.

On top of that, several loyal Dread Central readers got in on the fun and contributed their own two-sentence horror stories. So we've collected some of the best and creepiest ones in this one handy spot for your convenience.

Check out the following pages to see if your story made the cut this time.

Enjoy these small-bite horror stories, and don't blame us if you get creeped out while reading them alone in the dark! Make sure to add your own two-sentence horror stories in the comments section below. Who knows? Your short story may appear on Dread Central in the future!

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[Tribeca '14 Review] ‘Summer of Blood’ Is One of the Best Horror Comedies in Years!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:55

If Woody Allen made a vampire flick, it might resemble Summer of Blood. Writer-director-actor Onur Tukel’s horror-comedy is a fresh satire on the vampire mythos, one that uses absurd situations to explore very human fears like commitment and urban life. Without an ounce of the pretentiousness so often found in indie comedies, Tukel has crafted a sincerely hilarious film that’s not without its fair share of gore and sex. Mad, tantric vampire sex, that is. Pardon my hyperbole, but Summer of Blood is simply one of the best and most honest horror-comedies in years.

Self-centered Brooklynite Eric (Tukel) has a problem with commitment. When his girlfriend of three years proposes to him, he delivers a misguided dialogue about post-modern feminism, then awkwardly declines. The next day he’s trolling an internet dating service in his desperate longing to get laid. Eric even has the stones to take his dates to the very restaurant where his girlfriend popped the question – how’s that for class? When they’re turned off by his narcissism or his lack of prowess in the bedroom (or both), it’s on to the next chick.

That is until the night Eric is bitten by a vampire, transforming him into a blood-sucking creature of the night. Well, sorta. He’s still the same self-involved slob he always was, but now he gets to indulge his hedonism to a greater degree. Vampirism turns Eric into a tireless sex machine who can control minds and vaginas alike. The only thing still holding sway over him are his jealous feelings over his old flame’s new (better looking, more charming and successful) boyfriend.

Eric is a dick, but he’s a terribly relatable one as well. While nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is ridiculous, I couldn’t help but sympathize with many of his feelings. Throughout all of this, Onur Tukel flexes some finely-tuned wit and comedic timing. A few scenes, like when his landlord comes looking for rent, had me in tears. It’s a very natural and honest performance as well. Tukel really puts himself out there, presenting all of his paranoid fears about society, urban life, and relationships – relentlessly making fun of himself in the process. In between bouts of biting people’s throats off, of course.

The vampire elements of Summer of Blood are pretty simple and follow most of the traditional stuff like aversion to sunlight and having to feed to stay alive. Tukel puts his own unique spin on them, however, leading to a wholly refreshing take on the genre. Eric’s fear of commitment actually bleeds into his vampirism, which I found to be fucking brilliant. For instance, what happens if you bite your lover, transforming her into an immortal being? Hell, that means you’re stuck with that person for eternity? It’s a tough decision, especially for a goof like Eric.

The film may address some painfully real issues, but Summer of Blood never lets go of its comedic core. From beginning to end it’s an absolute blast that dishes out equal parts wit, vulgarity, and amazing one-liners. The horror-comedy is a tricky cross-genre to pull off, but I can honestly say that Summer of Blood just may be the best example since Tucker and Dale.

The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and here’s hoping it’s available to a wide audience sooner than later.

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‘A Haunted House 2′ Declares War On Easter… Humor

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:49

Open Road’s A Haunted House 2 opens tomorrow, April 18th. I didn’t love the first film, so this isn’t my jam. But if you liked it, and you’re curious to see how the series tackles Easter… watch the below video. This post is for you.

In the sequel,”Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A Haunted House 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

A Haunted House 2 spoofs supernatural horror movie hits such as Paranormal Activity 4, Sinister, The Possession, Insidious, The Conjuring, and more. This time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, and Dave Sheridan also star.

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Hold Your Horses, ‘Contracted 2′ Still Incubating…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:33

Just wanted to clarify something about the reported sequel to Contracted, entitled Contracted: Phase II. There’s a story being circulated today that is factually correct, but puts the cart a little bit before the horse.

While it’s true that an idea for the sequel is being considered, right now it’s a pitch that writer/director Eric England has turned into IFC and Boulderlight (producers of the original film). It’s true that the film is doing quite well and I’d be the first person in line to check out a sequel… but that might not be in the immediate future. It is a pitch that has been turned in. That’s it. There are a BILLION things that need to happen before things get moving.

Here’s England’s instagram photo of a potential title page. It was taken last month.

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Contracted Sequel on its Way from Eric England

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 20:23

Eric England's Contracted (review) hit like a mighty punch to the jaw to the horror genre, and lord knows we were desperately in need of a good jolt. Now, like any good swing for the fences, a sequel is on its way as a means to recapture the agony and arterial spray!

"IFC has asked us for a sequel," said filmmaker England to FEARnet. "I told the producers I wasn't interested because I never envisioned a sequel in the first place but [said] if I came up with an idea that I felt lived up to or surpassed the first film and [that I] was passionate about, I would."

"It took about a month or so of convincing, but I finally turned in a pitch after an idea came to me. Now, it's just up to the business side of things - if it makes sense for them and for us."

England also added that Contracted: Phase II, as it's now known, "will pick up where the first one left off."

Original Synopsis:
Contracted tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who has a one-night stand with a stranger, contracting what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease, but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she's sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey, sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

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Sinister 2 Finds a Director in Ciaran Foy

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:53

Some quick news is coming in regarding the sequel to Sinister (Blu-ray review here)... the film has landed itself a director! Read on for the latest on the continuing adventures of Mr. Boogie.

Blumhouse announced today via Twitter that Ciarán Foy (Citadel) will be the one in the director's chair for this latest go round.

All of the other major behind-the-scenes players are back for Sinister 2, including creators Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. They wrote the original, which Derrickson also directed.

Sinister 2 is the sequel to the highly praised original film starring Ethan Hawke, which grossed more than $87M worldwide off of a $3M budget. The move to build the Sinister franchise follows in the footsteps of Blumhouse’s successes with the Paranormal Activity and Insidious series of ultra-low-budget genre hits.

Stay tuned!


A SINISTER welcome to Ciaran Foy director of #Sinister2! @scottderrickson & @Masswyrm wrote the follow up & we are so excited to get going!

— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 17, 2014

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And the Director Of ‘Sinister 2′ Is…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:52

Ciaran Foy, who did a fantastic job on the 2012 film Citadel, has been tapped to direct Sinister 2 for Blumhouse. While Scott Derrickson is (obviously) not directing this installment, he did pen the script with his co-writer on the first film, C. Robert Cargill.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, as per the usual. But I’m excited. Derrickson’s film had some of the best uses of imagery I’ve seen in modern horror, and Foy is no slouch behind the camera himself. All in all, not a bad week for good directors (a la David Bruckner and Friday The 13th) tackling anticipated sequels*.

*Yes, I know the upcoming F13 film is most likely not a sequel. Sue me.

A SINISTER welcome to Ciaran Foy director of #Sinister2! @scottderrickson & @Masswyrm wrote the follow up & we are so excited to get going!

— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 17, 2014

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Douglas Borton's Kane Getting Adapted for the Screen

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:42

Nothing gives us a greater sense of pride than when one of our own makes good. The next Dread Central writer to break into the film industry is Serena Whitney, who's finally getting a chance to help bring her dream project to the screen. Congrats, Serena!

From the Press Release
Canadian production company Unstable Ground has acquired the film rights to Douglas Borton’s horror novel Kane. The project is now in development and will be scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World).

Whitney and McConnell will also co-produce, along with prolific Canadian producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken) and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.

Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman, and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly unstoppable evil... or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.

The deal was negotiated by McConnell on behalf of Unstable Ground and Jane Dystel & Miriam Goderich of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, on behalf of author Douglas Borton (who currently publishes as New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Michael Prescott).

Serena Whitney, who brought the novel to the attention of Unstable Ground, first read the material when she was very young, stating “Kane has always strongly resonated with me as one of the most primal and terrifying horror novels I have ever read. It’s definitely a hidden gem that I have always felt deserved a film adaption. It can revive the classic bogeyman trope.”

McConnell adds “Kane has all the components of a fantastic genre film: great characters, break-neck pacing, a surprising story, and an iconic villain. Best of all, it’s all there on the page. Douglas wrote a book over two decades ago that was ahead of its time and was just waiting to be discovered. I’m looking forward to helping bring this story to a fresh audience.”

Borton, who first published the novel in 1990 and plans a re-release later this year under the name 'Michael Prescott,' adds “Kane has always been one of my favorites. I think it’s the best of my early novels, and I’m excited by the prospect of seeing it on the screen.”

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Lance Henriksen and Briana Evigan Embark to ‘Paranormal Island’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:31

VMI Worldwide is heading to Cannes with Marty Murray’s Paranormal Island, which also has some pretty generic sales art.

Starring Ben Elliott, Briana Evigan (pictured in Sorority Row, also Burning Bright), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Randy Wayne and Sarah Karges

When 3 college kids take a summer job it’s a chance of a lifetime to bartend at a bar in the middle of a lake! The bar has been around for over a hundred years and is presumed by many locals to be haunted, after the owner killed himself many years before. Unfortunately they miss the last boat off the island and are stuck trying to find a way off. As darkness falls, they quickly realize things are very different after hours as they are hunted by the paranormal caretaker.

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MPI Nabs LFO

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:30

OMG! Breaking news! OMFG, MPI and DSF (Dark Sky Films) have secured rights for LFO! WTF? LOL! Okay, enough with the Internet shorthand. We just couldn't help ourselves. Read on for all the details you need. G2G! TTYS! ROTFLMAO!

From the Press Release
MPI Media Group today announced it has acquired all U.S. distribution and international sales rights to LFO, a new science fiction thriller from Sweden. A fall 2014 theatrical release is anticipated for the film, which will be released under MPI's Dark Sky Films banner.

The deal was negotiated by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, VP Television, Digital and International Sales for MPI, and Alexander Brøndsted, Producer and President of PingPongFilm. In addition to MPI's acquisition of the project, SpectreVision, the genre film production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has come on board to present LFO, with the trio serving as executive producers.

Writer-director Antonio Tublen's film is a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction. Robert Nord (Patrik Karlson, Wallander), a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg), he soon realizes the power he now wields. As Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, it quickly becomes clear that he is losing control of himself.

LFO has played to both audience and critical acclaim in a number of film festivals. It was at Fantastic Fest where Wood and his partners were first exposed to the movie. Their enthusiasm for the film led them to showcase it at their own festival in Los Angeles. Says SpectreVision's Elijah Wood, "One of the reasons we started this company was to get behind great new genre films that deserve to be discovered by broader audiences. This is a subversive, funny and deeply unnerving low-techno thriller we're proud to present."

MPI's Nicola Goelzhaeuser said, "LFO is ingenious, thought-provoking and also hugely entertaining, and we are thrilled to bring it to American audiences as well as introduce it to buyers in Cannes."

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Protect Your Nest with a Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 9.19 - Alex Annie Alexis Ann

Dread Central - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 19:29

The title of Episode 9.19 of "Supernatural" is obviously a play on the film Martha Marcy May Marlene, and here's hoping it's a bit more exciting than that movie was! Check out a sneak peek of "Alex Annie Alexis Ann" for a tease of what happens when the boys reconnect with Sheriff Mills.

"Supernatural" Episode 9.19 - "Alex Annie Alexis Ann" (airs 4/22/14, 9-10pm): SHERIFF MILLS TRIES TO SAVE A YOUNG GIRL FROM A VAMPIRE NEST — Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) after she kills a vampire who attacked a prisoner named Annie (guest star Katherine Ramdeen).

They discover Annie was kidnapped by a family of vampires who use her as bait to lure in humans they can then feed on. Sheriff Mills tries to rescue Annie from her captors but finds out the hard way that family always comes first.

Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Robert Berens.

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