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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London Reopens September 10th

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:00

You may recall that last year The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies opened a London branch based at the heart of the city’s underground culture, the Horse Hospital, and it was such a rousing success that they’re back at it again this year!  Read on for the official details.

From the Press Release:
After a successful pilot season, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London returns to the Horse Hospital for another semester of intensive film classes on a wide range of arcane topics by some of the horror world’s most renowned critical luminaries – and you can win a season pass courtesy of AV Geeks, one of the world’s foremost archives of 16mm educational film.

The BFI’s William Fowler launches the season in September with his lecture “Freaks, Hippies and Witches” on British filmmaker and William S. Burroughs collaborator Antony Balch, in association with Scalarama 2015. He will be followed in October by Kier-La Janisse, Gavin Baddeley and David Flint, who will be collectively addressing the Satanic hysteria of the 1980s, based on their new book Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. In November, visiting lecturer Jim Harper will present “Shadows and Fog”, a look at Krimi films, the German Edgar Wallace adaptations of the 1960s. And we’ll be closing the season with a live reading of sci-fi/horror master Nigel Kneale’s lost drama The Road, followed by discussion with Jonathan Rigby, Kim Newman, Stephen Volk and other authors who contributed to the forthcoming book about Nigel Kneale from Spectral Press, We Are the Martians.

Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based organization that started in Canada, founded by Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010. Miskatonic London operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Virginie Sélavy.

Registration for the full fall semester is £35. Individual class tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concessions and will be available 30 days in advance of each class. To enter the drawing for a full season pass, just email miskatonic.london@gmail.com with “AV GEEKS CONTEST” in the subject line. The winner will be drawn and notified on Friday, September 4th.

See below for the full course descriptions.

Info:
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London
Fall 2015 Semester: Monthly classes from September to December 2015
Dates: 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December
Time: 7-10pm
Venue: Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD

FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
10 September, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructor: William Fowler
Tickets available here
As part of Scalarama 2015, our first class of the fall semester features William Fowler talking about Antony Balch, an extraordinary figure of 1960s-70s British film, best known for directing Secrets of Sex (1970) and Horror Hospital (1973) and for his collaborations with William Burroughs. As a cinema manager and film distributor, he also released European exploitation films with new unusual titles (e.g., The Weird Weirdo) and secured the first ever UK release of Tod Browning’s Freaks. Selected short films by Antony Balch will be screened as part of the evening.

SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
8 October, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructors: Kier-La Janisse, Gavin Baddeley and David Flint
In 1980s North America, everywhere you turned there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, Saturday morning cartoons and TV talk shows —and created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, music and literature. As the hysteria moved overseas to the UK, Australia and South Africa, its life extended into the 1990s – and some say it never went away. From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, this lecture – based on the instructors’ book of the same name, which will be available at the screening – aims to capture the untold story of the how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved.

SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
12 November, 2015- 7-10pm
Instructor: Jim Harper
Between 1959 and the early 1970s, German film companies released more than fifty low-budget crime thrillers inspired by the works of British writer Edgar Wallace. Featuring some of Europe’s most well-known cult and horror actors (including Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and Gert Fröbe) the Edgar Wallace krimi combined fast-paced action, surprising violence and zany humour. Sold en masse to US television and shown in an edited and badly dubbed form, these films have rarely received the attention they deserve. Jim Harper explores the background and history of the Wallace krimi, from their beginnings to their long-term influence in Germany and beyond, discussing the charm and appeal of these quintessential European cult favourites.

LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
10 December, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructors: Stephen Volk, Jonathan Rigby, Kim Newman, Neil Snowdon
In 1950 Thomas Nigel Kneale won the Somerset Maugham Award for his prose collection TOMATO CAIN & OTHER STORIES. In 1953 he changed the face of British Television with THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT. Public houses across the country emptied as each installment of this thrilling new story went out live to the nation. Never before had a television drama become a national event, and few enough have had such an impact since.

His adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR would raise questions in Parliament, such was its power, while original dramas like THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS accurately predicted, and indicted, the sensationalism of ‘Reality TV’ and the passivity of the society that produced it. In the years that followed QUATERMASS & THE PIT, THE STONE TAPE, MURRAIN, BEASTS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK and more would influence successive generations of authors, filmmakers and screenwriters. From Russell T. Davies to The League of Gentlemen, John Carpenter to Stephen King, Chris Carter, Peter Strickland, Ramsey Campbell, China Mieville and more…

Jacques Derrida may have coined the term, but it is Kneale – in his style, themes, and the unique tone of his work – who provides a touchstone for the Hauntological movement which has pervaded our culture in recent years. To mark the launch of WE ARE THE MARTIANS, a new book of essays about Kneale and his work from Spectral Press, The Miskatonic Institute presents a unique celebration of the work of Nigel Kneale.

A rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama THE ROAD (featuring Jonathan Rigby and others) will be followed by an in-depth discussion of Kneale’s work and influence by some of the book’s authors, including screenwriter Stephen Volk (GHOST WATCH, AFTERLIFE, THE AWAKENING), author and critic Kim Newman (ANNO DRACULA, NIGHTMARE MOVIES), editor Neil Snowdon and others to be confirmed.

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The Russian Sleep Experiment Creepypasta Becomes a Creepy Novella

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 23:48

If you haven’t read The Russian Sleep Experiment creepypasta, then click that link and treat yourself to a truly eerie story. Out of all the creepypastas currently available, it’s among my absolute favorite. It’s well-written, engaging, and delivers a spectacular ending. Again, if you haven’t read it, definitely give it a look. I’m trying not to build it up too much, but I’m struggling here.

Author Holly Ice has taken this unsettling story and stretched it into a very creepy novella. The aptly-titled Russian Sleep Experiment is now available in trade paperback and ebook, so you have plenty of options available depending on your preference. It’s like paper or plastic, but different.

From the Press Release:
The Russian Sleep Experiment is a new horror/psychological novella by Holly Ice, inspired by the Cold War. The Soviet Union is conducting unethical, secret experiments in the depths of Siberia. This particular experiment is conducted on political prisoners ahead of the scientific trial being approved for human experimentation. The Soviet Union wants the edge in any coming conflict and to do this, they test Gas 76-IA on four volunteers. These political prisoners are offered their freedom in exchange for thirty days without sleep, powered by this mysterious gas, but the side effects are more than they had bargained for.

The Russian Sleep Experiment is an extension to novella length of the original Creepypasta short story, with added content.

This extension of the tale has three parts:

Part 1: Told from the POV of one the prisoners, this part tells the story of how the political prisoners were recruited from their camp to take part in the experiment. (This was not explained in detail in the original short story.)

Part 2: Told from the POV of one of the experimentees and the lead scientist. This part fleshes out the major action of the original tale in real time. We see what happens from inside the mind of the prisoners and from inside the cage of the experiment, as well as from the logbooks of the very ambitious lead scientist.

Part 3: Told from the POV of one of the scientists involved in the experiment, after it has concluded. This final section shows the consequences of the experiment and is based in rural Siberia.

The Russian Sleep Experiment features artwork by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.

For more information about The Russian Sleep Experiment and author Holly Ice, then you should really consider swinging by the Almond Press website. All kinds of info there. Better yet, plan a relaxing trip to the official website for Ice’s novella. It’s pretty cool.

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New Japanese Godzilla Movie Filming This Weekend in Tokyo

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:56

Full disclosure: I own every Godzilla movie on either DVD or Blu-ray. I’ve been a huge fan of the giant green troublemaker since I was a kid, so it was my lifelong goal to score as many of the flicks as I could for my own collection. Next thing I knew, I was swimming in Toho movies.

The fact that the studio is working on the first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years is beyond exciting, so when Anime News Network posted that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s installment in the franchise was filming this weekend in Tokyo, I squealed with delight. No offense to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, but the Japanese films will always hold a special place in my scaly heart.

A notice posted at the Kamata bus station in Tokyo revealed that buses will not stop as usual at the station on Sunday morning, due to the filming of a movie titled ‘Shin Gojira’ (New Godzilla),” the website reported. In short: The next Godzilla flick is officially underway.

If everything goes according to plan, the new Godzilla movie will stomp all over theaters in Japan at some point next summer. As of this writing, it’s unknown when the flick will debut Stateside.

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Waxwork Remake on the Horizon from Lost After Dark Team

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:25

In yet another example of “indie directors score a hit and go on to reboot a classic genre flick,” Lost After Dark director Ian Kessner and co-writer Bo Ransdell are seriously kicking around the idea of a Waxwork remake/reboot. And while writer/director Anthony Hickox’s 1988 horror/comedy doesn’t get the same kind of attention from horror fans as its contemporaries, it’s still a solid endeavor in its own right. I apologize profusely for my inability to keep my frustration in check.

During their recent chat with Nerd Report, Ransdell and Kessner admitted that the project is still in the very early stages of development. However, they both seem very determined to make this thing happen, and they reportedly have Hickox’s blessing to bring this flick to life.

Kessner also explained their approach to the Waxwork remake.

It’s got a Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe where the waxwork appears in town overnight. It’s really fun. It’s also an opportunity for us to play in a whole bunch of horror genres, kind of an anthology where the characters keep falling into these different vignettes or the different worlds where they tackle different horror tropes, and they tackle the best parts of it, the climax. So it’s really fun for us if we get to make it because we get to explore all these different genres within the horror, sort of like Cabin in the Woods.

Lost After Dark is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable throwback to 80s slashers, so I’m interested to see what Kessner and Ransdell do next. And while I’m not overly excited about the idea of a Waxwork reboot/remake, I’m still curious to see their take on the project.

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Farewell to Wes – Dread Central Writer John Squires

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:33

I don’t specifically remember the first time I laid eyes on Freddy Krueger, heard him crack a joke, or watched him brutally kill a pretty-looking teenager, but to say that he was a small part of my childhood would be, well, a huge understatement. All kids have heroes, whether they’re sports players or astronauts. My hero, growing up, happened to be a burnt-faced serial killer.

My lifelong love affair with all things horror can be traced directly back to A Nightmare on Elm Street and its many sequels, which were a veritable feast for my developing imagination. Though my local video store had a massive wall of horror VHS tapes to choose from, I rarely left with the ones that didn’t have Freddy plastered on the cover. Because I knew, even at a very young age, that there was something special about the franchise, and the villain who called it home.

I would of course eventually realize that Wes Craven was the man responsible for creating Freddy Krueger, and once I finally allowed myself to watch something other than the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, I began delving into the rest of his work. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The People Under the Stairs soon became favorites, and I found a brand new horror icon to dress up as when Craven revitalized the landscape of 1990s horror with Scream.

You could say that Wes Craven was an ever-present figure in my life, introducing me to the world of horror cinema as a child and continuing to remind me, throughout the last couple decades, why I became such a huge fan in the first place. While many filmmakers who get their start in horror eventually leave the genre behind, Craven is one of the few who always stayed true to himself, directing and producing horror movies well into his 70s with the same enthusiasm as he did in his 30s. And though 2011’s Scream 4 unfortunately ended up being his final film as a director, he never stopped doing right by us fans – producing the recent TV series “Scream” as well as two upcoming horror movies.

Whether the cameras were rolling or not, Craven’s love for the horror genre showed through on an almost daily basis. On both Twitter and Instagram, he kept in touch with his fans and was always happy to talk about the movies we hold so near and dear, sharing behind-the-scenes photos, telling stories, and even happily spreading around artwork inspired by those films. I can’t tell you how many friends of mine nearly exploded from excitement when Craven followed them on social media, which just goes to show how important he was to us all. And I always got the sense that we were as important to him as he was to us.

Horror wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. My life wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. And I’m reminded this week, as I sit here typing this, that you don’t need to have a personal relationship with someone to be completely heartbroken when they pass away. I never met Wes Craven; in fact I never even spoke directly to him, but his influence on my life will continue to be felt for as long as I live. I don’t honestly know that I’d be a horror fan today if it weren’t for Freddy Krueger holding my hand at a young age and showing me how much fun being scared could be, and what I’m really saying when I type that is I don’t know if I’d be who I am today if it weren’t for Wes Craven.

So thank you, Wes. Thank you so much for letting us hang around in your brain for so many years. I think I speak for everyone in the horror community when I say that we will continue deriving joy from doing so for many years to come. Your life’s work will never be forgotten, nor will it ever fail to inspire, entertain, and terrify.

— John Squires

With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.

Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.

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Zoe Bell Rages into a Bloody Camino

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:17

You can put Zoe Bell in just about anything and we’ll watch it! She’s badass, beautiful, and can act her ass off! That being said, word’s just come in regarding her new flick, Camino.

From the Press Release:
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announces the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.

CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick) and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed.

One night she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.

“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.

“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension, and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.

“Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist, and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained, and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote and directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.

The film co-stars Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, Silver Ariel award-winner for Best Actor for Days of Grace), Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela, and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, Casino).

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Cara Buono Finds Stranger Things on Netflix

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:12

More casting news is here for Netflix’s new supernatural series “Stranger Things” (formerly known as “Montauk”) as Deadline is reporting that Cara Buono has landed a regular role.

Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, “Stranger Things” is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.

Buono (pictured) will play Karen, the mom of Mike and Nancy, two of the kids on the search for the missing boy. She joins the previously announced Winona Ryder, Ross Partridge, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.

The Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross) are writing, directing, and co-showrunning the series and will serve as executive producers along with co-showrunner Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner.

The series will debut in 2016.

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Penny Dreadful Cast Expands in Season 3; Dr. Jekyll Added to the Monsters

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:43

Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series “Penny Dreadful” is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland, including one familiar face that will be playing a different character.

Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone (pictured left; “American Horror Story: Coven”), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Also, this season will add Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show, to be played by Shazad Latif (pictured right; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Spooks”).

The third season’s nine episodes, premiering on Showtime in 2016 on-air, on demand, and over the internet, will feature several new guest stars, including Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Christian Camargo (“Dexter,” The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Wes Studi (“Hell on Wheels,” A Million Ways to Die in the West) as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton); and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).

“Penny Dreadful” is a frightening psychological thriller created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “Call the Midwife”), both of Neal Street Productions. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green. Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Treadaway also star. “Penny Dreadful” is a co-production with Showtime and Sky.

For additional info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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Exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Cover Joins Cannibals in September 2015 Box of Dread

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:39

It was just yesterday that we told you cannibals are coming to the September 2015 Box of Dread. Today, we can also tell you that the Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 crossover comic book from the combined forces of Dynamite and Dark Horse will be a part of the September 2015 Box of Dread too. On top of that, the comic book comes with a cover that is exclusive to Box of Dread!

So, don’t miss out on the September 2015 Box of Dread. Signups for this cannibalistic box end on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

This is what the exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 cover looks like, and only Box of Dread acolytes will receive the comic book in September:

This exclusive cover is drawn by artist and illustrator Dennis Calero, who is known for his work on titles such as X Factor, Legion of Superheroes, and Kolchak. Learn more about his work at http://denniscalero.com. Aliens/Vampirella is written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy) while the book is drawn by artist Javier García-Miranda.

Synopsis:
As established in Aliens/Vampirella #1, humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Vampirella, a supernatural exterminator, is faced with a mystery only she can solve… and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.

Related StoryDynamite Reveals Aliens/Vampirella Crossover Creative Team; See a Preview of Issue #1

Hurry! The sign-up period ends on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. Again, you have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

Check out the latest unboxing videos from Box of Dread acolytes. Have you made your own unboxing video? Make sure to tag “Box of Dread” so that we can feature your unboxing video!

For even more pictures and videos, check out Box of Dread on Social Media!

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Farewell to Wes – Guest Blog: Ben Rock

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:39

I cannot express how truly saddened I am to learn of the passing of Wes Craven. For several of my formative years, he might as well have been my babysitter. A Freddy poster hung over my bed and inspired me to learn about monster makeup.

The Serpent and the Rainbow increased my interest in science, voodoo, surrealism, and lots of other subjects which remain a passion for me today. And to this day, his A Nightmare on Elm Steet remains my favorite representation of dream logic on film. May his work haunt many more generations.

— Ben Rock

With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.

Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.

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Der Nachtmahr Conjures a Haunting New Trailer

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 11:16

I love coming-of-age stories, especially when they incorporate elements of horror. Because what’s more terrifying than transitioning from a child to an adult? Writer/director Akiz’s horror flick Der Nachtmahr tackles those troubling teenage years with a “psy­cho­phan­tas­magoric” slant. The icing on the cake: a creepy little creature that may be a figment of a young girl’s imagination.

The official synopsis puts a finer point on the plot.

Jarring, disturbing, and thoroughly disorienting, Der Nachtmahr is a psy­cho­phan­tas­magoric coming-of-age story about a teenage girl thrust into an unnaturally symbiotic relationship. Secret raves, drugs, and late nights are par for the course for sixteen-year-old Tina (Carolyn Genzkow) and her friends on the decadent Berlin party scene. When Tina passes out at a party one night, she assumes it was just a side effect of her wild lifestyle — that is, until a mysterious creature begins haunting both her dreams and her waking hours. Tina struggles to make those around her see the thing, but to no avail, and as she becomes ever more unsettled and manic, her parents are forced to get her psychiatric help. But as the little beastie seems to lurk around every corner, she is forced to overcome her fears and forge a bond with the monster.

The official press release also describes the aforementioned monster as a cross between E.T. and Belial from Franken Henenlotter’s classic Basket Case. Sold! If you’re attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, then be sure to catch the flick’s North American premiere.

P&I Screening: Friday, September 11, 9:30AM (Scotiabank)
Public Screening #1: Thursday, September 17, 9:00PM (Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
Public Screening #2: Friday, September 18, 12:00PM (Scotiabank)
Public Screening #3: Sunday, September 20, 6:00PM (Scotiabank)

On your way out, check out the creepy Der Nachtmahr trailer.

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Arcana (Short, 2015)

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 09:30

Starring Iris Cayatte

Directed by Jeronimo Rocha

It just doesn’t get any simpler than this – for the better part of Jeronimo Rocha’s 10-minute Portuguese short Arcana, we see one of the MOST haggard looking witches (Cayatte) you’ll probably ever lay eyes upon (or not want to lay eyes upon) as she sits in a ceremonial circle, preparing to work some magic in order to escape her prison-like atmosphere.

This crone defines the word “unsightly” – with scabrous features, a hellish sneer, and some of the most frightening pupils that will sear through your soul, we spend our time watching her concoct a recipe of rat entrails, chewed-up bug bits, and her own bloody vomit; and you know what? It’s utterly fantastic to behold! Literally no words are spoken, and just her actions are enough to carry Rocha’s short film to the promise land.

Teeming with darkness, Rocha uses just the right amount of shadow and light act as an effective illuminating tactic so that we manage to see enough of this heretic work her evil spell. What’s her plan once she escapes? Well, I guess you’ll just have to surmise that for yourself, but in the meantime, it sure was a disgusting pleasure to watch her pass the time.

Highly recommended.

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From Dusk Till Dawn’s Pulp Origins Explored in a New Featurette

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 21:21

“From Dusk Till Dawn” made my list of the Top 10 horror TV shows you should be watching, and according to Ted’s Season 2 preview, things are really kicking into high gear in next week’s Episode 2.02, “In a Dark Time.”

If you’re curious about some of the series’ influences, then check out this new featurette in which executive producer/showrunner Carlos Coto discusses its “pulp” origins.  In the below video Coto explains how the show’s foundation creates an actual crime drama.

“From Dusk Till Dawn” Episode 2.02 – “In a Dark Time” (airs 9/1/15)
Seth (D.J. Cotrona) and Kate (Madison Davenport) stage a heist, while Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) endures frightening visions that lead to a grisly discovery. Back at the Twister, Malvado’s (Esai Morales) plans are set into motion by Carlos’ (Wilmer Valderrama) emergence from the labyrinth.

We don’t have a preview of the upcoming ep to share yet so how about an inside look at Episode 2.01, “Opening Night”?

 

 

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Ultimate Jason Voorhees Action Figure Slashes NECA to Pieces

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 20:50

Earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con, NECA provided us with a sneak peek of their upcoming Ultimate Jason Voorhees action figure, based on his look in Jason Lives. All they had to show off was an unpainted prototype at the time, but now a full gallery has been unveiled. Dig in!

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Friday the 13th Part 6, NECA presents the definitive collector’s version of Jason as he appeared in the 1986 film. This deluxe 7″ scale action figure features a gruesome, freshly unearthed sculpt and over 25 points of articulation.

The figure is loaded with accessories, including a removable mask, a machete and a knife that both fit into sheaths on his belt, the fence post that reanimated him, and his tombstone.

Shipping in late December, Ultimate Jason is packaged in a collector-friendly Deluxe 30th Anniversary window box.

Check out all the images below!

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New Doom Gameplay Video Takes Violence To A Whole New Level

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 19:45

Next year’s Doom reboot is shaping up to be everything that we know and love about the franchise – brutal, fast paced sci-fi action at its best.

A new developer commentary video shows off the heights that the level of violence in the game, including ripping out a monster’s heart and shoving it down its throat. It really doesn’t get much better than this.

The long awaited reboot will be developed by series creators iD Software and published by Bethesda, and will be released in 2016.

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PC Horror Game Knock-Knock Coming To PS4

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 18:27

The moderately well received PC horror game Knock-Knock will be coming to PS4 on September 10, Developer Ice-Pick Lodge has announced.

Originally released for PC in 2013, the game follows a lodger in a creepy isolated cabin in the woods, where his nightmares literally come to life every night, with the goal being to make it until dawn without succumbing to insanity.

Look for Knock-Knock on PS4 on September 10.

 

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New Z Nation Trailer Was Made for You and Z!

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:57

It may not generate the attention or ratings that “The Walking Dead” and its progeny do, but Syfy’s “Z Nation” is a helluva lot of fun, and we’ll be tuning in for sure when Season 2 kicks off on September 11th.  If you plan to be there as well, here’s a new trailer for the show that will help you get ready… with a song!

Excited for S2 but a little rusty as to what exactly went down in S1?  Then be sure to scroll down below the trailer for a quick recap.

Synopsis:
“Z Nation” starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

For more info keep your eyes on “Z Nation” on Syfy.com and follow @ZNation on Twitter.

 

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Fear the Walking Dead Stand-Alone Special to Be a Flight of the Living Dead

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:48

With “Fear the Walking Dead” smashing a multitude of cable records, it’s not surprising that AMC is looking to bring more zombie-related programming to the forefront. According to Entertainment Weekly, AMC is producing a half-hour special that will tell a stand-alone story following a group of passengers facing a walker attack on an airline while in flight.

One character who survives that encounter will then join the cast of “Fear the Walking Dead” in Season 2. Previously AMC has had a stand-alone “The Walking Dead” online web series, but the network never used such content to introduce a new character before he or she joined the show.

The airline attack story will debut online and will unfold in chapters that will air during “The Walking Dead’s” on-air telecasts. In other words: You’re watching “The Walking Dead,” AMC cuts to commercial break, and then you get a chapter in the as-yet-untitled stand-alone airline attack drama.

Beyond that details are scarce. Stay tuned.

“Fear the Walking Dead” Episode 1.02 – “So Close, Yet So Far” (airs 8/30/15)
While Madison (Kim Dickens) struggles to keep Nick (Frank Dillane) from crippling withdrawal, Travis (Cliff Curtis) ventures out to find his son (Lorenzo James Henrie) before the city of Los Angeles falls.

Stay up-to-date on all things walker-related by visiting “Fear the Walking Dead” on Facebook and “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC.com.

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Become Blood Brothers with Michael B. Jordan

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:39

Though his stint in The Fantastic Four as The Human Torch fizzled, star Michael B. Jordan is still pretty hot in Hollywood and is ready to tackle yet another comic franchise.

According to The Tracking Board, Jordan’s in talks to nab the role of Tree, one of the key leads in the big screen adaptation of the horror comic Blood Brothers for MGM. The story follows two blood-sucking best friends whose relationship enters a crisis.

The pic’s based on the Dark Horse comic series of the same name written by Hit List, Black List, and Young and Hungry List alums Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller. Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment is producing the action/comedy, with Keith Goldberg overseeing. Matt Dines, Adam Rosenberg, and Jonathan Glickman are overseeing for the studio.

Men in Black 3 scribe Etan Cohen recently took a crack at the script, as well as Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly before him. However, sources now confirm that the studio is looking for a new writer/director to approach the project with a more grounded vision, tonally in line with buddy films like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours.

Pitched as Ghostbusters meets Men in Black, the story follows best friends Nick and Tree, two vampires that have been inseparable party fiends for over a thousand years. Together they’ve smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, and even fronted a death metal band.

Now, after centuries together, a mid-life crisis threatens to send them on their separate ways. That is, until a megalomaniac with an apocalypse fetish threatens to end the human race, forcing the once BFFs to stick together to save the world.

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New Trailer For Sword Coast Legends

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 17:26

An awesome new trailer for Sword Coast Legends, a fantasy RPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms setting, has been revealed at PAX Prime and can be viewed below.

The game will feature five playable races and a campaign created by team members from Dragon Age: Origins. Gameplay will be from an isometric perspective as you traverse the land of Faerûn with your companions.

We haven’t had many good D&D games for a while, but hopefully that will all change when Sword Coast Legends is released on September 29, 2015.

For more information visit the game’s website.

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