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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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 .
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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.
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"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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."
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.
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.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) April 17, 2014
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.”
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."
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.
Klaus is up to his usual tricks on "The Originals," but Elijah is making things difficult for him when it comes to locating their mother's grimoire. Check out this clip from Episode 1.19, "An Unblinking Death," to see their latest bit of sibling rivalry.
"The Originals" Episode 1.19 - "An Unblinking Death" (airs 4/22/14, 8-9pm): THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode.
After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.
Comic artist and genius Frank Miller shared some never before seen concept artwork for his latest cinematic return to the bloody noir realm known as Sin City, and we have each wondrous panel right here for your perusal.
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.
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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
Don't get too excited, kids. James Franco does indeed appear in the upcoming sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, entitled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but the part is so minor Franco claims he didn't know!
As reported by The Wrap... “Wait, I have a cameo?” Franco is quoted as saying in Entertainment Weekly‘s summer movie preview issue. “I didn't know that. You know, I don't even think they asked my permission for that.”
In the original Franco played a scientist named Will Rodman, who not only created the super monkey serum that allowed Caesar (Andy Serkis) to become smart enough to lead an army of apes but inadvertently unleashed a virus that wiped out most of humanity, himself included. He'll apparently be appearing via video, maybe apologizing to human survivors — including Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, and Jason Clarke — for ruining their lives.
Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).
Easter weekend is rapidly approaching so before you get to coloring eggs, eating those nasty marshmallow concoctions known as "Peeps," and remembering that the day also has something or other to do with Jesus, watch this latest video for A Haunted House 2! You know you want to.
No one's looking... go ahead... it's okay, really...
The sequel to A Haunted House catches back up with Malcolm (Wayans), who is trying to get a fresh start after having to exorcise demons out of his ex. However, moving into a beautiful home with his new girlfriend and her two children does nothing to stop the paranormal — or the humor.
Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Steele Stebbins, Essence Atkins, Affion Crocket, Dave Sheridan, Hayes MacArthur, Missi Pyle, and Cedric The Entertainer star.
Open Road Films is releasing the spoof, which is directed by Michael Tiddes and co-written by Wayans and Rick Alvarez, on April 18th.
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!
The third trailer for Hammer's upcoming spooker The Quiet Ones has arrived, and it's home to some never before seen scares. Of course, you could always decide to not watch it and save all the goodies for the theatre next Friday!
The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.
It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).
Look for The Quiet Ones in US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
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The young daughter of former power couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright, Dylan Penn, makes her acting debut next year with the horror flick Condemned, and we've got a little sneak peek on tap for ya today. Read on!
The folks over at ET Canada just posted a video interview with Penn, which features brief snippets of on-set action. Though the interview is mostly about Penn's parents and her dating life, she does reveal that her mom was a big fan of the Condemned script, remarking that she couldn't stop talking about it after reading it.
Check out the full interview below, and look for more on this one real soon!
Zombies have done battle with just about everyone and everything over the years here in our beloved horror genre, and up next they're tasked with fending off perhaps their most worthy adversaries to date: Boy Scouts, of course. Read on for the latest casting news!
Per Deadline, David Koechner (Piranha 3DD, Final Destination 5) has signed on to play Scout Leader Rogers in the Christopher Landon-penned Scouts vs. Zombies, a horror-comedy headed our way courtesy of Paramount.
The film follows a group of Boy Scouts who try to fend off a zombie attack in their small town.
Cast members also include Joseph Morgan, Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Andy Fickman, Todd Garner, Bryan Brucks, and Betsy Sullenger.
Shooting is set to begin May 8th.
It was nearly two years ago that we first told you about the found footage film Sx_Tape, which is the latest from Candyman director Bernard Rose. We still have no idea when it will be released here in the States, but a poster has finally come across our desk here at Dread, which leads us to believe that it's soon on its way. Dig it!
Well Go USA Entertainment is handling distribution.
Produced by Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Lords of Salem), the flick stars Caitlyn Folley, Ian Duncan, Diana Garcia, and Julie Marcus.
Look for more on this one soon.
Adam and Jill attempt to spice up their relationship by recording a sex tape in an old abandoned mansion. However, it quickly becomes apparent that they’re not exactly alone in their new ominous surroundings. Soon the couple realizes that some sex tapes should never be made as their kinky adventure turns into a desperate fight for survival.
Last year we told you about an upcoming film called Peste, which was to be directed by Mark Ponderai (House at the End of the Street). Not only has the flick undergone a name change, but so too has the director been swapped out. Read on for the latest!
We've just learned via Bloody Disgusting that Peste has been re-named Viral and will now be directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the team behind both Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3. Hit machine Blumhouse Productions will produce.
Last we heard, Abigail Breslin was attached to star, but we've gotten no word yet as to whether or not she's still on board. Hopefully we'll know more real soon.
A teenage girl begins a video documentary about her life for a school project just as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town. Quarantined with her family, she thinks they are out of harm’s way, but she soon learns that the virus has invaded their house. Her video documents the family’s frantic struggle to find a cure before they are completely taken over by the outbreak.
The script was written as the first part of a planned trilogy.