During E3 2014 PlayStation reps said that a lot of the fan mail they receive is to request one thing: more zombies. Well, PlayStation responded, and the PS4 will receive two zombie games in 2015. And that’s just the ones that have already been announced.
But now the PS Vita is getting in on the act as The Hungry Horde was just announced for the handheld device. What makes The Hungry Horde so different from other zombie games is gamers will get a chance to be the zombies.
Players will “lead a horde of zombies on a manic mission to expand the ranks of the undead and destroy humanity.”
Little is known of the gameplay, but it appears your main goal is to chase down fresh humans to turn into zombies and expand your horde. To break up the action, the trailer does promise “seriously addictive mini-games,” providing a bit of variety to your time as the undead.
The Hungry Horde also offers customization options so you can select how your undead army will look before you unleash the zombie virus on their healthy, human flesh.
For another year, Sheffield's Showroom Cinema will play host to the horror jamboree that is Celluloid Screams from October 24 to 26. Now we have word on the festival's opening film, which is... *drum roll* – Astron-6's hotly anticipated The Editor!
From the Press Release
Celluloid Screams is pleased to announce the opening film of the festival’s 2014 edition will be ‘The Editor’, the highly anticipated new film from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6. The makers of ‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Manborg’ return with their own unique take on the Italian giallo, starring genre icons Udo Kier, Lawrence Harvey and Tristan Risk, which will officially open Celluloid Screams 2014 on Friday 24th October.
Astron-6 co-founders Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney will attend the festival as special guests to present ‘The Editor’ and also a retrospective screening of Astron-6 short films, both of which will be followed by Q&As.
Celluloid Screams Festival Director Robert Nevitt said: “Anyone who has attended Celluloid Screams in the past will know that we have an ongoing obsession with Astron-6, and we’re extremely pleased to be opening our 2014 edition with their most ambitious film to date. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Adam, Matt and Conor in person to the festival to showcase their extraordinary body of work.”
Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival returns to Showroom Cinema for its sixth edition from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014, with a weekend packed full of premieres, previews, special guests and more. After a successful debut in 2013, the Celluloid Screams All-nighter returns this year on Saturday 25th October, this time with four slabs of sci-fi horror goodness. Full details of this and the rest of our exciting 2014 programme will be announced on Friday 5th September, when festival weekend passes and tickets go on sale.
You can keep an eye out for the full programme details and ticket purchasing links at the Celluloid Screams website. Don't forget to follow @Sheffhorrorfest on Twitter and check them out at the official Celluloid Screams Facebook page also!
The Editor Synopsis
A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.
Shocking news is coming out of California today as legendary comedian Robin Williams has passed on at the age of 63. A pop culture icon in every conceivable way, Williams will forever be remembered for the millions of laughs he brought to the world... but there were a couple of screams as well.
In addition to his comedic stylings Williams never starred in a true horror movie, but he did flirt with the genre for sure in movies like Dead Again, Insomnia, and One Hour Photo that latter of which was absolutely chilling.
Suicide is suspected but as of yet unconfirmed.
“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
Williams was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times and took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.
At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Robin's friends, family, and constituents. Thank you for all of the laughs and smiles you've given the world, Robin. It's a true shame that the world couldn't do the same for you. Hopefully now you have found peace. God bless you.
The cybernetic super criminal is back and in Mortal Kombat X, and he’s deadlier than ever. A brand new reveal trailer just surfaced one day ahead of Gamescom, and it brings fans an old school favorite. Kano is back.
The trailer shows Nether Realm’s new re-imagining of Kano in a fist-on-fist banquet of brutality with one of the game’s new characters, D’vorah, and this latest sneak peek gives gamers a brief glimpse into Kano’s three fighting styles:
- With "Cutthroat" Kano uses his cybernetic heart to power massive attacks with two blades fat enough to give Jason knife envy.
- "Cybernetic" style lets Kano use his eye-mounted laser and toss grenades, allowing him to control the fight from a distance.
- "Commando" style allows Kano to utilize his Judo background by focusing on grappling and grounding opponents.
It all ends with a sneak peek of Kano's face-melting new fatality.
Mortal Kombat X's release date has not been announced yet, but with Gamescom starting tomorrow, that may change very quickly.
Morningstars, sledgehammers, chainsaws, and machetes... lots of machetes. The new gameplay trailer for Dead Island 2 showcases the raw brutality of unabashed hate crimes against the undead, delivered in a visceral style that only the Dead Island series can deliver.
Blood... man, that shit gets everywhere! And I mean everywhere. Every cut in this trailer reveals a fresh zombie getting stabbed, slashed, shot, bludgeoned, and stabbed again. Based on this trailer, gamers can expect to be slipping on blood and giggling with delight after a session with Dead Island 2.
Dead Island has always provided players with a hero’s arsenal of implements of sheer chaos, and today’s trailer really gave gamers some fun new toys to look forward to. It’s like a gore-filled Christmas morning. Forget church; there are zombies to decapitate!
Speaking of weapons, the trailer also promises three pre-order bonuses, all of which are in-game weapons that look like slaughter powerhouses: the katana, the classic sword; the home strike, a chain-covered mace; and the grinder, which looks like a weed hacker with engine blades.
No specific release date was given, but the trailer reveals that Dead Island 2 has a tentative release window of spring 2015.
Ice cracks, blood splats on the window, behind it a decrepit man swings a blade. Just one day before its Gamescom press conference, Sony has released a final teaser trailer.
While in the previous teasers horror was implied, today Sony flat out says, “Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4.”
With this third trailer, it appears increasingly likely that the game Sony is teasing is the slasher movie inspired Until Dawn. But there is a broader implication...
By claiming to "reinvent" horror, they may be hinting at an all-new platform for experiencing the genre. And that platform may very well be through virtual reality on Sony’s Project Morpheus. Sony may not only be announcing a fresh offering of terror, Gamescom may be the place that Sony officially unveils the much hyped virtual reality device and finally gives gamers a release date on Project Morpheus.
For those who have not decided on which next-gen system to buy, virtual reality may very well steer a large chunk of the fence sitters in Sony’s direction.
The casting news keeps rolling in for HBO's upcoming "Westworld" adaptation as Ed Harris has joined the huge cast to play The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man. Oh. Hell. Yeah.
Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the project, which hails from JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films, is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."
Harris joins the previously announced James Marsden, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, Timothy Lee DePriest, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.
Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP, and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer.
Playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness programme is [REC] 4: Apocalypse, and right now we have a brand new bit of artwork to share with ya! Dig it!
[REC] 4: Apocalypse - Jaume Balagueró, Spain - World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus?
Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.
Tickets to screenings for the Midnight Madness programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.
On tap right now we have the first official UK quad poster for Adam Wingard's next film, The Guest. Kinda reminds us of the artwork for The Raid 2. Check it out, and look for more on this flick soon!
You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard directs from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment.
The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick.
A young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter, Anna, starts wondering if David is responsible.
Though he's been making films since 1998, Adrian Garcia Bogliano has really burst onto the radars of horror fans in the last few years, directing films like Here Comes the Devil and Late Phases.
Up next, the Spanish filmmaker directs Scherzo Diabolico, which has just begun principal photography. Read on for all the info, and to check out the first still!
From the Press Release
Mexican based Salto de Fe Films is excited to announce that principal photography on Adrián García Bogliano's latest film, Scherzo Diabolico, has started in Mexico City. The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil), rising actress Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuban cult actor-director Jorge Molina (Juan of the Dead).
Shooting is under way and will take place on locations in Mexico City and its surrounding areas. Scherzo Diabolico is a co-production from Bogliano's Salto de Fe Films, US-based F, and Mexico-based Mr Blue, rABYa Producciones, and Morbido Films. Adrián García Bogliano is the creator of the international horror sensation Here Comes the Devil and the upcoming Late Phases.
Scherzo Diabolico is Bogliano's eleventh film and his second feature in Mexico after Here Comes the Devil. In addition to the recent Penumbra, Cold Sweat, and The ABCs of Death, Garcia Bogliano's many films include such independent genre achievements as Rooms for Tourists, 36 Steps, and I'll Never Die Alone.
Scherzo Diabolico brings Bogliano back from the supernatural realm to a wild black comedy about a bored and frustrated accountant who decides to kidnap a teenage girl who will become his worst nightmare.
Scherzo Diabolico is produced by Garcia Bogliano's longtime partner Andrea Quiroz Hernández and Carlos Melendez. Joshua Sobel, from the acclaimed Philippine movie Graceland, is executive producer of the film. Alex Bergman, Vince Cupone, and Mario Kenyon are co-executive producers. Fons PR will serve as a sponsor for Scherzo Diabolico with co-founder Brandy Fons serving as a co-executive producer for the film.
Though Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's 2011 film Livide (review) hasn't yet been released here in the States, an American remake is nevertheless in some form of development.
Over the weekend The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy made the surprising revelation that he was recently attached to direct. In an interview with Complex about his latest film, At the Devil's Door, now available through VOD outlets, the filmmaker opened up about his planned third feature, expressing that he's a big time fan of Livide and was very excited about the possibility of being at the helm for the remake.
"It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature," revealed McCarthy. "That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything."
"I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, who’s the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. He’s a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandre’s movie and made some kind of sense of it but didn’t homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that I’ve always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third act twist."
So what went wrong? "We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through," McCarthy noted. "I’d still love to do it, but now I’m not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired."
It's been awhile since we've heard anything official about the Livide remake so there's no way of knowing at the moment if another filmmaker has been brought on board or if the project is temporarily dead in the water.
How about we work on releasing the original film first and then worry about a remake?!
Around these parts we love us some Peter Stormare. This guy can do creepy and evil with THE BEST of 'em so it only makes sense that he join the ever-growing cast of the new flick from Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead) entitled Welcome to Purgatory. Read on for the latest.
Cupsogue Pictures announced today that Stormare will be playing Lucius, one of the main antagonists in the flick. He joins the previously announced Bruce Campbell, Stephen Marcus, and James Buckley for the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.
Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory but with little success.
Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook, and Tory Kittles.
Cook and Fallaize are producing the film, which was written by Cook and Marcus Ako, for Cupsogue Pictures. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.
According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.
Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.
A Clear Look at Halloween 6 The Producer's Cut from the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray Set; NEW Features Added!
For many years the producer's cut of Halloween 6 has been the holy grail of the Halloween franchise. That's about to change.
Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's release of Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally giving the movie back to fans.
While the finishing touches are being made as of this writing, the powers-that-be are still(!) adding new bonus features and supplemental materials to the release.
Also, as a small taste of what to expect, see the comparison photos below from a previously unauthorized VHS release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and a screengrab from the all-new high-definition master from the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers’ Cut Blu-ray, available for the first time on September 23rd!
Below you'll also find updated special feature and tech specs. The new additions are noted.
Halloween Box Set Release Details
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set. This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.
Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Original 2008 Blu-ray with different color timing and special features.
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1
Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono
Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); DTS-MA HD 5.1, 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)
1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1;
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono
Is it September 23rd yet?
We told you a month ago that the hotly anticipated new film from Macabre directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, had theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray release dates in the UK; and right now we have new stills and a trailer for you to chew on!
Killers arrives on store shelves September 1st.
Nomura is a good-looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence, obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions for his young daughter, Elly.
When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.
Call it Random or Satanic, the new flick starring Ashley Greene known again as Kristy is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in Germany. Right now we've got some new stills and more for you to crawl on over to. Dig 'em or forever be an arschgeige!
Even better? If you cannot wait for it Stateside, the Blu-ray is REGION FREE! Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) directs. Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Erica Ash, Chris Coy, and Lucas Till star.
With the rest of the campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold.
Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she and her classmates are terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are... and if they can be stopped.
We told you over the weekend that An American Werewolf In London would be returning to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights event, and today the studio that monsters built made it official. Read on for the details.
From the Press Release
Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, will be unleashed upon guests at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.
The experience will recreate legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects that will re-awaken the terrorizing shape shifting creature with superhuman strength: the Werewolf.
Guests will begin their horrifying journey as they enter “The Slaughtered Lamb,” the English countryside pub movie fans will instantly recognize, and experience first-hand what the tavern patrons in the film meant when they cautioned, “Stay on the road, keep clear of the Moors and beware the moon.” After stumbling upon the overgrown wasteland known as the “Moors,” maze-goers will be forced to traverse through dense fog amidst sounds of savage growls and unknown peril ahead.
“We are extremely excited to bring ‘An American Werewolf in London’ to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights for the first time,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “John Landis’ iconic horror film and the groundbreaking makeup effects by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker have influenced generations of horror filmmakers and fans and remains a classic of the genre. Turning such a celebrated film, which has been characterized as one of the greatest films of all time, into a ‘living horror movie’ can be daunting. As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we have the expertise to deliver a realistically compelling experience and are up to the challenge.”
Along with “The Slaughtered Lamb” pub and the Yorkshire Moors, guests will recognize other memorable scenes and characters from the film – including the London Underground and gun-wielding demon soldiers. The famous “transformation scene” that inspired the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar® for achievement in makeup will also be featured in the remarkable maze experience.
“The team at Universal Studios Hollywood has gone to great lengths to recreate the mood and details of the movie,” said John Landis. “The true test for guests will be to see if they are able to endure the scares lurking throughout the maze – rather than screaming from room to room. I want them to really absorb the elaborate sets, make-up and special effects custom designed for this experience.”
An American Werewolf in London not only captured the Academy Award® for “Best Makeup” in 1982 for renowned makeup artist Rick Baker but was also named Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films the same year. The film is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series; and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
This past weekend Robert Englund reprised the iconic role of Freddy Krueger at Chicago's Flashback Weekend to raise money to save a local Chicago drive-in, and Fox News Chicago was there to capture the moment as well as speak with the man himself.
In celebration of A Nightmare on Elm Street's 30th anniversary, Chicago's Flashback Weekend convention announced that Englund would be appearing at the event in full Freddy Krueger makeup for one night only.
Fans were even offered a special ticket package which let them nab a picture with Englund as Freddy, an opportunity that was NEVER before given to us fans.
Utilizing the same extensive process used on the Elm Street film sets, the makeup was applied by FX legend Robert Kurtzman, who worked on both Dream Child and New Nightmare. This marked the first time Englund has ever appeared as Freddy on the convention circuit, and it's likely the last time he will ever don the iconic makeup.
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Freeze Frame Films just checked in with some new stills from the short film The Eidolon State, which focuses on the haunting sensation that is The Slender Man. Look for the flick to premiere online in later this month.
"You tend to see a lot of found footage films about The Slender Man, most of them based off the popular video game Slender: The Eight Pages," said Freeze Frame Films' Dion Cavallaro, Cain Harrip, and Paul Thomas.
"Along with this, most Slender Man films tend to use people in morph suits or morph masks, which we feel is not a correct portrayal of The Slender Man. Our film has been treated with a different approach. We are working on something that uses films such as The Conjuring or Sinister as a guide - detailed stories with beautiful cinematography and a true sense of horror."
"Along with this, our film never actually refers to the character as 'The Slender Man' but refers to him as 'The Tall Man.' Our main goal is to bring people the Slender Man short film we feel they deserve, similar to how Gareth Edwards [delivered] the new Godzilla film that fans have been wanting."
Dread Central's been covering indie filmmaker Sonny Fernandez's DIY projects almost as long as we've been in business, and he's back with a new trailer and stills from his latest, Lake Villa Vamps.
This particular film is noteworthy as it marks Sonny and the gang at Down Twisted Studios' ninth production and first animated feature. It follows a group of bloodthirsty, murderous vampires as they are tasked to save the world from the mighty Brethren, a werewolf empire intent on taking over.
Full of blood, action, drama, and romance, Lake Villa Vamps was written and completely animated by DT founder Sonny Fernandez and has all the makings of the usual Down Twisted film. It promises to take viewers places they've never gone before, including a whole new world.
With voice work from DT veterans Cody Tergesen, Sam Ova, and Edgardo Osorio and introducing a whole new slew of talent including Matthew Brooks, Andrew Gilliland, Nicole Sachiko Nitta, and Meredith Williams, Lake Villa Vamps attempts to set a new standard for the company as well as bring an entirely new genre to the table.
If an "old fashioned fairy tale of intrigue, murder, cannibalism, and incest" sounds intriguing, read on to learn more about today's third horror book announcement: Toula Mavridou-Messer's Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, available now.
From the Press Release:
Ænus P. Wordsworth, the arrogant, absinthe-drinking village rector, plays detective in an attempt to discover just whom the bones in the giant mound of burnt toffee belong to and how on earth they got there.
Why does guilt hang heavy in this village like offal in a stew? What secret has the God-fearing Ænus P. Wordsworth kept so carefully? Where have all the children gone? These and many other questions will be answered when you read Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, available now via CreateSpace.
This fantasy whodunit is filled with mystery and humor, a tantalizing sense of suspense, and absurd darkness, which will capture your imagination in a way no other murder mystery ever has.
Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, the debut novel from Toula Mavridou-Messer, was written in the space of three weeks after two car crashes in just one hour. Even the rescue serviceman who came to collect her from the mangled wreckage was hesitant about transporting her, saying, "Things happen in threes, don't they?"
"It's a sign," thought Toula, as those crashes came during the return journey from a residential crime writing course she attended, given by best-selling author Val McDermid. She had been battling a major problem faced by so many would-be authors - that of actually finishing a project and then doing something with it.
Facing death head-on seems to have been the antidote, although not necessarily recommended as a remedy for all. Every time Toula was faced with either a blank page or the option of walking away from the typewriter, she remembered that she had been spared a fate worse than death... or in fact, death and that small fact kept her chained to her desk. Fortunately she saw the funny - and disturbing - side, and hopefully so will you when you read Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery.
"It was me," said a voice from the other side of the cottage door.
"It was me. I killed her. I should have done it years ago."
A lightning storm sparks a fire deep in Phooka Wood. The following morning Mortal End’s self-righteous rector Ænus P. Wordsworth, his sidekick Savant Poe, and a motley crew of villagers venture into the wood to see what damage has been done. To their amazed befuddlement, right in the center of the seared earth, is a giant mound of molten toffee and, within it, a selection of human remains.
Ænus P. Wordsworth takes it upon himself to find out whom these bones belong to and how they came to be there. In doing so, he uncovers an horrific tale of murder, incest, and cannibalism that spreads throughout the neighboring villages that surround Phooka Wood. Their investigation takes them to all corners of their roundabout world, from Mortal End to the oozing Hamlet of Stifle and Little Napoo. Along their colorful journey we are introduced to a larger than life cast including Doc Sheare, the barber surgeon; Verrye Brutall, the handsome woodsman; Beliala Bigswoln, the publican’s daughter; Baron Rubigo Bluebeard; and Umbra the Bogyman.
Everyone seems to have a secret they are trying to hide that could give clues to the horror of Phooka Wood. Even Ænus P. Wordsworth has something to hide!