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UK Readers: Win Zombeavers on DVD!

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:00

To celebrate the release of Zombeavers, out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Download 20th October, we have a DVD copy up for grabs!

From the producers of American Pie, Cabin Fever and The Ring comes Zombeavers: the horror comedy not to be missed with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore and old school animatronics that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

Synopsis
The film follows a group of college students headed out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and Zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.

© 2014 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

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Mutator (Book)

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:00

Written by Gary Fry

Published by Darkfuse

A somewhat Lovecraftian horror from beyond the stars is unleashed on rural England’s Yorkshire Dales in Gary Fry’s sci-fi/horror novella, Mutator. Having just moved into his beautiful new country home along with his devoted beagle, Damian, recently retired university professor James is looking forward to settling down to his new stress-free existence. His expected serenity isn’t quite to be, however, with the discovery of a hidden laboratory beneath the cottage housing all manner of incredibly strange research tomes and custom stargazing equipment. This, coupled with the whispered rumours regarding the activities of the home’s previous owner operates as prelude to the arrival of a strange silver ball that comes crashing from the sky in the dead of night to punch right through the ground and into the lab.

Seemingly summoned by the apparently dormant equipment beneath James’s cottage, the hieroglyphics-covered ball houses a particularly slimy passenger – one that defies all physical laws of Earth’s organic creatures and will soon be making its presence known in stupendously gory style.

Mutator is a short tale, clocking in at 18 short chapters, but a thoroughly engrossing one that you’re pretty much guaranteed to devour in a single sitting. Fry focuses most heavily on his protagonist, James – a learned man with much prestige, and many a credential, under his belt who simply can’t help himself diving headlong into the mystery of the ball and the research undertaken by his house’s previous occupant. James’s lower-class origins form a strong part of who he is; rightly proud of his wealth of achievements in the face of inherited adversity, but still grounded enough to respect his origins. A particular little moment in which he plays up on his tellingly working class accent in order to have a little fun with the reaction of his newly acquainted, horseback-mounted toff of a neighbour is wonderfully played, and Fry continues to capitalise on little elements such as this in a manner that ingratiates us very, very quickly with the protagonist and his protective canine companion. Thusly, much of the fear in Fry’s tale is generated as James takes it upon himself to dig around in the darkness beneath his abode, following trails of slime and impossibly large tunnels created by God-knows-what as he attempts to get a proper look at the thing that crawled from this interstellar ball.

When the creature is revealed, Fry’s imagination and prose conjures those aforementioned popular Lovecraftian images of insectoid physiology grimly combined with a wealth of slime, deadly pincers, a greater cluster of eyes than could ever be thought necessary for such a being and an expanding maw capable of reducing animals to little more than quivering piles of macerated meat and bone in mere moments. Most surprising, though, is the direction in which Fry sends his tale when the inevitable hunt and confrontation with the beast begins. As James’s vengeful, shotgun-toting neighbour determines destruction of the monster as the only course of action, the professor begins to overcome the overriding terror of the situation insomuch as to consider the wonder of a creature whose physical skills of adaptation and evolution are truly something to behold. And so the stage is quickly set for a denouement which sings not of the more common fear of the unknown (and resultant drive to destroy the ‘other’), but a healthy reverence and, indeed, respect for it and all that it may teach us – even if, of course, it could quite easily have any of us as its next meal in a heartbeat. It’s a refreshing finish that offers much more than the basic ‘beat the monster’ ethos, and one that, in its final moments, sparkles with that same personal sense of awe and wonder found when man turns gaze to the stars.

If anything, Mutator‘s largest failing is its length. It’s very well paced, yes, but over too quickly. Widening the scenario and giving more room for each of his characters to breathe – especially the secondary ones – would have served Fry very well here. There are certainly the makings of a novel-length tale, which would likely have been eaten right up by aficionados of monster fiction and creature features – more carnage, more investigation, and more characters are things that Mutator cries out for, but doesn’t exactly need considering it already works as well as it does. That’s reader’s gluttony talking, perhaps, but it’s disappointing to see the scope that could have been employed here and wasn’t.

Still, maybe we’ll see the return of the professor and his trusty beagle in future tales. That certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

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Rock And Shock 2014 Offering Incredible Child’s Play Photo Opportunity

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 23:00

The amazing Rock And Shock convention returns to Worcester, MA for its 11th year this weekend, rocking and shocking from October 17th through 19th. As if the event wasn’t already packed with enough awesomeness, the ultimate Child’s Play photo-op has just been added to the lineup of festivities, which is a MUST for all hardcore Chucky fans. Read on!

As reported tonight over on the Rock And Shock Facebook page, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky), Alex ‘Andy Barclay’ Vincent and even Chucky himself will be posing for photos throughout the entire weekend, and fans will have the rare opportunity to take a group picture with all four of the franchise stars.

While Brad, Fiona and Alex will also be signing individually, the meet and greet with Chucky is only included with the group photo-op. And yes, he is an actual screen-used doll!

Prices will range from $30 to $40 for individual shots and group shots will range from $50 to $70, depending on how many actors are in the photo.

For more information, be sure to visit the official Rock and Shock website, “like” Rock and Shock on Facebook and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

 

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Walking Dead Fan Creates Ultimate Season 5 Premiere Dinner

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 21:13

This past Sunday night kicked off the fifth season of “The Walking Dead,” and good lord was the premiere episode intense. Packed with action, drama and a whole lot of gore, it was an hour of television that was well worth the anticipation, delivering all the goods that hungry fans could’ve possibly desired.

Kim Atkinson Fiorini was one of those fans who was eagerly anticipating the new season of AMC’s hit series, and she celebrated the return in what I can only describe as epic fashion. Kim and her family hosted a little premiere party of their own, and the zombie-themed meal they put together is nothing short of completely awesome.

Laid out buffet style on the family’s dinner table was a whole host of tasty treats, including sausages, chicken wings and ribs. But it’s not the food that’s noteworthy so much as it was the preparation, as each tray was laid on top of a human form, and made to look like the various entrails and bodily organs of an unlucky victim.

Check out the full spread below, which is sure to make you hungry for some brains, guts and leg meat. Job well done, Fiorini family!

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Scream Factory Runs Amok Announcing Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus for 2015

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:03

Nature must be running amok at Scream Factory seeing as how they decided to follow up their Food of the Gods/Frogs double feature Blu-ray surprise with news that Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, Jaws of Satan, and Reptilicus are also going Blu next year.

Did I call this in my Food of the Gods/Frogs article or what? Substitute Yongary with Jaws of Satan, and I would have nailed all four of these titles.

It probably would have made more sense to pair Bert I. Gordon’s Empire of the Ants with his Food of the Gods, but who am I to argue with how Scream Factory operates? Instead, Gordon’s 1977 H.G. Wells’ adaptation that sees the likes of Joan Collins and Robert Lansing battling giant ants in the Florida Everglades mind-controlling humans into toiling in their sugar plantations will be paired with the more obscure satanic snake flick Jaws of Satan.

Jaws of Satan is what you get when you combine your Seventies satanic panic flick with your even more Seventies nature gone amok flick and then wait until 1981 to release it. Fritz Weaver and an adolescent Christina Applegate star in this tale of a Southern preacher battling a cobra possessed by Satan and a horde of its slithering, venomous minions.

The second double feature Blu-ray they announced is simply mind-blowing. I mean, Tentacles, one of the very worst Jaws rip-offs of all time, is actually getting a hi-def transfer before some of the greatest movies of any genre have made their way to the format? Don’t get me wrong. I have a soft spot for Tentacles simply because it is so astoundingly awful in every conceivable way, but still.

Beyond the Door director Ovidio G. Assonitis somehow managed to wrangle major name actors of the time (John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins, Claude Akins, and even Henry Fonda) to appear in this ineptly assembled, Italian-produced, 1977 Jaws rip-off about a giant man-eating, roaring octopus terrorizing a seaside resort.

Paired with Tentacles will be the finest Danish Godzilla rip-off ever made. Of course I speak of Sid Pink’s 1961 giant creature feature Reptilicus.

After copper miners discover the tail of a long dead prehistoric creature, the serpentine behemoth regenerates and unleashes marionette monster mayhem on the nation of Denmark.

Odds are even Scream Factory will not be releasing the original Danish cut of the film that featured not only silhouette model on string flying monster effects that would make even Edward D. Wood Jr. recoil in horror, but also the movie’s big musical number American audiences have long been denied where a kindly oaf sings a nursery rhyme about the legend of Reptilicus as school children rhythmically frolic.

Even Scream Factory concedes extras will be slim when it comes to these titles for what should be obvious reasons. No matter. Just go ahead and take my money already.

Look for Empire of the Ants/Jaws of Satan and Tentacles/Reptilicus double-feature Blu-rays courtesy of Scream Factory sometime next summer.

What will Scream Factory announce next? You can pretty much look up what titles MGM previously released as part of their “Midnight Movies” series for a good idea of what’s left to pick from. I’m personally still holding out hope for The Vindicator, The Hidden, Critters, Chopping Mall, Split Second, Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge, and/or King Kong Lives. Honestly, I’m just tossing out a series of titles in hopes that I get even one correct so I can do the Nikki Finke “Toldja!” again when they announce it.

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Screamfest L.A. 2014 – Opening Night Photos

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:00

With the 14th Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival having kicked off last night at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA, we were there on the carpet to capture the excitement. Read on for our photo gallery.

In attendance for the prestigious event were directors Kenny Gage and Kevin Downs of the ‘tourists in peril’ Opening Night flick Parlor, as were producers Andrew Pagana, Bill Ceresia, Todd Slater, Thomas Mahoney and Brett Donowho, along with the film’s stars Jordan James Smith, Tiffany Demarco, Sara Fabel, Ben Whalen, Claire Garvey, Anthony Del Negro, Beth Humphreys, Joey Fisher and villainous lead Robert Lasardo (“Nip/Tuck”, Death Race, The Human Centipede III).

Also gracing the carpet were American Mary filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (their latest film See No Evil 2 has its World Premiere tonight at the fest), the cast and crew of Creep Behind the Camera, actress Carlee Baker (The Woman, L.A. Slasher), Filmquest head/filmmaker Jonathan Thomas Martin and many more, along with ABC’s George Pennacchio, who interviewed this Dread Central writer (and co-host of next week’s Screamfest Awards Ceremony), as well as Screamfest’s founder, Rachel Belofsky.

Following the screening of Parlor, the Opening Night Party was held at neighboring Madame Tussauds, where attendees mingled with fellow filmmakers and wax statues alike, well into the morning hours.

For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, “like” Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter.

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The Territorial Pissings Trailer Rides the Waves

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:41

“Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now…” Oh, Kurt, how we miss you. In any event, a new flick is on the way called The Territorial Pissings and we have stills, the pitch trailer, and artwork.

Directed by Juancho Otalvaro, The Territorial Pissings stars Peter March, Andrés Kaune, Pinoski, Pablo Solano, Juan Valverde, Estefanía Gutierrez, Irene Rossi, Mariana Salazar, and Fanny Moya.

For more info check out the official Territorial Pissings website and “like” Territorial Pissings on Facebook.

Synopsis:
Sometime during the 1980’s a storm began, and for 50 years it did not stop. Now, survivors struggle to thrive in a wild world with most of the past below sea. Surf has become the ultimate rush throughout the known territories. The surf leader of The Squids, Tom Mix, finds his community threatened by the Piranha surf gang after one of his partners gets kidnapped. Surf battling and dirt road motorbike slaughter will not only gush out blood, but uncover the secrets this new world holds.

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Found Footage 3D Seeks Funding

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:47

Given just about everyone’s hatred for the found footage sub-genre I’m not sure how this one is gonna work out for the makers of Found Footage 3D, which is being produced by Texas Chain Saw Massacre co-creator Kim Henkel.

From the Press Release

Today, the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D  announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign, to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.

Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

“What Scream did for slasher films, we aim to do for found footage,” says writer/director Steven DeGennaro. “Being the first found footage horror movie shot in 3D allows us to do things that no found footage movie or 3D movie has ever been able to do before.”

The Found Footage 3D team has set its goal at $35,000 on Indiegogo for post-production costs, adding 3D visual effects and festival entries.

Found footage fans can claim rewards that include digital downloads, 3D glasses, props from the film, signed Texas Chain Saw Massacre memorabilia, and private screening invitations.

Jessica Perrin, Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, and outspoken film critic Scott Weinberg star.

Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, and find themselves in a 3D found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film starts showing up in their behind-the-scenes footage.

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Summer of Blood Clip Proposes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:40

Get ready to check out the hilarious opening moments from writer/director Onur Tukel’s vampire comedy Summer of Blood! The flick will be having its premiere in theaters and on VOD on October 17th. Dig it along with our exclusive clip from a couple of days back!

Tukel (Septien, Red Flag) also stars along with Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), and Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip).

Synopsis
Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

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Tremors 5 – First Look and Details

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:22

Around these parts we’re pretty stoked for a new entry into the Tremors franchise and we were delighted to hear that Tremors 5 began production in South Africa on September 22nd. Right now we have the very first image and more details for you!

Tremors 5 stars Michael Gross and Jamie Kennedy, Both pictured below. Look for it on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.

“The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.“

The Tremors franchise has built a reputation for high intensity fun and suspense and this installment takes it to a whole new level,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment.

Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.

The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).

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This Trio of Clips from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.03 Say Welcome to Paradise!

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:09

The CW really wants you to get ready for this week’s Episode 6.03 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “Welcome to Paradise”; and to prove it, they’ve released three sneak peeks of the ep. So settle in, check ‘em out, and let us know what you think of the season so far.

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.03 – “Welcome to Paradise” (10/16/14)
In an attempt to bring some fun back into their lives, Elena (Nina Dobrev) persuades Caroline (Candice Accola) to meet her at the swimming hole, where she plans to introduce her to Liam (guest star Marco James).

Tyler (Michael Trevino), still working on controlling his anger issues, asks Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) for a favor and is surprised when she makes an unexpected confession. Stefan (Paul Wesley) arrives back in Mystic Falls looking for Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and is caught off guard when he notices a strange change in Elena.

Meanwhile, at the lake, Enzo’s actions cause Matt (Zach Roerig) to make a startling revelation, and Jeremy makes a discovery about the anti-magic spell that could potentially put Elena’s life in danger.

Elsewhere, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) stumble upon clues that lead them to believe they’re not alone. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Brian Young.

Related Story: Welcome to Paradise! See Our Image Gallery and Extended Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.03

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Crackpot Priest Performs Exorcisms Via Skype

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 19:49

So the questions beckon, kids… Have some pesky demons been oppressing you? Full-blown possession practically a given? Too lazy to seek help? Don’t worry! You can now get an exorcism via Skype on any mobile or desktop device.

I shit you not.

“The Daily Show’s” Jessica Williams interviewed Reverend Bob Larson last night regarding his… shall we say… more unique online rituals. That’s right, concubine of Satan, for the low price of around 295 bucks, you can have the unclean spirit compelled out of you in the name of Jesus Christ and the Internet.

Oh, Reverend Bob. You’re so cute. Watch the segment below which, unlike Larson’s services, is indeed priceless.

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Vincent Price Collection Vol. II (Blu-ray)

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:43

Starring Vincent friggin’ Price

Directed by Various

Distributed by Scream Factory

Following up last year’s superb boxed collection of Vincent Price films, Scream Factory brings us The Vincent Price Collection Vol. II – another set of some of the legendary actor’s better known films which, as with that previous release, includes a sizeable amount of bonus features on each disc. The question is: is this second volume a worthy successor – not only to the previous Price collection, but Scream’s other recent boxed sets as well (such as their exhaustive Halloween collection and the “I can’t believe this exists” Nightbreed: Director’s Cut set)?

The first disc in this new collection is home to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven and The Comedy of Terrors, two AIP releases which feature Price at his delightfully comic best. The Raven, another entry in Corman’s “AIPoe” cycle, is a wonderfully daffy movie at times, featuring a stunning cast including Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Jack Nicholson. Comedy boasts much of that same cast (Price, Karloff, and Lorre), yucking it up alongside Basil Rathbone in this pitch black horror comedy stylishly helmed by Cat People director Jacques Tourneur.

The second disc includes another AIPoe in the form of Tomb of Ligeia, the last of Corman’s Poe cycle. In contrast with The Raven, Ligeia is a much more somber affair in the style of Corman’s earlier adaptations. In it, Price plays a man haunted by his deceased wife, who may or may not be possessing the body of a cat which plagues the widower’s every move. The Last Man on Earth is this disc’s second film, the very first adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic novel I Am Legend. As with the later attempts at adapting the spooky tome (the 70s Chuck Heston-starrer The Omega Man and the 2007 Will Smith vehicle which took the novel’s name), Last Man is faithful to the basic strokes of Matheson’s book, if not its finer details (not one of the films managed to do the novel’s ending justice). Still, the film finds Price in top form, lending his gravitas to this low-budget shocker. Fans of Price and/or Matheson will find much to enjoy here.

Disc three houses sequels to two of Price’s better known films – Dr. Phibes Rises Again and Return of the Fly. Phibes’ inclusion makes sense, as its predecessor (The Abominable Dr. Phibes) graced the previous Price collection. This follow-up will likely please fans of the original, offering more of Price’s equally tragic and sinister (and, arguably, signature?) villain, with some gorgeous sets and photography on display. The real surprise in this collection is Return, considering that the original classic is nowhere to be found in either of Scream’s collections. Still, it’s a welcome addition, as it is a thoroughly enjoyable (if inferior) sequel.

The final disc in this set holds one of this writer’s very favorite Price films – William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill. This movie, remade (somewhat) successfully in ’99 by Dark Castle Entertainment, stars Price as Frederick Loren, a wealthy eccentric who invites a handful of strangers into his home to participate in a “haunted house party”, promising them a large sum of money if they can spend the entire night in his mansion – along with a number of ghosts and ghouls which lurk about within the home. Price, as always, is superb – oozing charm and menace while acting as a host, all while trading vicious verbal barbs with his unfaithful wife. It’s a fun if hokey movie that never fails to bring a smile to this fan’s face.

Scream Factory continues their winning streak with this collection, which is chock-full of bonus features and handsome presentations for each of the seven films here (for those counting, that’s one more film than the previous Price set). Each movie here boasts a 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio track, along with mostly solid transfers for each film. I say mostly, as each of the films do exhibit minor print damage. Phibes looks the best of the bunch, with a sharp image and gorgeous colors throughout, while Comedy surely looks the worst, showing considerable speckling and damage at times – occasionally to a distracting degree. Still, each film often looks fantastic is more than watchable.

The bonus features are, as with the previous collection, a real treasure trove for Price aficionados. In addition to theatrical trailers and still galleries for each film, we have a handful of film introductions culled from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, which were produced in the early 80s for Iowa Public Television. These intros are provided for The Raven, Comedy of Terrors, and Tomb of Ligeia, along with a documentary covering the making of those introductions (this same doc was included in the previous collection). There are also three installments of Richard Matheson Storyteller, which features the late master reminiscing on his work for three of this set’s films (The Raven, Comedy of Terrors and The Last Man on Earth).

In addition to that, there are a number of commentaries for some of the films: three for Ligeia, and one each for The Raven, House, Return and Last Man), all featuring some fantastic contributors – including author/historian Steve Haberman, historian David Del Valle, author Derek Botelho, actor Brett Halsey, Ligeia actress Elizabeth Sheperd, film historian Constantine Nasr, and producer/director Roger Corman. Hours and hours of information wait to be gleaned from these talks, which will no doubt delight hardcore fans and casual viewers alike.

The Raven boasts a few more extras, including a brief featurette with Corman discussing this rare venture into comedy, and a slideshow featuring audio and images from a vinyl record used to promote the film before its release. Lastly, House’s disc provides the most supplements, including: Vincent Price: Renaissance Man, a thirty-minute look at Price’s life, interests and career; The Art of Fear, a look at Price’s position within the genre he’ll always be associated with; Working with Vincent Price, which finds various contributors commenting on Price’s generosity on set and his relationships with his costars; and a collection of trailers for other films throughout the actor’s career (The Conqueror Worm aka Witchfinder General, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, House of Usher, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Pit and the Pendulum). And all of this is wrapped up in a handsome slipcase boasting beautiful artwork by Joel Robinson, packaged along with a nifty booklet with a lengthy essay by David Del Valle.

All in all, a marvelous collection – one befitting the man’s legacy which sits nicely alongside not only its predecessor, but with Scream Factory’s other recent re-releases as well. One can only hope that this tradition continues on next year with, dare I hope, The Vincent Price Collection III?

Special Features

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven

  • Audio Commentary with film historian Steve Haberman
  • Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Raven
  • Corman’s Comedy of Poe
  • Promotional Record
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Introduction to The Raven – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television

The Comedy of Terrors

    Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Comedy of Terrors
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Introduction to The Comedy of Terrors – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television

Tomb of Ligeia

  • Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Roger Corman
  • Audio Commentary with Elizabeth Sheperd
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian Constantine Nasr
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Introduction to The Tomb of Ligeia – from The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors, produced by Iowa Public Television

The Last Man on Earth

  • Audio Commentary with Film Historian David Del Valle and Author Derek Botelho
  • Richard Matheson Storyteller: The Last Man on Earth
  • Still Gallery

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery

Return of the Fly

  • Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle
  • Theatrical Trailer and TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

House on Haunted Hill

  • Audio Commentary with Author/Historian Steve Haberman
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Vincent Price: Renaissance Man
  • The Art of Fear
  • Working with Vincent Price
  • Introductory Price: Undertaking The Vincent Price Gothic Horrors
  • Still Gallery
  • Vincent Price trailer collection


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Robert Englund to Guest Star on Syfy’s Town of the Living Dead

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:51

Horror icon Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise – will guest star on Syfy’s new comedic docuseries “Town of the Living Dead” in episodes airing Tuesday, November 11, and Tuesday, November 18, both at 10PM (ET/PT).

After the Thr33 Days Dead team hit their most challenging production hurdle to date, they’re desperate for hope.  When they discover that horror legend Robert Englund will be nearby in Birmingham for a press appearance, the team sets out to recruit him to inspire their dispirited director, John Ware.

About “Town of the Living Dead”
In “Town of the Living Dead” the colorful folks of Jasper, Alabama, are determined, once and for all, to complete their zombie movie Thr33 Days Dead… now six long years in the making. Based on a town urban legend, their film centers on a group of friends trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in rural Alabama. The series follows the intrepid and motley crew of amateur filmmakers as they surmount endless obstacles to finally finish their movie.

“Town of the Living Dead” is produced by True Entertainment (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes”).  Executive producers are Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, David Stefanou, Todd Hurvitz,Tony Biancosino, and Cherie Kloss.

For more info visit “Town of the Living Dead” on Syfy.com.

 

 

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The Blood List Website Relaunches! New Horrors Abound!

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:25

Each year Kailey Marsh’s The Blood List stakes out on a mission to bring more awareness to darker genre screenplays and screenwriters. The endeavor has been met with much success, and being that we here at Dread Central realize that indie filmmakers and writers are what keeps the genre alive and shrieking, we feel it’s important to remind you about it!

The Blood List was created in 2009 to get the word out about the best unproduced horror screenplays. It’s since expanded and become the industry standard for the best darker genre screenplays every year.

If you’re a writer, you need to be aware of the official Blood List website, which just relaunched with a snazzy new design. It is one of the most vital and necessary horror resources you’ll ever need to break into the business. Check it out by following the links below, and put your pen to paper, kids! You just never know!

For more info visit the official The Blood List website, “like” The Blood List on Facebook, and follow The Blood List on Twitter.

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Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead Marches on Blu-ray and DVD

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:08

Well Go USA is releasing Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (review) on DVD and Blu-ray at the end of the year, and right now we have a look at the artwork along with all the info you need to plan out your next zombie killfest!

From the Press Release
Dubbed “bigger, brasher, bloodier” by Film Threat’s Brian Tallerico, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD debuts on DVD and in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray December 9th from Well Go USA Entertainment.

The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck), and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Picking up immediately where the original left off, the film wastes no time getting right to the gore-filled action, leaving a bloody trail of intestines in its wake. Wirkola comes up with more inventive ways to maim and dismember than anyone ever thought possible. Combining wry humor with horrific worst-case scenarios, this follow-up to the 2009 Midnight classic shocked the weak-of-heart and delighted even the most hard-core fans of the horror genre when it made its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

The DVD and the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition both feature audio commentary with the director and writer, a VFX featurette, and Dead Snow comic book while the Collector’s Edition exclusively features the international version of the film and the short film ARMEN.

DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD has a runtime of approximately 101 minutes and is rated “R” for strong bloody horror violence and gore throughout and language, including some sexual references.

Synopsis
Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own.

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Mena Suvari Goes South of Hell With Eli Roth

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:41

There’s so much horror on TV nowadays that it’s getting hard to keep track of it all, but we do. Why? Because we’re badasses and you’re all so sexy. Well, that’s just two of the reasons really. In any event…

Deadline is reporting that Mena Suvari (Day of the Dead, Stuck) is finalizing a deal to play the lead in WEtv’s second original scripted series, thriller drama “South of Hell”.

The show, which has an eight-episode straight-to-series order for a 2015 premiere, comes from horror fav Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno, Hostel).

Synopsis
A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina, “South of Hell” focuses on Maria Abascal (Suvari), a stunning demon-hunter-for-hire whose power stems from within. Like those she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her.

The premiere episode of “South of Hell” will be directed by Roth from a script by Matt Lambert.

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The ULTIMATE look at NECA’s Ultimate Freddy

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:33

NECA’s Ultimate Freddy collectible, which will be hitting stores this fall in celebration of the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street, is just so ridiculously sexy. Today they’ve given us a closer look, and we’ve been drooling ever since. Now it’s your turn.

This deluxe 7-inch collectible comes with a new fully articulated body and a wealth of accessories.

NECA’s 70th Anniversary Ultimate Freddy features:

  • Three new interchangeable head portraits (closed mouth, open mouth grimace, and skull face)
  • All new fully articulated legs (ball-hinged thighs and knees)
  • Alternate severed fingers (left hand)
  • Removable fedora
  • New tongue phone
  • New dead skin mask
  • Deluxe packaging

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See a Preview of Titan’s Prequel Comic for The Evil Within Video Game

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:14

Evil takes hold TODAY as Bethesda Softworks releases the highly anticipated The Evil Within video game, but did you remember to order a copy of the prequel comic, which arrives tomorrow from Titan Comics?  In case you’ve been on the fence about it, here’s a three-page preview of Issue #1 along with two versions of its cover art.

Synopsis
Experience pure horror…

Spun from the survival horror game The Evil Within from Bethesda Softworks, this all-new prequel invites readers to experience the deranged world created by Shinji Mikami.

Writer Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Victorian Undead) and artist Alex Sanchez (Katana) present the story of a young student, Dana, whose search for a missing friend leads straight into a world fraught with tension and unimaginable horrors.

The Evil Within — a game embodying the meaning of pure survival horror with highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story woven together to create an immersive world — will bring players to the height of tension. Look for it in stores and online on October 14, 2014, for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft and Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 computer entertainment systems.

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The Diabolical Has Ali Larter Looking Over Her Shoulder

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:11

It’s been a really long time since we last heard anything about the upcoming flick The Diabolical, but that’s all about to change because right now we have the first still and more. Dig it!

Director Alistair Legrand directs from a script he co-wrote with Luke Harvis. Ali Larter stars alongside Patrick Fischler (“Mad Men”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”), Merrin Dungey (“Betrayal”), and Joe Egender (“American Horror Story: Asylum”).

Release news is forthcoming.

Synopsis
The Diabolical follows Madison and her children in their quiet suburban home as they are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Madison desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend, Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake.

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