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Vivieno Caldinelli and Matt Watts Bring Us to the Portal To Hell!

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 09:00

Recently we got a chance to review the insanely entertaining short Portal To Hell!! from the comedy directing/writing duo of Vivieno Caldinelli and Matt Watts, and starring the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper. What’s even more of a bonus was to be able to snag a few minutes with the creative team to discuss the short film and how they desire to turn this into a full-length feature, as well as share a couple of memories about working with the Rowdy One – so tighten up your kilts and read on!

DC: Can you give an outline of the short to the people who might not be familiar to it?

MW: It’s about a building superintendent who used to be a boxer, and now his best days are behind him. His tenants keep pulling him away from his quiet time to perform menial tasks, and one night the power goes out and he goes to investigate, and he comes upon a couple of weird older white dudes running some kind of satanic thing in the basement, and it turns out they’re opening a portal to Ry’leh, trying to bring Cthulhu through to take over the world, and he has no choice but to step in.

VC: It’s a real call-to-adventure story! (laughs)

DC: Matt, you were the writer – how did you manage to come up with a story like this, and did you have Roddy specifically pegged for the role of Jack?

MW: Originally I had the idea for this as a feature, and then I was talking to Viv about it, and we agreed to make it as a short, and as it started to get drafted, it became very clear that Piper was the best option for it – it just seemed right, and we started writing it for him and started trying to get him, and it all worked out.

DC: Viv, what was it like working with Roddy? Any stories to tell from your time filming?

VC: Yeah, it was a dream come true, and the best way to put it is just imagine how awesome it would be to work with him, and times it by 100 – he was that kind of dude – so genuine, so nice, and within the first minute I met him, I saw his WWE Hall of Fame ring, and I asked him about it, and he took it off immediately and said, “Do you want to put it on?” He was just the tops.

MW: The night he got in before we started shooting, it was just a very small get-together, after we all broke up, I said that I’d drive him to the hotel, and the hotel wasn’t in my city, so I don’t know where the fucking hotel was, so I got lost! The poor guy is exhausted, and I’m like, “I’m sorry – I’m lost” – there’s a bunch of hotels in the same cluster, and I thought it was one and I was wrong, so I had to pull out my phone and find out which fucking hotel it was. Anyway, it added another 20 minutes to the trip, and he was so nice about it, and not in a “oh, that’s fine” kind of way, but we just genuinely chatted, and he was just a delightful, lovely guy, and it’s tragic that we’ve lost him. For us, it was a dream come true to spend the time with him that we had, and he totally sells the thing – I think it’s one of the best performances he’s ever given, and he couldn’t have been a sweeter guy throughout the whole process.

DC: With both of your backgrounds rooted in comedy, how did you manage to complement each other’s styles when creating this?

VC: We’ve both got very similar sensibilities – from movies that we love to the same sense of humor, I think that we were able to pull it all together and make it work.

MW: As myself as the writer, and Viv as the director, I think that the way we complement each other is that I’m more along the lines of dialogue-driven humor, and Viv is the physical type of humor – he likes visual gags, and I for the life of me can’t really think of them – the face-melting in the short, that’s all Viv’s. The repetitive wordplay is me, and I think we complement each other that way – he’s the eye, and I’m the words, so it was a really nice collaboration, and I think we were a little worried about how we were going to gel on-set, but it all worked out.

DC: After the release of this, what’s up for the both of you in the future?

VC: The feature is our main focus right now – the short was never a destination, so to speak, but more of how we could tell this story and execute it. This was to build it up and to get the feature made.

MW: It was always intended to be Roddy in the feature, and our last conversations with him were about the feature and the excitement, so we’re in sort of a bittersweet, trepidatious forward step – we want to make the feature, and he wanted to make the feature, and I think he’d want us to continue. We just don’t know how we’re going to do it quite yet. We’ve got the first draft almost finished, and part of the festival showings are to try to find financing, and we just don’t know who we’ll use to fill his shoes, so we’ll be exploring that.  We’ve got the momentum, and it would be a shame not to do it.

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Blood Moon to Rise on UK DVD and VOD 5 October

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 06:00

In his review of Jeremy Wooding’s western/werewolf mash-up, Blood Moon, Matt B. recommends it to “those who want a nice twist on their wolf-watching,” and really, considering the lycan offerings we’ve been subjected to lately, who doesn’t want that?

If you’re in the UK or Ireland, Studiocanal has you covered with a DVD and VOD release on October 5th.

Shaun Dooley (Eden Lake), George Blagden (“Vikings”), Anna Skellern (The Descent II), and Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum) star.  Although set in the US, Blood Moon was filmed on location in Kent, where the producers found a replica Wild West town. It is only the third western to be filmed in the UK.

In a remote mining town a stagecoach full of passengers are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skinwalker. They must settle their differences and combine their strengths if they re going survive the night of a blood red moon.

Blood Moon was released in North America on September 1st by Uncork’d Entertainment.

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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 05:00

Starring George Buza, Percy Hynes-White, Zoé De Grand Maison, William Shatner

Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

It’s Christmas time in the fictional town of Bailey Downs, and according to bookending narrator DJ Dan (Shatner) this particular town always ends up facing its fair share of disaster at what should be the most merry time of year. And so, holed up in his station with a stock of booze and no small amount of disdain for his co-workers, Dan delivers his Christmas cheer to the airwaves as A Christmas Horror Story gets under way.

An anthology movie with an unusual construction, A Christmas Horror Story spins four seasonal tales of horror which, rather than playing in their entirety in series, lay out their individual acts one after the other instead. Surprisingly, rather than being off-putting, it actually works in the film’s favour, building the piece as a whole to a concurrent crescendo as each woven thread climaxes in order. It also allows for more time with the quite frankly wonderful William Shatner in between.

One story tells of a group of high school students who break into the basement of their educational establishment in order to create a short documentary about an horrific murder which occurred there in the previous year. Trapped and scared, the group find themselves at the mercy of an angry spirit determined to ensure the birth of her own little Christmas miracle. This one is well shot and pumped full of jump scares, with a grim feel and ending that gets the message across: A Christmas Horror Story isn’t messing around. It does fall down due to the cliché nature of its subject – angry spirits and trapped teens – and the pacing tends to drag down the momentum of the overall picture, but it offers enough shocks and earnest performances to be worthwhile.

Another tale, and quite possibly the best in terms of performances and character work, sees a married couple (one of whom is the cop who discovered the victims of the first tale’s back-story) set off into the forest to procure a Christmas tree. When their young son goes missing, the panicked pair eventually find him hiding inside of a gnarly old tree and take him home – only to discover that something is very, very wrong with their child.

Feeling like it could, at any moment, launch into a Demons 2-style woman-versus-demon-child monster-fest, this segment actually holds more restraint than expected, focusing on the strained relationship between the couple – not to mention father and son – and letting the horror gradually creep up on you until the blood begins to flow. It’s great stuff – tense, well acted and relatable in its terror.

Third is the story of an apparently well-to-do family and their bratty children setting off to visit the father’s reclusive, rich Aunt. The family don’t like her, and she doesn’t like the family – but that won’t stop daddy from trying to scrounge some cash out of the wealthy crone. Their trip soon turns deadly, however, when their thoroughly unpleasant son deliberately breaks a Krampus statue in an act of defiance – unleashing the beast to hunt them down and uncompromisingly deliver the consequences of being naughty at Christmas. Boasting some cool monster effects – a rather kick-ass, chain-swingin’ Krampus – this one feels the most like it stepped from the pages of an EC Comics publication, especially given the dark, moralistic final twist.

Last but not least, the bloodiest, and most comedic, entry takes us to Santa’s giant estate at the North Pole, where a zombie virus is turning the elves into foul-mouthed, feral flesh-eaters. It’s up to the old man and his big white beard to lift his sceptre and deliver mercy to the infected as heads and limbs fly in all directions. Riotous fun, this segment is goofy in all the right ways, and packs in a ton of splatter as it works towards a finale that is both mind-blowing and gut-busting in its simple comedic genius.

But let’s get back to William Shatner. The man is a treasure right here – his droll wit making every short segue to the radio station, as DJ Dan gets progressively more drunk and belligerent, something to truly look forward to in between the story segments.

A thoroughly entertaining mix of levity and horror, A Christmas Horror Story is a flick that you’ll want to unbox year after year. Alongside the egg nog and candy canes, this one deserves to be an annual tradition.

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Adult Ghost Story The Green Man Heading to UK DVD in October

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 04:00

Equal parts ghostly thriller and sexual farce (who doesn’t love those?), UK miniseries “The Green Man” is finally getting its due on DVD this coming October thanks to Simply Media.  We have the release details, plus a trailer, right here so read on for the details.

The Green Man” UK DVD Release Info:
British acting great Albert Finney stars as a slimy hotel owner in “The Green Man,” a gripping ghostly BBC Two miniseries from 1990, which comes to UK DVD courtesy of Simply Media.

Maurice Allington (Finney – Skyfall, The Gathering Storm) is the promiscuous and alcoholic owner of a quaint British bed-and-breakfast hotel, the Green Man Inn. In the hope of attracting customers, when he’s not trying to seduce them, Allington keeps his guests entertained with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel, spreading rumours that the ghost of a notorious 17th century occult scientist haunts it. But he and his guests are in for a shock when they realise that the hotel is possessed by some very real and malevolent other-worldly spirits.

At times a sexual farce, at others a ghostly thriller, this BAFTA-winning extraordinary three-part series is based on Kingsley Amis’ 1969 satirical novel of the same name. Starring Linda Marlowe (“Eastenders,” Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sarah Berger (“Murphy’s Law,” “Castles”), Nicky Henson (Syriana, “Downton Abbey”), and Josie Lawrence (“Whose Line is it Anyway?,” “Fat Friends”), it makes its DVD debut on 5 October 2015.

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Jaws Bathroom Decals Bring the Giant Shark Into Your Home

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 23:00

While you’re fuming about the fact that director Steven Spielberg isn’t ruling out a reboot of the classic shark flick Jaws, why not decorate your bathroom with decals featuring moments from the iconic thriller? Ray Wilson, with a little help from Alyssa Scott and Robbie Rane, has created Jaws stickers that essentially turn your bathroom into the resort town of Amity Island.

Of course, these aren’t the only decals Wilson and company have to offer. He also created something call the Toilet Sarlacc, which essentially transforms your commode into the sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi. Now you can take a satisfying crap directly into the mouth of the galaxy’s most hideous desert-dwelling monster. It’s something you didn’t know you always needed.

Check out some of the Jaws decals below. If you like what you see, swing by Ray Wilson’s website and pick up some of your very own. You may soon discover that you’ll need a bigger bathroom.

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James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious Debuts on DVD Exclusively Through Redbox

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 22:37

Writer/director James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious is set to hit DVD this Tuesday (September 8), but you’ll need to track down a Redbox kiosk should you wish to check it out. Assuming, of course, you don’t have access to VOD. In other words, if one of those big red machines doesn’t stock Bressack’s impressive horror flick, then you’re out of luck until the end of the month.

From the Press Release
After thrilling audiences in theaters and On Demand earlier this Summer, James Cullen Bressack’s bone-chilling horror hit Pernicious makes it way to DVD. The title will be exclusive to Redbox from September 8 and available elsewhere from September 29.

Pernicious, starring Emmy-nominated Emily O’Brien (Young and the Restless), Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers) and Jackie Moore (100 Ghost Street), is “a carnival for the eyes” (Dread Central) and “sexy, bloody, and heinous” (Horror News). The movie tells of three young girls, holidaying in Thailand, who unleash the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind – revenge.

If you can’t get your hands on a DVD copy of Pernicious on September 8, don’t lose too much sleep about it. The flick will arrive through other outlets in just a few weeks. Count the days!

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Babysitter Allegedly Tortures Kids with Duct-Tape and Mommie Dearest

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 22:11

Here’s something from the “truth is stranger than fiction” file: A babysitter allegedly duct-taped two young kids in Nebraska City and forced them to watch director Frank Perry’s classic Mommie Dearest. Not surprisingly, the guy is now facing a handful of charges for his crime.

The Hollywood Reporter explains that 29-year-old Glenn Oliver was looking after two young boys while their mother headed off to work. At some point, she told the babysitter that the kids had to watch Mommie Dearest, but apparently they weren’t interested in the flick. To get them to comply with his demands, he reportedly ducted-taped their “mouths, wrists, chests, ankles and heads.”

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a neighbor stopped by and discovered the boys, ages four and six, taped to their chairs. After documenting Oliver’s crime with a photo, she “asked the caregiver if she could take the boys over to her own home to help clean and he didn’t have a problem with that.” Not surprisingly, she then contacted police for assistance.

As of this writing, Oliver is now facing charges of false imprisonment and felony child abuse. All three of the mother’s children have since been removed from the home.

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New Comic Celebrates 100 Days of Death

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:36

Death goes viral (someone either has or will use that for a tagline) in the comic book adaptation of Ray Ellingsen’s 100 Days of Death, and we have all your details right here.

From the Press Release:
Platinum Studios Comics, a division of Platinum Studios (headed by iconic CEO Scott Rosenberg of Cowboys & Aliens fame) and Platinum Universe, is excited to announce the much-anticipated comic book release of 100 Days of Death!

100 Days of Death, which was written by Ray Ellingsen and adapted into comic form by famed artist Tommy Castillo (Batman, King Kong), follows a man and his dog on a journey as an apocalyptic virus sweeps across the planet, destroying humanity in a few short months.

Ellingsen explains, “Power grids fail, communications break down, food supplies dwindle, and even fellow uninfected humans can’t be trusted. Survival becomes nearly impossible, maintaining one’s humanity, even harder. Two and a half years later a journal is found atop the spire of the Seattle Space Needle; the contents tell of one man’s experiences in this nightmare existence.”

Castillo further reveals, “This is a badass tale of your darkest fears, compounded with a few million creatures of the undead who want you for dinner!”

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Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Sees a Red Band Trailer

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:31

A red band trailer for Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, director Ross Patterson’s latest bizarro cinematic endeavor, has arrived; and it looks pretty toothy.

As you may already have guessed, the movie tells the story of Helen Keller as she wages war against the nightwolves. Pretty self-explanatory, really. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

Lin Shaye (the Insidious franchise), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”), and David Quane (FDR: American Badass!) star.

Look for more on this one as it comes.

Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group of nightwolves terrorized a tiny village, taking people’s hearing and eyesight… and the one woman who fought back.

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Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience Heading to the Los Angeles Theatre

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:15

Stephen King’s classic tale Carrie is about to get a fresh coat of blood… er, paint. Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience is set to terrify the Los Angeles Theatre next month. The folks over at the Los Angeles Times have dubbed the show as a “full-throttle theatrical experience,” so it’s definitely something fans shouldn’t pass up if they have the chance to check it out.

Featuring music from Michael Gore (Fame), lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), choreography by Lee Martino, and direction by Brady Schwind, Carrie will transport theatergoers directly into the action. According to the official press release, the Carrie musical will feature “immersive staging” that will give audiences a nifty 360 experience. In other words, as things start to go down at Ewen High School, the shenanigans will unfold all around you.

Previews of Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience begin on October 1, 2015. If you’re in the area and love Stephen King’s story, definitely consider giving this one a look.

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

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 05:00

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

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

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

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

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

See below for the full course descriptions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Russian Sleep Experiment Creepypasta Becomes a Creepy Novella

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 23:48

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

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

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

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

This extension of the tale has three parts:

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

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

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

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

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

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New Japanese Godzilla Movie Filming This Weekend in Tokyo

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:56

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

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

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

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

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Waxwork Remake on the Horizon from Lost After Dark Team

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 22:25

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

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

Kessner also explained their approach to the Waxwork remake.

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

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

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Farewell to Wes – Dread Central Writer John Squires

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— John Squires

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

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

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Zoe Bell Rages into a Bloody Camino

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cara Buono Finds Stranger Things on Netflix

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 20:12

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

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

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

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

The series will debut in 2016.

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

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 19:43

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:39

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Farewell to Wes – Guest Blog: Ben Rock

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 18:39

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

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

— Ben Rock

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

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

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