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10 Horror Movie Pranks Gone Wrong!

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 09:00

With Halloween approaching, the most common phrase we’ll all be hearing will be “Trick or Treat”. We often forget about the “trick” part of the phrase, which is a (generally idle) threat to any Halloween Grinches out there that failure to deliver a treat will result in some pranks on them.

Often coinciding with Halloween is an unofficial holiday known as “Mischief Night.” On this night, kids will play pranks all over their neighborhoods, including toilet papering yards and egging cars. There have even been a couple recent horror movies named after Mischief Night. Pranks are tied in with Halloween almost as much as candy and horror movies, and so many horror movies have involved pranks. Sounds like a great idea for a list!

Here are 10 horror movies that involved pranks gone wrong!

1) The Burning

What better location for some pranks than summer camp? With a bunch of adolescent boys running around, there’s sure to be plenty of fooling around. Of course, it’s all fun and games until some kids set the camp janitor on fire! Of course, ol’ Cropsey isn’t just going to sit back and do nothing after a prank involving a skull with candles inside it causes him to catch fire. Those kids on the raft sure learned that the hard way.

2) April Fool’s Day

This entry is a bit unfair because of the ending, but you can’t have a “pranks in horror movies” list and not include the movie that took the whole prank idea all the way to the end. Some kids head to their friend’s private island, where there are not only pranks but also kills! The ending is the ultimate prank on the audience, but also kind of a cop-out. Still one of the more entertaining 80s slashers!

3) Hell Night

A tried and true formula: You have to spend the night in the local haunted house. For the pledges of Alpha Sigma Rho, that’s their goal if they want in the fraternity! Sounds easy enough, right? Well, unfortunately for them, the frat members have rigged Garth Manor with all kinds of scares and pranks. Also, there are two deformed brothers killing everyone who goes in there. Bummer! Fun fact: This was the last movie produced by Compass International Pictures, which also produced Halloween.

4) Terror Train

If Jamie Lee Curtis circa 1980 lured me into a room and started to seduce me, I’d probably have been suckered into a prank too. That’s what happens to the nerdy Kenny in Terror Train. Of course, the whole thing is a big prank. There’s actually a corpse in the bed, and poor Kenny winds up in a mental hospital. In classic slasher fashion, Kenny comes back during a New Year’s train ride, and he’s not there to see David Copperfield’s act.

5) The House on Sorority Row

Seeing a theme here? Slashers in the 80’s were big on pranks gone wrong. In this movie, some crazy sorority girls are up to some graduation week shenanigans. What better way to celebrate their commencement than by forcing their house mother to retrieve her cane from the pool at gunpoint? Unfortunately for Mrs. Slater, the gun is loaded, and she winds up dead at the bottom of the pool. Oh well, the party must go on, even if everyone gets killed during it.

6) Urban Legend

In this cheesetastic 90’s slasher, a group of college students find themselves being terrorized by a serial killer basing his kills off of urban legends. This movie had a great cast, including Brad Dourif, Robert Englund, Jared Leto, and Joshua Jackson, who is this slasher’s resident “practical joker.” In the movie’s more memorable scene, his character fools a whole classroom into thinking his stomach exploded from eating Pop Rocks with soda. What a trickster.

7) The Toxic Avenger

Poor Melvin, the little nerd just gets picked on so badly. He even suffers what is easily the most ridiculous prank on our list, being tricked into wearing a pink tutu and kissing a sheep. Yikes. To add insult to injury, he is chased out a window and falls into a vat of toxic waste. Things work out all right for Melvin, though. The toxic waste transforms him into The Toxic Avenger, so it’s not all bad!

8) Joy Ride

Paul Walker didn’t just drive Toyota Supras and race Vin Diesel; he also drove a Chrysler Newport with Steve Zahn. The trouble starts when they put a CB radio in the car and start catfishing a truck driver, pretending to be “Candy Cane.” The trucker, known only as his handle “Rusty Nails,” gets fooled into meeting with a nonexistent woman, but he clearly can’t take a joke. In a movie reminiscent of Spielberg’s Duel, he terrorizes the two pranksters and prevented plenty of people from messing around with CB radios. Fun Fact #2: This was written by Star Wars VII‘s J.J. Abrams.

9) Slaughter High

This movie features some of the more brutal pranks on this list, and the final one is like a Rube Goldberg device. Marty is tricked into getting naked by a pretty classmate and then is exposed to a group of students who tease him, poke him with a javelin, shock him, and then dunk him in a toilet! Oh, but they’re not finished. Later, they give Marty a joint laced with poison and rig his chemistry experiment to explode when he runs away to vomit. When the group’s prank works, Marty starts a fire, then bumps a shelf, which then causes a jug of acid to fall and break, disfiguring Marty. Crazy! Once again, Marty returns to take revenge on those jerks. Fun Fact #3: Harry Manfredini, who scored many of the Friday the 13th movies, also scored this film.

10) Carrie

We all knew that weird, quiet girl in school. Even if she was a bit odd, dousing her in pig’s blood in front of the entire school on prom night is just going way too far. You can’t blame her for losing it after that. Carrie is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and the sequence of the pig’s blood prank, followed by her vengeful wrath, is one of the most memorable in horror history.


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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:30

Starring Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner

Directed by Christopher Landon

Don’t be fooled by the title, fiends. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is anything but a kids’ film. In fact, unless they’re cool and not whiney little scaredy-cats, we’d advise that you keep your kids far, far away from it. What we have here is a celebration of the crass that plays like one of the funniest and longest dirty jokes you’ll ever enjoy! The perfect treat for adults looking to indulge in some tricks this Halloween.

Scouts Guide is the tale of three best friends, Ben (Sheridan), Carter (Miller), and Augie (Morgan), who find themselves in the midst of a zombie outbreak in their small town and have more than just a little in common with the characters in Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead. Our trio, along with Denise (Dumont), the local strip-club’s cocktail waitress, are taxed with saving mankind from the undead scourge that looks to obliterate the living… one bite at a time.

Though it takes a little while to find its footing and get cooking, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is guaranteed one of the best times you’ll have this Halloween. We’re talking wall-to-wall laughs, thrills, and chills that are nothing short of being gloriously naughty and bat-shit crazy! Director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) delivers an expertly crafted horror comedy that delivers on every level and then some.

The characters are fully fleshed out and likable, the zombies are of the slow-moving and rotting variety, and some of the gore gags are surprisingly fresh and original. That’s not an easy task considering we live in a time in which AMC’s “The Walking Dead” delivers some of the best undead content ever put to the screen. For you older gamers out there, there’s even a neat little homage to the video game Zombies Ate My Neighbors that had me literally in tears and laughing out loud.

Yeah, more of this please! Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse earns a merit badge for being one hell of a bloody good time! When you’re done trick or treating, get your ass to the theater and enjoy every raunchy second of it!

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Seasonal Treats Day 5: Watch Joe and Lloyd Stas’ Death Master’s House

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 08:00

Today marks the end of our “Seasonal Treats” series, which we hope you’ve been enjoying as we gear up for Halloween.  To close things out, we have the two-minute Halloween-inspired short film Death Master’s House from brothers Joe and Lloyd Stas.

Written, directed, and edited by the Stas brothers, the film stars Rowan Stas, Bob Stas, Beat Billson, Tom Stas, Simon Curd, Lloyd Stas, and Tom Crabb. Makeup is by Jade Louise.

Lloyd told us, “The film was shot in what is referred to locally as ‘The Haunted Forest.’ Most people know it as Sherwood Forest, home of Robin Hood.  My brother Joe and I love Halloween so we decided to film a short about a kid obsessed with the holiday.”

Joe adds, “The short is based on a true story from our childhood. We did change the ending, though, as it wasn’t quite so absurd in real life. We grew up in a small place called Ramsey on the Isle of Man (between England and Ireland). We both believed that we would ‘win’ Halloween by trick or treating every house in our town; there was one house that we were always too scared to visit, however, as there was a rumor that the owner would shoot kids.”

For more info and a peek behind the scenes, visit the Holomax production blog.

Whitby dreams of becoming the Halloween King. However, in order to trick or treat his way to the crown, he needs to knock on DEATH MASTER’S HOUSE…

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Celluloid Screams 2015 Roundup: Reviews, Pics, Videos and More!

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 05:00

From October 23-25, we spent three days in the comfy environs of Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema for the city’s annual fear fest, Celluloid Screams. On tap for you right now is a selection of reviews, images and videos straight from the fest – including a look at the utterly fantastic closing performance by Italian legends Goblin – for your ocular enjoyment. Get stuck in!

A number of the films screened at this year’s fest have already been covered by us throughout the year. You can find links to those reviews below. For the others, check out the capsule reviews that follow.

The Invitation review
Goodnight Mommy review
He Never Died review
These Final Hours review
Emelie review
Deathgasm review

Directed by Takashi Miike
Starring Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki

Takashi Miike’s yakuza vampire horror/action flick is, as expected, utterly bonkers. When his boss, the good-natured head of the local yakuza gang (who also happens to be a vampire), is double-crossed and murdered, an up-and-coming enforcer is given the gift of vampirism and decides to use it to exact revenge.

Things get more complicated, however, when the stakes (no pun intended) are revealed to be much higher than expected – including the appearance of a coffin-bearing vampire hunter, a part-turtle Kappa demon and the most dangerous entity that the world has ever known… a terrorist dressed in a full-body frog costume.

Yakuza Apocalypse defies description – but it’s packed full of enough martial arts action, violence, comedy and outright bizarre behaviour to make it worth a spin despite a dragging second act. You’ve never seen anything like it.

3 out of 5

Directed by Patrick Kennelly
Starring Bethany Orr, Mary Loveless, Wes McGee

Frumpy, jobless Jill is a young woman with an eating problem. Between binging and purging on a regular basis, she’s also enviously obsessed with her alluring fashion hotshot roommate, Jennifer. Jill clearly has issues far beyond this dysfunctional relationship, and Jennifer soon bears the brunt of them when she’s imprisoned in the apartment and brutalised by her unhinged friend.

Whilst at the core a respectable attempt at deconstructing self-hatred (one particular scene involving swathes of macaroni cheese is a powerful highlight), Excess Flesh as a whole is unfortunately devoid of empathy, slovenly paced and far too reliant on the hope that displays of slow-mo gluttony will make you queasy. It simply doesn’t have quite as much of worth to say as it appears to think it does.

2 out of 5

THE WITCH (2015)
Directed by Robert Eggers
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

In 1600s New England, puritanical patriarch William and his family are banished from their community due to William’s highly vocal condemnation of what he believes to be a lacklustre approach to the word of scripture amongst the townsfolk.

Building a new homestead in a clearing on the outskirts of a forest, the family raise livestock and farm their own crops. Life seems good, but when their baby son disappears – apparently abducted and murdered by a witch living in the woods – and their corn crops wither, they soon turn against each other in a superstitious frenzy.

Beautiful to look at, with a remarkable sense of place and steeped in inescapable dread, The Witch delivers hopelessness with searing authenticity. Whether through supernatural influence, willing religious sacrifice or simple personality conflict, the fates of this family are lifted completely out of their own individual hands on a trip down a path that can only end in damnation.

Central performances are excellent across the board, with an especially powerful turn by Ralph Ineson as William and Anya Taylor-Joy as daughter Thomasin, who is forced to take the lion’s share of grief-stricken backlash after an innocent joke regarding witchcraft comes back to bite her in the worst possible manner.

The supernatural and the real are juggled and blended with aplomb by director Robert Eggers throughout what is a mesmerising cinematic feast. The finale falls somewhat flat, but it’s a tiny sliver of complaint for what is sure to be regarded as one of the best true horror films of the decade. It’s a bleak, darkly magical experience that shouldn’t be missed.

4-1/2  out of 5

DARLING (2015)
Directed by Mickey Keating
Starring Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden

Hired to housesit an imposing, grand property by its wealthy owner, the eponymous protagonist of Darling finds herself descending into a very personal hell following the discovery of the building’s chequered history of suicide, a locked door at the end of hall that she is forbidden to open and esoteric scrawling on her bedside table that appears to be related to demon worship.

Director Mickey Keating’s elegant black and white visuals fuel a compelling opening – graceful lighting, strong composition and measured movement working in tandem to create a promising atmosphere that grips with indisputable foreboding.

It’s all undeniably Polanski, and pleasingly so… but very quickly, Darling takes a straight dive off the balcony as its true construction comes to the fore. A mishmash of art-house experimentation by way of Polanski and Lynch – but lacking the grace of either – and any number of ill-considered film school student projects, sound and visuals soon become too shrill, overwrought and obnoxious to have any solid effect other than to annoy.

An array of sudden musical stingers attempt to jolt through an overbearing score that is doggedly determined to convince you to be afraid, but fails in much the same way that the chainsaw frenzy editing fails in obvious, cynical attempts to shock.

Much too forthright (and forced) in its attempts to conjure a chilling sensory experience, Darling is, instead, a snooze-inducing discordant mess which against all of the wishes of its over-eager score and constant smash cut visual segues makes a prime antidote for insomnia – the sole redeeming quality being a enthralling turn by lead actress Lauren Ashley Carter, whose captivating gravitas deserves a much better platform than this.

1 out of 5

Directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens
Starring Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas, Bernat Saumell

Following the sudden death of superstar actress Anna Fritz, her body is secreted away to a hospital morgue, hidden from the prying eyes of the public. There, the worker in charge of the corpse decides to snap a picture with his phone and send it to a couple of his friends.

Unable to resist the opportunity to take a peek in the flesh, said friends turn up for their chance to get face-to-face with an (albeit deceased) celebrity. Things quickly turn dark, however, when simply looking isn’t enough for these coked-up chaps. After all, who is it hurting when she’s dead?

With its critical observations of celebrity worship being surface level at best, The Corpse of Anna Fritz struggles to rise beyond a serviceable thriller. Featuring a perverse and topical setup and enough tense sequences to get by, it nevertheless routinely misses chances at more twisted opportunities – opting to play it safe despite an initially ballsy, promisingly unpalatable direction.

2-1/2 out of 5

Alongside the features on show, Celluloid Screams also included a hefty bunch of short films and its annual bookend shorts — this year’s theme being “60 Second Remakes.” Here’s a peek at one of the funniest bookend entries, and you can check out the rest at the Celluloid Screams YouTube channel.

Shorts to look out for include Kevin McTurk’s fabulous puppet show The Mill at Calder’s End, a chilling tale of esoteric horror rendered almost entirely in miniature; Jason Kupfer’s hilarious Invaders — in which an attempted home invasion goes incredibly wrong for two indecisive, bumbling criminals; and Nick DenBoer & Dave Foss’ utterly indescribable The Chickening, which takes footage from Stanley Kubrick’s classic The Shining and applies a level of digital manipulation that sees it transformed into a chicken-filled 5-minute slice of total insanity that has to be seen to be believed.

Winner of the Sheffield Hallam Award for Best Short Film at Celluloid Screams 2015 is director Melanie Light’s The Herd. Making an impactful point through its transplantation of dairy cows for human women, this is a grim and shocking piece of work that refuses to beat around the bush regarding its animal cruelty message.

It’s a pity, however, that the film’s determination to see itself felt results in a thoroughly shot foot when it labours the point beyond all reason throughout two separate credit reels — finally ending with an overly emotive, on-the-noise vegan diatribe splashed across the screen. Just in case you didn’t get it.

So, despite the film itself being well made and brutally uncompromising, the laboured agenda — much like rotten milk — leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

Also on offer throughout the weekend were a couple of Oculus Rift-based horror experiences, a Celluloid Screams horror quiz (which, surprisingly, focused on the festival itself rather than genre trivia — something which places non-regular attendees at a disappointing disadvantage) and, of course, the amazing closing gala which saw composer Claudio Simonetti’s group Goblin take to the stage to perform a live score accompaniment to Dario Argento’s Profondo Rosso (Deep Red).

Following the screening, the band remained on stage for renditions of some of their greatest soundtracks, including Demons, Suspiria, Zombi/Dawn of the Dead and the absolutely rocking Tenebre. Catch some of the sights in our gallery below.

Goblin made for a superlative end to a strong year for Celluloid Screams. If festival organiser Robert Nevitt and co. can keep up this kind of exclusive treat for their audiences, the future of support for horror in Yorkshire looks very bright indeed. Bring on 2016.

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Episodic Web Series 24 Hour Rental Available NOW on Hulu

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 03:18

Just a quick reminder, kids! XLrator’s episodic web series “24 Hour Rental” has hit Hulu and can be watched right now! Go ahead and binge some!

From the Press Release:
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the edgy Canadian T.V. series 24 HOUR RENTAL from Reel One Entertainment. The 13 half-hour episodes will premiere October 30, 2015 exclusively on XLrator Media’s MACABRE Collection on Hulu before going to other platforms in 2016.

“It’s The Sopranos meets Clerks in this over-the-top gangster satire that pushes the boundaries of mainstream television and is tailor-made for binge watching” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. “We are making 24 HOUR RENTAL available exclusively for digital distribution starting with Hulu, and will aggressively market the series to build a national audience of discerning fans who readily seek edgy smart programming on the top digital platforms.”

24 HOUR RENTAL was created by Frank Massa, directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), co-written by Al Kratina and Mihalka, and stars Romano Orzari (Turbo Kid), Adam Kenneth Wilson, Aaron Berg, Vlasta Vrana, Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). It was produced by Reel One Entertainment, Kim Yu and Neil Bregman and executive produced by Tom Berry, George Mihalka and Eris Salvatori.

“Reel One Entertainment is extremely excited to partner with XLrator Media to introduce 24 HOUR RENTAL to the U.S. market. The show’s unique mix of crime story and comedy should attract two diverse but strong fan bases,” said Tom Berry, CEO of Reel One Entertainment.

24 HOUR RENTAL follows former Mafia boss Tracker (Romano Orzari), who having barely avoided early retirement in a shallow grave, now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes, from fencing jewelry to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation, all in hopes of returning to power.

In addition to 24 HOUR RENTAL, the XLrator Media’s MACABRE collection on Hulu will add three new genre films in October: Poker Night starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver and Beau Mirchoff, Feed the Gods and Strange Blood.

With all the talent behind “24 Hour Rental,” it’s definitely worth a look.

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Halloween Returns Screen Test – See it HERE First!

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 03:13

Here at Dread Central we cannot think of a better way to wish you a happy Halloween than by opening up our bag of treats and offering you something cool that you’ll see HERE first. We pretty much guarantee this will be viral by the crack of dawn.

Below you’ll find a screen test shot over the summer for Halloween Returns. It’s been floating around on people’s phones in the L.A. horror community for a bit, but now we’re pulling back the curtain for you.

Related Story: Marcus Dunstan Talks Halloween Returns

The screen test is directed by John Michael Elfers (Finale), and it stars Kristina Klebe from Rob Zombie’s Halloween and none other than Dread Central writer and screenwriter of Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol Sean Decker as Myers.


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Alien 5 On Hold; Awaiting Prometheus 2

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 02:57

Fans of a proper Xenomorph filled new Alien film will have to wait a little longer than anticipated as director Neill Blomkamp took to Twitter to tell fans to sit tight because Prometheus 2 must come first. I mean you can’t have the chicken without the egg, right? Or is it the other way around? We’ve never been good at that game.

alien is kinda holding/ pending prometheus 2. So I shall be working on other things… as much as I love the xeno- and Lt ripley

— Иeill BlomkΛmp (@NeillBlomkamp) October 30, 2015

Regarding the sequel to Prometheus, Ridley Scott stated in an earlier interview that the film’s title will be Alien: Paradise Lost. Scott is prepping a whopping three (potential) sequels to pseudo-prequel Prometheus, the last of which will tie directly into the Alien universe.

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The X-Files – New Poster and Teaser Straight From Roswell

Fri, 10/30/2015 - 02:43

Another new promo and poster for “The X-Files,” has arrived and it will be familiar territory to those who have long wondered what happened at Area 51!  Dig it!

“The X-Files” returns to Fox with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, January 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, January 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their iconic roles as Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully in a mixture of stand-alone investigative episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. In the opening episode, Mulder and Scully take on a case of a possible alien abductee.

They’re coming… are you ready?

The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars including Joel McHale (“Community”), Robbie Amell (“The Flash”), Lauren Ambrose (“Dig,” “Six Feet Under”), Annabeth Gish (“The Bridge”), Annet Mahendru (“The Americans”), Rhys Darby (“Flight of the Conchords”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.” Three of the episodes are written and directed by Chris Carter, with the remaining new episodes written and directed by original series veterans Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan, and James Wong.

“The X-Files” originally premiered in September 1993. Over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favorite to massive global hit and became one of the most successful television dramas of all time. The show, which earned sixteen Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award, follows FBI special agents Scully (Anderson) and Mulder (Duchovny) as they investigate unexplained cases – “X-Files” – for which the only answers involve paranormal phenomena. “The X-Files” is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Ten Thirteen Productions. Carter is executive producer and creator of the series. Glen Morgan also serves as an executive producer.

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Immersive Film Catatonic Available Now on iOS

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 22:19

Sounding a bit like a cross between a movie and a video game, the immersive film Catatonic is now available to buy from the Vrse App Store for iPhone and iOS. It’s been available on other platforms, but now the Apple crowd can join in.

From the Press Release:
Creator Guy Shelmerdine’s virtual reality experience Catatonic is now available to download on the Vrse app for iPhone iOS. Catatonic is an immersive journey through an insane asylum in which the audience, bound to a wheelchair, undergoes a sensory-shocking horror experience. In addition to being available to download/stream on the Vrse app on Android, Samsung Gear, and 360 Desktop, Catatonic will be accessible for the first time on Vrse’s iPhone app where users can watch through the 360 Magic Window feature or full immersion through headsets like Google Cardboard. The release on iOS comes just in time for horror enthusiasts looking for a good scare on Halloween.

Catatonic was directed by Guy Shelmerdine, who for 20 years has been a force in advertising, music videos, commercials, and short films. The experience was captured on location at a derelict mental hospital in Pasadena, CA, with’ proprietary VR camera systems. Catatonic’s production value and cinematography bridge the stark terror of a horror film with the inescapable immersion of virtual reality. In the virtual world of Catatonic, audience members become mental patients.

“I wanted people to feel like they were climbing aboard a roller coaster headed straight into hell —a ride that they cannot escape from,” says creator Guy Shelmerdine. “Catatonic offers a glimpse of the overwhelming power of experiencing movies in VR. You are not a spectator. You are IN the film.  I built the tension slowly, letting a deep sense of foreboding fill the viewer with dread before anything even happens. The film is a journey towards our darkest fears.”

The experience premiered at SXSW earlier this year as a full immersion sensory experience where the audience was ushered into a custom-built wheelchair by nurses in 1940s uniforms. The design of the chair resembles a padded cell: a unique blend of comfort and paralysis. In the virtual environment, the patient/audience is wheeled through a psychiatric wing, experiencing the full brunt of madness within. Along with the 360º 3D immersion of VR, the patient also experience vibrations emanating from a Buttkicker, built into the base of the wheelchair. The many moving parts of Catatonic build to a cacophony of terror and depravity one has to experience to believe.

Catatonic was written by Guy Shelmerdine and Edward Robles. It was produced by Patrick Milling Smith and Chris Milk of with cinematography by Sebastian Pfaffenbichler, editing by Cass Vanini of Work Editorial, and music by Drazen Bosnjak of Q Department. Stitching and post effects were achieved by MPC VR, and Animatronics were provided by Legacy FX.

For best experience, please be seated.

Catatonic is available to watch on the Vrse app (Apple iTunes, Google Play store, and Oculus Gear VR store). Catatonic can be viewed on iOS and Android Mobile Platforms with or without Google cardboard by downloading the Vrse app, or on Samsung phones with the Samsung Gear VR. It can also be viewed through the Vrse 360-degree desktop player.

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Richard Cranor’s Star Leaf Wants to Get You High This November

Thu, 10/29/2015 - 21:32

Whenever someone sets out to find a huge batch of marijuana in a horror movie, you know things are going to get extremely nasty. It’s never a good time for stoners in genre movies, especially when the plant in question may have arrived on this planet from the far reaches of outer space. Intergalactic weed may sound ridiculously tempting, but you know it’s only a matter of time before several people die horrible deaths. It’s just the way the world works, I’m afraid. Welcome to reality.

Director Richard Cranor’s indie horror flick Star Leaf tackles such a heady concept. And as you can tell from the trailer embedded below, the characters in this tale are about to have a very nasty trip.

The official synopsis for the flick reads as follows:

A group of friends set off to find a secret forest of marijuana hidden deep in the Olympic Mountains. Legend has it the plants are of extra-terrestrial origin, and two ex-Marines among the group hope it will cure their PTSD born from hard combat in Afghanistan.

You can roll up a copy of Star Leaf when it sprouts on November 24. In the meantime, dive into a nifty stash of promotional material — including a pretty awesome trailer — below.

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The 10 Coolest New Horror Movie Halloween Masks of 2015

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 16:13

Halloween masks sure have come a long way over the years, starting off as charming pieces of plastic with strings and morphing into rubbery works of art that look like they belong on movie sets. Your costume options truly are endless these days, and we hope you’re not taking that for granted.

Bursting onto the scene just a few short years ago, Trick or Treat Studios has quickly become the leading mask-maker in the Halloween game, often recreating looks from our favorite horror films. And this year is their most impressive to date, absolutely loaded with awesomely horrific wearables.

In the hopes of giving you a little Halloween inspiration, here are 10 of Trick or Treat Studios’ best new masks for the 2015 haunting season – all of which make for both great costume starters and equally badass display pieces!

There are few modern movie villains who deserve the right to be called horror icons, but Victor Crowley is definitely one of them. It was nearly 10 years ago that Adam Green gave birth to the hatchet-wielding daddy’s boy in 2006’s Hatchet, and Crowley has since gone on to become a full-blown franchise star – with three films, to date, comprising the Hatchet franchise. This one is special because it’s the first mass-produced Crowley mask that has ever been made available.

Another modern horror icon, despite only appearing in one film to date, is Leslie Vernon, played by Nathan Baesel in 2006’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. The meta horror film is one of the most clever and downright brilliant to come along in the last decade, and despite fans latching onto the movie and its villain, a sequel has unfortunately been unable to get off the ground. While we wait, the officially licensed Leslie Vernon mask has finally arrived – made from a flexible resin.

This year has been all about Jaws, the Steven Spielberg classic celebrating its 40th birthday all year long. Not long after swimming back into theaters, Trick or Treat Studios continues the birthday party this month with one of their most unique Halloween masks to date, depicting Bruce the shark in the final moments of the film – right before Sheriff Brody blew the beast into a thousand gory pieces. If you look close enough, you can even see Quint’s undigested hand sticking out of its mouth!


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Dread Central and Horrible Imaginings Bring Deathgasm to San Diego in November

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:36

Here at Dread Central we’re all about supporting indie filmmakers. Why? Because they are the backbone of our industry, and you never know when the next Carpenter or Raimi will emerge from the darkness. That being said, we’re also HUGE fans of the film Deathgasm (review), and as a result, we’ve partnered with our friends over at Horrible Imaginings to bring the movie down to our home base: San Diego, California!

The screenings will take place at The Digital Gym theater in San Diego on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 6: 10:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 7: 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 11: 9:45 PM

For more information click here. We couldn’t encourage horror fans more to come down and see this on a big screen! Seize the day, fiends!

Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, Deathgasm stars Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, and Stephen Ure.

New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal-thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

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2015 Reaper Awards Winners Announced; It Follows and Halloween: The Complete Collection Dominate!

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:22

Anchor Bay and Shout! Factory’s joint release of Halloween: The Complete Collection earned the top honor at the 2015 Reaper Awards competition. The Blu-ray collection of all the films in the Halloween franchise also earned Best Collection.

In addition, Anchor Bay’s It Follows won four awards, including Choice Theatrical Cut, Best Digital Release, Best Scream Queen for Maika Monroe’s Jay, and Best Big Bad for the malevolent “It” force.

Anchor Bay also won for Best TV Collection for The Walking Dead: Season Four on Blu-ray.

Shout! Factory’s Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition won two awards, Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title) and Best Box Art.

The 2015 Reaper Awards, presented by Home Media Magazine and, honor the top horror and thriller titles released between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015. Studios submitted contenders for consideration by a panel of judges in conjunction with a consumer vote.

2015 Reaper Awards Winners

Horror Title of the Year
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment/Shout! Factory

Choice Theatrical Cut
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Title
ABCs of Death 2, Magnolia Home Entertainment

Best Title From the Vault (Re-release or Catalog Title)
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory

Best Collection
Halloween: The Complete Collection, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best TV Collection
The Walking Dead: Season Four, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Indie or Foreign Disc
The Babadook, Shout! Factory

Best Extras
Spider Baby, Arrow Video/MVD Entertainment

Best Box Art
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut — Limited Edition, Shout! Factory

Best Packaging
Planet of the Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Big Bad
“It” — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Scream Queen
Jay (Maika Monroe) — It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Kill
Barbed-Wire Biker — Wrong Turn 6, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Best Line of Dialogue
Pam: “Tell you what. Your god and my god can go to a motel and have a circle jerk for all I care. I’ll be in Hell having a three-way with the devil.” — True Blood: Season 7, HBO Home Entertainment

Spookiest Kidvid
Witch’s Night Out, Mill Creek Entertainment

Best Digital Release
It Follows, Anchor Bay Entertainment

Best Digital TV Release
The Strain: Season 1, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Judges’ Award
As Above, So Below, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Open Windows, Cinedigm Entertainment Group
Leprechaun: The Complete Movie Collection, Lionsgate

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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Bring Pet Sematary Back to the Big Screen

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:19

This past weekend marked the theatrical release of Crimson Peak, Guillermo del Toro’s most visually pleasing effort to date. What’s next for the visionary filmmaker? Several potential projects are in the works, including a sequel to Pacific Rim, but if del Toro has his way, he may soon adapt Stephen King.

In the weeks before Crimson Peak was released, Guillermo del Toro finally created an account on Twitter, and his tweets have served as a fun insight into the brain of a master filmmaker. Del Toro has been tweeting a lot about the books he’s been reading, leading to an eye-catching revelation about Pet Sematary.

Book of the Day: PET SEMATARY by Stephen King,” @RealGDT tweeted out the other day. “Unrelentingly dark and emotional. Compulsive reading. Would kill to make it on film.”

I believe this novel is destined to be made again,” he later continued.

As awesome as this sounds, we must remind you that Jeff Buhler (Midnight Meat Train) is currently working on a new adaptation of Pet Sematary, with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) attached to direct. That was the plan when we talked to Buhler back in July, but we haven’t heard about the project since then.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pet Sematary. Can you imagine?!

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Korean Star Lee Joon-gi Joins Cast of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 15:03

Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, currently shooting over in South Africa, will reportedly be the final film in the franchise, and Milla Jovovich returns as Alice. Fighting alongside her, as revealed by the actress this week, will be Korean singer/actor Lee Joon-gi.

Check a new photo from the set below, courtesy of Jovovich’s Instagram account!

Other headline cast includes Ali Larter as Claire Redfield; Iain Glen in the role of Dr. Alexander Isaacs; Shawn Roberts as Albert Wesker; Australian actress Ruby Rose as Abigail; Eoin Macken as Doc; Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian; Fraser James as Michael; and Japanese model and TV personality Rola as Cobalt.

Look for the film on January 27, 2017.

Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington, D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.

In a race against time, Alice will join forces with old friends and an unlikely ally in an action-packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.

Working for the last few nights with the incredible 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do master and actor Joon Gi @actor_jg has been insanely fun and so inspiring. Makes me want to go back to class and brush up on my martial arts skills!

First Look at War for the Planet of the Apes; Tied to Original Classic?

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:56

Fans of those damned dirty apes have had much to be happy about these last several years, as the reboot franchise has gotten off to a fantastic start. Set for release in 2017, War for the Planet of the Apes will be the third chapter in the prequel saga, and today the very first image has arrived.

Straight from the set, the behind-the-scenes shot was posted by director Matt Reeves on Twitter, and it calls to mind the memorable finale of 1968’s Planet of the Apes. Reeves recently indicated that the new franchise may eventually run into the old one, and this could be our first tease of that.

Check out the image below!

The film stars Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Chad Rood, Terry Notary, Amiah Miller, and Gabriel Chavarria. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar.

Matt Reeves, who directed 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is returning to helm from a script by Mark Bomback. Chernin Entertainment, Dylan Clark, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver are producing the film, shooting in Vancouver.

The storyline is being kept under wraps.

War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14, 2017.


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Underworld 5 Begins Filming!

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:54

The next chapter of the Underworld franchise has finally begun filming, and we have all your early details right here. Read on!

From the Press Release:
Principal photography is under way on the latest installment of Screen Gems/Lakeshore Entertainment’s blockbuster UNDERWORLD series, which has grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. The ten-week shoot will take place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding.

Theo James (the Divergent series) returns as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander,” “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas. Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s “Damien”), and Daisy Head (Fallen).

Anna Foerster is the director of UNDERWORLD 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down.

The screenplay for UNDERWORLD 5 was penned by Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest) and based on characters originally created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg (The Lincoln Lawyer, Million Dollar Baby), Gary Lucchesi (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld), and Richard S. Wright (The Lincoln Lawyer, Underworld) are producing, as are David Kern (Underworld: Awakening) along with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall).

Foerster’s accomplished behind-the-scenes team is comprised of cinematographer Karl W. Lindenlaub (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Independence Day), production designer Ondrej Nekvasil (Snowpiercer), costume designer Bojana Nikitovic (A Good Day to Die Hard), and editor Peter Amundson (Pacific Rim, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).

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New Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Video Takes a Look Back

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:45

Paramount International has just released an animated look back at the Paranormal Activity franchise in anticipation of this Friday’s release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The video serves to bring you up-to-speed on the franchise by reminding you of all you need to know to be ready for the final chapter.

Look for our review and an interview with director Gregory Plotkin soon!

Related Story: Why Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Might Not Be at a Theater Near You

Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will open in 3D on October 23, 2015. Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengery, Maria Olsen, Brit Shaw, Aiden Lovekamp, Jessica Tyler Brown, Ivy George, Chris J. Murray, Nathan Brewer, and Michael Krawic star.

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The Ghost Dimension follows a new family, The Fleeges – father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw), and their young daughter, Leila (Ivy George) – who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.

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New Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Clip Starts a Fire

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:42

With Halloween fast approaching, there’s still much to look forward to on the horror front this month. On the eve of the big day, hotly-anticipated horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse arrives on the big screen, and today brings a new clip and image. Dig in!

Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), the film stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will be released on October 30th.

Three Scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

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Win Every Tremors Movie on Blu-ray!

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:30

In celebration of the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines (review) and of course the Halloween season, we now have your chance to score the flick on Blu-ray along with the Tremors Attack Pack that’s home to the previous four flicks!

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Tremors Pack” in your subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on October 26, 2015.

About Tremors 5: Bloodlines:
Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features, extended scenes, and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Ass Blasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror — far more than they bargained for.

Special Features:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines featurette

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