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Exclusive Alternate Poster - The Den

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 13:00

It never ceases to amaze me when total strangers will send me Skype requests, like I'm really gonna go have a conversation with someone I don't know. Maybe I should hire the big bad of the new flick The Den (review) to handle my calls? Speaking of which... check out this exclusive alternate poster!

Directed by Zach Donahue, the film stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

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Josh Anthony Talks Happy Camp

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:30

Produced by Drew Barrymore’s Flower Films, Josh Anthony’s directorial debut Happy Camp tries to add a little something new to the found footage trope. Anthony was kind enough to take some time to speak with us about his love for the genre amd the challenges of taking the trip to Happy Camp.

He also discussed his high hopes for his first film to be successful enough that he’s allowed to make a second. That’s the dream, right?

DC: There are so many found footage films on the horizon and many that came before. Just to separate you from the pack a little bit, can you talk about the story of Happy Camp?

JA: I wanted to try to evolve it a little bit more. When we first started doing this, it was a little bit stagnant and everyone was trying to do the Blair Witch model. I wanted to shoot it as a film. My main goal was characters and relationships, and I think in genre film you still can do that. Found footage and documentary-style films really get a bad rap because if [people] hear [the term], they’ve already shut their brain off.

DC: What made you want to venture into the woods for a found footage film in the first place? Do you like the conceit of found footage? Have you watched a lot of them and do you watch a lot of horror films?

JA: I watch a ton of horror films. I’m a big fan of The Strangers; that’s absolutely one of my favorite films. I just thought it’d be a really clever way to get started. We had a budget and this was the style of film that we could do without blowing the budget and looking reckless. This was a great start for us and everything we wanted to do just fell into place.

DC: In most of these films, the action comes in the last act. Can you hint at what the ending of Happy Camp is so maybe the fans that are a little skeptical of found footage might take the trip to Happy Camp, so to speak?

JA: I wanted to misdirect a little bit and we kind of take a little twist at the end for a little bit more fun into the genre horror film. We try to take a new stab at some of these style of films. They’ve become formulaic and starting it out as a character piece and then making that turn at the end where it eventually goes, I hope they appreciate it. We wanted to have fun and have the audience enjoy and buy into and have fun with the picture, especially towards the end. These films break that fourth wall and allow the audience to be there, which is something that we tried to do, too.

DC: Why is the film set in 2009 and is there any truth to the disappearances in that area over the years?

JA: The number of disappearances, 627, is a fictional number. Up by Happy Camp there are a lot of missing people. We just thought it would be a great start to a genre horror film.

DC: How did Flower Films get involved? I imagine when they first heard the title Happy Camp they were imagining something quite different.

JA: I’d known Chris Miller at Flower Films for a long time and I’d been working with Flower on and off for the last 12 years and I had known that they wanted to get back into genre films. They had done Donnie Darko in the past and I pitched them the idea and they loved it. I just knew they were trying to get back into these genre films so it was kind of a perfect storm.

DC: Is the horror genre something you want to continue being involved in and what are you doing next?

JA: Absolutely. I’d love to do another one. I have a few broad comedies that are circling around and a couple of really good genre thrillers that I think might change things a little bit, too. Now that this baby is put to bed, hopefully we can get an opportunity. That was the whole goal with Happy Camp... just a chance to get to make another film.

DC: Josh, absolutely do the genre thriller; always do the genre thriller!

Happy Camp is now available on VOD through iTunes and Amazon. Give it a watch!

In the vast wilderness of the Klamath National Forest lies the small logging community of Happy Camp. With a population consisting of only a few hundred souls, this mysterious mountain town has become world renowned for its staggeringly high number of Missing Persons Cases.

Walt and Sandy Tanner adopted a young boy named Michael at the age of 9 and brought him home to Happy Camp, where the couple were raising their young son, Dean. Upon Michael's arrival, the two boys shared an immediate bond, and for the first time in Michael’s life, he had a family. After living in Happy Camp for only two years, however, tragedy struck on the afternoon of October 22, 1989, when Dean Tanner was abducted from the family's home. Michael, although in the same room and seemingly the only witness, oddly had no recollection of the violent crime.

20 years later, a grown Michael Tanner has mustered the courage to face his past in an effort to remember what actually happened to his brother on that fateful day. Under the provocation of his girlfriend, Anne, Michael has reluctantly agreed to have his journey documented by a professional film crew. However, what Michael, Anne, and the crew uncover are dangerous secrets about Happy Camp that will change their lives forever...

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Dread Central Live - Los Angeles Residents: SAVE THE DATE!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:00

We're using our hiatus wisely here at Dread Central by cooking up something to die for! DC Live will be returning to the scare waves on April 21st with a very special event. If you're in the Los Angeles area, you're gonna want to pay close attention!

Details will be coming soon! In the interim if you missed any episodes, head on over to Dread Central Live on Daily Motion and catch up! It's there you'll find every episode along with a variety of bite sized clips for you to digest! Check 'em out!

Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre.

Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook which may be asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!

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Mom Pays an Untimely Visit in this Sneak Peek of Grimm Episode 3.17 - Synchronicity

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:45

Nick gets an unexpected visit from his mother in this latest clip from "Grimm" Episode 3.17, "Synchronicity," but that's just the beginning of the troubles that arrive with her! Check it out, and be sure to tune in on Friday night.

"Grimm" Episode 3.17 - "Synchronicity" (airs 4/4/14; 9-10PM)
ADALIND FINDS A SURPRISING NEW ALLY IN HER EFFORTS TO KEEP HER CHILD SAFE – The Resistance’s plan to keep Adalind (Claire Coffee) safe gets kicked into high gear when an unexpected ally arrives to ensure she and the baby make it out of Europe safely.

In Portland, as Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) prepare for their upcoming wedding, Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) are reminded of their failed proposal.

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Russell Hornsby, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alexis Denisof, and Philip Anthony-Rodriguez guest star.

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More Cast Members Are Seated for Chad Ferrin's The Chair Adaptation

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:30

As promised a few days when we got the first bit of casting news for the feature adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair, more names have signed on to the Chad Ferrin-helmed film, and we have all the info you need right here!

On top of an already talented cast featuring Bill Oberst, Jr., Eric Roberts, Derrick Damions, and Jacob Banser, the three new additions are as follows:

Naomi Grossman (pictured; "American Horror Story: Asylum") as the mother of Death Row inmate Richard Sullivan; Susan Eisenberg (the voice of Wonder Woman from the Justice League animated series) as Ms. Prince, the receptionist to Richard Sullivan's boss, Mr. Bates; and Ferrin regular Timothy Muskatell (Someone's Knocking at the Door, Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!) as prison guard Stevenson.

Ferrin directs a screenplay by Erin Kohut and Peter Simeti.

More casting news is set to come out over the coming weeks, including the role of the lead character, Richard Sullivan, so stay tuned! In the meantime follow @theCHAIRhorror on Twitter and visit

Richard Sullivan is an innocent man struggling to escape his fate on Death Row. Witnessing the brutal torture and murder of his fellow inmates, will he find a way to survive, or will the insane events of the prison finally consume him? Everything is not what it seems, and sanity is such an easy thing to lose.

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Exclusive: Matty Beckerman Talks Alien Abduction and The Brown Mountain Lights Phenomenon

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:00

Matty Beckerman’s unsettling extraterrestrial thriller, Alien Abduction, will be landing on VOD and in limited theatrical release via IFC Midnight on April 4th and we had a chance to catch up with the director and discuss all things extraterrestrial.

Based around the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon down in North Carolina, a vacationing family winds up taking a much longer ride than they had planned for. Below, Beckerman himself talks in detail about the film and what inspired him to look up to the stars to find his latest inspiration.

DC: I’ve seen a lot of found footage movies, more than I care to even mention, and few of them were as effective as this one actually is. The Brown Mountain Lights are based on an actual phenomena, correct?

MB: Oh yeah, it’s very very real. I’ve seen the lights myself and taken video of them and pictures of them. It’s completely real.

DC: In the film, when the family first encountered the lights when they’re woken up in the middle of the night... is that how the lights actually appear or is that more of your spin on things?

MB: No, that’s what they look like. They are about four or five feet wide and they shoot off in different directions and they float above the mountain line. It’s completely freaky.

DC: When you decided to do a movie about this, what made you feel like the found footage way was the way to go as opposed to more of a narrative structure?

MB: Well, I met with a psychologist who had a patient that was autistic and this patient brought a video camera everywhere he went. That was the way he was able to communicate with the rest of the world and really connect with people was by using this video camera. And I thought it was a terrific medium to tell this story.

DC: It was one of the few found footage movies I’ve seen where there was actually a reason for the camera to be rolling. In terms of creature design, they were all practical, right?

MB: Yeah, everything we did, we had such a small budget we couldn’t afford CG. So, everything we did was all practical and I like the practical stuff more. It looks more authentic and you get that real feeling that something’s actually in the room, it doesn’t move awkwardly. It’s a completely realistic feeling. The actors can react to it the right way, too.

DC: Speaking of the actors, in a lot of found footage some of the dialogue is improvised. Was this scripted? Did you give them an outline?

MB: We had a whole script written but we went off script I’d say 90 percent of them time. We had to get from point A to point B and we gave the actors enough room to improvise and really get into who these characters were. And most of these characters are really just the same people who were the actors. There’s no real difference between them and the people they were playing. It was easy for them to do this ad-libbing.

DC: It all comes off as very natural. Joshua P. Warren, a noted Brown Mountain Lights investigator, appears in the film... did you interview him specifically for the movie or was that pre-existing footage?

MB: No, I interviewed him and all the locals up there, and the scientist at Appalachian State University - the Professor of Physics and Astronomy. Those are real people who have witnessed the lights and know all about it. I interviewed a bunch of locals, too, who claim they’ve been abducted there, who know the lights. That’s all real footage, it’s all authentic … Some people refused to let me put it out because they claim they’d been abducted there, including police officers. These aren’t people who are wacko’s, they’re people who have jobs and who have lives.

DC: Was the flick filmed on location?

MB: It was. Everything was filmed where the real lights are see: Burke County, North Carolina; in Avery County, North Carolina; in Watauga County, North Carolina; and in Bryson City.

DC: Did you guys see anything while you were filming?

MB: Yeah! Totally. I took the whole crew there and we witnessed the lights one night and actually took pictures of it. I put the pictures up on my personal website and put a little blog together on it and the pictures are up there, you can take a look.

DC: Will we be seeing some of this stuff on the DVD extras when we cross that bridge?

MB: I hope so. I just put this EPK of behind-the-scenes stuff together and we’ll see what makes it and what doesn’t.

Again, Alien Abduction, will be landing on VOD and in limited theatrical release via IFC Midnight on April 4th. Don’t get abducted!

Written by Robert Lewis, Alien Abduction stars Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski, Jillian Clare, Jeff Bowser, and Peter Holden.

A terrifying sci-fi story inspired by dramatic found footage, Alien Abduction preys on our fear of the unknown as we follow an average American family who find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

While driving to a campsite in the Brown Mountains of North Carolina, the Morris family's GPS malfunctions, and they are lead to a remote tunnel surrounded by abandoned vehicles. The father, Peter Morris, is abducted, leaving his traumatized wife and children to flee and seek refuge in a nearby cabin. There they are horrified to learn that strange lights in the nearby mountains have been linked to alien abduction and human sacrifice for centuries.

When their attempts to alert the authorities are intercepted by the deadly extraterrestrial threat, the surviving members of the family find themselves under siege. A brutal and bloody attack unfolds as we witness the horrors through the lens of the youngest child's video camera.

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Fear Is Born in this New Teaser for Rosemary's Baby

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:45

Finally a new teaser has arrived for NBC's two-part "Rosemary's Baby" TV-movie that shows off a bit of footage. It's not much, but it does give us an indication of the tone they're going for as well as another nice look at Zoe Saldana's bulging belly.

This new adaptation centers on a young married couple who escape New York and move to Paris with hopes of leaving their sad past behind. After a series of unfortunate events, Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are presented with an offer they can’t refuse: an apartment at the most prestigious address in the city.

Problem is, it comes with a haunted past and an immeasurable price.

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Rosemary (Zoe Saldana; Avatar, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Guy (Patrick J. Adams; “Suits”) are incredulous at their good fortune and find comfort in a strange city among their new friends and neighbors, the Castevets. This well-to-do successful older couple takes the newcomers under their wing and become very involved with the Woodhouses’ lives. Things seem to be perfect as Rosemary becomes pregnant and Guy’s career takes off. As their spirited best friend, Guy’s co-worker Julie (Christina Cole), spends quality time with Rosemary in the city, she finds Rosemary’s health worrying and cautions both of them that something isn’t right. Soon there are other signs warning Rosemary to be careful.

Guy seems to be pulling away from Rosemary and spending a great deal of time hanging around with Roman Castevet (Jason Isaacs; Harry Potter franchise). Roman’s wife, the whimsical Margaux Castevet (Carole Bouquet; For Your Eyes Only), assures Rosemary her herbs and holistic medicine will help with the pregnancy, but are they helping or hurting? Rosemary’s quizzical nature leads her to investigate the building and its past residents. She uncovers a dark past and realizes who Roman Castevet truly is. But is it too late? Are the Castavets’ perceived sinister motives legitimate or all in the pregnancy brain of Rosemary?

In this new four-hour, two-part psychological thriller written by Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and James Wong (Final Destination 3, “American Horror Story,” “The X-Files”) and directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, “The Wire,” “Treme”), Rosemary quickly finds herself surrounded by peculiar people and startling occurrences. Isolated in her apartment in a city where she doesn’t speak the language, she begins to fear the worst: Guy may have made a pact with their neighbors, promising their newborn as a human sacrifice in occult rituals in exchange for a writing career. To what lengths would someone be willing to go for success and fortune?

“Rosemary’s Baby” is executive produced by Joshua D. Maurer, Alixandre Witlin, and David Stern and produced by City Entertainment, KippSter Entertainment, and Lionsgate Television.

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First Look at Spavine Stitched Together

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:30

Looking for an indie horror fix? On tap right now is your first look at Spavine, which will be having its premiere at the Lagniappe Film Festival in May. Check out the first one-sheet and a handful of stills!

Spavine was written and directed by Tiffany Heath and stars Denton Blane Everett (Psychic Experiment), Tiffany Heath (Mulberry Stains), and Jake Austin. Phil Nichols/Facades FX handled the special makeup effects, including the mask you see on the poster below.

"With this film the Spavine team set out to strike a balance between classic gore like Texas Chainsaw and Hitchcockian psychological suspense," says Heath. "Spavine has an art-house film look but isn't 'snobby' in that it really cares about the audience and gives them the proper dose of gore, terror, suspense, and overall real life madness. There is nothing supernatural in the movie. Every bit of this story could really happen to you... which is the kind of terror that keeps me up at night making sure the windows are locked and the baseball bat is on the nightstand. This was my first venture into the terror genre, and I'm hooked! I had too much fun researching serial killers like Ed Gein and real life stories of animalistic abuse."

"Spavine was one of two films that I helped produce last summer (the other being Clinger), and they couldn't be further apart on the tonal scale," says producer Mel House. "Clinger is a horrific romantic comedy/tragedy with dark moments; whereas, Spavine is dark to the core - blacker than black at times, claustrophobic, unsettling, and gets under your skin in a very real way. Tiffany mentioned Chainsaw... I think, much like that film, the grueling experience of making Spavine probably impressed itself on the footage we captured. It was a brutal couple of weeks in sweltering East Texas... but I think that the professionalism of our bare bones crew, Tiffany's unwavering vision, Phil's sickening (in a good way) FX work, and a truly dedicated cast in Denton, Tiffany, and Jake combined to make something genuinely unique and nightmarish. I can't wait to see it unfold on the big screen in May."

Plagued by nightmares and obsessive sleepwalking, Darcy Baker can’t purge her mind of the animalistic abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her mother. When Darcy’s therapist, Ryan, is informed that her family homestead, the very source of her nightmares, has been abandoned, he is eager to get her back there and pull the suppressed memories to the surface in order to start her journey of healing. While Darcy has no interest in walking through the door to that hell, she does have a deep desire to win the love of Ryan and succumbs to his wishes to return to her childhood home. Upon arriving at the decrepit house, she and Ryan discover that the fear mother ignites in Darcy still lives. Even more unsettling, they uncover the existence of ten-year-old Sam, a feral mute, who keeps his secrets dangerously close to his heart. Ryan admirably risks it all to heal both Sam and Darcy, but is their blood bond thicker than the healing waters he has to offer?

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Exclusive Afflicted Poster Premiere; Your Chance to Win One!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:00

Exclusive time, kids! On tap right now is a brand new one-sheet for the first feature film from Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Afflicted (review), which won big at last year's Fantastic Fest, nabbing awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and even Best Picture. Like it? We also have a chance for you to win it! Read on!

The poster comes to us from artist Ryan Lynn and we're giving it away along with 2 other alternate posters (3 posters total) to three lucky winners!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an e-mail to including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

Please note that this contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on Monday, April 14, 2014.

CBS Films will release Afflicted in theaters and on various VOD outlets on April 4th. Look for it on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU, Google Play, Cable On Demand, Playstation, and Xbox.

The film stars Lee, Prowse, and Baya Rehaz.

This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted.

Learn more over on the official Afflicted website!

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Horror Takes a Trip to Candiland

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:56

No, not that ridiculously sweet board game we all played as kids which launched 100 dentist visits... what we're talking about here is a new horror film from director Rusty Nixon entitled Candiland. See what a difference one letter can make?

Gary Busey, James Clayton, and Chelah Horsdal star. Shooting begins this month.

Recently divorced and heartbroken, Tess finds herself abandoned at a bar on her girls’ night out. There she encounters the eccentric and rich Peter – a man cursed with the condition of heightened sensory perception and desperately searching for a moment’s peace. The two instantly fall in love and withdraw to Peter’s apartment for a lengthy and addicting love affair.

Days of bliss pass by, but when Tess realizes she should leave and resume her life, Peter proposes a dangerous idea – isolate each other in his apartment to create their own pure reality, one free of pain and the dictates of society. Now, cut off from the world and locked inside what Peter calls Candiland, the lovers embark on a dogmatic quest for a higher existence. But slowly they begin to descend into madness – turning the once lovers into mortal enemies.

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The Borgman Cometh in June

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:51

More indie goodness is on its way in the form of Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman, which enjoyed a very successful festival run at TIFF and more. A June 6th release date has been given to the flick, and right now we have your first look at the one-sheet!

Jan Bijvoet, Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval, Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Eva van de Wijdeven, Annet Malherbe, and Tom Dewispelaere star.

Borgman is the central character in Alex van Warmerdam’s dark, malevolent fable. Is he a dream or a demon, a twisted allegory or an all-too-real embodiment of our fears? Borgman is a sinister arrival in the sealed-off streets of modern suburbia. His presence unleashes a crowing gallery of distortion around the careful façade constructed by an arrogant, comfortable couple, their three children, and nanny.

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Check Into The Scream Factory's Motel Hell Artwork

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:44

In case you missed it (and shame on you if you did) - the mad scientists behind the Scream Factory, Jeff Nelson and Cliff MacMillan, recently announced exclusively on Dread Central Live that Motel Hell would be hitting Blu-ray this summer, and right now we have a look at the artwork for you!

Kevin Connor’s 1980 flick will be getting the “Collector’s Edition” treatment with slipcover and the newly-designed artwork.

Farmer Vincent kidnaps unsuspecting travelers and is burying them in his garden. Unfortunately for his victims, they are not dead. He feeds his victims to prepare them for his roadside stand. His motto is: It takes all kinds of critters... to make Farmer Vincent's fritters.

Full specs and release details are forthcoming.

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There Goes the Neighborhood in these Stills and Preview of the Being Human Series Finale Episode 4.13

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:23

These last few episodes of "Being Human" have been all over the place, but we're confident things will wrap up nicely in Monday's series finale, Episode 4.13, "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III." Here are some stills and a preview to get you ready!

In case you're a bit confused about why it's being called "Part III," a quick check of the show's episodes guide reminded us that the very first two episodes were called "There Goes the Neighborhood Parts 1 and 2." Now that's what we call full circle!

Also, if you're a bit behind, Syfy is running a "Being Human" Season 4 marathon on Monday, April 7th, beginning at 8AM with Episode 4.02, "That Time of the Month," and culminating with Episode 4.12, "House Hunting," at 6PM.

"Being Human" stars Sam Witwer as Aidan, Meaghan Rath as Sally, and Sam Huntington as Josh, and Kristen Hager as Nora.

"Being Human" Episode 4.13 - "There Goes the Neighborhood Part III" (airs 4/7/14; 9-10PM)
In the series finale, Sally makes a huge sacrifice to keep her vision of Aidan killing Josh from coming true, and that, in turn, changes Aidan's life forever as he fights to destroy the house's evil spirit. Meanwhile, Josh and Nora imagine their future roles as parents.

Related Story: Sam Witwer Talks Being Human's Cancellation, Budget Woes, Resurrection Possibilities, and More

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First Look at Chris Hemsworth In The Heart of the Sea

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02

On tap right now are more behind-the-scenes images from Ron Howard's latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the Nathaniel Philbrick novel which was an account of the tragedy of the whale ship Essex. Dig on your first look at star Chris Hemsworth and more!

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced a March 13th, 2015, release date for the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea. Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs from a script by Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond) based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel about the dramatic true journey of the whaling ship Essex.

In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth as the vessel’s veteran first mate, Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light. The film also stars Tom Holland as young seaman Tom Nickerson and Brendan Gleeson as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.

In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story. In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic, and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.

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Ghostface Delivers Scream TV Series Plot Details

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:44

We learned around this time last year that MTV was working on bringing Ghostface to the small screen for a television series based on the popular slasher quadrilogy. Today we've finally got some details to share. Read on to find out all the info you've been Craven!

Our friends over on Bloody Disgusting broke the news earlier today that Wes Craven himself will be directing the pilot episode of the TV series from a screenplay by Jill Blotevogel.

Their source indicates that the so-called "rules" of slasher movies are at the center of the series with the pilot episode centering on a viral YouTube video that captures protagonist Audrey in the middle of murder and the town's troubled past.

As a follow-up to the news, TVLine also revealed the casting breakdown for the series, which you'll find below.

Harper Duval: A 16-year-old beauty “who’s a little too introverted and intellectual to be a social butterfly” but has nevertheless been anointed by the popular crowd to be one of their own. “She feels guilty that she has drifted away from former best friend Audrey,” but at least she’s got a "Gilmore Girls"-esque relationship with mom Maggie to keep her sane.

Audrey Jesen: Haper’s former BFF is described as “the bi-curious daughter of a Lutheran pastor” who’s “more arresting-looking than pretty.” This “artsy loner” dreams of being a filmmaker and shares a close bond with tech genius Noah.

Noah Foster: Audrey’s closest confidante is “creative, brilliant, and tech-savvy enough to be the next Steve Jobs.” Lucky for him, he’s got a great sense of humor (“a la John Cusack in his teen prime”) that helps him navigate the halls of his high school. What’s more, Noah possesses “an encyclopedic knowledge of books, films, TV, apps, etc.”

Margaret “Maggie” Duval: Harper’s mom, in her early to mid-40s, is the town’s medical examiner, “a grown-up science geek who plays down her beauty.” Maggie spends a lot of her time trying to make up for the fact that Harper’s dad abandoned them. Oh, and she’s harboring “a dark secret from her past.”

Casting for these and other roles is currently under way, and the pilot is going to be shot this summer. No word yet on when it's expected to premiere on MTV.

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Massive Image Gallery Forces You to Stare into the Oculus

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:30

We're a week and a half away from the April 11th theatrical release of Oculus, which breaks up the extended theatrical horror drought we've been experiencing here in the first quarter of 2014. Something to be excited about? You bet your paranormal-loving ass it is!

Stare down the face of evil with this mega-sized Oculus image gallery, loaded with supernatural chills and thrills!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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This Image Gallery Is Guaranteed to Give You Stage Fright

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:18

We here at Dread Central are super excited to check out Jerome Sable's slasher musical Stage Fright, which looks to be a gory blast of blood-soaked fun. In anticipation of tomorrow's VOD release, check out a new gallery of images, which feature knives, masks, makeup, and Meat Loaf!

Magnet will release the film in its Ultra VOD program, launching it on iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd and following with a theatrical release on May 9th.

Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, Melanie Leishman, James McGowan, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Ryan Bobkin, Leanne Miller, and Adrianna Di Liello star.

Stage Fright tells the story of a posh musical theater camp terrorized by a killer who hates musicals. Driver plays Kylie Swanson, a haunted star of the Broadway stage and mother of two siblings who find themselves at the center of the unfolding horror at the camp. Meat Loaf plays Roger McCall, a slumming Broadway producer-turned-camp director.

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Meet Another Person of Salem: Tituba

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:14

It's time to get acquainted with another person of "Salem," WGN America's upcoming new series that arrives in just a few more weeks. Meet Tituba, portrayed by Ashley Madekwe, who has plenty of hidden powers and secrets of her own.

In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

Related Story: Meet Witch Hunter Cotton Mather - One of the People of Salem

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “Being Human”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as outcast Isaac Walton.

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Go Inside Jurassic World With This New Concept Art

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:01 has landed two more bits of concept art for Universal's upcoming Jurassic World, and we have a look at the majesty that is the new Jurassic Park attraction right here for you!

Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

Also if you're looking to indulge in internet rumor and pure speculation you can check out what is being called new dinosaur concept art here and here. We highly doubt it's legit though.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World, which is set to hit theaters June 12, 2015.

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We Can't Believe This New Godzilla Spot Is Happening!

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:44

Another video spot for Godzilla has stomped on in, and just like everything that has come before it, it's left us with our tongues wagging like a horny big bad wolf chasing a scantily clad adult Little Red Riding Hood.

An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.

Visit the official Godzilla website here.

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