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Neil Marshall Signs Deal with Legendary TV

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:23

It sure is a good news day for people named Neil (one “l” or two)! Deadline is reporting that director Neil Marshall and his longtime agent Marc Helwig have formed a TV/film production company, Applebox Entertainment, which has signed a two-year overall deal with Legendary TV.

The English-born duo will develop scripted dramas with a focus on elevated genre fare and projects with worldwide appeal.

Aside from our longstanding business relationship, going on 17 years now, Marc and I are also great friends and share a common passion and desire to create exceptional television and movies,” Marshall said. “Marc understands the business, inside and out, but he also understands and appreciates that great drama comes from a great story and great characters.

More as it comes!

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Categories: Horror News

Official – Neill Blomkamp Directing Next Alien Movie!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 21:18

We’ve been talking about the possibilities of this happening for several days now, and Fox has heard all the noise from us and elsewhere! Neill Blomkamp’s next movie will be an Aliens film for Fox.

According to Deadline Ridley Scott’s Scott Free will produce the movie, which Blomkamp will direct. He will develop a script that is set after the Prometheus 2 story. Scott is set to direct and produce the Prometheus sequel. Sources add that there is no script for Prometheus 2 or the new Alien film.

Blomkamp used an Instagram post to confirm the project he had talked about online in recent months!

Um… So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on Feb 18, 2015 at 3:55pm PST

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Watch These New TV Spots for The Lazarus Effect… If It’s Not Too Late!

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:10

Another pair of TV spots have arrived for this month’s theatrical horror offering, The Lazarus Effect.  Check ‘em out, and start praying it’s a good one!

The film was directed by David Gelb and written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater. It stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, and Donald Glover.

For more info follow The Lazarus Effect on Facebook and Blumhouse on Twitter using the hashtag #EvilWillRise.

Related Story: The Lazarus Effect Trips Out on Death

Synopsis:
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises – THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Duplass) and his fiancée, Zoe (Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable: bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil its breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe, and their team (Glover, Bolger, and Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life – but rather, the wrath of her return.

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Damon Plays Nice in this Clip from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.15 – Let Her Go

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:30

A clip has arrived from tomorrow night’s Episode 6.15 of “The Vampire Diaries,” titled “Let Her Go,” in which Damon proves he can be nice when the situation calls for it.  Which is why we’re so frustrated with the show… no one wants to see a “nice” Damon!

Related Story: It’s Time to Let Her Go with these Images from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.15

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.15 – “Let Her Go” (2/19/15)
After assigning tasks to each of her friends, Caroline (Candice Accola) attempts to deal with her current situation as reality begins to set in around her. While spending the day with Caroline, Elena (Nina Dobrev) grows concerned when she starts noticing a strange change in her behavior.

Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) becomes wary when Kai (guest star Chris Wood), who has begun experiencing unexpected consequences from the merge, turns to Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), desperate for her help.

Elsewhere, while Bonnie (Kat Graham) finds herself in an unfamiliar situation, Matt (Zach Roerig) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) contemplate a major life change. And when Damon (Ian Somerhalder) offers Caroline advice on how to cope with everything going on around her, it forces him to revisit painful memories involving his own mother. Paul Wesley also stars. The episode was written and directed by executive producer Julie Plec.

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The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death Haunts Blu-ray in April

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:24

The far better than the original The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD, and we have the early details here. Look for it in stores and online April 14th.

Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, and Oaklee Pendergast star. The film was directed by Tom Harper.

Synopsis:
The supernatural terror returns and unspeakable evil sets its sight on new prey when a group of orphaned children are forced to move into the abandoned Eel Marsh House with their caretakers, Eve and Jean. As the children begin to mysteriously disappear, Eve makes a shocking discovery… it may not be a coincidence that she has come to reside in a place inhabited by the murderous Woman in Black.

Special Features:

  • The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death: Chilling Locations
  • Pulling Back the Veil: The Woman in Black 2 Angel of Death (Blu-ray only)
  • Deleted scene
  • Theatrical trailer


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Dan Aykroyd Insists His Ghostbusters 3 Is Coming

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:13

In news that’s bound to make you either cheer or cringe, Dan Aykroyd is still dead set on making the Ghostbusters 3 movie we’ve all been hoping for a reality.

Aykroyd sat down this week at the SiriusXM studios for an episode of “Unmasked with Ron Bennington” and shared a few more details.

“Oh, I’ve written… well, we have… I’ve written, well, there’s three drafts of the old concept that exists,” he stated, “and we’re going to be able to salvage some of it and use it. Yeah, we’re gonna be able to use it some day. Let’s get this one [the reboot] made and that will reinvigorate the franchise and then we’ll go on to maybe doing a more conventional third sequel as we were planning and another idea I have for it.”

So, what say you? Go for it, or stick it in the Bass-o-matic?

In the interim, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones are on board to play the brand new ghostbusting quartet. The reboot from director Paul Feig will begin haunting theaters on July 22, 2016.

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Exclusive Reveal: UK DVD/Blu-ray Trailer for [REC] Apocalypse

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 16:44

On March 2, Entertainment One will be bringing Jaume Balagueró’s much anticipated finale to the [REC] series, [REC] Apocalypse, to the UK crowd on DVD and Blu-ray. In fevered anticipation of the release, we’ve nailed an exclusive reveal of the new UK trailer for you to enjoy.

Watch out for those monkeys!

Related Story: Exclusive: How Will You Survive the [REC] Apocalypse… Or Not?

The film stars Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo, Hector Colome, and Ismael Fritschi. It was produced by Julio Fernández and co-written by Manu Díez. Executive producers are Carlos Fernandez, Adrià Mones, Laura Fernandez, and Julio Fernandez.

Synopsis:
Following directly on from the brutal events in the doomed apartment building, TV reporter Ángela (Manuela Velasco) is rescued and taken to an oil tanker to undergo examination. But unfortunately for the soldiers on board, Angela is carrying the seed of the mysterious demonic virus that turns its victims into mindless, bloodthirsty monsters. It’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose and the carnage begins again…

Extras on the release are set to include the featurette “The Making of [REC] Apocalypse.



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Categories: Horror News

Riddle Teases Hidden Content on UK Home Video Release of The Babadook

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:47

While Scream Factory/IFC Midnight are teaming up for the Stateside home video release of The Babadook (review), Icon Film Distribution is handling that duty over in the UK; and today they’re teasing some tasty hidden morsels. Check out a fun little riddle, which hints at the additional content!

The Babadook UK Release Details:
Are you brave enough to let the breakout horror hit of 2014 through your door? Find out when The Babadook comes tap, tap, tapping onto UK Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms from February 16, 2015, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her out of control 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the creature in the book is the monster he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control, and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about – The Babadook – may be real after all…

Directed by visionary first-time director Jennifer Kent, The Babadook looks set to be the most terrifying release of 2015, as well as one of the most critically acclaimed. Discover if you can take it from February 16.

Special Features:

  • Special Effects: The Stabbing Scene
  • There’s No Place Like Home: Creating the House
  • Illustrating Evil: Creating the Book
  • The Stunts
  • Alternate trailer
  • Original trailer
  • UK trailer

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International Sweet Home Poster Wields an Axe

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:37

Rafa Martinez makes his directorial debut with Sweet Home, centered on a hooded killer who slashes folks up with a big ass axe. If that sounds up your alley, and it should, then check out the brand spankin’ new international poster!

The film is set to open in Spain on May 8, 2015, courtesy of Filmax International. No word on a U.S. release at the present time.

Written by Martinez, Angel Agudo, and Teresa de Rosendo, Sweet Home stars Ingrid Garcia Jonsson and Bruno Sevilla.

Keep your eyes peeled for more soon!

Synopsis:
A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.

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Win a Zombieworld Survival Kit

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 15:30

The living dead will be clawing their way home as our fan-driven anthology with Ruthless Pictures, Zombieworld, releases on February 24th. Good thing we’re giving away these ten kits to help you survive the gory onslaught of lunacy!

Zombieworld was put together for one reason and one reason only… okay, two. First and foremost is to give indie filmmakers a spotlight to get their stuff seen on a worldwide scale, and thanks to RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment, that’s exactly what it’s going to do. The second reason… FUN!

Speaking of fun, the survival kit includes:

  • Belt bag to hold all items
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Flashlight keychain
  • Bloodbag water bottle
  • Poster
  • Emergency blanket

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on February 27th.

What we have here is a grab bag of zombie-themed mayhem that’s home to something for everyone. From the insanely absurd to the dead serious, Zombieworld proves it has guts to spare, and hopefully that means you’ll have a great time watching it. You just never know what you’re going to see next, and that’s that beauty of it!

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. Each director brings his or her take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”



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Toy Fair 2015: Factory Entertainment Unveiling Zombie SWAT Items

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:30

Factory Entertainment, Inc., the Concord, California-based producer of licensed toys and collectibles, will be unveiling a brand new and proprietary concept February 14th through the 17th at New York Toy Fair 2015 called SWAT™: Soft Weapons and Tactics.

Read on for the all the details, and if you’re attending Toy Fair, be sure to stop by Factory’s booth, #4952, to see SWAT in action.

From the Press Release:
SWAT™ captures the fun of thematically stylized fantasy weapons, but executed in soft, safe for work and play materials, with sounds specifically tailored to each piece, and is intended for ages 8+. MSRPs range from $9.99 to $39.99.

Factory Entertainment plans to release a wide range of genre-specific SWAT™ items, the first of which, Zombie SWAT™, will be shown at New York Toy Fair and capitalizes on the global pop culture phenomenon of zombies. The initial arsenal consists of the following zombie-fighting weapons:

  • Butcher Knife
  • Machete
  • Nail-Studded Baseball Bat
  • Chainsaw

Each Zombie SWAT™ soft weapon features a series of sounds created specifically for each piece. When activated, the Chainsaw roars to life, while the sound of the undead is heard in the background. The “thwack” of the Nail-Studded Baseball Bat is pleasingly present while warding off the nearing apocalypse, and the Machete “swooshes” cleanly through a broad path of carnage. For close range, the Butcher Knife’s sharp “snikt” delights as it chops down those who seek to chomp “BRAAAAAINS!”

“One of our goals is to anticipate demand,” said Barry Eldridge, Creative Director of Factory Entertainment. “We’ve all read headlines of various diseases running rampant, and we believe that it’s only a matter of time until the zombie outbreak hits!” Eldridge continued, “With our Zombie SWAT™ soft weapons, training to defend yourself from all things ‘Z’ has never been more easy and fun! Wait, do you hear that? Something’s coming… AHHHHHH!”

Mr. Eldridge was unavailable for further comment.

For more information be sure to stop by Factory Entertainment’s booth at New York Toy Fair, #4952. The invitation is open to anyone brave enough to take up the call to soft-arms.

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Women in Horror Month – Exclusive Interview With Jessica Cameron

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:00

Actress-producer-director Jessica Cameron is actively breaking gender stereotypes in the horror genre. Her multi-award-winning directorial debut, Truth or Dare, is set for distribution this year, and her new film, Mania, is in its final editing stages. She has too many films to count in various stages of production, all while traveling to film festivals and actively connecting with her fans through social media.

Jessica took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her experience as a woman in horror and some of the projects she’s looking forward to this year.

Dread Central: You started your career in fashion before jumping into acting and are now producing and directing films. How has your background shaped where your career is heading?

Jessica Cameron: Honestly, my fashion background has shaped very little related to my career in film. I was raised in a family who ran their own successful company, and that has shaped every element of who I am today, including my work ethic. I was raised in a home where everyone living under the roof was expected to work seven days a week in some form or another. Growing up, I would go to school Monday through Friday and work the evenings and weekends, so working sixteen hours a day on a film set feels oddly normal to me. My father always said that the key to success was being the first to arrive every morning and the last to leave every night. Words that guide me to this day.

DC: What are some of the challenges you face as a woman filmmaker?

JC: I think it would be a shorter list to name the things that are NOT a challenge. Honestly, it’s tough. Every room I walk into, I have to prove that I deserve to be there as much as the male counterparts. So many still in our genre don’t want to take women seriously. I have even had other directors and producers assume that I could not possibly be a real horror fan, to the point that they have quizzed me! (Yes, I pass every time, silly boys.) Even managing a set, when I am the one paying people, there are always a few men that take issue with that and who don’t give me the respect that they give their male co-workers. You would think if they took a job from a woman that they would not have this issue, but alas, some do. Needless to say, I don’t work with people like that a second time. Even the press can be so sexist at times. I cannot tell you how often I see personal attacks in articles related not only to myself, but other women filmmakers, usually in reference to their looks, dress, opinions, etc. Meanwhile, I never see male filmmakers getting attacked for their looks, outfit, etc. I have pointed it out to a few of them, and in one case the writer’s response was literally that I was being a “princess” for complaining. More people need to step up and respond when they see sexist and derogatory comments in articles. It’s not acceptable.

DC: You’ve definitely earned your title as a “scream queen.” Does that title make you feel limited to acting in the horror genre?

JC : Not at all. I feel honored that people care enough to give me the title! I love the horror genre so I am pleased to work so much in it. I personally don’t find the other genres as fun to work in either, and at the end of the day I need to love what I am working on to give it my all. Any day that I get to act is a great day; if it’s in a horror film, that just means that it’s going to be even better! I have worked in other genres, but horror will always be my favorite to watch and act in!

DC: Let’s talk about your weaponry experience. You are a badass.

JC: Thanks! I have been blessed to have worked in more then a few films that have required weapons training. I love the educational aspect of it so I jump in every chance I get to do any type of training. It really helps me connect with my character. The whip is probably my favorite weapon to play with, and if you don’t think that it’s a weapon, let me assure you that it’s quite dangerous if you know how to use it. I can toss lightweight objects from one side of the room to the other, I can cut you, immobilize you, etc. And it’s a lot of fun. I have also received sniper training, various gun training, various sword fighting training, some hand-held combat, tumbling, and kicking training, too.

DC: The LGBT community is very underrepresented in the horror genre. Your upcoming film, Mania, is a “fucked up lesbian love story.” How can other horror writers involve LGBT characters without stigmatizing them?

JC: Honestly, I think just by living without judgement and then writing without judgement. Your characters should be who they are meant to be, and they should be well developed and realistic, at least in my opinion. I also think it’s important to tell original stories – ones that have yet to be told and ones that connect to current audiences. I was blessed to get to meet some active members in the LGBT community when we toured with Truth or Dare, and they are some of my favorite people to this day. With Mania, I just saw this wonderful couple, who loved each other so much that they would fight for the other, and in my mind they were both women.

DC: What women have inspired you in your career? Whom do you learn from?

JC: As an actress I look towards the original scream queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis. I have so much respect for her, how she has handled her career and her personal life, the projects she selects, etc. As a filmmaker, the Soska Sisters are a never-ending source of inspiration. They also happen to be the most intelligent, passionate, beautiful women I have ever known. Also Mary Harron, whose film American Psycho is one of my all-time favorites; Jennifer Lynch, who’s fought to carve her own path in the film world regardless of who her father is; and of course Jennifer Kent, whose film The Babadook was one of my favorites in 2014! Also, though not female, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett write really original and strong and vibrant female leads in their films. More, please!

DC: You always talk about how important it is to share what you love. What projects from other women in horror are you excited about?

JC: Pain Killer Jane from the Soska Sisters tops the list. This will be the first time we get to see a strong, female comic book character written and directed true to the material. Any project from Gigi Saul Guerrero. She created some of my favorite short films. I am eagerly waiting for her to tell a longer story. I will be first in line! Jacqueline Ess from Jovanka Vuckovic, which is a tale from Clive Barker that I love. I just know Jovanka is going to go full throttle with it!

DC: What projects can we expect from you in 2015?

JC: Truth or Dare will be released, which is very exciting. I cannot wait to share this film with the masses. Mania is finishing the edit at this moment, and I cannot wait to show the world my little fucked up lesbian love story. Kill the Production Assistant (which is the documentary on the making of Mania and Desolation) will get completed and be the first truthful look at no-budget indie filmmaking in a feature-length film from my dear friend and wonderful filmmaker Aaron Lane. Desolation, Save Yourself, and A Grim Becoming are all scheduled to start screening at film festivals this year, and Utero is currently being marketed. I have a few more offers on the table for this year but never like to reveal my hand till the contracts are signed! Stay tuned…

DC: What would your message be to other women wanting to get involved in the horror industry?

JC: Understand your boundaries and morals and stick to them! Lots of people will try and get you to compromise in the film industry, and for the most part you will have to comply with them (in terms of acting or actors, casting, locations, schedules, budgets, marketing, etc.), but never compromise your morals and personal boundaries, whatever they may be!

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Exclusive: Craig Engler Talks Z Nation and What’s Ahead in Season 2

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:30

One of the most surprising things on TV last year was Syfy and The Asylum’s “Z Nation.” In the end the show was a lot of fun and home to some of the finest zombie carnage found on TV (and yes, that includes “The Walking Dead”). Bold statement I know, but when you have set-pieces like the Liberty Bell rolling over re-animated corpses or full-on death-by-blender, it’s kind of hard to not appreciate the creativity and awesomeness.

With the show now on DVD, we took the time to talk with one of its creators, Craig Engler, about what came to pass as well as what’s to come.

It’s super-important for us to come up with new zombies and zombie deaths,” says Engler of the series’ main attraction. “We talk about it a lot. We talk about what kinds of zombies there can be. Our show has introduced several different kinds of the living dead, my favorite being the nuclear zombies. In Season 2 we have some really cool things planned. Stuff people haven’t seen before. It’s very important for us to have good and fun zombie kills. That’s what people look forward to. If you just kill the zombies the same way every time, it gets a little boring. We’re always thinking like, ‘Okay, what’s in the environment? If you have an unarmed character in a particular environment, what’s he gonna grab?’ We go into things like what would be around and what would be fun?!?

He adds, “Syfy keeps pushing us to do more and go farther [in terms of the show’s gore]. I’m not going to use the word ‘tasteful’ because I don’t think that’s really applicable to our show, but as long as it’s done well and in the spirit of the show, they’re totally happy. In fact, one of my friends is the network executive who we deal with; he literally just sent me an e-mail yesterday which read, ‘Keep pushing it! We want cool, big, crazy stuff.’ What other studio would tell you to keep pushing the envelope? I was like, ‘Yes! We will do that!

I see people online all the time who say things along the lines of ‘I don’t know what this is, but now it’s my favorite show’ or ‘I thought this was gonna be terrible, but now I can’t wait for every episode,’” Engler said of the public reaction to “Z Nation.” “I always felt that if we could get people to tune in, they would really like it. I love ‘The Walking Dead,’ and our show does share a few things with it, but I wanted to make a show with more action and humor. I’m really gratified to learn that people are enjoying it as I thought that they would. There’s this crazy statistic that there were 330 new dramas or dramas with new episodes that either debuted or returned on TV, so trying to get people to find your show among literally 100s of others is very tricky.

I can’t talk too much about it, but there’s an idea that’s come up for Season 2 that we definitely haven’t seen before in the zombie world,” Engler continues, “and I’m a HUGE zombie fan thanks to the Romero movies and the dawn of the modern zombie as we know it. Whenever we can do something that is new and innovative that we know people are going to like, we jump at the chance. We have several moments like that coming up.

So, beyond Season 2 we were wondering of there was an endgame for the show or if they were working from a specific timetable. “[Showrunner and co-creator] Karl Schaefer and I have talked a little bit about a possible ending. He has a vision for the show’s end which matches the one that I had in mind when I came up with the idea of ‘Z Nation.’ He even has the final scene in mind. We can either take our time getting there, or we can rush depending on what’s going on with the show. It’s an ending which you could see in 5 seasons, you could see it in 7 seasons… or… if something went drastically wrong, we could probably wrap it up quicker. There’s definitely an endgame in mind, but there’s definitely a lot of ground to cover between now and when we get there. What’s really exciting to me about that is I don’t think anyone has any idea where the show is gonna go. I don’t even think this season is gonna go where they think it’s gonna go… in a good way.

“Z Nation” Season 1 stars Tom Everett Scott (“Southland”), DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, Keith Allan, and Harold Perrineau (“Lost,” “Oz”). The show is executive produced by Karl Schaefer (“Eerie Indiana”, “The Dead Zone”), who is also the showrunner.

Synopsis:
“Z Nation” starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.


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Director Tricia Lee Celebrates Women in Horror Month by Announcing One Drop

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:15

February is Women in Horror Month, and few women are working harder in the genre than Tricia Lee. The director of the award-winning films Silent Retreat and Clean Break has been pounding the pavement to secure financing for her next film, One Drop, and we have all the details right here.

One Drop tells the story of Ellie, a drug addict who overdoses and wakes up in the basement of a medical facility. Everyone around her is dead, and she is suddenly nine months pregnant.

With a strong creative team including her long-time partner in crime, writer Corey Brown; co-producer Brigitte Kingsley (The Door, The Dark Rising franchise); and executive producer Michael Baker (Backcountry, Weirdsville), Tricia is thrilled to start shooting her next terrifying vision.

Not only is Tricia a creative director, she’s also a strong and tenacious entrepreneur. Ever since she stepped off the set of Silent Retreat, Tricia has put on her producer hat and hit the ground running on the business plan for her next project. After two years of pitching to angel investors, Tricia is looking forward to putting her director’s cap back on and getting those creative juices flowing again. With many ups and downs along the way, it’s looking like she will able to hit her target shoot date of April 2015.

But before she shoots, Tricia will be making a short jaunt over to Brussels, Belgium, as she was selected to participate in the Frontières@Brussels co-production market that focuses solely on genre projects. Attached to the Brussels International Fantastic Festival (BIFFF), Frontières selects 24 projects from Europe and North America to come together for three days to pitch, network, and create genre magic.

Women in Horror month shines a bright light on the hardworking, visionary filmmakers who are adding a new, female-driven perspective to horror flicks. Tricia’s films have been praised for their strong female leads, and One Drop follows suit. She is excited to be working in a genre that is consistently breaking new ground and can’t wait to get those blood pumps spraying again in 2015!

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Zombieworld – WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:00

We sat through HOURS upon HOURS of submissions for our fan-driven anthology with Ruthless Pictures, entitled Zombieworld, and with its release on the horizon, we now are unveiling the official list of winners.

Zombieworld was put together for one reason and one reason only… okay, two. First and foremost is to give indie filmmakers a spotlight to get their stuff seen on a worldwide scale, and thanks to RLJ Entertainment and Image Entertainment, that’s exactly what it’s going to do. The second reason… FUN!

What we have here is a grab bag of zombie-themed mayhem that’s home to something for everyone. From the insanely absurd to the dead serious, Zombieworld proves it has guts to spare, and hopefully that means you’ll have a great time watching it. You just never know what you’re going to see next, and that’s that beauty of it!

So which films and directors made the cut? Congratulations to:

Vedran Marjanović for “How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse”

Tommy Woodard for “Dead Stop”

Luke Asa Guidici for “Certified”

Zach Ramelan for “Dead Rush”

Jonathan Brown and Phil Haine for “I Am Lonely”

Adam O’Brien for “Apocalypse Marathon”

Paul Shrimpton for “Teleportal”

and

Cameron Machullough for his GRAND PRIZE winning entry – “Home”

Zombieworld Release Details:
Image Entertainment, in association with Dread Central, announces the DVD and digital download release of Zombieworld. The no-holds-barred, post-apocalyptic film will be available on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 on February 24, 2015.

Zombieworld is a collection of short films focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood and guts is brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world, including Adam Myette O’Brien, Adriàn Cardona, Cameron McCulloch, David Muñoz, Jared Marshall, Jesse Baget, Jonathan Brown, Luke Giudici, Paul Shrimpton, Peter Horn, Tomy Woodard, Vedran Marjanovic, and Zach Ramelan. Each director brings his or her take to a world of mayhem now populated with flesh-eating corpses. Among the brilliant shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens, and even Santa Claus make an appearance.

In Zombieworld there is nowhere to hide…nowhere to run. The zombie apocalypse has come, and our world now belongs to the dead! From Ireland, Canada, Australia, Europe, and all over the U.S., the bone-chilling news reports tell the same gruesome tale: Walking corpses terrorize and devour the living. Only a few desperate humans find the courage to stand and fight for their last chance at survival. But the hordes of undead keep coming, and there’s only one thing on the menu – us.

The DVD will also include the bonus short film “Marathon Apocalypse.”



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UK Readers: Win the Best in Horror on DVD and Blu-ray with ANNABELLE!

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:00

If you live in the UK, prepare yourself as the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring bring the “truly frightening” (Alex Zane, The Sun) horror Annabelle to Digital HD (available NOW) and Blu-ray and DVD (starting February 23rd).

To celebrate, we are giving away a “Best in Horror” prize pack with the following items:  Annabelle Blu-ray, The Conjuring Blu-ray, Oculus Blu-ray, Poltergeist Blu-ray, Friday the 13th Blu-ray, The Hills Run Red DVD, Trick ‘r Treat DVD, and Rest Stop DVD.

Annabelle is available to pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD today from Amazon.

Prepare to scream with @TheConjuringUK for a terrifying #Annabelle tweet-a-long on Friday, 13 February, beginning at 9pm to celebrate the Digital HD release.

© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on February 20, 2015, and is open ONLY TO UK RESIDENTS.

Annabelle Synopsis:
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.



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This April the UK Learns that Bigfoot… Exists

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 06:00

The Blair Witch Project co-creator Eduardo Sánchez returns to found footage with his Bigfoot horror Exists. It’s been well received in the US, and UK audiences will soon be able to get their furry fix when Entertainment One unleash the beast on DVD on April 6.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins.

Related Story:  Exclusive: Director Eduardo Sanchez Talks Exists and More!

Exists (review), written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs; and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

Synopsis:
When a group of friends head into the remote Texas woods for a weekend of non-stop partying, their car hits a huge mysterious animal, which quickly disappears back into the darkness. But as the gang arrives at an isolated cabin, one of them realizes that the woods are home to a bloodthirsty Bigfoot, and it’s only a matter of time before he seeks them out. Soon enough, their weekend trip turns into a terrifying ordeal of survival of the fittest…


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The Originals: Clip from Episode 2.14 – I Love You, Goodbye; Fan Q&A with Joseph Morgan

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:18

Despite a little softening up thanks to baby Hope, “Original” hybrid Klaus Mikaelson remains one of our favorite TV characters due to Joseph Morgan’s always awesome portrayal. Along with a sneak peek of next week’s Episode 2.14, entitled “I Love You, Goodbye,” The CW has released a fan Q&A in which you can learn the truth about Morgan’s accent and more!

Curious about the clip?  In it Davina and Josh confront Kol – sparks are sure to fly!

“The Originals” Episode 2.14 – “I Love You, Goodbye” (airs 2/16/15)
THE BIG DAY — With the final preparations for her union to Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) under way, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) begins to question whether the ritual will actually work. 

After arriving to the compound, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) has a tense encounter with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and quickly suspects that his brother may be up to something.  Meanwhile, Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman), who is harboring a devastating secret from Davina (Danielle Campbell), seeks help from Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) when he realizes time is not on his side. 

Lastly, Cami (Leah Pipes) makes a startling revelation involving baby Hope.  Charles Michael Davis also stars.  Matt Hastings directed the episode written by Carina Adly MacKenzie and Michael Narducci.

Related Story: New Images from The Originals Episode 2.14 – I Love You, Goodbye

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This Producers’ Preview Goes Inside The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.14 – Stay

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 21:04

Have you got your Kleenex box ready for “Stay,” tomorrow night’s Episode 6.14 of “The Vampire Diaries,” in which we say goodbye to series regular Steven R. McQueen?  It’s sure to be bittersweet, as this preview of the ep hosted by executive producers Caroline Dries and Julie Plec tells us.

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.14 – “Stay” (2/12/15)
GOODBYE, MYSTIC FALLS It’s Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) last day in Mystic Falls, and Elena (Nina Dobrev) puts on a brave face as they reminisce about their past.

Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) find themselves growing closer as they prepare Caroline’s family cabin for her mother to live out her final days. While packing up her office, Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacInytre) turns to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) for help solving one of her remaining open cases involving Elena’s parents.

Elsewhere, when a violent confrontation with Enzo (Michael Malarkey) leaves Jeremy wondering whether he should leave or not, Matt (Zach Roerig) finds his own life on the line after Enzo lures him and Sarah Salvatore (guest star Tristin Mays) into his dangerous plan.

Lastly, Caroline rushes to the hospital after learning her mother has taken a turn for the worse. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.

Related Story:  New Trailer for The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.14 Says Goodbye to Jeremy

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Clip from The Lazarus Effect Wonders if Someone Just Died

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 19:55

A new clip from this month’s theatrical horror offering, The Lazarus Effect, has arrived; and along with it we finally have a substantive synopsis for the flick!

Look for the film, which was directed by David Gelb and written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater, on February 27th.  It stars Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, and Donald Glover.

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Synopsis:
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises – THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Duplass) and his fiancée, Zoe (Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable: bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil its  breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe, and their team (Glover, Bolger, and Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life – but rather, the wrath of her return.

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