Late Night Double Feature (2015)

Dread Central - 12 hours 36 min ago

Starring Brian Scott Carleton, Grace Armstrong, Lewis Beach

Directed by Torin Langen, Navin Ramaswaran, Zachary Ramelan, Kelly Michael Stewart, Jason Tannis

Harking back to the glorious days of public access cable TV midnight shock cinema, Late Night Double Feature grabs its audience with a refreshing mix of just enough comedy to complement its horror backbone, resulting in a pretty damn entertaining film.

Led by a five-headed Hydra of directorial proportions (just read the names above), the movie takes a sizable jab at the production and presentation of “Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horrors” show and the movies it showcases with a “behind-the-scenes” look at the drama entailed within when the drunk host of the show, Dr. Nasty himself (Carleton), continues his boozing ways and follows the lead of a womanizing director, all the while upsetting his beautiful co-host, Nurse Nasty, in the process.

In any event, the problems on the show will remain for some time so let’s jump into the two horrific features that are on the slab!

In Dinner for Monsters, a struggling chef gets the opportunity of a lifetime to step outside his fledgling restaurant and make some serious dough simply for cooking a spectacular meal for a private list of heavyweight clientele. What he comes to realize is that the meal isn’t the usual “wine and dine” product that’s thrown out on the table during one of these events – grab yer knives cause it’s time to cut right down to the bone! With an ample supply of gore and a sprinkling of black humor, this “dinner” should fulfill even the most picky eaters… that is, until you see what you’re about to chomp down into.

The second movie being broadcast among some goofy commercials is Slit – a much darker peek into the world of “cutting” and the man who offers his services to those who wish to be sliced but not necessarily diced. His undoing is clearly enveloping all around him when his next client isn’t quite that interested in being the victim. While it seems as if the comic element was abandoned for more of a bleaker atmosphere, it still worked and the story was even more worthwhile to lay eyes upon than its predecessor.

Looking at the movie as a whole, I’d have to surmise that beyond some of the lamer bits of humor that clearly came off as stale and filler-like, the premise of the seedy undertakings that went on behind the scenes of the show itself were a savior to the presentation overall. Complemented by two decent photoplays sandwiched in the middle, this “Cavalcade of Horrors” is one show that I wish would have found its way onto my public access channels. Recommended for those who reveled in the days (and nights) of the after-hours shock-a-thons that entertained the masses for so long.

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Bastards “Grave Rusting” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - 12 hours 36 min ago

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Denver, CO hardcore band Bastards to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “Grave Rusting”, the second track from the band’s upcoming debut EP Ethos (out April 21st).

Vocalist Jacob Belcher states:

This song revolves around the concept of losing people close to you due to suicide/drug/alcohol-related incidents. I’ve lost many of my friends and family due to these sorts of things. I spent so much of my time and energy dwelling on thoughts about taking my own life so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the anger and other emotions that come along with that sort of loss. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned that we all will die and that I shouldn’t spend that energy trying to cut life short. Try to do things that make you happy. Be kind to other people, animals and the earth, because time will get us all eventually – so make it worth it, and live right now. ‘I sink, tied to the weight.’

Ethos can be pre-ordered via iTunes for a special low price of $2.99 or through Bandcamp.

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May 8th, Summit Music Hall, Denver CO

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[TV Review] “The Returned” Episode 1.06: ‘Lucy’

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For a show that moves along so slowly, a lot of things actually happen in every episode. This week’s episode of The Returned was no different, featuring plenty of happenings but little in the way of answers. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Lucy

Well it looks like Lucy is now a member of the returned! After being absent since the pilot, Lucy wakes up in the episode named after her. Although she only gets three scenes, they are revealing and inspire excitement for all of the potential storylines that may sprout from her new gift. In a brutal twist of irony, Lucy is now able to actually hear the dead. Not only that, but she uses her gift in the final scene to channel Jack’s father, who warns him that he is in danger.

This is definitely a shot of adrenaline the show could use, but it does raise more questions. If all of the returned came back at the same time, why is Lucy brought back later? Is she the only one? I doubt we will get a firm answer on this anytime soon, but her ability to communicate with the dead should come in handy once she begins to interact more with other returned. Needless to say, Leah Gibson did some great work in that last scene with Jack.

Helen

Helen is in police custody for leaving Victor at the diner last week, so Nikki thinks it would be a good idea for Julie to talk to her. Alright. Luckily, Julie was Helen’s husband’s nurse, so she immediately recognizes her and they have a discussion about life and death.

Julie is still a bit unrelatable, at least in comparison to the other characters, but this conversation she has with Helen lets us see more of the real Julie than we’ve ever seen before. When Julie admits to Nikki that she is unable to feel the life inside of her, it’s heartbreaking. She hasn’t felt the same ever since Adam nearly murdered her and suddenly her previous actions with Victor make sense. It makes some of her past mistakes more understandable. They’re still frustrating, but at least we can sort of understand why she has done what she has done.

Victor

Peter gets some retribution this week in the form of a vicious hallucination played by Victor/Henry. After apologizing to Victor at the grave of his murderer, Peter sees that very same man walk towards him, point a gun at his face and pull the trigger. It’s a wicked little trick on Victor’s part, one that Peter very much deserved. It is unclear if Peter is actually a nice man, or if it is just a front he puts on to mask his true instincts. I’m betting on the former, but the latter would be pretty interesting.

Victor also gets his reunion with Julie this week, as he stops her from jumping off the roof of a building. There’s a really weird conversation between the two of them where he tells her she is his fairy, and she agrees to be his fairy. It’s a little odd but at the same time kind of endearing.

Adam

Lastly we have Adam, who is acting as caretaker for Lena. He is able to heal her back with a mixture of nettles. It’s a little disheartening that nothing more came of her scar. It was built up so much that you would assume it would play a bigger part in the overall mystery, but it turns out it’s just a normal wound.

Adam continues to be creepy this week as he cares for Lena. We still don’t have a lot of insight into what exactly makes him want to kill, but something about Lena doesn’t bring this out in him (though he does nearly pull a knife on her as she is changing).  They do have sex, though, which is weird. We haven’t seen enough of Adam to really care about him. This is a problem The Returned has with many of the supporting characters, but Adam is hit especially hard by this fact considering that all we know about him is that he’s a homicidal maniac.

This was another solid, if not spectacular episode of The Returned. What did you guys think? I’m ready to see  some more of these storylines merge together. What about you?

Random Notes

  • One of my frustrations with the characters is that no one really seems to wonder why the dead are back and if something might be wrong with them. Both of these issues get addressed this week as Helen asks the why and Claire wonders aloud if Camille has returned to them different than when she left them. Progress!
  • Camille tries to have sex with Ben, but he realizes who she is and bolts. He probably didn’t want to participate in necrophilia. Can you blame him?
  • I’m just going to keep referring to Victor/Henry as Victor, until everyone starts calling him Henry.
  • Claire and Peter have sex, so that’s a thing.
  • Adam tells Tony that he’s actually hiding their returned mother inside and that she never wants to see him again. Poor Tony.
  • Is no one trying to solve the murder of Julie’s neighbor? I feel like that should be more of a focus, considering her tongue was ripped out and her cats were found eating it.
  • Speaking of necrophilia, did you miss Mary Elizabeth Winstead this week? Have no fear! Next week’s episode is named “Rowan.” Here’s the promo:

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[TV Review] “Marvel’s Daredevil” Episode 1.05, ‘World On Fire’

bloody disgusting - 20 hours 45 min ago

Fisk makes a major move in this episode of Marvel’s Daredevil and, although I’ve only reviewed as far as I’ve seen, It seems that the pace of things will significantly pick up from here on out.  The war for Hell’s Kitchen has begun and if you didn’t think Fisk was a serious threat after last episode I’m certain you do now.

The title “World on Fire” is cleverly misleading as it first comes up at the beginning when Matt is describing his powers to Claire.  We see a glimpse of his POV which I have mixed feelings about.  The metaphor and visual appeal have me partially convinced this is the perfect representation for the show to take.  Representing his radar sense this way brings a weight to his character, almost like Wolverine explaining that it hurts when his claws come out every time.  It is unfortunate that the 360 “radar seeing” is difficult to represent.  I’ve always been particularly attached to it conceptually, and I worry that “fire vision” gives Matt a little too much actual sight.

But, the city on fire turns out to be literal, as Fisk orchestrates a spectacular display of finishing off the Russians.  There is a lot to be said about the connection between Matt and Wilson that this episode emphasizes.  It is a common narrative trope to draw ideological parallels between the protagonist and antagonist.  The proverbial “We’re not so different, you and I” is served to us on a silver platter and our opponents have not even met yet.  Wilson and Matt both want to save the city.  They both see the city on fire.  Where they differ is in the Wilson sees the flames as progress.  I have commented before about the bluntness in the way the show handles themes, but I think there is a charm to that.  It isn’t heavy handed in a “see what we did there?” kind of way, more in a “got it? good” kind of way that I can appreciate.

In his review of episode one Zac talked about the lack of a traditional 3 act structure from this show and that struck me in particular in this episode because “World on Fire” has a very deliberate structure that begins and ends with opposite perspectives of the city on fire, as discussed, and is framed by 3 relationships each in the same “discovery” stage.  As the audience we are in a similar discovery stage with the show and the characters: we saw something that attracted us, we came back for more, and now we are starting to understand what “Daredevil” is and how it works.  It is a cleverly timed episode and an effective way to develop these characters, most of all Fisk and Vanessa.

This episode had a few misses, most notably the Foggy and Karen “let me touch your face” scene.  I don’t know what the hell that was, and frankly I’m not sure what these two are really adding to show right now.  I can’t stand levity characters and I’m hoping that their plot line will fit into the big picture and not distract from it.  Having said that I think this is probably the most polished episode yet in terms of plotting, and it was just the right time to give us another taste of oner action.  This show is practically everything I want it to be.

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May God Have Mercy On ‘The Vatican Tapes’ Poster

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 19:17

Lionsgate has unspooled a new one-sheet and release date for the next exorcism horror film, The Vatican Tapes, now opening in theaters on July 24, 2015.

Lakeshore Entertainment is behind the pic directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: With A Vengeance, Crank) that, “follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (Pena) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

It comes in the spirit of films like The Exorcist, The Devil Inside Me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, among various other recent exorcism-inspired genre films.

Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar star.


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New Vatican Tapes One-Sheet Afoot

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:59

Time to add a little devil to your day, kids! Check out your first look at latest one-sheet for The Vatican Tapes, which is opening in theaters on July 24, 2015.

The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank). The demonic possession drama stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.

Synopsis:
THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

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Art Bell Returns with Midnight in the Desert

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:49

When Art Bell’s Dark Matter radio show for Sirius XM went off the air abruptly, I, like many fans, was left heartbroken. It was great to have the man himself – the king of paranormal radio – back, but shit happens. The bad news? Art was gone. Today’s incredibly good news? He’s back and off the corporate leash for good!

From the Art Bell website:
After extensive analysis and elongated negotiations with several suitors, we have decided that we can go ahead on the planned launch of “Midnight in the Desert” in late July, using a business model that will allow us to manage the entire operation on our own.

As was hinted by Art via his Facebook feed, we thought about it, compared the numbers and decided we could pay for bandwidth, pay the commercial licensing fees, pay our own overhead and still be financially viable, assuming the following conditions:

1. We have a considerable number of fans subscribe to a membership service that allows you to access the archived shows anytime via the website for a reasonable $5 /month.

2. We can sell advertising to be played during the breaks during the show. Not a lot, but enough to help pay for the music licensing during the LIVE FREE stream.

3. We can successfully curb pirated posts of our content to the Internet.

We’ll be operating under a certain specific licensing model that will allow us to ramp up from a “small webcaster” status into a large broadcaster in the future. It is imperative that we earn enough through subscribers and ads sales to pay the bandwidth costs and music licensing fees. We believe that we can ramp up successfully using the current models in place at this time.

However, this happens to be the year (2015) that music industry participants are negotiating the next 5 years (2016-2020) rates for music licensing on the Internet. It is a wide open arena, and some license models may not survive. But we believe that we can operate under the current 2015 model for 6 months, and eventually fit into a 2016 model that is still cost effective.

We hope to recoup all of our investments within the first 6 months, so we can better endure the cost increases that will inevitably happen in 2016. If the fans support us with memberships and the advertisers are satisfied, we should be good for a long while.

Keep watching here for the launch date announcement and further updates.

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March Maniac Madness – Hellraiser’s Pinhead Rules! Doug Bradley Speaks!

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 17:45

When we started our first ever March Maniac Madness tournament, we brought some of horror’s biggest heavyweights in to partake in a FAN CHOSEN battle. You played. They fought. You chose your winner…

Hellraiser‘s main Cenobite, Pinhead, tore the competition apart and has taken his rightful place as the first entrant into Dread Central’s March Maniac Madness Hall of Fame.

To mark the occasion, we reached out to the actor who brought this most feared and beloved character to life, Doug Bradley, to let him know that the fans have spoken and neither Alien, Predator, Jason, nor Freddy could top the terror Pinhead brings.

Mwahahahaha! Smackdown from Hell!! He tore your horror icons apart!!!” says Bradley. “I know that The Nameless One took this challenge very seriously, sparring for hours with Chatterer, adhering to a strict diet (closely monitored by Butterball) and with an extensive massage from The Female at the end of each training session. But really: The Prince of Pain up against a guy with a sleep attitude and an outsized fork for a hand? Never going to be a serious contest, was it?

Applause for Uncle Creepy for coming up with such a cool idea and, as always, my thanks and appreciation for the loyalty of the fans.

No, applause to YOU, Doug, and thank you for all the wonderful memories you’ve created for us all and above all… CONGRATULATIONS!

To leave your personal thanks for Mr. Bradley, please comment in the comments section below. March Maniac Madness will return. That’s a promise.

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Take a Peek Inside Supernatural Episode 10.18 – Book of the Damned

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:54

The 10th season of “Supernatural” has been somewhat disappointing to this longtime fan of the show, but here’s hoping a visit from regular guest star Felicia Day can inject a bit of energy into the proceedings.  Here’s an inside look at tomorrow night’s Episode 10.18, “Book of the Damned,” in which executive producer Jeremy Carver teases that Dean might finally have a way out of damnation!

“Supernatural” Episode 10.18 – “Book of the Damned” (airs 4/15/15)
FELICIA DAY RETURNS AS CHARLIE — Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) to tell them she found the Book of the Dead, which could help remove the Mark of Cain.  The Winchesters race to her after she tells them she’s been shot by a man named Jacob Styne (guest star Jeff Branson), who says the book belongs to his family and he won’t rest until he gets it back. 

Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) and Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) take a road trip to find Castiel’s grace, but they hit a couple of bumps along the way.  PJ Pesce directed this episode written by Robbie Thompson.

For more info visit “Supernatural” on cwtv.com, “like” “Supernatural” on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

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Collection of Rare Photos From ‘Return to Oz’!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:01

I just recently revisited Walter Murch’s 1985 Return to Oz, a film I have always loved since I was a wee lad.

Much like The Neverending Story, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, Return to Oz isn’t dated at all, and is just as fantastic as I remember it being. In fact, I got obsessed all over again and started seeking out fresh information about it and learned that it was quite a troubled production. In fact, there was a fan-made documentary (since removed from the Web completely) that detailed all of the problem that started with a ballooning budget.

Starring Fairuza Balk as Dorothy, I learned that Return to Oz was a legitimate sequel to Wizard of Oz, and even more faithful to L. Frank Baum’s books. There’s a plethora of interesting fact if you scour the Web.

In it, Dorothy is saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, and is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Thanks to Reddit user Scottland83 we have the following collection of rare behind-the-scenes images from the puppet-centric movie that was part of Jim Henson’s filmography.

Return to Oz

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[TV Review] “Salem” Episode 2.02: ‘Blood Kiss’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:47

Well this was a table-setting episode if I ever saw one. Not that that was a bad thing, there was just a lot of setup for the rest of the season that the bombastic season premiere didn’t provide. While it may not have been the most exciting episode Salem has ever done, it definitely created plenty of anticipation for future episodes.

Let’s get the bad (read: boring) out of the way first: John Alden. He’s still just kind of there, only now he’s a killing machine. It was a smart move for the series to bring him back to Salem so early in the season, but we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for Mary to learn of his presence. The quicker the better, says everyone. We did get to see him slit Petras’ throat, though (that’s the guy who likes to pull out his own eyeballs to show other people visions), so that was cool. Unfortunately he is still the weak link of Salem.

The opening of the episode picks up right where last week’s premiere ended: with the townsfolk discovering the bodies of the elder witches hung (by their own intestines) in the town square. It was a bold move to have them burn Mercy and her “army” up right at the beginning, but it was as thrill to watch. The CGI of all of the witches burning was pretty good for WGN standards as well. It is a little perplexing why none of the witches in the crag woke up and ran when they were getting doused with oil (especially since Mercy was shown to already be awake), but it was a brutal way to start the episode.

Clearly, Mercy couldn’t have been permanently killed, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when she was revealed to have survived the burning. What was surprising was her decision to return home to her father in the final scene. Honestly, I don’t remember much of her father from the first season (back when she was “possessed”), but this might give Mercy some more depth to see her relationship with her father. It’s an interesting idea but we will have to see how it plays out in the coming weeks. As usual with Salem, the makeup department was on point with her charred flesh.

Mary had quite a lot on her plate this week. It gave Janet Montgomery the opportunity to show a lot of range, but also kind of blurred her motivations. After Tituba tells her she must kill Isaac to prevent him from blabbing about her participation in the Grand Rite, she shows sympathy for Isaac at the 11th hour and spares his life. It was an interesting decision for Mary, but her character is still a bit of a question mark. Sometimes she seems like she’s all in for this whole Satan worshiping thing, then other times she shows moments of compassion that seem completely out of character. That’s what makes a good anti-heroine though, and Mary is one of the better ones we’ve been offered in recent memory.

Anne actually had something to do this week, and it seems like she will be directly involved with Coutness Marburg! First, Anne teleports herself (intentionally?) to Boston to see Cotton. Not five minutes later, Marburg shows up to interrogate Anne inside her soul. It was a pretty nifty set piece, with Marburg’s various teleportations mid-conversation were interesting to watch. We learn that Marburg is incredibly old (and was also Hecate, the Greek goddess of witchcraft, ghosts & magic) and that she is very interested in Mary, since she performed the Grand Rite. Lawless was confined to just two scenes this week (which is one more than she got last week), but she made the most of them.

While not exactly an exciting episode of Salem, “Blood Kiss” set the stage for what could prove to be some interesting future episodes. I’m still a little unsure why Cotton is still a part of the show, but color me intrigued!

Random Notes

  • “For once, cease your shrieking, harpy.” I’m not sure why, but the word “harpy” is such a funny insult, but I like it. I might start using it more. Also, Tituba is totally a harpy.
  • George Sibley is still alive! And he is being taken care of by Mary’s son. Gotta say, that needle going under George’s toenail was hard to watch. Mary’s son is quite the little deviant!
  • Hawthornes intimidates Anne by calling her an orphan. He also doesn’t want the corpses of the pox-ridden to be thrown into the crags. Fascinating.
  • There’s a “bring out your dead” scene! Did anyone not see this and immediately have Monty Python and the Holy Grail flashbacks?
  • I can only assume Lucy Lawless speaking to Anne telepathically about how she “smelled a witch” was an homage to a similar scene between Danny and Halloran in The Shining.
  • The Countess referring to Increase Mather as a “pestiferous, pus-headed killer” was the highlight of the episode for me. Seriously, this show has some spectacular insults.
  • Apparently male witches like to make out with their mothers, as that happened twice in this episode (one instance involving a 6-year-old child). Gross.
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Check Out Photos From Kirk Hammett’s 2015 Fear FestEvil

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:38

This past weekend, the 2nd annual Fear FestEvil, which was created by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, was held in San Jose, CA. The event featured live performances from acts such as Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Agnostic Front, as well as featuring guest appearance from several metal legends and horror-related icons, including Asada Messiah, Corey Taylor, Slash, John 5, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr., Ron Chaney, Charlie Benante, and Bill Moseley.

Below is a gallery from the event, with photos from live performances, guest signings, and more.

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First Clip Feeds You a Helping of Applesauce

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:38

Filmmaker Onur Tukel made an impressive debut on the horror scene with last year’s Summer of Blood, and this year he returns to horror with Applesauce. Ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival we’ve gotten our hands on the first clip, featuring Trick ‘r Treat‘s Dylan Baker. Dig it!

Applesauce also stars Tukel himself as well as Trieste Kelly Dunn, Max Casella, and Jennifer Prediger.

Synopsis:
After he confesses the worst thing he’s ever done to a radio talk show host, Ron Welz’s past starts catching up to him, and someone starts sending him body parts. Who is tormenting him? There are eight million people in New York City, and everyone’s a suspect.

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80s Throwback Invites You Down the Demon Hole

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:24

It’s no secret that the 80s were a prime decade for horror fans, which is why so many filmmakers of today are so eager to evoke the spirit of that bygone era. Horror-comedy Demon Hole looks to do just that, and we’ve got all the details for ya today.

Screen Daily reports that UK sales outfit SC Films has boarded international sales rights to the completed film, written and directed by Josh Crook. It’s set to screen at Cannes.

Demon Hole charts the fallout after a fracking crew drills a hole on sacred Native American land unleashing an ancient demon, which then terrorizes six teens serving community service in a remote forest.

Cast includes Samantha Scaffidi, Austin Ramsey, Paris Campbell, Summer Bills and Adrian Denzel.

The current crop of horror movies has gotten too severe and grim,” says Cook. “While scary, they’re also depressing. Taking influence from John Hughes as much as it does John Carpenter and Wes Craven, Demon Hole brings the vibe of the 1980s back and invites the audience to enjoy the ride.”

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Circle – New Poster and Trailer Prove Everything Gets You Killed

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:16

On tap right now we have the teaser trailer, an expanded version just for Dread Central readers, and the poster for the upcoming flick Circle courtesy of Votiv Films and Taggart Productions. If you’re a fan who likes his/her horror served up with a hot side of weird, then this one is for you!

Written and directed by Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione, Circle stars Saw V and “Dexter’s” Julie Benz, The Collection‘s Michael Nardelli, and Autumn Federici.

Synopsis:
In a massive, mysterious chamber, fifty strangers awaken to find themselves trapped with no memory of how they got there. Organized in an inward-facing circle and unable to move, they quickly learn that every two minutes one of them must die… executed by a strange device in the center of the room. At first the attacks seem random, but soon the strangers realize that they, as a group, have the power to decide who will be the next to be killed. A vote. A chance to control the machine. But how can they choose who deserves to die? And what happens when there is only one person left?

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Meet Lucky Leo in New Image from Rob Zombie’s 31

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:04

Filming has officially wrapped on Rob Zombie’s Halloween horror flick 31, and while we wait for a trailer, Zombie has been teasing the action with still images. We’ve got another one on tap for you today, so read on to check it out.

The image comes courtesy of Rob Zombie’s Facebook page, and introduces us to Lucky Leo. The character is played by Tracey Walter, known for his roles in Silence of the Lambs and the I Spit On Your Grave remake. Evil is his religion, according to his favorite coffee mug.

The cast includes Meg Foster as Venus Virgo; Judy Geeson as Sister Dragon; Jeff Daniel Phillips as Roscoe; Jane Carr as Sister Serpent; Richard Brake as Doom-Head; Ginger Lynn as Cherry Bomb, Doom-Head’s very special friend; Malcolm McDowell as Father Murder, the owner of Murder World; David Ury as Schizo-Head; Daniel Roebuck as Pastor Victor; Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs as Panda Thomas, the manager of a traveling roadshow known as “The Venus Lux Happy Time Fun Show”; Pancho Moler as Sick-Head; Tracy Walter as Lucky Leo; E.G. Daily as Sex-Head; and Torsten Voges as Death-Head as well as Sheri Moon Zombie, Lew Temple, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.

Synopsis:
31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which “The Heads” – murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.

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Which Addams Family Member Are You?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:00

I’m of the firm belief that the Addams Family are the most loving, caring, and connected family that has ever graced the silver screen. They are wildly devoted to each other, show an interest in what the others are doing, and spend tons of quality time together. In all honesty, there’s quite a bit to be jealous when watching them.

Many times I found myself wishing that I could be a part of that family. Yeah, they might be kooky, ooky, and sometimes a little bit spooky, but I think I could live with that.

This week’s quiz gives you the chance to see who you’d be if you were a part of the Addams Family! Simply take the quiz below and then make sure to leave a comment letting us know who you got!

I got Morticia, which stated:

Low-voiced, incisive and subtle, smiles are rare…ruined beauty … contemptuous and original and with fierce family loyalty … even in disposition, muted, witty, sometimes deadly … given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf’s hair.

…..okay then.

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Stanley Film Festival 2015: Sun Choke Trailer Premiere

Dread Central - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:57

The Stanley Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the most bankable events for quality horror films out there, and right now we have the trailer premiere for one of the films making its premiere there, Sun Choke.

The Ben Cresciman-directed psychological thriller screens Saturday, May 2nd, in Estes Park, CO.

Sun Choke – USA/2015 – World Premiere (Director: Ben Cresciman, Featuring Sarah Hagan, Barbara Crampton, Sara Malakul Lane)
Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.

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H.R. Giger Film Festival To Be Held In NYC And Features Never-Before-Seen Footage

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:45

Almost one year ago, the world lost one of its most creative and visionary minds when Swiss surreal artist H.R. Giger passed away. Giger was known in the horror community for his incredible artwork and his work on films such as Alien and Species. His presence was also felt strongly in the music community with his artwork used by bands such as Triptykon, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Korn, whose vocalist Jonathan Davis commissioned a one-of-a-kind mic stand sculpted by Giger, and Debbie Harry (for whom a never-before-seen documentary will premiere).

On May 22nd and 23rd, the Museum of Art & Design in New York City will be holding the “H.R. Giger Film Festival”, which will showcase rare and in some cases, never before screened anywhere, documentaries and short films. This event is part of the MAD cinema series, as well as a chapter in the ongoing HR Giger Film Festival.

Some more information, direct from the press release:

Marking the one-year anniversary of his passing, the Museum of Arts and Design presents The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger. Partnering with the HR Giger Museum and the HR Giger Documentary Film Festival, this weekend-long event presents rare and never before seen films made by and about HR Giger.

Opening up Giger’s personal archive for the first time, these films reveal the behind-the-scenes practice of this singular artist. The Unseen Cinema of HR Giger gives a rare glimpse into the personality, process, and vision of his indelible impact.

The first evening of screenings will be introduced by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein.

I was contacted by the festival’s curator, Zev Deans, who also dropped this amazing piece of information:

The real gem is a 45 minute arthouse sci-fi called “Swissmade”, made in 1969, that features Giger’s first use of prosthetic costume in a film. It has only been screened twice, only in Switzerland. This festival will be its American debut.

There will be three programs during this event:
“The Collaborations of H.R. Giger” – More information
“Inside H.R. Giger’s Sanctuaries” – More information
“Behind the Scenes of H.R. Giger’s Studio” – More information

Tickets for the event can be purchased here. Also make sure to take a few minutes to browse the website for the H.R. Giger museum.

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‘Celebrity Deathmatch’ Is Making A Return!

bloody disgusting - Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:10

While there was definitely a problem with MTV forgetting that it was supposed to be, y’know, a music television station, there were some amazing shows on that network. And one of the gems was Celebrity Deathmatch, the ultraviolent, hyper gory stop-motion battle show. Eight years ago, that show was cancelled after six seasons (which themselves were broken up over nine years). But now that’s about to change as MTV2 has ordered a pilot for a new season!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, creator Eric Fogel will return to the show with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci as executive producers. THR also states that the new version, “…will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture and will be reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.

Below is a clip showing the Men In Black vs. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson battling it out.

Now tell me, who’s excited for this? Because I know I am!

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