Let Us Prey for Dark Sky

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:01

The release details are here for Brian O’Malley’s Let Us Prey via Dark Sky Films. Read on for some nifty new artwork and more! If you know what’s good for you, that is!

From the Press Release:
A new breed of screen villain takes over in LET US PREY, about a malignant loner’s chilling effect on everyone he encounters during a night in jail. The supernatural horror film will be available on VOD and Digital Download from Dark Sky Films on May 26, 2015 – it will also be available on Blu-ray/DVD day & date.

Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh; The Woman, Filth), a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a backwater town. Surrounded by both disgruntled officers and irate petty offenders, her job becomes all the more difficult and terrifying when a mysterious man (Liam Cunningham, “Game of Thrones”‘ Davos Seaworth) is brought in and strange things start happening to everyone in the station.

As it becomes clear that the enigmatic stranger, known simply as Six, has something to do with the supernatural, terrifying events, Rachel finds herself in a fight for her life against cop and criminal alike as one by one they turn on each other. Now she must survive the night and uncover the stranger’s true plans for the station’s hapless denizens before she too falls prey to the unholy power that seeks to destroy them all.

Also starring in the film are Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast) and Bryan Larkin (TV’s “Outlander”).

LET US PREY marks the auspicious directorial debut of Brian O’Malley. Sight & Sound listed the film as one of the best horror films of 2014. Sarah Boslaugh of Playback called it “an effective and surprisingly philosophical horror film.” The List’s Henry Rothmore said it is “an intriguing horror flick. … Cunningham is suitably sinister and shadowy, spouting Bible quotes as he manipulates the others.”

The film was an Official Selection and audience favorite at both the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, and Montreal’s Fantasia Fest. It won the Silver Méliès Award at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film and the Audience Award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

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Get an Early Sneak Peek of The Originals Episode 2.20 – City Beneath the Sea

Dread Central - Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:33

Well, that was certainly a jaw-dropping ending last night on “The Originals,” and if you can’t wait one second longer for a sneak peek of what’s ahead in next week’s Episode 2.20, “City Beneath the Sea,” you’re in luck because The CW has just released a clip!  In this sneak peek Marcel shares some sage advice with Rebekah.

“The Originals” Episode 2.20 – “City Beneath the Sea” (airs 4/27/15)
LOOMING DEADLINES AND ENTICING PROPOSITIONS — When Dahlia (guest star Claudia Black) devises a clever way to get Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) attention, she reveals some startling details about baby Hope and leaves him with an enticing proposition to consider.

Elsewhere, while Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) find themselves with opposing views on how best to handle Dahlia’s looming deadline, Rebekah (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers), Davina (Danielle Campbell), and Cami (Leah Pipes) work together to come up with their own strategy.

Meanwhile, following a tense stand-off between Elijah and Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) in the bayou, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is left to make a difficult decision about her and Hope’s future.

Finally, Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), who is eager to leave his witch past behind him, approaches Davina with an offer that leaves her intrigued. Leslie Libman directed the episode written by Carina Adly MacKenzie and Charlie Charbonneau.

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Late Night Double Feature (2015)

Dread Central - Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

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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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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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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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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