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Details Revealed for New Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Mazes Soulmate and B340

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:45

Long Beach, CA, you've been waiting for it. and the announcement is here! Your illustrious Queen Mary has unveiled the names of the two new mazes heading to Dark Harbor this Halloween season: Soulmate and B340! Read on for the details.

When the Queen Mary took her maiden voyage in 1936, she was considered the finest ocean liner ever built. Today she serves as home to museums, restaurants, and all types of presentations. But when Halloween rolls around, she gets ugly (much like anyone who took their maiden voyage in 1936…OH!).

Dark Harbor is the Queen Mary's haunted showcase, and this year's event promises to be the best one yet with the addition of the Soulmate and B340 mazes.

All the details and stories behind the new mazes and the haunt's previously announced Exclusive Encounter are below. The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor opens on October 2 and runs through November 2. Be sure to visit the Queen Mary Dark Harbor website now to book your tickets and get into the spirit of things. Halloween is just around the corner!

From the Press Release
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will rise from the haunted bows of a rich, torrid history to scare all those who dare this Halloween season. Dark Harbor is pleased to unveil two brand new mazes, Soulmate and B340, and the Exclusive Encounter unlike any other haunted experience onboard the infamous cruise liner.

Graceful Gale was the belle of The Queen Mary in the 1930s. As a beautiful first class passenger Gale charmed her way across the ship’s dance floor regularly until mysteriously disappearing on her final passage in 1939. The new Soulmate maze will take over the former location of the Containment maze and bring to life the haunted spirit of the frightful Graceful Gale. The story of Gale will unravel as her true spirit is revealed and those who dare will realize that Gale may not be as graceful as she appeared, but in fact is more monstrous than ever imagined. Gale will haunt The Queen Mary in order to lure suitors into her possession. Once she captures their hearts she will have her adoring minions cut them up and reassemble them to create her "perfect mate". But Gale isn’t so easy to please and only a few creatures are suitable enough to be her dance partner. The rest of the rejects are doomed and outcast to haunt the Queen at night.

On a 1948 Atlantic voyage, third class Queen Mary passenger Samuel was locked away in Room B340 after a violent outburst. After hours of isolation, crew found Samuel in his room, violently ripped apart. Murdered or self-induced suicide, no one knows. B340 is a new maze through Samuel the Savage’s schizophrenic journey of isolated decent into insanity. Travel through his warped mind literally and figuratively, ultimately reaching the final resting place, but only after visitors navigate a mirage of virtual B340s. Samuel is on the loose, he’s dangerous and completely out of his mind. Through his maze you may lose your own mind and find it impossible to escape.

The new Exclusive Encounters on board the Queen Mary will take a very limited number of thrill seekers on a terrifying top secret paranormal journey through the depths of the ship that have never been open to Dark Harbor guests before. Those who dare to voyage on an Encounter will be so brave they will have to sign their life away and hope that they return safely to land.

The Monster Midway, Freakshow, Mechanical Monster, The Ringmaster, and all of the terrifying spirits of the Queen will return for the horror amidst freaks, food, and live entertainment. The terror begins October 2 and runs for 20 haunted evenings through November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. Season passes are also an option for optimal adrenaline seekers. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visitThe Queen Mary Dark Harbor website.

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New Artwork Unveiled for Adam R. Steigert's Not Human

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:30

Back in January 2012 we got the first word on Ombis, which then became Ombis: Alien Invasion and is now known as Not Human. After some false starts, the film is finally arriving on VOD and DVD, and it's gotten some new artwork to celebrate.

The film was directed by Adam R. Steigert and written by Steigert, Janeen Avery, Terry Kimmel, Mark Mendola, and Michael Sciabarrasi. Not Human stars Richard Satterwhite, Jason John Beebe, and Sara Manzella along with Kathy Murphy, Alexander Sloan McBryde, Brenda Rickert, and Aryn Fitzgerald.

DefTone Pictures Studios Inc. and Origin Releasing are releasing Not Human on VOD on September 9th, followed by a DVD push out to retail markets in December. For more info in the meantime, be sure to visit the official Not Human website.

Synopsis:
Not Human follows the story of peaceful, rustic Metzburgh: a quiet village which was a former industrial town whose glory days are long past after the collapse of Metzburgh Grain. A meteorite crash lands in the peaceful community. Glen, a homeless ex-employee of the grain silos, gets too close to the crash site as a chemical poison sprays out of the meteorite, enveloping him. The chemical agent known only as Ombis begins to turn his insides into a slimy substance. Glen is discovered by lovebirds Mark and Lucy as the Ombis begins to consume Glen’s body and spread the alien infection.

Shocked by their gruesome discovery, Mark and Lucy contact local sheriff Thomas Brackett, who aids the traumatized couple. The collateral damage begins adding up as the virus begins to overrun the unsuspecting village. Adding to the chaos, a mysterious government team shows up and attempts to keep order while trying to contain the alien plague.

Mark, Lucy, and Sheriff Brackett are stuck in middle of an alien invasion where they must unite with the surviving townsfolk to take on ever-growing army of mutated Metzburgh residents. With time running short before the government decides to eradicate the virus off the face of the earth, the group must figure out away to get out of the town before it’s too late.




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1970s Vamps Battle Evil in Author Christopher Buehlman's The Lesser Dead

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:00

Christopher Buehlman's The Lesser Dead, a ferocious and funny look at vampires living in 1978 New York City, is told by Joey Peacock—a perpetually fourteen-year-old vampire who lives underground in the city's tunnels. It arrives October 7th from Ace Hardcover.

While riding the subways one night, Joey (a very questionable narrator) discovers that his group might not be the city’s apex predators when he witnesses a small group of children hypnotize a businessman and lead him away into the subway tunnel.

What follows is a gruesome game of cat and mouse between New York’s vampire residents and an ancient evil.

Check out the novel's cover art and official synopsis below.

Synopsis:
"The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.
The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry... "

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him… or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

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Closed Circuit Extreme Invades North American DVD This Week

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:45

MVD has announced the North American DVD release of Giorgio Amato's fly-on-the-wall serial killer thriller Closed Circuit Extreme with a street date of August 26th. Read on for the trailer, cover art, and more details about the film.

Written and directed by Giorgio Amato and produced by Italy's acclaimed siblings the Manetti Bros. (Arrival of Wang, Paura 3D), Closed Circuit Extreme stars Francesca Cuttica, Guglielmo Favilla, Gaia Insenga, and Stefano Fregni.

Synopsis:
A young couple who suspect their neighbor is responsible for the disappearance of a friend break into his house and rig each room with hidden CCTV cameras which reveal he is a sadistic serial killer. When they return to retrieve the evidence, they are trapped by the beast and forced to fight for their lives.

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Watch a NSFW Clip from Moebius; Win an Autographed Poster

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:30

RAM Releasing, the genre shingle of Film Movement, is releasing Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's Moebius in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago throughout August with a nationwide cable and digital VOD rollout on August 29th. Right now we have a NSFW clip and a contest for you.

To score yourself the one-sheet you see below, autographed by its centerpiece Lee Eun-woo, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on August 28th.

Moebius (review) stars Lee Eun-woo, Cho Jae-hyun, and Seo Young-ju.

On August 29th the film becomes available on cable VOD via all major providers (Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Verizon, et al) and digital VOD at iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, Playstation, Rovi, and Samsung Hub.

Synopsis:
When she catches her husband having an affair, a woman attempts to castrate the cheater for his wrongdoing. Unsuccessful, she instead inflicts the unspeakable act on her own son, setting off a series of grotesque yet provocative events ranging from a hurried genital transplant to pain-inflicted orgasms that all merge in a continuous thread of delirious storytelling. With both husband and son damaged and living in grief, the wife returns as the family heads towards destruction even more horrific than before.

Kim Ki-Duk, whose signature style pushes the limits of challenging filmmaking and often blows right through them, won the Golden Lion with Pieta at the Venice Film Festival last year. The prolific director is set to shock audiences again with Moebius, his latest perverse statement on family tensions, sexual boundaries, and society’s issues with each.




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See an Exclusive and Unsanitary New Devoured Clip

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:00

On the menu you'll find an exclusive new clip from Gravitas Ventures' release of director Greg Olliver's Devoured that has really bad bathroom habits. Look for the film on VOD September 2, 2014.

Devoured stars Marta Milans, Kara Jackson, Bruno Gunn, Tyler Hollinger, Luis Harris, Sal Rendino, and David Conley.

Synopsis
An immigrant mother (Milans) works as a cleaning woman at an old New York City restaurant in order to make enough money to pay for her sick son’s operation. With no friends or family, she lives a lonely, desperate existence, saving every penny and sending it home for her son. As his condition worsens, malevolent forces living within the walls of the restaurant begin to torment her. She struggles to escape and return to her son before the evil within the dark walls drives her completely mad.




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Director David Jung Gives a Look Into The Possession of Michael King

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:30

Shane Johnson is highly effective in the title role of The Possession of Michael King. Now the man behind the camera and the story speaks out about the movie. Director David Jung sat down with Dread Central to discuss The Possession of Michael King.

Jung began by discussing his inspiration for writing the story, which he co-penned with Tedi Sarafian. "The Shining played a very important role," Jung said. "I wanted to do a movie from the POV of Jack Torrance, the character Jack Nicholson played."

He explained, "I felt like no one had done that before, had the main character in the film be the one that’s slowly going mad, and documenting and talking about the process in an almost scientific way as it's happening. I love movies about transformation, especially horror films. David Cronenberg’s The Fly is one of my all-time favorite films."

Additionally, Jung talked about creating a demonic force with actor Shane Johnson using very little F/X. "Shane was hands down amazing," Jung said. "We became good friends during the filming and have remained good friends since. He came to the table prepared every single day. He cared about the role. He wanted to spend time with me before we started shooting to really talk about the character, to get into his head. This was a very important movie for me to make, and Shane dug in to do the work to nail the character from the very beginning."

Jung had nothing but praise for his star. "I put him through the ringer on this shoot. We didn’t have a lot of time (19 days to shoot the film!), and there were times on set I would just yell things for him to do and say and he was always ready willing and able, witty, could improvise on his feet, and would continue to bring something to Michael that was above and beyond what I ever envisioned. It was difficult to externalize the internal struggle Michael was going through. A lot of what's happening to him is inside his head. We did as much as we possibly could to bring that out with sound design, but the rest is all Shane."

Of course, horror is all about tension and how well a director can build it. Jung discussed how he built fantastic tension in The Possession of Michael King. "It’s always tough when you’re going into a film named 'The Possession of' something because right off the bat, in the title, you know, or at least have a pretty good idea of, what’s going to happen," Jung said. "We ended up spending less time on the slow burn tension builders and more time on some jump scares. The evil ceremonies were especially fun, at least for me, because unlike most occult-based films where an evil ceremony takes place, and something genuinely scary happens, the outcomes of these ceremonies were somewhat comedic. At least they are at first."

"It’s interesting overall, that when I’ve screened the film with an audience, there tends to be a lot of genuine laughter during the first half, the audience is having fun with Michael, as Michael pokes fun at the people that believe in the supernatural. Then as the film continues, and things get darker, a hush falls across the auditorium, and you can literally feel the nervous tension in the room as people sink deeper and deeper into their seats as they watch this man slowly deteriorate," Jung continued. "That’s the tension I appreciate the most. Not the manufactured jump scares here and there [but] the slow burn of dread that comes over people as they start to realize there’s no way out for this guy, and yes, it’s going to end badly."

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Although very little effects work was required to turn Shane Johnson into a demon, plenty of practical effects were used in the film. Jung talked about bringing his grotesque vision to life. "If you have a twisted idea, there’s a person out there that can make it happen; you just need to get out of their way and let them do their thing. We had a great practical F/X guy on the shoot, Jason Collins of Autonymous FX. He LOVES his job, and we had a great time working with him. Some of the set-ups to some of the gags didn't make it into the film. For example, the pentagram Michael slices into his chest. There’s a scene at an occult shop where Michael is learning from the guy that works there about all these different types of black magic. One of the things he learns is that it’s a misconception that the pentagram is evil. It’s actually used for protection from evil spirits. When Michael carves it into his chest in the kitchen, it’s not the demon doing it, it’s actually Michael, trying to protect himself from the demon, which is why the demon forces him to toss the knife, then literally tosses him around the room."

Jung continued, "The idea for this actually came from a really cool photo I stumbled across online. A picture of a guy with a sewn-up pentagram on his chest that was really gnarly, held together with staples and stuff. I thought that it would be cool, that instead of drawing the symbol on himself, he could carve it into his flesh. Michael sticking the needle in his finger came from a larger theological conversation, which used to exist in an earlier version of the script where the demon convinces Michael to start questioning the reality and existence of everyone and everything around him."

Additionally, Jung talked about the ants that haunted The Possession of Michael King. "The CG ant stuff was fun," he said. "I’d never really done anything like that before. Shane had to act like there was an ant on his desk, which wasn’t there. Then he had to pick it up, and watch as it crawled along his finger. Timing is everything for those shots. I wish we had more money. I would’ve had the walls of that house covered with ants by the end of the film!"

Jung concluded with a discussion on some of the unique imagery in the film and where they came from. "The scene with Michael and the TV is one of the first scenes I wrote in the script," Jung said. "I actually shot a test version of that scene, which embodied a much larger conversation between Michael and the demon, which helped secure the financing for the film, and firmly cemented my attachment as a director. Maybe I can post that somewhere someday. It’s a pretty cool scene. The other thing that shooting that scene did was to show people how that scene was going to be shot. I can’t tell you how many people read that scene and had no idea how it was going to work on film, or how I was going to shoot it. We had five cameras working for that scene. The two cameras that Michael wears, his doc camera, the security cam in the room, and the live camera pointed at Michael that shows him on the TV screen. It was one of those scenes that when we shot it, I was the only person on-set that had any real idea of what we were trying to accomplish, and I think that half of the cast and crew thought I was mad!"

Read our positive The Possession of Michael King review here

Read our negative The Possession of Michael King review here

Synopsis
Filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson) doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next movie about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment. He allows demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him in the hopes that when they fail and he'll have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.

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Halloween Horror Nights 2014 - Hollywood Tickets On Sale Now!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:00

Just a quick reminder that tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014! Don't wait! Be ahead of the curve! Make sure your throat is amongst the first to be placed lovingly on the chopping block.

From the Press Release
Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s leading Halloween event becomes “More Dead Than Ever,” expanding to 22 select nights with more mazes than ever, from Friday, September 19 through Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at Halloween Horror Nights.com, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, Terror Tram and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

“As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we hold ourselves to a very high standard in producing the best and most terrifying Halloween experience,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “Our ongoing collaboration with today’s most influential filmmakers and musicians, and movie and television horror properties, contributes to the authenticity of ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ and delivers one of the scariest, most compelling experiences anywhere. This year will be ‘More Dead Than Ever’ with more event nights and even more mazes, and we can’t wait.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 will feature a slate of all-new haunted attractions including, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” inspired by Season 4 of AMC’s Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning TV series. The bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

The engrossing television series will seep into other parts of Universal’s backlot with predatory walkers prowling the secluded wooded areas of the movie studio. “Terror Tram: Invaded by the Walking Dead” will take guests down the daunting path to Terminus, interspersed with landmarks and walkers from Season 4, including the “burned moonshine cabin,” “charred walkers” and “mud walkers.”

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s acclaimed supernatural TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” will debut at this year’s event in a new maze designed to thrust guests into its deviant world where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the Earth for centuries.

Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose the first-ever original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH.”
Other marquee mazes will include, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” a terrifying new haunted attraction based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” bringing together the most deadly species spawned from two blockbuster films; “An American Werewolf in London,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning film, and “Face Off: In the Flesh,” featuring gruesome characters from Syfy’s hit TV series.

A series of unnerving scare zones will also infiltrate “Halloween Horror Nights,” terrorizing guests as they navigate the darkness from one terrifying maze to another, beginning with “The Purge: Anarchy,” inspired by Universal Pictures’ disturbing blockbuster thriller. “The Walking Dead: Welcome to Terminus” will awaken swarms of predatory walkers in a gruesome scare zone situated adjacent to the new “The Walking Dead” maze.

Additional scare zones will include, “Mask-a-Raid,” featuring hordes of blood thirsty cannibals masquerading as French aristocrats; “Dark Christmas,” a Pagan-themed area where demonic creatures hunt disobedient children and drag them to hell; and “Skullz,” based on the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent supernatural half-beast monster with an insatiable appetite for human flesh.

As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including” Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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Unboxing The Walking Dead Season 4 Tree Zombie Box Set!

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:30

AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 4 is coming home soon, and we had the chance to score an early copy of the exclusive Limited Edition "The Walking Dead" Season 4 Tree Zombie Box Set! Check out the video right here!

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Release Details: August. Baseball season is in full swing. Barbecues have been blazing since Memorial Day. And fans can count another August tradition when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet and DVD on August 26th.

Each format contains five loaded discs, presenting each episode exactly as it was originally broadcast. The Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet presents the episodes in pristine 1080p high-definition and lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio. As with previous season releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON rewards fans with hours of bonus features, including never-before-seen production footage, deleted scenes and audio commentaries, with ultra-exclusive content only available on the Blu-ray release, including additional audio commentaries and several “extended” episodes seen for the first time!

Another “Walking Dead” home entertainment release tradition, started with the Season 2 Blu-ray set, is the unique concept packaging by renowned collectibles creator McFarlane Toys. Following in the “shuffling” footsteps of Season 2’s “Walker Head” and Season 3’s “Walker Aquarium,” THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON will be available in a Blu-ray limited edition “Tree Walker” package. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray + Digital HD with Ultraviolet, $69.98 for the DVD, and $129.99 for the Blu-ray limited edition.

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” enjoyed its most popular season to date, averaging 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode and 8.6 million adults 18-49. Whether evading walkers, resisting a super flu outbreak, escaping the fall of their temporary prison haven and desperately searching for a sanctuary called Terminus, the on-going story of a group of survivors under the protective watch and leadership of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Dr. Herschel Greene (Scott Wilson) continues to capture viewers’ imaginations on a global scale.

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FOURTH SEASON cast also includes Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green and Emily Kinney. New characters introduced this season include Sgt. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gillard, Jr.), Rosita Espinoza (Christian Serratos) and Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermott).

Technical Specs
Blu-ray:

  • Color
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
  • Not Rated
  • 696 Minutes
  • English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
  • Spanish Subtitles

    DVD:

  • Color
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio – Enhanced for 16x9 Televisions
  • Not Rated
  • 688 Minutes
  • English: Dolby Digital 5.1/French: Dolby Surround 2.0
  • English Subtitles for the Deaf & Hearing Impaired
  • Spanish Subtitles

    Special Features
    Blu-ray

  • Extended Episodes:
    - Episodes 9 (“After”), and 14 (“The Grove”) are extended on the Blu-ray™ only.
  • Featurettes:
    - Inside THE WALKING DEAD
    - The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    - Drawing Inspiration
    - Hershel
    - The Governor Is Back
    - Society, Science & Survival
    - Inside KNB EFX
    - A Journey Back to Brutality
    - Deleted Scenes
  • Commentaries:
    - Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor/Director Greg Nicotero
    - Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
    - Episode 9 (“After”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero, Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Danai Gurira (Michonne)
    - Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
    -Episode14 (“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Denise Huth and Actor Andrew Lincoln

    DVD

  • Featurettes:
    - Inside THE WALKING DEAD
    - The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    - Drawing Inspiration
    - Hershel
    - The Governor Is Back
    Society, Science & Survival
    Inside KNB EFX
    - A Journey Back to Brutality
    - Deleted Scenes
  • Commentaries:
    - Episode 1 (“30 Days Without An Accident”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager Tom Luse and Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor /Director Greg Nicotero
    - Episode 5 (“Internment”): Audio Commentary with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple and Actor Scott Wilson (Hershel)
    - Episode 12 (“Still”): Audio Commentary with Director Julius Ramsay and Actor Emily Kinney (Beth); Audio Commentary with Writer/Producer Angela Kang and Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl)
    - Episode 14(“The Grove”): Audio Commentary with Director Michael E. Satrazemis and Actors Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese) and Melissa McBride (Carol)

    Season 5 of “The Walking Dead” premieres October 12th on AMC.

    To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.

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    Rockin' Rock and Shock Announces Second Round of Guests for 11th Annual Event

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:00

    Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.

    Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.

    This line-up joins an already alluring celebrity list that includes John Ratzenberger, Jeffrey Combs, and Brad Dourif among others.

    More names will be announced in the upcoming weeks so be sure to visit the official Rock and Shock website, "like" Rock and Shock on Facebook and follow Rock and Shock on Twitter (@rockandshockusa).

    Tickets for Rock & Shock 2014 may be purchased at ticketfly.com, FYE stores, or at the Palladium box office.

    From the Press Release
    Vincent Price had one of the most distinctive voices in cinematic history. From portraying Roderick Usher in Poe's The House of Usher to performing his famed mid-song monologue in Michael Jackson's Thriller to starring in the original versions of The Fly, House on Haunted Hill and House of Wax, Price's voice quickly became synonymous with horror. Luckily for us, Price passed his incredible linguistic talents onto his daughter Victoria who is carrying on his legacy by becoming a popular public speaker in her own right. Victoria, along with her nephew, musician Jody Price, will be presenting a special one-off retrospective on her father's life and legacy at Rock & Shock 2014. The event will feature a panel presentation, behind-the-scenes pictures and invaluable information on the man behind the magical voice.

    In addition to Victoria and Jody Price, Rock & Shock will also be welcoming wrestling legend, podcaster and actor Roddy Piper to their 2014 lineup of guests. The WWE Hall of Famer is best known to horror audiences as the lead in John Carpenter's 1988 film They Live. Piper has recently lent his voice talents to the popular Cartoon Network series Adventure Time and to his podcast Piper's Pit on PodcastOne. Piper has also recently been seen in episodes of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" as well as the upcoming Tales of the Wicked Unseen, in which he stars alongside fellow horror vets Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman.

    Dee Wallace and Jake Busey will be joining the previously announced guest Jeffrey Combs for a reunion of the cast of Peter Jackson's cult classic The Frighteners. The 1996 horror-comedy starring Michael J. Fox has gone on to develop a huge cult following with many calling it one of the most underrated horror films of all-time. In addition to The Frighteners, Stone is best known for her roles in E.T., Cujo, The Howling and Critters, while Jake, eldest son of actor Gary Busey, is best known for his performances in Starship Troopers, Enemy of the State and his current role as Professor Aiden Tanner on Robert Rodriguez's "From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series".

    Victoria and Jody Price, Roddy Piper, Dee Wallace and Jake Busey will also be joined by Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2), Alex Vincent (Child's Play 1 & 2), Joe Knetter (Strip Club Slasher) and Sarah French (Shriek of the Sasquatch), as well as previously announced guests Brad Dourif (Child's Play, Halloween, The Lord of the Rings), John Ratzenberger (Motel Hell, Toy Story 1-3, TV's "Cheers"), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners, Star Trek), Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy frontman, Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil's Carnival) and Fiona Dourif (Curse of Chucky, "True Blood", "Deadwood"). Performers set to take the Rock & Shock stage include King Diamond, Machine Head, Twiztid and many, many more!

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    Dead Rising Feature Film for Crackle Finds a Director

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:02

    The Wrap is reporting that Leprechaun: Origins director Zach Lipovsky has signed on to direct the previously announced Dead Rising film adaptation from Legendary Entertainment and Crackle.

    Sony's Crackle will give the 90-minute feature an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV while Content Media Corp. (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn) will distribute both feature-length and episodic formats on international platforms.

    Dead Rising takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic -- with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage will all play a key role in the movie's story.

    The script will be written by Tim Carter, who will also produce the film alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) will executive produce.

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    Step Right Up for the Newest Teaser for American Horror Story: Freak Show

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:06

    More than any other TV show out there, "American Horror Story" is known for the WTF-ness of its teaser spots, and this latest one for "Freak Show" might just have outdone them all. Step right up, the show is about to begin...

    "American Horror Story" ("AHS") returns with an all-new gritty and gripping season, premiering Wednesday, October 8th, at 10 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings). Season 4, "Freak Show," is set in 1950s Florida and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time.

    From bearded ladies to Siamese twins, "Freak Show" features some of the series’ most familiar faces.

    Emmy® Award-winning actress Jessica Lange returns as Elsa Mars, Academy Award® winner Kathy Bates plays Effil Darling, celebrated actress Angela Bassett is Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson will do double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters plays Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts is Maggie. Plus, "AHS" newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and joining the cast this season is John Carroll Lynch ("Fargo"), who will play a core villain.

    Also appearing in "Freak Show" are Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle.

    For more info visit the "AHS: Freak Show" Facebook page, check out "AHS: Freak Show" on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with "American Horror Story" on FX.




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    Anne Rice Unveils the Updated UK Artwork for Prince Lestat

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:37

    At the end of July author Anne Rice revealed her UK publisher, Chatto & Windus', artwork for the upcoming Prince Lestat; and it was, to say the least, rather underwhelming. Well, they listened to the fans and have modified it.

    Per Anne herself on Facebook: You may remember I recently unveiled the UK cover for Prince Lestat. Many of you liked the handsome young man on the cover but others commented he wasn’t the Lestat you saw when reading my books.

    My UK publishers have listened to your responses and designed a beautiful new typographical cover instead, which allows you to keep Lestat in your mind. It will be in a luxurious supermatt finish with my name embossed along with the title AND fronds, on the front, spine and back! I think it is gorgeous and powerful.

    We agree, Anne. Nice job, Chatto & Windus!

    Prince Lestat, the first of several upcoming new installments in The Vampire Chronicles, arrives in the US on October 28th and in the UK on October 30th.

    Synopsis:
    A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return... From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.

    “What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again...” —from The Vampire Lestat

    Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of The Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all The Vampire Chronicles.

    The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis... vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

    As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, 4th century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all The Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia, along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...

    And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat...

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    Get Impaled by These Latest Horns Images

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:33

    On tap right now are several new images from Alexandre Aja's Horns (review) that are honestly the coolest we've seen thus far. Check them out, and look for more as we get closer to the film's release.

    Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.

    Look for Horns on October 31st in both the US and the UK.

    Synopsis:
    Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.

    This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.

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    New Exists Poster Offers a First Look at the Creature

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:23

    Lionsgate gave Entertainment Weekly the first look at the poster for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Dig it!

    In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

    Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists

    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. Exists, 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.

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    Watch the First Five Minutes of Giallo-esque Sonno Profondo

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:56

    Luciano Onetti's Giallo homage Sonno Profondo is arriving on Limited Edition DVD August 26th (with a September 23rd VHS release to follow), and we have the first five minutes of the film for you to check out right here!

    Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film that brings Giallo back using some of the best 70's horror style filmmaking and design. It's being released by BrinkVision.

    If you're old school and eying the VHS, note that it will be strictly limited to 200 copies on a red VHS collector's tape and will include some great vintage extras.

    The film, which was written, directed, and edited by Luciano Onetti, stars Daiana García, Silvia Duhalde, and Onetti himself. Onetti also served as its cinematographer and composer.

    Synopsis:
    After murdering a woman, a killer who is traumatized from his childhood memories gets a mysterious envelope slipped under his door. The hunter becomes the prey when he finds out that the envelope contains photos that show him killing the young woman.

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    Prep for True Blood's Series Finale with a Sneak Peek of Episode 7.10 - Thank You

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:29

    All in all this final season of "True Blood" has been a cut above the last couple but still nowhere near the glory days of its early years. We're hoping it goes out on a high note, and here's a sneak peek of what's ahead in Episode 7.10, "Thank You."

    Mostly, though, we're hoping it's Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" that will be playing when the final credits roll. Do you agree?

    Episode 7.10 - “Thank You” (air date 8/24/14)
    Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer).

    Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

    Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.

    For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd.




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    Exclusive Poster Variant for Promiscuities; See the Film NOW!

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:54

    Fan of David Cronenberg's Videodrome? Then you just may want to check out the new indie flick Promiscuities from commercials director Jonathan Leder. Even cooler? Dread Central readers get a special VOD discount!

    That's right, kids! We have 20 coupon codes to get 60% off a rental on the VHX platform. The first 20 readers to visit the above link and enter the code TeamDread will receive the discount and immediately be able to watch the film.

    Please note: Each coupon enables unlimited HD streaming and an HD download of Promiscuities.

    Enjoy!

    Synopsis
    Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her.

    Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. His track record is stellar; yet, his method is strict. He recommends permanently exhausting Diane’s carnal neurosis. Each unruly session will be recorded and subjected to scrutiny. Diane’s therapist promised a cure. Instead he unlocked their sickness. To traverse the nightmare, Diane must push her body to the brink.

    Check out the trailer below with an exclusive Dread Central intro from star Amy Hood.

    Click HERE to watch Promiscuities.

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    Film4 FrightFest 2014: Digging Up the Marrow Gets Exclusive Poster for Attendees

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:27

    Playing as part of this years Film4 FrightFest is Adam Green's latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow, and if you're gonna be there, you'll have a chance to score yourself an exclusive poster for the flick!

    "ONLY those attending the screening will get these exclusive posters as only enough were made for the number of seats in the cinema," says Green. "This is the first poster in a 4-part variant series leading up to the official theatrical one-sheet and release details. All coming soon."

    Green also stars in the documentary film, which he made with artist Alex Pardee along with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, and a host of other familiar faces. In Digging Up the Marrow an exploration of genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.

    Check out the one-sheet below courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.

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    See a Preview of Teen Wolf's Special Sunday Night Episode 4.10 - Monstrous

    Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:23

    "Teen Wolf" Season 4 has just three episodes remaining, and we can't wait to see how things end up. But first we have a special Sunday night episode ahead, #4.10, entitled "Monstrous," which is airing before MTV's 2014 VMA's.

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, and Holland Roden star along with new regulars Arden Cho, Shelley Hennig, and Ryan Kelley as Deputy Parrish. Season 4 also features the return of Jill Wagner as Kate Argent, JR Bourne as Chris Argent, and Ian Bohen as Peter Hale.

    Related Story: Visit our "Teen Wolf" archive!

    "Teen Wolf" Episode 4.10 - "Monstrous" (airs 8/24/14)
    Scott and Kira must protect Satomi's pack from assassins. Stiles and Malia learn the origins of The Dead Pool.

    For more info visit the official "Teen Wolf" website, "like" "Teen Wolf" on Facebook, and follow "Teen Wolf" on Twitter.

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