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Amethyst Trailer Dreams of Joy and Laughter

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:00

There are some weird and idyllic trailers out there, and then there’s the trailer for Amethyst. Jared Maters’ silent horror fantasy film does not yet have a release date, so head over to Facebook to get your fix.

From the Press Release:
The 1st trailer for the upcoming feature film ‘Amethyst’ was released this morning. It is the latest from psycho-sensationalist Jared Masters of Frolic Pictures. It is a silent film, and the true story of a girl, who took too much (LSD), and went down the rabbit hole, never to return to this side of reality again.

After exceeding the recommended dose (by about 499 hits of liquid lysergic acid), Amethyst becomes consumed by its psychedelic properties and discovers a whole new existence above ours, a place beyond invisible mirrors. Although she must endure this tragedy, some good does come from it. She befriends a piccolo-playing eunuch, and follows magical orbs to their family cluster.

Will Amethyst’s best friend, Ember, find her … in time? Will Amethyst kill, or be killed, by the many strange beings that surround her? Will she devour the tempting fungi indigenous to the wood? Only you can tell, after baring witness, to the sights and sounds of this splendid, startling and spectacular motion picture event.

Don’t miss Grace Klich and Val Miller, out of the house, exploring the wonders of a secret world. Vampires, sea nymphs, gentiles, river fairies, butterflies and ghost children. Will the mysterious 100-foot obelisk, that Amethyst discovers, help send her home? She may even find sea nymph eggs, but what will she do with them?

This film is not recommended for the closed-minded, or persons with shallow cinematic taste. However, if you are someone who has ever dreamed of an oasis of joy and laughter, this side of Heaven, where goat-footed dwarves ride white pygmy ponies, then, this one’s for you.

Shot in historic Richmond, Virginia, in stunning 4K and Tripto-vision. Co-starring Derrick Biedenback, Vincent Joel and Olivia Yohai. Cinematography by Takede Osheame. Production assistance and continuity by Matt McPartland and Casey Plemons. Produced by Megan Clare Johnson and Andrew Wint. Music composed by Federico Ferrandina. Written and directed by Jared Masters (Slink, Ballet of Blood, After School Massacre).

Be sure to check out the trailer, and tell your friends, but remind them… One drop is enough… Amethyst is coming soon.

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Exclusive: Director Padraig Reynolds Talks The Devil’s Dolls

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 09:30

We told you last month that The Devil’s Dolls is being released in select theaters and on VOD/Digital this Friday, September 16th, via IFC Midnight Films, and we recently got in touch with horror filmmaker Padraig Reynolds to discuss his latest genre feature.  Read on for the exclusive word on this voodoo-inspired shocker.

Reynolds, who wrote and directed the 2011 horror feature Rites of Spring, here co-produces and directs from a script by co-producers Danny Kolker and Christopher Wiehl (the latter of whom also stars). Here’s the official synopsis:

A serial killer’s curse unleashes a season of slaughter in the backwoods of Mississippi. According to an ancient Guatemalan tradition, parents teach their children to allay their troubles by telling them to handmake “worry dolls” just before bedtime. But when several of these talismans—which once belonged to a notorious mass murderer—find their way into the hands of unsuspecting residents of a small Southern town, it sets off a grisly wave of bloodshed.

Kennedy Brice (“The Walking Dead”), Kym Jackson (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Tina Lifford, Samantha Smith (Transformers), Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II), and Yohance Myles (This Is the End) also star. Holly Amber Church provides the score, with cinematography by Adam Sampson.

Filmed over the course of twenty days in Canton, Vicksburg, and Natchez, Mississippi, on the Red Epic Camera, Reynolds says of The Devil’s Dolls, “I was sent the script and really dug the material. I met with the producers, and we got along great. They were really cool with the style I wanted to bring to the script and loved the fact that I had already shot a movie in Mississippi and was familiar with the area. We went location scouting and were shooting within two months. It all happened really fast.”

With the film’s original trailer evoking shades of Child’s Play and “true crime,” we asked Reynolds of any possible influence, to which he replied, “I really wanted to do a crime drama with shades of voodoo in it. I really liked that there aren’t many films in the voodoo genre. So it was a chance to do something fresh and different. There are hints of Child’s Play, but our film is different. The dolls in our movie cause people to become possessed upon contact and basically make them lose their shit and go nuts. The ‘true crime’ aspect is there as well cause we were in the Deep South shooting a detective story in the dead of summer. It was sticky, sweaty, and hot as hell. I think the locations in the film really add to the authenticity of the film and give it a unique look.”

As for Reynolds’ working relationship with co-writer, co-producer, and star Weihl, the director effused, “Chris and I worked every day and were on the same page from day one. He really let me run with my vision and supported every change I wanted to make in the script. I was really impressed with how many different hats he could wear on production. He was writer, producer, and actor all at the same time. We had such a great working experience that we are working on other projects together.”

Regarding the shoot itself, Reynolds said of principal photography, “My favorite part was shooting the opening. My DP Adam Sampson and I really set out to do something energetic. We wanted an action sequence to open the movie and introduce all the players in a unique, fast, and bloody way. Really try to grab you by the throat right away. Plus we shot in this abandoned mental institution in the woods that was pretty incredible.”

Reynolds, who is currently early in production on a new feature film called OPEN 24 HOURS, which is slated to go before cameras this fall, concluded of The Devil’s Dolls, “I’m really excited to be on IFC Midnight again. They released my last film, Rites of Spring, and they are one of the best indie distributors out there.”

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Killing Floor 2 Making Console Debut on PS4 Pro

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 09:00

Merely days after the announcement of the PS4 Pro, Tripwire Interactive revealed that Killing Floor 2 will be coming to the system, marking the series’ console debut – but there are a few strings attached. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
Tripwire Interactive, in collaboration with Deep Silver and Iceberg Interactive, is pleased to announce that the retail release of its highly successful co-op sci-fi horror FPS game KILLING FLOOR 2 will be available at launch, fully supporting the newly announced PlayStation®4 Pro computer entertainment system and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system exclusively at GameStop, the largest video game retailer, for $39.99 on November 18, 2016. Enhanced for PlayStation®4 Pro out of the box, the sequel to the 3+ million unit selling Killing Floor will be making its console debut with this release for the first time in franchise history with gory visuals, touting sharper and crisper textures, and overall increased fidelity.

”Partnering with companies like Tripwire and Deep Silver allows us to leverage our position as largest video game retailer in the world to deliver better experiences and opportunities to all gamers,” said Eric Bright, senior director of merchandising at GameStop. “Killing Floor 2 is a great example of how we can take AAA products and bring them to brand new audiences.”

In KILLING FLOOR 2 players descend into continental Europe, where the outbreak caused by Horzine Biotech’s failed experiment has quickly spread and gained unstoppable momentum, essentially paralyzing the European Union. Just one month after the events in the original KILLING FLOOR, the specimen clones are everywhere, and civilization is in disarray; communications have failed, governments have collapsed, and military forces have been systematically eradicated. The people of Europe know survival and self-preservation too well, and lucky survivors have gone into hiding.

Not all have given up hope, though… A group of civilians and mercenaries have banded together to combat the outbreak and established privately funded operation bases across Europe. Upon tracking specimen clone outbreaks, players will descend into zed-laden hot zones and exterminate them.

·Visceral Gore – KILLING FLOOR 2 ramps up the gore with a proprietary, high-powered persistent blood system bringing new levels of fidelity to the genre. Players will send entrails, severed limbs, and blood flying as they wade through hordes of enemies. But they need to watch out! If caught, enemies will rip them, and their entire party, limb from limb.

·6-Player Co-op or Solo Play— A multitude of varied playable characters await for players to choose from as they enter the fray in online co-op mode or solo mode for those willing to brave the horrific specimens alone.

·12-Player PvP Versus Survival Game Mode – Be the Zed! A 12-player PvP mode where two teams take turns playing Humans vs. Zeds in a pair of short matches. In the first match one team plays Humans and the other Zeds until the humans all die during a single round or they beat the boss. For the second match the teams switch sides, and when the battle is completed, both teams receive a score based on their performance, and the higher score wins!

·Terrifying Zeds – New enemies and fan favorites from the original game are back with expanded and smarter artificial intelligence, dishing out powerful attacks, working as a group to weaken the player’s party and pushing the challenge level and fear factor to new levels.

·Unique Blend of Weaponry – From modern militaristic assault rifles, brutal improvised makeshift weapons, classic historical guns, and off the wall “Mad Scientist” weapons, KILLING FLOOR 2 has a unique blend of killing tools that will satisfy any gamer.

·Expanded Perk System – Perks from the original game have been reimagined with more added to the fold. All perks now progress with meaningful talent choices that amplify different play styles, giving players a progression path that is expansive and full of rewarding milestones.

·Brutal Melee Combat – KILLING FLOOR 2 reinvents melee combat completely. Players now have control over the type of melee attacks they can perform, enabling them to deliver bone-breaking crippling attacks to Zeds.

KILLING FLOOR 2 is developed by Tripwire Interactive and will be published for retail by Deep Silver for the PlayStation®4 Pro and PlayStation®4 and published by Iceberg Interactive for PC. The game will be available globally on November 18, 2016.

Stay up-to-date with the latest KILLING FLOOR 2 news and information at You can also keep track of Tripwire Interactive at any of these online channels:, on Facebook at, Twitter at and on YouTube at

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Enclosure (2016)

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 06:00

Starring Kevin Ryan, Jake Busey, Fiona Dourif

Directed by Patrick Rea

Screened at FrightFest 2016

Ex-paramedic Charles (Ryan) has quit his job in order to follow his dreams and join his bandmates on tour – and before he disappears for six months, he and wife Dana (Dourif) set off on a camping trip to spend some much-needed time together.

Unbeknownst to Charles, Dana has recently discovered that she’s pregnant – but she hasn’t quite worked up the courage to tell him, given that they’ve already agreed that they’re not the kind of couple who would do well with children.

Out in the woods, Charles and Dana find their stay interrupted by the actions of a bunch of local hunters, who spend the evening getting drunk, shooting guns and riding quad bikes all over the forest. That is, until something attacks them…

With the hunters wiped out except for the gravely wounded Sean (Busey) – rescued from the situation by Charles and dragged into the couple’s tent – the three survivors find themselves stalked from all sides by some kind of forest-dwelling creature… and it only seems to be a matter of time before the thing decides to make its way inside.

Yet the thing outside isn’t the only threat, as the smarmy, big-mouthed Sean seems to have ulterior motives of his own – quietly working his way into the minds of his two saviours as he tries to turn them against one another and secure his escape from the forest.

Primarily a character play, Enclosure relies heavily on its cast and – thankfully – everybody here is more than up to the task. Dourif continues her impressive streak within the genre and the interplay between her and Ryan ably generates the feeling of a loving relationship that’s just not quite in the best place right now. It isn’t overtly pointed out at any point, but the two of them manage to organically realise this subtext as a separate thread to Dana’s own worries regarding the pregnancy.

Next to them, Jake Busey inhabits the role of Sean almost entirely – he’s a perfect fit, leaving it difficult to picture anybody else in this position as he grins and weasels his way across each scene.

The drama of Enclosure does, however, outshine the horror as besides a couple of nicely timed scares, Rea overplays his monster hand with just a little too much early exposure given to the forest-dwelling beast(s). But these early shots don’t represent the quality of the impressive creature design once the last act reveals them in their full glory – adding another surprisingly effective creature to director Rea’s stable. His attraction to, and skill with, interesting monsters is just as apparent as it was in 2013’s Nailbiter – a film so inventively approached that most would never have noticed it was a werewolf flick until the reveal.

Here, we have something akin to a folklorish Native American Predator, with undertones of unpaid transgressions against Mother Earth and other antagonistic motives that might just spell the end of all three of our thoroughly modern civilisation dwellers.

Some cartoonish effects and digital compositing do let the side down, robbing chunks of fear factor from the tense, siege-like tent sequences and leaving the monsters lacking, but the dramatic threads playing out remain consistently compelling – and there’s certainly enough threat going on between the humans to get you through without much complaint.

Extra kudos to Rea for refusing to tie things with up with a nice big pretty bow, too – delivering an unexpectedly dark ending that hearkens to mythological and fairytale horror and reinforces his growing reputation as a filmmaker dedicated to finding new monstrous angles from which to come at you.

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Director’s Cut (2016)

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 05:30

Starring Missi Pyle, Penn Jillette, Harry Hamlin, Hayes MacArthur

Directed by Adam Rifkin

Screened at FrightFest 2016

After donating enough money to the crowdfunding efforts of low-rent serial killer flick Knocked Off, weirdo Herbert Blount (Jillette) earns himself a Producer credit and the opportunity to be on set throughout filming.

This very simple situation leads to the film you now watch: Director’s Cut.

The concept here is that the footage from director Adam Rifkin’s “Knocked Up” has been stolen by the maniacal Blount and re-edited using a mixture of the finished film, deleted footage and Blount’s own on- and off-set recordings… most interestingly, those in which he records himself stalking, kidnapping and eventually shooting new scenes with film star Missi Pyle, with whom he is completely obsessed.

One of the most gloriously inventive film experiences in years, Director’s Cut plays out with the likeable – but quite clearly out of his mind – Blount providing an almost constant commentary over his edition of the film. He fills us in on his motivations, why certain shots were stylistically chosen, what to look out for in terms of product placement and even waxes lyrical on what he thinks certain filmmaking terms mean as demonstrated on-screen. Often he’s wrong; other times he’s right on with a little twist… and it makes for a seriously fun time for anyone with even a modicum of experience within the industry.

Director’s Cut tends to feel very lighthearted; and Blount, whilst obviously suffering from more than a few loose screws in the ol’ noggin, comes across as a harmless idiot. Yes, he’s creepy; yes, things eventually get dark when kidnapping and more uncomfortable situations arise – but you never get the sense that he would intentionally hurt Missi.

The manner in which Director’s Cut unfolds is borderline genius, getting everything a standard narrative would need to have – such as how Blount acquires the footage he’s using and how he manages to work himself into Missi’s life – through to the audience by having Blount himself include it in his edition of Knocked Off. These scenes are relevant to the story of Knocked Off in Blount’s twisted mind, and his commentary details the artistic and plot significance as relates to Rifkin’s original film. Some are even crudely edited with animation and Blount providing voiceover – turning, for example, a spied-on lunch between Missi and her sister becoming a hilarious, hard-boiled police discussion.

It’s quirky, it’s insane… and it’s riotously entertaining.

The cast are excellent across the board here, admirably managing the multiple layers necessary in terms of being an actor playing an actor playing a character whilst also playing themselves. The star of the show is most definitely Penn Jillette, however, and it’s unsurprising to see that he also wrote the film… because you simply won’t be able to imagine anybody else in the shoes of Herbert Blount. The voice, the enthusiasm, the playfulness… nobody could have nailed this like Jillette does, though he comes very close to being upstaged by the short appearance of his real-life on-stage showman pal, Teller – the usually-silent magician delivering a gut-busting (yes, spoken!) performance that you will never, ever forget.

Director’s Cut does suffer slightly from being a one-note joke, but the humour comes thick and fast and Jillette’s lovable psycho is a constant pleasure to listen to. There’s always the sense of a surprise waiting just around the corner, so even when Director’s Cut finds its grip on pacing begin to slip, your attention is unlikely to wander too far given how frequently things get crazy.

You’ll need a tolerance/appreciation of bad movies (Knocked Off is intentionally derivative, unbelievable and cheesy) and a dark sense of humour if you’re going to get the most out of Director’s Cut – but if you can personally mark those on your list, then get ready for one of the most unique, oddball, self-aware and eminently enjoyable dark comedies you’re ever likely to see.

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Downhill (2016)

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 05:00

Starring Natalie Burn, Ignacia Allamand, Ariel Levy, Bryce Draper, Luke Massy

Directed by Patricio Valladares

Screened at FrightFest 2016

Following up on his odious, horribly plotted disaster Hidden in the Woods, Chilean director Patricio Valladares returns to the genre with Downhill – a not-quite-as-odious but still horribly plotted disaster.

Couple Joe (Draper) and Stephanie (Burn) are downhill bike racing enthusiasts. Still reeling from the accidental death of one of their friends during a race, Joe and Stephanie are invited by old friend Pablo (Levy) to take part in a corporate-sponsored race in Chile that could make for a solid payday.

Accepting, the pair hop on a plane and head over, partying with Pablo before taking off the next morning for a practice run through the nearby forest. It’s all – *sigh* – downhill from here, though, when they discover an injured, and sick, man behind the wheel of a crashed vehicle. Desperate to find help for the wounded man, Joe and Stephanie draw the ire of a group of local hunters led by a ruthless brute ‘alpha’ (Massy) – all of whom appear determined to protect the secret behind whatever it is that’s wrong with the man involved in the crash.

Valladares’ Downhill has a pretty good setup: isolated location, fish-out-of-water protagonists, threatening adversaries of unknown motivation and some kind of freaky infection – but as the film progresses, it very much matches its namesake when it comes to quality. Once again, Valladares just can’t seem to help himself when it comes to his portrayal of women – whose only purpose appears to be running, screaming, shouting, stripping and dying. Every time it seems that Burn’s Stephanie is about to go ‘Ripley’ and demonstrate sufficient independent strength, she caves or folds time and time again… the switch serving no real character purpose – it’s merely to drive her from one point of conflict to the next. If things need to move, she gets strong for a moment; if Valladares wants the abuse to persist, she flops like a fish. It’s all over the bloody place and, ultimately, insulting to anyone of reasonable intelligence.

The villains are one-note but passable – which actually works given their shady nature – but Valladares has a tendency to wreck almost every encounter with them by overloading the scene with terrible CGI gunshots/bullets and the belief that shaking the damned camera every time someone pulls a trigger makes for a more impactful sequence. It does not.

Still, there’s a compelling mystery at the core of Downhill – possibly the only thing that will keep the devoted genre fan watching beyond the first 30 minutes – and the makeup effects used to demonstrate the mutations caused by whatever infection is ravaging these woods are superb. There’s also some creature action – the infection evolving into tentacles bursting from chests and other monstrous fun.

But even this is unfocused, unfulfilled and poorly handled. Some obscure answers are offered as the relatively poor ending comes around, but many are kept locked away – for example, what are the bags hanging in the woods for? What is the purpose behind all of the villains’ activity? Why is there only one single incident of apparently supernatural/mystical behaviour in between all the grounded body horror?

Realistically, these are questions that you’re likely to ask and immediately forget – because dissecting Downhill to such a degree simply isn’t worth the time nor the effort. If the filmmakers had felt differently, perhaps we’d have ended up with a more satisfying film but as it stands, Downhill is a dull, slapdash effort with very little in the way of redeeming qualities.

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TIFF 2016: Orion and BH Tilt Team Up to Distribute The Belko Experiment

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 18:16

Director Greg McLean’s latest film, The Belko Experiment, which was written and co-produced by James Gunn, has landed distro following its Midnight Madness debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Fest. We have the early details for you right here, and we only have to wait six months to see it!

From the Press Release:
On the heels of a raucous debut screening at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness, Orion Releasing, a distribution arm of MGM, and BH Tilt announced today that they are partnering to release The Belko Experiment, directed by Greg McLean (The Darkness, Wolf Creek), written and produced by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2), and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring and Annabelle).

The film will debut in theaters on March 17, 2017. BH Tilt is Blumhouse’s releasing company run by John Hegeman that takes advantage of new distribution and marketing strategies to release targeted films backed by digitally heavy campaigns. BH Tilt’s most recent release, The Darkness, starring Kevin Bacon and also directed by McLean, grossed over $10m in a targeted release; its next film, Incarnate, directed by Brad Peyton and starring Aaron Eckhart, will be released on December 2nd.

Hegeman said: “Greg, James, and Peter made a truly original and unique movie that we are excited to work with them and Orion on bringing to genre audiences all across the country.”

Jonathan Glickman, MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group, said, “Following a rousing debut here in Toronto, there is no better partner for this exciting film than in the talented hands of BH Tilt. We cannot wait for audiences to experience in what Greg, James, and Peter have created.”

Gunn said: “I can’t imagine a better home for us than BH Tilt – a movie as edgy and unique as Belko needs a deft hand for its release, and BH Tilt is the deftest of them all.”

McLean said: “I’m so proud of this movie and the amazing team of collaborators behind it and couldn’t be more excited about once more working with my friends at Orion and BH Tilt to bring Belko to audiences. Genre fans are in for an unforgettable ride!”

The Belko Experiment explores a twisted social experiment, in which a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia, and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed.

The film stars John Gallagher, Jr. (“The Newsroom,” 10 Cloverfield Lane), Tony Goldwyn (“Scandal”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”), John C. McGinley (Stan Against Evil, “Scrubs”), Josh Brener (“Silicon Valley”), Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead,” Guardians of the Galaxy), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station).

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Dead Rising 4 Lets the Slay Ride Begin in 2D Cinematic Trailer

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 15:22

Capcom decided to take a vastly different approach in this  latest promotional trailer for Dead Rising 4 ahead of the game’s December 6th launch, choosing to create a 2D animated video featuring anime-style visuals, complete with the creepiest rendition of “O Christmas Tree” that you’ll ever hear.

Dead Rising 4 Cinematic – “Black Friday”
It’s the holiday season in Willamette, Colorado, and a mysterious outbreak has overrun the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall and surrounding town with dangerous and deadly predators. Join Frank West as you explore a vast, open-world sandbox filled with dangerous new zombies and a million ways to kill them as you seek to uncover the truth behind the outbreak – or die trying.

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In Memoriam: September 11, 2001

Sun, 09/11/2016 - 01:51

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to reflect on and honor the memories of our friends and family who were lost to us 15 years ago on September 11th. The passage of time has done nothing to ease the pain. You’ll always be loved and remembered.

And here’s to our troops. Thank you so much for continuing to fight for us every day. Get home safe.

And wherever you’ve gone… and wherever we might go…
It don’t seem fair… today just disappeared…
Your light’s reflected now… reflected from afar…
We were but stones… your light made us stars.
” – Pearl Jam, “Light Years”

God bless.

– The Dread Central Family

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Exclusive: Eibon Press Talks Gates of Hell Comic Series; Fulci’s Zombie #1 Reprint Now Available!

Sat, 09/10/2016 - 16:29

The folks over at Eibon Press just keep on kicking the horror world’s ass with their Fulci Comics. Issue #1 of Zombie, based on the classic film, is now available again as a limited edition reprint and is rapidly selling out. Issue #2 is well on the way also, and it promises to be a gore-soaked delight!

Eibon Press co-founder Shawn Lewis provided us with the lowdown today.

We just went live with the second printing of LUCIO FULCI’S ZOMBIE #1 last night at our website, and we’re having the same great success with it,” said Lewis. “The fans of Fulci and ZOMBIE are really coming out in force for these comics. In fact, I wanted to share with your readers that we still have hundreds of unsigned copies of the #1 reprint for sale as of today. The great thing about the unsigned copies is that they come with all the same bells and whistles, and they’re a little cheaper too!

And we’ll be rolling out LUCIO FULCI’S ZOMBIE #2 in less than a month also,” he added. “Issue #2 features the most iconic scenes of the classic Fulci film, like Shark vs. Zombie and Eye vs. Splinter, but it also features a 5-page bonus story from our upcoming GATES OF HELL comic, based on Fulci’s CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. Check it out one time, won’t you? GATES will be a 3-issue mini-series and is actually the start of a trilogy of horrors we have planned, called THE SAGA OF THE 7 GATES. It’s a blood-soaked epic based on the films of Fulci!

A gentle reminder: Fulci Comics are not available in any store. You can only get them at EIBONPRESS.COM.

So get your ass over there!

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It’s a Trick ‘r Treat Sam September Box of Dread

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:28

It has been a decade since Sam first showed up in Michael Dougherty’s 1996 short film Season’s Greetings and then became our guide in Trick ‘r Treat. So now, a Trick ‘r Treat Sam September Box of Dread is the perfect way to celebrate 10 years of enforcing the rules and traditions of Halloween.

Make sure you listen to Sam and become a Box of Dread acolyte!

You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

The Sam September Box of Dread will feature items from Trick ‘r Treat along with a couple other surprises. On top of that, as usual, one acolyte will also receive the fable Box of Dread Seventh Box in addition to the regular monthly box.

We’ll be announcing the Seventh Box soon. So watch this space. You’ll just have to be an active Box of Dread acolyte to be automatically entered into the drawing. Hurry… the deadline to sign up for the Sam September Box of Dread is 11:59 pm ET on August 9, 2016.

Sign up to be a Box of Dread acolyte now! Then you would also be eligible to win the elusive Box of Dread Seventh Box.

The deadline to sign up for the Sam September Box of Dread is 11:59 pm ET on September 9, 2016.

If you don’t already know, you can soon get some official Trick ‘r Treat digital decorations thanks to AtmosFX. You can digitally decorate your homes and yards this Halloween season with unique Trick ‘r Treat animated displays that are projected onto walls, windows, props, and more.

Related Story: Michael Dougherty Talks Trick ‘r Treat Sequel; Trilogy Planned

Don’t miss out. The deadline to sign up for the Sam September Box of Dread is 11:59 pm ET on September 9, 2016

For even more pictures and videos, check out Box of Dread on Social Media!

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New Westworld Poster Embodies the Future

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 19:59

HBO has released a pretty bitchin’ piece of artwork for its upcoming new series “Westworld,” and you can check it out right here!

“Inspired” by the film written and directed by Michael Crichton, “Westworld,” debuting on Sunday, October 2nd, is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. The one-hour drama features Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

Jonathan Nolan serves as executive producer/writer/director; Lisa Joy as executive producer/writer; executive producers are J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, and Bryan Burk; co-executive producer Kathy Lingg; producer Athena Wickham; and co-producer Susie Ekins. The series is produced by Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television.

More soon!

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Child’s Play Blu-ray – Scream Factory Special Features Updated

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 18:14

Scream Factory just sent over the updated list of special features for their upcoming Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of Child’s Play! Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release:
Chucky is back! “A jolting roller-coaster of a ride” (Los Angeles Times), Child’s Play hit theaters in 1988 and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. On October 18, 2016, the SCREAM FACTORY home entertainment brand celebrates the landmark film and the iconic character with a 2-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release which includes a brand new 2K scan of the film and hours of bonus material.

Scream Factory will also have a limited edition set offer complete with an exclusive poster, slipcover, and “Good Guys” Chucky action figure from NECA available for pre-order on

The “chills come thick and fast” (Los Angeles Times) in this riveting, jolt-a-minute thriller about an innocent-looking doll inhabited by the soul of a serial killer who refused to die. From the director of Fright Night, Child’s Play comes complete with “excellent special effects” (Leonard Maltin) and a slew of special features that make this Blu-ray your “friend to the end!”

Since its release, the killer-doll film, alongside its synonymous character, has proven itself one of the all-time horror classics, and Child’s Play is now offered as a definitive, two-disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray.

Special Features:

Disc One

  • NEW 2K scan from the inter-positive
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director Tom Holland
  • Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, and “Chucky” designer Kevin Yagher
  • Audio Commentary with Producer David Kirschner and Screenwriter Don Mancini
  • Audio Commentary with Chucky (select scenes)

Disc Two

  • NEW Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Footage from Howard Berger (60 minutes)
  • NEW Howard Berger: Your Special Effects Friend ‘Til The End – interview with special effect artist Howard Berger (40 minutes)
  • NEW Life Behind the Mask: Being Chucky – an interview with actor Ed Gale (40 minutes)
  • Evil Comes in Small Packages featuring interviews with Don Mancini, David Kirschner, John Lafia, Chris Sarandon, Brad Dourif, Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, and Kevin Yagher (24 minutes)
  • Chucky: Building a Nightmare featuring Kevin Yagher (10 minutes)
  • A Monster Convention featuring Catherine Hicks, Alex Vincent, and Chris Sarandon (5 minutes)
  • Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child’s Play featurette (6 minutes)
  • Vintage Child’s Play featurette (5 minutes)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Rare Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
  • Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery

Head to the Scream Factory website for the following pre-order offers:

Standard Offer:

  • Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from artist Justin Osbourn
  • Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th

Deluxe Offer (Limited to 2,000 orders only):

  • Receive the Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with slipcover
  • Receive a limited-edition 18” x 24” poster of the newly-designed art from Justin Obsourn
  • Product will be shipped two weeks earlier than National Street date of October 18th
  • Receive a second custom-made “Good Guys Doll” slipcover—made exclusively for this promotion.
  • Receive a second 18” x 24” poster of the custom-made “Good Guys Doll” artwork
  • Receive an exclusive, limited edition 5.5″ tall “Good Guys Chucky” doll by NECA

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Have the American Horror Story Season 6 Theme/Subtitle and Cast Been Revealed Already?

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:43

This is the kind of story we hesitate to post, but since we know a lot of you are on the lookout for any possible clues that are out there regarding the theme/subtitle for the upcoming sixth season of “American Horror Story,” we thought we’d go ahead and provide you with the latest… just take it with a grain of salt, and beware of spoilers in case you want to be surprised…


According to numerous sources (see several tweets on this topic plus casting updates below), the upcoming season will be called “American Horror Story: The Mist,” which was also the title of one of the early Season 6 teasers. Even Rotten Tomatoes got in on the action, according to The Wrap (although now their page has been changed).

We’re skeptical, not only because there already is a story (and upcoming TV series) out there called “The Mist,” but also because it’s likely that Ryan Murphy & Co. are just using that title as a means to misdirect us.  In any event, all will be revealed on September 14th!

The new ahs is called the mist #AHS6 #AmericanHorrorStory

— BBA (@teenjosh2002) September 1, 2016

TV Guides are listing AHS S6 as “The Mist” with no description providing very little about the upcoming installment.

— AHSFX NEWS (@ahsfxnews) September 1, 2016

AHS6 Cast: Evan, Sarah, Denis, Kathy, Angela, Finn, Wes, Matt, Gaga, Cheyenne, Leslie, & Cuba!

— AHSFX NEWS (@ahsfxnews) September 1, 2016

AHS: The Mist is in the programming guide. #AHS6

— AHS LEAKS (@ahsleak) September 1, 2016

RUMOR: Possible call sheet with character names. #AHS6

— AHS LEAKS (@ahsleak) September 1, 2016

“American Horror Story” kicks off its sixth chapter on FX on Wednesday, September 14, at 10 PM ET/PT.

The returning stars for Season 6 are expected to include Kathy Bates, Denis O’Hare, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley, Lady Gaga, Leslie Jordan, and Matt Bomer. Cuba Gooding, Jr., was rumored to be on-set as well.

For more info visit the “American Horror Story” Facebook page, and follow @AHSFX on Twitter along with “American Horror Story” on FX.

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Fan Slays John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:19

It’s in the air, my fellow fiends… You can almost feel it. The summer is waning and the fall is looming and with that change in seasons comes our most favorite time of the year… Halloween!

Thanks to the genius of John Carpenter, one film and its score have become absolutely synonymous to all that is revered and spooky. Musician Tina Guo recently took to her Facebook page with a video of her absolutely killing the familiar theme that has delightfully haunted us all. Check it out!

Oh and uh… trick or treat!

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Take a Quick Tour of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:14

Last month author Ransom Riggs took us on a tour of the set of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but this new video is a bit different… in a clip from the film, Eva Green’s character takes Jake (and us) on a tour of the grounds of her secret refuge.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton, this unforgettable motion picture experience stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, and Rupert Everett with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children opens in theaters everywhere on September 30th.

For more info connect with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children online, “like” Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Facebook, and follow Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Twitter.

When Jake (Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.

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Head Into the Forest with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in October

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:52

Writer/director Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest had an exclusive run on DirecTV in June and received a limited theatrical release in July, which means a lot of us haven’t had a chance to see it yet; but that changes in October, when the film hits Blu-ray/DVD via Lionsgate.

Here’s a new trailer for Into the Forest along with a few more details. It will be available beginning on October 4th (pre-order here).

Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Rennie, Max Minghella, and Michael Eklund star. Special features include The Making of Into the Forest featurette and an audio commentary with writer/director Rozema.

Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters whose peaceful lives are disrupted one day by a world-wide power outage. The sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world, fighting intruders, disease, loneliness, and starvation.

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Kevin Bacon Talks Tremors TV Series; Set Up at Amazon

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:21

In the wake of brand new sequel Tremors: Bloodlines hitting home video, we learned that Kevin Bacon would be heading back to Perfection in the form of a new television series set within the franchise universe, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard a peep. According to Bacon, it’s very much still happening!

Speaking with Collider, Bacon provided an update.

We’re at Amazon. We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with that,” said the man who played Valentine McKee in the 1990 classic. “It’s great. It’s a super cool idea. They went and made a bunch of sequels to the movie. I want to put those aside because, first of all, I wasn’t in them. But what I was really interested in was taking this guy and, 25 years later, seeing what happened to him, to his dreams, and to his life. Andrew Miller, who’s writing the script, came up with this really, really interesting take on it, and I think it could be a lot of fun.”

The actor also reflected on Tremors.

When I came up with the idea and reached out to Blumhouse about looking at it again, I looked at the movie, and I don’t look at my movies, at all,” said Bacon. “I went back and put it up on my screen at home and went, ‘Wow, this is a really good movie!’ I just didn’t get it when I was there and in it. I wrote it off ‘cause it wasn’t a hit, and I really needed one. But, I think it’s a really good movie. It’s unusual and it’s funny. Doing funny scary is something that is rarely good and rarely works, and it’s also something that’s incredibly hard to market. I think that was part of the problem.”

More as we learn it.

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Director Announces Sequel to Killer Clown Movie 100 Tears

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:09

Released in 2007, Marcus Koch’s indie horror flick 100 Tears introduced the world to a brand new killer clown icon in the form of Gurdy, and now that the film is nearly 10 years old, Koch has officially announced that Gurdy will return in a brand new sequel. Read on for everything we know!

The sequel was initially teased over on the official 100 Tears Facebook page, where an image suggested that more information will be revealed on October 1st. In the meantime, Tom Holland’s Terror Time got the exclusive info that Jack Amos will reprise the role of Gurdy, but Koch won’t be directing.

Not too much to tell yet, there is a script, it’s more of an action gore film, though on Oct 1st we’ll have more to reveal, of course Jack Amos is back as Gurdy,” Koch told the site. “We haven’t begun casting yet, but we hope to be filming by January. I’m stepping down as director and letting my partner Joe Davison direct. This way I can focus more on the gore FX.”

In 100 Tears, after being accused of crimes he did not commit, a lonely circus clown exacts his revenge on those who unjustly condemned him. The act sparks something inside of him which he cannot stop and now, years later, his inner-demons have truly surfaced. Part urban legend, part tabloid sensationalism… he is now an unstoppable murderous juggernaut, fueled only by hate.

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Compelling Clips Tease Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 14:57

One of the films we cannot wait to see in the remainder of 2016 is Sicario director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, which we can only hope will remain a total mystery right up until the day of its release. On tap today are two new clips, which are quietly compelling without spoiling a damn thing. Check ’em out!

Kudos to The Playlist for sharing these bad boys.

Arrival stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker.

Look for it in theaters on November 11, 2016.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly humanity.

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