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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
I'm not sure if we like The Babadook (review) because it's a kick-ass horror flick or we just like saying the words, The Babadook. Either way, here's a new clip!
Look for the critically acclaimed spookshow Stateside on November 28th and in the UK on October 24. First, however, The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Now that we've gotten confirmation "The Strain" has been renewed for a second season, it's time to look ahead to Sunday night's Episode 1.07, entitled "For Services Rendered," via some stills and a preview.
Want even more? Then check out an inside look at Bolivar... He’s transforming more than just rock music! In the video below the preview, the cast and crew of "The Strain" explore the changes within him.
The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
Related Story: Visit our news archive for "The Strain"
"The Strain" Episode 1.07 - "For Services Rendered" (airs 8/24/14, 10PM)
Setrakian, Eph, and Nora (Bradley, Stoll, Maestro) formulate a plan to track down the Master using Jim (Astin) as bait. Eichhorst (Sammel) and Setrakian's pasts are revealed.
At the Luss home, Neeva (Kim Roberts) struggles to protect the children while encountering a mysterious stranger whose help she may not want. Directed by Charlotte Sieling.
If there's any silver lining to the Twilight phenomenon, it's that it paved the way for better vampire stories to sink their teeth into screens both big and small, and yet another one is soon headed our way. Read on, fangbangers!
Variety reports that The Romero Company has acquired movie rights to Navajo vampire story Second Sunrise, based on the first of four novels in the David and Aimee Thurlo-penned Lee Nez series.
The story, set in New Mexico, brings a Navajo vampire and a no-nonsense FBI agent together to battle shapeshifters and stop a power-mad Nazi.
Eddie Spears (pictured; "Hell on Wheels"), Sage Galesi, Balthazar Getty ("Brothers & Sisters"), and A. Martinez are currently attached to star. Joanelle Romero will direct from a script by Carolyn Dunn and E.C. Galesi. She will produce for Red Nation Films along with Rosemary Parks.
The film is being developed as a franchise starter with the follow-up novels Pale Death, Blood Retribution and Surrogate Evil set for future adaptations.
More on this one as we learn it.
On tap for you today is the latest bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is already loaded up with star power. Read on to find out to whom the titular monster has just placed a call!
Per Variety, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fantastic Four star Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to join Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson in the film, a feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.
Look for it in US theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016. It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
Produced by Belen Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith.
Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother. Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the monster.
Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.
More on this one as it comes.
Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick's new short film, which he both wrote and directed, Good Samaritan, will be playing as part of this year's Screamfest L.A. film festival; and right now we have a couple of new stills for you! Dig 'em!
The film stars Toby Hemingway (pictured; Black Swan, The Covenant) and Rainn Wilson ("The Office," Super, House of 1000 Corpses). Based on the Hit List winning feature, Good Samaritan tells of Nathan Rome (Hemingway), an agoraphobic who videotaped a man get fatally beaten while numerous bystanders watched and didn't intervene.
The short opens with Nathan being interviewed by George Reed (Wilson), a conservative talk show host who blasts Nathan for his inaction. George points out that two of the other witnesses have died mysteriously and cryptically ponders if Nathan might be next. Nathan is convinced the other deaths were accidents. But after George shreds his morality on national TV, Nathan finds himself confronted by haunting visions and wonders if his own guilt is tormenting him or something far more insidious.
For more info visit Good Samaritan on Facebook!
The found footage flick As Above, So Below, directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil), will be in theatres on August 29th; and right now we have an extended TV spot for you which spelunks down into your deepest fears!
Dowdle wrote the script with his brother, Drew, and the film stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.
When a team of explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
Ready for another tease of what's ahead in "The Walking Dead" Season 5? Then check out this super quick new preview video AMC just released, and look for lots more soon!
"The Walking Dead" Season 5 kicks off Sunday, October 12th, at 9PM on AMC, followed once again by "Talking Dead."
Related Story: Visit our "The Walking Dead" Archive
For more info be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Sitting by your TV waiting on the new Ouija extended TV spot? Then you are a weirdo and that's why we love you. In fact, we dig you so much we have the video you've been waiting on right here. Look for the film in theatres on October 24th.
Bianco Santos ("The Fosters"), Erin Moriarty ("Red Widow"), newcomer Ana Coto, Paranormal Activity 2 actress Vivis Colombetti, Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel"), Douglas Smith, Daren Kagasoff, and Matthew Settle star in Ouija, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro.
Stiles White is in the director's chair, working from a script he wrote with Juliet Snowden.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Another blonde bombshell is making her way to Portland in the upcoming Season 4 of "Grimm," and we have all the preliminary details here on guest star Louise Lombard's role as Elizabeth Lascelles.
Per TV Guide, Lombard ("CSI," "Star-Crossed") will appear in at least the first three episodes of "Grimm's" fourth season as Lascalles, "a mysterious woman connected to the royal families." The eps are entitled "Thanks for the Memories," "Octopus Head," and "The Last Fight."
"Grimm" returns to NBC on Friday, October 24th.
Another Frankenstein-themed flick is coming our way that looks like a nice cheesy sliver of 1980's weirdness, and we have your first look at it right here. That's right, Dreadheads... grab your knives and forks and get ready to tango with Frankenstein's Hungry Dead.
From cult indie director Richard Griffin (The Disco Exorcist, Exhumed, Murder University, Nun of That), look for the flick (also known as Dr. Frankenstein's Wax Museum of the Hungry Dead) on special edition DVD from Wild Eye Releasing in early 2015.
Halloween night 1983: A group of teens break into a wax museum for some fun but instead find a gruesome secret awaiting them deep in the basement. Doctor Frankenstein himself has been piecing together the ultimate monster and creating a small army of the dead with the leftovers. Now, the teenagers must stop Frankenstein and his growing zombie horde or be sewn into the legendary mad doctor's latest masterpiece.
Here at Dread Central we love giving away cool stuff and sharing the wealth whenever possible! Right now we have your chance to score The Possession of Michael King on Blu-ray along with a really badass flip t-shirt!
What's that, you ask? Initially looks like a regular t-shirt, but when you flip the shirt inside out... the face of Michael King appears!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Wednesday, August 27th.
Anchor Bay Films is releasing the highly-anticipated, terrifying supernatural horror film The Possession of Michael King in theaters on August 22nd and available On iTunes, On Demand, DVD, and Blu-ray on August 26th.
The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing 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, he'll once and for all 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.
Hammer's The Quiet Ones (review) is now available on home video, and we have an exclusive deleted scene to share with you, our fellow spookers! Check it out!
The Quiet Ones Release Details
Inspired by actual events, the thriller The Quiet Ones is coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Video on Demand, and Pay-Per-View on August 19th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The eerie supernatural story became available August 5th on Digital HD.
The film stars Jared Harris (TV's "Mad Men"), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards (Open Grave), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Vampire Academy), and Olivia Cooke (TV's "Bates Motel").
When a crazed university professor (Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help... and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected.
The Quiet Ones Blu-ray exclusive material includes the "Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones" featurette that takes viewers behind the scenes of the unforgettable thriller as well as the "Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects" featurette. The Blu-ray and DVD both include audio commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The Quiet Ones is available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
A more serious take on slime punk films like Toxic Avenger and Slime City, Jesse Thomas Cook's Septic Man (review) has more in common with Cronenberg’s tragic transformation tale The Fly.
Thanks mostly to the twisted mind of screenwriter Tony Burgess (Pontypool), Septic Man has a lot more going on under the surface than just a basic story about a man trapped underground inside a tank of absolute filth who begins to transform into something monstrous.
Director Cook spoke with us about the film and how it was one of the hardest, grossest experiences of his professional life thus far - but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a hell of a time doing it.
DC: How was your experience at Fantasia with your latest sci-fi film Ejecta? Is there a favorite project you and [Tony] Burgess have worked on so far?
JTC: Oh, Fantasia was awesome, man. It’s sort of the Fantastic Fest of Canada. Everyone’s open to new, original content and Ejecta went over tremendously well. We got to take Tony Burgess there and Julian Richings, who had a big role in Septic Man, too. We love doing these fests; it’s what gets our films out there and spreads the word.
DC: This is my second time seeing [Septic Man], I just watched it again a couple days ago, and last weekend I was trapped in an elevator and had an unexpected panic attack here in Brooklyn. So, watching it a few days after that and seeing that kind of confinement really hit home for me! Do you have any claustrophobia yourself or fear of confinement?
JTC: (laughs) I definitely do, yeah; my entire life I have, and with this film in particular I wanted to make that sort of claustrophobic atmosphere and do sort of a chamber play all set in one confined space. Initially the idea was just about a man trapped in a well, which I had pitched to Tony Burgess, and his disgusting mind was able to transform it into what he later called 'a gift' for him as a writer, to be able to do this movie about a guy slowly entering this existential crisis and transforming into this shit demon. But yeah, absolutely, the idea was about a claustrophobic, in the vein of Buried and Saw; I looked at it as a straightforward survival horror film. Tony was able to add a ton of philosophical underpinnings that only he can add to a project.
DC: Did the space restriction make this one of your most difficult shooting experiences? What was the day-to-day like?
JTC: Well, you see early in the first act there’s a few scenes set outside of the septic tank. Those were fun and easy, and we banged them out fairly quickly; everything in the septic tank was incredibly difficult. It was a big set that we had built with all sorts of windows and secret hatches so that we could film by staying out of the tank for a little bit. But, for the most part, there were seven or eight of us stuck in this nightmare of a film set that became very difficult to work in. Simple things on a film shoot you take for granted, like walking across the set and moving an apple box or tweaking a light - all of those were elaborate coordination amongst the crew that were stuck in there. So we would kind of get in there, shut the door, and we wouldn’t come out for six hours until our lunch because we were worried if you did come out, you wouldn’t want to go back in! It stunk, it was wet, it was cold and just generally uncomfortable - but those type of things tend to develop a brotherhood, I think, with crew members that you’re collectively suffering with.
DC: I’m sure just trying to go out for a smoke break or a “safety meeting” must have been pretty difficult.
JTC: (laughs) Well, thankfully, the crew were all fine with us just smoking right in there and just tossing our cigarette butts right in the septic tank. We had this very squeamish focus puller who, I think, once or twice actually vomited right in the set. We couldn’t clean it up, and even if we could of, it just added to the realness of the set.
DC: How big was the set?
JTC: It was 16 x 20 x 16, I believe. We could do bird’s eye views through the hatch. Six weeks before the shoot, [Jason Brown] had been a production designer on our last films with small acting roles in them, so he was primarily a designer. But we went to him to play the role and who better to build it than the guy who’s gonna be trapped in it. The whole set actually blew up on us. We were filling it with water before wrap, we had to fill the tank up into ten feet of water, and midway through the entire set walls just buckled and unleashed a wave of water and we had to scramble to repair it for the last day of the shoot. We had to change a couple major scenes in the script to work in the fact that the tank could not hold ten feet of water.
DC: With Septic Man, it feels like an origin story. Is there any chance of a Septic Man crossover with Bad Milo? If you saw that film, they could be the shit demons of Groot and Rocket Raccoon.
JTC: I just saw Bad Milo about two weeks ago! Yeah, it would be interesting to explore the character outside of his little hive of where he grew to become Septic Man. You’re right; it was all in the back of our mind that it was supposed to be this kind of origin story sort of like The Fly and Toxic Avenger. Tony [Burgess] was able to add in all sorts of bizarre existential underpinnings so that it does leave it open-ended for sure.
Septic Man is now in limited release in theaters and is also available on VOD across multiple platforms.
IFC Midnight, in association with Five 7 Media, is releasing The Damned in theaters on August 29th, but first, thanks to Lakeshore Records, the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available today, August 19th!
From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on August 19, 2014. The album features original music by Frederik Wiedmann (Beware the Batman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), who is a frequent collaborator of director Victor Garcia.
“I hope this soundtrack will keep you on the edge of your seat!” said Wiedmann.
“I met Freddie seven years ago for what was going to be our first movie together (Return to House on Haunted Hill) and ended up being the first of several collaborations,” said Garcia. “The amazing cues he's accomplished and the organic way in which his score fits the pacing makes The Damned be, without a doubt, my favorite collaboration with Freddie so far.”
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Frederik came to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a film composer. After a couple assistant positions, Wiedmann scored his first feature, Return to House on Haunted Hill for Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier, in 2007. Since then he has written music for a wide variety of feature films such as Hostel: Part III (Sony) and The Hills Run Red (Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier).
“In The Damned we follow a family as they deal with their hidden secrets while, at the same time, try to defeat an ancient evil,” described Garcia. “The only thing I can say about the amazing score Freddie created this time is that I thought that I had a very clear idea of what I wanted for it to sound like until the moment I listened to the first sample that he sent me.”
“Early on in the process, Victor and I discussed how we can create an environment for this film that has a distinct flavor and concept,” Wiedmann described. “Since most of the film takes place in Colombia, I suggested the use of South American woodwind instruments, used in an unconventional way, merely to evoke a sense of place, but in a subtle, not too obvious way.
The Damned, which also hit VOD on July 25th, tells the story of American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli; Twilight movie series, "Nurse Jackie"), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles; Underworld) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Nathalia Ramos; "Switched at Birth"). En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a run-down isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. In saving the young girl, they ultimately unleash an ancient evil that's been waiting to wreak havoc on all that cross its path.
You can pre-order the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the EvilShop below or from iTunes.
We are happy to announce that we are working with Freeze Frame Film to premiere their short film The Eidolon State, which focuses on the haunting sensation that is The Slender Man. Read on for details!
Freeze Frame will be releasing the flick on YouTube Friday, August 29th, but we're going to be exclusively hosting it beginning Wednesday, August 27th!
The filmmakers' goal was to make a short film based on The Slender Man myth that stayed true to the original sources as well as being inspired by other depictions of the character. Along with this, the film's tone and atmosphere were influenced by other horror films such as The Conjuring and Sinister. The film is directed by Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas, who also plays the lead role of Josh alongside supporting actress Sarah Pike, who plays Ally, Josh's friend. Cain Harrip portrays The Slender Man and is also the associate producer of the film.
"Originally we were going to call our antagonist 'The Tall Man' but ultimately decided that 'The Slender Man' was more fitting and more favourable with the fans," says director Cavallaro. "After 8 months of production in total, we are happy to announce the release of our 20-minute short film, The Eidolon State. Making this film has been an enjoyable journey for us, and we hope our adaption pleases fans of the character, something we hoped to achieve and hopefully have."
As for our involvement, he explains, "We contacted Dread Central about our project in earlier stages of production and they were more than happy to help promote our film. As a result, we have chosen to premiere the film through them as Dread Central felt like the perfect place for a Slender Man film to be announced and released. Dread Central not only offer the latest in Hollywood news but also help upcoming, independent filmmakers gain some exposure. The support they offer to the industry is fantastic, and we thank them greatly for their support. We are glad to have collaborated with them and would not hesitate to do so again in the future."
You're very welcome! It's our pleasure!
Don't forget to "like" Freeze Frame Films on Facebook and visit frequently for more info!
The Eidolon State follows Josh, a student who has been experiencing reoccurring dreams of a tall, faceless being stalking him. As the dreams become more constant, he confides in his friend to help understand why they are happening.