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Northmen (UK Blu-ray / DVD)

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:00

Starring Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ed Skrein, Charlie Murphy

Directed by Claudio Fah

Distributed by Entertainment One

On their way to go a-plundering in Lindisfarne, a group of exiled Viking warriors led by would-be ruler Asbjorn (Hopper) find themselves off course and stranded on the coast of Scotland when their longboat is destroyed in a vicious storm. Trapped behind enemy lines, the group decides that their only hope is to reach the friendly settlement of Danelaw – but it isn’t very long before they’re spotted by hostile forces and a battle ensues.

In the wake of the fighting, the Vikings carry with them the princess Inghean (Murphy), daughter of the ruthless King Dunchaid. Hoping to use her as leverage for safe passage and ransom, the gang press forward on their journey. Unfortunately for them, however, King Dunchaid is a bit more of a bastard than they expected, and he unleashes the Wolf Pack – a group of highly trained Carpathian mercenaries – with orders to kill not only his Viking adversaries, but his daughter as well.

Along the way, Asbjorn and crew happen upon hermitic druid Conall (Kwanten), a Christian monk who also happens to be extremely adept when it comes to kicking the living shit out of people with athletic style. Following an encounter with the ruthless Wolf Pack, Conall agrees to aid the Vikings and princess in their quest to reach Danelaw – and so begins the chase across picturesque landscapes and rocky mountains as swords clash, arrows fly and numbers dwindle.

Claudio Fah’s Northmen is a film that, on the surface, offers little new to the ‘chase movie’ game beyond its Viking theme (it feels very similar to Roar Uthuag’s 2012 film Escape), but that’s actually rarely an issue given the swift pacing, enjoyable characters and engaging aesthetic of the flick. Shooting locations in South Africa actually stand in very well for the Scottish coast, and some breathtaking vistas, crisp woodland and impressive settings for the action (for example a rope bridge over a massive gorge) create a sense of scale that the humble sensibilities of the core story lack. It’s a great-looking flick, feeling just a few steps away from a grandiose epic in the same manner that Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane adaptation did.

The action is well choreographed and fluidly shot, and there’s enough blood spatter and sword-on-flesh action to keep those who can’t stand bloodless medieval action happy, though Northmen also has a real sense of weirdness about it. Very central elements of the story feel strangely out of place and under-explained – for example, Inghean is revealed to have soothsaying abilities, receiving visual and auditory messages from the earth itself to warn her and her new protectors of the impending arrival of a threat. This magical/supernatural element is thrown in alongside the more grounded stance that the film establishes early on with nary an eyebrow raised.

Next to that is Kwanten’s character, Conall, who shoots straight off the weirdness scale with his realisation as a Christian monk who seems entirely styled on Buddhism and trained in Eastern martial arts. On the face of it, it’s all over the place – but it’s perhaps testament to Fah’s storytelling skills that it doesn’t see Northmen come completely undone by any means.

Besides, there’s little point in complaining about any of it when the return of the Viking group’s Berzerker from a particular feat of battle fury comes as a welcome stretch of believability simply because the character is so much fun to have around.

Performances across the board are perfectly fine, even if Ed Skrein’s turn as lead villain Hjorr is more pantomime-y and less interesting on a character level than his second-in-command, Anatole Taubman as Bovarr. There’s the requisite amount of in-fighting amongst the Vikings, with the morally steadfast Asbjorn butting heads with some of the others over their more repugnant intentions for their captive lady, but things rarely push very hard in that direction – mostly ending with a short verbal burst or waving of a weapon as means of keeping in check. In short – nothing far beyond what you’d expect.

And that’s pretty much what sums up Northmen – it isn’t ground-breaking, it isn’t a highly original take on the chase film. But it’s a very entertaining one. Filled with enough testosterone-fuelled action, punchy set-pieces, humorous touches, scowling and eye candy to keep itself standing even if the more off-kilter elements threaten to drag it down.

If you’re looking for a fun popcorn flick to fill an evening with grunting, punching and bloody swordplay at an exciting pace (and Ryan Kwanten in quite possibly the strangest role you’ll ever see him take on) then you really can’t go wrong.

Entertainment One brings Northmen to UK DVD sporting a selection of behind the scenes featurettes that explore the locations, characters and action sequences and scoring of the film while offering interview snippets with various members of the cast and crew. Each segment is short and light, coming in all together at a total of around 11 minutes, but it does feel like just enough material to satisfy. Fans of legendary Viking metal band ‘Amon Amarth’ will likely feel some disappointment for lead singer Johan Hegg, who makes his film debut here and spends some time in the extras talking about his positive experiences on set and shooting his scenes, only to end up in the finished film for all of five minutes, with one line of dialogue, before meeting his end.

Special Features:

  • Behind the Scenes
  • Don’t Mess With the Northmen
  • Northmen in Action
  • Tune up the Northmen
  • Vikings vs. Wolves

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L.A. Film Festival 2015 – First Look at Shut In

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 21:09

Playing as part of the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (June 10-18) is the new film from a member of the team that brought you the acclaimed Delivery: The Beast Within, entitled Shut In, and we have your first look!

The film stars Beth Riesgraf (“Criminal Minds”), Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Dead Snow 2, HBO’s “Silicon Valley”), and Jack Kesy (FX’s “The Strain”).

Shut In is the debut feature from Adam Schindler, one half of LA-based film collective Type AB, which was behind last year’s festival favorite Delivery: The Beast Within.

More soon!

Anna (Riesgraf) suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is that agoraphobia is not her only psychosis.

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Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves – New Trailer Sees Red

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:56

A red band trailer for FDR American Badass writer Ross Patterson’s new film, Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, has arrived; and we have it for you right here. Dig in!

Jessie Wiseman stars as Keller, known for being both blind and deaf. Insidious star Lin Shaye portrays an older version of Keller, and Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Barry Bostwick stars as Jonathan.

Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group of nightwolves terrorized a tiny village, taking people’s hearing and eyesight… and the one woman who fought back.

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Screamy New Suburban Gothic Poster

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:52

A new one-sheet is here Richard Bates, Jr.’s (Excision) next film, Suburban Gothic (review), and it will have you screaming. Well… at least it has one of the people on it screaming.

Suburban Gothic was written by Richard Bates, Jr., and Mark Bruner; directed by Bates; and produced by Dylan Hale Lewis. Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, and John Waters star

Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.

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Paragon Releasing a Real Clinger

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:45

Some fresh distro news has come in for the supernatural horror comedy Clinger, as The Wrap is reporting that the filck has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Paragon Releasing.

Michael Steves directs and co-wrote the screenplay with Gabi Chennisi Duncombe and Bubba Fish.

Clinger (review) tells the story of a high school senior (newcomer Jennifer Laporte) whose possessive dead boyfriend (Vincent Martella) returns as a lovesick ghost to kill her so they can be together for eternity. Julia Aks, Alica Monet Caldwell, Shonna Major, and Rebecca Gail also star alongside Debbie Rochon and Lisa Wilcox.

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Love & Peace & a Full Trailer

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:19

The full trailer for the new film from writer/director Shion Sono, entitled Love & Peace, is here; and it’s exactly as strange as you think it would be. Check it out!

Megumi Kagurazaka, Ikue Ohtani, Kumiko Asô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shôko Nakagawa, and Miyuki Matsuda star.

It’s the summer of 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Ryoichi dreamed of becoming a punk rocker when he was younger but became a timid salaryman at a musical instrument parts company. He has feelings for Yuko, but he can’t tell her how he feels.

One day he has a fateful meeting with a turtle on the rooftop of a department store. He names the turtle Pikadon and adores it, but his co-workers laugh at him. Ryoichi throws Pikadon into the toilet. He regrets what he did. The turtle, though, goes through the sewage and meets an old man who lives in the underground. Something then happens.

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Director Hank Braxtan’s Unnatural Gets a Trailer and Poster

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:52

It’s been a few months since we’ve updated you on Chemical Peel director Hank Braxtan’s “nature gone amok” flick Unnatural, but that changes as of now with a first look at the feature’s poster and European trailer!

With narrative shades reminiscent of 1979’s Prophecy, an old-school practical effects approach, a grueling location shoot in Alaskan winter climes, and a cast that includes 1990’s “Twin Peaks” bombshell Sherilyn Fenn, Unnatural is produced by Ron Carlson with cinematography by Marc Carter. In addition to actress Fenn, the cast includes James Remar (“Dexter”), Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2, “Twin Peaks”), Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Q’orianka Kilcher (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Ivana Korab.

Unnatural is being represented by sales agent VMI Worldwide for domestic and foreign sales. As soon as we receive word on a release date, we’ll let you know (we here at Dread caught a screening of the film earlier this year and found it to be a rollicking coaster of a ride).

With many species on the verge of extinction, a notorious environmental corporation seeks to genetically modify several animals to survive climate change. When a fashion photographer and his small crew arrive on location in Alaska, they, as well as their local guides, find themselves thrust into a nightmare when they become prey for one of the escaped creatures. Isolated in the wild, the clock is ticking as they attempt to hold out.

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Mockingbird (2014)

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:13

Starring Barak Hardley, Todd Stashwick, Alexandra Lydon, and Audrey Marie Anderson

Directed by Bryan Bernito

Horror is a saturated market, and it is very easy for a title to get lost in the miasma. This is especially true for unknown directors who lack a big name distributor. I tend to give things a fair shake; even if all of my being tells me that the movie will be trash, I will begrudgingly pop it in, start it up, and see how long I can go before I turn it off. Sometimes, I even make it all the way to the credits. Even so, there are many films that will sit on my floor, having been plopped in only to be ejected after a few minutes in a motion akin to me reflexively swatting a spider that dangles into view while you’re driving. This is where unknown horror goes to die, along with westerns and romcoms that for some reason companies still inexplicably send to me.

So if this were a standard indie found footage project from some random hopeful trying to make Paranormal Activity money, I would understand why DreadCentral missed it. This isn’t that. I came across Mockingbird while looking through a list of Blumhouse Production movies as research for their WonderCon press roundtable, and saw a name I didn’t recognize. The wikipedia page was barren, with the cast listed in an order that I can only assume was dictated by a random number generator. When the actor for “Jacob’s Friend #4” is listed before one of the three main characters, I cannot fathom any logic that led to that ordering. And no, it wasn’t order of appearance, I checked that too.

This isn’t a no name director, either. This is written and directed by by Bryan Bertino, whose previous film was The Strangers. Not exactly a robust body of work, but The Strangers was a big enough deal that his second movie six years later should have made some kind of a stir. With a major producer and a real distributor, it must be some next level bad to have been so profoundly passed over.

That’s what’s confusing to me, since this conflux of oddities had me expecting the movie would be 1 out of 5 level trash. And yet, the movie wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t great, for sure, but it certainly isn’t a shameful pair of home alone sweatpants, unwashed and hidden when company comes by. It’s the baked chicken of horror, a C+ effort brought out when you have family over but it isn’t a holiday. An admirable effort, clearly falling short of the bar set by The Strangers, but not tarnishing a legacy.

Shot in an all too familiar found footage style, the film takes place from three points of view. The first is from husband and wife Tom (Todd Stashwick) and Emmy (Audrey Marie Anderson), normal parents in a seemingly average household. With two kids and a cat, all is well when a mysterious package arrives: a camera that will not stop filming. Spending a night alone while the kids are being looked after, the couple’s planned romantic evening is interrupted when it turns out that the camera wasn’t a prize for winning a contest, but instead a way for a mysterious malignant force to look into their lives.

Beth’s (Alexandra Lydon) story is similar; an isolated college girl whose roommates are away, she struggles with a recent breakup. She’s less excited about the camera than the husband and wife, providing her only a minor distraction before more dreadful events start to unfold. Soon, both Beth and the Tom/Emmy combo receive a tape of a young boy being shot, with the instructions to not stop filming. Things only get worse for there, as events orchestrate to ramp up the terror of each party as they spiral towards an intense, if a bit predictable conclusion.

The third party is a down on his luck loser named Leonard (Barak Hardley), who contrary to the other two parties is on the adventure of a lifetime. He thinks the camera is his chance to win money on a gameshow, and is provided a clown costume which he wears to complete various challenges. The worst thing he has to do is get kicked in the balls and make farting sounds in a women’s restroom, so his is a much more lighthearted romp. It fits into an overall more sinister plot, but he is unaware of it, even if the audience figures out where it is heading long before.

There’s some cool visual design and some genuinely tense moments. The film is broken up into segments, like some sick editor broke stitched it together for some black market distribution. Unfortunately, there are some pretty serious plot inconsistencies once the final twist is revealed. I’m getting into spoiler territory in the next paragraph, so if you want to watch it fresh, my spoiler free talking of the twist is that it absolutely ruined the movie for me.


It turns out that a bunch of kids were behind the whole thing. The oldest one looks about 13. The climax comes when the various parties all meet up in a house filled with balloons and end up shooting each other, so it make kind of sense that they would have to use trickery to kill their targets rather than direct violence. Setting aside the obvious questions of how kids would know how to rig up a video camera to never stop filming and transmit the feed, let alone afford all this shit, or do it unnoticed, there’s still one major flaw.

At one point in the movie, Beth refuses to open a package, which prompts a dark figure to kick open her door and send her into the closet screaming. How the hell is an 8 year old supposed to kick open a door? Even the oldest looked like he was underdeveloped for 13, so it doesn’t make any reasonable sense. It all just comes together so stupidly, that I wish they would have just done like they did in The Strangers and never explain it.


Despite the interesting stuff in terms of pacing and setting up the segments, the film is an illogical mess that falls far short of Bertino’s previous effort. It feels like a cheap knockoff that would have been released to ape off of the success of The Strangers, and 6 years too late. As a found footage film, it’s decent. I wouldn’t ever tell someone not to watch it, but I wouldn’t bust it out at a party as a hidden gem that everyone simply must see.

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Let Us Prey for Dark Sky

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 18:33

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

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

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

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

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

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Late Night Double Feature (2015)

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:00

Starring Brian Scott Carleton, Grace Armstrong, Lewis Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Vatican Tapes One-Sheet Afoot

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:59

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

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

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

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Art Bell Returns with Midnight in the Desert

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 18:49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 17:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 16:54

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

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

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

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First Clip Feeds You a Helping of Applesauce

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:38

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

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

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

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80s Throwback Invites You Down the Demon Hole

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:24

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

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

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

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

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

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Circle – New Poster and Trailer Prove Everything Gets You Killed

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:16

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

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

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

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

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 15:04

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

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

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

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

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Stanley Film Festival 2015: Sun Choke Trailer Premiere

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:57

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

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

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

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