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Poster Unearthed for The Pyramid

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:46

On tap right now we have the first official one-sheet for Gregory Levasseur's directorial debut, The Pyramid (formerly Site 146). The flick was scooped up for distribution by Fox, who plans to release it in theatres on December 5, 2014.

Alexandre Aja produced the film, which stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, and Daniel Amerman. Levasseur worked from a script by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon.

Synopsis
A team of U.S. archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid's depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realize they aren't just trapped... they are being hunted.

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Matt Bomer Joining American Horror Story: Freak Show for One Episode

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:18

Set to premiere on October 8th, "American Horror Story: Freak Show" has added another popular actor to its cast: "White Collar's" Matt Bomer, who will appear in just one episode this season.

"AHS" showrunner Ryan Murphy told EW that Bomer's role is "very... warped" and he’s excited to reunite once again with the "amazing" actor. Bomer is nominated this year for an Emmy for his performance in "The Normal Heart," also directed by Murphy.

"I try to get him to do everything for me, Murphy said. "I sent him a text that said, ‘First right of refusal, here’s the role.’" No other details about Bomer's role were revealed, but Murphy added that he had to work around Bomer’s schedule filming Magic Mike 2 in order to make the appearance work.

Season 4 features returning stars Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars, Kathy Bates as Effil Darling, Angela Bassett as Desiree Dupree, Sarah Paulson doing double-duty as Siamese twins Bette and Dot Tattler, Evan Peters playing Jimmy Darling, and Emma Roberts as Maggie.

"AHS" newcomer Michael Chiklis stars as Wendell Del Toredo, and also joining the show this season is John Carroll Lynch ("Fargo"), who will play a core villain. Denis O'Hare, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Frances Conroy, Wes Bentley, Jyoti Amge, Finn Wittrock, and Patti LaBelle round out the cast.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" is set in 1950s Florida and centers around one of the last remaining freak shows of the time. Look for the season premiere on Wednesday, October 8th, at 10:00 pm ET/PT.

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







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Win a Copy of Jersey Shore Massacre on Blu-ray

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:00

Ay, you! Listen up he'e, aight? In case yous din't know, Jersey Shore Massacre (review) will be on Blu-ray/DVD on the 26th. Tha's tamarra! Why not win a copy taday on us, sound sweet? You betcha ass it does. See what I'm sayin'?

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on August 30th.

Paul Tarnopol directs. Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Ron Jeremy, Sal Governale, Richard Christy, and Shawn C. Phillips star. Jenni Farley (Jwoww, "The Jersey Shore") executive produces the film, which is being released by Attack Entertainment.

Synopsis
When Teresa and the girls leave their suburban New Jersey salon for a weekend of sun and sin down the shore, they are blindsided by a bizarre twist of events that catapult them from the sands of Seaside Heights to a secluded house deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Frightened by stories of the legendary Jersey Devil, the local population of Pineys, and a giant dim-witted neighbor, the girls eagerly return to Seaside Heights, where they hook-up with five fist-pumping delinquents who incessantly disrespect all with their reprehensible behavior.

As day turns to night, the group converges at a Seaside bar where they are soon ejected for inciting a dance-floor brawl. With nowhere else to go, the group retreats to the house in the Pine Barrens for a night of carnal delights. Blinded by their selfish pursuits, they remain unaware that their long outstanding debt to humanity is about to be settled - with their lives. One by one, the body count soars as retribution is exacted at the hands of a mentally-deranged killer with much more than just an axe to grind.




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Film Fest Hit President Wolfman Takes Office on DVD August 26th

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:30

This week Wild Eye Releasing is unleashing Mike Davis' President Wolfman, "a candidate both parties can get behind," on DVD following the film's successful festival run. We have all the details you need right here, including the trailer, box art, and more!

Hailed as "perfect for fans of campy horror" by The Washington Post, President Wolfman was made entirely from recycled, stock, and public domain footage with a newly scripted, scored, and re-voiced soundtrack with enhanced visuals and effects.

It stars Ashley Ann, Anthony Jenkins, Casey Robinson, and Marc Evan Jackson.

Since its premiere at the Sydney Underground Film Festival, President Wolfman has been a favorite of audiences and critics alike, winning awards such as Best Script at the New Orleans Horror Film Festival and Best Feature at both the Aliens to Zombies Film Festival and Atlanta Horror Film Festival.

The August 26th DVD release of President Wolfman (SRP $14.95) will include several short films from director Mike Davis, outtakes, a music video, and a highlight reel of the production.

Synopsis:
Meet John Wolfman: politician, single parent, and werewolf - a man whose (hairy) hands are definitely full. Not only is he trying to stop his opponents from selling the US to China, he also has to solve a series of grisly murders in the Capitol. Add a crazed mad scientist, Smokey the Bear, a Miss Teen beauty pageant, and a race against time to save his eight-year-old son, Bobby, from a murderous Vice President; and you have a movie that will keep you howling from start to finish.

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Sergey Kuznetsov's Butterfly Skin Enters the Dark Depths of Contemporary Russia

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:00

Next month Titan Books is releasing the first English translation of Butterfly Skin, the cult psychological thriller by Moscow native Sergey Kuznetsov, which takes readers into the dark depths of contemporary Russia.

Through his riveting plot and singular characters, Kuznetsov explores the sometimes pathological fallout resulting from our instant connectivity in the emerging world of emails, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of electronic “intimacy.”

Butterfly Skin hits bookstores and online outlets on September 23rd. We have the novel's artwork, synopsis, and pre-order info below. Look for an exclusive excerpt soon!

Synopsis:
Moscow is plagued with a series of gruesome murders. Ksenia, an ambitious young editor in the news department of a small but influential online journal, decides to track down the serial killer, devising an elaborate website to entrap him and thereby boost her company's profile. She soon realizes, however, that her obsession with the psychopath reflects something more deeply disturbing: her own unconscious mixture of horror and fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.

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

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:30

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 11:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And neither are the rest of us.

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Closed Circuit Extreme Invades North American DVD This Week

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:45

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

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

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

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Watch a NSFW Clip from Moebius; Win an Autographed Poster

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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