From cult horror film to breakthrough TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn” will add "terrifying maze" to its credits when Robert Rodriguez’s acclaimed supernatural show debuts as a menacing new Halloween Horror Nights experience.
The "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze will be open at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning Friday, September 19th.
This all-new maze, inspired by the critically acclaimed television series on El Rey Network, will thrust guests into the deviant world of “From Dusk Till Dawn,” where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the earth for centuries.
Residing within the elusive and sinister nightclub “The Twister,” located just over the Mexican Border and above cursed ancient ruins, the “Culebras” prove to be a band of immoral and depraved beasts with a deadly agenda. As guests navigate the maze and venture deep within the bowels of “The Twister,” they will find themselves face-to-face with a cast of perverse characters, including exotic dancer Santanico Pandemonium, a mysterious and irresistible “Culebras” femme fatale and Queen Vampire.
Based on the film of the same name, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko, who are wanted by the FBI after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group members detour to a club populated by vampires and are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, From Dusk Till Dawn, upon which it is based, adding new characters and backstories that expand the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
“Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights event is the ideal platform to [allow] fans of From Dusk Till Dawn to literally experience the terror of stepping into the show,” said Robert Rodriguez. “It has been an incredible opportunity to work closely with the Creative teams at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort to bring this maze to life with such detail and authenticity. This maze will capture the visceral excitement and thrills of the series, and I can’t wait to experience it myself.”
A versatile and award-winning filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez is renowned for directing a variety of successful and groundbreaking film sagas, including such cult horror classics as Planet Terror, Machete, Grindhouse, and From Dusk Till Dawn, upon which El Rey Network’s hit television show “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is based. Rodriguez is also the Founder & Chairman of El Rey Network, a 24-hour, general entertainment English-language cable channel which debuted in the U.S. in December 2013.
“Robert Rodriguez’s genius in pushing the boundaries of the horror genre is a perfect pairing for Halloween Horror Nights as we continue to intensify our event with the most credible horror voices within the entertainment industry,” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “This radical new maze will give fans of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ an unprecedented opportunity to experience the show’s Mesoamerican mythology and will come to life with the same attention to detail and production value that Robert’s work is known for.”
“Robert Rodriguez’s vision of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ has translated so well into a maze experience,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “We will feature the over-the-top gore that the show does so well, and our guests will come face-to-face with Robert’s unique and wickedly cool take on the vampire mythos that is completely authentic to the show. From the nightclub interiors to the inner sanctum of its tombs, these bloodthirsty beasts will be everywhere and have a thirst that can’t be quenched.”
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” In addition to the “From Dusk Till Dawn” maze, other announced mazes include “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line.”
To learn more about the “From Dusk Till Dawn” maze, check out the two videos below; one is the announcement, and the other features the "From Dusk Till Dawn" cast. More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
Dread Central's own Serena Whitney co-scripted the feature film adaptation of Michael Prescott's novel Kane, entitled Mark of Kane, and on tap for you today is the first piece of poster art for the upcoming flick. Dig it, and expect more real soon!
From the Press Release
Ahead of the Fantasia Frontieres Co-Production Market, a new teaser poster has just been released for Mark of Kane, the feature film adaption of New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott’s horror novel Kane (originally published as Douglas Borton). <?i>
The poster is by prolific designer Omar Hauksson (The Raid 1 & 2, Proxy, Stage Fright, Resolution).
Mark of Kane is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia Film Festival’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World). Whitney and McConnell also co-produce along with Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken) and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.
Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman, and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly unstoppable evil or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Mark of Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.
In his review of Septic Man here on Dread Central, Brad McHargue touted it as being "a divisive yet damned intriguing film," which personally has me itching to check out the latest from Jesse Thomas Cook.
If you feel the same way, you won't have to wait long, as a DVD, VOD and limited theatrical release has just been announced. Read on!
From the Press Release
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.
From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.
Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Hailed as a “stunning” (Little Red Umbrella), “funny” (TwitchFilm), and “visceral story that will leave you shaken and desperate for a shower” (Rue Morgue Magazine), Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.
Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
From director Joel Soisson (Pulse 2: Afterlife, Pulse 3, Children of the Corn: Genesis ) comes another horror offering, Darknet, which follows an American tourist in Bangkok whom encounters a mysterious group of web performers harboring a terrible secret.
IFC Midnight will be releasing August 22 in limited theaters day-and-date with VOD.
“A young American backpacker, Allie (Tammin Sursok), falls in with a mysterious group of ex-pats living in Bangkok who perform on a provocative interactive website called “Cam2Cam.” The seductive allure of Bangkok along with the strange sexual magnetism of the group’s leader, Marit, turn Allie’s world inside out. In a city where foreigners come to re-invent themselves, Allie learns, too late, that nothing is what it seems”
Ben Wiggins, Sarah Bonrepaux, and Jade Tailor star.
A couple months back we got our hands on some leaked images from the inside of Jurassic World's brochure and today a whole lot more of them have come our way, giving us a complete look at all the park has to offer.
This is a true treat for all you Jurassic Park fans out there, so be sure to pay close attention.
Check out the innards of the brochure below, courtesy of Twitter user @JurassicP2K15. In addition to attractions, the guide even lists off all the dinosaurs that inhabit the park, which gives us a good idea of what we can expect to see in the film!
Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
We're less than two weeks away from the start of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, which officially kicks off July 24th. If you're like us, you've been excitedly wondering what the fine folks over at Scream Factory will be bringing to the event, and we've got all the info for you here!
In a press release sent out today, Shout Factory revealed their full lineup for this year's SDCC with the Scream Factory offerings of course being of interest to us here on Dread. First up is a Friday night panel that takes you inside the company, exposing the inner workings of the genre powerhouse.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory" takes place on Friday, July 25, at 7pm in Room 23ABC. Join Brian Ward (DVD Producer), Melissa Boag (VP, Kids & Family) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD collector’s editions and new movies coming to theaters this fall.
Available exclusively at the event at the Shout/Scream booth (#4248), will be a limited edition blood red Scream Factory t-shirt as well as a button pack, both of which you can check out below (they're a bit blurry, but you'll get the idea). The company will also be selling copies of several upcoming Blu-ray releases before they hit stores, including Ginger Snaps, Phantom of the Paradise, Motel Hell, and Without Warning.
Hot on the heels of the one-sheet premiere for director Carter Smith's follow-up to his 2008 release The Ruins, entitled Jamie Marks Is Dead, we now have the film's trailer courtesy of Gravitas Ventures, who will open it on VOD and in limited theaters August 29th.
The film stars Liv Tyler, Judy Greer, Noah Silver, Cameron Monaghan, Madisen Beaty, and Morgan Saylor.
Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the woods. It is the beginning of an autumn that will change his life forever.
Jamie Marks was a boy a lot like Adam, a boy no one paid much attention to—a boy almost no one would truly miss. And for the first time, Adam feels he has a purpose. Now, more than ever, Jamie needs a friend. But the longer Adam holds on to Jamie’s ghost, the longer he keeps his friend tethered to a world where he no longer belongs... and the weaker Adam’s own ties to the living become.
Now, to find his way back, Adam must learn for himself what it truly means to be alive.
On tap right now is a slew of new eye candy for the latest comedic slasher flick to come our way, Jersey Shore Massacre. Some of the images are a bit spoilery, but something tells us you're not gonna care either way! Badaboom!
Paul Tarnopol directs. Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Nicole Rutigliano, and Christina Scaglione star. Jenni Farley (Jwoww, "The Jersey Shore") executive produces.
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.
The first time we heard from The Hum, it was through an extraordinarily creepy bit of gameplay footage where some guy, likely the main character, was trying his best to remain undetected by an alien force that was patrolling a decimated urban landscape that looked borderline post-apocalyptic. We don’t get many survival horror games with alien abduction themes, so The Hum immediately caught my attention.
In this trailer, we’re introduced to the game’s story. It sounds like some alien dicks — not alien genitalia, but rather aliens who are dicks — have come to our fair and wonderful planet to stir things up. Maybe they’re using us as a food source. It looks like they’re starving.
We told you back in April that Alexandre Aja's Horns (review) is getting an October 31st release in the UK, and now we have the first one-sheet to go along with the good news. Check it out courtesy of Empire.
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.
Another flick playing at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is Michael and Peter Spierig's (Undead, Daybreakers) latest film, Predestination. Check out some new eye candy and more right here!
The Spierig brothers wrote the original screenplay, which chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers.
The directing duo produce with Brisbane-based Patrick McDonald of Wolfhound Pictures and Tim McGahan of Blacklab Entertainment. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor.
"Predestination is based on the classic Robert A. Heinlein short story 'All You Zombies.' No, it's not a zombie flick, but it's one of our favorite short stories and is unlike anything you've ever read before," said the Spierig brothers previously. "The short is on many sci-fi lists as one of the greatest short stories of all time and the mother of all time paradox tales. Heinlein is considered one of the great science fiction masters alongside Phillip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke."
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
We're just a few hours away from the premiere of "Under the Dome" Episode 2.03, "Force Majeure," and to help you fill the time, CBS has released a pair of new videos: "Meet the Town Barber" and "Creating Chester's Mill."
The first vid introduces us to town barber Lyle Chumley, played by Dwight Yoakam, and in the second Location Manager Brooke Barnhill gives us an inside look at how she creates Chester's Mill by carefully selecting locations in and around Wilmington, NC.
"Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2's newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Dwayne Boyd.
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"Under the Dome" Episode 2.03 - "Force Majeure" (airs 7/14/14; 10-11 PM)
When tensions in Chester's Mill continue to rise as resources dwindle, Big Jim holds a census in order to forecast how long the town can continue to exist under the dire conditions. Meanwhile, a rainstorm brings much-needed water until it changes to acid rain, threatening the lives of everyone it touches. Also, Rebecca (Crome) and Lyle butt heads over the reasons for the dome's existence.
Playing as part of this year's Fantasia Film Festival is the new film from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Livid, Inside), entitled Among the Living, or Aux Yeux Des Vivants for you purists out there; and right now we have the French poster and a pair of fresh stills.
Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle star in the flick, which has been described as a hybrid of Stand By Me and Stephen King's IT.
Youngsters Victor, Dan, and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon an horrific vision: a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see.
Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them, and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them... One after another... They are going to meet Klarence...
It feels like we've been talking about Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's (Amer) new film, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, forever now. Thankfully U.S. audiences will finally get to see it for themselves as Strand Releasing announced today an August 29th release date!
The Giallo throwback stars Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Sylvia Camarda, and Sam Louwyck and centers on the surreal drama that follows a husband who plunges into a nightmare world while searching for his missing wife.
Look for more on The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (review) soon!
From directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer), comes this homage to the masters of classic Italian Giallo horror. Dan returns home to find his wife is missing. With no signs of struggle or break-in and with no help from the police, Dan's search for answers leads him down a psychosexual rabbit hole. THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS is a bloody and taut fantasia of suspense that leaves the viewer entranced in this highly original erotic thriller.
Entertainment Weekly scored an early look at AMC's "The Walking Dead" in the form of Norman Reedus' character, Daryl Dixon, in a whole lot of trouble! Look for more goodies as the show makes its way to the San Diego Comic-Con.
Speaking of which... The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.
“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.
The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, sent us the following exclusive clip from All Cheerleaders Die (read our review), available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 22, 2014. The clip takes us early in the film, before disaster stokes, but shows how The Craft-inspired the film is.
Co-Directed and Co-Written by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (Brawler, The Lost), the film stars Caitlin Stasey (CW’s “Reign”), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Showtime’s “Hung”), Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink and Tom Williamson.
“Teenage outsider Maddy is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. After a late-night party goes awry, their plans take an unexpected turn for the worst and all of the girls die. A sinister, supernatural power intervenes and the girls mysteriously appear at school the next day with a killer new look… and some unusual new appetites.“
Indie developer Team Junkfish has announced they’re postponing the release of their horror game Monstrum to January 2015 to ensure it’s the best game it can be. “This is not something that we have taken lightly, but truth be told we do not feel that Monstrum will be at a level that we as developers, or you as players, will be happy with for our original release date.” Junkfish wrote in a statement announcing the delay.
“We have had a lot of feedback from the people who we have shown it to, and are incredibly grateful and happy for the support people have given Monstrum so far in its early stage. As such it is up to the team to make sure that the game is as good as it can be, albeit a little late.”
So we’ll have to wait a bit longer, but it sounds like the delay will only benefit the game. Until then, I might suggest you burn the time watching me play through the game’s demo. I’m no math wizard, but you could probably cram a few thousand viewings between here and January.
The weekend is over and it’s back to the daily grind for the vast majority of us. Something that always helps me get through the week is some new music, something to listen to that will pass the time but add something fresh, new, and exciting. With thanks to Mr. Disgusting, I now precisely that!
Below is a short playlist compiled by Mr. D, which tackles 80′s pop, modern electronica, and some industrial. Head on below to get some new tunes!
Tears For Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
Moving to the next fest is Among the Living, the latest French horror entry from Inside and Livide‘s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo.
Looking like a mix of Stand By Me, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and It, we have new images and an official French poster for the horror set to screen at this month’s Fantasia Film Festival. We’ve also re-added the film’s international trailer.
Hopefully we get to see this soon, and not have wait an eternity like we are for the underrated Livide.
World Premiering at the ongoing SXSW Film Festival, “Youngsters, Victor, Dan and Tom skip school to wander around an abandoned movie set. They stumble upon a horrific vision : a woman in chains is dragged through the field by a man wearing a clown mask. The masked man catches a glimpse of the boys, who scramble to run away. But, before they can escape, they see something which has been hidden for years, something they were not meant to see. Terrified of having been seen by the masked man, the boys try to alert the police. Unfortunately, their past record of unruly behavior discredits them and the police do not follow up on their tipoff. That night someone breaks into their homes, seeking to eliminate them…one after another… They are going to meet Klarence…”
Chloe Coulloud, Lannick Gautry, Francis Renaud, and Beatrice Dalle (Inside) all star.
Last week, SEGA revealed some very neat DLC for Alien: Isolation that’s very much worth getting excited over. The cast of the original Alien will be returning in two bonus missions — Crew Expendable and Last Survivor — that will take place on the Nostromo during the events in the first film. To the chagrin of many Alien fans, the DLC was originally revealed as a free upgrade to those who preordered it.
If you were planning on forcing yourself to head on over to your nearest games retailer to embark on the fruitless task of preordering a game, I’m happy to announce that you can stay indoors, where it’s safe and no one wants to take advantage of you.
As we expected, the DLC will be a timed preorder exclusive. SEGA plans on making it available to everyone sometime after the game ships this October, likely for a fee. As someone who’s wholly against preordering games, I’m okay with that.
Alien: Isolation will release on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 7.