New Salem Promo Wonders Who's Behind It All

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 21:15

Could the witches themselves have been behind everything that went down in Salem in 1692? That's the question raised by this new promo for WGN America's "Salem." Check it out, and let us know if you'll be watching the premiere on Sunday, April 20th.

“Salem” enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

Related Story: New Photos from WGN America's "Salem"

Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”), Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”), Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “Being Human”), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre), and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer).

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Rebekah Awakens to a Nightmare in this Second Sneak Peek of The Originals Ep. 1.14 - Long Way Back from Hell

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 20:45

Earlier today we posted a clip from "The Originals" Episode 1.14, "Long Way Back from Hell," featuring Elijah (see it here), and now it's Rebekah's turn. Check out this second sneak peek of the ep, in which she awakens to a nightmare.

"The Originals" Episode 1.14 - "Long Way Back from Hell" (airs 2/25/14, 8-9pm)
When Rebekah (Claire Holt) finds herself locked up in the sanatorium where she worked in 1919, she realizes a witch named Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque) is back to seek revenge and to reveal dark secrets that would destroy Rebekah if exposed.

A distraught Elijah (Daniel Gillies) turns to Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) for help when one of his decisions puts Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah’s lives in danger. With time working against them, Marcel realizes he may hold valuable information that could lead them to Rebekah and Klaus, but revealing it will almost certainly result in deadly consequences.

Related Story: We Traveled a "Long Way Back from Hell" for these Images from "The Originals" Episode 1.14

Matt Hastings directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

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How Not to Get an Actor to Be in Your Zombie Movie

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 20:05

Working on the inside of the movie business, we've been privy to some things that are so completely far-fetched that they will leave you scratching your head. Case in point: this conversation actor Patrick Hercamp had with filmmaker Ivann DeCarlo.

Apparently DeCarlo had contacted Hercamp about being in his upcoming zombie movie. The results are... well, you just have to read it yourself.

Much respect to Hercamp for handling this situation with dignity and grace. But before you go on a witch hunt for DeCarlo, AND YOU SHOULDN'T as people like this are better off left alone, Hercamp offers this nugget of wisdom on his Facebook page...

"Even though I was verbally abused and threatened by this guy...don't stoop to his level and go out on a witch hunt for him. It was more of a cautionary tale of what people to avoid."

Amen to that, Patrick. Pure class. God love ya!

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Things Get a Bit Awkward in this Clip from The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.14 - No Exit

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:53

Finally next week the Olympics will be over and all our favorite TV shows return to the airwaves. Among them is "The Vampire Diaries," and here's a clip from Episode 5.14, "No Exit," in which Matt was clearly hoping he was returning to an empty house.

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.14 - "No Exit" (airs 2/27/14, 8-9pm):
GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS — As Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) behavior escalates from destructive to deadly, Stefan (Paul Wesley) begins to regret their last conversation and decides to track Damon down and intervene. For reasons of her own, Elena (Nina Dobrev) volunteers to come along.

Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) enlists the Travelers to set a trap that will once again test Damon’s friendship with Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey).

After a heart-to-heart talk with Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda), Matt (Zach Roerig) enlists Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) help to protect Elena, leading to a violent confrontation. Later, when Stefan tries to comfort a dejected Caroline, their conversation leads to a horrifying realization.

Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Brian Young.

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Eli Roth Making Noise With Knock Knock

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:48

We've been waiting to see what Eli Roth will be doing next, and finally the word has come. According to The Wrap, Roth is reuniting with his buddies from Aftershock, Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, for Knock Knock.

Roth will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Lopez and Amoedo. Roth will also produce with Colleen Camp (Squirrels to the Nuts), a veteran actress who can currently be seen in American Hustle.

The story follows two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man, where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life. For us that means lots of boobs, blood, and mayhem! So good!

Knock Knock, which is budgeted under $10 million, is scheduled to start production in April.

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Sam Feels a Chill in this Sneak Peek of Supernatural Episode 9.14 - Captives

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:31

Things remain chilly between the Winchesters in this sneak peek of "Supernatural" Episode 9.14, "Captives." Is a spring thaw in the cards for our battling brothers?

"Supernatural" Episode 9.14 - "Captives" (airs 2/25/14, 9-10pm)
THE BUNKER IS HAUNTED — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) are stunned to discover the Men of Letters’ bunker is haunted. Their investigation leads them to a storage facility where the demons have been keeping a prize possession.

Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) is captured by Bartholomew (guest star Adam Harrington).

Related Story: Get Captivated by this Image Gallery for "Supernatural" Episode 9.14 - "Captives"

Jerry Wanek directed the episode written by Robert Berens.

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Will's Trial Begins in Hannibal Episode 2.03 - Hassun; Read the Official Synopsis

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:15

We knew we wouldn't have long to wait for Will's trial to start once "Hannibal" Season 2 kicks off, and now word has come that it's happening in Episode 2.03, "Hassun." Check out the ep's full synopsis, and be sure to tune in next Friday night for the premiere!

"Hannibal" Season 2 begins on Friday, February 28th with Episode 2.01, "Kaiseki."

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"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11PM)
WILL GRAHAM’S TRIAL BEGINS, BUT WHEN AN AVID FAN STARTS RECREATING CRIMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WILL IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING, EVEN WILL’S STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM AS CYNTHIA NIXON GUEST STARS -- Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins, and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides.

Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.

To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner, and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up.

Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Raúl Esparza.

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Things Get Hairy for Matthew Fox in Welcome to Harmony

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 19:01

Our friends over at Aullidos scored the first images of a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Fox in the new chiller Welcome to Harmony, and we have 'em for you right here. Dig it!

Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (“Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of Spanish director Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped).

Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.

Production has begun in Budapest.

Synopsis
Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

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'Knock Knock.' Who's There? Eli Roth's Next Movie!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:54

Hot off the sale of his Green Inferno, pictured below, acquired by Open Road for release this summer, horror icon Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has locked in his next directing gig.

TheWrap reports that Roth is set to reteam with his Aftershock co-writers on the horror movie Knock Knock.

Roth will direct from an original screenplay he co-wrote with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoeda. Roth will also produce with Colleen Camp (Squirrels to the Nuts).

The story follows two young girls who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.

Knock Knock, which is budgeted under $10 million, is scheduled to start production in April.

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The Holy Ghost People Are Preaching Their Maniacal Gospel in This Image Gallery

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:53

XLrator Media's latest film from The Butcher Brothers, entitled Holy Ghost People (review), is now in limited theatrical release; and we have an entire image gallery full of their weird beliefs right here for you, free of any threats which may come via snakebite.

The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).

Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.

XLrator Media also released Holy Ghost People on VOD and iTunes on February 18th.

Synopsis
Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.

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Twisted Music Video Of The Week Vol. 123: Blockhead "The Music Scene"

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:30

Mutha flipping’ Friday is upon us! You know what? I’m beyond stoked for this weekend! I’ve got two parties I’ve got to go to including a friends birthday party as well as a gathering to plan out a bachelor party. I’m gonna be hanging out with friends pretty much nonstop, which is great because I need to unplug and unwind from the internet and social media life! I can’t let all these electronic gizmos run my life, you know what I mean?

However, it seems like every single creature in Blockhead‘s “The Music Scene” is not taking this advice and, as a matter of fact, going the complete opposite way. Everything seems to taken over entirely by television and electronics to the point that it leaves them an husk empty husk. Honestly, the video is one of the trippiest things I’ve seen in a while. Who needs drugs when you have this? Give it a watch below and you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Make sure to pick up The Music Scene via iTunes.


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Full Specs and Release For Lovecraftian 'Dead Shadows'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:06

This spring, brace yourself for more high octane sci-fi terror and apocalyptic alien & zombie mayhem!

On April 29 SCREAM FACTORY will unleash Dead Shadows on Blu-ray and DVD. Boasting a large cult following in France, Japan and U.K and a festival favorite at the 2012 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, Dead Shadows is said to be “a wildly entertaining thriller that combines heart-racing suspense, sci-fi action and alien terror with plenty of jaw-dropping surprises.”

Special Features: Making-Of Special Effects Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Interview With Director David Cholewa, Theatrical Trailer and Teaser Trailer

Produced and directed by French Filmmaker David Cholewa, Dead Shaows, starring Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, John Fallon and Rurik Sallé, “tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the Halley’s comet could be seen from earth.

Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around.

As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world.

In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?

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[BD Review] Rural Thriller 'The Invoking' Offers Up Tight Suspense and NO Cliches!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 18:01

The Invoking originally went by the name “Sader Ridge,” which is a way better title in my book. Names of places are more interesting to me than just adding “-ing” to a verb. After watching the movie, the title they rolled with makes sense, but I can’t help but figure they changed it because of The Conjuring‘s success. Anyway, The Invoking turned out to be a solid indie that’s more like a straight up thriller than horror. On the surface the concept anticipates a cabin in the woods kinda slasher, but there are only a few moments of slashing. That’s probably why they didn’t call it “The Slashing.” If you can get past some of the actors (excluding two amazing ones), the film has some moments of bona fide suspense and a nice sense of atmosphere, all while gloriously avoiding cliches!

Sam Harris (Trin Miller) has just inherited a house and a nice piece of land from her recently deceased aunt out in the sticks. She brings along three friends to check it out with her. Well, two friends and one ex-boyfriend who inexplicably gets to hang out with these decent people. I’m talking about Mark (Brandon Anthony), who’s an opportunistic self-centered prick. I don’t understand why Sam or her friends Roman (Josh Truax) and Caitlin (Andi Norris) would EVER hang out with this jerk.

When they arrive at Sader Ridge, they’re greeted by the young groundskeeper Eric (D’Angelo Midili), whose motivations for wanting to help Sam get to know the property are eerily vague. As she spends more time in the house and on the surrounding land, Sam begins to come unhinged. She’s plagued by waking nightmares of brutality and whispers of her forgotten past. Before losing her grip on reality, she’s forced to confront these images to figure out what dark family secrets have been kept from her.

The whole story of Sam’s family is really engaging and even after it’s clear what happened there on the property, The Invoking still does a great job of maintaining suspense until the credits roll. There’s nothing particularly inventive, but the film’s greatest strength is its avoidance of cliches. There are no ghosts or maniacs out in these woods, just some horrible, repressed memories threatening to consume Sam. The whole theme of memory is explored really well, in fact. The approach, in short, is really attractive once you dive into the film.

The biggest drawback of the film is the acting. I know it’s an indie and all that, but most of the dialogue is delivered in such a stiff, machine-like manner that it really drags the film down. None of the exchanges between characters sound natural. There are some exceptions. Trin Miller is fantastic as Sam. She runs the gamut of emotions throughout the film, which would be a challenge for any actor, veteran or not, but she nails it. Keep an eye on her. Then there’s D’Angelo Midili, who plays Eric with an incredible amount of restraint. We’re never quite sure if he has Sam’s best intentions in mind or whether he’s just a complete psycho. Midili keeps us on our toes by presenting layers of menace, sympathy, and kindness, all presented in a believable manner. He never goes over the top. The guy simply plays a great creep.

The Invoking is a great ride with some well-crafted suspense and two kick ass actors that carry the whole damn film. It’s available now on DVD and I think it’s seriously worthy of a rent.

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First Look At Matthew Fox In 'Welcome to Harmony'!

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:58

Thanks to a tip by ‘EM’ to Aullidos we have the first stills from Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Welcome to Harmony, his sophomore effort now filming in Budapest!

Matthew Fox (World War Z, “Lost”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) star with Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop) and Clara Lago (I Want You).

Nine years after an infection turns most of the humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.

Leading the production is Vaca Films (Cell 211, Kidnapped) and Ombra Films (Mindscape).

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Child's Play 2 Screens on 35mm This Saturday at the New Bev

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:21

If you're a horror fan in the Los Angeles area, then the New Beverly Cinema has probably had your weekend plans covered once or twice. This Saturday it's a 35mm screening of 1990's Child's Play 2, complete with a pre-movie Q&A with awesome guests.

Screening this Saturday, February 22nd, at 11:59 PM, Child's Play 2 is part of Brian Collins' Horror Movie A Day / New Beverly Midnights ongoing series. It means you get to enjoy one of the best films in an admittedly terrific franchise, and it should be an absolute joy to experience with a group of enthusiastic horror fans.

The New Beverly Cinema is located at 7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased here. The doors open at 11:59 PM, and the event will feature a Q&A with screenwriter/Chucky creator Don Mancini and director John Lafia.

I always loved this particular trailer as a kid - it's got the right level of humor and menace - and fondly recall begging my parents to let me see it in theaters. They didn't (jerks!), and so you LA readers should absolutely take this opportunity to go in my stead!

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Exclusive: Pat Healy and Ethan Embry Give Us Cheap Thrills

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:11

With Cheap Thrills finally arriving today on Movies On Demand, I’m willing to bet that a lot of you are planning to cuddle up tonight and descend into this movie's fast track to madness.

At its center Cheap Thrills shows an encounter between the conniving and the conflicted, focusing on two old acquaintances that force themselves to challenge each other with extreme acts of deplorable human behavior. It’s also a hell of a lot of fun, and they win lots of money.

The day after the film’s raucous premiere at Fantastic Fest back in September, actors Pat Healy and Ethan Embry sat down with Dread Central to talk a little about the film.

PH: Oh, Dread Central, the Rastafarian magazine, right?

DC: (laughs) That’s right. We only cover horror films from Jamaica.

EE: (laughing) That’s probably one of your top shelves! That was really good, buddy.

PH: Yeh, Dread Central, mon! No, I know what is, I’m just teasing.

DC: So, I’m guessing last night was probably the craziest premiere you’ve been a part of in a while. At least, the first one where you’ve taken your pants off, I hope.

PH: No, I can’t say that that’s true.

EE: Usually, it’s after the movie.

PH: I knew I was going to do that because I had the pants still and everything and I knew that it would be of value to someone. I certainly don’t care. I’m not that attached to them. The kid that got ‘em was the kid who dipped his balls in the sriracha sauce. I ended up talking to him after that all night, and we had VIP seats at the [Fantastic] Debates. He told me it was one of the greatest nights of his life.

EE: Out of context, that sentence is going to be very interesting.

DC: So, Pat, you were originally up for David Koechner’s part, right?

PH: Yeah, they wanted me to play this part, Craig, and I’m not financeable or whatever. The producers or someone who was giving money somehow was trying to get a bigger name to do it. So, when I met with them, it was with the intention that I’d be playing Craig, but they let me know that such-and-such and so-and-so was going to be reading for that part. So, they asked me if I would be interested in this role of Colin and I was disappointed but I loved this script and it wasn’t something I’d done before. Certainly, on the page it’s different. It is the role that it is because David played it and he does all the improv that he does. I can’t imagine that now.

EE: He brought an entirely different thing than what was on the page.

DC: It’s a lot more physical.

EE: It’s hard to see it any other way now.

PH: I don’t know what I would have done. My mind went immediately to some kind of sleazy, Hollywood hipster guy. It took a couple of months with casting and trying to get the money together and then this movie Compliance came out and it did pretty well. So that finally convinced them to hire me.

DC: Were earlier versions of the script a lot gorier and a lot darker? There’s really only one really gory scene and I think that the fact that it happens that way makes it a lot more powerful when it happens. Was there anything that went further than that?

EE: Not in what I read.

PH: There are earlier drafts from what I understand. There’s one that’s much more broadly comic and I think there’s one that’s much more dark. I think Evan [Katz] said something like that they kill a pregnant woman or something in one. If that was in the script, I probably would have asked for that to be removed.

EE: Because it doesn’t go that far. It really doesn’t. It doesn’t go beyond plausibility.

PH: It’s just trying to shock people and there’s nothing in our movie that’s just to shock. Everything logically follows from what comes before it and that’s what I liked about the script. That’s why the movie moves so well.

DC: Do you think that if Vince was a family man, too, it would have gone as far as it did? Or even further? One of the things I like about the movie is it’s asking the question of who is going to go further? Someone who has everything to lose or someone that has nothing to lose?

EE: Without ruining anything for people who haven’t seen it, I think that the reason why I stop doing what you think I’m about to do is because all I have to think about is myself. And I think I stop doing it for the same reason that he does it. He does it for his family. There are still selfish reasons behind it but I think the reason why I stop doing it is because I think about his family. Because it’s just me, I’m the only one that pays the consequence. Being a father, ninety percent of what I decide to or decide not to do is based on my son’s well-being. So, I think if he had a family I think he would have continued.

PH: I like a twist in the movie that [Vince] is the only truly moral person and you think of him as the dirtbag. He’s the one that really has a code and stands by his word. There’s a great vulnerability to his character that’s sort of unexpected.

DC: Do you think the film will be therapeutic in a way for some people that have held some old grudges?

PH: You know what’s amazing? I don’t have a grudge with this guy but my old punk rock buddy from high school lives here now with his family and he came last night. And we haven’t seen each other for twenty years. He’s been in the Gulf War, Iraq, and Afghanistan and we reconnected recently. It was just really emotional for me. We did have that kind of relationship. He couldn’t stop smiling and he couldn’t stop hugging me. It’s interesting that I could kind of relate to that experience and I’ve certainly had relationships that did not stand the test of time. I wondered what would have happened if I’d stayed around.

DC: How crazy was the set? Was there a lot of Dubstep pumping out? With all the fake drug use, were you doing jumping jacks to stay pumped up? How was the atmosphere?

PH: The entire shoot was fourteen days and eleven of those days was the stuff in the house. It was a hundred degrees and we had a heat wave around the middle of September. It was like a hundred and twenty in a house without air conditioning. We didn’t have any prep time and it’s a tough movie so it was really crazy intense. You know the big scene in the movie where the big scene happens and it’s all gory and crazy? Somebody lost the chip from the camera that that was shot on. It got recorded over.

DC: Oh no, you had to do it all over again?

PH: I had to do it again two days later. That was insane. I’ve been telling people, it was like the microcosm of that Apocalypse Now documentary or Burden of Dreams about the making of Fitzcarraldo. It was like that but like a mini-version. And actually, someone did film everything so, someday, they’ll be a documentary.

EE: As crazy as that shit was and as panicked as it could feel, and as kinetic as the sort of energy we had going on, I am only happy on a set. I am the most content as a human and as a man doing what I live to do.

DC: Well, you really grew up on set more so than Pat, I believe.

EE: That’s my home and I know Evan found his home. Everyone was the orphan that finally got adopted by Orphan Annie’s Pop. It’s just my home now. It’s the most uncontrollable, wild ride ever.

The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award." Cinedigm holds the home entertainment distribution rights, including DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, and digital platforms.

Synopsis
Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

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First Behind-the-Scenes Footage from Sharknado 2: The Second One

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:06

Syfy and The Asylum are swimming through the snowy banks of New York City while filming the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One, and the first footage of the shoot has surfaced! Check it out!

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie. Osbourne will portray a flight attendant, and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch – who starred in the iconic New York-based TV series "Taxi" – will be a cab driver named Ben. Fox will play Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (Ziering), and Mark McGrath – lead singer of the rock band Sugar Ray and "Killer Karaoke" host – will play Fin’s brother-in-law.

Sharknado 2 is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in July.

Read our original Sharknado review here and a Q&A with star Tara Reid and director Anthony Ferrante here.




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ISIS Gearing Up To Reissue Third Album 'Panopticon'

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 17:00

Post metal band ISIS are gearing up to release their third album Panopticon on April 29th via Ipecac Recordings. The album originally came out in 2004 and was highly acclaimed by many outlets. This is the second reissue for the band as last year saw the reissue of Celestial, their first album.

Guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner comments, “After some years away from the material, Panopticon now feels like the most optimistic of all the ISIS albums, dark as the subject mater may be. Giving voice to my concerns about the loss of privacy and the deterioration of personal freedom through the lyrics on the album made those subjects weigh less heavily on my mind. Something about the sound of the songs feels open and bright to me as well – post-millennial depression and pre-apocalyptic paranoia hadn’t yet taken hold I suppose. Panopticon also feels like a turning point to me in the trajectory of ISIS, and serves as a personal place-marker for me in terms of how the world of music and music consumption was shifting radically around that time. Things have certainly become cloudier since then and more uncertain – in that way the subject matter of Panopticon also now seems a bit premonitory.

Drummer Aaron Harris adds, “I got the check disk from the manufacturer the other day and listened to Panopticon all the way through to make sure things were good to go. It was like taking a journey back in time. When ISIS was playing these songs regularly I wasn’t able to enjoy them as a listener. Now that I haven’t played these songs in years they’ve taken on a whole new identity for me. Mika Jussila did an amazing job with the re-master. The record has more detail and dynamics now. I feel that re-masters sometime ruin the integrity of records, but I feel that fans will really appreciate this re-master, and maybe find a new appreciation for Panopticon, as I have.

Listen to “In Fiction” below.


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Sprout Wings and Fly Away to See a Sneak Peek of The Following Episode 2.06

Dread Central - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:54

A clip from next Monday night's Episode 2.06 of "The Following," entitled "Fly Away," has arrived in which Ryan and his team offer Lily a trade of Luke for Joe. Given the FBI's track record on the show, we're pretty sure something's going to screw that up.

"The Following" Episode 2.06 - "Fly Away" (2/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/1/14, 9-10PM)
Looking for back-up and hoping to execute their plan, Ryan and Max contact the FBI. But Weston has other ideas, leading to a standoff between good and evil.

Meanwhile, Joe’s new relationship escalates into uncharted territory, and Luke (Sam Underwood) finds himself in a troubling situation.

Related Story: New Images from "The Following" Episode 2.06 - "Fly Away"

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.

Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami.

For more info visit "The Following" website, "like" "The Following" on Facebook, and follow "The Following" on Twitter.




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'Master Reboot' Invades The PS3's Soul Cloud On March 4

bloody disgusting - Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:38

The PS3 exclusive indie horror game Master Reboot is exciting for a number of reasons. For one, it’s colorful. No liberal use of browns and greys here, no sir. It also has a trippy story set in a vibrantly realized world. I’m not sure I entirely understand it — something about Soul Clouds, which generate explorable structures that house your soul when you die — but my feeble mind’s inability to wrap itself around the concept only makes this game more intriguing.

It was expected to arrive this month, but now we’re looking at a March 4 release date. Trailer and screens after the jump.

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