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Nightmare Fuel: The 15 Creepiest Images Captured on Google Street View

Posted by John Squires on November 25, 2015

As if Google Maps and Google Earth weren’t already impressive enough, allowing you to see your home from satellites in the sky, the introduction of Street View took those technologies to new levels. Now, simply by entering an address, you can virtually visit almost any location in the world.

Google sends out specially designed cars with cameras affixed to them that literally take snapshots of each individual street the vehicles drive past, and in doing so they’ve managed to capture our day to day lives like never before. It’s pretty crazy, and when you think about it, kind of scary.

Not surprisingly, some pretty strange shit has been captured by Google Street View over the years, and we set out to find the creepiest of the creepy. The images range from obvious glitches to genuinely unexplainable doses of pure nightmare fuel, so strap in and get ready for the chills.

Here are the 15 creepiest images that have been documented by Google Street View!












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Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Posted by Steve Barton on November 25, 2015

Another year has passed already?!? Really? As we head into the heartiest of holidays, we’re thankful that despite a flailing economy and the constant yappin’ of Generation Outrage (not much has changed since 2014), Dread Central is still carrying on, and that’s all because of you guys.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… it’s you who allow us to exist. It’s your support that keeps everything moving. We even like when you yell at us from time to time because it keeps us on our toes. We know the anger only comes from passion, and we could never fault you for that. We hope you see that very same passion in our work. We love you, and we’ll never ever forget or take for granted what you guys bring to the table. You’re our peers, and this site is just as much yours as it is ours.

May everyone’s Thanksgiving Day be filled with laughs, love, and lunacy; and may your early morning hunt sticking your hand up a dead bird’s ass until you find the dreaded Bag™ housing its entrails and neck be swift, painless, and non-psyche scarring.

We thank you guys for all that you do. You have no idea how much you mean to us. As always, thanks to Fright Rags for the incredible holiday eye candy you see below! EAT UP!

Happy Thanksgiving

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That Time When Freddy Krueger Was a Rap Star

Posted by Jeff Kirschner on November 25, 2015

It’s hard to say just who was more ubiquitous in the 80s: Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson, or Freddy Krueger. Amazingly, in one of the strangest examples of pop culture pollination I can remember, the Springwood Slasher was seemingly everywhere. Any kid could walk into his or her  nearest Toys “R” Us and see Freddy’s well-done, pepperoni pizza with extra-cheese visage adorning everything from talking dolls to wax-pack trading cards, from squirt toys to yo-yos to cheaply made Halloween costumes.

The irony of a child traipsing around his neighborhood on October 31st dressed in a cheap rubber replica of a child killer’s horrifically burned face and trademark striped sweater and fedora is, in hindsight, both ridiculous and delicious. (Even more deliciously ironic is the fact that the box that contained the costume combo boasted of the product’s “fire-retardant” properties. Think on that for a moment!)


And it wasn’t just merch. The Bastard Son of 100 Maniacs also managed to invade all forms of media in the same way he did promiscuous teens’ dreams. There he was in comic books, on television (“Freddy’s Nightmares”), and in young adult novels (Freddy Krueger’s Tales of Terror). Forget Howard Stern; Freddy Krueger truly was the king of all media.

For proof, let’s travel back to the halcyon days of 1988 when Frederick was memorialized in not one but two rap songs: The Fat Boys’ “Are You Ready for Freddy?” and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare on My Street. (As an aside, whatever happened to rap groups? Seems they’ve gone the way of Nokia flip-phones and super-sized fries at McDonald’s.)

We’ll start with “A Nightmare on My Street.” Before “Bel-Air,” before Men in Black, before siring two of the most annoying kids to ever set foot on this planet, Will Smith was the Fresh Prince and had a reasonably successful musical career along with his partner, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Their major label debut He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper spawned the mega-hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” I spent my allowance on the vinyl single of said song and, after listening to the A side about a dozen times, flipped the single over to side B, dropped the needle on the record, and was introduced to “A Nightmare on My Street.” Fairly soon, I began to prefer the B side over the A. Perhaps it’s because my 12-year-old self was way too terrified to actually see a Nightmare film, so the song served handily as a sort of harmless aural equivalent.

Set to a bouncy beat eerily reminiscent of the future theme to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the song tells the tale of a guy “burnt up like a weenie/and his name is Fred.” Seems Will saw “Elm Street and man, was it def.” He then goes on to describe his own encounter with Freddy, voiced by a bargain-basement Robert Englund impersonator. Freddy proposes a partnership of some sort, but Willie brushes Fred off by rapping, “Yo, Fred, I think you got me all wrong!/I ain’t partners with nobody with nails that long!” (Taking the double negative into account, I assume that means the partnership is a go, right?) As the song concludes, the Fresh Prince calls Jeff to warn him, but it’s too late as the DJ soon succumbs to Freddy, who concludes the tune by exclaiming, “I’m your DJ now, Princey!”

Despite briefly considering the song for inclusion in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: Dream Master, New Line Cinema opted to sue the duo’s label for copyright infringement instead. As a result, a filmed video was shelved and is now lost to the ages (which means don’t go looking for it on YouTube). However, I know I saw the video at least once, but perhaps it was just a vivid fever dream. Nonetheless, even without a promotional vid, the song was a hit and reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


The Fat Boys were a bit more fortunate. Part of a trend of overweight rappers (this too was a thing; for further examples, see Heavy D, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Chubb Rock, and of course, The Notorious B.I.G.), the rotund trio had a couple of hits with rap-infused covers of The Safaris’ “Wipe Out” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist.” They even tasted movie stardom with an appearance in 1985’s seminal Krush Groove and their own film, the 1987 comedic caper Disorderlies.

New Line actually approached The Fat Boys to record a song for Dream Master – amazing considering their reaction to “My Street.” And so “Are You Ready for Freddy?” was born. As a song, the Fat Boys’ opus is inferior to the Fresh Prince progenitor, but it is authorized and, incredibly, features rhymes dropped by the man himself, Robert Englund, in character as Freddy.

An official video was filmed with a plot whereby The Fat Boys have to spend the night in a particular house on Elm Street in order to inherit the estate of group member Prince Markie Dee’s “Uncle Frederick.” Englund is in the vid, and as well as lip-syncing his lines, he also busts out an awkward dance move or two. Despite (or maybe because of) New Line and Englund’s involvement, “Are You Ready for Freddy?” was nowhere near as successful as “My Street,” reaching only #93 on Billboard’s R&B chart and not even making a dent in the Hot 100.

This may seem mad, but really, songs about slashers were nothing new. Way back in 1976, The Ramones’ self-titled debut featured the song “Chain Saw” about everybody’s favorite Texas-based cannibal butcher (and while were on the topic of The Ramones, let’s not forget their incredible “Pet Sematary,” the theme song to the 1989 film of the same name). And in 1986, Alice Cooper contributed the sublime “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” to the soundtrack of Friday the 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives. But again, these were songs about slashers, not slashers dropping science about themselves.

And let’s not even touch Freddy’s Greatest Hits



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Second Trailer for The Unkindness of Ravens Flies In

Posted by David Gelmini on November 25, 2015

Lawrie Brewster’s The Unkindness of Ravens is a film that all of us here at Dread Central really want to see made, but in order for that to happen, it still needs to make a lot more money via Kickstarter, having just hit the halfway point.

We’ve now got a look at the second trailer, and it’s just as batshit crazy as the first. With the film looking as great as it does, we don’t want to sound like we’re begging or demanding, but… well… we are. Go and contribute to the Kickstarter. Now. We are not asking.

The Unkindness of Ravens tells the story of Andrew, a homeless veteran plagued by flashbacks of a traumatic event he witnessed in the Army.

Andrew travels to a retreat in the remote Scottish Highlands, hoping to overcome his fear of ravens, the dark creatures that populate his visions. But in this bleak wilderness, his nightmares manifest into an enemy more powerful than he could ever have imagined.

The Unkindness of Ravens (1)

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Valley of the Sasquatch (2015)

Posted by Ari Drew on November 25, 2015

Starring Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Jason Vail, D’Angelo Midilivalley of the sasquatch poster

Directed by John Portanova

In the last few years, we have seen a surprising resurgence of films in the Bigfoot subgenre, ranging from efforts that twist the mythology in interesting ways (Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes) to those that scale back for a less-is-more atmosphere (Willow Creek) to others that opt for high-tension scares (Exists).

Recently making the festival rounds is filmmaker John Portanova’s directorial debut, Valley of the Sasquatch, a film that treads much of the same ground as the aforementioned works, while also calling back to the style of such subgenre efforts from 1970’s, the heyday of Bigfoot films. A properly independent effort, Portanova’s film is a modest entry that presents a straightforward creature feature peppered with emotional drama that works to varying degrees, though it does not quite bring anything new to the table.

The film centers on Roger Crew (Vail) and his son, Michael (Joris-Peyrafitte), who fall on hard times after the death of the family matriarch. Left broke and downtrodden, the two Crew men move into an old cabin in the woods in an attempt to regroup. When two of Roger’s old friends come to visit, the four men set off into the woods for a day of hunting and drinking. As the day progresses, Michael’s strained relationship with his father grows more tense, though this is ultimately the least of the group’s worries as they all begin seeing strange things moving about in the woods. Before long, the men discover that they are being stalked by a family of Sasquatch, and as night falls, they realize they must put their differences aside in order to survive.

Valley of the Sasquatch is billed as a character-centric creature feature, which promises far more substance than the genre tends to steer towards. This begins promisingly enough with our introduction to the perpetually frustrated Michael and the stoic Roger, who are struggling just to get by, though Roger still somehow finds money for beer. Michael is the voice of reason between the two, questioning his father’s irresponsibility while expressing a desire to further his own life by returning to school, though Roger disapproves. As it is revealed that Michael’s mother passed in an accident seemingly related to alcohol, we get a sense for why his relationship with Roger is so tense in their early scenes. However, the issue is addressed in a rather expository way and there is not much nuance in any further exploration of this dynamic as the film progresses. Disappointingly, Portanova’s initial focus on what could have been much more rich emotional land to mine between the father and son seems to fall to the wayside, as we instead come to find Roger to be quite the unsympathetic party, a two-dimensional neglectful father when all is said and done.

Contrarily, what is more successfully explored later in the film is Michael’s latent pain and frustration with the state of his life. This is particularly conveyed in a notably moving chat with Will (Midili), his inexplicably youthful uncle who accompanies the family on the hunting trip. In this scene, Michael’s pain over the state of his family is expressed in a very honest way, and the rapport between him and Will, who supports Michael’s decision to make something of himself, fast makes the relationship one of the stronger emotional foundations of the movie. Unfortunately, Will is not present for nearly enough of the film, and we are ultimately left with a hollow and disconnected drama between Michael and Roger as the latter pals around with his loud-mouthed friend Sergio (David Saucedo). This pointed focus on less developed characters at times hinders the film’s emotional core–namely, when it comes down to Sergio, who is quite the insufferable character as he berates Michael in front of a frustratingly indifferent Roger. You do feel for Michael quite a bit after a while, but mostly because he has to be around such a grating and ignorant person. To its credit, the film is ultimately upheld by a lively finale that will pull viewers back in even if they momentarily checked out in the midst of the unfulfilling character drama.

Once the family of Sasquatch descend upon the men, the film transitions to a very standard creature feature effort, albeit one that is relatively engaging and infuses humor into the script in a refreshing way. Once again, Midili proves to be one of the film’s shining players, wielding Will’s quick wit with perfect comedic timing in the face of some very questionable commentary and decisions from other characters; he speaks for us all when he retorts, “That’s the only explanation that makes sense?after another character is quick to deduce that a strange figure he spotted must be Bigfoot. The appearance of genre favorite Bill Oberst, Jr., is also a breath of fresh air as he assumes the role of the eccentric Bauman, a survivor of his own encounter with the Sasquatch tribe. While the script at times requires a great amount of suspension of disbelief and is not always sharp, Portanova makes up for this by showcasing a researched hand in regard to the subject matter, including more than a few notable call-outs for followers of cryptozoology and fans of the Bigfoot lore.

As an independent effort, Valley of the Sasquatch does wear its technical limitations a bit obviously at points, sometimes trying to do more than is convincingly feasible with the given resources. The creature design for the Sasquatch tribe is much less threatening when we see them clearly revealed all at once, and the film would likely have been more tense had it opted for a slower reveal approach. Additionally, while Portanova’s forest setting works wonders all on its own in creating an atmosphere of shadowy fear once night falls, some shots are indeed a bit too dimly lit and make it difficult to discern some of the action in latter scenes. Though the editing admittedly dips into amateur territory here and there, Portanova does deserve kudos for the practical gore and sound design, which are ultimately quite impressive here; one scene that involves an arm being ripped off elicited a squeal of enjoyment from a gore hound like myself.

While Valley of the Sasquatch does not necessarily bring on the horror in a major or fresh way, it is at times a very effectively atmospheric film with some interesting ideas behind it. Additionally, there is much here that feels refreshingly unassuming, as Portanova’s genuine conviction and passion for his subject matter is felt in the greater story he aims to tell. While the emotional aspects of the movie do not always come across as significantly as they are intended to, they are also never insultingly ironic or terribly hokey, to Portanova’s credit. At its core, Valley of the Sasquatch is a very straightforward film that recalls the simplicity of many Bigfoot films from decades past, and when viewed through such a lens, it mostly succeeds. I have no doubt that it will surely become a favorite among the subgenre’s bigger fans looking for a more classic take on the Bigfoot legend.

Have you had a chance to catch Valley of the Sasquatch? Sound off in the comments below or tweet me (@TheAriDrew) and share your thoughts!

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Win a Walking Dead Prize Package to Be Thankful For

Posted by Steve Barton on November 25, 2015

In honor of your yearly feast of flesh, we’re giving away a prize package that will have the corpse in your life twitching (or some other motor function) with glee! Right now we have your chance to not only score a copy of “Fear the Walking Dead” on Blu-ray, but ALSO The LIMITED EDITION “The Walking Dead” Season 5 box set! You know… the one with the gnarly walker reaching out for a bite!

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS and “Thankful for the Dead” in the subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on December 1, 2015.

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season Release Details:
In what has become a highly anticipated annual tradition for “Walking Dead” fans the world over, Anchor Bay Entertainment will be releasing THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Blu-ray + Digital HD Limited Edition set on December 1st. The other editions will be released on August 25th.

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON cast includes Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa Martin-Green, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, and Andrew J. West.

  • Audio commentaries featuring Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer Scott M. Gimple; Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd; Executive Producer Tom Luse; Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor/Director Greg Nicotero; Director Julius Ramsay; Actors Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos, and Steven Yuen
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Inside “The Walking Dead”
  • The Making of “The Walking Dead”
  • The Making of Alexandria
  • Beth’s Journey
  • Bob’s Journey
  • Noah’s Journey
  • Tyreese’s Journey
  • A Day in the Life of Michael Cudlitz
  • A Day in the Life of Josh McDermitt
  • Rotters in the Flesh

The Walking Dead Season 5 Limited Edition

The Walking Dead Season 5 Limited Edition

The Walking Dead Season 5 Limited Edition

Fear The Walking Dead Release Details:
Anchor Bay Entertainment is bringing fans of the latest ingenious and pulse-pounding AMC original series, “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season,” to Blu-ray and DVD on December 1st. Created by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and Dave Erickson (“Sons of Anarchy”), the series hailed as “effortlessly creepy” (People) premiered in August as the #1 show in cable history.

The 2-disc sets include character bios as well as “A Look at the Series.” Both fans of the show, as well as those who have yet to encounter the engrossing drama, will have the opportunity to own all six episodes.

Living in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” “Fear the Walking Dead” is a gritty drama that explores the onset of the undead apocalypse through the lens of a fractured family. Set in Los Angeles, a city where people come to escape, shield secrets, and bury their pasts, a mysterious outbreak threatens to disrupt what little stability high school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and English teacher Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) have managed to assemble. The everyday pressure of blending two families while dealing with resentful, escapist, and strung out children takes a back seat when society begins to break down. A forced evolution, a necessary survival of the fittest takes hold, and the dysfunctional family must either reinvent themselves or embrace their darker histories.

Fans can also look forward to “Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” Special Edition in 2016.

“Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season” cast also includes Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Mercedes Mason (Quarantine 2), Ruben Blades (Safe House), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Devil’s Hand), Elizabeth Rodriguez (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lorenzo James Henrie (Star Trek).

“Fear The Walking Dead” Season 2 premieres on AMC with 15 new episodes in 2016.

fear the walking dead

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The Conjuring 2 – Behind the Scenes Photos Invite You Onto the Set

Posted by John Squires on November 25, 2015

Production is well under way on The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, and stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back for some more haunting fun. On tap today are a handful of images from the London set, which will have to tide you over until we’re provided with more.

Check them out below, courtesy of James Wan’s Instagram account!

The sequel’s cast also includes Abhi Sinha, Lauren Esposito, Franka Potente, Frances O’Connor, Simon McBurney, Simon Delaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Patrick McAuley, Benjamin Haigh, and Madison Wolfe.

In addition to directing, Wan wrote the screenplay with Chad and Carey Hayes, with revisions by David Leslie Johnson. Wan also produces along with Peter Safran and Rob Cowan.

Farmiga and Wilson again play real-life paranormal investigating couple Lorraine and Ed Warren. O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, “The Missing”) will play the mother of a girl who is experiencing a haunting and desperate for help.

Expect the film in theaters on June 10, 2016.

In between shots to pose with the coolest cats – Simon McBurney, Patrick and Vera. #Marylebone #theconjuring2

A photo posted by James Wan (@creepypuppet) on

Recreating snowy Christmas in the 70’s on the streets of London. Outside a pub naturally! #Conjuring2 A photo posted by James Wan (@creepypuppet) on

I bring my crane into every pub I visit. #warringtonhotel #london #conjuring2

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The Conjuring 2

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Rights to Two Return of the Living Dead Sequels Being Sold on eBay

Posted by John Squires on November 25, 2015

Some sequels are so bad that fans don’t even care to acknowledge them, and the latter two installments in the Return of the Living Dead franchise fit that bill. Shot back-to-back, Necropolis and Rave to the Grave premiered on Syfy in 2005, and the rights to both are being auctioned on eBay.

User “polak3” has begun the auctions at $50,000 each, and dropping that hefty sum of cash will nab you all 35mm laboratory film elements – including pre-print materials. The reason for the sale, the auction listing claims, is that the seller simply doesn’t have the room to store the prints.

Distributed in the United States by Lionsgate, the films can now become your property, giving you the opportunity to do with them whatever you please. Our advice? If you’ve got the cash to spare, snatch these up, destroy them in a raging, celebratory fire, and send us the video footage!

Click the links below to check out the individual auctions.

In Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis, a group of teenagers, in an attempt to rescue their friend from an evil corporation, end up releasing a horde of bloodthirsty zombies.

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave centers on a college student who creates a drug called “Z” and sells it on campus, inadvertently resurrecting the living dead, who wreak havoc at a Halloween rave.


rave to the grave

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Forget The Purge, it’s Time for The Binge!

Posted by Steve Barton on November 25, 2015

In just a few short hours most of the country will be stuffing their faces silly as we celebrate the slaughter of the American Indians known as Thanksgiving, and the good folks over at Fit Tea have just hit a home run in terms of horror parody!

Check out the mock trailer below which is a total riff on the Blumhouse franchise, The Purge. It’s such a no-brainer we’re shocked no one had thought of this earlier (we’re looking at you The Asylum or have you become to highbrow for the mockbuster)! Good job, guys! If I drank tea I’d have one in your honor!

Check it out, kids!

The Binge

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Featurette Explores the Legend of Krampus

Posted by John Squires on November 25, 2015

His name is everywhere this year, but who exactly is Krampus? Michael Dougherty introduces the world to the Christmas beast next weekend, and ahead of the hotly-anticipated release, we’ve got our hands on a featurette that answers some pressing questions. We hope it’ll tide you over!

Written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ’r Treat), Krampus is co-written by Zach Shields and Todd Casey and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, Alex Garcia, and Dougherty. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on December 4, 2015.

The horror-comedy stars Emjay Anthony, Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen, and Krista Stadler.

Krampus and his mischievous underlings have been created by the combined efforts of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, both renowned for their epic work on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and King Kong, among many others.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.


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