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The Russian Sleep Experiment Creepypasta Becomes a Creepy Novella

Posted by Todd Rigney on September 1, 2015

If you haven’t read The Russian Sleep Experiment creepypasta, then click that link and treat yourself to a truly eerie story. Out of all the creepypastas currently available, it’s among my absolute favorite. It’s well-written, engaging, and delivers a spectacular ending. Again, if you haven’t read it, definitely give it a look. I’m trying not to build it up too much, but I’m struggling here.

Author Holly Ice has taken this unsettling story and stretched it into a very creepy novella. The aptly-titled Russian Sleep Experiment is now available in trade paperback and ebook, so you have plenty of options available depending on your preference. It’s like paper or plastic, but different.

From the Press Release:
The Russian Sleep Experiment is a new horror/psychological novella by Holly Ice, inspired by the Cold War. The Soviet Union is conducting unethical, secret experiments in the depths of Siberia. This particular experiment is conducted on political prisoners ahead of the scientific trial being approved for human experimentation. The Soviet Union wants the edge in any coming conflict and to do this, they test Gas 76-IA on four volunteers. These political prisoners are offered their freedom in exchange for thirty days without sleep, powered by this mysterious gas, but the side effects are more than they had bargained for.

The Russian Sleep Experiment is an extension to novella length of the original Creepypasta short story, with added content.

This extension of the tale has three parts:

Part 1: Told from the POV of one the prisoners, this part tells the story of how the political prisoners were recruited from their camp to take part in the experiment. (This was not explained in detail in the original short story.)

Part 2: Told from the POV of one of the experimentees and the lead scientist. This part fleshes out the major action of the original tale in real time. We see what happens from inside the mind of the prisoners and from inside the cage of the experiment, as well as from the logbooks of the very ambitious lead scientist.

Part 3: Told from the POV of one of the scientists involved in the experiment, after it has concluded. This final section shows the consequences of the experiment and is based in rural Siberia.

The Russian Sleep Experiment features artwork by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.

For more information about The Russian Sleep Experiment and author Holly Ice, then you should really consider swinging by the Almond Press website. All kinds of info there. Better yet, plan a relaxing trip to the official website for Ice’s novella. It’s pretty cool.

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New Japanese Godzilla Movie Filming This Weekend in Tokyo

Posted by Todd Rigney on September 1, 2015

Full disclosure: I own every Godzilla movie on either DVD or Blu-ray. I’ve been a huge fan of the giant green troublemaker since I was a kid, so it was my lifelong goal to score as many of the flicks as I could for my own collection. Next thing I knew, I was swimming in Toho movies.

The fact that the studio is working on the first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years is beyond exciting, so when Anime News Network posted that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s installment in the franchise was filming this weekend in Tokyo, I squealed with delight. No offense to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, but the Japanese films will always hold a special place in my scaly heart.

A notice posted at the Kamata bus station in Tokyo revealed that buses will not stop as usual at the station on Sunday morning, due to the filming of a movie titled ‘Shin Gojira’ (New Godzilla),” the website reported. In short: The next Godzilla flick is officially underway.

If everything goes according to plan, the new Godzilla movie will stomp all over theaters in Japan at some point next summer. As of this writing, it’s unknown when the flick will debut Stateside.

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Waxwork Remake on the Horizon from Lost After Dark Team

Posted by Todd Rigney on September 1, 2015

In yet another example of “indie directors score a hit and go on to reboot a classic genre flick,” Lost After Dark director Ian Kessner and co-writer Bo Ransdell are seriously kicking around the idea of a Waxwork remake/reboot. And while writer/director Anthony Hickox’s 1988 horror/comedy doesn’t get the same kind of attention from horror fans as its contemporaries, it’s still a solid endeavor in its own right. I apologize profusely for my inability to keep my frustration in check.

During their recent chat with Nerd Report, Ransdell and Kessner admitted that the project is still in the very early stages of development. However, they both seem very determined to make this thing happen, and they reportedly have Hickox’s blessing to bring this flick to life.

Kessner also explained their approach to the Waxwork remake.

It’s got a Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe where the waxwork appears in town overnight. It’s really fun. It’s also an opportunity for us to play in a whole bunch of horror genres, kind of an anthology where the characters keep falling into these different vignettes or the different worlds where they tackle different horror tropes, and they tackle the best parts of it, the climax. So it’s really fun for us if we get to make it because we get to explore all these different genres within the horror, sort of like Cabin in the Woods.

Lost After Dark is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable throwback to 80s slashers, so I’m interested to see what Kessner and Ransdell do next. And while I’m not overly excited about the idea of a Waxwork reboot/remake, I’m still curious to see their take on the project.

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Farewell to Wes – Dread Central Writer John Squires

Posted by John Squires on September 1, 2015

I don’t specifically remember the first time I laid eyes on Freddy Krueger, heard him crack a joke, or watched him brutally kill a pretty-looking teenager, but to say that he was a small part of my childhood would be, well, a huge understatement. All kids have heroes, whether they’re sports players or astronauts. My hero, growing up, happened to be a burnt-faced serial killer.

My lifelong love affair with all things horror can be traced directly back to A Nightmare on Elm Street and its many sequels, which were a veritable feast for my developing imagination. Though my local video store had a massive wall of horror VHS tapes to choose from, I rarely left with the ones that didn’t have Freddy plastered on the cover. Because I knew, even at a very young age, that there was something special about the franchise, and the villain who called it home.

I would of course eventually realize that Wes Craven was the man responsible for creating Freddy Krueger, and once I finally allowed myself to watch something other than the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, I began delving into the rest of his work. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The People Under the Stairs soon became favorites, and I found a brand new horror icon to dress up as when Craven revitalized the landscape of 1990s horror with Scream.

You could say that Wes Craven was an ever-present figure in my life, introducing me to the world of horror cinema as a child and continuing to remind me, throughout the last couple decades, why I became such a huge fan in the first place. While many filmmakers who get their start in horror eventually leave the genre behind, Craven is one of the few who always stayed true to himself, directing and producing horror movies well into his 70s with the same enthusiasm as he did in his 30s. And though 2011’s Scream 4 unfortunately ended up being his final film as a director, he never stopped doing right by us fans – producing the recent TV series “Scream” as well as two upcoming horror movies.

Whether the cameras were rolling or not, Craven’s love for the horror genre showed through on an almost daily basis. On both Twitter and Instagram, he kept in touch with his fans and was always happy to talk about the movies we hold so near and dear, sharing behind the scenes photos, telling stories, and even happily spreading around artwork inspired by those films. I can’t tell you how many friends of mine nearly exploded from excitement when Craven followed them on social media, which just goes to show how important he was to us all. And I always got the sense that we were as important to him as he was to us.

Horror wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. My life wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. And I’m reminded this week, as I sit here typing this, that you don’t need to have a personal relationship with someone to be completely heartbroken when they pass away. I never met Wes Craven, in fact I never even spoke directly to him, but his influence on my life will continue to be felt for as long as I live. I don’t honestly know that I’d be a horror fan today if it weren’t for Freddy Krueger holding my hand at a young age and showing me how much fun being scared could be, and what I’m really saying when I type that is that I don’t know if I’d be who I am today if it weren’t for Wes Craven.

So thank you, Wes. Thank you so much for letting us hang around in your brain for so many years. I think I speak for everyone in the horror community when I say that we will continue deriving joy from doing so for many years to come. Your life’s work will never be forgotten, nor will it ever fail to inspire, entertain, and terrify.

— John Squires

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With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.

Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.

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Zoe Bell Rages into a Bloody Camino

Posted by Steve Barton on September 1, 2015

You can put Zoe Bell in just about anything and we’ll watch it! She’s badass, beautiful, and can act her ass off! That being said, word’s just come in regarding her new flick, Camino.

From the Press Release
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announced the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.

CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.

“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.

“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.

“Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote & directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and The ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.

The film co-stars Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, Silver Ariel award-winner for Best Actor for Days of Grace), Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, Casino).

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Cara Buono Finds Stranger Things on Netflix

Posted by Steve Barton on September 1, 2015

More casting news is here for Netflix’s new supernatural series, “Stranger Things,” as Deadline is reporting that Cara Buono has landed a series regular role.

Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, “Stranger Things” is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Buono (pictured) will play Karen, the mom of Mike and Nancy, two of the kids on the search for the missing boy.

She joins the previously announced Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.

The Duffer Brothers are writing, directing, and co-showrunning the series and will serve as executive producers along with co-showrunner Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner.

The series will debut in 2016.

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Penny Dreadful Cast Expands in Season 3; Dr. Jekyll Added to the Monsters

Posted by Debi Moore on September 1, 2015

Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series “Penny Dreadful” is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland, including one familiar face that will be playing a different character.

Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone (pictured left; “American Horror Story: Coven”), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Also, this season will add Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show, to be played by Shazad Latif (pictured right; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Spooks”).

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The third season’s nine episodes, premiering on Showtime in 2016 on-air, on demand, and over the internet, will feature several new guest stars, including Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Christian Camargo (“Dexter,” The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Wes Studi (“Hell on Wheels,” A Million Ways to Die in the West) as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton); and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).

“Penny Dreadful” is a frightening psychological thriller created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “Call the Midwife”), both of Neal Street Productions. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green. Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Treadaway also star. “Penny Dreadful” is a co-production with Showtime and Sky.

For additional info visit “Penny Dreadful” on Showtime, “like” “Penny Dreadful” on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website.

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Exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Cover Joins Cannibals In September 2015 Box Of Dread

Posted by KW Low on September 1, 2015

It was only just yesterday that we told you that cannibals are coming to the September 2015 Box Of Dread. Today, we can also tell you that the Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 crossover comic book from the combines forces of Dynamite and Dark Horse will be a part of the September 2015 Box Of Dread too. On top of that, the comic book comes with a cover that is exclusive to Box of Dread!

So, don’t miss out on the September 2015 Box of Dread. Signups for this cannibalistic box ends on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

This is what the exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 cover looks like and only Box Of Dread acolytes will receive the comic book in September:

Exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Cover Joins Cannibals In September 2015 Box Of Dread

This exclusive cover is drawn by artist and illustrator Dennis Calero, who is known for his work on titles such as X Factor, Legion of Superheroes, and Kolchak. Learn more about his work at http://denniscalero.com. Aliens/Vampirella is written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy) while the book is drawn by artist Javier García-Miranda.

Synopsis:
As established in Aliens/Vampirella #1, humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Vampirella, a supernatural exterminator, is faced with a mystery only she can solve… and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.

Related StoryDynamite Reveals Aliens/Vampirella Crossover Creative Team; See a Preview of Issue #1

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Hurry, sign up ends on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:

Check out the latest unboxing videos from Box of Dread acolytes. Have you made your own unboxing video? Make sure to tag “Box of Dread” so that we can feature your unboxing video!

For even more pictures and videos, check out Box of Dread on Social Media!

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Farewell to Wes – Guest Blog: Ben Rock

Posted by Steve Barton on September 1, 2015

I cannot express how truly saddened I am to learn of the passing of Wes Craven. For several of my formative years, he might as well have been my babysitter. A Freddy poster hung over my bed and inspired me to learn about monster makeup.

The Serpent and the Rainbow increased my interest in science, voodoo, surrealism, and lots of other subjects which remain a passion for me today. And to this day, his A Nightmare on Elm Steet remains my favorite representation of dream logic on film. May his work haunt many more generations.

— Ben Rock

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With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.

Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.

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Orgasmic Deathgasm Trailer

Posted by Steve Barton on September 1, 2015

The wondrous lunacy of Deathgasm (review) will be exposed to the world soon via Dark Sky Films, who will be releasing it into U.S. cinemas on October 2nd, but right now we have the official trailer to share!

Written and directed by Jason Lei Howden, Deathgasm stars Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, and Stephen Ure.

Synopsis:
New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal-thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

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