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Scary vs. Gorey

Posted by Horror Grinder on January 8, 2013

I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.

Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.

So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.

Frank Grillo Waits Beyond Skyline

Posted by Steve Barton on October 20, 2014

We’re still not sure just who was clamoring for a sequel to Skyline, but it’s definitely heading in the right direction in terms of casting news. Latino Review is reporting that The Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo will star in the next chapter of the interstellar flick, which is known now as Beyond Skyline.

Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects no one could see due to the apparent lack of a lighting rig in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and others that people could see in Iron Man 2, is directing. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.

Latino is also reporting that supposedly the sequel’s storyline takes place at the same time the first one did.

Beyond Skyline

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Ghost Face Missing in MTV Series

Posted by Steve Barton on October 20, 2014

Well now. This is kind of shocking. During an interview with GhostFace.co.UK, RJ Torbert, the man who owns the rights to the look of Ghostface, the titular killer from Wes Craven’s Scream franchise, dropped a pretty big bombshell on fans looking forward to the upcoming MTV series based on Craven’s flicks.

To answer your question regarding the “Scream” TV series…

Please note, that I had been in communication with TWC regarding this and they have informed me, that as of now, and during the initial launch that Ghost Face is NOT involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean, that Ghost Face will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question, to the question.

However, as of now, there is no involvement.

Here’s some clarification by Torbert in regards to the rights of the look of the character:

We believe , ‘Scream’ is Ghost Face, and Ghost Face is Scream. However, while Ghost Face is owned by Fun World, The Scream Motion Picture Franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company and it is their option to Film a movie or TV show without Ghost Face. Regardless, we wish them the best of luck and I’m sure ‘Scream’ fans will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face. Never say never.

The MTV series stars Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Connor Weil (Sharknado) and Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End, “V,” “The 4400).

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Jessabelle Stills Come by the 4-Pack

Posted by Steve Barton on October 20, 2014

Four new stills have arrived for Jessabelle, the latest film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert, and they are ready to do that voodoo that they do. Dig ‘em!

Look for the film in both theaters and VOD outlets on November 7th! Mark your calendars!

Jessabelle stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, and Amber Stevens.

The film is being brought to us by the folks behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, and Dark Skies – Jason Blum, Paul Young, and Peter Principato, who are producing for Blumhouse Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment.

For more info visit Jessabelle on Facebook, and follow Jessabelle on Twitter.

Synopsis
From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

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AFM 2014: The Ghost Squad Looks to Save the Day

Posted by Steve Barton on October 20, 2014

The American Film Market chaos is already beginning as 13 Films has unveiled the first details and sales art for the family friendly flick Ghost Squad. Read on for the skinny, and brace yourself for lots more from AFM in the coming weeks.

Joel Souza directs the film, which stars Kevin Nealon (“Weeds,” Just Go With It, Blended), Jennifer Grant, Madison Iseman, Phillip Wampler, Preston Strother, Carly Peeters, Will Spencer, and Cade Sutton.

Synopsis
After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a creepy county mansion long rumored to be haunted.

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Australian Zombie Wrestling Flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl Finally Ready to Main Event

Posted by Foywonder on October 20, 2014

We first reported on the Australian zombie wrestling action horror flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl way back in 2008. Lots of movies have long, arduous treks from inception to the screen, but this is ridiculous!

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is finally, at long last, ready to make its world premiere at The Thornbury Theatre in Australia early next year. I presume the rest of us will get our chances to see this long gestating film afterwards.

The Strongman Pictures production stars UK-based singer Jenna Dwyer as Charlie along with Elke Osadnik, Emma-Louise Wilson (ABC’s “Utopia”), and champion kickboxer Sarah Howett, a.k.a. Viper from Australian TV’s “Gladiators.”

To celebrate the press release announcing the film finally coming into fruition, award-winning artist Tom Hodge was commissioned to design some new artwork for this tale of a badass female pro wrestler and her smackdown with the undead.

I’ll let the press release from director Daniel Armstrong provide the rest of the details:

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is your quintessential Australia-zombie-wrestling-video game movie. It tells the story of Charlie. After watching her Daddy die in the ring, she sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job, and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice but to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous jabronis for a stroll down smackdown boulevard!

‘What can you say? From Parts Unknown has been in production for nearly a decade now. We’ve overcome investors disappearing, a crazed department head running up excessive costs, and the loss of all our sound files in addition to, of course, the grueling 42-day shoot. It’s been a long journey, and we’re very excited about the fact that not only are people finally about to see the film, but we have amazing poster art that so perfectly reflects the tone of the film.’ – Director, Daniel Armstrong

From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl World Premiere details:
DATE:  Saturday, January 10, 2015
TIME:  6.00 pm – ‘till late
VENUE:  The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, VIC 3071; (+613) 9484 9831

Tickets can ONLY be purchased from The Thornbury Theatre website.  No tickets will be sold at the event. For more info visit From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl on Facebook.

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Rob Riggle Gets Infected by Dead Rising: Watchtower

Posted by John Squires on October 20, 2014

Rob RiggleAs we recently learned, Capcom’s hit video game series Dead Rising is being adapted into a feature film courtesy of Crackle, and another familiar face has just joined the growing cast. Read on for the latest!

Multi Channel News reports today that comic actor Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) has been brought on board the adaptation, alongside fellow new recruits Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), Keegan Connor Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Once Upon A Time”), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War).

The cast also includes Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children).

Sony’s Crackle will give the 90-minute feature, directed by Leprechaun: Origins‘ Zach Lipovsky, an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV.

The script was written by Tim Carter, who also produces the film alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is the executive producer.

Synopsis

As in the video game, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.

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Prep for the Grimm Season 4 Premiere with New Previews; Catch Up with the Royals

Posted by Debi Moore on October 20, 2014

Grimm on NBCWe have just a few more days to wait until “Grimm” returns to NBC for its fourth season this coming Friday, and the network has released some new previews along with a video entitled “The Royals: A New Chapter,” which catches us up on Eric, Viktor, and Sean’s latest power plays.

Evil has a new enemy in “Grimm” Season 4, premiering October 24th on NBC, followed by the series debut of “Constantine.”

“Grimm” Episode 4.01 – “Thanks for the Memories” (10/24/14; 9-10pm)
NICK MUST LEARN TO COPE WITH HIS NEW REALITY AS A NEW WESEN HITS PORTLAND TO STEAL ITS VICTIMS MEMORIES – ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE LOMBARD, ALEXIS DENISOF, AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR – After the events at Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) wedding, Nick (David Giuntoli) is faced with losing his identity as a Grimm. Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) join Nick as they try to figure out how to deal with Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) as she faces the consequences of a heinous murder she committed.

Meanwhile, when Wu (Reggie Lee) arrives at the scene, his discoveries bring back images of his traumatic encounter. A new threat arrives in Portland to steal the memories of its victims, leaving them in a state of dementia. Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) life hangs in the balance and Adalind (Claire Coffee) falls into Prince Viktor’s (guest star Alexis Denisof) trap as she desperately searches for her baby.

For more info visit “Grimm” on NBC.com, check out some InstaGRIMMS on Instagram, “like” “Grimm” on Facebook, and follow “Grimm” on Twitter.

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Necroshift Trailer Shouldn’t Be Up Here

Posted by Steve Barton on October 20, 2014

Our friends across the pond over at AbandonHope Films have sent over a new teaser trailer for their latest flick, Necroshift, and we’ve gotta say this one looks to be shaping up quite nicely!

The film, directed by Kev Harte, stars Kaylea Marie Hudson, Craig Duggan, and Liam Graham Olsen.

Synopsis
Necroshift is a horror comedy revolving around two slacker hospital workers, Briggs and Holmes, who find themselves in a desperate situation one stormy night. They coast by on their jobs, doing their rounds, sometimes, as well as sitting around discussing their favorite horror movies, mostly. When the dead body of a notorious serial killer known as “The Soul Stealer” is brought back one night, they find themselves fighting for their lives, and their preferred genre of film is about to become a reality.

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Constantine Premieres on Friday – Get a Sneak Peek Now!

Posted by Debi Moore on October 20, 2014

Reviews thus far have been mixed with regard to the pilot for NBC’s “Constantine,” but we figure most shows get off to a bumpy start so we’re much more interested in what happens with the series in Weeks 2, 3, and beyond. In any event, we still have to sit through said pilot, entitled “Non Est Asylum,” this coming Friday night, and here’s a sneak peek to whet our appetites.

“Constantine” Episode 1.01 – “Non Est Asylum” (10/24/14; 10-11pm)
SERIES PREMIERE – JOHN CONSTANTINE TAKES ON A RISING DARKNESS AS HE FIGHTS TO RECLAIM HIS SOUL – JEREMY DAVIES AND LUCY GRIFFITHS GUEST STAR – Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight — or at least he did.

With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray when an old friend’s daughter (guest star Lucy Griffiths) becomes the target of supernatural forces. Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star. 

For the latest news, like “Constantine” on Facebook and follow “Constantine” on Twitter.

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Win an Autographed Compound Fracture DVD and a Level 33 Entertainment DVD Horror Pack

Posted by Scott Hallam on October 20, 2014

Who loves ya, Dreadies? We do! That’s why any time we get a chance to throw some free horror swag your way, we jump at it. We’ve got a real peach for you this time. A copy of Compound Fracture signed by star Tyler Mane and writer Renae Geerlings.

Compound Fracture features three men with whom horror fans are certainly familiar: Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Muse Watson (Ben Willis from I Know What You Did Last Summer), and Derek Mears (Jason from the 2009 Friday the 13th). The film was directed by Anthony Rickert-Epstein. In celebration of Compound Fracture now being available on iTunes (in the U.S. and Canada) and on DVD from Amazon, Level 33 Entertainment wanted to share the joy and offer some free merch to a lucky fan.

So here’s the skinny on the contest. One winner will receive a Compound Fracture DVD signed by Tyler Mane and Renae Geerlings along with a Level 33 Entertainment DVD Horror Pack, which will include: A Cadaver Christmas, AAAH! ZOMBIES!!, I Didn’t Come Here to Die, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger, The Reverend, and Vamp U.

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

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on November 1, 2014.

Synopsis
Compound Fracture brings together three iconic figures in the horror pantheon, starring Tyler Mane, Muse Watson, and Derek Mears. Produced by Mane Entertainment, written by Renae Geerlings and Tyler Mane, and directed by Anthony Rickert-Epstein, Compound Fracture is a supernatural thriller about a broken family with a history of abuse and dementia that is forced to find a common ground to fight a greater supernatural threat. 

The film stars Mane, Watson, and Mears along with Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil’s Rejects), Renae Geerlings (Halloween II), Daniel Roebuck (“Lost”), Todd Farmer (Jason X), Jelly Howie (“Dexter”), and Alex Saxon (Chapman). Prior to its home entertainment release, Compound Fracture enjoyed a successful limited theatrical release and film festival run across the United States and Canada, receiving glowing reviews and winning “Best of Festival” at the Hot Springs Horror Film Festival.

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