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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.

The Most Expensive Godzilla Collectible Ever Made!

Posted by Steve Barton on September 22, 2014

Get ready, kids! It doesn’t get any cooler (or more expensive than this)! 9.5 inches tall. 7.5 inches wide. Nearly 14 inches long. 33 pounds of SOLID GOLD! Wait until you see this!

In celebration of Godzilla‘s 60th anniversary, Japanese jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka was commissioned to create a 24-karat gold Godzilla collectible to die for. This bad boy is displayed on a matching black marble base and is available at all Ginza Tanaka stores in Japan.

So how much, you ask? Why it’s just 150,000,000 Yen. That’s nearly $1.5 million USD. I know what I want for Christmas! Um… Debi? Light of my life?

Gold Godzilla Collectible.

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Jurassic World – Colin Trevorrow Follows the Signs

Posted by Steve Barton on September 22, 2014

Director Colin Trevorrow just tweeted out a new image from the set of Jurassic World and this one is definitely for the eagle-eyed fans of the original Spielberg masterpiece!

The image below features a pretty worn out and knocked over sign which points towards the East Dock that Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) knocked over while trying to escape in the first flick! Check it out!


Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.

Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.

More as it comes.

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

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Experience The Taking of Deborah Logan on DVD

Posted by Steve Barton on September 22, 2014

We’ve been talking about Adam Robitel’s The Taking of Deborah Logan for a few weeks here on DC, but now finally we have some release news for you! Read on for details.

From the Press Release
Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the genre-bending THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN. Just in time for Halloween, the found-footage thriller will be available on Early EST (electronic sell-through) October 21, 2014 before heading to VOD and DVD on November 4, 2014.

Directed by Adam Robitel, the spine-chiller stars Jill Larson (ABC’s “All My Children,” Shutter Island), Anne Ramsay (Planet of the Apes, A League of Their Own, NBC’s “Mad About You,” ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Michelle Ang (My Wedding and Other Secrets, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), and Ryan Cutrona (Fox’s “24,” AMC’s “Mad Men”).

Mia Medina (Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Larson) and her daughter, Sarah (Ramsay). But as the days progress, strange things begin to happen around Deborah that are not consistent with any findings about Alzheimer’s. It becomes apparent that there’s something besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s life. It’s an evil that is far worse than the debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN has a running time of 90 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language, and brief nudity. The film is co-executive produced by Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan, Kurt Fethke, and Scott Adler. Rene Besson, Christa Campbell, Alex Cutler, Luke Daniels, Lati Grubman, Dana Guerin, Jonathan Stein, and Jason Taylor serve as executive producers with Bryan Singer and Jeff Rice as producers.

Exclusive bonus features include “The Making of The Taking of Deborah Logan Soundbites” with Jill Larson, Michelle Ang, Anne Ramsay, Brett Gentile, Jeremy DeCarlos, and Adam Robitel.

The Taking of Deborah Logan

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Hulu Gives Stephen King’s 11/22/63 a Direct-to-Series Order

Posted by Debi Moore on September 22, 2014

TCA Summer 2013 Press Tour: Hulu Answers The Strange CallsBack in April of 2013, we learned that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions was in negotiations for the rights to Stephen King’s bestselling 2011 novel 11/22/63 for a possible TV series, but then not much happened. Today we finally have an update, and the “network” the show is heading to isn’t one you’d expect.

Per Hulu’s Blog Hulu has greenlit “11/22/63″ – a new Hulu Original from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, acclaimed author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television.

Here are the details direct from Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President, Head of Content:

This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time. We are thrilled to be working with them and with Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu.

Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Stephen King, “11/22/63″ will take viewers on a journey back to the day that former President Kennedy was shot and ask the eternal question: “What if?” Part thriller, part love story, “11/22/63″ is a fascinating story that goes beyond the concept of time travel. With the talented team of producers bringing the story to life, we are confident that “11/22/63″ will be an event series that our viewers will love. 

“11/22/63″ joins our growing offering of premium Hulu Originals and reinforces our mission to continuously captivate and connect audiences with the stories they love. The series will make its debut exclusively on Hulu. Until then, keep checking back for more details.

11/22/63

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Halloween Hijinx – Help Put Kids in Costumes

Posted by Steve Barton on September 22, 2014

Here at Dread Central we’re all about giving back and any time we get the chance to help spread the word about a worthwhile cause we jump on it. Two have come to our attention that we’re thrilled to share with you.

First up, Gary Cecil over at The Black Cat Horror Blog has launched a Get Kids in Costumes initiative. The basis of this charity is to help underprivileged children and their families on Halloween to make sure that the little ones have Halloween costumes and baskets to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.

Every dollar earned will go directly to an account setup specifically for the donations! Whether it’s a penny or a hundred bucks, it doesn’t matter. Click here to learn more and to contribute.

Get Kids in Costumes

One thing I know about first hand is how much it sucks to spend Halloween night in the hospital. Believe you me, it was NOT as exciting as it was for Laurie Strode in Halloween II. That being said one of the most popular Halloween shops, Spirit Halloween, has launched a Spirit of Children campaign as a means to help make the hospital stays of kids a lot more fun on Halloween.

Click here to learn more and to contribute.

Come on, guys, it’s that time of year and everyone is entitled to AT LEAST one good scare! Do something good … and spooky … today!

Spirit of Children

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Doc of the Dead – Live Event Sept 24th

Posted by Gothic.net on September 22, 2014

Doc_of_the_Dead_posters_418423Attention Zombie lovers, on September 24th EPIX is hosting an all day celebration of the zombie sub-genre, across film, television, and literature, where luminaries from the field offer their insight and experiences. The experience centers around their new Doc of the Dead zombie genre documentary and an impressive roster of actors, authors, directors, and other well known zombie experts will participate in an interactive presentation, taking questions from the audience and talking about their experience. George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, and many more will have an hour each to talk about zombies. What could be more fun than that? You can find the event Facebook here as well as more information on Doc of the Dead.

Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM get together to create EPIX as a modern multi-platform media channel, bringing their classics and hits to you through traditional cable TV methods, as well as VOD service from your set-top box, as well as streaming over the web.

Doc of the Dead is an EPIX Original Documentary from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas that delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in Film, Television and Literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture. Featuring George Romero, Simon Pegg, Bruce Campbell, Max Brooks and many others.

From the Dark (2014)

Posted by Brad McHargue on September 22, 2014

Artwork Coming SoonStarring Niamh Algar and Stephen Cromwell

Directed by Conor McMahon


In From the Dark, Irish director Conor McMahon sacrifices the goofy humor seen in his previous effort Stitches in favor of no-nonsense horror that combines a fear of the dark with vampire mythology.
From the Dark is exceedingly simple in terms of its story: While on holiday, a young couple named Mark (Stephen Cromwell) and Sarah (Niahm Algar) become stranded on a muddy back road in rural Ireland. Brandishing a flashlight, Mark takes off on foot to discover an old house in which lies an elderly man in a state of delirium and shock from a wound to the neck. After returning to the car to get Sarah for assistance, they discover that the old man has fallen victim to a sinister creature with a strong distaste for the light.

A simple twist on the vampire mythology, McMahon starts things off strong and creepy, keeping the creature out of focus or moving ever so slightly out of frame with the arrival of a light source. Throughout much of the film he keeps this trend going, even when the creature has traded in the shadows of the woods of Ireland for the confines of a dimly lit house; out of focus background shots, quick moments of action, and dimly moonlight-lit rooms keep the creature’s true appearance from being fully revealed. Granted, glimpses are seen, at least enough to show its form.

Bipedal and tall, the creature is an unholy union of Nosferatu and the subterranean humanoids from The Descent, with a bit of vampire goodness from I Am Legend tossed into the mix. The result is mostly uninspired, but the real magic in the film is when McMahon keeps it relegated to the shadows.

Ironically, it’s From the Dark’s simplicity and straightforward approach that hinders it the most. After the darkness falls, it becomes a mostly one-note film, with Sarah’s quest for light taking a repetitive turn that’s fairly unsatisfying given the interesting set-up. Once all Hell breaks loose, the suspense slowly fades in favor of a more action-oriented approach, but darkness with only the moonlight and a cell phone to (mostly) lead the way renders it mostly unexciting. There’s only so many ways you can keep the same process of “hide, find light, fight back, hide” engaging enough before you’re itching for something new.

But what McMahon gets right he does in a way that helps to offset its many issues. In addition to remaining relatively tight and genuinely suspenseful at times, the two leads are exceptionally believable as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill couple seeking to get away from it all for a few days before being thrust into an extraordinary situation. They bicker and trade barbs, but underneath it all there is a very real and natural sense of love and respect for each other. As a result, you genuinely care about their plight, especially when Mark becomes incapacitated and Sarah must do everything she can to save them from the darkness.

From the Dark is mostly fun and a little scary, yet so inoffensive film that, although satisfying for what it is, could have benefitted greatly from a little bit of risk-taking. It takes the safe route. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it’s just a well-made little thriller.

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Mike Mendez Releasing His Lavalantula

Posted by Steve Barton on September 22, 2014

What has eight legs and breathes fire? Whatever it is, please keep it far the hell away from me as I don’t need that kind of shit in my life! What I do need, however, is a new flick from Mike Mendez, and if it stars a hellish beast like the one I just described, then I’m okay with that too!

Entertainment Weekly just broke the news that Mendez is currently in production on Lavalantula. That’s right… Lavalantula! On hand for the hapless L.A.-based roast are Police Academy(!) stars Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook, and Michael Winslow. Yep, we are friggin’ giddy!

Lavalantula co-stars Nia Peeples and L.A. DJ Ralph Garman, neither of whom starred in any Police Academy films.

Look for more on this feature which showcases fire-breathing tarantulas as soon as we get it!

Lavalantula

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Never Forget this New Clip from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.01 – I’ll Remember

Posted by Debi Moore on September 22, 2014

Never Forget this New Clip from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.01 – I’ll RememberA few days ago we saw the first clip from the upcoming Season 6 premiere of “The Vampire Diaries,” Episode 6.01, entitled “I’ll Remember,” and now we’re back with another, in which we see how Caroline (Candice Accola) is coping with her loss.

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.01 – “I’ll Remember” (airs 10/2/14): After spending the past four months coping with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in an unconventional and potentially dangerous way, Elena (Nina Dobrev) has returned to Whitmore College for the start of sophomore year.

Unable to move on, Caroline (Candice Accola) is desperate to find a way to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers have put over Mystic Falls and grows frustrated when her calls to Stefan (Paul Wesley) go unanswered.

Tyler (Michael Trevino), who is human once again, has a run-in at a football tailgate that tests his ability to control his anger, while Matt (Zach Roerig) worries that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is dealing with the loss of Bonnie (Kat Graham) in a self-destructive way.

Alaric (Matt Davis), who is struggling to adjust to his new life as a vampire, finds himself in an awkward situation when he meets Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), a beautiful doctor at the university hospital.

Lastly, while everyone believes Stefan is off tracking a lead to get Damon and Bonnie back, Elena is shocked when she learns the truth of what he has really been up to. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Caroline Dries.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6

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Kojima Releases First Teaser for Silent Hills

Posted by Scott Dell on September 22, 2014

Kojima Productions has released its first concept teaser for the next entry into the Silent Hill franchise, Silent Hills.

The creepy video sets a promising pace as it features dying victims spewing carrion and a glimpse at one of the game’s giant monsters, following the tradition of the Silent Hills series’ inventive monstrosities.

Silent Hills was announced cryptically this year at Gamescom as it was a hidden reveal at the end of Sony’s P.T. demo.

Silent Hills is being helmed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, along with acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro. The game features “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus.

Silent Hills

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