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“Dissecting Horror” Continues August 2nd with the Creatives of THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

Posted by Josh Millican on July 29, 2021 The Boy Behind the Door Banner - “Dissecting Horror” Continues August 2nd with the Creatives of THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR

The next installment of the “Dissecting Horror” digital panel series will take place Monday, August 2nd at 6 pm PST and be with the creative talent from Shudder’s The Boy Behind the Door.

Related Article: Tense New Clip from Kidnapping Horror Movie THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR on Sudder July 29th

Panelists include directors Justin Powell and David Charbonier, editor Stephen Boyer, production designer Ryan Brett Puckett, and producer Rick Rosenthal. I’ll be moderating. The Boy Behind the Door is available on Shudder now.

After Bobby and his best friend Kevin are kidnapped and taken to a strange house in the middle of nowhere, Bobby manages to escape. But as he starts to make a break for it, he hears Kevin’s screams for help and realizes he can’t leave his friend behind.

The Boy Behind the Door was an Official Selection at Fantastic Fest 2020 and AFI Fest 2020. The film is produced by Rick Rosenthal, Jim Hart, Ryan Scaringe, John Hermann, and Ryan Lewis, Executive producers include Bert Kern, Nick Morton, and Howard Barish. The film stars Lonnie Chavis (This Is Us), Ezra Dewey (The Djinn), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Micah Hauptman (Rust Creek).

Dissecting Horror will stream on Dread Central’s Facebook and also Twitch Channel. The panel is also available on our official YouTube channel.

Also Read: Harrowing Clip from Kidnapping Horror THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR Will Leave You Gasping

Dread Central and Jordan von Netzer of Projection PR launched “Dissecting Horror” on April 15th, 2020 with a panel focused on horror film scores. Since then, they have produced panels spotlighting stunt coordinators, composers, visual/special effects and the creatives behind FollowedCruiser12 Hour ShiftDon’t Look Back, Hunter Hunter, Willy’s Wonderland, Wrong Turn, Dreamcatcher, Making Monsters, The Banishing, Initiation, The Djinn, and Parallel.



David Charbonier
Justin Powell

David Charbonier and Justin Powell are life-long friends and two up-and-coming directors in the horror space. They recently completed their feature film debut, The Boy Behind the Door, which had its world premiere at the 2020 edition of Fantastic Fest and also screened at AFI Fest, during which it was able to garner its current score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s now available to stream on Shudder along with their independent horror fantasy, The Djinn, which was recently acquired by IFC. The Hollywood Reporter called The Boy Behind the Door “a delicate and memorably successful balancing act that effectively contextualizes some deliberately challenging material,” while Bloody Disgusting called it “unrelentingly intense” and “shockingly dark,” noting that “Charbonier and Powell created one impressively ballsy debut.”

Quote from the Directors: “We made this film as a testament to the spirit of independent filmmaking. Our story is framed in horror, but we hope that its themes of strength and survival will encourage children and adults alike to love themselves despite their perceived shortcomings.”


Stephen Boyer

Stephen Boyer was born and raised in Los Angeles with an interest in filmmaking from quite a young age. As a child, he started making movies in his parents’ backyard and knew very early on that he wanted his career to revolve around cinema. His pursuits led him to film school, where he focused his efforts on editing and the post-production process. After graduating and taking on a plethora of professional short-form projects, Boyer landed his first feature film as an editor in 2019 with The Boy Behind the Door, which had a successful festival run and was eventually released in 2021 by AMC Networks’ Shudder streaming service. Boyer has continued to foster positive collaborative relationships with numerous filmmakers in his career while always working to serve a project’s story above all else. Boyer has also made a concerted effort to teach up-and-coming filmmakers whenever possible, in an attempt to demystify the industry and inspire optimism in cinema as an art form.

RYAN BRETT PUCKETT (Production Designer)

Ryan Brett Puckett is a Los Angeles-based Production Designer, and member of the Art Directors Guild, Local 800.

Ryan first realized it was possible to create new worlds on his childhood trips to the movie theater. He watched with awe and inspiration as a DeLorean transcended time or a minecart raced through cavernous mazes. These worlds were more thrilling than anything he had imagined, and they set him on a path to create his own places that did not exist.

That path wound through industrial design, fine art, and photography, then blurred into filmmaking and the role of Production Designer. As a Production Designer, Ryan spends each day on set creating that sense of awe he felt as a child so that he can spark others’ imagination in the same way.


Rick Rosenthal

Director Rick Rosenthal is best known for his work on Bad Boys–the tough 1983 drama featuring a searing early performance by Sean Penn as a juvenile delinquent. Rosenthal graduated from Harvard before attending the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He got his start directing features with 1981’s Halloween II, the follow-up to John Carpenter’s genre-defining horror film. On the set, he met actress Nancy Stephens, whom he later married. In 2002, Rosenthal returned to Michael Myers territory with Halloween: Resurrection, the eighth film in the un-killable franchise. After Bad Boys, he directed the Cold War fable Russkies (1987), starring a very young Joaquin Phoenix, and the Vietnam veteran drama Distant Thunder (1988), starring Ralph Macchio and John Lithgow. Both were poorly received, and Rosenthal largely turned to TV work, presiding over episodes of Life Goes On, Providence, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Smallville. In 1994, he wisely took his name off The Birds II: Land’s End, and throughout the 2000s, he worked on hit shows like Veronica Mars, 90210, and Drop Dead Diva.

Have you seen The Boy Behind the Door yet? Will you be joining our panel with Justin Powell, David Charbonier, Stephen Boyer, Ryan Brett Puckett, and Rick Rosenthal on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6 PM (PST)? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central is now on Google News!

Indonesian Demon Horror Film SEVEN ANGELS Arrives On Vimeo

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With the new Indonesian horror film Tujuh Bidadari (known as Seven Angels in English) now available on multiple VOD platforms, we were provided with an official press release from US distributor Film Regions International, which you can read below.

Tujuh Bidadari (Seven Angels) official press release from Film Regions International

July 12, 2021 (Los Angeles, CA) – Film Regions International (FRI) has announced that it has secured U.S. distribution rights on the Indonesian horror film “Tujuh Bidadari” (English Title: “Seven Angels”) which will be available on certain VOD platforms. This is the second horror film out of Indonesia that FRI has licensed on VOD after last year’s zombie apocalypse film “Zeta”. FRI co-chairman and chief executive officer John R. Blythe commented that “there is audience in America that appreciates foreign horror films, specifically from Asia and many we have looked at, including this one, are of high production quality.”  

“Tujuh Bidadari” had been distributed in 2019 in select Asian territories, while FRI had licensed video-on-demand rights in other English-speaking territories. The film was directed and co-written by Muhammad Yusuf about an all-girl band from Indonesia known as the Seven Angels that travel to Australia only to be unwittingly lured as human sacrifices to bring back an ancient demon. The film was shot at the legendary and supposedly haunted Aradale Lunatic Asylum in Victoria Australia. 

“Tujuh Bidadari” is scheduled to hit Vimeo on Demand on July 16th with other VOD platforms to follow in the future.

Purchase Seven Angels on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tujuhbidadarisevenangels

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Star Alexandra Daddario Wanted To Cut This Infamous Line

Posted by Josh Korngut on July 29, 2021 TEXAS CHAINSAW - TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Star Alexandra Daddario Wanted To Cut This Infamous Line

Alexandra Daddario is having a moment. The Texas Chainsaw 3D alum now stars in the excellent new HBO series The White Lotus by creator Mike White (creator of HBO’s Enlightened). But Alexandra Daddario hasn’t always worked on projects with the same standard of writing.

In a recent conversation with Collider, Daddario recalls the one line from Texas Chainsaw 3D which she tried to have taken out of the movie. Which line? If you have any memory of the film, then I’m betting you remember…

Here’s what she said to say on the subject:

I wanted to cut the line, ‘Do your thing, cuz.’ Do you remember that line where I say, ‘Do your thing, cuz,’ and then throw him the chainsaw? And the producer was like, ‘This is the movie,’ you know? And so I think that that’s just what the movie is. It’s supposed to be silly and the audience is supposed to laugh and be scared and whatever. But when you ask why, there’s plenty of movies that I don’t know why! Maybe no one knows what they’re doing. I have no idea!

But unlike other big stars who got their breaks after starring in a horror legacy installment (looking at you Rooney Mara), Alexandra Daddario seems grateful for the Texas Chainsaw 3D experience. 

She explains:

I hadn’t been working leading up to that film. My partner was working and I didn’t know a lot of people in LA. I was young and I was having trouble getting work, and I was very excited to book the job and be working. I was of a certain age where going off with a bunch of people your age and working was very exciting.

While the talented actor may be polite on the subject, she still shares the cold hard truth about the more glaring problems with Texas Chainsaw 3D. I mean, it’s not like we weren’t already aware. When pressed as to why the project wasn’t creatively successful, she had some interesting insight into the situation.

Here’s what she had to share:

There were a lot of challenges on that project like there are on every project by the way, but it taught me about what happens when things go wrong, what happens when things go right, why did they go wrong, why shouldn’t they have happened, how does the studio get involved when something goes wrong, how studios interact with projects. Again, it was just a learning experience for me coming off of Percy Jackson and I think I had done Hall Pass before that … but projects where there were issues, certainly, because there’s issues on everything, but these were more severe. But that, again, things go wrong. You can learn a lot from mistakes.

What class act. You can catch Alexandra Daddario in The White Lotus and her action comedy Die In A Gunfight. But seriously, she’s excellent in The White Lotus. You gotta check it out. 

Alexandra Daddario in The White Lotus on HBO

Are you fan of Alexandra Daddario? How about Texas Chainsaw 3D? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things horror! You can also let your voice be heard in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Dread Central is now on Google News!

The Forgotten City Review – Remember Me

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Ultra-Indie Daily Dose: Fallow Your Dreams In This GBA Style Game

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WATCH: FRESH MEAT Shares Scary Crowdfunding Promo

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Today I got word of a scary new crowdfunder to back up. Fresh Meat is a horror film by filmmaker Lu Asfaha and it sounds scary as hell. The campaign describes itself as follows:

Fresh Meat “joins the conversation by telling a horror story about a media agency that gets its best ideas by consuming their employees. In the literal sense.”

The new project hails from Defar Media, a genre-focused production company in Toronto producing stories about Black women. They work alongside QTBIPOC artists and allies to produce exciting and scary films.

Check out the official FRESH MEAT Crowdfunding Video

Project director Lu Asfaha speaks to the ideas in further detail via the project’s live campaign:

Recently, stories like that of Maria Taylor and Kayla Grey have shone a spotlight on how Black media employees are treated in the workplace and the anti-Blackness they experience. These stories spoke to me, to my experiences and the experience of so many others that I know and love. It inspired Fresh Meat and all of the iterations that came before it and created an opportunity to examine a media industry that always seems ready to boil creators down to their most digestible parts and throws away the bones

Asfaha continues the campaign by sharing more details about the film:

When I began working on “Fresh Meat” I was intrigued by the thematic possibilities of cannibalism, and what it could represent for me as a Black queer woman. I’m expected to make a particular kind of film for an imagined homogenous audience. But my communities are made up of unique, diverse people craving richer, more authentic stories. And honestly, aren’t we all sick of just getting coming out stories? During the mass media layoffs of 2019, the connective tissue between cannibalism, capitalism, and media became apparent, exposing an industry always ready to cannibalize itself. Important conversations about creating equity, especially in the media space, have been a constant thread over the last three years and this conversation and work will never stop being timely. Together, we can create an equitable world which wholly represents all of us. Fresh Meat boldly examines this relationship intimately while reconciling how it consumes us.

Fresh Meat was a winner of the BIPOCTV + Film and Vinay Virmani’s Reel Work initiative.

Support their campaign by visiting the official website now.

Lastly, are you going to support Fresh Meat? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things horror! Dread Central is now on Google News!

Shudder’s HORROR NOIRE Anthology Announces Exciting Cast

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Just yesterday we shared the exciting news about Shudder’s upcoming horror anthology Horror Noire. The all-new film is based on the book and subsequent documentary of the same name. Now Deadline reports a detailed list of who will be joining the cast of this anticipated event. 

The Film

The Shudder anthology will feature brand new work from some of the most exciting established and emerging Black talents in entertainment.

Horror Noire will showcase six stories sure to give you the chills. Daddy, Bride Before You, Brand of Evil, The Lake, Sundown and Fugue State are sewn into the two-hour event streaming this October. 

Some of the exciting names joining the project now include Tony Todd, Brandon Mychal Smith, Sean Patrick Thomas, Peter Stormare, Malcolm Barrett, Rachel True, Tone Bell, Lavell Crawford, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre and Lenora Crichlow.

The Segments

Lesley-Ann Brandt and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre will appear in The Lake, written by married writing duo Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due.

Luke James will appear in Daddy as written by Victor LaValle.

Brandon Mychal Smith is in Brand of Evil, with a script by Ezra C. Daniels.

Erica Ash, Peter Stormare, Tone Bell and Lavell Crawford appear in Sundown. The script is by Al Letson. 

Lenora Crichlow and Sean Patrick Thomas will appear in Bride Before You, written by Shernold Edwards

Lastly, Lesley-Ann Barrett, Rachel True and Tony Todd will appear in Fugue State written by Barnes and Due.

The Text

Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present” is by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, who now serves as a consultant on the film. The documentary was subsequently produced by Ashlee Blackwell, Phil Nobile Jr. and Kelly Ryan who will also consult. 

Are you as excited about Horror Noire as we are? Rachel True AND Tony Todd in the same segment? Hell yes. 

Which segment are you most excited for? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things horror! You can also let your voice be heard in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Dread Central is now on Google News!

WATCH: Nightmarish First Trailer for Stop-Motion Fantasia MAD GOD

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Fans of weird, experimental horror can rejoice. The full trailer for Phil Tippett’s Mad God is here and it’s outrageous.

Mad God, a stop motion horror show that has been in the works for thirty years, will finally see its World Premiere at the Locarno Film Festival on August 5th.

Creator of the film is special effects guru Phil Tippett who is a major force in the constantly evolving landscape of visual effects and animation. 

Tippett first began working on Mad God all the back in 1990 directly after he finished production on Robocop 2. He was again forced to pause work on the project to produce the iconic dinosaur effects on Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park

Decades later the effects master took to Kickstarter to finally finish work on Mad God. Ten years after that and Mad God is finally finished. 

This trailer is everything we’ve ever wanted from a full-length horror stop motion extravaganza. It’s disgusting, thoughtful and truly magnificent.

Watch the trailer now:

The teaser showcases a character in a gas mask cautiously patrolling a dangerous and terrifying world. There are monsters, zombies and all sorts of disturbing imagery you best make sure to keep away from the kids. This uncanny valley of madness is going to rock your world. 

While his film premieres at Locarno on August 5th, Tippett will also be the recipient of their Vision Award Ticinomoda. This is exciting news for the director, who is seeing the full-length version of the project on the big screen for the first time.

Tippett is responsible for the special effects on some the most important blockbusters ever produced. He has contributed to the original Star Wars trilogy, Robocop, Starship Troopers, The Twilight Saga and is the effects captain behind The Mandalorian

Lastly, keep an eye on Dread Central for more news as it comes in. 

What did you think of the trailer? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things horror! You can also let your voice be heard in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Dread Central is now on Google News!

WATCH: First Trailer For ARMY OF THIEVES Cracks the Code

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Before the dead inherit the earth we’ll be seeing some high-octane heist action. From producer Zack Snyder and the team behind Army of the Dead comes the first trailer for Army of Thieves, a Dieter-focused spin-off to the hugely popular zombie outing. 

In this prequel to Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.

Watch the trailer now

The all-new film hails from the star himself, Matthias Schweighöfer. Matthias was the secret weapon from Army of the Dead, folding in some much-needed levity into the film’s relentless action. Matthias Schweighöfer’s Dieter manages to maintain humour and a healthy level of adorability in the first film, so we’re sure he can bring that same magnetism back for this second round. 

The first teaser poster for Army of Thieves promised “more safes, less zombies” and this new trailer seems to be making good.

If you were hoping for a more traditional horror-action adventure like the Army of the Dead, you’re in luck. Army of the Dead 2 is en route. However, it may be a little while before that film sees release. Snyder will be helming the Sci-Fi epic Rebel Moon for Netflix before returning to his homegrow horde of zombies. 

Zack and wife Deborah Snyder have signed an overall deal with Netflix, which funded their massive blockbuster Army of the Dead earlier this year. This means we will see a whole lot more gory content from the duo before their contract is up. 

Army of Thieves is written by Shay Hatten, the co-writer behind Army of the Dead. It’s produced by Zack and Deborah Snyder, and co-stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Guz Khan, Jonathan Cohen!

Army of Thieves will hit Netflix Fall 2021.

What did you think of Army of the Dead? Are you excited about this prequel?

Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk all things horror! You can also let your voice be heard in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Dread Central is now on Google News!

Popcorn Frights 2021 Exclusive: Poster and Image Gallery for WHAT CAN BE BROKEN SHOULD BE BROKEN

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Described as “a half English, half Russian Language, Korean Revenge style film told through the scope of theatrical lighting a la Dario Argento or Nicholas Winding Refn”, look for What Can Be Broken Should Be Broken to premiere at Popcorn Frights on August 15th!

Today, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively debut the poster and some images from What Can Be Broken Should Be Broken! Check them out below the trailer and synopsis!

A mob hit gone awry embroils two mobsters in a series of unfortunate events too calculated to be a coincidence, leading ultimately to ruin and an act of savage revenge.

Rostislav Vaynshtok’s first short film receives its world premiere on August 15th, 2021, at Florida’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival as part of their Homegrown Fresh Squeezed Horror sidebar which highlights Miami’s local filmmakers.

Drawing inspiration from films like I Saw the Devil, A Bittersweet Life, Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion, The Neon Demon, and Only God Forgives; Vaynshtok’s take on revenge sinks into the horror territory with organ harvesting mobsters and a quest for vengeance.

For all further details visit www.popcornfrights.com.

Ukraine-born, Miami-raised Musician and Filmmaker Rostislav Vaynshtok is a time-based media artist. Having signed to the prolific William Morris Endeavor in 2012 with his electronic solo project AbdeCaf, Vaynshtok has played some of the most prestigious music festivals in North America and has been critically acclaimed by top tier publications for both his musical efforts and his record label Bribery Corporation. After retiring from his AbdeCaf project and honing his craft, Vaynshtok has returned with his first single as Slavvy, titled “Lavender.” Slavvy’s debut EP will release September 24th on the 9th anniversary of his last release as AbdeCaf.

Are you attending Popcorn Frights in August? What do you think of the poster and images from What Can Be Broken Should Be Broken? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican. Dread Central is now on Google News!