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CONTEST CLOSED! Get Your Short Film Made!



Tired of sitting back and watching everyone around you doing all of the heavy lifting in the film industry? Have a gazillion and one ideas for a movie but just can’t catch a break? Thanks to a new short film competition put together by our very own Heather Wixson, that break could be a lot closer than you think!

From the Press Release
Final Girl Films LLC is proud to announce a new short film competition for independent horror filmmakers looking to make their next short film project.

From May 20th through June 20th, 2010, interested filmmakers may enter the competition where, if chosen, the recipient will win $500 towards making his or her short film, and when completed, the project will be entered into the 2010 Shriekfest Short Film Competition for a chance to be a part of the 10th Anniversary Shriekfest Film Festival this upcoming October.

Final Girl Films: Get Your Short Film Made!

How to Enter:
Filmmakers can enter by visiting Final Girl Films to fill out the entry form and submit their original and completed short film screenplay before June 20th. On June 25th the winner will be announced. The winner will receive $500 towards getting the short film completed. Please note: This is not a competition for a completed short film but for short film scripts. We will not accept any entries for projects that have already been completed.

Each screenplay entry is subject to a $10 entry fee, which will go 100% towards future contests and promotions to help support independent filmmakers working in the horror genre.

shriekfestThe Fine Print:

  • Contest is open to US residents only. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  • All entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 20th.
  • The winning filmmaker will retain creative control over the final project; however, FINAL GIRL FILMS will serve as producer on the project and should be listed as such in the credits, any promotional materials, etc.
  • The winner will have the entry fee waived into the Shriekfest Short Film Competition, but that does not guarantee the project will be selected as a finalist since all entries into Shriekfest are reviewed by a panel of judges.
  • Heather Wixson, President of Final Girl Films LLC, is a four-year veteran horror journalist who has been a long-time champion of independent horror through her work with Dread Central and Terror Tube. Wixson started Final Girl Films in November 2009 and is currently in pre-production on the animated short “Buddy Cop Precinct” as well as her own horror short called “Rock, Paper, Scissors.”

    “I’ve spent four years learning a lot about the independent filmmaking process, and what I’ve learned is that for most of the directors, money is always an issue,” explained Wixson. “With that in mind, I wanted to create a contest that gives back to the independent horror filmmakers and provides them an opportunity to create their own short film and not let money be a hurdle for them.”

    “Since Shriekfest is the premiere independent horror film festival in Los Angeles, I am excited to get to partner with Denise Gossett, founder, for this exciting new venture. If all goes well, look for more competitions from Final Girl Films,” Wixson added.

    For more information on Final Girl Films, check out Final Girl Films online or at their Facebook fan page here. Be sure to also visit the Shriekfest Film Festival online, or find them on Facebook.

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    Win a Copy of The Limehouse Golem



    The Limehouse Golem

    Halloween may be over but we’re still giving away the goodies! Up next we have a chance for you to nab a copy of The Limehouse Golem (review) on DVD!

    To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “The Limehouse Golem” in your subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.

    This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on November 6th. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

    From the Press Release:
    RLJ Entertainment is set to release the action film THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM on DVD and Blu-ray on November 7, 2017. Based on the novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Peter Ackroyd with a screenplay by acclaimed writer Jane Goldman (Kingsman, The Woman in Black), the film is directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless) and produced by Stephen Woolley (Their Finest, Interview with the Vampire), Joanna Laurie (Hyena), and Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol).

    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM stars Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Underworld), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, “Bates Motel”), Douglas Booth (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Noah), Daniel Mays (“Line of Duty”), and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Homes, “Ray Donovan.”) RLJE will release THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM on DVD for an SRP of $27.97 and on Blu-ray for an SRP of $29.97.

    The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victims’ blood.  With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail.  Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke) so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

    THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM DVD and Blu-ray have bonus features that include behind-the-scenes featurettes about the cast, locations, look, and the making of THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM.


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    Win a Copy of Circus Kane on DVD!



    Uncork’d Entertainment and DeInstitutionalized unleashed Circus Kane, dubbed “the horror movie of the fall,” on DVD (and Redbox) last week; and to celebrate, we have five copies of the DVD to give away.

    Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maguire) and Mark Christopher Lawrence (Cooties) head up the cast of Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray’s fantastic frighthouse Circus Kane (review). James Cullen Bressack and Zack Ward scripted, based on a story by Sean Sellars. Gerald Webb, Ray, and Bressack produce.

    To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below. The contest will end at 12:00 midnight, October 24, 2017.

    The notorious and disgraced circus master Balthazar Kane invites an unsuspecting group of social media stars to the revival of his CIRCUS KANE by promising $250,000 to any of them who can make it through the night. Kane’s true plan quickly proves to be far more sinister as the contestants realize more than money is on the line. The group must fight for their lives to escape Kane’s demented house of horrors.

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    Get Weaponized – Enter Now to Win a Copy of this Dystopian Horror Novel



    A few days ago we brought you an exclusive except from Zac Thompson’s dystopian horror novel Weaponized, and with the book’s Halloween release date fast approaching, we’re back with one more reminder… and a chance for you to score a copy for yourself!

    Weaponized was the winner of the 2016 Crypt TV horror fiction contest. For fans of Clive Barker, David Cronenberg, and films like It Follows, Weaponized is a Kafka-esque Eighties throwback horror novel that subverts the slasher genre with a refreshing take on body horror and the twisted, violent, burgeoning sexuality that underpins the genre. It is Thompson’s debut novel.

    To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Weaponized” in your subject line.

    This contest will end at 11:59 PM PT on October 20, 2017 – so act quickly! Note: This contest is open to U.S. residents only. By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

    Also, don’t forget about the contest we’re co-sponsoring with Inkshares to find the next great horror authors – just a few more weeks remain!

    Truog Island is a desolate place where sexual activity is outlawed. There lives Trip Yash, bored out of his mind. That was, until he met Cron…

    After a night of passion, Cron disappears, taking Trip’s virginity with him. A few days later Trip develops a rash on his hand that eventually blooms into a gun made from his own flesh. It’s not long before Trip becomes a living weapon locked in a battle against an ancient virus that threatens to ruin his island home. As his body continues to change, terrifying forces emerge with the power to weaponize the dead.

    Weaponized is a nerve-shattering exploration of sexual identity and people’s strange relationship with tools of death. It is a Kafka-esque horror take on sexual orientation and sexually transmitted infections and how we villainize those who are different.

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