The deadly “dark forest” has been a horror movie staple for years, and the latest to employ it is Snow White and the Huntsman, which is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on September 11th. Want to check out these wicked woods? Then read on because we have two Blu-rays to give away.
Two (2) mirrored key chains, two (2) bottle opener keychains, and some temporary tattoos will also be included in this Blu-ray giveaway (one of each per winner; see photos below).
In Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman (review here), Kristen Stewart is Snow White, the only woman in the land fairer than the evil queen Ravenna (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron). Ravenna wants nothing more than to destroy her young rival, but she doesn’t know that Show White has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) the queen dispatched to kill her. Together with a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power, they assemble an armed force to recapture the kingdom. In their path is the Dark Forest, one of the most dangerous places in the kingdom, which is filled with mysterious and deadly creatures.
Here’s a list of five of the scariest movie forests, and we want to hear your picks. They can be one of the five or something else entirely. Just send us an E-MAIL HERE that includes your choice and a brief explanation of why you picked it along with your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack from Universal Studios Home Entertainment includes an extended version of the film not shown in theaters as well as a digital copy of the film, compatible with iPhone®, iTunes®, iPad®, iPod®, iPod® touch, Android™, or online retail partners, and also includes UltraViolet™.
Friday the 13th
This classic horror film is one of the first to kick-start “camp” as the perfect setting for a slasher film. A group of teenagers want to re-open Camp Crystal Lake despite the locals’ claim that it is cursed. One by one, the camp counselors are attacked throughout the grounds with all traces leading back to the shores of the lake. And from this very lake is the birth of the Friday the 13th franchise.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project was released in 1999 and created a stir of debate as to whether it was a film based on true events or fiction. The main characters get lost in The Black Hills, which is an actual location in Maryland. As they go deeper into the woods, they experience a slew of horrific events they believe are caused by the legendary Blair Witch. These events are presented as “recovered footage”, leaving the audience with the feeling they are in on all of the action, fearfully wandering in the Black Hills.
The young, ambitious investigator Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) goes to Sleepy Hollow, New York, to uncover the truth behind a mysterious murder case in Tim Burton’s 1999 film Sleepy Hollow. The clues lead him into the Western Woods, where he discovers the murderer known as the Headless Horseman. The nighttime slayer is able to travel through two realms – reality and the supernatural – via the gnarled Tree of the Dead. Officer Crane devises a plan to send the Horseman back to Hell indefinitely, leaving the Western Woods free from more violent murders.
Not all forests in movies are home to human or supernatural murderers. In Eli Roth’s 2002 debut film Cabin Fever, a flesh-eating disease is the virulent killer. A group of college students stay in a remote cabin in the woods for spring break. Their vacation is ruined when their friend drinks water from a contaminated lake. The disease spreads amongst the group, resulting in a blood-filled struggle for their lives.
A remote forest in West Virginia is home to a group of terrifying cannibals in the 2003 slasher film Wrong Turn. A group of hikers and a passerby unfortunately take a road that leads them directly to this forest. Consequently they become the next item on the menu for the disfigured clan. They are held captive at a cabin deep in the woods and fight for their lives in hopes of escape.
Which brings us back to:
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Dark Forest is a hauntingly dangerous place in Snow White and the Huntsman, an edgier version of the classic fairy tale. Snow White rushes into the forest to escape Queen Ravenna from taking her heart. Few are known to survive in the forest since there are magical creatures, especially violent ones, that dwell deep into the woods. Even though Snow White is far from the Queen, she is not safe in the Dark Forest and must learn whom she can trust for help.
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features
- A New Legend Is Born
- Feature Commentary with director Rupert Sanders, visual effects supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, and co-editor Neil Smith
Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-ray
- Reinventing the Fairy Tale
- Citizens of the Kingdom
- The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman
- Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour
- Universal’s Second Screen: An innovative viewing experience that allows viewers to control, interact with and explore Snow White and the Huntsman with groundbreaking features on a networked tablet or computer, in synch with the movie on the television screen! As the movie plays, experience features such as:
- Flick View: Move content from the tablet to the TV screen, and compare storyboards, animatics, and other exciting bonus material with a “flick” of the fingers.
- Behind the Scenes (Picture in Picture)
- Around the Kingdom: 360° Set Tour
- Virtual Flip books
- Cast of Characters
- UltraViolet™: The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, store them in the cloud, and instantly stream and download to TV’s, computers, tablets, and smartphones. Consumers can now truly enjoy their movies anytime, anywhere on the platform of their choice. Currently available in the United States only.
- Digital Copy: Viewers can redeem a digital version of the full-length movie from a choice of retail partners to watch on an array of electronics and portable devices including computers, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod™ touch, Android™, and more!
- pocket BLU™ App: The popular free pocket BLU™ app for smartphones is now even better with newly updated versions for iPad®, Android™ tablets, PC and Macintosh computers, with features made especially to take advantage of the devices’ larger screens and high resolution displays.
- Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray™ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live™ functions with ease.
- Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
- Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray™ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
- Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU™-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray™. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
- Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
- BD-LIVE™: Access the BD-Live™ Center through your Internet-connected player to access the latest trailers, exclusive content and more!
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Contest: Get Killed By Jason in Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle!
Have you ever thought to yourself that you’d be over the moon if you could get killed off by Jason Voorhees? Of course I’m not talking about real life but rather you’d get to play a victim of the infamous Camp Crystal Lake slasher? Well, we know just how incredible that would be, so we want to make that dream turn into a reality for one lucky winner!
We’ve teamed up with Blue Wizard Digital to give one reader the chance to connect with the studio, send over some pictures, and get yourself turned into a digital avatar that will live in the world of Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle! There, you will be one of the characters that may very well meet an untimely and suitably gruesome (yet probably hilarious) end!
To see what this might look like for you, check out our own Uncle Creepy, who was turned into an avatar in the game! Then, come on back here, head down below, and fill out the form to enter!
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is on track to be released as a free mobile game in early 2018. There are rumblings that it may even come to consoles, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.
For more information, go to the official Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle website.
Contest: Win One of 5 DVD Copies of The Elf
‘Tis the season to get slaughtered!
Already out on VOD and coming to DVD on December 12 is Uncork’d Entertainment’s The Elf (review). Since we are always in the giving spirit during the holiday season, we want to gift five of you lucky readers each one copy of the film and entering couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is fill out the form below and that’s it! All the rules and restrictions can be found there, so be sure to read them to make sure you know what you’re getting into and to make sure you qualify.
Directed by Justin Price and starring Natassia Halabi and Les Best, The Elf follows a man whose past involves a tragic and terrible murder. Now that he’s all grown up, he’s inherited an old toy store that is packed with wondrous and delightful oddities. However, one toy seems a bit too sinister for his liking and he finds out that this strange elf is actually an evil channel by which those who are deemed naughty by Christmas must pay the ultimate price… It’s up to this man to stop the creature once its killing spree begins!
Read an Exclusive Excerpt from The Ren Faire at the End of the World
Earlier this month we provided you with the first look at the cover art for Josef Matulich’s The Ren Faire at the End of the World, Book #3 in his Arcanum Faire horror-comedy trilogy about sex, magick, and power tools. Now, as promised, we’re back with an exclusive excerpt from the new novel along with a chance for you to win a copy!
The Ren Faire at the End of the World serves as the sequel to both Camp Arcanum and Power Tools in the Sacred Grove. It’s available on Kindle now and arrives in trade paperback courtesy of Post Mortem Press tomorrow (November 28th).
To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “The Ren Faire at the End of the World” in your subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on December 4, 2017. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.
Now, ready to check out the excerpt? CLICK HERE to download the PDF, and enjoy!
The time of sex, magick, and power tools is coming to an end. In spite of the worst legal, economic, and metaphysical efforts of Jeremiah Stone and his surviving family, it is almost opening day at Arcanum Faire. Marc Sindri wields his shovel and noumena against all comers as the witch Brenwyn explores the concept of non-accidental sex magick.
Construction workers, witches, and minions on all sides deal with all the most fearful things in Arcanum, Ohio: reanimated road-kill, raging queens, pike-wielding re-enactors, meat puppets, a Wiccan non-witch, and Eleazar’s terrifying encounter with monogamy.
And there’s always the question of the second anvil.
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