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CONTEST CLOSED! Win an Autographed Copy of Gunnar Hansen’s Chain Saw Confidential

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Win an Autographed Copy of Gunnar Hansen's Chain Saw ConfidentialAround these parts October 1st marks the official beginning of Halloween season, and we’re kicking it off in style with a special contest that fans of the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will want to pay close attention to. Now that we’ve piqued the interest of 99.99% of you…

A short while back we reported on Gunnar Hansen’s Chain Saw Confidential: How We Made the World’s Most Notorious Horror Movie, which arrived online and in bookstores on September 24th. Maybe you’re a procrastinator and haven’t picked it up yet. Well, thanks to us and Chronicle Books, three of you lazy bastards will receive your very own copy in the US Mail – one of which will be signed by Leatherface himself!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

Synopsis
When first released in 1974, the terrifying film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was both reviled and championed, seizing the imaginations of audiences and critics alike. From its early days as a controversial cult sensation to its showing at the Cannes film festival and inclusion in the collection of New York’s MoMA, it is now recognized as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, even while mystery and mythology around the film endures.

A six-foot-four poet fresh out of grad school with limited acting experience, Gunnar Hansen played the masked, chainsaw-wielding “Leatherface.” Now in Chain Saw Confidential, critically acclaimed author Hansen steps from behind his “Leatherface” mask to tell the true story behind the making of this iconic film.

Combining his unique perspective with conversations with fellow cast and crew members, Hansen debunks myths and offer fresh behind-the-scenes details on the film’s inventive but often quite dangerous independent production, illuminating insights into the film’s reputation and place in popular culture, and a thoughtful meditation on why we love to be scared in the first place.

Find out:
● What footage director Tobe Hooper cut for being too disturbing
● The psychological ramifications for several of the cast and crew members
● Which actor maintained character for the entirety of the filming
● What major newspaper called it a “despicable film”
● How the film’s marketing as a true-story created confusion and claims that people know “the real” Leatherface, even today.

Chain Saw Confidential

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Contest: Win a Witchy Prize Pack Full of The Craft Goodies!

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It’s been a little bit since I’ve helped give something away, and I’m in a rather generous frame of mind! To that end, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks over at Comet TV to give you a chance to win a prize pack full of The Craft goodies, such as a t-shirt, a clamshell box, and more!

The prize includes the following items:
1 – Limited Edition The Craft Comet TV T-shirt: This The Craft exclusive t-shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!

1 – The Craft Exclusive Comet TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!

1 – The Craft “Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal, and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!

2 – Exclusive The Craft Comet TV Tarot Cards: While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork.

Comet TV has several great films playing on their station this month on top of The Craft, including Bubba Ho-Tep, Labyrinth, and several Edgar Allan Poe double features with titles such as The Raven, Masque of the Red Death, The Oblong Box, and more! You can see their schedule right here.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Fan Art Contest Kicks Off Today

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We know there are some pretty incredible artists out there among our readers, which is why we’re excited to let those talented individuals know about the new contest that’s kicking off today… It’s The Strangers: Prey at Night Fan Art Contest, which runs through Friday, February 9th, and offers a pretty sweet prize to the winner.

If your interests fall on the artistic side of the fence, read on for the details. In a nutshell, eligible participants may enter by creating a drawing, painting, photograph, design, or other artistic image (NO VIDEOS) inspired by the forthcoming Aviron Pictures release of The Strangers: Prey at Night and posting that artwork to one of the approved social media platforms for the contest. Before entering, be sure to click here for the Official Rules.

Below you’ll find a sample of what they’re looking for. Contestants should check out the film’s poster, watch the trailer (below), and visit @TheStrangers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as the website preyatnight.com for inspiration. Submissions must include the hashtag #STRANGERSFanArtContest. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and his/her art will be included in an installation in Los Angeles that kicks off in early March.

The winner will be announced on Friday, February 16th, with the installation unveiled the week of March 5th.  Again, the deadline for entering is February 9th.  Good luck!

Art by j.dillustration on Instagram

Directed by Johannes Roberts and written by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai, The Strangers: Prey at Night stars Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman. It arrives in theaters on March 9th.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive.

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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein by Winning a Copy of the ‘Classics Reimagined’ Illustrated Novel

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and you can expect to see lots of products and events tied to the celebration. First out of the gate is Rockport Publishers’ Classics Reimagined, Frankenstein, which is heading our way on January 16th; and we have five (5) copies to give away to some lucky DC readers!

With detailed and evocative imagery, renowned artist David Plunkert takes readers on a dark journey into the greatest novel in the monster genre, Frankenstein.

To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Frankenstein Reimagined” in your subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on January 17, 2018. Note: By entering this contest, you are consenting to allow Dread Central and its subsidiaries use of your email address.

Don’t want to take your chances on winning?  Click here to pre-order a copy from Amazon!

Synopsis:
Celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s original 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, Rockport Publishers’ Classics Reimagined series presents this beautiful deluxe edition. The 248-page hardcover book features an 8-page vellum insert detailing the doctor’s designs and a stunning full bleed, double gatefold image of the monster. Finished with printed endpapers and painted book block, this masterpiece volume is perfect for book lovers and art lovers alike.

The suspense and horror of Dr. Frankenstein reanimating assembled body parts, the monster spying on an unknowing family, and the creature’s revenge on his maker take on whole new meaning when accompanied by David Plunkert’s mystical, layered interpretations.

Plunkert is the principal and primary illustrator at Spur Design in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm designs posters, covers, logos, brochures, and websites for publishers and corporations. His illustrations have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and LA Weekly, among many others. His steampunkish illustration and collage style give his characters a spooky, surrealistic quality. To see more of David’s work, visit davidplunkert.com.

The Classics Reimagined series is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors.

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