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The Weekly Wrap-Up: January 10-16, 2009



The Weekly Wrap-Up: January 10-16, 2009

Due to the holidays and our server migration just after the first of the year, the Wrap-Up has been on a bit of a hiatus. Well, we’re back now — a year older but still bigger and badder than ever. Let’s take a look at what went down during the week of January 10-16, 2009.

  • Along with the New Year, we got a new Cold Spots, something that always warms the cockles of my heart! Take a trip with Scott to Billy’s Bar and Grill in Aberdeen, Washington, for another of his ghostly tales.

  • The trailer for the Last House on the Left redux found its way online, and I have to say it looks promising. Not great by any means, but not sucking is certainly better than what most of us were expecting.

  • Unfortunately, hardly anyone has such high hopes for Halloween 2, but a couple of Zombie’s casting choices offer up a glimmer of interest: Ezra Buzzington as a beer delivery guy and Danielle Harris as … well, if you don’t know, then you’re one of the lucky ones who avoided H2‘s predecessor. You may want to continue on that path.

  • While we’re on the subject of actors signing onto projects, I couldn’t have been happier to read about the pairing of Radha Mitchell with Timothy Olyphant in the Crazies remake. They should definitely have very engaging chemistry together.

  • Even if you weren’t as excited about the release of My Bloody Valentine 3D as I was, be sure to take a few minutes to watch our red carpet interviews from the premiere. David’s bit with Tom Atkins alone makes the time well spent.

  • Trailers and posters and film clips were all plentiful. Here’s just a small sample:
    • First up is Dark Reel – I can’t help it; I’ll always check out a flick with Eddie Furlong in it.
    • Anthony Hickox impressed me with his Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (review) along with a lot of other genre fare over the years. If you’re a fan also, don’t overlook the trailer for his upcoming Knife Edge.
    • The worst poster of 2009 thus far has to be the latest one sheet for Outlander. Not that it detracts from my desire to see the film (especially after watching its most recent kickass trailer), but for Loki’s sake, give us a picture of a virile Viking or two, not the woodenly pensive Evil Caviezel.
    • Luckily we have two other posters that overshadow Outlander‘s by bringing on the sick: Dead Snow, which even got some play in the mainstream media thanks to its presence at Sundance, and Grace — nothing says motherly love like a baby bottle full o’ blood. And just because you’re all so cute, we’ve also got a teaser clip from Grace for you. Cootchie-cootchie-coo! *pinches everyone’s cheeks*
    • Calling your film by the same name as an abusive sexual practice is certain to generate attention for it. Whether or not the production is worthy of it is another matter. Watch our exclusive clip from Donkey Punch, and let us know what you think.
    • Lastly, I’ve mentioned Joe Dante’s The Hole (in 3D!) a few times as being on this year’s “must see” list, and my appetite was whetted even further by the behind-the-scenes videos we got ahold of a few days ago.
  • If you live in the Los Angeles area, two upcoming events should be of interest, although they do come from somewhat opposite ends of the horror spectrum. On February 3, 2009, is a DVD signing extravaganza for the His Name Was Jason documentary. Close to 30 individuals involved in the Friday the 13th franchise will be on-hand in Burbank at Dark Delicacies. If you are anywhere within driving distance, this is one get-together you don’t want to miss! Next is the Underworld auction being held February 7, 2009, at Premiere Props in El Segundo. Dread Central’s one of the sponsors, and proceeds benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Even if you can’t get there in person, you can still participate in the auction online. All the details can be found by clicking the above link.

  • How many more zom-coms can the genre handle before it’s totally over-saturated? Hopefully one more: Henry Selick’s Paranorman.
  • One thing it’s impossible to get too much of is the Foywonder’s special way with words. And he’s the proud author of the Woman’s Story of the Week: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus vs. Lorenzo Lamas vs. Debbie Gibson in 3D. C’mon — Do I even need to say any more? It’s fucking golden. We’ve got Lorenzo “You rocked in Falcon Crest” Lamas and Debbie “It’s Deborah now, asshole” Gibson in an Asylum flick about an enormous shark battling a gigantic octopus. IN 3D!! We have to wait until May to experience the epicness of it all, but rest assured neither Foy nor I will let you forget it’s coming!

    Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus vs. Lorenzo Lamas vs. Debbie Gibson in 3D

    Until next time …

    The Woman In Black

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    Exclusive: studioADI and 20th Century Fox Unveil Stunning Alien 3 and Resurrection Art Collection



    Today, Yahoo! Movies have announced that studioADI, who we’ve seen this year in IT and will see next year in The Predator and in 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products have launched The studioADI Collection, a new initiative that will see the award-winning FX studio create art inspired by Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. The pieces that will come from this collection are not to be confused as collectible figures but should rather be seen as high-quality works of art as each one will be hand-crafted based on original molds and they will then be individually painted. Prices will range from $250 to $4,000 and they will go on sale beginning December 1st through Big Cartel.

    StudioADI’s Alec Gillis states, “The studioADI collection is our tribute to the films that have been an important part of our legacy as artists. Each piece of art reflects the same detail and passion we poured into the characters when we created the original Alien films.

    Tom Woodruff Jr. adds, “This is the collection designed for fans of these entries into the Alien franchise as well as aficionados of the art of creatures and monsters of iconic pedigree.

    The studioADI Collection will include the following seven pieces:
    Queen Alien Embryo from Alien³
    Newborn Alien Design Maquette Bust from Alien: Resurrection
    Newborn Alien Full Body Design Maquette from Alien: Resurrection
    Swimming Alien Study Model from Alien: Resurrection
    1:1 Alien Warrior Half Head from Alien: Resurrection
    1:1 Newborn Alien Head from Alien: Resurrection
    1:3 Scale Queen Alien Head from Alien: Resurrection

    These are descriptions of two of these items:
    “The Newborn” from Alien: Resurrection was the terrifying mix of human and Alien DNA gone wrong. This Full-Scale Bust is cast from hand-laid translucent polyester resin from ADI’s original production molds and is painted to the same exacting specifications by ADI’s painter who painted the character for the original film. The piece measures 30″x20″x40″

    “The Queen Alien Embryo” was seen in David Fincher’s Alien³ was nestled next to the beating heart of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. Cast in translucent urethane and hand painted by the same ADI artists who created the piece for the film in 1991.
    At 7″ x 9″ this piece of art is perfect for desktop display.

    Here are images of some of these pieces:

    We got our hands on three exclusive images from this collection that add a glorious vision of how detailed and intricate these pieces are going to get.

    The first image is of the back of the 1:3 scale Queen Alien Head from Alien: Resurrection. You can see that every square inch of the design is tended to and that no stone is left unturned when it comes to the mold and paint.

    The second image shows the Newborn Alien Full Body Design Maquette from Alien: Resurrection from a wide, almost full-front angle. You can really see the spindly, almost delicate structure to its body while also being intimately aware of the grotesque yet hypnotizing physique.

    Lastly, the third image is a closeup of the Queen Alien Embryo from Alien³. Here you can see just how detailed the mold is, each wrinkle and crease in the Xenomorph’s body etched finely and with precision.

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    Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?



    Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

    Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

    Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

    So what happened to the feature?

    Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

    “I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

    But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

    In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

    “Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

    Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

    With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

    Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

    Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

    But I dream…

    Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

    “My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

    Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

    So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.


    We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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    Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult



    Sharon Tate

    Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

    But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

    Abigail Folger
    Wojciech Frykowski
    Gary Hinman
    Leno LaBianca
    Rosemary LaBianca
    Steven Parent
    Jay Sebring
    Donald Shea
    Sharon Tate

    These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

    Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

    Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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