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Supernatural: An Open Letter to Jared Padalecki

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Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki asked recently for fans to share with him something “Supernatural” or #AlwaysKeepFighting has given them. While my story is not exactly about “Supernatural,” I know for a fact that there are similar people out there who have the same kinds of stories about the series touching their own lives.

Dear Jared,

As fans of these shows, we connect with the stories and characters in a much deeper way than the casual viewer. You and your fellow cast and crew have touched many lives, I promise you. “Supernatural” has shown us family is about more than blood. That loss can be overcome. That sometimes all you really need is to dig a little deeper. That it’s OK to lean on the ones you trust when shit gets rough. “Supernatural” will go down as one of the best TV shows period. And we fans are grateful to have gone on the ride with you guys.

Jared Padalecki

As fans we rarely get to connect with the real person behind a character on our favorite shows. When I first heard about your Represent.com campaign, it was really odd because one of our partners here at Dread Central had just met with a friend of his who works with Represent.com maybe a couple weeks before that. I clicked on the link you posted out of curiosity and read your thoughts about your friend’s passing and your own struggles with depression. The sincerity with which you spoke about your campaign and how open you were was amazingly brave.

(For those unaware, Jared began a campaign through Represent.com that has since finished its fundraising benefiting To Write Love on Her Arms, a non=profit organization dedicated to helping those suffering from depression, self injury, and addiction.)

I’d like to share with you some things that happened to me recently that illustrate how much shows like “Supernatural” can move and inspire fans. Like I said before, my story is not about the show itself but my love for it, and the thought of one of you guys hurting the same way drove me to put this all down in words.

My mom passed away a year ago this month. I’ve stared at that sentence for several minutes as I type this, it is still so unreal to me. She had a stroke suddenly that left her hospitalized for several months until her passing. The experience was the worst thing I have faced in my life thus far. It left me feeling hopeless, lost, and overwhelmed. Here it is a year later, and I am still figuring out how to accept it. I’ve lost a few people along the way, but nothing hit me as hard as her passing has.

I remember constantly thinking of that scene from “The Body” episode of “Buffy” throughout the entire time. It might as well have been on loop in my mind. I would push it out of my thoughts, but I kept thinking of how it was going to be when she passed. I always found that scene so amazingly honest and powerful. Suddenly I was barreling toward facing the same moment, and I kept finding myself asking how it would be. Would it be the same? How was I going to handle it when the time came? I didn’t want to admit it, but I was continually revisiting that scene in my head preparing myself for what was coming.

I spent almost three months at the hospital. I would come home drained physically and emotionally. My only real escape from all the stress of the day was shows like “Supernatural,” “Arrow,” and “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.” At the time I was also binge-watching “Community” (I’ll come back to that), which I had just finally started, and “American Horror Story: Coven.” I remember I came home one night fairly late and turned on “AHS” while I just sat on the couch staring off into space. I recall looking up and seeing Stevie Nicks on screen as she sat at a piano and sang to Jessica Lange. It was like she was singing to me directly; I had actually never heard that song before that night, but it was so applicable to everything. A simple, albeit rather moving scene would somehow encapsulate everything I was feeling and thinking. Just a perfect moment. There are tears in my eyes just thinking about it. I played that song at my mom’s bedside for her, we played it at her memorial as well, and there will never be a time that it won’t remind me of her.

I mentioned “Community.” I was just starting Season 4 when my mom had her stroke. By the time she had passed, I was just about halfway through Season 5 when the news came down that the show was canceled. I had just lost one of, if not the most important person in my life up to this point, and now I was losing the people who helped me get through it all too. To anyone other than a fan, that would sound silly. It’s “just a show” after all. But I resolved to never watch the final episode. Somehow I figured if I didn’t watch it, those characters would always be there. I would save it for a rainy day in the far off future, and it wouldn’t have to be over; there would always be one more episode. I remember thinking, ‘At least I still have “Supernatural”.’ Thankfully “Community” was picked up by YAHOO!, and the minute I heard that, I watched the last episode of the season in anticipation of Season 6.

I know you as Sam Winchester, but I know you are much more than that. As a fan I want to say this to you and all the “Supernatural” family with all sincerity… thank you. Thank you for the laughs, the tears, the near hopeless moments, and the victories that shook the heavens. Thank you for giving us all a place to escape to. A place where we can battle demons but still share a drink with the King of Hell. A place where we can confront loss and learn to carry on. A place where our loved ones live on in their own private heaven even. A place where two brothers have saved not only the world but themselves on more than one occasion through sheer stubborn will and resolve. A place where we can hunt things and help people. You know, the family business.

Thank you.

Supernatural

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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