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Last night (May 23rd) in Beverly Hills, the ultra-modern horror film L.A. Slasher made a splash on both the red carpet and the big screen. There were many horror fans in attendance as well as the cast and the dedicated filmmakers who saw this film through from its wobbly beginning to its strong finish.

The story is pure, biting satire: Disgusted with sensationalist culture, a killer abducts empty-headed reality TV stars and posts the captives being tortured live online, while the tabloid media and the bloodthirsty public debate whether or not society is better off without them. Filmed and edited in a lively, imaginative way, we get to see “tweets” pop up online, watch 7-second Vine-like videos play out, and hear the Slasher’s running commentary (given voice by Any Dick). No one is off-limits. In addition to reality stars, the city’s corrupt politicians (Eric Roberts plays the mayor) and drug-dealing dregs (Danny Trejo and Dave Bautista) are also taken to task.

Since L.A. Slasher is made by fans of the horror genre, there had to be a few Scream Queens thrown into the mix. One of them is played to perfection by Carlee Baker, who has known producer Sean Decker for years. “We were both deeply involved in the Bowling for Boobies cancer awareness event for years,” Baker said, “but really, he’s been my best friend for years. I was so happy to help out with this film.”

While [spoiler alert] Baker’s character is one of the lucky few who escape the L.A. Slasher’s machete of justice, she says her scene, which was shot on location in the Hollywood Hills on the grounds of a magnificent mansion, “was a lot of fun.”

There were no Dick encounters, though. “Andy wasn’t on set,” Baker explained. “He did his voiceover later,” while another actor did the actual stalking and stabbing.

One of the filmmakers, Abigail Wright, put on several hats as L.A. Slasher was in development. She plays the plum role of the investigative reporter who covers the crime spree, but she’s also a producer and one of the writers.

“Martin Owen is an incredible writer,” Wright says of the film’s director.  “I just gave input on my character and wrote a few of the scenes. But it really was a group collaboration. Martin wrote the original screenplay, and I came in later on the project. The story was quite complex to begin with, so we [Owen, Decker, Elizabeth Morris, and herself] simplified it and changed some things around. A lot of that was done in the editing.”

Sean Decker was on hand to do… well, just about everything. Not only is he a producer, writer, and all-around cheerleader on this unique film, he also organized the red carpet event and, with his parents and son also in attendance, might as well have been spinning plates while walking barefoot on a tightrope. Luckily, we caught up with him for a few words!

Dread Central: How did you get involved with L.A. Slasher?

Sean Decker: Geno Tazioli called me one night in late 2010 and said, ‘There’s this British producer in town and he wants to shoot a sizzle reel for a slasher movie, and your name came up in conversation.’ For some reason, everybody thinks I know everything about slasher movies, which I don’t. But I do love that sub-genre. It’s my favorite. So, I went and met the producer the next morning. He had already assembled a thrown-together crew at that point and some actresses, and we were up and shooting at Linda Vista Hospital in a matter of hours. He didn’t really have much of a script there, more ‘moments’ really, but we shot it. And then the project grew out of that. That producer’s name was Tim Burke. Martin Owen, who is our director, then came on, and that’s how the film developed. It was a very challenging production, but our director, Martin, is just great. He made a very visual and stylish film.

DC: How much writing did you do on the screenplay?

SD: I kind of steered them in certain directions. As far as my actual writing, you’ll see it in any of the scenes that Barbara [Nedeljakova] or Carlee [Baker] or any of the cameo scream queens are involved in. A lot of the film actually was shot in sort of an improvisational way. Martin would often set up the beats of a scene and let the actors play and explore, and I think his approach really gives the film the kinetic energy it has.

DC: So, where does Andy Dick fit in? I know he’s the voice of the Slasher, but was that planned right from the start?

SD: No. The Slasher didn’t speak initially. As we moved forward into post production, though, imbuing the character with a narrative voice seemed appropriate. Given the tone of the project, and the fact that it lambasts the public’s fascination with pop culture, to have Andy do (the voiceover) seemed fitting.

DC: With “slasher” in the title, is it very gory?

SD: No. I don’t feel that it is. There are a couple of moments of gore, but we were really just trying to make a satire for all intents and purposes. We wanted to stay away from the torture-porn aspects. I would compare it to God Bless America meets Drive, to an extent. Within tone and in the visual sense, that’s kind of the approach. It’s got a crazy ‘80s soundtrack, too. We really went all out when we were putting that together. We have ABC’s “The Look of Love” in it, for instance, and “Scream Queens” and “American Horror Story’s” Mac Quayle delivered an amazing score.

DC: What’s the upshot?

SD: The film is intended to be fun, ultimately. It’s been kind of a hard thing to talk about before the release because people hear “L.A. Slasher,” and they immediately assume it’s going to be like Elijah Wood’s Maniac. I love that movie, but that is not our movie. L.A. Slasher itself is intended to be a satirical take on what many people I think feel is the cultural erosion of culture – reality TV.

L.A. Slasher premiered during the 2015 IFS (Independent Filmmakers Showcase) Film Festival at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles. Check out our gallery of red carpet photos by Aaron Kai below.

L.A. Slasher‘s North American theatrical release starts June 12th in select AMC theaters. The film has a brand new website as well; be sure to visit LASlasherMovie.com.

With an all-star cast that includes Mischa Barton, Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo, Drake Bell, Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, Elizabeth Morris, Marisa Lauren, Tim Burke, and Andy Dick (in his comeback vehicle), L.A. Slasher is a social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous.

Exploring why it has become acceptable to become an influential star based on no merit or talent, the story follows the titular Slasher character as he systematically abducts these “stars,” much to the joy of the online public, who view his exploits via social media and who subsequently and enthusiastically support his mantra of “Death to Reality TV.”

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The Cast of Westworld Explains Why the Show Is a Must-Watch for Horror Fans

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“Westworld” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 PM on HBO, and fans of the high-concept sci-fi thriller are chomping at the bit; it’s understandable since Season 1 wrapped way back in late 2016.

While I have a wide definition of the term “horror”, believing it’s more of a sensation than a genre, many Dread Central readers may be wondering if a show about robot cowboys is worth their time and attention.

While I’d recommend “Westworld” to anyone who loves stylized violence, gore, and suspense, we challenged members of the cast to sell the series to potentially reluctant horror fans. How would they respond, for example, to a friend who dismisses the show because they watch horror almost exclusively?

Here are the responses we got from Luke Hemsworth (who plays Head of Security Ashley Stubbs), Angela Sarafyan (who plays host Clementine Pennyfeather), and Clifton Collins, Jr. (who plays both Lawrence and El Lazo).

Dread Central: Complete this sentence: “If you love horror movies, you should watch ‘Westworld’ because…”

Luke Hemsworth: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because it’s really gory. It’s pretty dark and it’s also pretty smart.

Angela Sarafyan: You should definitely watch “Westworld” because it makes you face death. It’s a show that questions your mortality. The show not only projects these feelings, but makes you think about the boundlessness of human destruction and how far we can take our reality. Meaning: Will technology eventually be our destruction?

Clifton Collins, Jr: If you love horror movies, you should watch “Westworld” because the same rushes you get from scares in a horror movie, those thrilling and suspenseful events happen in the show. Just from reading it I can tell Season 2 is really cranked-up compared to Season 1. You’re going to have those moments where your heart palpitates or skips a beat and a lot of “Oh my gosh!” moments. There are some serious white-knuckle moments this season. It’s the same thrill you get from watching a horror film!


Westworld isn’t your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park — which is looked after by robotic “hosts” — allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park’s guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. “Westworld” — which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name — features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

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New Interactive Xenomorph Game Launches This Alien Day

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Alien Day is rapidly approaching on April 26th and today we have news that a new first-of-its-kind interactive survival game is on its way via 20th Century Fox.

The game invites players to experience the intensity and imminent threats of Alien individually, or up to three players in collaborative gameplay and is called Alien: Offworld Colony Simulator. It’s a turned-based survival game that simulates a Weyland-Yutani Space Colony in security lockdown.

Weyland-Yutani is inviting civilians to participate in an open Beta test of “The Offworld Colony Simulator” – an advanced system that simulates security breach scenarios in non-terrestrial colonies. Those that participate in the Open Beta will help teach the system’s AI to accurately simulate human behavior in the face of otherworldly dangers.

Utilizing the Amazon Alexa service, players need to collect items, solve puzzles and explore unmarked territories to successfully move through the colony, unlock sectors, and avoid capture in a Xenomorph-infested space colony.

If you can’t wait until Alien Day, get a head start with the Weyland-Yutani Career Placement Test – a multi-question aptitude test to determine if applicants have what it takes for a role at the interplanetary Weyland-Yutani organization. Complemented with a sweepstakes, the test launches for fans on April 23 at AlienUniverse.com.

The game launches exclusively on Amazon Alexa Devices & Alienuniverse.com one minute prior to Alien Day at 11:59 PM ET on April 25th.

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Jurassic World 2 Gets Yet Another Poster – and Funko Pop Figures!

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Jesus, please us, enough with these Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom poster, amirite? I’m just kidding (I’m not) but seriously today we have yet another poster for the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World… Plus new Funko figures!

The Funko Pop figures will hit this summer, coinciding with the film’s June 22 US release date and include Chris Pratt’s Owen, Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, Blue the Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, Indoraptor, Owen with Blue (Target exclusive), and a 10″ super-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex (Target exclusive).

You can check out the new poster to the right and pics of the Funko line below and then make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) from a script written by Trevorrow, and Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films. Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

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