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Comic Con Coverage: Butane Checks In!



San Diego Comic ConAh, the madness that is Comic Con. I have never witnessed such a truly massive gathering of fans from all walks of life before, and it is indeed something to behold. It’s nearly impossible to accurately describe the sheer size of this convention; you need to see it to really know what it’s like.

Instead of the usual Day One, Day Two, etc., coverage that we would do for smaller shows, I think it’s best just to throw some highlights your way since I’m sure you’re really not very interested in hearing about all the in-between madness. Yesterday we had a series of on-camera interviews with some of the Saw III principals, namely director Darren Lynn Bousman, Shawnee Smith, and writer Leigh Whannell. All three were very gracious and cool, and Sean Clark got some good stuff out of them. I’ll be going through the audio recordings and putting the highlights up here (as well as some sweet pics) as soon as time allows. Madness is the order of the day, and very little time is available to actually update as much as I would like to.

Saw IIIWe also hit the panel for Tripper, the upcoming directorial debut from David Arquette that was produced by Steve Niles, co-written by Joe Harris, and stars Jason Mewes, Thomas Jane, Paul Ruebens, and Chris Nelson.

Arquette, Niles, Harris, and Nelson were on hand to show a trailer and discuss the movie, but unfortunately they had lost the tape with the trailer on it on the way there, so the first 15 minutes of the panel were taken up by Arquette apologizing profusely. Still, he did talk about the movie a lot, and it sounds like it should be a lot of fun; if nothing else, it has a great cast. The Tripper is about a group of kids who head out for a weekend of drugs and sex and end up being picked off one by one by a killer with a fixation on Ronald Regan. Joe Harris accidentally revealed the killer’s identity to the entire crowd, but Arquette asked us all not to tell so I will honor that request.

The film was made independently and has yet to find a distributor, but with a pedigree like theirs I’m sure it won’t languish without a release for very long. I will say that David was incredibly accommodating to all those in attendance and had a great attitude about the whole thing, granting many fans’ request for a hug and signing T-shirts and photos while the panel was going on. Now we just have to hope that The Tripper doesn’t suck…

Pans LabyrinthThe last event of the day was the Pan’s Labyrinth panel, which featured the one and only Guillermo del Toro and star Doug Jones. If you’ve never seen Guillermo speak to an audience of his fans, you’re really missing out on something special. He’s always said that he’s a fan first and a director second, and he’s never once compromised when he’s making films for us because he loves them just as much as we do.

They debuted the American trailer for Pan’s, which was amazing and even featured “the voice.” (Guillermo commented that you knew it was American because it featured the words “in a world” and then proceeded to theorize on how the voice talked in his day-to-day life; it was pretty hilarious). Pan’s looks like it will easily live up to the massive amount of fan-driven excitement for it, and Guillermo said many times that he said it’s the film he’s most proud of to date. And Doug Jones would neither confirm nor deny that he’s playing Silver Surfer but did hint that he’s in talks for it, and if he does get it, he promises to be very, very faithful to the comic.

The rest of the night was spent going from party to party, putting faces to names for people I’ve been talking to for years, hooking up with old acquaintances, and prank calling Steven Segal. Today promises to be just as crazy, if not more-so, than yesterday, so expect more good stuff (and a TON of pictures, I promise) tomorrow!

The Pan Panel

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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