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It’s true, it’s true…The Green Inferno is finally arriving. After a long, long wait, Eli Roth’s latest directorial effort is here; and to celebrate, we’ve come up with a Top List we knew you’d love… Horror’s Top 7 Jungle Flesh-Eaters.

We expect to see plenty of jungle flesh-eaters in The Green Inferno and have our Top 7 below. But first we have to comment on a couple of our other favorite cannibals. Of course the tribe in The Hills Have Eyes were an incredibly disturbing group, as were the cave-dwelling beasts in The Descent. And we’ve got to give big love to our crazy cannibals in Cannibal: The Musical and especially the beloved cult classic Ravenous. The list below includes cannibals as well as many non-human flesh-eaters found in the jungle.

And now, Horror’s Top 7 Jungle Flesh-Eaters!

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The Island of Doctor Moreau (1977, 1996)
Whether you prefer the 1977 version of the movie with Burt Lancaster (“Back to the House of Pain!“) or the more modern retelling of the story which features Marlon Brando, his very odd looking mini-me and a half-animal baddie that looks strikingly like James Hetfield of Metallica right around the …And Justice For All days, one cannot argue that The Island of Dr. Moreau certainly contains some jungle-dwelling creatures who will not hesitate to make you their dinner. Part man, part beast thanks to some slick vivisection work by the mad doctor, the residents of The Island of Doctor Moreau are a nasty lot. The imagery of the story is cool with some interesting underlying references to religion and blind faith. Certainly one to remember, The Island of Dr. Moreau chews on you.

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Rogue (2007)
A somewhat unheralded movie that didn’t get much buzz upon its release, Rogue turned out to be quite the surprise when audiences finally found it. Released in Australia in 2007, the film was moderately successful but generally overlooked by U.S. audiences in the few theaters that screened it. Writer/director Greg McLean (whose previous film before Rouge was the unforgettable slasher Wolf Creek) created a true nightmare in the jungle with this killer croc movie. And, believe it or not, much like he did with Wolf Creek, McLean based Rogue on a true story. This movie loosely tells the tale of Sweetheart, a 15-foot long saltwater croc that attacked boats between the years of 1974 and 1979 before finally being captured alive. That’s right… 15-foot croc, captured alive. Impressive. The croc in Rogue is, of course, even larger and more menacing than that. Chomp!

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Cannibal Ferox (1981)
Of course if we’re talking about jungle flesh-eaters in reference to The Green Inferno, we’re going to have to dig into some cannibal movies, and Cannibal Ferox is one of horror fans’ all-time favorites! As with most films in this sub-genre, Cannibal Ferox is insanely gory and gruesome with some stunning jungle action. Carrying the fitting alternate title Make Them Die Slowly in the U.S., this movie certainly lives up to this handle. Writer/director Umberto Lenzi delivered another memorable cannibal film just before Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive!, making Lenzi one of the more notable cannibal movie creators.

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Piranha (1978)
The thing that eats you in the wild does not necessarily have to be a huge, hulking monster or vicious cannibal. Sometimes it can be much smaller than you, but when there are hundreds or thousands of the little bastards, they become very difficult to get along with. After the success of Jaws in 1975, Piranha spawned three years later, partially inspired by/partially in parody of the legendary shark picture. Now, how about a tie-in with Piranha and an all-time favorite film based on cannibals… both Piranha and The Hills Have Eyes (which, of course, has heavy cannibalistic subject matter) were both remade in the 2000’s. And what do the two remakes have in common? They were both directed by slick filmmaker Alexandre Aja! Piranha had a nice showing at the box office and hung on as a cult classic, still enjoyed today. And all because of those little, biting teeth!

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Anaconda (2001)
What a cast! Anaconda has one of the most impressive, star-studded casts ever assembled for a horror film. Of course, many of the cast members were yet to break big, but the stars lined up and Anaconda ended up featuring a slew of talent that would go on to be huge celebs. Of course Jon Voigt stars as Paul Serone, a salty boat captain with an accent that is completely unidentifiable. Along with Voigt on the ride are, get this, Jennifer Lopez, Owen Wilson and Ice Cube. WTF!? If those three Hollywood heavyweights aren’t enough, the film also features Eric Stoltz and the incomparable Danny Trejo. Holy shit, what a lineup! And although it didn’t initially get a warm reception from critics, Anaconda had a great showing at the box office and has stood the test of time, still being a fan favorite to this day. The clip below shows the anaconda at its baddest!

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The Ruins (2009)
Here we have another very unique jungle carnivore. The Ruins did not feature large animals with huge, intimidating teeth or unspeakable monsters prowling through the greenery. In The Ruins the greenery was the intimidating monster. When a group of unsuspecting young people (Ah, the poor unsuspecting young people. How they’ve been subjected to one horror after another. Here’s some advice for young people: Be suspicious!!!) become trapped in an unthinkable nightmare, the jungle begins to close in on them, and the terrors are unique and creative. Written by Scott Smith, who had previously penned the amazing novel (turned movie) A Simple Plan, The Ruins was a complete departure from Smith’s original work but was also a very effective thriller. When you’re in the jungle, not even the plants are safe!

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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Holy crap! Cannibal Holocaust is, without a doubt, one of the most off-putting films ever. Honestly, upon first watching Cannibal Holocaust, we couldn’t eat meat for about three days. Ruggero Deodato created an insane vision with this movie, and he certainly paid the price for it. After the premiere, Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges and then again on the accusation that he created a snuff film. Those are some pretty weighty claims, but he managed to avoid serious incarceration. Most horror fans are quite familiar with this work as it has been banned in several countries, thus making it a magnet for those seeking extreme movies. And its reputation precedes it. As movies about being eaten alive in the jungle go, this one is head and shoulders above anything else. Cannibal Holocaust will adjust your diet, at least for a day or two.

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Director Brian Taylor Introduces Us to Mom & Dad

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Director Brian Taylor was more than kind enough to sit down with us for a few minutes to discuss his latest film, Mom & Dad starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair. This parental-units gone mad flick has already had it’s share of buzz during its release back on January 19th, and with a DVD and Blu-ray street date of February 20th, this is sure to be one film that will define the term “smothering parenting.” Read on and enjoy this little dive into paternal and maternal madness!

DC: Brian – let’s start off by having you give us a brief synopsis of the film, as well as where in the deep recesses of your mind did you manage to come up with an idea such as this?

BT: Well, the germination of the idea is pretty straightforward – I am a parent, so I think it’s something we can all relate to, and I will say that when I told my son about the idea of what the film was about, he looked at me as if I was insane. The movie is like one of those “one fine day” films…One fine day, in the world, the birds are singing and the sprinklers are happily watering away on millions of lawns, some phenomenon happens, and it’s never explained why or how, but it’s just a thing that everyone needs to react to. Simultaneously, all across the country – maybe all across the world, all the parents turn on their own children in a homicidal rage, and they don’t attack anyone else’s children – only their own. In the movie we follow two kids who have to survive 24 hours in the house they grew up in to avoid killing (or being killed) by the two people they love most in the world, and are supposed to love them the most in the world.

DC: Without giving away any spoilers, is this something that could have a continuation piece attached to it in the future?

BT: Well the way it works is if people love this story, we’re more than happy to give it to them, so let’s see how it goes (laughs).

DC: With you having worked with Nicolas Cage in the past, and knowing of his capabilities, was this an instance of you saying “here you go, have at it,” or was there a bit more direction in the process?

BT: Directing Nicolas is understanding that he’s not like other actors – first of all, he’s one of the most professional actors that you will ever encounter. This is a guy that may seem to be unhinged, over-the-top and crazy when you watch some of the stuff he’s done, but I assure you that he’s an actor of incredible precision and everything he does is under control and well thought-out, to a level that I think would surprise a lot of people. We did a table read for the film the day before we started shooting, and this is usually a time when the actors break out their pencils and make notes and try different things – he walked in and did the entire movie off-book with full-intensity in front of a packed room – nobody does that. The other actors were in awe, so he’s the real deal, and he’s capable of doing things that other actors wouldn’t even begin to try. It’s like being the visor for Cyclops in X-Men – if the visor comes off, he’s able to shred buildings, so that’s it – you’re basically the visor and the funnel for all that energy that’s potentially destructive.

DC: I’m sure this answer will be somewhat of a foregone conclusion, but I’ll ask anyway – Nicolas was your first choice for this role, correct?

BT: Oh yeah, and you never know how people are going to react to material like this because it’s pretty unorthodox, but I kind of knew that he’d get it. I sent him the script and he got back to me a day later and said “I’m in.” He got the humor and satire and most of all he personalized it on a level that the angst of the lost-soul parents is something he can relate to.

DC: After the release of Mom & Dad, what’s going to be keeping you busy for work?

BT: Right now I’m doing the TV show on SyFy called “Happy” which is based on the Grant Morrison comic book, and it’s completely bananas. I’ve got a few more episodes to finish up the first season, and if we’re picked up for a second season I’ll most likely dive straight into that.

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Fight Zombies and Aliens in Rainbow Six Siege’s Outbreak Mode

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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is about to enter sci-fi horror territory with the launch of the new Outbreak cooperative game mode, which will run from March 6-April 3.

Originally released by Ubisoft back in 2015, most of Rainbow Six Siege’s game modes up until this point had you fighting terrorists, although during the Outbreak event you’ll be facing off against everything from zombies to hulking alien monstrosities. The premise of Outbreak is fairly simple: A spacecraft crashes in the town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico, unleashing a parasite which mutates the local populace. As a member of the elite Rainbow Six task force, your job is to eliminate the mutated creatures and contain the parasite before it spreads.

If you’re one of the 25 million people who already plays Rainbow Six Siege, you can learn more about the Outbreak event ahead of its launch on the game’s official website.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege: Outbreak Synopsis:
A few days ago, a mysterious space capsule crashed near Truth or Consequences in New Mexico. It turned out to be carrying an exotic parasite, the Apex, which infected the area and turned the town’s populace into monsters. The Quarantine Zone is the only thing keeping it contained, but it will not last for long. If the parasite gets out, it would be a disaster of global proportions. Millions would die. Rainbow’s mission is to enter the devastated town and destroy the parasite’s roots before this happens.

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Interview: Jimmy Hayward Dives Into the Nautical World of Legend of the Seagullmen

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Musical supergroups aren’t a new thing. Bad Company, Audioslave, Mad Season, Them Crooked Vultures, Traveling Wilburys… Each of these, plus more, have created incredible music that drew listeners in because of the talent behind each instrument. For those who love such collaborations, I want to introduce you to Legend of the Seagullmen, a new rock group with names that may make your head spin!

Featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Fiend Without a Face, Danny Carey of Tool and Volto, Pete Griffin of Zappa Plays Zappa and Dethklok, David Dreyer, Chris DiGiovanni, Tim Dawson, and Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex, Free Birds), Legend of the Seagullmen have just released their self-titled debut album through Dine Alone Records and it’s packed with eight tracks of blistering nautical-themed psychedelic rock. With lyrics focused on “…ship wrecks and giant mutant squid“, Legend of the Seagullmen aimed to create an epic conceptual album and it seems like fans are in agreement!

Today, we’ve got an interview with Hayward about the group’s debut album, how they all got together, and what their inspirations were. You can read it all below.

You can buy the album through the band’s official website and follow them on Facebook.

Dread Central: Let’s start at the beginning. How’d you get to know everyone in Legend of the Seagullmen?

Jimmy Hayward: Danny and I had been jamming for a long time when I did a movie with Brent. He introduced me to the Doctor who had this idea for a nautical western and the rest fell into place. It was very organic and we took our time.

DC: What brought all of you together to start creating music?

JH: Friendship and a shared love of music. We were all working together already so it fell into place around this organizing principle.

DC: Was it always the intention to release an album or did this start off as something just for fun?

JH: I think we knew fairly quickly that we had to record it and make a record but it started out as something we enjoyed doing. We knew we wanted to do something with it whether it was a movie or a record.

DC: The talent on this album is pretty incredible. What do you think Legend of the Seagullmen adds to the metal community?

JH: We don’t know what we add to any community but we know we are making stuff we love and we really hope other people dig. We are already all doing other stuff so we aren’t beholden to any schedule or demands. We just made what we wanted to make and really enjoyed it. We all dig the theme and concept and so it became something we couldn’t deny. If the metal community embraces it then we are stoked but we aren’t sure where we fit in.

DC: Giant sea creature lore is something that horror fans have a lot of love for, thanks to the immediate connotations of H.P. Lovecraft. You’re also known in the horror community for Jonah Hex. So, I gotta ask, were there any horror influences that played a part in the creation of this album?

JH: I think horror influences guide a lot of us. Brent loves ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’ and one of my favorite films of all time is Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. I love horror pictures. Danny has a huge original painting by Clive Barker hanging over the control room where we record all the guitars and edit. I’d say we love horror and it’s a part of what we do.

DC: I’ve read that you all create pretty much everything in-house, such as merch and visuals. It feels like you’re creating a full package that makes people realize that music is more than just listening to some songs. Can you tell me a bit about the goal of maintaining that kind of control?

JH: Dr, myself and his brother Frank, who does most of our graphic design, work together to maintain a cinematic feel that represents the tone of the guiding concept. It grounds it in the lore and we feel like it’s really important to marry the music with a visual component. In movies I always maintain that sound is half the experience so in our music we feel like a strong visual representation helps tie the whole thing together. The music is very important to us and we feel like the visual component really augments that importance.

DC: What’s the plan going to be for Legend of the Seagullmen? Will there be a tour? Are there some tracks that might make their way onto a second album?

JH: We just played live with Primus and it was really great to realize these tunes in front of an audience. We fully plan to do a lot more and see festivals and short tours in our future. We are many demos into our second album.

DC: If you could tell people one thing before they hit ‘Play’ on the album to help set the proper expectations, what would it be?

JH: The Seagull God King thanks you for your soul.

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