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Farewell to Wes – Guest Blog: Daniel Knauf

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Wes Craven

Just prior to his passing, I had the honor of collaborating with Wes on what will likely be his final and most defining work yet, “Sleepers.” To the end, he was always enthusiastic, brimming with brilliant ideas and quick to provide support and motivation for me to push the outside of whatever envelope we confronted, urging me to plumb dark depths into which I never would have ventured without his steady, confident vision and navigation.

It was he, in fact, who gave me the single most important word of writing advice I’ve ever received: “Don’t go bigger, Daniel; go deeper!

His loss is devastating, but it is mitigated by his astonishing legacy of brilliant material and — even more importantly — unforgettable characters.

And such characters!

For almost a century, the archetypes of “The Monster” – Frankenstein, Dracula, Mr. Hyde (The Wolfman) and Cthulu held reign – until Craven’s brash introduction of the first (and thus far only) addition to the unholy four: the deliciously original Freddy Krueger. For this achievement alone, Wes Craven deserves an honored place in the horror pantheon alongside Shelley, Stoker, Stephenson and H. P. Lovecraft (indeed, on our upcoming series, “Sleepers,” Wes and I were heavily paying homage to the latter).

As a man, Wes was unfailingly kind, erudite, clever and graced with a gentle sense of wicked-dark humor that inevitably bled into seminal horror masterworks such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, Scream and The People Under the Stairs. He was not only the consummate artist, but a gifted educator; he not only delighted fans, but inspired countless artists who have grown up under his influence or, like me, have been privileged to actually work with him.

Even when his health was fragile, Wes faced life with unfailing strength, courage and a joy that I can only pray to emulate.

I will never forget him, and while exercising my craft, I will no doubt regularly ask myself, “What would Wes do?” (bumper sticker: WWWD) as I continue my own creative journey with future projects.

That no one should sleep so peacefully as the Bringer of Nightmares…

— Daniel Knauf (Creator, “CARNIVÀLE”; Producer, “THE BLACKLIST”)

Wes Craven

With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.

Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film

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The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the 3-part short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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