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Fantastic FestFor those of you who weren’t in Austin, TX from September 23-30, you missed out. Fantastic Fest lived up to its name and presented some of the newest, most anticipated, and best films of the year. From the comfort and coolness of the Alamo Drafthouse (which serves AWESOME food during movies) to the palatial Paramount Theater, Austin showed that it knows how to treat fans of genre films.

Think about it: Seven days filled with movies like Zombieland, Paranormal Activity, and Survival of the Dead, side-by-side with some truly creative short films, foreign films, low-budget indie movies, and stars, all put within a mile of each other. It was a movie-lover’s paradise. But alas, all good things must come to an end (until next year), but not without a few parting shots.

Below are the announced winners of the various Fantastic Fest contests, and while I can’t say I agree with all the decisions, the films were voted on not just by a jury, but also by the fans. I can honestly say that every film on this list deserves to be there. Next year’s Fantastic Fest is already in the works, and you’d better believe that it will be THE place to be. Sure, the badges seem pricey, but they are well worth the price.

Congratulations to all the winners, and congratulations to everyone whose films graced the screens!


  • Best Animated Short – I AM SO PROUD OF YOU (Don Hertzfeldt) 

  • Special Mention – ALMA (Rodrigo Blaas)

  • Best Fantastic Short – TERMINUS (Trevor Cawood)
  • Special Jury Award – NEXT FLOOR (Denis Villeneuve)


  • Best Horror Short – FULL EMPLOYMENT (Thomas Oberlies, Matthias Vogel)

  • Special Mention – EXCISION (Richard Bates, Jr.)


  • Best Horror Feature: HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Tom Six)

  • Best Horror Director: Kerry Prior (THE REVENANT)

  • Best Horror Actor: Dieter Laser (HUMAN CENTIPEDE)

  • Best Horror Actress: Neve McIntosh (SALVAGE)


  • Best Fantastic Feature: MANDRILL (Ernesto Diaz-Espinoza)

  • Best Fantastic Director: Kim Nguyen (TRUFFE)

  • Best Fantastic Screenplay: Tamio Hayashi adapted from Kotaro Isaka (FISH STORY)

  • Best Fantastic Actor: Marko Zaror (MANDRILL)

  • Best Fantastic Actress: Chiaki Kuriyama (KAMOGAWA HORUMO)

  • Best Feature: DOWN TERRACE (Ben Wheately)

  • Best Director: Yang Ik-Joon (BREATHLESS)

  • Best Screenplay: Robin Hill, Ben Wheatley (DOWN TERRACE)

  • Best Actor: Jeong-min Hwang (PRIVATE EYE)

  • Best Actress: Shera Bechard (SWEET KARMA)

  • Audience Award, Best Feature: A TOWN CALLED PANIC (Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar) 

  • Audience Award, Honorable Mention Films:




This year, Filmmaking Frenzy teamed up with G4 to create a contest that challenged filmmaking teams around the nation to create trailers for movies based on video games. Uwe Boll, the undisputed master of that genre, showed up to be the judge.
  • Team: FilthyButts
    Team Capt: Joey Graham

Filmmaking Frenzy also challenged teams to create 30 second Fantastic Fest bumpers that would play before all of the features in the festival. So many teams responded to this challenge that no bumper was played twice. The winning video was chosen by the Filmmaking Frenzy online community.
  • Team: FOGAR!
    Team Capt – Maurice Jacks

Fantastic Fest badges ask for a photo submission, similar to other festivals the world over. At Fantastic Fest, though, we demand that badgeholders submit a “Shakey Face” photo, and we reward the best face of the fest with a blanket featuring their shaken mug woven on it. This year’s winners are listed below, and you can check out a video of their Shakey Face Throwdown after that.
  • 2009 Shakey Face Award
 Christine Fisher, 
Troy Gonzales

Scott Johnson

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role



I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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