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Dread Central’s Best and Worst Horror Films of 2015



Debi “The Woman in Black” Moore

Looking over my list of the horror films I saw in 2015 to prepare for this assignment, one thing was obvious: The good far outweighed the bad for a change. And that was because I just didn’t have time for the pain. If I didn’t “have” to watch something for my duties here at DC and I’d heard that it sucked, it didn’t make the cut. Which meant that out of the well over 50 horror films I watched, only a handful scored a 2 or below. Even better? The quality stayed consistent throughout the year with 2015 ending just as strongly as it started.

The Best

What were the best? As far as I’m concerned, one film stands heads and shoulders over everything else, and that’s Mad Max: Fury Road. But is it really horror? I’ve been accused a few times of crossing the line between horror and sci-fi on these year-end lists, and I’ve been trying to stay on the straight and narrow. That was my quandry so I decided to just keep it in a category all to itself and pick the following as my Top 5 “pure” horror films, in no particular order:

We Are Still HereWe Are Still Here
This is one I caught early in the year, and I predicted right then and there it would wind up among the best. Other favorites would come and go, but yep, it’s… still here!

The Voices
This movie really flew under the radar, but Ryan Reynolds kills it as a mild-mannered guy who starts taking advice from his talking pets. It was definitely one of the more disturbing – and memorable – films I saw last year.

The Final Girls
What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this one? It’s full of heart and all the tropes horror fans go to the movies to see. Despite its tame rating, it’s no doubt destined to gain quite a following as the years go by… check it out if you haven’t yet.

A Christmas Horror Story
At first I hesitated to include this film since I thought maybe it was too “seasonal” and fresh in my memory, but then I thought, “No way! It’s totally worth it.” I loved the way the storylines intertwined without being broken into separate segments, and William Shatner’s presence elevates anything in my eyes. It’s a solid home run that will be required viewing in our home every holiday from now on!

Add me to the list of folks who had nothing but FUN watching Goosebumps. I may be the oldest member of the DC writing team, but I felt like a young schoolgirl again from the moment it began, filled with wonder and glee. Along with Mad Max, it’s the only 2015 movie to earn a solid 5/5 from me.

Honorable Mentions: Spring, Maggie, Deathgasm, Turbo Kid, Cub, Crimson Peak, Last Shift, Demonic, The Gift

The Worst

As for my picks of the worst, there are three that stand out as the most tedious and/or disappointing:

I honestly have very little recollection of what this film is about, but it earned the lowest rating of the year, so here it is… apparently the title is 100% self-descriptive!

The Gallows
Yet another nail in the coffin of the found footage sub-genre. It is possible to still do them right, but films like The Gallows don’t even care to try.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
My issues with this film are too numerous to mention, but they start with the title – considering there was nary a “ghost “to be seen – and end with the absence of the key character whose journey we were there to see culminate in the first place. Bah humbug!

Dishonorable Mentions: Seventh Son, It Follows, Late Phases, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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I Already Have a Dog But Now I Want a Baby Dinosaur



The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, is rumored to be attached to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since that film is going to be coming out in less than a month, it’s no surprise that the marketing campaign for the dino-filled trailer is already starting and today it kicks off with a six-second teaser that is as adorable as you can get!

In the teaser, Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is petting a baby velociraptor, which coos and twitters in the cutest of fashions. Is there anything else going on? Nah. Does something else need to happen? Nope. The movie already has me sold.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, and Toby Jones. However, the biggest and most important star of the film will be the return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is, in my humble opinion, the best character in the franchise, besting even the T-rex that seemingly cannot die.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will evolve into theaters on June 22, 2018.

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