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Horror and Hotties Film Festival (click for larger image)Last Saturday Debi, Uncle Creepy and myself set forth to bring buckets of culture to the USF campus in Tampa, Florida. We were invited to be a part of the Horror & Hotties Film Festival to enjoy and host six and a half hours of horror films, boobs and more boobs with Creepy as the master of ceremonies put on by DVD Empire and Academic Financial Services.

HHFF (click for larger image)A storm had been over Tampa all day. The fear of a bad turnout was sneaking up the spines of the Dread Central crew. A few minutes after 6PM, and the fans of our genre fought off the bad weather and arrived ready to yell, shout and bare a little skin. Let it never be said that the horror fiends are not the most dedicated.

What were they in store for this evening? First up was the short film Tattoo Love Magic. Perhaps this wasn’t the best way to start out the night as the film had little to no connection to horror. A pretty boy becomes obsessed with his girlfriend’s tattoo and gets one of his own from a strange old man. Soon he realizes that women are magically drawn to him and his … TURTLE TATTOO?! It’s a good thing the crowd was encouraged to yell out during the films to provide much needed entertainment. It’s an even better thing that the follow-up short by the name There’s Something Out There proved to be a healthier entry. Those little garden gnomes are not as innocent and nice as they appear.

Before the next movie kicked off, it was time for Creepy to help find a new “Scream Queen.” The winner of this contest would get the honor of being in the upcoming Film Ranch International production called Carnevil. Check out the video below for our screaming contestants!

HHFF (click for larger image)Once Uncle Creepy and the crowd narrowed the finalists down, it was time to start the next film. What was being slapped on our plate? Something involving Ken Foree, katanas and demonic strippers sound familiar? If you guessed Devil’s Den, then you are correct. It’s amazing that this direct-to-DVD film was a superior product both in execution and character design to that of the big budget Blade sequels. To check out more, see Creepy’s review.

After a brief intermission and a tribute to Tampa’s late horror host Dr. Paul Bearer, the festivities were back in action with the gross-out flick Flithy. You could almost drown yourself in the tension that the movie filled our audience with. Just talking about the film makes me a little sick, and that is when you know you’ve made a damn good horror flick!

HHFF (click for larger image)Oh … now it was my time to shine. You see, I was put in charge of soaking down college girls, and one dude, with blood. The participants were given boxers and white t-shirts, but it was unfortunate that most of them kept their bras on. All of them except for one. Each of these babes was lucky enough to be in possession of killer racks. Just look at them! I was in mammary heaven!

A kiddy pool and jugs of red liquid were brought out onto the stage. Creepy could see the pure joy in my face. I was armed with a Super Soaker and had to practice pumping … the toy, you sick, sick bastards! The ladies (and one guy) were paraded in front of our audience. The looks coming towards the stage were that of fantastic lust. How often do you get to see women get soaked down with blood inside a college auditorium? It doesn’t come around frequently, and I was not about to let the fine fans down.

HHFF (click for larger image)Here is what it was all about people! In my tiny mind this was the holy grail or the meaning of life. Hmmm, sounds a bit sad, doesn’t it? Remember what I was saying about only one of the ladies going braless? This woman here was not that one. Though she was the sexiest of the bunch, the ultimate prize, two Tampa Lightning tickets, went to the one willing to show the most skin. See if you can pick her out from the pictures below.

The evening was starting to wind down, but not before we were privied to one of the funniest splatter films I’ve seen in some time. Pervert! just cannot be beat when it comes to laughs and WTF moments. A killer penis is on the loose, but she takes a backseat to the gratuitous nudity, gross-outs and sex galore. The homicidal phallus does have its moment so shine however. It has detached itself from its host and is killing out of jealousy. A mix of claymation and puppet works bring the little prick to life, and it is hard not to love. The audience sure came to life during this picture; everything from “woos” to “oh my fucking god” rang out every few minutes. I strongly believe you should head over to DVD Empire and get a copy right now.

It was time to close out the show, but not without first finding out who was going to be the next “Scream Queen.” It was down to one of our Bloody T-Shirt girls and the actress Shade. A twist was in store for these two hopefuls. Not only did they have to out-scream each other, but they also had to fake an orgasm. If only there were more people there to see it. The winner was crowned at around midnight, and a lot of folks had left by then. Still the faithful (or horny) stayed around to see the goodies. Check out the second video below to find out who the winner was.

That was it. All the films had been shown and Creepy was well loved by all for being highly entertaining through the whole 6 hours. The fans were pleased, and we were proud to be a part of such an event that we hope to see more of in the future. Please, stay and enjoy a few more pictures! Even more can be found in my Blog.

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Photos by Debi Moore, David Walker and Kryten Syxx

Many thanks to Andrew Allen, and Andy Lalino.

The videos below were taken with a camera phone, so the quality is kinda off. However, these two clips are ALL about the audio! Dig on them …

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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