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Top 9 Timeless Period Piece Horror Films



Fear is timeless. From even before we had words to describe it, man has huddled around the warm fires of our protective hovels and made monsters of the noises in the dark. For all the romanticization of frilly skirts and haughty language, people hundreds of years ago were just as afraid of the creeping terrors that lurk beyond the candlelight. Probably more so, since that rustle in the leaves could likely be a hungry pack of wolves, and good luck fighting that off with a flintlock pistol and candlelight.

Unfortunately, good period piece horror is hard to come by. It seems most people would rather watch a Mr. Darcy-type woo an Elizabeth Bennet-type over the course of a hundred misunderstandings and flowery speeches. Bleh. The fools. So, when a good horror period piece comes around to show us that the past isn’t all funny clothes and fainting over social faux pas, it’s worth celebrating.

I first saw the trailer for The Witch as a preview before the recent film adaptation of Macbeth. I saw it with a bunch of people that were super excited for Macbeth, so I was the only horror fan in the group. After the trailer, there was a tangible tense energy among my friends. The Witch looks dark, unique, and terrifying. A good period piece’s terror should both reflect the time it takes place in and be enhanced by it. The struggle of a small frontier farm mixed against the terror of an untamed forest makes The Witch a chilling snapshot of 1600’s dogmatic fear. On the border between Puritanism and Paganism, reality and superstition blend.

So to honor this release, here are 9 other Timeless Period Piece Horror Films:

9) Sauna (2008):

In 1595 and the wake of the Russo-Swedish War, two brothers are on an expedition to mark the new border between the two countries. Amidst the muddy swamp and barren trees, they come across a meager village with a mysterious sauna. Haunted by past misdeeds, the line between reality and fiction is blurred as their souls are tested.


Yes, that kind of sauna. I doubt anyone watching this film would know beforehand that A) saunas are actually hundreds of years old and B) they have ancient, spiritual traditions. With medieval Finland as the backdrop, the story of Sauna is as much about change as it is atonement. Shifting borders, beliefs, and even Eerik’s failing eyesight paint a picture of a world that is changing too fast. The friction between past and present is made tangible by the spirits of the sauna, reminding us that guilt remains even after the past has been buried.

8) The Burrowers (2008):

As if the Old West frontier wasn’t troubling enough, what with all the pillaging natives, rapey cavalrymen, bandits, dehydration, and rattlesnakes. Now, terrifying nocturnal monsters with a taste for human flesh want to bury you alive and turn you into soup. Just great. Set in 1879, a motley crew consisting of an Irishman, former slave, young teenager, and pair of Indian fighters (as in people that fight Native Americans, not Native American warriors) set off to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a frontier family. They soon find out that it wasn’t the Sioux but rather the previously mentioned monsters called “Burrowers.”

Only the dwindling Native American tribe of the Ute know how to successfully fight the monsters. The Burrowers uses the racial tensions and environmental destruction of the time to deliver a dark message of cooperation and understanding. It isn’t a “hold hands and sing a song” story, opting instead for a “unite or die” message. Hell, the Burrowers wouldn’t even be eating us if we didn’t kill all the buffalo! It’s a classic tale of mankind destroying itself with greed but with badass monsters.

7) Crimson Peak (2015):

If I’ve learned anything from movies over the years, it’s “don’t kill a wronged Victorian woman in a mansion.” Do you want vengeful ghosts? Because that’s how you get vengeful ghosts.

Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak is a stunning and macabre look at the turn of the 20th century. The dilapidated Allerdale Hall is a vision of faded glory, rotting away in equal measures with the family’s standing. With industrialization on the rise, self-made men are replacing the nobility at the top of the food chain. The declining Sharpe family must parasitize the successful Cushings just to maintain a little while longer. This temporary act of selfish preservation gives rise to eternally tortured (and gorgeously designed) spirits. Even if you don’t care for the love story, this rendition of the industrialization meta narrative regarding the shifting hierarchy is a visual masterpiece.


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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel



Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.


Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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