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Exclusive: Slamdance 2010 Report: Amber Benson’s Drones, The Last Lovecraft, The Scenesters, and More!

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Last week Dread Central’s own Heather Wixson (aka The Horror Chick) and Brian Dreads packed up and headed off to the snow-covered hills of Park City, Utah for both the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals.

On Saturday night Slamdance held its press event at the Treasure Mountain Inn, and the red carpet was packed with up and coming filmmakers and actors as well as some veterans to the genre.

While at the Slamdance event, Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with the cast and crew of the horror comedy The Scenesters, which focuses on a serial killer stalking hipsters in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood.

Also, we took some time to talk with the creators and cast of The Last Lovecraft, a cool new flick centered around the last descendant of the legendary H.P Lovecraft.

The geek out moment for yours truly came when it was time to talk to the cast and crew of Drones, the sci-fi themed comedy co-directed by Amber Benson and Adam Busch. You might remember both Benson and Busch from their time on the Joss Whedon series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Tara (Willow’s love interest) and Warren (who shoots Tara during the 2002 season).

Also on hand to talk about Drones was Samm Levine, who had a pretty big year in 2009 since he was a featured player in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

Slamdance also announced its winners last week, and although most of the genre fare was shut out, we thought our readers might still enjoy seeing who walked home with some awards after the fest.

GRAND JURY AWARDS

  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film:
    Winner: SNOW AND ASHES, directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud
    Special Jury Mention: ONE HUNDRED MORNINGS, directed by Conor Horgan
    Winner also receives three, eight-hour workdays from POP Sound in Los Angeles for Audio Post Production Services; Panasonic AG-HPX170 Camera; Sony Software Package

  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film:
    Winner: AMERICAN JIHADIST, directed by Mark Claywell
    Winner also receives Sony Software Package

  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Animated Short:
    Winner: SEED, directed by Ben Richardson and Daniel Bird
    Winner also receives Sony Software Package

  • Grand Jury Sparky Award for Best Narrative Short:
    Winner: PRVI DAN MIRA (First Day of Peace), Mirko Rucnov
    Special Jury Mention for a short documentary film: BOUT THAT BOUT, directed by Nico Sabenorio
    Winner also receives Sony Software Package
  • AUDIENCE AWARDS

  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Narrative Film:
    Winner: THE WILD HUNT, directed by Alexandre Franchi
    Winner also receives $5000 in Post Production Services from Post Factory, New York; $3500 in Legal Services from Pierce Law Group; Sony Software Package

  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Film:
    Winner: MIND OF THE DEMON: THE LARRY LINKOGLE STORY, directed by Adam Barker
    Winner also receives $5000 in Post Production Services from Post Factory, New York; $3500 in Legal Services from Pierce Law Group; Sony Software Package

  • Audience Sparky Award for Best Anarchy Online Film:
    Winner: SUGAR STICK, directed by Laura Harris
    Winner also receives Sony Software Package

  • Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Short Film Award:
    Winner: MOSQUITO, directed by Jeremy Engle
    Awarded by the Class of 2010 filmmakers to the film teams that best exhibit passion and talent, commitment to the independent community, and enthusiastically embrace all Slamdance has to offer.
    Winner also receives Sony Software Package
  • SPONSORED AWARDS

  • Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography:
    Winner: GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, directed by Robert Persons
    Winner also receives 10,000 feet of Kodak film for the filmmaker to make their next feature

  • Dos Equis Most Interesting Film Award (and best Mumblecore film to NOT play SXSW):
    Winner: NOTHING BUT EVERYTHING, directed by Wallace Cotten
  • Slamdance also presented the first Annual Script Accessible Screenplay Award sponsored by Lonely Seal Releasing to ALL THE WRONG REASONS, written by Gia Milani. The Script Accessible Award is part of Slamdance’s year-round Writing Competition that received over 2,500 submissions in 2009.

    2010 marked the 16th anniversary of Slamdance, one of the few remaining film festivals whose sole mission is to support truly independent works from first-time filmmakers, staying true to its mission of “by filmmakers, for filmmakers.

    For more information on the festival (which is also a year-round organization), check out Slamdance.com, and look for a few Slamdance reviews later this week!


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    Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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    Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

    Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

    For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

    I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

    You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

    Track Listing

    1. “Do The Freddy”
    Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
    The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

    2. “Obsession”
    original song

    3. “Wooly Bully”
    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
    Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

    4. “Don’t Sleep”
    original song

    5. “In The Midnight Hour”
    Wilson Pickett cover

    6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
    Everly Brothers cover

    7. “Dance or Else”
    original song

    8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
    original song

    9. “Elm Street Dreams”
    original song

    Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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    That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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    Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

    Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

    Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

    Synopsis:
    Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

    Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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    Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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    Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

    Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

    Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

    The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

    I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

    How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

    Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

    Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

    Synopsis:

    Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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