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The Asylum's Snakes on a Plane rip offWe still have to wait until August 18th to see those mother fuckin’ snakes on that mother fuckin’ plane. However, The Asylum’s mother fuckin’ rip-off set on a mother fuckin’ train leaves the station four days earlier on August 15th.

That’s right, Snakes on a Train! Only The Asylum, folks, would go forward and produce such an obvious DTV knock-off. On the other hand, given the film’s plot, perhaps they should have instead titled it Snakes in a Woman .

“Under a powerful Mayan curse, snakes are hatched inside a young woman, slowly devouring her from within. Her only chance for survival is a powerful shaman who lives across the border. With only hours to live, she jumps on a train headed for Los Angeles. Unfortunately for the passengers aboard, they are now trapped, soon to be victims of these flesh-eating vipers.”

See, Snakes on a Train isn’t just a flat out rip-off of Snakes on a Plane. Its Snakes on a Plane meets Under Siege 2 meets Curse II: The Bite! I’ve ragged on The Asylum for doing knock-offs of big screen films, but the most aggravating aspect is that they often do so with no flare. Given the outlandish nature of both the film they’re making and the film it’s designed to capitalize on, Snakes on a Train will show some of the must missing spark these films so desperately need.

Asylum regular Peter Mervis (When A Killer Calls, The Da Vinci Treasure) is directing, and hopefully this time he won’t go overboard with that annoying shaky cam thing he loves to do with the editing. Man, that crap’s annoying.

The Asylum also picked up the distribution rights to Jeff Overstreet’s mad scientist horror flick Dr. Rage, which will be released to DVD on August 8th under the new title The Straun House. The film casts the great Andrew Divoff as Dr. Timothy Straun, a mad scientist conducting illegal and unethical experiments on others and himself involving the rage serum he has created. Denise Duff co-stars and Karen Black little more than cameos, but really this one is the Andrew Divoff show. I reviewed an import DVD of Dr. Rage a few months back and it’s an okay flick highlighted by some major league scene chewing on Divoff’s part.

The Asylum’s DVD release will also include a making of featurette, a blooper reel, and footage from the cast and crew doing a Fangoria panel to promote the film.

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Rest in Peace: Dolores O’Riordan

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Sad and shocking news has come in from the music world as Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of The Cranberries, has been found dead at the all too young age of just 46.

According to the Associated Press, the singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording. “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news.

London’s Metropolitan Police were summoned to a hotel just after 9:00 AM today. As of now her death is classified as “unexplained.”

During her career, O’Riordan provided music for the short film Z, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, Evilenko, and many more films and television projects. We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to extend our sincerest of condolences to Dolores’ family members, friends, and constituents.

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Dread Central Presents’ Villmark Asylum is on Amazon Prime!

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Today marks a very exciting day for us here at Dread Central as Pål Øie’s Villmark Asylum has hit Amazon Prime! This marks the first official release of a Dread Central Presents title and we can’t wait to hear what you all think! If you’ve got Amazon Prime, you can watch the film for free as part of your Prime subscription. Also, if you do check it out, we ask that you please leave a review on Amazon with your honest thoughts. If you hated it, let us know! If you loved it, great! Whatever your thoughts on the film might be, we want to know them.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be hosting double feature screenings of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight and Turbo Kid later this month. You can find all details here.

Directed by Øie, Villmark Asylum stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, and Baard Owe.

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A crew of five hazardous waste workers are sent to a massive, abandoned sanatorium deep in the mountains. But their routine assignment takes a dark turn when they encounter the building’s terrifying past.

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Exclusive Delirium Clip Goes Running Through the ‘Net!

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Another horror flick has hit our radar called Delirium, and right now we have a slew of stuff for you to dig on including stills, the trailer, and yes, an exclusive clip! Dig it!

Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Seth Austin, Ryan Pinkston, August Roads, and Elena Sanchez star in the flick from director Johnny Martin. Look for it on January 19th via Gravitas Ventures.

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A group of young men dare a classmate to reach the porch of a legendary house that is said to be haunted by the thirteen victims of a family massacre. In hopes of making a viral video, they arm him with a video camera to prove he was there or to capture him fleeing terror as others have.

When he doesn’t return, the guys must go in to get him. Inside the mansion they discover the truth about the family that died there, the fate of their friend, and what their own fates will be.

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