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Fantastic Market 2016 Announces First Wave Screenings and Events



The Fantastic Market at next month’s Fantastic Fest is undergoing a big time change this year, expanding into a full-on industry forum for genre films. The first wave of programs and premieres was just dropped into our inbox, and as always, we’re excited to share the info with you. So read on, fiends!

From the Press Release:
Fantastic Fest is proud to announce the first wave of programing for the 2016 edition of Fantastic Market, the festival’s industry program which runs September 22-25, 2016. Fantastic Fest takes place September 22 – September 29, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar in Austin, TX.

This year’s Fantastic Market brings significant changes as the event moves from a Latin American-focused genre project market into an industry forum for genre films. Market Director Rodney Perkins says: “We have transformed the market into a full-fledged industry event with screenings, talks, panels, film pitches and special guests from all over the world. Our goal is to become the premiere industry forum for genre films.”

Fantastic Market will kick off with a keynote talk from two of the most knowledgeable minds in the genre world: Ryan Turek (BLUMHOUSE) and Travis Stevens (SNOWFORT PICTURES). Travis Stevens says: “I began my career as a producer at Fantastic Fest and will likely be wheeled back on my deathbed. In the meantime I’m excited to share what I’ve learned about the genre business with the next generation of rule breakers.” Ryan Turek says: “Fantastic Fest has always been a home away from home for me and I’ve attended as a fan, a journalist and a judge. I’m excited the team asked me to return for the market this year. I can’t wait to not only participate, but also check out some amazing genre films. This year looks incredible.”

In addition to the keynote, Fantastic Market will host a number of other talks and panels featuring special guests. Screenwriter and producer Rodo Sayagues (PANIC ATTACK, EVIL DEAD and DON’T BREATHE) will present a special talk about the genre film industry. SpectreVision founders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and CEO Lisa Whalen return to Fantastic Market with another program of unique offerings. SpectreVision has produced such cult favorites as A GIRL WALKS AT HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, COOTIES and THE GREASY STRANGLER, and recently expanded into television, gaming and music.

Finally, the 2016 crop of Fantastic Market film projects reflects the event’s new expanded scope. The initial selection reflects a wide-ranging mix of newcomers and veterans from around the world including people involved in such films as THE VOID, THE HITCHER, HERE COMES THE DEVIL, ABCS OF DEATH, and numerous others. Two projects- JAIRO’S REVENGE and BIRTHDAY PRESENT-were selected through Fantastic Market’s collaboration with Ventana Sur’s Blood Window genre market.

Stay tuned for more announcements regarding Fantastic Market programming, including additional film projects, screenings and other events.

This year’s initial slate of film projects:

Director: Eric Red (THE HITCHER, NEAR DARK)
Producer: Soyoung Jung, Brendan McCarthy (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD), John McDonnell (LET US PREY, WAKEWOOD)
A three-man submarine crew dive to the deepest part of the ocean to salvage priceless treasure from a sunken shipwreck, unleashing a nightmarish extraterrestrial organism they must survive when the sub gets stranded at the bottom of the sea.

Director: Chris Nash (ABCS OF DEATH 2)
Producer: Peter Kuplowsky (THE VOID, ABCS OF DEATH 2, MANBORG), Shannon Hanmer (ABCS OF DEATH 2), Ant Timpson (ABCS OF DEATH, DEATHGASM)
A down-and-out woman befriends a squirm of intelligent carnivorous worms, and seeks revenge on the small town officials that turned their backs on her, in this poli-sci-fi horror satire that evokes BLACK MIRROR and TREMORS.

Directors: Christian Cueva (JIRON), Ricardo Farías
When you accept a gift, you also accept its consequences.

Director: Simón Hernández (PIZARRO)
Producer: Ivette Liang (VENICE)
A documentary about cult terror film director Jairo Pinilla, in his attempt to finance and produce his last dream project he’s been working on for 6 years, THE SPIRIT OF DEATH, the first 3D terror film made in Colombia.

Director: Gigi Saul Guerrero (EL GIGANTE)
Producer: Raynor Shima (EL GIGANTE)
A group of troubled kids at a residential treatment center are forced to work together despite their differences to defeat an ancient creature that is stalking and feeding on all of the naughty children within the facility.

Director: J. Xavier Velasco
Producer: Javier Gonzalez (VALEDICTORIAN)
A police detective investigates a missing person case that leads her to a body-snatcher creature who uses humans as hosts in order to survive.

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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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