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The Blacklist Art & Film Festival Wraps Its Tentacles Around San Diego



Finally an event in San Diego we can tell you about that isn’t Comic-Con! The Blacklist Art & Film Festival, champions of gore and advocates of fearless creativity, will be delivering a multi–media spectacle that goes beyond the formula of mainstream culture. On Saturday, August 28th, join some local Dread Central staff members and experience a unique display of mind-bending artwork, award-winning horror film atrocities, and a night of rock ‘n roll mayhem.

The Blacklist Art & Film FestivalFrom the Press Release:
This special event will be held at the Birch North Park Theatre (2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92106). Doors will open at 5:00 pm for the art showcase, and the film program will screen promptly at 7:45 pm. The Blacklist After Party will immediately follow at Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center, one block from the Theatre (3925 Ohio Street, San Diego, CA 92106). Doors open at 10:30 pm, and bands hit the stage at 11:00 pm.

This special event will consist of:

• Art Showcase (Birch North Park Theatre) – On display will be a series of imaginative and thought-provoking paintings, photographs, sketches, and other mixed media from local San Diego talent as well as our special guest Featured Artists. The art showcase is free of charge from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

• Film Screening (Birch North Park Theatre) – The main attraction of the night is an exclusive collection of short award-winning horror films from all over the world (Spain, Australia, Canada, USA). These visceral creations are raw and original in content, a far and refreshing cry from that of mainstream Hollywood. Not for the faint of heart and a must for any horror fan. The films will be projected in high quality on a 15-foot wide screen and be accompanied by state-of-the-art sound. Audience members will select by vote the film that will take home the coveted prize, “The Beast in Show Award.” The film program is scheduled for 7:45 pm to 10:00 pm.

Tickets for the film program are $10 and will be available at the door on the night of the event (cash only). To get tickets in advance, email Jeff Speed at

• The After Party (Queen Bee’s Art & Cultural Center) – The Blacklist Art & Film Festival will come to a close in glorious fashion with an award ceremony and a night of rock ‘n roll mayhem. Scheduled to begin the discord is Rats Eyes – These volatile vermin come on like a buzz-saw bringing hardcore punk back to its seething roots. Headlining the frenzy is Nihilist – This is thrash metal in its purest form, beer slamming and head banging. This Carlsbad trio can stand alongside the best in the genre and continues to impress.

Tickets will be available at the door (Queen Bee) on the night of the event (cash only). Ticket prices for this event are $5 for Film Festival attendees and $10 for After Party only. Doors open at 10:30 pm, and bands hit the stage at 11:00 pm.

The Blacklist Art & Film Festival

The Blacklist Art & Film Festival is a celebration of the emerging talents and unknown innovators of Art, Film, and Rock ‘n Roll. This event is operated by local San Diego artists and filmmakers Jeff Speed, Chris Speed, Andy Quirk, and Jason Coffey in an effort to inspire the next wave of artists with fearless and unconventional content. Over the past five years The Blacklist Staff has produced numerous successful events in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, featuring 72 award-winning short films and over 90 individual artists. Thanks to the generous local sponsors and supportive communities, The Blacklist continues to progress toward a greater cause: encouraging the creation of independent and original art.

For more info visit the official Blacklist Art & Film Festival website, and hope to see you there!

Debi Moore

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Darren Lynn Bousman Teams With Russo Brothers To Expand The Tension Experience



The Russo Brothers

Recently, The Tension Experience announced that they will be teaming with Anthony and Joe Russo’s company AGBO to develop new immersive experiences, destinations and brand partnerships.

In this new joint venture, AGBO will be joining as producers of the groundbreaking show and support the development and expansion of Tension to more cities.

We’re always searching for new and innovative ways to interpret narrative,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “We’re beyond impressed by the wholly immersive experience that Tension has brought to all of their shows, and we look forward to helping them expand their reach.”

The Tension Experience was created nearly three years ago by director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV), writer Clint Sears and producer Gordon Bijelonic. The immersive theater experience allows fans become the stars of their own real-life, cinema-quality thrillers that have taken place all over the country, incorporated nearly hundreds of actors.

As a consumer, I became passive… I sit back and I watch while things happen around me,” Bousman says. “I wanted to feel more engaged. I needed something to wake me up and inspire me. Immersive theater did that. It forces the audience to be active. We want to create environments where the audiences are the stars… Their action unlocks the narrative.”

When we embarked on this journey our goal was to change and disrupt the traditional storytelling format,” said producer Gordon Bijelonic. “We wanted to give our audiences a true visceral experience incorporating all five Human Senses.”

The first planned project is the creation of a permanent destination in Las Vegas. This high-end interactive entertainment and nightlife experience will be a fully realized living and breathing world ready to react to all of the audience’s individual choices and decisions and will also incorporate new and cutting-edge technology that will be in play before, during and after you step through their doors.

This is the most fulfilling creative endeavor we could possibly be involved with. It’s unparalleled in its scope and possibilities,’ stated writer Clint Sears. “The team feels that their experience along with the unparalleled creative force of AGBO will help create the most exciting immersive collaboration in the world.”

For more information on the Tension Experience visit

About The Tension Experience:

The Experiences, a newly formed venture of the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and The Tension Experience, intend to be the leader of immersive entertainment through live theatrical experiences, brand activations and the use of unparalleled cutting-edge technology.


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Claire Foy Refuses to Cooperate in New Clip from Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane



We have already shared with you guys a number of clips from director Steven Soderbergh’s new horror-thriller Unsane starring Claire Foy, Juno Temple, and Amy Irving (Carrie). Not that that’s a bad thing…

But all the same, today is no different as, you guessed it, we have yet another Unsane clip for your viewing pleasure. The clip is called “Refusing to Cooperate” and it features star Claire Foy, you guessed it, refusing to cooperate.

All jokes aside I am looking forward to checking out this new psychological thriller once it hits theaters tomorrow, so give the new clip below and then let us know what you think!

Unsane is directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script written by Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer and stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving.

The film hits theaters nationwide March 23, 2018.


A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real, or is it a product of her delusion?


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SXSW 2018: Wildling Review – A Fresh and Mature Take on Werewolves



Starring Bel Powley, Liv Tyler, Brad Dourif, Collin Kelly-Sordelet

Written by Fritz Böhm and Florian Eder

Directed by Fritz Böhm

Wildling follows Anna (Powley) who was raised in captivity by her “daddy” (Dourif), only to be thrust into the real world as a young woman with no concept or preparation for anything she sees or experiences, both in her surroundings and within her own body. Staying with Sheriff Ellen Cooper (Tyler) and her younger brother Ray (Kelly-Sordelet), Anna must acclimate in short time to the expectations of those around her, making this coming-of-age tale difficult because she is at such a disadvantage. However, we quickly learn that Anna is no ordinary person in that she is not a person at all: she is a Wildling, a werewolf-like creature whose transformation was being held back by Dourif’s injections.

What makes Wildling so interesting is how the transformation of Powley into the titular character twists the traditional werewolf mechanism into a metaphor for Anna’s own metamorphosis from a young girl into a formidable and entirely capable, albeit not human, woman. That the men of the small town that this film takes place in see this as a threat is not a subtlety that is meant to be passed over. Even in her innocence, Anna does not succumb to the demands and pressures of those around her, fending off a near rape by a local high school boy and standing up to her “daddy” as she realizes her own self worth.

Powley plays her role with charming confused innocence while Tyler plays the mother to Dourif’s “daddy”. She takes on the role of helping teach Anna what being a young woman is all about, from buying her tampons to giving her advice on what kinds of boys to avoid. Dourif, while always darkly charismatic and captivating, pulls deep into his acting chops for this role, bringing a nuanced representation of patriarchal control coupled with an inability to understand his “daughter” and her needs.

Beautifully filmed by Toby Oliver (Get Out, Insidious: The Last Key), Wildling immerses viewers in an almost fairy tale-like world. The town feels like a secluded berg while the surrounding forest teems with life and a magical air hovers in its branches. That being said, the film sometimes gets a bit too dark to see properly and the music is largely forgettable. Still, those minor complaints aside, Wildling is a wonderfully fresh take on what the werewolf subgenre has to offer.

  • Wildling


Wildling takes traditional the werewolf transformation mechanism and uses it as the foundation for a more immediate and relatable story, one that will especially resonate with female audiences.

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