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The Blacklist Art & Film FestivalThis past August 28th saw the San Diego debut of the Blacklist Art and Film Festival, and your local Dread Central staff members were on hand for the event. We’re happy to report a good time was had by all, and even though we’d seen a couple of the horror shorts shown during the film fest portion already, they really popped thanks to the enthusiastic crowd.

What types of films were there? Only several of the best shorts the genre has seen in some time: Jason Eisener’s hilariously brilliant “Treevenge” (review here), the clever and surprising Aussie flick “Spider” from Nash Edgerton, and Ryan Spindell’s quite well made “Kirksdale” (the longest entry of the night with a runtime of 21 minutes). These three came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Beast in Show, respectively, and were all well deserving. They were joined by:

  • Trevor Jimenez’s animated “Key Lime Pie” (a crowd favorite)
  • An intense early work by Victor (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Mirrors 2) Garcia – “El Ciclo” from 2003
  • The super ambitious “Next Floor” from Denis Villeneuve
  • The one-minute, origin-unknown “Il Bruto”
  • Phil Mucci’s far out “Far Out” (review here)
  • Another quickie – “Demi-Urge Emesis” from Voltaire, clocking in at just 2-1/2 minutes
  • The interesting and artsy “Majini” from Africa, directed by Fernando Apodaca
  • The humorous yet oddly touching “Zombie Movie” from New Zealand’s Ben Stenbeck
  • Rodrigo Gudino & Vincent Marcone’s beautifully haunting “The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow” (review here)
  • “Danse Macabre” from Pedro Pires, which started off disturbing and unique but went on a little too long to keep its shock value
  • The twin brothers who presided over the Blacklist, Jeff and Chris Speed, made sure every detail was perfect at the fest’s new home, the Birch Theatre in North Park (2891 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92106). The artwork on display ranged from the wild and trippy to the gorgeously grotesque. As someone who’s lived in San Diego for the majority of my adult life, it’s great to see an event like this take hold in the generally culturally conservative city. And judging by the crowd’s turnout and appreciation for both the artwork on display and the films shown, it should only grow and improve in years to come.

    Event Report: 2010 San Diego Blacklist Art & Film Festival

    Event Report: 2010 San Diego Blacklist Art & Film Festival

    Event Report: 2010 San Diego Blacklist Art & Film Festival

    Jeff dropped us a line afterward with a report on how the show compared to its previous incarnation in Lake Tahoe: “Overall it was a great event. The place was pretty packed, the atmosphere was awesome, and everyone had a blast. Every film in our program had multiple votes with most films reaching double digits, pretty incredible. I’ve been getting nothing but positive feedback. Big thanks to the artists, filmmakers, sponsors, and guests that made it all possible. The San Diego community really came out to support this thing. The horror and underground culture in SD has needed an outlet like this for a long time, and we are proud to fill that void. Hopefully we can find enough support to keep this beast going.”

    We can promise that Dread Central will be there again next year with all the support we can provide. For more info on the event, including how you can submit your own short films, visit the official Blacklist Art & Film Festival website or email Jeff Speed at jspeed@1134films.com.

    Event Report: 2010 San Diego Blacklist Art & Film Festival
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    Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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    It’s about time.

    It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

    Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

    You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

    Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

    Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

    Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

    Synopsis:
    Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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    Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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    Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

    And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

    Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

    Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

    “We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

    The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

    Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

    …And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

    The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

    The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

    “Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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    Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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    Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

    Directed by James S. Brown

    We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

    Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

    Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

    As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

    With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

    8 out of 10.

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