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“I met him fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil.”

In 1978 John Carpenter began writing his own chapter of horror history when he unleashed The Shape onto audiences everywhere with his mega hit, Halloween. Thus began a reign of bloodshed that has lasted nearly three decades. Now, writer/director Rob Zombie is set to bring his own flavor of terror to the franchise, and he’s looking for you to join him in the horror history books!

Rob Zombie, in association with Dread Central, Bloody Disgusting, Shock Till You Drop, Arrow in the Head, and The Halloween Mask Association, is pleased to announce:

THE LEGION OF MICHAEL (click for larger image)

“So many fans have Michael masks and dress as Michael for Halloween, I figured fuck it, let’s take it to a new level,” says Zombie about THE LEGION OF MICHAEL. “Obviously cynics will treat it like some lame publicity thing, but that’s not the intention. I have tried my best to keep anything cheap or exploitive away from Halloween. I want it to be created by the fans and for the fans who love this character.

I always knew that Halloween had die-hard fans, but it wasn’t until I began work on my new version of Halloween that I really began to understand just how insanely deep the love of Michael Myers goes. I take working on this new version of Halloween very serious, and I especially take the character of Michael Myers dead serious. I know the fans are worried I’ve change things about this iconic character, but I haven’t. I’ve added some things but haven’t taken away any of the classic elements we all love. Come August 31, I think you are gonna be pretty fucking happy.

Michael is back on the big screen, bigger and badder than ever! So let’s fucking live it up.”

Excited? You should be! This is the first time a group of your favorite horror websites have come together with a filmmaker to work together toward one goal –to make the latest night HE came home truly memorable for many years to come.

Becoming part of THE LEGION OF MICHAEL is simple. All you have to do is break out your favorite Myers mask and head out to theatres starting August 31st, 2007. While you’re there that weekend to watch the flick in full Michael regalia, just send each site pictures of you doing so.

Why send pictures, you ask?

Well, upon receiving your photos, each site will pick the best shot. I know what you’re thinking … “What then?” Are you ready? I know. I tease. Each site will be giving away its own unique mask from the film (note:not the traditional Myers mask, but one Michael makes while at Smithsgrove) to the selected winners. That’s right, as if taking part in the festivities weren’t fun enough, by doing so you’ll actually have a chance to score a mask from the film itself! Even better, you can submit your photos to each site so that gives you five chances of winning! Not too shabby, eh? Pictures of the winners and the runners-up will be posted on each website so if nothing else, this will be your 15 minutes of fame!

Please keep in mind this promotion is meant to be in good fun so there are some rules you’ll have to abide by because we don’t want anyone getting into any trouble and assume no responsibility for those that do:

  • Contestants should not enter stores, disrupting business or destroying property, unless it is cleared beforehand by the store owner.
  • Contestants are not to directly approach anyone, much less chase them. If a person shies away, move along.
  • Contestants should not block traffic or disrupt their surroundings. A location should be exactly the way it was when you arrived after you leave it.
  • If you’re asked to remove the mask, do so without incident or protest.
  • The contest ends Sunday, September 2nd. So you have three days to get us the goods!

    The e-mail addresses for sending in photos will be text@dreadcentral.com, so make sure you get that into your phone ASAP! Bes sure check out The Official Rob Zombie’s Halloween MySpace site here for more details on the film and the inside word from the man himself — Rob Zombie.

    While you’re here, check out our Halloween archive, hit up our Broadband section for the film’s trailer, and click here to check out exclusive Halloween related interviews, podcasts, and other surprises!

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    Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

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    Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

    Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

    Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

    So what happened to the feature?

    Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

    “I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

    But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

    In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

    “Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

    Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

    With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

    Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

    Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

    But I dream…

    Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

    “My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

    Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

    So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.

    Sigh…

    We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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    Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult

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    Sharon Tate

    Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

    But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

    Abigail Folger
    Wojciech Frykowski
    Gary Hinman
    Leno LaBianca
    Rosemary LaBianca
    Steven Parent
    Jay Sebring
    Donald Shea
    Sharon Tate

    These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

    Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

    Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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    This Valentine’s Day Experience the Death of Love

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    On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

    Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

    “Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

    “I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

    Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

    Synopsis:
    Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

    After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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