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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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    Rapid Eye Movement Trailer Forces You To Stay Awake

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    I would really love to go on vacation to New York City, so I’m damn jealous of the cast and crew of the upcoming movie Rapid Eye Movement, which was filmed almost exclusively in Times Square. In the film, a radio DJ is forced to stay awake for over eleven days after being threatened by a deranged caller, which begins to have serious effects on both his physical and mental well-being.

    Rapid Eye Movement is directed by Peter Bishai and stars Francois Arnaud, Reiko Aylesworth, Chloe Brooks, Godfrey, Jamie Jackson, David Rhodes, Stelio Savante and Danny Ramirez. We don’t yet know of a release date, although we are happy to share the trailer along with two stills below.

    Rapid Eye Movement Official Synopsis
    In the heart of Times Square, radio DJ Rick Weider is driven to the edge of insanity as he tries to break the 11-day world record for staying awake. The stakes rise considerably when a deranged caller, who wants Rick to raise $5 million for charity, threatens to kill him unless he succeeds. With his life on the line, Rick unravels physically, emotionally and mentally, forced to confront his own demons while trying to outplay his seemingly powerful and unbeatable enemy.

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    Horror is Strongly Represented at This Year’s Oscars!

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    The nominations for the 2018 Academy Awards have been released and both The Shape of Water and Get Out have received some serious nods in major categories!

    Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror/thriller got noms for Best Director, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Original Screenplay, and Best Picture! For a directorial debut AND a horror movie, it’s amazing to see this film get some richly deserved love. Peele even tweeted, “I just spoke to Daniel. You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.

    Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro’s delightful fantasy creature feature The Shape of Water racked in this impressive list: Best Picture, Lead Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira), Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern), Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau), Original Score (Alexandre Desplat), and Costume Design (Luis Sequeira). WHEW!

    Having seen The Shape of Water just recently, I can assure you that it deserves every one of those accolades. It’s a gorgeous movie that kept a smile on my face through pretty much every single moment.

    Other nominations that are equally important for us are the Visual Effects nods to both War for the Planet of the Apes and Kong: Skull Island and the Day of the Dead-themed Coco getting attention for Best Original Song and Animated Feature.

    Congratulations to all nominees and we can’t wait to see what happens this March!

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    Ice Cream Man Comic Sells Out, Will Receive Second Printing

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    If you happen to be one of the many people who believe that print media is dying, this news story will make you fuck right off. I’m talking about the fact that the first issue of Image Comics’ Ice Cream Man series sold out shortly after hitting shelves. Image have confirmed that the book will receive a second printing on February 14 to keep up with what they referred to as “overwhelming customer demand”. Retailers will need to order their copies by January 22.

    Each issue of Ice Cream Man is a self-contained existential horror story revolving around the themes of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. As the name of the series implies, the titular ice cream man serves as the narrator of each particular tale, with the official synopsis below suggesting that he may be more than just the driver of a frozen pudding wagon.

    The series is written by W. Maxwell Prince and illustrated by Martin Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran. If you can’t wait until the second printing, you can purchase a digital copy of #1 from either ComiXology or Image’s official website.

    Ice Cream Man #1 Official Synopsis
    Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.

    ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

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